FOOD | CATTAILS, THE GROCERY STORE OF THE WILD

FOOD | CATTAILS, THE GROCERY STORE OF THE WILD

By Wendy Petty  Cattails have been described as the grocery store of the wild because every part of the plant is edible. During the growing season, three of these parts — shoots, flowers and pollen — provide easily accessed and versatile food for foragers. the grocery store of the wild Better yet, these parts of the cattail offer analogs to familiar flavors such as cucumber and corn, which means that even those dubious of wild food might enjoy them. Euell Gibbons treasured cattails, “For the number of different kinds of…

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REVIEW | LA ROCA, MEXICAN FARE IN A NOISY BAR

REVIEW | LA ROCA, MEXICAN FARE IN A NOISY BAR

  If noise is not your thing then La Roca on Smith Street in Winnipeg probably won’t be for you. Ok now that that is out of the way, this little gem on Smith street is definitely worth going to if you love Mexican inspired cuisine.   I went to this new downtown establishment on a Thursday night around 10pm with a couple of friends. It was nearby and we were hungry. The inside is your typical trendy bar / restaurant atmosphere aimed at the 20 something crowd. Booths line…

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FOOD | CHICKEN WITH A TWIST

FOOD | CHICKEN WITH A TWIST

By Rinku Bhattacharya  As the calendar starts to reach the other side of July, we are well into grilling season, enjoying the smoke and fire of the grill on longer relaxed evenings. Vegetables, red meat and seafood all work well with the sensuous kiss of fire, but when it comes to grilling, chicken is my personal workhorse. I find chicken a way to showcase many flavors. A good, healthy marinade is all it needs to make it the star of the season. Add to it your favorite assortment of market…

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HOW TO | DRY RUB PORK RIBS

HOW TO | DRY RUB PORK RIBS

By David Latt  The summertime debate is on. What is the easiest way to cook pork ribs? Boil, roast or grill? High heat, low heat, wet sauce or dry rub? I’ve tried them all. Now the question is settled, at least for me. Slow roasting with a dry rub. To avoid summer’s heat, I put the ribs in a 250 F oven before I go to bed. When I wake up, the ribs are moist with a bacon-thin, sweetened crust. And these best-ever ribs cooked while I was fast asleep….

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HOW TO | GRILLING THE PERFECT STEAK

HOW TO | GRILLING THE PERFECT STEAK

One of my passions is grilling meat in the summer. It doesn’t really matter what kind of meat, pork, chicken, sausage, ribs, roasts, however my favourite is BEEF.  Not just any beef mind you, Canadian AAA Western Beef, aged to perfection and full of flavour. I often get asked “how do you cook the perfect steak on the BBQ?” It’s not rocket science, nor do you have to be a gourmet. The way to cook the perfect steak is to follow a few simple steps that I learned decades ago….

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REVIEW | CANADIAN BREWHOUSE

REVIEW | CANADIAN BREWHOUSE

  It was the lively patio that caught our eye.  We were driving by The Canadian Brewhouse, and as we were game to try something new, we thought we’d pop in and check out this new-ish Big Box sports bar and restaurant on Route 90.      From the hockey stick-panelled waiting bench to re-purposed beer keg lights to dozens of screens for live events, the décor is literally designed to lure sports fans in for wobbly pops. The only sport on when we were there was a counts-for-nothing baseball…

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PETS | PLANTS TO AVOID PLANTING TO KEEP PETS SAFE

PETS | PLANTS TO AVOID PLANTING TO KEEP PETS SAFE

Tis the season of warmth, long days and gardens. Many of us love to spend time in our gardens getting our hands dirty planting shrubs, flowers and vegetables but did you know that some of these plants can be dangerous or fatal to your pets? Here are some plants to be aware of and what symptoms to look out for in your pet. Baby’s Breath • Symptoms: Vomiting, diarrhea. Begonia • Symptoms: Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing. Castor Bean…

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REVIEW | WINNIPEG’S BEST KEPT BURGER SECRET

REVIEW | WINNIPEG’S BEST KEPT BURGER SECRET

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try the Diner’s Grill, stop what you are doing and make plans to go.  This small diner located at 405 Turenne Street in Winnipeg is a gem that serves amazing burgers. When I say amazing I mean tasty, fresh, well seasoned and cooked to perfection. I had the Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger which is a tad pricy at $16 but worth the price. It is a massive beast that I had to struggle to finish. This is how their menu describes it: Half pound fresh beef patty…

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