Date Archives May 2016

Far & Wide: Normandy Shoppe Owners Interview

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Meet Amanda Redmon, Christopher Saniuk, and their mini auburn-coated golden doodle named Norman. Longtime Winnipeg locals, Amanda and Chris have a deep connection to the community and a clear eye for high-quality goods and aesthetics. On top of that, this good looking family also founded and recently sold one of Winnipeg’s finest menswear, housewares, accessories and lifestyle stores @NormandyShoppe. Thus, when we wanted to learn more about the growing Canadian city, there were no better people to ask than this power couple.

Itinerary from Amanda and Christopher ensures you will find the best of the best in Winnipeg. So what are you waiting for? Here are the best places to shop and snack in The Peg!

The Exchange District


A good Saturday morning. #forthwpg

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The team behind Parlour and Lil Sister Coffee have brought a heritage building back to life with the creation of Forth. It’s a coffee roaster, a cocktail bar, a cafe, an art gallery and an event space. Forth has a little bit of everything and is a must see for those passing through Winnipeg. @forth_wpg | 171 McDermott Ave

Into the Music

Give yourself a few hours to scan through everything one of Winnipeg’s oldest record stores has to offer. No matter your taste in music, you’ll end up leaving with an old favourite or a new artist (or two). / 245 McDermott Ave

Tiny Feast

Heaps of lovely cads for mum in the shop! 👉🏻Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8.

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If you’ve got a soft spot for quality greeting cards, stationary, calendars, office supplies, textiles or if you’re looking for a great house warming gift, you’ll have to check out Tiny Feast. @tinyfeast | 217 McDermott Ave

Antiques and Funk

Photo adventure in the Exchange District today 🙌🏼 #wpg365 #fromhereandaway

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Antiques and Funk is a Winnipeg institution for anyone who prefers their housewares to come with a story. The treasure chest of a store carries everything from the old to unusual in one room. | 474 main


Goodwill Social Club

If you can’t decide whether you want a coffee or a Caesar cocktail or maybe a piece of pizza, then stop in at Goodwill. It’s the best new venue in Winnipeg for live music and events like Drag Queen Bingo, Motown Mondays, and awesome weekly karaoke in the city. @thatgoodwill / 625 Portage Ave

Modern Supply Co. + Thom Bargen

A tropical paradise in the middle of downtown! Grab a coffee from the team at Thom Bargen and pass through the glass doors to Modern Supply Co. You’ll find a beautiful shop filled with ethically sourced housewares, womenswear, skin care, accessories and tropical plants, and you won’t find a selection like this anywhere else in the city. @modernsupplyco | @thombargen | 250 Kennedy St

Urban Bakery

Nike Roshe NM TP. Men's sizes 8-12 up for grabs. $140 #Winnipeg #WpgsGotSole

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The original tastemakers for street wear and sneaker heads in Winnipeg since 1999, Urban Bakery is a great stop for casual wear for men and women. @tub204 / 407 graham Ave

West Broadway/Osborne

Tallest Poppy

We are open today. We have fried chicken and mimosa.

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Home of the best chicken and waffles in Winnipeg and also an impressive cocktail list, Tallest Poppy also host the occasional party, which is guaranteed a good time. @tallestpoppy | 103 Sherbrook Ave

Lil Sister Coffee

Serving up your Friday coffee + treats allllllll day. ✌🏻️ Photo by @fullwpg

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Lil Sister Coffee is the cutest little coffee shop in the city, a fantastic place for a pit stop on your adventures around Winnipeg, and never short on good vibes and a great selection of baked goods, warm and cool drinks. @lilsistercoffee / 470 River Ave

Off The Beaten Path

A l’epi de ble

Hands down the best bakery in the city. You might end up leaving with one of everything, including a loaf of fresh baked bread, a dozen macaroons, and a couple pastries. Just make sure you get there nice and early before your favourites are sold out. | 1757 Main St, Winnipeg.

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Far & Wide: Shopping List For Eating On The Road

If you have never been on a road trip I highly suggest you start planning one ASAP. If you have been, then just reach around and give yourself a pat on the back. With the current cost of gas, the value of the Canadian dollar and summer on the horizon, there is no better time than now to hit the road in Canada.

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To do that, the first thing you need is a trusty automobile, some friends, lots of music and a destination. To help you pick a destination, check out some of these reads:

Best Places To See The Northern Lights

Bucket List: Swim With Beluga Whales In Manitoba

10 Canadian National Parks You Must Visit

Know where you are going now? Perfect. Check out the lists below to find out what to pack for a road trip this summer…

Road Trips To & Through Major Cities
If you are going through a major city or to a few populated areas most likely you will want to try the local cuisine. So splurge on dinner but know that eating out can get spendy night after night. So, to stay on a budget but still splurge on a meal a day, pack the essentials for lunch and breakfast. Doing this will allow you to still brag about the amazing lobster you had on the east coast or the amazing Quebecois cuisine in Quebec City without breaking the bank. To do this simply follow the 5-day packing list and take out the dinners items marked with an *.

5 Day Food Shopping List For Remote Road Trips. (Remote Canadian National Parks, Music Festivals & Across Country)
Here is where it gets fun. What you bring will be your main source of food for the next couple days. It is important to bring a variety because take it from me eating solely granola bars for a couple days can really make you go a little crazy.

  • Cooler – Look for a cooler with a flat top that way you can use as a prep station for food or as a seat while eating.
  • Reusable containers – Keeps your leftovers fresh.
  • Plates, Bowls, Cups & Sporks –You can get an enamel set at somewhere like MEC or any Army Surplus store. If you don’t have access to many retailers look for hard plastic ones at a dollar store. Either way, get something reusable and make sure everyone has their own plate, bowl, mug and a spork as they are a hot commodity once you get on the road.
  • Lighters – One is never enough.
  • A Good Knife & Headlamp – Try cooking with a dull knife and a flashlight in one hand and tell me I am wrong.
  • Jetboil or similar portable camping stove. (Don’t forget the gas)
  • Aero Press & Ground CoffeeNut Milk – Choose Almond, Cashew or Coconut (Nut Milk doesn’t need to be refrigerated before opening and keeps longer than cow milk on the road)
  • Big Box of Grainy Cereal
  • Box of Granola Bars & Fruit Sticks
  • Couple bags of Tortilla Chips or similar salty-crunchy snacks
  • Couple Bags of local fruit & veggies – If you are in an area of Canada where you can buy fruit and veggies on the side of the road do it! There is nothing like fresh from the farm Okanogan cherries or Niagara-on-the-lake Peaches.
  • Peanut Butter – Great quick protein that can be used on anything. (If you are allergic to nuts… I am sorry. Try hummus instead.)
  • Organic Sausages – Very easy to cook over the fire or on the portable stove. I usually grab some chorizo sausages and then use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you don’t eat meat grab one of the many veggie options.*
  • Couple cans of black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, olives and tomatoes.
  • Couple cans of soup – Mix any soup with quinoa for a filling meal.
  • Cooking Oil – I bring Coconut Oil as you can use it for cooking, sunburns, toast and dry hair.
  • Can of Coconut Milk & Curry Paste- for Thai night *
  • Some Potatoes – for Canadian night * (If you are cooking over a campfire bring tin foil)
  • Tomato Sauce & Noodles – for Italian night*
  • Salsa, Avocados, Fajita Seasoning and Shredded Cheese – for Mexican night *
  • Lettuce or Cabbage – Cabbage lasts longer than lettuce. Your call.
  • Tortilla Wraps – Anything as a wrap tastes better.
  • Fresh Eggs – Most countries in the world don’t refrigerate eggs… just sayin’.
  • Bag of Quinoa – Easier to cook than rice (1 cup water to 1 cup quinoa) and keeps longer. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Cook a large portion and store it in your reusable containers for later.
  • Marshmallows, Chocolate & Graham Crackers – For that iconic campfire night. If you can’t have fires try roasting them over your portable stove.
  • Spices & Sauces – This can make or break your road trip cook game. Bring salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, honey, hot sauce, mustard and soy sauce. You can pretty much make anything taste better with these ingredients.
  • Biodegradable Soap & A Sponge – Biodegradable soap allows you to wash your plates anywhere (like in the lake) and not hurt the environment. I use Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid Soap from Dr Bronner’s but any type does the trick.


Me cooking a fish I just caught. Photo: Foster Huntington

These are the essentials that will get you through and in no way are they glorious. I usually rotate through the menu nightly: Canadian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean and Thai, as they can all be made with the same base ingredients and different spices. Meat is hard to bring on the road due to varying temperatures, that is why precooked sausages or jerky are your best bet. If you are going to a lake that allows fishing, try and catch your dinner. The hunt makes you appreciate where your food comes from. If you are vegetarian or vegan, life on the road is pretty easy as you can eat a raw based diet and be a happy-veggie-loving-camper.

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Far & Wide: Exploring Hot Springs Cove

Tofino is a magical little peninsula located on the west side of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. If you haven’t been, think pristine beaches, small town, and epic surfing. Often I find myself daydreaming how simple life could be as a Tofino surf bum… wake up, surf, get breakfast, surf, get lunch, take a nap and then… the crux of the day: surf and sleep or hit Shelter Restaurant and socialize into the night.

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For committed surf bums, this is enough entertainment to last a lifetime. For those on the brink, this routine can make you go a little loopy. That is why it is important to break free (like Ariana Grande), hop on a boat or plane and pop the bubble the beach dwelling culture affords. From water or sky (we recommend both), view the pristine coastline and many magical islands surrounding Tofino, and realize how expansive of a place Vancouver Island really is.

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Or at least, this was the case for me… I had spent so much time in Tofino surfing, eating and house partying but had never ventured farther than the surf break. To change this, I grabbed some friends and set out to Hot Springs Cove. If you have a boat (a real boat not an explorer 3000) you can go out without a tour, but if you are like most of us, to get there you will have to join a tour. We signed up with Ocean Outfitters on their boat & fly package to the Hot Springs Cove, talk about setting up for #TumblrGold! On our way there we weaved through the islands and into the open water. While venturing 27 nautical miles north-west of Tofino, we saw grey whales breaching, spouts of water spewing and seals lounging on their private islands. It was like we received a bonus wildlife boat tour on the way to the dock that marks the start of the trail to the hot springs.

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The walk in is half the fun, the trees are so beautiful and the path is a hovering deck that journeys above the forest floor with carved out messages from previous visitors. It is easy to get lost in the surroundings as you venture through the rainforest towards the springs. Eventually, you can start to smell the sulphur and see the steam rise from a waterfall to the left. Excitement sets in and we ended up semi sprinting to drop the bags and get our butts down to the cove for some good ol’ BC hot springin’. The hot Springs are nestled in a cove of rocks rushing out from the waterfall above, here is where we parked ourselves. There were so many hidden nooks that it was easy for the other groups to find a secluded area to warm their bodies in the natural hot spring. The feeling you get from Hot Springs is amazing, if you have never experienced it, this gem is a wonderful place to try for your first time.

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After some serious soaking, we headed back to the docks to wait for our float plane. This was almost the best part. I had never been in a float plane, so the surreal experience of boarding a plane floating on water and sitting so closely to the pilot was unreal. We lucked out and had a perfectly clear day, allowing us to shoot photos of all the islands littering the coastline.

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Like all good things, the 20-minute flight came to an end and we walked away with an SD card full of heaters and smiles from ear to ear.

Thinking about travelling to Tofino? Here are 5 must do’s to help you better plan your trip:
1) Stay here: Pacific Sands
2) Eat here: Shelter Resturant
3) Don’t do this: Stress about finding WIFI or Cell Service… it can wait.
4) Do this: Check out all the local shops, cafes, and the brewery along the main road. My favourites are Tofino Coffee Co., Merge, Storm Surf Shop and The Tofino Brewing Company.
5) Try this: Surfing… don’t let the cold water scare you!

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People Footwear: Death Valley, California

National Parks are a magical place. A place where people from all walks of life join to look at things they may not find at home. To enter into an ecosystem foreign to them and come out educated and awe-inspired. In this #DayOutWithPeople join photographer Caley Vanular as she ventures into a place, not like home, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park in California, USA. View some images from her road trip below…


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