Weekend Away // Winnipeg, MB, Canada

My husband and I took a last minute trip to Winnipeg to spend some time with his Grandpa who had fallen quite ill and was in the hospital. Jordan is very close with him so it was tough knowing he was in pain and almost all the family was there but him. Luckily, he was well enough to leave the hospital the day after we arrived, and the good news on his health has poured in ever since - praise the Lord! Because this trip was not planned, and it wasn't during a major holiday as it is when we usually visit, it gave us a chance to explore and try out some new places to eat and drink. My husband grew up there, but a lot has changed and some great locally owned places have popped up since we last visited. If you ever find yourself in the center of North America, here a few places to check out!


The Grove Pub & Restaurant

This menu has a bit of something for everyone, but not in an overwhelming way. We split the poutine, which was great, but the crowning glory was the duck breast tacos. Out of this world! The layers of flavor were surprising and perfectly assembled to create a dish unlike any other I've tasted - I mean, there was duck crackling on the top people!! 

Duck Tacos

They also have seasonal drink specials, a great beer & wine list, and happy hour! I sipped on a melon mojito; it was delightful, not too sweet as some tend to be.


Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea {Fun fact: The name comes from a combination of the co-owners names}

One of the first of its kind in Winnipeg, Thom Bargen offers a curated craft coffee menu, a few locally made pastry items, and a minimalist atmosphere with white walls, large windows, and wood & steel furnishings.

TB Latte

It also houses a leather shop called Wilder in the back that sells its beautifully crafted wares, along with some small batch body care products from a company, Northlore.


Little Sister Coffee Maker

The name alone has a special place in my heart because I am a little sister to three of the best siblings out there. This adorable shop is accented with a mint green painted brick wall and matching ceramics for in-house coffee drinkers.

Little Sister

It’s set just below street level but has a great vintage street lamp with a coffee sign to alert the passerby. The owner, Vanessa, is kind and outgoing and really puts her passion into the place! She even has a branded bike rack out front so her customers can lock up and come in for a treat - if you’re ever in the neighborhood, I highly recommend it!

Little Sister Bike Rack

The thing I love most about these two coffee shops is that they are both owned and operated by people my husband grew up with and you just can’t beat supporting young entrepreneurs!


The Tallest Poppy and The Osborne Village Cafe

I’m not going to lie, you will be inclined to walk right by both of these places if you judge by looks alone, but once you get their vibe it all makes sense. These two places are not connected in any way, but they both provided amazing, creative, and fresh food in an unassuming atmosphere.

The Tallest Poppy has mismatched everything and wild paint colors, but it also boasts a huge front window and tall ceilings. I highly recommend the breakfast corndogs (what?!) and Jordan said his chicken & waffles were the best he’s ever had - and that’s saying something since we have some pretty great places here in Brooklyn.

The Osborne Village Cafe is set in an old motor inn and we never would have thought of it without the recommendation from a friend. From the outside, you might think it’s your average greasy spoon, but upon walking in, you see their house-grown microgreens and herbs and an ever-changing chalkboard menu of specials that highlight the season’s bounty, local eggs and potatoes and the enticing combinations that the chef is whipping up.

Jordan and Katie

Now, I know that you’re probably not headed to Winnipeg anytime soon, but I wanted to share this little adventure as a reminder to explore your own town, or somewhere close you thought you knew, to see what culinary gems might be hiding out there. It’s so important to support local businesses, whether they are your local or just local to the place you happen to be at the time - you can’t beat the heart & soul these folks put in!

With a full heart and an empty plate,



New York, New York.

Well folks, it happened. My husband and I moved from my beloved New York City to our home coast, but not home city, of Los Angeles. We have been in transition since the second week of January, when we shipped our storage containers across the country and spent a few weeks connecting with friends and family in Vancouver BC and Seattle. Although I am a little anxious to start over again in a new city, I am thrilled to be in the same time zone as nearly all our friends and family, and for the career opportunities it holds for Jordan.

We landed, bought a car, and began our apartment search - and found one! The only problem is, we cannot move in until the end of the month so we are in an extremely...quirky?...sublet. It's great though, because it's two minutes from where the hubs is currently working and it's given me some extra time to do 'housekeeping' stuff like reroute our mail, hire movers, set up utilities, etc.

Usually, I am wanting to get out and explore new restaurants and find favorites, however, we spent the last few weeks eating out WAY more than usual so we are taking a bit of a break from that and detoxing with lots of homemade salads and healthy options! But, in the spirit of delicious restaurants, and in loving memory of our time in NYC, I compiled a little list of some of our most-ordered dishes, sides & drinks at our favorite New York spots.


Friedman's Lunch - Pastrami Hash // Cheddar Grits // Flavored Butters w/ Toast

Locanda Verde - Lemon Ricotta Pancakes // Sheep's Milk Ricotta (w/ truffle honey!!)


Pops - Crispy Chicken Sandwich // Onion Rings

Shake Shack - Single ShackBurger // Cheese Fries // Peanut Butter Milkshake


Crispo - Spinach & Short Rib Ravioli // Butternut Tortelloni // Mozzarella Risotto Balls

The Brooklyn Star - Buttermilk Biscuits (insane) // Raw Kale Salad // Spicy Fried Duck Wings


Larry Lawrence - Order anything, the space is just awesome!

Spuyten Duyvil - Excellent outdoor area & a large beer selection

This is obviously a tiny slice of the deliciousness NYC & Brooklyn have to offer, but these are some of the places we frequented and I hope you add a couple to your list for the next time you visit (or go out, if you live there!).

With a full heart and an empty plate,