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Jan. 9th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm (no subject)
Hi,

I'll be coming to Winnipeg in late May/early June for a week's visit. What sorts of things are there to see and do? Where should we eat?

We will not have a car and will be coming in for the Canadian Bridge Week, staying at the Clarion Hotel.

Thanks!

Susie
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From:dr_seussie
Date:January 10th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
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You must indulge yourself in a night of Rae & Jerry's Steak house if you're a carnivore it's pretty much next door to where you are.

I need to know what types of food you like and what your price range is otherwise I cannot properly assist you.
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From:susiev
Date:January 10th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
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Hmm. The husband likes steak, I'm more of a pasta/seafood/chicken type of person but I can usually find something I enjoy. We're both fairly flexible. We're not into anything super exotic.

As to prices, most nights we'll want something at $15ish pp for an entree, but we don't mind splurging on vacation for a day or two as long as the food is worth it.

Thanks!
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From:dr_seussie
Date:January 10th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
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If you want decent food there's Moxie's it's like a bar and grill, it's alright there. That's for basic food. I'm not sure where you're from. I had their steak sandwich on a baguette, it was okay, you get what you pay for is all I can say. I think it was $12. You can get ribs there, but dinner can range from $12 to $22 there.
There's earls, which is a Western chain, meals can be $15-28, burgers, steaks, salmon, pasta, pizza.

Olive garden, red lobster. Pancake house is around the hotel. But isn't Clarion hotel kind of an expensive stay? That's in the same complex as pancake house? Expensive spas? But I guess your bridge thing is there? During the week you can always have dinner in the mall or you can order from Boston pizza, they have a variety of different foods to choose from. If you take a bus which is $2 going towards downtown there are burger joints that you can dine in. There's burger factory which is owned by the greeks.

Rae and Jerry's is about $40 per person, probably one drink. Totally worth it, you need to make reservations. Maybe pick up an uptown newpaper and a where magazine when you get here so you can get a better idea when you're here.
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From:susiev
Date:January 10th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
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Yes, I thought the Clarion's prices were ridiculous, but they were offering a decent rate for the bridge tournament since there's a group block. I don't know the area so I didn't look for a better rate and figured it would be easier to stay on site anyway.

There's Olive Garden in Winnipeg? I'm from Ontario and we haven't had them in years.

We tend to have light/inexpensive things for lunch (like Subway or whatnot) and nicer meals for dinner. The mall sounds like it will be a great convenience I think.

There's a spa? Hmm... something to splurge on maybe :)
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From:dr_seussie
Date:January 10th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
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the clarion spa i think is THE most expensive spas in winnipeg. i like going for facials and massages, i still haven't checked that place out yet. i'm a bit intimidated by that place, it seems a bit uppity for me. i'm still working up the courage to go there.

you have polo park mall next to you. that mall is open monday to friday probably 10am to 9pm saturday 10am to 6pm and sunday 12-5pm. there's a grocery store called safeway which is an american chain, you guys don't have a safeway but it's just as expensive as a Dominion's if you're from TO.

Yes we have Olive Garden, but we don't have east side mario's. I used to live in TO so I know these things. we have earls, earls starts in winnipeg and goes towards the west.

In polo park the food court is on the second floor. Our pst is 1% lower than yours.

Which days will you be here?

the area you'll be staying in is fairly safe, but in the mall area you still want to take precautions. you're nowhere near downtown where it's less safe.

you can go to the mall where your lunch will be cheaper.

Your hotel is expensive.
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From:swingsetnights
Date:January 10th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
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The Clarion is not the most expensive. Ten Spa is.
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From:dr_seussie
Date:January 10th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Where the heck is ten spa? Is that in Winnipeg?
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From:swingsetnights
Date:January 10th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Ten Spa is in Hotel Fort Garry.
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From:susiev
Date:January 10th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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We'll be there from May 26 to June 2, I believe.

East Side Mario's sucks anyway, I've never gotten a decent meal there.

Seriously, a mall might not be safe? I was planning on doing some solo sightseeing.
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From:dr_seussie
Date:January 10th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
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the mall is safe. there's hardly any riff raff there. very minimal. i would still take a bit of precautions with your debit card. it's not nearly as bad as mississauga, we're not as sophisticated as them when it comes to ripping people off with the debit...but silvercity had just one incident only because a chain gang came down from sauga to winnipeg to rip us off.

our malls are generally safe.
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From:dr_seussie
Date:January 10th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Seriously speaking, the area that you're staying in, is pretty safe and Winnipeg is a pretty city. You will enjoy your stay. You'll have a movie theatre near you as well. I think movies are $7.50 any night...I think.

Downtown though...is where you'll need to watch for vagrants. We do have our watch patrol but they come far and few between. I would be careful in the downtown area. In the exchange district on the weekends you should be fine, it's high traffic with the party goers.

I do hope you have fun in our city. If you do plan on taking a taxi, do not take Unicity taxi, they will rip you off. Springs is pretty good and same with Duffy's. You might want to buy bus tickets you will get some savings out of them, and you can purchase them at the mall at the safeway or the information counter.
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From:susiev
Date:January 10th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Thanks again for all the suggestions, I really appreciate them.
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From:swingsetnights
Date:January 10th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Movies at Silver City are just under $9 now. If you go on a Tuesday, that includes popcorn. My favourite mainstream theatre in town is in Portage Place (the mall downtown)--Globe Cinema. Better price, less crowded, and good movies, generally.

As long as you look confident, I would not worry too much. Be smart and do not carry lots of money or wear expensive accessories or jewelry. That will just attract unnecessary attention. The Downtown Watch is actually quite active this year, so I wouldn't be surprised if you saw a few pairs roaming in a day.
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From:swingsetnights
Date:January 10th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
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As dr_seussie has mentioned, there's a ridiculous amount of chain restaurants in the Polo Park area. A couple others worth mentioning: Joey's (part of the Earl's chain, but more "hip") and Tony Roma's. The mall food court, I find, is quite pricey--expect to pay $5-$10 for lunch. If you do end up going there, there's a little Greek place in the far corner by A&W that's great. Michel's bakery has some good choices and the Chinese stand there is very popular.

If you are going to be here for a week, I highly suggest you take the bus or make some friends and cab into the city centre--central west end, downtown, the Exchange District, Osborne Avenue, the Forks, and a little further south, Corydon Avenue. The Clarion is ideally located for getting downtown--catch the 11, 21, 22, or 24 east to head downtown. Once downtown, almost everything I've mentioned is just a jaunt away and there's even a free bus to help you move around during the day. Osborne is walking distance, though a bit far, and Corydon will require a different bus from downtown (16, 18, etc).

Our Exchange District (#3 from downtown) is known for the amount of surviving architecture from the early 20th century to modernist period. The spring will be warm enough to walk around and pop in all the kitschy second hand stores. One of the city's most popular pubs is there: the King's Head. There is also the local movie theatre, the Cinematheque, showing lots of independent films. Drop in the Fyxx (local coffeeshop or Mondragon (local vegan coffeeshop) on Albert Street for some java and sweets--the Fyxx also has great sandwich/salad combos. Try Albert Street burgers (only open until 4pm)--featured in Shall We Dance?--and the Line-up. The Exchange District plays host to the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Centennial Concert Hall, Pantageous Playhouse Theatre, the Manitoba Museum, Planetarium, and Science Gallery, the Contemporary Dance Studio, plenty of small art galleries, and there may be free lunch hour outdoor concerts and some Exchange tours (for a small cost) by that time. If you like museums, the Manitoba Museum (main galleries) is a good choice.

If you really want to try what Winnipeg has to offer for restaurants, do go into the west end along Sargent Avenue and Ellice Avenue. Take the 11 down to Maryland and walk north. There's a restaurant every few metres and they're all locally owned, family restaurants. I can personally recommend La Fiesta (El Salvadoran), Tomi-Tola's (Nigerian-get the joloff rice for a bit of spice and the plantains, yum!), Caribbean Spice (awesome goat jerk roti), and Nhu Quynh (Vietnamese). I have also heard wonderful things about Tropiki's (Trinidad), Viva, and Casa Grande (Italian). I'm really looking forward to trying the latter. For cheap nosh while walking, try the Vietnamese sub sandwiches from Asia City (under $2!). There's tons of other restaurants.

The Forks is the top tourist destination of Winnipeg--a historically significant meeting place. #1 or #2 from downtown. There's food court style nosh, again kind of pricey--tourists! Try Taste of Sri Lanka for some exoticism. Avoid Branigan's. For coffee, try the Human Bean. Tons of small stores selling all sorts of things you don't need but may want! (smile) There's a footbridge over to St. Boniface, which has the Cathedral ruins that are photo-worthy. You may want to try the locally infamous restaurant, Salisbury House, on the bridge.

Osborne Avenue and Corydon Avenue are both restaurant/shopping districts. Corydon's pricier but very popular for patios, people-watching, and sidewalk-strolling. Go to G G's Gelati for some creamy deliciousness. Also Daly Burger. Osborne is a fun alternative hangout with neat stores and some unique restaurants, like Billabong (Australian) and Merkato (Ethiopian--though there is also Yenat on Elllice that has faster service). I like Basil's myself (pretty back patio) and Carlos and Murphys is a local hangout. Great value can be found at Vi-Ann's (Vietnamese/Chinese).
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From:susiev
Date:January 10th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Wow, thanks for all your help!
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From:swingsetnights
Date:January 10th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
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I made a mistake. The Ethiopian restaurant on Osborne is called Massawa.
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From:swingsetnights
Date:January 10th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
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A couple other things to mention that are worth it but a bit out of the way: perhaps enjoy a beautiful prairie sunset from Fort Whyte if you have the chance, a relaxing afternoon at Assiniboine Park (go west on Portage) and some ice cream from Sargent Sundae, an affordable and delicious lunch at In Ferno's Bistro (St. Boniface) and Step'n Out (St. B again), and a visit to the best Vietnamese restaurant in town, IMO--Phuong Nam on William. A night at the theatre may also be fun or catching a local game. To splurge, ($100-$150 for supper for two), try Mise, Step'n Out (for supper, rated Winnipeg's most romantic restaurant many years in a row), or Star Grill (Portage). Sunday brunch at Hotel Fort Garry is magnificent, too (~$30 per person). Sherbrooke Avenue (south of Portage) also has a couple good places--Common Ground (eclectic) and Bistro Dansk (Danish).

The spa at the Clarion is very popular because it is apparently very good but within an affordable price range.

Have fun!
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From:susiev
Date:January 10th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Looks like this is going to be a fun trip!
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From:alexmustang
Date:October 2nd, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)

Wouldn't you prefer an apartment to a hotel?

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I was wondering if you may prefer the comfort of being alone in a spacey apartment, rather than being in one single room for the same price, I mean when I were to Winnipeg, I rented one of those Winnipeg apartments