Have Your Cake: Winnipeg’s divine dessert shops

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Winnipeggers have a pretty big sweet tooth. And we’re happy to indulge it.

Many top drawer bakeries and dessert shops have opened across the city. And many of those sweet destinations have been in business for years, and in some cases, decades.

Sure, Winnipeg’s top pastry chefs make all the favourites like chocolate cake, apple pie and classic cheesecake but it’s what they do outside the lines that keeps customers coming back. Think Pavlovas, mousses, tortes, pies and slices, all made with the freshest fruits and top-drawer ingredients. So grab a seat, peruse the dessert cases and we dare you to choose just one slice.

Here are a few of Winnipeg’s best places to grab a slice of cake or other sweet delights:

Baked Expectations
161 Osborne Street
204-452-5176
Neighbourhood: Osborne Village
Website: bakedexpectations.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/bakedex
Twitter: twitter.com/BakedExp
Instagram: http://instagram.com/bakedexpectations

Chocolate Zen
553 Osborne Street
204-287-2253
Neighbourhood: Osborne Street South
Website: chocolatezen.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/chocolatezenbakery

Chocolatier Constance Popp
180 Provencher Boulevard
204-897-0689
Neighbourhood: St. Boniface 
Website: artisanchocolates.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/constance.popp

Twitter: twitter.com/poppchocolates

Dessert Sinsations
505 St. Mary Avenue
204-284-4461
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Website: dessertsinsations.com
Facebook: facebook.com/dessertsinsations
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DessertSin

Lilac Bakery
920 Grosvenor Avenue
204-992-8000
Neighbourhood: Corydon Avenue
Website: http://www.lilacbakery.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Lilac-Bakery
Twitter: twitter.com/LilacBakery1

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Best of the Brews: Winnipeg’s hot java joints

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Winnipeg is in the midst of a coffee Renaissance. In the past few years, a half dozen, high-concept coffee bars have opened shop in and around the city’s core.

The shops are helmed by 20 and 30-something owners who have taken their love of design, art and architecture and merged it with coffee culture. More than just a spot to grab a cup of joe, Winnipeg’s third wave coffee houses have become communities in their own right.

Coffee—and its careful curation and preparation—is still the draw but so are the choir nights, art show openings, coffee classes, live music and open houses/ town halls moderated by the city’s dynamic creative class.

The shops hum with energy and not just from the jolts of caffeine. Coffee-loving patrons come for a cup but stay for the vibrant scene. Check them out and see for yourself how ideas are sparked.

Here are Winnipeg’s top, independently owned coffee shops:

Café Postal
202 Provencher Boulevard
Neighbourhood: St. Boniface/French Quarter
Facebook: facebook.com/Cafe.Postal.Winnipeg
Twitter: twitter.com/Cafe_Postal
Instagram: instagram.com/cafepostal

Little Sister Coffee Maker
A-470 River Avenue, lower level
Website: littlesistercoffeemaker.ca
Neighbourhood: Osborne Village
Facebook: facebook.com/lilsistercoffee
Twitter: twitter.com/lilsistercoffee
Instagram: instagram.com/lilsistercoffee 

Make Coffee and Stuff
751 Corydon Avenue
204-414-0101
Neighbourhood: Corydon/Little Italy
Website: makecoffee.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/MakeCoffeeAndStuff
Twitter: twitter.com/MAKECoffeeStuff

Parlour Coffee
468 Main Street
Neighbourhood: Exchange District
Website: parlourcoffee.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/parlourcoffee

Twitter: twitter.com/parlourcoffee
Instagram: instagram.com/parlourcoffee

Stain
4-433 River Avenue
204-475-0625
Neighbourhood: Osborne Village
Website: none

Facebook: facebook.com/staincoffee

Thom Bargen
64 Sherbrook Street
Neighbourhood: Wolseley
Website: thombargen.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ThomBargen
Twitter: twitter.com/thombargen
Instagram: instagram.com/thombargen

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New & Noteable: The Mitchell Block

Mmmmmm.... shaved roast wagyu beef burger at The Mitchell Block. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Mmmmmm…. shaved roast wagyu beef burger at The Mitchell Block. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

The Mitchell Block
173 McDermot Avenue
204-949-9032
Neighbourhood: Exchange District
Website: themitchellblock.com
Facebook: facebook.com/themitchellblock
Twitter: twitter.com/mitchell_block

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of The Mitchell Block.

In 2013, long-time Italian bistro Tre Visi and Sensi Wine Lounge, the upscale yet relaxed space on the second floor, closed shop after decades in business. It wasn’t for lack of customers. The Exchange District dining room had legions of devoted customers.

Not long after, the new owner and chef Sean McKay christened his business The Mitchell Block. McKay was formerly the head chef at Bonfire Bistro, a smoking popular pasta and wood-fired pizza spot in River Heights.

McKay has earned a solid reputation as a top-drawer chef.

He brings that same skill at the helm of The New Mitchell Block. His lunch and dinner menu hits some high points.

Take not of the bison carpaccio, and the mixed green salad with crisp-fresh apples and celery with candied walnuts and dried cranberries. Both dishes are stand-outs.

For lunch, tuck into the potato gnocchi with bayonne ham, sautéed mushrooms and green peas in a creamy dill sauce.

The shaved roast wagyu beef burger is a luscious sandwich; juicy and tender and topped with some seriously large onion rings.

The Mitchell Block also carries on the tradition of house-made pasta. Four pastas—fettucine, the aforementioned potato gnocchi, spaghetti and penne—are all adorned and dressed with verve.

Bacon-wrapped pork loin and cornmeal-crusted pickerel also dazzle. Here’s a look at the lunch and dinner menus.

While it may be the new kid on the block, The Mitchell Block is here to stay.

Calamari by The Mitchell Block.

Calamari by The Mitchell Block.

One more look at this thing of beauty. A shaved roast wagyu beef burger.

One more look at this thing of beauty. A shaved roast wagyu beef burger.

Welcome to The Mitchell Block.

Welcome to The Mitchell Block.

Peg City Grub is your ultimate source for food in Winnipeg. From the hottest chefs to the best new restaurants to the most delicious events, we’ve got you covered. Follow us on Twitter @pegcitygrub and visit www.tourismwinnipeg.com for more on the city’s fabulous dining options.

Peg City Grub is a Tourism Winnipeg culinary initiative.