January 26, 2015

RAW: almond Documentary

My love of food porn in documentary form
The RAW: almond Documentary is about the pop-up restaurant on the frozen river in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

RAW: almond runs for three weeks on the coldest months in Canada. A number of different chefs handle the menu to serve three seatings each night. The documentary focuses on the founders of RAW: almond, Mandel Hitzer and Joe Kalturnyk, in their second year of running the frozen river restaurant. Anthony Carvalho and I follow Ben Kramer and Aron Epp on a dinner service and Talia Syrie's team during weekend brunches.

Anthony and I started this as a school project for Red River College's Creative Communications program. The project became something we both felt passionate about and wanted to share with the world, while expanding on it with the final cut you see above.

January 15, 2015

Pub Chat: Episode 81 - Favourite Albums of 2014 & Old Rasputin

Top 5 albums of the year

This week we’re rounding up our top albums of 2014 with regular guests Chris Rohlingand Brett Enquist. 2014 was an interesting year for music, with only a few true standouts but tonnes of very good stuff. Reflecting this diversity, all of us had quite different choices. We also thoroughly enjoyed the always-great Old Rasputin from North Coast.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Introduction
00:55 – North Coast Old Rasputin
05:00 – 2014 in music
11:50 – Adrian’s top 5
24:50 – Brett’s top 5
30:45 – Colin’s top 5
38:50 – Chris’ top 5
50:00 – Taylor Swift 1989
56:40 – Luke Jacob
58:15 – Other albums and soundtracks
1:01:55 – Upcoming albums
1:04:25 – New Surly beer hall
1:08:10 – Wrapping it up

The LJT Top 5

5. Little Hurricane – Gold Fever
4. Jack White – Lazaretto
3. Taylor Swift – 1989
2. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
1. Hozier – Hozier

January 8, 2015

Winnipeg For Lunch - Shawarma Time

"How much kafta did you eat?!"

Surprise, surprise, I am eating lunch again with Kevin. Funnily enough it was a different Kevin that first introduced me to Shawarma Time years ago. I've had a few different things here in the past but this time, after staring at the wall of food pictures, which is as a picture menu, I decided to try something new to me - kafta.

The kafta caught my eye because I've heard it talked about before, probably most recently on, Archer, one of my favourite TV shows, but I have never had it. It was mixed plate #9 according to the wall and it cost me $16.81 after taxes (with a bottle of water). Kafta in Lebanese cuisine traditionally consists of ground beef mixed with onion, parsley, allspice, black pepper and salt.

Shawarma Time is always spoken about as having some of the best shawarma in the city, and I can agree it deserves to be in the discussion. Hoping the kafta lives up to the high praise the shawarma gets.

We placed our order shortly after 1pm. There wasn't too many customers dining inside but a few customers were grabbing their pick up orders while we waited.

After sitting for 7-8 minutes after we ordered someone from the kitchen came out to say our skewers would still be another 6 minutes. They offered some Turkish coffee on the house while we waited. It was very coarse and gritty, but really sweet with a long, lingering aftertaste. Preparing Turkish coffee is easy, I think, you take roasted and finely ground coffee beans, boil it in a pot with sugar, and serve with the grounds at the bottom of the cup. Or that is my understanding of the process at least, but I have never done it myself.

The kafta was pretty good. It had a nice spice and I'm definitely going to order this again. Like usual the tabbouleh was really good but you need to love onion and parsley to love this style of salad. The rice was a bit bland on its own but I mixed it with my tabbouleh and pieces of kafta, not taking away from any of their flavours.

While my meal was a bit pricier than I intended you can easily eat for much cheaper here. The samosas are recommended for a cheap lunch. You could easily keep your lunch to under $10 if you wanted to.

I'm pretty sure they also do breakfast but I don't know anyone that has gone so I can't really say anything about it. Anyone gone to Shawarma Time for breakfast?

Taste: 8/10
Speed: 4/5
Price: 1/5
Overall: 13/20

Shawarma Time
616 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G0
(204) 774-2109

January 1, 2015

Pub Chat: Episode 80 - 2015 in Media with Media Nerds

2015 here we come

To kick off 2015, we’re chatting with local media nerds Dan Vadeboncoeur and Kenton Larsen about the shows, movies and whatnot that we’re looking forward to this year. In addition to our mostly tv-focused discussion, we’re drinking Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Ontario’s Amsterdam Brewery. 2015 is gonna be an exciting year for Pub Chat. Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!

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Show Notes
00:00 – Introduction
02:30 – Amsterdam Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
08:00 – Liquor advertising laws
13:00 – TV coming in 2015
16:20 – Shorter TV seasons
19:15 – Christmas specials and singles
21:45 – Upcoming Marvel shows and other TV
26:20 – Star Wars
37:40 – More upcoming movies
43:50 – Better Call Saul
46:40 – The Walking Dead
56:40 – Game of Thrones
57:40 – Media and celebrity branded liquor
1:00:40 – Wrapping it up

December 24, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 79 - Craft Beer Advent Calendar Part 4

It ends!

It’s Christmas Eve and time to finish off your Craft Beer Advent Calendar. The three of us are at the end of the box and thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Thanks for tuning in over the last 24 days and Merry Christmas!

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Show Notes
If you’re drinking the advent calendar in order, these are the beers you drank over the last 6 days!

00:00 – Introduction
00:55 – Day 19: De Molen Winterporter
09:00 – Saving bottles
11:35 – Day 20: Colorado Vixnu Imperial IPA
16:00 – Adrian is always right
24:00 – Day 21: Fust Wallerstein Winter-Bockle
33:05 – Day 22: Rooie Dop Final Countown Winter Saison
42:40 – Day 23: Mosco Beerat Ale Behira
50:00 – Day 24: Sound Entendez Noel
59:30 – Wrapping it up

December 18, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 78 - Scotchy Scotch Scotch

One of my favourite topics

In todays (other) episode we’re drinking scotch with scotch aficionado Devin Brews (Doctor Teeth) and drinking Old Jake’s Farmhouse Ale from Edmonton’s Alley Kat Brewing.

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Show Notes
00:00 – Introduction
00:30 – Alley Kat Old Jake’s Farmhouse Ale
04:50 – Farmhouse ale, biere de garde and saison
11:50 – Edmonton pubs
14:00 – Cheap whiskey, expensive scotch
18:00 – Blended scotch versus single malt
21:45 – Scotch regions
27:55 – What is peat?
30:15 – Drinking some scotch
33:45 – Favourite scotch
36:05 – Really expensive scotch
40:35 – Scotch advent calendar
43:40 – Ice or spring water in scotch
46:50 – Wrapping it up

Pub Chat: Episode 77 - Craft Beer Advent Calendar Part 3

Still going strong...

We’re back with the third installment of our four-part Craft Beer Advent Calendar episodes. This episode we tackle such weighty topics as diacetyl, Werther’s Originals and donuts.

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Show Notes
If you’re drinking the advent calendar in order, these are the beers you drank over the last 6 days!

00:00 – Introduction and Day 13: Inveralmond Blackfriar
05:25 – Diacetyl and Werther’s Original
10:00 – Day 14: Loncium Schwarze Gams
14:15 – Colin loves donuts
15:10 – Day 15: Porcupine Quill Karoo Red
21:25 – Day 16: Oud Beersel Bersalis Kadet
29:50 – Day 17: Wold Top Marmalade Porter
35:50 – Day 18: Jeune Gueule Weiti
40:45 – Wrapping it up