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It's spring break! Even though it technically does not apply to me as my student days have long passed, I wanted to share with you some ideas if you happen to be a local reader or looking for something to do in your own city.
- Check out a local coffee and donut shop: This month one of my favourite cafes, Little Sister Coffee Maker, is bringing back their Honey Lavender Latte. A good 10-minute walk from here is Oh Doughnuts, which produces some of the most delicious treats including vegan and gluten free options. I highly recommend this combination if you are from Winnipeg.
- Find a quick day trip from your city: Just 30 minutes away from Winnipeg is Pineridge Hollow and this remains to be one of the most charming locations I've been to. From a restaurant, a boutique, a greenhouse and even a small grazing field for farm animals, this place is sure to give you the quintessential prairie experience. (Also, makes for the perfect ootd background).
- Drive around and shoot local scenery: Through friends, I've discovered a scenic route around Lockport, Manitoba. It goes by the river and gives you perfect shots of majestic houses in that community. It's also cool to see how the season is changing based on the thawing body of water.
- Treat yourself to beer / wine / cocktails: One of the newest and busiest microbrewery in town is Brazen Hall. Situated along Pembina Hwy, this brewpub features amazing local beers and delicious  from-scratch food pairings, sure to fill you up. The place itself is huge and beautifully decorated - perfect for groups; There is a buzz across the hall which speaks volumes about how inviting the ambiance is. It is such a great spot, I've been there twice since it opened last week.
See these recommendations in the vlog version below

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I'm one day late than my usual Monday posts, but I promise it's going to be a fully packed blog entry today, plus a video too! Over the weekend I managed to check out a bunch of new spots in the city and  try new events and experiences. I went for a quick day trip to Gimli, Manitoba (1 hour from Winnipeg) and saw how the harbour was during winter time. It was so cool, literally and figuratively, to see the frozen water with all the ice fishing huts around. Food stops for the day included Flatland Coffee Roasters - a Gimli must, Thaw Bakery - a new fusion style bakery with French and Asian influences in their pastries (I highly recommend their Matcha Brioche), La Pampa - offspring of a downtown restaurant called Corrientes that specializes in gourmet Argentinian empanadas (over 21 varieties and is a family business with the friendliest owners).

I was also finally able to check out Mur Lifestyle's studio and space at the Exchange District. If you haven't heard of this online store yet, go and search them now and browse through the most beautiful selection of curated home pieces. Just like their entire aesthetic, their space was minimal, functional and charming. It was a pleasure to meet one of the owners, Joel to chat with him about the brand's vision and aspirations. I bought a couple of things that I'm excited to share on IG.

Later in the evening, I attended a Filipino pop up dinner hosted by Creme Del'Essence and Manila Nights. The event was called Hapunan (meaning 'dinner') and consisted of a 5-course meal with Filipino inspired dishes. To cap the night, my friends and I decided to head to one of the newest microbrewery in the city, Little Brown Jug. Nothing beats ending a long day with a nice cold pint of beer and LBJ totally delivered that.


In case you don't want to read through all that text, here's a video recap of my weekend adventures. 

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Finally got to sit down and edit videos from both my New York and Toronto trip last January. These are way overdue, obviously but I'm slowly getting used to doing these videos. Maybe, I might incorporate these more in future posts (especially that the weather is finally getting nicer out). Hope you enjoy!