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EQ3 City Guide; Winnipeg

Oct 30, 2015

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In honour of the 12 amazing cities that play host to our retail locations across North America, we would like to share with you our first ever EQ3 City Guide.

 

Each month we will feature a new city and a list of the best of the best.

 

First off is Winnipeg, Manitoba, home to our factory that manufactures all of our own upholstery pieces, our head office, and our retail store conveniently located beside our favorite mall, Polo Park.

 

Best Pizza: Vera Pizzeria

 

Located in South Osborne, Vera Pizza is a small pizzeria with an authentic Neapolitan taste. The pizza is beyond delicious and the intimate size of the restaurant feels like eating at home with friends. Plus our very own Merchandising/Store Planning Designer, Ben Borley built their wooden benches and chairs.

 

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Via Yelp

 

Best Date spot The Palm Lounge in the Fort Gary Hotel

 

The Palm Lounge (known by Winnipeggers as The Palm room) is the cozy, oval shaped lounge in the back of the historic chateau-inspired Fort Gary Hotel. Filled with giant armchairs, dark wood tables, a glittering chandelier and a live jazz pianist make it the perfect spot to bring a first date.

 

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Best outdoor market St Norbert Farmers Market

 

Open from May long weekend to the end of October, The St. Norbert Farmers Market is filled with locally grown produce, delicious fresh baking, homemade jams, crafts, jewelry, flowers and much more.

 

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Via Food Matters Manitoba

 

Best running route: Wellington crescent / Wolseley loop

 

Run through Wellington Crescent to Assiniboine Park, or through to Armstrong Point/Wolseley for the most picturesque views of Winnipeg.

 

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Best Coffee Shop: Parlour Coffee

 

Located in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, Parlour Coffee serves and sells several of North America’s leading micro coffee roasters, with fresh baked goods delivered daily. Double plus the owner Nils Vik, is a former EQ3 Designer and product developer, having designed our still favorite Burrows Bedroom Collection.

 

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Best brunch Park Café

 

The Park Café is the spacious restaurant situated in Assiniboine Park. Along with serving delicious Sunday brunch, this made our best of list for its beautiful architectural building. The café’s soaring windows from floor to ceiling make it the perfect spot to gaze into the park on a warm weekend.

 

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Via University of Toronto

 

Best Architectural Building:  The Wag

 

With its unusual triangular shape and Tyndall stone exterior, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is one of the most beautifully crafted architectural buildings in Winnipeg.

 

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Best music venue Burton Cummings Theater  

 

Named after Winnipeg musician, Burton Cummings, the Burton Cummings Theater is a Winnipeg staple and has hosted some of the greatest musical acts.

 

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Best Cocktail bar martinis at Rae and Jerry’s

 

The décor in Rae and Jerry’s is a total time warp with its dark wood paneling, red velvet walls, red vinyl booths, red oversized swivel chairs and red carpeting. The restaurant that has been around since 1957 has not changed a bit, which is why this is our favorite spot for a classic martini.

 

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Best Patio Black Rabbit

 

Black Rabbit’s patio is tucked away behind their restaurant, filled with lush greenery, cascading vines, flowers and suspended lighting, making it the perfect spot day and night.

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2015

May 7, 2015

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This Mother’s day  (Sunday, May 10th in case you forgot) stop by EQ3 to pick up that perfect gift.  We’ve put together a few gift ideas and our theme is brunch!

 

1. Coast Marble Bowl – Made from natural white matte marble with grey veining, display fruits, decorative objects, and other items in this decorative bowl.

 

2. Acre Napkins – 100% woven cotton, machine washable and available in light grey, green, blue, and white.

 

3. Marimekko Mugs – Select from a wide range of patterns, these mugs are made from microwave and dishwasher safe porcelain.

 

4Sagaform Accent Coffee Pot – Keep your coffee warm all morning in this carafe with a no-drip pour and ergonomic rubberized handle.

 

5. Mono Umbrella Stand – An elegant place to store your umbrella and the jewellery of any foyer.

 

6. Bruno Throw – This soft and chunky throw is hand knit in a neutral grey.

 

There are plenty more gift options available online and in store. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up flowers and a card!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Spring Martini

Apr 15, 2015

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Here’s a simple, refreshing martini recipe to celebrate the arrival of spring. You’ll need to make a simple syrup by bringing equal parts of sugar and water to a simmer on the stove top and allowing it to cool. Then, grab a martini shaker and add the following:

 

– Ice Cubes
– Fresh rosemary (strip the leaves directly into the shaker from a sprig about 10cm in length)
– 2oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
– 1oz simple syrup
– 1oz Canadian Rye whiskey

 

Shake vigorously to infuse the rosemary flavour and pour into a martini glass. Enjoy spring!

Cinnamon Heart Soda

Feb 11, 2015

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Cinnamon Heart Soda is surprisingly refreshing and easy to make. All you have to do is make a simple syrup using cinnamon heart candies! Add the following ingredients to a small pot and bring to a simmer while whisking on the stovetop.

 

– ¼ cup of sugar
– Heaping ¼ cup of cinnamon heart candies
– ½ cup of water

 

The cinnamon heart candies will dissolve almost completely. Pour the syrup in a bowl or container and place it in the fridge without a lid to cool. There is no need to strain the syrup, as you pour it, any pieces of the candies should remain at the bottom of the pot.

 

Once your syrup is cooled you can mix the drink. In a glass, add the following:

 

– Ice cubes (we froze one cinnamon heart candy in each ice cube for extra flavour and to make the cubes red)
– 1oz cinnamon heart syrup (add more to taste if you like it sweeter)
– 1oz vodka
– The juice of one lemon wedge

 

Stir the ingredients together and top it all off with soda. Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Years Eve Bubbly Beverages

Dec 27, 2014

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Don’t bring in the New Year with an ill informed beverage choice. You can get an enjoyable bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne no matter what you budget is! Here are my six choices for New Years Eve bubbly beverages based on price point, from entry-level up.

 

Bottega Il Vino de Poeti Gold Brut Prosecco – Italy, $24.99

If you’re unsure that you will appreciate a more expensive bottle, go for the Italian classic, Prosecco. At $24.99 the gold bottle edition feels a little bit more celebratory than it actually is!

 

Cave Spring NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Niagra Escarpment VQA – Canada, $35.99

My Canadian sparkling wine pick is a dry, medium bodied, Niagra brut-style sparking wine with hint of sweetness.

 

Lallier Grand Reserve Champagne GC Brut – France, $54.54

At under $55 dollars you can celebrate New Years Eve with this entry-level priced French Champagne instead of the less impressive sounding sparkling wines.

 

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne 2002 – France, $83.19

If you genuinely enjoy sparling wines and Champagne, but have never gotten past the entry-level priced bottles, then this is great Champagne to start with. You’ll get a long, rich finish with subtle, refreshing notes at an exceptional value.

 

Bollinger La Grande Année Champagne Brut – France, $157.02

This Champagne is fermented in oak barrels with exotic spices and has silky smooth bubbles.

 

Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon Champagne Brut – France, $235.99

If you’ve had a particularly exceptional year and want your choice of champagne to reflect that, my favourite is the vibrant and classic Dom Pérignon.

 

Availability ​and prices may vary depending on your city/province.

 
Happy New Year!

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