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Back in the winter, there were weekends when I found myself either too lazy to go out or just not finding anything exciting enough to go out for. But as soon as spring steps in, there are far too many happenings here in the city that this blog just can't keep up with. A good example was last weekend, so instead of talking about everything I did, I think it would be better to have the pictures and videos speak for themselves.
- Riding Mountain National Park -
- The HUB Winnipeg x Culture Card rooftop series event at the MET -
- St. Norbert Farmers' Market opening day -
- Sunset biking trails around the city -

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What I had originally planned to post this week was a continuation of my Vancouver Travel Diaries from last month. However, I ended up winning a free cooking class with Deluca's last week and of course, I have to share it here in the blog. I've always heard of these cooking classes hosted by Deluca's, a specialty food store and restaurant catering mostly to Italian ingredients and cuisine. I have always gone here for our coffee needs (syrups, tools and even maintenance for our espresso machine) and once in a while, we indulge ourselves with their great selection of Italian offerings. So I was more than happy to be able to attend and check out their cooking studio for free! As you can see from the video, the place itself had an open kitchen concept with dining space good for about 100 people. Chef Mike Brown showed the group how to prepare each course before being served. Afterwards, the deli market was open to the attendees for private shopping pleasure. If you live here in Winnipeg and are interested, there are still two cooking classes before this month ends and I highly recommend the entire experience (with a girlfriend or a significant other). 

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The weekend was filled with pop up events all over the city. I started Saturday morning lining up at the Third & Bird Spring market. In case you didn't know, I've been attending this craft market for a number of years now and the newest venue at the Hudson's Bay basement downtown is the best yet. To be honest, I spent most of my time eating than shopping, haha! But that doesn't disregard the fact that this market keeps getting better each year. I also stopped by my local bicycle shop before heading to Cornerstone for some drinks and chicken wings. For dessert, my friend and I decided to try out a new gelato spot called Baires, located along Marion street. It was a great surprise to see that they had Ube-flavored gelato which is traditionally a Filipino sweet delicacy. 
On Sunday, I was lucky to get tickets to Lasa (meaning 'taste' in Filipino), a series of pop up dinners by Master Chef Canada runner-up Jeremy Senaris. This time around he was collaborating with Kyu Grill, who recently gained a permanent spot at the Forks market hall. The pop up included a 6-course meal highlighting the chef's take on traditional Filipino cuisines. It was an amazing experience to see people of all backgrounds appreciating Filipino food, definitely all good vibes on a Sunday night.