SarahZaharia.com started in 2011 with the goal of sharing the Winnipeg I knew and loved. The fun, busy, sexy side of a city that can’t shake its lingering reputation. We were (and in some circles still are) known as a place where things move slow and the culture is boring.
Winnipeggers know how wrong that is. We have some of the best cultural institutions in the country and there are just so many choices of what to do on any given evening. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Manitoba Opera and that doesn’t even include the summer festivals!
Since I started writing this blog, my life changed forever at the bar of Bistro 7 ¼ where my love of food, cheese, and wine grew so much I have started to study to become a Sommelier. I returned to my waitressing addiction at the Tallest Poppy and learned more from Talia Syrie about food and service than I thought there was to know. More than the technical requirements to run a restaurant, she taught me the magic of making sure diners enjoyed the experience of eating.
I’ve eaten transformative meals in Winnipeg which would give any other city a run for its money. I’m comfortable saying, without hesitation, that I am in love with food and I could talk about it all day. And a piece of my heart will always be in Winnipeg.
Travel became a larger part of my life and I’ve found myself living in Vancouver. A group of amazing people who shared my perspective agreed to pick up the slack and contribute to my blog and we’ve been publishing more than ever. A year ago, my site became ours. Because of that it was time to grow it up and change the name.
Pepper & Vine will have more content about wine and spirits, travel, and international content but we will still have lots of great local coverage in Winnipeg. So this will be the final post for SarahZaharia.com and I’m so glad to have shared it with you.
We are all so excited about the new site and hope that you will come along for the ride. Please subscribe to Pepper & Vine to continue getting updates on food, culture, and happenings in Winnipeg and beyond.
Thanks and Love,