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now open I say ahhh After much eager anticipation, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature has opened, ready for visitors keen to luxuriate in a relaxing Nordic-style resort setting. The expansive spa, located adjacent to the Crescent Dr golf course, features thermotherapeutic saunas, whirlpools, and baths, as well as massage therapy and a range of traditional spa treatments. Restaurant and boutique also onsite. 775 Crescent Dr, 1‐855‐284‐3344. —JK I real deal The latest addition to South Osborne's food scene is Vera Pizzeria, named after the Italian word for 'true'. The cozy spot dishes nine varieties of Neapolitan-style pies, as well as changing specials, from a spotless open kitchen, with authentically Italian toppings. Cuddle up around a candle lit table with a glass of wine and the panna panchetta, which is doused with cream and topped with bacon, house made ricotta, and scallions. 670 Osborne St, 204‐222‐6306. —JK ciao!news ciao!news new openings and food and retail news I sandwich stop Forget peanut butter and jelly: sandwich shop King + Bannatyne is slicing up slow cooked meaty marvels in the Exchange District. The comfortable, fresh space is decked out in white subway tile, light wood, stainless steel accents and artistic odes to livestock. A minimalist menu touts River City Brisket— supremely tender beef that flakes into flavourful chunks — along with meatballs, porchetta, changing weekly specials, daily soup offerings, and salad. 11 am-9 pm. Unit 4-100 King St, 204‐691‐9757. —JK I feeding change New lunch spot Lunch Bell Bistro is serving up food with a side of opportunity. The restaurant is partnered with Changes Supportive Living Services Inc, and provides jobs and training services to work experience students with cognitive and developmental disabilities. A menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and pies ensures diners leave both inspired and satiated. 622 Main St, 204‐691‐7701. —JK I lovely loaves Farmers' market favourite Sleepy Owl Bread has opened up shop in the West End. This rustic bakeshop takes local eating to new heights with loaves and pastries packed with Manitoba ingredients, including flours from local farms, butter from Notre Dame Creamery, and beer from Half Pints Brewery. 751 Wall St, 204‐805‐2530. —JK I pub cool Pub-influenced, craft beer carrying neighbourhood spots are booming lately. The newest addition to our hop happy city is St James Tap and Table, where a chilled out menu of bar food favourites accompanies live music events and a homey atmosphere. Pizzas, burgers, and wings (in more than 40 flavours) are all on the menu, alongside local must-haves like pickerel and beets. 2609 Portage Ave, 204‐691‐8270. —JK latte art The mod chic interior of BerMax Caffé + Bistro would look right at home in Milano. Touches of swagger, like a chandelier encased in a steel orb, are a match for the slick Italian-crafted espresso machine pumping out lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso made with world famous illy coffee. The entire all-day menu and generous pastry selection are certified kosher. 4‐1800 Corydon Ave, 204‐691‐0044. —JK retail news I if you've got it... New and sparkly shop Flaunt is now open on Waterfront Drive. Skyhigh heels lining the wall complement a glam selection of Photo: Thermëa by Nordik Spa 6 ciao! / feb/mar / two thousand fifteen