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Stella's, where dancers go to satisfy their insatiable appetites

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- or so I hear. For me, "breakfast" is usually chugging down a smoothie while I am frantically pinning up my hair. Being a ballet dancer, I am always on the go and looking to sleep in for an extra 15 minutes; therefore, my love for breakfast and need for sleep becomes confusing.

Once I'm finished with my morning ballet class I make an emergency coffee and browse through the overflowing snack drawer in my desk, finding something that suits the current craving. We have long rehearsal days -- sometimes dancing up to seven hours in a day; so naturally we like to eat.

When I think about a place that I love in Winnipeg, it's difficult not to think of the many great restaurants. I have become a "foodie" recently and I love going out with friends to see what's local and delicious while on tour as well. It's really great exploring the food scenes in different neighbourhoods of Winnipeg. I have always been a firm believer food brings people closer together.

One Sunday night after an exhausting week of shows a group of four very-hungry dancers decided to spend the night out, feasting our little hearts out. After ordering much more than the average person would, a waiter cautiously asked the group if we were dancers.

Excited and thinking we had been noticed outside our workplace we answered excitedly and he replied, "Oh I thought so, I knew a ballet dancer once and it's amazing how much you guys can consume!"

The one local gem I can't get enough of is Stella's Café and Bakery. I get to eat breakfast at any time, and who can say no to freshly baked bread with that oh-so-classic Stella's jam? It's also my brunch spot on lazy Sundays where I sit for hours with endless cups of caffeinated beverages and a café breakfast (or grilled cinnamon bun); it's too hard to decide!

The best part is when you really can't decide and the staff assures you it's alright, you can add pancakes to the café breakfast. Amazing.

When we go on tour, I frequently say goodbye to Winnipeg with a trip to Stella's at the airport. Once I even tried to buy jam and take it with me on my travels, only to be stopped by an airport security officer, who reminded me it can't go through on carry-on. He flashed me a smile and told me it happens at least once a day.

 

Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet second soloist Elizabeth Lamont will be performing the role of Juliet in RWB's next production of the season, Romeo + Juliet. The timeless tale of love and loss returns Feb. 12-16 at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2014 A1

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