Take the Dive

2 Seasons (2018-2019) – Lifestyle Food Series – Bell MTS – Travel Manitoba

“Discover delicious hidden gems in your city.”

Downtown dweller Jorge Requena Ramos takes his suburban friend Joanna Braun on an “insider’s list” tour of coolest dives (hidden gems) in her city. Pushing her to step out of her comfort zone and discover amazing restaurants, diners and cafes to rekindle her love for her city through food.

The Show

How many dives can we visit in 6 hours? Imagine your hometown of Winnipeg was just a 6 hour layover, and you wanted to take in ALL the best burgers in town! That’s precisely what these two locals [Jorge & Joanna] do.  Jorge gives Joanna a crash course in eating like a tourist here at home and uncovering delectable hidden gems.

Dashing through the city, they take on a different meal type [or theme] in each episode; from the local breakfast nooks, to the late night venues, and the hole-in-the-wall restaurants in between that we love and support. We sprinkle in some chit-chat with a special guest in each episode and get their recommendations for other hidden gems.

This is a mouth-watering visual tour of Winnipeg’s most popular and perhaps hidden greasy treats that dot the fork-and-spoon landscape of our city.

The term “Dive” has a different meaning today than the antiquated definition in Webster’s Dictionary, where it’s described as “a shabby and disreputable establishment.” Today, we may associate the building to be old-school, but with delicious and inexpensive food to an intensely loyal regular customer base.

The Hosts

A pair of bold, hungry, charismatic and knowledgeable Winnipeg lovers take us on a mouth-watering journey to Winnipeg’s favourite and tastiest boutique diners.



Episode 1:

Guests: Tim Turner & Jacques Bourgeois of Burger Club Winnipeg


Jorge and Joanna dive into some famous and unsung burger joints in Winnipeg with the help of the Burger Club Winnipeg’s Tim Turner & Jacques Bourgeois.  Discovering Winnipeg’s own burger traditions and variations reveals why each location is unmissable.

Episode 2:

Guest: Comedian Lara Rae


A walking tour through downtown reveals some incredible eats. Downtown advocate and comedian Lara Rae explains why there are so many dives with the power to transport you and make you feel like you travelled far from home within just a few blocks of each other.

Episode 3:

Guest: Leif Norman


Breakfast Connoisseur Leif Norman’s List of breakfast dives reveals some outstanding dishes that include perogies, bison, and completely original eggs benedict! The most important meal of the day!

Episode 4:

Guest: Comedian Dan Goldberg


Jewish Comedian Dan Goldberg  gives us the inside scoop on Winnipeg’s best delis.  Jorge takes Joanna on a cross-town trip that reveals a Winnipeg tradition and the perfect recipe for any sandwich.

Episode 5:

Guests: Johnny Marlow, Rafa Reyes


Pub Experts Johnny Marlowe and Rafael Reyes Send Jorge and Joanna on the truest form of dive food – Pub food – Making stops in some of Winnipeg’s legendary dive bars as well as a secret 5 star restaurant.

Episode 6:

Guest: Chef Roddy Seradilla

Chef Roddy Seradilla sends Jorge and Joanna to  travel the wide world  within Winnipeg city limits. Diving into local restaurants that embody authentic flavours from abroad. Each dish tells its own Immigrant story with flavours, and they’re impossible to decline.


Episode 7:

Jorge takes Joanna through some lesser known, yet remarkable coffee shops and indulge in a variety of coffee experiences that must be tried.  You may be surprised where you may find these hidden gems.

Episode 8:


Guest: Jacqueline Bissoon


Jorge and Joanna satisfy their sweet tooth by taking the dive into unique treats.  Pastry chef Jacqueline Bissoon offers some sweet suggestions and Joanna introduces Jorge to a secret dessert spot of her own.