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Winnipeg

Street Eats

foodtruckThe annual flood of food trucks onto summer streets shows no sign of slowing down.

Our favourite meals on wheels are packing out Broadway every weekday, and this year, a new ‘food truck alley’ along Israel Asper Way has everyone meeting at The Forks. Owning a food truck has proved to be a great way for creative types to try out their wildest culinary dreams with the freedom of a relatively low cost set-up. These mobile mavericks are churning out fresh, inventive fare.

Chef Darryl Crumb of Tot Wheels has proved high concept eats can have staying power if executed deliciously. Piles of fluffy, golden homemade tater tots are loaded with complex and unexpected flavours. Try tots topped with frogs’ legs, the dish that started all the buzz. @totwheelswpg

If there’s one thing more impressive than retrofitting a freightliner with a woodfired pizza oven, it’s The Red Ember’s end product. Gourmet toppings from figs to housemade sausage are piled on puffed and crispy, charcoal-edged crust and served through the window of this bright red behemoth. @theredember

The Poutine King offers tastes straight from the cobblestone world of Montreal, but these piles of fries loaded with gravy and stretchy cheese curds don’t cling too close to tradition. Find everything from red curry-spiked chicken to smoked salmon at the gourmand-friendly truck. @poutine_king

Having secured their place as a neighbourhood haunt, Sherbrook St Deli is taking to the streets with a mobile meat truck at once futuristic and retro. The shiny sandwich shop features a menu of housemade meaty favourites. @sherbrookdeli

The Bannock Factory serves traditional quickbread from a wood panel-printed trailer. Dense, chewy bannock makes up most of the menu, upgrading street food classics like sammies and hot dogs with local flair. Try it warm with butter or jam, or as a sandwich piled with juicy pulled pork. @BannockFactory

Winnipeg’s Best New Restaurant 2014 – Prairie 360

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Each year, WHERE editors scour the city to find Winnipeg’s best new restaurants. New revolving restaurant venture Prairie 360 tops the list for 2014, chosen as one of Canada’s Top 10 New Restaurants. Where Winnipeg presented this honour to Executive Chef Alfonso Maury and FB Hospitality president Noel Bernier for their outstanding culinary talent and entrepreneurial spirit. Read the review here.

Left to right: Alfonso Maury, Executive Chef, Prairie 360; Noel Bernier, President, FB Hospitality; Laurie Hughes, Publisher, Where Winnipeg; Joelle Kidd, Editorial Assistant, Where Winnipeg

Cornish Game Hen

Cornish Game Hen at Prairie 360

 

Winnipeg’s 23rd Annual Silver Plume Award Winners

On October 8th, 2014 the winners of the WHERE Magazines 23rd annual Silver Plume Awards for Hotel Employees of the Year were announced. Where Winnipeg held a reception and awards ceremony at Assiniboine Park Zoo’s new Journey to Churchill exhibit which was also recognized as the city’s Best New Attraction by WHERE editors.


 

Winners:

Bell Desk
Patrick Lacanilao, Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown

Front Desk
Catherine Celestial, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Food Service
Helen Tesfaye, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

House Keeping
Rudy Medina, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Kitchen
Esam Kolta, Inn at the Forks

(Also in photo, Laurie Hughes, Publisher WHERE Winnipeg)

Nominees:

Bell Desk

Patrick Lacanilao, Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown

Edgardo Marquez, Delta Winnipeg

Marvin Samonte, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Front Desk/Guest Services

Janelle Bouché, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

Catherine Celestial, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Bea DeMesa, Inn at the Forks

Rhosan Estoy, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Ian Sarne, Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport

Foodservice

Victor Costa, Delta Winnipeg

Allen Kotowski, Delta Winnipeg

Raphael Reyes, Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown

Martin Saul, Inn at the Forks

Jeff Sayavong, The Marlborough Hotel

Helen Tesfaye, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

Oliver Tudtud, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Housekeeping

Kathy De Jesus, Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport

Sharon Evans, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

Cheryl Graham, Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport West

Valerie Huta, Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport

Gloria Malamion, Inn at the Forks

Rudy Medina, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Teodora Narvaez, Delta Winnipeg

Alfredo Peralta, Place Louis Riel Suite Hotel

Kitchen

Christopher Boyko, Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport

Esam Kolta, Inn at the Forks

Raquel Miranda, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Catalino Ragasa, Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport West

Edmund Tubog, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

Hot Shopping: Editors Pick – Top 5 Gourmand Go-To’s

Korean-BBQTravelling foodsters know that the way into the heart of a city is through its stomach. And while eating on vacation can be memorable, gourmet items you can take home help recreate those experiences.

If you’ve tried one of the hottest dining trends, Korean BBQ, head to Bosch Kitchen Appliance Centre to pick up a plug-in electric Korean BBQ of your own (pictured). Set the bar with an interactive dinner party your guests won’t forget! 105-2800 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-2617

Sticking to a regime while on the road is tough, which makes the availability of everyday organic at specialty spot Organza a blessing. Stock up on local products such as Whiteshell Dairy cheese, or start the day right at its in-house juice bar. 230 Osborne St #2A 204-453-6266

Cooking at home may not yield Top Chef results, if the kitchen is full of clutter! For Space Sake carries a wide variety of kitchen organizers that are functional and eye catching. 1824 Grant Ave,
204-488-2633

Local Meats and Frozen Treats is passionate about gourmet gleans. It stocks everything from local sausages to flavoured creamed honey. Manitoba’s best products line the shelves and freezer walls. 1604 St Mary’s Rd, 204-255-2172

Before catching a flight or hitting the road, stop by Humboldt’s Legacy to pick up some last minute travel snacks. Locally made Gorp Energy Bars taste great and pack a nutritional punch. 887 Westminster Ave, (204) 772-140

Hot Dining: Prairie Pizza Boy

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Chef Eric Lee at Pizzeria Gusto has a reputation for redefining Italian classics through a local lens. The energetic 35-year-old nurtures key relationships with a number of small-scale Manitoba growers and producers to ensure his kitchen is always has the freshest ingredients. This practice is apparent at first bite. Lee’s caprese salad is always juicy with plump tomatoes, dressed in verdant pesto that delivers a peppery hit of arugula and crowned with the silky tang of buffalo Mozzarella. With local greenhouse-grown tomatoes, herbs and greens arriving twice a week and year-round this clever chef has cracked the climate code, serving a real taste of summer to Winnipeggers in winter. 404 Academy Rd, 204-944-8786.

Hot Shopping: Now Open: Olive Love

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To the delight of local and visiting gourmands alike, not one but two fine oil and vinegar tasting concept stores recently opened in Winnipeg’s toniest shopping districts. Frescolio (pictured) joined the Corydon strip in June, offering more than 40 extra-virgin olive oils and vinegars in palate-pleasing flavours like honey ginger white balsamic and dark chocolate balsamic, sourced from regions as varied as Greece, Spain, Australia, Morocco, Chile and California. OliV Tasting Room, a noted Canadian chain with six locations across the country, set up shop on the Academy strip in July. Founded by Awie and Isabeau du Toit, OliV offers more than 80 premium oils, many of which come from the du Toit’s own olive farm in South Africa, and vinegars in flavours such as bergamot lemon and rosemary. Sampling is encouraged and is the edutainment at these tasting bars. Delight in the discovery of seemingly endless combinations. Frescolio, 9-929 Corydon Ave, 204-505-1455; OliV Tasting Room, 540 Academy Rd, 204-414-2019.

Hot Shopping: Now Open: A Cut Above

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Frustrated when it came to finding suits that fit well and were affordable, Alex Ethans, Maciek Hunek and Andrew Parkes launched EPH Apparel (pronounced phonetically) online in 2012. Their vision: a web store that would make customizable made-to-measure suits, a luxury once reserved for Wall Street CEOs, accessible to any man of any size on any budget. The response was overwhelming and the trio realized they would need a brick-and-mortar HQ to accommodate both a growing business and the needs of their clients. In May, EPH Apparel celebrated the grand opening of its gleaming flagship in downtown Winnipeg. As online, clients are able to choose every last detail from cuffs and jacket liners to lapels and pockets in more than a thousand fabrics in an array of colours and weights. Another perk of a physical location? These sharp-dressed men are able to offer one-on-one consultations and exemplary customer service. Call to book a fitting. EPH Apparel, 1st floor, 291 Garry St, info@ephapparel.com. 

Hot Art: Editor’s Pick: Bird Lady’s Swan Song

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In January the world lost a powerful creative force when influential and prolific pioneer of modern Inuit art Kenojuak Ashevak died at age 85. Ashevak’s distinctive, enchanting imagery has graced Canadian stamps and coins, earned honourary doctorates, a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and the distinction of highest auction sale price of any Canadian print at $52,000 USD. Her final masterpiece,Tall Tundra Bird (pictured), is a stunning stonecut and stencil that fittingly features Ashevak’s favoured subject: a mythical and nearly supernatural bird. Nunavut Gallery is the place to see this very special artwork and many other resplendent Ashevak prints. 603 Corydon Ave, 204-478‑7233.

Winnipeg’s Top 40 Patios

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In a city affectionately known as “Winterpeg”, it’s not surprising that locals look for any available chance to soak up some sun. Hit up these 40 prime patios for a side of vitamin D with your meal.

1. Cocktails with a view of the skyline are on the menu at The Allen Restaurant‘s rooftop patio at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.

2. The Beachcomber‘s expansive bar and patio offers people watching and a million dollar view of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

3.  The beautiful, shady patio complete with a fountain makes Black Rabbit a prime spot for sun and sips in Osborne Village.

4. Feel miles away without leaving the city at Buffalo Stone Cafe at Fort Whyte Alive urban nature reserve. Dine on simple breakfast and lunch faves while overlooking one of Manitoba’s beautiful lakes.

5. Open wide for gargantuan sized taqueria fare at a rare front lawn table at Corydon’s Burrito del Rio.

6. Order up your nachos and margaritas, because Carlos & Murphy’s outdoor hotspot is muy caliente.

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Hot Shopping: Scene in the City: Posh Promenade

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Flanked by charming character homes and stately elm trees, Academy Road is as distinguished as its namesake, St. Mary’s Academy for girls, which still anchors the east end of the strip today. Begin your sun-dappled stroll just before Beaverbrook Street at Sue’s Fashions, where you can snap up a coveted pair of curve-flaunting Not Your Daughter’s Jeans. Fashionistas will go mad for the colourful collection of dresses (pictured) just down the street at trendy Mad About Style. Rustic whimsy is what you’ll find at Lake Life, just a short walk east. Pick up a serene gel firepot for the deck before heading to cottage country. Treat your feet next door at European Shoe Shop. Everything from utilitarian Birkenstocks to sky-high Stuart Weitzman stilettos can be found in this well-edited store. Those in pursuit of one-of-a-kind fashion finds must check out Redeemed. This consignment boutique’s best kept secret is its quirky shoe collection.

Hot Dining: Simply Stunning

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For Chef Adam Donnelly, owner of Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant a popular Spanish-style spot, less is more. Diners and critics share an insatiable appetite for his sophisticated plates and appreciation of the restaurant’s trendy-yet-comfy industrial-chic interior. The wonder of Donnelly’s food lies in its artful composition. Many dishes are made with as few as four ingredients. Try Mascarpone- and pistachio-stuffed Medjool dates drizzled with maple syrup that tease with textures and a salty-sweet hook. Be advised this spot has a strict no reservations policy, so pop in early to get your name on the list. In the meantime prep for your experience with a frosty beverage at a nearby watering hole.

The 10 Top Restaurants in Winnipeg’s Exchange District

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Best Restaurants in Winnipeg's Exchange District

The Cajun seared salmon at Blüfish, one of our picks for best restaurants in Winnipeg’s Exchange District (Photo: Blüfish/Facebook)

The Exchange District has one of the densest concentrations of restaurants in all of Winnipeg. To to help you find the perfect spot to have a meal in the area, our local experts offer their picks for the top eateries. Whether you’re looking for authentic Brazilian cuisine, art-infused culinary masterpieces or just a relaxed environment to grab a bite, you’ll find something to your liking in the list below.

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