Poutine Cup 2017

September18

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Even though the Poutine Cup has been enjoyed by many over the past couple of years, it was our first visit. We arrived at Fort Gilbraltar later than we had anticipated and it had started cooling off, so D in his shirt sleeves was a wee bit chilly. We made a quick lap around to visit as many vendors as we could and then took some time to warm up in the fort itself. The room holds a special spot for us as our daughter’s wedding reception was in the cozy room.

But to the food…

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We were impressed by the addition of cucumbers and carrots to the Promenade’s duck poutine. The veggies layered Vietnamese tastes onto rich French ones.

Chew topped their poutine with fermented pepper sauced chicken and then fennel/celery slaw and seaweed. The tastes were so exotic.

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I am crazy for figs so we included The Grove Pub & Restaurant on our rounds. Besides fig jam, braised lamb shank, pickled cauliflower, crispy quinoa and cashew cream topped their poutine.

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Loving bold Mexican flavours, we appreciated Underdogs’ chorizo gravy, grilled mango salsa tequila lime guacamole and crispy black beans. It was the sparkling cilantro that made their entry most surprizing. I understood that Underdogs took top prize.

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In our humble opinion One Great City was the winner with Chicken yakitori (skewered chicken), togarashi (chili pepper), wasabi aioli, green onions, tobiko (similar to caviar) & nori (seaweed). You would think that the creator was a Japanese Chef-an indication of his varied skill.

Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Poutine Cup. It is one of Winnipeg’s culinary events that should not be missed.

Kath’s quote: “When I am in Canada, I feel that this is what the world should be like”.-Jane Fonda

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KYU Grill-The Commons, Forks Market

September11

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If you enjoy variety and lots of food options, you will love the revamped food area at The Forks. Called The Commons it features menu items from around the world.

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We were also able to treat ourselves to various beer tasters (4)

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and a selection of mini wine portions (3); called ”flights” these are a great way to expand your beer or wine circle.

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The reputation of the KYU Grill proceeded itself. I had seen their food truck at events like the Food Truck Warz at Manyfest in years’ past. In fact, they took home the People’s Choice Award a couple of years in a row.

Even though I knew that their reputation had been made with sandwiches like the Hiroshima where grilled meat and all the trimmings are stuffed into a fresh submarine style bun, we decided to try a couple of other dishes.

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Their Japanese Curry was pretty good but we couldn’t figure out what the Japanese twist to it was. The chicken in it was sparse but the potatoes and veggies were lovely in the light curry sauce.

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When I saw photos of fire grilled corn on their website, I was looking forward to the treat that we often enjoy at the Merchant Kitchen here in Winnipeg. The side was served up after the corn had been removed from the cob, likely earlier in the day. It was tasty enough but has to be served just cut from the cob in order to elevate it to stellar.

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Panko crusted chicken was the highlight of the experience. The morsels were crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside and enhanced by an Asian sauce for sweetness and a little punch. I would be tempted to order this again next time, except that I must try one of their signature sandwiches.

KYU Grill is owned by Calvin Truong & Peter Truong. Make sure you check their hours. The Forks website states the following: “The Forks Market Building is open all day from 7 am- 11 pm but select tenants may choose to open earlier or stay open later at their discretion.” The Forks is wheelchair accessible.

Kath’s quote:“I’m going to scream this from the mountain top, there’s no such thing as ‘a curry.’ There’s six kazillion different kinds of curry. When someone asks how to make chicken curry, I have to ask ‘Which one?’”-Aarti Sequeira
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Isla Mujeres 2017-Trip Report Day 5

September8

We all let ourselves sleep in a little bit, the day after the family wedding. We made a quick trip to Hortenzia’s

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and then met for breakfast at Café Cito  (click this link to read all about it).

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I spent the afternoon at the seawall to walk and reflect on the previous day’s festivities.

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We went out for an early dinner with the family at La Lomita’s. (click this link to read all about it).

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It was the day of the weekly Artist’s Market. 

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So we had a wander around and then at 9:15 pm we were ready for an early sleep.

Kath’s quote: “I look best when I’m totally free, on holiday, walking on the beach.”- Rosamund Pike

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70’s Potluck

September7

 

Our immediate family has a cluster of six cottages together at Lester Beach with another not far away. We get together on a regular basis: sitting together at the beach or around a camp fire. We also take turns hosting Happy Hour. There was recently one where Bro #1 and his wife set up on their back deck and we were all so comfortable without mosquitoes, in the sun and enjoying the forest, that we lost all sense of time and ran over the dinner hour. We decided to go home, put together the items we had planned for our individual dinners, combine them together and call it supper.

The dinner topic over happy hour and this dinner was typical of our family-what we were going to eat next or in the near future! We started remembering old family recipes and the comfort food that we enjoyed and raised our families on: KD mixed with canned tomatoes, fried bologna, etc. The recollection was so much fun that we decided to have a 70’s Potluck Dinner. It took one of my SILs to get the ball rolling and the date was set for the Sunday of Labour Day Weekend after the Bomber/Rider game of course.

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Our family gatherings are so large that we spread out in the screen porch, on the deck and around the bonfire pit. Thank heavens the rain held off so that we could do so. You can spot the littlest Wee One to the right of the picture. We had a hoot watching her when she was drunk on Tang and supper had not even been served yet.

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This was the buffet table when it was in the process of being set up. There was: 7 layer dip, sloppy joes, tuna noodle casserole, fish sticks, calico beans, Swedish meatballs, jellied salad, pizza pops, tater gems, devilled eggs, beef stroganoff, etc.

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Plates were heaped with tastes and nary a veggie in sight!

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When we had had our fill of additives and preservatives, there was the dessert table. There were two kinds of cheesecake-one version with canned pie filling toppings, more jello, rice krispie cake, Twinkies, root beer floats and a candy bar!

Although we all had a great time together, I would not recommend that you eat in this manner on a regular basis. All seven of us felt bloated and gross after dinner. There were reports that other families felt the same. It was fun while it lasted though!

Kath’s quote: “I didn’t grow up vegan or vegetarian. I grew up with junk food! And because of the way I ate before changing my diet, I can truly understand the challenges of making changes and stepping away from foods that provided a form of comfort and happiness growing up, but finding out that most of what I loved was really bad for me!” -Kim Barnouin

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Willard Lake 2017

September6

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Every summer, D and I get together with old friends from Toronto at their summer home on Willard Lake. Although we have lived in different cities for almost 20 years, our friendship has stayed strong with these annual visits and finding other reasons and places to connect as well.

We met when M and I were both enrolled in the Dramatic Studies program at the University of Winnipeg. We shared our second pregnancies and lived on the same street. In between, we both worked at The Keg ‘n Cleaver now known as The Keg Steakhouse + Bar. In addition to our meet up, I met husband D at The Keg as well. A third couple join us every year and what is our connection to them? Well she worked at The Keg Garry St. too.

Each year, we establish a theme for the Saturday evening of our weekend together. This year we tossed around a Canada 150 theme and then our host suggested that since we all met at and still love The Keg, we should have a Keg themed dinner. To acknowledge how long we have known each other, we add the 70’s to the formula. So even though some of our menu items are still on the Keg menu today, they had to have appeared on Keg menus in the 70s.

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Our Saturday afternoon began on the dock with decadent Silver Clouds, made with cream de cacao and amaretto blended with cream and then topped with whipping cream and Kahlua.

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From there we moved the short distance to an outside dining area where a blush wine was served with three traditional Keg appetizers:

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Escargot,

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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and Shrimp Cocktail. At this point we took a wee break, changed our clothes and moved inside. D (on the far left) had already gotten changed into his Keg attire.

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D was a broiler assistant in the 70s and so here he is pictured in a chef’s jacket with his hair slicked down as it would appear after an evening in the steamy broiler area.

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Here he is after a shower enjoying our next round of pre-dinner cocktails. This time Kamikazes!

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This is me in my full length dress like the ones we had to wear when I was a Keg hostess.

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This is former cocktail waitress M

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and her husband R, the Torontonians.

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L was a Keg bartender back in the 70s but you may recognize her as your more recent bartender at Winnipeg’s Palomino Club.

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Her significant other fit right into the 70s theme.

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But I digress, back to the food. M and L set up an abbreviated Keg salad bar complete with baby corn, which we decided not to take out of the can.

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Here is our Keg entrée: mushrooms served in an authentic mini iron skillet, a perfectly cooked medium rare steak, baked potato with the works i.e. sour cream, butter, chives and bacon (that had been cooked on the barbeque the day previous). We added some fresh beans to increase the vitamin content of dinner. As you can see, we always imbibed in a selection of red wines.

Full disclosure here: I was full after our appetizer course and had to cease eating my entrée after a couple of bites. BUT, there was more!

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Bartender L made us all Spanish Coffees

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to slurp along with our Billy Miner Pie!

When I think back to the day I landed my part time job at The Keg: who knew I would meet my future husband and so many lifelong friends? We worked our young butts off and partied hard. We also learned about teamwork, putting the guest before our personal needs and the difference that quality makes. Whatever The Keg had going for it in those early days has not changed a whole lot and I for one am proud of it.

Kath’s quotes: “Treat the guests of The Keg like you were inviting them into your own home.” -George Tidball, founder of The Keg

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