Food Musings

A Winnipeg blog about the joy of preparing food for loved ones and the shared joy that travel & dining brings to life.

Fusian Experience

December19

My husband caters a few special events each year and when that happens I get kicked out of the kitchen. This created an unexpected opportunity to order in and Fusian Experience (612B Academy Rd.)immediately came to mind. The phone line went immediately to voice mail so I suspected they were busy on a Saturday evening. Since they are right in our neighbourhood, I nipped over there to place my order in person. Only 3 of the half dozen tables were occupied but the phone orders were really keeping the kitchen hopping. Owner Lisa Le-Taing (with her husband Owner/Chef Chris Taing) took my number and told me that she would phone me when I could return to pick up our fixings. This gave me an opportunity to survey the tiny but sleek restaurant. The bar stools at the open kitchen would be a fun spot to perch in the future.

Oxford dictionary states that “fusion” refers to food or cooking that incorporates elements of diverse cuisines. How would Chef Taing fuse Asian food to our favourites of Mexican and Italian cuisine? We ordered from the Tapas section of the menu which in itself is a fused notion because you may or may not know that tapas are a Spanish manner of eating.

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We enjoy Lettuce Wraps on a regular basis but typically not with sushi rice and lemongrass pork. These were especially crunchy and the ribbons of cucumber and cilantro made them taste sparkling fresh.

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Sushi Tacos were also stellar with the clean tastes of satiny albacore tuna and mango salsa. In fact every time we tasted something new our dinner got better and better.

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The Hawaiian Shrimp Nachos knocked dinner right out of the park!  Spicy panko shrimp were perfectly teamed with mango and pineapple. The avocado and Gouda added a silky texture, the jalapenos some heat and the wonton crisps even more crunch. We were so crazy for these; we plan to pick them up on a regular basis.

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The Forbidden Risotto was the pièce de résistance. Organic king salmon had been fashioned into a floral bloom and was nestled atop a bed of black rice risotto. Black rice is so packed with nutrition; we should all try to eat it more often. The quail egg added a fabulous pizzazz both visually and in taste.

Fusian Experience is open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30-2 pm, Tuesday –Thursday 5:30-9 and Friday & Saturday 5:30-9:30 pm. There are Lunch, tapas, dinner and catering menus available. They are wheelchair accessible and have plenty of parking in the lot behind the restaurant.

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Kath’s quote: “The food was so good that with each passing course, our conversation devolved further into fragmented celebrations of its deliciousness: ‘I want this dragon carrot risotto to become a person so I can take it to Las Vegas and marry it.” –John Green

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Love never fails.

 

Isla Mujeres Trip Report-Day 12

December14

Fabulous sunrise this morning.

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Another glorious sunrise where we worked up an appetite for a Isla ham & egg breakfast.

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Relatively slim pickings while beachcombing for beach glass.

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We walked to town for a pareo at Hortenzia’s.

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Once a season, Hortenzia will leave the shop under a family members’ watchful eye, to join us with a couple of the grandkids on the beach.

As we prepared to hail a cab back to the airport strip, a couple of gals offered us a lift in their golf cart. It occurred to us that this would be a great way to meet more fellow travellers and save some cab money. We only rent for one day over a couple of weeks but we are committed to offering people a lift, just like the kindness that we received.

We headed home for nachos and beer.

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D napped before sunset at Playa Sol with the gang and then dinner at Fredy’s.

We all had Fredy’s pork chops while Carol had Fredys’s shrimp and cousin Sandra the Mexican plate. Everybody loved their dinner.

For dessert we strolled Hidalgo and treated ourselves to Ferrero Roche ice cream cones.

We grabbed a taxi home for wine and waves.

Kath’s quote: People who love to eat are the very best people.- Julia Child

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Love never fails.

Isla Mujeres Trip Report-Day 11

December9

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Sunrise, shelling and then met Jean and Rich for lunch at Tacos at Tumbras Loncheria.

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D & Rich had Mexican omelettes,

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Jean and I chicken and rice soup.

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We visited Hortenzia and D had a play with the kids.

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We walked from the airport strip to Centro and home again.

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Finished my book in the sun and did some more beachcombing.

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We watched the sunset from our place and what a sunset! We thought the first pic was terrific and then each stage was better and better.

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Bro #3 & L picked us up en route to Basto’s Grill.

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Chillies Relleno for me.

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Hamburger Especiale for everyone else (ham, burger and arrcetta steak)! Everyone loved it.

We all visited Sergio for nightcap #1 before heading home for wine under the stars.

Kath’s quote: “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ― Ruth Reichl

 

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Love never fails.

Isla Mujeres Trip Report-Day 10

December7

No sunrise so I unconsciously decided to sleep until 9:30! D had already gotten the paper by the time I was up. Spent all day in the sun doing nothing. Did a lot of reading of “Girl on a Train”.

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We walked into Centro for dinner. There was no sunset again.

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We get such a kick out of the décor at La Lomita. We watched while all these magnolia blossoms were being painted onto the walls a couple of years ago.

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I swear they have the best French fries. I don’t mean the best on Isla or the best in Mexico, I mean THE BEST fries I have ever tasted in my life anywhere!

We were dining at Sardinian Smile but were too early for Sylvia so we went to La Lomita for beer and fries. We were over the moon with Sardinian Smile (follow the link for the full feature).

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We were home in time for wine & the stars.

Kath’s quote: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

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Love never fails.

Isa Mujeres Trip Report-Day 9

December6

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No sunrise to speak of but a wonderful morning routine returned.

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D walked to town

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while I went sea glass hunting. I made egg salad sandwiches for our breakfast. I had a nap as I hadn’t slept very well. It must have been the Kahlua night cap. D was in the hammock and I finished my book.

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It was a lovely lazy day. I went shelling twice. D did a lot of research on places to stay in 2017.

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A late shower and then some time on the front porch with Gloria & Huw.

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We were heading to the Grill Night Buffet at Priviledge Aluxes, but stopped to have a peak in the graveyard en route .

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We loved the décor, rib-eye, apps, desserts, etc.

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D and I on the bottom left, my second cousin across from us, her husband beside us, Bro #3 and L at the opposite end of the table and new friends G & C.

A good time was had by all!

Kath’s quote: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone”. -Audrey Hepburn

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Love never fails.

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