Food From the Land and Shakespeare in the Ruins

marylou and meenaOur friends Meena and Anil are visiting us from Hong Kong and we took them out to the Peasant Cookery, a favorite Exchange District restaurant of ours.window ledge peasant cookery The window ledges are decorated with artistic fowl sculptures in wood or ceramics and jars of canned fruits and vegetables.interior peasant cookery winnipegThe Peasant Cookery boasts that it offers ‘real food from the land’ and we knew from our past visits that the food would be excellent and the service friendly. 

dave and anilWe decided to order five different dishes from the eclectic menu and share them all.  meal at peasant cookeryOur meal was first rate. beet salad peasant cookery

A beet salad with toasted seeds, goat cheese, arugula and a  caramelized honey vinaigrette dressing

tourtierre at peasant cookery winnipeg Tourtiere- a French meat pie with thick cut  fries

gnocchi at peasant cookery winnipeg

aged cheddar gnocchi  with sun dried tomato, spinach, red onion, piquillo peppers and basil oilmahi mahi at peasant cookeryLightly breaded mahi, mahi with fresh vegetablesbread pudding at peasant cookery

and bread pudding with Guinness ice-cream and a caramel sauce for dessert.waiter peasant cookeryDespite his look of concern in this photo our waiter was attentive and very pleasant and earned extra bonus marks from us when my husband asked him who his favorite Winnipeg band was and he replied, “Royal Canoe,” the band our son plays in. trappist monastery shakespeare in the ruinsAfter dinner we were off to the Trappist Monastery in St. Norbert to see this years’ Shakespeare in the Ruins production of The Comedy of Errors. anil and daveIt was a near perfect night. The rain held off and it was just cool and windy enough to keep the mosquitoes at bay. We had warm blankets provided by the theatre troupe. audience shakespeare in the ruinsWe moved around the monastery grounds to see the different scenes from the play. It was done in such an entertaining fashion, the humor bawdy and the acting a bit ‘over the top’ in a good way.  comedy of errors shakespeare in the ruinsThe actors made it so easy to follow the rather complicated plot of mistaken identity that near the end of the play when it was revealed that identical twins had been mixed up throughout the drama, a little boy about three or four years old in the audience blurted out, “Why there’s two of them.”  Even he understood the plot resolution. marylou and meenaThe Peasant Cookery staff and Shakespeare in the Ruins company helped us show off our city to our Hong Kong friends in first class style. 

Other related posts……

Shakespeare in the Ruins- 2012

Are You Speaking English

Devour the District

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Promenade Cafe

promenade cafe saint bonifaceDave and I had never been to the Promenade Cafe just across the Provencher Bridge and only a five-minute bike ride from our home. dinner at promenade cafe saint bonifaceLast week we  cycled over to meet our friends there for dinner. patio promenade cafe saint bonifaceIt was a rainy cold day so we couldn’t use the patio with its nice view of the river, the bridge and the New Human Rights Museum. However the atmosphere inside was pleasant and warm and we enjoyed our meal immensely. couple wine tastingDave and I opted for the restaurant’s unique ever-changing Prix Fixe menu which allows a couple to share a four course meal including a half glass of a different wine pairing with each course. It’s a great deal! You get more than enough food and our bill ended up being substantially cheaper than our friends who’d ordered in a more traditional way from the interesting menu.  pate trayOur first course was a butcher block with pate, spicy mustard, salad, pickles and herb seasoned toasted French bread. Of course paired with a nice white wine. goat cheese saladNext came a salad topped with creamy goat cheese. This is one person’s portion. chicken dish promenade cafe st. bonifaceThen a chicken dish with mushroom bacon wine sauce, creamy potatoes and brocoli. It was so good I was half done before I remembered to take a photo. chocolate dessert promenade cafe And finally a luscious chocolate dessert that quite literally melted in your mouth accompanied by a dessert wine.  It was a satisfying and throughly enjoyable dining experience. The waitress was friendly and informative and the restaurant obviously popular with the place quickly filling up for dinner. Now that we’ve been introduced to the Promenade I know we’ll go back. I’ve heard their breakfasts are excellent.

Other posts about restaurants visited…….

A Blast From the Past

Neechi Commons

The Best Won Ton Mein in Winnipeg

Cafe D Amour

Eat Like You Give a Damn

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What Next?

T-4's at chocolate eventSaturday day night I was in chocolate heaven for a few hours. Along with three good friends and former teaching colleagues, I attended a chocolate dinner at the McNally Robinson Community Classroom. ChocolatourHosted by Doreen Pendgracs the author of the book Chocolatour A Quest For the World’s Best Chocolatewe not only enjoyed a delicious meal where every course featured something chocolate, we also learned so much about chocolate from Doreen and her special guest Constance Popp who is a chocolateur with her own shop here in Winnipeg on Provencher Avenue. 

The menu included………

strawberry spinach salad

A strawberry, almond spinach salad with a dressing made from quince and dark chocolate balsamic vinegar

bittersweet chocolate beef ribs

Bittersweet chocolate beef ribs for the main course

caramel pepper chocolate mousse cake

and caramel chocolate pepper mousse cake for dessert. waitress mcnally's

A lovely surprise was having a former student of ours as our server. doreen chocolatour

Doreen is a chocolate expert and in between each course she shared…

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Finding the Best Wonton Mein in Winnipeg

won ton mein winnipeg Dave and I spent a long time looking for a place in Winnipeg that would serve wonton mein as good as the soup we found in so many restaurants in Hong Kong.  Wonton mein was our favorite supper during our six years in Hong Kong.  We’d stop in at a little street side restaurant in our village on our way home from work and have a bowl of the dumpling and noodle soup. It filled you right up. A complete meal in a bowl.  After about a year of searching in Winnipeg we discovered an excellent wonton mien at a restaurant called Noodle Express at 107-180 King Street.noodle express king street winnipeg

On Monday we walked on over before the Winnipeg Jets game to have a hot bowl of soup. winnipeg china town in the snowThe restaurant is just behind the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural Centre and yes those are flakes of snow in the photo. It was snowing hard on our way over to the restaurant. 
choosing chinese foodYou choose what you like off the menu and write down your order.
noodle express winnipegThe staff at the restaurant is efficient and no-nonsense.noodle express winnipegThe decor is plain and utilitarian. eating won ton mienThe soup however is anything but ordinary.eating won ton mein A visit to Noodle Express always brings back wonderful memories of warm evenings in Hong Kong and is the perfect antidote to a wintry Winnipeg night. decor noodle expressWe’re glad we’ve discovered a place right here in Winnipeg with wonton mein almost as good as what we ate in Hong Kong.

Other posts about Hong Kong…….

Help Me Decide

Making Chinese Dumplings

Fighting for the Bill

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