Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Waffle Guy in Winnipeg!

Today an amazing thing happened. During my first class this morning I looked out the window to discover that The Waffle Guy was parked out on the street! Normally this trailer can be found on one of the streets by the University of Winnipeg, but due to popular demand from Red River College students, The Waffle Guy journeyed to our campus for the week.  
As soon as I got out of class, a friend and I walked across the street to get ourselves some Belgium waffles for breakfast. A plain waffle with one fruit topping was $6.00, and then after that each extra topping was $1.00. My friend decided to order strawberries and whipped cream on her waffle, and I opted for strawberries and ice cream on mine, both costing $7.00.
This was the first time I had ever eaten a Belgium waffle, and it was amazing. So sweet and crispy, and deceivingly small, this waffle was able to satisfy both my sweet tooth and my grumbling stomach.  A small warning to folks who order ice cream or whipped cream for their waffles, you can't tell in the picture, but the waffles are piping hot as they are made fresh to order. As well, the fruit that comes on the waffles is fresh and never frozen. At the time I couldn't believe that the gentleman was actually bringing out a cutting board, knife, and container of fresh strawberries, just for our two waffles!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Giant Sandwich at Mondragon Bookstore & Coffee House

Today was another crazy day at the college, but at some point during all the running around, I managed to eat one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten at a restaurant. Ever!
It all began with a group of us handing in our assignments early and leaving the school to wander for a while during our break. Eventually we decided grab a bite to eat, and this gave me an opportunity to write a blog post about one of the city's strictly vegan restaurants, Mondragon. 
Contrary to what I thought when I first heard the name, this restaurant does not serve Chinese food. Instead, it is a bookstore and coffee house with a small organic market at the back, and a wide selection of vegan dishes you can order at the front counter. There are so many items on the menu, it's actually quite overwhelming for a vegetarian like me who is used to only having three options to chose from when going out to eat.
The photo of the menu board above shows just how many things the Mondragon serves. Not just soups and salads, but sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, burritos, samosas and pupusas, nachos, and even breakfast food. And if you're in the mood for something to drink, they have different types of smoothies along with caffeinated beverages.
One of the girls in the group ordered the daily soup special with bread...
...and one of the guys ordered the quesadilla. 
I was feeling a little peckish and ordered the roasted vegetable sandwich with soup on the side.
Wow, this was a really great sandwich. I can honestly say I've never been served a sandwich so full of fillings. There were roasted vegetables of every kind, including soft, melt in your mouth sweet potatoes, and the whole thing was covered with a white sauce and large pieces of avocado. The truth is, I couldn't fit the sandwich into my mouth and had to cut it in half and eat it like an open face sandwich. How amazing is that?
If you're interested in eating at Mondragon, it's located at 91 Albert Street, just a short walk away from City Hall.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Kay's Deli, a RRC Student's Dream

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to grab a quick bite for dinner at Kay's Deli. I was stranded at the Red River College as I waited for the first The Projector meeting to take place at 5:00pm and quickly discovered that the school's food corner had already closed. So I whipped out my handy ipad and used the urbanspoon app to find a place near the college to eat dinner. Other than a few Chinese restaurants down the street and a Subway around the block, there was really only Kay's Deli. 
So off I went in search of a good meal, and along the way I kept running into people who were heading back to the college after eating at Kay's Deli. And they all said similar things. "Really good food", "I love that place", "if you're a vegetarian, you'll have no problem". By the time I reached the shop I was super excited for my meal. But then I saw the sign saying that the shop closed at 4:00pm...and it was 3:55pm! Nooooooo!
Luckily, the lovely people who work at Kay's Deli took my order as soon as I walked in and handed me my food to go. Great success! While I was waiting, I snapped a few photos of the place. 
So after I was served, I walked back to the college to eat my meal in the cafeteria. The food I ordered was a Roasted Vegetable Wrap which came with portabella mushroom, zucchini, eggplant, red onion, fresh lettuce, and goat cheese. The wrap alone was $7.50, but I asked for a bowl of soup as well, so my total was $11.50.
I'm not sure what the soup was, but I believe it was a split pea curry soup.
The food I ate from Kay's Deli was really delicious and just what I needed before going into the meeting. I know I will be going there again soon because there are still so many vegetarian options I have yet to try. If you're interested in going to Kay's Deli, they are open from 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday, and are closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. Catering is available on Saturdays though!

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Disney's Castaway Cay, the Serenity Bay BBQ

Ah Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. I've been on a few Disney cruises in my life, and I can say that every time the ship docks at Castaway Cay for it's final stop before returning home, I have an amazing time full of relaxation and tranquility. The island is divided into many sections including the family beach, teen beach, kids beach, and then the adults only beach appropriately named "Serenity Bay". The last time I went on a Disney cruise was last spring as a celebration for my mother finishing her Master's degree, and it was the first time I was old enough to enter the adults only beach.
The biggest difference this beach has from the many others on the island is the noise level. All of the beaches on the island are large, and in total Castaway Cay contains more hammocks and beach chairs than there are passengers on the cruise, but while the family and children's beaches have the same kind of laughter and shouts of joy filling the air as any other local beach, Serenity Bay only contains the sounds of socializing adults as they drink their beverages while sitting on a beach chair chest deep in the salt water (see photo above).
Now what kind of post would this be if I didn't show some pictures of all the amazing food the island had to offer its guests? Unlike the other beaches at Castaway Cay, the adults only beach has it's own BBQ buffet, complete with various kinds of salads, fruits, buns and patties, and a small selection of desserts (including a serve yourself ice cream machine). 
So for folks who are vegetarian, there weren't many options when it came to burger fillings, but for those who did eat meat, the buffet included flame-grilled hamburgers, mahi mahi, chicken, and braised pork ribs (not photographed).
A sand turtle and dolphin I found on the beach while searching for shells.
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