Monday, October 29, 2012

MFB's "Divinely Deseo" Coming in 1 Week!

Shortly after the last Manitoba Food Blogger (MFB) gathering that took place a few weeks ago at Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant, the MFB group went ahead and quickly organized the next meet and greet. What great news! 
I sincerely love the MFB group for bringing lovers of food together for wonderful evenings of eating, wine tasting, and discussions about how awkward it feels when you get weird looks from your date as you bring out your camera to snap about 50 photos of your beautiful plate of gnocchi. Yeah, that topic is often discussed, along with complaints on the low-lighting in pretty much every restaurant you want to review. Ahh, the life of a food blogger. 
All the lovely information about the next event "Divinely Deseo" taking place on November 6th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm is in the photo above. I'm especially excited about the "Surprises to follow" that are mentioned! As well, I have put a map of where the event is taking place at the end of this post. 
If you would be interested in buying a ticket, click here. I hope to see you there!


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Eating Vegetarian at Smoke's Poutinerie

So last week a classmate and I decided to walk over to Smoke's Poutinerie to grab a quick bite to eat before our next class started. What's that? You say you've never heard of this beautiful place? Well never fear. I was like that too once. Thank goodness I put an end to that sooner rather than later. I already feel sad enough having never heard of the place until this school year, I can't imagine how depressed I'd be if I hadn't eaten at Smoke's Poutinerie until after I graduated. 
This was my first time going to the restaurant devoted to serving specialty poutine and I was so excited.
As soon as I stepped in I was immediately impressed by the interior design, a throwback to old-fashion diners. The menu was equally impressive. From Traditional poutine to Curry Chicken and Philly Cheesesteak, Smoke's has a wide selection that will satisfy any poutine craving. They even have a few vegetarian options for people who can live without bacon, such as the Veggie, Veggie Deluxe, and the Veggie Nacho. 
My friend got the Bacon poutine (clearly she is not one of the people I mentioned above).
And I ordered the Veggie Deluxe poutine, which comes with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and green peas, along with the classic gravy and cheese curds. 
I thought the poutine was delicious and I am definitely going back to try their Veggie Nacho which comes with salsa, guacamole, jalapeños, and sour cream. My friend and I both ordered the small sizes of poutine, and at first I was a little worried it may not be enough and would leave me hungry again later in the afternoon, but it was actually a struggle to finish the entire box. I'm really glad I played it safe, because it would have been a horrible tragedy to waste such delicious food.
If you'd like to visit Smoke's Poutinerie and taste some of their different poutines, they are located in the Exchange District at 131 Albert Street.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The MFB Gathering at Segovia

Last week I was lucky enough to go to a fun and entertaining event at Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant. The Manitoba Food Bloggers group held their monthly gathering at the stylish eatery just off Osborne St. last Tuesday from 6pm-8pm. Segovia has been in the news recently after Macleans released a list of what it believes to be the top 50 restaurants in Canada and Segovia was listed as one of the two best restaurants in Winnipeg (the other was Pizzeria Gusto). If you'd like to see the other restaurants in Canada that made the list, click here for the original article.
The event was amazing. The restaurant's interior invited people to relax and socialize with its warm tones and dim lighting, and the food was some of the best I had ever had. The event was titled "Time for Tapas", "tapas" being Spanish for "appetizers", so the evening was filled with an endless supply of delectable one-bite morsels coming from the kitchen. Along with the tapas that were being walked around the restaurant, there were small wooden boards placed on each table containing various cheeses, different types of salami, olives, nuts, and fruit preserves. If you'd like to take a look at Segovia's menu, click here.
I'm excited to announce that I have finally tried blue cheese! I didn't like it though. Even though I loved how smooth and creamy it was, the sharp aftertaste wasn't all that pleasant. I also had the opportunity to try many other things for the first time while at Segovia. Scallops, octopus, sardines! It was both amazing and nerve-wracking. A little warning: octopus is really chewy.
It was also really great to see other food bloggers from Manitoba last Tuesday. Colin from cenquist.com, Adrian from adriantrimble.com, Courtney from The Fig Tree, and Destini from The Healthy Wife were all there, and I also got to meet some new folks too.
If you'd like to learn more about Manitoba Food Bloggers or would like to attend some of their future events, go to their facebook page.
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