December 8, 2014

Winnipeg For Lunch - K & W Grocery

More Bánh mì!

A place I've eaten at but never been. I wasn't sure about that until I bit into the Bánh mì but I was confident an old co-worker picked these up from time to time, yet I never went with him and could never remember where he got them from. Enter Kevin, who once again knows a fantastic lunch joint.

You have a few Bánh mì options: K & W Special ($3.25), Meatball ($2.80), Fried Fish Paste ($3.75), Grilled Pork ($3.75), and Pulled Chicken ($3.75). If for some reason you didn't want Bánh mì and just wanted a Sub To Go it is $3.33. But get a Bánh mì.

We went for a late Friday lunch, so it wasn't too busy, or busy at all. By the time we decided what we wanted, the K & W Special, and spoke a few words about the place being a hole in the wall gem, our meals were ready.

Now I could definitely see the speed of the lunch coming out slower once it is a bit busier but considering it took all of maybe two minutes to place an order, have it made, pay, and start eating. That is faster than the fastest Subway or Quiznos with more flavour and half the cost.

This bun has a lot going on for it - soft and chewy, crusty, and messy. I had crumbs all over me (and Kevin's car), but then again I am a messy eater in general. A lot of flavours going on stuffed in that 8-inch baguette. Packed with carrots, cucumber, cilantro, pork, daikon radish, and chili peppers (we asked for 3 on ours) the distinctly different textures and flavours combine for a gorgeous balance of everything you could ask for - sweet, spicy, crunchy.

If the Bánh mì I had at Fong Ying was traditional but had its faults, the Bánh mì at K & W is as traditional and yummy as it gets. This basically is as good as you are going to get for lunch at that price.

Taste: 9/10
Speed: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Overall: 19/20

K & W Grocery
542 Dufferin Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2Y8
(204) 582-7247

December 4, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 74 - Anchorage Galaxy White IPA

"Pemmican, it gives you wings"

Do you like poutine? Do you like LJT? If you are a sane individual, the answer is probably yes. Luke Jacob, the sexy intern, is hosting us this week. We’re talking about that pinnacle of Canadian cuisine, and drinking a beer that has absolutely nothing to do with it. We’ve got the highly-rated, Brett-and-galaxy-filled Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing.

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Show Notes
00:00 – Intro
00:30 – Anchorage Galaxy White IPA
04:40 – Tasting notes
06:30 – Pairing beer with poutine
08:00 – Regional foods
14:30 – Gravy
16:10 – Specialty poutines
21:20 – Deep fried cheese curds
23:35 – Deep frying in general
30:15 – Chips, cheese and gravy
32:15 – Best poutine in Winnipeg
36:05 – Cheese curds
38:45 – The beer warms up
40:25 – Homemade poutine
42:30 – Wrapping it up

November 20, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 73 - Westmalle Tripel

The Queen (of the Internet) returns

This week we’re joined by the Queen of the Internet, Alyson Shane and John aka one-man synth pop band Aband*nthecar to talk about music festivals and drink Westmalle Tripel. We also managed to get completely distracted and talk about Kriss Kross, among other things.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
01:25 – Westmalle Tripel
05:30 – About Westmalle
08:20 – Trappist monks, beers and saints
15:20 – John dresses as Kriss Kross
16:50 – Sewing with Nancie
21:05 – Reddit and upvotes
26:45 – More on starting a religion
28:50 – John’s music, Aband*nthecar
35:35 – Music festivals
38:40 – Coutryfest
44:15 – Folk Fest
49:35 – Rainbow Trout
53:45 – Wrapping it up

November 12, 2014

Winnipeg For Lunch - Lao Thai

A classic lunch spot

Cilantro Shrimp and Spring Rolls
Well it looks like two months into Winnipeg For Lunch and I am already rolling with a crew of Adrian and Kevin to lunch places. Kevin kind of has vast knowledge about the Winnipeg lunch (and dinner) scene and he has been recommending [many] places to eat. Since Adrian has never been to Lao Thai, and I've always been a fan, figured I'd make Lao Thai stop number two.

Souk Gai
This small eatery, seats maybe twenty-six people, so you may not always get in or get a table right away. It was still busy when I arrived, shortly after 1pm, Adrian and Kevin had arrived minutes earlier and a table was cleared for us once we were all there. Within 10 minutes we had water in front of us and our orders were taken.

This family run business cranks out tons of good food, and we definitely ordered more than we needed to - spring rolls, cilantro shrimp (one of my favs), souk gai, ham nam, and gang pet.

A few of these dishes were new to me, and Kevin swore the souk gai was amazing. About 10 minutes after we ordered the shrimp and spring rolls came out. Both were tasty but that combination of cilantro, lemongrass, onion, ginger and shrimp just gets me. The peanut sauce for the springs rolls was pretty stellar as well.

Gang Pet
Moments after we finished our starter dishes the souk gai and gang pet was put in front of us. Souk gai is Laotian-style spicy-Langy soup with green onion, ginger, garlic, cilantro and chiles. And I say this far too much - but Kevin was right - it was amazing. Don't hesitate to order this. We got it with two chilies. If you can handle a bit of spice this is perfect for you. If you want more try three (that's what I will be doing next time).

The gang pet, red curry with green beans, red peppers, onions, and broccoli in coconut milk, was also tasty and not too spicy. We used a bit more of the white rice in this one than the souk gai. As I was digging in to this the ham nam came out.

Now this looked like pilaf with ham to me but I trusted Kevin's judgement on ordering it. I really didn't expect much of just putting a bit of pilaf in lettuce. We used lettuce leaves to wrap the crispy-sweet coconut and ham rice pilaf, with a helping of cucumbers, cilantro and mint on top. I was surprised by the crunch and fell in love. The texture of this dish brings everything - hot, cold, crunchy, juicy, meaty.

Ham Nam
Of course we didn't have to spend as much as we did. One dish each and splitting just one appetizer would have sufficed. Needless to say our final bill was still only $47, which means I was fully stuffed for the $15 lunch I just had. It cracked the $15 mark which means I have to give it a 1 out of 5 in the rating system devised for Winnipeg For Lunch but this is one of those lunches where I ate more like a full dinner, and the food is worth much more than what it actually cost. Trust me I am already rethinking this price rating system....

If you've never been to Lao Thai I highly recommend it. It isn't really a place to go if you only have an hour. You could probably make it work in time but you'd be cutting it close. We sat down and ate and paid in exactly one hour (so if you factor in travel time you need a bit more time likely). They do also deliver, so you can take advantage of that very easily.

Taste: 10/10
Speed: 4/5
Price: 1/5
Overall: 15/20

Lao Thai
763 Selkirk St
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2N5
(204) 589-0065

November 6, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 72 - Palliser Porter

Weird plastic surgery talk

This episode we’re drinking Palliser Porter from Bushwakker Brewing in Regina. We’re joined by Taylor Cole to talk all about various forms of cosmetic surgery. This is a foreign topic to us, but it’s apparently more common than you might think.

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Show Notes
00:00 – Intro
01:15 – Bushwakker Brewing and Palliser Porter
07:15 – Saskatchewan beer scene
14:10 – Boob jobs in Las Vegas
16:05 – Plastic surgery tourism
18:15 – Over, under, and nipple removal
23:15 – Butt jobs
26:25 – Fake boobs and strippers
28:45 – Breast lifts, face lifts, hair implants
31:35 – Nose jobs
35:50 – Addiction and too much plastic surgery
41:00 – Plastic surgeons and medical specialties
47:10 – Penis surgery, dick enhancement
51:30 – Circumcision
54:22 – The extra stitch
55:10 – Back to surgical male enhancement
57:40 – Wrapping it up

October 31, 2014

Pub Chat: Halloween 2014 Special - Zombie Monkey

Discussing Serial Killers 

This special episode of Pub Chat we’re talking all about serial killers with true crime enthusiast Cella Rousseau. We’ll look at their history, psychology and plenty of other weird and freaky things. We’re drinking the brilliant Zombie Monkey from Tallgrass Brewing Company.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:15 – Zombie Monkey
02:00 – Beer observations
05:05 – Interest in serial killers
10:30 – Phantom limb
11:20 – First use of the term “serial killer” and rise in popularity
13:30 – Serial killers in Winnipeg, Canada and Britain
20:15 – Serial killers elsewhere
23:35 – Death sentence
29:15 – Sociopaths, bearing arms, legalizing murder
37:35 – Serial killings on TV
39:50 – Return to serial killers
42:40 – Female serial killers
48:30 – Hollywood glorification
51:00 – Wrapping it up

October 27, 2014

Winnipeg For Lunch - Fong Yinh Trading Ltd.

Grocery store or Bánh mì stop?


Lunch on the go can be tough. Sometimes you want to be in and out but that can actually take 20-30 minutes at some places. Other times you've got to eat on the run and you would like the meal to be ready before you walk in the door and it be easy to eat on the run. 

Enter Bánh mì, the Vietnamese baguette, a quickly put together sandwich when fresh, or sometimes already prepackaged. Fong Yinh Trading Ltd. has both options. 

On top of the Bánh mì they offer a few other things. The BBQ pork looked pretty tasty. It was cheap for a dish of chow mein or rice topped with ginger beef as well. But I was there for the Bánh mì. 

At $3.50 the price is definitely right, and with it being prepacked it adds to the ease of getting lunch and heading out within minutes. The only reason it took minutes was because I browsed the store for a bit. There also isn't anywhere to eat in the store, so we high tailed it to a nearby park to take advantage of the last bit of nice weather we will likely get. 

The assorted Bánh mì was a lot of baguette. It had cucumber, cilantro, and julienned carrots, plus the slice of Vietnamese cold cuts tying together all the flavours nicely. The consensus between Adrian, Kevin (his idea to eat here in the first place), and I was the flavour was tasty but the baguette was chewy (likely from being prepacked and refrigerated), and needed a bit more sauce. 

I wouldn't say this is a must visit for Bánh mì. It's tasty sure, but maybe get them to make it fresh and it would have been better. If you're in the area it is definitely a cheap and quick lunch that can easily be taken on the go. 

Taste: 6/10
Speed: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Overall: 16/20

Fong Yihn Trading Ltd.
19 McPhillips St
Winnipeg, MB R3E 2J4
(204) 772-1602