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

October 23, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 71 - Green Flash Double Stout

We cover a lot in this one

In this episode we’re drinking Green Flash Brewing’s Double Stout (which is apparently a black ale) and chatting with the fountain of knowledge & wisdom that is Joey Heflich. Listen to find out why we’re endorsing Joey for Mayor of Winnipeg in 2018.

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Show Notes


00:00 – Intro
00:15 – Green Flash Double Stout
01:15 – Green Flash Brewing
04:25 – Politics, economics and cheese
08:00 – Public versus private spaces
10:55 – U.S. congress and government shutdown
15:30 – Canadian history and the war of 1812
19:15 – Turning 30 and looking back
30:15 – Reading books
32:05 – Having a code to live by
44:15 – Choosing to be ignorant
46:30 – Dollar stores
51:05 – Joey for Winnipeg Mayor
58:40 – Passport renewal versus marriage
1:01:05 – Cheese and cross-border shopping
1:12:50 – Wrapping it up

October 9, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 70 - Black Oak Nut Brown Ale

Apps - iPhone or Android it doesn't matter

This episode we’re joined by Kieran Moolchan, drinking Black Oak’s Nut Brown Ale, and talking about apps. We’re looking at apps we use every day, innovative apps we’ve tried and some utterly useless apps as well.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:55 – Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
03:30 – Tasting the beer
05:45 – Music apps
14:30 – Sleep Cycle
17:25 – Pocket
20:05 – Jukio
22:00 – Inside
24:00 – Comixology
26:15 – Skype and Microsoft Office deal
27:25 – Functional hairstyles
29:30 – More apps, games, and owning domains
37:50 – Ticketmaster and Path
41:10 – Skip the Dishes
42:30 – Google Plus
46:20 – Wrapping up

October 2, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 69 - Guilty Please Beer

We are not ashamed

This episode is all about the things we enjoy that we don’t always want to share with people. We covered our guilty-beers, restaurants, TV shows and so much more. Our regular music aficionado Chris Rohling joined us to share his take on the subject and drink his own Minnesota guilty beer.

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Show Notes


00:00 – Intro
00:50 – Guilty pleasure beers and blind tasting
11:00 – Guilty pleasure foods
19:35 – Bad TV shows
34:40 – Guilty pleasure hangouts and shops
45:35 – Guilty pleasure music
56:50 – Return to teen TV dramas
58:00 – Wrapping it up