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I've always enjoyed waking up in hotel rooms. It's a brand new day in a new city. Best of all I don't have to worry about making the bed or doing laundry. This can sometimes be bittersweet, since the most important product of mornings is always found to be underpar at hotels. That product is coffee. When my other half doesn't get his daily dose of morning java, all hell can break loose.
My personal caffiene in take comes from a nice cup of hot tea. Tea can be great for those of us sensitive to caffeine, plus its chock full antioxidants. Imagine our delight to find that the Inn at the Forks not only had a decent coffee maker, but teas available in the room as well. The night before we discovered that four wrapped biscottis were left on our pillows in our room while we were out. They went perfectly with our morning caffeine kick.
The Inn at the Forks has a well known restaurant downstairs called, The Current. Going downstairs to have some breakfast without doing a bit exploring seemed too easy for a first breakfast meal in our foreign country, so we decided to save that for later. When the time came that we were too exhausted from exploring the city, then we would use the hotels restaurants for morning grub.
This meant it was decision time again. Where to eat? The biscotti wasn't going to be enough fuel for the busy day we had planned.
The restaurant we decided on was picked due to its proximity to where one of our hosts lived whom we were meeting that morning. It was also selected for its signature dish Gloms Kuak, something neither of us had ever heard of. If there's one way to capture my attention, it's to offer a signature that has never been tried before. The Don
. As many stated, the decor for The Don wasn’t much to gawk at and brought to mind hotel lounges that serve free breakfasts. What they lacked in decor they made up for in food tastiness. Gloms Kuak turned out to be the most amazing thing ever, cottage cheese patties fried with fresh dill.
Researching Gloms Kuak brings up only results that point towards The Don. Most cottage cheese patties are sweetened with condensed milk. Gloms Kuak was not sweetened at all and with eggs provided a hearty breakfast the went together quite well. It had us thinking up our own variations to try once we arrived back home. The eggs were perfectly cooked and not as greasy as the ones we know to well at the various "country kitchens" back home. It was a perfect start to our second day in Winnipeg.
After a hearty breakfast, off to work we went. No Winnipeg travels for our second day. There was business that had to be done.
Long days in the office can work up a big appetite. Dinner time finally came around and we set off for Peasant Cookery. We were excited to go to Peasant Cookery as this was on the fancier side of things not available in our local hometown. Peasant Cookery was also mentioned a few times by Winnipeg locals. It's located in the Exchange district and if you get a chance to walk around the Exchange district you should.
The Exchange District was established in 1881 and it's great to see a city working so hard to preserve its past. In this ever changing world, corporations are quick to tear down beautiful buildings like those located here and replace them with uninspired offices. Our college back in California had a gorgeous building in its center that was built back in 1924. We were devastated to find out that they had torn it down and put up, what can only be described as an monstrosity, in its place.
As you can see in the pictures below, the Winnipeg Exchange district is anything but an eye sore.
The Peasant Cookery was crowded when we arrived. We were lucky to get seated in the bar, so if you want to go there, we highly recommend making reservations.
It took awhile for them to finally get over and get our drink orders. The Peasant Cookery has a very large selection of wines a beers. Unfortunately many of the interesting choices for beers on their list weren't in stock. We finally managed to find something in stock that we weren't familiar with and put in our order plus an order of Mussles and Fries. Their mussles preparation changes daily, and on that day the sauce consisted of white wine and basil.
The mussles arrived right as we were starting to wonder when our waiter would be back to take the order for our main course. The smell was enchanting. They arrived steaming hot and the sauce was superb. There was a bit more grit in them than we would of liked but that didn't stop anyone from digging in.
After the food had been delivered and consumed we ordered our main course and the waiter scurried off to tend to it. This would be a good time to talk about the atmosphere at the Peasant Cookery. The inside decor is bright and lively. The windows bring in a nice outside light (even on a Friday evening). The walls are wonderfully decorated and the entire setting has a very old time feel to it. It's a good thing the inside of the restaurant is as comfortable as it is, because the wait we were about to embark on was one of epic proportions.
Luckily, we were in good company and able to keep the conversations rolling until our food found its way to our table. Piping hot.
For the main course:
Hers - The daily special of fresh local cornmeal crusted pickerel served with a zucchini salad.
His - Aged cheddar gnocchi served over sun dried tomato, spinach, red onion, piquillo peppers and basil oil.
As long as the wait was, the food was well worth it. The pickerel went perfectly with the zucchini salad. The gnocchi was top notch and highly recommended. Both dishes seeped with creativity and inspiration.
So far our trip to Winnipeg has turned out to be way better than expected.
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