I was happily surprised by Winnipeg: the landscape was prettier, the city more interesting, the vegetarian restaurants tastier than I had thought. If I have the chance, I would love to explore the city more: try out the bicycle trails through the university area, wander through the parks, see if I can go on a boat ride on the two rivers that converge in Winnipeg, near the Forks.
First on my list was Boon Burger, which has a big, delightful selection of handmade, all vegan veggie burgers (and gluten-free buns— yay!) I had a Buddha Burger, made with chickpeas and topped with a spicy curry mayo. Cukes and peach chutney balanced the spice out, and the chickpeas made for a rich tasting, very filling burger. My dining companion had a Baja burger, with cheddar cheeze, pineapple and tomatoes. Also, we shared a wonderful heap of vegan poutine (which is just as good as Brooklyn Street’s in Detroit.)
Another great restaurant is Affinity Gardens, which has a large selection of all-vegetarian Chinese food (and all the gluten-free choices clearly marked.) My dining companion and I ordered way too much food: spicy Szechuan tofu, tofu sautéed with tomatoes and cilantro, vegetables and vermicelli noodles. The tofu and tomatoes was one of my favorites: the tofu was sliced thin and lightly fried, and with the sautéed tomatoes, almost melted in your mouth when you ate them. I really enjoyed being able to order tasty Chinese standards, and not have to worry which ones have meat.
(And the leftovers made great breakfast— and lunch!— the next day.)
I arrived in Winnipeg just in time to catch a few days of Indian summer— enough time to enjoy a warm day at Lake Manitoba (though the water was very cold!) As I’m leaving the country very soon, I’m trying to get in all the visiting that I can— hence the trip to the Canadian prairie to see a friend.
And on my last day, I made a happy discovery at the Safeway grocery store: a great selection of gluten-free veggie burgers! Which I’ve taken as a sign that I have to return, likely next summer.