3 Restaurants in Winnipeg That Make Cutting Meat Out of Your Diet Easy : Part Two

Last week I shared my experience about trying to cut meat out of my diet. I decided that I would share the journey with you by sharing three restaurants that I tried that would make it easy to drop meat from your diet. On Easter Monday Pascal and I went to Stella’s, the Provencher Blvd location to see what their veggie selection looked like.

About Stella’s

Stella’s has been around since 1999, with the first location opening up in Osborne Village. They pride themselves on offering quality simple, healthy food choices. They bake all their own breads and focus on soups, salads and sandwiches. Two of the original four founders still own the company. They currently have 8 locations, all in Winnipeg, with plans to continue expanding.

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The Menu

I decided to try something completely new to me, ratatouille. I’m going to be honest, I always thought ratatouille was some kind of creamy pasta. I was pleasantly surprised. It consisted of oven roasted zucchini, eggplant, tomato, peppers, onion, garlic and fresh herbs all served over quinoa. Drizzled over top was a balsamic reduction (my favorite type of reduction). It was AMAZING! I will definitely be going back to have it again. For my side I had a potato salad, but it was nothing special in comparison to my main dish. Pascal tried the grilled vegetable sandwich and had a side caesar salad. He really liked how fresh and nicely roasted everything in the sandwich tasted. He also tried the “Go Green” smoothie, which I helped myself to as well. I’m usually not a fan of green smoothies but the greens didn’t overpower the taste in this smoothie. I will be buying one for myself next time I return as well.

The Atmosphere

My favorite things about this Stella’s location is their outside sitting area. Although it was much too cold to sit outside this time, summer is fast approaching and I can’t wait to enjoy some Stella’s breakfast outside in the sunshine. There is also a lot of sitting room inside which is great as the waiting list fills up quickly on the weekends. They are usually pretty good with moving everyone along and we have never had to wait too long for a table. All the hosts and servers are always so friendly, great service for sure.

Although Stella’s isn’t a strictly vegetarian restaurant, they have lots vegetarian friendly options. They even mark their vegetarian options with a green “v” on the menu to help you when choosing.

This Saturday I will be trying restaurant #3 and will try to have the blog post up before I leave for my cruise on Sunday. If you have any more suggestions for restaurants to try, leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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3 Restaurants in Winnipeg That Make Cutting Meat Out of Your Diet Easy : Part One

The past two years I have considered the idea of going vegetarian on and off again. Two summers ago I gave it a try and only lasted two weeks before falling victim to a moose burger. This past week I started watching health documentaries and really started to learn all the health benefits of cutting meat out of your diet along with the economical and ethical reasonings. I decided to give it an honest go this time. One of my biggest concerns would be what would I eat if I was going out to a restaurant to eat? Would there be options I would enjoy? I decided to find 3 restaurants that offered a selection of vegetarian options to help get me started. First up,Β Boon Burger.

About Boon Burger

I was surprised to learn that Boon Burger actually started in Winnipeg. They are Canada’s first all vegan cafe. All food is made from scratch and 100% cruelty free. They have won multiple awards and were even featured on “You Gotta Eat Here”. They recycle, compost, don’t use microwaves or deep fryers, and try to share their knowledge of living a vegan lifestyle. Talk about doing their share to help the planet and the animals!

The Menu

Boon Burger’s menu is very much like other burger joints; burgers, fries, hot dogs, and salads. The only difference is that no animals were harmed in the making of their meals. They have 4 different types of patties; grilled boon patty, grilled buddha patty, grilled white patty and grilled black bean patty. I’ve been really enjoying chickpeas lately so I choose a burger that had the grilled buddha patty. The patty is made up of chickpeas and brown rice and seasoned with curry, onion, fresh ginger, garlic, fresh cilantro and lemon juice. The burger was called “Bombay Heat”. The burger consisted of the patty basted in frank’s hot sauce, bacun (you guessed it, meat-free bacon), glazed yams, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers and curry mayo. The hardest part was deciding how to fit it in my mouth as it was overflowing with toppings ( I’m not complaining!). For my side I chose their caesar salad. The salad contained romaine lettuce, croutons, caesar dressing and cheeze (dairy free cheese). I was unsure how I was going to feel about the cheeze, as cheese is one of my favorite foods and will definitely be the hardest thing to give up if I go vegan, but it was actually delicious. It still tasted creamy like cheese and wasn’t a completely new taste. It would make giving up cheese easier for me, that’s for sure. They also serve ice cream that is made from coconut milk. I didn’t have it this visit but tried it during my previous visit and I highly recommend giving it a try. It was another one of those items that I was iffy about trying as I am a huge ice cream lover but it satisfies the ice cream craving without having to consume animal products. Win win!

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Bombay Heat Burger and Ceaser Salad.

The Atmosphere

I really adore the look of the restaurant inside, kind of has a rustic feeling to it. By the front counter they have a huge chalkboard where they write all the specials. Around the restaurant there are plants hanging. My favorite part though has to be how they keep track of who ordered what. When it is busy they will hand you an animal figure to place on your table so they know what table to bring what meals to (it wasn’t too busy when we went this time but the previous visit they used the animals). Such a neat idea! They also have cute stickers that are free for the taking.

I’m really excited to see what restaurants in the city have a wide selection of veggie options. I never really paid attention to this before so it’ll be fun to revisit some of my favorites and see what they have to offer. If you have any suggestions on where to eat meat-free in the city, please leave a comment! Any tips or tricks for cutting meat out of my diet are also welcome. I’m only on day 6 so I have a long journey ahead of me.

 

5 Things to do in Winnipeg in the Winter : Part One

I am constantly hearing people say that there is nothing to do in the winter. That is far from the truth, especially in Winnipeg! Although our winters may feel unbearable most days, there are lots of things to do inside during the colder days and adventures to be had outside during the slightly warmer days. I decided to do a 5 part series, with each post focusing on something I took the time to try. First up, try a local restaurant you’ve never tried before.

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The Restaurant :

Pascal decided to surprise me and just drive to a restaurant. Since I still do not know the layout of the city very good, I had no idea where we were. He picked “The Merchant Kitchen”. He had been there once before when they were still fairly new and remembered them having exceptional fried chicken. “The Merchant Kitchen” is located Β downtown Winnipeg. Their food is inspired by cities and countries across the globe and is served family style, which was a great way to get to taste a couple different dishes.

The Food & Drinks:

When choosing a drink, I had some troubles because all the drinks were so new and different to me. I asked the server for a recommendation for something fruity and he suggested the “Kamakura”. The “Kamakura” consists of belvedere vodka, junmai sake, agave, mango, fresh lemon, and rose. It wasn’t as fruity as I was hoping for but delicious nonetheless. We then decided to start off with some yuca fries. If you’re like me and have no idea what yuca is, it is the edible starchy root of a woody shrub called “Manihot Esculenta”. The fries were kind of plain but they were served with a tasty spicy asian ketchup that had just the right amount of zing. Seeing that the fried chicken is the reason that brought us there, we decided to get a half order and also try the spicy thai fried rice. The order of fried chicken came with 5 chicken thighs and was served with a side of soy syrup and garlic chilli sauce for dipping. The chicken alone was phenomenal but paired with the sauces it just made it that much better. As for the rice, it tasted a little burnt but was still enjoyable. It wasn’t overly spicy and the shrimp and egg mixed into it made for a perfect pair.

The Service:

We were seated very quickly and got a seat by the window so I could people watch (yes I’m that person). The server was very quick with coming to greet us and take our orders and was very laid back in a friendly way. He made sure that we were satisfied and taken care of. When we asked for suggestion or questions regarding the food he was very knowledgeable. You can tell that their staff take pride in their service. The restaurant also had tvs over the bar playing sports so if people watching isn’t your thing you could catch up on the current game. Overall it was a great experience and we would definitely dine there again. I also just started following their instagram account (@themerchantkitchen) and saw that they are participating in Winnipeg’s fried chicken week until January 28. They are featuring their Korean fried chicken in a chicken bowl and it look AMAZING so if you’re interested in trying their food, now is a great time!

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Kamakura

I would love to hear everyone’s local restaurant recommendations and what your favorite thing on the menu is. Also, if you happen to try “The Merchant Kitchen” fried chicken bowl for fried chicken week, please let me know if it’s as good as it looks!