WIN­NIPEG

The Culi­nary Trav­eller's Guide

Taste & Travel - - Contents - BY AN­DREA RATUSKI

Neigh­bour­hoods

DOWN­TOWN Win­nipeg's down­town is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an ex­cit­ing re­vi­tal­iza­tion. A new arena, the MTS Cen­tre, is draw­ing peo­ple back to the area, with new ho­tels, restau­rants and bars open­ing, while older store­fronts are spiff­ing up. The lat­est culi­nary ad­di­tion is The

Mer­chant Kitchen in the stylish Alt Ho­tel. THE EX­CHANGE Win­nipeg's his­toric Ex­change District has be­come a real arts hub, with new tech com­pa­nies com­ple­ment­ing the gal­leries and condo de­vel­op­ments. Add to this the area's prox­im­ity to the bulk of the city's en­ter­tain­ment venues, and it's no sur­prise the streets are over­flow­ing with restau­rants and bars. Deer + Al­mond sets the cre­ative stan­dard, and Peas­ant Cook­ery im­presses with house-made char­cu­terie. Cle­men­tine of­fers the most in­no­va­tive break­fast and lunch op­tions, Chos­abi is the choice for ca­sual Asian while Cake-ol­ogy is the place to head for sweets. Across Main Street look for op­tions like Car­naval Brazil­ian BBQ and The Mitchell Block. CO­RY­DON AV­ENUE Once known as Lit­tle Italy for its abun­dance of trat­to­rias, the strip is now home to many sushi restau­rants. The street is still one of the best for a sunny drink on a ter­race, a gelato at Nucci's, or leisurely stroll. Fur­ther west down Co­ry­don, star new­com­ers Chew (and its Store Next Door bak­ery) and Enoteca rub el­bows with pop­u­lar Bon­fire Bistro and Mona Lisa. CHI­NA­TOWN The enor­mous Chi­na­town gate on King Street wel­comes visi­tors to Win­nipeg's orig­i­nal Chi­nese neigh­bour­hood which fea­tures a cul­tural cen­tre, Asian gro­cery stores and tra­di­tional Chi­nese restau­rants. ST. BONI­FACE

Es­planade Riel Across over the the Red mag­nif­i­cent River is Win­nipeg's to the French-lan­guage fran­co­phone univer­sity com­mu­nity, and home book­stores, stroll up Provencher unique shops Boule­vard and cafés. takes A you to Choco­latier Con­stance Popp, Café Postal and the lively nightspot, Le Garage Bistro. Around the cor­ner, look for Le Crois­sant and La Belle Baguette French bak­eries as well as Bouchée Boucher res­tau­rant and butcher shop.

SHERBROOK STREET Once a lit­tle shabby, this strip be­tween the Mary­land Bridge and

Broad­way is now a bur­geon­ing res­tau­rant district with a strong com­mu­nity spirit. New­comer Sherbrook Street Del­i­catessen co­zies up next to Stella's pop­u­lar Café and Bak­ery. The Tallest Poppy of­fers com­fort while Boon Burger at­tracts the ve­gan. Thom Bar­gen Cof­fee and Tea of­fers the very best

warm­ing drinks.

OS­BORNE VIL­LAGE/SOUTH OS­BORNE Still a hip­ster haven, The Vil­lage is chock-a-block full of unique shops and ever-chang­ing restau­rants, high­lighted by ta­pas-sling­ing

Se­govia and The Corner­stone, with Lit­tle Sis­ter pour­ing hot cof­fee around the cor­ner. Nearby in Cres­cent­wood, chef Scott Bagshaw has opened an AsianFrench fu­sion place, Máquè.

ACADEMY ROAD With its friendly and classy neigh­bour­hood feel, Academy Road en­tices with ex­clu­sive and spe­cialty cloth­ing shops, wel­com­ing out­door pa­tios and pop­u­lar restau­rants like Fu­sion Grill,

Pizze­ria Gusto and new­bie Fu­sian Ex­pe­ri­ence.

WEST END El­lice and Sar­gent Av­enues are dot­ted with in­ex­pen­sive eth­nic eater­ies re­flect­ing the di­verse makeup of the neigh­bour­hood.

THE FORKS Mark­ing the his­tor­i­cal meet­ing place of abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples at the con­flu­ence of the Red and Assini­boine Rivers, The Forks is still a gath­er­ing place for shop­ping and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties year round, with a range of eater­ies. The

Com­mon is a new craft beer and wine kiosk in the ren­o­vated Food Hall. In sea­son there is a Sun­day Farmers' Mar­ket, 11 am–4 pm.

Mar­kets

ST. NOR­BERT MAR­KET This enor­mous mar­ket just south of the perime­ter fea­tures some of the re­gion's finest farm­fresh pro­duce, meats, baked goods and crafts. Live mu­sic. Satur­day 8 am–3 pm and Wednesday 11 am–4 pm in sea­son, 3514 Pem­bina Hwy, St. Nor­bert.

DOWN­TOWN FARMERS' MAR­KET A vi­brant ur­ban buzz, Thursday, 10 am–4 pm in sea­son, Man­i­toba Hy­dro Plaza.

WOLSE­LEY FARMERS' MAR­KET Neigh­bourly vibe on a shaded plaza, Tues­day and Thursday, 3:30 pm–6:30 pm in sea­son, 980 Palmer­ston Ave.

JARDIN ST. LEON GAR­DENS Out­door mar­ket of­fer­ing “real” fruits and veg­eta­bles in sea­son. 419 St. Mary's Rd.

CRAMPTON'S MAR­KET Fea­tures lo­cal, or­ganic pro­duce, meat and house-made breads. 1765 Waver­ley Ave.

For all lo­cal list­ings visit www.fmam.ca

Cook­ing Classes

DE LUCA'S www.deluca.ca THE FOOD STU­DIO www.food­stu­dio.net RED RIVER COL­LEGE CULI­NARY WORK­SHOPS www.rrc.ca

Kitchen Stores

d.a. NIELS www.daniels­gourmetk­itchen­ware.ca THE HAPPY COOKER www.the­hap­py­cooker.ca

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