Thanks for visiting my food blog. Usually I take pictures of my food dishes whenever I go out in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. And ever since people love them on my Facebook page, they suggested I make a food blog for my pics. For some of my old food pics I had used my Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (8.1MP) smartphone to take my pics, but have since then switched to the iPhone 5 (8.0MP). Hope you enjoy em'!
Pizza Meatza & Bianca (White) Pizza from Pasquale’s Restaurant. It was a Tuesday evening, and me and a few of my buddies were craving pizza. Not just craving any generic pizza, but we wanted some real, authentic, Italian pizza. We planned on checking out Santa Ana’s restaurant in St. Vital after hearing some good reviews. So we drove all the way to the St. Vital area to check it out, and by the time we got there, it turns out we needed to make reservations first ahead of time! (Don’t worry, I finally made some reservations so we’ll be back, Santa Ana!) So, we cruised around the area, figuring out where to eat instead. Suddenly, Pasquale’s restaurant came to mind (I don’t remember if one of them mentioned the name or if it showed up on my Google search on my smart phone while we were driving around), and we’ve decided to give it a try for the first time.
You’ll find Pasquale’s restaurant on 109 Marion Street, near Tache street in the St. Boniface area. Once we had arrived there, I noticed the decor in the restaurant, it has that authentic Italian feel. Oh, I knew already from that point on that I was going to love eating here. We decided to grab a couple of large pizzas. Their large-sized pizzas are 15” big, and their pizzas are hand tossed and thin crust. We made the decision to try out their “Pizza Meatza”, and their “Bianca” (White) pizzas. One meat lovers pizza, and one cheese lovers pizza. We also ordered
The “Pizza Meatza” is for you meat lovin’ pizza lovers out there. The pizza consists of some spiced pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, and covered in mozzarella cheese. The thin crusts are well cooked just right. The mozzarella cheese is very cheesy, just the way I like it. My favourite part is the bacon. Just like the rest of the meats on this pizza, the bacon is not over cooked, not too crispy, and very flavourful.
The “Bianca”, or White pizza is for you cheese lovers out there, and it is my favourite of the two pizzas. It has a creamy, roasted garlic alfredo sauce base and topped with 4 types of cheeses. It is topped with Buffalo Mozzarella (mozzarella made from milk of water buffalos!), ricotta, provolone, and Italian Grana Padano cheeses. This too is perfectly cooked. The thin crust is just right, and very cheesy. There’s no other toppings, but I didn’t even notice because I was enjoying the cheeses too much. So far this along with the Pizza Meatza is the best thin crust pizza I ever tasted. I’ve always loved thin crust pizzas and I enjoyed them alot.
Along with the “Suppli” (deep fried risotto rice balls) appetizer and some Birra Moretti Italian beer, we enjoyed a very good feast. Their pizzas were perfectly cooked, and you should definitely try them out! It’s a really good Italian restaurant, and I highly recommend coming here if you’re looking for some good authentic Italian cuisine. The server even mentioned that they have a rooftop patio, but too bad it was raining that evening, lol.
Price: Small (10”) $15.00, Medium (12”) $19.00, Large (15”) $24.00.
Wild Salmon BLT sandwich and 4-Cheese Poutine from Shark Club. I’M BACK! Has it been 6 months since my last food blog? I have been focusing on my dieting since then (lost 70 lbs during the last 2 years, and counting!). I’m still dieting and maintaining my healthy lifestyle, and at the same time maintain my food blog for you food porn lovers! I’ll try my best in blogging here some more the next time I have a cheat day (and I’ll do my best to maintain portion control for my diet, it’s easier said than done if you love food!)
Another reason why I wanted to make a comeback: Shark Club! Shark Club is the newest sports bar lounge in downtown Winnipeg, competing against the likes of Tavern United, Moxie’s MTS Centre, and Rudy’s Eat & Drink just a few blocks away. Shark Club is located on the 2nd floor inside City Place Mall, just a few steps from the MTS Centre. Shark Club is Canada’s premium sports bar and grill, having other locations all over Western Canada. And they have their own casino as well if you’re feeling lucky on the tables or slots. Feel free to go back and forth for some gambling and for some food and drink.
The dish I decided to try out here is the Wild Salmon BLT sandwich. It consists of thick, pan seared cajun salmon goodness, and of course, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes. The fillers include some sliced onions, mayonaisse, and this pink sauce that looked and tasted like Kraft Sandwich Spread, but better. I love the flavour of the bacon here, I would say both the bacon and the “sandwich spread”-like sauce are my 2nd most favourite part of this dish. But my favourite part is the grilled salmon, and salmon is my #1 favourite fish to eat, whether it’s grilled or straight from a can. It’s a good sized portion, not too small and not too big. The salmon is a good compliment to the BLT sandwich, it makes me want to add a grilled salmon the next time I have a BLT sandwich, whether at home or eating out.
You can have either onion rings, salad, or fries as your sides, but I opted to pay a little extra on the poutine as a side, since I had been craving poutine for months (damn you, diet!) The four cheese poutine has some fries covered in gravy as well as cheese curds and some shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Asiago cheeses. Well, the first bite has some cheesy goodness to it and I love cheese. The size is not small and it’s a good decent size bowl of poutine.
Overall, the Wild Salmon BLT is another dish I highly recommend. Check out the Shark Club in downtown. Prices are decent, and great food. It reminds me of State and Main at Kildonan Place mall where the food is good but you pay a buck or two cheaper than the more posh restaurants like Earls or Joeys. Why not stop over at Shark Club the next time there is an even at MTS Centre, it’s only a 1-minute walking distance from there!
The Ferrrero from Carbones Pizza. I used to blog about this dessert on my old blog before it got permanently deleted. But I decided to re-blog about this dessert since this is my favourite of all the desserts in the city. You will find this at Carbones Pizza on Taylor Avenue. What I love about this dessert is that it is a pizza filled with roasted banana, topped with Nutella chocolate on top. I assume that this is also cooked in a coal-fired oven just like all the pizzas here at Carbones, since it is their specialty. And, I highly recommend spending an additional $1.50 for a scoop of vanilla gelato. Trust me. Take 1 slice of the Ferrero, and take a spoonful of vanilla gelato and spread it on top. Now take a bite….you’re welcome, haha. I’ll be back Carbones, I miss devouring this dessert. Price: $4.95, add 1 scoop gelato: $1.50.
The Chocolate Corrupto from Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria. Apparently more South American restaurants have been opening up lately in downtown on Bannatyne Avenue. First we have Hermanos South American-style restaurant and lounge, and then there’s Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria. And now a Brazilian restaurant is currently being built in the Waterfront area. Anyways, Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria just recently announced on their Facebook page their newest dessert added to their menu, so I decided to try it out. This new dessert is called the Chocolate Corrupto. It consist of a scoop of whipped cream, a scoop of white chocolate mousse, a scoop of DARK chocolate mousse, and my favourite, a scoop of Dulce De Leche ice cream. Each of these scoops is served on top of a piece of dark chocolate, and topped with cocoa and shaved dark chocolate bits. It is brought to you with an icy cold plate. Even my waitress told me to eat this dessert right away before it melts, haha (note to self: more eating, less taking pictures). Dulce De Leche is translated as “sweetened milk”, and it is a caramelized sweetened milk. It is also served with Dulce De Leche dipping sauce, and you can either dip your dessert or you can drizzle it on top. My waitress recommended eating the dessert with a cup of espresso, single or double shot, with or without sugar and cream. So I ordered a double shot of espresso without the cream and sugar. My personal favourite part is the Dulce De Leche ice cream, followed by the white chocolate mousse, since I’ve always favoured white chocolate over dark chocolate. The Dulce De Leche ice cream is very tasty caramel flavour to it. NOw try and break off a piece of dark chocolate underneath and have your spoon filled with the dark chocolate piece and the ice cream of your choice, and dip it in the Dulce De Leche dipping sauce. Now take a bite, AND then take a sip of espresso. Wow, you will be impressed with all the flavours bombarding all over your palate! I love this interesting dessert from Corrientes, and was glad that I’ve had the opportunity to try it out, especially the Dulce De Leche. Check it out! Price: $12.00.
Chivito El Plato from Hermanos. This was my first time setting foot in this restaurant. I pass by this restaurant zillions of times since my place of employment is just right across the street on Bannatynne Avenue. Alot of my coworkers have told me many times that I should check out this place. Well, I finally paid this place a visit, and I love it! I went here with a group of my closest friends, one of them also works with me. This is a South American style restaurant. I’ve tried Argentinian-style pizza (from Corrientes Pizzeria, just down the street, will blog it someday!), so I guess this will be my second time trying some South American style eats. What caught my eye in the menu was the Chivito El Plato. Once it was brought to our table, I was amazed by the huge portion (it’s always a good thing in my blog, haha). It consists of a 6 oz. New York strip steak, with smoked ham on top, and on top of that, and some smoked bacon on top of that (is your mouth watering yet? because that’s just part of the whole dish), some provolone cheese, onions, olives, and a fried egg sprinkled with chopped parsley. Oh, I also noticed that there’s a layer of banana peppers underneath the steak, and underneath all of this: a bed of homemade fries. Love the crispiness of the fries, the banana peppers add a little spicy flavour to this whole dish. And the ham, provolone cheese, bacon, and the egg yolk drenching this dish, it is a definite party in your mouth with each bite. You get your moneys worth with this dish, especially with the huge portion served here. This is the only dish I tried here, but everytime I think about Hermanos, this is the only dish I want to order the next time I come here. This is definitely a must-try, and you will not be disappointed! Price: $17.00.
Molten Lava Chocolate Souffle from Joeys Polo Park. For the longest time I’ve always wanted to blog about a dessert with chocolate in it. And here it is, my first chocolate dessert for my food blog. I love this dessert from Joey’s. Another favourite dessert of mine from Joey’s is their Baked Apple Pie, but I’ll save that for next time. Trust me, the Molten Lava Chocolate Souffle is a must-try! This lava chocolate souffle has hot, ooey-gooey melted chocolate, along with white vanilla ice cream right beside it, it is an excellent combo with the dark brown dessert. :) Along with raspberry coulis on the side, this tasty raspberry puree decorated with raspberries compliments this dessert even more. And it’s topped off with a small sprinkle of powdered sugar. Try adding the chocolate souffle, ice cream, and a raspberry to your spoon and take a bite…..it’ll make you not want to share this dessert with anyone else. Next time you stop by Joey’s, order this dessert. Expect more dessert blogs here, this is just the beginning. Price: $7.99.
Mexican Breakfast from Stella’s Cafe. Stella’s Cafe have six different locations. Pick one, any will do. The one I went to is probably the first one in the city, on Sherbrook St. Their bakery is right beside their cafe, with freshly made bread, cookies, jam, any pastry you can think of. Me and my sister stopped by there just to check it out, then we headed over to the cafe next door. For the longest time I wanted to check out Stella’s, ever since I passed by their 4 different locations hundreds of times around the city. I looked up their menu multiple times, and I’ve been curious about their Mexican breakfast. Finally, I had the opportunity to try it out, since it says on their website “Stella’s favourite!”. They serve breakfast all day, check out their website “www.stellas.ca”. This breakfast consists of sunny side eggs served on top of corn tortillas and refried beans, topped with cheddar cheese, green onions & tomato. It is also served with salsa, guacamole, cilantro sauce & hash browns on the side. It is an interesting breakfast. I loved every bit of it! The cilantro and guacamole is delicious. It is similar to the Huervo Rancho breakfast that I use to enjoy at another Mexican restaurant in Winnipeg that closed down, but I loved this kind of Mexican breakfast with sunny side eggs on corn tortillas. I’m definitely coming back to Stella’s, there’s alot of dishes I wanna try out from there. They have been here in Winnipeg for quite some time and they have expanded, and because of their reputation I now and anxious to try their other dishes from their menus. Price: $9.45.
Japadog from Blu Fish Sushi Restaurant. Japadogs have finally arrived in Winnipeg, it’s about time. The Japadogs were a huge hit in Vancouver. Thanks to Blufish sushi restaurant, now Winnipeg can enjoy these Japanese hotdogs. When ordering the Japadog at Blufish restaurant you can choose either beef, pork, chicken, or vegetarian wieners. Next you choose your sauces from Bluefish bbq sauce, teriyaki sauce, or sweet mayo sauce. I chose the chicken wieners topped with teriyaki sauce. You have a choice of 3 toppings, out of 10 toppings to choose from. The 3 toppings I chose are tempura crumbs, wakame seaweed (don’t get seaweed stuck in your teeth!), and Japanese-style egg omelette called Tamagoyaki. The Japadogs are not bad, it’s something different from the typical hotdogs. Imagine hotdogs with a unique twist with seeweed, tempura crumbs and teriyaki sauce instead if the typical ketchup, relish, and sauerkraut. The crunchiness of the tempura crumbs made this hotdog fun to eat. Along with the sweet flavour of the teriyaki sauce this hotdog is delicious. If you decide to order a combo, it comes with either a canned drink, or with Edamame beans. If you’re looking for something different from your typical hotdogs, give Japadogs a try. Price: $8.00 for Japadog, $6.25 for Combo (with canned drink or Edamame beans), for extra toppings add $1.00.
Jambalaya from Original Joe’s. This is my first time having Jambalaya. Jambalaya is a Louisiana Creole style dish of Spanish and French influence. The Jambalaya at Original Joe’s is loaded with pieces chicken breast, some spolumbo’s sausage, chopped bacon, green peppers, prawns and vegetables seasoned with blend of creole spices, mixed with roasted tomato sauce over orzo pasta and garnished with chopped parsley and shaved parmesan cheese. I thought at first it was rice, but it is actually Orzo pasta that is shaped like long grains of rice. It also came with 2 pieces of garlic toast on the side. If you are not the type that likes spicy foods, you may not like this dish. It has a hint of spice to it, but it may kill those who cannot stand spicy dishes. Those who love spicy foods will find this not spicy enough. The hint of spice compliments this Creole dish, as well as the sausages and the tomato sauce. I like how the serving of prawns here are plentiful. I love Original Joe’s for their great tasting dishes, but another thing I love about coming to Original Joe’s: huge portions! You gotta love Original Joe’s for that, for their oversized portions. You get your money’s worth. I ended up eating just a quarter of this dish and brought the rest home. Hopefully I find more restaurants here in Winnipeg that serves Jambalaya, thanks to Original Joe’s I am now hooked. Price: $15.50
The Bronx Burger from Earl’s. I heard about this burger from a buddy of mine, that Earl’s have a unique burger that’s filled with onion rings. So I ordered one, despite going against my diet, at Earls on Main Street. I decided to accommodate my diet, I will replace the fries with a salad, as I usually do, and just eat half of the burger. Once the burger arrived, sure there were several onion rings in there, but I had no idea they were beer-battered onion rings! Besides the beer-battered onion rings the burger is also filled with roast garlic aioli, red pepper relish, aged white cheddar, and some rocket greens. This burger is not bad. It is a huge burger but I love the crunchiness of it. My favourite part is of course the beer-battered onion rings. I wish there was a second beef patty in there within this huge burger, but that’s just me. The salad itself is the house mixed green salad, with feta cheese, organic greens, julienne apples and candied pecans, and dressed in apple cider vinaigrette. I loved the salad, especially with the apple cider vinaigrette dressing that makes this salad tasty. Give this burger a try, the beer-battered onion rings gives a good crunch to your palate. Price: $15.75.