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*JustEat provided a credit in exchange for trying their service. In no way was a positive review a condition of this credit.  Opinions expressed below are solely those of the author.

JustEat or more fully, Don’t Cook,Just Eat is the second online ordering company I’ve had the opportunity to try this month. As more people are online than ever, it makes sense that they would want to be able to order food online. People also value choice more than ever. So, it would make sense to have a service that offers many choices in one place.

That is one of the real strengths of sites like JustEat.  You can quickly scan through a wide variety of choices in a short time.  The website is designed to make moving back and forth between different restaurants easy for you. Continue reading

BURGERS R us Food Truck

I was visiting the Peg City Grub blog today, and discovered that there are still many food trucks that I haven’t visited. On that list are: A Little Pizza Heaven, Corn on the Curb, Golden Boy Sandwich, Grass Fed Grill, Half Moon, Smokin Haut, Pizzapotomus, Waki Temaki, and Up South BBQ. Two that are not on the list are Island Fusion and BURGERS R us.

Last week I gave Island Fusion a try. This week I took the chance to try BURGERS R us. BURGERS R us is a bright red truck with flame broiled burgers pictured on the back.  The flame broiling on the back gives a good illustration of what goes on in the truck.  As I walked down Broadway today, the smoke billowing from the stack made me think that one of the trucks might have caught on fire.  Fortunately it was only burgers being cooked. So here’s is my take on the truck.

Burgers R Us Truck

 Value:

BURGERS R us sells burgers and hot dogs.  Most of the items on the menu are $8.50 to $10.00 which includes a side.  Fries, burgers, and hot dogs are all sold individually at $6-6.50. Both the burger and hot dog that I had were large in size, with a good amount of topping. As combo the items are a really good buy. Individually the burger and hot dog are good pies. Given the size of the dish, the fries at $6.00 are a little high. Drinks are $2.00 each for cans, a little high. 4/5 Continue reading

Swiss Chalet Delivered

I’ve had the chance to try a couple of online delivery services in the last month or so. Both Justeat and SkiptheDishes proved themselves to have good website with excellent customer service. This past week I had the opportunity to try an online restaurant. In this case Swiss Chalet.  The biggest difference was that Swiss Chalet had more bells and whistles.  Most notably pictures of each item on the menu.  Other than that the website experience was awful.

Swiss Chalet Website Trouble.

The first problem was with their honey glazed chicken.  It is listed as a summer special on the front page of the website. However, on the actual menu it’s listed as $14.99 the same as the regular half chicken. When you try and order it though, you can only order as the $17.99 special.  I tried several times to take the extra dish off and it wouldn’t work. Plus, there was a $.50 extra charge for the Southwest salad that wasn’t listed. I would have changed it, but it showed up in such away that I didn’t noticed until payment details were entered. Then they got messed up on the address. The only good thing about the online ordering was that SkiptheDishes and not Swiss Chalet handles the actual order. SkiptheDishes phoned very quickly and got the correct address. They also made sure it arrived in the allotted time. Continue reading

Island Fusion Food Truck

When I wrote about the Red River Ex, I mentioned that there was a truck serving wings that would soon be serving Caribbean food out on the street. Well, I’m pleased to say, that truck is now on Winnipeg’s streets. It’s called Island Fusion. Island Fusion offers traditional Caribbean comfort food, but with a modern, local twist.

If you follow Dining with Donald with any regularity, you know that the time I spent working at Holy Trinity Anglican Church gave me a real appreciation for Caribbean cuisine.  Having taken the time to visit Island Fusion, I can only say that appreciation has increased. Here goes my review.

Island Fusion

Value:

The dishes at Island Fusion range from $6.00 for the Cassava Fries to $10.00 for the Roti, with the other dishes fitting with in that range.  Portion sizes are generally good, while the Cassava Fries qualifies as huge.  If you dine with another person, I’d suggest you each buy one main, and split an order of Cassava Fries between you.  It’s your best buy and you will both be satisfied.  4.25/5 Continue reading

Manitoba Made Products

Monday I wrote about the new Farmer’s Market on Broadway. This year, with all the wet weather, the fruit and vegetables have been a little slow in arriving. In addition, the quality has been a little on the low side so far. However, there are still lots of Manitoba made products showing up in these markets.

Over the last few weeks I’ve tried several different Manitoba made items.  Most of these have been at the Farmer’s Market, but one was being sold off of a bicycle on the street. I’m going to pair up some of these items, because they have a degree of similarity.

The first two Manitoba made products are Jennifer Lee’s Gluten Free Cracker Crisps and the Habanero Crunchies from Barb’s Kitchen.  When  I bought the cracker chips from Jennifer, she said that she was worker on making them a little thinner to add more crunch to them.  That would be a nice addition, but the flavour is really good, and they are well designed for dipping or spreading a little cream cheese on.  The Habanero Crunchies have more of a breadstick texture to them.  Despite being named Habanero they are not particularly spicy, which makes them good to serve when you have a diverse group of people over.  They would also be good added to a salad to give it a little bit more of a crunch.

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Broadway Farmers Market

Broadway, between the Legislature and Main Street has become the home of Winnipeg’s Food Truck scene. Some days you’ll find up to a dozen lined up there. This week the numbers are down a little. It’s Folk Fest time,and some of the trucks will be selling their goods out in Birds Hill. While the trucks are away, a new food venture debuted Monday. The Broadway Farmers Market adds take home food options to the food trucks.

The Broadway Farmers Market is the third Farmers Market in the downtown. The first downtown market began last year in front of the Hydro building.  This year it has been joined by the market at Knox United, and this new one on Broadway in front of the Worker’s Compensation Building.

Broadway Farmers Market in front of Worker's Compensation Building.Judging from appearances, the Broadway Farmers Market is a little smaller than the one in front of the Hydro Building.  That said, there was still a fairly good variety of vendors on hand. The market is very well late out making it relatively easy for shoppers to move from one vendor to another. Continue reading

Tall Grass Prairie (Forks)

Tall Grass Prairie Bakery started off in the Wolseley neighbourhood of Winnipeg. It’s a place I had long been aware of, but didn’t really visit often, until I started to be involved at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church. Many of the members there are long-term, loyal customers. It was only recently that I learned part of the reason for that, was that the bakery had it’s beginnings in the basement of the church.

From those beginnings it has grown into something of a Winnipeg institution.  It now has two locations.  The original Wolseley one, and the one at the Forks.  It’s the Forks location that I most frequently visit. The Forks also has Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen, where prepared take home meals, and a variety of preserves and other locally produced food stuffs are available.

Tall Grass Prairie Sign

Tall Grass Tastiness:

One of the things I like about Tall Grass, is the fact that you can get anything from a sweet snack to a full meal.  In addition to baked goods and breads, they offer soups, sandwiches and a few other menu items.   The other day I stopped for lunch, and had a half-sandwich, savoury bannock, and a Gingersnap.  The tree items together came to just over $6.00 including tax and made for a light but satisfying lunch. Continue reading