I’ve combined my review of the Fool and Horses Forks location with this one. So, if you want to go straight to that one, just click the link below.
Fools Horses Forks
In early May, Fools and Horses, my home away from home, will be celebrating it’s fourth anniversary. They’ve also been undergoing some changes the most notable is an updating of their food menu. So, in anticipation of this anniversary and the new menu, I gave a few of the items a try. The driving force behind the new menu is Amelia who also operates SoftSpot ice cream. I wrote about her ice cream in this post.
There’s a couple of notable things. The first, is that the snadwiches, etc. have dropped slightly in price. It’s not a large amount, but the sandwiches are all now under $10, whereas on the last menu, a couple were a little over $10. The second thing is that they’ve introduced a selection of bar snacks, and a couple of new breakfast options.
I haven’t tried any of the new lunches, but I’ve tried their breakfast sandwich. It’s $3.95, with the option of added bacon for $1.95. Needless to say I chose the added bacon option. This is really tasty and gives you a light, but reasonably filling breakfast choice. I’ve also tried the macadamia milk panacotta. THis comes topped with raspberry jam, and a diced almonds. There saltiness of the almonds nicely sets off the sweetness of the jam, and the crunch of the almonds blends well with the smoothness of the macadamia milk panacotta($3.95).
Among there snack they have two different types of popcorn. One features Nutritional yeast, garlic, and black pepper, among other ingredients. The other features truffle oil. and parmesan. I like both, but prefer the truffle oil and parmesan version.
They also offer a bone broth, which I have tried but don’t have pictured. This is a nice warming kind of soup, that makes you feel warm on the inside, which at certain times of the year is a really good thing in Winnipeg.
In keeping with their commitment to the broader community, Fools and Horses are offering a Pomegranate Rose Latte this month. IN keeping with International Women’s Month, They are donating $1.00 of each latte to the Women’s Health Clinic.
Fools and HOrses also has a regularly changing list of local beers. As I’m writing this I’m enjoying a Jucii IPA from Kilter brewery.
An update to my original post on Fools and Horses. The beer and wine are now flowing. There are a few varieties of beer from Half Pints. I’m especially happy that Stir Stick Stout is among them.
On the food end, the sandwiches are now available. I had the one with filling from Shawarma Khan. Great sandwich. Bursting with flavour. There are a variety of chocolates from Chocolatier Constance Popp. I enjoyed both the wafers, and the Puff cookies.
In my Bronuts post, I commented on the trend towards gourmet toast. Yesterday, I walked into Fools & Horses Coffee, on Broadway, and what’s on the menu? Gourmet Toast. Apparently Winnipeg’s food scene is even trendier than I thought.
Of all the new restaurants and food trucks I’ve visited in the last few weeks, Fools & Horses is the one I’m most excited about. There are few reasons for this. It’s on the way to work. Fools & Horses is operating as a social enterprise. The shop is committed to using local produce as much as is possible. Most of all however, James & Kendra Magnus-Johnston, two of the five owners, are good friends of mine. They have been a constant source of support and encouragement in my life for several years. I’m really hoping they will succeed.
The heart of Fools & Horses is it’s Mod Bar. The Mod Bar is a state of the art espresso machine that allows the baristas (baristae?) greater control over the coffee making process. In addition, being built into the counter it brings the barista closer to the customer while the coffee is being prepared.
Pilot Coffee, a direct trade coffee roaster out of Toronto will be the flagship roaster for the shop. The principal reason for this, is that Pilot is the only company in Canada that has adequate experience in dealing with a Mod Bar set up.
If you look at the picture above, you’ll notice taps along the wall at the back. These are the taps for the beer and the wine. Fools & Horses is a licensed cafe, which will allow patrons to enjoy a wide variety of beverages.
Although they only opened yesterday, I got my first chance to try their coffee a week or so earlier when they were testing out their equipment. The first drink I got from the cafe was an Americano. The Americano is my go to beverage. I was very impressed. It was clean with no aftertaste, and went down nice and smoothly.
When I went in yesterday, I was looking for something with a little more sweetness to it, so I decided to go for their Mocha. Hands down, this was the best Mocha I’ve ever had. Fools and Horses makes their Mocha using shaved organic dark Chocolate that they melt with just a touch of hot water before adding the espresso and milk. The end result is a Mocha that is rich, and gives a good mixture of coffee and chocolate flavour.
Fools & Horses Food:
Much like Folio Cafe at CMU, Fools & Horses will use a mixture of in-house made and locally produced food for their menu. Their is a little something for everyone in their sandwich and pastry menu. Among their offerings are a couple of gluten-free items from my St. Philip’s neighbours, Cocoabeans. They are also offering Croissants from Frenchway Cafe. Cookies from High Tea Bakery, and Cinnamon Buns from Jonnies (go for the Monkey Brains if they have them).
Fools & Horses will also have baked goods from their in-house baker Michael Harms. He will also be providing the bread for their sandwiches and toast. The fillings for the sandwiches are coming from Miss Browns and Shawarma Khan. This is a great example of businesses collaborating with each for their mutual benefit. I’m especially pleased to see Shawarma Khan involved, as the response to my review of the restaurant was one of the early sources of encouragement in my blogging.
As Fools & Horses is just getting opened, Things will be added as time goes on. The charcuterie is now available. The beer and wine should also be available in the next day or two. Another one is chocoturie, provided by Chocolatier Constance Popp. If the quality of the goods already available is any indication, it will be well worth the wait.
In keeping with their practice of supporting local producers, Fool & Horses will be selling a select number of products for take home consumption. These will be the same products used in the making of the toast offerings. Two companies involved are Flora & Farmer, and Smak Dab Mustard.
Having enjoyed my Mocha, I decided to pick up something to go as I left the cafe. I went for a Masala Chai tea, and one of the croissants. While I don’t generally add milk and sugar to my tea, I think that’s the only way to drink Chai. My recent experience of Chai has been in fast food type establishments, and this made for a bracing exception. Back at the church, I enjoyed the flaky croissant as I finished the Chai.
Over time my coffee shop preferences have changed. There has always been at least one place that has been a sort of home away from home for me. Fools and Horses is going to be that place from now on.
I’ve made no bones that I’m a big fan of Fools and Horses. As it happens I’m sitting in their Broadway location as I’m writing this post. I probably write about 80 percent of my blog posts at this location. It’s a home away from home. Filled with great beverages and run by great people.
So, I was quite happy when I found out that they were opening a new location at The Forks. There are a lot of things that are the same at both locations and some things that are different.
Same but Different
Let’s start off with the things that are the same. The first big things that is the same is the staff. Yes there are some new people who haven’t worked at the Broadway location, but several of the staff from there have moved over and they’ve trained the new staff. That means the new location operates to the same very high standard of service. There are a few glitches that have to be worked out with The Forks set-up, but some of that has to do with The Forks itself.
The second thing that’s the same is that the coffee is just as great. The new location also employs Modbar technology ensuring a great cup of coffee every time. Many of the snacks that are available at Broadway are also available at The Forks. Bronuts Doughnuts are the main snack feature.
On the difference area the biggest difference is that there is no dedicated seating area. Located at the west end of the middle section of The Forks Market, there is lots of seating, but none that leaves you feeling that you are in a coffee shop. However, if you go early in the morning, the area is generally empty, so you can still sit and enjoy a quite cup of coffee.
The main menu difference is that beer and wine is not available. Although they do offer a spiked coffee and a spiked tea. Also, they aren’t serving sandwiches and toast. However all of these things are available from the many other food locations situated in the market.
The new Fools and Horses really ups the coffee game for The Forks. I really like the fact that I now have two Fools and Horses locations to choose from. Both are on my way to work. This way I can get a great cup of coffee, coming or going.