This past Friday, Jess invited me to come out and experience First Fridays, a phenomenon new to Winnipeg but well known to other major cities. It's popular enough to warrant its own Wikipedia article. The idea is to attract residents to an area known for art galleries, eclectic shops, and restaurants, particularly if the area is in a state of renewal. Such is the case for Winnipeg's Exchange district, a historic area that used to be the hub of the grain exchange in the late 1800s. Since Hubs is the history buff, not me, I'll just point you in the direction of some links that will tell you more about this amazing district.
|The Exchange District, also known as "xchange" or simply, "The District". |
Image from fellow Winnipeg food blog Food Musings
(I just discovered this site, and it looks wonderful... I'd better get caught up!)
|One of the participating establishments, Cake-ology. Of COURSE this appealed to me. Read on to learn more...|
|Wondering what I'm holding? It was, quite simply, a bundle of Cake-ology deliciousness. Details below...|
After checking out a couple of cool shops and a VERY active sculpting gallery (I'd never seen a diamond saw that close up...), I smelled onion rings. And started salivating. So, Jess humored me and I followed my aquiline nose to The Line Up, a diner offering everything from fish n' chips to deep dish pizza to asian noodle bowls. It smelled AMAZING in that little place. A very quick scan of the menu failed to reveal onion rings, but did include curry fries. Hmm. I was imagining some fresh-cut fries sprinkled with a dried curry powder as a seasoning... but what I received was SO much better.
|Patience, Pebbles, we're getting to the good stuff. You just KNOW that anything in a cute Chinese take-away box is going to taste fantastic...|
|Just LOOK at these. Smothered in cheese and curry sauce... absolute perfection (even if they do look a bit sloppy...)|
|Messy, and almost gone. Mmm.|
|Not food, obviously, but when I saw curry fries on the menu I thought they'd be especially fitting given my artsy hair accessories :) Don't worry, I reserve these chopsticks for styling applications; I have others for noshing purposes.|
Trying to resist a repeat visit solely to buy a box of red curry beef noodles,