As many of you know, I did my Masters degree training in Detroit, which isn't that uncommon for a lot of Canadian students. Crossing the border every day to get to school (and being subjected to the whims of the U.S, Border Patrol) was a bit of a drag, but it meant that I had daily access to things that Canada (as wonderful as it is) couldn't offer me. Things like Cherry Coke, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Target, and a "local" Ikea... fantastic.
|I seriously pine for this stuff... particularly the "Zero" version.|
It should come as absolutely no surprise that food played a prominent part in our weekend. Let's start with IHOP, as we did for breakfast (brunch?) several hours after my 3 am arrival. I am a HUGE fan of the International House Of Pancakes (or potatoes, if you ask Kiks...), even if they fall a little bit short of good international representation. Given that it was Thanksgiving weekend, I opted to try their special pumpkin spice pancakes. These were fantastic... pretty much the best combination of pumpkin pie flavour and moist pancake texture that a girl could ask for. Top it with butter pecan syrup, and you've got yourself a meal!
|And here they ar--uh, oops. Sorry. Must've devoured the pancakes before I could get a picture. The advert on the table will just have to do!|
|FANTASTIC. Definitely beat the cow craving right out of me.|
|Steph, enjoying some barbecue pork roast, fries, and cornbread. That counts as two vegetable sides, right?! Potatoes and corn? Ah well, when in Rome...|
|Your very own Honeybee, tucking in to the burger deliciousness.|
|NEBRASKA wine sampling?! Nebraska makes wine...???!|
The little giftshop/wine store displaying this sign was staffed by a charming, witty guy. I have to admit, the wine we tasted was pretty delicious!! The whites tended towards the sweet end of the spectrum, which was great for me. I very nearly bought a bottle of white wine in a bright red glass bottle, for the sheer novelty of it... but I'd already used up my booze importing limit at Target. Seriously, though, when your favourite Barefoot Pinot Grigio is only $5.50 a bottle, how do you NOT buy one??
One of the things that Steph introduced me and my classmates to while in the U.S. was Chipotle Mexican Grill. I understand that there are a few of these fabulous burrito chains located in Toronto now, but they certainly haven't made their way to Winnipeg as yet. These things are, to put it simply, AMAZING. I fell in love with them in Chicago, and most definitely smuggled a few of them back to Windsor for quick dinners with Hubs. I shall let the pictures speak for me:
|And so it begins, with a mystically foil-wrapped package of goodness. This weighs, no joke, probably around three pounds.|
|As the wise and gastronomically inclined Professor Albus Dumbledore once said: "TUCK IN." Eating these are a challenge, though I pride myself in having successfully eaten these behemoth burritos while driving. TWICE.|
|Steph opted for the healthier and tidier option: you can have all your burrito fillings, minus the tortilla, as a salad instead.|
|My sierra turkey sandwich, on asiago focaccia, with some sort of delicious aioli. It WAS Thanksgiving Monday in Canada, after all... I had to have SOME of the bird to celebrate.|
|...especially when paired with McDonald's fresh-brewed Sweet Tea. This is NOT the same as the lame Nestea that Canadian McD's have. This is The Real Deal. It's things like this that make me wonder if I was a Southern Belle in a previous life...|
Unashamedly proclaiming her admiration for the red, white, and blue,