After taking 2 1/2 days to get out of Ontario we finally crossed into Central Standard time and shortly after, into Manitoba! It was very exciting to finally feel like we had gotten somewhere rather than still being in Ontario
If you are into aviation, and happen to be in Winnipeg, the Western Canada Aviation Museum is definitely the place to be. The collection was pretty good and it was right on the tarmac of the airport, so a great spot to watch the passenger planes too!
From there we checked into our hotel, The Inn at the Forks which is a funky boutique hotel located at the Forks. C has spent a lot of time in Winnipeg and really loved this hotel; he has also stayed at the Fort Garry which takes second place, and the Fairmont which he says is dingy (despite normally preferring Fairmonts).
This view of the new Canadian Human Rights Museum from our room
We stopped for a martini in the hotel restaurant before meeting up with a friend for dinner and it was AWESOME! C had his standard dry Tanqueray ten martini which the bartender nailed, and I had the ginger pear- pictured below. I am not normally tini drinker but I felt compelled and this one was perfect!
We can’t resist french onion soup, so when the table over had their’s delivered, the smell convinced us we needed one also. When the waitress brought it she asked us if we wanted it with sherry- neither of us had heard of that so we gave it a try and it was a really interesting touch to add a bit of sweetness. Have you heard of this before?
The next stop on our tour of Winnipeg was not really anything unique to the city (that comes later) but rather a stop we haven’t been able to make living in Ottawa- Earls! I know I know, it’s a chain that you can find anywhere in Vancouver and Western Canada, but we didn’t have it in Ottawa and I really wanted to go. For a pre dinner cocktail I had a mint julep that they made perfectly
C with a friend from an internship he did a few years back
Now for the local experience. I am still not even sure we should be sharing this but I am going to anyways. If you have ever been to the BDI in Winnipeg then you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t- plan for salad in the weeks leading up to your visit. The BDI (Bridge Drive In) is a little ice cream place on the bank of the Red River that has been in business for 55 years and has the absolute creamiest ice cream you will ever try! The thing to do is stand in line- often a very long one despite frigid temperatures, to get your ice cream, and then walk across the bridge while you eat it. It is a tradition that not only attracts families looking for a treat, and couples on a first date date, but all the celebrities when they are in town. The funny thing about the BDI is they have every flavour of soft serve ice cream you could possible imagine, and all sorts of other treats, which you would think should be enough. They go above and beyond however and offer some really unique specials. The person in front of us received 3 scoops of soft serve in a whole pineapple carved out, topped with about 5 different things. We split the BDI special, The Goog- when in Rome and all that jazz-the recipe is literally bananas, and is shown below. It was obviously way too rich for us to even come close to finishing but we enjoyed a few bites
Hope you have enjoyed reading about Winnipeg!