Stella’s For Brunch in Winnipeg

In Winnipeg and want vegan brunch bright and early? Stella’s has you covered. If you’re a local, or lived in Winnipeg at any point, you’ll recognize Stella’s as an institution in the city. There are locations around the city, they make their own bread, and offer a whole bunch of clearly labelled vegan options – including brunch. So one morning JC and I met up with a friend that recently moved back to Winnipeg from Toronto, over at the Stella’s cafe and bakery location on Sherbrooke. It was busy, but not packed. We got a table near the front and ordered a round of vegan brunch items – well, one of each. There are two vegan breakfast/brunch items on menu over at Stella’s. But also a few more options for other times of the day (but we didn’t try any of those). JC and I shared the Tofu Scramble and the “Vegan Mexican”. Both were great, but I think the Vegan Mexican plate was my favourite. I was glad both plates had seasoned fried potatoes included too because they were delicious. Tofu Scramble – Sautéed seasoned tofu, tomato, onion & red pepper on fresh arugula. Served with salsa, hash browns, with dry sourdough toast & Stella’s jam. Vegan Mexican – Corn tortillas, refried beans, breakfast patties, spinach, mushrooms, green onion & tomato. Served with salsa, guacamole & hash browns. The thing I liked about this visit, besides the vegan brunch was catching up with a friend, and hanging out at this…

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Vegan Roadtrip – Boon Burger in Winnipeg

I think the problem with reminiscing about these things a month later is that we went back several times, and part of me wants to go in order, and part of me doesn’t care. So I’m just going to put our visits together – we went to both Winnipeg Boon Burger locations (& eventually the new one in Barrie too, but I’ll save that for another post) and a great time was had by all. The first Boon Burger we visited was the newest Winnipeg location on Bannatyne, and if you’re into The Guess Who, you might notice that one of their albums is named after this avenue (So Long, Bannatyne). It’s in an upscale, urban feeling place, and the restaurant is huge, spacious, with high ceilings and lots of beam and post, and beautiful solid wood. Plus booths! It’s incredible to me that Canada’s first all vegan burger place opened in Winnipeg, but like I said before, it’s a place where awesome things can happen. You have a couple of options for ordering – Boon Burger has an app for iPhone and Android you can use to place to go or to stay orders (and get a discount), or you can talk to the friendly folks at the cash and order that way. Pick what you want, from their fabulous menu (pdf), pay, and you’ll get a plastic animal and a receipt to take to your table so they can find you, and bring out your order. They have four different burger…

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Vegan Roadtrip – Arriving in Winnipeg & Jonnies Sticky Buns

Hope people have a lovely weekend. I know folks don’t always post mofo stuff on weekends, but I’ve got a lot of ground to cover (pun intended.) so I’m going to keep powering on. Also, the awesome Vegetarian Food Festival is on in Toronto this weekend, so I figure I’ll want to talk all about that on Monday. Yesterday was absolutely awesome. BUT don’t leave VegFest without talking to the Field Roast folks. The Canadian Government, specifically the CFIA, is saying that they don’t meet some archaic regulation about meat substitutes (C.R.C., c. 870 B.14.087) AND NOT ALLOWING THEM TO SELL IN CANADA. As it stands right now, as of last week, Field Roast stock Canada wide is limited to what is already in the Distribution Centres, but beyond that no more can be imported until this is changed. Add your name to the email list at vegfest for more information. Or send them a note on their contact page. I’ll post more about it when I find out anything. I fully plan to start or join in on a fuss about this. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. We last left off driving through Minnesota and debating whether or not we would stay in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It was rainy and blustery, and any normal pair of folks would probably think… let’s pack it in for the night. Not us. We stopped for gas, checked to see if there was anywhere for us to eat – Amazing Grains food coop…

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