I lived in Winnipeg for six years in the 1990’s. Now before you eye roll and scoff at me, I have to tell you that Winnipeg has the best people in the entire world. It takes a while to break into the tightly knit groups there because they are automatically suspicious of anybody who arrives there from somewhere else. Because that just doesn’t happen. Plus, they’ve all gone to high school together and live next door to each other’s sister-in-laws, etc. You’ve heard about six degrees of separation? Winnipeg has about two.
I moved to Winnipeg from Edmonton and there was not one food place that I pined for from Edmonton. Not one. Upon leaving Winnipeg to move to Norway (long story), I began missing a lot of Winnipeg food. Breakfasts at Stella’s. Desserts from Baked Expectations. VJ’s Drive In burgers. And most of all: BDI’s dipped maple cones. Best consumed when walking across the pedestrian bridge to Kingsway, swatting at and running from mosquitoes the entire way.
Elizabeth Bridge, from CBC’s Food Bytes has alerted us to a website called Nostalgia Foods. They will ship Winnipeg favourites right to your door. No kidding. What a concept! This just proves how endearing Winnipeg is to those of us who once lived there. I’ll have a cinnamon bun with nuts from Tall Grass bakery please. Make that two…and some Wasabi sushi, too. And gelati from Nucci’s on Corydon. Oh and a Beaver Tail from the Forks. See what I mean?