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Why Is That Lake Pink And Have You Tried Oranges With Chili?

I’d heard about the pink salt flats in the Yucatan and wanted to visit them.  So that’s just what we did!  

An illustration on a board near the salt flats shows ancient Mayans harvesting salt 

Apparently these lakes were a source of salt for the Mayans more than 2500 years ago.   From what I can figure out the Mayans created these lagoons and they were flooded with salty ocean water that eventually evaporated in the sun leaving natural sea salt behind.

pink lakes of progresso

Our friend Rudy takes a photo of the pink salt lake

The pigment of microbes in the water gave the salt lakes their beautiful pink tone. At the little food stand beside the salt flats they were selling bags of salt but also another treat…. oranges with chili.  You bought fresh oranges that were peeled and cut in half for you.There was a bag of hot chili to sprinkle on your orange with a spoon.  Both Dave and I tried it and found the sweet taste of the orange with the spicy taste of the chili a nice contrast. Visiting the pink salt flats was an interesting experience both visually and tastefully.  

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A Dutch Touch on A Fine Fall Afternoon

IMG_0521On Friday my friend Esther and I paid a visit to the Amsterdam Tea Room just beside Old Market Square at the heart of the Exchange District. I had been there before for tea but never for a meal.  As the name of the restaurant indicates there is a distinctly Dutch flavor to the menu items.  amsterdam tea room vegetable sandwich I had a vegetable sandwich with beet soupendive salad amsterdam tea roomand Esther had the endive, pear, grape salad with the pea, celery and leek soup.   tea selection amsterdam tea roomThey have dozens and dozens of kinds of tea on offer at the Amersterdam Tea Room.  I opted for the Pina Colada tea and Esther chose a chai blend.  We had a lovely meal at a sunny window table and caught up on what had happened in each of our lives since we last got together.  sketching old market squareWe had planned to sketch in one of the many art galleries in the Exchange but it was such a gorgeous day we sat at a picnic table in Old Market Square to work on some new pages in our sketch books.  old market square sketchingWinnipeg, we decided, is a beautiful place indeed on a fine fall afternoon!

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Finally a Ripe Tomato

dave and his tomatoesAs most of you know this summer my husband Dave grew tomatoes in a planter near our home in the Exchange District.  He was excited every time he would see some of the green tomatoes on the vine start to ripen.  But he never actually got to pick a ripe tomato because someone always beat him to it.  He didn’t really mind. He was happy that people in the neighborhood were harvesting and enjoying the fresh tomatoes he’d grown but he decided before the end of the growing season he’s like to eat at least one ripe tomato from his vines.  

tomatoe and bananaSo……… he did a little research and found out that if you picked green tomatoes and placed them in a paper bag with a banana they would redden indoors.  Apparently bananas contain ethylene gas which ripens tomatoes.  So Dave tried it. He picked some green tomatoes stuck them in a bag with a banana and magic! In a couple of days he had ripe tomatoes.  Finally he got to have a tomato sandwich with one of his own tomatoes. 

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It’s Burger Week

Winnipeg’s Burger Week for 2018 ends today.  We were pretty busy so we only had one night to go out and try one of the more than 120 burgers on offer at various restaurants across the city.  Wednesday Dave got home late from a golf game so we figured we’d just go to Hermanos, the restaurant in our building. Their burger was called the Montivedeo.  Spicy bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce, red onions, egg, banana peppers, ground steak patty, confit garlic, black pepper aioli all on fresh jalepeno and black sesame seed bun. Pretty darn delicious! Hopefully next year we’ll have time to try a few more of the burger week offerings but considering we only got to have one this year we made a pretty good choice.

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What’s a Boston Cooler?

Whenever we visit Dave’s home stomping grounds in southern Ontario he likes to make a stop at the Dairy Freez. It’s a place he has been going to since he was a child.  Founded in 1954 by Clarence Wright the Dairy Freez is a three generation family business.  Clarence’s granddaughter Arlene is the current owner and she and her husband live in her grandparents’ home right next door to the busy food establishment.  The Dairy Freez is located between the communities of Essex and Cottam. Yesterday morning we went to Essex to watch our great-nephew play baseball.  Our nephew is the coach and the game was a nail biter with our team coming from behind to score a victory.  After all that excitement we were hungry and decided it was the perfect time to make our ritual stop at the Dairy Freez. A great-niece of ours was working behind the counter so we waved and said hello before placing our order with one of the ‘car hops’ who will serve you at your car or at one of the many picnic tables to be found on the nicely landscaped grounds behind the Dairy Freez. Dave had his traditional chili dog and we shared some of the delicious fries and the signature drink offered by the Dairy Freez, a Boston Cooler.  It is made with ice cream and Vernors.  Vernors is a local ginger ale created by a Detroit pharmacist James Vernor in 1866 and sold primarily in Michigan and southern Ontario. Our sons always looked forward to having Vernors on our annual trips to Ontario since it wasn’t available in Manitoba. Yesterday was sweltering hot here in southern Ontario so we definitely appreciated our icy Boston Cooler. 

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Trying Something New

kombucha tea


Note:  A SCOBY is an acronym for……..symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. You can get a SCOBY from a friend or grow your own.  

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Hildegard’s- A New Winnipeg Coffee Shop Named For a Saint

Saturday we tried a new Winnipeg coffee shop and bakery that just opened!  It is named after Hildegard of Bingen a German composer, poet, writer, mystic and abbess who lived from 1098 to 1179 and was canonized as a saint in 2012. In some of her writings Hildegard extolled the benefits of a grain called spelt.  Hildegard’s Bakery specializes in spelt goods.  

Hildegard’s is on the corner of Portage and Maryland and is housed in an old building with huge windows that let in tons of light. There are plants everywhere.  I was intrigued by a cool living art piece on the wall. 

The Hildegard’s website says their baked goods are handcrafted and healthy and made from local products.   We chose the delicious lemon saskatoon scone and the apple muffin to go with our coffee.  

Saturday was opening day at the bakery and it was busy!  We know we will be going back.  Maybe we’ll see you there. 

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