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Sunday, October 30, 2011

FGI Fridays (Winnipeg Airport)

TGI Fridays, Winnipeg Airport, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada.  Once you go through security on the domestic side, FGI Fridays is right there.  We were there on October 30th, 2011 which was the first day the new airport terminal was open.  They finally opened TGI Fridays around 4 pm.....kind of late I thought, as this is the only place to get an adult beverage to drink in the domestic area.  Well, were of the first to be in on their opening day.  They had lots of staff on duty but still a little confused. I ordered a glass of wine  others in my group ordered beer.  A few minutes later the waitress came back to advise they didn't have a wine opener to open the wine......what the heck.  Who is running this place.  How can you over look that on your first day.  We didn't stay too long as we had to run.  I guess in a few weeks they will get the bugs worked out.....I hope. I didn't see any of the food, as we departed before any one would have recieved their food.  They have about 4 beer on tap.  If you want some thing to eat and drink before your filght this is the only licenced place in Domestic departures. As of October 2015 it is gone CLOSED


Confusion Corner Bar and Grill (Winnipeg Canada)

Confusion Corner Bar and Grill,  500 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.  It is actually on a very confusing corner in Winnipeg as the name suggests.  We went there on a Sunday for lunch and it wasn't very busy.  We sat on the pub side which was very nice.  They had about 7 nice good sized flat screen HD TV's with various games going.  They have a nice granite topped, sit up bar that sits 8 people.  This area sits about 80 or d0 people.  I forgot to ask about  their beer selection...argh!  The food was very nice.  I had a Ruben sandwich, but a not a true classic Ruben, but very good just the same.  Fresh marble rye bread, with lots of nice juicy corned beef, dripping with melted cheese and thousand islands dressing.  You get a side of salad, fries, Cesear salad.  I took the fries which were very very good.  For $2.00 extra you could get Mac and Cheese......I thought about it.  They have a roof top patio area that has a retractable roof for those hot summer days.  It is now closed for the start of the long Winnipeg winter season.  The other half of the building has the restaurant side where kids can go.  The washrooms were clean and tidy.  this place has a nice large parking lot, which is free.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Big Rock Cafe& Grocery (Mount Vernon, Washington)

The Big Rock Cafe and Grocery, 14779 State Route 9, Mount Vernon, Washington, USA  phone 360-424-7872.  This is truly a great find, very unusual tavern but in a very good way.  They only sell Beer and wine, but I will get back to that.  It is located at the intersection of College Way and Hwy 9 about 5 miles or so east of Interstate 5, Mount Vernon.  This was a gas station and grocery store for many many years.  About 5 months ago it opened as the Big Rock Cafe and Grocery. They have an area for adults only where you must be 21 years or older to sit there.  Thus the Tavern part of this place.  The Tavern area has 3 booths seating 2 people each and 3 booths seating 4 people each.  They have a shuffle board and seating right be side the board.  The other half of the place has booths and seating...never did see any kids in there.  They also have a sit up bar that seats 6 people.,  Now the grocery part of the store surrounds the tavern area and is on one wall and parts of two other walls.  They have 12 different types of beer on tap.  Their wine menu lists the wines by 3 categories, Cheap...Decent....and Good!  They also have live music on the weekends!!  The service was very good and friendly.  The food is very good.  I had the blue cheese burger with homemade potato salad.  Great burger and great potato salad!!  My wife had the same but went with the homemade coleslaw.  You can also get fries as a side.  I have to come here and try their breakfast out one day soon.  There are 5 deer/ elk heads mounted on the wall and 5 flat screen TV'S for watching the game while you eat.  A very cool, rustic clean and fun place.  Well worth your time to go and try it out.
 
Went here again in May 2013 and still a great place to go! I had the Blue Burger, which was home made with blue cheese.....very, very good. For my side I had the potato salad which was awesome!! My wife had the Lamb stew and a salad and again, awesome! They have these cool tables, which I had to ask about.  They are old wood ship hatches, very cool indeed!  Nice out door covered and uncovered patio area.  This is a must try out place!!
August 2013 back again!  This time I had the Rueben with corned beef, sauerkraut, secret Russian sauce and with their home made potato salad.  Wow, was it ever good! The corned beef was thick and juicy, and the sauerkraut was exceptionally good.  My wife had the Shrimp Louie Salad which is made with fresh bay shrimp, hard boiled eggs, almonds, olives, tomatoes, lettuce and 1,000 Islands dressing.  Everything was very fresh and a big portion.  Once again, a must go to place!!

Eagle Haven Winery & Vineyard (Sedro Woolley, Washington)

Eagle Haven Winery and Vineyard, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro Woolley, Washington, USA  eaglehavenwinery.com.  It is just Hwy 20, about 20 minutes east of Interstate 5.  This was a real nice find.  They have a lovely tasting room all finished in knotty pine.  A Family owner and run business, and we got to sit and sip on a glass of wine with one of the owners!  They had 12 types of wine red white, blush and 3 types of fruit wine.  I am not a fruit wine drinker but did give them a try.  They were not too bad at all.  My favorite wines were the (whites) Madeleine Angevine Dry and the Madeleine Angevine Reserve. Both of them are made from grapes grown on the vineyard.  As for the red I really enjoyed the Sangiovese.  Every one here was so friendly and made you feel like you had stopped in to a good friends place for a visit.  On their property they have a beautiful covered area that can hold about 300 people or so for some of the concerts they host or it can be used for weddings and other functions..  They are also known for their apples, which you can also buy on the property.  I know, you are saying this is not a pub....I slid it in as you can buy a glass of wine sit and visit so that is I why I have included it.  A very nice winery, worth dropping in and having a taste!