Review: Across the Board

Across the Board owners Clinton Skibitzky (left) and Olaf Pyttlik. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Across the Board owners Clinton Skibitzky (left) and Olaf Pyttlik. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Across the Board Games Café
93 Albert Street
204-691-3422
Neighbourhood:  Exchange District
Website: acrosstheboardcafe.com
Facebook: facebook.com/acrosstheboardcafe
Twitter: n/a

Sometimes all you need is a salad; all you want is a salad; all you desire at this singular moment in time is a salad.

But no ordinary Caesar, Greek or Garden salad will do.

You want colour and lightness. You want crunch, zing and pizzazz.

That’s the urge I recently had while wandering around Old Market Square during the Winnipeg Fringe Fest. (If you haven’t been to our Fringe, you must go. It’s one of the city’s best summer events.)

Peasant Cookery’s goats cheese, beet and arugula salad sprung to mind. It’s one of my favourites in the city. (I’m a sucker for a beet salad.) Sadly, my dining partner vetoed my suggestion.

I searched my memory for fantastic salads of my past. Nothing immediately sprung to mind. I blame the hot day for frying my brain.

Plan B. I started scanning the street. And then I saw it: Across the Board Games Café. I met the owners a few months ago just as they were opening and, at the time, their menu looked quite promising.

So we headed over. The place, former home of The Fyxx and other unsuccessful eateries, was packed with gamers and diners.

At the table, our eyes went immediately to the salads on the menu. (The menu includes sandwiches, flatbreads and soup. Everything is made in house.)

We ordered the Viet Nom Nom and the Beached Kale. Both salads blew us away but the Beached Kale took top prize.

The generous salad is loaded with baby kale, chick peas, barley, avocado, sunflower seeds, strawberry, candied walnuts and lemon poppy seed vinaigrette. It was sweet yet tart; had crunch; was filling; and every bite was different from the last. My dining partner and I fought over this salad.

The Viet Nom Nom is a combination of rice noodles, mixed greens, pickled vegetables, corn, bell pepper, cilantro, sesame seeds, scallions, avocado and tossed in an asian vinaigrette. It had a sass and sustenance. The noodles added extra heft and filled out bellies. It just didn’t compare to the party on the beach of kale.

On our next visit, we’re going to play a game, order dinner, sip on wine and just enjoy a night out of the ordinary.

Insider’s tip: If you sit for a meal or snack, the games fee of $5 per person is waived.

Viet Nom Nom salad at Across the Board.

Viet Nom Nom salad at Across the Board.

Beached Kale salad at Across the Board.

Viet Nom Nom salad

Beached Kale salad at Across the Board.

Beached Kale salad

Just a small sampling of the estimated 600 games to play at Across the Board.

Just a small sampling of the estimated 600 games to play at Across the Board.

Let the games begin at Across the Board.

Let the games begin.

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Review: Mordens’ of Winnipeg

Russian Mints By Morden's of Winnipeg. (Photos by Robin Summerfield.)

Russian Mints By Mordens’ of Winnipeg. (Photos by Robin Summerfield.)

Mordens’ of Winnipeg
674 Sargent Avenue
204-783-4551
Neighbourhood: West End
Website: mordenschocolate.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Mordens-of-Winnipeg
Twitter: twitter.com/MordensofWpg

Winnipeggers love their chocolates.

Just ask Fred Morden.

His family has been making and selling their sweet treats, mixed nuts and a vast variety of chocolates since 1959. Morden began his life in chocolate as an eight-year-old helping out after school at his grandpa’s shop. The shop expanded in 1982, taking over the adjacent space on Sargent Avenue. In 1985, Morden bought the business from his dad.

The company’s Russian Mints are their prized creation, winning top prize in the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans in a field of 300 competitors.

It was well deserved. Their Russian Mints, still a top seller today, are a creamy, rich delight that begin melting as soon as it hits your tongue.

Inside their West End store and kitchen, staff pump out thousands upon thousands of chocolates each year. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day are the busiest times of the year.

Chocolate covered ginger and nuts of every description, chocolates, savoury and sweet chocolate combinations stock Mordens’ shelves and case.

Of the many made-in-Winnipeg foodstuffs, Mordens’ chocolates have a long and successful history as business leaders in the city.

Their chocolate also just tastes great. And whatever your favourite cocoa combination, there’s a great chance Mordens’ can feed your craving.

Co-owner Fred Morden

Mordens’ of Winnipeg owner Fred Morden describes his life as a chocolatier.

Shoppers peruse the chocolate case inside Mordens' of Winnipeg.

Shoppers peruse the chocolate case inside Mordens’ of Winnipeg.

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Review: Best bites Summer 2014

Cornish Game Hen and roasted vegetables at Prairie 360˚. (Photo by Robin Summerfield.)

Cornish Game Hen and roasted vegetables at Prairie 360˚. (Photos by Robin Summerfield.)

Hey Winnipeg food lovers! It’s time to reveal some of the most memorable and tasty bites I’ve had so far this year.

Personally, I like to reflect about every six months or so about the most memorable meals or dishes I’ve had.

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the fantastic foods I’ve eaten recently. They include bites from: Prairie 360˚ Skyline Restaurant and Lounge; In Ferno’s; Marion Street Eatery; Banana Boat; Danny’s BBQ & Smokehouse; Market BurgerCarbone Coal Fired Pizza; DeLuca’s; East India Company: and Shut yer Pie Hole.

Moroccan chicken crepe at InFerno's Bistro.

Moroccan chicken crepe at In Ferno’s Bistro.

The Cuban, Marion Street Eatery. (photo by robin summerfield)

The Cuban, Marion Street Eatery.

Blue liquorice ice cream at Banana Boat.

Blue liquorice ice cream at Banana Boat.

Shore lunch—pickerel and fries—by Danny 's BBQ & Smokehouse.

Shore lunch—pickerel and fries—by Danny ‘s BBQ & Smokehouse.

Bacon peanut butter burger (middle) at Market Burger.

Bacon peanut butter burger (middle) at Market Burger.

New White pizza at Carbone's Coal-Fired Pizza.

New White pizza at Carbone’s Coal-Fired Pizza.

Limoncello cookie at DeLuca's.

Limoncello cookie at DeLuca’s.

Mango chutney (top), tamarind sauce (middle) and spicy cilantro sauce at East India Company.

Mango chutney (top), tamarind sauce (middle) and spicy cilantro sauce at East India Company.

Saskatoon berry pie by Shut yer Pie Hole.

Saskatoon berry pie by Shut yer Pie Hole.

Summer fair favourites: cinnamon-sugar mini donuts (top) and a churro.

Summer fair favourites: cinnamon-sugar mini donuts (top) and a churro.

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