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Winnipeg: Snacking at The Forks

A View of The Forks

I’m writing this post on a winter afternoon, when the light on the northern plains is an almost ethereal blue-gray. It reminds me so much of these photos I took in Winnipeg last month.

I shot from the outdoor observation deck at The Forks Market, adjacent to The Forks historical site that sites at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.  We were in the middle of the city, but everything was icy and serene.

Downtown Winnipeg

The area where The Forks Market now stands was once home to two different railroad lines in the early 1900’s. Now the site houses over 300 local artisans, lots of food stalls and a delicious looking fresh food market boasting beautiful displays of bread, olives, meats, cheeses, produce and wine.

Inside the Forks Shopping Center

Everything was decorated for Christmas and the space felt very still and peaceful.

The last time I visited was in the summer, when there were boats on the rivers, live music, lots of walking tours and people spilling out onto the adjacent plaza, so this felt very different.

Nanaimo Bar

I had to stop for my traditional snack, the Nanaimo Bar from Human Bean Coffee and Tea. My sister and I got addicted to these the last time we visited and I don’t know what I’d do if we didn’t find one! Luckily, that’s not a problem, since they’re practically the national dessert of Canada.

They’re really amazing. The crust is like a crunchy cookie, the center is a delicious custard and they’re served chilled so that the chocolate on top practically snaps when you eat them.

If you want the recipe, you can find the version I’m trying out this weekend right here. (P.S. Cornstarch and vanilla are perfectly acceptable substitutes for the custard powder that seems to be impossible to find in The States.)

And don’t forget to check out The Forks the next time you’re in Winnipeg.

The Forks Market 1 Forks Market Road Winnipeg, MB 1-888-942-6302

Fall-Spring Hours September 4 – June 30 Daily: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Fridays: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Summer Hours July 1 – September 3 Daily: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Stay tuned after the holiday for more posts about Winnipeg shopping and dining!

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