Baked Expectations

Baked Expectations, yes the 60’s styled diner that has you feeling like John Travolta and been serving heavenly cheesecake for 20-plus years has snuck its way into the club scene. I didn’t even know this place had food, but sure enough they had a club, and long story short…I sat down.

I have always thought Baked Expectations is a little overpriced for what it is. But after this visit they have won me over. I am a sucker for the old school diner vibes which is not found elsewhere in town, and not to mention dozens of fresh cakes to choose from. $7.50 for a piece of cake seems a little absurd, but they are delicious. I just make sure it’s a once in a blue moon kind of thing – if that.

Baked Expectations has hands down one of the nicest looking clubs in the city. The colours alone make it rival the Grace Cafe for best looking club in town. But just like many things in life, it’s more than looks that count. SO! how did this one stack up to the competition you ask? Well I can sum it up in one word, piquant.

The bread, lettuce, tomato, bacon, mayo, and melted cheese all came together in perfect harmony. They did use sandwich meat for the chicken, but it worked, so no harm done. One thing that I didn’t see coming was that the fries were real diner-like. Very Nick’s Inn reminiscent – overall a very pleasant experience.

Family friendly, nice service, good location, moist brownies, and good club make Baked Expectations a place to check out. One thing to keep in mind though is that it can get quite noisy at peak times, so prepare for that.

Price: $11.95 w/ fries

Rating: 7.5/10

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Culinary Exchange

So, the new Red River College culinary arts building opened a couple weeks ago in the Exchange District, and all I can say is wow. The Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) campus is the final product of a 35 million dollar facelift to the Union Bank Tower. Now if this building doesn’t make you want to sign up for culinary arts- I don’t know what will. Just take a quick look at the video on the WFP website. The site holds 300 students in the hospitality and culinary arts sector.

The campus is beautiful, and that’s the bottom line. There is even residence offered in the building. This campus is a major win-win scenario. It is good for the program, and it is good for Winnipeg transforming another abandoned historic site into a state of the art facility.

Ok, now enough yapping- let’s get to the goods–the food. PGI has two places to eat- Jane’s and the Culinary Exchange. I wasn’t even hungry, but when I saw ‘clubhouse’ on the TV-screen-menu, I had to do what I had to do. One student was trying to strike a deal with me to get the pasta of the day, but I wasn’t havin it.

I ordered the club, and a milkshake. It is pretty cool how you can watch the students make the food right in front of you. The club came out looking mighty fresh, but after the first few bites I wasn’t too impressed. The thing is, I can’t even pin-point what I didn’t like about it. The chicken was real, grilled, and good- but beyond that, nothing stood out. There was a bunch of shaved ham in there, that I could of lived without. Also, bacon was nowhere to be found! Now that just can’t happen, as it is one of the most important aspects of a club!

The unsung hero of the day was the milk shake. Oh, I didn’t mention what kind I had? Oh, well it was PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM. That’s right, and let me tell ya, it was phenomenal! Topped with a chocolate covered cherry and some whipped cream, for $3.75 you can’t go wrong. Go check out the Culinary Exchange for this alone.

*UPDATE* Word on the street has it that milkshakes have been taken off the menu… call before you go!

On another side note – there was a salmon wrap that was real tasty, so if you are into that – try it. You can taste the grill on the wrap, and it was delightful.

Although I wasn’t sold on the club, the staff was great, the head chef was all smiles, and there is enough promise to go back soon.

Price: $10 for club and side of fries

Rating: 6/10

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L’Arche Tova Cafe

I am gonna take a guess and say that not many people have heard of L’Arche Tova Cafe. It is probably the only restaurant with 0 reviews on Urban Spoon. But this should change because LTC is one of the more interesting restaurants in Winnipeg. It is more than just a restaurant, and if you skim the menu you can see why. The back page shows a list of sponsors/funders of the cafe, and this made me wonder what LTC actually does – so I set out clubbin.

Buried in the depths of Transcona sits this charming cafe. To get there, keep driving down Regent Ave. until you come to a strip that makes you feel like you are in St. Boniface – then you’ll see it. Once you get inside and flip the menu over you will notice some serious sponsorships. The Winnipeg Foundation, United Way, L’Arche Canada – just to name a few – but why!? LTC is classified as a non-profit; the restaurant is funded, and in turn the cafe funds houses that take care of people with disabilities. The cafe also gives employment and volunteer opportunities to people with disabilities.

Ok, so now let’s see if the clubhouse is as nice as the people who run the cafe. The L’Arch Double-Decker which was right in the middle of the menu was staring me in the face the second I walked in the door. And when it got to the table it looked mighty tasty. Accompanied with an amazing caesar salad, the club didn’t disappoint! Real chicken, crispy bacon, fresh produce, and a nice amount of mayo made for a good sando. One thing that was weird with this club was that only one side of the bread was toasted – maybe their toaster was broken…

L’Arche Tova Cafe is gettin two thumbs up from this guy. It’s a little far away, but worth the visit. Good atmosphere, good food, good people, good cause.

Rating: 7/10

Price: $8.99 – club only

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