I arranged to meet my friend JC on the Sunday following the festival. JC, my friend Ann’s cousin, lives in Winnipeg, so I thought it would be nice to explore the city a bit with a local 🙂
The morning commenced with some work at the deli, as I hitched a ride with Benyamin so I could get into town. We did food prep in the kitchen:
- Made poached eggs (this was my first time to do this)
- Marinated veggie burgers and put them in the oven
The second task I completed was a freezing challenge because I first had to separate the patties, which were frozen inside a box. The sauce was also cold and I was dipping them by hand. Every few patties, I’d run hot water over my hands to regain feeling.
My first stop with JC was a bison farm!
We went on a bison safari and observed plain bison. The guide said bison are the biggest animal in North America and weigh up to about 2,400 pounds.
We also tried a bison burger. The texture is the same as a beef patty, but it tastes different. It was so delicious.
We then walked around Winnipeg and checked out the Forks, the oldest part of the city.
I tried perogies, which are basically potato and cheese dumplings. I also splurged on Nestea. After a whole week with nothing so infused with sugar, I could really tell the beverage was just way too sweet!
Our next destination was the biggest surprise of the day:
Who takes a visitor to a graveyard? Haha. But I was so amused. It was funny and refreshing to go to an unusual spot.
After that, JC dropped me off at the farm, and we said goodbye. I made it in time for the gathering. We had salad and corn on the cob for dinner.
The night was quite productive even after supper: I washed dishes and helped label mate bars. It was a fun time as Benyamin told a bunch of jokes while we inserted the mate bars into the plastic wrappers with light, metal chute-like spoons. The others joked about how Benyamin was like reality television without an actual TV.
I also got to watch Peratz spin honey for a little bit. There’s basically a huge cylinder with slots inside for square bee combs. The slots are connected to something in the center, which spins. As it spins, the honey falls down and out of a hole into a pail.
I dipped my finger into some of the pans with leftover honey and got a sweet taste of fresh, unprocessed honey. It was delicious 🙂