All I do is basically give them a dry rub of garlic powder, chili powder, and a little salt and pepper, and throw them on the grill. Just a couple of minutes on each side, because they're so thin, and you're good to go. I've also given them a last minute brush with a little bbq sauce.
They can be a finicky to grill......where I get them, they are sold in 2-3 pound frozen blocks, and are made up of strips of buttons anywhere from a foot long, to and inch or two.......the short ones like to fall through the grill. To prevent that, I tend to eat all the short ones as soon as they're cooked.
The kids love them, because there's no other way the eat them other than by digging in with your fingers.
You could flavor them with ANYTHING, though......whatever you can dream up.
For the best Kielbassa on the planet, you'll want to go to Central Meats, at the eastern side of the Nairn overpass.
My parents went there before I was born, I've been going there ever since, and now, my 19-year-old son swears it'll be the only place he ever goes.
They also have a huge selection of every other kind of sausage you can think of, as well as regular meats, pickles from all over eastern Europe, pirogies, farmer sausage, saurkraut, and tons of (again) eastern European chocolate.
I buy marrow bones for my dogs there, as well, as they'll cut them to whatever length I want.
They are also one of the few places you can find pork button ribs, which are killer on the bbq.
Hmmmm.....well......where to start.....
Welcome to a whole new world of eating out........consider it to be like travelling around the world, but cheaper.
First - in terms of budget, you don't have much to worry about. Unless you go to a fine dining restaurant, which Winnipeg does not have large numbers of, you don't have to worry about exceeding $30 per person. Hit the right places, and you can do it for half that if you want to.
The areas you've mentioned are ones I've found (arguably) to be void of interesting restaurants.
Certainly the area around McGilvary and Route 90 is full of big box style restaurants like Moxies. A good selection of food, but for me at least, nothing worth paying for.
If I were you, I'd focus on smaller independent places.
The Falafel Place on Corydon, Baraka Bakery on North Main (for my money the best place in Winnipeg), Pollo Vollante at the corner of Main and St. Mary Ave downtown, Modern on Portage (Ethiopian food....delicious),
Any of the Stella's locations would be perfect for you (and there's one at the corner of Route 90 and Grant)......excellent food, good selection, and a fun, casual place.
You should also explore the world of Sushi......it's incredible. Going with Sushi-loving friends the first time would be advisable to help guide you through.
Kawaii Crepe in Osborne Village is also a lot of fun for an inexpensive, light dinner and dessert.
Also, if you want to venture into Asian cuisine, without the heat of Thai food, or the blandness of Chinese, try Vietnamese food......excellent flavor without a lot of spice.....super cheap......and all of the Viet places I've tried in town, and I've tried most of them, are all very good.
If you like Italian food, head to Monticchio on Osborne.....outstanding food.
The list of good places in Winnipeg is endless.
I can't comment on the Hot and Sour soup in Calgary, but here in Winnipeg, it all seems to taste the same.....overly thickened, and mostly broth.
I've been making my own for years, and it's incredibly easy to make EXCELLENT Hot and Sour soup....you should try it.....recipes are widely available online which will give you the basic ingredients, then tweak them to your own tastes from there. And...you can make a pot-full for the same price as a bowl in most places. I'm no chef, but I can say with confidence my H&S soup is better than any restaurant version I've tried.
Pan fried dumplings are just as easy (ground pork, garlic, green onions, S&P, soy and sesame oil wrapped with a wonton wrapper). I'm thinking dinner tonite might just be H&S soup and dumplings.......mmmmmm.
My wife and I tried JC's on Henderson a couple of weeks ago. While it wasn't bad, it wasn't overly good, either. She had a trio fo tacos, which she described as "ok", and I had a burrito, which while very large, was mostly filled with very bland rice. If I was with a group who wanted to go there, I wouldn't say no, but doubt I'd ever go back on my own.
We are regulars at Pollo Vollante/Times Changed. While I wouldn't call it Mexican, the food is good, they frequently have specials not on the menu (just for something different), and the owners are super nice people who are trying really hard to develop a loyal following.
Rhoda, the female half of the owners, also makes her own perogies which she sells frozen at the restaurant (hey, it IS Winnipeg), and she makes some unusual but delicious flavors. The best I've had is a sweet-potato and walnut perogie which was out of this world.
Somewhere you MAY want to try, which I know is authentic(but not Mexican), is Mercadito Latino, a tiny little grocery store just a few doors down from JC's.....with a 10-seat restaurant in the back. The families who own it are Chilean and El Salvadoran (Salvadorian?) . The make everything fresh - papusas, empanadas, chirasco sandwiches, etc. Everything I've had has been EXCELLENT! They also have the best tamales I've ever had. It's very casual and homey, and everyone is as nice as can be.
I've also seen it at Piazza di Nardi on Taylor. I haven't had the chorizo, but their Itallian sausage and several others I've had are excellent.
Just be careful of some labels - there are "SAN MARZANO TOMATOES", and then there are "SAN MARZANO style TOMATOES" and that "style" is microscopic!
Not that I could ever tell the difference, but it's pretty scammy if you ask me. They're maybe 10 cents a can cheaper, but still WAY more expensive than the basic Roma's that they are.
Yeah - definitely go with the guy in the Sun-Wah mall. We've bought from a few places in town, and he's consistently the best.
I bought some BBq'd pork at the big Lucky supermarket on McPhillips, and both pieces seemed to be all fat and grisle (sp?).
If you're in the market for fresh (raw) pork, there's a small shop right next door in the mall that sells all the various pork parts, including very fresh ground pork for very, very reasonable prices.