Fire + Ice in the Exchange

Your Valentine skate date inspiration.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? We have some ideas on how to heat it up AND cool it down in the Exchange District.

In our prairie city, the ‘romantic skate date’ under the stars can be a pretty special way to spend some time together. The Exchange District is literally the setting for winter Hallmark movie romances, which is a pretty great claim to fame.

Photo credit: Travel Manitoba

Our Old Market Square community rink is strung with twinkly lights and is surrounded by beautiful architecture. We have dozens of restaurants (all within a 2 minute walk!) providing perfect place for apres skate drinks and snacks.

To heat you up post skate, we rounded up five of the spiciest dishes for your romantic winter adventures this Valentine’s Day (long) weekend in The Exchange.

1. Chosabi Spicy Kimchi Udon [pictured above]

Japanese udon noodles, spicy kimchi sauce, Asian slaw, green onions, seaweed, masago (fish eggs) served with your choice of pork, chicken, beef or shrimp.

2. Smoke’s Poutinerie Chicken Inferno

French fried potatoes topped with grilled chicken, jalapenos and red peppers, sriracha and more sriracha sauce.

3. King’s Head Vindaloo

Screaming hot sharp and tangy sauce with hints of tamarind, this curry comes with a warning: If you order it and it’s too hot, there are no take-backs to the kitchen. Fortunately, the King’s Head has 34 taps in house with the liquid libations to help put out the fire.

4. King + Bannatyne Smoked Buffalo Chicken

Slow-roasted, smoky, pulled buffalo chicken with house-made buttermilk ranch, shredded iceberg lettuce and house made sweet zucchini pickles.

5. Bodegoes Ghost Pepper Vindaloo

Tomato, mushrooms, water chestnut, carrots and pineapple in a coconut base sauce with house-made Vindaloo sauce infused with ghost pepper, one of the hottest peppers in the world.

Happy long weekend! We can’t wait to see y’all down at the rink! Have you had a chance to check out our winter community programs yet? Hurry hard, they’re running until the end of February!

PS Do you know your Exchange District love language?