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TGIF: Triple Teamed

TGIF: Triple Teamed

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Pancho Barnes Triple Stout Chocolate: Barnstormer’s

The appearance pours a jet black, with sizeable fingers of creamy lace orbiting the glass.

That gives way to a pleasant first sniff – mainly grainy roasty malts, cocoa, coffee bean, earthy and leafy hops, dark fruits (fig as the strongest) and earthy yeast.

As you enjoy the taste, those grainy roasty malts and coffee bean come to the forefront. The earthy and leafy hops are meshed with the cocoa hints, and they come through strongly. Followed by the dark fruits, the earthy yeast rounds out the brew.

The mouthfeel is best described as medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Moreover, it finishes creamy with all elements lingering.

Overall – This is a flavourful sweet stout that delivers on all fronts. In general it is velvety smooth, and bold. Well deserving of a session from those that haven’t sampled it yet.

Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV : 5.9
  • IBU (THEORETICAL) : 21
  • 36 SRM

Find out more about Pancho Barnes on Barnstormer’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

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It’s So [email protected] Italian Bakery Cafe

One of Italy’s most well known culinary ambassadors was Catherine de Medici.  She’s credited with introducing a long list of Italian cooking ingredients to France when she became Queen.

From there Italian culinary dishes became known throughout Europe; coming to Canada in the 1950’s.

The Queens of Italian Cuisine!

Barrie is so lucky to have Rosie Carvhalo and her staff creating such wonderful culinary dishes for us. Offering wonderful homemade creations of Tomato, Rose, Alfredo and Meat sauce, and some of the best Cannolis around!! 

Liscious Italian Bakery Café on Mapleview at Huronia offers some of the freshest and tastiest Italian meal choices to be found.

Licious Catering

Rosie, with her background in catering, also operates Licious Catering; mainly catering to local Daycare facilities.  They provide our younger ones with a 4 week rotation of menus that are nut free, healthy wholesome meal choices.  They also have great event catering options!

Rosie worked at Fortino’s to our south in 3 different food departments.  Her love of creating wonderful, authentic dishes to serve grew right into a dream of opening her own bakery.

Barrie residents were blessed late last year when the dream became a reality.

Fresh Never Frozen

Everything at Licious is fresh and never frozen.  All food is prepared from scratch and sourced as locally as possible.

Helping Hands

Throughout the Pandemic, Licious has sure done their part to help!  Partnering up with a program called meals2frontline, a wonderful program that was created to say Thank You to our frontline workers for everything they are doing during these difficult times. Next month the 240 staff at Bradford Valley will be receiving their delicious hot meals as a THANKYOU!

Mangia! Mangia!

The goodwill at Licious doesn’t stop there though.  Because they pride themselves on “fresh daily”, leftovers are donated at the end of each day!

As most Italians – Rosie and Carm are well known for their love of feeding people!  They make bulk orders available to families with discounts as well.  Rather than only offer particular combinations, Rosie would have her customers “not choose just to choose – but to choose because it’s what they want.”

There is a hot table at the bakery tucked behind the scene to allow for short wait times.  The staff wishes everyone could see it but feel that following COVID protocols is extremely important.

Licious is a family owned bakery that offers fresh bread, espresso, coffees, specialized lattes, veal, and chicken sandwiches and much more!

Plans to Expand!

As they expand they’ll soon be introducing made to order custom cakes 

Call and place your order – there is curbside pickup and delivery as well as the usual food delivery options…Skip the Dishes/Uber/and Door dash.

Come on people – Mangia…Mangia!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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TGIF: By The Moonlight

TGIF: By The Moonlight

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Moonlight On Chrome: Redline Brewhouse

The first impression is a good one, conveyed by the inviting appearance. The initial pour is a rich golden color, slightly hazy, with a finger plus of head. Although it is short lived, it leaves a nice egg shell white of spotty lacing in it’s wake.

The sitting improves with the first smell. You’ll detect wafts of light citrus, mingled with candied pineapple and mango. This aroma could perhaps be a bit more forceful without detracting from the experience. But the subdued hints of the fruit is pleasant.

On to the taste. This brings a light grainy flavor to the taste buds initially, followed by splashes of sweetness. The candied mango and pineapple really stands out here. After the first few sips, weedy hop qualities come to the forefront, offering an earthy sensation to the sitting.

As for the mouthfeel, Moonlight is medium-light bodied, punctuated by crisp carbonation and a dry finish that is near chalky.

Overall this a creamy beer that comes together nicely and is stronger than the sum of its parts. Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV : 4.3
  • IBU (THEORETICAL) : 53
  • MALT : 2-ROW, MUNICH 1 MALT, FLAKED OATS, FLAKED WHEAT

Find out more about Moonlight on Chrome on Redline’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

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TGIF: BATTER UP

TGIF: BATTER UP

TGIF: BATTER UP

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

LÜMBERBRÄU LIGHT LAGER – SAWDUST CITY

TGIF: BATTER UP

The first look reveals a hazy, golden yellow after the initial pour. As the drink settles, a distinct creamy head foam circles the glass and establishes itself firmly. There is a slight disintegration, leaving a lacy swirl, while a healthy dose of bubbles float to the top.

The initial smell brings forth aromas of mango, coconut and passionfruit. There is also a definite pine odor in and under the sitting, which greets you right from the start. 

Tasting first reveals a pleasant blend of juicy hops, reinforced by the tangy mango and passionfruit initially encountered earlier. The hops are present throughout and assert themselves slightly more after the first swirl around the mouth. Mouthfeel is carbonated, but only moderately. 

A silky body emerges with a clean finish to the sitting, as the inviting aromas and tastes leave your thirst quenched. Lümberbräu Light Lager was released in the summer of 2019 as a tribute to the Lumberkings slow-pitch baseball team, and it’s definitely a prime lager for enjoying the Jays game at home.

TGIF: BATTER UP

UNDER THE HOOD

4.2% ALC./VOL.

Water: Pure Muskoka water

Barley/Malt: Flaked corn, Canadian 2-row, German pilsner

Hops: Saaz, Magnum

Yeast: White Labs German lager

Available at the LCBO or through Sawdust City’s Website!

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Alliance Billiards – The Best of Both Worlds!

Do you enjoy playing billiards?

The History...

The game certainly has a long and rich history!

Beginning around the 15th Century, it’s believed to have evolved from lawn croquet played outdoors.

The play moved to an indoor table covered with a green cloth to simulate grass for better year round play.

In 1600 Shakespeare even mentioned it in his play, Anthony and Cleopatra.

The first rules were written in 1675 and have been revised as the game modernized.

Snooker is an off-take of the original British game of English Billiards.  Those in the know tell us that the British appetite for snooker is akin to the North American love of baseball!

There have been times throughout history that billiard tournaments received even wider coverage that some wars!

The Comeback!

The game died off somewhat in the 50’s until Paul Newman starred in “The Hustler”, bringing it back full force.

At Alliance Billiards, owner Georgia Makrygiannis let us know that both the CPA and House Leagues are up and running!

If you’re interested – you should hurry and make the call!

Best news of all is that her patio should be open for the 1st of April – so let’s cheer the good weather on!

What a Deal!

Alliance Billiards is also running a REALLY COOL SPECIAL!

Spend $25.00 

Receive 1 of 15 Balls

Once you’ve earned

All 15 Balls

YOU WILL RECEIVE 15 HOURS OF FREE POOL!!

Wow!  Great food and now an even better reason to eat it!

And...Even More!

Actually Alliance billiards has also upped their game by adding their great menu to Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes as well!

You sure can’t go wrong with the great food and a friendly game of pool at Alliance Billiards.

They really do offer the best of both Worlds!!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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