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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


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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Tandoori Kingdom takes us to India!

Travelling to India in April gives you a whole new perspective on weather!  In that vast country you can swim or ski, sunbathe or visit the cloud gardens with ease.

While travelling through India you can gain true appreciation of the variety of cultural dishes as well.  Each region seems to have their very own spectacular dishes to choose from!

Choosing a "Home Stay"

If you ever have a chance to arrange a “Home Stay” you would sample cuisine that you maybe couldn’t find easily anywhere else; better yet you can take lessons on the preparation – if you wish!

There are actually a number of places where you can take cooking classes.  If you’re truly serious some now offer week-long programs as well.

If you’re going to the effort of learning to prepare your favorite Indian dishes, then you should learn how to eat them correctly too.  In the south – that means eating food with your fingers!  I have heard over and over that the dishes taste even better that way!

Choose Your Cuisine!

Many of the “Home Stays” are environmentally sensitive, vegan or teaching Ayurvedic treatment dishes.  There are also as many that teach the meat and fish preparations so loved in the cuisine.  What a wonderful way to visit yet sample so much culture!

April in India is still festival season, just not so many due to the heat.

And the Festivals...

Early in the month Srinagar, Kasmir is truly the most breathtaking with their Tulip Festival!

Then in Mumbai, the Maharashtrian New Year Parade takes place.  The largest parade is in the morning in Girgaum where the streets are jam packed with floats and sari-clad women on their motorcycles!

There’s even a celebration of Rats at the Karni Mata Festival in the 600 year old temple there.

The temple is dedicated to an ancient mystic who people believe was a reincarnation of the goddess Durga, and the souls of devotees are said to reside in the rats!

Then of course is Baisakki – a harvest festival, a Punjabi New Year Festival and Founding of the Sikh religion all rolled into one.  There are many feasts, folk music and fairs, particularly in Amritsar.

However, travel plans still seem very questionable – maybe think of these travels for next year.

Taste Exquisite Indian - Right Here!

In the meantime, taste some of the best loved Indian dishes right here in Barrie.

Yes, in Barrie – at Tandoori Kingdom.

This east end restaurant offers up some of the highest quality authentic Indian food you will ever taste – served on exquisite dishes in a charming setting.

Nirmal and his staff create culinary sensations like no other in Barrie.  I feel that they have created the ultimate Indian body, mind and soul experience.

Everything from their Tandoori oven-baked Naan to the seemingly endless choice of sweets must be savored and enjoyed.

Enjoy the Sunshine!

Even nicer, as the warm weather draws us outside you’re able to enjoy your traditional Indian feast on the deck under the sunshine.

Experience India in Barrie, at Tandoori Kingdom – Until you can travel once more!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credits: Stephen Elliiott

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What’s Happening @Grillicious?

Even if the day is cooler, what’s happening @Grillicious is HOT!

Order dinner on the heated patio where it’s comfortably warm to enjoy everything new and exciting!

Patio Opening Soon!

The staff hopes to have the extended patio open by April 1st with a celebration for that!

In the meantime the new pizza oven offers mega great taste!

Gourmet Pizza Now Available!

Bringing exquisite gourmet pizza to our city – there’s just so much to try!

We happened to discuss the new Bulgogi Beef pizza with Colleen.

Just What is Bulgogi Beef?

Bulgogi beef is crazy tender and juicy.  One of the most popular Korean Dishes, its tender thinly sliced caramelized beef cut from some of the choicest cuts.

Marinated with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame and scallions along with an Asian pear, – it’s slightly sweet and savory.

Bulgogi means fire and meat, traditionally grilled on a barbeque or griddle.

Sliced paper thin it’s a wonderful addition to top off a gourmet pizza.

Even Great Vegan Options!

The Bulgogi Beef Pizza at Grillicious, baked in the new oven on a traditional stone, the pizza comes in both Vegan and Regular gourmet styles.

Starting with a tomato sauce it’s layered with spinach, mozzarella cheese, spinach, kimchee sauce and of course Bulgogi beef.

The vegan style has a Bulgogi Tofu that tastes incredible!  Vegan cheese along with all the other ingredients gives us the best of both worlds!

Wanna' Play Pool?

Colleen let us know that the pool tables are open again and they’re excited to be seeing the regulars once more.

With all the options Grillicious offers we can dine on the patio overlooking the bay; order for home or even cater our group.

Want to taste gourmet in Barrie?  Try out the new menu at Grillicious Gourmet Tap and Grill!

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credits: Stephen Elliott

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Tandoori Kingdom Presents Springtime in India

Oh how we relish these longer days with sunshine and warmth – now imagine Springtime in India!  Tandoori Kingdom would like to help your imagination!

Here In Canada -

Here we watch the icicles melting and cheer on the sunshine.  In Canada we’re still in the dreaming stage…dreaming of gardens filled with color, weather warm enough to be unencumbered by layers of clothing, and visions of children playing in the parks.

In India this is both harvest and planting season.  There are so many festivals to celebrate.  Festivals celebrating spring itself, religious festivals, harvest festivals and planting festivals.

Only 3 Main Seasons!

Spring in India is based on the Hindu calendar rather than a change in weather.  Known to have only three seasons – winter, summer and monsoon, springtime is a wonderful time to travel and take part in the many layers of culture found there.

Starting in Mid-February to Mid-April, the season begins earlier than here.  One of the first celebrations is Vasant Panchami – the beginning of spring.

Mughal Gardens

Then for an entire month the residential gardens of the President of India are open for public viewing.  A 15 acre estate knows as the Mughal Gardens surrounding the residence are a riot of springtime color.  With roses, tulips and bougainvillea as the mainstay plants the beauty is spectacular.  Even found are very specially planted themed gardens of bonsai, peace and tranquility etc.

As mentioned here in Canada we’re still in the dreaming stage!  If you’re lucky enough to have a greenhouse you may actually be in the planting stage and planning where everything is going to go.

During the springtime months India is already feeling temperatures of 27-35 degrees Celsius.

Bamboo harvest (Chapchor kut) is celebrated shortly before the planting of spring wheat.

There are celebrations of New Years for the Baha’is and Zoroastrians’ as well as Palm Sunday and Easter.


However, one of the most colorful festivals actually known as Festival of Color or Holi is a two day celebration known nearly throughout the world now.

The festival stems from pranks that Lord Krishna was known for.

It is said that he enjoyed throwing colored powder on the village girls and wetting them, making the village a riot of bright colors during the 2 day event.

Nowadays the colored powder is still thrown but water guns are used to aim well and wet!!

Whatever your heritage – springtime in Canada is certainly worth celebrating! 

Celebrate Spring with Tandoori Kingdom

Nirmal and the staff would like to give everyone a huge Thank You for the tremendous love and support this first year in business.  Imagine that!  Survived 2020 with all that was!!!

Join everyone at Tandoori Kingdom on Blake Street for a wide variety of wonderful flavors and very special treats.

Tandoori Kingdom offers springtime meal choices on the menu along with all the favorites of Indian Cuisine!!!


Written By: Jane Laker

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Get Behind the Eight-Ball with Alliance Billiards – Open!

And we’re off!  Alliance Billiards owner, Georgia Makrygiannis, was right behind the eight-ball to welcome you back!  However with our area being in the grey zone again…

Once patrons are able to come back in for pool…..  Alliance Billiards wants to let us know that if your team or group of friends wants to beef up their skills – they’ll take reservations for groups of 10.

It couldn’t get much better than that!

For those of us not that into the game – we’re still able to get the same great food and alcohol for eat in or pick-up and delivery.

Georgia was so thrilled at being able to welcome everyone back. She still wants you to know just how important you are! 

Alliance is cleaning everything (Tables/balls/cues/etc.) with Microban, and will continue to do so once they’re able to re-open the tables.  Your safety is their first concern!

Alliance is still running their daily specials, has family sized trays and does catering as well!

Alliance Billiards - Daily Bar Specials

12 Noon – 6pm Daily

Domestic Bottles $4.50

Domestic Tallboys $5.50

Flat Rate Pool or Darts $7.00

Alliance Billiards - Daily Meal/Drink Specials


Philly Steak .n Cheese $9.00

Domestic 14 oz. Draft $5.00


Nachos for 2 $10.00

Whiskey Wednesday (any 1 oz. Whiskey shot) $5.00


Poutine $7.00

Baked Potato Poutine $9.00

Wine $5.00


Bud Draft ‘n Burger $12.00

Sunday Caesars (a meal in a glass) $4.50


½ Price Wings $7.50

Domestic Mini Pitcher $7.00


2.4.1. Appetizers

Domestic 20 oz. Pint $6.00


Chicken Caesar Wrap $6.00

Cooler ‘n Shots Buy 1 get 1 ½ Price

Special of the Month

Alliance Wheel with side $6.50

Alliance Billiards - Family Sized Dinners and More!

Greek Salad                                                Small $5.00              Large $10.00 

Spanakopita                                                   Small $6.00         Large $20.00

Cabbage Rolls                                            Small $6.00             Large $20.00

Stuffed Peppers                                          Small $6.00            Large $20.00

Lemon Chicken/Potatoes                          Small $6.00             Large $20.00 

Greek Meatballs                                         Small $6.00             Large $20.00

Dolmadakia                                                 Small $6.00              Large $20.00

Gyros Pita and Fries $8.00

(Small is single serving/Large will feed 4-6 people)

Just make sure to Call for your larger orders!

Remember – there is no line-up at Alliance Billiards!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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