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THE COMFORT OF OLD-WORLD VALUE

THE COMFORT OF OLD WORLD VALUES

How my taste buds tingle as I reminisce about the very first spoonful of Onion Soup at Simmering Kettle in the South End.  I am a lover of Onion soup, French or otherwise, and this onion soup is likely the very best I’ve ever had in the otherwise category.  Mmm!  I’m praying that the Simmering Kettle owner, Shalu Persaud, will share the recipe!

SIMPLY GREAT FOOD!

In discussing with Shalu her love of food, I was very pleasantly surprised at the attention she gives not only her menu choices, but her customers as well.  One of Shalu’s first comments was “There’s just so much chaos in today’s world that I want every customer to enjoy the comforts and values of the old world.”  All choices are to be of the  highest possible standard using fresh produce and ingredients from two of her  local suppliers, Stewart’s Wholesale and Sunrise Wholesale Produce.  Even her breads are Artisan loaves.

Shalu believes in reading the  ingredient lists on everything and wants them to be as short and free of preservatives as possible.  Making everything from scratch and watching her ingredients is her investment in the health of her customers.  In her mind, her customers value what they’re eating and she values her customers.  Win – win for everyone!

Shalu reminded me that Simmering Kettle is carefully set up for takeout as well as catering for office, home and party needs.  With Christmas fast approaching I was quick to ask if gift certificates were still available – they make great envelope gifts – and yes they are!

Shalu is happy to see her customers again, and she knows that they actually battle traffic to get to her South end location.  She has a suggestion though…rather than battling the congestion on Mapleview, come across Verteran’s Drive and Commerce Park Drive.  

I must say that the nicest thing I notice each and every time I visit Simmering Kettle is that it has truly become the South End meeting place.

Kinda’ like – comin’ home…

TGIF: A Polarizing Beer

TGIF: Apparently Blondes DO Have More Fun

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 you try…

Polar Pumpkin Spiced Ale – Barnstormer’s

The initial pour is a slightly clouded yellow with orange highlights, and a stuff egg white head that leaves a thick, egg power lace. The aroma following is an inviting rich pumpkin and spice notes overlaying light biscuit and grain.

As for the taste, expect a meaty pumpkin flavour, hidden behind a clean malt body. There is a definite spice component, but it’s handled well. Notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg hit the roof of the mouth and linger in the finish. A surprisingly intense bitterness springs up when the beer hits the side of the tongue.

The after-taste is slightly grainy and a little bready. Unlike other pumpkin beers that taste like pumpkin pie, this one just tastes like pumpkin, which is a decided bonus.

Overall this is a refreshing and lighter kind of pumpkin ale. It’s light bodied, with crisp carbonation that gives way to a creamy sip that is easy drinking and sessionable.

Find out more about Polar Pumpkin on Barnstormer’s website!

What did you think of TGIF: A Polarizing Beer? Let us know in the comments!

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TRAVEL THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR PALATE – Dosti Eats

TRAVEL THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR PALATE

Welcome to Dosti Eats where you can visit time and time again tasting bold, exotic street food from around the world.  Dosti is as “Hip” as Simmering Kettle (the family’s other restaurant just across the parking lot) is “Old World”.  And…Dosti Eats even sells some of their bold flavors now for your pleasure at home!  Shalu, the owner of Dosti Eats sells her  homemade Malsala Sauce for use in your own cooking.  What a great way to experiment with Tandoori or Butter Chicken recipes in the comfort of your ownkitchen.

As the staff at Dosti Eats like to say, “We slowly take you on a journey so you can travel the world through your palate.”  Come in to visit Mexico and try a variety of Tacos or even a Black Bean Burger.  Europe gives you everything from Italian Meatball Sliders to Lamb Souvlaki.  Travel through the menu to India and try Pav Bhaji (Mumbai’s favorite thick vegetable curry served with a grilled bun) or the Street Meat Combo.  If it’s Carribbean flavors that you’ve been missing, order the Jerk Chicken or Roti Wraps, they’ll be sure to tease your taste buds.  Settling in Asia, the Dosti Bento Box or Banh Mi Sandwich are wonderful choices.  Finally,  if you are craving good old North American cusine, check out the Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich or Wings by the pound.  It’s a great place if you’re taking out a group of people with distinctly different tastes!  It’s also a wonderful way to tease your taste buds as it’s really difficult to travel easily right now.

Something that Dosti Eats has become quite known for is their bold homemade Hot Sauce.  The staff are finding that the palates of the community have really grown in their search for new and exciting flavor, so be sure to try some on your next visit.

Shalu really thinks about her customers so often!  Today as we were chatting she mentioned that she is starting a “Take Home to Cook” section to her menu.  Boxed and ready for “take home service”, Shalu will have all the ingredients both fresh and dry premeasured with explicit recipe directions.  Shalu is doing this knowing that people are still a bit nervous about dining out but are missing the variety of choices in their diet.  I can’t wait, but while I do, I’ll be sure to drop in to Dosti Eats to quell the cravings.  Won’t you?

NOT YOUR AVERAGE P_ZZA JOINT!

The team at P_ZZA is seriously serious about the goodness of their pie!  Starting with a crust of ancient grains – specifically amaranth flour, they have created a high protein, low carb crust that tastes wonderful and is easy to digest.  They are even the first pizza joint in Barrie to offer a 72 hour cold risen sourdough crust! 

Then the choices begin; choose from one of eight sauces, there’s everything from traditional tomato sauce to alfredo or pesto.  You then get to choose from over 30 different toppings allowing for endless combinations.

Just like making a sub sandwich, you can see all your choices right in front of you.  Start with your favorite cheese, which even includes a Vegan option, to lay the groundwork for all the toppings, then choose from a wide variety of meats and veggies to create a uniquely individualized pie.

If you’re not up to the creative challenge, they offer some of  their highly popular signature’s as well as an assortment of different paninis and salads.

P_ZZA even offers frozen customized pizza for you.  Choose takeout or delivery once a week on Fridays.  It’s a great way to stock up for the weekend or the busy week ahead.  Check out their website at iwantpzza.com or call (705) 503-6516 to find out more.  While you’re on the website, make sure to check out their catering capabilities as  well.

Now, the team at P_ZZA isn’t new to Barrie, having run the restaurant within the Queens for years, they’ve become well known in food circles, even winning competetions.  Since they have spent so much time in the heart of Barrie, seeing all the businesses thrive is a core value they hold close to their heart.

They don’t stop with their love of the community there though.  P_ZZA has partnered with the art departments of area schools, displaying student works of art for sale.  When pieces are sold, the monies are donated back to the schools.

The decision to create a uniquely fast pizza with healthier options turned into a reality at P_ZZA.  They’ve worked hard at maintaining a menu full of healthy options.  Most choices have 50% less calories compared to your standard pizza restaurant; even their beverage selection has a variety of natural and organic choices.

Now that construction is finally coming to an end – drop into P_ZZA at 50 Dunlop Street East, design your pizza and enjoy!

 

These forward thinkers have truly revolutionized the pizza industry for Barrie and the surrounding area.

The Weekender: 3 Things To Do

And just like that, we switch from +25 patio weather, to blowing snow and icy streets. (#BarrieInNovember)

But, regardless of the inevitable approach of winter, there are plenty of fun things to do and experience as we ramp up to Xmas and the holidays.

Read on for a few ideas to energize your weekend! And if you have an event or happening in Barrie you want to promote, let us know and we can post it to our events calendar!

The Weekender: 3 Things To Do

Take a Holiday Road Trip

There are quite a few holiday inspired drive through and walk through happenings around the region, including a few starting this weekend.

Blue Mountain kicked off Enchanted Forest this week; the entire Village will be decked out in garlands and bows. Ideal for a family trip full of festive sights and sounds.

Aside from the festive décor, there will be fire pits to warm by, holiday music and carolers and horse drawn carriage with Santa every Saturday. At night, you can take the one kilometer pedestrian pathways through the Village and around the Mill Pond to discover interactive Christmas light displays.

There’s also the Bluffs Winter Wonderland in Scarborough, and Holiday Light show in Vaughan. Hit up our Winter Wonderland Road Trip blog for more on each!

Free Santa Photos | The 400 Market

Santa will be back at The 400 Market starting this Saturday, and every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm until Sunday, December 20th, 2020! 🎅

Santa will be a bit different this year to ensure COVID-19 safety measures for Santa and visitors. Instead of the regular Santa costume (open-faced), the Market will have a professionally designed, fully-masked costumed Santa.

The Santa photos are “Free” so please bring your own cameras and or phone cell phones. There are no costs and/or donations required.

And while you’re there, why not get a start on your holiday shopping?

Live Music

As always, there is plenty of tunes to be heard, if you know where to go. Musicians and restaurants have been among the hardest hit vocations in this pandemic, so if you can get out to support both while being safe, you should!

Playing this week; John Anderson at Flying Monkey’s, Big Furry Tractor at the Queen’s and Bill Nadeu at Malone’s Pint House. You can also hit up North Country BBQ for live music Thursday – Saturday from Owen Riegling, The Beresford’s and Rob Watts.

Keep in mind that we always want to hear from you about how we are doing! Reach out anytime to [email protected] with your feedback or story submissions.

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