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TGIF: Make An (Oat) Meal Of It

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: Make An (Oat) Meal Of It 

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…

 

Barnstormer’s  – Donegal Oatmeal Stout

 

Ideal for a winter evening drink, this beer pours an initial opaque dark brown. As with most stouts, there is almost no head, just a tan fringe around the edge of the glass. The same goes for the lacing. Carbonation is mild to low, with very few of the trace bubbles rising.

The first aroma wafts of sweet smells, with a touch of malt. Swirling the glass will kick up some barnyard, and a little more malt.

As your session continues, expect a main flavor of dark roasted malt, giving way to a rounded, full bodied oat and hops. This has a darker roast flavor profile than Guinness stout. That gives way to a bit of bitters in the mid and aftertaste.

Relatively mild carbonation leads to very little foaming and the heavy body remains through the drink.

Best paired with similarly dark foods, like beef or venison stews. Steak pies or anything barbecue style would fit in nicely as well.

Find more about Dongeal Oatmeal on Barnstormer’s website!

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TGIF: A Touch of Nordic

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: A Touch of Nordic

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…

 

LITTLE NORWAY – SAWDUST CITY

TGIF: Norway's Finest

An inviting pour of nice golden lager with a three finger head, it’s a refreshing thirst quencher that boasts hints of citrus and wheat. The lightness of the colour is backed up by a gentle lemony aroma. And like other pale lagers, the foamy head dissipates slowly while not detracting from the overall taste.

Ideal for patio sessions, but the best use of this hoppy ale might be on the dock during cottage season. It’s dryish body makes the can experience vibrant, meaning it will do well in the cooler for an afternoon.

If you are looking for a meal to join in, it’s probably best paired with lighter fare. Think salads, chicken dishes or sandwiches.

You can pick up Sawdust City’s Little Norway Pale at the LCBO. Read more about it right here.

 

Have a recommendation for TGIF? We want to hear it! Contact us, send a msg to our FB page or an email to [email protected]

This Idea Could Help Barrie Businesses and Restaurants?

Modular By Design is a company who could help Barrie small businesses and restaurants. They have a module design that can fit into any space, outside or inside. You can create a private bubble from a table for four up to, well whatever size you want. These are still worrying COVID days even with a vaccine on the horizon, and it will be months before we see the improvement in the economy. In the future, it might be, to some degree, the new normal. Every business has different space constraints. Modular By Design offer an all-inclusive service providing layout design, assembly and installation of glass enclosures to provide comfort for your patrons.

BU is only putting this idea out there to see if this is something that could help our local economy. We have no financial interest in this product and are not being paid to promote it. As always we are only trying to find a way to help local Barrie businesses. If this can help to keep Barrie businesses afloat we wanted to make people and owners aware of such a product. For more details click on the link https://www.modularbydesign.ca/

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…

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?

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