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REALLY – CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

REALLY - CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

No one’s sure what the Holiday Season is going to be like this year.  One thing that you can count on though is that there’s always great food!  What’s even better than great food – is when it’s made for you!  Whether you need a break for a light meal after rushing around, or you’ve been chosen to host your social circle – you can count on Simmering Kettle (https://simmeringkettle.com) or Dosti Eats(https://dostieats.com) to save the day!

Shalu Persaud, owner of both, understands your need for sustenance.  Both Simmering Kettle and Dosti Eats are set up well for catering.  Whether it’s a very intimate fathering at home or a larger group at the office, they’ve got you covered.  If your crowd is looking for something a bit different, Dosti Eats offers ethnic choices from around the world.  Simmering Kettle has those wonderfully traditional dishes to add to your menu.

If you’ve been hard at it – shopping for loved ones, and need a break, pop in to relax over a good cup of coffee and a great meal.  Just taking some time for yourself will make the shopping chores easier.  Better yet, meet a friend and just catch up over an all day breakfast or a soup and salad.

Either restaurant will fit the bill.  Both are found in our South End Retail Centre at 531 and 535 Bryne Drive, located across the parking lot from each other.  As you’re making holiday menus, you may want to check out the website at www.simmeringkettle.com.  Shalu has added a very valuable Meal Plan Menu as well.  Shalu knows how much time is spent in your kitchen to prepare good meals, so this menu has been added to give you a real break.  Everything is done for you to eat seriously good food in your own home.

Call (705) 828-2257 to talk to Shalu about catering, meal plans or even hosting your Christmas events.  Like I said, “She’s got you covered!”

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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