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Love Your Lunch: Liven Up The Noon Hour Break Part 2

The majority of us have almost exactly the same lunch EVERY DAY. In fact, more than a third of office workers in North America (pre-Covid) have eaten a variation of the the same midday repast… for the last nine months.

But how can we break out of our lunchtime auto pilot and indulge in something that will taste good and we’ll actually remember eating?

Barrie has a full menu of midday destinations that will inspire as well satisfy.

This week we’ll offer up a couple of cool destinations to put the zip back in your ziplock.

Liven Up Lunch – Skewers

Skewers

There is no such thing as too much barbecue. Particularly when said barbecue is an exotic selection bringing the sumptuous tastes of a far away land to your own backyard.

Skewers on Clapperton offers up lunch in a Grilled Korean style. Drizzled in thick, sticky sauces, the eponymous skewer is a popular south Korean street food comprised of chicken and scallions grilled on a stick.

The Bulgogi sandwich, dripping in saucy sweetness

This is an ideal lunch locale because it’s tasty, it’s quick and it’s affordable.

The cozy eatery has a ton of variations on the addictive cuisine (be sure to try the Pulled Pork sandwich on one of your trips) as well as lunch specials for under $10.

It’s a cool joint that easily falls into workplace lore as a lunch place you HAVE to try. One of those unique places that newbies have to make a pilgrimage to before they are really accepted by the office crew. And when they do, they nod in understanding…”now I get why this place gets so many @ mentions”

And if you really want to wow your team, consider bringing everyone in the office to lunch here! Skewers offers catering.

Skewers is open Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 9pm. Find them on Insta and tag them when you dive into one of their dishes!

3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

October’s coming in hot; at least as far as the weather is concerned. With temps pushing well above 15 for the impending weekend, it’s a perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the sun while it’s here.

Here’s a trio of happenings this weekend to check out…

3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

Open Air Dunlop

Another Saturday with traffic free streets happens in downtown Barrie. Dunlop is closed to vehicles, giving you the chance to check out the new streetscape and get a coffee or a pint at the fab downtown eateries.

You c an also enter the We Dig Downtown contest to win a $250 Lifeline E-Gift Card to the downtown businesses of your choice! Take in a self-guided historic walking tour as well as some incredible public art. Happening all day.

Live Music

The gigs, they are a happenin;.

North Country plays host to live tunes Thursday – Saturday, including country talent Rob Watts and Dean James. Over at Donaleigh’s The Week Ends take the stage on Saturday. Courtney Bowles is on the mic and guitars over at Flying Monkey’s.

You can also hit up the Common Good Cafe for Sunday morning jams. And if karaoke is more your speed, hit up Steyn House on Mapleton in the south end on Friday night.

Retro Arcade

While you’re downtown for Open Air, consider booking in to Last Level Lounge for some retro gaming. In addition to the patio being open, you can book in for an evening or in blocks of hours for $15 per person. That gives you access to free play on all the games, including the pinball machines.

Anything to add to 3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend? Let us know in the comments! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint through creative, hyper local content, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered!

The Social Recap – The Week That Was in Barrie Sept.28th

All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…

Death.

Taxes.

Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you!

Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

The Week That Was in Barrie Sept. 28th

It was great to see the return of the Barrie Film Festival this weekend, despite Covid. A great lineup of films, including the short film showcase in which 3 local filmmakers won awards for their entries!

The Film festival was just one of a bunch of events during a busy week. Open Air Dunlop was back, and with loads of people! It runs right through to mid-October, so be sure to check out downtown’s cool new layout next Saturday!

It’s great to see our entire business community pulling together during these crazy times. Good on Oxygen South Barrie for making a contribution to the Special Olympics!

And speaking of community spirit, did you see the great folks taking part in this year’s Run For The Cure? Pink costumes never looked so good!

And finally, some big news from the Barrie Baycats this week, and their partnership with a couple of fantastic Barrie based sports facilities, The Kage and Athletickulture!

What did you think of The Week That Was in Barrie Sept. 28th? Keep using the #barrieuncovered hashtag and we may feature your “stuff” in a future blog. And if you are a Barrie business based looking to expand your digital footprint, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.

3 Things To Do This Weekend in Barrie

3 Things To Do This Weekend in Barrie

October’s first hurrah arrives today…yes, we’re almost done with 2020.

Despite the battering we have all taken since March, weekends still hold a special place in the week to relax and replenish. And the Friday – Saturday break this week offers plenty of fun distractions. Read on for more! And if you have a socially distant event you’d like to publicize, let us know! We can add it to our events calendar.

3 Things To Do This Weekend in Barrie

The Barrie Film Festival

The festival actually kicks off tonight, and runs through to Sunday. It’s a scaled down event, happening at Sunset drive in with feature films each night. On Saturday, the short film showcase is on deck, featuring short movies from local filmmakers and the annual awards.

Oktoberfest @ Redline

You didn’t think a pandemic would stop the Oktoberfest, did you?

Redline’s annual tribute to Bavarian beers is a dual inside and outside event, complete with games, live music and of course, beer and food! Taylor Abram be performing at 6pm, and they’ve got a Cornhole Tournament happening in the parking lot.

Redline’s annual German inspired lager, Festbier also makes it’s return. It all kicks off on Saturday at 11am.

Live Music

The gigs, they are a happenin;.

North Country plays host to live tunes Thursday – Saturday, including country talent Rob Watts and Dean James. Over at Donaleigh’s the High Drives and Those Handsome Hooligans take the stage on Saturday. Peasant Kings are also on the mics and guitars over at the Queen’s.

You can also hit up the Common Good Cafe for Sunday morning jams.

What did you think of 3 Things To Do This Weekend in Barrie? Any cool events that we missed? We want to hear about ’em in the comments.

And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint with unique locally driven content, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.

What You Might Not Know About Downtown Barrie

Pub Crawl

Uncovering A Few Facts About Barrie’s Core

This Saturday marked the first of four straight weekends that the downtown roadways will be pedestrianized. This will give everyone a chance to take in the newly redesigned streetscapes, in a project called Open Air Dunlop.

While you are taking in the coffee shops, breweries and other cool locations along Barrie’s main street, have a deeper look at the buildings and streets. There are quite a few stories this part of Barrie has tell from the past few centuries.

What You Might Not Know About Downtown Barrie

It Predates Confederation

What is now Downtown Barrie was the beginning of the Nine Mile Portage, over two centuries ago. This was a vital link on the journey from Lake Ontario to Huron, and offered 1st Nations people a much needed peaceful shore to camp on before undergoing the rest of the long trip.

During the war of 1812, the British army used the area around downtown to sneak supplies and troops around American forces on their way to Upper Canada’s military posts.

There Used to Be A Hockey Arena Here

Long time local hockey fans will know all about The Barrie Arena, better known as the Dunlop Arena. It was was a 3,000 seat arena housed at the intersection of Dunlop Street West and Eccles Avenue.

Built in 1932, it served as the main hockey venue in the city until the Barrie Molson Centre opened in 1995. The arena hosted the Barrie Flyers of the OHL, and the Colts for a short while as the BMC was under construction. The Barrie Fire station sits where the arena once was, after being demolished in 2008.

There’s (Allegedly) A Haunted Building

The Simcoe Hotel, rebuilt as Bourbon, was home to a grisly murder over 100 years ago that resulted in a haunting that according to some, continues to this day.

In 1872, a woman named Elizabeth Meyer visited the hotel, which in those days was a tavern catering to the town’s rough and tumble residents. After consuming a generous amount of liquor, she ventured out to the street. It was late in the evening and the streets were all but deserted. But one person had spotted her, and leaped out of the darkness to attack her. She was beaten and then strangled to death, and her body left in the street.

When her body was discovered, the coroner strangely insisted on conducting the examination in the hotel. Ruled an accident, although it was clearly a murder, her ghost allegedly has remained trapped in the place of her death. Residents and workers have over the years reported eerie sights and sounds, and even ghostly encounters.

What did you think of What You Might Not Know About Downtown Barrie? Let us know in the comments! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint, reach out today!

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