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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!

Love Your Lunch – Liven Up The Noon Hour Break Part 1

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 – Tandoori Kingdom

If we eat together, we achieve more. A study run by Cornell University showed that co-workers who shared a meal, worked better together in the workplace. And shared their fries, which is clearly vital for co-operation at the office.

And nothing inspires great conversation like great food. Tandoori Kingdom provides the setting, and the nosh to achieve both.

Power Lunches, Trendy Food

Indian cuisine dates back over 5000 years. Each region has its own traditions, religions and culture that influence its food, which is why it’s such a trendy and cool meal.

There’s always one or two occasions a month when you need to add some zip to your work lunch routine. Maybe it’s a power lunch, or a client meeting, or a team outing. Tandoori Kingdom’s menu is fantastic way to energize the midday hour. Packed with authentic Indian cuisine, your lunch will have a built in conversation starters. Not to say that a burger or a sub is lacking in imagination, but consider how much easier it is to break the ice with a potential client or a teammate when the offerings are as unique and intriguing as the menu here.

Sitting down to a flavorful spread like that offered at Tandoori Kingdom is the perfect spark for creativity. Kicking around ideas while sampling their delectable range of chicken curry or vegetable dishes is a far more engaging invitation than brainstorming in the coffee room over a bag of vending machine chips.

And as if you need any more incentive, they are open on Thanksgiving! Mention Barrie Uncovered when you order and get free delivery if you prefer to have their fine dining brought to you this long weekend. www.tandoorikingdom.ca Ph: 705 503-1400

Book your next power lunch at Tandoori Kingdom! And enjoy an impressive meal to impress your guest.

Barrie Restaurant Take Out and Delivery Update – Part 3

Today is our 3rd post to try and help our local restaurants. We have so many we don’t know how lucky we are on Barrie. We want to come out of this crisis with as many still open as possible. We tried today to feature restaurants all offering something different depending on your taste. We apologise we haven’t been able to cover them all so far. As long as we are in this lockdown, we will continue to highlight as many as possible. We will try and prepare a comprehensive list and publish it.
Today we are highlighting eight restaurants; please support if you can in these hard times.

Hooligans Restaurant

If you have a craving for homemade comfort food, try Hoolies they have it! A large menu to choose from, burgers, tacos, souvlaki and more. They also have a Family Pack for 4 to 6 people depending on how hungry you are, also have a kids menu. You can have your meal delivered, or go and pick it up. Please call – 705-503-8833 – during their temporary hours, to make arrangements for your order! Thursday to Saturday: 5pm – 9pm & Sunday: 4pm – 8pm. We hope it won’t be too long until we can have a drink and burger on their beautiful rooftop patio, one of our favourites.  Hooligans as I am sure everyone knows it’s located on Dunlop downtown.  For more information check out their  their website https://hooligansrestaurant.ca/or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HooligansRestaurantBarrie/

Midway Diner

The Midway Diner has been serving this community breakfast for over 50 years! Now you can have one of their famous breakfasts at home. Not to mention, they do lunch and dinner. You can have steak and eggs, or a full breakfast in the comfort of your home. They do fish and chips for lunch. Ah, we could go on, check it out for yourself. They are open every day from 8 am till 8 pm, though they do say they switch off Uber between 3 and 5 every day to care of their dogs. Located on Bradford Street.  For more information check out their website  https://midwaydinerbarrie.com/ and their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MidwayDiner/

The Irie Jerk Restaurant

If you like a bit of Jerk, try this newly opened restaurant Irie Jerk.  They provide authentic Jamaican cuisine, serving up some of your favourite Jamaican dishes from jerk chicken to curry goat.  So if you like a bit of spice give Irie Jerk a try.  Their opening times are Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, they advise calling ahead though as closing time is subject to change, call 705-915-1500.   Located at 222 Mapleview Dr W, Unit #3.  For more details check out their website http://theiriejerk.ca/ and their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theiriejerk/

Danny’s Fish and Chips

For fish and chips try Danny’s fish and chips, I am from the UK where is used to be the number one food, so I know fish and chips, Danny’s tastes like my old home. They have halibut, cod, haddock and more, all done in a great batter. They are open from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm for take-out, phone ahead of your order to save time, call 705-721-8998. Pick-up is on Huronia and Big Bay Point. For more details check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dannysfishandchips/

Fuda Italian Bakery

The Italian Bakery is a 2 in one shop, order your pizza when you arrive and conveniently do your grocery shopping while they make your pizza. They also make more than pizza, they do lasagne, meatballs and family size pasta of the day. Rocco and Rita, owners of The Italian Bakery, come from a strong traditional Mediterranean upbringing. Their hard work offers the sights and smells of their traditional home, Calabria. Open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Saturday, they offer curbside pick-up. For more details see their website https://www.fudaitalianbakery.com/ and their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fudaitalianbakery/  Located on Wellington Street, west Barrie.

Pho Bistro

Pho Bistro has served Vietnamese & Thai Cuisine in the Barrie area for many years. They make all of their food fresh on the spot. Pho has been offering a wide variety of fresh, authentic Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine at reasonable prices. They also serve healthy fruit smoothies. Open seven days a week from 11 am – 8.30 pm, times vary so check their website https://phobistrobarrie.com/ for delivery or pick-up, call (705)719-6879.  Located at yonge and Big Bay Point

Cocina Mexicana

Cocina Mexicana has authentic Mexican cuisine. So if want some real Mexican Tacos, Quesadillas or Tortas then give Cocina a try. Open for takeout Monday to Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm & Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Winners of several Readers Choice awards you can’t go wrong. See more details on their website https://cocina-mexicana.ca/ or their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Cocina-Mexicana-2175327992781227/  Located on Burton Avenue.

Taj Bistro

The Taj Bistro brings you the taste of Indian cuisine, a great variety of food dishes under one roof. They offer lunch specials and dinners; they have recently introduced a New Economy menu. They offer all your favourite meals Butter Chicken, Vindaloos, and for the more sensitive palates Chicken Korma. They offer delivery and take-out from noon to 9.00 pm. Check out their website for more details http://tajbistro.ca/barrie/ and their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tajbistro.ca/  For pick-up they are located downtown on Dunlop.

 

Spotlight on Barrie Restaurants & Chefs: Kevin Isherwood, Common Good Cafe & Social House

Spotlight on Barrie Restaurants & Chefs: Common Good

This story really started when Kevin Isherwood was in Grade 10.  Young Kevin signed up for Home Economics because of, well you know; ratios.  The ratio was 26 – 2. Not bad odds for a young man full of passion with plenty of love to give.  We aren’t really sure what happened with the success of the girl to boy ratio, but what we are sure of is that Kevin discovered more passion than he was expecting.  Passion of cooking is what he took away.  We are so very thankful for that!

Read moreSpotlight on Barrie Restaurants & Chefs: Kevin Isherwood, Common Good Cafe & Social House

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