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CONTENTS 9. EDITOR’S LETTER: COMFORT ISSUE 14. A CLOISTERED EXPERIENCE: HAMILTON’S OSTEN BEERHALL 26. DAYTRIPPIN’ WITH NICK AND NAT BENNINGER 28. MEET YOUR MAKER: EEUWES STUDIO 30. V ARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE: COZYING UP TO VINCENZO’S 42. # PHOTOSPREAD: TIME-OUT: GETTING COMFORTABLE IN DOWNTOWN CAMBRIDGE 50. G ETTING TO KNOW: DANA SHORTT GOURMET & GIFTS 52. THE LAP OF LUXURY: OVERNIGHTING AT THE ELORA MILL & SPA 62. PRODUCT SHOT: WINTER WARMERS 64. A GOURMET CONCESSION STAND: REVISITING THE BOOKSHELF’S GREENROOM 70. # PHOTOSPREAD: GETTING COZY IN WATERLOO: AN AFTERNOON EXPLORING SOME OF UPTOWN’S HIDDEN GEMS 78. GETTING TO KNOW: WILLIBALD’S BREWER, JOE FREUND 80. W ORD-OF-MOUTH: ADVENTURING THROUGH COLLINGWOOD 92. # PHOTOSPREAD: GETTING FAMILIAR WITH THE ROYAL CITY: TOURING THE CORE WITH A COUPLE OF NIGHTHAWKS 98. UNCOVERING WELLINGTON COUNTY: CIRCLE R LIVESTOCK LTD 104. THE MODERN BRIDE: A MOST EXQUISITE EXPERIENCE 112. MEET YOUR MAKER: STRAYSTONES 118. THE LITTLE RED BOOK 124. PRODUCT SHOOT: LOCAL COMFORT 128. SUGAR RUN: FINDING ADVENTURE IN THE EVERYDAY 134. G ETTING TO KNOW: DARRYL WATTY – CHESTNUT PARK REALTY WEST 140. #PHOTOSPREAD: GET COZY 148. EXPERT OPINION (INVESTMENT): MIKE HRYN 150. MEET YOUR MAKER: BOOSH 152. BAKER STREET STATION: A MOST COMFORTABLE LOCAL 160. COMIC: GOOSE 162. COCKTAIL HOUR WITH SPRING MILL DISTILLERY
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HAMILTON’S OSTEN BEERHALL WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN
‘It’s pretty badass, really,’ I remark to my
I eyeball the sandwich a bit longer, noting its
TOQUE co-pilot, Cai Sepulis, ‘that they would
modest size and puck-like shape, and lift it to
put something so seemingly commonplace
my mouth. Before I can even take a bite, my
on their menu.’ My eyes fix on the sandwich
nostrils fill with unmistakeable aromas of fried
plated in front of me. It’s a plain and simple
bologna and warm sauerkraut. Of nostalgia,
thing, to be sure. Bologna. Sauerkraut. A
plain and simple.
slice of cheese and some yellow mustard. All pressed together on a grill between the
Of comfort – grilled in a bun.
halves of a plain white burger bun. The kind of bun you’d find at a kids’ birthday party
I wrap my mouth around the sandwich and
or local ballpark food cart, I think to myself.
bite down. And am immediately filled with
But certainly not here: at Osten Beerhall –
undiluted bliss. ‘This is incredible,’ I murmur
this new (and oh so killer) food and drinks
to myself, as my mind fills with images
destination in Hamilton’s Crown Point
of summertime. Memories of childhood.
Happiness. I am reminded more than a little bit of the famous pork burger at Waterloo’s
16 now-shuttered greasy spoon, Harmony Lunch (of which I have so many nostalgic memories). ‘I’m having a moment here,’ I whisper. I look toward the open kitchen where chef (and friend) Becky Hood stands by the grill. Meeting her eye, I clasp my hands together and mouth the words: ‘Thank you.’ I take another bite. And another. And, just like that, it’s gone. Cai asks: ‘Aren’t you glad we made it out here?’ After scanning my plate for any remaining crumbs, I look up at her. I’m smiling. She’s smiling, too – and for good reason. Surrounded by plates of braised brisket (with rye and Kozlik’s mustard), wild sockeye gravlax and smoked mackerel (with horseradish cream cheese, paprika sour cream, preserved lemon, and rye), an Osten platter (house pickles, cured meats, smoked fish, assorted mustards, chicken liver mousse, and rye), and our aforementioned sandwiches, we’re in good company.
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Cai takes a sip from her pint – a brewed-inHamilton Collective Arts ‘Life in the Clouds’ New England IPA – and remarks: ‘It’s a pretty incredible place, eh?’ It is. Truly. Osten’s ascetic façade (a straightforward all-blue brick wall with clean white logo and sunken round-arched entranceway) and its cloistered interior (poured concrete floors, white-washed walls, stout wood furniture, and lush planters) give this place a soothing monkish vibe. One that’s only heightened when, as daylight turns to dusk and the beer hall’s skylights cease to bathe the space in natural light, Osten’s bartender begins his nightly ritual of lighting and distributing dozens of candles about the place. Heavenly. Over the next hour or so Cai and I do our best to eat every last morsel we’ve been served. After all,
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there’s no way we’re going to leave even a single piece of pickle behind. We won’t have it. While Cai favours the gravlax and smoked fish, I set my sights on the brisket, cured meats, and chicken liver mousse. And bologna sandwiches (of which we’d ordered a plateful). Each dish is presented
with the same beautifully-austere aesthetic
salons & spas
that resonates throughout the place: an honest implementation of materials – from the untreated wood and concrete and white walls that define the decor to the brisket and smoked fish and bologna sandwiches on its menu. Forthright. Delectable. As I reach for the last morsel of the last sandwich, I note how curiously quiet Cai and I have been throughout our meal. Not subdued, mind you. More reverent than anything. And I understand
why. It’s this place. And the food. So brilliantly restrained. I stare down at my plate – plain white, with Osten’s clean logo inscribed in dark blue twice around the edge. I detect the reflection of a
and so much more!
dancing candle flame in the ceramic material. And I think back to that first observation I shared with Cai â€“ that itâ€™s so utterly badass that the folks who run this place would have the nerve to put a bologna sandwich on the menu. And I understand their decision. After all, a memorable menu item is much more than the sum of its parts. Just like this place.
Plain and simple
OSTEN BEERHALL 1103 CANNON ST E, HAMILTON
OSTEN ANECDOTES Wanna know some more interesting things about this most amazing beerhall? Here are four to start:
INSPIRED ROOTS Before there was Osten, beerhall co-owners Mark Dufort & Dan Hawkins owned and operated Yours Truly (on Ossington) and Royale’s Luncheonette (on Dundas West), respectively LITERARY INSPIRATIONS Osten Beerhall’s bologna sandwich is inspired by Mordecai Richler’s literary portrayal of Montreal – especially the author’s descriptions of the city’s famous Wilensky’s Delicatessen. (To note: the sandwich is a 21 ‘happy hour’ special.) FAMILY TIES Osten’s sister establishment, 1101 Cafébar, is located next door and connected through a doorway. While Osten is all about craft beer and elevated beerhall fare, 1101 focuses on coffee during the day and cocktails at night – with live deejaying and at least one blue light PIZZA PALS Osten co-owner Dan Hawkins opened Shorty’s Pizza (with two other partners) just down the block. Which means there’s a fabulous beerhall, awesome bar, café, and fantastic New York-style pizza place within a stone’s throw from one another
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It’s nearing dinner, which can mean
only one thing: a trip to Ayr for a meal at
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We drive home. The kids are ok.
We Uber downtown for cocktails either
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VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE: CO Z Y I N G UP T O V I NC E NZ O ’ S WORDS & PHOTOS BY CAI SEPULIS ‘Don’t forget the Nutella,’ Sonia remarks when
Shopping at Vincenzo’s is a grocery
she sees me jotting our grocery list into my
experience like no other. It’s intimate. And
trusty Field Notes. She doesn’t mean just
stimulating. The carts are small and the
any Nutella though, but the good stuff — the
aisles are narrow, and they’re packed with
one made in Italy, much thicker and nuttier
an enticing variety of products – many of
compared to the American-made version.
which are locally-sourced and many that
There aren’t many places around these parts
are imported from Europe and elsewhere
that carry it. Vincenzo’s in Waterloo is one
across the globe. Shopping at Vincenzo’s
of them, and I’m happy for any excuse to
is a truly worldly experience: one where
pick up another jar – and to visit this most
regulars who embrace the place as their local
amazing Uptown grocer.
grocer mix with a stream of adventurers who’ve been told this amazingly well-stocked
Tomorrow my spouse Sonia and I are having
and thoughtfully-curated delicatessen is a
family over for brunch and Vincenzo’s is one
place they must visit if they find themselves
of our favourite places to begin our prep.
anywhere nearby. After all, there’s nothing
We’ll be making a savoury tart. The ‘choose-
simple or ordinary about the breads,
your-own-adventure’ of tarts. It’s perfect for
condiments, meats, fish, cheeses, fruits and
any occasion, and Vincenzo’s ample variety of
greens, sweets, fresh pasta, and all sorts of
everything we need offers an endless range
other well-curated treats Vincenzo’s has to
of flavour combinations.
VINCENZO'S Not to scale. For illustrative purposes only.
Caroline Street South Sauces
Main Entrance Preserves
Soft cheese Cheese
Desserts Korean Pop-up
Packaged meats Sushi
Fish counter Coﬀee counter & Café
Dairy Exit to Courtyard
When we arrive, Sonia and I start making our
beloved Cheese Boutique on Bloor Street
way through aisles of preserves, seltzers, hot
so I would often go on driving adventures
sauces, oils, when suddenly, located smack in
with my mom to search them out (perhaps
the middle of the busy aisles, we come across
that’s where I got my love of daytripping
a Korean pop-up by Taste of Seoul serving
around the region), and Vincenzo’s was one
authentic Asian-fusion dishes – including spicy
of our favourite stops. It was on Belmont Ave
chicken and cabbage pancakes. We catch
back then (next to where Arabella Park is at
ourselves reading the menu and ogling the
present), and only a third the size it is now.
dishes being served and agree to circle back
But it was well worth the drive for olives and
later, once we’ve made it through our list.
other culinary treasures that seemed not to be available anywhere else. (My TOQUE
We proceed to browse, marveling at the
Partner Chris’ mom remembers shopping for
colourful fresh pasta as we make our way to
lasagna noodles and ricotta and other exotic
the fantastic olive bar. There’s bins of them.
cheeses in the earliest iteration of this Italian
Every type, size, and colour, it seems. Enough
grocer, which, well into the ‘80s, occupied the
variety to satisfy the diverse tastes of my
lower level of the founder’s family home on
family, for whom olives have always been a
Bridgeport. The brothers who own the place
special treat. In fact, when we first moved
now, Tony and Carmine, were teenagers then
to the area from Toronto, we all missed our
– helping out in the small family business then managed by their father, Vincenzo.)
Back to our list. We grab some pesto for the
counter, to the right the sandwich bar, and
tart base. (A tomato sauce could work as
across from them the salad bar. This is the
well, depending on what other flavours we
place to be if you’re looking for lunch or a
decide for the tart.) Next, cheese – a pretty
quick meal. Sushi. Dolmas. Caprese salad.
key part of this dish. Vincenzo’s massive
Amazing sandwiches made to order. It’s all
array of cheeses does not make this an easy
here. We grab a number from the dispenser
decision. The smoked cheddar could be a
and rub elbows with the regulars. It feels
great pairing with apple, but today we’re
like an exciting game of bingo, with people’s
wanting something a bit richer. For this tart,
hands shooting in the air as their number
we’re thinking a semi-hard Swiss cheese such
is hollered and they excuse themselves
as Emmental is a great option, but we put it
from their casual conversations. With five
back and opt for Gruyère. A touch bolder and
deli slicers going at once and staff whizzing
punchier. (Incidentally, if you love Gruyère,
about, our number is called surprisingly fast.
Vincenzo’s sells huge quarter wheels of it –
Sonia orders some thinly-sliced Canadian
but we only need about two cups plus a little
prosciutto. (Black forest ham or chorizo
more for snacking next week, so an average-
would also be great options for the tart.)
sized package will do.) We pass the Bauer Butcher and Caudle’s We push on towards the bakery at the back of
Catch seafood counters and head to the
the store and, resisting the fresh croissants,
dairy case, picking up some freshly-squeezed
grab some frozen pastry dough out of the
orange juice and locally-sourced cream as
well as heritage eggs from Murray’s Farm — a Cambridge-based farm whose
We always anticipate our visits to the deli
pasture-running hens are known for their
bars, which is where we really feel the hustle
colourful eggs. Our carton contains a vibrant
and bustle of a market. To the left is a hot
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36 variety of browns and whites, along with a vivid soft blue that’s similar to the hue of a robin’s egg. It’s time to pick up some snacks for the road. Kombucha for Sonia. Refresh Juice’s Savoury Greens for me. Back at the Asian fusion pop-up, Sonia settles on the cabbage pancake set that includes noodles and salad. (She’ll later wish that I had ordered my own, as I can’t resist pecking on hers.) We make a final stop in the produce section for some basil, onion, garlic and spinach, and some berries and fresh figs that will pair well with the prosciutto. The next morning early, we get to work on the tart. We blanch the spinach, caramelize the onions, and whisk together eggs, cream, and shredded cheese. Then it’s as easy as making a pizza and layering onto the stretchedout pastry dough. We pop it into the oven and do some last-minute tidying. The cheese begins to bubble and aromas fill the air as our guests arrive for brunch. Served with fresh coffee, orange juice, olives and pepperettes, VINCENZO'S 150 CAROLINE ST S, WATERLOO
our ‘choose-your-own adventure’ tart allows us all to cozy up and savour this family tradition.
A tradition that begins, each time, at Vincenzo’s
CHOOSE-YOUR-OWNADVENTURE TART BASE: 3 tbsp pesto 2 tbsp olive oil (and 1 tbsp for caramelizing the onion) 1 thawed butter pastry dough CUSTARD: 2 cups semi-hard cheese (shredded) 2 tbsp sour cream 1 cup heavy cream 8 eggs TOPPINGS: Caramelized onions (slice one Spanish or red onion and cook slowly in a little olive oil until richly browned)
Blanched spinach (submerge a large handful of baby spinach in boiling water for 40 seconds; immediately submerge in ice water to stop the cooking, and squeeze to drain thoroughly) Prosciutto (about 6 thin slices) Basil (5 large leaves, cut into quarter-inch slices) Berries (handful) Figs (2 fresh figs, sliced) METHOD Stretch out thawed dough into a 12â€? round buttered pastry dish Brush top of the dough with olive oil Evenly distribute pesto on top of the oil Pour egg custard over all
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C AN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR GOURMET FOOD SHOP ON ERB STREET? When we opened in 2004, we wanted to create something that didn’t exist in Waterloo Region – a place that offered everything from prepared meals and gourmet products to curated and thoughtful gifts for everyone you love. Over the years, we have continued to add products and services such as giftware, gourmet gift baskets, chocolates from local suppliers, and an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar.
WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD? Be adventurous. Try everything at least once.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF COOKING? It totally depends. At home I like to incorporate fresh and simple ingredients. Very Mediterranean-inspired. At work, we focus on elevated comfort food; that is, food that warms the soul.
YOU CARRY A WHOLE LINE OF INFUSED OLIVE OILS. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BUTTER-INFUSED OIL? Using all-natural vegetable extracts, butter olive oil offers both the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil and the delicious flavour of sweet butter – without actually using butter. (It’s vegan.) You can use the oil as a substitute wherever you might use melted butter – including on popcorn, rice, vegetables, corn on the cob, and more.
WHAT’S THE BEST COMFORT FOOD ON A COLD DAY? Our ‘Macaroni & 3 Cheeses’ dish with aged cheddar, parmesan, and swiss. Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?
A NY TIPS FOR NOVICE COOKS? Keep it simple. Start with the best ingredients and don’t fuss too much with preparation. What grows together goes together – cooking in season makes this easiest. And visit us here in the shop. We can set you up with essential cooking tools that make any recipes easy as pie, no matter your skill level.
CAN YOU THINK OF A RECIPE THAT ALWAYS IMPRESSES GUESTS BUT IS SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE TO MAKE? One of my favourite recipes is my risotto – made with butternut squash, maple bacon, and sage.
THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? There are too many to count, but I really enjoy engaging with my customers. I also enjoy the tasks that satisfy the ‘type-A’ side of my personality – including merchandising and buying for the store, and setting targets and plans for growth.
A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES IN THE REGION TO DINE WHEN YOU’RE NOT THE ONE COOKING?
Some of my recent favourites include Red House, TWH Social, Gilt, and Bhima’s Warung
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O V ER N I GHT I N G A T T H E E L O RA M I L L & S P A WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN ‘I can’t believe you’re sitting with your back to
swirls and foams, rushing between towering
the dining room,’ Liz remarks with incredulity
gorge walls. Down to the left, at water’s
once the hostess has left us to our devices at
edge, outcroppings of trees and bushes
a four-seater in a manifestly desirable corner
completely covered in ice form an orchestra
of this lavish space. Liz knows me well; that
of stalagmites. To our right, on top of the
is, as someone who usually delights in the
gorge wall, a picture-perfect stone building
pastime of people-watching whenever we go
sits perched at cliff’s edge.
out to eat – my back always to the wall. ‘And yet,’ she adds, ‘I can certainly understand why you’ve chosen that seat.’ She pulls her chair closer to mine until we’re both sitting with our backs to the other diners. And together we stare at the wall in front of us. Glass from floor to ceiling. And on the other side – the most magnificent view.
A few hours before, we had been swimming on the rooftop of that building – in the heated pool, under gently falling snow. We will return there for massages in the morning before getting back to our ordinary lives. Indeed, we seem to have found a most magical refuge from the world: overnighting at the Elora Mill & Spa – a spectacular retreat that can surely
‘I don’t think I would ever tire of this,’ I
claim its place among the most breathtaking
remark, my eyes transfixed by the churning
hotels and spas the world over.
landscape on the other side of the glass. Underneath and ahead of us, the Grand River
Before Liz and I lose ourselves completely
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in the scene before us, our server, Chris, arrives to interrupt our reverie with sparkling water, a plate of fresh-baked bread and butter, and a proposition. ‘I’d be happy to take your order from the menu,’ he begins, ‘or I can take care of you by having Chef send out a good assortment of the kitchen’s greatest hits.’
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Without hesitation, we take Chris up on his offer and he asks if we’d like wine pairings with each course. Liz nods affirmatively; I concur, though for a moment I’m tempted to go an alternate route and have another negroni – having almost reached the bottom of my first, which I’d ordered before dinner in the Mill’s cozy Penstock Lounge where exposed, rough-hewn stone walls, a dramatic penstock pipe re-purposed
WOOD BURNING FIREPLACES Most of the rooms at The Mill come with their own wood burning fireplaces which the staff will light for you when it’s time to wind down in front of the hearth. So take a load off and cozy up
to stow spirits, and a massive stone hearth replete with roaring fire held us captive. (Indeed, the Lounge’s fireside couch just about challenges the restaurant’s fantastic gorge view for best seat in the place.) By the time our dishes begin to arrive from the kitchen, Liz and I are in states of absolute calm and ease – invoked not only by the mesmerizing view,
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but also by our server Chris’ exceptional ability to be unfailingly attentive, refreshingly charming, and completely unobtrusive all at once. And the food: it easily keeps pace with the awesomeness all around. Our culinary journey begins with ‘Cured Hamachi Ceviche’ (with pomegranate molasses, clementine curd, champagne remoulade) and ‘Country Pork Terrine’ (with triple crunch mustard, preserved farm vegetables, crostini). While I am quick to echo Liz’s
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Our next course, a house-made ‘Cavatelli’ (with
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smoked sturgeon, fried brussel sprouts, dill and walnut pesto, caviar beurre blanc) is served familystyle. There’s something quite lovely about sharing plates at restaurants, where having a course presented with serving utensils for each of us somehow confirms the interconnectivity, friendship, and love that food affords. As for the pasta itself? Heaven on a plate. And an auspicious prelude for our mains. For Liz, the ‘Grilled Market Fish’ – steelhead trout, served with crab brandade, white turnip, and yuzu sabayon. Let’s just say Liz’s propensity for sharing quickly subsides after her first bite. Which, on this night, is okay with me because I am more than happy to enjoy my main alone. ‘Grilled Wild Boar’
PERFECT PLACEMENT Unlike many other luxury hotels & spas, The Mill is located right in the middle of town – which means that shopping, restaurants, pubs, breweries, trails and more are right at your fingertips. All you have to do is explore
served with fire-roasted pear, spiced sauerkraut, crispy pork belly, and blackberry jus. And a side of grilled lobster with lemon thyme butter. Just because. And dessert? ‘Tangerine Brulée Tartlette’ (with spiced citrus zest, candied mint) and ‘Apple Cardamom Cheesecake’ (with pomegranate coulis, apple chip). Shared. Fast forward a couple hours. After another stint in the Penstock Lounge followed by a quiet tour on foot to a couple of Elora’s downtown watering holes, we’re back in the comfort of our room at The Mill. While Liz relaxes in the spacious suite’s free-standing tub (that overlooks the main room through custom barn doors) and I sprawl on a luxurious couch by the roaring wood fire that’s been prepared for us by Mill staff, I marvel at how we’ve been transported by this entire experience. Pulling my cozy Mill-supplied robe tighter around me, I am lost in a reverie fringed by the dancing flames. ‘Can you believe this place is in our own backyard?’, I mumble to Liz – lifting to my mouth another chunk of artisanal cheese from the charcuterie board left for us by the staff who enkindled the fire. ‘What did you say?’, she asks, shifting her body in the tub until her head is able peek through the barn doors dividing the washroom from the main suite. ‘I couldn’t hear you.’ I look down at the cheese board. Reach for a bit of honeycomb. Pop it into my mouth. Continue to watch the flames. Think back over the day’s events. That swim beneath the falling snow. And the exquisite dinner. Our view of the gorge. Those fantastic cocktails in the Lounge. The stroll downtown. And now, here, this comfortable, beguiling fire – right in our own suite. And I repeat to Liz, a little louder and clearer this time: ‘I can’t even believe we’re anywhere close to home.’ And that’s the point, I guess. That The Mill has succeeded in moving us outside of place and time. And has so
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‘This popcorn chicken is awesome,’ my
Bookshelf Cinema.’ I look around the place.
TOQUE Partner Chris exclaims before
I was literally just here for the Royal City
popping another one into his mouth. ‘And the
Roller Derby holiday party in December, and
fish and chips are fantastic, too.’ I look over at
yet I can hardly recognize the space. I note
Chris and note that he’s managed to squirrel
the new living wall, the incredible antique
most of the dishes close to his side of the
projector (which is in fact the Cinema’s
table. I let it slide. At least I’ve still got the Thai
original projector from decades past), new
noodle bowl in front of me. Along with a tall
live edge tables, open kitchen, and brand new
can of Wellington’s ‘Kickin’ Back’ IPA.
cinema entrance which is now located here, in the Greenroom.
My attention turns back to Edwin Hammond, General Manager of The Bookshelf’s second
‘Basically,’ Edwin continues, ‘we had to shuffle
storey eBar and Greenroom, as I try to wrap
everything around to accommodate our new
my head around what’s happened up here.
elevator.’ Ahh yes, The Bookshelf’s elevator
‘What we’ve essentially done here is build
– a project that began a few years back as a
a gourmet concession stand,’ Edwin notes,
crowd funding initiative to make this cultural
‘for folks looking for great food before,
hub fully accessible. And that’s finally, happily,
after, and even during movies playing at The
come to fruition. ‘And while we shuffled
things,’ adds Edwin, ‘we built awesome stuff too. Like new accessible washrooms. An accessible ramp from The Greenroom into the eBar. And this concession stand.’ Or, more appropriately, this gourmet concession stand. With a menu developed by locally-grown Executive Chef Adam Calzonetti (who’s worked under acclaimed chefs Gordon Ramsay and Sursur Lee, and has been featured on a slew of The Food Network’s shows), this place is definitely more elevated than your typical cinema popcorn and candy stand. Featuring items including the aforementioned ‘Cinema Popcorn Chicken’ (chicken literally breaded in popcorn with adobo ranch dipping sauce), ‘Crispy Cod & Chips’ (house battered cod, dill tartar sauce, fresh cut fries), and ‘Thai Noodle Bowl’ (chow mein, carrot, edamame, mango, sunflower, cabbage, kale, green onion, peanut coconut dressing). And also dishes like ‘Pimento Cheese Torilla Burro’ (roasted sweet pepper cream cheese, pico, crema), ‘Handmade Cornish Pastry’ (braised beef, potato, suede, or chicken curry), ‘Chef’s Feature Sandwich’ (local ‘Grain Harvest’ bread, market meats, market cheeses), a handful of fresh bowls (including ‘The Caribbean’, with jerk chicken, brown rice, black and red beans, kale, mango, cucumber, johnny cake, avocado, coconut lime dressing), and more. (To note: there’s still regular ol’ popcorn available, and soda pop too, for those traditionalist types.) ‘So you can order any of these items and bring them into the cinema?,’ I ask Edwin as Chris polishes off the last nuggets of popcorn chicken. Edwin nods. ‘And beer too?’ He nods again. ‘We can plate all of these dishes in biodegradeable clam shell containers so they’re easy to bring in with you to the movie. And for the early show, you can even plan to come to The Greenroom for dinner – first come, first served – before the movie begins, save your seat in the cinema, and then continue noshing in the cinema throughout the showing.’
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I T’ S NO S E CR ET TH AT W E’VE BEEN HU GE F AN S OF WILLIB ALD F AR M DIST ILLE R Y SIN C E THE D A Y S T H E BOYS OPENED SH OP. IN DE E D, WE F E AT U R E D T H E T H E N -F LE DG LIN G BU S INE S S IN TH E I NAUGURAL I SSUE OF T OQU E , AN D T H E N P U T T H E M ON T H E CO V E R A Y E A R L A T E R WH EN TH EY OPENED T H E IR R E ST AU R AN T . N OW WILLIB ALD’ S E X P AN D I N G THE IR B U S INESS AGAI N – TO I NCLUD E C R AF T B R E WIN G IN T H E IR OP E R AT ION S.
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BEFORE SETTLING AT WILLIBALD, YOU'VE HAD WORK STINTS AT SOME HEAVY HITTERS. CAN YOU SAY A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BREWING JOURNEY? I started brewing professionally in 2014, and throughout my tenure in the industry I’ve been fortunate to work at some amazing breweries – including Monkish (California), Jolly Pumpkin (Michigan), and Beavertown (UK). The brewing industry is a closeknit community, and it’s introduced me to a crew of amazing lifelong friends.
WILLIBALD IS KNOWN FOR ITS UNIQUE BARRELAGED GINS AND CREATIVE RESTAURANT MENUS. HOW WILL ITS BEER EXTEND WILLIBALD'S TRADITION OF EXPERIMENTATION AND COLLABORATION? Much like Willibald’s spirits and restaurant menu, our ultimate goal with the brewery is to brew beer that embodies both time and place. That is, we want to make beer that’s representative of the farm – from its rural and seasonal character to the diverse produce we grow here. And we want to collaborate in the here and now, with like-minded folks.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE BEERS FROM OUR REGION AND BEYOND? THOSE BREWS THAT INSPIRE YOUR DIRECTION AS A BREWER. In Ontario, I’ve always been a big fan of Bellwoods and what they’re doing – they’ve been a leader in Ontario since they started. I’m also a big fan of Sonnen Hill out in Caledon. They’re making some really great pale and mixed-fermentation beers. To this day, my favourite brewery is still Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Dexter, Michigan.
HOW WOULD YOU CATEGORIZE THE TYPES OF BEERS YOU'LL BE BREWING AT WILLIBALD? We’ve been making a lot of hoppy beers since we began production. However, in the long term we’d like to focus on beers that are more representative of the farm. We have great access to oak barrels from the distillery and want to take advantage of those, too - from stouts to mixed-fermentation beers. And lagers.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE REGIONAL HANGOUTS FOR A GOOD MEAL AND GREAT PINTS? I’m pretty spoiled with the food at the farm but when I do go out I’m a big fan of Jane Bond (Waterloo) and Arabella Park (Kitchener) for
pints. Both have great food too. Also, Lancaster Smokehouse is an institution in the area and always has a great draught list to match its fantastic barbecue platters
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ADVENTURING THROUGH COLLINGWOOD WORDS & PHOTOS BY CAI SEPULIS ‘Well… it’s bacon – so this sort of counts as
The perfect quick stop for après ski. Or any
breakfast,’ my wife Sonia says with a laugh as
time of day, really.
we dig into a sumptuous late-morning BLT at Mountain Subs, realizing we’ve already strayed from our intended plan of starting off this daytrip in beautiful Collingwood with a beautiful picture-worthy brunch somewhere. We received the tip about these subs from our jeweller friend, Chantal, whom we visited earlier in the morning up on Blue Mountain. Classic hot and cold subs like the ‘Reuben’, ‘Johnny Cheesesteak’, and ‘Beach Body’ (featuring a seasoned and grilled chicken breast, turkey and provolone on an in-house baked bun). The place is supposedly owned by the Northwinds Brewery folks and, being fans of the brewery (and good sandwiches), we knew we couldn’t resist. Concrete floor. Picnic tables. Retro-styled logo. Milkshakes.
Satisfied, we head downtown to Hurontario Street in search of coffee and begin to realize, as we find Gibson & Co closed for renovations, that our itinerary for the day is more or less defunct. Field Notes put aside, we wander into Espresso Post. We take a breather with some brews and Sonia pulls out her current book club read, Red at the Bone. Overall, the drive up from Guelph was close to two hours through country roads and hills. Pretty comfortable. We’re well rested. I take a moment to marvel at the high tin ceiling and cozy fern in the huge windows. ‘The only place I need to ensure we get to is Homme|Femme,’ Sonia announces as she looks up from her cortado and notices that I’m scheming a new plan. ‘I think you’ll like it.’
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Sonia reads a few more pages and I polish off my latte. We decide to leave the car and walk the few
investorblocks. you have many choices. Downtown Collingwood is picturesque and feels like its architecture survived the 1970’s help you cut through the clutter. modernization that many downtown townscapes didn’t. Beautiful red brick structures with huge We are your navigators. windows and intricate masonry line the streets. ‘Just a few doors more,’ Sonia says as we catch a chilly breeze blowing off Nottawasaga Bay. We arrive at Homme|Femme and are greeted by shop owner Heather and her gentle-giant rescue pup, Baloo, who, despite his blindness, rushes up for a sniff and a quick cuddle. Sonia is in heaven. And she was right. Jenny Bird jewellery. Minimum. Deus. Reigning Champ. Redsky Shop. So many great designers in such a slender, airy shop. ‘We could be here for hours,’ I joke to Heather at the register, having already selected a new tee with a slick curved hem. While we watch Sonia flicker happily in and out of the change rooms in the distance, we chat about other great shops – and common friends – in the region. Yep, Sara and Devon at Kennedy Park in Guelph. Al at Loop in Waterloo. Small world.
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With it getting close to our dinner date, we finish up our purchases and decide to take Heather’s recommendation to check out Low Down, which is just around the corner. Located in Collingwood’s unofficial Arts District, Low Down is an Asianinfluenced cocktail and snack bar with beautiful vibrant décor. Colourful walls, modern chairs and tables, and a bright neon sign that reads: ‘It was all a dream’. Our charismatic server Kyle later jokes about it being the most instagrammed object here in ‘Cwood’. One of Sonia’s old University besties, Hilary, arrives with snowshoes in hand – our projected late afternoon adventure. ‘Ooo, it smells so good in here,’ she exclaims, inhaling the spicy sweet aromas escaping the kitchen. Dinner arrives. ‘This is the best tofu I’ve ever had,’ I declare upon taking a first bite. I savour the perfectly crispy tofu bao, well-dressed with napa slaw, coconut peanut sauce, scallions, cilantro, and pickled chillies. My mouth is in paradise as I wash it down with my ‘Proud Mary’ mocktail (featuring Seedlip Grove, lemon, and rosemary house-made tonic). We sample almost everything, including Sonia’s favourite: tuna poke nachos, juicy dumplings, and a melt-in-your-mouth baby gem wedge salad featuring blistered shishito peppers, watermelon, nori, and toasted sesame ginger dressing.
‘Where is this from?,’ Hilary asks about her beer as Kyle returns to see how we’re finishing up. ‘Right over there,’ Kyle directs us, pointing through the front window. He adds: ‘Black Bellows literally just opened last week.’ Well, that’s certainly a game changer. ‘We can go snowshoeing another day,’ we all quickly decide in unison as we settle our bill and parade across the street. As a brewery, Black Bellows has a style all its own. Fat lineart-styled tabletops, murals, and vintage paintings in an old garage with string lights. We watch some scrumptiouslooking dishes come out of the kitchen – ‘Crispy Ginger Beef’, ‘Drunken Noodles’, ‘Bellows Burger’ – and quickly
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LAST YEAR SOMETHING MAGICAL HAPPENED IN THE ROYAL CITY – THE LOCALITY WAS GIFTED A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM. ITS NAME: THE GUELPH NIGHTHAWKS. ITS HOUSE: THE SLEEMAN CENTRE. ITS NEWFOUND COMMUNITY: GUELPH’S DOWNTOWN STREETS – AN ECLECTIC PATCHWORK OF KILLER COFFEE SHOPS, UNIQUE BOUTIQUES, NOT-EVER-TO-BE-MISSED CU LINARY ESTABLISHMENTS, AND OVERALL BOHEMIAN-HIPSTER VIBE. A BENEVOLENT KINGDOM, TO BE SURE – SPREAD OUT AT THE FOOT OF GUELPH’S MOST FAMOUS LANDMARK 92
ON THE HILL, THE CHURCH OF OUR LADY, AND NESTLED BETWEEN THE CITY’S TWO LAZY RIVERS: THE SPEED AND THE ERAMOSA. ON A CRISP WINTER MORNING A COUPLE MONTHS BACK, THE TOQUE TEAM MET UP WITH TWO OF THE NIGHTHAWKS’ STAR PLAYERS – GUARD MYLES CHARVIS AND FORWARD OLU FAMUTIMI – TO SPEND THE BETTER PART OF A DAY INTRODUCING THEM TO A HANDFUL OF OUR FAVOURITE DOWNTOWN HANGOUTS. THE RESULT: MYLES AND OLU NOW KNOW WHERE TO GO FOR AN AWESOME ESPRESSO, FRESH PLANTS AND FLOWERS FOR THEIR DIGS, A SWEET TRIM, THE BEST ACAI BOWLS AROUND, AND OUR FAVOURITE RAMEN. AND FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY NOW KNOW THEM – A COUPLE OF OUR ADOPTED SONS. TAKE A TOUR WITH THESE NIGHTHAWKS AS THEY GET FAMILIAR WITH A FEW OF THE ROYAL CITY’S DOWNTOWN GEMS – AND THE FOLKS WHO MAKE THEM AMAZING. VISIT THENIGHTHAWKS.CA TO GRAB YOUR TICKETS. HOME OPENER MAY 9TH, 2020
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When Romy Schill and her husband Ryan took over Ryan’s grandparents’ farm some twelve years ago, they had lofty aspirations: to transform the place into a sheep farm that would some day have one thousand ewes. ‘Back then,’ Romy notes as we walk through fields covered in freshly fallen snow towards the main barn, ‘we had only about two dozens ewes.’ She stops, turns to me, and adds: ‘Today we’ve got eight hundred here at Circle R.’ Circle R Livestock Ltd is a one-hundred acre sheep farm located in the hamlet of Wallenstein, just outside of Elmira. Romy and Ryan’s operation runs full steam year round, with different groups of ewes either pregnant, breeding, or raising lambs at any given time. Circle R sheep are bred for both meat and wool. ‘You can find our meat at local butchers across the region,’ Romy remarks, ‘and we also
sell wool at yarn and fibre festivals – as well as right here at our farm store.’ Like so many other remarkable farms and food businesses that dot Guelph and Wellington County, Romy and Ryan’s Circle R Livestock Ltd is a partner of Taste Real – a County of Wellington program that promotes local food and facilitates valuable connections among food businesses, consumers, and farmers. Farmers like Romy and Ryan – folks whose enterprise brings flavour to our region. To your plate. Learn more at circlerlamb.ca and tastereal.ca
R E C IPE: GREEK STYLE LAMB SMASH BURGER by Chef Ian Camilleri – Exhibition Stadium at Creelman Hall, University of Guelph * Serves 4 BURGER: Mix the three following ingredients by hand; form four 6 oz round balls and refrigerate: 24 oz ground lamb (Canadian lamb) 2 teaspoons Kosher salt 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper SAUCE: Blend the following ingredients together: 1/2 cup mashed potatoes 1/8 cup minced garlic ⅛ cup lemon juice TOPPINGS: 3 slices local red onion (Elmira Auction) 3 slices beefsteak tomato 1 piece green leaf lettuce 3 slices cucumber 1 tablespoon local feta cheese (Bright Brand Cheese)
THE COOKING PROCESS: Press ground lamb balls down onto a flat top grill or frying pan (medium-high heat); season the top with Kosher salt. Place three onion slices on flat top or frying pan; season with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Cook the burger patty for 3 minutes on first side and flip. Flip the seared onions and place on top of burger patty. Cook the burger an additional 3 minutes on second side.
TO SERVE: Plate the burger open-faced and serve with your favourite side. On the bottom bun: Spread 1/4 of the sauce on the bottom bun and place three cucumber slices on top.Place burger patty with cooked onions on top of sauce and cucumber slices. Place feta cheese on top of the burger and onions. On the top bun: Place lettuce and tomato slices on the top bun.
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Seek out one of our favourite brunch spots, such as the Elora Brewing Company, Earth to Table: Bread Bar, Fanjoy Restaurant, Park Grocery, or Artisanale Restaurant.
Get outside to ski, sled, or skate your way to the end of winter and warm up with a hot beverage at Tin Roof Café, Union Market Place, or A La Mode Café.
Make the most of ice and snow by trying your hand at ice climbing with One Axe Pursuits (beginners welcome) and taking in the views of the gorge from the Elora Mill’s dining room.
Too cold outside? Warm up on ‘One Hot Date’ with Blown
Take in Canadian – and internationally-acclaimed films
Away Glass by making your own glass art.
selected by the Toronto International Film Festival at the Norgan Theatre and stop for a sweet treat at Kulfi Café on the way.
Meet up with friends and check out events at local breweries, including Royal City Brewing Co., Elora Brewing Company, Fixed Gear Brewing Co., Brother’s Brewing, and Wellington Brewery.
Find a new or antique treasure at The Perfect Piece or Davie’s Antiques and stop en route for a hot bowl of soup or even some ice cream at Mapleton’s Organic Dairy.
Learn new food skills at workshops and cooking classes with Magnolia Fine Foods, Natalia’s Kitchen, or La Fontana Restaurant.
Find out about the county’s heritage by touring the exhibits at the Palmerston Railway Museum or Wellington County Museum and Archives.
Looking for moonshine, gin, and other spirits? Visit, tour, and shop our local distilleries – including Silver Fox Distillery and Dixon’s Distilled Spirits.
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Learn more about finding local food, experiences,
Let us know what you think of Ian’s recipe; tweet us @hospitalityuofg
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‘It’s even more spectacular than I’d imagined,’
tower facade. ‘The moment my business
I exclaim to Jess as we ascend into the fourth
partner [and mom], Donna, and I first took in
storey loft. ‘Isn’t it?’, she replies with a grin. In
this view,’ Jess remarks while we both stare
front of us, the space is filled with hundreds
in awe, ‘We knew we’d found our business’
of bridal gowns. Row upon row. Lustrous.
Lacy. Satiny. Sheer. Playful. Elegant. Every shade of white and off-white. Absolutely
From our vantage point – here, on the top
gorgeous – the lot of them. And yet Jess and I
floor of The Modern Bride, which inhabits the
aren’t focused on the dresses at all, but have
top two storeys of Guelph’s historic Petrie
our sights fixed instead on a scene set further
Building – it seems as though our gaze meets
the familiar basilica at its own level, eye to eye. When I ask Jess how this can be, she’s
At the far side of the loft, through a series
quick to answer: ‘When A. B. Petrie had this
of four massive floor-to-ceiling windows,
building constructed in the late-nineteenth
we see Guelph’s majestic Church Of Our
century, he made sure that, besides the
Lady rising into the sky out of an eclectic
basilica, the building that would house his
array of rooftops – effectively punctuating
pharmaceutical business would be the tallest
the downtown cityscape with its iconic twin-
building in Guelph. So,’ she adds, ‘even
though there have been taller structures
phenomenal client experience – from Jess,
erected downtown over the past century, the
Donna, and their proficient team.
Petrie Building remains tallest between here and the church.’
‘Girls have always sought us out not only to find the dress of their dreams, but also for
Hence this stunning, singular view. From this
an incredible experience,’ Donna tells me.
marvelous, exceptional vantage point.
‘We understand that future brides go gown shopping for much more than just the gown.
It’s a remarkable story, really – how The
They bring moms and families and friends
Modern Bride has become the region’s
and entire parties because they want to share
eminent bridal boutique. A boutique that
in the experience of it all.’ Jess can’t resist
draws folks from across North America – and
adding: ‘And we know experience.’ Indeed,
as far away as Europe – to find the perfect
dress. And the perfect experience, too. And it’s a story with which I’m somewhat familiar,
It wasn’t long before Jess and Donna outgrew
having written about the business when it
that original space on Carden Street – all
first opened, a handful of years ago, in a
seven hundred feet of it. And so this mother
small shop on Carden Street just opposite
and daughter began searching for something
Guelph’s City Hall. That boutique quickly grew
with more room. And with more character.
an ardent following of soon-to-be brides who
‘When we started looking for a larger space,’
came to expect not only great gowns but also
Jess remarks, ‘I knew exactly what I wanted
T HE PE TRI E BUILDING : H OME O F THE MODER N BRI D E
Mortar & pestle detail commissioned by A.B. Petrie in 1880s to denote his pharmaceutical business
A.B. PETRIE A.D. 1882 Canada's only remaining pre-1890 machine stamped metal clad building fascade
The Modern Bride inhabits the third & fourth storeys of this historic building
Fourth storey gown loft (with 250+ dresses), featuring 18ft ceilings
Third storey Jade & Pearl viewing rooms, featuring 15ft ceilings
Main entrance to Modern Bride
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– a jaw-droppingly gorgeous historic space that you might expect to find in Paris, or New York City. But not – at least as far as I knew it at the time – in Guelph.’ And yet Jess and Donna knew they wanted to stay put – in the Royal City. Jess had gone to
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS The Modern Bride is located in Guelph’s historic Petrie Building. When visiting, look out for these marvelous details:
university here. They both bought houses here. Jess worked downtown for years. And they both loved everything about the place – from the rivers and parks to the downtown shops, restaurants, and picturesque neighbourhoods. And so it was by sheer chance that one day Jess and Donna stumbled across a leasing opportunity at The Petrie Building – which was at the time being restored by Guelph developer Kirk Roberts and his partner, Peregrine, who focus on restoration and re-adaptive projects. (Some of Kirk and Peregrine’s other historic properties around downtown Guelph include The Granary Building on Farquhar Street and Boarding House Arts on Waterloo Ave.) ‘We were literally on our way to view another potential space,’ Donna recalls, ‘when we ran into Kirk walking out from under the scaffolding that had been put up as part of the façade restoration effort.’ She continues: ‘We asked about the building, he brought us inside for a tour, and the rest, well, is history.’ The result of this tour: that Jess and Donna would take over the third and fourth floors of this iconic landmark. ‘At the time,’ notes Donna, ‘the entire building had fallen to shambles. The inside was all graffiti and broken glass and holes in walls and worn floors. But,’ she adds, ‘we immediately saw the potential.’ Potential that anyone who walks into the business’ third-floor entrance will intuitively understand. The place is simply mesmerizing. Like some sort of hidden treasure in Guelph’s downtown core, the interior of both the third and fourth floors literally seems to glow. Massive windows (whose iconic shapes can – and should – be studied and enjoyed from outside the building, too) light up each floor. And the tall ceilings – fifteen feet on the third storey (with original restored crown moulding) and eighteen-foot ceilings on the fourth – are accented with elegant chandeliers. The beautifully-curated antique side tables and modern
HISTORIC PEEP HOLES Many moons ago, The Modern Bride space was the secret meeting place of the International Order of Oddfellows. Ask to see the peepholes still present in the cloakroom doors where Order members would have to supply a password for entry RESTORED CROWN MOULDING In the third floor showroom, take a second to look up (fifteen feet up) at the gorgeous 109 original crown moulding – restored by two women trained in the traditional way by their grandfather ORIGINAL WOOD FLOORING While on the third floor, be sure to take a peek at the flooring beneath your feet. It’s original – and only scrubbed and sealed during the building’s restoration CITYSCAPE VIEWS When you make it up to the fourth floor (which, before the building restoration, was actually only accessible by a rooftop door) be sure to look out the massive arched windows toward the Church of Our Lady – quite possibly the best view of the Royal City THE BUILDING FAÇADE The Petrie Building features Canada’s last remaining example of a pre-1890s machinestamped metal facade. Before heading upstairs, take a moment to check it out – including the mortar and pestle (signifying the building’s original use as a pharmacy) that crowns it
110 sweeping couches and fantastic mirrors add
and nine part-time staff, we dedicate more
layers of elegance and comfort. And the walls
– stark white and unadorned – allow all the other features – most notably the sartorial
While the three of us wander through the
and the human – to announce themselves. As
third-storey appointment rooms (which
Donna remarks: ‘We deliberately don’t hang
include a splendid larger suite that can
pictures on any of our walls because here,
accommodate two gown fittings at once and
in this place, we want the brides – and their
another private suite that accommodates a
gowns – to shine as the only exquisite artwork
single fitting), I marvel at what Jess and Donna
in the place.’
And the space is rarely unoccupied. Indeed,
Because here, in this fabulous building, these
The Modern Bride regularly hosts three
women have created a spectacular venue
appointments at a time – and up to eighteen
that offers, without question, opportunity
appointments each day of the weekend.
for brides and their entourages to enjoy the
While the business is closed on Mondays
most compelling elements of the experience
(because even superheroes need breaks), the
that defines the modern wedding: selecting
other six days of the week are booked fairly
the gown. Their own dreams blend here in
solid. ‘And even in this larger space – which
this place with Jess and Donna’s who have
spans thirty-six hundred square feet – our
made their dream of building a business that
client experience is easily as good as it used
occupies a jaw-droppingly gorgeous historic
to be,’ remarks Donna. ‘In fact, we dedicate
urban space a reality
more square footage per bride than we did in the old space. And with seven full-time
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BREWERIES & TAPROOMS COWBELL BREWING CO. 40035 Blyth Road, Blyth cowbellbrewing.com
Like some grand castle on a hill, this craft brewery seems to beckon weary travelers looking for refuge. Soaring wood-framed cathedral ceilings. Second-storey catwalks overlooking the gleaming brewhouse. A west coast chalet vibe that somehow feels cozy and expansive all at once. Order a flight of the good stuff, Cowbell’s famed thirty-six ounce tomahawk, and take a load off. *Cowbell is the world’s first closed-loop brewery and North America’s first carbon neutral brewery, which means that the pint you’re crushing is good for your palette AND the environment
ELORA BREWING COMPANY 107 Geddes St, Centre Wellington elorabrewingcompany.ca
If the exposed stone walls, original wood flooring, second-storey loft overlooking the brewhouse and retractable glass garage doors of this heritage building aren’t enough to make you smile, the beer certainly will. Located in downtown Elora (just steps from the gorge), this brewpub is known for its juicy ales, farm-to-table menu, live music, and good times.
FIXED GEAR BREWING CO. 20 Alma St S, Guelph 355 Elmira Rd N, #135 fixedgearbrewing.com
Nestled deep in the heart of Guelph’s Junction neighbourhood, this garageturned-cycle-themed-microbrewery is a fave destination for families, their doggies, and most everyone else who wants a friendly locale with a hip vibe. Thirsty? Try one of the brewery’s lip-puckering sours. Hungry? There’s seemingly always a food truck right outside. Happy? For sure.
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GOODLOT FARM AND FARMSTEAD BREWING
18825 Shaws Creek Road, Caledon goodlot.beer Ever imagined enjoying a pint in the same fields that grew the hops you’re tasting? Then this is the place to visit. During warmer months, grab your farm-raised pint from a re-purposed corrugated silo, order barbecue at the outdoor grill, and relax at communal tables set under bright-coloured canopies. During winter, grab bottles from GoodLot’s converted shipping container bottle shop.
GRAIN & GRIT BEER CO. 11 Ewen Road, Hamilton grainandgritbeer.com
There’s something utterly delightful about enjoying a pint at this cozy West End #hamont hangout. With sunlight flooding into this brilliantly-white former garage through glass garage doors, and brews on tap crafted with adjuncts like fruit, lactose, spices, and tea, it’s a fantastically-blissful stop along any journey. And don’t pass on the swag – we swear by the tees and crewnecks.
RED CIRCLE BREWING CO.
ROYAL CITY BREWING CO. 199 Victoria Rd S, Unit C8, Guelph royalcitybrew.ca
Tucked into a small plaza in Guelph’s ‘Ward’ neighbourhood, this craft brewery is home to ‘Exhibition Session IPA’ – gold medal winner at both the 2019 Ontario and Canadian Brewing Awards. The place’s taproom, featuring a long poured concrete bar and communal tables, is set up for conversation, laughter, and pints with friends and neighbours.
WELLINGTON BREWERY 950 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph wellingtonbrewery.ca
Before (almost) everyone else, there was Wellington. Indeed, this Guelph staple has been blazing trails in the industry for over three decades. From killer label artwork to experimental small-batch and seasonal brews to community collabs (including the wildly-successful ‘Queen of Craft’), Wellington continues to lead the way. And with a renovated taproom, it’s definitely worth a visit – and flight. *Don’t miss the brewery’s annual Welly Cask Fest – a two-day party at the brewery Sept 11th-12th, 2020, featuring unique and collab cask beers and ciders, food trucks, live music, axe throwing, and more
COWBELL BREWING CO
137 Glasgow St, Kitchener redcirclebrewing.ca
Nestled into the corner of bustling Graffiti Market, this craft brewery draws inspiration from the creative drive and playfulness of Kitchener’s maker culture. Kveik wet hop pale ales. Japanese rice lagers. Norwegian IPAs. Nothing’s off-limits for the brew crew at Red Circle. Pair with Graffiti’s ‘Detroit-style’ pizza and visit your happy place.
COCKTAILS GIN MILL
SPRING MILL DISTILLERY
Looking for a special place in the Royal City to whet your whistle with distinctive cocktails and indulge your appetite with dishes as cozy as fried chicken and waffles? Then stroll over to Gin Mill – an elegantly-appointed, two-floor bar where you can enjoy full meals, cocktails and craft beer at street level, and snacks and more inventive cocktails in the downstairs late-night speakeasy.
Featuring one of the largest hand-hammered copper stills in North America, this family-owned craft distillery doesn’t mess around. Snag a seat at ‘The Ward Bar’, order a signature cocktail and appetizer, and admire the exposed stone walls, tin ceilings, and original hearth of this nineteenth-century historic mill. While enjoying your drink, ruminate on the century-old tanks (remnants of Guelph’s rum-running past) that were discovered right beneath your feet. Chin chin.
107 Wyndham St N, Guelph ginmillgastro.ca
LOLOAN LOBBY BAR
14 Princess St W, Waterloo loloanlobbybar.com Grabbing a seat at the grand three-sided bar of this elevated Uptown establishment (inspired by south Asian colonial hotel lobby bars) is like infiltrating the set of some Wes Anderson film; namely, it’s over the top in all the right ways. Tuxedoed bartenders. Ceiling paintings. Elegant chandeliers. And incredible drinks – like the ‘Butterfly Pea Flower Martini’ (vodka, butterfly pea flower, lychee, salty-sweet noodles). The region needs more of this. *After drinks at the bar, grab a (reserved) table for dinner. The ‘Moo Parlow’ (pork neck braised in star anise caramel liquor, steamed rice noodle, crackling, pickled duck egg, condiments) is a very good place to start
43 Arthur St S, Guelph springmilldistillery.com
somewhere in the #DTK sugarrun.ca Before you can enjoy this speakeasy’s cocktails, you’ll have to find the place. But trust us – it’s worth the effort. Once you’re in, cozy up to the bar for one of Sugar Run’s rum-based drinks. ‘The Collins Rum Affair’ (honey tincture, Havana Club 3, citrus, honey, egg whites, coconut cacao nib foam, seltzer) is a good place to start. Where you’ll end up is anyone’s guess.
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COCKTAILS GRAND TRUNK SALOON 30 Ontario St S, Kitchener grandtrunksaloon.com
The spot that spearheaded the #DTK’s (and perhaps the region’s) cocktail renaissance, Grand Trunk is a no-nonsense watering hole featuring soul food and a whole lotta mezcal. Choose your drink using the place’s ‘cocktail diagram’ (dividing cocktails into ‘dry’, ‘sweet’, and ‘bold’ categories), order plates of soft shell crab and crispy frogs legs, and tighten your bolo tie – because you’re in for a ride.
20 Queen St S, Kitchener walper.com The streamlined aesthetic, bold artwork, and custom chandeliers of this #DTK spot has it feeling more like ‘Queen West’ than Queen South. Located upstairs at downtown’s famed Walper Hotel, The Lokal is perfect for after-work drinks or an after-dinner night cap. (There’s a full menu too.) Sit at the impeccable white bar with a ‘Moscow Mule’ or settle onto a blue satin couch with a ‘Negroni’ and savour the moments. *A perfect way to end a night at The Lokal? With a room at The Walper – a hotel that’s hosted everyone from Louis Armstrong to the Queen Mother to Al Capone
Looking to stock up your home bar with bitters? A trip to Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers, just outside Niagara, never disappoints.
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It’s bar service only at this Belmont Village staple. And for good reason – this minimalist-appointed locale takes its craft beer game seriously. Eighteen rotating taps. Always craft. And yet we come for the burger. Always. Smashed beef paddy (or two). Cheese. On a Wonder Bread bun. Juicy. Crushable. Served in a paper bag. Perfect.
If there’s one thing you should definitely bring with you when you trek out to this gorgeous lakeside restaurant for lunch or dinner, it’s your appetite. A big appetite. Because this is one honkin’ burger. The ‘Famous Puslinch Burger’. Massive patty. Bacon. Lettuce and tomato. And a melted two-cheese blend ‘pull and peel’ cheese ring. Pass the time watching jet skiiers while you settle into a burger-induced coma.
740 Belmont Ave W, Kitchener arabellaparkbar.com
*If the burger and beer doesn’t drive you here, the bar’s bright, Scandinavian-inspired interior certainly will. Community seating. Plenty of plants. Garage doors. Concrete floor. And sweet patio
BAKER STREET STATION 76 Baker St, Guelph bakerstreetstation.ca
If having Bellwoods’ Jutsu Pale Ale on permanent rotation isn’t enough to get you to this downtown mecca, the burger certainly will. While the toppings are ever-changing (short ribs, old cheddar, and red onion marmalade for the win), the taste is forever on-point. And the fries? Legendary. Couple a burger and pint with Baker’s secondstorey wraparound balcony, killer tap list, and intimate main floor bar, and you’re all set.
1947 McClintock Dr, Cambridge oldmarina.com
*Real hungry? Then take the ‘Puslinch Burger Challenge’ – one hour to finish a three-patty burger (with cheese rings), poutine and milkshake. Winners don’t pay. Losers pay dearly
THE FRIENDLY SOCIETY 102/8 Mill St W, Elora friendlysociety.ca
Those stone walls. Checkered flooring. William Morris wallpaper. Reclaimed wood ceilings. The giant resin stag head mounted behind the bar. There’s a lot to love about this gastropub with polish. Indeed, it’s the perfect destination for a house burger. Add parmesan fries with truffle aioli, braised beef beignets, and a pint (or negroni), and let your evening begin.
THE WOOLY PUB
So much about this place is perfect, from the ‘elevated gastropub’ menu to the century red brick that houses the place to the killer beer list to the two storeys of smart dining rooms (that recently played host to our Prime Minister). We fall in love with Brux House each time we visit. So grab a pint, order the ‘Brux House’ burger (beef patty, stout caramelized onions, aged cheddar, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, brioche bun), and feel prime ministerial.
Recognized as Guelph’s great meeting place, the Wooly is a pioneer in defining Canadian pub culture. Featuring a solid craft beer list, cask on tap, a sustainable locavore menu, and year-round covered front porch and fully-heated back patio, this destination guarantees for a great time – every time. Grab a pint and ‘The Smokey BBQ Burger’ (YU Ranch grass-fed beef, double-smoked bacon, Taste of Ontario BBQ sauce, aged cheddar, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle) and watch your worries dissolve.
137 Locke St S, Hamilton bruxhouse.com
176 Woolwich St, Guelph thewoolypub.ca
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The name (minus some vowels) says it all. And while Hambrgr offers salads and poutine, why deprive yourself of what’s brought you here: a gaggle of jaw-challenging burgers. Like the ‘Praise Cheesus’ (‘merican cheese, white cheddar, crunchy swiss frico, BRGR sauce, crispy onion strings, iceberg). The ‘Hot-lanta’ (smash patty, Danish blue, Bartlett pear jam, mayo, crispy onions, iceberg). Or the ‘Classic’ (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard). Open wide.
LITTLE LOUIE’S BURGER JOINT & SOUPERY This off-the-beaten-path old school burger joint is worth the trip for its malted shakes alone. (Double Chocolate Chip Cookie shake, anyone?!) Pair one with a ‘build-your-own’ beef burger, take that first bite, and mentally clear a spot on your calendar for your next visit. While there’s no beer at Little Louie’s, that’s no reason to leave this heavyweight contender out of the category.
234 Clyde Rd, Cambridge littlelouiesburgerjoint.com
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WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN
I know these city blocks like the back of my
in one of the core’s back alleys. A gaggle of
hand, I murmur to myself as I turn down
smartly-dressed thirty-somethings standing
another alleyway – furtively searching for
around the entryway further cements my
an undercover entrance to an underground
suspicion that this must be the place. I rap on
world. After all, I grew up in this town. I was
the sturdy door. Wait a few seconds. It opens
raised here, went to school here, and found
a crack and I awkwardly mumble a password
drama and delight on these very downtown
I tracked down on social media. And I escape
streets. And yet, on this chilly November
inside. In a manner of speaking, I get away,
evening in Kitchener’s core, I’m struggling to
disappear, shake off all that lies outside
locate what I’ve come searching for. Sugar
that robust portal. After all, the aura such a
Run. A yesteryear speakeasy for today’s
secretive hideout projects is meant to give
patrons the semblance of disconnection from the outside world. Avoidance. Diversion from
Eventually I spot it – the hidden entrance
the humdrum of the commonplace.
that, even in our day, offers something of the excitement of discovery. The giveaway:
‘As grown-ups, how often do we really get
a plain (albeit elegantly-designed) logo
to enjoy a sprinkle of adventure in our
positioned above a nondescript metal door
day?’, asks Sugar Run co-owner Justin Vail
once I’ve settled in at the long bar. The place is dark. Moody. Perfect. ‘And yet,’ he continues, seemingly responding to his own rhetorical question, ‘we crave it. Excitement. Wonderment. An escape from the norm. What we are trying to do here is to add some delight, some element of surprise, to the mundane of everyday life. So far,’ Justin continues, ‘lots of folks seem to get the speakeasy concept. And maybe some don’t. And that’s totally fine by us.’ I nod, and then survey the space. It certainly has the feel of a Prohibition-era watering hole. The woodwork. Leather-appointed booths. The old school lamps and fans, low ceiling, and exposed pillars that bear the weight of this basement underworld. ‘We built the place from scratch,’ notes Justin’s business partner (and Sugar Run co-owner) Kypp Saunders above the energized hubbub of conversation, laughter, and – on this night – live brass band. He continues: ‘It was nothing but a bare basement when we first got our hands on it.’ Certainly not anymore, I think to myself, momentarily distracted by the band leader’s dive into a lengthy solo riff on his clarinet – bandmates in hot pursuit.
131 I know Kypp – or, rather, I remember him – from my tenure a couple decades back when we were both devoted patrons at Uptown’s Jane Bond Café. He’s been a staple of the local bar scene ever since – most recently (before Sugar Run) helping to open White Rabbit in Waterloo. He understands well our region’s scene, and can’t be happier setting up this new place in the city’s core. After all, Kitchener is booming. Indeed, even a cursory glance at the downtown landscape reveals visual clues of a prosperous town bursting at the seams. Soaring condo towers. Repurposed heritage buildings. Cranes punctuating the sky. An LRT that snakes its way through buildings and redefines city blocks. With such economic success comes cultural evolution – including the emergence of a thriving downtown cocktail scene. There’s The Grand Trunk Saloon, of course – a popular destination for soul food and cocktails. And Lokal – The Walper’s minimalist, elegantly-appointed second-floor hotel bar. The Rich Uncle Tavern – with its chic upstairs library bar. And a plethora of other distinctive watering holes on these blocks. When I ask about what it’s like to have Sugar Run operate among such good company, Kypp answers confidently: ‘We’re
happy to be part of this thriving milieu. After
Sparkles, Island Fruit Drops, and Seltzer. And
all, great neighbourhoods are built on solid
communities – of restaurants, shops, bars, and such.’ He adds: ‘Our clientele frequents
‘Our focus is rum,’ Justin tells me. ‘My mom
all the downtown bars. And the bars refer
is Guyanese, so I grew up around the stuff.
customers to each other.’
It’s delicious – and also helps differentiate us from the region’s other cocktail joints.’ Before
Justin fixes me a drink while we sit and
long, a sampling of dishes arrives from Sugar
chat. It’s bound to be a treat. Sugar Run’s
Run’s kitchen. A couple – like the jerk tofu
‘The Kraken.’ Built in a martini glass with
skewers and Cuban sandwich – are ostensibly
Islay Peat Mist, Kraken Spiced Rum, Amaro
inspired by the South American vibe of Sugar
Nonino, Benedictine, Vanilla Rye Bitters and
Run’s drinks menu. And others – including a
St. Jacobs’ EcoCafe Nitro Cold Brew. Its dark
seafood charcuterie board with fresh oysters
chocolatey hue, frothy head, and rolling
– pay homage to the the joint’s Big Band-era
cascades of foam from the nitro are nothing
less than captivating. ‘A Dan Collins creation,’ Justin notes of the cocktail, alluding to one
As I settle in to enjoy these exotic offerings, I
of Sugar Run’s lead bartenders. In fact, Dan
cannot help but note the courage and ambition
has crafted Sugar Run’s entire cocktail menu.
it must have taken to build this place. These
I lift the drink to my mouth and take a sip –
terrific dishes, of course, and the impressive
decadently smooth. I can’t help wondering
cocktail menu. The regular live entertainment
what other concoctions of subtle beauty
(Sugar Run schedules rotating nights featuring
might be offered in the drinks menu.
swing and jazz bands, burlesque, comedy, funk and break music, and more) and the
It’s a marvelous read. There’s a classic ‘Sugar
wonderfully designed space. And, of course,
Run N Coke’ with Luxardo Cherry, Dark
the speakeasy concept itself. A spot that
Rum, Amaro, House Cola, and Zest. The
deliberately remains concealed for its patrons’
‘Captain OG,’ with Sailor Jerry Spiced, Smoked
pleasure – located somewhere amongst the
Pineapple Jam, Sea Water, and Angostura.
shadows – and offers, as Justin notes, ‘a sprinkle
‘The Rum Collins Affair’ featuring Honey
Tincture, Havana Club 3, Citrus, Honey, Egg Whites, Coconut Cacao Nib Foam, and Seltzer. ‘Cute and Crushable,’ made up with Luxardo, Bacardi White, Clarified Pink Citrus, Edible
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DARRYL WATTY - CHESTNUT PARK REALTY WEST INTERVIEW BY CAI SEPULIS
O NE CO U L D SAY T H AT D ARRY L WATTY EM B ODIES THE PRIME C HARAC TERIST I C S O F A S UCCESSF U L REAL EST AT E A GENT. ATTITUDE. DIL IGENC E. AND THE RI GHT T Y P E O F H U ST LE. H E BELIEVES T HAT HIS M ISSION IS TO EMPOW ER HIS C L I E N TS W I TH THE I NF ORMAT ION T H EY N EED TO MAKE SM ART JUDGEM ENTS AND SH R E W D CH O ICES ABOU T H OMES, REAL ESTATE, AND HOME IMPROVEMENT – B E CA U S E A N Y PU RCH ASE IN T H IS REAL M IS A L IFESTYL E DEC ISION.
RE CE N TL Y , T O QU E’S CAI SEPU LIS SAT DOW N W ITH THIS SPIRITED AND AL ER T RE A L TO R TO CH AT ABOU T H IS J OURNEY IN REAL ESTATE, ABOUT M ARKET T R E N D S – A N D ABO U T WH ERE T O GRAB A GREAT L UNC H IN THE REGION.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH REAL ESTATE? As the son of an urban planner, I grew up surrounded by conversations about city development and the character of neighbourhoods. To me, real estate isn’t a job – it’s a way of life.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE CURRENT MARKET? For as long as I’ve been selling real estate – for over a decade now – we’ve been blessed here in the Golden Triangle with a robust economy and increasing property values. New inventory is trickling into the market only in the form of high-rise condos and smaller-sized lot offerings on city peripheries.
WHAT TYPE OF REAL ESTATE DO YOU FOCUS ON? I firmly believe in the future values of established neighbourhoods and irreplaceable real estate. You can’t duplicate history or aged brick, you can’t make greenspace out of thin air, and no developer can make a mature tree-lined street from scratch. These things have inherent value and serve to insulate property values down the road.
ANY TIPS FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS? As the old saying goes: ‘The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is now.’
ANY TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME? Get professionals in the moment you begin thinking about a move. Get a plan started to make the flow of the home as cohesive as possible, giving your ideal buyer every possible reason to want to move quickly on your home.
ANY UP-AND-COMING NEIGHBOURHOODS TO KEEP AN EYE ON? In Waterloo, I’m a big fan of the homes in and around Allen, Bristol, and Rodney Streets. They’re well-built, 1960s-era homes on big lots close to Uptown Waterloo, but also framed by primary roads in and out of town. In Kitchener, I really like the upside of Midtown and Victoria Park neighbourhoods. In Cambridge, keep an eye on Preston, as it has undeniable locational appeal. In Guelph, I love some of the smaller century homes close to the centre of town.
THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Hands down, it’s those moments when real estate becomes truly real, like when I’m showing a prospective home to a client and can see their eyes light up as they DARRYL WATTY 50-75 KING ST S, WATERLOO
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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN WATERLOO TO TAKE A BREAK? OR GRAB LUNCH? If I’m in the mood for comfort food, there’s no place around that compares to the Grand Trunk Saloon in downtown Kitchener. Or, if it’s a sunny day, I gravitate towards The Boathouse on the lake in Victoria Park.
YOUR FAVOURITE PASTIMES?
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MIKE HRYN About a year ago our family experienced a sudden, tragic accident and life changed for us all. It was devastating but there was some comfort in knowing that we had already had family conversations about what was to happen financially if an unexpected event arose. The assurance allowed us to focus on healing as a family, knowing we were all in tune about the estate. As an advisor, I understand how overwhelming a conversation such as the one we had can be. It acknowledges death, which we might be uncomfortable discussing. It reveals information about money that many are taught to keep private. It brings to light the different priorities of different family members. However, starting these conversations when people are healthy and happy is the best time. Dealing with death and taxes at the same time is terrible and might cause confusion or even conflict as grieving family members learn for the first time the details of an estate plan. The conversations you have can be positive. Parents – you don’t have to share all details about your assets, but you should let your family know what you’re planning, and assure them that your
Will and Power of Attorney are in place. The better they understand your wishes, the better they can carry them out after you’re gone. You can involve your investment advisor in some of these discussions – as an objective party able to describe available options. Kids – be patient in encouraging an open discussion. Take time to learn about estate planning and the different tools that can be put in place. Maybe soften “What about your money when you’re gone?” to “Can we set a time this year to learn more about your estate plans?” Be sure to agree on how family can access important documents quickly in the event that you are incapacitated or have died. These documents, or the means by which to access them, can be left with a family member, a lawyer, or other professional. And remember that estate planning isn’t only for older people. If your kids are young there is even more reason to have things in place. All material has been prepared by Mike Hryn, who is a Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor with the Mactaggart Hryn Team at Richardson GMP Limited. The opinions expressed in this report are the opinions of the author and readers should not assume they reflect the opinions or recommendations of Richardson GMP Limited or its affiliates. Richardson GMP Limited, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Richardson is a trade-mark of James Richardson & Sons, Limited. GMP is a registered trade-mark of GMP Securities L.P. Both used under license by Richardson GMP Limited.
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‘Can I ask you guys a question?’, our server
place is empty now. Except for Cai and me
queries as TOQUE Partner Cai Sepulis and
– perched at our regular upstairs corner
I begin to stretch another lunch into early
high-top. With our regular after-lunch pints.
afternoon pints. We look up from our drinks
‘Because whatever you do,’ she adds with
– Bellwood’s Jutsu Citra Pale Ale for Cai and
a grin, ‘it must be a great gig to be able to
Elora’s Borealis Citra Pale Ale for myself – and
spend your afternoons here – chatting and
stare quizzically at her. ‘What do you both
laughing and enjoying yourselves.’
do?’ Before we can answer, she elaborates: ‘I mean – what is it that you do for a living? A
I smile, let slip a little chuckle, and reply: ‘Ya,
bunch of the staff are curious.’
this gig definitely has its perks.’ Cai looks at me, then up at our server, and embellishes:
I look around the dining room. The usual
‘We’re trying to build a magazine.’
Thursday lunch crowd – an array of business owners, wealth management advisors, city staff, doctors, lawyers, and other downtown professionals – has gone back to work. The
155 It’s been three years since this exchange.
Elora Brewing, respectively) sharing lunch
At the very table Cai and I are seated now.
and laughs. Steamwhistle Harry hanging with
Upstairs. Corner high-top. At Guelph’s Baker
gregarious (and fully-tatted) realtor, Aaron
Street Station – the Royal City’s downtown
Zuccala. And wealth managers Will and Mike
gastropub with a killer rotating menu, a beer
dining out with clients. Cai and I will make the
list that seems to go forever, and Bellwoods’
rounds later. For now, though, it’s time to get
Jutsu on-tap on the regular. Between then
into our routine.
and now, I’d surmise we’ve frequented this place near a hundred times. And, during the
Our regular server, Taylar (who’s also an
same period, we’ve grown this magazine
emergent tattoo artist – working alongside
you’re holding to what it is today. And I
the likes of local legends Allie Charbonneau
surmise that we couldn’t have done it without
and Steve Baker), glides over to our table for
Baker – this most comfortable local.
our drink order. ‘A Ladyfriend for me,’ Cai orders. ‘And a Borealis for me, please,’ I add.
I scan the room for familiar faces – of which
We chat tattoos for a hot minute (Taylar’s
there are usually more than a few. This day’s
given me a couple sweet late-medieval
no different. I spot our friends Rob and
manicules beneath my right knee, and we
Paul from Intrigue Media huddled around
have plans for more ink in the future) before
a laptop. Ren from Beer.Diversity chatting
she leaves to pour our pints.
with industry folk Lexi and Truth. Besties Will and Jenna (from Red Circle Brewing and
And we’re off to the races.
Over the next couple of hours, Cai and I order – and destroy – a few of our Baker favourites: the place’s famous onion rings (massive, served with shaved parmesan and garlic aioli); ‘Tuna Poke Nachos’ (fried wonton, edamame, ponzu, jalapeno, Japanese mayo, guacamole, scallion, sesame seed); the rotating ‘Baker Street Burger’ (this time with all-beef patty, short rib, old cheddar, red onion marmalade, garlic aioli, fries, and greens); and the ‘Tandoori Fried Chicken’ (bombay hot, tamarind chutney, eggplant masala, pickled vegetables, cilantro rice, naan, raita). While I’m polishing off an onion ring (honestly – the best) and Cai’s got herself buried in the burger, I note famed guitar maker Tom Bartlett (whose instruments have been played by guitarists in such groups as The Hip, Metric, Sam Roberts Band, PUP, and more) coming in to eat with his family. I pop up from our table and deliver him a TOQUE toque – something Cai and I had been planning to gift Tom for a while. I don’t have a brand new one on me – so I leave him with the one I’ve been wearing. While we’re laughing about the absurdity of it all, I can see Will and Jenna over at our table – chatting with Cai. And so the Baker game of musical chairs begins, with folks
popping up from their own tables to visit friends at other tables. I check in with Rob and Paul, who are sipping wine and crafting a strategic plan for their next year in business. Ren, Lexi and Truth are busy planning a beer festival. Harry and Aaron are just doing what Harry and Aaron do. I don’t dare interrupt Will and Mike’s meetings with clients – although I do catch Will’s eye and give him a smile. And so it goes. And it occurs to me that Cai and I are not the only folks who frequent Baker because it’s where we get to balance work and play all at once.
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