Arrividerci, Luigi!

Arrividerci, Luigi!

The announcement was made on Facebook and it shook our little community: after 8 years, Pizza de Luigi was shutting down its Chelsea location, and they were shutting it down basically immediately! The horror! After 8 years of running two business and 6 years of working full time while running them, the owner decided that two restaurants was too much. They will focus all their efforts into the Wakefield restaurant. Incidentally, Mini-Waffle had already selected Cheezy Luigi as the restaurant we would order from tomorrow, part of our weekly effort to support local restaurants during the pandemic. We realized what was happening only because we wanted to check the opening hours. So we decided that we had no choice but to order immediately, one last time. Because even though they will remain open in Wakefield, that is a bit of a trek for us. A family-run establishment, MJ.M.D. Pizza de…

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‘Twas the day before the day before the day before Christmas

‘Twas the day before the day before the day before Christmas

‘Tis the season for road trips and lunches on the go. And the young Waffles had been bugging us for a stop at Tim Hortons for weeks now. Despite my strong will, Ms. Waffle joined the fray as we headed out for Frontenac County for the Noël festivities. I had other helpful suggestions along the way. But it seemed there was no way around it. We would have to stop around 12:30 in Carleton Place, since it would coincide with my car’s need to be fed too. I was dreading the arrival. It is the Holidays. It would be packed. It would be loud. It would smell like bad coffee and candy canes. Neither the McDonald’s next door nor the A&W across the street could sway them. In they went into the Timmies. The thought occured to me that I could just fill up and keep driving. All the presents…

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Deli Chenoy’s is goner in Gatineau – a Waffle exclusive

Deli Chenoy’s is goner in Gatineau – a Waffle exclusive

The Deli Chenoy’s brand is taking another step towards oblivion as the owners of the Gatineau franchise announced this evening that they had put the final touch on their rebranding, getting rid of Chenoy’s in favour of another famous smoked meat chain. The location, which opened in the Complexe Lumière (otherwise known as Cinéma 9) in 1997, is now officially a Nickels. This leaves the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Chenoy’s as the last one standing for the chain, which was established in 1936. The management team remains the same, so it’ll be interesting to see the transition. It is not the first time Nickels Delicatessen is opening stores in the National Capital Region. I recall one location on the Greber boulevard and another one on Dalhousie street in Ottawa. In the early 1990s, Lawrence and Peter Mammas partnered with Paul Sara, René Angélil and Céline Dion to create the restaurant chain Nickels. Originally…

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Fusion Poutine

I’ve been meaning to try New York Fries‘ Butter Chicken Poutine for some time now and I got the opportunity at the Bayshore food court, where I was shopping for Christmas present. The Butter Chicken Poutine was introduced to NYF’s line up in 2011, along with the Braised Beef Poutine. As far as I know, NYF was the first to offer it. Whoever thought that mixing Quebec’s national dish with India’s most popular curry is a genius. I ordered a regular size poutine. You know the drill: fries on the bottom, followed by cheese curds. Then, the twist: butter chicken instead of the classic brown gravy. The fries were good, as usual. The cheese curds weren’t squeaking, which is always sad. The key, though, was the butter chicken itself. I was expecting bland, but it wasn’t. The tomato sauce was mildly spicy, with some heat, but not too much. There…

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Fish and Chips at McDonald’s!

Fish and Chips at McDonald’s!

McDonald’s added Fish and Chips to its menu, albeit temporarily, as part of their “Great Canadian Tastes” menu. They announced their catch of the month on May 14th and it’ll be gone by June 17th. The promotion comes following a successful pilot project in Atlantic Canada last year, which saw 86,500 fish & chip meals sold in just three weeks. This time around, McDonald’s is estimating it will use around 260,000 pounds of haddock. Considering the poor reputation of the Filet-o-Fish, this is an interesting move by McDonald’s. But contrary to their fish sandwich, which is made of Alaskan pollock, McD’s Fish and Chips hails from Nova Scotia: Atlantic haddock. Not cod. Haddock. Another interesting move, considering cod is usually seen as best for Fish and Chips. I stopped by the Golden Arches in Stittsville and gave them a try, for $7,29. First, let me point out that the contents…

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