Beckta’s Rooftop

Our anniversary was coming soon and the kids were away at Camp Mami and Pappi so we were free to decide and do something fun and unusual. An email caught my attention as a great way to celebrate. Beckta was inviting us (well, me!) to an evening of BBQ and libations on a rooftop. Their friends at Enright Cattle, a family farm near Tweed, were going to help Beckta host a BBQ on their rooftop patio. For $65 per person, we could enjoy five BBQ options and two beverages. $65 for all you-can-eat-Beckta on a rooftop? IN! We arrived there early, to make sure we could enjoy the beautiful August sun. We were greeted by Stephen Beckta, who promptly directed us to the bar. Good man. To drink, there were a couple of options: Cave Spring Rosé or their house made Sangria, or beers from Kichesippi: the Heller Highwater or…

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The Kitchen is open

We’ve been going on a golf trip to Alexandria Bay, NY, for over a decade now. We have our habits. We’ve tried a few places. And considering the size of the place, it is pretty rare that we even try to discover something new. On Friday night, a few guys were going to go to Cavallario’s Top Of The Bay to munch on Burritos and quaff some A-Bombs. But Turk and I didn’t really feel like it. We searched the area for something different, something fresh. And we found The Kitchen. We went on a reconnaissance mission, to assess the location, the menu and available space. At the gate, a friendly greeter happily answered our questions and gave us a quick tour. The Kitchen is located in The Captain Visger House, a beautifully renovated bed and breakfast, it is a Victorian house located in the heart of town, right across…

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Trudeau lose his Chef

Looks like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is searching for a new Chef. After a 15-month stint at 24 Sussex, where the PM doesn’t live while he waits the residence to repair itself, Katie Brown Ardington is going back to the private world and is becoming the Executive Chef at Steve Beckta’s three sister restaurants: Beckta, Play Food & Wine and Gezellig. I am thrilled to announce that Katie Ardington has rejoined our restaurant family as Executive Chef of @Becktadining @playfoodandwine & @gezelligdining after a 15-month stint as the private Chef for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. #welcomehome pic.twitter.com/iKP5vQ5yNL — Stephen Beckta (@stevebeckta) 17 avril 2018 As a teenager, Ardington got started in the food industry as the “dish pit” at the Isaac Brock pub in Brockville (now known as The Union Jack pub). She moved on up the pub’s food chain, becoming prep cook, garde manger, and then fry cook. She…

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Rubio’s surfing above the competition

We were shoe shopping in Mesa. Time flies when you shoe shop with kids. Because nothing matches the cross-specifications required by Ms. Waffle and Mini Waffle – and when it does, the shoe doesn’t fit. Suddenly, a Spiderman shoe seemed to fit the bill. Alas, I noticed that the left shoe’s blinking light wasn’t working (a clear specification). In order to convince Mini Waffle to agree to the non-blinking Mickey Mouse snickers, Ms. Waffle tried to bargain lunch at a restaurant of his choice. He picked St-Hubert. Unfortunetaly, the closest one is a 37 hour drive away. Back to another pair of blinking Spiderman, previously rejected by Ms. Waffle because they were too heavy. But admitting defeat on shoes meant she got to pick lunch, and selected Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Rubio’s Coastal Grill, formerly known as Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, is a fast food chain surfing on the growing “Fresh…

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Don’t mess with Texas… so why did you?

I hadn’t been to the Clocktower in quite some time. But since Philippe and I were meeting for lunch, it made sense to meet there, basicially at the halfway point between or geographical locations. The Clocktower is a brew pub chain that now has 6 locations across Ottawa. The original brew pub, on Bank street at Isabella, has a clock tower. It opened in 1996. So yes, they serve their own home brews. The Kölsch, the Raspberry Wheat, the Wishart’s ESB, the Bytown Brown, the Whalesbone Oyster Stout and the Clocktower Red. To that, you can add a selection of seasonal beers, such as the Beerista, the Knifewear Tongue Cutter West Coast IPA, the Clocktower Pumpkin Ale, the United A.P.A., the Pucker Up Sour Cherry!, the Ottawa Pale Ale, the Pint of the Living Dead, the 38th Battalion Ale, the CT Vienna Spring Ale, the Empty Netter Ale, the East…

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