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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Caplansky’s Deli is smokin’!

I’ve been wanting to meet up with Toronto Star reporter and beer expert Josh Rubin for some time. The opportunity finally arose today before my flight back to Ottawa, which was around 4PM – meaning that I had some time to kill in the afternoon. @starbeer suggested that we meet up for lunch and a pint at Caplansky’s. Caplansky’s Delicatessen first opened shop in 2008 when owner Zane Caplansky (check out his blog) simply got fed up relying on visits with Montreal friends to get his fix of Smoked Meat Sandwiches – so he opened his own kitchen in the Monarch Tavern. After a very successful year, he had to relocate to a bigger location – on College just west of Spadina – and opened his very own full establishment. Despite that, Caplansky’s feel like it’s been there forever. A bare brick wall covered with old pictures, neons and newspapers’…

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