A small town gem is the best way to describe the Olde Bulldog Beanery. Specializing in unique gourmet coffees, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, fresh breads and pastries, the 40-seat Cookstown cafe is worth checking out. Our goal is to bring a quality urban coffee experience to small town Ontario, explains Phil Carver, who owns and operates the popular one-year-old cafe with partner Christine Fielding. Happy to chat about their new family business, the couple recently sat down with this GoodLife reporter to dish about everything from the secret to making great coffee to the importance of supporting the local community and serving up a fun and energetic atmosphere. Located in a historical building, we even touched upon the address's colourful and haunted past. More
What's the best part about working in a chocolate shop? According to Susan Canning of the Elegant Gourmet in downtown Midland, it's the enticing sweet aroma that greets you when you walk through the door. I never get tired of that delicious smell of chocolate, caramel and freshly baked fudge, says the business owner, with a smile. It's just so awesome. Satisfying many a sweet tooth for almost 20 years, the Elegant Gourmet serves up truffles, chocolates, creamy fudge and more. We use only the best Belgian chocolate and all of our fudge, chocolates and truffles are handmade on-site using traditional methods, explains Canning, who owns and operates the business with her husband, Glen. I spend lots of days up to my elbows in chocolate, she chuckles. It's so much fun creating all of the scrumptious treats. More
Say no to drugs and yes to grilled cheese, declares the chalkboard sign in front of the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery. I'm all about shock value, admits Randy Aylwin, who owns and operates the downtown Barrie restaurant specializing in you guessed it grilled cheese sandwiches. To learn more about the downtown eatery, this GoodLife reporter headed to Dunlop Street to check it out. Wearing hip glasses, and sporting a small blue button on his shirt that reads: support the locals,' 54-year-old Aylwin was eager to chat about his popular dining haunt. Conversation topics ranged from the secret to making a great grilled cheese to his savvy social media skills and the establishment's steady number one rating on Trip Advisor. Let's start off with your number 1 rating on Trip Advisor (that's 1 out of 386 Barrie restaurants). How long have you held that title? More
Touro Churrascaria serves up steak and more, Brazilian style. Read More..
Three different cuisines under one roof, is how Ketan Patel, the owner of Taj Bistro, describes his downtown Barrie 40-seat restaurant. We specialize in Indian, continental and oriental food and it's all delicious, says Patel who recently sat down with this GoodLife reporter to talk about his year-old eclectic bistro. Read More..
A mainstay in Newmarket since 2011, Made in Mexico has arrived in downtown Barrie. Serving up tasty Mexican fare, lively music and a colourful décor, Made in Mexico is all about having fun, explains Janet Bravo, who owns and operates both locations with her husband Fernando, who grew up in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Read More..
Chiaro Ristorante's meticulous details give it undeniable charm and character. Read More..
A sweet and inviting aroma of buttery, sugary goodness greets you as soon as you open the door to Nutmeg Bakeshop. Mmmmmmmmm. The friendly, simple space at the south end of Newmarket's historic Main Street is reminiscent of a bakery from the past: Fresh white walls, a large chalkboard detailing today's specials, a single glass case filled with goodies, exposed brick and wood beams. No frills, no fuss. Read More..
At Sorrento Ristorante, owner and chef Nino Cioffi takes inspiration from the cuisine specific to the small-town from which the restaurant takes its name. Read More..
You just can't go wrong with cheese and chocolate. It's really hard to find someone that doesn't enjoy cheese or chocolate, chuckles Jessi Rae Fournier of J'adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate. People love one or the other but usually both. Read More..
It's 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and Cicco's Ristorante is a beehive of activity. In the kitchen, the dough machine is whirling, fresh bread is baking, homemade Italian sauces are simmering and partners Lindsay Weiss, age 25, and Alexander Cicco Scalercio, age 31, are going over the daily liquor and grocery list. Read More..
It's 11:30 a.m. on a Friday morning, and the Burger Bistro is packed. We have quite the loyal following, boasts chef Jay Klausen who owns and operates the popular burger and poutine joint with his brother Ryan, and potato farmer Trevor Downey. We cost a bit more than your average fast food joint, but as you can see from the lineup folks appreciate that our food isn't mass produced or processed. Read More..
The delicious aroma of freshly baked focaccia bread fills downtown Barrie's Lazy Tulip Café. We bake our own bread daily, says Michelle Huggins, 47, who owns and operates the artsy, shoebox-sized Café with Matthew Jones, 48. Our whole wheat focaccia is nothing short of fabulous. Read More..
A long and winding country driveway leads to the Collingwood Cooking Academy. And there's lots to take in once you arrive. From the ducks swimming peacefully in the large pond to the free range chickens milling about the 15-acre property. It's a lovely setting to learn how to cook, observes chef Philip Tarlo, who runs the Collingwood-area cooking school and on-site bed and breakfast with his wife Leanne Calvert. We're surrounded by apple orchards and the beauty of Grey-Bruce County. Read More..
Lot 102 offers an eclectic menu, friendly service and a hip urban rustic decor. This is phase two of our business at this site, explains Archie Meridis, age 46, who owns and operates the Midland restaurant with his 44-year-old brother Bill. Before Lot 102, we ran Bleacher's Bar and Eatery out of this building. Two years ago, we decided to transform it into something more modern and upscale. And so, Lot 102 was born. Read More..
Every morning at 4 a.m., Andrea Higgins wakes up with a spring in her step. I look forward to going into work every day, admits the cheerful owner of Sigrid's Bakery in downtown Barrie. I grew up in bakeries. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to run my own bakery. Read More..