If you read our Good Eats In Carleton Place blog today you will see that our very own Ted MacDonald worked his culinary butt off to visit all our local restaurants. With his survey, we now know what people love to eat in Carleton Place. If you look on Facebook, there are three Ted MacDonald’s in the vicinity. One is a stage hand at Shameless Productions, and the other lives in Yellowknife and listens to Linkin Park. Since our very own Ted is not into heavy metal–(at least I think not) I knew he would be able to tell us a little about himself without breaking into a chorus from an AC/DC song. Not that there is anything wrong with that!
Here are his delicious words about his culinary history.
My mother was a good cook of simple things. I remember good simple breakfasts of poached eggs, cheese omelets. We always looked forward to Sunday dinner, a roast beef, ham with pineapple or one my favorites
roast peppery pork and scalloped potatoes.
I started working at Statistics Canada in 1971. Many ethnic groups worked there and they introduced me to great ethnic foods. I remember having many wonderful authentic Chinese dishes on Somerset street. Maybe once a month we would go for dim sum which I love but have not had for awhile. I was also introduced to some of the many great Indian restaurants in Ottawa and grew to love a good spicy curry and that it is not just that horrible yellow stuff that comes in a jar. The next food that I fell in love with was Vietnamese soup or pho. Still one of my favorites and now we can get it Saigon Delight.
In 1978 I did a three month motorcycle tour of Europe with a couple of friends and sampled the cuisine of many countries as we traveled from England to Greece and back again. Interesting food and great beers.
The next big influence was my wife Gail. She also loved ethnic food and our first date was to an Indian restaurant in the Britannia area. Birthday parties with Gail’s family were always at an ethnic restaurant. Gail is a great cook of ethnic food so now I can have it at home. Gail also got me going to exotic French restaurants in Hull and Gatineau.
Thanks Ted! We have Lorne Hart tomorrow and Jamie from Law and Orders on Monday!