George was an institution on Bridge Street for years in Carleton Place at 110 Bridge Street where the Hair Loft is now. Did you know that George’s actual name was Chris Eliopoulos? So why was the place called George’s? The original owner back in the early 80s was George Poulos and Chris was the third owner when he took over in 1991.
Original owner George’s Pizza, George Poulos flipping the dough, and outside the restaurant with his stepson, circa 1989. Photo from Terry Poulos
What memories do you have of George’s Pizza? I know George’s was a staple when my sons played minor hockey for the team.
The day I walked into Law & Orders on Highway 7 just outside of Carleton Place almost a year ago I knew what a gem we had in our community. And you know what? Jamie Law has never let his quality down once. Not only is his concept great, and his food fantastic, he is also a really nice nice guy. Now, that is what Simon Cowell would call a triple threat.
Having a business is all about taking action and not being lazy- and thinking outside of the box. Jamie has manged to do all of this, and when someone from CBC does a food revue on Law & OrdersI am all over this. Success is not always about how much money you make, it’s also about the difference you make in people’s lives.
And that is what Jamie Law and his staff do every single day.
Well done Jamie– colour me proud as hell right now.
What is Italy known for? Pizza, pasta, Verdi, and the Coliseum? Where to begin, where to go? When life gives you twists and turns, Italy is the place to go. It’s a young country, formerly made up of independent city states – now called regions. Each area has its own personality, its own dialect and its own cuisine. Moving from region to region – and sometimes from town to town – introduces travelers to new local specialties, and it’s a shock to those of us who think we already know what Italian food is. Like Trevor said,”they must have had 99 different kinds of pizza”. French fries on a pizza? Honestly? Is this really Italy?
In Italia, they just add work and life on to food and wine naturally. Everything you see you owe to pasta. Fresh pasta that tastes like nothing like it does here, and the list goes on. The Barrs flew from Barcelona to Turin. It was again a game of “what would we like to see next?” Once they arrived at a destination they hoped there would be WiFi. Each destination arrival was a place to make yourself comfortable while Dad scouted around to see what was available. Trevor said they always seemed to find a place to stay within 30- 60 minutes. Turin the capital of the Piedmont region is a city that has fantastic architecture, and after the Winter Olympic Games of 2006 the city has been restructured and once again gained its splendour.
Turin is also a city of mystery, because it is called “the city of the devil” and has one of the most celebrated relics: the Shroud of Turin. After Turin they traveled to La Spezia where you can purchase an all day train pass that also allows you to hike the Cinque Terre trails. What is Cinque Terre? As Trevor said, the following pictures are not photoshopped. Incredible!
The main attraction of the Cinque Terre is the landscape. Mediterranean herbs and trees grow spontaneously from the top of the hills down to the water level. Well embedded in this magnificent natural scenery, one can admire the intense human activity of the ancestors, when the wine terraces were built.
It must have been an enormous work of transportation, carrying all the heavy stones on men’s shoulders and women’s heads. It was a project of love through the centuries. In fact it’s estimated to have taken about 200 years to build the entire stone-wall network. Its total length has been calculated to be at least equal to the Great Wall of China.
Walking is very popular, especially on the main coastal paths. It’s worth exploring some of the higher paths to Volastra (above Manarola), Monte Negro (above Riomaggiore) or paths that begin outside of the park such as the trail between Levanto and Monterosso.
Traveling by car is by far the worst way to explore the Cinque Terre, because there is little parking. To get from one village to the next involves driving all the way up to the high road and back down again. Sounds dangerous to me and not very enjoyable!
The leaning tower of Pisa really needs no introduction. Together with the coliseum in Rome, I am convinced that many people see the tower as the total image of Italy. The work on the tower commenced in the 12th century, and it began to tilt to an angle even before it was fully completed. The tilting is attributed to the poor foundations which the tower was built on. To get in, you pay around 15 Euros, or you can admire the tower for free from outside. There’s no looking at a normal building again, especially after seeing the tower of Pisa.
Next it was on to Florence where I personally would have headed immediately to the Gucci Museum. Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to masterpieces of art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David,” while the Uffizi Gallery exhibits preeminent works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation
On to Venice and what Napoleon once called the “the drawing room of Europe”– What does that mean? You will have to find out next week!
A photo preview of Venice where they celebrated daughter’s Kaceys birthday in St Marco square during a fireworks festival honoring long-ago plague survivors. However, the family told Kacey all of Venice was celebrating her birthday. They were not far off as, nothing ever seems straightforward in Venice and what a wonderful thought for her to remember for the rest of her life.
Law and order exists in life for the purpose of establishing justice. Law & Orders on the fringe of Carleton Place exists for the purpose of feeding the masses quality food. Tucked on the Carleton Place side of the Innisville Bridge on Hwy 7 lies memories of what the iconic Mr. Norm once built. Anyone that dares to even open up a business in that spot is going to have to fill some mighty big shoes. After eating at Law & Orders I would say they not only filled it- they needed a bigger size!
After hearing the rumour that Jamie Law had a Harvard degree in Burgerology I decided to check it out. The burgers and fries were flying out the door when I went in there a few Saturdays ago, but I decided to really throw them a curve ball.Often the veggie/vegan burger gets overlooked. Nine out of ten it is some frozen Morningstar veggie burger thrown on the grill. Since they don’t cook any frozen meat patties, would this be any different? It wasn’t– the quality rocked the house as well as the fries. I was even served a Diet Coke in an old fashioned glass bottle.
The burgers and pizza are fresh (local butcher and no filler) and home made. Even the veggie burgers are hand made by a woman “up the line” that wants to open a vegetarian restaurant. The fries are hot, crisp. and fresh cut – none of that frozen bagged nonsense Jamie says.
I honestly don’t think a bag of frozen-anything would mess with Jamie Law. He is determined, focused, and thinks of every palette, as he also offers gluten free and vegan options.Once upon a time he was in banking and restaurant management. He began at the bottom of the grease pit and worked his way up. There is no doubt that Jamie is establishing his own roots with his creative choices. He has no fear in getting dirty to get the job done right for his restaurant.
Like the successful In-N-Out Burger chain in the US, Law & Orders is back to basics and doing it right. Pride and dedication go into the hand made foods available (grilled BLT, The Barnyard, the pizza’s and of course the fries that bring people back at least once a week!) Other notable menu items include: deep-fried pickles, chicken wings, and for the winter season, chili and soup. Don’t forget the WCF -What Came First burger (a chicken burger with a fried egg, bacon and cheese).
In his quest to get people to taste his food Jamie even delivered to the ice shacks on Mississippi Lake this winter. The snowmobiles were always lined up front to taste the best gravy in town on his popular Poutines and Poutine Pizza. Tater Tot Poutine is coming up on the menu as well as home made frozen lemonade, sausages, and funnel fries, for the summer customers. Plus, Jamie assures you there is consistency in his food no matter who is cooking.
If you have a big appetite don’t forget the Rhippo Challenge! When Jamie Law opened his restaurant in February 2014, he set out a challenge that he knew would make his Dad proud.The Rhippo Burger was named after Jamie’s late father’s nickname. The Rhippo Challenge includes two, one-pound Rhippo burgers and a full pound of Poutine. It only comes to those willing to test the depth of their hunger. All participants must completely consume the three items in 20 minutes or less. The successful few will earn bragging rights, get their meal for free, go home with a t-shirt, and their photo will be hung on the Rhippo Challenge Wall of Fame.
As of February 2015, over 90 challengers have attempted the feat. They have only had one winner. Bobby Roy from Metcalfe completed it in 13 minutes! Where are our Carleton Place challengers? C’mon guys!
Aside from the phenomenal food, and great selection on their menu, the staff are very personable, friendly, and helpful. Not only that, Law & Orders are on a used cooking oil recycling program. If not properly treated, used cooking grease can pose a serious threat to the community. Using an environmentally responsible pick up and waste oil disposal service prevents thousands of tonnes of restaurant trap grease from clogging sewer systems, polluting waterways and contaminating landfills. Way to go guys!
Jamie will be competing with the other burger professionals at The Man Cave Show coming up in Carleton Place. The family run business is open 7 days a week from 11-7pm. You can call ahead and your order will be ready for you to eat in or take out when you arrive! It’s right across the street from the Ultramar gas station in Innisville, and only ten minutes from Perth and Carleton Place! No matter who you are, you’ll feel like a part of the Law and Orders family when you leave.
“I am sure at this point anyone who has internet access has seen last Friday’s nights Kitchen Nightmares featuring Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale AZ, and if you haven’t; I put the videos down below for your entertainment. After viewing the show yesterday I thought I had seen everything— well that is until today.”