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Are you in this picture from 1991?

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1991–Downtown Office Supplies-Bridge Street- Carleton Place– Photo courtesy of Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Norma Jackson-— Came up with some names— back row from left my nieces, Donna Lowry Smith, Rhonda Lowry Whitmarsh, Beth Eliopoulos Monette

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Ted MacDonald’s $20 Dollar Challenge–St. James Gate

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20 DOLLAR CHALLENGE MID
Ted MacDonald
March 9 at 12:39pm

Twenty Dollar Challenge. It has been a long and slow January and February for the shops and restaurants on Bridge Street and many are hurting from lack of pedestrian traffic. So take $20 out of the piggy bank, take a stroll and treat yourself to something downtown. 

Lynda Hartley —Ladies, Grab your man for date night, Enjoy a dinner out!!

 
 
Ted MacDonald—I met my own challenge today. A great bowl of Pho at Saigon Delight, Then down the street to Wisteria where I was going to buy some of their yummy chocolates for dessert but Gail decided she needed a new sweater more than I needed a treat. C’est la vie for husbands.
 
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On Valentine’s Day we tried to get into to St. James Gate— but it was packed- so today we decided to head over there and take Ted’s Challenge. Money is tight everywhere, but imagine having a business in the winter– so I am all about supporting local as much as I possibly can.
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Each day they have a lunch special- and today’s was Kettle of the day: cream of sweet potato and the Sandwich was: crispy chicken Caesar wrap. Then there are “after 5” specials too if you are counting your spare loose change.
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My dining partner opted for the Fish N Chips after I suggested it. He is from California and is pretty picky in the quality. He is not enamoured of the fries we have in this area and calls them‘soggy bottom fries’ LOLOL —but thought these were the best he has had.
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I had the Senior’s Special trying to stay under budget and because I can 🙂 The chicken was fresh and the fries crisp.
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So how did we fare out? Yes we were over the $20 dollar challenge by a bit- but it was nice to get out and enjoy a meal I didn’t have to cook. Steve gave it a thumb’s up and said the fish was as good as he has ever had, and better than the Berkeley Bowl in California. Good going St. James! We will be back. Support local!

The Carleton Place Ale Trail — What “Ales” You Asks The Ted Report?

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Another Carleton Place Ted MacDonald  report! 

Have you ever wondered what the most popular beers are in downtown Carleton Place? Lets take a stroll down Bridge Street and find out.

First stop is the Thirsty Moose on the west side. We asked Jamie (niceJamie not big Jamie) what are the best sellers. They are Coors Lite,Canadian and Creemore Springs. If Gail did not go there Coors Lite may not have been at the top. I usually have a Heineken when I drop in. The Moose is a great sports bar since Bubba took it over. They organize trips to the Sens games and will have golf or football etc, on the many Tvs but not so loud you can’t have a chat. Except on Thursday, which is wing night, and can be a little noisy but fun.

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Next up on the east side is St. James Gate. Most popular beers according to Jamie (another Jamie, but this one is a tall pleasant young lady) and Rebecca (her sister Jenna works at the Moose) are Harp, Perth Amber and Kronnenburg Blanc. I often meet my old friends from Stats Canada, Carl and Dave, there on a Friday evening to have a little computer techie talk. They usually will have the aforementioned Blanc and I have a Guinness. In case you didn’t know Guinness is brewed at St. James Gate in Dublin hence the pub name.

Let’s Stay on the east side and stop at Ballygiblins. Another British Pub owned by great guy Derick. Favourite beers are Beaus, Barking Squirrel and Ashton Amber. I always order the Beaus Lugtread. A great beer from Vancleek Hill. A few years ago I had a broken leg and the Beaus brothers would deliver an ice cold keg to our home and I would hook it up to my draft system but that is another story.

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Editor’s Note: Ted- I think we would really like to hear that story! 🙂

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Now across the street to The Queens, one of Carleton Place’s oldest establishments. They are selling a lot of Coors lite, Canadian and Bud Lite. Gail and I were there for St. Patrick’s day so I had a green beer of some sort. Gail, of course, had a Coors Lite, bottle, no glass. (inside joke). They had a great band and we are hoping for more live music at this wonderful spot.

Over the river to Bell Street and the Waterfront Gastro Pub. Worth going there just for the name but they have some great beers also. Arguably the best drought taps in town. Their most popular beers are Red Racer, Keith’s Pale Ale and Kronnenburg Blanc. We went there during the“Walmart Blackout” as north of the river still had power. A lot of people went to Almonte because they thought the whole town was out but they just could have gone to the Bistro. Don’t wait for the next power outage. Overlooking the Mississippi, they truly have the best patio in the summer time. Hope they get the Blues Band back on Sundays. Check it out.

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Back across the bridge and near the town-hall on Mill Street is Slackonis. Not a pub but they also have a great patio in the summer where you can sit out and watch the river flow. According to Rob the favourite is the Italian beer Moretti, however, they sell more wine than beer. Try a glass of Pinot Grigio for white fans or a Cabernet Sauvignonfor those of us who prefer red while sitting by the dam.

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Also on the west side of Bridge Street is the Excuses Bar and Grill.This is attached to the Visions Bowling Centre so you can have a cold one after knocking all those pins down.

Not downtown but a worth a look is the Tap House Grill and Sports Bar in the McNeely Plaza. Their most popular beverages are Bud, Bud Lite and Keith’s IPA. I will have to give it a closer look when I can get a DD to
give me a lift.

You can check out most of these establishments on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Thirsty-Moose-Pub-Eatery/45746231945?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/stjamesgatecp?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ballygiblins-Restaurant-Pub/134544876572777?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Queens-and-The-Kings-Kitchen/744729362230074?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/TheWaterfrontGastropub?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/Slackonis?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/taphousegrillandbar?fref=ts

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Don’t forget to read Ted’s Carleton Place’s Good Eats blog he did last week!

The Carleton Place Ale Trail — What “Ales” You Asks The Ted Report?

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Another Carleton Place Ted MacDonald  report! 

Have you ever wondered what the most popular beers are in downtown Carleton Place? Lets take a stroll down Bridge Street and find out.

First stop is the Thirsty Moose on the west side. We asked Jamie (niceJamie not big Jamie) what are the best sellers. They are Coors Lite,Canadian and Creemore Springs. If Gail did not go there Coors Lite may not have been at the top. I usually have a Heineken when I drop in. The Moose is a great sports bar since Bubba took it over. They organize trips to the Sens games and will have golf or football etc, on the many Tvs but not so loud you can’t have a chat. Except on Thursday, which is wing night, and can be a little noisy but fun.

arebec

Next up on the east side is St. James Gate. Most popular beers according to Jamie (another Jamie, but this one is a tall pleasant young lady) and Rebecca (her sister Jenna works at the Moose) are Harp, Perth Amber and Kronnenburg Blanc. I often meet my old friends from Stats Canada, Carl and Dave, there on a Friday evening to have a little computer techie talk. They usually will have the aforementioned Blanc and I have a Guinness. In case you didn’t know Guinness is brewed at St. James Gate in Dublin hence the pub name.

Let’s Stay on the east side and stop at Ballygiblins. Another British Pub owned by great guy Derick. Favourite beers are Beaus, Barking Squirrel and Ashton Amber. I always order the Beaus Lugtread. A great beer from Vancleek Hill. A few years ago I had a broken leg and the Beaus brothers would deliver an ice cold keg to our home and I would hook it up to my draft system but that is another story.

Editor’s Note: Ted- I think we would really like to hear that story! 🙂

aballyss

Now across the street to The Queens, one of Carleton Place’s oldest establishments. They are selling a lot of Coors lite, Canadian and Bud Lite. Gail and I were there for St. Patrick’s day so I had a green beer of some sort. Gail, of course, had a Coors Lite, bottle, no glass. (inside joke). They had a great band and we are hoping for more live music at this wonderful spot.

Over the river to Bell Street and the Waterfront Gastro Pub. Worth going there just for the name but they have some great beers also. Arguably the best drought taps in town. Their most popular beers are Red Racer, Keith’s Pale Ale and Kronnenburg Blanc. We went there during the“Walmart Blackout” as north of the river still had power. A lot of people went to Almonte because they thought the whole town was out but they just could have gone to the Bistro. Don’t wait for the next power outage. Overlooking the Mississippi, they truly have the best patio in the summer time. Hope they get the Blues Band back on Sundays. Check it out.

aslcak

Back across the bridge and near the town-hall on Mill Street is Slackonis. Not a pub but they also have a great patio in the summer where you can sit out and watch the river flow. According to Rob the favourite is the Italian beer Moretti, however, they sell more wine than beer. Try a glass of Pinot Grigio for white fans or a Cabernet Sauvignonfor those of us who prefer red while sitting by the dam.

the-waterfront-gastropub

Also on the west side of Bridge Street is the Excuses Bar and Grill.This is attached to the Visions Bowling Centre so you can have a cold one after knocking all those pins down.

Not downtown but a worth a look is the Tap House Grill and Sports Bar in the McNeely Plaza. Their most popular beverages are Bud, Bud Lite and Keith’s IPA. I will have to give it a closer look when I can get a DD to
give me a lift.

You can check out most of these establishments on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Thirsty-Moose-Pub-Eatery/45746231945?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/stjamesgatecp?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ballygiblins-Restaurant-Pub/134544876572777?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Queens-and-The-Kings-Kitchen/744729362230074?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/TheWaterfrontGastropub?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/Slackonis?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/taphousegrillandbar?fref=ts

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Don’t forget to read Ted’s Carleton Place’s Good Eats blog he did last week!

Hurry my Curry! You’ve got to Eat in Carleton Place!

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Rural towns don’t really specialize in Ethnic foods, unless it has the name sweet and sour attached to it. I have to admit before I hung out in Berkeley, California, my knowledge of Indian food was basically Samosas, or a cup of Chai. After my frequent trips to the iconic Viks Chaat Corner  on the edge of Berkeley, I was hooked on everything from Bhel Puri to Aloo Tiki. But, there is no love sincerer than the love of food, and I wondered if I could ever get my Indian fix again in a small town like Carleton Place.

Imagine my surprise when I found out two local restaurants, Ballygiblins, and St. James Gate had Indian curry on their menu. Today, craving comfort, I opted to drop into St James Gate for a bowl of their delicious Vegetable Curry. What exactly is curry? Some people say that it was derived from a Tamil word, kari, meaning spiced sauce. If this is the case, any sort of food cooked in or served with a gravy could be considered a curry. So, if you think you don’t like curry, you are really limiting yourself. There are literally thousands of different curry blends that range from sweet and mild to hot and spicy.

At St. James Gate they let you decide your measure of heat. Their Vegetable Curry consists of potatoe, cauliflower, baby spinach, and green peas simmered in a special curry unique to the Gujrat area in India. The waitress Jamie advised me they had sold their last curry a few minutes previous, and the new batch was not ready. But, living in a small town, they aim to please, and Will, the chef, offered to make one using a Shrimp Curry base with vegetables. Seeing the Shrimp Curry had a real kick to the pants, she suggested I order the mild version.

The curry I was served did not disappoint, and it was chock full of fresh vegetables, complete with warm Naan, and Basmati Rice Immediately I was back in Berkeley, and the only thing I was missing was a Mango Lassi. Yes, this is filling, and definitely not a diet food, but as Julia Child says,

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

St. James Gate

111 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 257-7530

Today 11:00am – 11:00

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More in the series of: You’ve Got to Eat Here

Get your Green On”!– You’ve Got to Eat in Carleton Place!

“Get in My Tummy” — Ballygiblins — Ultimate Sticky Toffee Pudding


Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

Carleton Place- The Happiest Damn Town in Lanark County

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