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I Hate Change — But Nom Nom Nom!!!

I Hate Change — But Nom Nom Nom!!!



I used to love the Palms Coffee Shop on Mill Street in Almonte. Their soup and scones were to die for. When I heard it was changing hands, I, like a lot of other folks lamented losing a traditional eatery, and wondered what would replace the edible landscape that was once a location for a few Hallmark movies.




Today, Steve was off and Hydro One announced a planned power outage from 9-12 so we decided to drive around Lanark County and see the landmarks and have lunch at the newly opened North Market Cafe in Almonte. We had talked about going down the old Galbraith Road, but construction halted that journey, and we continued down the Tatlock Road seeing the sights. We drove through Tatlock and whizzed by Brightside, and all the other places I have written about like the French Line where one could pick up some illegal hooch years ago. At Hopetown we travelled down Wolf Grove Road and ended up in Almonte. Still not hungry we went to Pakenham as Steve had never see the Five Span Bridge and the iconic location that Scoops Ice Cream resides at. You know– the important things.

By this time we were hungry so we decided to check out North Market Cafe on Mill Street that replaced Palms. There was no quiche today, but they were subbing Ricotta + Grilled Zucchini Tart. I have no idea who made the crust, but it was made by someone who knew what crust was all about.  You know, sometimes I sit before a salad begging it to be a donut, but the salad dressing on this salad made the whole dish burst with freshness and yumminess. Yes, those two adjectives go together in my book–don’t argue.




Steve decided to try the Falafel – Almond and Beet Greens with whipped Tahini- pickled fennel, with a green salad. He loved it, and asked me to go get him some devilled eggs with smoked salmon and chives. Again- excellent reviews from Steve– another person that does not like change.



We had both read about Bee Hive Baking making the layer cakes and baking for North Market Cafe- so heck, we tried a piece of  White Lavender Cake. Hey, some days you just have to eat cake and just refuse to put on pants!  The cake was so moist and amazing we were both silent while we were eating it– and that’s unheard of. We soon realized that getting out of the chair after this meal might be difficult, but it was worth it.

Yes, the cafe is no longer Palms, but I think this is a good fit for Mill Street. The centre community table is a nice touch and reminded us of our days lunching in California. Please remember they just opened, so I am sure they are working out some minor irritants. For the love of god, when you go in there, don’t expect immediate delivery of your food, as what you are getting is very affordable fresh food that’s delicious. That means no one is deep frying chicken fingers, and poutine is  definitely not on the menu.

So head on down to 78 Mill Street in Almonte and have just a piece of cake if you want- or one of their amazing entrees too, and remember I saw no food police lurking there. First we eat–then we do everything else.

And they cater too!!!!
78 Mill Street
Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0
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(613) 256-2676

Ola!! Muy Delicioso!!! Cabano Kitchen

Ola!!  Muy Delicioso!!! Cabano Kitchen




It’s been a long summer and I have been cooped up for a couple of months. I heard I missed nothing due to the weather– but I did miss out on the Mexican food from Cabano Kitchen-10488 Highway 7 Carleton Place, Ontario, ON K7C 0C4..

I once lived in an area where burrito trucks were on every corner, and I really miss the culinary delights of Latino cuisine. Not anymore– I can faithfully say Cabano Kitchen is amazing with fresh fresh Mexican food right here in Carleton Place.


All Photos Linda Seccaspina


I got the Vegetarian Taco with fresh fresh greens, guacamole, corn and black bean salsa, grilled pineapple, slaw, topped with Cilantro Crema. Yummy and healthy.



These fries were crispy, hot and not greasy. You need to add the Chipolte Sauce to this side!






A great meal right out of the Baja Peninsula, and a taste of summer– and heck, anytime of the year will do. These fish tacos were yummy with freshly cooked beer battered cod and  fresh crunchy slaw and your choice of Crema. Steve got spicy Crema and he has already given a thumbs up to their burritos.

Yeah, he went without me! LOL.



Love their salsa or their guacamole?! They sell it by the litre! [12.50 – salsa] [22.50 – guacamole] come and get some for your next party or just to enjoy some when you’re relaxing at home!




Mastering acidity, seasoning, tradition, and technique in a Mexican kitchen is a talent. It is not a skill that one learns by simply going to cooking school or working at a nice restaurant. You will know right away if the cook possesses it… and by golly gee I give Cabano Kitchen a big Mariachi band thumbs up!

Cabano Kitchen Facebook page click here..



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Pick Up a Free Coupon to work off that Mexican Food from SAVEON FITNESS at Cabano Kitchen for a free class!! Then you can come back and eat more at Cabano Kitchen! A 2 for 1 special I tell you!!



Music to eat Cabano Kitchen food too.. “Vamos a comer!” (Let’s eat!)




Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



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