Yesterday’s tragic massacre on Yonge Street puts problems in perspective. Our roof is going on today and rain is threatening. There have been hiccups in the process of selling our old car … but so what?
Our worries are small. We’ll get through a few inconveniences. Many people will never recover from yesterday’s heartbreaking violence.
A former employee says the closure in recent weeks is temporary and that a new owner will reopen the operation. Hope that’s true. I expected demolition for condos, of course. Reopening when? That’s not clear.
After lunch with Kathy Bertrand, we popped in here and Danica bought each of us a spontaneous dessert.
Smooth, chocolatey balls of deliciousness, Brigadeiros are blended with caramel and rolled in flavourful coatings. They are a Brazilian treat, named for a turn-of-the-century military politician who loved them. You can guess what rank he held.
Brigadeiros with dried raspberry, hazelnut, dulce de leche and white chocolate outsides.
The politician was not elected but his favourite confection lives on.
Kathy and Danica are in their natural element, cruising the shops of Bloor West.
Now that we know about them, here’s how to make them.
We’d heard good things, which turned out to be true. The smoked meat here is absolutely delicious. Brian, Danica and I were on our first visit, so we filled a butcher paper-covered tray with stuff we could share and sample.
What you see here is 3 half-pound servings of meat and 2 of the side orders. Two cans of pop and coleslaw were off to the side of the tray. The whole lot cost $65 with tip. We ordered another $16 worth of ribs to round out the lunch, and ourselves. Total for 3, just over $80.
So… top marks for the main event. Some things to be aware of. The dishes are plastic trays, styrofoam bowls and plastic forks. Picnic-style, to go with the picnic table seating. No coffee 🙁 but you can get tea and cold drinks.
The air is, unsurprisingly, very smokey and when the hot peppers are being seared, a mist of capsaicin will get you coughing and swallowing hard.
Oh, and if you stay there to eat, as we did for over an hour, you will require a complete change of clothing. It’s not called a smokehouse for nothing. The smell is pleasant, but not something you want to wear all day.
Upshot: This place has great smoked meat, plenty of character and is already drawing people from miles away, so we are lucky to have it so close. We spent more than we needed to, because we wanted to sample. A more affordable way to lunch, and the one most people were choosing, is to pick one of the sandwiches. Here’s the menu.