Brisket sandwiches, sledding in the snow + pear cinnamon cocktails.

Packed up and checked out of my hotel today, as I was moving to the Hampton Inn by Hilton downtown. Once I’d moved out, I wandered the main street to all the little boutiques.

Stopped in for lunch at Roast Public House for BBQ brisket on a roll with slaw. Sourcing all their bread, meat and cheese locally, and everything of course is from scratch.

 

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We head out of downtown to check out some of the surrounding areas – I went sledding for the first time! The ice was packed down really hard, so we got a lot of speed behind us. My first trip down the hill from the top saw me bail out halfway down when the sled accidentally hit a few hills. And in minus ten degrees celsius, skidding down a hill on ice on your butt – well, it was pretty cold.

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But there were no injuries, except to one of the snow tubes which ended one of the runs as a flat sheet of plastic.

I head back downtown to get ready for a dinner at Merchant, a craft cocktail and casual farm-to-table restaurant. I met the bubbly head chef Anna and owner Josh. The restaurant is inspired by the American Craft Movement – ‘tradesmen and women who look to history to proudly perform their craft with knowledge and care.’

 

I left my dinner in the capable hands of Anna, and she sent me out a beautiful Ploughman’s Platter to start off with, piled high with housemade mustards, granolas, baguettes, Underground Butcher salamis and local cheeses. Second were a plate of fried cheese curds, which I couldn’t help but finish over half of on my own.

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The house made pappardelle with pork sausage ragu was exquisite, the kale, beet and goats cheese salad fresh and crisp.

Washing it all down was a house cocktail, a Winter seasonal with pear and cinnamon.

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