When spring comes and the snow finally starts to melt, I get an overwhelming desire to get out of the house and into the great outdoors. Part of that is just going for a walk, without wearing a parka or firing up the barbeque for the first time.
It doesn’t matter if your just going to cook up some hot dogs or get fancy with some expensive steaks. It just feels good to be out there smelling the aromas, and it puts you into a good mood because you know that summer is coming. Isn’t that what summer is all about? Hanging out with friends or family on the back deck while you have a few drinks and grill your favorite summertime food.
If I have a lot of time, I will bring out my charcoal grill because even though it is a lot more work and takes a lot longer to get going, it gives me the best tasting food when compared to my gas grill. Sure it can be a hassle to get the briquettes out and a bit dangerous to start them with lighter fluid, but the end justifies the means in this case. If I am pressed for time or the weather is just not warm enough yet to sit on the deck, I will just use the Propane grill.
If you are not in the mood to cook your own delicious meal, you can still get some great food while sitting on an outdoor patio at places like Earls, Joey’s, The Ship and Anchor, or a thousand other places. These restaurants offer great food and you get the added benefit of being able to people watch while you enjoy your favorite beverage and meal. If you are on a restricted budget you can even just go to a drive -through at a fast food restaurant and eat in your car with the windows rolled down.
Another option is to go to one of the numerous food trucks operating in the city. You can pretty much get any kind of food from these rolling restaurants from BBQ to Montreal smoked meat, to burgers, pizza, and tacos. Here is a list of some of the best food trucks in the city It can be a bit of an adventure when you try something new, but it is worth it when you find something that you love and you can attempt to make it yourself some day. While we are on that subject, there are a number of terrific cooking schools that can teach you how to cook anything you want and some, also have teambuilding activities so you can learn how to cook while you bond with your co-workers. That can be a very important thing for companies to do because you may have never really spoken to some of the people you see every day at work and it gives you a chance you get to know each other in a social setting.
If you really want to take your cooking lessons to the next level, you could also take a cooking vacation to France to learn from the best. If you take one of these culinary tours, you get a great French vacation and you get to eat fantastic gourmet food. It would be really interesting to see how they use their outdoor grills to make that fancy French cuisine.
Are you throwing an outdoor party? Last summer for the 1st of July Canada day holiday we had our usual crowd over for a barbecue(charcoal of course). I went all out and got some T-bone steaks from Safeway. I always find that they have the best selection of meat when compared to the other grocery stores. Co-op is petty good too, and I would say Sobeys is not bad, but I would never ever buy meat from Superstore or Walmart. They seem to get the very worst cuts of meat, and who knows where they get it from. Sure their cheap but I would rather pay a little more and get great quality from Safeway rather than risk buying some tough piece of leather from the discount stores. Since we were putting in a little more effort than usual, I decided to get some Canada day decorations. I wanted some paper plates, cups, napkins and balloons all with the Canada flag so we could have some drinks and feel patriotic. I found a great website called Party Things that is based in Calgary but ships the decorations to your door within a couple of days. It was a really nice touch to have the decorations and everyone was impressed with the whole Canadian flag theme of the party.