Eating Local in the Big Bad Burbs

While hot on the trail for some local wine from my hometown, I stumbled across a couple of online reviews for a bistro near my place (one that happens to have the aforementioned wine on their menu). I had never noticed this restaurant before, which is surprising, since I shop at the nearby grocery store at least twice a week. So the Kaiser and I headed there for dinner. It’s not a fancy place, but the food was quite good and mostly made from local ingredients. It’s not every day that I find a little, unpretentious place like this  making such an effort to buy from local farmers and markets. Running a restaurant is expensive, so it must be pretty tempting to buy the cheapest ingredients, particularly in the burbs where most people really don’t care if the food is local, as long as it’s cheap. But this venture, apparently, is a labour of love, and the best ingredients make the best dishes. It was a treat to have real sour cherries on the cheesecake (all desserts are made in-house, of course), rather than that syrupy goop that comes from a can. There is hope for the burbs yet.

Speaking of local food, I reconnected this week with a good friend from university who was in town. Turns out she has been doing some farming herself. She had a market garden for awhile, until it got to be too much work, and now she just grows her own family’s food. She also had a sizable flock of laying hens until recently and has experimented with turkeys. These are all things I want to be doing, once we find the right place (and if that place is even remotely affordable), so I’m pretty stoked that she has already been down that road before me. Who knew? Most of the people I know think it’s kind of quaint that I want chickens and a huge garden, so it’s nice to talk to someone who gets it.

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~ by standupmimi on January 30, 2009.

3 Responses to “Eating Local in the Big Bad Burbs”

  1. Oh, do give up the name of this bistro. I’m disgusted with the lack of decent eateries in the burbs. I can’t possibly go to Milestones or Cactus Club or the like any more.

    • It’s Wilbur and Sebastian’s, in the same area as Thrifty’s. It’s tiny and looks like a sandwich place, but they have some nice main courses, as well as stews and soups. The owner is friendly and makes lovely cakes. Being a cake hater, you could try to convince her to make pie.

  2. Oh, we went there once a long time ago for lunch. The food was quite good, but the (owner?) was really pushing the lasagne. We told her that we had come because we were tired of eating laaagne leftovers (there was still some in the fridge at home) and it didn’t seem to slow her down. According to her, we should order the lasagne anyway, because hers was like nothing we’d ever tasted.

    Hmm, we’ll have to give it another shot.

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