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TORONTO BEER WEEK: Spaghetti & Meatballs & Beer

So, Monday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and it’s too bad I missed it, cuz this local craft brew woulda been aarr-fect. We’re hanging out at Lisa Marie, this funky Queen West joint run by the guy who does the Fidel Gastro food truck. And for Toronto Beer Week, they’re serving up five-dollar pints of Polly Want a Pilsner, this righteous microbrew from Hop City:

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Now, I’m a pretty big fan of pilsner beers, and this one is light, crisp and refreshing. And while it’s only five bucks on its own, they had a deal on tonight where it comes with a great big bowl of spaghetti for just 20 bucks combined:

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Now those are some massive meatballs, bro! I think these are even bigger than the steak I had last night. The meat-to-pasta ratio of this dish is about three-to-one, just the way I like it. And the balls are cooked perfectly, super rich and delicious. There almost aren’t enough noodles to go with ‘em. But dude, you almost don’t need spaghetti when the meatballs are so outta-bounds. I could eat about eight of these off a flip-flop…and still have room for dessert!

I survived Boston Pizza’s Smoky Mountain Spaghetti and Meatballs (1,760 calories, 2,820 mg sodium)

Man, I can’t even remember the last time I’ve been to Boston Pizza. I mean, they make it so easy to finger-cook at home that you don’t even hafta set foot in the store! But hey, they’ve got one down on Front Street that’s just a meatball’s throw away from where the Jays play, and speaking of meatballs…

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What do you get when you make a mean spaghetti Bolognese, and then put three massive meatballs on top? You get Smoky Mountain Spaghetti and Meatballs, bro! And yes, ol’ Smoky is covered with cheese—shredded cheddar, son!

OK, let’s break it down. The pasta is cooked perfectly—noodles were still steamy as they hit my mouth. The sauce is a walk on the mild side, but they make up for it with a nicely-seasoned meatball that’s got a bit of a kick. These balls are so big, bro, that I had to cut ‘em in quarters—quarters!—before I shoved em down my piehole. And I’ve scarfed many a meatball in one bite, so that’s saying something!!!

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Now, I gotta say, I was pretty full after eating this. The plate is so big, I almost tried to slide headfirst. But then I mighta got beaned at my next at-bat—Marcus Stroman was glaring at me the entire time:

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Just in case you were wondering who El Patron of the Jays’ staff is…