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HEATED PATIO EATS: Classic Canadian comfort food @ Peter Pan Bistro

Now, with this crazy heatwave we’ve been having, temperatures are touching 20 degrees in the daytime, and it’s still like 14-15 at night. So they didn’t have the heaters on last night at Peter Pan Bistro… but they did have a fire pit, which made things nice and smoky.

They’re also serving up a winter market menu, with comfort food classics like grilled cheese, smoked meat, pumpkin soup — and their portable take on a French Canadian classic, this tourtiere hand pie:

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Dude, this is like tourtiere meets empanada, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all! You’ve got a nice, beef-pork blend inside a warm, flaky crust, with a side of house-made ketchup, which added a nice flavourful kick. I could probably slam at least five of these…

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But you KNOW I had to save some room for raclette, bro! Hot, melted cheese on top of crispy potatoes with these little bites of gherkin pickles… I could eat that all day!!!

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Now, Canadian comfort food needs to go with a Canadian comfort beer. They only had two brews to choose from, so I went with some Country Vibes, a nice amber ale from Beau’s. You KNOW I love my country, and I love it up loud, bro!!!!

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Of course, I definitely still had room for dessert — this wasn’t even that much food. And speaking of winter comfort food, this chocolate chip cookie s’more definitely hit the mark! I would soooo roast this over an open fire, son!!!

Time for a take ‘n bake tourtière, mon frère!

Now, when it comes to French-Canadian comfort food, it doesn’t get more comfortable than tourtière…especially if you put it on top of a poutine. Hey, I actually did that once, and it wasn’t so bad. But that was just a frozen tourtière from the grocery store, bro! Here’s we’re talking a real-deal, made-from-scratch meat pie that you take home and bake yourself. They even give you directions…

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So, Bannock is this real-deal funky joint on Bay Street serving up all kinds of Canadian cuisine. I’ve been there a couple times before, and the food’s pretty legit. When they make tourtière, you know they’re making it right, with Ontario venison and pork shoulder. It even comes with au jus on the side, son!

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The only problem I had with the directions is they said to wrap it in foil. Unfortunately, I was all out of aluminum foil after singing karaoke with Weird Al, so I had to improvise a bit. Hey, if you put an aluminum pan on top, it’s sorta the same thing, right? But hey, it actually turned out alright:

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OK, so the pie didn’t poof up like it was supposed to, but it was still super tasty. You’ve got the richness of the ground venison, a flaky, chewy crust, and some hunka-hunka huge chunks of pork. And then you pour the hot, steamy jus all over it—it’s like a taste explosion in my mouth, son!

I could probably pound four or five of these pies, easy, but at 12 bucks a pop…maybe I’ll just eat three. Although you can get a full-sized tourtière that supposedly feeds six—you just gotta call ahead so the chef can make it for ya. Might be worth trying next time?