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Smiths Falls is home to a variety of cafés and restaurants catering to many local and international cuisines.  If you’re in the mood for a light lunch, we’ve got you covered with our downtown cafés. Hungry for something more substantial? Check out one of our many pubs and restaurants available within our sensational community. Browse our food and drink-related articles for ideas and posts from Smiths Falls’ very own restaurant owners.

‘Explore the Northern Lifestyle’ with True North of 7 Beer
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Cutline: 4 Degrees Brewing Company co-owner, Nick Ritchie, stands with his Bottoms Up mobile keg dispenser in Rob Roys in Smiths Falls. Their dispenser was recently used in Rob Roys for their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. —- BY AMY HOGUE The owners of 4 Degrees Brewing Company, Andrew Howard and Nicholas Ritchie, have a plan, and that plan – as most truly excellent plans do – involves beer. The two business partners have created a new craft beer, one that embraces the northern lifestyle, called True North of 7. Brewed by Jason Cooke, owner of the District Brewing Company in Saskatchewan and creator of Bud Light Lime, True North of 7 is described by Ritchie as a sm[...]
Spotlight On Business: Main Street Bistro
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By Sabrina Bedford You might not know the name right away, but you may recognize the logo and you’ve definitely eaten here before. Whether it was at Bakery Café, Courtyard Café, or most recently the Good Life Bistro, chances are at one point or another you’ve tried this awesome little café’s food. Its new name? Main Street Bistro. The café and bakery changed both its name and location in February, relocating to its new home at 5 Main St. W., formerly the Sweetbriar/Pie Bird Bakery. Owner Wendy Andison said while the name is different, you can still expect the same menu. “It’s still the same great food we’ve offered since we started in 2006,” she said. No matter the moniker [...]
Is chocolate a health food?
Vickie Dickson
By Vickie Dickson Chocolate is a Health Food. Do I have your attention? While researching for this article, I came across this set of instructions for eating chocolate: When tasting chocolate, let it sit in your mouth to release the primary flavours and aromas. Then, chew it a few times to release the secondary aromas. Let it rest against the roof of your mouth to get the full flavour. Can you taste it? I can! Time to hit the local Health Food Store for some dark, rich, “therapeutic” chocolate. To be clear, the chocolate that I’m speaking of is dark- the darker, the better. While it may not have the smooth, creamy texture that makes milk chocolate so popular, it lacks the high sugar co[...]
On the farm
BY: SHANNON MILLER When was the last time you picked a basket of strawberries?  Did you read that question carefully?  I said “picked,” not “picked up.” Actually PICKED the berries – right from the plants – yourself! Does the thought take you a long way back on memory lane, to times with Grandpa and Grandma in their great big 4-door car, with the huge trunk which, of course, had to be full of berry flats before anyone was leaving the berry farm?   Or does it conjure up more recent memories of a trip to a Pick-Your-Own (PYO) patch not that long ago, perhaps with your own family [...]
New Coffee Culture owner happy with choice to settle in Smiths Falls
By Sabrina Bedford A popular downtown café has changed hands. Vipul Shah is the new owner of the Smiths Falls branch of the Coffee Culture franchise, which was previously owned by Maria Christodoulou. Coffee Culture, a higher-end downtown coffee shop on the corner of Beckwith and Russell Streets, offers specialty coffee, espresso and latte, along with cookies, muffins, deserts and a lunch menu. It currently employs 14 people, who are all employees from the former owner, who Shah kept on in the transition. The business, located at 2 Russell St. E., changed hands in December 2014, which is when[...]
Pumpkin Soup
This beautiful pumpkin soup is hearty and comforting – the perfect antidote to dwindling summer days INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 (15 oz.) cans solid packed pumpkin 1 quart water 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste Preparation Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and cook, stirring often until very soft, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, water, milk, syrup, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, whisking often. (Soup can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool an[...]
Grandma’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Here’s a recipe if you’re looking for something to do with all your extra rhubarb! *Note: Either cut the recipe in half or use these portions for 2 pies. Total Time: 1 hr 20 min. Prep: 15 min Cook: 1 hr 5 min Ingredients Crust: 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour as needed, up to 1/4 cup 1/2 cup cake flour (recommended: Soft As Silk) 3 teaspoons sifted powdered sugar 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening (recommended: Crisco) 1/4 cup salted butter Pinch salt 1 egg 2 teaspoons vinegar 1/4 cup ice cold water Filling: 2 1/2 cups chopped red rhubarb, fresh 2 1/2 cups de-stemme[...]
Business booming for local JS Creations Cake Emporium
Jacqui Stanzel of JS Creations has always been in love with the art of decorating cakes, and now she finally gets to do it every day. Stanzel says her mother gave her the first cake mould she ever had when she was five years old. It was a puppy mould about three inches tall and four inches long and came in two pieces. This made such an impression on her that she is now able to turn her passion into work. Three years ago, she was making birthday and wedding cakes for her family and friends based solely on the love of it all. Demand for her work slowly started building up and now, by word of mou[...]
Recipe: Healthy Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos
Ingredients 3 whole ancho chiles 3 whole pasilla chiles 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled 2 to 3 chipotles in adobo sauce 1/2 medium white onion, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon cider vinegar Kosher salt 2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican 3 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder (untrimmed), cut into chunks Freshly ground pepper 2 bay leaves 1 cinnamon stick Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving Assorted taco toppings, for garnish Directions Put the ancho and pasilla chiles and the garlic in a bowl; add 2 to 3 ta[...]

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Smiths Falls is home to a variety of cafés and restaurants catering to many local and international cuisines.  If you’re in the mood for a light lunch, we’ve got you covered with our downtown cafés. Hungry for something more substantial? Check out one of our many pubs and restaurants available within our sensational community. Browse our food and drink-related articles for ideas and posts from Smiths Falls’ very own restaurant owners.

‘Explore the Northern Lifestyle’ with True North of 7 Beer
Brewery3
Cutline: 4 Degrees Brewing Company co-owner, Nick Ritchie, stands with his Bottoms Up mobile keg dispenser in Rob Roys in Smiths Falls. Their dispenser was recently used in Rob Roys for their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. —- BY AMY HOGUE The owners of 4 Degrees Brewing Company, Andrew Howard and Nicholas Ritchie, have a plan, and that plan – as most truly excellent plans do – involves beer. The two business partners have created a new craft beer, one that embraces the northern lifestyle, called True North of 7. Brewed by Jason Cooke, owner of the District Brewing Company in Saskatchewan and creator of Bud Light Lime, True North of 7 is described by Ritchie as a sm[...]
Spotlight On Business: Main Street Bistro
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By Sabrina Bedford You might not know the name right away, but you may recognize the logo and you’ve definitely eaten here before. Whether it was at Bakery Café, Courtyard Café, or most recently the Good Life Bistro, chances are at one point or another you’ve tried this awesome little café’s food. Its new name? Main Street Bistro. The café and bakery changed both its name and location in February, relocating to its new home at 5 Main St. W., formerly the Sweetbriar/Pie Bird Bakery. Owner Wendy Andison said while the name is different, you can still expect the same menu. “It’s still the same great food we’ve offered since we started in 2006,” she said. No matter the moniker [...]
Is chocolate a health food?
Vickie Dickson
By Vickie Dickson Chocolate is a Health Food. Do I have your attention? While researching for this article, I came across this set of instructions for eating chocolate: When tasting chocolate, let it sit in your mouth to release the primary flavours and aromas. Then, chew it a few times to release the secondary aromas. Let it rest against the roof of your mouth to get the full flavour. Can you taste it? I can! Time to hit the local Health Food Store for some dark, rich, “therapeutic” chocolate. To be clear, the chocolate that I’m speaking of is dark- the darker, the better. While it may not have the smooth, creamy texture that makes milk chocolate so popular, it lacks the high sugar co[...]
On the farm
BY: SHANNON MILLER When was the last time you picked a basket of strawberries?  Did you read that question carefully?  I said “picked,” not “picked up.” Actually PICKED the berries – right from the plants – yourself! Does the thought take you a long way back on memory lane, to times with Grandpa and Grandma in their great big 4-door car, with the huge trunk which, of course, had to be full of berry flats before anyone was leaving the berry farm?   Or does it conjure up more recent memories of a trip to a Pick-Your-Own (PYO) patch not that long ago, perhaps with your own family [...]
New Coffee Culture owner happy with choice to settle in Smiths Falls
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By Sabrina Bedford A popular downtown café has changed hands. Vipul Shah is the new owner of the Smiths Falls branch of the Coffee Culture franchise, which was previously owned by Maria Christodoulou. Coffee Culture, a higher-end downtown coffee shop on the corner of Beckwith and Russell Streets, offers specialty coffee, espresso and latte, along with cookies, muffins, deserts and a lunch menu. It currently employs 14 people, who are all employees from the former owner, who Shah kept on in the transition. The business, located at 2 Russell St. E., changed hands in December 2014, which is when[...]
Pumpkin Soup
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This beautiful pumpkin soup is hearty and comforting – the perfect antidote to dwindling summer days INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 (15 oz.) cans solid packed pumpkin 1 quart water 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste Preparation Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and cook, stirring often until very soft, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, water, milk, syrup, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, whisking often. (Soup can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool an[...]
Grandma’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
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Here’s a recipe if you’re looking for something to do with all your extra rhubarb! *Note: Either cut the recipe in half or use these portions for 2 pies. Total Time: 1 hr 20 min. Prep: 15 min Cook: 1 hr 5 min Ingredients Crust: 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour as needed, up to 1/4 cup 1/2 cup cake flour (recommended: Soft As Silk) 3 teaspoons sifted powdered sugar 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening (recommended: Crisco) 1/4 cup salted butter Pinch salt 1 egg 2 teaspoons vinegar 1/4 cup ice cold water Filling: 2 1/2 cups chopped red rhubarb, fresh 2 1/2 cups de-stemme[...]
Business booming for local JS Creations Cake Emporium
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Jacqui Stanzel of JS Creations has always been in love with the art of decorating cakes, and now she finally gets to do it every day. Stanzel says her mother gave her the first cake mould she ever had when she was five years old. It was a puppy mould about three inches tall and four inches long and came in two pieces. This made such an impression on her that she is now able to turn her passion into work. Three years ago, she was making birthday and wedding cakes for her family and friends based solely on the love of it all. Demand for her work slowly started building up and now, by word of mou[...]
Recipe: Healthy Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos
Ingredients 3 whole ancho chiles 3 whole pasilla chiles 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled 2 to 3 chipotles in adobo sauce 1/2 medium white onion, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon cider vinegar Kosher salt 2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican 3 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder (untrimmed), cut into chunks Freshly ground pepper 2 bay leaves 1 cinnamon stick Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving Assorted taco toppings, for garnish Directions Put the ancho and pasilla chiles and the garlic in a bowl; add 2 to 3 ta[...]

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