Last Thursday it was my younger brother Patrick's birthday and it just so happened that Nigel was taking the Sneaky Cheats team out to cater an event to launch a new beer at the new Copper Bottom Brewery that just opened in Montague. The brewery is located on top of a hill overlooking Montague River which is located in the south eastern end of Prince Edward Island. I spent a lot of time as a kid growing up in Montague because my mothers side of my family is from there. I haven't been there in years though and it was great to be back even if it was only for a few hours. We had some great food and great laughs accompanied by live music and unlimited beer flowing. If you're ever in that neck of the woods, I highly suggest checking out Copper Bottom.
In another hangout with my bud Jared, we had a couple boys over for a cut and a cup of drink. If you missed the last post, Jared's been inviting his good buds over for a good ol'fashioned hang but with twist. Jared has been working as a barber for over a year now and wanted to have a more intimate place to cut his friends hair and try new techniques that he normally wouldn't feel comfortable trying at Humble Barber in Charlottetown (the barbershop he cuts out of now). You can't hang out and have a beer and play your fav music at any barbershop around here so Jared wanted to offer a spot for his close friends where he could work at perfecting his craft while having a dope spot that friends could chill at with no rush or pressure to do anything. It's all about the vibes and the experience people!
This session featured our friend Nick Macdonald who works as co-owner and personal trainer at Kinetic Fitness here in Charlottetown. The second hooligan you see in the shots with the dashing long hair is Nigel Thompson who's owner and chef smoker extraordinaire behind Sneaky Cheats PEI, a craft catering service based on PEI. The last fella in for the cut is yours truly :)
Alright, so I don't claim to be any sort of a foodie, food writer, or food blogger hence why my actual written portions of my posts are short and sweet. I prefer to let the photos speak for themselves and with that I present Terre Rouge. It's an incredible craft kitchen based located in downtown Charlottetown with their focus on local, organic, good food done well. Chef Lucy Morrow recently took over the executive chef position and I was pleasantly surprised walking in to find she was running the ship in the back of house. Lucy, along with the incredible staff at TR, treated us to an incredible culinary journey with a very warming heap of PEI hospitality. We ended up coming in during a slow portion of the night and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We started with an INSANE charcuterie board with what seemed like every possible combination of meats, cheeses, and pickled goods available at our fingertips. It then quickly moved to these mouth watering Ketchup Chip inspired hot wings with this garlic aioli that our awesome server so correctly put it " Aioli so good you can drink it". Our main dish was another mouth watering brined + grilled local bbq Pork Loin with Potato Chips, Spruce BBQ Sauce and Miso Butter Corn + Bacon. Vanessa had Smoked Eggplant Curry with lavender basmati rice, peas, pineapple, carrots, peanuts and crispy potatoes. Lucy surprised us with some freshly spun raspberry sorbet with island honey and caramel sauce with crushed pecans and other sweet stuff. We can't forget that we had a lot of No Boats On Sunday Cider and there was no shortage here. If you're in Charlottetown and want to experience a upper level of craft dining, don't skip on Terre Rouge.