For Father’s Day, my sister + Pat and I took our dad to Caplansky’s Deli for dinner. We got parking right out front, sat on the patio and even met the owner, Zane (and talked to him for about 10 minutes about the start of his career/his appearances on Dragons’ Den).

We all got the famous smoked meat sandwich (duh, it’s famous), and tried different sides which we all shared: Pat ordered fries, my dad got the smoked meat poutine, Jaclyn ordered a plate of pickles and I got potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce.

All delicious, but the smoked meat really stole the show. From 3 choices of either lean, medium, or fatty meat, we all went with medium. It had a great flavour and texture (especially when dipped into one or two of their ~6 house-made mustards!). I also liked how thick the meat slices were cut.

For dessert, we went back to Jaclyn and Pat’s place and made good-old-fashioned root beer floats! When I think of the desserts my dad made for us when we were kids, root beer floats, fruit salads and ice cream sundaes (with crushed-up cookies on top) always come to mind.

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I thought I’d take this opportunity to post my weekly recipe here as well. It’s one of my summer favourites, adapted from Martha Stewart and super (I mean SUPER) easy. Ingredients:

– 1 peeled and sliced cucumber, with slices cut into quarters

– 5 thick slices of watermelon, cut into cubes

– Generous handful of crumbled feta

– Sprinkle of salt and pepper

– Optional: freshly-squeezed lime juice

= All you need for a fresh salad that takes next to no time to throw together! Makes a refreshing side to a flavourful or spicy main course. I first had it with jerk chicken and it was glorious…unfortunately the picture I took at the time with my old BlackBerry does not look glorious enough to post.

Stay hungry!

Caj

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