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Cambridge/Waterloo/St. George

scarberian | Mar 27, 2015 03:58 AM

Over the March break, the wife and I took our daughter to see her grandparents in Cambridge. We spent some time over there just driving around and exploring the small towns and some of the eateries my wife heard about from friends.

The first place we tried was the York Road Kitchen and Chocolate Bar (YRK). This place is in Guelph on York Road near Victoria (648 York Rd). It's in an industrial area; sort of an area you wouldn't expect this place to pop up. It's a funky joint with an almost loungy feel with a youngish looking staff. We heard it can get crowded as it's supposedly a popular place in Guelph so we went after the lunch hour and had no problem getting a table. I ordered the charcuterie board and truffle fries, my daughter had the regular Mac and Cheese, and my wife ordered the Chicken and Mushrooms fettuccine. The only thing I found disappointing were the truffle fries. The garlic overpowered all other flavours and it tasted mostly like garlic fries. Their charcuterie board had a nice chorizo, a few slices of salami, a few slices of prosciutto, a mango chutney, home made pate, and various pickles (olives, capers, hot peppers). It also came with slices of a soft and toasted baguette. I really enjoyed it. My daughter left nothing on her plate and my wife thought her pasta was nicely executed. For dessert I ordered a hot chocolate and it tasted like melted chocolate.

The next place we tried was by accident. We were trying to find our way back to the inlaws from Paris, ON., when we ended up in the small town of St. George. I never knew it existed. We were hungry and decided to try a cafe called "The Purple Nurple". It's owned and operated by a couple and they both seemed sweet. They have a not so typical menu and the decor is strangely not purple. I believe they just took over from a previous restaurant as we did see a "The Rustic Mug" sign on the side of the building. Anyway the food was actually quite good. I ordered the Great Canadian sandwich which came with a bowl of chilli (you could choose a soup, salad or the chilli). My wife ordered the quinoa salad which she said had very good flavour, but she wished it was warmer. Our daughter ordered the pancakes and sausages. My sandwich was a tasty combination of back bacon with cheese, topped with regular bacon, thinly sliced tomatoes and sweet chutney like spread. The chutney and tomatoes helped balance the saltiness of both types of bacon and I thoroughly enjoyed the sandwich. With that bowl of chilli,which was quite nice, the meal became a tad bit heavy. Next time we venture into the area I'll order the soup or salad instead. Mind you the chilli was well made with 2 or 3 different beans. I'll make a note of our drinks because I've never had these before. They are called JOIA and they are fruit based fizzy drinks like pineapple-coconut-nutmeg or grapefruit-chamomile-cardamom or blackberry-pomegranite-ginger. I enjoyed my pineapple-coconut-nutmeg drink; it reminded me of a pina colada. The Purple Nurple is at 14 Main St., St. George.

I posted the menu for the York Road Kitchen.

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