Made my 1st visit to the new local butcher! :) @jessigillis

I was all caffeinated up after meeting up with a buddy for a coffee at Starbucks in the Hydrostone  yesterday… And even though I was definitely paying attention to our conversation, in the back of my mind, I was also thinking: “Frigg. What am I going to make for lunch/dinner (aka linner)?”

I did NOT want to go to the grocery store (I hate crowds, and let’s be real: that’s what you get at the grocery store on a Saturday). Then, I remembered that a new butcher’s shop had opened up just a few doors down!

After drinking the last dregs of our coffees, we wandered down to Highland Drive Storehouse, which I believe just opened a few weeks ago?

Anyways, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this new shop (other than meat, obviously). I kind of expected it to be really pricey, but it wasn’t.

Mind you, I only ordered a few sausages (I was still in work/mid-caffeine mode, and wasn’t able to fully formulate a plan for dinner). And the sausages looked great — caramelized onion, roasted red pepper and spicy beef ended up in my cart — and two landed on the grill as soon as I got home.

They were Absolutely. Delicious.

Fresh, flavourful and really unlike any sausage you’ll buy at the supermarket. I grilled ours and served them on multigrain buns, with a side of roasted potatoes and onions.

I’m going to use the spicy beef ones in a pasta dish tonight, I think…

I also bought a jar of their apple maple butter (which is divine served on top of vanilla frozen yogurt, along with a few fresh strawberries).

My four sausages and apple butter came to just over $11; not bad at all.

They also sell fresh produce, which is beautifully arranged on a table in the centre of the shop, and the shelves are stocked with loose teas and herbs, and pickled carrots and beets. I believe there was also a cooler of local cheeses, but it was a bit crowded in there, so I didn’t get a chance to check them out. Next time! ;)

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