A cozy and chic coffee shop in the heart of Barrie

During the warmer months, visitors can beat the heat with Casa’s refreshing lineup of “summer sensations,” including iced Americano, lemonade, iced Sunburst Raspberry tea, or smoothies, like Mango Banana or Triple Berry Blast.

Casa offers all of the traditional items you expect to see on the menu boards of any coffee shop: gourmet coffee, espresso, cappuccino, apple cider, and a variety of lattes. Customers may also choose to treat themselves to one of Casa’s delicious desserts; they can enjoy biscotti, macaroons dipped in chocolate, or indulge in a slice of cheesecake. For lunch or a snack, Casa offers fresh bagels, chicken or vegetarian Panini, gourmet muffins, and other baked goods. Avid coffee lovers will be pleased to know they can also purchase fresh coffee grounds during their visit.

Casa is the perfect place for a coffee date or simply a break from the office. The overall atmosphere is laid-back and comfortable. Elegance meets comfort, as Casa features Victorian-style furniture and decorations. A few couches are located near the back of the store so guests can lounge as they sip away at their drinks or enjoy a snack. If just stopping by for a quick bite, Casa has a bar that faces Dunlop Street, which is perfect for people watching or reading a paper. There is plenty of seating, and even a dining room table if you come with a group.

The overall experience is relaxing and enjoyable. The service is prompt and friendly, and food is delivered to the customer’s seat if it takes more than a couple minutes to prepare. Mimi is one of the current owners and has been running the business for over a year.

-Written by: Hannah Guirguis

Hannah Guirguis is a freelance writer from Barrie, Ontario. Follow her tweets @hannahj_07

Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 7:00am -10:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 7:00am -11:00pm

Address:
Casa Cappuccino
91 Dunlop St. E., Barrie
705-733-1425

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TLC Bistro and Café in Downtown Barrie

The biggest draw to his restaurant, he feels, is the atmosphere and relaxing home-like environment. It’s not unusual for customers to stop by and ask Larry to sing the Neil Young tribute music he has professionally performed for many years. From day one, Larry has had a microphone and guitars set up for use at all times. He recently brought in an apartment sized piano for musicians to play.

Larry says, about the restaurant concept, that he “had no idea how it would turn out, but it just came together. I just knew I was going to combine my music and chef skills.” He has an entire corner of the restaurant dedicated to pictures of his music idol, Neil Young, and another wall dedicated to pictures of many famous Canadian musicians. There are many local music acts coming in to perform at the restaurant, and all of the acts are published in a flyer which is distributed on each table. As well as the full schedule of music acts coming through TLC, they do offer some really tasty eats.

The food offering can be described as an exceptional choice of traditional breakfast; soups, salads, sandwiches and dessert; plus a nice selection of beers and wines. Unlike many restaurants in Barrie, TLC uses as many fresh and home style ingredients as they can. As a result, this makes the food better quality and even tastier. Many of the sauces are made from scratch, most of the baking is done in house, and I think TLC has the best chicken noodle/vegetable soup I’ve ever had. I’d like to think that it’s the music and friendly environment that Larry claims is his secret for success, but I also think he’s a little too modest to mention his chef skills are through the roof. Larry has over 30 years of professional chef service experience.

Without question TLC is the perfect place for a lunch meeting, or the perfect way to get some good vibes rolling before a night on the town. Many of the customers are mingling with people they just met, especially on the Thursday open mic nights. TLC is a bit of a social hotspot even though you can certainly avail yourself of a more quiet and relaxed dining experience. The food is very enjoyable, and affordable; a combination that, in truth, cannot be said too much anymore. And don’t forget they have the full setup to create many of your run-in coffee shop favourites too.

-Written by: Michael Whone

Follow Michael Whone on Twitter @whoneranger and visit his website: www.rivervanstyle.com

 

Hours of operation:
Mon Closed
Tues-Wed 11:00AM-6:00PM
Thurs-Fri 11:00AM-10:00PM All day Open Mic
Sat 11:00AM-10:00PM
Sun 11:00AM-6:00PM

Address:
TLC Bistro and Café
41 Maple Ave.
Barrie, ON L4N 1R9
705-730-1712

Website:
www.tlcbistroandcafe.com

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July 2012 Events in Barrie and Collingwood

Barrie

July 5th – 8th

Craft Beer and BBQ Festival

Memorial Square
http://downtownbarrie.ca/event-calendar/

The 11th Annual Craft Beer and BBQ Festival is set for another tasty weekend. Scheduled for Thursday July 5th 2012 to Sunday July 8th 2012. A great line up of Rib Teams and Craft Brewers will surely tempt your taste buds.

June – August

Lawnchair Luminata

Heritage Park and Centennial Park
http://www.barriefilmfestival.ca/outdoorfilms.html

Now in its fifth year, this summer series brings a diverse range of arts and entertainment to Barrie’s beautiful waterfront and downtown.
This is an artistic collaboration of theatre, music, art, film, literature and more. Presented at Heritage park or at select downtown locations, this series is scheduled on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer months.

July 21st

New Music Fest

Heritage Park
http://www.newmusicfest.ca/

Featuring Treble Charger, USS, illScarlett, Golden Gate Graves and Mic Lordz. Gates open 3pm, tickets are $19.95 in advance or $25 at door, if available.

Collingwood

Jazz at the Station

45 St. John St., Collingwood
http://www.collingwoodjazz.ca/

Enjoy live music in the park on the beautiful Station grounds Wednesday evenings. There is no charge for these events. Please bring your own lawn chair.

  • July 11,
    Canadian Blues veteran Bobby Dean Blackburn will be joined by sax legend Steve Kennedy of Lighthouse.
  • July 18,
    The marvelous Heather Bambrick joins the Mike Grace Quartet on July 18.
  • July 25,
    Chuck Jackson, vocalist/harp player of the Downchild Blues Band brings his band on July 25 featuring keyboard great Michael Fonfara.
  • … and that’s a few things to keep you busy in July.