Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Save a Tree Eat a Beavertail

BeaverTails Pastry on UrbanspoonOne of the top things to do when visiting Ottawa is have a BeaverTail. The best location to pick up a BeaverTail is with your skaes in the winter after going for for the first half of your trek on the Rideau Canal Skateway.  But, this being only November and the canal not being frozen, I decided to head to an alternative location. 

When not available on the Rideau Canal, the second best location for a BeaverTail is the regular BeaverTail counter at the corner of William & George Streets in the ByWard Market (69 George Street, Ottawa). 

Today I visited said counter, and got in line. After waiting in line for less than three minutes, I placed my order.

The Order: 1 Cinnamon and Sugar Beavertail.

After leaving $3.75 with the cash and obtaining my BeaverTail covered in Cinnamon and Sugar I ventured out for a walk in the market. 
BeaverTails Counter at William & George Streets

What is a BeaverTail?  A Beavertail is a pastry that is deep fried and then topped the way you like it.  Variations include Killoe Sunrise (Cinnamon, Sugar and Lemon Juice), Banana Chocolate, Cinnamon and Apple and much more. 

Back to my Cinnamon and Sugar BeaverTail, the tail was luke warm which tells me that the pastry was not fresh out of the oil.  Another indicator?  The BeaverTail was served within two seconds of me handing the cash   The Cinnamon Sugar was plentiful, but not so overpowering I needed a napkin to dab it off similar to how some people do the same with pizza grease.   The cinnamon and sugar together with the fried pastry is awesome to the tongue.

Overall, BeaverTails is good afternoon snack, but an excellent snack when coupled with the ambience with the ice skates beneath on a cold winter evening on the Rideau Canal Skateway.  Add other toppings and variations to your pastry and your evening skating will become a weekly endeavour.  If there is one sad thing about spring, summer and fall in Ottawa, it is not being able to obtain your deep fried pastry fix while skating on the canal.
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