While in Niagara on the Lake recently, we stopped in at a little café/shop run by Food TV personality Anna Olson (of ‘Sugar’ and ‘Fresh’) and her husband chef Michael Olson. I have to say, I was super impressed by the selection of locally made food products, everything from tasty jams to vinegars and cheeses. (We did not leave empty handed.) The lunch we had was delicious too, between all of us we tried the crab cakes, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, cream of mushroom soup, shepherd’s pie, and, oh yeah, lemon squares and rocky road squares. The hint of horseradish on the sandwiches was killer, and the fresh lemon squares were super tangy.
And did I mention that the Olson’s were not only working the cash and helping out at the deli counter, but also clearing plates and socializing with all the customers? I may have been a little star-struck, but I have to say it was nice to see a couple who I imagine have a lot of choice when it comes to what to do with their time, choosing to be working. All in all it was a great lunch, and they even signed our new cookbook! Of course, I promise to let you know how the recipes are when I get to trying some of them out.