As a resident of the suburbs (with constant metropolitan influence), it is admittedly rare to find myself away from a screen and shops, even if the surrounding community poses more than enough opportunities to embrace it.
The original plan of biking around the area was postponed due to time restrictions. Instead, we slathered on formulas of SPF 50 PA+++ and headed to the pool for some weekend getaway-appropriate Vitamin E exposure.
Vicious UV rays shone down upon us, leaving their mark in the form of noticeably darker pigmentation of the epidermis.
We were seated on an empty patio on a slow weekday evening.
I guess my only complaint was that utensil and napkin sets were forgotten even after delivery of our starters.
The Pie Salad was a more substantial portion than we pictured for slick fragments of chopped lettuce, arugula, and baby spinach. Coated profusely in a red wine vinaigrette that was more oil than vinegar, we picked at a few pieces before shoving the bowl aside. I have recently grown absentminded, carelessly neglecting the importance of specifying dressing on the side.
The consensus was that this rendition of French Onion Soup was undoubtedly the tastiest amongst all of our stops in Barrie, with mention to the fact that soups did not fall within Pie Wood's realm of specialty.
Spinach and of beef brisket are toppings that can rarely go wrong. Adding crisp roasted potatoes, mushrooms, and slightly cooked red onions (which I am normally not too affectionate towards) were astounding touches.
Personally, the base of the pizza was too salty for my preferences and not quite cheesy enough. The single basil leaf was pungent when consumed solo, but did not contribute significant herbiness to the dish as a whole.
Nutty Pie had caught my attention from the moment we had settled into our plastic chairs. Less nutty by means of traditional dried seeds and more by the abbreviation of my all-time favourite chocolate-hazelnut spread, the dessert was a sugar-laden take on pizza. Requesting to have ice cream served separate had been an informed decision.
Delivered to our table was a quarter slice of thin pizza crust slalthered with an abundance of Nutella. Dulce de leche had then been drizzled on top, followed by ripe banana slices and a dusting of icing sugar. It was delicious but admittedly sticky (read: a huge dose of diabetes) for those unaccustomed to Nutella. The dulce de leche was masked by the sweet spread, causing it to take on a more conservative role. Frankly, it could have been omitted entirely to increase a sense of cohesion.
Conceptually, Nutty Pie was a solid end to a savoury supper. Presentation-wise, it failed to amaze; it appeared that someone had created a mishmash of leftover pizza dough and common pantry ingredients. With revised plating, I'm convinced that visual appeal will be enhanced accordingly.
Washrooms facilities weren't as modern, but they functioned well for their age. Cleanliness levels could be improved. All toiletries were adequately stocked in the very least.
Pie Wood currently consists of seven locations. The downside is that the closest one to home resides in Woodbridge.