Thanks for full bellies and good company
ICE hockey, poutine and pumpkin pie are not things that spring to mind when you think of our region.
But Canadian-Australian restaurant Mollydookers at Apple Tree Creek has been fitting in very successfully, with owners Alana and Mike Vandenbrink fronting a full house on Sunday night for their first Thanksgiving dinner.
Roast turkey, glazed ham, mash and vegetables were adorned with cranberry sauce and stuffing that ignited murmurs of delight across the communal tables.
The idea was to recreate the warm, communal feeling of Thanksgiving that Mike has long known in his native Canada.
The room was filled with a mix of Aussies and Canadians, uniting over desserts of pumpkin pie, apple pie, nanaimo bars and butter tarts.
Afterwards, a brave few fronted the bar for a tradition usefully dubbed the “shotski” – consuming spirits including Fireball and Kahlua from a specially equipped ski which lives behind the Mollydookers bar.
Ice hockey was, of course, on the TV.