I lost an important piece of paper so important that I had to drop everything, race to Toronto and navigate my way through Queen's Park to replace it. I know, it seems silly to make a 900 km trek to replace paper but experience has taught me it's best to hold your questions and resign yourself to the absurdity of government bureaucracy.
Facing a long, dull trip I turned the radio up and did my best to make it as fun of a day trip as I possibly could. For me, that meant stops at Reid's Dairy and Burger Revolution in Belleville, a few soft ginger cookies to snack on and, once I was done navigating provincial offices, a stop at Bellwoods Brewery to do a little bottle shopping.
The Ossington Avenue brewery, formerly a garage and an art studio, is the opposite of the bleak offices I was hanging around in just 15 minutes earlier. The small bar and tasting room was closed when I visited but the newly opened retail shop was fully stocked with bottles and wooden barrels were piled high - I loved it. I've never had a sip of beer from Bellwoods before but have read articles full of praise, including Stephen Beaumont declaring it Ontario brewery of the year - I bought two of everything.
Last Monday won't be known as the day spent travelling to and from Toronto to appease the government, it'll be known as the day I went to Toronto, had an amazing burger and brought back some awesome brews. Time well spent!