Pies of Canada: Episode One

As I drive across the country this summer I am going to eat and rate pies.  Mostly for my own amusement.  The rating system will be out of 5 🍁.  I hope to have a pie rating two or three times a month. 

First up, apple pie from the Big Apple in Colborne, Ontario.   This roadside attraction is one of the landmarks between Toronto and Kingston so I have driven by it a lot, however, I have only been twice.  The first time was nearly 20 years ago when I was going to check out Queen's for the first time.  I remember it being busy, smelling like pie and having a conveyer belt/factory situation going on.  The second time was last week on my way to Ottawa for the SSHRC Congress at U of Ottawa.  I had two friends in the car.  One, from Ottawa had never been but had heard about it. The other, American had been warned he would be taking part if he wanted a ride to Ottawa.  

The building has lost the factory vibe and the pie was not on conveyer belts or being served by anyone.  It was in a plexiglass cupboard and there was a microwave if we wanted to heat it up. The whole building has been barfed on by kitchy, 'old-timey' souvenirs and had a food court with burgers and pizza in one corner.  We all agreed this didn't bode well.  And we were right.  We tried the classic apple and the maple apple.  We were not impressed.  It was the crust.  It was flavourless, and crumbly and a bit like cardboard.  The filling wasn't super either and had a suspiciously gelatinous coating.  The maple was actually better...but not much.  Overall we decided on 🍁.5/5.  We did get to take silly pictures of the apple and look at some goats...so not all was lost. 

This is the classic apple.  

This is the classic apple.  

The old holding up the big thing gag.

The old holding up the big thing gag.