Hockey Road Trips — Food & Drink

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Tip Top Kitchen, Columbus, Ohio

When you head off on your hockey travels do you plan ahead and search for great spots for food and drink along the way? Do you like modern contemporary restaurants and pubs? Or something old, with character and a bit of adventure? The past two seasons while on my hockey travels I’ve thought a great deal about making my journeys as entertaining as the end result, which is of course some great hockey games, and I have discovered some wonderful places along the way with the help of locals and others who have traveled the same path before me.

I created a Pinterest Foursquare board with Food & Drink locations marked — at the moment it contains about 215 locations, but I have discovered the mobile app is a bit of pain to use — which, let’s face it, is how you want to utilize such a list — when you are on the road! In an effort to make it easier, I have started to break the list down by state and will continue adding to the list. Be patient — it takes a while to load all of the locations (therefore the desire to break the list down to individual states or groups of states.)

Travels – Road Food & Drink Along the Route

Visit the site and let me know if you have favorite additions to add to the list! Many are centered around hockey rinks and routes, but I’ve also added other places I’ve visited before, or which have been highly recommended. Who knows where you will end up on your journeys to a hockey game.

The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville, TN.

The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville, TN.

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Libation: an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously

Duchesse de Bourgogne – pre hockey game.

Libation: definition — an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously.

In this instance, for hockey and for hockey’s return! NHL-NHLPA, are you listening?

Hockey has arrived in OKC!

OKC Barons 3rd Jersey (Photo: Courtesy of Noah Geopert. All Rights Reserved.)

Finally. Hockey players are back in their jerseys and ready to play hockey! I was beginning to think we might have to move to Europe to watch the KHL, which frankly is a fun idea and someday I plan to do just that. It’s on my hockey bucket list!

For those of you joining us in OKC this season to watch the OKC Barons, we will be sharing travel ideas, restaurants and drink suggestions for your hockey trip. Many of you will be drawn to Bricktown and while it has plenty to keep you busy, the MidTown has a number of much more interesting restaurants and local bars well worth your time. We will also explore a few hotels in the area, along with their bars – p.s. the Skirvin’s Red Piano Lounge is mighty fine! – along with some of the more interesting spots in OKC to visit while you are here. So join us on our little local adventure!

Let Hockey Season Begin!

First, a disclaimer: I never drink the two beers listed on these beer taps, ever, however, I love the beer taps topped with Stanley Cups. A number of pubs and bars actually used these taps during hockey season and I wish I had been able to see one in person. Here in the southern US where football is king I was extraordinarily lucky to see a Molson Canadian Hockey House coaster! (See below.)

Cheers! Here’s to another hockey season – minus NHL hockey for at least a while. 

I watched my first hockey game of the season last night! Oklahoma University vs. Arkansas Razorbacks.  (Score: 10-2. Yipes!) Yes, collegiate hockey and no, not football regardless of the schools’ names. We will be returning this afternoon for another match between the two teams and we will also be hockey tailgating! Photos and article to come.

Next week professional hockey begins with Training Camp and at this time next Sunday I will be there, watching some of the top young NHLers in action. As a longtime NHL fan who has now been locked out, I am very fortunate to have moved near one of the top AHL teams in the country. I still traveled to see NHL games last season, however following my local AHL team for an entire season has won me over. I am a fan of AHL hockey. Yes, they are still developing, still trying to make it into the NHL, but it is fast, exciting hockey. It is also cheaper, more accessible and incredibly fun. If you are feeling locked out as a fan, visit your minor leagues! I highly recommend it.

Molson Canadian Hockey House coaster at McNellie’s.

Drink: Raspberry Cream (Beer Mix)

Raspberry Cream at McNellie’s

First, a disclaimer: I do not like beer. Now, don’t panic. It isn’t all beer, just hoppy beer. However, there are many beers out there that do not fit that category. Many of the Belgian beers are absolutely wonderful and you might as well know right now that I adore cider. Hard cider. The good stuff. Dry, crisp, and refreshing. So, there you have it. All of my beer sins.

Raspberry Cream Beer Mix

  • Blanche de Bruxelles
  • a splash of Lindemans Framboise

Monday evening I tried a Raspberry Cream beer mix at my local pub McNellie’s and it is delightfully refreshing! It is dry and crisp with that overlay of raspberry but not sweet at all. You might recognize Blanche de Bruxelles for their version of Bruxelles’ “Manneken Pis” – the little nude boy peeing, which became the emblem of the rebellious spirit of that city.

Manneken-Pis nude © GIAL

Another mix I like is Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René with a splash of Framboise and we will explore some of the Lambics at another time, and we will also look at my Icelandic Lava Smoked Imperial Stout adventure. That beast is amazing.