Hockey Road Trips — Food & Drink


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.


Stanley Cup Fever

Bruins——–  VS ——– Hawks

Chances are you are watching the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals if you enjoy hockey — even if you normally do not cheer for one of these teams. So far, the series is tied 1 : 1 and what a series it has been! The first game went into 3 overtimes and the second into 1. Here’s to Monday night’s third game in Boston!

I’m going with Boston in SEVEN games…. how about you?

And remember … for game three … prepare for at least TWO overtimes!

Tim Hortons cropped

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.

Recipe: Tartre au sucre – Québec Sugar Pie

Tartre au sucre et à la crème de Québec. Photo: Recettes AllRecipes Québec (

The French-Canadian culture has an extraordinarily rich culinary history and I hope to explore it more fully in the hockey season to come. In honor of our Québec hockey fans, I give you the traditional Québec Sugar Pie, Tartre au sucre.  It is similar to a pie in the American south, the Chess Pie, or even a Pecan Pie, without the pecans, but with subtle variations. I love pies of this genre, with their subtle but incredibly rich flavors. A small sliver can go a long way with a mug of coffee. Even for breakfast!

I am exploring recipes for this particular pie and will provide updates as I narrow down my choices. If you have a favorite version of this pie, please let me know!

Tartre au sucre – Québec Sugar Pie

One Tartre au sucre recipe from Group Recipes looks very promising! Some recipes contain an egg (and yet another) and others do not. My advice: do not stint on the ingredients. Use fresh good butter. Likewise with the sugars and extracts.


  • 1 pie crust, unbaked
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar (or half brown sugar, or half maple sugar)
  • 1 ½ cups low fat evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or maple extract


  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • In a saucepan, combine flour and sugar and mix.
  • Stir in milk slowly to avoid lumps, then add butter and salt.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, add vanilla or maple extract.
  • Pour into an unbaked pie shell.
  • Bake at 400F for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350F and continue baking for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in a rack.
  • Serve cooled in small wedges, with vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream if desired.

Bon appétit!