Morning After – Caps vs Gionta (and what happened to Copa!?)

Great win after what seemed like the longest All-Star break EVER! I am not a fan of the All-Star game, barely watched the skills competition and only made it through 15 minutes of the actual game, so it was a long week for me without hockey.

A lot of good things last night, and some really terrible things as well. Firstly, when Price let in that softie 2:00 into the first, I thought to myself: “Oh great…welcome to a repeat of the 2nd half of the Centennial season”. Apparently I panic easily. Thankfully, Price was very strong for the rest of the game and the Habs prooved yet again that they are mentally very strong!

Now..onto the bad. The bad doesn’t have that much to do with the game, but I have one place to rant, and it’s my blog, so I am going to rant.

My friends and I have a regular hockey watching bar. It’s really a perfect place to watch the game – never too busy, excellent food, reasonably priced pitchers, and a hockey loving atmosphere. The place is named Copa , and it’s located on St-Laurent just south of Duluth. Those of you who know me, know that I have two passions in life – hockey and food and if there were bar food that outdid the Copa’s Scratch Kitchen, I have yet to find it.

The butter chicken, the spicy pork chop, the trout that kept me coming back for more…and I haven’t even discussed the vegetable sides yet! The kale that was lightly grilled actually made me want to eat green things, and the tomato salsa with the finely shredded red cabbage tied the whole beautiful package together. Is your mouth watering yet? Are you craving the infamous yuca fries and spicy ketchup? Well..don’t get too excited, because it’s GONE…it’s all gone.

I am still trying to piece together what happened, but from my brief conversations with new staff, there was a managerial change, which lead to all the great staff leaving, including the chef of the kitchen. This has caused an apparent hockey boycott that I was unaware of, because when we went to watch the game yesterday, none of the local hockey regular were there. Instead, a rowdy bunch, who must spend their summers fake sword fighting on Mount-Royal, took over a corner of the bar and proceeded to talk over the game. I swear, I don’t even think they realized a hockey game was on, let alone the fact that the Habs were in the midst of pulling off a beautiful comeback. Instead, they spoke loudly about their duct-tape weapons and other D&D related extra-curricular activities.

I realize I am coming off as harsh against the Sunday Sword Fighting Mountain crowd, but each activity has their place, and I don’t roll up to the mud patch on the mountain with hockey sticks and nets to try and get a game of pick-up going.

Needless to say, we now need a new hockey watching spot. It’s not such an emergency right now, but we have 31 games until playoffs, and then it becomes a minor crisis. I need suggestions that fit the following criteria:

  • In order to be accessible on foot to all, the place should be located north of Pine, south of Fairmount. No further west than Parc, and no further east than Mentana.
  • Must have reasonably priced pitchers
  • Must play game with sound, with a few well placed high-def screens – we don’t need wall-to-wall televisions, but a few scattered here and there so people don’t hurt their necks
  • Decent food: something special that says “hey, I’m not just another shitty bar that serves crap to make you fat” – I have to consider the fact that come playoffs I will be drinking a lot of beer and eating a lot of meals out, so something other than fries and a burger is a good thing

I’m not asking for a lot here! Just a decent plays to watch my favorite game amongst friends! All suggestions are welcome…

3 comments for “Morning After – Caps vs Gionta (and what happened to Copa!?)

  1. February 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    @JT Utah…. will try it out, looks great! But do they serve food? Couldn’t find the info.

    @Stan…sorry, can’t do it, not my scene. Plus they only serve Molson Dry as their beer.

  2. Stan
    February 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Try Chez Serge.. I don’t think they have food though.

  3. February 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

    You can give a try at Salon Officiel on Roy corner St-Denis.

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