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Durham Pride Prom allows local youths to be themselves

Story and photos by Stephanie Foden

Drag performers danced with youth at Pride Prom.

Durham youth rocked the fourth annual Pride Prom on May 4.

The all-inclusive end-of-year celebration for Durham’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual and two-spirited (LGBTQ) youth aged 16 to 21, and their friends ensured all students could attend a prom where everyone is welcome and accepted.

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Customize a local burger

Downtown Oshawa is now a burger destination.

The Patty Shack, located at 24 King St. E downtown Oshawa

The Patty Shack, a burger joint on King Street with a unique and modern twist opened in March and offers more than just a typical beef patty.

In fact, on top of 4, 6 and 8-ounce beef patties there are also 5-ounce turkey or veggie burgers.

But that’s not where the choices stop, there are over 50 different toppings and condiments to customize a patty sandwiched between a white or whole-wheat bun.

Part of The Patty Shack's extensive condiment collection.

Ranging from the typical ketchup and mustard they also offer unique homemade sauces like the popular house sauce or Gardillic, a combination of dill and garlic. There are even plenty of choices when it comes to sauce for the chicken wings.

And while there are regular choices like lettuce and tomato to top the burger, the ingredients include things like fresh avocado slices, sautéed onions, mushrooms or peppers, sundried tomatoes, chicken wings and onion rings.

Onion rings can also be a side along with fries, sweet potato fries, “Patty” potatoes, salads or poutine.

Owner Dave Hannah says about 90 per cent of the sauces are homemade which is what they strive to do with everything they can in the restaurant.

“We also try to be as local as we can as much as we can,” added Hannah. “All the beef comes from Orillia.”

Local and homemade seems natural for a business idea stemming from a backyard barbeque, which has turned into something Hannah is looking to franchise.

They’ve also taken a modern approach to engage locals by offering deals, specials and new product samples on their Twitter and Facebook pages twice a day. A full menu can be found on their website at www.thepattyshack.ca.

Story and images by Nathan MacKinnon

Just like mom used to make

On Sunday, many families gathered to celebrate Mother’s Day. This special occasion, always designated on the second Sunday of May, is a time to honour and remember those women who influenced our lives. For some, those memories are tied to food and the kitchen. That’s also definitely the case at the newest addition to downtown dining, Mother’s Kitchen.

The new home of Mother's Kitchen at 19 King Street West.

The aptly-named restaurant opened its doors on April 27. While this is their first location, the owners are dreaming big of creating a series of chains if popularity grows.

Though named for it’s homey Canadian home feel, the menu is not strictly traditional North American.
“It’s kind of a mix of Indian food and Canadian,” explains Brittni Hart, a friendly server of the eatery.
The menu setup in their storefront window informs potential customers of all things interesting, where dishes such as falafels, crispy spring rolls, shrimp and calamari share the pages with more traditional fare like pastas and pizza. Vegetarians can choose from a large variety of offerings or can also ask for alterations to suit their diet. For the young of heart, there’s a hearty kid’s menu offering classics like chicken fingers and fries.

Mother’s Kitchen can be found across from the Bargain Shop on King Street West serving up grub just like your mom used to make from breakfast through dinner.

Story and image by Hillary DiMenna