370 Proctor Street
Williams Lake, BC  V2G 4P6


Sun-Thurs: 3p – 11p / Fri-Sat: 3p – 12a

Red Tomato Pies on Urbanspoon

February 20, 2011

It’s snowing outside and temperatures are hovering around the minus 20 mark, and I pondered to myself… Why brave the outside weather when we live in an age where dinner can be brought *TO* you?  Right to your front door, in fact?  So with my mind set I scoured the phonebook and came up with basically two alternatives which deliver… pizza or Chinese food.

By a vote of 2-0, pizza won out and we decided to give the good folks at Red Tomato Pies a call.  They now sit where Canadian Pizza 2 for 1 used to be, and they must be doing something oh so right because I keep hearing good things about them.  Thus, I was quite comfortable venturing outside of my realm of comfort, where pizzas were concerned, to give them a try.

I tried to master their online ordering system, but soon grew frustrated so I gave up and just called them.  A very personable pre-recording will greet you and tell you what their current specials are.  Do not be fooled into talking to it like I did!  Wait patiently for a live person to pick up before you give them your order!

We opted for the Family Deal, which included 2 medium sized 2-topping pizzas, a small order of cheese bread, and a 2L coke.  For the foundation, you get to choose from the traditional pan crust, a thin crust, a cornmeal thin crust, or a pan-fried crust, which is a crunchier version of the pan crust.  They also have gluten-free crusts that are available in the small size.

Their choice of sauces are what really appealed to me; I’ve never been a big fan of tomato sauce and that’s probably why I don’t eat pizza as often as Mr O would like me to.  But in addition to their signature RTP red sauce, you can also choose from salsa, BBQ, alfredo, honey garlic, or pesto!  Oh the choices!

We stuck with a basic traditional pan crust, red sauce, pepperoni and black olives for our first pizza, and tried a pan-fried crust, pesto sauce, shrimp and mushrooms for our second pizza.  Then for the next 30 minutes we waited eagerly for our dinner to arrive.

I must say, when the pizzas arrived they looked very pretty right out of the box.  All the toppings were intact, the cheese on top was nicely golden, and they didn’t skimp on the ingredients (I was very surprised at home much shrimp there was on the pizza!)  I grabbed a couple of slices onto my plate and did my crust-bottom check to see how evenly it was baked… there’s nothing I hate more than a blackened crust.  Well, that’s not quite true, but I’m only talking about pizza here…

...bottoms up!...

The crust of the pan-fried wasn’t noticeably crunchier that the traditional, but it was oilier.  There was also a slight soggy factor happening to the bottom of my crust, but that might’ve been more due to the type of toppings that’s sitting on it rather than the crust itself.  Overall, it had a nice doughy bread texture that’s nice to bite into, and the rinds were very much worth eating (usually I just throw them away).  As for the traditional crust, we had absolutely no complaints about it and it was probably one of the better crusts we’ve ever had in pizza form.  The red sauce had just the right amount of herbs and spices, with a hint of tang which didn’t overwhelm the pizza, which I liked.  And the pesto was just awesome with its rich basil flavour.  Somehow it made it taste more pizza-ish.

...pesto and shrimp...

...classic pep and olives...

The cheese bread was a small pizza that’s been topped with a generous helping of cheese and some herbs.  Mr O loved it at first bite, but it took a little longer for it to grow on me.  My first thought was that there was almost an overwhelming amount of parmesan on it, but the more I ate it the more I began to crave the saltiness of it.


I must say we did quite a respectable job at clearing through our food, and it was a nice change of pace ordering from a local pizzeria instead of a large nationwide chain.  I’m actually looking forward to ordering out for pizza from here again because I really *really* want to try their honey garlic pizza sauce!


1-1064 Trans-Canada
Cache Creek, BC VOK 1H0


M-Su: 10am – 7pm

Anie's Pizza and Bakery on Urbanspoon

January 2, 2011

Another stop in Cache Creek!  Mr O and I drove through there over the weekend and stopped at Anie’s Pizza & Bakery for brunch at its new location along the highway across from the Dairy Queen.

After a few awkward moments of standing around the front door, we eventually learn that you have to seat yourself (we should’ve known really).  We gave the menu a quick look-over to see what was available.  You can choose from a list of different appetizers and pastas, but their main feature is the pizza page which is packed with different varieties.  That was something I actually wouldn’t have mind trying, but it was only 11am and pizza didn’t quite fit within the parameters of ‘brunch food’ in my lil’ world.  As well, at each table there are small piles of paper slips that you can fill out to essentially create your own sandwich, and that was what we both decided to go with.  This is fairly subway-like in its idea, but we found the execution to be far better.

Once you decide what it is you want to eat, you have to mosey on up to the front counter to drop of your orders.  Then you head back to your seat and sit pretty until they bring the food out to you.  Or… you can do what we did and check out the display of freshly baked breads and locally made jams and jellies for sale like we did.  There was also a frozen display of several types of homemade pastas, meat pies, pizzas, and fruit pies for sale that you can take home and warm up at your own leisure.

It wasn’t long until our food arrived.  With our sandwiches, we both decided to add on a bowl of soup, which was between a choice of today’s chicken noodle, or vegetable.  These soups are made on site and we were informed that the chicken noodle wasn’t *quite* done simmering yet.  We could’ve waited another few minutes, but we decided to change directions instead and went with the veggie soup.

...all these veggies... mama'd be so proud!...

With our soups, Mr O had the BLT on whole wheat bread and I had a chicken salad on whole wheat also.  His BLT must’ve had at least 6 strips of bacon in it because we counted 2 layers of this porky goodness.  And my chicken salad was chunky and creamy all at the same time, with just a simple dash of salt and pepper, while sitting on top of a layer of sliced cucumbers.  But the star of the show was really the bread… Oh the bread!  These sandwiches came with the fluffiest homemade bread I’ve ever had, and sliced just a tad thicker than conventional bread.  I can just go on and on about the bread alone!


...chicken salad sammy...

The sandwiches were almost too big and I was only able to finish half of mine.  Well actually, I went and forced myself to take a couple more bites out of the second half before calling defeat because I felt bad for wasting such good bread.  But for this waste I blame on the soup because I ended up being too full from it.  The veggie soup turned out to be so delicious that I went and finished the whole bowl.

Tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, peas, onions, beans, potatoes, squash, and the kitchen sink.  The veggies were chunky and easy to distinguish, and yes… even my grandmother would recognise this food!

So with our bellies full, we pushed ourselves to the front to pay and was lured by the presence of glistening rows of sticky buns.  How could we resist?  We grabbed 2 to go so that we could continue with our gluttonous ways on the road, as well as purchasing a loaf of white bread.

Dearest Anie… she asked me if I was going to put the picture I took of the buns up on Facebook.  I told her ‘no’, which was only a half-lie.

...what a sweet ending...

These buns were yeasty on the inside as you pulled the rows apart, and the glaze coating was delightfully gooey with just a touch of crunch.  Imbedded within the dough are small chunks of apples which gave the buns a nice lingering sweetness.  It was just the perfect thing to hold us over until we got home.  And when we did… we sliced into that loaf of innocent white bread, toasted it and corrupted it with a layer of creamy butter.  But oh baby, those calories were so worth it!