Epic Tale of the Traveling Ribs

These ribs went on a journey!Epic Rib Travel Tale

First they were cooked, served and sampled on camera as part of my audition video at Ottawa Ribfest. The Sue and I each had a rib as a sort of congratulatory appetizer before heading back to dry off, freshen up, and dress for our respective dinner dates before the PAB Boat Cruise.

But before I could dry off, freshen up and dress, I had to deal with a paper plate with 5 untouched ribs. I certainly wasn’t going to throw them out, it would be a waste of good barbecue, and besides those ribs cost me $13, someone was going to eat them!

Out In The Ribfest Rain

So I started to look for someone to give them too.  I offered them to a couple of people I saw on the street, who looked at me like I was insane, even though i told them clearly I was not! I offered them to a cabbie, who didn’t have sufficient napkins.  I offered them to a teenager who looked like he could use a little meat on his bones, but he seemed to think I was super creepy.  I decided to skip the people waiting in line to purchase their own ribs. The people running the Ribfest booths are not to be trifled with, and feeding people in their lineups other vendors ribs is frowned upon.

Then I saw a couple of people from PAB – “PABsters!” I called out over the pedestrians in my way.  I didn’t know them, but they turned around.  They may or may not have recognized me, but they did take the ribs with only a few nervous glances at my PAB badge still around my neck.

They went East with the ribs and I went in to dry off, freshen up and head out to dinner.

I found out later that the ribs got delivered to Andrea & Mark and together with these unnamed PABsters they enjoyed a rib appie before dining at the Sidedoor (just like we did.)

Small world for traveling ribs.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

One thought on “Epic Tale of the Traveling Ribs

  • July 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    And those ribs actually brought us back from the brink of insanity. Mark and I were absolutely famished. When Vivian and Andy joined us at Sidedoor with those ribs we pounced on them like savages as we awaited our yummy (tiny) Sidedoor appies. Thank you!!!


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