For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide
For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at...

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm,...

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

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For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm, who joined for very different reasons but continue to ride for surprisingly similar ones.  

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life
Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on...

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a...

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

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Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a regular yogi at the Adelaide Club, and a member since 1987!

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance
Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance...

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller...

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

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Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller muscles - and why you shouldn't neglect them in your workouts.

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game
Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

Fall in Love with Squash, the...

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

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Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the Adelaide Club for nearly four decades, to hear more about his love of the game of squash.

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength
Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

Five Reasons a Director of M&A...

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A...

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

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Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A Integrations at one of Toronto’s leading banks, to discuss how he balances his professional ambitions and personal time in pursuit of his fitness goals.

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018
Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Why Strength Lab may be your new...

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the...

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

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Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the Adelaide Club's new Strength Lab classes.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness goals.

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!
Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Resolve to be fit, once and for...

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's...

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Health & Wellness

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's resolutions.

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!
The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym:...

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide...

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

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The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide Club. Everything from kettle bells, sleds, and turf to get you in the best shape of your life.

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips
How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

How to avoid the holiday weight...

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on...

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

Health & Wellness

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on keeping your fitness goals on track for the holiday season.

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program
Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

Bring out your inner athlete with...

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three...

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

Health & Wellness

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three exciting classes made for you to get your ride on.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp!

Fall Fitness at the Club
Fall Fitness at the Club

Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the...

Fall Fitness at the Club

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Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the Club. Group Fitness continues to be a popular choice amongst both men and women.

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez
Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach...

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman...

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

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Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman Ramirez!

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in...

5 Minutes with Meg

Health & Wellness

5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in regularly for more!

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)
Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant...

Darcy Wefers, a loyal employee at The Cambridge Group of Clubs' Head Office, and...

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

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Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

Darcy Wefers, a loyal employee at The Cambridge Group of Clubs' Head Office, and her husband, Tom, complete a full Ironman in Mont Tremblant. Hear their story!

Club member weight-loss success story!
Club member weight-loss success story!

Club member weight-loss success...

Today we are celebrating the success of one of our members who is down more that...

Club member weight-loss success story!

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Club member weight-loss success story!

Today we are celebrating the success of one of our members who is down more that fifty pounds in five months!

Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!
Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

Brian Malone Conquers Mount...

One of Toronto Athletic Club’s awesome cycle instructors, Brian Malone,...

Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

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Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

One of Toronto Athletic Club’s awesome cycle instructors, Brian Malone, went to France to compete in the GFNY Mount Ventoux!

Attention all golfers!
Attention all golfers!

Attention all golfers!

If you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to experience golf in Atlantic...

Attention all golfers!

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Attention all golfers!

If you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to experience golf in Atlantic Canada, what are you waiting for?

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson
Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

There’s a new face at Adelaide Club! Everyone give a big Adelaide welcome to...

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

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Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

There’s a new face at Adelaide Club! Everyone give a big Adelaide welcome to Klara Hakansson.

The Cambridge Club's Executive Chef's Guide on How to Have The Perfect BBQ Season

The Cambridge Club's Executive Chef's Guide on How to Have The Perfect BBQ Season
Posted: Jul 14, 2016

 

Summer is here, and that means BBQ. The hardcore among us BBQ 365 days a year, but come summer everyone likes a good barbecue party. We sat down with Cambridge Club Executive Chef Deron Engbers to get his top tips and tricks to help you host the ultimate backyard bbq that'll truly wow your guests. 

1. Cut & Quality 

Quality of meat is obviously the number one priority for having a great barbecue. The Cambridge Club Oak Room  is proud to use Olliffe Butchers as one of our primary meat suppliers. These guys will custom cut any beef, pork or chicken you want, and they use only the best suppliers from Ontario and Canada. 

For beef, look for a deep dark red, with lots of white marbling through it. Popular cuts include flat iron, striploin and ribeye. I don’t recommend tenderloin for bbq season, as it is super lean, and tends to end up with a dry piece of meat.  For pork, a nice deep pink colour, decent layer of fat, which should be creamy white. Popular cuts include ribs, rack, loin, shoulder (good for long, slow roasts!!). Again, stay away from tenderloin!! For chicken, you want a nice deep yellow to the skin, and a healthy light pink colour. Thighs are great for grilling, as are the wings and breasts!! Ask your butcher to spatchcock it for you!! 

2. Equipment 
 
Charcoal – The best way to cook meat and vegetables. There are two major ways to set up your coals. Direct and Indirect heat. Direct is exactly what it sounds like, a pile of coals on fire, and you cook your meat right on top of it. Benefits include good caramelization of the meat, and a great quick sear. Downside is that it can lead to flaring, which gives you carbon deposits on your meat, and that can taste kinda funky. There are two ways to set up indirect heat. One is that you can pile all your coals on one side, and then you can move your meat off the heat if you feel you need to. This is also a great technique for larger pieces of meat that you want to slow cook. Have your coals going on one side, and then have your meat over the empty area, cooking via convection. A second method for indirect heat is to set up your coals on either side with a channel in the middle. The benefit to this is good heat from both sides, and avoiding the flaring. Small downside is that it’s a bit of a lower heat, giving you less caramelization/ flavour.  

Gas – Obviously the simplest set up. Best practices here would be getting your grill as hot as possible for that initial sear, and then moving it off to indirect heat (I usually keep one side of the grill a little lower, just in case of flaring).  

3.  Advanced Techniques and Marinating Marinating

Tons of debate on this! I’m personally not one for marinating my meat, but sometimes you want a little something different, or you weren’t able to get a great cut. Beer is a natural tenderizer, as are papaya seeds.  Brining works well for poultry, just make sure you leave enough time to let it air dry. That will ensure you get really great crispy skin. 

Sous Vide – This is an advanced technique that a lot of kitchens use these days. It’s great for bigger cuts of meat to ensure that it’s cooked all the way through, or for infusing flavours into your meat. You’ll need a vacuum sealer (Canadian tire sells them), and an immersion circulator (look up the anova circulator, it’s decent for home use). Basically you cook your meat in a vacuum sealed bag at very low temperature for long periods of time, allowing the meat to cook all the way through, without over cooking. Great for poultry, and for large cuts like 30+oz ribeyes/striploins. Your butcher should be able to vacuum pack your meat for you, but if you want to add herbs or garlic or other things into the bag (flavour infuses as the meat sits in the water bath), you’ll have to do it at home.

 

Think you'd rather leave the bbqing to the professionals? Cottage goers can enjoy a personally packed custom cooler bag prepped for your next weekend getaway. Contact Food & Beverage Manager Christina De Bartolo for more details. 

 

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