One scent that really means “summer” to me is that of a charcoal grill. On simmering August evenings my brother would be on our back patio sizzling perfectly marked steaks as my sister and I finished up our play time with the sprinkler on the lawn. We would spot puffs of smoke from other backyard grills rise above the hedge lines as the charcoal aroma filled the neighbourhood. Paper plates, corn on the cob, lawn chairs, grass between the toes, and BBQ sauce on our lips.
These days I have no back yard and my building doesn’t allow for grilling on balconies. However when we’re out at Cultus Lake or Belcarra, picnickers revive those memories for me through their afternoon charcoal cookouts.
The reason behind this nostalgia (that is frankly making me quite hungry at the moment) is that Canadian Tire has approached me to do a giveaway.
Here’s how you can enter to win this prize pack:
Approximate value of the prize pack is $60. I will draw a winner August 11th at 9:00am.
Update Just a quick note: As of July 31st you cannot smoke or have a charcoal BBQ or fire of any kind in Vancouver parks or on the beaches. Please wait for the ban to be lifted before taking your grill out and about.
Update The winner of the prize pack is Kate (comment July 29th) — have fun grilling!