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It’s Patio Season!

9 May

by Diva Jenna Ujiye

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I’m sure all of you are pretty excited that spring has finally came and the weather is nice enough to sit out on a patio. Last week I met with my friends Rick and Bruno at the Albion in Bayfield and had a great meal outside while enjoying the village main street!

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The three of us sat on the far north end of the patio and watched as the whole restaurant filled up. It was wing night! The Albion serves typical pub fare and has a variety of unique menu specialties including the ABC Albion Sammy (cheese, bacon and apples on rye), The Dopey Burger (Open faced burger with gravy, mushrooms and onions), and the sweet potato enchilada.

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Albion InsideMenu items range from $10 – $20 with some appetizers under and some entrees a bit over, but all in all very reasonable! They als0 have a large variety of beer on tap! Thursday night is Wing night, Friday – All you can eat Fish and Chips and on Saturday, Prime Rib is the Special. I hear that during the winter they do a really cool trivia night. I had been wanting to check out the new paintings that were done over the winter and was impressed with how much they changed the atmosphere of the place!

Albion Inside

 

If you are looking for a nice weekend away, Bayfield is a great place to visit, especially during the summer. The Albion is also a hotel and they rent rooms for $115 – $155 and that includes a continental breakfast. For more information about the Albion hotel visit their website at www.thealbionhotel.com

The Albion Hotel

albion@tcc.on.ca

1 Main Street
Bayfield, Ontario
N0M 1G0
Canada
519-565-2641

Winter Fun Festival in Grand Bend

19 Feb
Jim & Eleanor enjoy the Pancake Breakfast hosted by at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

Jim & Eleanor Weigand enjoy their Pancake Breakfast prepared by the Grand Bend Fireman at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival, 2013.

GRAND BEND FIREMAN’S BREAKFAST 

ONE OF THE BEST IN THE AREA

Once we made it to the food, it was easy to see why the lineup for the Fireman’s Breakfast in Grand Bend this past Sunday was out the door.  I am not the most patient person when it comes to waiting in line but this one was definitely well worth the wait.

The food was excellent, and there was plenty of it including bacon, sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, home fries, toast, and orange juice and coffee to drink.  There were a large number of Fire Fighters and volunteers on hand to keep up with the crowd, including Sparky the Fire Dog who did his best to keep the children entertained.

The Grand Bend Fireman’s Breakfast is an annual event and is held in conjunction with the Grand Bend Winter Carnival.  For more information, e-mail gbwintercarnival@gmail.com

Ah, comfort food!

Ah, comfort food!

Winter Fun at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

Winter Fun at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

More Winter Fun -- Snow pitch at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

More Winter Fun — Snow pitch at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

Sparky visits the Grand Bend Winter Carnival.

Sparky the Fire Dog with Ryan Willert at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival.

Ice Sculptures at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013.

Ice Sculptures at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013.

Photos and Text by Diva Kerri Gingerich
February 2013

Pub Grub by the Lake

22 Apr

The entrance to the Albion in Bayfield

By Diva Trista Russell

Back in late March (yes, I know it is April already!), I visited the Albion Hotel on Bayfield’s Main Street. Without the hum of summer tourists, I find that Bayfield is a peaceful place to visit in the spring.

This was the first time I’ve visited the Albion. I discovered it has bed & breakfast style accomodations along with a dining room and pub. The english-style pub serves traditional pub grub, along with a variety of beers. It was a Friday when I stopped in, and that’s when they have their all-you-can-eat fish and chips special for just over $10. My dining companion was keen to try the special and managed to finish off two servings of fish, while I decided to try the perogies. They were topped with bacon and sautéed onions, and served with a side garden salad. Yummy!

The pub has a cozy atmosphere as it’s filled with sports memorabilia and antiques. There’s definitely lots of old world charm at the Albion…and lots to look at!

If you check out the Albion’s website, you’ll find a haunting story about their “rent-free” guest!

And of course, I just had to stop to get a picture with the giant captain down the street:

The Captain

F.I.N.E

29 Aug

Hi all! hope everyone is doing ok, its been a crazy week, and I hope that everyone is doing better in Goderich and in Benmiller.

I have been keeping myself busy, and we know what that means, Me going out and eating yummy food :)

I went back to F.I.N.E  in Grand Bend. I have been there a few times in the past, and it is one of my absolute favourite restaurants! I have never had anything but amazing experiences at F.I.N.E.

JD and I shared two appitizers to get us started. We had the curried seafood bisque, and crab crostini. The grab crostini was unbelievable! o my goodness wow. O oh I almost forgot about the bread to start. Many restaurants provide  some sort of bread or baguette  and what not, but at F.I.N.E they bring three different kinds, and they are all housemade! the basket included mini soda biscuits, olive focaccia, and (my personal favourte) banana bread!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Than for our mains! We both went for the special, steak tenderloin, garlic mashed potatos, and grilled asparagus, with a red onion jus.  It was perfect, melt in your mouth steak.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then, just when you thought there is NO WAY Kaylie can eat anymore, I continued to push forward and went all the way and had probably one of the greatest deserts I have ever tasted. It was a chocolate peanut butter pie made with oreo cookie crust, chocolate mousse, whipped cream, melted fudge, o my mouth is watering again!

 

Not only was the food perfect, but as usual, so was the service. Our server was so knowledgeable and nice. I left F.I.N.E as one happy, and extremely full lady!!!

 

Eating at Eddingtons

24 Aug

Hey all, Obviously Jenna and I wont be able to post many things in the next bit due to whats happening in Goderich. Jenna is super busy trying to figure out things with the Taste of Huron and running around loving Huron County right now isnt really an option. I did however decide to post about events that happened before the tornado.

Last weekend, JD and I went out for dinner at Eddingtons in Exeter. I had been there for lunch at the beginning of the summer, and knew if dinner was half as good as lunch I had to try it.

We sat on the patio, which is really neat. it was formally a pool, that they took out and covered with wood.  It looks really awesome . Its tucked away from traffic and has a very private atmosphere.

The food was outstanding! Jd ordered a caesar salad to start, and I had lobster perogies! yaaaa baby!  So ridiculously tasty!

For our mains I had the local pork tenderloin, with garlic smashed potatoes and veg. Jd had,  oh wait for this one, a breaded chicken breast topped with a HUGE chunk of brie. O my goodness, amazing!

Everything about this place is perfect. The decor, the service, and food, and drink. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and I think everyone needs to check it out when they are ready for a nice night out :)

 

 

 

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gettin my eat on!

12 Aug

Hiya folks!

 

So this past weekend I realized that I had only been to the ArtSee café ONCE this whole summer! Whats that about!?! I am not pleased about this! I went on and on over a month ago about how it’s the BEST BEAKFAST EVER and I havnt had time to get back there since. Last Saturday morning I made it my mission to get me some tasty breakfast.

 

Jd and I went and luckily got a table outside in the beautiful sunshine. I mentioned this last time, but I love how the ArtSee is on Main Street but is still kind of tucked away and very private feeling.

 

Anyways, as usual the breakfast was ridiculously amazing! I order my go to, the pesto scramble, and JD had a scramble as well but with smoked ham, peppers, and cheese.

 

I have to tell you this was my first time ever finishing all the eggs! They give a very large portion of eggs, and normally I cant finish it. But that day I had my game face on and those eggs didn’t stand a chance!

 

 

 

 

Then on Saturday evening, me and two of my girlfriends went to the Red Pump for dinner. I have to admit, I forgot to get pictures.. OOPS! Everything was just so tasty and I was so excited, and I had a glass of champagne . As our dessert was half gone I realize I had taken no pictures to share with you all. My sincere apologies.

I will tell you about how delicious it was though! Phoebe and I had Caesar salads as an appetizer , and Kendra had the trio of brushetta, one being the classic tomato balsamic and basil, the other was with mascarpone cheese and smoked trout, and the last one black olive tapenade with prosciutto.

For our mains I went with the linguine with pancetta and fresh tomatos, Phoebe had the white fish with sauted veg and fingerling potatos, and Kendra ordered the veal chop with sweat potato mash.

 

And yes it was all as good as it sounds!

 

We were all stuffed buuuuut. The desert at the Red Pump is way too good to pass up. We decided to split two desserts, three ways. We had the flowerless chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet, and the pecan tart with chocolate gelato.

 

I bet you are all thinking, wow isn’t Kaylie lucky two GREAT meals in one day, well that’s not all folks. Sunday morning I got a text from my mother (it was her birthday btw) asking if JD and I were interested in going for brunch with he and my dad. Guess where we went?!? ARTSEE!! Woohoo!! The best part is that on Sunday they have a brunch menu, so it was different that on Saturday.

I had the cajon egg scramble with chorizo sausage, Jd had the goats and hens, which is eggs with goats cheese and herbs, my father had the monte Crisco sandwich, and my mother also had the cajon eggs.

It was all delicious again! And Busy holy heck that place is booming during breakfast and lunch!

All in all I was very lucky and very full after a yummy weekend eating in Bayfield.

 

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Anchors Away

15 Jul

Hey Hey everyone! Its Friday night woohoo! Its officially the weekend! and not just any weekend at that… its BEER TENT! The most celebrated and loved weekend in Goderich! So if you are looking for a place to have a few drinks and socialize, head to Goderich on the sqaure!

Alright, now that we know what we are all doing this weekend, we can discuss what I did this week. On Tuesday Jenna and I got together to have a meeting to talk about our plans for The Taste Of Huron. With all that talk about food in Huron County we started to get really hungry. We decided to road trip to Wingham and head to Anchors Pub for a bite to eat. Jenna had mentioned how whenever she is in Wingham she heads to Anchors so I wanted to try it out.

It was a really cute place, and the food was tasty! I had cajon whitefish with potato salad, and Jenna ordered a chicken burger with sweet potato fries and spicy mayo. Yummy!

The best part of this blog is that I feel like no matter where I go in Huron County, I know all the best places to go!

-Kaylie

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A culinary workshop for every taste

30 Jun

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there will be 12 culinary workshops taking place around the county. Last year I got to check a bunch of them out, soooo good. I typically got enough food for a meal! Check out the 2010 photos. I have also added the info about the 2012 workshops below!

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2011 Taste of Huron Culinary Workshops

Home chefs and food enthusiasts get their chance to learn unique culinary techniques at local dining spots working with local chefs and food specialists.
Workshop Cost: $20.00 each
OR
Culinary Workshop Pass: 5 workshops for $80.00 ($20.00 savings)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pies, Tarts and Berries – Oh My!

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Marlene O’Brien from the Bayfield Berry Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Huron County Comfort (Foods)

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Teresa DeJong from High Creek Farms
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eggs On

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave McMurray from Whiskful Thinking
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Roll Baby Roll

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Lilia Hill from Lil’s Kitchen
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Deconstruction Site: A Look at the Cuts & Proper Prep of Meat

Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Joseph Petrinac from The Little Inn of Bayfield
Type: Cooking demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

La Dolce Vita

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter Gusso from the Blyth Station House
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pack a Punch: How to Make a Healthy School Lunch

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Spencer Vail from the Benmiller Inn and Spa
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

School of Lake Huron Fish

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Devin Tabor from Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave Koert from Koert Organics
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer Appy Hour

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter and Catherine King from Thyme on 21
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Going Gluten-Free

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Patti Robertson from Classic Total Concept
Type: Food prep demonstration with a delicious lunch

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Herb Garden

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Nancy Hislop from Mulberry Hill Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Do you think about food all the time? Win a dinner with the Travel Divas!

28 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

CONTEST -  to win a Food For Thought dinner with the Travel Divas

If you would like to win a dinner (see below for the dinners) at the Taste of Huron with the Travel Divas and be a star for the day on the Ontario Travel Divas site, all you have to do is:

Post your favourite culinary experience in Huron County to the bottom of this blog!

2010 Photos

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I think about food all the time! Huron is one of the most agriculturally productive counties in Ontario and we have some of the best culinary treats around! I’m going to be regularly posting about the different events that are happening during the two week event!

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there are going to be 7 Food For Thought dinners and 2 Locavore Luncheons. They are happening on week days in between August 29 & September 9. These meals include three courses, plus an interesting foodie topic, they don’t break the bank at $40 for the dinners and $20 for the lunches and they take place all across the County.

Taste of Huron – Food For Thought Dinners

Check out the website for more details www.tasteofhuron.ca

Cost: $40.00* (does not include: beverages, taxes or service)
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Details: Please call individual restaurants to make reservations

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank a Farmer

Hosted by: Hessenland Country Inn
Contact: 1-866-543-7736
www.hessenland.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Functional Foods: Enhancing Your Diet

Hosted by: Benmiller Inn & Spa
Contact: 1-800-265-1711
www.benmillerinnandspa.com

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato & More!

Hosted by: The Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro
Contact: 1-519-565-2326
www.blackdogpubbistro.ca

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

Hosted by: Fireside Cafe
Contact: 1-519-357-4484
www.thefiresidecafe.com

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Blyth Inn – coming soon!

Hosted by: The Blyth Inn
Contact: 1-519-523-9381
www.blythinn.ca

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Huron County’s Wine Industry

Hosted by: The Little Inn of Bayfield
Contact: 1-800-565-1832
www.littleinn.com

Thursday, September 8 2011

A Fish Out of Water

Hosted by: Eddington’s of Exeter
Contact: 1-519-235-3030
www.eddingtons.ca

Yeah Taste of Huron!

13 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

Food isn’t just something that I use to satisfy hunger, I dream about it, make new recipes, create different things and of course spend hours at local Huron County restaurants looking through menu’s and tasting the bounty!

Huron has been celebrating locally grown food for a long time and considering that Huron produces so much food, we should try to celebrate all the time (you know I do). I am excites to finally announce that the 2011 Taste of Huron event is happening from August 29 – September 11. This year the event is even bigger, we’ve partnered up with the West Coast Bluesfest and the Huron Pioneer Threshers. This means that there will be 30 events happening across Huron County in 14 days!

Another exciting part of the Taste of Huron is the wonderful entertainment that will be going on during the event. During the Goderich Farmers Market on Saturday, September 3 Chef’s Andrea Nicholson and Rob Rossi from Top Chef Canada will be judging the local chef competition and then dualing against each other. That same day there is also a tasty blues cafe and two more Blues concerts.

I will be posting on a weekly basis about the events, so i’ll just give you a taste of what is happening for right now! I will say that I am most excited for the 2011 Gala dinner, 5 courses, 5 wines and awesome entertainment for only $100 on September 11! Most of the events are posted and there is everything from Food For thought Dinners, to Culinary Workshops, Locavore Lunches, Brunch’N Blues and more, check out the website at: www.tasteofhuron.ca

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