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Snowflake Stay @ Hessenland

3 Dec Hessenland2

by Diva Rachel Lynn

Snowflake Stays are taking place at four different Inns throughout Huron County From Dec.1 to Jan.1. Packages start at $101.50 per person per night and all come with a special welcome gift, dining and accommodation. For more information on this great winter opportunity visit http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/beta/news/snowflake-stays/

Snowflake Stay Packages

Hessenland Country Inn is a beautiful place on Lake Huron between Grand Bend and Bayfield.  My husband and I were looking for a night away and decided Hessenland was the place for us.  We decided on the Snowflake package, which included a welcome gift, a 3 course dinner and breakfast.

There is a rich history to Hessenland, which is now run by second generation Ihrigs: Frank and Liz.  Frank is the head chef and Liz takes care of the day to day operations as the Innkeeper.  For more on their history please visit: http://www.hessenland.com/about-us/http://hessenland.com/about-us/

My family is German and this is one of the reasons why I wanted to stay at Hessenland.  My dad was born in Germany and came to Canada in 1956.  My maternal grandmother came to Canada in 1933.

As we opened the doors we were greeted to a beautiful décor and our host for the evening: Katie. She showed us around the Inn and to our room before we were guided to dinner.

HessenlandChristmasTree

Shawn got the Caesar salad, but not just any Caesar salad.  Here is there description:

Hessenland’s Classic Caesar Salad made with Crisp Romaine and tossed with our own Caesar dressing, with Westphalia Ham, and aged white cheddar and 12 Rye Bread.  

I choose the Die Hessenland Gulasch Suppe (goulash ) cup of soup.  I was not disappointed.  It was full of flavour and the beef was so tender.

HessenlandAppetizers

Main course:  Katie was informing us of the specials for the evening but as soon as Shawn saw Rouladen on the menu he tuned her out (sorry Katie!).  Rouladen is tender slices of Beef stuffed with vegetables, bacon & spices.    My mom makes this German staple like no other and Shawn has never seen it on any other menu.  He did not offer to share with me.

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I knew before we arrived that I was going to order the schnitzel.  It’s one of my all-time favourite comfort foods and reminds me of home. I had high expectations for this meal.  It came with spaetzle (homemade noodles) and fresh veggies.  I was given the option of red cabbage (also one of my mom’s specialties and one of my favourites) but opted out as they make theirs sweet and my mom makes hers sour (I usually prefer it sour).  I was pleasantly surprised when my dish came to with a sample of the red cabbage.

My expectations were beyond met.  I could not get enough of the food. It brought me right back home.  And the red cabbage was so good.

Schnitzel

 Pork Schnitzel, “Schweine Schnitzel”, Huron County Pork breaded and sautéed

I had to stop myself from eating all of the schnitzel to save room for dessert.  Shawn ordered crème brule and I ordered the strawberry sherbet.  My sherbet was made with real strawberries from Masse Fruit & Vegetable Market down the road.  It was the perfect ending to a spectacular meal.

HessenlandDessert

When we arrived at our deluxe room, a welcome package was waiting with lots of great goodies, including homemade cookies from Chef Frank, a welcome letter from Frank and Liz and a Snowflake list of “Things to do” in Huron County this winter.  This was extremely useful as it helped me decide to go to the Poinsettia Festival the next evening.

SnowflakeStaySwag

Hessenland was a great staycation (only 25 minutes from Goderich).  We will definitely come here again….and again.

Hessenland Country Inn
72981 Bluewater Hwy, RR1
Zurich, ON
519-2360-7707

Hessenland: www.hessenland.com
Follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/hessenland
and Twitter: https://twitter.com/HessenlandInn

Is local food important to you? Taste of Huron is back!

28 May
Taste of Huron Presents a New Event, Food A-Fare, on June 7!
Taste of Huron kicks-off early this year with a new event, Food A-Fare, at Hessenland County Inn in St. Joseph on Thursday, June 7. I hope you can bring your friends and work colleagues out for an after work social in support of culinary tourism and local food in Huron County.

For $55 per person, you will enjoy a special tapas-style menu featuring locally grown items prepared by Chef Frank Ihrig of Hessenland with a complimentary glass of wine. The event will highlight local food vendors and businesses.

Guests will also have a chance to bid on amazing food-inspired items at the “Incredible Edible Auction”. Items up for grabs include: a private culinary lesson for 6 with Chef Spencer at Benmiller Inn; a personal chef dinner for 6 by Chef Devin of Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service; and fabulous food-filled gift baskets from The Black Dog Pantry and The Garlic Box, just to name a few.

Funds from the auction will help to subsidize event costs and assist in culinary tourism development through the Huron Tourism Association. For the past 3 years, Taste of Huron has received development funding through provincial government grants, but the event was not eligible for this funding this year and it is impossible to continue culinary development without additional funds, so if you can come out, it will be a great time!

The Food A-Fare event will also feature musical entertainment by local musician, Matthew Hussey. You can make reservations for this event by calling Hessenland directly at 1-866-543-7736.

MENU

Graze on all of these wonderful delights:

Hessenland White Bean Salad – Bluewater Municipality
Ontario’s West Coast “Lakefood” Chowder – Lake Huron
Spaetzle tossed with fresh Leeks, Herbs and Blyth Farm Cheese
“Low & Slow” Bluewater Pork Belly – Metzger Meats
“Ceviche” of Lake Huron Pickerel
“Sweet & Sour” Veal Gulasch with Red Cabbage – Metzger Meats
Open Face ~Gluten Free~ Turkey Schnitzel “Sandwich” – Hayter’s Turkey
Braised Pork Shoulder “Sliders” and Onion Fondue – Metzger Meats
Lemongrass “steeped” Lake Huron Yellow Perch
Fresh Strawberries and Cream – Masse’s Farm
Panna Cotta and Ferguson’s Honey – Ferguson Apiaries
Hessenland’s Black Forest Cake
“Weisses” Chocolate Mousse with a splash of Coastal Coffee Company Dark Roast

Food for Thought Dinners will start June 12 at Benmiller Inn and continue through the summer and finish on October 9 at The Black Dog in Bayfield. Local food restaurant stars The Little Inn, Hessenland County Inn, Eddingtonís of Exeter and more will also host dinners in this dining series. They will each present a special menu to compliment a food-related topic discussed by a guest speaker for $40 per person (does not include beverages, tax or service).

A Village Marketplace will be held in conjunction with the Goderich Farmers’ Market on The Square in Goderich on Saturday, September 1. This event will feature additional market vendors, the return of the Chef Challenge event and more!

The Locavore Brunch will be held on Sunday, September 2 at The Livery in Goderich. This event will be a traditional Sunday brunch with a twist with locally grown ingredients prepared by local chefs. Enjoy delicious food while being entertained by a special guest.

For ticket or event information visit www.tasteofhuron.ca or call 1-888-524-8394 ext.3. Reservations for the Food A-Fare event and the Food for Thought Dining Series are made by calling the restaurants directly. Maps and accommodation information is available online: www.ontarioswestcoast.ca.

Taste of Huron is over :(

13 Sep

Hello all!!!

Alright so just this past weekend, Taste of Huron came to an end… I had mixed feelings about this. I was slightly saddened. For two weeks I ate the best food that Huron County had to offer. A minimum of three courses, all which included a fantastic dessert! I ate at the Blyth Inn, the Black Dog, the Little Inn, Eddingtons, Hessenland, the Fireside Cafe and finally I finished the Taste of Huron of with the Gala. All the restaurants were so fantastic and I enjoyed them all.

I am however feeling a slight sense of relief.. I ate soooo much in the last two weeks, I wont lie to you. I may have gained a few pounds, but it was totally  worth it!

I will provide a short slideshow of just a few of the delicious things I was able to consume ..

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Jealous?

YOU SHOULD BE! that was only about a quarter of what I got to eat! But no worries my friends, the Taste of Huron is an annual event and now you KNOW that you MUST come and attend Taste of Huron next year!

-Kaylie

Taste of Huron Kicks off at Hessenland

31 Aug

Hello everyone,

On Monday evening Taste of Huron kicked off at Hessenland in St.Joseph’s. Unfortunately the majority of the Taste of Huron had to be cancelled due to the unfortunate incidents in Goderich. However many of the dinners are still going as planned, which means there are still a number for people to attend. Wednesday there is a dinner in Wingham which still has openings. It is being held at the Fireside Cafe from 7-9. Just call Fireside if you would like to make a reservation.

Hessenlands dinner was very very tasty! What I enjoyed about it was that it was very low key. it was buffet style and spread out between inside the restaurant and out in the beautiful backyard. The best thing about buffet is that I was able to eat as much as I wanted :) and believe me when you are at Hessenland, you want to eat as much as you can!

I really enjoyed the entire night, and from the surveys I had customers fill out it seemed that I was not the only one! In fact I did not have one person complain about anything! impressive I must say!

Anyways make sure you get out and head to at least one Taste of Huron event, experience the LOCAL cuisine. It is so refreshing eating a meal and knowing exactly where all the ingredients came from!

Hope to see some of you out at the events. Also just check out the Ontario Westcoast website to find out more information!

Kaylie

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Guten tag!

18 Jun

Guten tag! ( hello in German)

On Thursday night, or “date night” for my dear friend and I, we decided to go for some good old fashion German food at Hessenland in St. Josephs. In all honesty, I have not eaten a ton of German food in my past, so I was really excited to check it out.

Firsts things first, Hessenland is absolutely beautiful! The gardens, the bar, the restaurants, the pool, everything! It is just an all around beautiful place. This is the view from our table, how could you be anything but relaxed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided that if we were going to eat German, than we must go all the way, so we ordered the platter. Which was HUGE might I add, but so worth it. It had everything and more! Beef Rouladen , Holsteiner Schnitze, Pork Schnitzel, Wurstplatte, potatoes, braised cabbage.. and more, I just cant remember the rest! But it was all so so so good!

 i had to put this pic up, he just looks so darn cute!

this is what we had for a starter. It was white bean hummas, and it was delicious!

This is the amazing platter!!!!

and this is the point where we started getting full!!! Left overs woohoo!!!

Originally when we planned to go to Hessenland we wanted to go to the Mongolian Grill night which they have every Thursday. Unfortunately it starts next week, OH DARN, ill have to go back! I recommend if you are looking for some culture in your food to head to Hessenland, it was delicious and traditional.

http://www.hessenland.com/

http://www.hessenland.com/leisure/dining.html

haben einen tollen Tag ( have a great day!)

Kaylie

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