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Wandering Wawanosh

11 Jun

By Travel Diva Jenna

Wawanosh - Belgrave Creek

Wawanosh Valley Conservation Area is located just west of Belgrave, Ontario, on Belgrave Road and ishome to the Wawanosh Nature Centre and Wawanosh Trail. If you grew up in Huron County, I’m sure many of you remember heading out to the centre with your school and learning about birds, fish, creatures, mapping and orienteering. I sure do!

It was great to head back to Wawanosh and see what has changed and remember the past and time I enjoyed there.  The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority runs great learning and outdoor experiences at this wonderful location, but it is also a place where you can visit to hike the trail and take in the beauty.

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Erin Dolmage met me and 45 others, a couple of weeks ago, to show us around the site . She mentioned that the site can be rented out for groups activities and camping.  They also have a variety of public events throughout the year. They have an interpretive centre where unique-to-the-area species are highlighted, snow shoe rentals and more. It is a beautiful setting with both the Belgrave Creek and Maitland River intersecting through the property.

Events held at this facility each year include Snowfest  and the Owl Prowl  just to name a couple.  You can also hike, walk, cross country ski and snowshoe the 3km loop trail whenever you feel like it.

If you are looking for more information you can visit: http://www.mvca.on.ca/programs_conservation_wvca.php

Sushi for you and me

6 Jun

Sushi at Samuels

By Diva Jenna Ujiye

Every Thursday from May 29th on Samuels Hotel will be serving sushi and I had to get there on the first day to try it out! I have been making my own sushi for years and was just so happy that chef Kim decided to add this to her forever-growing offerings at the hotel.

Dessert at SamuelsIMG_4474The sushi I typically make has whatever leftovers I have in the fridge rolled up with sushi rice and nori (seaweed), so I was happy to see the wonderful menu with local Ontario fish in it! I guess I should say I was getting sick or “leftover roast pork sushi” and “I only have a cucumber sushi”.

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When I went in, Sarah and Dunya (staff at Samuels), were ready with a menu for me. There were 10 different sushi varieties – 5 starters,  2 combos and three dessert options! Being allergic to shellfish, I had to stick to fish and vegetable options and ordered the smoked salmon roll and the fushion salmon roll along with wonton crisps as a starter. I skipped out on dessert as I really didn’t have room for it anyway, with 8 rolls in each order I was stuffed after about 12 pieces and half of the wontons!

The prices range from $3.75-$6.75 for starters, $7.95 – $13.95 for sushi and desserts are less than $7.00. Literally you can get a whole 3 course quality meal for $19!

The food, service and experience was excellent and I can’t wait to go back again! Samuels Hotel also offers rooms, lunch and dinner specials and much more. Visit their website here: http://www.samuelshotel.ca and add them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/samuelshotel?ref=ts&fref=ts

Samuels is located at 34031 Saltford Rd  Goderich, ON N7A 4C6

(519) 524-1371

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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!

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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

There is no shortage of amazing art in Huron

8 May

by Diva Jenna Ujiye

Art aRound Town

Last week I went down to Exeter to do a bit of shopping, eating and exploring. I stopped in at the South Huron Welcome Centre to visit my friend Brittany Fry (who is also the Exeter BIA manager) and was able to check out the Art aRound Town display in the centre. There were a variety of different kinds of art from jewellery, books, paintings, photography, pottery and more!

The centre is set up in a couple of different rooms that you can explore and the unique mix of artistry is wonderful. Art aRound Town is a small group of artists and volunteers who are working together to promote the visual arts in southern Huron County. They organize Art Shows featuring original works by local artists, hold Art Classes and Workshops with visiting Artists for all ages, and do what they can to bring Art into the lives of art enthusiasts. You can find them at 483 Main St. South (at corner of Huron St). Exeter, ON. or online at artaroundtown.net

Open on Thursdays from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.  

As well as Saturdays – May 11, 18 & 25 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.

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Chris Hadfield calls in to the East Street Station

16 Mar

by Diva Jenna Ujiyetrentsevern-1

I was at the East Street Station to watch the Trent Severn Concert and in the middle of their set Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, called in to chat with us! How cool is that? Not only was this one of the most interesting phone calls I have ever been involved in, the whole concert was awesome. Trent Severn, made up of three amazing musician singer/songwriters Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning and Laura C. Bates, have come up with some really great songs and harmonies. Their eclectic Canadian folk blend  is well put together and they play from the soul. I am just editing the videos I took, so I will post them later!

Hadfield told us that this was the first concert he had ever called in to from space. He also mentioned that it was 1:40am and that the sun was about to rise. He joked with the band that becoming commander has added to his to do list, have to make sure the lights were out and the garage door had to be put down!

I took a video of the conversation with Chris Hadfield, but with 928 minutes left to upload it, I’ll post it later. My friend George Zoethout from Huron Image Factory posted the same video, but from a different angle, so here it is!

Here are a few more photos of the event!

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Winter Cottages in Huron

7 Mar

A Great time at the Cottage

by Diva Jenna

A typical summer experience in Huron is heading up to the cottage for a long weekend or week long vacation. Last weekend my friend rented a cottage for a winter wonderland escape. I’m sure many of you don’t think of cottaging in the winter, but many of these accommodations are available all year round!

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Many of the people coming up for the weekend were from Toronto, so we all got there around 10pm on the Friday night. We had a few leisurely drinks and snacks and played some card games. The next day we had decided on winter fun activities including hiking/snowshoeing along the beach, tobogganing and general snow play!

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I had to head out to meet some other friends for dinner in Bayfield, but the rest of the vacationers went to Shannahans Quality meats in Goderich and go a huge Metzgers beef loin in which they roasted for dinner!

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winttercottage-snowangelWhat a great time we had! It reminded me of being a kid again. If you are looking to rent a cottage or accommodation in winter on Ontario’s West Coast, here is a link to all of the options! http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/owc_directory/rental.php

Family Day in the Country

27 Feb

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by Diva Jenna

There seems to be more and more family day activities planned each year, as the holiday becomes more prominent. Many of the events are planned for children, which I don’t have, but I sure do love taking part in adventures!

I wanted to spend the day with my family, so we decided to take a drive and walk in Goderich. What a beauty day for this! We watched lots of families and friends walking and playing in yards and public places.

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When we got home, Taylor decided to try out his new dirt bike ( I know, there isn’t much dirt showing right now, but he had just picked it up on Saturday!). Dirt biking and four-wheeling are leisure hobbies in my family and town for that matter. Even our cat Aiko venture out with us sometimes!  It seems that most people in Port Albert have one or the other. It was a bit cold out, but Taylor braved the weather and rode the bike around for almost an hour!

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All in all we had a great day and we were very happy to have the Monday off to spend time together. If you are looking for cool events happening in Huron, check out this calendar and start planning your trip here – http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/events/events.php

Oscar fever!

26 Feb

Fighting over the Oscar

Fighting over the Oscar

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

I have not watched the Academy Awards in about 6 years, as I haven’t had cable and I usually spend my Sunday evenings at home! This year my friend Kate Johnston, who is the manager of the Livery in Goderich, mentioned to me that there was a Livery fundraiser Oscar Night at the Parkhouse in Goderich and that it was a formal dress-up night. If you haven’t noticed, I hate to miss out on getting dressed up, so I told her I would be there!Oscar party decor at the Parkhouse in GoderichOscar party decor at the Parkhouse in Goderich

I realized that all I had for formal wear were my prom dresses and a couple of other dresses that were very tight. So I went with the larger of the tight dresses! I arrived at the Parkhouse at around 7:30 and our Hosts Ben Scholton and Ian Doyle had already started the evening commentary. I really felt like a star myself! The ticket price of $15.00 included a glass of sparkling wine, tons of door prizes and ½ price appetizers. I hadn’t had dinner, so I ordered a BLTC (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese) sandwhich… I know it doesn’t sound glamourous, but it sure hit the spot for me!

Doyle just about to interview Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!

Ben Scholten and Ian Doyle just about to interview Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!

We were each given ballots to put our votes in on all of the awards. I had seen 4 of the movies, so I had to do some “educated” guesses. There were prizes for best dressed, male and female and of course a prize was given to the person who scored highest on the awards list. The awards were fun, but I would have to say my favourite part was the photo booth. As you can see from the pictures we had a lot of fun! I hope the Livery has more entertaining nights such as these and it was great to spend the night with friends at the Parkhouse!

Photobooth at the Oscar Party

Photobooth at the Oscar Party

A thorn between 11 roses?

A thorn between 11 roses?

The Livery hosts the Goderich Little Theatre, The Livery Film Fest and Live! at the Livery. If you are looking to see a great theatre production, one is starting on March 15. I’ll Be Back Back Before Midnight” Written by Peter Colley and Directed by Nina Reynolds, sounds to me like it is going to be a great murder mystery show! So if you are looking for information on more great events visit www.thelivery.ca

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.

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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.

A Hobby Farm near Kinburn

25 May

by: Diva Jenna Ujiye

While I was in Kinburn a couple of weeks ago a friend noticed a miniature horse and what we thought was an Alpaca. We walked across the road and asked the owners if we could check out the animals. There were many more cute and fuzzy creatures than we could see from the road. When we got up close there were goats, the Aplpaca was a Llama, a bunch of miniature horses and their colts, baby ducks, kittens and more! There are many hobby farms in the area and I’m sure they would let you take a peek if you asked!

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