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ArtSee Cafe Eats in Bayfield, ON

30 Jul
The mushroom spinach and ham crepe in a white wine cheese sauce. Delish!

The mushroom spinach and ham crepe in a white wine cheese sauce. Delish!

By Diva Calista Powell

ArtsSee Cafe’s website states they are, “Serving delicious, innovative, fresh and healthy food. Our service is friendly, casual and attentive. Our environment is relaxed, current, youthful and welcoming”, and I have to 100% agree with them. I have always wanted to go to this French-style bistro, so on a rainy day I drove up to Bayfield to have lunch here with my Grandma, Polly. It usually takes me about .5 of a second to decide what I am going to order but every single item on this menu was so intriguing. We ended up deciding on splitting a mushroom, spinach and ham crepe and the Mediterranean Panini made up of Metzger’s smoked turkey breast, artichoke hearts, crumbled feta, and sundried tomato mayonnaise grilled on a focaccia. It was nearly impossible to decide which meal I liked better. You can never go wrong with a healthy sandwich made from local ingredients, but then again the crepe had a white wine and cheese sauce that I wish I could eat every day.

The Mediterranean focaccia as recommended by our server. Definitely a good choice.

The Mediterranean focaccia as recommended by our server. Definitely a good choice.

The portions were great for a light lunch and the ambience of ArtSee Cafe was relaxed and welcoming. At one point a lady wearing her pyjamas sat down to an espresso to frantically scribble something on to a napkin that I could not make out . I later overheard as she was speaking to a friend who entered the cafe that she was visiting from London for a poetry workshop and just had a surge of inspiration. It made me smile knowing that someone from a neighbouring city would feel at home here and find ArtSee Cafe as wonderful as I did.

To view ArtSee Cafe’s Schedule and Menu go to their website at http://www.artseecafe.ca

They are located at 19 Main Street, Bayfield, Ontario

The super friendly serving staff Cassie Groot, Shannen Murray & Maddy McDonald.

The super friendly serving staff Cassie Groot, Shannen Murray & Maddy McDonald.

The culinary wizards who made my amazing meal! Big thanks to Guy Spence, Anita Spence and Stacia McLean.

The culinary wizards who made my amazing meal! Big thanks to Guy Spence, Anita Spence and Stacia McLean.


Winterlicious at the Black Dog in Bayfield

5 Mar

By Travel Diva Jenna Ujiye


Before I tell you about my most recent Winterlicious I wanted to make sure that you all know that there are only 4 days left to try out these amazing 3 course meals for $29.00. To find menus and information visit: www.tasteofhuron.ca

Last Friday I headed out to the Black Dog Pub in Bayfield to try out their Winterlicious menu. My three friends Ang, Nisa and Nat joined me and it turned out to be a wonderful evening! I was the only person to order the specific Winterlicious meal and it was yummy!

One of the great things about this facility is the bar offereings, many choices in liquors, beers and wines. Now there was a confusion with the first course, I read the cheddar and ale portion of the menu and thought it was soup. Well I think I need a lesson in reading, cause the first course was actually Traditional Potted Cheddar with Mill Street Organic Tankhouse Ale and Toasted Olive Bread. So it turned out to be cheese and bread. The cheese was very strong and had a unique flavor and the olive bread was nice.

Cheese and Bread

Traditional Potted Cheddar with Mill Street Organic Tankhouse Ale and Toasted Olive Bread

Best Beet Salad

Best Beet Salad

Village Salad

Village Salad

Nat ordered the village salad and Ang got the beet salad, both of which I have had and I must say that the beet salad is one of my favourite courses at the Black Dog.

The second course that I had was Pan-Seared Metzger Smoked Pork Chop with Herbed Stuffing, Mustard-Cider Cream, Braised Red Cabbage and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. The mashed potatoes where so creamy and even with all of the food on the plate I wanted more!

Metzger's Pork Chop

Metzger’s Pork Chop

We joked about having favourites and Nat and Ang both got what they normally get. It’s great to try something new, but if you love something it is sometimes what you have to go with. Nat got the curry, which is a favourite of many and Ang got the weth’s mushrooms on toast with brie, which looked super scrumptious. Nisa tried something she had never had before the pasta e verdure, which comes in a lovely cream sauce and has weth’s mushrooms in it as well!

Weth’s Mushrooms on toast with brie

Weth’s Mushrooms on toast with brie

Vegetable Curry

Vegetable Curry

Pasta E Verdure

Pasta E Verdure

For the final course my mouth was exploding with love for the Apple Fritter with Vanilla Ice Cream and Butterscotch Sauce. My friends Selena and Meighan were both trying out the Winterlicious the same night and both stopped by the table before leaving to pump me up about the Apple Fritter. It really was a treat. Nat and Nisa both got the sticky toffee pudding, we’ve had it before and it is amazing! Overall we had a wonderful evening with superb food!

Apple Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream and Butterscotch Sauce

Apple Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream and Butterscotch Sauce

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro



Eddingtons Winterlicious

1 Mar

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

The Divas at Eddingtons

The Divas at Eddingtons

This week has been a perfect week to get to a couple more Winterlicious events. On Wednesday five of us divas went for a wonderful meal at Eddingtons in Exeter. Karen, Claire, Christine, Trista and I had a marvelous time!

Trista, Karen and I all decided to go with the Winterlicious menu. Eddingtons had two choices for the starter and main, here is the menu:

Starter – Local atibo white bean and root vegetable chowder. Or Late harvest kale and beet salad. Parmigianino, hardboiled egg, sunflower seeds and sundried cranberry, tossed in a local garlic dressing.

Bean Soup

Bean Soup

Kale and Beet Salad

Kale and Beet Salad

Main – Local Pork shoulder braised in an apple cider vinegar served on a caramelized onion and blue cheese tart accented with a Grand Bend potato and root vegetable medley. Or  Supreme breast of chicken stuffed with fresh herbs, roma tomato and flavorful Italian sausage glazed in a Chianti red wine and shallot reduction. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and market vegetables.

Pork Shoulder

Pork Shoulder

Chicken Supreme

Chicken Supreme

I had the  soup to start and the pork as my main and they were both great. The bean chowder had a nice mild flavor letting the beans and vegetables show their true flavours. The pork was super succulent and tender.

Claire and Christine both decided to get their courses off of the menu. Christine started with the Thai Chicken Salad and Claire had the martini scallops, both starters looked yummy! They both got the gourmet macaroni and cheese, and my the silence at the table you could tell they liked it!

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Martini Scallops

Martini Scallops

To end the meal Karen Trista and  I had Sticky toffee pudding cake with a coastal coffee caramel sauce, Christine had and apple dessert and Claire had the flourless chocolate cake… Wow, it was amazing!

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Sticky Toffee Cake

Sticky Toffee Cake

The Taste of Huron Winterlicious dining program is running until March 9 at various restaurant around Ontario’s West Coast, if you want more information, visit here: www.tasteofhuron.ca

Eddingtons of Exeter:

Address: 527 Main St S, Exeter, ON N0M 1S1

Phone:(519) 235-3030

Website: http://www.eddingtons.ca/

Winterlicious at Benmiller Inn

23 Feb

By: Travel Diva Jenna

Benmiller Winterlicious - Happy Divas

The Group – Ang, Sarah, Jenna, Monica, Kate, Courtney, Griffyn, Katie and Melissa.

I finally got out to my first Taste of Huron Winterlicious event at Benmiller Inn and was it ever delicious! What made the dinner even better was that 7 other divas joined me on this culinary evening, oh plus our token “dude” Gryffin! The Winterlicious events are such a great opportunity for people to try out menus at restaurants across Ontario’s West Coast, Prix Fixe menus, 3 courses and the cost is $29!!!

Benmiller Inn wowed us from the start, before our first course came they served us a mushroom wonton amuse bouche, which indeed made our mouths happy! Of course the whole menu is available during Winterlicious, but all of us decided to go with the special. Between all of us we ordered one of everything. I have always had a tough time getting great photos at Benmiller, since the lighting is low and I never bring extra lights, luckily Katie Schedlich was along with us and had the idea to use our phone lights to make the photos looked posed and perfect… so much better than a flash! Below are the menu options and photos of the food:

Benmiller Winterlicious - Amuse Bouche

Above – Amuse Bouche – Mushroom Stuffed Wontons


Benmiller Winterlicious - Duck RaviolliBenmiller Winterlicious - Pork Soup

Everspring farm Muscovy duck confit ravioli, honey beets, sea buckthorn mirin glaze.
Slow roasted Metzgers pork, udon noodle, dashi broth, chili oil, scallion

Benmiller Winterlicious - Fish and ChipsBenmiller Winterlicious - Gnocchi


Ausable gold potato gnocchi, Wild boar with cranberry & Berkshire pork sausage, Weth shiitake cream sauce
Panko crusted yellow perch goujons, Garlic box scape caper tartar sauce, pomme pont neuf


 Winterlicious - Poached PearWinterlicious - Cheese Plate

Blyth farms chevre with spiced pecan and Inn made lavash
Prosecco poached pear, vanilla ice cream, Johnston’s Apiary honey drizzle

I chose the Roast pork soup, Gnocchi and the poached pear, all of which were wonderful. To be honest I was full after the soup, it had three large pieces of pork that could be a regular serving for a dinner! But of course I was able to find room for the creamy gnocchi and the poached pear. Out of the whole meal I would have to say that my favourite dish was the gnocchi; the wild boar sausage mixed with the perfectly cooked cream sauce and potato dumplings made my taste buds jump for joy!

We left Benmiller feeling happy, full and excited for the next adventure. During the next week I will be heading to Eddingtons and the Black Dog for more Winterlicious dining… I can’t wait! The Taste of Huron Winterlicious runs until March 9, and there are 9 restaurants taking part! For menus and more information visit: www.tasteofhuron.ca




Audrey’s Feast

30 Sep

IMG_4008by Diva Trista Russell

I have to admit that when I heard about this event, I had no idea who Audrey was. But after attending Audrey’s Feast, it appears that Audrey was wonderful inspiration to our community, and especially the Farmers’ Market in my hometown of Exeter. Unfortunately, she recently passed away, but it was evident from the kind words spoken throughout the night that her inspiration still lives on.

Audrey’s Feast was a long-table style dinner that was held in a tent right beside Main Street in Exeter. Audrey’s Feast was inspired by Audrey McFalls, who saw similar events celebrating local food held in neighbouring regions and wanted to bring it to Exeter. The proceeds from the Feast went to the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre and the Exeter Farmers’ Market. The servers throughout the night were all vendors from the Farmers’ Market. Dinner was catered by Devin Tabor of Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service, and live music by Devon Martene and Jon Gill.

The delicious dinner started off with an amuse-bouche (bite size appetizer) of smoked Lake Huron fish, mixed greens with roasted beets, and roasted sweet potato soup. For the main course, there was roast beef with gravy and horseradish cream sauce, and honey dijon roast chicken. This was accompanied with a medley of veggies, smashed potato with roasted garlic, and fresh rolls with seasoned butter. The dessert was an an apple crumble with fresh raspberries, chantilly cream and mint. Yum!

IMG_4009The dinner featured items from Barrking Hill FarmBayfield Berry FarmCedar Villa Angus FarmsFirmly Rooted FarmGood Luck GardensMcClymont Century OrchardSheldon Berries, The Home Farm, and Cudmore Farm.

Guest speaker for the evening was Andrew Fleet, who is Director of Growing Chefs! Ontario, a non-profit organization based in London that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members to help get kids excited about how to grow and prepare healthy food. One of the programs Growing Chefs! Ontario offers is called “Fresh Food Frenzy” which takes school kids to a local farmers’ market and then prepare a meal using market ingredients.

He also spoke about how we need to change how the way we look at food, as often we look at eating as an inconvenience in our busy day. He said that Europeans, especially Italians, have it right: they look at food and eating as a priority, and fit the other things in life around food.

I hope this event happens again next year!


Each diner got to take home a package from Egg Farmers Ontario, including a handy microwave egg cooker.


I was one of the lucky winners who got to take home a beautiful centrepiece of fresh cut flowers from Cudmore Farms!


Some wonderful ladies from London that I met at Audrey’s Feast. Hope you enjoyed the evening!


A sample of the items you can purchase at the Exeter Farmers’ Market.

Foodie in Benmiller

19 Jul


By:  Diva Jenna Ujiye

An inn, restaurant, spa and retreat, The Benmiller Inn and spa truly is a gem on Ontario’s West Coast. If you haven’t noticed, I am a foodie and I typically plan my trips around where I am going to eat! Not long ago my friend Rebecca asked if I wanted to head out to Benmiller for a quick lunch. Yay! Of course I wanted to go. I knew chef Spencer would have many items on the menu that I would want to try.

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I ordered the reuben panini and Rebecca got the smoked cheddar chicken sandwich. As you can see from the photo, the food smelled so good that we ate first and then remembered to take the photo. After we finished we ran in to dining room manager Marianne and she had not started her meal, so I was able to capture the beauty of the plated food. She was having mushroom flatbread and seared flat iron steak with frites.

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I took some photos of the menu and wanted to try out everything! Now I know I have written about the Benmiller Inn before, so if you read this blog often you will also know that Benmiller has many unique rooms, a pool, meeting rooms and a spa. A perfect oasis for a vacation at any time of the year! They also have some great events, so check out their website here: http://benmiller.ca

Benmiller is located just outside of Goderich in Benmiller Ontario, along the beautiful Maitland River:

Benmiller Inn and Spa
81175 Benmiller Line
Goderich, Ontario
Canada N7A 3Y1

Tel: (800) 265-1711 or (519) 524.2191
Fax: (519) 524.5150

Benmiller Inn – Local Food, Great Atmosphere

8 Mar

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by Diva Jenna

A couple of weeks ago the divas met at Benmiller Inn to chat about 2013 blog story opportunities and to meet each other!

The meal was seriously awesome. They started us with an amuse bouche – which I just call happy mouth – which had smoked salmon, cream cheese, wasabi and was served on a small potatoe pancake. We all wanted more!


The menu is seasonal and Chef Spencer Vail changes it up fairly often. They also highlight the local producers and farmers of the area, which is something a foodie loves to see. A couple of the Divas ordered off the the prix fixe menu, which is three courses (a couple of choices for each course) and the price point was $29!

We had soups and salads to start and moved on to the main course. We had a variety of dishes including: Chicken Supreme Risotto – Sun dried tomato, roasted red pepper, spinach, chevre, parmesan ($24), Metzger’s Cast Iron Roasted Beef Tenderloin – pommes sarladaise, spring vegetables, whisky spiked hunter sauce ($28) and Willowgrove Hill Pork Chop – sweet and sour cabbage, potato rosti ($28). We were all very pleased with our meals and a couple of the girls even moved on to dessert!

If you are looking for a nice evening out and an excellent meal, Benmiller Inn will definitely impress. Oh and did I mention they also have a great Inn and a spa, but I’ll save that for another story!

For prices, menu or to book please visit – http://www.benmillerinnandspa.com

Fridays are Pasta & Fish Nights in Bayfield

5 Jul

By Diva Trista Russell

Last week I noticed a Facebook post by Ontario’s West Coast about a pasta and fish night on Fridays in Bayfield. It sounded like an interesting combination, so I thought I would go check it out. I made a reservation online through their website, and while I was a bit nervous making a reservation online since I’ve never done that before, I was pleasantly suprised the next morning when I had email in my inbox asking what time I would prefer for dinner.

It took me a little while to find it, but tucked away from the historical main street is the ArtSee Cafe & Bistro. It’s on the lake side of the street, near the Red Pump restaurant. I was able to eat outside on their patio in front of the restaurant, which I would definitely recommend as it has the advantage of being semi-secluded from the street. The cafe is beside a courtyard area surrounded with balconies, so it kind of feels like you are in New Orleans!

The waitress explained the ordering process–basically it’s like a create-your-own meal adventure. First you select the type of pasta, second you select the type of sauce, followed by the type of meat or seafood, and any additional ingredients you want thrown in. If pasta is not your thing, they also have a fish dinner special, which last Friday was ginger glazed salmon with aztec rice and broccoli. I decided upon the fettucini tossed with alfredo sauce topped with shrimp and kalamata olives. My pasta creation was yummy! They give you a hefty portion, so as a bonus I had enough leftover for lunch the next day. Score! For dessert I had the gelato, which was refreshing treat on a warm summer evening.

Also worth checking out is the ArtSee’s culinary expeditions where each Saturday night they feature food from a specific area of the world. Just to tempt you, here’s the upcoming dinner schedule (subject to change, of course):

  • July 7th – Indonesia
  • July 14th – Umbria, Italy
  • July 21st – Burgundy, France
  • July 28th – South Carolina
  • August 4th – Greece
  • August 11th – Costa Rica
  • August 18th – Loire, France
  • August 25th – Lazio, Italy
  • September 1st – Argentina
  • September 8th – Burgundy, France
  • September 15th – Spain
  • September 22nd – Alabama
  • September 29th – Mediterranean
  • October 6th – Morocco
  • October 13th – Germany

Detailed menus for each weekend are available on their website. If you are planning on attending one of the culinary expeditions dinners, they kindly ask that you make reservations online or by phone the Tuesday prior as the series of culinary expeditions are offered on a reservation only basis.

Website: www.artseecafe.ca

Phone: 519-565-2200

Email: enjoy@artseecafe.ca

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Turkey: My favourite grilling meat

28 Jun

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

For the past couple of years my choice of meat for grilling and BBQ’ing has been turkey. I do like to BBQ almost anything, but have had great luck and mouthwatering meals with turkey! Many people think of it as a holiday meat, where the menu usually consists of a full bird filled with stuffing, served with mashed potatoes and gravy.  There are many parts of the turkey you can use for everyday and every occasion!

The first 2012 Taste of Huron Food for Thought dinner is taking place on July 10 at the Little Inn of Bayfield. The topic they have chosen is turkey! I can’t wait. If you are looking for local food or Taste of Huron information, visit here – www.tasteofhuron.ca of and book your tickets soon, these dinners always sell out!


Here are the details:

Turkey Tales

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40 per person (does not include: beverages, taxes or service). Wine flight (optional) to match courses is an additional $20 (1 glass with each course; all grape styles that will be grown in the County).
Hosted by: The Little Inn of Bayfield
Reservations: 1-800-565-1832

Learn about the history of the wild turkey in Huron County! Mike Malhiot, a biologist from the Ministry of Natural Resources will discuss our native wild turkey from its historic origins to its extirpation from the forests of Southern Ontario to its return through the highly successful provincial restoration program. You will also learn about the biology of the species and the origins of the domestic turkey industry.

First Course
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho/Blue Cheese Powder/Red Sorrel/EVOO Gelato

Second Course
Charred Hayter’s Turkey Tenderloin/Sweet Corn Sabayon/Heirloom Vegetables/Blueberry Miso

Third Course
White Chocolate Panna Cotta/Local Peach Gazpacho/Blackberry Caviar/Cotton Candy Floss

Location: The Little Inn
26 Main Street North, Bayfield, Ontario N0M 1G0


There are five other dinners to come this summer and fall!

Berries and Breakfast

15 Jun

By Travel Diva Jenna Ujiye

On a quick trip to pick up home-made rhubarb muffins at the Bayfield Berry Farm, I took a peek around the store and also checked out the brunch! Owner Marlene, makes some of the best canned items, jams and jellies around, so I never seem to leave without picking up a few items. I picked out some red pepper jelly and pickled asparagus and then went over to the fresh picked items and got some asparagus and rhubarb.

While I was shopping the brunch was on, there was fresh fruit with whipped cream, eggs, sausage, toast and all of the fixings. There were many people in for the brunch and enjoying the great food. Bayfield Berry also offers catering, baked goods, gifts, u-pick berries (when available) and more. This year the crop was partially ruined due to late frost, but there should still be opportunities for picking.

The Bayfield Berry farm also has many functions going on in 2012:

Starting May 12th – October 7th, 2012 we are offering:

Saturday & Sunday Breakfast Buffets  8am – 2pm  – $10.95 (excluding special function dates below)

Holiday Mondays Breakfast Buffet 8am – 2pm – $10.95 (May 21-September 3)

**Please keep in mind that by popular demand we are serving our buffets & brunches first with menu orders possible thereafter**

So if you are looking for a great breakfast made with fresh local food visit this great spot on Orchard line.

Website: www.bayfieldberryfarm.on.ca

Hours of Operation:
March 30 – May 13 Thursday – Sunday 8 am – 4 pm
May 13 – Sep 3 7 days a week 8 am – 4 pm
8 am – 8 pm (during picking season)
Sep 11 – Oct 7 Tuesday – Sunday 8 am – 4 pm
Oct 7 – Oct 28 Wednesday – Sunday 8 am – 4 pm
Oct 28 – Dec 24 Thursday – Sunday 8 am – 4 pm
** Closed Mondays – Sept 10 – Oct 1, 2012 **
**Subject to weather**

77697 Orchard Line

Bayfield, Ontario

N0M 1G0

Tel: 519.482.1666

Fax: 519.482.8268

Email: berryfarm@hurontel.on.ca



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