By Diva Jenna Ujiye
The past two months I have been emailing back and forth with a new friend and the newest Ontario Travel Diva. I would like to welcome Trista Russel of Exeter on as our newest Diva. Trista has lived in Huron County most of her life and loves to attend local events, attractions and restaurants.
We decided to meet at one of my favourite local restaurants in Huron is Eddingtons of Exeter. Chef James always has a great menu with unique local food items on it. The menu changes seasonally, so I try to make it there at least every three months. On Friday I had the Gourmet Mac & Cheese and Trista had the daily soup and chicken wrap special and of course it was served with warm fresh bread and butter!
After we finished our main course Chef James came out and we had a nice chat about local events and where he gets some of the fresh food he serves. On Thursday nights it is Gourmet Pizza night, I haven’t made it down yet, but I hear it is amazing and I plan on getting there soon… Baked Potato and Bacon Pizza, yum!
I’m really excited for Trista to come on board with the Divas, after spending an hour with her I could tell that she will have some great posts and photos to come!
For more information on Eddingtons you can find them on Facebook or visit http://www.eddingtons.ca/
By: Diva Jenna
Well, the summer flew by, and I will say that I had a great summer! Unfortunately, this means that I just didn’t blog, at all. I am back though I had so many great experiences this summer and will try to tell you all about everything!
Yes, I know, summer isn’t just over, but fall is now coming to an end. I am actually getting pretty excited about winter. Skiing, cozy nights, beer tastings, hot chocolate, snow. When you live in Canada you have to love all four seasons, especially winter. Well I guess you don’t have to love them all, but if you hate winter, a good 4-6 months of your year will not be fun!
Over the next few months I plan to write regularly and post all of my travels through out Ontario’s West Coast!
By: Diva Jenna Ujiye
August 13, 2011 marks the annual “Breakfast in the Park” in St. Josephs. I have never been to this event and plan to head for some good food and a bit of “Garage Sailing”, as my mom would call it! Not only is it the St.Josephs breakfast, but it is also the Zurich Town Yard Sale and Firemans breakfast. My plan is as follows:
- Head to St.Josephs, be there for 7am
- Take in the heritage of the tiny village
- Eat breakfast (#1)
- Head to Zurich, shop and explore (find some treasure)
- Eat breakfast (#2)
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, so I don’t mind eating two of the at all! I think this adventure will be quite interesting, the people of the town seem to have quite the sense of humour! When I was looking up information on the the Zurich event, both the town website and the Fire Department had funny jokes on them. Here is the one from the fire department page:
Don’t let this happen to you!
Be sure to park AWAY from the fire hydrants! Remember, it’s the law…
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!
Ahh, another lovely weekend in Huron County! I mentioned a few days ago about the Art Mart in Goderich this weekend. On Saturday I was able to head up and check out all the shopping! It was amazing as usual. Jd purchased some kangeroo meat which was made in B.C, and we sampled about 50 different dips! Glad we didnt eat lunch before we went! We walked around for a few hours admiring all the unique items. I did however, save my favourite booth for last. Its a jewelry stand with all the jewelry handmade by Daniel Poolak, and it is aaaamazing!!!! I found a bracelet that I instantly fell in love with and had to have!
I finished up at the art mart and went to Thyme on 21 for a lunch with my bestest friend Meghan, her boyfriend, and my darling friend Jd. As always lunch was delicious! I absolutely LOVE Thyme on 21, the food and service is always exceptional! Three of us ordered the special, which was a pork and gruyere sandwich. Steve and I had it with tomato and dill soup, and Jd ordered it with the caesar salad, while Meghan ordered the souffle.
After that we head back to Steve’s to swim all afternoon and enjoy the sunshine It was the perfect Saturday!
By: Diva Jenna Ujiye
Marshmallows have never been a favourite snack of mine, but s’mores on the other hand are something that I have always enjoyed. They bring back memories from my childhood and even in to my teen years. You really can’t have a campfire without s’mores and spider dogs in my opinion!
A few days ago, we decided to have an evening campfire. It was our first of the summer, so I got out the graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, within minutes we were eating our campfire favourite and having a blast!
As you can see from the pictures, it wasn’t even dark yet, but the fire was nice and hot and perfect for marshmallow roasting!
I have also come across some gourmet recipes, so I thought I would post them here! ENJOY!
I would say that spending time with family on the Shores of Lake Huron is the best summer beach vacation ever. Plus you can always have a great campfire!
Mint Brownie S’mores
For the true chocolate lover!
- 2 brownies, squares (or 1 brownie square and 1 graham cracker square)
- 8 -10 Junior mints
- 1 marshmallow
Chocolate and Peanut Butter S’mores
from – http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitchen-assistant/new-smores-recipes-00400000043561/
Anyone who’s outgrown classic s’mores will love this version: gooey-sweet melted marshmallow tempered by bittersweet chocolate cookies and salty roasted peanuts.
Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter (at room temperature, for easy spreading) onto a thin, crisp chocolate water (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Waters).
Slide 1 skewer-toasted marshmallow onto peanut butter. Top with a second wafer and squish down gently. Eat, licking fingers.
I was out driving around the county last week and was noticing how beautiful the wonderful Countryside is!
I thought I would post some pics to remind everyone how pretty Ontario’s West Coast is!
By: Diva Jenna
When I was a kid it was a huge deal to head down to the beach in Goderich and watch the fireworks every Canada Day. As I got older I went with only my friends and now I am back to hanging with my parents and plan to catch the fireworks with my family! It is so great that we celebrate our Canadian Heritage and Culture with a long weekend… it really gets the summer started!
Below, I have posted all of the Canada Day Weekend events that I could find in the county!
|Thu, June 30, 2011 – Sat, July 2, 2011
|Event Host: Kinsmen / KinettesStarts Thurs. at 5 pm with a chicken BBQ and continues the whole weekend. Other events include wings in the park, base ball tournament, beer tent and much more. There is something for all ages including children entertainment and events, a street dance Friday eve. Admission for dance (age of majority)
Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Contact: Angela Cullen
Alt Telephone: 482-7349
|Thu, June 30, 2011 – Sun, July 3, 2011
Goderich Canada Day Celebrations
|Event Host: Tourism GoderichGoderich waves the Canadian flag to show its civic pride throughout the weekend. Festivities include: fireworks (June 30), heritage walk, picnic, Canada Day parade (July 1), Lion’s BBQ (July 3– 3:30 to 6:30 pm), friendship breakfast, and much, much more.
Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Alt Telephone: 800-280-7637
|Thu, June 30, 2011
Goderich Canada Day Fireworks
|Event Host: Tourism GoderichBeginning at dusk at the main beach Goderich. Bring the whole family to enjoy the spectacular fireworks over Lake Huron. Come start your Canada Day with a” bang”!.
|Location:Main Beach, Goderich
|Fri, July 1, 2011
Exeter Canada Day Celebrations
|Event Host: South Huron Recreation Dept.Fun for the family. Breakfast, car show, bike decorating, fireworks and much more. Ends with fireworks.
|Location:South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria St. E.
|Fri, July 1, 2011
Wingham Canada Day Celebrations
|Event Host: Wingham Firefighters Assoc.Fireworks at Riverside Park at dusk.
|Fri, July 1, 2011
Seaforth Firefighter’s Breakfast
|Event Host: Municipality of Huron EastCome and enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, toast, coffee and juice.
|Location:Seaforth Firehall, 31 Birch St.
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!
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
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Functional Foods: Enhancing Your Diet
Hosted by: Benmiller Inn & Spa
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato & More!
Hosted by: The Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Boring!
Hosted by: Fireside Cafe
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Blyth Inn – coming soon!
Hosted by: The Blyth Inn
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Huron County’s Wine Industry
Hosted by: The Little Inn of Bayfield
Thursday, September 8 2011
A Fish Out of Water
Hosted by: Eddington’s of Exeter
By: Jenna Diva
Kaylie and I have both been chatting about doing some Huron County Challenges in the next couple of months. Kaylie has told me that she is going to do an “Eat Local” challenge where all she will eat (for a pre-determined length of time) will be food from Huron County. She said she will try to only eat things produced in Huron. It is a great challenge, in which she will have the opportunity to find out new places and see how easy or hard it is!
As for my challenge, I am going to challenge myself with finding the most unique foods grown in Huron and make dishes to go with them. I’ve seen some neat veggies and produce at the farmer’s market, so I think it will be fun to try some new items!
Please send us messages if you know any really great places for local food or unique food!