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Delicious Time at Thyme on 21

13 Jan

By Diva Trista Russell

I have to admit that January is a blah month. After the holiday season filled with great food, parties, friends, and family, the cold and snowy days that come after seem to drag on. So, on an impulse, I decided to get out rsz_1img_2472and try a new restaurant!

I headed to Thyme on 21 in Goderich for dinner. I had never been there before, and I had heard some great reviews from my coworkers. The restaurant is located in a beautiful Victorian home along Highway 21 in Goderich, just a block away from the historic square.

First off, the service was excellent. I was greeted by the host and had a nice chat with him about the history of the property. He lead me to a nice spot by the window across from the fireplace. And when leaving, he even helped me put on my coat! Small touches like that really enhance the experience. The server, Michelle, was very friendly and courteous. The decor inside is rustic and regal, and it makes for a very intimate atmosphere. While this is a great spot to eat anytime of the day, I really think this restaurant would be a great pick if you’re looking for a romantic evening for two.

The most important part: the food! Everything was very fresh and tasty. The portions were just right: not too big and not too small. I had the smoked salmon for an appetizer, which was accompanied with dill mayo, red onion, capers and fresh baguette slices. This was something I normally wouldn’t choose, but it fit my criteria: try something I usually wouldn’t make at home. It was a great choice! For the entree, I had the special of the evening which was the beef skewers with hoisin sauce along with rice pilaf and sauteed veggies. To top it off, I had carrot cake for dessert. I have to say this had to be one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time (at least since those fantastic homemade Christmas dinners!). I will definitely be back again.

www.thymeon21.com

80 Hamilton Street, Goderich

Reservations: 519-524-4171

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Much more than just leather at The Old Mill

4 Nov

By Diva Trista Russell

Old Mill sign

I can now proudly check one place off my Huron County “to-visit” list: The Old Mill in Blyth. As this was my first-ever visit, I was pleasantly surprised that they carry more than just leather coats. In fact, I was actually blown away at the variety of apparel they offer!

As their website indicates, “The Old Mill is just off Highway 4, nestled amid the picturesque beauty of the countryside, one mile south of Blyth, is the most surreal shopping experience, The Old Mill.” That folks, is a true statement for Canada’s largest leather storeladies clothing.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who assumed that they carried just leather goods. I envisioned everything leather: coats, gloves, boots, wallets, and some sheepskins. When I arrived, I found out that they carry all that PLUS formal dresses, fancy hats, scarves, purses, shoes, jewellery, cowboy boots, wool coats, designer men’s and women’s clothing, shapewear, Uggs, children’s clothes, stuffed animals, moccasins, sheepskin slippers…and more. They carry this all in not one, but two buildings!

second buildingThe sheepskins they had near the entrance have a variety of uses. There are rugs for decor, sheepskin for car seat covers, medical shearlings to help prevent bed sores, to lambskins to line cribs to help prevent colic and diaper rash. And many of these sheepskin rugs are 100% washable! One neat item I discovered was sheepskin slippers. After trying them on, I know that they are very cozy and light–perfect for a Canadian winter. I wish I had taken a photo of these neat Canadian-made slippers! I think they would make a great gift for the cowboy bootsholidays.

In the second building, they have discounted coats, both leather and wool, located on the upper floor (as shown in the photo). They carry a variety of sizes (to 4 XL tall) so there are lots to choose from.

The Old Mill is celebrating 50 years in business, and recently installed one of Huron County’s first electric car charging station. Visit them at 82790 London Road.

Huron County’s Rich Aviation History

21 Oct

By Diva Trista Russell

Huron County may be known for its rich agricultural lands, but one thing you may not realize is that this area has rich military history too! I took a drive and discovered that the Huron County Museum celebrates this history with an exhibit at the Goderich Airport.

The Sky Harbour Gallery details the history of the airport and the role it played during WWII. The airport served as a training school for pilots, known as Elementary Flying School No. 12.  The Gallery may be small, but the room is filled with intereting history. Lots of artifacts from veterans are on display, including uniforms, equipment, class pictures, actual log notes, and more. There’s even a hide-away area for viewing videos.

The entrance to the Gallery is on the lower floor of the Goderich Airport building. The Goderich Airport is north of Goderich, off Provincial Hwy. 21. The Gallery is open year round, but it’s recommended that you call the Airport for operating hours (519-524-2915). Admission is by donation.

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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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Good Times in the Mud

27 May

By Diva Trista Russell

Yesterday I had the chance to check out the 2012 South Huron Mud Bogg’n event in Exeter. If you like ATVs and mud, then this is the event for you! There was riders of all ages racing in the mud pits, which goes to show that we never stop loving to play in the mud as we get older! It was especially fun to watch the young kids race.

After doing some research, I found out that mud bogging is popular off-road motorsport in Canada. Riders attempt to drive a four-wheeled vehicle through the entire length of a mud pit, in the fastest time possible. After seeing more than a few riders get stuck, I’m convinced that it’s harder than it looks to steer through the mud.

I was really impressed to see such a large number of volunteers helping out throughout the day. With the great sunny weather and the spectactors cheering on the local riders, the atmosphere at Mud Bogg’n was definitely very exciting and entertaining!

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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

A Walk in the Park at St. Joe’s

25 Mar

By Diva Trista Russell

With spring season underway, and summer just around the corner…why not make a stop to walk in the park?

I visited the St. Joesph Memorial Park this weekend, and had a fun time reading the fascinating stories along the walkway. If you’re a history buff, this park is definitely worth a stop. Even if you’re not a history buff (like me), this place has some beautiful scenery.

The St. Joesph Memorial Park began with a request from St. André, known healer and founder of the famed Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal. A statue honouring St. Joseph and St. André are located in the park.

There is also a plaque honouring Narcisse Cantin, who had a dream to build a Great Lakes canal system. The canal would have started at St. Joseph and linked Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Although this canal was never built, he was remembered as the “Father of the St. Lawrence Seaway”.

Last summer, the St. Joseph and Area Historical Society produced an outdoor play about Narcisse, which was performed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, just a few minutes north of the park. The Society even received a Governor General’s  History Award for the production!

I think this park would be the perfect spot for a picnic on the way to the beach. It’s right off the highway, and there’s a neat little picnic bench area to stop and have a bite.

The park is located at the intersection of Bluewater Highway (Hwy. #21) at Zurich-Hensall Road (County Road #84), and it’s open year-round.