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Auburn Grill offers a hearty breakfast menu

28 Feb

auburnrestaurantexteriorBy Diva Heather Boa

It’s obligatory for a reviewer to order the signature dish at a restaurant. And the top breakfast menu item at the Auburn Grill & Family Restaurant sounded pretty tempting – a Belgian waffle topped with corned beef hash, eggs and a special cream sauce.

So I ignored the usual offerings of eggs, omelettes, pancakes and sandwiches and put in an order for the Breakfast Special ($8.50) and a cup of coffee, then took note of my surroundings. The Sunday morning patrons were the usual rural crowd of ball caps and plaid and fluorescent work jackets, which in my books means the breakfast will be hearty and traditional, and the coffee will be refilled regularly. The melamine tables and crown-backed chairs were arranged around the work area, where customers pay for gas from the pumps outside, frozen meals and other convenience items, or fresh pastries from the glass case. Behind a piece of wood lattice, the cook prepared food in the kitchen.

Outside the picture window, the occasional vehicle drove by on Cnty. Road 35 (Blyth Road)  and on the other side of the road a farmer’s barren field lay exposed, a row of orange-tipped sticks all that remained to mark the trail snowmobilers would travel to come for a meal.

I was surprised to hear rock music playing in the restaurant, a little heavier variety than one usually hears in public places. I liked it well enough.

Breakfast arrived – a prepared crispy waffle with a light inside, corned beef (but no potato to make it hash), nicely scrambled eggs, and a thick cheesy white sauce that would stick to your ribs on a cold morning.

auburnrestaurantBut I might have made a tactical error in ordering the Breakfast Special, and I’ve since learned that the restaurant is really known locally for its generous portions of standard breakfast fare – eggs, meat, homefries and toast. I’ll make a note of that for my next visit.

No matter what the meal, coffee is a deal breaker for me. Is it hot enough? Is it strong enough but not bitter? Is it refilled on a regular basis? And on all fronts, this coffee did indeed stack up.

The Auburn Grill and Family Restaurant also has a complete lunch and dinner menu, plus children’s menu, and is open seven days a week until 7 p.m.



Firemen’s breakfast a hot ticket in Huron County

12 Jul

fireman8By Diva Danica Rush

I once creeped out Kirk Russell in a Toronto coffee shop.

Like really, seriously, totally creeped him out. As I stood second in line, ready to order my morning coffee, I noticed a gorgeous head of hair in front of me. When that wonderfully manly mane turned around my jaw dropped. I was staring right into the deep, mysterious eyes of Kirk Russell. The real Kirk Russell! I thought we were having a moment of instant soul mate connection. But this sense of I-will-leave-Goldie-forever-for-you quickly faded away as I realized the look in his eyes was actually that of terror and panic. I was clearly blocking his path to both the creamers and any probable escape routes. He ran away from me too fast before I could get out the only words on my mind – “I’ve loved you, Kirk Russell, ever since I saw the movie Backdraft as a little girl”.

Kirk, your smile lights up the big screen.

Kirk, your laugh is the center of Hollywood. Beep… Beep…

Kirk, yes of course I… beep… beep…would marry…

Beep… Beep… Beep….

The alarm was going off and pulled me out of Kirk’s awaiting arms.

My eyes popped open. It was to be my first local firemen’s breakfast! I quickly showered and got dressed. Then I got changed as I looked at myself in the mirror and realized that a push-up bra and fire engine red lipstick was a bit too much for this Sunday morning community breakfast. I mean it’s not like Kirk would be there… but could he be though?? The thought was nagging but I stuck with the tamer outfit and set off for Brussels Fire Hall.

I was not the only firefighter enthusiast to show up, though to be honest the other diehard fans had an average age of six, were accompanied by parents and mostly drank from bright blue sippy cups.

The fire trucks were beautiful and should be as much of a source of local pride as the community members who dedicate fireman10themselves to the local fire service. The firefighter who greeted everyone at the door told me they would be serving up to 2,000 people that day. Which is pretty impressive to a woman who can’t commit to making her own cup of coffee in the morning. The tradition of serving community breakfasts has been long standing; at least over 30 years the friendly firefighter told me. And what a breakfast! Warm toast, perfectly hashed potatoes, excellent eggs and two choices of meat… they sure do know their way around a breakfast plate. A perfect meal done by the firefighters joking around with each other in the cooking pit in front of the fire station. Of course these breakfast are fireman1no joking matter. In fact they bring in a good source of funds that are needed to keep up or buy new equipment for these local heroes and their station. The pay-by-donation breakfast not only fills you up, but you know your money goes to a cause that benefits the whole community.

They may not be Hollywood stars, they may not be world-class chefs, but they are a local people dedicated to keeping us safe all year long and well-fed one morning each summer.

Disclaimer: The author’s boyfriend was horrified that a Hollywood movie was mentioned in this article. I give a whole-hearted apology to the firefighters who know that the reality of their work is not like the movies. But to everyone else, well, I don’t apologize for my lasting girlhood crush that got away one morning in a downtown Toronto coffee shop. Sigh…

Firemen’s Breakfasts Across Huron County

August 2 – Goderich Firefighters
August 8 – Zurich Firefighters
Sept. 12 & 13 – North Huron – Blyth Station
(in conjunction with the Threshers Reunion in Blyth)
Sept. 12 – Brucefield Firefighters
Sept. 20 – North Huron – Wingham Station

gettin my eat on!

12 Aug

Hiya folks!


So this past weekend I realized that I had only been to the ArtSee café ONCE this whole summer! Whats that about!?! I am not pleased about this! I went on and on over a month ago about how it’s the BEST BEAKFAST EVER and I havnt had time to get back there since. Last Saturday morning I made it my mission to get me some tasty breakfast.


Jd and I went and luckily got a table outside in the beautiful sunshine. I mentioned this last time, but I love how the ArtSee is on Main Street but is still kind of tucked away and very private feeling.


Anyways, as usual the breakfast was ridiculously amazing! I order my go to, the pesto scramble, and JD had a scramble as well but with smoked ham, peppers, and cheese.


I have to tell you this was my first time ever finishing all the eggs! They give a very large portion of eggs, and normally I cant finish it. But that day I had my game face on and those eggs didn’t stand a chance!





Then on Saturday evening, me and two of my girlfriends went to the Red Pump for dinner. I have to admit, I forgot to get pictures.. OOPS! Everything was just so tasty and I was so excited, and I had a glass of champagne . As our dessert was half gone I realize I had taken no pictures to share with you all. My sincere apologies.

I will tell you about how delicious it was though! Phoebe and I had Caesar salads as an appetizer , and Kendra had the trio of brushetta, one being the classic tomato balsamic and basil, the other was with mascarpone cheese and smoked trout, and the last one black olive tapenade with prosciutto.

For our mains I went with the linguine with pancetta and fresh tomatos, Phoebe had the white fish with sauted veg and fingerling potatos, and Kendra ordered the veal chop with sweat potato mash.


And yes it was all as good as it sounds!


We were all stuffed buuuuut. The desert at the Red Pump is way too good to pass up. We decided to split two desserts, three ways. We had the flowerless chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet, and the pecan tart with chocolate gelato.


I bet you are all thinking, wow isn’t Kaylie lucky two GREAT meals in one day, well that’s not all folks. Sunday morning I got a text from my mother (it was her birthday btw) asking if JD and I were interested in going for brunch with he and my dad. Guess where we went?!? ARTSEE!! Woohoo!! The best part is that on Sunday they have a brunch menu, so it was different that on Saturday.

I had the cajon egg scramble with chorizo sausage, Jd had the goats and hens, which is eggs with goats cheese and herbs, my father had the monte Crisco sandwich, and my mother also had the cajon eggs.

It was all delicious again! And Busy holy heck that place is booming during breakfast and lunch!

All in all I was very lucky and very full after a yummy weekend eating in Bayfield.


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I’m headin’ for breakfast!

11 Aug

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:

  1. Head to St.Josephs, be there for 7am
  2. Take in the heritage of the tiny village
  3. Eat breakfast (#1)
  4. Head to Zurich, shop and explore (find some treasure)
  5. 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…

A Berry good breakfast!

10 Apr

This morning, on this gloomy rainy and hailstorm of a day I headed to Bayfield to go to the Berry Farm for breakfast.  It was the first time I have been there for breakfast, and I was pleasantly surprised. Very cute, very small, and simple, but also very good. I refrained from the waffles, which they are apparently known for and went for a basic eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and toast breakfast. It was delicious and only $4.95!!! I somehow never even knew the Berry Farm did breakfast, I lived in Huron county my whole life and I didn’t know!!!


The nice thing about the Barry Farm is that it is so much more than just breakfast, They have house décor, Homemade deserts, ( there pies are amazing) jams and marmalades, ice cream, and many other things. You can shop and eat. Which is nice because shopping and eating are my two favourite things! The lunch menu also looked really good, very inexpensive and homemade! I recommend everyone checks it out!!