All posts tagged: Canada

Back to the County

We returned to Prince Edward County to visit a few wineries in the area. The county is one my favourite day trips from Ottawa. Our first stop was in Wellington to have lunch at the Tall Poppy Café. The town is quaint with small shops and 200-year-old buildings on the shore of Lake Ontario. Next we stopped at Rosehall Run winery for a few samples. We continued to Casa Dea Estates Winery and tried a beautiful white wine made from Melon de Bourgogne. This winery has an Italian restaurant and a patio overlooking the estate. It also offers visitors games of chess and pétanque. My favorite winery was Chadsey’s. The property is beautiful and it’s currently for sale. They only offered white and rose wines and an unexpected sparkling rose.    On our way back we stopped in Bloomfield for some much-needed ice cream.    Advertisements

Visit to a Cabane à Sucre

Spring is here and it’s a good time to visit a cabane à sucre (sugar shack). Sugar shacks are family owned operations of maple syrup producers. A bunch of us headed to the Temple Sugar Bush in Lanark, Ontario for brunch and a walk on the property’s nature trail. A typical sugar shack meal includes buttermilk pancakes, sausages and maple baked beans.    Sap is collected by tapping maple trees and having it drip into hanging buckets. It looks like a clear fluid that it’s then boiled into maple syrup. The process is green and environmentally sustainable. The result simply delicious:).

All In A Week’s Work: Fashion Tips from Guest Stylist Rebeka

Picking a wardrobe for the office shouldn’t be a chore. Office attire has come a long way, especially for ladies, and we can have fun with fashion while still looking professional. Play with color and shape and learn to shop smarter and you’ll have a functional wardrobe in no time. Here are a few useful tips from my guest stylist Rebeka that will minimize the time and cost you invest in creating your look. Channeling your inner fashionista it’s all in a week’s work. The pictures were take around the city of Ottawa. MONDAY: Staples  Once you figure out “your style” (i.e. what colors/shapes you feel most comfortable in) go with it.* I wear this dress A LOT. I actually have multiple dresses in this shape (different colors and fabrics) because I know it works for me. I can change the dress up by wearing different blazers, cardigans and accessories. Knowing that I’ll get a lot of wear out of a piece like this dress, I like to invest in it if I can, while saving on …

Summer Day In Mont-Tremblant

This past weekend we drove to Mont-Tremblant for the day. The city of Mont-Tremblant is located in the province of Quebec and it’s two hours by car north-east of Ottawa and one and a half hour north-west of Montreal. Mont-Tremblay is a popular ski resort but it’s also well-known for other activities such as hiking and cycling. We arrived in Mont Tremblant and stopped for lunch in Saint-Jovite, the centre of the village proper at the foot of the mountain. Saint-Jovite’s main street (rue de Saint-Jovite) is lined with restaurants, cafés, and a few home decor and souvenir shops.    We had a delicious smoked salmon and asparagus croque-monsieur with a fresh salad at Les Copains d’Abord (Friends First). Just as we were getting in our car after lunch we had a surprising encounter with two beautiful deer crossing our path. We drove to a nearby bike rental place and set to explore one of Mont-Tremblant’s beautiful bike trails. The trail zoomed through beautiful forests and took us all the way to the Mont-Tremblay ski resort. If you’re a biking enthusiast, you can also try Le Petit train du Nord, …

Prince Edward County Wine Tour

For the Canada Day (July 1st) long weekend, we decided to visit the Prince Edward County and check out some vineyards. We chose The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery mainly because we liked the menu options listed on their website. To get there we drove through the town of Picton and followed the Taste Trail west. Prince Edward County is beautiful this time of year with blooming fields and green pastures resembling a post card. Our experience at The Grange was great. This winery opened in 2004 and it’s the third oldest winery in PEC. While we were waiting for the wine tour to start we got to sample some of their wines. I really liked the 2011 Pinot Gris while my boyfriend enjoyed the 2007 Grange Diana Block Pinot Noir. The tour only took 20 minutes and we got to see the vineyard’s processing and storage facilities. After the tour we ordered a picnic basket for lunch and ate on one of the picnic tables overlooking the beautiful vineyard grounds. The pickled asparagus was delicious …