Destination Kingsville

53604772_2361225210789730_7622770010628292608_nAfter retiring I worked for Niagara Wine Tours, a company who was trying to expand into the Lake Erie North Shore region. They were already tapped into the Toronto market and thought the wine industry in Essex County was ripe for the picking. Unfortunately the company couldn’t garner enough interest to keep them afloat. The main complaint from out-of-town tourists was our lack of places to stay.

Fast-forward about ten years and we have fifteen wineries and almost as many breweries or brew-pubs. Existing estates expanded to accommodate tour buses and gatherings such as wedding receptions. Bars and restaurants got in on the action by offering local vintages and brews.

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The Broken Egg – Breakfast is Back

39286333_2117687735224475_789234634738106368_nBreakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. Okay, maybe diner too if it’s something like Cathryn’s Prime Rib or Lamb Chops. Honestly though, I could eat bacon and eggs every day. According to the Keto Diet that’s not a bad thing.

39948907_2125230647803517_65168170142400512_oAnyway, there’s a new breaky place in town, where the Gilligan’s on Tecumseh Road, in the town of Tecumseh was located. “the broken egg” has recently opened in it’s place, advertising that breakfast is back. From the crowd I saw there this morning, it appears the new restaurant is off to a good start.

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Nero’s Steak House

1491341927522What ever happened to all the good steak house restaurants? Windsor used to have at least a half dozen top notch places. Did the next generation stop eating steak or do they avoid upscale eateries? Even the Outback Steakhouse couldn’t survive in Windsor.

Not to worry folks. In case you haven’t heard, Nero’s Steak House in Casino Windsor is all things a good beef baron should be, and more. They specialize in prime cuts of meat, but also offer seafood and a full menu.

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The People We Meet

IMG_0398When Cathryn and I travel it’s not all about the journey or the destination, or even the food and drink. Granted, those are all good reasons as to why we travel, but we also love to meet new people and share in their culture. People are one of the reasons you’ll see us perched on stools at the bar instead of sitting at a table by ourselves.

It’s not that we don’t enjoy each other’s company, we do, and we travel well together. Spending days or weeks together 24/7 can be trying for any couple or even close friends. Consider yourself lucky if you can get along with your travel partner.

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Thirteen At The Inn

27858557_206885309891261_1291227912156215943_nWritten by Cathryn Gagnon for the Dining Divas:
While I anticipated my visit to Thirteen At The Inn, I imagined the Chicken Liver Pate and Bean Salad from years ago.  They were my favorite memories of the food at Thirteen Russell Street, a popular Steak House situated in a historic Victorian house in downtown Leamington. It was a family-run restaurant, originally owned by the Harris’, but it closed its doors when the trend in fine dining waned.
Over the years, every time I drove by,  I thought about the beautiful old house and their delicious Caesar salads and juicy steaks.
To my delight, Karen Harris reopened Thirteen Russell by transporting her success and recipes through time, to the Seacliff Inn, another of Leamington’s historic Landmarks. The Inn and restaurant have undergone renovations that include a waterfront patio with a view of Lake Erie.

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The Cook’s Shop Restaurant

frontCathryn and I hadn’t been to The Cook’s Shop in downtown Windsor for a few years. Our mistake. Our only disappointment of the night was that someone was sitting at our special reserved table when we arrived at 7:30 sharp. The waitress sat us at a table that was just as good, apologized when we asked, and explained that the other couple had been there since 4:45 and had just ordered their entrees.

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