Winter Barn Owl

Winter Barn Owl
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Friday, March 25, 2016

March Foodie Tour!

We are extremely lucky to be living in an area where fabulous restaurants abound; some only a short drive downtown and 
others worthy of a day trip.
Our first trip took us to Prince Edward County for lunch at
to meet up with old friends.
Along our country route, we passed my favourite runoff...
It was so much fun to find our friends in good spirits
 and full of laughter!
We dined on on Fish and Chips
and finished off the meal with butter tarts and creme brule

We had such a fabulous time!

A few weeks later, we joined friends for dinner at Megalos Restaurant in downtown Kingston, before going to the theatre.
Their 'prix fixe' menu had very generous portions and was delicious.
I started with a huge salad...
.....then a 'huge' burger!
Desert was included, but I couldn't eat another bite, so took it home for another day....peanut butter cake.....yummo!
As all good things come in 'threes', 
my honey and I celebrated our recent anniversary at
Le Chien Noir Bistro, also in downtown Kingston.
They also have a 'prix fixe' menu.  The menu has a 'french' slant to it with many surprising additions.
I started with a roasted squash risotto, where instead of rice, the chef used cauliflower, finishing it with shaved pecorino romano.
then on to more traditional french fare, mussels
and, in case you haven't figured it out yet, my favourite desert, creme brule!
As spring is just around the corner, I took a short drive to see how my stream looked today.....almost all the snow gone, 
but still gushing water.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Lucas Push

When you live in the Great White North, you are constantly looking for diversions from the never ending snow and cold.  When you wake up in the morning and find this.....
In 'Waldo' fashion; Can you find the car??? jump at the chance for a road trip!

The night before heading to Toronto, 
a sushi dinner out with my honey was in order.

In case you are wondering, The Joseph Lucas Memorial Push is organized by the 'Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group'.  To quote them: " why not have a social event and poke some fun at Joseph Lucas? Lucas was the owner of Lucas Electrical, the company which supplied parts for the somewhat troublesome electrical systems of British motorcycles and became known jokingly as
 “The Prince of Darkness”.

My traveling companion was none other than V-Star Lady,
an enthusiastic motorcyclist and blogger.

The event revolves around a 'pub crawl', where a 'hurting motorcyle' is 'pushed' from venue to venue.  The first pub was The Madison, so it made sense for us to stay at their adjoining Madison Manor Boutique Hotel.  It is a charming vintage house turned into quaint rooms.  It has a old fashioned rooming house feel to it and although not luxurious, was comfortable.
The hotel is to the the right, with the pub being the 2 adjoining buildings to the left
 Toronto was in the midst of an early spring, making it a perfect opportunity for a walk along Bloor Street.  Honest Ed's is a landmark 'everything you could possibly want store', covering a full city block renowned for its 'serve yourself policy'.

Bloor Street boasts everything from expensive designer shops to graffitti covered music venues

Once the sun set, first point of order was dinner, and what better to have in a pub, than wings...

....shared with artist and ex road racer Ron Peter 
 This story would not be complete without letting you know what was "pushed' from pub to pub.  I would like all my motorcycle friends to post a comment if you know what this is, including the year.
 All good things must come to end, so home we went.  
I suppose the snow and cold is not so bad afterall......