Seasons Grande Day 30

Seasons Grande is owned by Pete & Vicki Wilhelm who are local residents of Baden.  It was purchased from the Egli brothers whose business thrived in our community for 37 years and reopened under the new name, Seasons Grande on August 2012.  Egli’s meats were supporters of the community; in fact remember as a kid they sponsored my hockey team back when I was 12 years old.  It’s nice to see as you look at all the products in the store, that Pete and Vicki are big supporters of local businesses.   

Seasons Grande is located at 162 Snyders Road E Baden, Ontario.

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A great place to catch the game! The Aud. Day 29

The  Kitchener Auditorium is located at 400 East Avenue Kitchener Ontario.

 Home of the Kitchener Rangers.   

For more info go to www.theaud.ca

Nith River Chop House Day 28

You got to love eating at a place that supports local business.  The Nith River Chop House uses all local meats, veggies, apple butter and even the bread comes from across the road from a neighbouring bakery.    After an entertaining interview with the chef, Matthew Cressey, I was told that they even grow some of their own herbs and he explained how every ingredient used is fresh. In the top 10 restaurants of all of Waterloo Region, they were ranked a very impressive #8 by Squidoo!  One of their specialties that got them there is the incredible schnitzel. 

The atmosphere is awesome as the place is tastefully decorated in a western country theme. 

For more info and to see their daily specials go to www.nithchophouse.com follow them on facebook http://goo.gl/bWK7X or Twitter @NithChopHouse

 Thank you Nathan Wiles for being so accommodating and helpful.  I will be visiting soon!

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Norris Bakery Ltd Day 27

This bakery has been around for a long time and has an excellent reputation.  It is one of the unique small businesses in Waterloo region.  You can also find Norris bakery creations at the local KW market which is downtown Kitchener, Ontario. 

When you go , you have to try their famous Long John’s!

Norris Bakery is located at 460 Fredrick St. Kitchener, Ontario.  For more info go to www.norrisbakery.com

Kissing Bridge Day 26

The “Kissing bridge” located in West Montrose, Ontario and spans across the Grand River on a road that between Guelph and Elmira.  It is the only covered bridge left in Ontario

When it was built back in 1881, a local bridge keeper would keep the kerosene lanterns lit nightly and helped with snow shovelling so horse drawn sleighs could pass through.  Today, local residences living near the bridge volunteer their time and maintain the bridge, painting and help keeping it clean.  There are many different stories about how the bridge got its name of “Kissing Bridge”.  I was told that if you kiss under the bridge your love will last forever!

Today the bridge is still closed and being assessed by engineers for safety reasons.  The bridge suffered a broken beam in the structure caused by wear and tear of overweight vehicles crossing.  There is talk of having load sensors and cameras on the bridge to protect it from unauthorized oversized loads

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The Waterlot Day 25

 I remember my first job I got in grade nine working as a dishwasher in the kitchen of the Waterlot.  I also remember that every time you worked a double shift, which I did a lot because I loved working for minimum wage of $4.15, I would receive a meal.  I always looked forward to this dinner and I remember it always being so good!  Times haven’t changed that much as the kitchen is still preparing incredible entrees and they still have an amazing Sunday brunch.  Everything they serve is still carefully prepared in the kitchen and bake shoppe.  Oh, I forgot to mention how much I loved the bake shoppe and how the staff used always used to bake a little extra just for me!  Take it from me, a person who has seen firsthand the care and detail that goes into each dish they serve.  If your looking for casual. fine dining, this is a great establishment to visit

The Waterlot is a great place to have a party as they have several private dining rooms and you can even get married on the banks of the river and have your wedding here.  They also have a B&B if you’re traveling and looking for accommodations.   The Waterlot is located at 17 Huron Street New Hamburg, Ontario.

www.waterlot.com

(519)662-2020

A Great Cafe! Day 24

MeMe’s Cafe

A cozy spot to stop and have a coffee and fresh muffin.  Great atmosphere with very friendly staff

Visit www.memescafe.com

Hours of operation are:  Mon- Fri 7am-6pm  Sat. 8:30-3pm  Closed Sundays

102 Peel Street New Hamburg Ontario

An Awesome Complex! Day 23

The Wilmot Recreation Complex located right off the 7/8 highway at 1291 Nafziger Road, Baden Ontario.  This place has something for everyone at any age!  The large community centre hosts special events such as a wedding, lecture, or conference and invite up to 180 people!  Twin NHL sized ice surfaces, home of the New Hamburg Firebirds, offer lots of ice time including roller skating and ball hockey in the summer on the one arena. 

The new phase 2 addition was completed January this year and is an amazing facility including a state-of –the –art aquatic centre for swimming with an eight lane, 25 metre competitive training pool, a warm water leisure pool, a dry land training centre, a 3 lane indoor walking/running track, an active seniors centre,  and a youth centre!  I’m sure Michael Phelps would approve.

This is an awesome complex and has so much going on everyday of the week for every age. 

The staff is extremely friendly so give them a call at (519) 634-9225 or check out www.wilmot.ca/wrc/for  more information

Follow the New Hamburg Firebirds at newhamburgfirebirds.wordpress.com/

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Have you ever had “Disco Fries”? Day 22

Ryan Smolkin, a business graduate from Wilfred Laurier University, started the first Smoke’s Poutinerie in Toronto, and now the franchise has over 10 locations in Ontario,  including Waterloo!  The store is open from 11am to 3am on Thursday and 11 am to 4am on Friday and Saturday.  They have over 20 different types of poutine including Nacho Grande, Bacon Cheeseburger and Curry Chicken poutine. 

Here is some interesting facts about poutine  you probably didn’t know….

It is widely accepted that poutine’s origin comes from Quebec and was invented after a trucker asked Fernand LaChance to add cheese curds to his fries in Warwick, Quebec.

Every year there is the Smoke’s Poutine eating Championship.  Contestants will have to beat the 2010-11 champion, Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti who set a record eating 13 pounds of poutine in 10 minutes!

Poutine is Quebec slang for “a mess”

In 1970s New York and New Jersey, poutine was served as a late-night side dish at clubs. They called it “disco fries.”

The largest poutine in the world was made in Saguenay, Que., and weighed 654 kg—about as much as a large horse.

Considered the most expensive poutine in Montreal, the poutine au foie gras is available for $23 at Au Pied de Cochon

Smoke’s Poutinerie on 255 King Street N Waterloo, Ontario.  Follow them on

http://www.facebook.com/poutinerie

https://twitter.com/poutinerie

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Lost in a corn maze! Day 21

  Shantzholm Pumpkins located at 1544 Bleams Rd., RR#2 Petersburg Ontario about 10 minutes west of Kitchener.  This Designated Ontario Century farm  offers a corn maze, straw maze, all your gourds, cucumbers, Indian corn, squash, corn stacks, straw bales and of course pick your own pumpkins.  I spoke briefly with Angela Shantz and I learned about her 8 children, 7 girls and 1 boy and how the farm is the 6th generation of Shantz’s on this farm from 1870 to today!

 If your looking for a fun adventure to take the family on, make the short trip to the farm and come find me somewhere, wondering about in the corn maze!

http://www.shantzholmpumpkins.ca/

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