Hamel Brooms Day 34

Hamel Brooms, Irvin Hamel & Son  Since 1908  1411 King Street St. Jacobs Ontario  (519) 664-1117

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Picard’s Peanuts Day 33

One of 8 locations, Picard’s Peanuts are grown on their farm near Delhi.  They are Canada’s first peanut processing plant, where they process over a million pounds of peanuts a year. They also have a large range of confectionary and have ice cream too.

Celebrating 30 years, Picard’s Peanuts located at 3011 Sawmill Rd, St. Jacobs, Ontario, N0B 2N0

Phone: 519-664-2400

Visit http://www.picardspeanuts.com/ for online ordering and info

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Can you guess that movie? Steve’s TV Day 32

Steve’s TV is the Region’s largest selection of movies for sale and rent.  They carry Top Brands of Tv and Audio.

 Back in 1980’s when the VCR became popular; Steve’s TV was one of the first stores in Kitchener to rent movies.  The store opened back in 1957 by Steve Mathiesen as a TV and radio repair shop and is now owned by Randy Martin.  Steve’s TV keeps its loyal customers because of the incredible service they provide which includes knowledgeable friendly staff, custom home installations and even a free home consultation to make sure you get the perfect system that’s right for you. 

Steve’s TV is located at 385 Frederick St. Kitchener

www.stevestv.com     follow them on twitter @steves_tv

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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

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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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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Time for a for a Date Night that doesn’t include Netflix? Day 19

The Symposium Cafe  3-5 King Street North Waterloo, Ontario

Here is a great spot to go to for lunch, dinner or just late night drinks and dessert.  They have a huge selection of specialty drinks and desserts to choose from.  Symposium has something different every day of the week.  Thursday is Date night where they offer dinner for two for $40

Check out the website to see details      www.symposiumcafe.com

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Dogtopia! Day 18

Nice day for a doggy swim!

Beaver working hard!

Snyder’s Flats Bloomingdale, Ontario

The Snyder’s flats are located off Sawmill Road in Bloomingdale, Ontario Canada.  This used to be a gravel quarry and was converted into a conservation area.

It will take you 10 – 15 minutes to get here from Kitchener or Waterloo.  If you drive down the bumpy gravel road past the Mennonite Church in your right, you will see some parking at the dead end.  There is a 4.5 Km trails looping around taking you back to the start.  It is a well groomed trail that is fit for little ones and strollers and takes about an hour to walk.  Take your dog and he will love you for it! It’s doggy heaven if you have a furry swimmer in the family!

Our dog Tucker thinks this is DOGTOPIA!

Very Peaceful walk that only takes an hour from start to finish

Want to live in a Whisky Distillery? Day 17

Seagram Lofts  Waterloo, Ontario

Seagram lofts are located at 3 & 5 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo Ontario, right in the core of uptown Waterloo.  The lofts used to warehouse whiskey barrels for the well known Seagram Company LTD.

These buildings are a work of art as they managed to create amazing modern lofts all the while preserving the site’s heritage.  With my background in construction engineering and love of architecture, it is projects like this that fascinate me.

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