Niagara Brewing Company

The Niagara region is known for it’s wineries, but there are a some great breweries that are popping up. The Niagara Brewing Company is conveniently in the Clifton Hill area right next to Niagara Falls. The Niagara Brewing Company has 2 levels for your enjoyment. The first level has a bar area, and offers samples of their beer, as well merchandise for purchase. The second level also has a bar and larger seating area with tables. They also have a food menu which has a selection of cheese and charcuterie boards, appetizers and sandwiches. I recommend purchasing their beer flights if you can’t decide which beer to try. I tried the Beerdevil IPA, Niagara Premium Lager, Honeymoon Peach Radler, Amber Eh!, Pinktober Ale, Cream Ale, and wheat ale, Battlefield Brown Ale.

If you arrive during their happy hour from 4 – 6pm, you can get a pint for $4. On Friday nights, there is usually live music. A nice way to spend the evening with a pint of great tasting beer.

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Peller Estates Winery


On a recent visit to Peller Estates Winery, I had the opportunity to do a tasting of the red, white, and ice wines. The ice wine was my favourite of the three. Inside the Peller Estates store, there were fall festive displays and gift ideas for all wine lovers. You can purchase  accessories such as wine decanters, cheese boards, and bottle openers.



If you’re interested in doing a winery tour, Peller Estates offer different winery tours that run every hour or every half hour on the weekend. Call in advance to verify times, as there may be cancellations.



Peller estates vineyard is scenic and great for pictures. I was unable to go on a tour during this trip, but will sign up for one of their food and wine pairings tour next time.

 

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Steam Whistle Brewery Tour

The Steam Whistle Brewery Tour is a great way to learn about how their signature pilsner is made. There are several tour packages which include different souvenirs such as beer glasses, bottle opener, or cases of beer. The tour runs every half hour and can be booked upon arrival, although reservations are recommended on weekends.

The tour was well organized and started off with everyone receiving a headset and a bottle of Steam Whistle Pilsner beer. We visited the  production, bottling, and marketing area. It was interesting to learn that Steam Whistle Beers contain 100% natural ingredients. There are a few perks to working at Steam Whistle which includes free beer. I have been on a few brewery tours, and Steam Whistle knows how to run a great tour.

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CIBC UPstairs Lounge Millstreet Brew

If you plan to take the UP Express from Union station to Pearson Airport, you can relax at the CIBC Upstairs Lounge. The lounge features appetizers and Millstreet Beer. I happened to be at the lounge while Millstreet Brew was handing out samples of their beer. I got a chance to try the Tankhouse and the Meridian. Always a fan of their beers.

Great beers and a great way to pass the time before your train arrives. Get an early start on that vacation.

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2014 Christmas Lights in Pickering

pizap.com14192142938431 2014 Christmas Lights in PickeringOnly 3 more sleeps until Christmas, which means you have only a few more chances to catch the beautiful Christmas lights on display. If you happen to live in Pickering or drive past it, take the time to drive south on Liverpool Street off of highway 401. Some of the most impressive Christmas light decorations. A few of the houses collect donations for the food bank, so please give if you can. In case you can’t make it out this year, here is a taste of what you’re missing.

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2014 Breakfast on the Farms at Wilmot Orchards

This year I attended the 2014 Breakfast on the Farms at Wilmot Orchards in New Castle. The event was hosted in partnership with Farm & Food Care Ontario which is an organization that provides information about food and farming in Ontario.

The event offered complimentary breakfast to the first 2000 guests who registered online in advance. The weather forecast was unfavorable, but luckily the early morning rain stopped by 9 am. Just in time for the start of the event. I arrived with my e-ticket in hand and signed in at the gazebo. At the food tent, cooks prepared pancakes on multiple grills and volunteers served the many guests breakfast.

Guests were offered their choice of sausages with regular pancakes or blueberry pancakes, with apple cider, milk or coffee. This was the first time I have tried pancakes made with fresh blueberries. It was delicious! I don’t think I could ever go back frozen pancakes and their dehydrated blueberry flavored blue bits.

After breakfast, guests had the option to visit the informational tent to learn about the different farming industries(such as dairy, grain, and beef)in Ontario. For those up for the challenge, there was a contest to guess the number of apples in the crate.

After the tents, I took a ride on the orchard bus tour. The orchard bus tour left every 20 minutes. The guide, who was also a local farmer, explained about some of the technology used on the farm.

For example, GPS is used to plant and evenly space the apple trees to maximize farm area. I also learned that the apple trees planted today do not grow taller than 12 feet. Fans are used to minimize frost effects by mixing the colder air with warmer air. Hail cannons are used to minimize the effect of hail. From the bus, you could see that beneath many of the trees, there was a reflective sheet placed on the ground. This sheet was called reflective mulch and is used to reflect light on to the apples to enhance the colour of the apples.

Near the wooden gazebo, guests had the opportunity to see an owl and falcon. The falcon is a predator of the blueberry loving birds, which helps keep the blueberries for the farmers. There was a honey tent where guests could sample local honey with interesting flavours such as buckwheat and a hot spicy honey.

The egg farmers of Canada had their own tent set up about eggs, including live chickens. The event was a great opportunity to visit an Ontario farm and learn more about the farming industry. Thanks to all the volunteers, Wilmot Orchards, and Farm & Food Care Ontario for making the event a success.

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Scotland: 8 reasons to be proud

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Vikings, vicious politics and vindaloo curries — Scotland isn’t all tartan and bagpipes.

Source: www.cnn.com

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Mongolia’s lost secrets in pictures: the golden eagle hunters – Lonely Planet

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Read Mongolia’s lost secrets in pictures: the golden eagle hunters by Lonely Planet (Amazing! http://t.co/sfOABw4vsk)

Source: www.lonelyplanet.com

Such a lovely photo. Mongolia is on my bucket list of places to visit. The natural beauty is so remote. 

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Spirit Airlines goes yellow, raises bag fees for holiday travel – Los Angeles Times

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Spirit Airlines goes yellow, raises bag fees for holiday travel
Los Angeles Times
Ultra low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is changing its colors — but not its stripes.

Source: www.latimes.com

This month has not been a good month for travelers when it comes to fees. First, West Jet announced they were introducing a first checked baggage fee. Then Air Canada Followed suit with their own announcement. And now Spirit Airlines…who’s next?

JetBlue is one of the few non-chartered airlines that still has their free first checked baggage. 

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We Wish We’d Thought Of This Genius Transparent Kayak

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There are plenty expensive gadgets and gizmos we’d like to buy for our next traveling adventure, but sometimes it’s just not in the budge.

For example, we’re not going to spend $9,000 on this tent for our glamping trip and $50,000 for a barbecue…

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Clear Blue Hawaii has designed a clear bottom transparent sea kayak called the ‘Molokini’. This would be great to see what’s below without having to snorkel or get out of the kayak. However, many people have commented that  the clear transparent bottom would quickly become less clear after several scratches from rocks. The Clear Blue Hawaii website does address the strength of the material, but not about the resistance to scratching. Has anyone tried or purchased one? Would be great to hear first person test results. 

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