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Photo Diary | Kingston Weekend Staycation


It's hard to believe that the month of August is right around the corner which ultimately means that the end of summer is drawing closer. I've come to realize that weekends have come and gone and thus so have the weeks. It is with this in mind that I have created once again a bucket list of items to do within my adoptive city of Kingston. I'm one who very much enjoys staycation experiences and having the opportunity to embrace my surroundings as they have made me who I am today. Kingston is filled with hidden gems and thanks to my adventurous self, I'm always on the hunt to excite my curiosity.

As a workaholic who works full-time, blogs and does freelance writing as well as social media management, I am quite the busy bee. So unplugging for a few hours (okay with the exception of snapping photos!) is quite pleasurable and relaxing.

Snapshots of my Kingston moments:

{Gazing out at the Kingston Waterfront}

{Kingston Waterfront}

{Sip on the best cafe lattes in town at the Common Market - a hidden gem in downtown Kingston}

{Indulging in Homemade Eggs Benny}

{Visit Salt of the Earth Farm Stand on Highway 2}

{Fresh Strawberries from Salt of the Earth Farm Stand on Highway 2}

{Cycle your way through Kingston with Ahoy Rentals}

{Hop on Hop Off the Kingston Trolley Tour}

{Browse the Antique Market in Springer Market Square}

{Pick up fresh veggies or hot sticky buns from the Memorial Centre Farmers' Market}
{Paddling my way along Kingston's Waterfront}

{End the day with an ice cream cone from White Mountain Homemade Ice Cream}

My next stops:

Rowing
Movies in the Square
Wolfe Island Grill
Big Sandy Beach on Wolfe Island
Improbable Escapes
and more! You'll just have to wait till next week!

What's your favourite Kingston spot?
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Foodie Spots | Peterborough, Ontario


"The sweetest memories are made of good friends, good food, and a little slice of time to be together."

Le Petit Bar

Where: 399 Water St, Peterborough, ON

Le Petit Bar is a wine and charcuterie bar inspired by the wine bars in Paris. From the zinc counter top to an extensive wine list, this cozy yet intimate atmosphere brings to the table a seasonally-inspired menu featuring small plates and boards of house-made charcuterie and artisanal cheeses selected from Chasing The Cheese.

Le Petit Bar

The Magic Rolling Pin

Where: 302 King St, Peterborough, ON

The Magic Rolling Pin is a tea house that is set in a beautiful Victorian style home in the downtown Peterborough area. You can enjoy an elegantly served lunch which includes finely crafted entrees, seasonal salads, and divine desserts all enjoyed with your favourite loose-leaf tea. 

p.s. don't leave without having dessert - you'll regret it!

Magic Rolling Pin


Crab Salad Sliders 
Fresh crab salad flavoured with apples, cheddar cheese and spices mixed with mayonnaise and stuffed in mini croissants.

Magic Rolling Pin

Chasing the Cheese

Where: 372 Water St, Peterborough, ON

Chasing the Cheese is an intimate boutique-inspired shop all about providing quality and artisan cheese from across Canada and beyond to eager cheese lovers in the Peterborough region and near by. You gotta stop by to satisfy those simple pleasures!

Chasing the Cheese

What's your favourite foodie spot?
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Smoke's Poutinerie World Famous Great Canadian Cross Country Tour 2015


Smoke’s Poutinerie World Famous Great Canadian Cross Country Plaid Gravy Train Fries Curd & Gravy Weird Wild and Wacky Poutine Eating Tour is coming to Kingston, Ontario on Friday, July 17th - it will offer free poutine and amateur speed eating poutine competition for locals!

Are you ready? How do you like your poutine?


Who: 
Master of Ceremonies, Tim 'Gravy' Brown, famed international competitive eating champion; and the SPWFGCCCPGTFCGWWWPET2015 tour team.

When: 
Friday, July 17th, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: 
Smoke’s Poutinerie, 183 Division St., Kingston, ON

Cost:
Free

What: 
Smoke Poutinerie goes across the country this summer with SPWFGCCCPGTFCGWWWPET2015 which kicked off in Dartmouth on July 13, 2015 and will stop in 18 cities before concluding in Vancouver on August 6, 2015. At every tour destination, the public is invited for free poutine, chances to win Smoke’s Poutinerie swag and prizes, and best of all, can enter an amateur speed eating competition for the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the 6th annual World Poutine Eating Championship to be held in Toronto on October 3, 2015.

See ya there!
Rosalyn Gambhir
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You Gotta Eat Here | Dianne's Fish Shack & Smokehouse


Get ready Kingston foodies!

The air date for the You Gotta Eat Here episode featuring Dianne's Fish Shack & Smokehouse is TODAY, July 3rd at 9h00PM eastern on Food Network Canada. Funny man himself John Catucci was on a quest this past February for Canada's most delicious eateries and made a pit stop in Kingston to dive into the kitchen of Dianne's with chef Dale Johns and crew, where East Coast meets the flavours of Baja Mexico!

Think lobster rolls, seafood poutine, oysters and fish chowder along with BBQ with a Mexican twist, smoked pulled pork Carnitas, chicken Tinga and beef brisket. It doesn't get better than that!

So put on your plaid shirt,  and join us foodies for a Friday night sit down watching our favourite show, You Gotta Eat Here!

{Chef Dale Johns with John Catucci}

{Baja Fish Taco}

{Tequila Shrimp}

{Lobster Roll}


Where: 297 Princess St, Kingston, ON

Images from You Gotta Eat Here.

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Photo Diary | The Great Canadian Cheese Festival 2015


Say Cheese! 

(Pause as I slice a wedge of Handeck by Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese - of course I nibble when I write no surprise there - writers need inspiration and mine is cheese!)

This year marked the fifth annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival at the Crystal Palace in Picton, Ontario on June 6th & 7th with cheese head, Georgs Kolesnikovs. It showcased more than 150 Canadian artisan and farmstead cheeses from more than 30 Canadian cheesemakers, including winners and finalists from the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. But let's not forget that our nation's best cheeses were well complimented with artisan foods of breads, jams, chutneys, honey, fine wines, ciders and craft beer.

Admissions allowed fellow cheese lovers to get their taste buds tingling commencing with free cheese-curd (yes please!) and grilled cheese sandwiches proceeded with an endless amount of delightful cheesy samples!

Snapshots of my cheesy festival adventures:
























{Enright Cattle Co.}

{Top Shelf Preserves}

{Top Shelf Preserves}


{Seed to Sausage}

{Chef Eric Brennan competing at the Grilled Cheese Chowdown}



See you next year - June 4-5, 2016. 

To purchase tickets and view more information: www.cheesefestival.ca 

You know you want to see more pictures click here.
Rosalyn Gambhir
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