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Photo Diary | Drake Devonshire Inn


Eat, drink and be merry at the Drake Devonshire Inn - Toronto's countryside retreat located in Wellington, within the charming Prince Edward County and borders the picturesque Lake Ontario. It is here that you will find Chef Matt DeMille and his classic creations using homegrown ingredients with a flavourful rustic twist. While the food speaks for itself, the Drake is like a candy shop waiting for you to discover what's around every corner. Filled with artistic vibrance, this boutique style hotel draws inspiration from the local community though staying true to its contemporary counterpart in Toronto. It is a journey well worthwhile full of magical memories to be had!

A few snapshots of the Drake Devonshire:
















Join the fun at Drake: www.drakedevonshire.ca

Where: 24 Wharf St, Wellington, ON
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Food Truck Flavors Worth The Chase


Food trucks are nothing new to the foodie scene but specialty trucks have popped up with much anticipation over the years. Folks have responded with open hands as this cultural phenomena has evolved from your good old-fashioned french fries to a whole new food culture landscape.

This is much more than your typical street food.

As the world of food has become increasingly entwined with the world of technology, social media marketing has enabled food trucks to interact directly with their customers to foster a sense of community and to create brand loyalty.

But the most important question is, what are they serving?

As people engage in the thrill of the chase as they track the location of their favorite food trucks, I bring you my top food truck flavors: 

1. Mexican

Food Truck Flavors
{Mission St North - Kingston, Ontario}

Did someone say fish tacos? Get in line for fresh soft-shelled tacos, spicy corn on the cob, and other Mexican-inspired dishes as they’re muy caliente. California is considered the land of fish tacos, but coastal areas in Mexico feast on seafood. Combine the two and that’s where food trucks blend the fresh flavors together and forge delectable dishes. But let’s not forget about those burritos filled with rice, black beans, pico de gallo, shredded cheese and a choice of meat – pork carnitas anyone?

2. East Coast

Food Truck Flavors
{Rock Lobster - Toronto, Ontario}

All things seafood? Count me in! This food truck flavor will surely cure your craving for the coast with an all-seafood menu. From fresh lobster rolls with hints of mayo and celery salt on a toasted New England hot dog bun, to creamy chowder with potatoes, bacon, and chunks of fresh lobster, to lobster grilled cheeses – you’ll surely be asking for more!

3. Comfort Food

Food Truck Flavors

Classic comfort food with a gourmet twist and seasonal flair is all the rage in the food truck biz. Get ready for some finger lickin’ goodness because to be honest, there is no bad comfort food. If it gives you comfort, it’s good. Imagine grilled cheese with smoked mac n cheese, a Southern fried chicken sandwich, a little new Orleans’ action with its famous shrimp po’ boy, delicious sloppy joes oozing out of a soft bun or creamy smoked bacon deviled eggs sprinkled with smoked paprika.

4. Asian Fusion

Food Truck Flavors
{Meryanda Food Truck - Ottawa, Ontario}

When the East meets West with a myriad of flavors and mobile gourmet dining experiences comes into play – you get dishes such as kimchi pulled pork poutine, fried rice balls packed with pan-Asian flavors and roti canai tacos topped with pulled brisket or, even better, peking duck. Expect to experience the true flavors of Asia with spoonfuls of sweet and spicy street eats.

5. Classics

Food Truck Flavors
{Fordino's Pizza - Kingston, Ontario}

Hot dogs, cheeseburgers or a good ol’ poutine – as much as we can’t get enough of the classics, many food trucks have taken the traditional usual chip truck flavors to new heights. Poutine goes beyond fries, curds and gravy – how about shredded beef brisket, cheese curds, brisket infused gravy, and barbecue sauce? Hot dogs or perhaps seasoned sausages layered with bacon, jack cheese, smoked onions and beef chili. Burgers topped with elk meat, cream cheese, caramelized onions, gouda and bacon. Are you drooling? Because I sure am!

This blog was originally posted on Gusto TV.
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Happy Thanksgiving


Fall is synonymous with cozy sweaters, football, pumpkin spice, changing leaf colours and everything in between - and that's how I like it, fall is definitely my favourite season. 

Though let's not forget all that delicious food - I'm talking about Thanksgiving silly. This holiday is more than just having turkey - well okay I'm all about that stuffing, but it is truly about being around those you love and cherish, keeping traditions alive, being grateful for all you have and making new memories.

As per tradition, my parents and I headed to our cottage just a kilometres away from Mont Tremblant for a weekend getaway of relaxation and unplugging (literally no cell reception or wifi!). It was very much needed and so glad I took the weekend off for myself and spend quality time with loved ones. 

Snapshots of my Thanksgiving weekend at my parents cottage:

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How gorgeous is the fall foliage? 

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A blanket of marvelous beauty!

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Oh hey it's me!

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What did you do this Thanksgiving weekend? Leave a comment!
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Prince Edward County's Annual Fall Countylicious 2015


Let's go for a ride on the open road to Prince Edward County - a community that is synonymous with adventure, relaxation and a heck of a good time, especially when it involves local chefs coming together for the ever so popular month long food festival, Countylicious. A twice annual event that helps launch the County's tourism season but more importantly, this promotion marks the 9th year of the wildly successful culinary celebration that attracts local food lovers to fill their bellies with delightful locally-inspired meals.

Countylicious offers fixed price menus of $30 or $35 offering three-course meals at nine participating restaurants in The County that make it a point to use the best ingredients available, including: Agrarian, Amelia’s Garden (Waring House), Clara’s (Claramount Inn), East and Main Bistro, Merrill Inn, Portabella, The Drake Devonshire, The Gazebo Restaurant (Waupoos Winery) and The Hubb (Angeline’s Inn).

{L-R: Lili Sullivan - Gazebo Restaurant; Michael Sullivan - Merrill Inn; Chris Harvey - Clara’s: Kimberly Humby - East & Main Bistro; Elliott Reynolds - The Hubb; Roy Pennell - Portabello; Marianne Sanders - Amelia’s Garden; and Paul Tobias - Drake Devonshire}

Fall Countylicious runs from Friday, October 30 to Sunday, November 22 and menus are available online at www.countylicious.com. Restaurant goers are encouraged to reserve their table early, as spaces tend to fill up quickly. Countylicious enthusiasts who are interested in winning ‘dinner for 2’ at participating restaurants should keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for contest details.

Snapshots from the kick-off event for Fall Countylicious at the Drake Devonshire:

{Drake Devonshire}

How amazing does this baked gemelli pasta dish look?! It is filled with seasonal local flavours that simply melt in your mouth!

{Drake Devonshire | Gemelli Al Forno}

{East & Main Bistro}

{Merrill Inn | Sunset Salmon}

{Merrill Inn | Sunset Salmon}

{Gazebo Restaurant at Waupoos Winery | Pit Smoked Portobello Tourtiere}

Check out these great tips for making the most of Countylicious thanks to The Great Waterway.

For more information and to view menus on Countylicious, visit: www.countylicious.com
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Photo Diary | Kingston Gems


This is why I fell in love with Kingston, Ontario: 
Beautiful Scenery. Local Food. Friendly Community. Talented Spirits.

{Sculpture titled Time | Breakwater Park}

{Kingston Waterfront by Queen's University} 


{Downtown Kingston Waterfront}

{Coffeeco Downtown Kingston + Farmers' Market}

{Pan Chancho Bakery}

{Dianne's Fish Shack & Smokehouse}

 
{White Mountain Homemade Ice Cream}

{The Isabel | Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts}

{Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre at The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning}

{turn that brown upside down by Katie Bethune-Leaman | Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre}

{Hawk Eye View | The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning}

{Kingston Rowing Club}

xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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