LCBO Cooking Class at Millcroft Kitchen

I love the LCBO – and no, not because I’m a wino!

What I love about it is how they celebrate food and the pleasure of making it and enjoying it – with a complementary drink of course. I’ve been a fanatic of their magazine “Food and Drink” for years, and just recently I discovered they actually host cooking classes at select locations!

LCBO cooking class

I finally had the opportunity to try an LCBO cooking class at the Millcroft location in Burlington last Tuesday. It was called “The Best of the Season” dinner and it was taught by Chef Tobias Pohl-Weary of the Red Canoe, a local bistro.

LCBO cooking class

It was just an observational class, which meant we sat and watched while he cooked and explained. Good food without having to put in any work? That’s fine by me! Oh and did I mention there were wine pairings for each course? Even better!

Course 1: Local sweet pea and tarragon gazpacho

This was served with a scallop ceviche, but due to my allergies I had to have it left off. I liked this dish – although it was very garlicky! I also learned a neat tip that if you blend your gazpacho with olive oil, it emulsifies it and lightens the texture.

LCBO cooking class

Course 2: Heirloom tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad with maple-Merlot reduction and grape seed oil and basil puree

This was awesome! I like the way he revived the typical tomato and cheese pairing by using a basil puree and the unexpected flavour of Merlot.

LCBO cooking class

Course 3: Smoked heritage chicken served with summer sausage and potato casserole and sweet balsamic onion jam

I really loved the onion jam, but everything else was pretty mediocre. Maybe it’s because I’ve never really been that impressed by smoked chicken – I’ll take a nice brined and roasted chicken over smoked chicken any day! But if the fancy ever strikes, I learned how to make a stove-top smoker that can be used for not only chicken, but other meats, fish, cheese, or even tofu!

LCBO cooking class

Course 4: Sweet buttermilk biscuits served with whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate mousse

This was my favourite course! The biscuit was topped with turbinado sugar, so it had a nice sweet crunch to it. And the mousse was soft, and rich, and everything a mousse should be.

LCBO cooking class

We got to take home the booklet of recipes with us, which is great because I can almost guarantee I will be making that mousse recipe soon! I also plan on playing around with wine reductions and seeing what other flavours I can use. I may or may not make the other recipes again, but I can definitely say I came out of that class inspired and with a few new tips under my belt!

Have you ever been to a cooking class before? What was it like?

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Cacao avocado pudding

It has been quite a week over here guys! First I graduated from dietetic internship and just yesterday I got my temporary RD license. Which means I’m now Chelsea Allen, RD!!! I still have to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination in November to get my permanent license, but the Dietetic Act permits those of us with a temporary license to still use the RD title.

I think I’ve had a constant grin on my face since getting the email yesterday. I’ve been wanting this so badly for the past 4 years, and now I’m finally there! It’s funny though because being a dietitian wasn’t always my plan – it actually took me a while to find my passion and it wasn’t until my third year of university that I figured it out. When I first started university at 18, I never would have guessed I would eventually be a dietitian.

But I think a lot of things have changed since then. Back then I wore Abercrombie and American Eagle, and now I wear Aritzia and J Crew. Back then I was a perfectionist, and now I value balance. Back then I had a LiveJournal, and now I write a blog. Back then I ate bucket loads of chocolate pudding from my dorm cafeteria, and now I’m making cacao avocado pudding.

Cacao avocado pudding

If you had told me back in first year university that pudding could be made with avocado, I would have laughed in your face. Maybe you’re laughing in my face right now… But hear me out!

Cacao avocado pudding

Avocado lends the perfect creamy base, and its mellow taste is masked by the cacao and sweetness of dates. The result is a sweet, smooth, chocolatey pudding that is a great dairy-free alternative for allergies and vegan diets. Not to mention it’s bursting with healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and magnesium!

Cacao avocado pudding

Cacao avocado pudding | Gluten free, nut free, vegan

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4 Medjool dates in 3 tbsp boiling water and left to soak for an hour
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Optional: 3 tbsp shredded coconut

Directions

Combine avocado, dates with soaking water, and cacao powder in a powerful food processor (I have a Cuisinart 12 cup food processor – I’ve also tried this in a mini food processor, but it did not blend the dates as well). Blend until all ingredients are combined and there are no chunks of dates. Spoon into 2-3 small bowls or ramekins and top with shredded coconut (optional).

Cacao avocado pudding

How have you changed in the past 5 to 10 years?

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Graduation dinner at Earth to Table Bread Bar

Friday I graduated from dietetic internship!!! I’ve been waiting for this day to come for the past 10 months – I just couldn’t wait to get out there on my own in the working world. But now that it has passed, I’m a bit sad. This internship has been frustrating, tearful, and even discouraging at times. But also full of learning and self discovery. I seriously feel like such a different person now.

Well, in some ways… I guess some things don’t change.

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That picture on the right was taken on Friday during the graduation ceremony for the Hamilton Health Sciences dietetic interns. It was a brief afternoon ceremony with just the interns, our friends and family, our dietitian preceptors, and other individuals involved in the program – it was a really nice time, but I think all of us interns spent the whole thing in disbelief that we are finally done!

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After the ceremony we had an hour to kill before our dinner reservations, so we went to The Courtyard for a round of drinks. I had the Robert Mondavi cabernet sauvignon, which I loved! Robert Mondavi wines were the first ones I actually liked when I started drinking wine about five years ago.

At 5:30 we headed next door for our reservations at Earth to Table Bread Bar. I’ve been here a handful of times before, but no one else in the group had. They were all really excited to try it out after hearing my rave reviews.

I started with the arugula and fennel salad with sunflower seeds and fontina, which was really good. My mom also loved her kale Caesar salad, which I’ve had before. JZ was more iffy on it – apparently it tasted too healthy!

Earth to Table Bread Bar

Earth to Table Bread Bar has a variety of things on their menu from burgers to mac & cheese to porchetta on a bun. But what they are most famous for is their pizza, which never lets me down. This time I went for the Gusto pizza – a new addition on their menu. It’s made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, rapini, sausage, chili peppers (which I subbed for roasted red pepper), olive oil, and garlic. It was a bit soggy in the middle, but I still loved it!

Earth to Table Bread Bar

The restaurant staff knew it was a special day for me because of Twitter, and they made it even more special by sending us out a complimentary dessert platter. There were lemon squares, vanilla cheesecake with sour cherries, and brownie with toffee bits – I sampled them all and was not disappointed. Big thanks to the Bread Bar staff for the thoughtful gesture!

Earth to Table Bread Bar

I finished the day stuffed, happy, and proud. And maybe a bit scared of the upcoming job hunt… but I’ll worry about that after my trip to England in a few weeks. For now, it’s time to enjoy freedom for a bit!

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Is coconut oil good for you?

The nutrition world loves to debate about things. From saturated fat’s effect on heart disease to the existence of gluten sensitivity, there are always arguments going back and forth amongst professionals. And because I love a good debate as much as the next person, I thought I’d jump in with my two cents about one of the most hotly debated topics as of late: coconut oil.

Is coconut oil good for you?

That’s the big question everyone has been wondering these days: is coconut oil good for you?

Before I can answer that, I need to take a step back and look at the evidence. So you might have heard that coconut oil is a good source of a type of fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which is correct. On average, coconut oil is made up of about 86-93% saturated fat with over 65% of that saturated fat being the medium chain kind (1).

These MCTs act differently in the body and get rapidly absorbed directly into the bloodstream, rather than going a lengthy route through our lymphatic system like other fats (2). From the blood, they go right to the liver where they tend to get oxidized rapidly rather than getting stored as fat (3).

So far this all sounds good, but what does it mean for our health?

Is coconut oil good for you?

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To answer this, I’m going to separate my points into each supposed effect of coconut oil that you may have heard about in the media:

Metabolism: MCTs may slightly increases metabolism, but the longest study on this was only several days long. MCTs may have no effect on metabolism over a longer time period (3).

Weight: Some studies showed that it may decrease waist circumference, and this was most evident in men. But the subjects ate a restricted diet and had 2 tbsp of coconut oil per day, which may not be realistic for some people (4). There are also some studies that show that coconut oil causes more weight loss compared to other fats (5), but the evidence for this is not consistent.

Cholesterol: Good news – coconut oil seems to increase your HDL cholesterol (that’s the good stuff)! It also raises LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff) as well, but not as much as butter does (6).

Nutrition aside, one of the benefits of coconut oil is that it is a very stable fat and doesn’t tend to go rancid very easily. It also has a high smoke point, so it is better for higher temperature cooking like stir frying.

The bottom line: Coconut oil may not be the miracle oil that it’s promoted as in the media, but I think it definitely has a place in a healthy diet, especially for use in high temperature cooking. But I wouldn’t recommend using only coconut oil in your kitchen, because then you’d be missing out on the awesome benefits of other fats, like those in olive and flax oil. Like all aspects of our diet, I think a good balance is important!

Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recipes using coconut oil:
Coconut oil chocolates
Nut free coconut cream pie Larabars
Raw chocolate chip cookies

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Do you use coconut oil? What’s your favourite use for it?

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The first step to weight loss

The first step to weight loss

As a soon to be RD, I can’t even tell you the number of times I’m asked by my friends, family, and random people on the street how they can lose weight. I get asked about juice cleanses, detoxes, superfoods, you name it. And then I give them the answer they all don’t want to hear:

“It doesn’t work like that.”

You can do all the juice cleanses you want, but the only weight you’re going to drop is water weight. And then when you allow yourself real food again, you might even put on a few extra pounds because in your excitement to chew solid food, you overeat.

What I always tell people is that the first step to weight loss is this: accepting that you need to make a permanent lifestyle change.

This doesn’t mean throwing all your junk food and microwaveable dinners in the garbage the second you get home, buying a gym membership, stocking your fridge with 10 bunches of kale, and buying a CSA at an organic farm all on the same day. Because that will probably have the same effect as jumping into a juice cleanse. You’re just going to overwhelm yourself and soon settle back into your old familiar lifestyle.

Instead, let yourself dwell on the idea of a lifestyle change for a while. Think about it, imagine what it would look like for you, ask yourself if you’re ready for it. Accept it.

And when you are ready, start slowly.

Think of what you can realistically do.

Does ditching the convenience foods and cooking your meals from scratch sound overwhelming? Then try starting with just cutting up some vegetables to keep in your fridge for quick snacks. Not ready to train for a 5k? Then try out group exercise classes at your local gym.

That’s how I did it when I made changes to my life six years ago – I started slowly and incorporated realistic but permanent changes to my life. I started working out at my local Goodlife Fitness for the first time in my life. I only did 20 minutes on the elliptical or bike to start out, but starting slowly helped me get familiar with it. At the same time I ditched pop and stopped eating out so much. That’s it. 3 small changes. And by the time I was comfortable with those changes, I was confident and ready to tackle more.

That’s how weight loss works. Not crash dieting, not juice fasts, or any of the other crazy diets out there. Just slow, gradual lifestyle changes. And the first step to doing that is simply accepting it.

This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.

Did you ever undergo a lifestyle change? How did it happen for you?

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Why health claims and symbols aren’t health promoting

This week the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check program announced that it is ending. I’m sure you’re all familiar with that red check mark on certain products at the grocery store – the check mark that indicates these products are supposedly good for you.

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Well, soon you won’t be seeing them anymore because the program is ending, giving the reason that it is “no longer the right program for the time”.

And I wholeheartedly agree.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big supporter of efforts to get people eating healthier. But when it comes to symbols and nutrient claims, though they have good intentions, they’re sending out the wrong message.

Why health claims and symbols aren't health promoting

Because the bottom line is that they promote packaged foods over whole foods.

Tomatoes, basil, garlic, and onions – all healthy whole foods – don’t have symbols and claims on them. A jar of Heart Smart Prego pasta sauce has a Health Check. Homemade pasta sauce is obviously going to be a whole lot better for you, but consumers will be persuaded into buying that pasta sauce because a) it’s apparently “healthy” and b) it’s quick and easy.

People get won over by the symbols and claims on the package, and then they totally overlook the nutrition facts table and the ingredient list. But no matter what the front of the box says, it’s always a good idea to turn it over and check out the ingredients and nutrition facts table!

If you turned over that jar of sauce you’d see sugar as the 3rd ingredient on the list, and the nutrition facts table would tell you that half a cup of the product has 10 g of sugar. The World Health Organization’s draft guideline on sugar intake recommends that sugars should contribute less than 5% of your total daily calorie intake for the best benefits, which is about 25 g. So if you have half a cup of that pasta sauce, that’s almost half of your daily sugar intake right there.

My other beef with health claims and symbols is that it doesn’t even consider the other junk in the product. Take a look at Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers, which have the Health Check symbol. But what it doesn’t tell you on the front of the package is that along with your dinner, you’re also getting soy protein isolate, sodium phosphate, and carrageenan. So lots of additives, but not a lot of real food. One of these dinners has only a measly half cup of vegetables and about 50 g of chicken. A healthy choice? I’d think again. You’d be much better off making your own stir fry from real, whole foods.

That’s really what it really all comes down to: eating whole foods. And we don’t need health claims or symbols to know that those are good for us!

What are your thoughts?

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Confessions of a busy blogger

I feel like I’m kind of flying by the seat of my pants with the blog lately. My weekdays are taken up by internship and my weekends are often filled with adventures with the boyfriend, exploring local veg fests, and catching up with friends. Life is grand, but unfortunately it leaves little time for recipe testing or blogging.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I did find some time this weekend to play around in the kitchen, so I tried making an Asian kale salad… but unfortunately it turned out pretty tasteless.

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So I opted to stick to already tried and tested recipes, like these flourless peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, swapping in soy nut butter for the peanut butter. I mean, you can’t ever mess up when soy nut butter and chocolate are involved, am I right?

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Those cookies also provided some much needed comfort after seeing my sister off at the airport on Thursday. She’s nannying in England for the next year and I might not see her until Christmas! On the plus side, that means I get to raid her closet and steal her dehydrator while she’s gone (pretend you didn’t read that Hayley!).

We had a nice going away dinner for her on Wednesday at our favourite restaurant Blacktree. My favourite dish was my appetizer – sea bream with creamed corn, red pepper compote, and parsnip crisps. Actually, who am I kidding? My favourite part was the raspberry cheesecake for dessert, but I forgot to take a picture of it. #bloggerfail

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Another blogger fail? Going to Rise Toronto over the weekend and only taking one picture of a sign. Oops. It was an awesome event though with lots of great eco-friendly, sustainable vendors supporting the theme of “raising the standards for a healthier life”.

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I was really excited to see Greenhouse Juice Company there, a Toronto based company I’d heard about through the Twittersphere. I think I drank about $30 worth of samples, so I didn’t feel too bad about spending $8.50 on a small romaine, kale, celery, and apple juice.

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The rest of my Sunday seemed to fly by after that and now it’s back to the grindstone at the public health unit where I’m running some group nutrition education sessions and writing up some reference material. And I’ve also got to squeeze in working on a report, meeting up with a friend, and my dad’s birthday… busy busy! If you get another “Confessions of a busy blogger” post next week in place of a real content, you now know why!

How do you find the time to create blog content when you’re busy?

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Vegan coconut oil chocolates

Sometimes my mind is boggled by how convenient our world has become. From delivery meal services to banana slicers (seriously, how hard is it to slice a banana with a knife?), it seems like our modern lives are riddled with conveniences.

But sometimes it’s fun to take the hard route. I mean it builds character or something, right? Or at least that’s what my parents always told me when I used to complain about having to pack my own lunch in 3rd grade when all my friends had their lunches packed for them.

Vegan coconut oil chocolates

I hated packing my lunch more than anything when I was a kid – I just wanted to go upstairs to my room and spend my evening reading about salamanders (seriously). But since then I’ve come to appreciate a bit of manual labour in the kitchen. It’s like a form of meditation! Only I don’t have to sit still and shut off my mind for half an hour. Thank goodness, because I suck at that.

But making food from scratch? That I can do.

Most recently I decided to experiment with coconut oil chocolates, which were actually really easy. 10 minutes of prep time then 1 hour in the fridge (or less time in the freezer if you’re desperate), and you’ve got yourself a delicious chocolatey treat!

Vegan coconut oil chocolates

Vegan coconut oil chocolates
Vegan, gluten free, peanut free

Makes 12-16

1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2 tbsp mesquite powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup toasted almonds
1/4 cup shredded or flaked coconut

In a bowl combine the melted coconut oil, cacao powder, mesquite powder, and maple syrup. Stir until combined, then stir in the toasted almonds and coconut, reserving 1-2 tbsp each of the almonds and coconut for sprinkling on top. Spoon the mixture into 12-16 mini cupcake liners placed in a mini cupcake baking pan, then sprinkle the reserved almonds and coconut on top. Transfer the pan to the fridge and cool for 1-2 hours before eating, and store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

Vegan coconut oil chocolates

What in your opinion is a ridiculous modern convenience?

What foods do you regularly make from scratch?

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Niagara Veg Fest 2014

I can’t believe it’s been a year since my last year’s post on Niagara Veg Fest 2013! And what a year it has been… but anyway, that’s not the point. Today I want to recap my experience at this year’s veg fest!

Simply put, my experience was fantastic. I’d say it was even better than last year! They had more vendors, more food trucks, and more to see, all while keeping it smaller and more intimate compared to some of the larger vegan food fests. I found the general atmosphere to be open and non-judgmental, which I think made it a great experience for vegans and omnivores alike!

I wish I could talk about everything there, but that would take weeks to write so instead I’m going to stick with the highlights.

Truly Foods

Truly Foods is a company I’ve reviewed before on the blog and one I truly (ha!) stand behind. They sell a variety of organic, vegan products – both their own Truly Foods brand as well as other health-focused brands. They have a showroom in St. Catharine’s but do most of their business through their online store, which is a pangaea of goodies! If you want to read a bit more about the company and their products, check out my blog post here.

Truly Foods

Giddy Yoyo

I’ve already raved about this company in my recent post here, but I’ll say it again: Giddy Yoyo rocks. I love their chocolate of course, but one of my favourite Giddy Yoyo products is the dried banana spears, which are just unreal. It’s hard to believe they’re made of just bananas with no extra sweeteners or additives. My friends actually both tried samples and loved them so much they each bought a bag on the spot!

Giddy yoyo

Juice Force

I was so glad to see that Juice Force had a stand at the event because I’d seen some chatter about them on Twitter and was dying to try out their juices! My friends and I split a Beet It juice which was made with beet, carrot, fennel, celery, lemon, ginger, and pear. It was really delicious, although quite pricey at $10 for a 500 ml bottle.

Juice Force Niagara

Doug McNish

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Doug McNish, let me give an introduction: he’s a trained chef, an award winning author of two raw vegan cookbooks, and chef at his own Public Kitchen in Toronto. His skills as a trained chef really came through in this demonstration, as he was really able to explain the purpose of what he was doing and why he added certain ingredients. And he proved that raw food really doesn’t have to be hard – he whipped up a raw pad thai and kale slaw in almost no time at all!

Doug McNish

Note: I’m not a raw diet advocate, but I think raw food dishes can definitely be a healthy addition to a balanced diet.

Food Trucks

Following Doug’s talk we were ready for some food! I kid you not that we talked about where to get food all morning and still couldn’t make up our minds 3 hours later. But there were some great options to choose from including Itty Bitty Pie Company, Karma Chamealeon, El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Portabello Burger, as well as stands from local cafes. I was limited in my choices because of my nut allergies, but still managed to find some good options: a kale salad with red cabbage and pumpkin seeds, and a two bean tostada with guacamole and pineapple salsa. The salad was a bit bland but the tostada was awesome!

Niagara Veg Fest food trucks

The company

I couldn’t write about the highlights of this day without mentioning my two sidekicks: Tracey and Molly. They’re two of the few people in my life who I knew would love this kind of event as much as me – and we had a blast!

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Have you ever been to a vegan food fest like this?

What’s your favourite vegan company?

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Niagara on the Lake Wine Tour

I’ve had some great birthday celebrations in my 25 years… Pool parties as little kid, taking a limo to see the second Harry Potter movie when I was 13, and gourmet dinners at Blacktree in more recent years… but my 25th birthday was hands down the best birthday I’ve ever had. I celebrated with my friends and family last weekend, and this weekend was JZ’s present to me: a Niagara on the Lake wine tour!

Zoom Leisure Niagara on the Lake

We started at Zoom Leisure where they set us up with bikes, a map, a tour booklet, and some vouchers for wine tastings at various local wineries. It was pretty busy so there was a bit of a wait, but otherwise it was a smooth process and we were on the road by 11 am.

Zoom Leisure Niagara on the Lake

Our first stop was Jackson Triggs Winery, which was just down the road. We were just in time for a tour, so we decided to join it. It was neat to learn about their wine-making process and get some samples along the way. I enjoyed their white Meritage (like the Canadian version of a Bordeaux) blend, but wasn’t a big fan of the shiraz – I actually had to pour it out after my first sip! My favourite was by far the ice wine, which was so sweet and peachy!

Jackson Triggs wine tour

Jackson Triggs

We had some meat and cheese in our coolers and for fear of leaving them out in the sun too long and getting food poisoning, we decided to have lunch next (okay I may have insisted upon it… blame it on all my schooling on the pathologic microorgansisms of food!). We actually enjoyed our picnic last weekend so much that we almost exactly replicated it this weekend. Can’t ever go wrong with baguette, cheese, and meat.

Niagara on the Lake picnic

We hopped back on our bikes afterwards and pedaled to Oast House Brewery for our only beer experience of the day. I’ve tried so many times, but I just cannot get accustomed to the taste of beer – I couldn’t finish and had to give mine to JZ. I know, I’m a wuss. I wish I liked beer though because the venue was so cool – they even sometimes get live music and food trucks on weekends!

Oast House Brewery

After this stop we had a longer bike ride through the vineyard lined back roads of Niagara on the Lake to get to Pondview Estate Winery that had a great vibe thanks to the soft John Mayer music playing in the background (although JZ begs to differ). We did a couple wine tastings here along with some fantastic olive oil and balsamic samples.

Pondview Winery

Just down the road was Caroline Cellars. This was one of the standout wineries of the day – the wines were amazing and the service was even better. Our sommelier was really knowledgeable and recommended the perfect wines for our tastes! We both finished off with an ice wine that she told us would “punch us in the face”… and it did.

Caroline Cellars

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After this we headed onto the riverside trail, which didn’t have great views of the river but was still a pretty ride! It took us right by Inniskillin, which was our next stop. The Riesling here was awesome! The ice wine was great too, but you can never go wrong with ice wine. The vibe of this place was also really cool – there was a lunch grill and a huge outdoor area where you can hang out.

Inniskillin Winery

Our final wine stop was at Reif Estate Winery. I actually can’t even remember what wine we had here… I swear it’s not because I was drunk! However there was a man at the tasting bar who was raving quite loudly about a cheese sample he had tried, and I’m pretty sure he managed to convince every single person there to try this cheese, including us. It was definitely worth the $1 sample price! If only I could remember what dairy farm it’s from…

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We almost got lost on our way back to the bike rental place – totally my fault – but eventually found our way back in time to make our 5:30 dinner reservations at Zee’s Grill. We had the choice of eating inside, on the veranda, or on the patio – we wanted to eat outside so we opted for the veranda because it had a nicer atmosphere than the patio.

The meal itself was spectacular – smoked salmon amuse bouche, bread and butter, mixed greens salad with pickled beets and carrots in a lemon Dijon vinaigrette with bee pollen, smoked pan seared salmon with orange scented quinoa and vegetables, and a vanilla cheesecake with strawberry rhubarb compote. Oh, and we had more wine if you can believe it!

Zee's Grill

We digested dinner while walking around Picton Street, which is full of touristy shops and restaurants – it would be a great place to spend an afternoon. We were losing steam by this point though, so we called it a day and hit the road by 8 pm. I was almost sad to leave… but I have a feeling we’ll be back soon!

Have you ever done a wine tour? How about a bike tour?

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