Things to do in Niagara

As a natural wonder of Canada, it’s a destination that pulls in 30 million visitors per year. THIRTY MILLION. Other than being overwhelmed by the intensity of the rushing water, make a day or a weekend trip to explore the area! Niagara Falls isn’t a place where you just go for a few hours and call it a day. There’s way more to explore! To kick off another busy year, Niagara Parks provided a tour to spread the word on their attractions and restaurants.

It was a beautiful Spring day when the Niagara Parks‘ shuttle picked us up for a Niagara Parks Culinary Tour. Our day started at noon from Hamilton, traveling eastbound towards Niagara. Two years ago, I attended the same event with Hamilton and Toronto influencers. This time the crew was a little different but the wonderful hosts were the same; Chelsey, Ryan, Chris, and the gracious staff at the Niagara Parks attractions and restaurants.

A quick background. Established in 1885 as an agency of the Government of Ontario, Niagara Parks has been a steward of the Niagara River corridor for over 100 years. It stretches 56km along the river from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie with natural attractions, local restaurants, championship golf courses, and heritage sites. The 5 restaurants we visited were: Legends on the Niagara, Queen Victoria Place, Whirlpool, Queenston Heights, and Elements on the Falls. These restaurants are all Feast ON certified. Meaning that they are recognized by the Culinary Tourism Alliance for sourcing 25-50% of the food and beverage products within Ontario. And everyone knows, by supporting locals, it builds a stronger community.

So, things to do. Lots of eating, discovering, adventuring, and relaxing.

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Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken

Every time I drive East on the QEW towards Toronto, I always pass by Nando’s on Brant Street but never end up actually eating there. I found out about their Hamilton location when I was on my way to Pattie’s Burger Bar last month. Then a couple of weeks later, I received an email from Nando’s communication’s team inviting me to their blogger event!Read More »

Merit Brewing [One Year Anniversary]

You might have seen some posts floating around on social media about Merit Brewing‘s one year celebrations. Well, I’ve got some deets for you. Along with their fun-filled collabs with Hamilton’s awesome restaurants and businesses, they’re also pushing out new craft beer and new menu items. Ok, first things first, My 28th & 29th at 7pm, dig into a 5-course meal with beer pairings. This is an insane collaboration with 10 passionate and local restaurants and to get the word out, Merit invited us to talk about the event and to introduce new additions to their kick-ass menu!

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Fresh City Farms

There are a l0t of recipe kit delivery services out there nowadays. It’s great because this means there’s a larger selection of recipes to choose from. Fresh City Farms provides the health and environmentally conscious home-cook with organic pre-packed recipes and ready-to-eat-meals delivered to your crib. They come in environmentally friendly, sustainable and re-usable bags to cut a fraction of the packaging waste. We all know it happens when it comes to food delivery, over-packing because they need to keep ingredients from cross-contaminating or making a mess. Fresh City Farm meals are left at your door with ice packs just in case you’re not home, so your food stays fresh.Read More »

Bean Bar | 25th Anniversary

Bean Bar has been a Westdale staple since my high school days. When anyone would mention Westdale restaurants, Bean Bar would be one of the firsts to pop in my head. Their food is great but their dessert selection is what they’re known for. This year is Bean Bar’s 25th anniversary and to celebrate, they’ve made a few changes. A huge mural spans the length of the right wall as an ode to the local community, where they proudly call, home. They’re also expanding their dessert collection by adding local favourites from Donut Monster and Bitten. Soon, they will be revamping their menu – keeping the classics and exploring new dishes.Read More »

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Caro

A few friends and I headed to Ottawa Street to check out Caro, the new Italian restaurant that sprung up in the East end. Right at the corner of Ottawa and Main, this bright restaurant adds to the eclectic collection of shops over there. Sunlight beams in from the two street-side windows of this classically modern space, fantastic lighting for photos. The first thing you’ll notice is the red tiled back splash behind the bar. The huge typographic mural that says “Beloved” and the living wall are also instant  eye-catchers. You can also find a shelf of sprouts and herbs by the kitchen window soaking up the Vitamin D.Read More »

La Banane

Nestled on the cozy street of Ossington, La Banane is a seafood wonderland hidden behind a simple storefront. You’ll easily spot the restaurant from the poppin’ yellow door and metallic gold sign against an all-blue facade. Inside, you’re transported back into the art deco era of gold furnishings, huge geometric patterns, intricate chandeliers, and glamorous decor.Read More »

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Send Noodz

Noodz. Where did this word even come from? Well, I’m sure with the slightly immature minds of many people out there, the word would appear sooner or later. I can’t pin point the exact date when it popped into my conversations with my good friend, Ken, but I definitely remember we joked around endlessly about noodz close to half a year to a year ago. We talked about eating noodles a lot, like it turned into a weekly thing. And of course, our minds needed to give it a better, shorter, more appropriate name, noodz.

Heather, from Hamilton Small Fries, and I put together this list of the many places to get handmade noodles in the Hamilton. Though they’re all from different cultures and all turn out different once they’re dished out, they serve a purpose – a carby, comfort food purpose. *Drool* So, where can you find handmade noodz in Hamilton?Read More »