Fancy a spot of tea? asked of English & Miller when this GoodLife reporter stopped in to do a story on the British gift and tearoom. Just relax on the (Union Jack) couch and I'll be right over with a fresh pot. More
Bruce Wine Bar is an off-the-beaten-path gem. Located in a back parking lot (next to the TD Bank) in downtown Thornbury, the 48-seat venue is a quirky, West Coast inspired kind of place, says Jennifer Vipond, who owns and operates Bruce Wine Bar with both her husband, Steven, and locavore chef, Shaun Edmonstone. More
Three years ago, Janice O'Born decided to breathe new life into the Rosemont General Store, a local landmark first established in 1846. Beyond giving the rural historic shop some TLC, she successfully transformed it into an upscale country store complete with specialty foods and groceries, take-out and prepared meals, gift items and a full service licensed cafe complete with a chef. It's still very much an old-time general store because you can buy anything from gum to a wedding present here, she explains. But now, you can also enjoy a three-course, sit-down dinner with a glass of wine. More
At Novotel Vaughan's Trio Restaurant, a serene setting, award-winning service and scrumptious classics ring in the holiday spirit. Read More..
Six years ago, Paula Card set up a stall at the Barrie Farmers' Market and began selling frozen homemade soups. I started with four or five soups, she recalls. Her packaging wasn't fancy, but market goers quickly took notice of the tasty creations. Realizing she was on to something, the young entrepreneur decided to take it to the next level. She enlisted family help and jumped feet first into the soup-making business. Read More..
A small town gem is the best way to describe the Olde Bulldog Beanery. Specializing in unique gourmet coffees, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, fresh breads and pastries, the 40-seat Cookstown cafe is worth checking out. Our goal is to bring a quality urban coffee experience to small town Ontario, explains Phil Carver, who owns and operates the popular one-year-old cafe with partner Christine Fielding. Happy to chat about their new family business, the couple recently sat down with this GoodLife reporter to dish about everything from the secret to making great coffee to the importance of supporting the local community and serving up a fun and energetic atmosphere. Located in a historical building, we even touched upon the address's colourful and haunted past. Read More..
What's the best part about working in a chocolate shop? According to Susan Canning of the Elegant Gourmet in downtown Midland, it's the enticing sweet aroma that greets you when you walk through the door. I never get tired of that delicious smell of chocolate, caramel and freshly baked fudge, says the business owner, with a smile. It's just so awesome. Satisfying many a sweet tooth for almost 20 years, the Elegant Gourmet serves up truffles, chocolates, creamy fudge and more. We use only the best Belgian chocolate and all of our fudge, chocolates and truffles are handmade on-site using traditional methods, explains Canning, who owns and operates the business with her husband, Glen. I spend lots of days up to my elbows in chocolate, she chuckles. It's so much fun creating all of the scrumptious treats. Read More..
Say no to drugs and yes to grilled cheese, declares the chalkboard sign in front of the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery. I'm all about shock value, admits Randy Aylwin, who owns and operates the downtown Barrie restaurant specializing in you guessed it grilled cheese sandwiches. To learn more about the downtown eatery, this GoodLife reporter headed to Dunlop Street to check it out. Wearing hip glasses, and sporting a small blue button on his shirt that reads: support the locals,' 54-year-old Aylwin was eager to chat about his popular dining haunt. Conversation topics ranged from the secret to making a great grilled cheese to his savvy social media skills and the establishment's steady number one rating on Trip Advisor. Let's start off with your number 1 rating on Trip Advisor (that's 1 out of 386 Barrie restaurants). How long have you held that title? Read More..
Touro Churrascaria serves up steak and more, Brazilian style. Read More..
Three different cuisines under one roof, is how Ketan Patel, the owner of Taj Bistro, describes his downtown Barrie 40-seat restaurant. We specialize in Indian, continental and oriental food and it's all delicious, says Patel who recently sat down with this GoodLife reporter to talk about his year-old eclectic bistro. Read More..
A mainstay in Newmarket since 2011, Made in Mexico has arrived in downtown Barrie. Serving up tasty Mexican fare, lively music and a colourful décor, Made in Mexico is all about having fun, explains Janet Bravo, who owns and operates both locations with her husband Fernando, who grew up in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Read More..
Chiaro Ristorante's meticulous details give it undeniable charm and character. Read More..
A sweet and inviting aroma of buttery, sugary goodness greets you as soon as you open the door to Nutmeg Bakeshop. Mmmmmmmmm. The friendly, simple space at the south end of Newmarket's historic Main Street is reminiscent of a bakery from the past: Fresh white walls, a large chalkboard detailing today's specials, a single glass case filled with goodies, exposed brick and wood beams. No frills, no fuss. Read More..
At Sorrento Ristorante, owner and chef Nino Cioffi takes inspiration from the cuisine specific to the small-town from which the restaurant takes its name. Read More..