Wednesday, 31 July 2013

3. Stop and Smell the Roses

It's a saying that's stood the test of time, so it must have some importance! My nonna (Italian Grandmother) has always grown roses. They were looking particularly nice this season, so I decided to have a sniff... and take some photos. Here they are!






Tuesday, 30 July 2013

2. Riverboat Cruise

The same weekend I went to {Fork and Cork} and while visiting my parents, we decided to spend our afternoon in Detroit on the river. We ended up taking a sightseeing cruise with {Windsor River Cruises}. It was pretty cool to hear about some of the historical things about the properties along the river and to get a look at some of the beautiful houses from the river side of things.

Interesting tidbit -- There's a church along the river (which is currently for sale) to which Al Capone donated the money for construction of a tower with a large light up cross. This structure was used as a signal for when Capone could safely cross the Detroit River to pick-up his Canadian Club Whiskey during prohibition.

Mom and Dad

Detroit Skyline

Bridge between Canada and Detroit

Monday, 29 July 2013

1. Go to a food festival... or two...

So the first thing on my to do list is to attend a food festival. I had the opportunity to go to 2! The first one I went to was the 8th Annual Guelph Wellington Local Food Fest. It was held at the St. Ignatius Jesuit Centre. There they had a bunch of local vendors selling food, alcoholic beverages, and some other products. They also had some local restaurants/caterers.   

My favourite caterer there was {Terra et Silva} with their stuffed grape leaves and strained yogurt salad. Favourite beverage was a cider by {Spirit Tree Estate Cidery}. While there we also had the opportunity to check out some discussions by local groups -- the one I was most interested in attending was by Backyard Bok Boks, an excellent resource for those of you looking to start your own urban chicken coop.

While I was visiting my parents in Kingsville, my mom suggested we spend the day in Windsor. That is where I attended my second food festival of the summer, the {Fork and Cork Festival}. They had several food and drink vendors, as well as live music. I found the one in Guelph to be a bit more interesting, however, it's always nice to check out free (or nearly free) events in the area, so I can't complain!

Free reusable shopping bag from the Guelph Wellington Food Festival

Monday, 1 July 2013

A New Year, A New Theme

Well, technically it's not really a new year, however, it has been about a year since I've done a post! I came upon a list on {Pinterest} for {100 Things to Do This Summer}. It gave me some inspiration so I thought I'd make some modifications, and attempt to do at least 100 things of note this summer. Below is a copy of the list -- it's pretty much targeted towards people with kids. I'm sure I will still include plenty of these things in my list of 100, but expect to see some things that don't necessarily include kids! Any suggestions for things to add/change on the list would be greatly appreciated!