Happy 1st Birthday to our Friends Doc Magilligan’s!

Doc Magilligans Contest Niagara FallsHere’s to Many More Awesome Years Ahead!

We’d like to with a Breithlá Sona or Happy Birthday to our next-door neighbours’ Doc Magilligans!  Doc’s birthday bash goes down on Thursday, January 22 and they couldn’t have done it without you! Fore more details about the birthday bash, click here. You could fly in style – if you enter the #FromDocstoDublin contest.  In appreciation of the overwhelming support, Doc Magilligan’s is giving away a trip for 2 to Ireland’s biggest city, Dublin! Why Dublin? Well, not only is it Ireland’s capital and largest city, but, it’s where most of the bar, woodworking and artifacts in Doc’s is from.

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Doc’s Ireland Adventure Could be Yours!

You wanna know the details for this sweet trip? Of course you do. You could win a flight for two from Toronto to Dublin courtesy of Flight Centre Business,three nights accommodation and daily breakfast at Best Western Plus Academy Hotel in downtown Dublin, a VIP dinner & tour at the Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate and Dublin Hop on Hop off pass for city transportation.

To enter, all you need to do  is come down to Doc’s at 6400 Lundy’s Lane and fill out a ballot. No purchase is necessary. However, if you’d like more chances to win, simply purchase a pint of Harp, Smithwicks, Kilkenny or Guinness and your server will do the rest. Further contest details are available at Doc Magilligan’s and in order to enter you must be in the premises, ain’t no proxies allowed for this contest!

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Go from Doc’s to Dublin in one cool flight.

2 contests for the price of 1

Doc Magilligan’s 2nd contest is a Toronto Pub Crawl Experience that is full of awesome prizes. All you have to do is take a selfie at Doc Magilligan’s while enjoying an Irish beer Then, simply use the hashtag #FromDocstoDublin and post the photo to FacebookTwitterInstagram or Google+ and you could win an amazing Toronto Pub Crawl.* This prize package includes: overnight accommodation, a $100 voucher at Quinn’s Steakhouse and two $25 vouchers to be used at the Irish Embassy & PJ O’Briens.

**(When posting to social media channels, please make sure that your privacy settings are either set to public, or you mention us in the post. For example, when posting on Facebook – post your picture and hashtag on our Facebook page to ensure we receive your entry.)

 enter today for your chance to win

Act quickly, as both contests end on March 14, and the winners will be announced during Doc Magilligan’s St. Paddy’s Party on March 17.

Special Dinner at AG Cuisine

If you are looking for a really fancy, special, delicious dinner then keep reading… I went for dinner with my parents to AG Cuisine, located in the Sterling Inn and Spa. AG’s food philosophy is to enjoy what our beautiful region has to offer. From their fresh produce to seasonal fruits to delicious Niagara wine, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate all that Niagara has to offer the gourmet world. If it’s not Niagara items on the menu, then you can guarantee that it will be Canadian!

ag2The restaurant is located in the lower level of the Sterling Inn and Spa, slightly hard to find when you enter the hotel but once you find it, you can’t help but feel VIP. It’s red and white, modern interior is the perfect backdrop to the delicious food that they serve up.

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The experience at AG Cuisine was very special. My parents and I had a lovely night enjoying Niagara’s cuisine and as lovers of food and drinks, the bill at the end was worth it to us. I think if you can afford to visit AG Cuisine, you should definitely give it a try. It is not something that you find very often in Niagara Falls and a lovely way to treat yourself… or in my case, your family.We began our dinner with a Black Lager beer, brewed in Niagara-on-the-Lake at Silver Smith Brewing Company. Don’t let the black appearance scare you, this beer is crisp and refreshing with a beautiful, distinct flavour. The flavours kept on coming with the Duck Confit, Lamb Sirloin and Beef Tenderloin Pasta Bolognaise that my dad, my mom and I ordered. Each dish was amazing. The Duck Confit was served over a bean, rabbit and sausage mixture. The Lamb Sirloin was accompanied with a goat cheese and carrot polenta and the Beef Tenderloin Pasta Bolognaise was full of meaty flavour and fresh herbs. Of course, what dinner would be complete with a bottle of wine. We chose a Cab Sauv from Trius, perfect complement to each of our dishes.

ag3The experience at AG Cuisine was very special. My parents and I had a lovely night enjoying Niagara’s cuisine and as lovers of food and drinks, the bill at the end was worth it to us. I think if you can afford to visit AG Cuisine, you should definitely give it a try. It is not something that you find very often in Niagara Falls and a lovely way to treat yourself… or in my case, your family.

Niagara Food & Wine Expo 2013

niagara food and winePicture this. One giant room, filled with delicious gourmet food, award winning wines and thirst quenching beer! No, it’s not some adult version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Niagara Falls… it’s Niagara Food & Wine Expo happening April 26th-28th in the Scotiabank Convention Center.

This expo is jam packed with tons of exhibitors, entertainment, auctions and lessons. This year, join food and wine experts like Christopher Waters from VINE Magazine, Lydia Tomek from Hernder Estates, Sue-Ann Staff from Megalomaniac Wines and Kevin Brauch the Thirsty Traveller. Something that really sparked my interest is that Kevin Brauch will be putting on a tutored tasting called The World of Drinks. This man has been drinking in a ton of places and to learn from him and hear his stories sounds awesome! Tickets for his event are $45 and include your ticket to the expo as well.
The Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College will be bringing to The Chef Stage on-going, live demonstrations from chef masters. Watch and listen as they give you some tricks of the trade and create what are sure to be mouth-watering dishes.
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Alongside The Chef Stage, there will also be a Tasting Stage with 30 minute wine tastings for you to partake in. It is first come, first serve, so if you see a tasting that you don’t want to miss, make sure you get there early. The tasting is limited to 40 people/session.

And now, I know what you are all thinking. “Hayley! Tell us what delicious restaurants, wineries and breweries we can find on display.” Don’t worry, there is no short supply and you won’t be disappointed. Some of the restaurants that you can sample from include: 21 Club, AG Inspired Cuisine, Ponte Vecchio, and Sushi & Oyster Bar. There are also over 30 wineries to sample; Diamond Estates, Kacaba Vineyards and Between the Lines Winery! With Sample Tickets only being $1, it’s afforable to give lots of new things a try.
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The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is filled with so much information from wine pairings to delicious restaurant choices to fun cookware accessories. The event is 19+ and tickets can be purchased in advance to save $3 from the door price of $15. However you say it; Salut! Prost! Yamas! Cheers!

Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls.. the honey moon capital of the world! Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time, trying to plan the perfect day for your loved one. In Niagara Falls, there is a ton of different ways for you to celebrate this special day… no matter what your budget is. Continue reading

Whirlpool doesn’t just have a great course…It also has great food!

Most people think that golf courses are off limits unless they golf, but this is certainly not true. Coming from a girl who yells “fore” or misses the ball more than she hits it, golf courses are always trying to entice locals and travellers to stop in, eat, or even try playing a round (if they are up for it). Many hotels also offer great golf packages that allow travellers and locals to play a round of golf and enjoy a delicious meal. Whirlpool is one of those golf courses. That is why Hayley and I decided to try out Whirlpool and see what their dining was like.

Stepping into the pro-shop you could definately tell that we were not “golfers,” but the employees were very accommodating and willing to help us with anything we needed. They even showed us to the dining area; it was beautiful. We could either sit in the shade of the dining room or sit closer to the outside in the sun. Hayley and I decided that we would sit in the sun to enjoy our meals.

We started with crab-cakes as a starter. They were delicious– I could have ordered plate after plate of those delicious crab cakes, but I know I needed to try something else. So Hayley decided on a turkey wrap and I tried the Canadian burger. One word…Delicious! We were both very happy with our orders, as well as the service.

Whirlpool is not the only golf course that you can enjoy Niagara Falls dining. All the Niagara golf courses have very interesting and delicious dishes that anyone can choose from–whether you’re a golfer or not! So next time your looking for a great place to eat, why not check out a golf course? They will not let you down.

Great Eats in Port Dalhousie

Kilt & Clover RestaurantYou will never see a more beautiful place than Port Dalhousie, unless you’re travelling to Niagara Falls. Port Dalhousie is a great place to bring your family, enjoy the beaches, or even whet your palette at many of the main street and beach front restaurants. Hayley and I enjoyed dipping our toes into the not-so-warm lake (well I did, Hayley was being a bit of a chicken), as well as wiggling our toes in the warm beach sand.   We also had the pleasure of enjoying Port Dalhousie dining during our lunch hour…we chose Kilt and Clover.

Kilt and Cover had an amazing selection of entrees from fish and chips, burgers, and clubs. Hayley found it important to test out their fish and chips and I stuck to my favourite the club wrap; both amazing dishes with some ice cold pints to wash it down with.

It is important if you’re looking for things to do in Niagara Falls to check out Port. So pack a nice picnic lunch, or have a meal at one of the main street restaurants, you don’t want to miss out on this one.