Jam-Packed Weekend

Now that it is officially summer, a lot of events are happening around the City of London. This past weekend in particular was super fun, but also super busy!

First, we celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks early on Friday with a group of some very dear friends. The morning was a bit worrisome because it had rained… and rained, and rained!  Luckily it ended up holding off just in time so we could go mini golfing at the Tin Cup!After we went for dinner at Beertown Public House where I had the Crispy Chicken Sandwich with a side of french fries and gravy. It was probably the best crispy chicken I’ve ever had, if I’m being honest – it was so flavourful and was crisped to perfection. The sandwich came on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, Gruyère, roasted garlic aïoli and pickled jalapeños (YUM!)

Where we were sitting was unfortunately too dark for photos, but I can tell you the food was delicious and I would highly recommend it if you’re having a hard time deciding on what to get!

After, most of us headed back to my apartment for drinks and boardgames. It was a great way to end the night! Everyone was too full for cake, so I sent everyone home with their slice. It was a very beautiful cake given to me by my boyfriend, and it was delicious too!

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On Saturday evening we headed out with our friends Lenny, Heather and Eric to check out the Appleseed Cider Festival – an event that celebrates Ontario Craft Cider producers and their cider products!I tried four different ciders, three were from KW Craft Cider in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. and the other was from the County Cider Company in Waupoos, Ont. The ones from KW Craft Cider were Cherrymint, Thai Ginger, and Canadian Shield Berries. The one I tried from County Cider Co. was called Feral.The Cherrymint cider was good, you could really taste the mint on the end notes. This cider was very tart – I would consider it to be a dry cider, but I’m not sure. All-in-all it was good, but I don’t know if I would buy it.

The Thai Ginger cider was very unique, but tasted great! You could really taste the hot green Thai chili peppers, but the taste was well-balanced out by the ginger spice. I sampled a chili pepper beer in Santa Fe, and the flavour and heat of the pepper were very overwhelming. This cider would be great on a hot day, especially if you’re looking for something to sip on.

The Canadian Shield Berries cider was delicious! It tasted like… sparkly juice! (If sparkly juice were a thing and had a flavour haha). You could taste the tartness of the currants and cranberries, but also the sweetness of the raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. I normally am cautious of ‘strawberry’ flavours, as I find they can come out too strongly for my liking. There’s nothing wrong with strawberry, it’s just not my preference!

The Feral cider was by far my most favourite. It’s a combination of County Cider Co.’s Waupoos Premium cider – an off-dry cider with tangy apple flavour – and wild raspberries and cranberries. I’m a big fan of cranberry juice, and so I was pleased when I could really taste the cranberry at the beginning and then the raspberry at the end. I think I will be calling in an order, since Feral is not sold in LCBO stores!

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On Sunday afternoon we checked out the International Food Festival in Victoria Park.We got there at a really great time, and there was tons of food to choose from. I went with a beef and lamb gyro from Sammy’s Souvlaki.I forgot to take a photo before digging in… so worth it though! Mmm.

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You can tell that summer is finally here in Ontario – there is so much to do and see during this time of year. I look forward to sharing my summer adventures with you!

If you’re from Canada – what are you doing this Canada Day long weekend, and do you have any special plans for Canada 150?

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Downtown and the Harbor, Baltimore

After lunch, we made our way Downtown to walk around and check out the area. It was a beautiful day to go out exploring and walking, especially after the previous day had been so grey and windy. I was surprised to learn that “downtown” and the Harbor were one and the same; I didn’t realize how close Baltimore was to the coast.
While walking around, we found a HUGE Barnes & Noble to get some coffee – a must for many of our adventures!There were also a lot of other people who had the same idea of going to the Harbor to enjoy the gorgeous day.We walked all along the Inner Harbor waterfront and checked out the shops around The National Katyń Memorial, including some of my favourites– Free People and Anthropologie ♡After exploring for a few hours, we decided to get dinner. Since it was our last day in Baltimore, we thought we would treat ourselves to somewhere nice, and decided on Gordon Biersch.I decided to have the CBLT sandwich, which was the BEST choice. I also got a side of Gordon Biersch’s signature garlic fries. Yum!I love a good craft beer, especially when they are brewed on-site, so I was excited when I saw the beer menu. I decided on the “Dragon of the East” Saison which was delightfully fruity and spicy. It features Jasmine White Tea made by the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Co.After dinner it was time to head back to our Air BnB for the night to get a good sleep for the long drive home.

When we got out of the restaurant, the crowd at the Inner Harbor was even bigger that earlier in the day because of a special event called Light City – a free festival that features more than 50 attractions, like large-scale light installations, including illuminated sculptures and projections, as well as music and concerts, food vendors and interactive areas. According to locals, people come from all over the U.S. and world to participate in the Light City festivities.All-in-all, our trip to Baltimore was pretty great – which is good because I will be spending a lot of time here once my boyfriend starts school at Johns Hopkins University in September!

Thanks for following me along on my adventure to the Charm City!