Shakshuka I love making Shakshuka. I make it for any brunch I’m hosting, and often for dinner when we’re not sure what else to make. It’s easy, tasty, and decently inexpensive. For mine, I used a jar of tomato sauce (but obviously feel free to […]
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There are many benefits to living in Canada. Unfortunately, there isn’t any locations of the much-hyped grocery store, Trader Joe’s, here in the great white north. But I am a Canadian in a border town. There is a Trader Joe’s location not TOO far from […]
I love a good party mix. How could you not with the delicious combination of salty goodness. The only thing I don’t like in the mix is pretzels. I always take them out. It’s not that I am vehemently against pretzels. I just don’t want them in the party mix. But I don’t like to waste them, so that’s where these repurposed pretzels come into play.
I wanted an easy way to use up these pretzels, and thought that chocolateifying them is a great way to go.
Repurposed Chocolately Pretzels
- As many pretzels as you want
- A couple handfuls of chocolate wafers
- Lay out pretzels on parchment paper over a baking sheet
- Boil a pot of water, put a heat-safe bowl over top of your bot when boiled
- Add your chocolate wafers to the bowl, stir until melted
- Drizzle melted chocolate over pretzels
- Add sprinkles quickly before the chocolate dries
- Put in the fridge or store in a cool place until hardened
This is an incredibly easy recipe that is great for parties, to bring to the office, or a snack. I’m trying to do better with not wasting food and I think this is a creative solution to use up my least favourite part of one of my favourite snacks.
The Canadian National Exhibition, more affectionately known as “The Ex” is akin to State Fairs in the USA. There’s wild food, carnival games, rides I mostly refuse to go on, and so much more. It takes place over the last few weeks of the summer before Labour Day and has been going on for 140 years.
I’ve attended The Ex a few times in the past, and usually our favourite part is the food. This is the time of year where vendors can debut crazy food items. Usually I’m pretty excited about that. This year, not a lot was drawing my interest. It felt like places were going wild with their food without actually making it taste good.
Anyway, here’s what we ate at The Ex.
Deep-fried Cheese Curds at the King of Curds
These are never a disappointment. We get these every year we go. They’re so delicious. You can get them with a couple different sauces, but we go for marinara. Great, now I’m craving them again.
Korean-fried Frog Legs from Farm to Fryer
This was definitely the wildest thing we got while we were there. I had never tried frog legs before. They were definitely tasty. The texture of them wasn’t that odd either. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I was eating frog, you know.
99 cent Tacos from Taqueria Burrito Bar
Like the curds, these tacos never disappoint. They are 99 cents! And they are really good!! I love them!! We really should have just gotten 12 of these. We would have been happier and it would have cost us a lot less.
Snow Crab Fries from Jake’s Seafood
I’m pretty sure I tried these a couple years ago. I like them, don’t get me wrong, they’re just not amazing. I think the thing holding me back is that I don’t love an aioli with my fries. It tends to all be a little too rich for me. The lime did a nice job of cutting that richness. The fries themselves were really good.
Jerk Pork Skewer and Al Pastor Taco from the stands in the Bandshell
A new thing this year at The Ex is a couple of stands in the bandshell having a bunch of food items available for under $6. After a disappointing trek through the food building, we were excited to go check this area out. The jerk pork was $5. I tried to get the jerk chicken, but they were out. These skewers were really tasty. The Al Pastor taco was also really good, but it was $6, and I don’t know if it was the size of a $6 taco, you know?
We didn’t take a photo of it, but Ethan got this weird taco thing where the taco shell was veal, and he got pulled pork in it. Anyway, he hated it so I didn’t bother trying it.
So that was everything we ate at The Ex.
There’s a real craft brewery boom going on in Niagara right now. The best part, besides the great beer, is that a lot of these breweries feature some great food too. Counterpart Brewing is no exception. We’ve visited this hot spot a couple times so […]
Of course the thing I was most excited about going to Mexico for was the food. We didn’t really eat off of the resort much (except for our boat trip) which I wish we would have been able to do. Next time. Here are a few of my favourite tastes from Cabo.
The food at our resort was pretty excellent. The breakfasts and dinners were excellent, if I had to point out a weak spot it would be the lunches. They were absolutely fine, but it wasn’t the meal I was most looking forward to every day.
If you can believe it, this was my breakfast one day. I am a staunch believer in breakfast guacamole. I didn’t get pulled pork, nachos, and guacamole every single day, I will tell you that I definitely ate Serrano ham and Swiss cheese at every meal. There is little I love more than cured meats and Swiss cheese. I did go a little classic most days with some yogurt, fruit and granola.
Would it be a Mexican vacation without tacos? Of course not. These were a marinated spicy pulled pork on corn tortillas with a salsa verde, onions, cilantro, and guacamole. An excellent pool-side lunch.
Our hotel had 4 a la carte restaurants as well as a grand buffet as options for dinner. La Baja California – the buffet, Zashila – an Asian restaurant, Caruso – an Italian restaurant, Torote – a steakhouse, and La Mision – a Mexican restaurant. We skipped the Asian restaurant, and we didn’t particularly enjoy the Italian restaurant.
We visited the steakhouse twice. I got the same thing both times, a nice striploin. When you walk into the restaurant you are handed a glass of sangria, which is a feature I would love my house to have. The appetizer was a jumbo shrimp cocktail. For dinner there was an option of the striploin, a ribeye or grilled chicken. Dessert was a choice of apple strudel or a berry cheesecake.
At the Mexican restaurant, appetizers were served as a buffet, as was dessert. You order your entree at the table. I chose the shrimp diablo with rice and it was unbelievably good. The shrimp were perfectly spicy and flavourful.
Like I said in my downtown Cabo post, we stopped at Cabo Wabo Cantina for a drink. We had a couple of verrrrry strong margaritas.
My favourite meal we had in Cabo was the lunch we had on the boat trip. We got three tacos – one steak and two fish – as well as a cup of fresh shrimp ceviche, nachos and guacamole. Little pairs better with those things than a margarita.
Cheers to a great vacation and a lot of great food.