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It’s a great time to be enjoying the bounty that Niagara has to offer. The local farmers markets are stocked up during the summer. It’s a great place to pick up ingredients for an easy summer salad.
I know you know how to make a salad. I’m not performing any David Copperfield-level magic over here. But here’s how I put it together.
Summer Steak Salad
- 2 small peppercorn encrusted steaks
- 1/4 red onion
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1/2 large carrot
- 1 cob of corn
- 1 head of lettuce
- as much blue cheese as you’d like
- Wash and prep veggies
- Sautée onions and peppers
- Grill corn and steak on the barbecue
- Cut corn off cob into the sautée pan
- Throw everything together and then eat it and be happy about eating a salad for the first time. Add a dressing if you want
I love love loooove steak and blue cheese, and I rarely make a meal that doesn’t include sautéed onions and peppers. The sweet Ontario corn is just the perfect element of sweetness to cut the blue cheese tang.
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It’s been cold and snowy here in Niagara for a few weeks now, but I really needed something to help me get into the holiday spirit. Deck the Falls was the perfect way to do it.
This is the third annual Deck the Falls celebration, which is a part of the long-running Winter Festival of Lights. Deck the Falls is a passport program that is running during the first 3 weekends of December. Tickets are $50, and with that you get to do 16 different experiences at various hotels and locations throughout downtown Niagara Falls. The best part is, if you don’t use all of your tickets in one night, you can go back and use them any other weekend it’s running.
We started at the Scotiabank Centre, where the Prismatica light display was. This is one of the new displays in the festival.
We also to partake in a classic Canadian tradition – maple syrup on snow. If you’ve never done this before, it’s when you pour a little maple syrup on cold snow, and then you roll a stick in it to make a little maple syrup sucker. Yes, we know us Canadians are walking stereotypes.
We then moved on to a few hotels that offered some culinary samplings.
We enjoyed a mushroom fricassee with a mulled apple cider at the Marriot on the Falls.
And a cut of steak with a choice of a Bearnaise or peppercorn sauce paired with a local Niagara wine at the Marriot Fallsview.
We took a break from the snacking and bevving for some casual crafting.
There was a choice to make an ornament or a sign, our group opted for the ornament because it was going to take a little less time and we wanted to get moving.
The next stop was another cocktail – not that we’d complain about that!
Before getting ourselves some mulled wine.
Which reminded us that we wanted to make our own this year.
One of our favourite parts of the Deck the Falls tour was being able to go up the Skylon Tower at night. I had been up before a couple of years ago, but since that was in tourist season, it was a loooot busier then.
It was awesome to see the falls all lit up from way up high, as well as all of the Festival of Lights displays.
After the tower, we made our way to the Old Stone Inn, which ended up being our favourite stop of the evening. We were treated to shots of the local Wayne Gretzky Cream Whiskey (which is amazing by the way. 10/10 would recommend) in little marshmallow cups.
And they had giant marshmallows for s’more making by the fires.
We made a few more stops for some more local Niagara treats, before making our way down Clifton Hill (aka the Vegas Strip of Canada) to our final stop of the night.
Our last official stop of the night was at Casino Niagara where we got to snack on a beer and cheese dip, which really warmed us up after spending time in the cold.
We got to enjoy some of the other festival displays on our way back to the car.
Every place we went to had some really fun, and gorgeous displays and photo opportunities, which you better believe we took advantage of.
Honestly this tour was beyond worth the $50 we spent. We still have a number of activities to do, including a carriage ride, a visit to the floral showhouse, a ride on the incline railway, and some dessert stops. We’ll definitely go back another weekend to do these. You also receive a 48 hour pass for the tourist bus line, which we didn’t use because we walked the entire trek, but the bus pass is a nice perk. I would definitely recommend doing Deck the Falls if you’re going to find yourself in Niagara in the next few weekends.