Author: Parm Parmar

Grey County: Apples Meet Wine, Great Food And Art

Grey County…… It’s the smell of the fresh country air and breathtaking views that get me each time I visit. There are acres of fruit trees and grazing cows dotting the landscape.  It’s peaceful here, no traffic jams – even on weekends it’s possible to get a restaurant reservation. To the west, you have Owen Sound and in the east Collingwood, Thornbury and Meaford reside in the middle. This is my second visit and this time I’ve decided to check out the regions Apple Pie Trail. The Apple Pie Trail is a Culinary Adventure Trail, bringing together culinary shopping,...

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Escape From The City To Blue Mountain Resort

When you’re in the mood for a getaway – and don’t own a cottage – look no further than Blue Mountain Resort. Barely 2 hours north of Toronto, just outside Collingwood rests a four-season playground built into the Niagara Escarpment; the destination of Southern Ontarians since 1979 – and it’s now attracting more European visitors. This was my first visit to Blue Mountain Resort and I quickly realized I’d found the perfect spot for a summer escape. I knew it had been a ski and snowboard resort (over 75 years) but was astonished by its size and the year-round...

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Vivianne Chartrand: Temiskaming Shores Culinary Ambassador

No one understands the art of cooking in Temiskaming Shores, like local resident Vivianne Chartrand. Whether she’s cooking for her grandchildren and their friends, hosting intimate dinner parties or catering a backyard BBQ for 500 – everyone eats well. Vivianne came by her culinary gift naturally – it was passed down from her parents – and her grandmother Mrs. Pilon, who ran a boarding house in Cobalt, Ontario and cooked for her family and the Silver miners who toiled nearby. Vivianne’s family ran a butcher shop catering to customers of all ethnicities. Her parents (family name Desjardins), also foodies,...

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Where to Eat in Temiskaming Shores

The abundant resources and access to farm produce mean you can eat well in Temiskaming Shores, and I certainly did. Farm to Table dining is a way of life. We had the privilege of being hosted by Vivianne and Roger Chartrand, local ambassadors, entrepreneurs, and chefs extraordinaire. During our tour, we tasted a number of delicious meals including a breakfast buffet (loaded with seasonal fruits, maple-infused bacon, homemade beans, and pastries) and a home cooked lunch featuring tender roast beef with Vivianne’s delicious salads, potatoes au gratin and homemade desserts. You may not have the opportunity to dine at...

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Temiskaming Shores: A Hidden Gem in Northeastern Ontario

As a traveler I’ve visited many destinations in North America, which of course includes Ontario and Quebec – but I’m always looking for new territory – a few weeks ago I found one. I (with a number of other bloggers) was invited to explore the beautiful Temiskaming Shores region of Northern Ontario with the many activities the area has to offer. Now to me, this was the far north and a big eye-opener. Most residents in Southern Ontario are well aware of the cottage country (Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawarthas as well as the Georgian Bay and Lake Huron areas) –...

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