The Grocery Basket Kicks Off Cooking Classes

 

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I’ve mentioned before how much I love The Grocery Basket. They do a fantastic job at supporting local farmers and businesses in Kingston and have a great selection of local produce, delicious baked goods and vegan-friendly products.

Recently, they posted about upcoming cooking classes they would be hosting with their chefs. Tacos, Salad and Eggs Benny would be their first themed workshops and I couldn’t wait to try one of them! I love a good week night adventure. My husbands go-to meal to cook is tacos so I thought that would be the most appropriate class to try for a fun date night!

We arrive at The Grocery Basket and make our way downstairs to the kitchen in the basement to find the tables neatly set up with aprons, stacked bowls and utensils. The class is a good size — five other people as well as my husband and myself.

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The Grocery Basket is Filled With Local Goodies

Kingstonians are lucky for a number of reasons: our convenient proximity to beautiful waterfront, our stunning historical architecture  and our abundance of fresh local food and strong culture of supporting local shops and farmers.

Exciting news, a new addition to Princess street (east of Clergy), The Grocery Basket, has made accessing fresh local produce and supporting local farmers fun and easy.

I strolled in this afternoon and was greeted by the sweetest young woman, Brianna, who volunteered to give my husband and I a little tour of the new space. Brianna explained the store’s effort to provide as many local ingredients as possible and introduced us to all the The Grocery Basket has to offer.

The Grocery Basket is a multi-purpose shop with prepared, frozen meals and lunches to-go as well as  fresh produce, fresh baked goods (daily), handmade cheeses and vegan food items that are hard to find in regular grocery stores (like dairy-free cream cheese and avocado-oil mayonnaise!).

With produce curated from my favourite local farmers:  Main Street Market and Wendy’s Market (Wendy sources from local independent farms), seeing all of the fresh goodies reminds me of the joy I get from shopping the markets on Sunday mornings. Now, it can feel like Sunday morning on any week day or night. Exciting!

After just a quick drop in, I pick up a bag of Main Street Market pea shoots, a bunch of garlic, a honey vanilla tea and my husband grabs a coffee. As we walk out of the store, he says, “I feel like you’re going to be visiting there a lot.” He’s not wrong.

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Bread 101 at Riva Restaurant

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This week I was pleasantly surprised with the most thoughtful birthday treat by two very close friends. They told me to set aside my Tuesday night with no details of the plans.

After work we drive east on the 401 get off at Joyceville and continue on Highway 2. I have absolutely no clue where we are headed until I see the “Welcome to Gananoque” sign. Then I think, “Riva?” Riva is one of Gananoque’s greatest foodie attractions – I’ve heard amazing things! Continue reading

Why Bella Bistro’s Burgers are the Best

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. This understated, west-end restaurant found on the corner of Collins Bay and Bath road is one of the most unassuming, down-to-earth spaces I’ve ever eaten in but the food is beyond delicious and thoughtfully prepared. If you’re going to use that old motto your mother taught you, “don’t judge a book by its cover” Use it here. Bella Bistro keeps it simple in the decor department and goes above and beyond when it comes to food preparation. When you think about it, that’s the way it should be, right? Continue reading

Bayview Farm Restaurant Feels Like Home With Five Star Service

Turn off one of Kingston’s busiest roads and onto a dirt path framed beautifully by large trees, pass a well-manicured house and you’ll see a turquoise exterior topped with the words “Bayview Farm Restaurant.” At first, it feels as if you’re visiting a friend’s country home – expecting a golden retriever named Duke to race towards you. But the restaurant sign is a reminder that you’ve made a dinner reservation and you’re here to enjoy a five-star meal prepared by skilled chefs and served by them, too. Continue reading

All About Pan Chancho’s Pizza Dough

Pan Chancho bakery is a favourite for many Kingstonians. It’s nearly impossible to visit and leave with just one item. While waiting in line, it’s easy to convince yourself that you should maybe grab a chocolate croissant for the road, a side salad for lunch and a sweet for after dinner. They have everything! And it’s all delicious. But one thing I recently discovered is their frozen pizza dough. So incredibly random considering all of the other mouth-watering items they offer. Continue reading

Sippin’ at Stone City Ales

A co-worker came into the office gushing over this new hipster brewery so I had to give it a try for myself. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Located on Princess street in between Clergy but north of Sydenham, the space has good vibes and a beautiful open atmosphere. It’s lack of patio is made up by the open front garage door that lets in a nice breeze. If you’re a people-watcher, you can sit at the high top at the front and watch strangers stroll up and down Princess street. I’m into it. Something about this place reminds me of a spot I would find on Toronto’s Queen west – très trendy – but the wholesomeness of Kingston brings it down a notch (in a good way). Continue reading