Our adventure in Port Hope started off at the Treetop Trekking Ganaraska in the Ganaraska Forest on a pretty warm Saturday morning. Located at the Ganaraska Forest Centre, this park offers ton of activities for those ages 9+.
 
Thanks to Port Hope Tourism, we got to partake in the zip line and aerial game treks ($59.99 per person), which is one of their most popular activities. Guests have up to three hours to complete the treks. Treetop Trekking consist of fun games like suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, swinging logs, cable traverses, and zip lines. Don't fret if you're new to this - as the park has a variety of courses ranging from beginners to advanced. 


We arrived to the reception area, where we had to sign waiver forms and given wristbands. Once that was completed, we were grouped together and fitted with our helmet and harness. Prior to getting onto the trekking courses, everyone has to complete an orientation course. This process was to make sure that everyone was capable of using their equipment, and understanding of the rules. You also have to do a free-fall test to see whether you can pull yourself up or not - if you do lose footing. All of the courses are pretty high up from the ground. Overall, the check-in was very efficient and they do take safety very seriously at Treetop Trekking Ganaraska.


Don't forget to read and follow the rules.



The two beginner courses are Porcupine and Woodpecker. Despite being labelled as "easy" courses, it was a pretty intensive workout. I can't imagine how much harder the other four courses are like. 


 The courses present different levels of challenge. You are welcome to progress through them all, or go back to redo the ones you enjoy most.  


We had a blast at Treetop Trekking Ganaraska, and it's definitely a great place for family, friends, and teams to enjoy a day up in the tree tops. 



Address: 10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd, Campbellcroft, ON, L0A 1B0

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Disclaimer:  This post is in collaboration with the Municipality of Port Hope. Thank you for sponsoring the visit to Port Hope. All of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


After treetop trekking, we drove about 26 minutes to downtown Port Hope for lunch. Lunch reservation was made at Olympus Burger, so our table was ready once we arrived. Additionally, the burger joint was featured on an episode of The Food Network’s television show ‘You Gotta Eat Here’, and also topped Canadian Living magazine's list of best burgers in Canada.



 We were warmly greeted by Giorgos Kallonakis; the owner of the establishment. He was passionate about his products and business. I think it's always nice when owners take a more hand-on approach to running their restaurants. I also can appreciate the fact that the utensils here are environmentally-friendly. Olympus Burger is the first carbon-neutral burger restaurant in Ontario, as all of their straws and cups are made of renewable and compostable materials.



It's a very casual atmosphere, where customers would order the items and pay upfront at the counter. However, they provided table-service to us and our fellow bloggers that afternoon. The menu was a two-pager featuring a good selection of burgers. Given the branding, all of the menu items are themed around Greek mythology. Psst ... they also have a secret menu, which is available for viewing online.



I opted for the Zeus ($ 10.95) - Fresh beef patty, peameal bacon, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, aged white cheddar cheese, Olympus bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato. In line with their burgers, the beef patty was 6 oz, and was made fresh and in-house.




JJ got the Ares ($9.95) – Peppercorn beef patty, crispy bacon, caramelized onion, sautéed mushrooms and Olympus BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato.



Salads are also on the menu.


Overall, we had a very pleasant lunch experience at Olympus Burger.


Address: 55 Mill St S, Port Hope, ON, L1A 2S7

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[Port Hope] Olympus Burger

by on Saturday, September 08, 2018
After treetop trekking, we drove about 26 minutes to downtown Port Hope for lunch. Lunch reservation was made at Olympus Burger , so our ta...
Presented by EventSource, the Toronto Catering Showcase is back for its third year, and will be taking place at Globe and Mail Centre on October 14th, 2018 at 12 pm. The culinary event brings together a group of amazing caterers for an unforgettable afternoon of pure indulgence. 

Last year's event was amazing, and you can read my recap of it here.


Basic Information:

Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Hours: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Globe and Mail Centre (351 King St E #1600, Toronto, ON, M5A 0N1)
Price: $65 per person (buy tickets here)
Website: http://www.torontocateringshowcase.com/

For $65, you will receive an all-inclusive pass giving you complete access to an afternoon of pure indulgence - no food tickets, and no drink tickets needed. The Toronto Catering Showcase has partnered up with several of Toronto's top caterers below:

 Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events
Eatertainment
elle cuisine
 Encore Catering
 en Ville Event Design and Catering
Food Dudes
Kiss The Cook Catering
Oliver & Bonacini Events
Presidential Gourmet Catering
ProvisionsTO
The Host Fine Indian Cuisine
Toben Food by Design

Many of above caterers offer a variety of services including corporate events, weddings, and social events. I have been fortunate to attend events catered by some of these catering companies, and they have always crafted unique tasting experiences. I am looking forward to attending the upcoming Toronto Catering Showcase next month, and I hope to see you there.

"Our team of experts are the best in the industry and bring a wealth of culinary experience. Our hands-on approach to event planning and catering ensures clear communication with our clients and seamless day-to-day operations. We maintain close working relationships with our clients and offer support and direction to our on-site event teams. " (source)

 "Quality and taste are top priorities for our chefs. Menus are constantly evolving, as we play on the tastes of the seasons, drawing inspiration from global trends and the collaborative input of our clients. " (source)

"The diversity of our spaces allows us to host a wide range of events, such as closing dinners, business meetings, personal celebrations, weddings, kosher-catered events, bar mitzvahs and large corporate events." (source)

Encore Catering helps make your dream a reality! Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding: an affair that culminates in an expression of love, and the perfect celebration to mark the joining of two families into one. From venue selection, to customized menu design, and décor conceptualization – Encore works with you, your family, and your budget to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience." (source)


I hope to see you at this year's event and you can buy ticket(s) here at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2018-toronto-catering-showcase-tickets-48067187251. I assure you, the event is a lot of fun and you will not leave hungry or thirsty :) 



Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Milestones Grill and Bar is a restaurant chain under Recipe Unlimited (used to be Cara) serving up Canadian cuisine. There are over 40 locations across British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. The one I frequent the most is the Queensway location, as it's centrally located in the same plaza as Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas (my go-to theater). 

 Earlier last week, I was invited to check out their new "Cantina Menu Event", which is available until September 2, 2018. The new menu features several Mexican-inspired dishes that are perfectly shareable. 


 J started the evening off with an order of the Mayan Mule ($9.75) - Sauza Silver tequila mixed with blackberry purée and fresh citrus juices topped with ginger beer and served in a traditional copper mug. The Mayan Mule is a variation on the Moscow Mule, and has a nice balance since the tequila isn't too strong.


The Mexican Street Corn Dip ($12.75) - Fresh roasted corn blended with three cheeses, roasted poblano and serrano peppers, and a tomato tomatillo pico de gallo. Served with our classic tortilla chips was a great appetizer to start with. It was creamy, and a great combo of Mexican street corn and cheese. One of my personal favorites of the night.


Another appetizer on the menu is the Three Amigos Fish Tacos ($15.25) - Crisp fried basa on a soft grilled white flour tortilla. Each taco came with a nicely battered crisp fried basa and topped with melted Mozzarella cheese, napa cabbage jicama slaw, cilantro lime dressing, chili avocado aioli, pico de gallo, avocado and fresh cilantro. Good portion size too! You can also add an extra taco for another $5.50. 


 I love seafood, so my entrée option was the Honey Chipotle Shrimp ($26.50) - Jumbo shrimp covered with a honey chipotle glaze, alongside a cilantro crema for dipping. Served with fiesta rice and seasonal vegetables. The Chipotle flavored shrimp was topped off with crispy chips and had a nice blend of sweet & savory seasoning. I also appreciate that they didn't skimp out on the shrimp, as it came with 9 pieces of plump shrimp. However, the fiesta rice was a little soggy to me, but it was still an enjoyable dish.


If you're not into shrimp, then you can opt for the Chili Lime Chorizo Chicken ($22) - Grilled chili lime chicken breasts topped with chorizo sausage, roasted poblano cream and Monterey Jack cheese. Served with Mexican fiesta rice, seasonal vegetables and fried plantain.


One problem that I find with restaurant chains is location inconsistency, and you can't judge an entire brand if the service if off-putting at a specific location. However, I do go to the Queensway location as they're relatively consistent with their service. Our server for the night was attentive and friendly. I noticed that he was pretty much like that with other tables as well - so it was not just a media thing. The Cantina Menu Event at Milestones Grill and Bar is only here for a limited time, so hope you guys check it out soon!

Address: 1001 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON, M8Z 6C7

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SWEET & SMOKY BBQ SALAD JARS


Makes 4 jars
Prep time 20 min
Cook time 10 min
Total time 30 min

Perfect for work, picnics in the park or hitting the trails, these Sweet & Smoky BBQ Salad Jars have bold BBQ flavor without the meat. This one's all vegan, thanks to powerhouse jack fruit, the star ingredient in Sabra Sweet & Smoky BBQ Hummus. 

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa (about 1 cup dry)
1 container (283 g) Sabra Sweet & Smoky BBQ hummus with Jackfruit and Smoked Paparika
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 package cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 medium-sized red onion, diced
1 mango, diced
2 cups arugula

Instructions:

1. Cook quinoa according to package directions (usually about 1 cup dry quinoa with 2 cups water on the stove top for 10 minutes)
2. Meanwhile, prepare ingredients for jars. Divide hummus and place in the bottom of each jar, then layer in quinoa, black beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, mango and arugula
3. Mix together ingredients for chili lime vinaigrette and pack in separate containers.
4. Serve salad in a deep bowl and toss with vinaigrette.

Chili Lime Vinaigrette:

4 (950 ml) mason jars
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp Dijion mustard
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt 

Sabra’s new Limited Edition hummus has the sweet and smoky flavor shoppers can’t get enough of. Enhanced with smoked paprika and garnished with tender jackfruit, they’ll be dipping deliciously all season long.