Weekend Getaway

Mom and Babe

I love a quick jaunt out of town. Getting out of the house with baby is a must for this stir crazy new mom.

I headed to Niagara on the Lake, picturesquely snow-dusted and quaint, for four days – while my wife went to Montreal on location for a work shoot.

Travelling with little man is much easier with a solid place to land and since my parents retired in Niagara, it makes for an easy retreat … replete with breweries, trivia nights, great restaurants and all the charm of a turn of the century village – (plus nana and papa’s house has lots of great toys).

Falling asleep early with the moon over the snowy orchards is also pretty sweet. As is having a few extra sets of hands to make showering and brushing your hair possible.

Niagara on the lake, NOTL to the locals, makes for a nice relaxing staycation (with family). And just like that, our little babe is 15 weeks old. We played cards, ate half priced filet mignon burgers and beer tastings. It gave us both a chance to get dressed up to go out.

At Oast House Brewery a gentleman came up to tell us that my son was the best dressed person in the bar. In buffalo plaid, he matched the barkeep and was channeling Gaston (in style only) for an Uber-ironic nod to lumberjacks and small-batch-brewing hipster style.

Side note: If you ever wondered who goes to breweries and keeps them open on a weekday?…it’s a popular meetup spot for nursing Moms. No lie. Seriously… we were at Henderson’s Brewery in Toronto last week, in a snowstorm, on a Tuesday and it was FULL of mommies with babes in arms.

Cheers to another beautiful week with this little guy!

Where is your favourite go-to quick getaway?

Summer to-do: day 13 get LocalĀ 

Foodie

It’s Summerlicious in the city! We ate a veritable feast of flavours at Hawker Bar. $70 for three courses and a drink, for two. So good!  

 Shrimp Laksa. 

  
Dumpling sampler. 

 Surf and turf.   
 Chicken and ribs.with an herbed pancake.    
Tempura pandan banana and vanilla bean icecream

Carrot cake.     
 

Then pick up some local brew from Bellwoods Brewery to enjoy in a hot tub on our pals’ rooftop. 

   
 

Christmas Cheer and …Beer

Indulge

Yesterday we went to the Distillery District to enjoy a stroll and some lunch, and incredibly unseasonal warm weather. The streets were decked out and we, oddly, were sporting our holiday colours.    

    
Hohoho

Holiday cheer is apparent despite the conspicuous lack of snow. 

   
    
  Beer flights are our fave. We loved the Beetlejuice (3 x distilled and extra hoppy..get it?)  
  Kale Caesar salad and burgers: perfect for sharing.   
 
Have a very merry Christmas and I’ll be seeing you soon. 

Xo a