Spring in Burlington Ontario

Spring in Burlington Ontario
Discover Burlington this Spring

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Food, Fitness, Fashion & Fun!


Once again this year my friend and I are planning to attend the Burlington Women’s Show since it is a do not miss annual girls outing!  This year we are eager to see some of the new features at the show including a fashion show hosted by style expert for City Line Lynn Spence and the volunteer models from the community.  There are going to be interactive demonstrations including Moksa Yoga, so wear something comfortable!  To top it off the event is going to be M.C.’d by Annette Ham CH TV personality.

We enjoy having hair consultations, seeing new fashions, trying various foods and beverages from local restaurants and learning about new products.  In the past there have been so many samples we were glad we didn’t eat lunch! Here are some of the restaurants confirmed to participate this year which we are keen to check out; Rayhoon, Jack Astors, Water St. Cooker, Gator Teds, Coffee Culture, and Tim Horton’s.  Shopping, of course is always a priority for us and we usually bring home some great items for gifts (or treat ourselves) such as jewellery and other accessories. 

We already have our tickets as the event is coming up soon, Sunday February 26th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Tansley Woods Community Centre.  We found that it is best to take the shuttle from Mainway Arena, as the parking lot last year was full when we arrived.  Visit the website for more highlights and details on how to get tickets. 

Need an added incentive?  The first 200 attendees will receive a gift bag full of goodies, samples and offers.

Be a Burlington Ambassador and invite your friends and family to attend the show with you.  See you at the show.

-TourBurl Girl

While our co-worker and friend are out exploring the Women’s Show, I will be getting together with friends to enjoy a Taste of Burlington.  This prix fixe culinary event runs until March 11th at twenty-five of Burlington’s finest restaurants. 

Taste of Burlington runs both a winter and a summer programme which means I always have a great reason to get out and try my favourite restaurants and we try to get out to at least one new one each season.  This year so far we are planning visits to LaCosta Nuova (I must try the Lobster Mac & Cheese) and Martini House.  Last summer we visited Honey West and Paradiso which are both great choices and we have visited The Stone House, Eatalia, Pepperwood Bistro, Siam Dish and more over the years.  We are always impressed by the quality of the food, the generous portions sizes (no skimping here) and creativity of the menus which get better every time!

This winter we are happy to see new additions to the Taste of Burlington including Rayhoon Persian Eatery, Local Eatery & Refuge, Earls, and the Garden Café at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Red Canoe Bistro
Like many diners these days we are always conscious of trying to incorporate as much local Ontario food into our dining as possible and this winter many of the Taste of Burlington restaurants are adding local Ontario ingredients to their menus including Downtown Bistro, Jake’s Grill & Oyster House, Local Eatery & Refuge, Martini House, Paradiso, Queen’s Head Pub, Red Canoe Bistro, Rude Native Bistro & Lounge, Spencer’s at the Waterfront, The Water St. Cooker and West Plains Bistro.  Look for the Foodland Ontario logo on the website and menus.

For those with a sweet tooth be sure to visit Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens, then consider lunch at the Garden Cafe or head down the road to the West Plains Bistro for lunch or dinner. For those exploring the Burlington Chocolate Trail there are lots of stops along the way close to participating Taste restaurants that will feature chocolate on their menus including the downtown core (Alex Restaurant, Beaver & Bulldog, Martini House, Paradiso, Queen’s Head Pub, Rayhoon Persian Eatery, Red Canoe Bistro, Rude Native Bistro, and the Water Street Cooker.) In mid-town you can enjoy Local Eatery & Refuge, Jake’s Grill & Oyster House or Walker’s Fish Market and in North Burlington be sure to head to The Purple Heather. 

Whatever you choose be sure to go hungry, with 3 full-courses (appetizer, entree and dessert) you may need to bring a “doggy-bag” home.  Lunches are $15 or $20 and dinners range from $30, $35 or $40.  For individual menus and pricing be sure to visit the website and make your reservation today.

Eat Well!

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