Many people may think that being an entrepreneur is pretty glamorous; photo shoots, interviews, trade shows in cities all over the place.... And in many ways it is, but in all honesty it can get lonely at times. Long days in the kitchen, late nights labeling product, paperwork, emails.... It sometimes feels like I rarely get out of the house, and I drool over other people's vacation photos! Seriously. I'm sure some of you can relate!
Well, last weekend I packed up my bag and dragged my man off to Prince Edward County. Not far, just a few hours drive. Just far enough to leave behind the phone ringing and the work calling to me. I brought along my computer because I had envisioned myself squeezing in a few hours of work here and there, but you know what?? I didn't even unpack my computer. And MAN did it feel great!
We stayed in Wellington at a wonderful little apartment we found on airbnb. If you've never been to Prince Edward County, Wellington is a little town right in the heart of wine country. On Lake Ontario, which is so big it feels like the ocean. Surrounded by 3 national parks including Sandbanks. The perfect place to dig your toes into the sand and watch a sunset.
PEC is also a mecca for artists of all kinds and has a rich full history that is apparent in the local architecture. With new wineries popping up each year, there is a huge focus on tourism and they have done a great job restoring some of the beautiful old homes in the area. If you're a fan of historical homes like me, you can walk the streets and just imagine what life was like 100 years ago!
I'm always on the lookout for new vegan restaurants. Unfortunately we didn't have much luck finding a completely veg place, but we did run across some pretty decent vegan options to go along with all those delicious local wines.
Like the Thai Coconut Curry at The Country Canteen in Picton.
PEC is full of ice cream parlours, but I didn't have much luck finding anything dairy-free. Mind you I didn't feel like waiting in line at Slickers just to see if they had vegan options. But this smoothie bowl from Kin Cafe in Bloomfield hit the spot in the 30+ degree weather!!
We took a little trip into Trenton, and I have to admit this was not my favourite part of PEC. The main attraction is the huge Air Force base. But Happy Cow found us a pretty decent place called Thai Sushi that served up some yummy veggie sushi. So we stuffed ourselves silly.
My favourite vegan food find of the weekend was the Bahn Mi Sandwich from the Picnic food truck. We grabbed one to share along with one of their yummy salads, but it was so good I found myself wishing I didn't have to share. Bonus is that you can sit and gaze out over the local vineyards while you wait for them to prepare your food. They are open all week in the peak season, but sadly when we were there, they were only open weekends. If you're looking for vegan food in the area, be sure to check it out.
My final piece of advice if you happen to find yourself in PEC on a weekend in the summertime..... Every town seems to have at least one farmer's market. Be sure to check out what these creative people have to offer!! We went to the Wellington farmer's market where there were tons of goodies to taste and buy. Freshly baked bread, hand made soaps, jewelry made from beach glass... one guy was even selling vegan pies! There was not one, but three booths offering home made fermented sauerkraut. It was a challenge, but I selected the garlic and dill flavour from Pyramid Ferments. It was so potent that it practically bubbled over when I opened it to make my signature sammie with Zengarry Gruyere and Sauerkraut on Rye. Nope... can't live without it for even four days. Nom Nom!! :)
Monday we left.... reluctantly. But we were out of cheese.... ;)
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