Niagara Food Trippin’ with Ishy

Posted on November 3, 2011


It’s always a given for any visiting family of mine to ask for a trip to Niagara Falls.  My lil sis Ishy is no exception, wanting to do almost all the Niagara tourist attractions that she could find.  One day was not enough to fit all she wanted to do.  The first time, we managed to squeeze in Maid of the Mist, The White Rapids, Journey Behind the Falls and a quick trip to take a peek at Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Niagara was thankfully not overflowing with tourists and we were able to go from one tourist spot to another at a comfortable pace.  Apparently, we made it all too comfortable as we only got to do one thing at Niagara-on-the-Lake.  If I am to choose the only thing I could do at this charming little town, it is to visit Maple Leaf Fudge.  Once you enter the store, the smell of freshly made fudge wafts all around you, making your mouth water.  They have a good selection of old-fashioned hand-made fudge and there is a tasting plate where you could try several flavors.  I shamelessly try every flavor and have quick sugar rush each time I visit the store.  Of course, Ishy does the same thing.  We are related after all :)

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To do the wine tasting, we had to come back the following week.  This time we tried Pilliteri Estates Winery, where we luckily were the only three in the touring party.  I wanted to kick myself for not bringing a better camera as this tour was especially really indulgent, the guide answering every question we ask very extensively.  The wine cellar was very impressive, having a very long harvest table at the middle and barrel after barrel of wine situated at both sides of the room.  We got a quick lesson of different varieties of wine, starting from the dry to the sweet ones.  One special treat was we got to try a red ice wine.  So sweet, it reminded me of sherry.  Good start of the day, sipping wine ;)

We proceeded to Niagara-on-the-Lake once again, promising Ishy a slow stroll in and out of the small cozy shops within the little town.  As I got off from the car, I had a very nice surprise.  The familiar sign of a novelty ice cream store greeted me,  Cows.  I first tasted this ice cream years ago during a trip to Prince Edward Island.  Second time around I saw the same store during a trip to Banff.  I was quite happy that I finally see it in Ontario as I do enjoy the store, not only for their awesome ice cream.  What is also a draw to this store are their parodies of pop culture that always get me cracking up.  See the pictures I snapped to see what I mean.  My elder sis Ayen gets herself a scoop of coffee with toffee bits ice cream and I wished I had my own cup.  I had to curb that impulse as I was reserving the sugar rush for another trip to Maple Leaf Fudge.  This food trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake is turning out to be a major sugar rush. Not that this foodie is complaining.   It’s good to know I have a new Niagara-on-the-Lake destination for any future touring relatives that would surely visit me soon.
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