Saturday, June 25, 2016
A Saturday Drive
This morning after making our way to Kensington to pick up our veggies and dry goods for the week Mr.Z called inviting us for a drive to Niagara. Our first stop was at a winery that Mr.Z and Mr.D had discovered while on a winery tour, Two Sisters Vineyards just outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake. A new winery the place features a net-italianate building with columns situated in the centre of their vineyards. Mr.Z had wanted to try their restaurant Kitchen 76 and although they were booked for dinner we were able to score some seats on their really beautiful patio which looked out on to their vineyards. A giant covered terrace the place had a really nice feel and wonderful, attentive service.
The menu featured Italian inspired dishes using local ingredients designed to feature their wines. I opted for some focaccia and olives, while Mr.T had a steak pannini, Mr.Z their octopus and Mr.D their gnocchi. Mr.Z also ordered their antipasto platter which was served rustic style on a cutting board with bread, a selection of meats, olives, nuts and cheese. The food and the setting made it the perfect place for a lovely Saturday afternoon meal. After lunch Mr.Z decided he wanted to buy some wine to take back with him to Toronto.
After lunch we drove along the Niagara parkway stopping at the Aero Car over the whirlpool because Mr.Z wanted to try it. Traveling across a cable car suspended over a bend in the Niagara River the cable car traveled from one side to the other allowing really beautiful views of the river and the whirlpool below. From there we drove further along the parkway parking beside the Skylon Tower before walking over to the Fallsview Casino to see if we had any luck that day. The only one to win anything was Mr.D who won back what he played we decided next to walk down to the Falls before getting back on the QEW to head home.
On the way back we decided to stop for dinner at the Lake House Restaurant just west of St.Catherine's and just off the QEW. Not surprisingly the place was packed but after a short wait we were seated inside near the bar. I opted for a spinach salad and their patatas braves, Mr.T had a Moroccan stew, while Mr.Z had their mussels and a steak dinner and Mr.D a pasta dish. The food and service again was good with portions that were too large for us all. Sufficiently sated we then made our way back to TO after a lovely Saturday drive with friends.