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Bread’s Fusion in Kerr Village has best soup in Oakville

It was a cool October day and I was looking for a warm “comfort food” type lunch when I stumbled into the Bread’s Fusion Bakery and Cafe right in the heart of Kerr Village.

I was fascinated to learn that the Cafe was now owned by a pair of Venezuelan families who were serving many traditional Venezuelan dishes.

Chupe Soup

Chupe – the most thrilling soup in Kerr Village

The particular dish that Sofia recommended I try was something called Chupe – which is a traditional Venezuelan soup made from Avocado, chicken, corn, spanish cheese, lots of cilantro and a touch of milk, salt and pepper.

Wow – did this soup hit the spot!

It was a healthy, hot, hearty concoction that made the lady next to me, who also had ordered the Chupe exclaim - ”this is the most thrilling soup in Kerr Village”.

New Bakery on Kerr Street in Oakville

After experiencing the gastronomic delight of chupe, I was also introduced to other Venezuelan foods.

Culinary delights such  as cachito (ham & bacon in a roll served at breakfast), tequeno ( a type of bread cheese stick), empanadas (deep fried corn flour dough made with cheese, chicken or beef), asado (blackened beef marinated with sugarcane) and panjamon (raisin and ham bread with olives and bacon that is primarily eaten at Christmas).

All the food was simply delightful.

Come to Bread’s Fusion located at  363 Kerr St., Oakville for the chupe and stay for all of the other Venezuelan dishes that are sure to impress.

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A Flat White at Kerr Street Cafe in Oakville

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Siemens Canada moves head office to Oakville

Siemens Canada moving to Oakville

Siemens Canada moving to Oakville

It’s good news for Oakville residents when head offices move here!

Last week, Seimens, one of the world’s leading electronic and electrical engineering companies, opened its new Oakville headquarters at 1565 North Service Road.

The five-storey, 110,000 square foot facility has enough space to house 700 employees, many of whom will be relocatd from offices across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas at the end of the year.

Not only will the new building serve as head office, but it will also serve as a “customer engagement centre”, which is expected to be an incubator for ideas, and a “living laboratory” where business, engineering, and policy can work together to create sustainable solutions for Canada.

What all this means is more jobs for Oakville and a boost to our local economy.

Other head offices, like Price Waterhouse headquarters, are currently being built. And of course the new state of the art hospital at Dundas/Neyagawa.

Call Wayne and Hilary now at 905 599 3311 to find out more about buying an Oakville home!

Read also this post on other head offices that call Oakville home:

Moving to Oakville? Compelling Reason # 4 – Live, Work and Play in the community


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Don’t feel like cooking today? Gastronomically bored? Visit Boffo’s in Kerr Village, Oakville

BOFFO'S FOOD SENSATION IN OAKVILLE

BOFFO'S FOOD SENSATION IN OAKVILLE

Some days you don’t feel like cooking, or you can’t think of what to make.  Those are days I like to wander up the street to Boffo’s Food Emporium.

Or if company is coming over unexpectedly, I can pick up some nice pate, a baguette and cheese,  or little “extra” treats to add some pizzazz to the meal.

Owners Ugo and Margarita bring a lot of experience and creativity to their food offerings.

Here you can find fine custom butchery, deli meats, cheeses, specially prepared “home cooked” foods, soups, desserts, a world of epicurean delights!

UGO AND WAYNE, AT BOFFO'S IN KERR VILLAGE, OAKVILLE

UGO AND WAYNE, AT BOFFO'S IN KERR VILLAGE, OAKVILLE

Now that it’s summer I enjoy sitting out on the patio (only 2 tables), reading the paper, and having a sandwich. And at Boffo’s sandwiches are “an experience,” my favourite being peameal bacon and onions.

Wayne loves the donuts they bring in from Napoli, Italy.  I say: “Stay far from them!” They have more empty calories than almost any thing I can think of, but they do taste very good, and Wayne, being a Mennonite, was raised eating donuts.

The other day I bought some “thai inspired”marinated chicken brochettes on a stick and threw them on the BBQ.  Quick and easy.

BOFFO'S FOOD EMPORIUM, OAKVILLE

BOFFO'S FOOD EMPORIUM, OAKVILLE

Now that our kids are off to university and it’s just the two of us, this is a great place to get inspiraton gastronomically.

Prices are reasonable, service is friendly and you can count on the quality of the food.

You can find Boffo’s at 334 Kerr Street in the heart of Kerr Village.

Here, Wayne takes you inside the store and introduces you to the owners.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4rJ26Eqwjc[/youtube].

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Fresh Fish on Fridays at Azores in Kerr Village, Oavkille

A flat White at Kerr Street Cafe in Oakville

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Where to go for locally grown fruit and vegetables near Oakville

LOCALLY GROWN ONTARIO PEACHES, HERRIDGES OWN FARM NEAR OAKVILLE

LOCALLY GROWN ONTARIO PEACHES, HERRIDGES OWN FARM NEAR OAKVILLE

In the summer and fall, I like to go to Herridges Fruit Market for locally grown fruit and vegetables.

Though we do have farmer’s market on certain days in Oakville, I always seem to be busy at those times, and I like to have a place I know I can get what I am looking for during business hours.

This week I bought fresh Ontario strawberries, peaches, corn on the cob (biggest ears of corn I have seen for a while!) and fresh Ontario beets and beefsteak tomatoes.

Today I am roasting root vegetables in the oven to take over to a client that is closing on their home today.

HERRIDGE'S FARM FRESH FRUIT MARKET, NEAR OAKVILLE

HERRIDGE'S FARM FRESH FRUIT MARKET, NEAR OAKVILLE

Herridges is well stocked with flowers and flowering plants as well as fresh bread, and honey, maple syrup and other good stuff.

At this time of year, they have a great variety of fall garden mums out.

A family run business, and surrounded by the Herridge’s family farm, this market/farm has been operating for 75 years.

Their stuff isn’t necessarily cheap, I bought a large basket of peaches for $8.99 while you can now get peaches in the supermarket for $4.99 (but a smaller basket).  But high on quality and freshness.

LARGE EARS OF CORN, LOCALLY GROWN, NEAR OAKVILLE

LARGE EARS OF CORN, LOCALLY GROWN, NEAR OAKVILLE

Herridges is located at 780 Southdown Road/South of Royal Windsor/North of Lakeshore Road, technically in Mississauga right near the border of Oakville. 905-822-0981.

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Marbled Meats Opens in Downtown Oakville: Locally grown free range meats

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Oakville Harbour, Sixteen Mile Creek and Paradisos in Downtown Oakville

LAKESHORE ROAD DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE

LAKESHORE ROAD DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE

Tonight, Wayne, our daughter Meagan, and I walked downtown Oakville for dinner.  It was dusk and a balmy summer evening.

There weren’t a lot of people out and about, it wasn’t  crowded like it would be in Toronto.  Just a few couples going out on the town and people strolling about or buying ice-cream at Marble Slab Creamery.

DINNER AT PARADISO'S IN OAKVILLE

DINNER AT PARADISO'S IN OAKVILLE

We had dinner at Paradiso’s (highly recommended by us) where we ordered sesame crusted cornmeal calamari, pizza pomodoro and a mushroom capellini pasta.  The dessert, which we’ve had before, was a trio of creme brulee, raspberry, vanilla and chocolate flavours.

The Town of Oakville has two harbours:  Bronte Harbour on Bronte Creek and Oakville Harbour on Sixteen Mile Creek.

Here’s a view of Oakville Harbour and Sixteen Mile Creek  at dusk.

TUGBOAT MOORED AT OAKVILLE HARBOUR

TUGBOAT MOORED AT OAKVILLE HARBOUR

I liked this “tugboat” moored at the Harbour. Oakville and Bronte Harbours accommodate several hundred sail and power boats.

Mooring docks and slips can be rented seasonally, and launching ramps are provided for transient boaters. The main docks are six feet wide and fully serviced finger docks with Mediterranean-type moorings.

OAKVILLE HARBOUR WITH VIEW OF 111 FORSYTHE

OAKVILLE HARBOUR WITH VIEW OF 111 FORSYTHE

The tall brick building is 111 Forsythe, by Daniels, which is the most expensive condominium apartment buidling in Oakville, with units valued between $600 and $2.5 million.

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Taking a Walk Around Oakville Harbour and Marina

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Gelato Shops in Oakville and Burlington or 3 Good Reasons to Gain Weight in Summer

GELATO FLAVOURS IN OAKVILLE GELATO SHOP

GELATO FLAVOURS IN OAKVILLE GELATO SHOP

The sweltering hot weather we’ve had this summer has been a good excuse for me to make regular trips to the gelato shop  on Kerr Street near Lakeshore.

I believe in the 80/20 rule.  80% of the time I eat very carefully and then 20% of the time I just enjoy food!

CASA DI GELATO ON KERR STREET, OAKVILLE, ONTARIO

CASA DI GELATO ON KERR STREET, OAKVILLE, ONTARIO

At CASA DEL GELATO, 110 KERR STREET, my favourite flavour is Malaga (rum and raisin) and Mango, and I usually have a scoop of each on a sugar cone. Wayne likes the “sea salt and caramel” and “amaretto” flavours.

There is another Gelato shop in Oakville, located down near the lake in Bronte.  COOL LICKS D-LITE 77 BRONTE ROAD. Here is a photo, I went there to take a picture of it and was so proud of myself that I didn’t walk away with a cone.

BRONTE GELATO SHOP, ON BRONTE SOUTH OF LAKESHORE

BRONTE GELATO SHOP, ON BRONTE SOUTH OF LAKESHORE

Did you know that gelato differs from the traditional recipe of ice ceam because it is lighter and has a lower butterfact content than traditional, factory made icecream?

In Burlington, you can find gelato at CREMA DI GELATO , 1477 LAKESHORE ROAD(NEAR BRANT).  I have yet to try the gelato there so can’t vouch for how good it is, but they have the widest array of flavours.

Summer wouldn’t be the same without enjoying these simple pleasures.  So go for it!!

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MY FAVAOURITE GELATO TREAT

MY FAVAOURITE GELATO TREAT

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A FLAT WHITE AT KERR STREET CAFE IN OAKVILLE

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Seven bags of free compost! SATURDAY, September 15, 2012 in Halton

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I’m an avid gardener.

Did you know that every year there is a free compost give-away day for Oakville and other Halton residents?

Some of the leaf and other garden waste that is picked up from households is offered back to the public in the form of good quality compost, as long as you are willing to grab your shovel and plastic garden bags or containers and head up to the waste management site to fetch it..

Sounds like a good idea to me, especially since in our new yard we don’t have an active composter, yet.

This year, the day for the compost give-away is

Saturday, September 15, 2012
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Halton Waste Management Site

5400 Regional Road 25, Milton.

If you bring 7 garbage bags  you can get them filled with compost.  Your  plants and trees will be extra lush next year and your blooms and fruit and vegetables extra large and beautiful!

Donations to local food banks are requested in lieu of payment for all that lovely earth.

At last year’s compost give away event, 5,000 residents came and picked up 2,000 tonnes of compost!  Residents donated 7,000 kilograms of fooad and a record $12,172 was donated to local food banks.

There is also a compost give away in the spring.

Hope to see you there on September 15, with your shovel and garbage bags!

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WHY MOVE TO THE TOWN OF OAKVILLE AND HALTON REGION?  SAFEST COMMUNITY IN CANADA.

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What is the meaning of “Gairloch”?: Enjoying Gairloch Gardens in Oakville

Entrance to Gairloch Gardens, Oakville

Entrance to Gairloch Gardens, Oakville

Gairloch Gardens is one of my favourite places in Oakville to visit.

Surrounded by acres of luxury homes, its Lake Ontario vistas, lush gardens, rolling hills, still ponds, stately trees and picturesque walking trails create a truly wondrous space.

Time spent there allows one to relax, reflect and escape the stresses of life.

View of Lake from Gairloch Gardens in Oakville, Ontario

View of Lake from Gairloch Gardens in Oakville, Ontario

This property was originally bequeathed to the Town of Oakville in 1971 by the estate of James Gairdner, a retired investment dealer.

It was his wish that his home become an Art Gallery and that the surrounding land be used as a public park.

Mr. Gairdner purchased the estate in 1960 and gave it the name Gairloch, which is a Gaelic word that means “short lake”.

OAKVILLE GALLERIES IN GAIRLOCH GARDENS, OAKVILLE

OAKVILLE GALLERIES IN GAIRLOCH GARDENS, OAKVILLE

How he ever considered Lake Ontario, which is the 17th largest lake in the world, to be short is a mystery to me!

Here are some pictures that I recently took on a beautiful July summer afternoon.

A popular venue for wedding parties to take photographs, for picnics and quiet contemplation, Gairloch Gardens is worth a vist.

Gairloch Gardens is located at 1306 Lakeshore Road East in South East Oakville.

WALKWAY TO THE LAKE IN GAIRLOCH GARDENS, OAKVILLE

WALKWAY TO THE LAKE IN GAIRLOCH GARDENS, OAKVILLE

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Taking a walk around Oakville Harbour and Marina

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Raising the bar on home inspection in Canada – National Standards coming

OAKVILLE HOME

OAKVILLE HOME

RECENTLY  I was representing a buyer from another country purchasing his first home in Canada.  It was an older home and the home inspector misdiagnosed a problem and gave erroneous recommendations to the buyer of what was needed to fix it.

This  mistake caused a lot of unnecessary trouble on closing, and extra stress on both buyer and seller at the last minute. The buyer had chosen his own inspector who was a distant relative.  He was well meaning and quite careful but lack of experience in older homes showed in his not accurately providing technical information to the buyer and to me, the REALTOR.

The trouble with home inspectors is that their level of competence and thoroughness runs the gamut from novice to expert, and the industry has been largely unregulated to date, in Canada.

So it is a good thing for the public and for REALTORS that there has been more news in the press that National Certification is coming in Canada.

Soon home inspectors will have to meet national standards.

Candidates will be expected to write a qualification exam and, based on results, a background review will be done and candidates will be advised if any further education is needed.  A review of previous home inspections, supervised field work and mentoring will also be part of the qualification process.

The how and when of administering this standardization is yet to be resolved.

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Beat the heat! Where to go swimming in Oakville in the summer

We don’t have a swimming pool, but it’s good to know there are a number of swimming spots to beat the heat in Oakville in the summertime!

The way that Oakville evolved  was that 100 years ago many wealthy Torontonians bought land directly on the lakefront with riparian rights.  This limits the amount of beach front available for public use.

Coronation Park beach in Oakville

Coronation Park beach in Oakville

Oakville has a few public beaches located at Coronation Park (East and West) and Bronte Park.  The health department conducts weekly testing to determine if bacteria levels are safe for swimming. For updated info on Halton beaches see www.halton.ca/beaches.

A popular place for Oakville families to swim, a little further afield, is Burlington Beach, with some pretty nice outdoor restaurants nearby.

Public pools are also a great place to cool down. Here’s where we go for a quick swim.  Lions pool near downtown Oakville, where one can enjoy lane swim or recreational swimming evert day from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., it’s closed from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. being closed for cleaning.  There are tennis courts nearby as well as a baseball diamond.

LIONS POOL OAKVILLE

LIONS POOL OAKVILLE

Here’s a list of outdoor public pools  and schedule in Oakville:

June 30 to August 31
Bronte Pool: Combo 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Leisure 1 to 4 p.m., Lengths 5:30 to 7 p.m., Leisure 7 to 8:30 p.m.*

Wedgewood Pool: Combo 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Leisure 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Lengths 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Leisure 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.*

June 30 to September 3
Brookdale Pool: Lengths 12:30 to 2 p.m., Leisure 2 to 4:30 p.m., Leisure 6 to 8:30 p.m.*

Falgarwood Pool: Lengths noon to 1:30 p.m., Leisure 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Family 5 to 6 p.m., Lengths 6 to 7 p.m., Leisure 7 to 8:30 p.m.*

Lions Pool: Lengths 9 to 10:30 a.m., Lengths (two lanes) 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Leisure 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Lengths 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Leisure 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.*

*As the days grow shorter the outdoor pools will close at dusk.

There are a few more warm days before the cooler weather comes.

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