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Hop On The Bus, Gus

ImageAwesome spur-of-the-moment jaunt to one of our area’s newest eateries last night. Yesterday was Food Day Canada, see, and starting tomorrow it’s Eat Your City week in these parts; I felt it was only right to mark the day by experiencing something new and local.

Birdie’s Perch, or as I continue to call it, the Bus-taurant, is located on the road to Point Pelee National Park, right near the turnoff to Sturgeon Woods Campground. It’s situated in a 1960s-era red, double-decker bus; you can either eat upstairs in the bus or at one of the umbrella-ed tables on the sizeable patio area.

It’s got a limited, but oddly diverse menu – yellow perch, angus burgers, back bacon on a bun and something called a Greek Goddess wrap, along with poutine and ice cream. It also offers a daily non-menu special – yesterday was a tahini wrap, or chili cheese fries. What’s nice is that all the ingredients are local or as local as possible.

We went with the angus burgers, along with an order of poutine and one of chili cheese fries; the portions were sizeable, and most of the chili cheese fries came home with us. There was certainly no room for ice cream, at least for me. A cold, canned pop rounded things out; the drinks are charmingly located in ice buckets to one side of the serving window. I found a Coke right away, and gave hubby the choice of orange or cream soda – I didn’t want to fish any further in the icy water!

We sat on the patio; the upper deck of the bus looked like it would be quite stuffy on such a humid evening. Besides, we had the dog with us – and we hadn’t been there long before one of the owners came out and offered a Snausage, because “he’s one of the family too!” After that Frankie was content to sit under the table and wait patiently for the fries and bits of burger we pretended to drop. The food was delicious, and was served fresh quite quickly.

ImageWe rounded out the evening with a trip over to Seacliff Park in Leamington, which I hadn’t seen since the big tornado a couple of years ago. The refurbishment has been well done; I can’t believe it’s the same park! Clean, well-kept, and full of people. A walk on the beach was pleasant too, and there were at least two dozen other people enjoying the waves and sand on this muggy Saturday evening.

Check out the bus-taurant and the park if you’re in the area – a nice treat on a summer’s day!

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“H” is for Hats

I’m blogging A to Z in April! Check back often while I’m catching up!

What is it about hats? I’m of the impression that they’ve long fallen out of fashion for both men and women (feel free to correct me). Every once in a while, there’ll be a resurgence in the popularity of hats as fashion accessory, but for the most part, people don’t generally wear hats, unless there’s a special occasion.

In our family, not a one of us wears hats, usually. That changes when we go on vacation. Seriously, you should see our pictures – we’re all wearing hats.

It started when the children were very small – no trip to the beach, theme park, campground or zoo could take place without a hat to protect the darlings from harmful UV rays. And, consumed by the desire to lead by example, it usually meant we’d don some headwear as well. This has left us with a collection of hats that sits idle in the closet until it’s time to pack our bags. The collection includes, of course, those hats purchased WHILE on vacation, because we’d forgotten one at home. The compulsion to wear a hat while sightseeing has really become ingrained in my consciousness, to the point where, when I saw the picture of my daughter with a monkey on Gibraltar, my first thought was, “where’s her hat?”

I have my theme park DisneyWorld touring hat – it’s a light blue Tinkerbell baseball cap. The children don’t find it half as disturbing as their dad’s orange tye-dyed bucket hat that he wears while cruising DisneyWorld. When the girls were little, they often wore adorable matching bucket hats in various patterns and colours. I remember one particular trip to Niagara Falls; my daughter wore a denim hat with a large flower on the front. At Marineland, she was attacked by a deer twice her size who was determined to taste that flower! And oddly enough, I don’t feel it necessary to wear my Tinkerbell hat anywhere other DisneyWorld – for zoo trips, or beach ventures, I have other hats.

Now that they’re older, the girls typically stick with baseball-style caps or visors that do absolutely nothing to keep the sun off their heads. They’ll often get adventurous with hats, sporty jaunty little fashion numbers that make them look very cosmopolitan. On last year’s trip to the cottage, they bought me a cute floppy hat with a wide brim to wear while I relaxed in the great outdoors.

Do you wear hats? Do you have specific hats for specific travel adventures? Do tell!