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The insiders’ guide to the local joys of Kitchener

Toronto Star – Some will say that Kitchener doesn’t have a vibe or that it’s simply a suburban city in southwestern Ontario. But Kitchener is a city with history, personality and grit — one that is being driven by its close-knit community, even in the face of change.

cold brew coffee at Balzacs in The Tannery

Local Cold Brew Coffee for a Hot Summer’s Day

Cold brew coffee came along in some magnitude several years ago, and it’s widely available in both chain stores and independent coffee houses. The process is a pretty simple: the result is a caffeinated beverage with a different flavour profile than hot-brewed coffee.

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11 Beverages to Warm Up With in Waterloo Region

We’re into the depths of winter, with wind chill factors that chill to the bone. You can bundle up to keep the outside warm, but what about warming those bones on the inside? Whiskies, rums, hot chilies, spices, and coffee: here a few warming beverages for frosty nights in Waterloo Region.

Profile: Dan Orr, ECOCafe Coffee Roaster

Ottawa-born Dan Orr has overseen coffee-roasting duties at St. Jacobs’ ECOCafe. The Stratford Chefs School graduate has spent most of his adult life working with food in one capacity or another. He intended on taking a bit a sabbatical at one point in his career, but he soon was drawn back in.

outside view of the entrance to Stone Crock Bakery in St Jacobs

Things to Do in St. Jacobs: Outdoors and Eats!

Part of what makes St. Jacobs so special is its location – perfectly situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in Waterloo Region. Hike, walk or cycle the trails – And, if you work up an appetite or a thirst after a busy day exploring, you’ll find lots of great options in the village

inside view of Creme Cafe

Walkable/Eatable Hespeler

Part of Cambridge, Ontario, the town of Hespeler is building an identity as a unique and cohesive food destination. Located in the northeast quadrant of Cambridge and north of Highway 401, the central downtown of Hespeler nestles against the Speed River and Hespeler Mill Pond.

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Brew-tiful: Coffee in Waterloo Region

Canadians love their coffee. As a nation, we drink on average three cups a day. But in Waterloo Region, it is independent coffee roasters and vendors who are staking a claim as the favourites of local coffee aficionados.

People holding hands on date night in Waterloo Region

Unique Ideas for Date Night in Waterloo Region

What makes a good “date night” restaurant? It’s hard to say: every relationship, either budding or long-established, is different; each date with a significant other, whether first, second, or many months in progress, might require a special emphasis and considered attention.

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