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8 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.

nick benninger, natalie benninger, Fat Sparrow Group, restaurants in Waterloo Region

Fat Sparrow Group spreads its wings … to St. Jacobs

The Fat Sparrow Group continues to grow, and it has spread its wings into St. Jacobs, the company’s first foray outside of Uptown Waterloo. Stone Crock has been a St. Jacobs landmark and destination for locals and tourists alike for over 40 years. Nick and Natalie Benninger look forward to growing.

students eating and playing trivia at the Watchtower Restaurant in Waterloo

A University Food Tour in UpTown Waterloo

Yes, you can easily tell: school is back in session. That much is obvious from the busy and crowded streets near any university with throngs of students, tightly packed and grouped together, as they make their way through the course of a day – including the pursuit of something good to eat.

owners Carly Blasutti and Ryan Murphy of Public Kitchen & Bar

Restaurant Profile: Public Kitchen & Bar

A few years ago, Ryan Murphy and Carly Blasutti set a new standard for sharing plates and culinary adventure when they opened Public Kitchen & Bar in Kitchener. Now in their larger location on Victoria St. in Kitchener, Public continues to be a go-to dining spot in the city.

Chef Nick Benninger preparing a dish at Uptown 21

Restaurant Profile: Fat Sparrow Group

The Fat Sparrow Group business appeared in Waterloo Region in only 2017, but the names behind it have long made a mark when it comes to food and hospitality; it’s a parent company for the collection of eateries that chef Nick Benninger spearheads.

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

Adding up the Dim Sum in Waterloo Region

Call it “Cantonese tapas.” Dim sum are those little bites of food that arrive via pencil-and-paper order sheet – and, at one time, via a cart wheeled through the dining room piled high with the delicacies. Each item costs no more than a few dollars, and the selection is wonderfully wide

Visiting Waterloo with Kids

Sugar, Spice & Glitter – We spend nearly every Easter and Thanksgiving with family in Waterloo, so we thought it was about time we explored what else the city has to offer beyond my aunt’s house! None of the activities listed here are just for kids – because that’s not my idea of a family vacation.

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.

various kinds of hot peppers displayed on a counter

Spice Up the End of Winter by Adding a Little Heat!

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. So the saying goes, but here we’re talking about chile pepper heat. Nothing is further from the truth when considering the spicy hot peppers: some people can handle the heat physiologically, and some can’t.

Chef Profile: Byron Hallett of Arabella Park Beer Bar

Chef Byron Hallett loves the synergy that exists between beer and food – that’s a good thing because he oversees the kitchen in one of Waterloo Region’s most interesting and unique establishments, Arabella Park Beer Bar in Kitchener’s Belmont Village.

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Feast ON Restaurants in Waterloo Region

There are currently about 100 Feast ON-designated restaurants in the province, with more working toward certification. In Waterloo Region, the following restaurants are Feast ON certified: The Berlin, Borealis Grille and Bar, Lancaster Smokehouse, Langdon Hall, Little Mushroom Catering, and more.

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