Down by the Port Dover beach are the only palm trees ever to grace the maple-leafed province of Ontario. It was a sunny Saturday without a cloud in the sky, and I was determined to explore outside of the city after getting tired of the uninspiring displays of construction around every corner. So I called up a friend that morning to head out and explore somewhere new that was only a few hours away from Toronto. Next thing I knew, I grabbed my trusty Nikon along with my handbag, put on a jean jacket and jetted out the door to Port Dover.
Two hours later, we arrived and grabbed lunch at The Beach House which had a large patio and windows overlooking the beach. The crispy calamari was lightly battered and fried, served on sweet Thai sauce with a side of ginger, garlic, teriyaki and lime sauce.
I ordered the Tuscan penne with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, feta cheese, black olives and black beans, all drizzled in olive oil. My pal decided to go with a black bean burger off the vegetarian menu with textured soya protein and South West flavourings on a soft Kaiser bun.
Port Dover is a small but quaint town located in Norfolk County, Ontario on the north shore of Lake Erie that is still reminiscent of the 1980s. Heck, we even stumbled upon a house that’s been in existence since 1870. If you speak to the people there, you’ll realize that they’ve got a great sense of humour, warmth and friendliness – as with any small town, which is hard not to admire.
Dinner was at Fisherman's Catch Bar & Restaurant, owned by the Knetchel family and specializes in Lake Erie Perch and Pickerel. We started off with pints of Rolling Rock along with main courses of Yellow Pickerel lighted topped with toasted pecans and a flavourful shrimp and alfredo pasta paired with asparagus. Our waitress, Joanne was a total sweetheart who was honest enough to point out a slight overcharge on the bill, a kind gesture that is unheard of nowadays. Faith in humanity has been restored!
Friday the 13th only comes around once or twice a year but when it does, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts rally up in Port Dover which has long been a tradition for over three decades. There is always plenty of food, beer tents and live bands. It's an exciting thing that the citizens and bikers look forward to and has quickly spread by word of mouth. When it rolls around, it becomes the talk of the town.
I took the opportunity to put my DSLR to good use other than food. Many of these photos were taken with a risk of getting bitten mercilessly by mosquitoes (note to self: if mosquitoes love you, always remember to bring insect repellent). Despite the fact that I ended up covered in swollen bites the day after, I did capture some eye candy to share with all of you who are fans of picture-sharing. Enjoy, friends.