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So you are travelling – and need good coffee – now what? August 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy @ 10:11 am

the thought of drinking regular coffee when I’m not home is not very savoury to me… so what do you do? where do you go when you’re on the road

it’s so easy…. really easy

Most hotels have tiny coffee makers – so take some ground with you! grind for paper or mesh… a half pound bag makes about 250 ounces of prepared coffee (about 25 small cups or 20 large) – of course it depends on how strong you like it. 

Of course it all depends on how far you want to take it too…

I bought a 1 cup brewer with a mesh filter (about 10 years ago – and it works perfectly) – because using a paper filter takes away so much of the depth and boldness of coffee – (black and decker – and no this isn’t an endorsement) they are about $15 at a department store – I bring a small cooler – and ice is free at a hotel – for cream… (sometimes I like cream) and of course you can put just about any travel mug under the brewer spout (not fitted like some of the brewers out there) and voila – you just saved yourself a mint… and you get to have a good coffee – takes about a minute to brew a cup.

I just peeked into Starbucks in Niagara Falls – and for a cuppa, pricetag is $4.50 for an ordinary coffee (shudder) – mine cost under a dollar – and I’m drinking pure Kona…  yes – it’s a holiday so I brought pampering coffee… it doesn’t take long to have all of your money drain from your pockets in a place like this – if you drink 2 or 3 coffee a day – its like getting a free lunch

see? and people say there’s no free lunch…

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Celtic Music Festival – August 5th and 6th, 2011 – PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO July 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy @ 10:24 pm
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YES – Of course – we will be there – Friday and Saturday… Hope to see you there!

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Friday, August 5th

6:00pm Kiss Me I’m Irish Beer Gardens opens
 
6:30pm Register for the amateur strongman show. Hosted by 10X Guinness World recorder holder Kevin Fast and Dan Markovic who placed 4th in the Strongest Man in the World competitions in Nice, France.
 
7:00pm Competition begins
 
9:00pm Open Beer Keg toss. Represent your street!
 
9:00-11:00pm Family Tyes Irish Band. This talented group from Ennismore play Celtic, East Coast and Country music.
 

Saturday, August 6th

8:00am  Gates open
Celtic village open for business. This village contains foods like Mrs. Bridges Bakery with Haggis, blood pudding, meat pies and mushy peas.
Best British Shop has candies, chips, dvd’s. anything Coronation Street, chocolates.
The Irish Shop has anything Celtic, clothing, jewelry and much more.
Johnny Eh’s Fish and Chips will be on hand.
The Montreal House.
Balkan Express from the Farmers market will have treats on hand.
Hall of Names. Come do your historical Name search, Get your coat of Arms and Clan information.
We even have a Henna Tattoo artist coming to Celt you up temporarily.
There will be Funnel cakes and deep fried Mars bar, popcorn, fudge and much more.
We are now open to vendors but we can only except 50.
 
8:30am Men’s and women’s amateur heavy events begin.
 
10:00am Children’s village and play area opens.We will be having one of Peterborough’s very own local authors Cindy Krieg-Nuttall on site to read her loving story of a wise old Irish woman, a homeless Irish Wolfhound pup and a lonely little girl that take on this world in this tale of enduring love between a special needs dog named Chance and the girl who was willing to risk it all to keep him in her life. Story time for Cindy are starting at 12:00 and go on the hour. 

We also have The Magical Land of Gurnafandry (children’s books) Author T.J. Jurgens on site for readings and autographs. Join the adventure as you are introduced to a Phoenix and baby dragon. The times for T.J.’s readings are starting at 12:30 and running on the half hour of the hour.

Don’t miss Matthew and his amazing balloon creations, candy floss and hula hoops!
 

11:30am Opening ceremonies and Massed bands with our very own Hasty P’s Pipe Band hosting.
See the pipe bands play your toe tapping favorites as they unite as one massed band.
Watch little kids in kilts from 2 local Highland Dance Companies come together to do the Massed Highland Fling!
Alana Cameron and Lynne Mooney of
Ard-mhor have a treat cooking up for us with their students from the Collins School of Dance!
 
12:00noon Games officially open
 
  Professional Heavy Events begin with 10X Guinness world recorder holder Kevin Fast.
Past strongman of Canada Warren Trask who walked 465 feet with 210lb railroad ties in each hand.
George Chiappa longtime strength and conditioning coach and gym owner for the Ottawa Gee Gee’s National champion football team.
12X Canadian professional Champion and legend Dan Markovic will be a guest judge.
7X Canadian Champion and Masters Champion Harvey Barkowskus will be on hand.
 
  Entertainment begins on stage in the Kiss Me I’m Irish tent.
Darlene and the Shamrock.
The Claymours.
The Celtic Jam crew from the Blackhorse Pub.
 
1:00pm Sheep dog demonstrations. Watch the smartest dog in the world work its magic
with sheep and ducks!! Wildly entertaining.
 
1:30pm Magic Jay takes the kids stage.
 
2:00pm Each pipe band will do a 15 minute mini concert for the crowd throughout the afternoon
First up our Hasty P’s Pipe Band.
 
2:30pm Port Hope Pipes and Drums.
 
3:00pm 413 Wing out of Trenton.
 
  Other band times pending
 
The two highland dance companies will also be putting on Highland dancing demonstrations through out the day on the Blarney Stone stage.
We also have some Irish step dancing going on.
Also wandering minstrels and jugglers.
Face painting.
Celtic Shaman Fiona Newman will be on hand.
 
5:30pm Massed bands take the field again,
6:00pm Battle of the pipe bands, a must see and hear!
7:00pm Celtic Jam open stage in the Kiss Me I’m Irish Tent.
9:00pm The Mudmen round out the perfect day.
 

100 mile dinner – in PETERBOROUGH – August 7th 2011 – 6 pm… July 21, 2011

“PETERBOROUGH   EXHIBITION”

Morrow Park

11 Roger Neilson Way

Peterborough, Ontario

K9J  0A4

(705) 742-5781   FAX (705) 742-0648

http: // http://www.peterboroughex.ca      info@peterboroughex.ca

PETERBOROUGH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY HOSTING

100 MILE DINNER AUGUST 7, 2011

 

 

Peterborough Agricultural Society is excited to announce it will be hosting a 100 mile dinner August 7, 2011.

Tickets will cost $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children and are available at the Shish-Kabob Hut, Peterborough Exhibition Office, Peterborough Farmers Market (Saturday), Rural Routes, GPAEDC (Kawartha Choice) and Kawartha Tourism Office.   The event will be held at the Morrow Building and start at 6:00 p.m.

In partnership with local producers and area chefs (SKH Catering Company Shish-Kabob Hut, Algonquin Catering and Black Honey) this dinner will allow patrons to enjoy local food prepared by area chefs. This will be a great kick-off to our 166th annual exhibition which will commence Thursday August 11. The 100 Mile Dinner will be a new tradition as we think of our theme “LOOK TO OUR FUTURE”.

In addition to local food, a live auction will follow dinner.

Peterborough Agricultural Society President Debra Post “is very excited to invite the residents of Peterborough to this event”.

Watch www.peterboroughex.ca for more details.

 

Peterborough Exhibition: 165 years of Community Traditions

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT PLEASE CONTACT

For information about the Peterborough Agricultural Society please contact:

DEBRA POST-PRESIDENT 705- 932-1782

For information about the 100 Mile Dinner please contact:

 DON VASSILIADIS-EVENT CO-ORDINATOR 705-745-3260

 

C O F F E E coffee coffee and more coffee July 3, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy @ 5:54 pm

there sure are challenges with buying coffee this year – have had great difficulty sourcing anything Indonesian, or good quality African

The good news is that I have 2 great brokers who think for me – they buy the best quality… because they know you want good coffee ..

new this week…

2011 Sumatra Takengon FTO (heavenly body, thick rich and full mouthfeel with earthy hints and frothy crema)

2011 Papua New Guinea (no certifications – but seriously delicious organically grown from the north)

2011 Antigua Pea Berry (intense, sweet, caramelly, rich… what’s not to love??)

2011 Malawi AAA ( an amazing all day drinking medium coffee from Africa… Malawi wants trade.. NOT aid)

2011 Costa Rica Fancy FTO (what’s this thick creamy caramelly texture???? WOW)

2011 Honduras Marcala FTO (from the bourben coffee strain)

2011 Mexico Swiss Water Decaffeinated Organic (Medium bold – think decaf has to be weak???? NOT!~)

2011 Nicaragua FTO ( heavenly rich, slightly acidic (NO…. NOT BITTER) acidic means it has a little bite)

2011 Tanzanian Pea Berry ( perfect, small and intensely sweet – as always)

As always, roasted properly, single origin offerings and trying desperately to keep my prices reasonable… We also have established through our many professional chefs and farmers market clientelle, an amazing liquid coffee concentrate with a whole host of applications.  I use it for ice coffee – but it’s great for baking, as an instant coffee, or as a red eye shot to ramp up your regular strength joe… Sumatran based for depth and it’s low acidity…mmmmm …. just figured out how to make it stronger too!

Got a coffee recipe you want to share? I WANT TO KNOW!!!

Try it with vanilla ice cream in your blender with a little milk… BANG … cappuccino milkshake……. mmmmmm

 

Fail mail – consider the alternatives…. June 24, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy @ 12:04 am

we still have no mail – but there are plenty of alternatives – ever try shipping by bus? I just shipped a coffee order by Greyhound that guarantees direct overnight service, insured and delivery to the door… it was a few dollars more granted… but not that many, and overnight is impressive.  I didn’t know bus shipping did home delivery too – and of course courier service is always an option… these days, with email, texting, courier and bus service, the postal service has some competition… hey guys…. did you notice the world is in financial turmoil? perhaps if you were looking for public support, this wasn’t the best time to strike… a lot of unemployed or under paid people out there would love to have your job.

 

Canada Post Mail Strike – details… June 13, 2011 Snail mail isn’t FAILmail June 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy @ 11:29 pm

I called a friend who works for a satellite post office today – because I’m concerned on mail out coffee orders.  It seems that parcels aren’t part of the deal – so those are still viable.  The lettermail is the strike issue, and it’s on 24 hour rotating strikes – which means, your mail might be a day late – so don’t worry too much… neither rain, nor snow, nor wind, hail, or sunshine will stop the lettercarrier – even if they are slower than usual – it will get there… eventually

 

Berries – Berries – and MORE Berries

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy @ 2:49 pm

tis the season – for fresh Ontario strawberries – so sweet and tender – SO much better than the red wooden look-a-likes the size of your fist – strawberries aren’t SUPPOSED to be that big – fragrant sweet tender local berries are back baby…. saw people picking just yesterday – so that means… yep … the farmers market will have ripe juicy berries on Wednesday – of course – that’s just a rumour I’m creating at this point- nothing official from the berry growers ; )