June 23rd, 2012Head to Belleville Ontario this Summer
Belleville, Ontario, located on the beautiful Bay of Quinte, offers numerous golf and yacht clubs as well as several summertime activities. The Bay of Quinte and Moira River are legendary walleye hot-spots and a great area for fishing. The bay is one of Canada’s top sailing destinations! The Bay is also popular with rowers and dragon-boaters.
Art and theatre plays a major role in Belleville, being home to two theatres- the Empire Theatre and the Belleville Theatre Guild. The Belleville Theatre Guild is a community theatre that stages a variety of plays ranging from light comedies to musicals, while “The Empire Theatre”is home to musical performances, theatre events and film viewings.
While in Belleville in the Victorian neighborhood of the East Hill,stroll through the Corby Rose Garden, or visit the “Glanmore National Historic Site.” Glanmore was built in 1882-1883 for wealthy banker J.P.C. Phillips (1842-1912) and his wife Harriet Dougall Phillips (1839-1915). The elaborate home contains some original furnishings as well as beautiful objects from the Couldery Collection.
Why not plan your summer vacation to include a visit to the Waterfront & Ethnic Festival. The community event held July 12-15 will delight guests of all ages. Since the mid 1980s, the festival has been attracting visitors from across Ontario. Last year 30,000 people attended. Admission is free for everyone, so this is a great event to attend.
Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea fame is performing a solo concert in support of his new album Boy On Bridge at The Empire Theatre July 3rd or attend Empire Rockfest WED. JULY 25 – THURS. JULY 26 – FRI. JULY 27 – SAT. JULY 28. Acts at the event include George Thorogood and the Destroyers with special guests Downchild Blues Band, Boston with special guests 54/40 and Slash featuring featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, with Special Guests: Monster Truck, and Special Guests: I Mother Earth.
August continues the big summer madness in Quinte with Ribfest, Jazz Fest, and “The Tea Party” performing at the Empire Theatre.” This is just more reason to come visit the beautiful Bay of Quinte this summer!
The pleasures of fine dining in an elegant decor in the city of Belleville. While in Belleville why not take your love one for a dining experience that they will never forget.
Belleville’s ultimate in fine dining- Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard
If you want to experience fine international cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere visit “Dinkel’s restaurant,” in the heart of downtown Belleville, Ontario, on the edge of Prince Edward County. Paul Dinkel opened “Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard” 34 years ago and today it remains a wonderful fine dining experience showing Paul’s devotion to food and wine.
Once you step into the doors- a friendly bar, a bright dining room awaits you. Dinkel’s has separate meeting rooms for your business meetings, wedding reception or a family get together.
We were greeted by a very friendly and smiling lady who seated us promptly. Kathhryn our waitress was personable, bubbly, attentive and most accommodating.
We were sat at a small, quant table for two by the fountain. The courtyard provided an oasis with it’s fountain and ivy covered walls. It was truly a step into Italy without leaving Belleville. I was enamored the moment we walked in to the court yard.
Our dining experience began with a Caesar salad, for myself and for my husband fresh mussels. The fresh mussels were served in a tasty wine sauce with chopped onion garlic, and fresh herbs. The mussels were cooked perfectly by Chef, Paul Travis. They were plump and fresh tasting, not the least bit gritty. I have had many Caesar salads, but none compared to the freshness and taste of the one I had at Dinkel’s.
For my husband the entree consisted of two Beef tournedos’ wrapped in bacon, served with roasted potatoes and fresh broccoli and baby carrots. The beef was tender and flavorful. The tournedos were definitely a hit.
I truly enjoyed the tender chicken breast marinated with fresh lemon thyme. I was definitely impressed with this dish. The chicken was so juicy and full of flavor. It paired nicely with the baby roasted potatoes, fresh carrots and broccoli all Ontario grown.
Upon saying a farewell to the sun and enjoying the now gentle summer breeze our meal came to an end with dessert. I savored every last bite of my caramel apple cheesecake. I can’t even describe how wonderful it was. My husband enjoyed the triple mouse chocolate raspberry cake, which was absolutely delicious I might ad. Both desserts were served with diced strawberry, kiwi and drizzled syrup.
Overall, the food, service, and ambiance made for a great relaxing fine dining experience. Having this been our first visit for both my husband and I to “Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard” it easy to see why it has been awarded with so many Reader’s choice awards.