October 17, 2012

Visiting St. Jacobs: Part 1

 A couple weekends ago, Rich and I headed off to St. Jacobs with his friend Ed. He was looking to get a coffee table custom made by people in the Mennonite community. Our day started off at 7:30am, well...more like 6:30am for me, because I like to do the hair and make up thing. Ha!

We made a couple of pit stops along the way, one of them included was Grype's Bakery. They make, hands down, the best bagels ever. I could eat 5 of them in one sitting! Anyways, Ed ran in quickly to grab a couple of apple cinnamon pastries for us, along with some other goodies, including half a dozen bagels that he treated me to. Yummy!

Apple cinnamon turnover

Cookie like crust, perfectly baked apples inside, covered in cinnamon sugar

Yummy ruggelah!
 After munching, I took a nap. Surprised much!? I was in a mini morning sugar coma! :)
Soon enough we arrived in St. Jacobs where we parked and roamed around.

A vendor selling all kinds of gourds, dried corn (minis!), maple syrup and decorative things

One of the "must haves" here, was the apple fritters.

The line up was out the door, so we joined in.

Weathered and full of dead bug carcasses
Finally! After about 10-15 minutes in the chilly breeze, we're inside and ready to order.

They used this neat little machine to peel, core and cut their apples into rings

The fry station, where the apple rings get dipped in batter and deep fried until golden!

Voila! All that waiting was worth it. Check out this awesome piece of fried goodness!

The innards- fresh piece of apple, crunchy coating, covered in cinnamon sugar, served piping hot!
 To be honest, I didn't expect my apple fritter to be like this. I'm more accustomed to my apple fritters being more like a donut, with chunks of apples in it and glazed! The kind that's more dough than apple, the kind you get from your local coffee/donut shop. This was different, but GOOD different!

I'm glad I only bought one ($1.25) because holy cow, was it ever good. Greasy and a bit heavy but tasty.  Kind of makes me think I could make something like this at home...uh oh!

Cinnamon bunch made fresh by Mennonite ladies

The were slathered in different flavoured frostings. Ed bought one and I had a piece. We both agreed that it was WAY too sweet and we've both had better.

Fresh produce

Fresh strawberries in October! They were tastier than the grocery store stuff. The baskets are adorable.

Fresh squeezed juices
 There's going to be an over use of the word FRESH, because that's what it is. It was like food heaven!


Canned goods- there must have hundreds if different relishes, pickled goods and preserves!

Pickle on a stick

An look down at the vendor selling canned goodies. They also had a ridiculous amount of pies!
Seeing as it was Thanksgiving weekend, it was extra busy. There were lots of people getting pies, sweets, produce and groceries for their holiday dinner. It was non-stop and bustling. I loved it there!

I'm totally inspired to make some of my own apple fritters.

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