Prince Edward County Eats: The Hubb Eatery and Lounge

Prince Edward County Eats: The Hubb Eatery and Lounge

The first stop on Kiku Corner’s Quebec Culinary Adventure was The Hubb Eatery and Lounge in Prince Edward County. While not in Quebec, it was the lunch stop on our 6 hour drive to Montreal. Serving lunch and dinner six days a week, The Hubb Eatery and Lounge is the restaurant attached to Angeline’s Inn.

Angeline’s Inn started life as the Hubbs Estate, a piece of land that was owned by Angeline and Henry Hubbs in 1869. Over the years, the grand old house was used as a private residence, boarding house, and country escape. In the 1950s, a motel was built alongside, and through various incarnations, the estate was bought by the Fida family. Now the two Fida siblings run the inn and restaurant that their family established. From the looks of their website, Angeline’s has several accommodation options, from individual rooms, suites, and even fully-equipped homes…including a log cabin!

The casual restaurant is attached to the inn, so one can easily enjoy a lunch or dinner, including local wines, local beers, and cocktails, before retiring. Or, you can do what we did, and take a stroll down Bloomfield’s main street, pausing to take in the barn quilts, taste some local ice cream, and do some shopping. Continue reading →

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The Barn Quilt Trail in Prince Edward County

The Barn Quilt Trail in Prince Edward County, Kiku Corner

During the six hour journey between Toronto and Montreal, Meinhilde and I made a detour through Prince Edward County. This wine region in Southeastern Ontario has recently exploded as a foodie destination, so we were excited to explore it for ourselves.

Apart from the other treats of the area (stay tuned, we will show those to you shortly), we were delighted to discover that we were on a Barn Quilt Trail. Traditionally, a barn quilt is a board painted with a single quilt square and mounted onto the side of a barn. Artists can design a pattern that has special meaning, perhaps depicting family heritage or the line of business of the related farm. When members of a community join together and each displays a quilt square, a barn quilt trail is born. This is rural artwork at its best – elegant, unique, and enhancing the beauty of its surroundings.

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Kiku Corner’s Quebec Culinary Adventure

Kiku Corner's Quebec Culinary Adventure

For Kiku Corner’s Quebec Culinary Adventure, Tomiko and I spent six days driving up to and around the province of Quebec, stopping at farms and roadside stalls to taste as much as summer had to offer. Take a look at our route we took through Toronto, Prince Edward County, Montreal, Quebec City, Tadoussac, and Ottawa, and the stops we took along the way. Then check back to see more detailed posts about each stop!

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Asparagus Wrapped in Puff Pastry

Asparagus Wrapped in Puff Pastry.I made this asparagus wrapped in puff pastry for Tomiko’s 30th birthday party. They are simple but a little time consuming to assemble, but everyone loved them and we only had a few left over!

There were many other flavourful items at the birthday buffet, so I kept the seasonings on the asparagus wrapped in puff pastry rather plain. You could always brush them with an egg wash and sprinkle with salt, pepper, herbs, Parmesan, or seeds before baking. Check out Erin Gleeson’s original recipe from The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods.

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Croquembouche Birthday Cake

Croquembouche

Instead of a regular old cake for Tomiko’s 30th birthday, I made a towering croquembouche! Last year I made her a white chocolate raspberry cake, but I wanted to create something special this year. I have loved profiteroles (aka cream puffs) since first trying them when I was about 14, and so I eventually learned how to make them. Instead of just serving a couple profiteroles on a plate with chocolate sauce, I wanted to make a show-stopper. Hence, the  croquembouche, which is a bunch of baked choux pastry puffs, piped with a cream filling, then stacked into a tower and secured with caramel. To top it all off, the caramel is then spun around the finished masterpiece.

For her birthday, Tomiko hosted a backyard party; we cleared out the cars and set up groups of chairs, a drink station in the garage, and a table full of food. I gave Tomiko a set of bocce balls for her birthday, so we left those in the driveway for those who wanted to play. After drinks and finger food, I brought out the croquembouche, stuck it full of sparklers, and lit them. I recommend getting longer sparklers than the ones that I used, since the first ones already went out by the time I finished lighting the last sparkler!

Croquembouche

Various members of our family did the cooking, including: Colombian arepas and plantains, meatballs, chicken wings, sausages, hummus, veggie sticks, deviled eggs, fruit salad, tiramisu, spinach dip, cream cheese with sweet pepper relish, and barbecued eggplant dip.

Lemon Cupcakes

For those that wanted something a bit less creamy, Tomiko made some lemon cupcakes topped with sprinkles and dried roses. Even the butterflies enjoyed them!

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