Friday night, we went out to Pazzo Taverna + Pizzeria for dinner, which I have raved about before on this blog. It's my go to place, my husband and I ate there the night after we were married in Stratford. This time I got a make your own pizza, which was half off the base price. I got Italian Bacon, Pepperoni, Caramelized Onions, Artichokes and Goats Cheese. It was delicious, and huge, had a few meals from it. We also got a little chocolate torte to celebrate my little sister's birthday (free).
We didn't do much else that night (went to Balzacs to sit and chat), but we were impressed that our B&B was within walking distance of town...and yet was on a quiet and quaint street, far from the hustle and bustle.
Saturday morning, after a delicious breakfast (see syllabub and pancake photo below), we went out shopping to a few of my mom and my favourite spots, which we showed off to my sisters. The first stop was to Family and Company toy shop, where I always spend more than I had hoped I would. However, I did manage to finish birthday shopping for my little girl, she is going to be very happy with the presents she receives.
Next up, I wanted to head to a little shop in behind the main street, where there is an overgrowth of ivy. The shop is a small bookshop/photography studio for old timey staged photographs, The Wee Book & Photo Shop. It was there I purchased a beautiful locket, which my niece noticed and wanted immediately. Needless to say I was on the hunt for one for her, and thought I was out of luck, because the owner seemed to be sold out and hadn't bought more for the year. So, I said I would be back in case she found some, then we went next door to a coffee shop. When we came out, I decided to take a photo of a cute quote on the wall outside the bookstore and the owner came running out with a perfect locket for my niece. It was fate, serendipity, and I hope my niece loves it as much as I think she will (a treasure for her to keep forever).
We also stopped in at Fundamental Books & Toys. The kids book experts in Stratford. I managed to get the book I was looking for, although it did take the ladies there 6 boxes to find. I was so grateful to them for hunting it down. They have the best kids books there, from popular to unknown.
We didn't all get what we were looking for, but it was a good outing and we were pleased with what we did find. From there we went back to the B&B for some leftover pizza lunch, sitting on the wooden seat swing in the side yard. We enjoyed the beautiful weather, her lovely garden, and each other's company.
After the show we went to Raja, an Indian cuisine restaurant my mom and I enjoy. The food was delicious as it usually is, even if a bit pricey. We enjoyed vegetable samosas, butter chicken, chicken biranyi, chicken korma, aloo ghobi, peas pulao rice and nan. The only issue, we waited almost half an hour for the bill after we were done.
After dinner, we went back to the B&B to recoup and change. We then went back out to Coffee Culture to hang out and chat for a bit. Catch up with each other's lives and laugh about the little things. A great end to a great day (even though I had blisters for attempting to break in some new flats, woe is me).
Sunday morning, we ended the weekend with another delicious breakfast, see poached pear and fritatta photos below. Cannot say enough about Réjeanne's cooking, yum! She also made cookies in the afternoon, which she left out for guests. Chocolate cookies, with pecans and pistachios. I also adored her china plates, with the pheasants on them, very classy and olde English style. She didn't leave us wanting for anything, had a fridge with drinks for anyone to take, no charge. Was there to answer any questions, and was very pleasant to chat with and get to know.
We didn't stay long after breakfast, said good bye to the other guests, who were all very interesting, and headed out on our way...tired from the weekend, feeling there wasn't much to do in the rain, and wanting to get home. It was a great weekend, one I hope we repeat in the future (maybe this will become our new Stratford tradition). Eventually we may bring the wee ones with us.
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