Local Good Eats

When we moved to Burlington a few years ago, we decided to do a monthly date night to get out and see what our new city had to offer. The deal was one person picks, the other pays and we flip every month. I’m so glad we started doing this and have come across quite a few gems that are now on a list of recommendations we give to other people. If your every in the Burlington area I hope you’ll give one of these places a try.

MYTHOS Cuisine – 3500 Fairview St, Burlington, ON L7N 2R5

This was the first place we ever went to for date night (I picked it) and in my opinion its still the best restaurant we have been to so far. We have been back with some friends since the inaugral visit. Food is fantastic, service is incredible and both times we have been there the owner/chef has come to our table to ask how everything was. I do not recall that happening at any other restaurant I have been to.

For dinner we have always made reservations and I would encourage you to do so. It is quite popular and I could see it filling up quickly, especially on weekends.

Rayhoon Persian Eatery – 420 Pearl St, Burlington, ON L7R 2N1

Located in the Village Square in downtown Burlington, Rayhoon is the kebob specialist. We have also been back to this place after our initial date night dinner (BF’s pick, to be fair), and enjoy trying different things. I especially like the card on the table that provides the proper instructions for eating your kabob meal. It involves cutting up the tomato and adding a seasoning which I can’t remember the name of right now. The kabobs are very tasty and the meat tender.

My kabob dinner at Rayhoon our first visit there.

Son of a Peach – 2049 Pine St #62, Burlington, ON L7R 1E9

Also in downtown Burlington, not far from Rayhoon, Son of a Peach is a pizzeria that does not disappoint. Just from the name alone you would give it a try. Pizza is one of my all time favourite foods and I am always ready to try a new pizza place. We ate here on a friday night around 7pm and it was very busy so keep that in mind. We had to wait about half an hour for a table. A friend told me the Garlic Knots are excellent. We didn’t have them but saw them being carried out to many tables and they do look delicious.

Bahn Thai Authentic Thai Cuisine – 4490 Fairview St., Burlington , ON, L7L 5P9

This restaurant is in a plaza we are in on a regular basis so didn’t have to search to far for this date night choice. I love cashew chicken and tend to stop looking at the menu as soon as I find it which was the case here. Had to ordered a side of rice with it, as I usually have to do in most thai restaurants, and to me it would be incomplete without it. Service was good, food was good and quality was great. The staff seemed genuinely happy to have us in their restaurant and if felt like a family was making our meal.

Stone House Restaurant – 3106 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON L7N 3J3

This wasn’t a date night restaurant but a pick for my birthday dinner last year. I selected it largely based on Trip Advisor reviews which were very favourable. They were absolutely correct and this is one of the best birthday dinners I’ve ever had. When you book a reservation online you can enter if your celebrating an event. I entered we were celebrating a birthday and when we got to the restaurant, our table had little birthday decorations on it! What a great touch. All the food we had was amazing, the service impeccable and a manager came over a few times to ask how everything was. This is the sister restaurant to Lake House Restaurant which you may have seen on the way to Niagara. After our great experience at Stone House, we are anxious to try Lake House.

Pictures below of our decorated table and dinners at Stone House. Ryan had the prime rib and I had a pasta dish that I asked to have vegetables added to. Appetizers are in the top right photo. Everything was fantastic.

Unfortunately I do not have photos from all of our dinners. Ones I did have seem to have been deleted. In the future I promise to do a better job of including photos as I continue to highlight any new favourite date night places. If you end up trying one of the places on my list please let me know how you liked it.


Made By Bees

I have always been slightly bothered by what a waste aluminum foil and saran wrap is. It seems silly to spend money on products that really only have a one time use. What bothers me even more is that even if those things aren’t dirty after you use them, you aren’t going to keep it for another day. It just didn’t make sense to me or seem efficient. If there is one thing I like to be it is efficient.

So when one day at work, a coworker told me about a product she had bought that was made out beeswax and from a local company, I felt that this was a product I could see myself making a commitment to.

The product is Beeswax Food Wraps and the ones I have are from the company “Mind Your Bees“. The wraps are sold in a variety of patterns and sizes. I purchased the Small Set which includes 1 Small 7×7, 1 Medium 10×10, 1 Large 13X14 . I wasn’t sure which size I would need or use so this was a good start for me. The wraps are sticky and the material sticks to itself once you fold it and wrap it around food or a container. I currently have one in use around sliced cheese and I have used the larger one to wrap up my banana bread. The only food the instructions say not to use it on is meat. Once its done doing the job, you wash it with cold water, air dry and put it away until the next time you need it. Each wrap is good for about 100 uses and can then be composted.

The set of wraps I bought. The butterfly pattern is the large size, polka dots is the small. The blue is medium size and is shown wrapped around my cheese.

I have to say the wraps do come in handy and I am so glad I have them. I feel better knowing I’m using something more responsible to the environment and that I am helping to reduce our waste. It also feels good to support a local business, this one more local to me than some others. Mind Your Bees is made in Hamilton, ON which is practically down the street from us!

Ingredients: 100% premium cotton, local beeswax, organic jojoba oil, pine tree resin and coconut wax.


I’m Back!

Hello and welcome back to those who used to follow my other Not A Shopaholic blog. Many years ago, I started Not A Shopaholic over on blogspot where I wrote about all kinds of cool and unique brands and products that were not at your local mall. I loved doing it and had great feedback about it but finding time to write it became a challenge so it ended up on the back burner.

Fast forward many years and as of May 2019, I found myself unemployed once again and in the cycle of job hunting and networking. As I was applying to jobs, I started to notice some online forms had a place where you could enter a personal website. Since I hadn’t kept up with Not A Shopaholic, I wouldn’t fill out that section out but it got me thinking and I started seriously considering starting it up again.

Other than time, the challenge I had originally was finding enough brands and products to write about. When your focus is non mainstream stuff, it takes a bit longer to find things you want to write about. So I decided if I was going to start writing again, I would branch out on topics. In addition to the core content of the original Not A Shopaholic, I will also be incorporating thoughts and views on trends and news in the business world, maybe throw in the odd story about our newest family member, our Portuguese Water Dog puppy: Chico Jones and also take you through some of the renos we are doing on the house. Nothing like a home that needs a ton of work and updating to open you up to new shopping opportunities!

That’s the plan right now. We will see how it all rolls out and adapt as new ideas and inspiration arise. I hope you will join me for the journey. Look forward to writing for you.