I first learned of Mission Springs Brewery when we attended the Harrison Beer Festival in October 2014. I tried their Cherry Bomb Belgian Style Pale Ale and loved it. Earlier this week, my little family and I headed to Harrison Hot Springs for my husband Perry's birthday. We took the scenic route (Highway 7) and on the way back, we decided to stop at the brewery's restaurant in Mission for lunch since it is right along the highway...and cause we love beer. We were extremely pleased with the whole experience.
The restaurant is massive, in a building with lots of character, and the decor is really awesome with lots of antiques hanging here, there and everywhere. We were constantly looking around and noticing neat pieces from history and the decor sparked a lot of conversation. As you can see by all the photos below, it is also a great place to test out a new camera or practice your photography skills! The service was really exceptional as well and having worked in the service industry, I am constantly paying attention to service in restaurants. If I recall correctly, our server's name was Dave. We were not disappointed at all.
There is a great selection of beer from Mission Springs, and they also feature many guest taps. Perry opted for a sampler flight and was definitely impressed by his choice of the Mission Springs Lemon Ginger Radler, Hearthstone Brewery's Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse (he got that for me to try, really), Mission Springs Fat Guy Oatmeal Stout and McLennan's Scotch Ale. I had a sip of the Lemon Ginger Radler and the Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse. I loved both (what can I say, I love fruit beers, even in the winter) and wished I had pumped some milk for Lennon beforehand so I could devour a proper pint! A stop at the adjoining Liquor Store solved this problem.
We were also impressed with the food. The menu items were well priced and the portions were massive (bonus!). The menu provides lots of options for both vegetarians and meat lovers and there are also gluten free options available. We went for the Crab and Artichoke Dip and the daily soup which was Manhatten Clam Chowder for starters. I chose the Black Bean Burger and I convinced Perry to try the Lobster Mac Burger so I could live vicariously through him (a beef patty Topped with Atlantic lobster meat, Trottole pasta and a delectable lobster cheese sauce. nestled in a crisp breaded red onion ring.....the sound of it is almost enough to make me want to eat beef!). Since it was Perry's birthday, our server brought out a sweet treat for Perry of a house made cookie with ice cream and a birthday candle on top! We were stuffed from appies and mains but we somehow had room for this. We left feeling extremely satisfied with absolutely everything and are excited to return. It is definitely worth the trip out to Mission or a stop for lunch when heading anywhere in that direction. Bonus: it is definitely kid friendly! I leave you with plenty of photos from our experience, and with the eye catching decor that they had, there definitely are a lot of photos! Enjoy!
Growing up in my household, the food we ate very rarely came out of a box or a can. Everything was made from scratch and this stayed with me as I entered adulthood and I moved out on my own. Sure, there are times that I wish I had a box of KD or Zoodles in the pantry but there are always better alternatives. Entering motherhood, trying to make things "from scratch" is not as easy as I had hoped. I have definitely found it difficult to manage life in the kitchen with life with a newborn. Three months into it and I feel like I am finally just getting into some sort of routine which allows me to be in the kitchen (and actually eat) and refrain from anymore pizza slices or sushi rolls. I made an amazing Cottage Pie the other day and I am managing to make smoothies every morning. But there is still the occasional time where I want something warm, hearty, voluminous (for leftover purposes) and that is quick to make (cause lets face it, a cottage pie is all of the above but takes forever to prep). I always turn to this recipe that I learned from a mom I nannied for pre-Lennon. It's not from scratch, it uses ingredients from a can but it's darn delicious and is the quickest meal ever. One thing I have learned being a new mom is that you have to do what you can to get by, and if that means having the occasional recipe that is not from scratch - so be it! You'll be thanking me for this one!
You Will Need:
- a pack of raw chicken breasts
- 1 cup of BBQ sauce
- 1 cup of Root Beer
I usually use a large pack of 4-6 breasts but you can use the same amount of BBQ sauce and Root Beer for as much or as little chicken as your slow cooker will allow.
1. Throw the chicken into the slow cooker
2. Pour BBQ sauce and Root Beer over the chicken
3. Set the slow cooker on High and the timer for 4.5 hours
4. After 4 hours, open the lid of the slow cooker and, using two forks, start shredding apart the chicken. It should pull apart easily. It will seem like there is an excess of liquid/juice
5. After pulling the chicken apart, stir it a couple times and allow to cook for another half hour to absorb all the juices and to allow it to thicken up
There you have it, 3 ingredients and you've got yourself a versatile and delicious dish (okay, well if you count the ingredients within the BBQ sauce and root beer, this amounts to a bit more than three). Throw the pulled chicken over rice, toss it in a wrap or on a pizza or in a sandwich, add it to poutine or just eat it as is. I have made this for multiple parties and it has been a huge hit. Set up a station with sandwich bread, wraps and various toppings and let your guests fix their own to their liking. This is also great for those who don't eat beef or pork. You can also find BBQ sauces and Root Beers that aren't so artificial to make this dish healthier. If you try it out, let me know your thoughts on this recipe! Happy Cooking and Bon Appetit!