Top Chef Chris

Barrielicious is just around the corner, and it’s being launched with a fun event, Top Chef-licious on January 13. Chris Messecar decided to get a jump on the competition and make us his signature Messy Philly Cheese Steaks, and enlisted the help of Chef Randy Feltis. What is Barrielicious? Twice a year Barrielicious features restaurants in the area who offer a prix fix on some signature dishes.  So, if you have always wanted to check out a restaurant, the festival is the perfect time toContinue reading

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Keys to the City of Barrie: Outdoor Skating Rinks

This week we checked out the newly opened skating rink at Barrie City Hall, one of six outdoor rinks operated by the city. What makes the one at City Hall so great is that there’s a place to change and it’s maintained with a zamboni, so there are no lumps and bumps like regular pond skating. The City Hall rink doesn’t allow hockey, which is perfect for those who are learning how to skate. Here are the other maintained outdoor rinks, although they are notContinue reading


Healthy Holidays

Our amazing trainer, Christina from shares with us her top tips to maintain and not gain over the holidays. Here is what she advises: Portion Control:  Use the smaller plates! Fill it up and exercise self control Hydrate:  She recommends that you increase your water intake, especially before a party where you’ll be drinking. This will keep away any signs of dehydration caused by excess alcohol consumption. Fuel Up: Keep a stash of protein bars (we actually call these our secret hunger weapons), andContinue reading

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Keys tothe City of Barrie: Holiday Light Tour

We love the Holidays, and we love how the City of Barrie gets festive. We took a drive around town to see some of the most Griswaldy light shows around. Here are the homes we checked out! 123 Violet Street – Tune into a local radio station and you will see the lights dance to the music! Nearly every inch of this home is covered by lights. Emms Drive – Candy canes and lights galore! This one is not to miss. 399 Codrington – SelfContinue reading


Horseshoe Valley Trading Co. Gift Guide

Just 15-20 minutes north of Barrie in Craighurst, a charming log home sits on Horseshoe Valley Road. From the outside, it looks like it fits right in with chalet lifestyle, but inside it’s a shopper’s haven! Horseshoe Valley Trading Company carries unique items for anyone on your list. From lounge wear, to sleepwear, food, mugs and jewelery, they have it all. We went in with people on our lists for Christmas, and boy, did Brenda and Yvonne deliver. Sarah was able to find a gorgeousContinue reading

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Keys to the City of Barrie: Drysdale’s Tree Farm

Every year, since 1973, families have flocked to Drysdale’s Tree Farm for festive fun. From cutting down your own Christmas Tree, to visiting with Santa, this is the place where the Holidays are alive. With more than 400 acres of trees, located just outside of Barrie, the Drysdale family has been growing and caring for these evergreens for three generations. When it comes to the perfect tree for your home, Doug Drysdale believes Fraser Fir is your best bet. It’s the perfect place to kickstart theContinue reading


Custom Home Feature Trends with Chris Messecar

Chris Messecar has seen it all when it comes to homes, but he’s noticing people are making some changes to houses that make living easy. He showed us around a custom home in Snow Valley, 69 Minnell Drive , a beautiful custom built home that is sure to grow with your family. Some of the features that can are on trend right now are the open concept living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen boasts a huge island that is taller than most, pot fillers,Continue reading