As you walk through the doors, the aroma of the cooking steak wafts through. It smells divine. We were given the option of the restaurant side or the lodge side – the lodge side sounded more homey and fun, so we opted for the lodge side.
As we were seated, we discovered that there was a Jenga game ready to be played! While we waited for the others to arrive, we embarked on a lively game and doing remarkably well too – I had never played Jenga before so was amazed at just how well I played!
The other ladies arrived, hugs were given and conversation abounded. We were gently interrupted by the patient waiter asking for our order. We took a few minutes to scour the enticing menu and finally decided on what to eat. One ordered a steak, one ordered pasta and one ordered a “kick-ass” chicken salad. I opted for the shrimp tacos, and I added a shareable bruschetta for all of us to enjoy.
While we waited for the appetizer to arrive, conversation continued about what our lives had been like since high school ended, how we ended up where we did, and generally catching up after many years.
The bruschetta arrived. It is a toasted garlic baguette, with fresh tomato, red onion, fresh basil, herbed aioli, balsamic glaze and parmesan. I have had a lot of bruschetta in my life and this was by far the BEST bruschetta I have ever had! The herbed aioli with the balsamic glaze gave it a tang that was absolutely divine!! I will go back just for that! And there was enough to share with everyone.
The main course arrived shortly after. The pasta dish had the herbed aioli drizzled over it and looked amazing. The kick-ass chicken salad looked just that – kick ass. And the steak looked delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals very much. I had the shrimp tacos and I had three generous sized crispy panko shrimp tacos topped with tangy coleslaw, salsa, herbed aioli and fresh cilantro. It was served with a lovely garden salad with ample vegetables and a light dressing. The meal was hot and delicious. The service was timely and we were not waiting long for the meals to arrive.
Of course, it would not be a girl’s night out without dessert! I opted for the Rocky Mountain Madness which is a turtle and chocolate cheesecake with caramel in a chocolate cake shell with almonds, shaved chocolate, and chocolate hazelnut sauce. It was sublime. It was rich and creamy and absolutely perfect to end the meal.
While it’s not cheap, neither is it too expensive. And with the casualness of the restaurant and the general ambience, it is most definitely a place I will return to! Mr. Mike’s is definitely a place to head to with friends.
What brings you happiness? Is it seeing someone special in your life every day? A smile from a crush? The light that shines in a child’s eyes when they see you after a long day at work? Or does the end of the day, getting in your car and heading home bring you happiness?
For some people, getting up to go to work brings them happiness and a joy in their life. I have been very fortunate in my life to have jobs/careers that have brought me much happiness. Working at some of the law firms that I did definitely brought me happiness. I know – it’s hard to believe but when I was working at some of the law firms, I actually got up and looked forward to going in to work! Waking up and knowing I could go and teach brought me a lot of happiness. Even now, working at Tim Horton’s, which I am sure some people don’t understand, brings me happiness. It is a simple job that does not require much thinking, but I have such a great rapport with my fellow workers that makes it such a fun and happy place, most days.
What else brings me happiness? Hearing from my kids. Knowing that everything is good with them, and that they are thinking of me, just like I think of them every single day. Knowing that even though we don’t talk every day, they know that I love them and think of them.
Being in Welland and with my parents has brought me much happiness this year. It’s the first Christmas since 2010 that I have been in Welland and I am very fortunate to still have my parents around at my age, and I am incredibly grateful and happy for that.
Happiness is possible for everyone. It’s how we react and think. Every job can bring you happiness – you just have to have the right attitude.
What brings me happiness? My family, my jobs, my friends all over the world, and life.
So what brings you happiness?
When I was young, all I wanted to do was leave my hometown. I wanted to live in the big city of Toronto. I counted the days when I was leaving to go and start my co-op in Toronto. I was so excited to be there and to be out of Welland. I was young and naive, and didn’t realize just how great Welland was.
Now that I am back, I am rediscovering my hometown. It has been so great being back, and I never realized just how beautiful Welland is! The downtown has been reverberated and there are so many new places to check out (restaurants that I definitely want to try!), and yet the charming older buildings are still part of the scenery. The river and the canal have pathways to walk along and there definitely feels like a rebirth has taken place here. I have picked a great time to come back.
I am excited to be working here. I have put aside my teaching for a while – I want to get a good schedule with my job here first and then will re-visit the possibility of teaching online. For now it is all about me getting reacquainted with my hometown.
Welland will always be my hometown, and I am so happy to be embracing all it has to offer!!
Courthouse park and the Welland bridge
Looking towards Merritt Island