It’s comfort food season! After a decade of blogging, I finally put up a recipe of my fave dish: mac and cheese.
Years ago, a travel writer came to Newfoundland and harshly criticized the abundance of deep-fried foods and lack of quality eateries in several rural towns. While it’s not a lie to say we love our fried cod and calamari, the province’s dining scene has come a long way, garnering international acclaim for our reawakened devotion to local ingredients and reimagined culinary traditions.
In the before times, I travelled to eat. I researched destinations all over the world, searching for local restaurants, and booking hotels based on culinary experiences I wanted to have. Last year, our travel was limited to a Newfoundland staycation, and Adam and I travelled all over the province, and it was different this time.
There were no roadside diners like the ones on American sitcoms nor were there Autogrills with espresso shots to go like the ones we downed in Italy. Shiny pit stops aren’t really a thing here in Newfoundland like they are on the mainland (no shade to the Irving Big Stops; I had a pretty good $12 Eggs Benny in Deer Lake last July) but dining destinations are different. And they are truly special. Many an isolated saltbox has been transformed into a dining experience I’ll not soon forget.
2020 was “the year of the staycation,” and little did we know, we’d be in for another summer of local travel this year. Now more than ever our local restaurants and cafes need our patronage, not just to keep their livelihood from transforming from an inspirational travel article into a statistic of how many restaurants closed during the pandemic, but because they create some really amazing food. Newfoundland isn’t a small place, it takes hours and hours to drive across, hence why the culinary gems are few and far between.Continue reading Newfoundland Restaurants Worth the Drive
Quebec City is for eaters. While Montreal is on everyone’s gourmand radar (and for good reason), but the Quebec City restaurants scene is far from the underdog with its culinary cornucopian of Québécois dishes, European flair and modern Canadian cooking, along with great pizza and vegan food. Take that Montreal!Continue reading 24 Hours of Eating in Quebec City Restaurants
The seven-year itch. A phrase alluding to marriage fatigue, a decline of intimacy. But The Food Girl in Town is a food blog feeling no lethargy seven years in — I may not post as often as I would like, but I’m still itching to eat at the newest St. John’s restaurant. I’m still itching to plan the next trip. I’m still itching to tell you all about it. When I moved to Halifax in 2012 and started this food blog, I had no idea where it would take me, but I knew what I wanted to do:Continue reading The 7th Blogiversary Itch
Charming B&Bs and vacation homes abound when it comes to Bonavista accommodations, but there is nothing like Bonavista Living’s eco glamping pods.
There are about a million hotels in London, England. At least it felt that way when I was trying to book a hotel for our two-years-delayed honeymoon last fall. In reality, there are 1500 hotels across London offering more than 123,000 rooms ranging from capsule bunks near Kings Cross to five-star penthouses in Mayfair. We decided to break up our visit to make the best of the city: The first hotel was a splurge stay at The Laslett in notable Notting Hill and the second was a pub hotel in East London, The Culpeper. The former was a disappointment (an explanation of why merits its own blog post later) while the latter gave me one of the best night’s sleep I’ve ever hard… and it was above a bustling corner pub.Continue reading The Culpeper: The Best Pub Hotel in London