Beets, blood orange and rabbit, oh my! The Winter 2019 edition of Well & Good Dinners was a taste of snowy Newfoundland. Here’s what we ate.
Best lists are subjective and frankly inaccurate a lot of the time. I’m a bigger fan of essential lists and Eater (the international food news site) does a great job by selecting restaurants one should enjoy to get a taste of a particular city showcasing the holes-in-the-walls, the trendy, the old faithfuls and the Michelin stars that encapsulate the city’s culinary spirit. This is how I approach my list for the best St. John’s restaurants in 2018. These restaurants have been my go-to’s for the year — the ones I crave regularly and go back to over and over again. Akin to the incessantly popular “My Favourite St. John’s Restaurants” from 2014, this list contains my edible jewels. Some can definitely be found on “best of” lists, some never will be, and some really should be. (more…)
Imagine a food festival where you would meander along the coastline sampling dishes from famous chefs and drinking wine. Musicians would play music while you lingered by the ocean with a full belly and happy heart and you finish your afternoon with desserts in a playground. Well, dreams really do come true.
Hop Hop Hurray! The craft beer scene here in Newfoundland is bubbling over. There are literally dozens of breweries set to open the next year and I’m slowly working my way down the list (hard job, but someone’s gotta do it! Labour Day weekend Adam and I drove out to spend the weekend in Dildo to try the Dildo Brewing Co. and Museum which opened just a few months ago. What a difference a year makes! We spent the weekend in Dildo last year while I was covering a story for North American Traveller and while the town was had lots to offer, it’s now bustling with the new brewery, newly-opened Dildo Cove Outdoor Adventures, and a re-branded Dildo Dory Grill. (more…)
I think many people shy away from shellfish because they are nervous about cooking it at home, seeing it as a luxury item, or something relegated to summer boil ups on the coast. But The Great Shellfish Cookbook by Matt Dean Petit puts all those worries to rest by outlining all the things you need to know about cooking shellfish. I was delighted when this cookbook showed up in my mailbox, and even though it’s the end of summer, it’s certainly not the end of shellfish season — in fact oysters don’t have a season, and lobster is harvested year round on the East Coast. Here’s what I thought of it. (more…)
I just knocked a big one off the bucket list. Or should I say a really long one? As part of a journalistic fellowship with the Canada China Business Council, I was sauntering along that Great Wall within 12 hours of touching down in Beijing. We chose the Juyongguan section of the wall also known as the Juyong Pass, one of three mountain passes along the 21,000km wall because it’s supposed to be a little less crowded — like all major tourist destinations there are tips and tricks visiting the Great Wall of China.