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Best St. John’s Restaurants 2018

Best St. John’s Restaurants 2018

My best St. John’s restaurants’ list for 2018 contains the restaurants that have been my go-to’s for the year — the ones I crave regularly and go back to over and over again. Some can be found on best lists and some really should be.

The 5 Best Bites in London

The 5 Best Bites in London

Vacation = Marathon eating. Here are my favourite 5 bites at the best London restaurants from the first stop on our honeymoon.

Roots Rants and Roars 2018

Roots Rants and Roars 2018

Imagine a food festival where you meander along the coastline sampling dishes from famous chefs and drinking wine. Musicians 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, and it happens every year in Elliston, Newfoundland and Labrador. Welcome to Roots, Rants and Roars! This festival, which honours the culinary culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, last two days and has been on my bucket list since it started in 2009.

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Dildo Brewing Co. & Museum

Dildo Brewing Co. & Museum

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 visited Dildo Brewing Co. and Museum.

Change of Menu: Dining at The Fogo Island Inn

Change of Menu: Dining at The Fogo Island Inn

Dining at the Fogo Island Inn feels like being at nan’s — an onslaught of pastries the moment you walk in the door until you walk out with a bagged lunch for the trip home. Here’s what’s new on the menu.

Feeding the Sixth… Blogiversary

Feeding the Sixth… Blogiversary

I’ve been The Food Girl in Town for two thousand, one hundred and ninety days. What started as a hobby is now part of my identity. At this point I’m sure not what’s influenced the other more — my love for food or my love of writing, but one thing is for sure: I am who I am today because of those first two words WordPress made me type in the fall of 2012.

“Hello, world.”

The Food Girl in Town has ebbed and flowed in tandem with my life over the past six years and I have to honestly say I am who I am today because of the blog. The sixth year was all about the baycation and exploring our home province. I signed on as Associate Editor at Atlantic Business Magazine in February, which drastically changed my work life. And the way I travel. I don’t have the freedom to jump on a plane whenever I want. I won’t lie, it’s definitely been an adjustment getting back into the 9-5 groove, but I’m getting there! My new job has also afforded me lots of opportunities to be back in Halifax, so eating with friends there has been a particular joy. What did the last year look like? Dig in. (more…)

The Great Shellfish Cookbook Review + Game Day Fried Mussels Recipe

The Great Shellfish Cookbook Review + Game Day Fried Mussels Recipe

Don’t be shellfish, cook seafood for your friends! My review of The Great Shellfish Cookbook by Matt Dean Pettit talks about spreading the crustacean love, plus a recipe for Game Day mussels that will make you forget about nachos forever.

Lunch at Noodle Nami | St. John’s

Lunch at Noodle Nami | St. John’s

When new restaurants open in St. John’s, I get excited. When said restaurant opens a ten-minute walk from my house I get fired up — I couldn’t wait to blog about Noodle Nami.

Green Kitchen | St. John’s

Green Kitchen | St. John’s

I once heard a friend say “Newfoundland has a lot of brown food,” and it’s kind of true  — fish and chips, fish and brewis and chips with dressing and gravy show up to the table in hues of beige and brown. Green Kitchen is the exact opposite of brown food, flashing a rainbow of flavours and textures without meat or dairy. This new plant-based restaurant opened in St. John’s about a month ago and I was pretty excited! We all know about my love of meat, but this girl loves a good power bowl as much as the next one. When Jumping Bean closed their Harvey Road location earlier this year I was pretty crushed, it was one of the only places I could get a decent coffee in my neighbourhood, but a new restaurant got me over it pretty quickly.

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Visiting the Great Wall of China

Visiting the Great Wall of China

I just knocked a big one off the bucket list. Or should I say a really long one? My tips (and some pics) for conquering the Great Wall!

Long Weekend at a Witless Bay Airbnb

Long Weekend at a Witless Bay Airbnb

Screw stopping to smell the roses, I’m all about them ocean views. Witless Bay is only about half an hour’s drive from St. John’s, so it’s easy to get there on a Friday evening, but it feels like it’s a million miles away.

Where to Stay in Newfoundland This Summer

Where to Stay in Newfoundland This Summer

The Baycation is here to stay. The cleverness of this portmanteau may be lost on non-Newfoundlanders, but the exponential popularity of a bay-vacation  (meaning taking a vacation anywhere outside St. John’s) has been spamming my Instagram feed for a few years. Since we moved back to Newfoundland we’ve done at least a dozen weekend trips exploring the island, something I felt ‘too cool’ to do in my 20s. Now I’m chomping at the bit every Friday. And the best part? We aren’t staying in any shabby digs — while there are still plenty of less than, shall we say, modern accommodations across the island, there are now modernized saltbox vacation rentals, drop-dead gorgeous boutique inns and even hostels.  There’s a plethora of Newfoundland accommodations for baycations with friends, glamping honeymoons or fancy hotel stays.

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