Eat (lots), drink (lots) and sleep (well) at The Culpeper in East London. Why should stay at this pub hotel on your next visit to London!
Get cracking! The Wake Up to Yellow event is coming to St. John’s this summer bringing all the eggy goodness for breakfast.
Marathon eating is my motto, but last summer’s media fellowship to China took things to another level (or should we say another stomach?) Travelling with seven journalists and the Canadian Chinese Business Council, I visited five cities in eight days, eating in countless restaurants — each table piled higher than the last with every imaginable dish. I was so excited to try anything and everything! Consulting my iPhone notes post trip, I realized during the week I consumed: fish stomach soup (delicious), chicken feet (weird texture but good flavour), frog legs (amazing), duck tongue (nope) and the infamous century egg (somehow I don’t remember eating, but there’s a picture).
Goubuli restaurant in Tianjin was the third stop on this whirlwind tour. Thirty minutes by high-speed train from Beijing, this coastal city is home to a gorgeous river promenade, historic buildings (it used to be a major trading port) and 15 million people. On our first night in Tianjin, we were scheduled to eat at Goubuli restaurant and I had no idea the adventure I was in for. Stepping out of the minibus, I tried to get an Instagram shot of Goubuli’s blinding exterior which looked like it belonged on the Vegas strip. But it was too big. Too shiny. Too glorious.(more…)
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…)