My roundup of Newfoundland accommodations, along with local restaurant recommendations!
My love affair with St. John’s restaurants is no secret, in fact, I’ll scream it to anyone who will listen (I’m even writing a book about the history of restaurants across Canada). And, as the restaurant critic for The Telegram and one of the only restaurant bloggers here in St. John’s, Newfoundland, I get regular DMs, emails and queries asking one thing:
What are the best restaurants in St. John’s?
This is a complicated question because there are two types of “best” restaurants. There are the St. John’s restaurants that make all the top 10 lists, and then there are the ones that I frequent on a regular basis, that I turn to when I want a great sandwich, a bowl of Hakka Chow Mein or good scallop ceviche.
One thing certainly isn’t complicated about the best restaurants in St. John’s — the city has a phenomenal food scene — and not just “for its size” as I have previously rhapsodized. We have a great dining scene, period. From a surprisingly large South-East Asian scene to higher-end eateries with nationwide notoriety, it’s a scene I am so very proud to write about.
I wrote my first best restaurants in St. John’s list in 2014 (and another in 2018), but so much has changed in the dining landscape in the past 8 years. A tumble in the oil and gas industry and a global pandemic, not to mention shifting sentiments in the workplace atmosphere and workers’ rights have all managed to change the dining scene here drastically.
While some fantastic restaurants like Raymond’s and Seto have closed (You can read the obituaries I wrote for my favourite restaurants on The Independent here), other favourites reopened after extended closures (I’m looking at you Basho and Classic Cafe), and some new fantastic restaurants have appeared (notably, Portage launched by Raymond’s alumni and Top Chef Canada winner Chef Ross Larkin and his wife Chef Celeste Mah, who’s the best pastry chef in Canada).
So here, in no particular order, is a compilation of my favourite places to eat, drink and eat some more. Here are the best restaurants in St. John’s.Continue reading Where I Eat: The Best Restaurants in St. John’s, Newfoundland ￼
Milan is different than the other cities in Italy. It has a stylish grit that cannot be replicated — a beautiful intensity is prevalent in the oppressive stone architecture littered with bright graffiti. Most of the city was demolished in World War Two so there’s modernity in the mix here not present in other major cities. There’s a style all her town. I like to refer to her as your friend’s older gothic sister who’s away at art school. And finding the best restaurants in Milan isn’t the same as stumbling upon a non-touristy trattoria in Rome.Continue reading 24 Hours of Eating In Milan
“Eat there,” Carla said in her charming Italian-accented French, pointing to Da Nada restaurant typed out amongst a list of local restaurants in a giant welcome binder. After a seven-hour road trip from Milan — which included a very-out-of-the-way detour to Eataly World outside Bologna — Adam and I had arrived at our agriturismo. Carla and her family have owned Fattoria di Peruzzo for decades, welcoming people from all over the world to stay on their farm in one of four repurposed barns and outbuildings and we were welcomed with barking dogs, that giant welcome binder, hot espresso and a broken conversation about where we should be eating in and around Roccatederighi.Continue reading Dining at Da Nada: A hilltop restaurant in Maremma, Tuscany
Charming B&Bs and vacation homes abound when it comes to Bonavista accommodations, but there is nothing like Bonavista Living’s eco glamping pods.
This post is sponsored by Get Cracking. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
There aren’t many bright mornings here in St. John’s, even in the summer. Most of the time we wake up to grey skies and fog drifting into the harbour, and a few weeks back when I woke up early for the Wake Up To Yellow event it was a regular kind of morning… until I got downtown. Walking along Water Street on that Wednesday morning I couldn’t help but notice all the yellow! Yellow flags, yellow tents and people in yellow jackets handing out yellow potted flowers. What an amazing way to start the day!