For our first trip to Chicago, my list of ‘must-eat’ restaurants was a mile long. From cheeseburgers at Au Cheval to cocktails at Longman & Eagle, I had a hundred recommendations. How was I going to choose what to eat in only 72 hours in Chicago? Trying […]
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.