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.
Kraft Dinner has always been there for me. When I was little, my father would add real cheese to boxes of Kraft Dinner in a (probably vain) attempt at making the addictive blue-boxed delight healthier for my sister and me. It spawned the creation of ‘cheese noodles’ where he would mix up butter, milk and cheddar together with macaroni in another attempt at getting us to eat something a little less… processed. We’ve been devouring them regularly, and believe me when I say cheese noodles are not Kraft Dinner nor are they stove top mac n’ cheese. Just ask my girlfriends — after years of doling out drunken bowl-fulls, the girls still message me from all over the world asking me to make it for them.
Chef Cameron Stauch is a world traveller. As the partner of a Canadian diplomat he has lived all over the world, documenting his travel and his cooking on his blog A Global Kitchen. Dive into my review of his new cookbook Vegetarian Vietnam.
When I first walked by Kimchi & Sushi the first thing I asked myself was “Is there such thing as Korean sushi?” After a quick Google search I fell down a rabbit hole of frenzied (but fierce) debates over whether Korean sushi is better than Japanese… I haven’t come to a decision, but repeated trips to this downtown St. John’s restaurant will probably help me decide! Last month, the new app HelpMeOrder asked me to collaborate with them on some videos featuring the best dishes at restaurants featured on their app and I was more than delighted to oblige. The app helps indecisive foodies determine the best dishes at restaurants all over the city, and for my Anthony Bourdain moment I ate the best of Kimchi & Sushi’s dishes and talk about it!
I was just sitting here, struggling to come up with a pun more clever than “finding the garden of eating at The Grounds Cafe,” when it all became clear. The Grounds Cafe located inside Murray’s Garden’s in Portugal Cove and couldn’t have a better name — guys, the ‘grounds’ in the cafe’s name refers to coffee grounds AND dirt, like for gardening. Genius. Alright, I won’t beat around the bush, let’s talk about this great cafe. I had read about this place at the beginning of last summer, it took me another couples months to get there, and here I am in the dead of winter writing about it. Better late than never though right? My girlfriends and I were seeking a new place to meet up for coffee and The Grounds Cafe seemed like the perfect place. (more…)
Visiting Ottawa in the winter might seem frigidly foolish, but it’s delicious! Small lines make hole-in-the-wall restaurants even cozier. From waffles and ramen to Spanish tapas, the restaurant scene is anything but cold.
I must confess: I ate a Princess Cake for the first time at IKEA. In the winter of 2012, I had been living in Toronto for a few months when Adam moved from Newfoundland to join me. It was the first time we were going to live together and I was SO excited to take him to IKEA to pick out some items for our nest (it’s a wonderland to me). But someone got the hiccups and was being a bit of a sook as we wandered through the stylishly decorated kitchens full of purchasable gadgets. In an attempt to salvage what could be a defining moment in our relationship (it felt like it at the time), I bought a Princess Cake. We ate the small cake together in silence, the hiccups subsided and our trip to the Swedish stockpile of home decor treasures was saved. I feel I owe something to this little marzipan-covered marvel, so it was meant to be for this month’s Around the World in 12 Plates. (more…)