The best part about a staycation? No pressure to leave the hotel, not that I wanted to leave the Alt Hotel St. John’s anyways: With gorgeous decor and high-tech amenities, the Newfoundland addition to the Le Germain family is welcome.
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…)
This year marks the 41st edition of the Milk Calendar from the Dairy Farmers of Canada we’re featuring March’s Rustic Veggie Chili.
To slurp or not to slurp, is that the question? When it comes to anything with noodles I’m going for it, etiquette be dammed. Luckily, Bad Bones Ramen opened up in downtown St. John’s and welcomes slurpers one and all. This delightful hole-in-the-wall has been slinging soup since June and it’s still the hardest table to snag in the city (take that Adelaide Oyster House). For one thing, they have no tables — a line of stools abut a counter that circumnavigates the small room — and they don’t take reservations.
While Newfoundlanders may not be used to tiny storefront eateries (or waiting in a restaurant lineup), the Bad Bones methodology is authentic. Many ramen places in Tokyo have maybe five stools at the bar, some even have individual stalls where you and the noods can be alone. (more…)
There is so much more to Spanish food than tapas. Don’t get me wrong — I LOVE the idea of plates filled with croquetas, Iberico ham and fresh breads appearing at my table every few minutes — but Madrid is a world-class dining city with a lot to offer. My sister lived in Madrid for a year so when Adam and I travelled there with her and her partner Sean, I knew we would hit all the local spots. Between my incessant researching and her street smarts, we ate all of the good things! From bocadillos to Indian food the options are endless. Like most trips I travel to eat, so spending 24 hours eating in Madrid wasn’t very hard. In fact, we did it four times over. (more…)