Driving Home for Christmas

Well, friends, it has been a really hard week. My nan passed away unexpectedly last Monday. Nan was 90 and more full of life than most 20 year olds that I know. Just a few weeks ago, we all went to Neptune Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, and the Wednesday before she passed, she was out on the town with her sisters at Edna drinking wine and eating scallops.


A Christmas Carol Review Neptune Theatre


She has lived with my mom and dad, just up the street from us, for the past two years. While I can’t even begin to process the shock and grief from her passing, I couldn’t be more thankful than to have been able to spend so much time with her in the final years of her life.




After the wakes (one in New Glasgow, one in Halifax), Drew and I headed back up to New Glasgow to celebrate Christmas. His brother (and soon to be sister-in-law, YAY) are here from Dubai for a few days and we are intent on spending as many hours as possible catching up. Starting with dinner at The Bistro…


The Bistro is one of my favourite places to eat in the whole province. We’ve written about it on here before, and I think Drew describes it best: “It is fairly unassuming from the outside, but warm and welcoming on the inside.  This perfectly reflects Rob and Heather’s approach to the dining experience: don’t put on airs, just deliver the best possible dining experience in a comfortable environment.”


Owners Rob and Heather have been focused on seasonal, fresh, local foods prepared well since the day it opened. The restaurant has about 40 seats and limited seatings starting at 5 pm and ending at 9 pm. We nabbed one of the highly-coveted Christmas time seatings at 8 pm, albeit by booking a few weeks in advance.


They gave me gluten free crackers in place of the table bread, starting the night off on the very best foot…

The Bistro New Glasgow Gluten Free

Drew’s brother and I split Digby scallops while Drew and his mom dined on the wildly popular tomato feta soup and my soon-to-be-sister-in-law (YAY!) went with the duck rillette.


Digby Scallops

Sorry, I only had my phone at dinner, I promise, these scallops looked really REALLY good in person.


For the main, Drew had a perfectly cooked beef tenderloin with peppercorn sauce. I was so tempted to go with the tenderloin (Rob knows just how to cook it) but when I found out they had gluten free pasta, my decision was made.


Gluten Free PAsta The Bistro

Again, bad lighting. Plus, I was really keen to just dig into this, so I wasn’t being picky.


I can’t imagine a better homecoming than one filled with great food and wine, and even better conversation. I hope that all of you headed home for the holidays have a safe trip, and a week filled of great food, friends and family!



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