Category Archives: Restaurants and Local Food

Little Oak Bar – Halifax, NS

A comfortable chair on a patio, a nice glass of wine or a pint of beer, something to snack on, sunshine, fresh flowers, and companionable silence. A perfect way to pass an afternoon on the Halifax Waterfront. A small, intimate space, a clean, sleek design, a tailored drink list, elegant small plates with a local focus, and great…Read More

Brunch at Durty Nelly’s – Halifax

A few years ago, the day after our wedding, we gathered with friends and family at Durty Nelly's for day drinks and pub fare.  We were a mixed group when it came to age and tastes, but our friends from away always ask to revisit when they're home.We revisited recently following an invitation from Durty…Read More

How to Rock a Day Trip to the Valley

On a late spring day last year, I picked a friend up before sunrise and we hit the road for Wolfville. We wanted to watch the sun come up over the Bay of Fundy (at least I did, my friend is an incredibly good sport). The Annapolis Valley is just 45 minutes from Halifax, a great day-trip…Read More

Popovers on the Square – Portsmouth, NH

It took a lot of discipline to not spend my whole trip to Portsmouth at Popovers on the Square. Popovers is named after a traditional New England pastry, but one that was new to me. A popover looks similar to a Yorkshire pudding and is traditionally served warm with maple butter, but can also be stuffed.…Read More

Vermont Cider Tour

We've been talking a lot about Vermont craft beer, but it isn't the only thing that's brewing in the state. On our spring tour through Vermont, we stopped into two of Vermont's cider houses - Citizen Cider and Woodchuck Cider.With a long history of apple production, cider makes sense for Vermont. And at both Citizen and Woodchuck,…Read More

The Port Grocer – Port Medway, NS

"You won't go away hungry, I can tell you that." Listening to Annabelle, one of the owners of The Port Grocer, explain today's brunch menu to a group of first timers is almost as good as eating it. Almost. The little restaurant and general store in Port Medway opened last April, and is known for…Read More