Scoff Restaurant, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

To find such a warm and seriously-local restaurant as Scoff tucked into a tiny, relatively remote village, is very unusual.  But that’s why most of us who love food actually travel, isn’t it?   Fogo Islanders are a special breed.  Tenacious and proud and very creative.  Scoff...

Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

 On June 1st, 2013, Fogo Island Inn opened as a world class destination for ecological and culinary tourism. It is one of a kind in Canada! There’s no where else quite like Fogo Island which is home to Brimstone Head, one of the official four corners of the earth according to the Flat Earth...

Bauer Kitchen, Waterloo, Ontario

Fine restaurants were few and far between in the early days of Kitchener Waterloo dining.  If you wanted to celebrate or for a tremendous meal, you’d head to the Charcoal Steak House. The venerable steak house as grown into a full-fledged restaurant group with veteran Food Day Canada chef...

The Grill Room @ Chateau Whistler, Whistler, British Columbia

Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, it took Canadian Pacific Hotels to build another chateau with luxurious rooms, lots of dining options including the Wildflower, award-winning golf and a full-service spa. Although it’s now a Fairmont property, it remains one of the finest such...

Rossmount Country Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Often it’s great innkeepers who want to share the successes of their friends. In this case, it was Bill Bennett of Langdon Hall in Ontario who guided me to Rossmount Inn, just outside the bustle of St. Andrews.  It’s easy to miss.  One word…DON’T! Chris and Graziella Aerni, a couple...

FireWorks, Inn at Bay Fortune, Fortune, Prince Edward Island

Rooted on the coast near Souris, P.E.I., The Inn at Bay Fortune’s gracious gardens and talented kitchen are embedded in island food culture.  It is the home of Chef Michael Smith’s dream restaurant.  Any one who has watched him in action knows that he casts a large presence and his...

The Paisley Notebook Pop-Up, Kelowna

In spite of her apparent youth, Aman Dosanj is a veteran of the Kelowna food scene.  Her family had one of the most interesting restaurants that city’s ever seen. Poppadoms was pure Indian in style but pure Canadian in its ingredient choices. It was the go-to place for dinner for many of the...

pilgrimme Restaurant, Galiano Island, British Columbia

Every Gulf Island has it’s own food voice.  Galiano is no different but lately the tune has been enhanced by the team of Chef Jesse McCleery and his partner Leanne Lalonde who’ve opened a new farm-to-table restaurant they’ve called pilgrimme and immediately began to be noticed....

Cacao, Vancouver

In the evolution of Canadian cuisine there’s been country-style; cuisine minceur; deconstructed dishes and whole menus bent out of shape with gelatins, foams and a myriad of other concoctions. Cacao Chef Jefferson Alvarez is taking his notion of wild and local to a whole new iteration.  ...

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

One of the neatest restaurants in Quebec, Les Jardins Sauvages, is owned and operated by Chef Nancy Hinton and forager/farmer François Brouillard. Aside from being a country eatery, they create and sell a line of products derived from wild plants and mushrooms at a farmer’s market stall at Marché...