Raymond’s Restaurant, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Raymond’s Restaurant has set a new bar for Canadian dining. Located in a wonderful old bank building in downtown St. John’s, Chef Jeremy Charles celebrates both the modern and traditional ingredients of Newfoundland and Labrador. Almost as soon as it opened, Raymond’s was named...

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...

Java Jack’s Restaurant & Gallery, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland

Few National Parks in Canada are as dramatic as Gros Morne on the western shore of Newfoundland.  It’s a region of tuckamore and berries, fireweed and fishing.  A handful of small villages are tucked into the folds of the coast where it’s possible to refuel both body and soul.   Java...

Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, Baddeck, Nova Scotia

You can find Chanterelle Country Inn high in the hills of Cape Breton on one of the great drives of Canada.  It’s a gentle place to stay with tranquil vistas and great food.  From day one in 2000, owner Earlene Busch was determined to create a vacation experience for her guests that respects the...

Shadow Lawn Country Inn, Rothesay, New Brunswick

Shadow Lawn’s Executive Chef, Markian Shafransky, is one of the veterans of New Brunswick food. Originally from Montreal, his cuisine draws many influences from his Ukrainian heritage. This merging of “old school” ideas and respect for food, coupled with some “new...

Brooklyn Warehouse, Halifax

As a restaurateur George Christakos is dedicated to the Slow Food philosophy which is, in reality, was how he grew up.  He calls is  “cooking like our grandparents.” And then quickly adds, “I feel it is our responsibility to leave the food culture of our region in a better state...

The Claddagh Oyster House, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The Claddagh Oyster House is P.E.I.’s oldest independent one owner restaurant. The “Claddagh Room” was opened by Liam and Kim Dolan in 1983, and over the past 34 years has gone through several remodels and transformations. Chef Mitchell Jackson and his team maintain the culinary philosophy of the...

Nicole’s Café, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

To find such a fine restaurant tucked into a tiny, relatively remote village, is very unusual.  It’s why most of us who love food actually travel. Fogo Islanders are a special breed.  Tenacious and proud and very creative.  Nicole’s Café in Joe Batt’s Arm, a coastal hamlet half...

Grates Cove Studios, Grates Cove, Newfoundland

It might be said that it all began for Terrence Howell as a fine woodworking studio then blossomed into an artist’s retreat house with food that is reminiscent of the Cajun cuisine that his wife, Courtney, grew up with.  But it actually started long before then.  Terrence Howell grew up on...

Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers & Poutinerie, Dartmouth, N.S.

There’s only one Bill Pratt! He battled it out on Iron Chef America as one of two sous chefs to Chef Michael Smith, the other one being Rouge’s Paul Rogalski.  In doing so, Bill became the very first Canadian Forces Cook to take on the Iron Chef challenge.  He was Executive Chef of...