Manuka, Moncton, New Brunswick

The tagline of Manuka, a colourful restaurant close to downtown Moncton, is “cuisine instinctive’.  As the seasons flow by week by week, Chef Camille Pluymackers allows her menus to reflect the nuances that more static menus can rarely achieve.  If mussels are perfect, she’ll...

Coy Wolf Bistro, Sackville, New Brunswick

Finding a restaurant of this calibre in relatively rural New Brunswick is an utter joy.  Chef Alan Barbour is at the stoves and Sarah Evans, his wife and partner, is one of the most dedicated foragers I’ve met.  Let’s begin with the cocktail she names the “Seaside Negroni”...

Verger Belliveau Orchard Café, Memramcook, New Brunswick

The winding drive beside the Peticodiac River takes you through hills and by some of the original Acadian dike-land that was re-claimed centuries ago by the early Francophone settlers. Today with the moderation of the Bay of Fundy, fruit trees flourish, particularly apples. In 1932, Sébastien...

Windjammer Restaurant, Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, New Brunswick

Located in relatively rural New Brunswick, Chef Stefan Müller has access to some spectacular ingredients, many of which he has seen develop in the 14 years he has been at the Delta Beauséjour. His 100 mile menu is served all summer long.   Begin with the very local Beausoleil oysters that find...

Les Brumes du Coude, Moncton, New Brunswick

The tag line for this great Moncton restaurant is “Un Bistrot Presque Traditionnel” — an almost traditional bistro.  Located in the Moncton’s Aberdeen Cultural Centre, there would be no better description, combining the heritage of the Acadian peoples, the First Nations and...

Little Louis’ Oyster Bar, Moncton, New Brunswick

Little Louis’ Oyster Bar dedicates its menu to stylishly celebrating the food life of the region. Tucked up a set of stairs on the second floor, this warm and inviting dining room is absolute proof that a climb doesn’t keep hungry (and wise) diners away.  There you’ll find a wine...

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...

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...

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...

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...