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...

Chives Canadian Bistro, Halifax

Chef Craig Flinn and his talented team are known across Canada for their dedication to the food of the Atlantic region, most specifically Nova Scotia. Craig’s book, Fresh and Local, published in 2009,  is just an extension of that dedication. Although he has a degree from St. Mary’s...

2 Doors Down, Halifax

Leave it to Craig Flinn, the popular Chef/Owner of Chives Canadian Bistro to deal with a problem by opening another restaurant.   Chives is fine dining and  his clientele were asking for a casual place with great food that is open for lunch.   2 Doors Down is Craig’s response.“We don’t want...

The Canteen, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Renée Lavallée’s public title is “Chef, Mother, Crazy Cheeses Lover”. As of 2014, she added “Restaurateur” to her moniker.  The Canteen quickly became one of the coolest new restaurants in Nova Scotia and this year grew out of its relatively small quarters. Renée...

Hotel Arts Raw Bar, Calgary

Raw Bar is not a secret, but it feels like one. Serving Pan-Asian cuisine with an exceptional cocktail menu, Raw Bar is set in an intimate yet lively space in the heart of downtown Calgary. Located at Hotel Arts, Raw Bar exudes sophistication, modernity and great taste from the menu to the finely...

Chinched Restaurant & Deli, St. John’s, Newfoundland

“To chinch: to caulk or fill the seams in a boat; to stow stuff or pack tightly. ”  Dictionary of Newfoundland English, University of Toronto Press, 1982. Chinched Bistro is real jewel of a place with some cocktails that even urban Vancouver restaurants would envy. The tag line is that...

Sonora Resort, Sonora Island, British Columbia

Sonora Resort is in what many believe is to be the most beautiful setting in coastal British Columbia, perhaps on the planet.  Sonora Island is at the mouth of Bute Inlet, a fiord where the majestic, glacier-crowned coastal mountains rise out of the ocean. The rivers that melt from them spill into...

Boreal Berry Farm Winery, Saint Charles, Ontario

Boreal Berry Farm Winery is a natural, biodynamic fruit farm and winery in Northern Ontario and Canada’s coldest climate winery. They are also the only winery in Northern Ontario, and the oldest and largest haskap (honeyberry) orchard in Eastern North America, producing haskap, cherries,...

Le Caveau, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia

Owned and operated by the visionary Stutz family, Domaine de Grand Pré Winery opened its doors in 2000 and is the oldest ‘farm’ winery in Atlantic Canada…it has also become one of the leaders in Canadian wine.  Le Caveau is rapidly becoming one of the finest dining experiences in...

Atelier, Ottawa

This small, very intimate restaurant doesn’t even have a sign. And why should they? Anyone who’s heard of Atelier knows that their food speaks for itself. Chef Marc Lepine opened Atelier in 2008 after being named Ottawa Chef of the Year not once but twice by the Canadian Culinary...