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...

Burdock & Co, Vancouver

Andrea Carlson, another veteran of John Bishop’s incredible kitchen which has launched so many fine careers, has landed on the soon-to-be-trendy Main Street.   The relatively tiny restaurant is a perfect canvas for her to practice her culinary art.  I love her totally shareable menu.  The...

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...

Taco Farm, Waterloo, Ontario

In June 2013 the doors of Taco Farm swung open and it’s been jammed ever since with diners who love great flavour and local food. Just down the street from Nick and Nat Benninger’s successful, more formal, Uptown 21 and near another recent acquisition the venerable Harmony Lunch, this...

Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver

John Bishop has been Vancouver’s consummate host for over three decades. His restaurant, simply named “Bishop’s” is a quiet haven filled with extravagant bouquets, great works of art from John’s personal collection and extraordinary food. In 2011, his contribution to Canada was recognized at...

Abruzzi, London, Ontario

Chef/Owner Dave Lamers is inspired by the flavours of the Italian countryside but his real passion springs from growing up on a farm, collecting the freshest eggs and helping in the garden here in Canada. Now a veteran of Food Day, we first met when he was a newly-graduated young cook on Prince...

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...

Borealis Bar and Grille, Kitchener, Ontario

It may be the Flying Monkey Hoptical Illusion…or one of the other 18 beers/ales on tap at the new Kitchener location of Borealis.  Or it may be the Barrie Brothers asparagus-corn chips with house made salsa or my absolute Borealis favourite, their BBQ’d pulled pork sandwich. But after only a week...

Borealis Grille & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Bringing local home! Borealis Grille and Bar is a restaurant making a difference and setting a new standard for Ontario, and possibly Canada. The Desautel family just get it.  Bob Desautel’s wee granddaughter, Ava, holds a sign at the left that sums up their entire raison d’etre. Not...

The Wooden Monkey, Halifax & Dartmouth

Lil MacPherson is a born and bred Maritimer- a ‘Blue-noser’ – and proud of it. With her partner, Christine Bower, she opened The Wooden Monkey in 2004 in the city centre. Their well-thought-out menu is based on “macrobiotic and locally-grown, fresh ingredients” with good locally-brewed beer...