River Café, Calgary

Located in the middle of Prince’s Island Park, on the lagoon where the Bow River passes though downtown Calgary, River Café has featured “Seasonal Canadian Cuisine” since the mid-1990s.   Inspired by the natural setting of the Bow River Valley, the restaurant has the feel and nostalgic...

The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

Soft round notes of a hidden flute rise as the early summer sun sets over the Pacific. The shores become shadowy; frogs take over, singing their hearts out. Offshore a line of breakers surge onto a reef connecting the islands.  The Wickaninnish presides over it all.  This is Tofino, more...

Miradoro, Oliver, British Columbia

Many years ago I visited what was just then being dubbed ‘The Golden Mile” of the south Okanagan Valley which is actually the very top tip of the Sonoran Desert. The first winery on the then-short list was Tinhorn Creek Winery where Sandra Oldfield had begun making some talked-about,...

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...

Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Stephen Treadwell is one of this Province’s food stars.  He was recently honoured by the Ontario Hostelry Institute with a Gold Award as Restaurateur of the Year and claimed a Silver in the 2014/2015 and 2016 Good Food Innovation Awards from The University of Guelph and Food Day Canada. Long...

SoBo, Tofino, British Columbia

SoBo, short for ‘Sophisticated Bohemian’, is the creation of Lisa and Artie Ahier, Tofino locals; community-oriented Canadians of soul and distinction.The food is made in a kitchen brimming with hard work and love. SoBo is the kind of relaxed dining nook one can go to linger over...

Zest Restaurant, Fonthill, Ontario

Chef Anthony Greco hails from Niagara and has been wise enough to stay at home to craft a focused and very successful career.  As a graduate of Niagara College’s Food and Wine Institute, his knowledge of the local food scene is well honed.  As Chef de Cuisine at Zest, he has garnered many...

Taverne Monkland, Montréal

“This is what a ‘local’ looks like in Montreal.  Stylish, great food and very, very comfortable! Monkland Taverne has been an institution in Notre Dame de Grace (NDG) since 1995 and the team of owners –  Josh Crowe, Barbara Irwin, Stephen Leslie, Boris Schweers and Donald Lovell  – have been...

Bruce Wine Bar & Kitchen, Thornbury, Ontario

Thornbury, a lovely small town on the edge of Georgian Bay, bordered by some of the finest apple orchards in Canada and near an array of busy ski hills, is the home of  Bruce Wine Bar. A few blocks away from the busy marina, it’s also a fabulous destination for summer boaters.  The region is...

Fork and Cork Grill, Kitchener, Ontario

Every autumn a great friend overwhelms me and my front step with boxes and baskets quinces from her ancient tree. For fun, I delivered two large baskets to Buca Osteria and a young chef Eric Neaves  who was working received them with gratitude.  Now, after a stint at another FDC restaurant, The...