Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sometime in February 2006 I decided that an ice fishing trip was in order and, rather than renting a hut, I headed to Winnipeg on the insistence of Fusion Restaurant’s, fishing-obsessed owner, Scot McTaggart.  Scot had had the decency to warn me that it’d be cold.  But it WAS FREEZING.  Minus 40’C...

Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food, St. John’s, NFLD

For such a youthful company, it’s safe to say that Rocket (few ever use the full name) has become a full fledged St. John’s institution. Comments from food writers and Facebook fans say it all. Amidst the 5 Star customer reviews this one stood out. “Truly a gem in the crown that...

Peller Estates Winery Restaurant, Niagara on the Lake

With its sweeping views, the Peller Estates Winery Restaurant is the very heart of this great Niagara winery.  It is here that Executive Chef Winery and CityLine personality Jason Parsons works his seasonally-inspired magic. Coming into his tenth as Executive Chef, Parsons’ dedication to Canadian...

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...

Bushwakker Brewpub, Regina, Saskatchewan

The folks at Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina demonstrate their commitment to all things local through their beer and food, but they’ve also made themselves a popular venue for local music. As well as their menu, the pub has 9 regular beers (brewed year round), 20 seasonal beers (brewed only at...

Les Jardins de Métis, Grand Métis, Quebec

Les Jardins de Métis is a magical place and a testament to a dream that has spanned generations of the Reford family. In the summer of 1926, Elsie Reford began transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into a garden. Located 220 miles north-east of Quebec City, at 48.51º N. latitude, the...

Windjammer Restaurant, Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, New Brunswick

Located in the heart of New Brunswick, Chef Stefan Müller can readily access some spectacular ingredients, many of which he has adopted in the many years he has been at the Delta Beauséjour. His 100 Mile Menu, showcased on Food Day Canada, is a true work of culinary art. Begin with the tangy,...

Harvest Eatery and FreshMarket, Shaunavon, Saskatchewan

Chef Garrett “Rusty” Thienes and his wife, Kristy, are, in many ways, pioneers in this region of pioneers where the best cooking has for generations been found in home kitchens.   Like the marbling on their locally raised Speckle Park beef, Harvest Eatery is unique. This 45-seat, award...

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

One of the neatest restaurants in Quebec, Les Jardins Sauvages, is owned and operated by Chef Nancy Hinton and forager/farmer François Brouillard. Aside from being a country eatery, they create and sell a line of products derived from wild plants and mushrooms at a farmer’s market stall at Marché...

George, Toronto

Lorenzo Loseto is one of Canada’s culinary giants. He has won many awards including Canada’s National Gold Medal Plates.   James Chatto, the culinary scribe and organizer of Gold Medal Plates, described the medal winning effort.  “At its heart were thick slices of superb ahi tuna that had...