Blomidon Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

The gracious Blomidon Inn was originally erected on land purchased in 1881 by a wealthy builder of tall ships who clearly loved natural wood. He used teak and mahogany for wainscots, mantels, and staircases, installed marble fireplaces and gold gilt mirrors. A local German artist was invited to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mother’s, Halifax

Mother’s Pizza is the brainchild of Chef/Owner Tyson Wachter who already had a successful pizza restaurant in the Turks and Caicos.  The goal was to open a first rate pizza restaurant while sourcing the most local ingredients possible. And he has!    Baking is part of Tyson’s heritage...

Dosanko, Vancouver

The Japanese culture in British Columbia is centuries old. They came as fishing families and stayed. In Vancouver, the restaurants that sprang up were largely sushi places. Real Japanese cooking was found in the home kitchens of what is now loosely called Japantown. It’s those somewhat...

Le Select, Toronto

Le Select is the very essence of hospitality with food to match and is renowned for its stellar service!  It would be interesting to know whether any restaurant of similar size in Toronto has as many ‘regulars’…somehow I doubt it.  Chef Laura Maxwell and Frédéric Geisweiller,...

Waterfront Wines Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley. In 2004,...

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...