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West Coaster Heading East

Hi there; I live in Halifax but grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It is about an hour from Saint John. if you have't already moved to Saint John and already discovered this, there is a farmer's market in Saint John that has been around forever; I've never been but it has a great reputation. If you Google it you'll find it. (Fredericton has an amazing farmer's market - the Boyce Market; open on Saturdays. Features produce, fish, meat from all over the province.) Pete's Frootique is in Saint John - run by Pete Luckett; he has branches in Bedford and Halifax (and I think in the valley somewhere - maybe Wolfville?) He's a Brit who now has a winery in the valley; his stores feature excellent quality fresh produce, fish, seafood, meat; gourmet items, ethnic items; he has stuff you can't get anywhere else. For restaurants, I can't give you any advice as I was born and raised in Fredericton, but if you want a nice getaway, these are two restaurants I like back home. 1.) The Palate - in downtown Fredericton. I've had some great meals here. 2.) Wolastoq - on the other side of the river; quite new. They feature some native specialties - bannock, for example, but I was back home recently and ate there - the food was very good. You are going to be close to some major farming areas. Ask around - you can get great fresh produce from local farmers - they have stands during the summer. Also right on the ocean; should have good access to fresh fish and seafood. You'll find good foodie places; just take your time, ask, ask, ask, and look carefully. There are some really good food/wine festivals in Halifax; if you want to know about them just ask.

Aug 25, 2015
jhalifax in Atlantic Canada

Halifax: Chinese Food

Have you tried The Great Wall on Bedford Row? They've won a number of awards and the last time I was there the food was still great.

Aug 25, 2015
jhalifax in Atlantic Canada

Most Overrated/Underrated Fine Dining in Halifax

In the last month I have eaten twice at Edna's on Gottingen Street. Edna is the daughter of 'Jane' formerly at Jane's on the Common. I had simply lovely food both times. I would recommend, particularly, the appetizer which features avocado mousse as a base, with lobster and peaches on top, and pea shoots on top of that. It is just exquisite. The restaurant is on the south end of the street, diagonally across from Ratinaud's (a very good charcuterie place - also worth checking out).

Sep 01, 2013
jhalifax in Atlantic Canada

Carbonate of soda/bicarbonate of soda question

I have an older recipe that calls for 1 tsp. of carbonate of soda, and 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda. I've never seen carbonate of soda in supermarkets. Is it available? Can you substitute bicarbonate of soda? Thanks.

Oct 28, 2012
jhalifax in Home Cooking

Yellow plum recipes

Oh yum! That sounds great. I will definitely try it. Thanks a bunch.

Aug 29, 2012
jhalifax in Home Cooking

Yellow plum recipes

Thanks very much! I can't wait to try some of your ideas - especially the sorbet. I have an ice cream maker and I'm always looking for excuses to use it.

Aug 29, 2012
jhalifax in Home Cooking

Yellow plum recipes

Picked up a flat of yellow plums at a great price. I'm looking for some good recipes to use them with. Any suggestions?

Aug 21, 2012
jhalifax in Home Cooking

Most Overrated/Underrated Fine Dining in Halifax

I would recommend Wasabi House on the corner of Quinpool and Oxford Street. It's in the old Spartan Restaurant location. My boyfriend and I have been there a number of times. It is small and the food isn't made until you order it. Absolutely everything is ultra fresh, delicious, and it isn't very expensive.

If you can get to Lunenburg I would definitely try out Fleur de Sel, as was already mentioned. Their food is simply outstanding.

Was surprised to hear your concern about Coastal Coffee on Robie Street - my favourite item on the menu is Huevos Rancheros. You might like to give it another try.

For best cup of coffee, try The Trident . They roast their own beans. My favourite is the Trident blend. It is on Hollis Street, fairly close to the new market.

For a great dessert, you could try either the Hazelnut Cheesecake - light and exquisite, not dense and heavy, or the Creme Brulee, at Chez Tess. I wasn't wowed by their crepes, but it's been a while since I've been there, but both of these dessert items were top notch.

Also, Two If By Sea, either in Dartmouth, or on the Halifax waterfront, has good coffee and the best croissants I've ever had, including ones in France. The prosciutto and cheese are particularly good.

Hope you find something you enjoy. Let us know!

Aug 21, 2012
jhalifax in Atlantic Canada