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The Petite Rivière Vineyard is an unexpected vision of Bordeaux on a winding country road on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.  The stucco sided building with deep-set windows, poised to overlook the vines is surrounded by...

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The Moore Farm (La Ferme Moore), an ambitious agricultural, ecology, education center with a built-in farmers market and farm-to-table bistro, set on 88 acres of heritage farm land in the heart of Gatineau.  It’s new,...

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As Canadian as Maple Syrup!

April 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

Spring.  Time to watch the sap run and consume the sticky stuff that’s become synonymous with all things Canadian.  Knock it off the bucket list, a truly Canadian maple syrup experience  – welcome to Sugarbush....

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Wolfville Nova Scotia, A Foodie Tour

July 28, 2014 | 22 Comments

Wine, cheese, extraordinary preserves, a garden estate, a great cup of coffee and three tourist stops you won’t want to miss.  Explore Wolfville, Nova Scotia as only an insider can, with a little Foodie Tour!...

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Mateus Bistro – A Pearl In Mahone Bay, NS

July 14, 2014 | 10 Comments

Tucked into a quaint heritage home along the waterfront in picturesque Mahone Bay, Mateus Bistro is a precious pearl in the Nova Scotia dining scene. It seems everywhere we go people want to show off...

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This weekend we wandered through the shops of the Atwater Market in search of spring.  Produce was light, outdoor stalls were few but the shopping is still good for those with an eye for quality and taste....

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Au Pied de Cochon – Extreme Gourmet

April 15, 2013 | 9 Comments

The slippery slope of gourmet gluttony  is a downward tumble into a pit of decadent debauchery at Au Pied de Cochon in the capable hands of Montreal Chef, Martin Picard.  The long, narrow room is simple and almost minimalist.   Polished wood tables and black bistro chairs...

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McCafé – French Style

January 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Where to go for a fancy cup of coffee while shopping in downtown Dijon, France?  A quite little out-of-the-way café perhaps?  Nope, it was McCafé France  for a little golden arches action to see what McDonald’s...

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The Mists of Beaune, A Wet Day in Wine Country

January 16, 2013 | 5 Comments

The day was wet, a fine mist hung in the air, we huddled together under the cover our our umbrella on a romantic afternoon on the ‘Route des Grands Crus’, a journey through of some of France’s...

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When in Dijon, Buy Fancy Mustard

January 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

When in Italy, buy shoes.  When in Mexico, buy tequila.  When in Dijon, go straight to The Maille Mustard Shop for Dijon’s famous mustard. Shelves teem with jars, serving vessels, vinegars, pickles and mustards in a dizzying array of...

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Les Halles – the Market of Dijon

January 9, 2013 | 6 Comments

You learn a great deal about the culture of food in an open market, it’s both social and commercial.  Les Halles, Dijon’s Central Market, is a snapshot of Burgundy’s gourmet lifestyle, except in France it’s just called...

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Foie Gras – Pure and Simple

January 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The making of foie gras is a simple, though messy process.  The fattened liver is soft and breaks apart easily, so each step must be handled with care and precision.   Unless you’ve attended culinary school or...

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