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Just Returned from Nova Scotia and PEI

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Just Returned from Nova Scotia and PEI

foodiechan | Sep 17, 2003 09:37 PM

Hey folks, just a short report on some of my food finds during a 7-day trip to Nova Scotia and PEI.

The day we spent touring Charlottetown we were able to dine at two places:

- The Water Prince Corner Shop offers very fresh Mussels, and the boiled and fried clams are exceptionally good as well, although they were a bit sandy. The place was low key but you go there for the food.

- We had dinner at Off Broadway, which was not our original choice. Service was great (Lori was awesome), and the lobster very fresh. The Seafood Crepe was surprisingly great, and the Scallops were slightly over-cooked. Their Chowder was the BEST of the 7-8 bowls of the soup that I've had in the entire trip.

We dined at a few places while in Nova Scotia.

- In Baddeck we ate at Bell Bouy. Their lobster was so so, not as good as Off Broadway. I was dying for some Scallops but their version of Scallops St. Jacques was creamy not buttery, and not very flavorful. A so so meal for the price they charged.

- Just south of Cheticamp, off the main highway we came across this Boulangerie, and we had some awesome pastries there. Good cinnamon rolls and biscuits!

- The best bargain was at "Fid" for lunch in Halifax. It was $14 for two courses, and the portions were large. Chef Dennis created items with a very heavy Thai/Malaysian influence and they were very delicious. I kid you not: his green curry can rival authentic Thai Curry!

- We had lunch at O'Carrols, and for standard pub fare they were not bad. I was especially impressed by the server who was pretty much by herself during the mid-afternoon and she was just so happy. We got in and out in less than an hour.

- Chives was every bit as good as the write ups had claimed. The dishes were well executed, and simply solid cuisine. Their Lemon Ginger Panna Cotta with Blue Berry Sauce was extremely tasty!

- We also travelled to Mimi's Ocean Grill at Mahone Bay, and there we had the best mussels. The fresh pan fried Haddock was good value, but the Halibut was a bit too bland, though fresh.

I also had a chance to sample some local brews, and both Garrison and Propeller made some fine ales. The Garrison Brown was nice, not overly hoppy, and the Propeller Pale Ale could rival the best in the field. I only had the John Shippey Wheat which was okay only. In PEI I also stopped by at the Gahan House, and their Cream and Red ales were both good.

The only disappointment was the wine offered in the region which, I believe, was limited by what was brought in by the Province.

I hope this helps, and thanks to those that had posted for your information!

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