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Foodie angst about East Coast Canada move


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Foodie angst about East Coast Canada move

Pat50 | Nov 9, 2013 11:24 AM

Does anyone have experience, knowledge of the East Coast Canada food scene? I was born in Halifax but live and have lived on the Wet West Coast of BC now and for many years and love the food experiences I get here. When I retire shortly we will not be able to afford to continue living here so will have to sell up and move to the east coast, maybe New Brunswick, maybe Nova Scotia, maybe PEI where living is cheaper. Yes, I know about the horrendous amount of snow there and am not at all looking forward to that, but what has me having actual nightmares is the prospect of having to eat bland food for the rest of my life. Yes, fresh lovely fiddleheads will be wonderful and the prospect of lovely fresh lobster is definitely something to look forward to, but ...... Can we get real, quality garam masala there, and/or, as we get too old to make our own spice mixes, can we get any decent curry powders there? Fresh ginger? Good, fresh garlic? Wild caught salmon? Goat meat? Stone ground Dutch mustards? Nori sheets? Trassi? Good goat cheese? Are there any cities/towns where a foodie couple should NOT live? Any towns/cities with better prospects for ingredients/supplies/restaurants? Restaurants we like are: Indonesian, Japanese, good Chinese restuarants (NOT the ubiquitous Chinese-Canadian ones), Caribbean - usually the best seem to specialize in one cuisine - either T&T, Jamaican, Guyanese etc. Seafood restaurants - of which I'm sure there will be lots there, Steakhouse types, and really good, authentic Portuguese restaurants too but I have very high expectations about Portuguese food. So, tell me please, if you live there, or have lived there recently - will foodies die of frustration and despair on the East Coast or can foodies thrive and blossom and bask in the food experiences in our golden years there on a modest income? Good or bad information will at least relieve my anxiety one way or the other.

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