Archive of ‘New Brunswick’ category

Dinner at Le Jardin Inn, New Brunswick

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In a small inn in Edmunston, New Brunswick, we had the best meal of our East Coast trip. We stayed overnight and had a very comfortable stay in their beautiful inn.

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The Les Jardin Inn has a menu that features local meats, cheeses and seasonal foods, prepared with care, and is Acadian inspired. Our meal took place in a small private dining room, and started off with an amuse bouche of tiny sweet shrimp in a pesto sauce.

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24 Hours in Moncton, New Brunswick

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Moncton is the perfect hub to start your exploration of New Brunswick. This city is only province that is officially bilingual in French and English (Quebec is unilingual). Check out some unique natural features, fun local shops and good eats.

 

Where to stay

September 201310 The Crowne Plaza is a good place to base yourself in the city. The comfortable hotel is a short walk away from downtown shops and has a delicious breakfast buffet that includes fish cakes! Yum.

 

 

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What to do

Tidal Bore: Take a walk downtown and peek at the Petitcodiac River, or what the locals call the chocolate river due to the mud bottom that’s often visible. This river is home to a natural phenomena called the Tidal Bore. This is an after effect from the nearby Bay of Fundy. The higher waters in the bay cause the water in the river to roll backwards in a single wave, which can be up to 24 inches tall! The tide rolls through the river twice a day.

The tidal bore has been getting some attention lately from the surfing community. This wave is perfect for surfing, and is the longest wave. Visitors are starting to recognize this and have come from around the world surf this wonder. Surfers from California even broke a record!

Magnetic Hill: Head up the hill backwards in this natural phenomenon turned fun tourist attraction. With a nearby zoo and wharf, this can be the perfect spot to spend the day.

Magnetic Hill Winery: These delicious wines are made from handpicked fruits. Take a tour, sample some wine for free or buy a custom packed picnic basket to enjoy on the beautiful grounds.

 

Shop

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Grab a one of a kind hand-painted porcelain souvenir or cup from this tiny French shop. Bonus: Pick out one of their Moncton skyline mugs for the perfect gift.

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Visit the Artisan Village downtown to explore a 8,000 square feet space of art galleries, studio spaces and unique items to buy.

Eat

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Tide and Bore (see what they did there? Tidal bore?) serves up tasty fare in their Gastropub downtown.  Craving seafood? Check out Catch 22.

Day Trip

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The Hopewell Rocks are magnificent, and a must see when in Moncton.

To read more about my visit to the beautiful New Brunswick, click here.

Dinner at the Rossmount Inn, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea

The charming Rossmount Inn is a historic house with 18 rooms on 87 acres of land. It’s just outside of St.Andrew’s, New Brunswick, and is known for its amazing meals. The Rossmount Inn is owned by Chef Chris Aerni and his wife Graziella.

I was lucky enough to have a reservation here when I went to visit New Brunswick!

The menu sources locally caught fish, foraged greens as well as wild and organic foods. Because of this, the menu changes daily (this is what it was when I went). The dining room is intimate and pretty romantic.

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We started with homemade hummus and fresh warm bread.

resto9-500x500An amuse-bouche was brought to our table- tender beef wrapped in puff pastry.

resto7-500x500I had the Snow crab cake ($15) to start. The fresh crab cake was served with Napa slaw and red pepper drizzle. The crab was sweet and was encrusted in crispy panko breading.

resto8-500x500Traditional Rosesmount Lobster Cocktail ($15) Fresh lobster with pickled beet salad and celery remoulade. Look at that presentation!

We both really enjoyed our appetizers, and eagerly awaited our mains.

resto5-500x500 We both had a hard time deciding what to eat. Since I was in  Atlantic Canada, I knew that I wanted to eat as much lobster as humanly possible. That helped me narrow it down to the Butter Poached Naked Lobster with gnocchi “Parisienne”($24).

I was worried that this meal would be too rich, but it was bang on for portion size. The dish had large pieces of buttery lobster garnished with arugula and lobster-cayenne reduction.

The star of the show was the Parisienne style gnocchi. While we were eating, Chef Chris Aerni actually came out to see how we were enjoying our meals. He explained that Parisienne style gnocchi is actually made from pâte à choux (the same stuff you make cream puffs from) and piped with a piping bag.

They were so delicate, light, and packed with flavour.

resto6-500x500My dining partner had opted for the unique Chia Seed Black Peppercorn Crusted Halibut ($27). It was served with zucchini spaghetti, yellow and red tomatoes, edamame and white butter. What a combination!

And of course, we had room for dessert and tea.

resto3-500x500The Swiss Chocolate Truffle Cake ($9)

resto4-500x500Hazelnut Slice ($9) with feuillete crunch, rich chocolate glaze and vanilla ice cream.

This meal was amazing! It pretty much ruined us for all meals in New Brunswick. :)

The high quality of the food combined with the attention to detail in the ingredients and the beautiful plating makes it easy to see why reservations go quickly.

I also thought that the price was quite reasonable for an upscale restaurant, compared to the prices in Toronto! If you are ever in St. Andrews, this is a must eat.

The Rossmount Inn is at 4599 Route 127, PO Box 3911, St. Andrews, NB

Magnetic Hill Winery

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Just up the hill in Moncton is one of the most adorable wineries that you’ll ever see. This bright yellow house is not only part of the Magnetic Hill Winery, but you can also stay there at the Bed & Breakfast.

The house was actually a beautiful 1867 estate home. Owners Jeff and Janet had a vision. They bought the home and put tons of work into lovingly restoring it. They raised the house and built another building directly underneath it to become the winery shop. The winery has been open since 2005.

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The shop itself is stuffed with tiny delights- like metal man wine bottle holders or giant high heel bottle holders.

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All of their wines use their hand-picked fruit and are fermented, filtered and bottled on site. Stop by for a free tasting and experience some delicious fruit wines!

We blind taste tested Illusions, their award winning white wine that was made using…wait for it…rhubarb! They grow and harvest the rhubarb for the wine. The wine was dry with a medium body and didn’t taste like rhubarb at all! We also got to try a strawberry wine and a red blueberry wine.

My favourite two wines were: Mystique: A cranberry wine with a sweet taste on the tongue that fades and leave you with a nice kick. I love it, because I prefer sweeter wines, but not -that- sweet. This wine is a 1 on the sweetness scale.

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Speaking of sweet, my other favourite was the Chocolate River Spiced Fruit Wine. It was served in a fun way! We were invited to take a bit of chocolate covered puffed quinoa (yeah! delicious!). First, we took a sip of the sweet wine that had notes of blueberry and various spices. Then, we tasted the chocolate quinoa and the wine together- amazing!
A fancy way to serve this dessert wine (a 5 on the sweetness scale) would be to put the quinoa in the glass and then pour wine over it. What a treat!

This little wine shop has tons of personality and character. The owners have re-purposed parts of the original house that the bed and breakfast is now in. The old fashioned wooden insulation has been used to create one of a kind gift crates for gifts. The old windows and kitchen cupboards are used as displays in the shop. And the bright, buttercup yellow colour of the house? Inspired by the old kitchen cupboards. If you look up, you can see the original foundations of the house above you.

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Fancy a snack? You can purchase a picnic basket filled with cheese, crackers and wine to enjoy on the premises in while taking in the view.

Best of all, the wine is affordable (prices range from $11- 15) and one of a kind. It makes a great gift! Click here to see all of the wine list.

Shopping in Saint John

There are some great shopping gems to be found in Saint John! Here are 3 of my favourites.

 

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The Silver Daisy  was such a pretty shop! Stuffed with beautiful jewelery, fun shirts and stylish purses, I wanted to buy everything. I particularly loved that they sold ban.do jewellery, and that they put your jewellery purchases in a tiny canvas drawstring bag. Don’t miss out, Canada. They have an online store! 80 King Street, St John, NB

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Urban Shoe Myth is a beautiful space with some funky shoes. The heeled Elizabeth shoes by Fluevog immediately caught my eye. They also carry a selection of handbags. 78 King St  St John, NB E2L 1G5

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The Exchange on Germain is a fairly new addition to Saint. John. They offer designer consignment goods at lower prices. They have a wonderful selection, and offer items for men and women. The collection ranges from shoes, purses, dresses, pants jackets and more. Items are in a range of sizes and they have a plus size rack. Tucked away in the back are a selection of yummy baked goods for sale! I bought a really cute dress from here. 117 Germain Street, Saint John, New Brunswick

Dinner at the Tide & Boar [Moncton]

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If you find yourself hungry and in downtown Moncton, you just might want to visit Tide & Boar. Tide & Boar is an original Gastropub located in the heart of the city. (I think that the name is a clever play of words, because the Tidal Bore rolls through Moncton twice a day.)

Chef Michel Savoie serves up creative dishes made with local ingredients. Their menu used have more boar inspired dishes, but they had a surprisingly large demand that almost depleted their boar supply! Luckily, you can still find boar items on the menu, which brings me to….

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…the Boar Poutine ($16), a deliciously filling dish of chicken and boar gravy, hand cut russet potatoes, braised boar, caramelized onions and giant cheese curds. The poutine was topped with their house made tide ketchup. It was the perfect size to share and perfectly flavoured.

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We had a pretty hard time choosing from the diverse menu, but we eventually did.

For my main, I chose the Parmesan Crusted Haddock. The haddock is rolled in panko, Parmesan and basil. It was served with a fennel slaw and a choice of side. I chose fries.

The fish was surprisingly light, which was great. Sometimes it can be pretty heavy with breading. I enjoyed the fish, but I wished I could have tasted more Parmesan in the breading.

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My dining partner had the T&B Veggie Burger, made with black beans and (surprisingly) dates. She said it was amazing. For her side, she chose the Tide & Boar salad. It was super good. (Okay, I stole a little)

Their house salad  is made with artisan lettuce, root vegetables and granola tossted with shallot dressing and finished with fresh Parmesan cheese. YUM.

We were quite full but we made sure to save room for dessert…

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Creme Brulee

 

 

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Beerimisu served in a mason jar and made with…you guessed, it, beer!

Our desserts were the perfect end to a delicious meal. The service was friendly, and the restaurant itself is a pretty hip place to hang out. I loved the fun 8-bit bathroom icons.

Magnetic Hill in Moncton

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On a sunny day in Moncton, New Brunswick, we drove our car to Magnetic Hill and put the car in neutral.
After a brief moment, the car steadily moved upwards on its own accord, and picked up a pretty good speed. We did this backwards and forwards. (It was tons of fun!)

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has been an attraction in Moncton for over 100 years! Way back in the 1880s, people were starting to notice that horses pulling carts would have the cart go up ahead of them. A little later on, cars would roll up the hill unexpectedly.

This is how the hill got it’s reputation for being magnetic. As it turns out, Magnetic Hill is a special type of hill called a Gravity Hill. I’m not going to ruin the magic, so I’ll leave it up to you to decide. Magnetic Hill…magnetic or magic?

Magnetic Hill is in Moncton, New Brunswick. Click here for directions.

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