McDonalds – Antigonish, NS


McDonalds Restaurant
37 James Street
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
(902) 863-4484

After a ferry ride across the Northumberland Strait from PEI to Nova Scotia, we continued to head east towards Cape Breton Island.  As we approached the city of Antigonish, we saw a sign for the McLobster.

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I have a rule when travelling:  Never eat at a chain which I can find back home.  This was the FIRST time that I have ever broken my rule, as my curiosity just got the better of me.

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Ah Beetz – Abbotsford, BC


Ah-Beetz
2664 Gladys Ave
Abbotsford, BC
(604) 746-2121

Vancouver’s lack of decent pizza is well known amongst the city’s foodie circles. It’s hard to explain the dearth of a good slice. After all, the city is known for its vibrant food scene…and one would think that some of this energy would have rubbed off on pizza. Sure there are a few bright spots, but compared to a city of similar size like Portland OR, the Vancouver pizza scene is a wasteland.

The typical Vancouver pizza slice is greasy; the crust thick, cakey and doughy; and the toppings are institutional-grade (think “cheese” and “salami”).

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Ah Beetz is a pizzeria about an hour’s drive away in Abbotsford. It has some underground cred: Vancouver Pizza fanatics have been known to drive this way just to get a decent slice of NY style pizza.

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Carr’s Oyster Bar – Stanley Bridge, PEI


Carr’s Oyster Bar Restaurant & Lounge
Stanley Bridge Wharf, Route 6
Stanley Bridge, PEI
(902) 886-3355

Traveling without an itinerary is my favorite way to travel; however, there occasionally comes a time when you’re stuck trying to find accommodations in the dead of night, or trying to find something to eat with no idea where to go.

The latter was the case on this particular day, as we were exploring the western coast of PEI.  As it was off-season for tourists – we were having a hard time finding a restaurant which was still open, when we stumbled upon Carr’s.

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Perched next to Stanley Bridge Harbour, the view of the boats and dock are framed beautifully from within the restaurant.  The shucking station is the first thing you see when entering the premises – where staff were busy prying open fresh shellfish.

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foodography – seventh annual Canadian barista championships


Welcome to a new segment here on foodosophy, where less text and more visuals will dominate. In fact, its this ‘foodography’ that initially helped shape the very concept and birth of our blog.

The first series is a collection of images shot at this recent event held in Vancouver, which saw Vancouver barista Kyle Straw of Caffè Artigiano take the title, and earn the right to compete at the world competition to be held next year in London.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Water Prince – Charlottetown, PEI


Water Prince Corner Shop
141 Water Street
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 1A8
(902) 368-3212

http://www.waterprincelobster.ca

Continuing our trek eastbound, we crossed the Confederation bridge from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island (FYI: it is free to get onto the island, but you pay for the ’round-trip’ when leaving).  As we headed to Charlottetown, we lost count of how many signs we saw advertising lobster, so we figured it was about time that we focus on finding somewhere to feast on one of these sea critters.

Almost every lobster experience of mine has been with hot lobster (boiled/steamed/bbq), so for a change of pace, I was on a hunt for chilled lobster.  Our destination this afternoon was the Water Prince Corner Shop, located in Old Charlottetown.

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Part store, and part restaurant, but all amazing seafood.  We started with a cup of the Water Prince’s Homemade Seafood Chowder and biscuit.  This was the most flavourful bowl of chowder that I’ve had in a very long time.  Perfectly seasoned, beautifully creamy, packed with a variety of seafood, and all of the ingredients still identifiable (including bits of lobster).

Moving to the Deluxe Seafood Platter, it comprised of half a chilled lobster, Northumberland Scallops – lightly breaded and fried, and a heaping pile of Island Blue Mussels.  The mussels were juicy, tender and were best when the shell still contained a little bit of the cooking liquid, the fried thin breading on the scallop added a perfect texture to the plump scallop (as if it were perfectly seared).  Last but definitely not least – was the lobster.  I cannot describe how amazingly sweet this lobster tasted.  Good to the last leg.

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In an attempt to compare hot vs. cold, we also ordered a 1.5lb Boiled Atlantic Lobster. This lobster was served with a heaping pile of mussels, and a high-fashion plastic bib.  There really was no need for the nut-cracker, as they already did a great job of splitting both the body and claws for you.  Does life get any better than this?

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When we finally picked out the last morsel of meat – my vote went to towards the chilled lobster (as the sweetness seemed much more prominent), where my wife preferred the hot lobster.

As we’re tied for votes – I’m curious what your preference is on this topic?

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Captain Bob’s – Woodstock, NB


Captain Bob’s Takeout
3512, Rte 585
Woodstock, New Brunswick

Traveling along the Trans-Canada Highway we left the province of Quebec and entered into New Brunswick.  After quick stops in Edmundston and Grand Falls, we decided to take more scenic secondary highways and visit some of the many small towns along the  St. John River.  After we crossed the longest covered bridge in Hartland a couple times, this sign on the road caught my eye.

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Just in time for lunch – we followed the cookie crumb trail of signs to this shack parked in the driveway of Captain Bob’s home.  A couple of kids were already ahead of us and had ‘honked’ (as per the posted directions) to let the Captain know of our arrival.

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Le Billig – Quebec City, QC


Le Billig
526 St. Jean
Quebec, QC
G1R 1P6
(416) 524-8341

Before leaving the province of Quebec, we wanted to experience a great creperie.  Scouring the web – we decided on this establishment located just outside the historic Vieux Quebec (Old Quebec) neighborhood.

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The namesake of this creperie-bistro, is a large circular flat-top grill used primarily for cooking pancakes or crepes.  At Le Billig, they have three displayed in their open-concept kitchen  – which churn out crepes and galettes authentic to the Brittany region of France.

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