Sunday, 6 July 2014

Ye olde orchard Pub and grill

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"This is a proper pub" I was told by my British friend as we enjoyed lunch together. Wooden tables and stone floors as well as a terrace make Ye old orchard pub a comfortable place to hang out.

It has a full menu with fish and chips, bangers and mash and several types of curry and lots of beer to choose from. I shared a chicken curry served with basmati rice and na'an bread, it came with a tossed salad that has a fantastic blue cheese dressing (there were other choices of dressings). The portions are large, the chicken was tasty and there was plenty of rice.

This place is packed during World Cup both inside and out  3 1/2 mmm's out of 5

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Marius cafe

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Need a quick bite while you are taking in the Jazz fest?  You just gotta try Marius! A sweet little air conditioned sandwich shop with a compact out door terrace that serves Great sandwiches and nice cold beer.

I loved the fresh selection and thoroughly enjoyed Le Fada sandwich. It was pulled beef, caramelized onions, mushrooms, brie cheese and yummy Bearnaise mayo on a fresh artisan roll.  So cute, wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine.

Cold water in jugs are handy while your made to order sandwich is being prepared and Gluten free is available for a small fee.  Marius is well worth a visit!

5 mmm's out of 5

Monday, 9 June 2014

Leohards Cafe & bakery, Charlottetown

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I have had only one thing from Leohards and it was delicious!! A vanilla cream roll: a light sponge cake filled with vanilla cream.  It was a gift that I shared with my brother, later in the day I went out to purchase another one and there was my brother walking out of Leohards with the last piece!!

 I visited the restaurant once more and they were again sold out of the vanilla roll. I guess I am not the only one to discover this tasty morsel.  Check it out,  5 mmm's out of 5

No additives or preservatives

Thursday, 5 June 2014

3 pepper pasta salad allrecipes - yummy!!

I love a good pasta salad! One that is not loaded with dressing and has fresh ingredients. 3 pepper pasta salad is just that. Remember, the choice of pasta, veggies and cheese is up to you. Just keep the dressing the same and use fresh basil!


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the olive oil, white wine vinegar, basil, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until smooth.( I always put the dressing together before I cook the pasta)
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the cooked pasta, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper, tomato, and olives. Top with mozzarella cheese to serve. Do not dress the salad until just before eating * double the dressing if you like*

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Dundee Arms, Charlottetown, PEI

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The Dundee has an elegance that is undeniable! A beautiful building, fine linen and detailed service added to a special mom and daughter's lunch. This is a place that girls will just love!

There are many wines by the glass to choose from as well as an ample menu.  I chose a fish fry trio that had breaded scallops, shrimp and battered haddock with french fries.  It was $16.99, I had enough left over to have a second meal. The haddock was very good, nicely cooked and a pleasant change from cod. The scallop and shrimp were just okay.  The overall experience - lovely.

31/2 mmm's out of 5

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

3 weeks on PEI

One of my favorite things about PEI is the seafood! When ever I get home, I have as much as possible. It was lobster season on the North shore and Mothers day was celebrated with a 'feed of lobsters'. Of course there is homemade rolls, biscuits, potato salad and coleslaw.
There is nothing as good as a lobster that you get fresh from the fisherman's boat - right off the wharf!

But there are a few tricks to cooking the perfect lobster and the most important is salt water not water that you add salt but salt water from the sea. Yep, that's the trick! If you are land locked and want the same flavour, salt your water and when you think it is salty enough add a 1/2 cup more ( that was my Dads advice). After we cooked the lobster in sea water we then cool it in more sea water. I have never tasted better lobster, no need for melted butter or lemon!

So, if you are lucky enough to have lobster and a beach near by, you got yourself a little piece of heaven!

St James Gate pub, Charlottetown, PEI

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Did you know that they have daily specials at The Gate? On Friday, between 4 and 6 it is half price appetizers with the purchase of a drink. There were a decent amount of Appies to choose from, we shared three: Sweet potato fries with Thai mayo, Baked spinach and artichoke dip with naan bread and tortilla chips and Asian ginger beef with veggies.

 All three tasted pretty good, the only complaint would be the amount. Lots of bread and chips but a small container of spinach dip and the same with the fries, skimpy amount of french fries. The beef on the other hand, was ample and could have been a meal by its self. Perhaps it was because it was a deal $6 each instead of  $12.

FYI, It deserves to be mentioned that they have a large gluten free menu.
3 1/2 mmm's out of 5