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J and I recently purchased a vacation home with our company in Charlottetown, PEI, so Eastern Canada will be on our travel plans a lot more often now. Our original plan was to buy one in Halifax, but quickly changed our minds after returning to Charlottetown for two summer road trips (in 2016 and 2017). Despite the high food prices (compared to other cities within the vicinity, we really enjoyed our time in PEI. Brakish was the very first restaurant that we ate at upon our arrival in the city; it's a seafood-centric restaurant located on the historic Charlottetown Harbour. There, we had a very casual lunch before going sight-seeing around the downtown Charlottetown since check-in at the hotel wasn't available until 3 pm.The one good thing about having a property here is that we no longer have to pay high prices for hotel or motel in the summer (due to the bustling tourism season).

Seafood Chowder ($11) - cream base with scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, and potatoes 




PEI Mussels ($14) - wine wine and garlic 


I was under the impression that lobster rolls and seafood would be cheaper in PEI than Toronto. However, that was not the case for the bustling city filled with locals and tourists alike. I opted for the PEI Lobster + Crab Roll ($18) - lobster and crab mixed with lettuce, lemon, parsley, caramelized onion mayo, on top of split bun with fries as my entree. Despite the price being on par with Toronto, the lobster roll was of a substantial portion. I enjoyed it very much!

Many of the restaurants in Charlottetown that has a large seafood-based menu are often opened seasonally only. So please note that Brakish is temporarily closed for the winter season. They are scheduled to reopen on June 1, 2018.


[Charlottetown, PEI] Brakish

by on Thursday, January 18, 2018
J and I recently purchased a vacation home with our company in Charlottetown, PEI, so Eastern Canada will be on our travel plans a lot more...
In recent years, Hamilton has become known for its booming culinary scene. To celebrate its emergence, the City of Hamilton introduced NOSH to the community late last year in 2016. NOSH stands for North Hamilton, Outlying communities, and South Hamilton, coincides with Small Business Week. It was created to showcase Hamilton's booming culinary scene. 
"Hamilton's emergence on a national scale is in part attributable to the rising food scene we have in the city," said Councillor Merulla, NOSH Honourary Chair. "From the restauranteurs, to the chefs, to the diners who are flocking to the various restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries, these great efforts are attracting more positive attention for Hamilton on a national scale, and I believed it was certainly time for the entire city to celebrate and support their efforts." - Councillor Sam Merulla
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend the 2nd Annual Nosh Food Tour with #HamOntFT where I was introduced to several local businesses in Hamilton.

The Beverly On Locke


Our first stop was The Beverly On Locke, one of the newest brunch additions on Locket Street in Hamilton.



Beverly Benedict ($14) - cheddar scallion biscuit, pemeal, tomato jam and grilled lemon hollandaise with side hashbrown


Bev's Classic ($14) - sausage, bacon, easy egg with American cheddar on a buttered egg bun


PB & J Big Pancake ($14) - bumbleberry jam, peanut brittle and peanut butter whip


Dundurn Castle Historic Kitchen Garden


It's a 19th century estate, which includes a working kitchen garden and historic kitchen. Produce grown on site is used for daily tours, workshops, and special events.




Pokeh

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 Pokeh is the first restaurant in Canada specializing in Hawaiian and Californian inspired poke bowls.

Green Bowl - tamari pickled shiitake, tofu, tamari/sesame oil, green/white onions, cucumbers, black/white sesame seeds, carrots, kale, edamame


 Spicy Poke - ocean wise certified ahi tuna, spicy Kewpie mayo, house pickled jalapenos, spicy sesame seeds, cucumber, onions, black and white sesame seeds, soy sauce and sesame oil


Henry Browns


Henry Brown's small batch ice-cream was established in the Hamilton Farmers' Market in 2015 to serve high quality, seasonal "from scratch" real dairy ice-cream and vegan sorbets made with organic, fair trade and local ingredients.



Cake and Loaf


It's a from scratch neighborhood bakery focused on using local ingredients to create delicious seasonal baked goods.


 Hambrgr

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 Hambrgr was born with a commitment to its city and a promise for all - to make the best damn burgers you've ever eaten.

 Elk Crossing Burger - coffee rubbed Lakeland Farms elk, Dr. Pepper BBQ glaze, house whisky pickles, crispy smoked bacon, 2 year white cheddar, onion ring, butter toasted brioche bun and served with shoestring fries.


 Local Boar Pogos


Berkeley North

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Featuring seasonally inspired international dishes, creative cocktails and an enticing West Coast inspired restaurant atmosphere.

Slow Braised Lamb - lightly covered in a crispy panko and served on a roasted red pepper romesco sauce and finished with garlic sauce


The French

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 The French is located on the rejuvenated and vibrant street of King William in Hamilton. The French is a mix of classic and modern French cuisine.

Duck Yolk and Goat Cheese Ravioli - with porchetta di testa, chives, mustard and manchego cheese


   
Cappuccino ($4.50)


Merit Brewing

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Merit Brewing is Hamilton's only brewpub serving a rotating menu of progressive beer and house-made sausage.

Sausage Platter - each platter includes a link of each of our sausage, and 2 orders of fries, garlic pickles, and seasonal pickles



Nique

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Nique is a not just a restaurant. It's a family of young, passionate individuals eager to provide our customers with a dynamic and welcoming experience. Our approach to food and drink is inherently Canadian as it is reflective of the cultural mosaic that is Hamilton.

Sushi Nacho - Japanese inspired nachos with diced tuna on top of deep fried wonton wrappers, and finished with sushi fixings like pickled ginger, avocados, chilies and spicy mayo


Disclaimer: The event provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

The Region of Waterloo is home to many regions that inspire start-ups (such as Thalmic Labs), housing, and of course many restaurants. The Region is developing and propelling a movement alike many urban areas, by bringing innovative ideas and talented people together, whilst keeping the scenic and spacious rural landscape. Andrew Coppolino of www.waterlooregioneats.com (@WatRegionEats on Twitter) gave us a tour on behalf of Waterloo Region Tourism, with 4 set destinations in mind for the day.

** Article and Pictures by Janey Tso. Visit her Instagram and Twitter to check out her feeds ** 

One of these regions was Downtown Kitchener , located in the heart of downtown Kitchener. Although many restaurants incorporate diversity from different cultures, the ingredients are primarily local from Ontario. Our very first stop was B@TheMuseum, a gastropub connected to the city’s prominent landmarks - the Kitchener Museum. They’re known for their local craft beers and entertainment nights – including vinyl nights and live performances - and their ambiance “intrigues curiosity and welcomes comfort”, which attracts customers of all ages. Andrew and the waitresses informed us of some of the restaurant as well as recommendations for nearby restaurants. 




 Steam Buns (2 for $8) –  a light shareable appetizer with pulled duck, hoisin, sriracha, cilantro, scallions


Chow Dumplings  ($11) – popular menu item featuring vegetarian or pork dumplings in a sesame soy dip (I loved this appetizer)


B@TheMuseum stays true to their roots by using traditional cooking methods – induction burners, baking – over deep frying since there are no hood vents. The lack of oil brings out the flavours in their food. Of course we had to try their beers as well, including their personal favourite – Railway City’s Honey Elixir – and their top-selling flagship starter – Four Fathers.


4 oz flight tasters – Pommies’ Cranberry Cider (sweetest), Railway City’s Honey Elixir, Block 3 St. Jacob’s Cheap Gold Golden strong ale, Four Fathers’ Starter Session IPA (hoppy in flavour), Elora’s Three Fields


 The next restaurant was next-door, called The Berlin. The atmosphere was inviting, yet high-class. They’re matched with some of the country’s most influential chefs, who’ve had experience cooking at fine-dining restaurants. Even their kitchen is an open concept, where one can smell and see their meals come to life. Alike B@TheMuseum, The Berlin places an emphasis on using quality ingredients from local farmers. Many of the dishes are cooked over a coal-burning fire, adding a European flare. With so much variety, it is no surprise that their menu is always changing, along with what’s in season, so there is always a chance to try something new and refreshing. None of the dishes were disappointing; it was hard to pick a favourite because the flavours and spices were so unique in each dish. 


Open-concept Kitchen


Queen Elizabeth has stayed at the Walper Hotel, their partnered hotel next-door.


Beef Pancetta with Arugula from Stratford


Pork head with Foie Gras Terrine in a Toasted Seed Vinaigrette Dressing 




Scallop and Asian Pear Skewer Garnished with Pickled Basil


Charred Carrots in an Aniseedy Spiced Emulsion using Carrot Juice as Vinegar 


Daisy Bay Oysters over Mustard Greens and Topped with Grapefruit Jelly 


Trout cooked slowly over coals until 60% done, crispy skin, charred onions marinated in Riesling vinegar to order 


 Steak Served with a Foie Gras Parfait and Wild Chives


Duck Prosciutto and Beet Salad


Champagne AgraPart & Fils Terroirs Extra Bruit Blanc de Blancs Aged Oak Wine Not Found in LCBO

We drove to Uptown Waterloo afterwards, with Abe Erb as our next destination, a brew house in itself. Large metal vessels are aligned along the second level of the brewery, which validates the authenticity of providing fresh beer. They craft cocktails, whiskeys, and also serve small craft beers, wine, and non-spirited options. We had quite a meal prior to this, so we opted for a flight to sample taps from Ontario. 


(right to left) Erb Street Organic 



1857 Kölsch – a light, crisp, gold ale that recently made its way to the LCBO
Das Spritzhaus Hefeweizen  - medium bodied wheat beer “notes of banana with hints of clove”. It was pouring straight down the line that day, hence the freshest
British Mild – tastes like toffee

Our last restaurant was Taco Farm, a collaboration between 2 restaurateurs of nearby restaurants - Chainsaw and Uptown 21 to be exact. These gluten-free tacos have been featured on “You Gotta Eat Here”, and the restaurant carries a large variety of tequila, wherein one can learn about the process of making it and its different types in their “Tequila Schools”. Being a part of the tour, we were able to catch a glimpse into the taco-making equipment before diving into our meal.


Fresh Tortilla Chips with Salsa (complimentary) 


Chicken Pibil ($5) – citrus, achiote, banana leaf stewed chicken, pickled onion, guacamole



Fried Fish ($5) – crispy fried cod, cabbage crudito, farm sauce, cilantro, Jake’s chili-garlic sauce (My favorite of the three)


Grilled Cheese & Mushroom Quesadilla ($6.50) – melted 3 queso blend, smoked mushrooms, mole poblano, salsa verde


Exploring Waterloo’s Food Boroughs opened our eyes to the food scene in this wonderful Region. We were surprised as to that all of the restaurants we visited supported local farms, and satisfied our palates beyond our expectations. Like Downtown Toronto, many of the businesses are close to one another, but the atmosphere is refreshing, clean, and comfortable, with spacious areas to lounge around. If you want to take a mini road-trip with approximately a 2-hour drive, Waterloo is a great place to check out for their restaurants.

** Article and Pictures by Janey Tso. Visit her Instagram and Twitter to check out her feeds ** 

Disclaimer: The tour/food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Waterloo Food Tour

by on Thursday, December 29, 2016
The Region of Waterloo is home to many regions that inspire start-ups (such as Thalmic Labs), housing, and of course many restaurants. The...