A Week in Wolfville

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Travel | No Comments

Sheep

Every year, we spend a week in Wolfville at a little beach side cottage. I’ve grown to love it there, and never tire of all the fun things to see, do and eat in the Wolfville area.  And, there was lots of doing nothing, which is also pretty great.  A few of my favourite things:

Wineries

There are lots of great wineries in the Wolfville area, and many offer tours and beautiful spots to enjoy a drink.

Food

Fresh, delicious and local – Wolfville has a lot of great dining options.

  • Front and Central – My favourite restaurant in Nova Scotia.  Small plates, local ingredients and lots of vegetarian and gluten free options.
  • Evangeline Cafe – A great place for lunch with simple, old fashioned food.  And pie.  Lots of pie.
  • Slow Dough Bakery – Just opened up a new spot on Main Street in Wolfville.  Yummy wheat-free brownies – and I hear their other choices are pretty good too!
  • Wolfville Farmers Market – Lots of great vendors and always worth a visit.  On Wednesday nights, you can get a “Market Supper” with salad, bread, main and dessert from the various vendors for $10.

Things to Do

  • Gaspereau Valley Fibres – If you knit, you will be in heaven in this yarn shop, housed in a rustic barn.  If you don’t knit, it’s still worth a visit for communing with the adorable animals – like my little buddy (above).
  • Cycling – There are lots of trails and quiet country roads in the area, perfect for cycling.  Check out this great map (designed by Anna Ramsay) for some ideas on routes.
  • Al Whittle Theatre – Art house movies on Main Street in Wolfville.
  • Grand Pre – A beautiful landscape with a lot of history.  Definitely worth a visit.

There are so many things to see and do – let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for my visit next year.  I’m already looking forward to going back in November to attend the Devour Film Festival, specifically a food styling workshop with Matt Armendariz (Matt Bites) and Adam Pearson.

 

 

A Honeyspoon Guide to New York

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Honeyspoon Loves, Travel | No Comments

Buvette
First, I’ll just preface this by saying this is in no means a definitive guide to New York – it’s just a bunch of places that I visited and enjoyed. I will also say that all my trips are pretty much focussed on eating and drinking. While we are eating one meal, we are planning the next. So, here it is – New York – Honeyspoon style!

-The best meal of the trip was at Dovetail.  They have a Meatless Monday tasting menu that was absolutely amazing.  Beautiful food and service – I would definitely recommend this place to veggie folks looking for a fine dining experience – it’s got a Michelin star y’all!  This video will give you an idea of the type of food and presentation you can expect.  Very nice.

-Another meal we really enjoyed was at Buvette  (above) in the West Village.  It’s the cutest little French restaurant tucked away on a charming little street.  I was a bit worried about there not being enough veggie food on the menu, but there was lots and it was all fantastic!  I would describe the style of dining here as French tapas – lots of yummy little dishes to share, and the atmosphere was great.  The chef, Jody Williams, just released a cookbook that looks great – and she was selling a special edition at the shop that came in a block printed canvas bag.  I didn’t get one = huge regret.

-After all these wonderful meals, I needed to eat something a bit less decadent.  I checked out Dimes in Chinatown for breakfast, and it really fit the bill.  Lots of healthy juices, acai bowls and the like.  Needless to say, I skipped right past those and ordered the big breakfast with a side of avocado.  It was still delicious and healthy, and I was on vacation after all!

Culture Espresso

-For the first few days of our trip, we stayed at the Refinery Hotel, and each morning, we grabbed a coffee and light breakfast at Culture Espresso (above) before hitting the streets.  The coffee and atmosphere were great, and it was nice to find an independent cafe amongst all the chains in Midtown Manhattan.

-Homesick Aussies will appreciate the food and coffee (oh the coffee!) at Bluestone Lane.  You can order classics like Jaffles and avocado toast and real flat whites!  I had the avocado toast (GF option available!) and I swear it had a whole avocado on it.  Delicious!

-Speaking of the Refinery, the drinks and view at their rooftop bar were great.  All together, the hotel was really cozy and comfy and I would most definitely stay there again.

Although we had a week in New York, the time went by much too fast!  There were so many great things to see and do – other highlights were strolling the high line, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, exploring the West Village, and visiting the Met, MOMA and Natural History Museum.  There were so many more things I wanted to do and places I wanted to visit – but I know I’ll be back soon!