August 31, 2008

Adventures in Canadian Eating, Take 3

From PEI, the hubs and I took the ferry and thendrove to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. First off, if you ever have the chance to go to Cape Breton, you must go. It is by far the most beautiful place we have ever visited - and we've both been all over the country and many places in Europe.

Prior to gettin g on the ferry we stopped at a little local vineyard and bought a bottle of the most delicious Wild Blueberry Wine. It was more savory than sweet with very subtle tones and is so going to go well with a nice pice of pork or beef.

Our Ferry ride over introduced us to two delicious Canadian classics. Cows Ice Cream (so natural and delicious!) and more importantly Lays Gravy Flavored Potato Chips. Dear God! How does Lays not sell these in the states. It's supposed to be a take on fries with Putine but in Chip form. It's like a not so spicy or tangy BBQ potato chip. Adam and I spent the rest of the trip going to every market to find bags of these to take home. Finally we found mini bags at some service stations and we took 7 of those back to the states with us.

Hubs Loves him some gravy chips!

Along the potato chip journey we also encountered Smoked Bacon Potato Chips, Roast Chicken Potato Chips, Dill Chips and Dill Pickle Chips and a variety of other flavors we never got the chance to try. We ended up bringing back more potato chips than anything I think.
On our first night in Cape Breton we went to this great restaurant called the Lynwood Inn which was very nice and they had this great locacl musician playing who was like listening to James Taylor.

I had this great salmon that had this wonderful cream sauce that had chopped hard boiled egg in it. With some help from the girls on the Nest What's Cooking board, I think I finally found the closest thing to it - so now I can't wait to make that.

Our 2nd night in Cape Breton, we went to a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee). It was fabulous to hear the great local music live and it was by far one of the most fun things we did on the trip. However, by the time it ended at almost 10 pm most of the restaurants were closed. There was however a little local pizza place open and we decided to get a pizza to take back to the B&B room.

They were out of most of the individual slices, so we were game for a whole pizza. They had this pizza on the menu called Donairs pizza. And we actually saw the guy working there grinding the Donair in the meat grinder. We had no clue what it was but decided not to ask and just order it.

Oh my god so glad we did - it was the best pizza we've ever had - hands down. It was this incredible crust with a creamy garlic sauce, ground donair, onion tomato and cheese. We got our pizza, a quart of milk from the mini mart and ate while watching the olympics in our room with the fire place going.
The pizza, was so divine, that we finally asked in Halifax what Donairs was at a restaurant and we discovered it's a ground spiced beef - like what is used for Gyros meat. So from then on we were on a mission to find Donairs to take back to the states with us. Finally at a little market outside of St. John New Brunswick, we did find some.
So if you get up to Canada, do try some Donair Pizza!!


1 comment:

Katie said...

I have lived here for 3 years and have never had any of these items. Mostly because I am afraid of what it will do to my waistline once I try it - I'll be glad to bring you funky flavored Lays down to RI next time I visit!