Welcome to my blog, a virtual scrapbook and road map for crafting a well-curated life. 

My husband and I are 30-something Bostonians with a passion for good food, fine company and exploring new places both near and far.  Follow along as I document our adventures and share my tips for traveling, dining and entertaining in style.

A Longer Stay: Atlantic Canada

A Longer Stay: Atlantic Canada

Exploring Canada's Maritime Provinces: A week of wandering through beautiful New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Lunenberg, Nova Scotia's Bluenose II is a replica of the fishing schooner Bluenose, a celebrated fishing and racing schooner built in 1921.  Nicknamed the "Queen of the North Atlantic," she was a provincial icon for Nova Scotia and appears on the nation's dime. 

Lunenberg, Nova Scotia's Bluenose II is a replica of the fishing schooner Bluenose, a celebrated fishing and racing schooner built in 1921.  Nicknamed the "Queen of the North Atlantic," she was a provincial icon for Nova Scotia and appears on the nation's dime. 

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island together make up Canada's Maritime Provinces.  With a jagged coastline punctured by picturesque bays, sandy beaches and towering cliffs, idyllic seaside villages, and some of the freshest seafood in the world, it's easy to see how the region earned it's nickmane as "Canada's ocean playground". 

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sunrise over the Bay of Fundy

Sunrise over the Bay of Fundy

Overlooking Basin Head Beach in Souris, Prince Edward Island

Lobster Benedict is served with an ocean front view at the Savy Sailor in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia.

Lobster Benedict is served with an ocean front view at the Savy Sailor in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia.

Argyle Street, in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is lined with cozy pubs, eccentric bistros (i.e. the iconic Economy Shoe Shop, a cafe and bar that takes its name from a salvaged neon sign that hangs from the side of the building) and plenty of options for dining al fresco on a gorgeous summer day.

Argyle Street, in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is lined with cozy pubs, eccentric bistros (i.e. the iconic Economy Shoe Shop, a cafe and bar that takes its name from a salvaged neon sign that hangs from the side of the building) and plenty of options for dining al fresco on a gorgeous summer day.

Argyle Street, in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is lined with cozy pubs, eccentric bistros (i.e. the iconic Economy Shoe Shop, a cafe and bar that takes its name from a salvaged neon sign that hangs from the side of the building) and plenty of options for dining al fresco on a gorgeous summer day.

Downtown Lunenberg, Nova Scotia

Downtown Lunenberg, Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

I love learning about local cuisine, so I couldn't leave Canada without procuring the essential guide to Maritime cooking: Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens: a collection of traditional recipes of Nova Scotia and the stories of the people who cooked them.  First published in 1970 and still celebrated today, the book documents the history of cooking in the Canadian province.  (I also picked up a copy of Out of New Nova Scotia Kitchens, which was inspired by the original but offers recipes for Best Loved East Coast Dishes for Today.  After reading both of them front to back, I created my own take on traditional Maritime Hodgepodge, which I served topped with pan roasted halibut. 

Maritime Hodge Podge with Pan Seared Halibut

Maritime Hodge Podge with Pan Seared Halibut

Seashell Chowder

Seashell Chowder