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Mona Brown’s Fogo Island

15 Aug

“I grew up one of six siblings—three girls and three boys. During the day our mother and several other ladies would go out berry picking. They’d mark the trail with blue ribbons, so when we got home from school, we’d […]

An Island Chef’s Guide to Wild Greens

13 Aug

If you see Fogo Island Inn chef Murray McDonald crawling around scanning the rocks near the inn, don’t worry. He has neither lost his mind nor a contact lens, he is looking for wild plants for the evening menu. The […]

A Newfoundland Lemonade Stand

12 Aug

After hiking into Joe Batt’s Arm today, I suspected this adorable lemonade stand was a mirage. I was desperate for a cool drink, so I was pretty disappointed on approaching to see that while the business was real, its CLOSED sign was up.

A Walk on the Wild Side

12 Aug

I’m staying in the Irish community of Tilting on Fogo Island. It’s a place of leaning fences, rust fishing stages and patchwork quilts on lines. The people here speak with more of a lilt and are known for their singing […]

Grocery Shopping on Fogo Island

10 Aug

Winston Osmond is an acrylics painter and organic farmer living in Shoal Bay. He took me round his veggie garden and harvested a mixed bag, scissors and trowel in hand. I left with rain-splashed kale; fat, yellow zucchini; squeaky onions; and sweet, soily carrots–some of them as leggy as squid.

More Newfoundland, Please

5 Aug

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know Newfoundland is my happy place.   I grew up on the East Coast of Scotland, so I think there’s something about the salty air, the wild landscapes and the way […]

Coca-Cola Cake, Popcorn Ice Cream and Twizzlers Sauce

1 Aug

“You might say this place is my second home; I’d say it’s more my home,” says 22-year-old Farzam Fallah, head pastry chef at Toronto’s Richmond Station. “I spend more time here than in my own house.”   It’s Sunday afternoon; […]