RELAUNCHING A CLASSIC RESTAURANT


With Traci MacVittie in the kitchen, and new owners Alie and Chris Mills’ enthusiasm for the local community, The Red Rooster’s future is looking bright Sometimes you have to wait a while to fulfill a dream. Alie and Chris Mills’ desire to own their own restaurant has been over two decades in the making, but last summer it finally came…

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VICTORIA-BY-THE-SEA: FROM SEAPORT ON A FARM TO FOODIE FAVOURITE


Village celebrates a historic two hundred years in 2019 Jenny and Jackie Myers dreamed of one day owning a business in the tiny village of Victoria. Born in nearby Tryon in 1967, their family moved to Ontario when the twin sisters were four years old. But they returned for every summer vacation (and a few Christmases), often staying on an…

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FORMER RESTAURATEUR FOCUSES ON NEW VENTURE


Salume Rume to bring cured meats to PEI, one plate at a time Chef Dave Mottershall’s cooking career has brought him to the mountains of Banff, Alberta, to butcher shops of Italy, and to the trendy Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario but it’s PEI that called him back. “I came to PEI 10 years ago, maybe 12 years ago,…

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BRINGING FLAVOURS TO PEI


The Spice Store fills a gap with its Indian spices and products It’s a long way from Kerala, to Dubai, to Prince Edward Island, but that is the spice route that lead Ramila Agrawal to open a popular spice store on St Peter’s Road in Charlottetown. Agrawal, originally from southern India, spent most of her life in the United Arab…

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THE SALTY CHEF


Feeding a Fever… Spring Fever! As the daylight hours and my waistband steadily increase, I begin to crave fresh, lighter fare. The heavier “stick-to-your-ribs” favorites that were tempting months ago have lost their appeal. May can be quite chilly, so I’m not willing to cut out comfort foods entirely but find a balance and ease into a new season. I…

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SETTING DAY


The spring lobster season is highly anticipated by fishers and diners alike and this year’s setting day was scheduled for April 29 but was delayed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans due to the inclement weather. Photographer Brian McInnis shared some of last year’s photos with us. He was onsite in North Rustico and Covehead Harbour in 2018 for…

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BEHIND THE LINE


There’s something about this table I worked at a basement tavern in Charlottetown and the worst and best guests always seemed to sit at the bar where it met the wall. Sort of in the corner. That stool would either be home to big tippers or guys who liked to fight. Most restaurants have a particular table that seems to…

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WTF?


What the food? This month’s What’s That Food is the appropriately-named star apple. A round fruit about the size of a large apple, when ripe it is usually purple-skinned with a faint green tinge on the outside. Cut it in half and a deep, rich purple-and-white coloured pulp with a radiating star pattern is visible—voila, there’s your name! There are…

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THE EDIBLE GARDEN


A new gardening season is finally here As I walk along the south side of my house I can see lots of flowering bulbs starting to grow. Crocuses are the first ones I see blooming each year, they are small but a welcome sight. Daffodils and hyacinths grow well and are a very colourful and reliable choice. Tulips also grow…

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LEADERS’ COOK OFF


Which dish would have won? With a minority government in power let’s take a sample of what fueled the leaders of our main parties. We asked each leader what their favourite recipe was; either one they made themselves or one someone made for them. We got a nice variety of dishes and all of them are perfect to warm-up as…

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