Author Archives : Rod Weatherbie

BEHIND THE LINE


Large servings, carpeted dining rooms, and other restaurant sins Over the years I’ve found that there are a few basic signs to be aware of that will make your dining-out experience better. Now, if a place you like to frequent ticks off a few of these boxes (three max, but never the terrible food one, that’s just a restaurant to…

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NEW VIDEO COOKBOOK


Book and online video series helps independent living The cafeteria at Tremploy in Charlottetown was standing room only for the launch of an ambitious new project aimed at helping people with intellectual challenges live more independently. A collection of cooking videos was created in partnership with Public Health Office of the PEI Department of Health and Wellness, the PEI Association…

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WANT A LATTE IN MONTAGUE? YOU’RE IN LUCK


New cafe on Main Street, The Lucky Bean, offers light lunch fare and local brewed specialty coffees in heritage building The first time Matt Clendinning set foot on the Island he fell in love. “I had friends move here three years ago and I came down to help them with renos on their home,” he said. “I just knew this…

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BEHIND THE LINE


No Smoothie for You Customer service can go either way, a great group of customers with questionable servers, or sometimes a service worker with incredibly obtuse customers. Everybody has their moments. I’m really busy not waiting tables, so could you hurry up and order? We once went to eat at a new vegan place in Toronto. There weren’t any vegan…

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BEHIND THE LINE


I’ll tell ya what to do with yer beans and franks Sometimes we all lose awareness of our surroundings. It happens. But sometimes we’re just plain oblivious. — While delicious, I’m pretty sure the kitchen doesn’t have hotdogs I once worked in a fine dining restaurant. White linen table cloths, a little stool for your purse, champagne cocktails. A pianist…

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The CORK AND CAST


Keeping the love of restaurants in the family Rachel Sauvé literally grew up in a restaurant. The industry is in her genes. For as long as she can remember, her mother, father, and brother Oliver were always at her father’s café in Victoria-by-the-Sea where she had been working since she was old enough to. So it’s fitting that her first…

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BEHIND THE LINE


Checking in with hotel gaffes It’s not only restaurant staff who have to deal with odd requests and funny customers, hotel staff do as well. Sleeping is just as important as eating and it can sometimes make people…Strange? Demanding? Just plain weird? Maybe all three. This month we have three stories of some possibly sleep deprived guests. Thanks to all…

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THE SALTY CHEF


Cooking with Ale This month marks the first Craft Beer Week in Prince Edward Island with all of our currently opened breweries participating. So we thought it would be a great excuse to offer up some recipes that use beer. Cooking with beer is not something a lot of home cooks are used to although it is becoming more common.…

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BEHIND THE LINE


Quick hits of silliness Sometimes being in a restaurant or in the kitchen of one is so overwhelming your “smarts” depart. It could be the heat of the stoves or the third glass of wine with dinner, either way we can’t all be geniuses all of the time, now, can we? In that spirit here are a few quick stories…

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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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