Author Archives : Rod Weatherbie

Made from maple wood, the Banjo Knife fits easily into the hand | photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

BANJO: NOT JUST A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT


Handcrafted oyster knives created by champion shucker find niche market Jason Woodside is a lot of things: skate punk, oysterman, dishwasher, restaurateur, musician, champion oyster shucker, and now a knife maker. An oyster knife in particular, but a knife that brings all of Woodside’s past and interests into one beautiful little thing. “So I started shucking in 1998, and then…

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Bad food and service are as international as men of mystery. This month features three stories from across the ocean in the mythical land of hobbits and Gordon Ramsey. As always, names have been changed to protect the innocent, except for that cat. He deserves it (he was actually a good kitty). Toasted Tomato Sandwich I could be a picky…

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Cheese sticks, eggrolls, and Blue: ill-prepared, ill-conceived, and illogical. Some people shouldn’t be allowed in a kitchen. Some people shouldn’t be allowed in bars. And some people shouldn’t be allowed out in public without a chaperone. These are their stories. That’s not how that’s done There was this great little takeaway near my first apartment. It was simple stuff. Sandwiches,…

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WINNING WITH BEAUTIFUL BEER


Bogside Brewing cleans up at recent Atlantic Canadian Brewing Awards in Halifax Bogside Brewing in Montague came out of the gates ready to win, and win it did. At the recent Atlantic Canadian Brewing Awards in Halifax the brewery picked up six awards; half of the total awards won by Island brewers. We sat down with Bogside owner David McGuire…

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Dirty feet, thieves, drinks, and a wretched hive of scum and villainy Well it’s a new year so let’s look at some timeless stories. I’m sure you have your own (and I would love to share them here so please send them in), but first, here are a couple of tales. One of them is mine and the others were…

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Ho Ho Ho… ly Moly We all have some funny beliefs about food. Whether that’s based on where in the world you grew up*, or what your grandmother told you**, or something you saw on Netflix***, there’s no getting away from misconceptions. The fun part is that you don’t even know you’re wrong until it’s too late. Sometimes that realization…

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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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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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