Author Archives : Rod Weatherbie

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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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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KUDOS TO THE INN AT BAY FORTUNE’S FIREWORKS


Island restaurant makes Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants listing—moving up to take the 62nd place for 2019 The Inn at Bay Fortune’s FireWorks is the only Island restaurant to make it onto Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list this year. Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants announced last month the 2019 ranking of Canada’s best restaurants as voted by 98 food critics, leading chefs,…

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MOTH LANE LOOKING AT EXPANSION


Owner Eric Wagner increasing production with bottled ales at the PEILCC coming this spring When Eric Wagner started making beer he was doing it to please himself and share some interesting ales with friends. He is still making beer with that in mind, it’s just become a little bigger. His brewery, Moth Lane Brewing, is undergoing some changes that will…

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BEHIND THE LINE


Stories from the worst kitchens in the world Weird complaints are just, well, weird. Sometimes they stem from ignorance or a misunderstanding of how food or restaurants work and sometimes from just plain madness. Burnt enough for ya? Years ago I worked at a large chain hotel’s restaurant. It was mostly good work but we would get some very particular…

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THE MAYOR OF TYNE VALLEY, & KING OF OYSTERS


Jeff Noye and Damien Enman want you to come to their kitchen and feel like you’re home Tyne Valley is the perfect place for an oyster business. “This is the centre of the oyster universe,” Jeff Noye, co-owner of Valley Pearl Oysters (and mayor of Tyne Valley) said. “Even the rink here sells fried oysters. It’s on the regular menu.”…

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