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Guest Post: Sunrise Trail

18 Jul

Editor’s note: I’m often compared to my father, but clearly I got my interests in writing and exploring from my mother.  @GillianWesleyNS and I were very pleasantly surprised when my mother sent us this post.  Thanks Mum, looking forward to more guest posts from you!


It’s a beautiful Friday morning, the sun is shining and the birds are singing.  Best of all I am off work for a three day weekend.  A good day to enjoy some of our beautiful countryside.  Called my Mum and she was game to go.  The male half of the Local Traveler’s grandmother is 86 and always a good traveler herself as he can attest to, having traveled with her to France a number of years ago.  Maybe that is another story to be told.

Our destination is Tatamagouche.  A nice little trip up the Sunrise Trail in northeastern Nova Scotia along Highway 6.   I packed my little “aim and shoot” thinking I would be the FIRST  guest blogger – thanks Mike Finley, I should have written my blog earlier in the week but you had a great post. Continue reading


The Bistro – New Glasgow

6 Jun

After our wildly popular and much debated post on Pictou County pizza, we have decided to return to PC to check out some of the other dining options.  If a slice isn’t what you’re in the mood for and it’s a special occasion or you’re just looking to treat yourself, you really can’t do any better than The Bistro.

Owned and operated by chef Rob and host Heather, The Bistro has become the jewel of Pictou County fine dining.  Centrally located on Archimedes Street, it is fairly unassuming from the outside, but warm and welcoming on the inside.  This perfectly reflects Rob and Heather’s approach to the dining experience: don’t put on airs, just deliver the best possible dining experience in a comfortable environment.

And do they deliver!  Heather is very knowledgeable on a wide range of wines and cocktails, making sure that your meal is perfectly complemented.  Rob changes his menu seasonally, and we’ve noted that since our last visit he has made considerable effort to source his food locally.

You get what you pay for at the Bistro, so expect to treat yourself.  With that said, we recommend starting with what is probably the most bang for your buck item on the menu, the tomato feta soup with basil ($6).  Entrees range from $19-$36, but if you warmed up with the soup, we suggest going for the gusto with your main course.  The beef tenderloin with your choice of port peppercorn sauce or chevre & onion ($34) and the rack of lamb crusted with lemon, oregano and garlic ($36) are definite standouts on this menu.  You also have the option of trying one of the pastas that fall in the $12-$19 range.

There is a dessert selection for every sweets preference, including chocolate, apple cinnamon and fresh berries.  We fed our crème brulée addiction and were very satisfied.  You will never be disappointed at the Bistro but remember to come expecting to spend some money to treat yourself and book early as this place is popular!