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Prince Edward Island

Guided by Locals: Sea and Spirits in PEI with Chef Michael Smith

Clam digging in PEI. Photo courtesy of Tourism PEI/John Sylvester.

By Kat Tancock

It’s no secret that Prince Edward Island, Canada’s tiny eastern island province, produces some of the best oysters on earth. But did you know you can dive for your dinner? Or that PEI has two homegrown distilleries? Local chef and national TV personality Michael Smith fills us in. (more…)

Glenda Burt of PEI’s Home Place Inn & Restaurant

By Waheeda Harris

A native of Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Glenda Burt discovered her love of cooking as a child, working in her parent’s restaurant and bakery. She attended Holland College’s culinary course where she received her Red Seal. In 1997, Burt opened The Home Place Inn & Restaurant in a beautiful 1915 house. Her menu reflects stylishly presented traditional Island dishes using local produce, seafood and beef. Chef Burt provides fresh meat pies to Alantic Superstores and Sobeys on Prince Edward Island. She was the recipient of the coveted People’s Choice Award during the PEI Fall Flavours Festival in 2008.

How do you feel about the local-food focus on Prince Edward Island?

I love the focus on “buy local”. My cousin has a certified organic farm in Pisquid. He and his family raise turkeys, beef, pork, geese, lamb and grow many vegetables, herbs and fruits. It’s amazing the work that they put into their farm. They are so passionate about what they produce, much the same as I [am] with the food in my restaurant.

What local PEI specialties do you recommend to visitors?

I always recommend the preserves at the PEI Preserve Company located in New Glasgow. Bruce MacNaugton took an old creamery and turned it into a jam-making business. The Clyde River flows alongside his restaurant/preserve company and the location is very beautiful!

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One Day, Three Meals: Charlottetown, PEI

© Tourism PEI

By Cynthia Dennis

Breakfast

Casa Mia Café, 131 Queen Street [map]

If you’re not quite feeling the greasy diner, but you’re not exactly on the yogurt-and-granola train, Casa Mia Café in downtown Charlottetown is where you’ll find hearty, healthy flavours in dishes like potato pancakes with ham, cheddar and green onion or the full country breakfast with local sausage and house-recipe potato hash. Owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team, Casa Mia is one of the only joints in town serving a proper latte or cappuccino to accompany your traditional breakfast with an upscale twist. Big tables and Wi-Fi are added perks. Spread out, relax and, for the love of Pete, order a side of potatoes made with caramelized onions.

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Thunder Cove, Prince Edward Island

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers. Share your adventures by joining our Flickr Group so we can easily find you. We’ll credit you and link to your photo. If you have a particular theme you’d like us to showcase, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Thunder Cove, Prince Edward Island. Photo by Michael Baglole.

Why we chose it: The photographer used flashlights to illuminate the red boulders that frame this lovely shot of PEI’s north-central shore. Near-perfect symmetry, unbelievably rich colour, and a creative use of light…it was love at first click.