Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Taste of Home

Lately I have had a few homesick moments. I have been in Cape Breton for more than a year, and I love it. It is rural, and relaxed, and there is real community. I have really blossomed here, and so have the kids. But lately there has been a little bit of longing for the treats we used to have at home.
We all miss the Saturday farmers market in Fredericton, with its delicious samosas and pastries. The Coffee from Whitney's, and the many wonderful vendors selling everything from handmade craft, to homemade cookies, and imported cheeses, to Birkenstock shoes.  The Boyce Farmers Market is definitely the social/shopping epicentre for my hometown.
The other thing I miss is a good microbrew beer. Don't get me wrong Nova Scotia does its Garrison quite well. But Cape Breton has no microbrewery of its own. And I have been missing my weekly Picaroons. So when I saw this today, well I had to do a little jig and pick up a six pack. Yup, its true, a good, microbrewed import from the land of plenty Moncton ,NB, I bring you Pumphouse Brewery's Fire Chief's Red Ale. Perfect for testing out my new celtic stamped beer mug.

Too Yummy.


  1. Gorgeous mug! Nothing beats a microbrew. I'm a Propellor junkie myself!

  2. this represents the true dilemma i've been struggling with for years. i grew up rural and now i'm in an urban environment... i would love to move to someplace more rural and remote, say nova scotia, but the convenience and amenities of things like microbrews are hard to give up

  3. It is a trade off. Cape Breton Island is the most beautiful place I have ever been, and it is full of artists and musicians. It really surprizes me that we have no Micro breweries. I think the nearest is in Halifax, about a five hour drive from my place.
    We do compensate by having pub nights, and we can get a few good beers in bottles. Mostly we stock up when we trek back to NB to visit family.