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Pearls of Wisdom

I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

Let’s face it, it was a crappy summer for just about anyone who counts on summer business. For one, the weather was the pits; there was more rain than sunshine, and there were more book days than beach days. Not only that, but the tourists just didn’t seem to be around in their usual numbers, even though the PEI marketing machine went into overdrive to sell
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A Place Downtown

I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

It wasn’t that long ago that Fouad Haddad was toiling away, fixing and selling used computers, and renting DVDs to a handful customers at his Grafton Street hub, Variety Video. He’d been doing just that for at least fifteen years. However, deep down, Fouad wanted a change. He was tired of the daily grind, and he wanted to explore new avenues. So, he turned his
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Two Sundays in a Row

I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

Don’t get me wrong, I love Mount Stewart. Love might too strong a word, actually. I like Mount Stewart…about as much as like canned corn, which is a surprising amount. It straddles the East Hillsborough River, which is good, but the Legion is shut down, which is not. The gas station is handy by times, but the infamous mosquitoes are a pain. It’s a town of
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Doing It Right


I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

But how did we get here? How did we get to this place where farmers can’t afford to farm, and, increasingly, people have a hard time affording food? The price of oil plays a role for sure, and industrial agriculture’s unsustainable nature has reared its head. But more than anything, its because we’ve moved too far away from self-sustenance, from that era where
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Urban Renewal

I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

It’s just after 10 am. The morning has been busy with all the curve balls work can throw my way. There are phone calls to return, meetings to attend, research to be completed and fire-sticks to juggle. But as busy as I am, there’s one thought on my mind that doesn’t have a thing to do with work. It’s 10 am and I’m already thinking about lunch. Where will I go?
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Wings of Desire


I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

For about a year now a close friend and I have been enjoying after work pints on Tuesdays. I’m not sure why we get together on Tuesdays, maybe it’s a way of pre-empting hump day, maybe it’s been two days since the weekend and our livers are getting bored. Either way, it’s become a tradition of sorts. We usually meet up at around a quarter-to-five at one of
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Simply Pleasurable


I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a classy dining room to yourself and ten of your closest friends? Wouldn’t it be sweet if you could have a meal prepared for you, in said dining room, by your own personal chef? What if you could bring wine or beer to the affair and have it poured for you at no charge? Would you go? Would you consider inviting other
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Hamburger Heaven


I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

I’m a big fan of the hamburger. Two pieces of bread, a quarter pound of cooked beef, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles and onion come together to make one of the world’s favorite foods. There’s really only one other food where so many ingredients can be used to make something so delicious; pizza. I like to think I
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Local, Organic and Fresh

One Great Thing
by Ann Thurlow

All I really want is a nice little drive and a good lunch. What I am not expecting to find is a place that embodies everything I believe is important about food. Okay, I’m a little tedious on the subject. But what’s not to like about local, organic and fresh? And right there, at the Finnan Haddie Bistro, I find it all. At this pretty and unpretentious little diner in
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The Problem with Summer

I’m Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

Tourist season is always an exciting time for Island foodies like myself. New restaurants are opening along with those that have been closed for the last six months. New chefs and cooks are inventing new tastes for everyone to enjoy. And in general the Island turns into a small paradise full of food options for even the most discerning palette. It’s truly a
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