Hi From Nova Scotia: Dining At The Fort House Dining establishment
My see to the Port-Royal Habitation had actually given me excellent understanding into the life and hardships of the early French inhabitants. It had been a complete day so far, from my early morning explorations at the Grand Pré National Historic Site, my drive through the Annapolis Valley, my walking tour through Annapolis Royal consisting of a quick check out to Fort Anne and the Historic Gardens – I had already seen a lot and worked up rather a hunger along the method.
So in the late afternoon I arrived at my residence for the night: The Fort Home Bed and Breakfast, located right across the street from Fort Anne and the Garrison Graveyard. The perfect spot for my evening’s expeditions. I checked in and among the wait personnel kindly helped me carry my travel luggage as much as the 2nd floor of this historical Victorian estate. I calmed down in my comfy space, and started checking my messages from the convenient wireless network offered at the Fort House. I attempted to capture a little a rest but by about 7:30 pm it was time for supper.
I walked downstairs to the first stage which houses the dining establishment consisting of a huge cooking area and three dining spaces holding 45 clients. I sat in a relaxing corner by the window dealing with the church next door. The dining establishment is open from early May to the end of October and Fodor’s has suggested the Garrison House Restaurant as the best place to consume in the location. The menu includes a choice of fish and seafood meals such as lobster salad, Norah’s Acadian Seafood Chowder, fresh Digby scallops and other delicacies such as a wild mushroom risotto, a Vietnamese coconut milk curry, lemon-grass Thai chicken and much more.
To begin my meal I enjoyed a delicious house salad followed by a Maritime favourite: pan-fried haddock, captured not far off the coastline of Nova Scotia. The atmosphere was positive, a number of couples were dining and I had a chance to talk with the chef for a bit. Norah Folks has worked at the Garrison House for the last 20 years and filled me in on the culinary details of this dining establishment. She discussed that she and owner Patrick Redgrave who also cooks, prepare all the meals fresh and from scratch, making use of as lots of local ingredients as possible. My haddock for the evening for example, originated from the Bay of Fundy.
Norah informed me about a brand-new pattern in food preparation: the focus is on conventional food with a twist. For instance she would serve a rice pudding with a Chai (Chinese tea) flavour. She mentioned that the Garrison Home changes its menu on a regular basis, and flavours and spices also differ. About 30 % of the restaurants at the Garrison House are locals while 70 % are travelers from other locations.
As a chef, Norah mentioned that she is enthusiastic about taking care of her visitors and whenever she or owner Patrick go taking a trip, they constantly return with new flavours teasing the palate of their consumers. It is available in convenient that Norah has lived in Vancouver and been exposed to that city’s ethnic dining establishments, including Greek, Italian, Chinese and Japanese food.
When I asked her about living in Annapolis Royal, Norah discussed that she is a local maritimer and enjoys the calm, easy-going life-style. Lots of artists have recognized the appeal of this town and set up workshops and galleries here. The King’s Theatre provides theatrical home entertainment in the summertime, and Norah likewise informed me about the Tidal Getting Plant, among only 2 such electrical power producing plants worldwide. I decided that I would have to see this special power station tomorrow early morning.
But now after this pleasurable dinner, it was time for my next adventure: the Annapolis Royal Graveyard Tour at the Fort Cemetery across the street, led by regional celebrity and history professional Alan Melanson.