Issue 3: Eat, Play, Love Porter Style
Mill Market, Sault Ste. Marie | millmarket.ca
Crowds flock to this charming market, just off the Hub Trail, for goodies like Agawa Fisheries’ savoury smoked trout, handmade crafts by local artisans, and naturally-fermented sourdough loaves from Stillcroft Farm and Bakehouse on St. Joseph Island.
Summer bounty alert: Late June brings forth the sweetest berries, courtesy of Thompson Strawberry Farm.
Heartbeat Hot Sauce, Thunder Bay | heartbeathotsauce.com
T-Bay, your secret is out. Al Bourbouhakis and Nancy Shaw make some of the best hot sauce this side of the Rio Grande. They craft it in small batches, using traditional fermentation and natural ingredients. “It’s a balance of heat and flavour, but also acidity and sweetness,” says Bourbouhakis. “The lime juice provides brightness, and the red habanero has a beautiful, fruity aroma.” His insider tip? “We put it on peanut butter toast — a must-try!” Snap up a bottle before everyone else catches on.
Amano, Toronto | eatamano.com
Chef Michael Angeloni’s passion for pasta came to life in his nonna’s basement. “There’d be nine kids, with one rolling the dough. It was a production,” he recalls. “We’d dry the pasta on clothes hangers, make food for the whole neighbourhood. It was like a show.”
Nonna’s spirit clearly presides over Angeloni’s buzzy open concept eatery in the rejuvenated Union Station. “Our tagliatelle with San Marzano tomato sauce is pretty much what I ate as a kid,” he says, laughing. “The Brick lasagne is hers, too, except I add smoked provolone.”
But the chef’s interests go beyond revisiting the past. His campanelle with Dungeness crab and pancetta cream feels French inspired, while Ontario-sourced prosciutto gets an unorthodox kick from compressed pickled cantaloupe, mint and chilies. Bottom line? Everything is undeniably delicious. Nonna would be proud.
Delish Gourmet Rolled Ice Cream, Fredericton | @delishicecream on Facebook
Forget that boring old plain cone. The Thai-style, curlicued ice cream treats at Delish are a sweet step up, handmade in 20 drool-worthy flavours. Dive into Mint Cookie Crush, Rockier Road, Rainbow Sprinkle or Candy Bar Crave.
Sandwich Brewing Co., Windsor | @sandwichbrewing on Facebook
Everybody knows the best part of the sandwich is what’s inside, so it’s no surprise that Sandwich Brewing’s new space is so sweet. Housed in a restored heritage block, the microbrewery offers a tasty roster of IPAs, porters, stouts and easy-drinking ales. The cozy digs feature exposed brick, warm-hued wood and a gorgeous tin ceiling.
The Watch That Ends the Night, Halifax | thewatchthatendsthenight.com
Named after Hugh MacLennan’s CanLit classic, this Dartmouth resto-bar boasts a stellar cocktail program, house-made charcuterie and ferments, plus retro classics like shrimp cocktail and French onion dip. The scenic views of Halifax Harbour are free.
Newfoundland Cider Company, St. John’s, NFLD @NewfoundlandCiderCo
In the fall of 2017, the Rock’s first cidery cranked out its inaugural batch, culled from Newfoundland’s wild and neglected apple orchards, and it’s been gathering steam and thirsty fans ever since.
Try the Forager: hand picked, hand pressed and magically transformed by two years in bourbon barrels.
Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa | ingeniumcanada.org/scitech
After an $80-million renovation that closed the museum for more than three years, this cutting-edge institution reopens with a slew of new interactive exhibits. Immerse yourselves in quantum mechanics and wearable tech, Artifact Alley and the kids’ innovation zone.
Gibson + Luce, New York | lifehotel.com/#eat
January saw the reopening of this Prohibition watering hole, rumoured to have housed a speakeasy for Life magazine staffers, among them Charles Dana Gibson and Henry R. Luce. Journalism has changed since then, but you can still descend the staircase and relive the glory days. You’ll be fortified by strong drink and a devil-may-care menu, including knishes fried in goose fat with caviar, and merguez meatball pizza.
Bharti Kher at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, April 20–Sept. 9, Montréal | dhc-art.org
There’s always plenty to explore on the picturesque streets of Old Montréal, but DHC/ART’s latest exhibition gives visitors an even greater incentive to make the trip downtown. The show features mesmerizing bindi paintings and sari-draped “portrait sculptures” by the Delhi-based artist, whose work has garnered international acclaim over the past 20 years.
American Writers Museum, Chicago | americanwritersmuseum.org
Bookworms and aspiring scribes, take note(s): This is your new go-to for all things literary. Explore galleries devoted to American authors and the writer’s process. Catch a book talk or a reading, and search for illuminated quotations in the Word Waterfall. Don’t forget to add your own sentence to the museum’s Story of the Day — a novel experience indeed.