Issue 4: Eat, Play, Love Porter Style
Our Fathers Delicatessen, Boston | ourfathersboston.com
Boston, get ready. This modern Jewish deli — brought
to life by the folks behind Franklin Café, Citizen Public House and Tasty Burger — serves up a lip-smacking mix of tastes.
La Gaspésienne 51, Québec City | lagaspesienne51.ca
The folks behind Les Pêcheries Raymond Desbois Seafood, a multi-generational family business, have opened a resto to showcase the province’s ocean delicacies. Keep your eyes peeled for such seasonal goodies as northern shrimp, Atlantic halibut, turbot, and Trésor du Large oysters from the Îsles de la Madeleine.
Moosehead Small Batch Brewery and Taproom, Saint John | moosehead.ca
Moosehead suds are ubiquitous in bars across the country, but novelty and experimentation reign supreme at the company’s new small-batch facility. Sample unique limited edition brews in the taproom, then stock up on one-offs and classics in the retail shop next door.
Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Chicago | greenmilljazz.com
Once frequented by Charlie Chaplin and Al Capone, this uptown girl is 111 years young, and she shows no sign of slowing down. Step under the old-school neon sign and into a bona fide slice of local music history, with stellar jazz shows every night of the week. The Sunday-night poetry slam has been going strong since 1987.
Cave Adventure with Cycle Solutions, Stephenville | cyclesolutions.ca
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to begin our descent … into the intricate cathedral cave systems and subterranean streams near Corner Brook. This outfitter customizes tours for all ages and abilities, with plenty of small, squeezy passages for more adventurous spelunkers.
Summer’s over, but these lively East Coast festivals are just revving up.
Halifax Pop Explosion, Oct. 17–20
Rock out at the East Coast’s first, best music fest, spread out over more than 15 venues. Catch CupcakKe, Sean Leon, DJ Shub and more.
Devour! Food Film Festival, Oct. 24–28, Wolfville, N.S.
Eat up the program at Canada’s largest event dedicated to films about food. Enjoy tasting tours, workshops and food parties.
Fall Migration at Point Pelee National Park, Windsor | parkscanada.gc.ca/pelee
Just an hour’s drive from Windsor, the park serves as a major rest stop for hundreds of thousands of avian travellers and butterflies as they head south
for the winter. We caught up with resource conservation manager Ken Kingdon to find out who’s taking flight.
The spring migration gets a ton of press. What’s the fall migration like?
Fall is quieter, and the changing foliage provides a beautiful backdrop. Birding at this time of year can be a challenge, as the birds aren’t singing, and their plumage is less distinct than in spring. Migrating butterfly species, such as monarchs and painted ladies, are more concentrated in the fall as they wait for good weather before flying south.
Which birds are only visible during the fall migration?
This is the best time to see birds of prey. September is great for sharp-shinned Cooper’s and broad-winged hawks. In early October, you can spot peregrine falcons, and, by the end of the month, golden eagles start to move through. Blue jays also traverse the area in large numbers in the fall.
It’s the park’s 100th anniversary. How will you celebrate?
Point Pelee is excited about its centennial program. Art at the oTENTik features local artisans at work, and a Harvest Feast takes place on Oct. 13, in partnership with Caldwell First Nation.
O’Brien House, Ottawa | theobrienhouse.ca
Perched in the Gatineau hills overlooking Meech Lake, and built in 1930 by industrialist John Ambrose O’Brien, the long-vacant mansion was reborn this past March. We’re drooling over the property’s 11 elegantly restored guest rooms and two tree houses. But the big draws are the fine dining, with executive chef Patrick Marion at the helm; and the Canadiana Room, where treasures from the National Capital Commission’s Crown collection are on display. Owner Robert Milling explains: “The furnishings are from the official residence’s collection, and the art is like a tour of Canadian history and geography. It’s pretty special.”
And what of the O’Brien’s proximity to a certain prime minister’s summer residence? Can we expect a spontaneous, possibly shirtless, sighting? “Well, I have seen the Trudeaus a few times on the road,” says Milling with a laugh. “Let me put it this way. We’re the closest restaurant to their cottage. You never know.”
Usva Spa Nordik, Moncton | usva.ca
Opened this past March by three intrepid moms, Moncton’s first Nordic-style spa features 15,000 square feet (1,400 square metres) of therapeutic saunas, massage therapy rooms, a hot pool, a cold plunge pool and a bistro. Total relaxation commences in three … two … one.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto | moca.ca
After a three-year wait, fans of contemporary art have plenty to take in
this fall at MOCA’s grand reopening. The gorgeously renovated Tower Automotive heritage building, in the West Queen West arts district, has new exhibitions spread
out over five floors, and free programming happens on the main level. We’re smitten.