We had the pleasure of having brunch at a local watering hole/hole in the wall in the Alexandra - Marconi neighbourhood of Montreal a couple weeks ago while visiting Vanessa’s family. We met up with our friend Camille, owner of Allume, who knew we were hungry and looking for the best vegetarian food that didn’t feel like vegetarian food; she also raved about their fake pulled pork. By the way Camille described it, we were expecting a new restaurant/cafe but when we arrived to our surprise, this was a trip back to any Quebecer’s childhood. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted with the smell of delicious hot sandwiches, soups, salads and espresso. The whole space is literally a vintage bodega/convenience store with a dinner setup inside, the tables hidden within the shelfs of inventory and stock. The staff were super welcoming and provided great service. I came back the next day by myself because I didn’t wan’t to play around: I needed the Halloumi sandwich ASAP. Shout out to our awesome server who was a fellow east coaster from Fredricton, NB!
Alright, so I don't claim to be any sort of a foodie, food writer, or food blogger hence why my actual written portions of my posts are short and sweet. I prefer to let the photos speak for themselves and with that I present Terre Rouge. It's an incredible craft kitchen based located in downtown Charlottetown with their focus on local, organic, good food done well. Chef Lucy Morrow recently took over the executive chef position and I was pleasantly surprised walking in to find she was running the ship in the back of house. Lucy, along with the incredible staff at TR, treated us to an incredible culinary journey with a very warming heap of PEI hospitality. We ended up coming in during a slow portion of the night and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We started with an INSANE charcuterie board with what seemed like every possible combination of meats, cheeses, and pickled goods available at our fingertips. It then quickly moved to these mouth watering Ketchup Chip inspired hot wings with this garlic aioli that our awesome server so correctly put it " Aioli so good you can drink it". Our main dish was another mouth watering brined + grilled local bbq Pork Loin with Potato Chips, Spruce BBQ Sauce and Miso Butter Corn + Bacon. Vanessa had Smoked Eggplant Curry with lavender basmati rice, peas, pineapple, carrots, peanuts and crispy potatoes. Lucy surprised us with some freshly spun raspberry sorbet with island honey and caramel sauce with crushed pecans and other sweet stuff. We can't forget that we had a lot of No Boats On Sunday Cider and there was no shortage here. If you're in Charlottetown and want to experience a upper level of craft dining, don't skip on Terre Rouge.