St. Paddy’s Day at the Belgravia (with some photos from Brazil)

Before he left for Brazil, we had asked Evan if he wanted to curl in a bonspiel taking place in the Annapolis Valley this weekend. I was a bit surprised when his response was, ‘But that’s St. Patrick’s Day. Aren’t we doing something?” Our last name, McDonah, is Irish, and D’Arcy’s father’s family came from Killarney, in County Clare, Ireland. Each year, we usually get together with family and friends (and some years, guests!) and host a Guinness inspired meal. I didn’t realize this had become an event the family looks forward to so much.

When I asked for menu suggestions, they came up with burgers. “Patties” for St. Paddy’s! We invited my parents and I made lamb burgers and sweet potato buns. They were really good – the recipe came from Canadian Living and can be found by clicking here: Sweet Potato Rolls. We also barbequed potatoes, carrots & onions, and my mom had brought a salad. I cooked mushrooms & red onions in Guinness to top the burgers. For dessert, we had shamrock shaped cookies and mint-chocolate-chip ice cream while watching a slide show of Evan’s photos from Brazil. There was coffee & Bailey’s for the adults. We ended the evening playing a short version of Pictionary.

I leave you with a few of our favorite photos from Evan’s trip:

First glimpses of Brazil

Evan's Brazilian families - we love them!

The beach in Santos

View from Monte Serrat

View of Santos from Monte Serrat

Evan and Scott at City Hall

They made the paper!

Learning to surf

Surfing!

A view of the rain forest, taken from the home of Jean Piaget's Principal's mother.

Endless beach

Rainforest

Ruins in the rainforest

Culina Dea

D’Arcy and I had a chance to get out on a date Saturday night.  His sister-in-law is the lead singer in a band and they were playing at the Curling Club in Halifax.  Friday was my birthday, so we had organized with my parents to come and house-sit so we could go out to dinner and take in a couple of sets at the dance to celebrate.

We decided that instead of eating in Halifax, we would go to a local restaurant, located about a fifteen minute walk down Prince Street from our B&B.  It’s called Culina Dea and it was great.  We highly recommend it!

We arrived there fairly early, at about 5:30, since we still had to drive an hour to get to Halifax, and were the only people there.  The atmosphere is very fresh & welcoming with beautiful artwork on the walls.  We were pleasantly surprised to discover that Hannah, one of our neighbours who has looked after the house for us on occasion, is home from university and was our server.

We had a hard time choosing what to have from the menu because it all sounded so good, but we settled on Lobster Risotto and a Mixed Green Salad with Julienned Apples to start.  (I could have eaten a whole bowl of the lobster risotto as a meal!)  I chose the Parmesan & Herb Pan-fried Haddock with Sweet Potato Risotto and Sugar-snap Peas, while D’Arcy chose their Indian Special, a Tandoori Chicken.  It was all good, but I could have licked D’Arcy’s plate clean if that sort of thing wasn’t frowned upon!  For dessert, we shared a piece of homemade Coconut Cheesecake with a Guava Puree.  Delicious!

Two other tables came in while we were there, and one of them turned out to be a couple that was staying at The Belgravia with us!  We chatted with them for a few minutes and they told us they always eat at Culina Dea when they are in Truro because it is always good.

We will definitely keep a copy of their menu on hand to recommend to our guests and I can’t wait until we get a chance to go again!!

http://www.culinadea.com/aboutus.html

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Valentine’s Day at Neenamo’s Restaurant

There is a wonderful, relatively new restaurant, located just a block  from The Belgravia called Neenamo’s.  The chef we often use when we have catered events is working his magic there on Valentine’s Day this year and the menu looks divine!  They are having two seatings, one at 5:30 and one at 8:30, so reservations are recommended.  

Valentine’s Day Menu

              ~To Begin~

Honey Roasted Carrot & Brie Soup

or

Potato with Bacon and Leek  Puree

And then…

Amaretto Scallops

or

Baked Goat Cheese with Toasted Baguette

~Next Course~

Warm Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

or

Cucumber Wrapped Green Salad with Tomato Concasse Raspberry & Cracked Peppercorn Dressing

~The Main Event~

Prosciutto & Boccocini Stuffed Chicken Breast

Saffron Cream, Duchess Potato, Seasonal Vegetable

or

Scallop Stuffed Salmon

Crisp Risotto Cake, Seasonal Vegetable

Warm Crab & Cumin Drizzle

or

Vegetarian Choice (TBA)

~Something Sweet~

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Newfie Screech Sauce Vanilla Ice Cream

or

Flour-less Chocolate Kahlua Cake

Warm Chocolate Sauce

Ice Cream

 5 courses $45.00/person

2 seatings 530 & 830 (only)

Service will be cruise ship style

Reservations are strongly suggested as time and space are limited.
*Price does not include tax or gratuity

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