Thursday, September 5, 2013

Girls Getaway to New Brunswick - Fredericton

Fredericton was our last stop, where we spoke to an up-and-coming chef, Shane Bauer, who has Blue Door, where he aims to cook comfortable food with Maritime flavor. With his pastry background, Shane’s new desserts like yuzu steamed pudding with lemon curd and blueberries and chocolate truffle cake were outstanding. Make sure to save room for sweets, which is easier said than done when the entrée is confit braised lamb shoulder with pea mint risotto and local goat cheese. 
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The most conveniently located hotel in town is the Crowne Plaza, right on the St. John River, next to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and across the street from the local theater, The Fredericton Playhouse. Before dashing off to the airport the next morning, I had breakfast at Fredericton Farmer’s Market, the most impressive market I visited in New Brunswick. The whole town of 55,000 seemed to be milling about and supporting local farmers, bakers and artisans. I tried tiny wild blueberries, handcrafted dark chocolate bonbons and a great lobster roll for a well-rounded morning meal.

New Brunswick is great for a road trip, since the drive from town to town is easy, with lots to see along the way. For artsy ladies, there’s the Fundy Studio Tour, where you can visit artist galleries’ and even stay at their studios. Perhaps the expansive seaside landscape will inspire your own artwork. I can see myself coming back for an extended stay at St. Andrews, maybe once the Algonquin is renovated! I had a chance to tour the under construction hotel, and we are already looking forward to the luxurious room, champagne sunset receptions and spa treatments using local honey and sea salt. The resort’s soft opening is in October with a full opening in spring 2014 and it’s the only all-inclusive resort in town.

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