Crescent Beach: A Runner’s Dream

Welcome to Crescent Beach on Nova Scotia's South ShoreIf Rissers Beach is my favourite swimming spot, Crescent Beach is my favourite running spot. Although Crescent Beach is a beautiful place I’ve never come here to swim, always passing it by for Rissers, its more amenable neighbour beach with the ice cream, real washrooms, changing facilities, and picnic tables.

It wasn’t until I took up running that I began to truly appreciate Crescent Beach.

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Coffee and Friends, Fredericton

Coffee and Friends Fredericton NBCoffee and Friends has to be the most under-appreciated cafe in Fredericton.

This humble spot, with its patio right on King Street (great for people watching), was one of my first finds in Fredericton, and it’s still one of my favourites.

The brewed coffee is divine – possibly the best I’ve had in Fredericton. That’s probably due to the beans being roasted in small batches right at the cafe – on sunny days you can usually see the roaster in action! Continue reading

Le Cavalier Noir at the Chess Piece Pâtisserie & Cafe

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Le Cavalier Noir at Chess Piece Cafe and PatisserieThis was almost too pretty to eat.

The Chess Piece Facebook page says of this dessert: “Le Cavalier Noir is a decadent cake made with layers chocolate sponge cake and praline royale (hazelnut and milk chocolate), enveloped in bittersweet dark chocolate mousse. The entire cake is glazed in dark chocolate, and garnished with our chocolate chess piece logo.

But the girl at the counter just said, “it’s CHOCOLATE“, managing to convey in one word that this was not just any chocolate, but the absolute pinnacle of chocolate-ness it is possible to achieve on Earth.

She was right.

Go eat one, now.

Rissers Beach Provincial Park: My favourite beach

A slow day at Rissers BeachNothing says “vacation” like going to the beach, and there’s no beach in Nova Scotia I like quite as much as Rissers Beach.

While Nova Scotia’s South Shore is bordered by some of the province’s most beautiful swimming spots, Rissers Beach stands out because of the kilometre-long sandy beach, relatively warm water, amenities and its boardwalk.

If you’re a camper, it’s even better, because you can camp right beside this beautiful beach! Continue reading