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.

New Brunswick Highland Games Festival

New Brunswick Highland Games at Old Government House, in FrederictonIt’s difficult to imagine a better setting for the provincial New Brunswick Highland Games Festival.  Government House in Fredericton, with its imposing building, sweeping lawns, and centuries-old trees soaring overhead, is at once awe-inspiring and relaxing.

Highland games are a celebration of Scottish culture, and they’re held throughout the world. The New Brunswick Highland Games is a comprehensive affair with competitions in bagpiping, drumming, heavy events (more on this later), and highland dancing alongside a Scottish festival featuring entertainment, clan booths, and a variety of workshops (Gaelic for beginners, a beer-tasting workshop, and a heavy events workshop where you could try your hand at turning a caber were among this year’s highlights). Throw in some food vendors and a kid’s corner, and you’ve got something for everyone. Continue reading

5 things to love about the trail system in Oromocto & Fredericton

The Fredericton Riverfront trail systemLiving near the Trans Canada Trail is one of our favourite things about moving to Oromocto. This section of the trail runs right from Oromocto all the way into Fredericton, and traverses some stunning scenery along the way.

Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, or walker, you’ll find adding some time on the trails while you’re in the Fredericton area soothes the nerves, lets you see New Brunswick at its finest, and encourages you to explore (and isn’t that what travel is all about?).  Continue reading

Chess Piece Cafe: New Pâtisserie in Fredericton

Chesspiece-Cafe2If the buzz on Twitter is any indication, the Chess Piece Pâtisserie & Cafe is the hottest thing to open in downtown Fredericton since we moved here almost a year ago.

Intrigued by the buzz (and the promise of sugary deliciousness), I popped in recently for a business meeting and was delighted to find I’d stepped into a bright, sophisticated space – on looks alone, the Chess Piece cafe has carved out a distinct niche. Downtown Fredericton has several great cafes, but none quite as refined as this. Continue reading