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.

Best Coast Coffee Gallery

Beast Coast Coffee Gallery in Broad Cove, Nova ScotiaOn Highway 331 between Liverpool and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, there’s a tiny community called Broad Cove. We drive through it often when exploring the scenic South Shore, and every time we pass the Best Coast Coffee Gallery I say – out loud – “we’ve got to check that place out sometime.”

After a morning run on Crescent Beach last week, Gary pronounced that it was finally “sometime”. Running on the beach is hard work, and neither of us had eaten yet (although I was still full from the previous night’s Lobster Linguini at Magnolia’s Grill in Lunenburg, to be honest).

The Best Coast Coffee Gallery’s traditional building with its quintessentially South Shore decorations (brightly coloured Adirondack chairs are to the South Shore what flying the US flag in your yard is to Maine) just looks like a friendly place to stop. 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

LaHave Bakery, Nova Scotia

Leaving my mother’s cottage in East Port Medway, Highway 331 winds along the Lighthouse Route on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, whisking us past the green lawns and carefully tended flower gardens of rural homes set far back from the road, and occasionally opening up to allow a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the rocky shoreline.

Slowing down to 50 km/hr, we approach the small town of LaHave. The roads narrow, and houses come closer to the road, eventually perching right on the edge of the street. Parking is a challenge during the summer, but now, mid-May, we’re able to find a spot right in front of the LaHave Bakery. Continue reading