En­joy it

Taste & Travel - - Letter - Janet P. Boileau PUB­LISHER

NORTH­ERN IRE­LAND’S En­ter­prise Min­is­ter Ar­lene Foster re­cently an­nounced that 2016 will be North­ern Ire­land’s Year of Food, cit­ing world-class pro­duce, tal­ented chefs, restau­rants, skilled cook­ery schools and a rich food her­itage among the rea­sons why in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors are flock­ing to this part of the Emer­ald Isle.

To see what the buzz is about, Travel Edi­tor Susie El­li­son spent a week on the road in North­ern Ire­land, talk­ing to chefs, farm­ers, shop­keep­ers, innkeep­ers and ar­ti­san food pro­duc­ers; eat­ing, drink­ing and tour­ing the coun­try she de­scribed to us as “an undis­cov­ered gem.” Fol­low Susie’s foot­steps in this is­sue and I’m sure you’ll be as in­trigued as I was to learn about North­ern Ire­land’s gor­geous scenery and fab­u­lous food.

Closer to home, Anita Ste­wart has the low-down on the vi­brant dining scene in Hal­i­fax, where young chefs are crank­ing up their stoves and mak­ing the most of the fine Canadian in­gre­di­ents avail­able on their doorstep. If you’re head­ing east this sum­mer, Anita’s tips will lead you to some very fine nosh in­deed.

Mean­while, Nathan Fong ex­plores the re­mote Magdalen Is­lands, where charm and tra­di­tion go hand-in-hand, and where a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of artists and ar­ti­sans are find­ing cre­ativ­ity, in­spi­ra­tion, and good, whole­some food.

Beer and bour­bon are the li­ba­tions of choice in this is­sue and we’re learn­ing about some in­ter­est­ing in­gre­di­ents — taro and jamón Iberico. We eat Mo­fongo in Miami, dis­cover an awe­some sand­wich in Porto, go tuna fish­ing in Mex­ico, and ex­plore the sweet side of New York.

Read it, cook it, eat it — and most of all — en­joy it!!

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