Only fries on our food tour in the footsteps of potatoes and shellfish
We want to learn about potatoes and crustaceans in Charlottetown, as they are considered the staple food on Prince Edward Island. We are a little surprised that we can only try chips on potato dishes on a culinary tour of Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island. The island boasts of growing the best potatoes in Canada. And we already saw on our trip to Charlottetown that tons of potatoes are grown here. There are only a few fields on the route from the Confederation Bridge to the island's capital where something else grows. I actually expected to celebrate potatoes and crustaceans on such a tour. The fact that we can try the “world's best fries” during the tour doesn't really convince me now. Even if the owner of the small kiosk tries hard to serve us really crispy french fries in addition to the tourist information. And they are good. You have to let her - and the potatoes - do that. Instead of the good tuber, our culinary city tour through Charlottetown is all about crustaceans. Although this is not far-fetched, Charlottetown is located on an island, in whose waters mussels, oysters and lobsters frolic. However, it is not unique, because these are also found in the other Atlantic provinces.
Food Tour on the trail of potatoes and crustaceans through Charlottetown
We begin our culinary tour in search of potatoes and crustaceans with fresh oysters in the lobster pound at the harbor, still swimming in the salt water and drizzled best with lemon. Here we learn that the oysters are bred here on a kind of knitwear, where they are hung in the water until they are fully grown and ready for harvest. The Malpeque oysters of Prince Edward Island are considered one of the best oyster species in the world. Oysters are not cheap on the island either. For a big oyster you have to scroll 1,60 dollars on the table. A proud price, right? And so every participant in the tour awesome sips his oyster.
Another crustacean may not be missing on an island like Prince Edward Island on a tour of potatoes and crustaceans: the lobster. This is right next door to Dave's Lobster. He serves him on tacos among other things as a juicy salad with mayonnaise, lime and fresh coriander. There's also a hint of chilli, which heats up the whole thing a little. There's also coleslaw. And all this is not in an elegant atmosphere, but in the fast food at the counter in a basket, which is laid out with paper. Lobster is a staple food in the Atlantic provinces of Canada, which is more common here than meat. A lobster sandwich or a lobster soup is served in these latitudes of Canada for a daily lunch. Lobster is nothing out of the ordinary, prepared for special occasions or served in fine restaurants.
To cook tasty, you need the right ingredients. She buys the knowledgeable housewife in Charlottetown at Liquid Gold on Queen Street, a store specializing in various vinegars (not just Prince Edward Island), chutneys and olives. In the middle of the shop is a large counter, where we can taste vinegars of different flavors. The selection is as exotic as it is varied: we see vinegar that tastes like chocolate, or espresso, figs, black cherries, wild blueberries and a whole host of other flavors that stimulate your imagination. We try some of them, and I'm sorry that the airline's baggage regulations are so keen. From here I would like to bring some souvenirs home.
Every dish that uses potatoes and crustaceans tastes of beer. Therefore the visit of a pub does not surprise us. Next, at The Gahan House, we can quench our thirst with locally brewed beer. There are twelve different types of beer to choose from and we choose Blueberry Ale, an unfiltered white ale with blueberries from Atlantic Canada. These give the beer a touch of sweetness, but not too much, so it has a great flavor. I like it, and Petar as well. Other varieties from this local brewery include Sir John A's, Harvest Gold Pale Ale, Iceland Red Amber Ale, Iron Bridge Brown Ale, 1772 India Pale Ale, Sydney Street Premium Stout, Beach Chair Lager, Coles Cream Ale and Gahans Seasonal. The offer is impressive. The Gahan House is one of those pubs where you can meet up with friends after work or before dinner with friends - a typical pub: loud, rustic and quaint.
Similarly, only a tad Irish is in the Olde Dublin Pub across the street. Here, Guinness is touted high above the inn, and tartan and green shamrocks are reminiscent of the Emerald Isle on the other side of the Atlantic. We taste the third crustaceans on our city tour: mussels in the warm vegetable broth.
At the end of our tour of Charlottetown potatoes and crustaceans we stop in a small shop on Queen Street, where we finish our tasting with the only vodka on the island: the Prince Edward Distillery produces potato vodka and finally meets Here we return to the most important agricultural product of the island. So we can once again enjoy the benefits of potatoes, albeit somewhat unexpectedly in liquid form. In addition, the distillery produces vodka from wild blueberries, which we meet in August throughout the Atlantic provinces. The potato vodka trickles down my throat warmly, and soon the downpour in front of the door bothers me. Instead, I try the berry vodka, which tastes almost better. The perfect way to tour the culinary side of Charlottetown.
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Source: own research on site. We would like to thank Prince Edward Island Tourism for their kind invitation to this tour of Charlottetown's Potatoes and Crustaceans. Our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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