Just heard about a restaurant in Wolfville Nova Scotia, called Tempest World Cuisine that sounds wonderful.
Naturally I had to google it, and the one-line teaser read
"a haven from the hurry up world, serving sophisticated food in a attractive environment, internationally recognized chef."Well, I simply had to check this out further...
From their website:
"From around the world to the heart of the Annapolis Valley - evocative of faraway places and fond memories, glorious meals and great companions. To challenge your senses. Tempest was created to be a refuge from the storm - a haven to indulge in earthly pleasures.
Carefully selected wines from our province and all corners of the globe. Ingredients sourced locally and presented with artistic flair in an environment designed to complement the dining experience. Sustainable choices. Personal relationships with suppliers and producers. This is Tempest.
"...There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple: Good things will strive to dwell within it..."
Shakespeare, The Tempest
We welcome you to join us in beautiful Wolfville, NS for lunch and dinner. We are less than one hour from Metro Halifax. Whether in our contemporary dining room or under the elms on our quiet patio, far from the madding crowd. Chef Michael Howell and Mary Harwell look forward to seeing you soon."
The chef even runs a blog on the website. The Feb 2 entry is about the Slow Food movement, and the related Slow City movement, and says
"after several years of deliberating, the Town of Wolfville has decided to begin the process of Citta Slow (Slow City) designation."
According to wikipedia, the Cittaslow movement originated in Italy in October 1999. Among other claims to fame, Wolfville is the town of my birth, so if it gets designated as a Cittaslow, I will have yet one more connection to Italy! Yeah ok, it's a stretch, but I'll take any connection I can get!! I'm sure I must have been Italian in a previous life...
Here is their lunch menu, does it not make your mouth water?! And the prices look quite reasonable too:
And just look at what they have planned for my birthday:
Ok, so I'm sure they didn't actually have me in mind when setting the date for this, but...am tempted to drive down and partake in this event, would be a great way to celebrate my birthday! Except for a couple of small issues. One being that a wine tasting event would be totally wasted on me, because I've no clue when comes to wines...I just buy the big jugs of Italian table wine and those are good enough for me! And the other being that Wolfville is over an hour's drive away from my house, so it isn't really a feasible evening out when I have to work the next day. Sigh...will have to sample their food another time.
I'm thinking my next little road trip might have to be down the Valley...go to the Tempest for lunch, then carry on to Fox Hill Cheese House for dessert. I hear their gelato is fabulous!! Or this sounds mouthwatering too (recipe "borrowed" from their website):
Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Serve this yummy cake on special occasions...
1/4 cup butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp cocoa
500 gr Foxhill Quark
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup frozen concentrated orange juice
1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange liqueur (Grand Marnier) optional
Crust: Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in crumbs, sugar and cocoa. Mix well and press in bottom of ungreased 9 inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 deg F.
Filling: Beat quark and sugar at low speed until well blended. Add eggs beating well after each addition. Add concentrated orange juice and blend well.
Melt chocolate chips in saucepan over low heat or in microwave. Stir well. Add to quark mixture. Add flavorings and blend well. Pour on top of cooked crust and bake for 70 minutes at 325 degrees F. Top should feel firm and dry. Cool at room temperature and then refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. Serves 8 to 10.
I've no clue what Quark is, but am going to have to get me some so I can make that incredibly tasty sounding concoction!!! Mmmmm...