Andrea England – No Place Like Home In Nova Scotia
Place of Birth: I was born in Halifax,
............................but I grew up in Guysborough County, NS
Currently Resides: Toronto, Ontario
Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?
Last time I was in Halifax, I got a yummy, beautifully drawn latte at the Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Bar, which I loved; but I cannot tell a lie: Starbucks on Spring Garden Road is an old faithful, and Tim Hortons' double doubles have always gotten me from highway to highway safely awake (Liz Rodrigues and I actually finished the “Casualty” lyric [later recorded by Nicole Scherzinger on her Killer Love album] in a Timmie's, albeit in Toronto).
Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a pint & meal?
My favourite restaurant in Nova Scotia is Chives Canadian Bistro. Chives has a great wine list and the food is Nova Scotian-inspired gourmet. If you go, be sure and say hi to Chef Craig Flinn for me! For a great view and a fun time, there’s also the Rare Bird Pub in Guysborough; but if it's a down home friendly, authentic Maritime experience that you're after, find the Lakeside Restaurant in Indian Harbour and order the seafood chowder or fish 'n' chips!
Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?
In Halifax, Spring Garden Road and downtown - especially in the summer. I also try to drop by the Made in Nova Scotia Store in Antigonish whenever I'm home - it's a great place to find local crafts and unique gifts.
Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?
On the front porch of my parents’ house! But otherwise, on what remains of the boardwalk at the wonderfully secluded and hurricane-swept Tor Bay beach, on the bluffs at Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, or – my childhood favourite – anywhere along the beach on the Marine Drive scenic route.
Name 4 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Nova Scotia:
1. Find yourself a local kitchen party or concert: the calibre of musicianship and storytelling in Nova Scotia on any given weekend can easily stand up against Nashville’s Blue Bird Café or McCabe’s Guitar Shop (Santa Monica).
2. Eat lobster: and if you can do at a community lobster supper or on the beach with friends, all the better!
3. Get out on the water. Whether by fishing boat, sailboat, surfboard, or schooner, there really is nothing in the world like breathing Nova Scotian salt sea air on a hot July day.
4. Just be.
What makes Nova Scotia such a special place on earth for you?
The people: with equal parts pride and humility, fun and hard work, old fashioned charm and new age thinking, Nova Scotians seem to be so “what you see is what you get.” I'm not one to make generalizations across any group of people (although I realise that I just did), but there does seem to be a cultural tendency towards friendliness on the East Coast. Maybe because we have a shared history of having to get through the tough times together, we have this family-like East Coast bond that we take with us wherever we go. I don't know. What I do know is, regardless of where I live, Nova Scotia will always be home to me.
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