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A Proustian Travel Guide: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

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Photo Courtesy of Lori McCarthy

A Newfoundland local gives us some tips for the best vacation.

Name: Lori McCarthy

Profession: Forager

Age: 38

Location: St. John's, Newfoundland

Lori grew up in a small fishing village on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her father was a teacher, a fisherman and a farmer. Her mother is still a traditional homemaker. Lori's family had available to them the freshest fish, homegrown vegetables and locally-grown meat and that was quite common to the families of NL. It was from this simply prepared delicious food that Lori grew her passion for beautiful produce and product. Lori went on to work with many great chefs in some of St. John's best restaurants. She currently owns and operates Cod Sounds, a culinary experience company offering food culture tours.

What are you most proud of?

My commitment to putting the cultural food of Newfoundland and Labrador on the culinary map.

What is your most cherished possession?

My children. Though they are not a possession, they are mine to experience.

What was the best gift you've ever received?

My grandmothers cast iron bread pans

What is your favorite thing to splurge on?


When traveling, what do you never leave home without?

Bose noise cancelling earphones. I like my piece and quiet!

Where is your all-time favorite travel destination?

My cabin in the Newfoundland wilderness.

Describe the perfect weekend in St. John's.

Breakfast at Mallard Cottage, a brew tour at Quidi Vidi, hiking the trails at Fort Ahmerst, berry picking, and great conversation over beers at the The Duke.

What makes someone a local in St. John's?

Sitting at the end of The Duke.

Tell us about your favorite restaurant or cafe in St. John's.

I would have to say the Reluctant Chef. They have a great bar, and you can choose your own vinyl record to play.

What is the most unique experience in St. John's?

Grab all of your picnic essentials from Battery Cafe, then hike around Signal Hill Provincial Park.

What is the perfect souvenir from St. John's?

Locally sourced and made berry jams.

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