Brrr! And hello! We just returned from our second trip to Canada in a month, this time to the lovely East Coast to attend the Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, NS. We spoke about food photography and styling, watched a few movies, ate well, played in the snow, and met such lovely people all around. It was our second visit to the area, and this trip allowed us to spend more time in lovely Wolfville than before. Also: NICEST PEOPLE EVER. But I suppose you could say that about Canadians in general right?
Before I jump into photos, I want to encourage everyone to seek out the film “Famous Nathan” by Lloyd Handwerker. It is the story of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, a NY institution for almost 100 years. Lloyd is the grandson of the founder Nathan Handwerker, and getting to know him made this piece of history all that much deeper. Whatever you do, please please please make sure and see this film! I can’t say enough about it. It’s culinary history, a family tale, the dream of immigrants, and a true American story all rolled into one. I actually consider it an honor to have seen it. You should too.
I also encourage everyone to attend the next Devour! Food Film Fest. This year’s keynote was Anthony Bordain, and I really don’t know how they’re gonna outdo themselves next year. But it’ll happen. I know it. Bonus points for me-n-Adam for being inducted into the Nova Scotia Order of Good Cheer along with Mr. Bordain! Now that’s not something that happens every day!
(sidenote: as a personal challenge I left all cameras at home, determined to only use my phone. All images iphone 6.)
The first thing I had to do was run outside and snap some shots of the beautiful fall scenes. And I’m glad I did because the next day…
It was the first snow of the season, and all I wanted to do is play.
Pre-snow and so much to see.
Train tracks and branches with character!
I’ll probably spend the rest of my life wondering why Americans don’t eat Ketchup Chips. WHY WHY WHY?!??!?! And now there’s this to contend with: Srirachup. Forward my mail and send me my puppies, I wanted to stay.
Two words: Donair Pizza. I really can’t explain, you just need to visit Nova Scotia and try it.
We fell in love with the sweetest little bakery called Slow Dough. Also: BUTTER TARTS. Oh good lord yes. So Canadian, so perfect.
Founded in 1606 (!), The Order Of The Good Time a/k/a Order Of Good Cheer is North America’s oldest culinary group and it was a delight to be inducted along with Adam and many other speakers and attendees. I like to tell myself the paps were there solely for me, but no, Mr. Bordain was standing next to us as he was inducted as well. Sidenote: I’ve always said I’m a good time, now I can officially prove it.
Mr. Bordain signs autographs, Adam samples food. This photo cracks me up on so many levels. Photo from Devour facebook page.
There was a food truck crawl one evening and even through I was freezing my lil brown butt off it was magical to be a part of it. Thank you, Simon and Llloyd and Leslie!
We spoke Friday morning and it was a blast! A wonderful group, so engaged and lovely. If reincarnation exists I want to come back as a Canadian.
As a native Southern Californian, Adam is legally required to do this.
The lovely Blomidon Inn covered in snow. Can you believe that? A 19th century captain’s mansion can be no sweeter than this. Such fun to stay here.
Behind the mansion is a tiny trail, and I stumbled upon this view. IT WAS LIKE WALKING INSIDE A POSTCARD! Geez! So lovely.
On the drive back to Halifax I took a shot from the car. So beautiful.
Giant hugs and thanks to Lloyd and Leslie, everyone who attended our talk and to Simon, Lia and Michael for a fantastic event! We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it!