Eating Out in New Brunswick

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Last month I was on a tour in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, two of three Canadian provinces that are known as the Maritimes in Eastern Canada. The third province in the Maritimes is Prince Edward Island.

Similar to my eating out in Newfoundland and Labrador in June, I ate out when I was in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, primarily fish and seafood. Here’s a sampling of some of the delicious food that was on my plate while I was in New Brunswick.

On My Plate

Seafood salad in St. Andrews by-the-Sea
Blueberry pie with ice cream in St. Andrews by-the-Sea
Fish and chips with coleslaw in Alma
Chocolate cake with berry sauce and whipped cream in Alma
Lobster with coleslaw and potato salad in Shediac Bay
Chocolate cake in Saint John

Lobster Cooking Recipe

I got a Lobster Cooking recipe from Ron and Denise, owners of Shediac Bay Cruises. The traditional way of cooking lobsters is to boil them. Here’s the recipe:

Part 1 – Boiling

  • In a large pot, measure enough water to cover all the lobsters you are cooking.
  • Bring the water to boil.
  • Add about 1/2 cup (118 ml) of salt for each gallon of water used.
  • Place lobsters in boiling water. (Best to remove bands from claws. It can leave a rubber taste in meat. Use extra precaution handling lobsters.)
  • Wait for water to start boiling again before you time.

Part 2 – Boil times:

  • 1/2 lb or .227 kg lobsters – 12-15 min.
  • 1-2 lb or .454-.907 kg lobsters – 15-20 min.
  • 2-4 lb or .907-1.814 kg lobsters – 20-25 min.
  • 4-8 lb or 1.814-3.629 kg lobsters – 25-30 min.
  • 8 lb and over or 3.629 kg+ lobsters – 4 min./ pound

Note: Freshly molted lobsters (Soft shells) boil 2-3 min. less.

Part 3 – Fringing

  • Once the lobsters are done boiling, plunge them in cold water. Same salt content as the cooking. It will do two things: “Fringe” the meat from the shell and allow for a juicier lobster, making it easier to shell the meat out. (Add ice cubes in the water. You want to go from hot to cold as fast as possible, for a good “Fringe”.)
  • Leave them in the cold water for about 10 min.
  • Once out of the cold water, keep lobster on their back, belly-up, this will preserve the juices in the lobster much longer.
  • Cooked lobsters will preserve in the fridge for at least 3 days after.
  • The whole process goes a lot better when using a strainer to go from Boiling, Fringing and Serving!

Part 4 – Serving

Enjoy a “freshly” cooked lobster served cold. You can’t get a better lobster. Avoid the garlic butter and lemon juice, you are just camouflaging the taste.


Eating out while on vacation is definitely a treat as I rarely eat out when I’m at home. Monday October 10th is Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. I look forward to enjoying a family gathering and homemade meal. Happy weekend, everyone!

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72 thoughts on “Eating Out in New Brunswick

  1. dawnkinster October 7, 2022 / 8:05 am

    I’ve tried lobster twice…just not my thing I guess. The last time I tried was at a lobster boil at a friend’s house in Maine. I figured if I’d like it, I’d like it that fresh. But no. I will however, help you eat that chocolate cake!


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 10:59 am

      Dawn, The lobster I had in New Brunswick was delicious. I understand lobster and seafood are not for everyone. Chocolate cakes on the other hand seem to be universally liked 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Susanne October 7, 2022 / 8:08 am

    Wow, Natalie.. the seafood salad!! Looks absolutely fantastic! I’m glad you’ve had some opportunities to try good eateries while out and about.


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 11:01 am

      Susanne, That seafood salad was delicious. I rarely eat out when I’m at home. When I travel, trying local dishes is part of the overall experience.


  3. leannelc October 7, 2022 / 8:29 am

    Lobsters always seem like a lot of hard and messy work to me Natalie – maybe the ones I’ve tried haven’t been cooked the right way so the meat comes out easily? Nice to see all the delicious food you ate along the way.


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 11:05 am

      Hi Leanne, The fringing (hot to cold) is key to make the lobster meat comes out easily. While lobster is messier to eat than other prepared food, I enjoyed it as it was a local dish in Atlantic Canada.


  4. Writing Sparkle October 7, 2022 / 10:03 am

    Natalie, those look like some delicious dishes to eat!
    Have a great weekend.


  5. Suzanne@PictureRetirement October 7, 2022 / 11:02 am

    Natalie, I love lobster but I’ll leave the cooking to someone else. One of the best things about traveling is trying local foods. I can imagine that all of the seafood in New Brunswick must be fresh and delicious.


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 11:12 am

      Suzanne, I agree with you one of the best things about traveling is trying local foods. The seafood in New Brunswick was unbelievably fresh. The blueberry pie was delicious, too (possibly the best blueberry pie that I’ve had). I don’t normally cook or eat lobster at home but Ron and Denise (the cruise owners and fishermen) showed me how easy it is to cook and eat lobster.

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  6. Jackie October 7, 2022 / 11:11 am

    We had such good food everywhere on this long trip! Lobster is a real favourite of mine. We don’t eat out much at home either.


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 11:16 am

      Jackie, That’s great to hear about your trip. I had good food everywhere I visited in Atlantic Canada, too. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!


  7. Thistles and Kiwis October 7, 2022 / 2:54 pm

    That lobster looks amazing! And the seafood salad too. Actually, looks like you had some wonderful food all round.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you, Barbara. The seafood was fresh and delicious. The desserts were delicious, too, especially the blueberry pie. I went for walks to work off some calories 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you, Gary. It was a treat while on vacation.


  8. rawsonjl October 7, 2022 / 3:50 pm

    My husband and I were in Maine last weekend and I think I ate seafood at every sit down meal! Your food looks so yummy.


  9. Jennifer Jones October 7, 2022 / 8:54 pm

    So much deliciousness Natalie. You certainly had a great holiday. We also love eating out while away.


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 9:30 pm

      It’s a nice treat to eat out while away, isn’t it? I enjoyed good food on this trip.


  10. Bernie October 7, 2022 / 9:48 pm

    Seafood by the sea! Yes to that and everything you put on your plate!! Bernie


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 10:15 pm

      Bernie, The seafood was so fresh and delicious in New Brunswick. The blueberry pie was the best I’ve had.


      • Bernie October 7, 2022 / 10:41 pm

        The seafood in PEI the same!


        • Natalie October 8, 2022 / 10:38 am

          Yes, fresh seafood everywhere in Atlantic Canada. Such a treat!


  11. Kirstin October 7, 2022 / 10:17 pm

    Oh my goodness..I would love to go to Prince Edward Island. That food looks amazing. We’re heading to the NE states tomorrow and I’m so excited


    • Natalie October 7, 2022 / 10:22 pm

      Kirstin, Safe travels and have a wonderful trip! I look forward to your post-trip blog.


  12. Retirement Reflections October 7, 2022 / 10:34 pm

    Seafood and dessert!! What could be finer?!
    Thank you for the linkup. I need to run to the kitchen now. Your post has made me very hungry! 😀


    • Natalie October 8, 2022 / 10:41 am

      Hi Donna, I enjoyed such good food on this trip. Now back to homemade meals. Feeling thankful for all the food I’ve had. Happy Thanksgiving!


  13. Denyse Whelan Blogs October 8, 2022 / 1:18 am

    Wow. Lots of mouth watering dishes here. I could actually eat the pie with icecream. Yummo. I am interested to read about 10 October for you. It’s a birthday for one of our grandsons, and I can’t believe he will be 15… I am late to link up and the linky is slow, so I will come back. Thanks for the WCS! Denyse


    • Natalie October 8, 2022 / 10:45 am

      Hi Denyse, The blueberry pie was the best I’ve had in a long time. Happy birthday to your grandson. Canadian Thanksgiving holiday is on the second Monday in October. This year it’s on October 10th. Thank you for linking up. I’ll be over to your blog soon.

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  14. trentpmcd October 8, 2022 / 7:59 am

    It all looks rely good, though to my eye the lobster is upside down. lol. Just one of those funny things, they always server lobster “up right” around here, so it looks odd, even though I know it makes no difference how it is served. And I agree with the others who want a piece of that chocolate cake. Hope you have a good weekend and a great week ahead!


    • Natalie October 8, 2022 / 10:49 am

      Good eye, Trent. The lobster was cooked belly up to preserve the juices in the lobster much longer. The cook was working with a small counter space on the cruise boat to serve about 60 diners so with the lobster belly up, she could stack the plates before taking them to the tables. Have a great weekend!

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  15. Marsha October 8, 2022 / 11:15 am

    Hi Natalie, About half your guests today like lobster. I love the way it looks on the plate. It’s beautiful. One of our Prescott restaurants makes a lobster and nacho appetizer that is out of this world. It’s tangy sweet, and it’s the only way I’ve ever been able to eat lobster. However, when in Newfoundland, do what the Newfoundlanders do, right? Good for you!


    • Natalie October 8, 2022 / 11:23 am

      Hi Marsha, My thinking is ‘when by the sea, eat seafood’. Fortunately I have no known allergy to shellfish or seafood so I can enjoy the local dishes. The lobster and nacho appetizer you mentioned sounds amazing.

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  16. Ally Bean October 8, 2022 / 5:15 pm

    The food all looks delicious. I’ve had lobster a few times while on vacation, kind of indifferent to it, but I appreciate your recipe for how to cook it. Your vacation has been interesting to follow.


    • Natalie October 8, 2022 / 5:33 pm

      Thank you, Ally. I’m glad you find my vacation interesting 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Tessa October 8, 2022 / 6:11 pm

    The food looks wonderful. I had a huge lobster that my ex-husband caught himself off the coast of NJ in the USA. It was at least 2 feet long. The meat was much sweeter than the smaller ones.


    • Natalie October 8, 2022 / 8:56 pm

      Tessa, That’s a huge lobster. Good to know its meat was sweeter than the smaller lobsters.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Dan Antion October 8, 2022 / 9:08 pm

    Natalie, this all looks so very good. I love seafood, but I keep going back to that pie and ice cream.


    • Natalie October 8, 2022 / 9:38 pm

      Dan, That pie had the best blueberries that went very well with the ice cream.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Maria October 9, 2022 / 6:01 am

    All the food look amazing, but that blueberry pie!!! O my gosh, it looks delicious! I had so much raspberries this year, that were ripe at the same time as the blueberries in the forest, that I never picked any blueberries, except for a handful here and there that I ate while walking through the forest. Thank you for these delicious temptations.


    • Natalie October 9, 2022 / 10:53 am

      Maria, That blueberry pie is to die for. It was the best blueberry pie that I’ve had in a long time. I love raspberries, too. Thank you for linking up. Have a great weekend!


  20. Nancy October 9, 2022 / 9:44 am

    Your photos made my mouth water! Especially the sea food. I love a good lobster although I admit I will probably never cook one myself, I’m just not much into cooking. Whenever we go out to eat though, especially down the shore, it’s my first pick. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


    • Natalie October 9, 2022 / 10:56 am

      Nancy, I’m not much into cooking either, except meals at home to sustain myself 🙂 However, since the cruise owners gave a demo and their recipe on how to cook and serve lobster, I figured why not learn something new.

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  21. Janet Alcorn October 9, 2022 / 10:30 am

    One of my favorite things about living in the Northwest (USA) was all the fresh seafood. Also a highlight of visiting Alaska. At least we can get good chocolate cake here in the desert 🙂


    • Natalie October 9, 2022 / 11:00 am

      Janet, Good chocolate cakes are not to be taken for granted 🙂 I live far from the sea so eating fresh seafood by the sea is definitely a treat for me.


  22. The Widow Badass October 9, 2022 / 10:54 am

    Wow! This post reminds me of all of the great meals I had in Newfoundland. Thanks for sharing, and for joining us on WOYPBC!



    • Natalie October 9, 2022 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Deb, for the fun challenge. I enjoyed excellent meals in Atlantic Canada.


  23. csuhpat1 October 9, 2022 / 12:11 pm

    Looks like you had some great food on your trip. Very nice. Thanks for hosting this party.


    • Natalie October 9, 2022 / 5:08 pm

      Yes, I enjoyed the food and the trip. Thank you for linking up.


  24. Antoinette Truglio Martin October 9, 2022 / 2:36 pm

    You had me at LOBSTER 🦞. Do yummy no matter how you cook it.


    • Natalie October 9, 2022 / 5:09 pm

      Antoinette, I like how you capitalized lobster 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Terri Webster Schrandt October 9, 2022 / 5:28 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Natalie! My step-dot is there in Toronto with her hubby’s Canadian family enjoying Thanksgiving. I drooled as I looked through your food images while thinking, how does Natalie not weigh 200 lbs? I see chocolate desserts are perhaps your favorite! Enjoy your holiday!


    • Natalie October 9, 2022 / 6:24 pm

      Haha, Terri, I’m thankful I don’t weigh 200 lbs. 🙂 It’s calories in, calories out by exercising and moving daily. The chocolate desserts were good but that blueberry pie was perfection.

      Liked by 1 person

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