One of my favourite seasons of all is Fall and nothing beats Fall in the Maritimes! I love when the air takes on a crispness in the mornings and evenings, how the days are warm and the leaves change to their vibrant Fall hues. The opportunity to go on a short Fall getaway in the Maritimes came about this past September, to a quiet little spot known as Little Shemogue, NB, Canada and stay at the Little Shemogue Inn overnight. It was just a short visit, late in the season, to explore this part of New Brunswick that I had never been to before. http://www.little-shemogue-inn.com/english/
This little Inn grabbed my attention as it promised some culinary delights, as the Inn was internationally renowned for not only its service, but also its cuisine. It’s always fun to discover new places, tucked away in the quiet little spots of New Brunswick and even better when you discover new culinary adventures.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay, the rooms were comfortable and cozy, the surroundings quiet and relaxing and the evening meal pleasant and enjoyable. It’s been a couple of months since my visit, I’ve had the idea of writing about the experience, mainly to share my experience of dining at the Little Shemogue Inn. I dutifully took pictures of my meal, only to discover later that my pictures poofed into cyberspace. GAH! So, the post has sat on the back burner since then. A food blog kind of needs pictures of food to help tell the tale!
Our first course was a lovely creamed carrot soup, it was enjoyable and a find start to our evening dining. The second course consisted of a cherry sorbet, that was full of flavour and was probably the highlight of the meal for me. It was simple, yet utterly wonderful, I would have been happy to up a generous helping in a bowl and just had that for my evening meal – it was that good! The main course consisted of some roasted chicken, topped with a mushroom cream sauce, steamed broccoli and a side of linguine. It was simple in its presentation, I enjoyed the chicken, I found it well seasoned and tender, the mushroom sauce added to it well and it was overall pleasant and enjoyable. I found the linguine addition a bit lack luster, it was plain and I am assuming I was to take some of the mushroom cream sauce and mix it together, but there was just enough sauce for the chicken and not much else…I barely touched the pasta as it left me uninspired to bother with. The steamed broccoli was cooked properly for my tastes, not overcooked, still with a touch of crunch, which is how I prefer to eat my vegetables. I can honestly say that though the chicken was good, overall I was not impressed by the main entree. I had expected something more based on the previous two courses and was a little disappointed. Dessert consisted of fruit poached in wine, plums, that were poured hot onto the plate, from a small carafe, and surrounded a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The last course was delicious and it was a fine ending to what was otherwise a good meal.
The setting in the dining room was warm, inviting and cozy, which made for a very enjoyable evening. We were also treated to this wonderful sunset, which prompted me to rush outside, brave the clouds of mosquitoes and take this snapshot – my favourite snap of the trip!
If you travel anywhere near Little Shemogue, NB, keep this little surprise in mind and think about making reservations for dinner. Overall I enjoyed the 4 course meal and the surroundings and think it is well worth taking the routes less traveled to get there.