Philip’s Cafe- Eat there and/or Stay at Rosedale Manor B&B

Visiting Placentia anytime soon? Well, just stop by for a night or come by for a breakfast or lunch or snack to eat on the ferry. Philip is cooking up a storm and Linda, his wife, is very friendly, and will take the time to show you the place. She also runs Rosedale Manor B & B which has 6 rooms and breakfast is included. The B & B is for sale, as well as the cafe.  

Today my friend and I tried Philip’s Special with fish cake, baked beans and a touton. We chatted with the two lovely men who serve there. We even knew some people from Petite Forte, who we discussed.  They were kind in their manner and gave us a second coffee to enjoy outside on the deck.  I wanted some cinnamon cookies but I was too full!

Linda showed us the room above the cafe with a million dollar view which one can rent, for $129. It contains a fridge and microwave, so food can be stored and/or heated.  The table and chairs look out over the water. The room is large and newly renovated, with a private bathroom. I could picture myself relaxing with a book sitting in front of a window. The name on the door says Crows Nest and there are some paintings of crows outside the door. 

So if you visit Placentia or are on your way to the ferry, stop in for a visit. You will meet the owners and other friendly people.  And the food is not bad either!  You can relax inside or outside if the sun is shining.  Read a book, write in a journal or chat with the owners.  You won’t be disappointed.

Philip and Linda, thanksfor the great customer service and appetizing food we enjoyed today!


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The Network Cafe In Pleasantville

I’ve been to the Network Cafe three times and I like what I see, taste and feel. 

The cafe is full of many tables and chairs and many big windows. It has display cases with many desserts and other food.  The workers are dressed professionally and chat with everyone. The menu is simple and the soups and wraps are explained eagerly. The Red Seal chef is waiting for orders in the kitchen. 

The food tastes delicious, with unique flavours and medium sized portions. I’ve tasted several sandwiches and soups and I’d order them again. The coffee is better than most I’ve drank around town. 

Sitting at a small table I sat and wrote in my journal and did not feel rushed at all, which I feel is good in a cafe. A person must feel at home and not pressured to buy anything. Jamie, one of the employees, chatted with me about many topics. He remained friendly and welcoming during each visit. So I felt good going back each time, and knowing that this is a nonprofit business made my visits that more enriching. 


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The Ferry Last Stop (Bed and Breakfast) Cafe

Are you up for a different cafe with an eclectic collection of art, artifacts, souvenirs, books and Newfoundland memorabilia, and two of the friendliest ladies you could ever meet? There are two rooms available in the house for couples or singles, with a $130 a night charge for bed and an awesome breakfast. Paulette King, the owner, is refreshing and interesting, and I’ve been told “a wonderful chef”. I tasted her Bavarian cake and never wanted to leave! The bottomless cup of coffee for $2.25 is wonderful as well. Gotta love no one counting how many cups you drink! My kind of place!

Lobster bisque and lobster salad are available fresh, as Paulette’s helper and friend Leslie provides seafood obtained from her fisherman husband’s daily catch. Codfish is fried to perfection, I’ve also heard from Leslie.  I can’t wait to return for a lobster dinner!

Organic food is provided to customers as Paulette strives to cook with only the best ingredients.  She is passionate about life and food. While I enjoyed my coffee she was making a nonalcoholic drink for Leslie with a recipe only she knows. Her imagination and zest for her business is obvious from the first minute you walk through the door.  The stone steps bring you to a space like no other.  Many rocks and plants within the space help to make you feel grounded. 

The band Generations is playing there this coming Friday, if you would like to pop by for some tasty grub and some good local music. At other times there are meetings for drumming and music.   Regina Wright, a local energy worker, presents her Dream workshops here. 

So check out this cafe/bed and breakfast located at 2 Loop Drive in Portugal Cove-St. Philips, Newfoundland.  You won’t be disappointed.  Bring along a friend or two to enjoy this unique cafe. Like me, it might become one of your favourite places to visit!


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Ette Boutique in Pasadena NL

If you visit Pasadena Newfoundland this year you should spend an hour with Jeanette or one of her employees, searching for something for your home or a dress for that special occasion or a trinket for a special friend.  

When I visited this boutique Mrs. Ette was very helpful and I wanted to buy at least a half dozen items before I left.   There was a nice selection of dresses and pillows. There were knicknacks for many occasions. Put it this way “there were a lot of gems in a small space”.

Food land is adjacent to this boutique and makes your day easier, buying a gift or dress at the same location as ingredients for a bbq or family dinner. There is ample parking and opportunity for that much sought after  item. Have fun on your visit and spoil yourself a little. 

Customer service is great, I’ve found, and supporting local businesses is a bonus.

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5 Nights at The Last Stamp May 16-20/2015

the first three nights were okay. The other pilgrims were very respectful. The ladies at the desk were helpful and friendly. The albergue was in a great location, close to the cathedral and the bus stop. No problems!

Then two French pilgrims came and life as I knew it changed. One fellow was sleeping above me. He turned on lights late. He sprayed some kind of strong smelling linament on his legs, which gave me a headache. I complained to Paula on the desk who offered to move the men. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, thinking the guy would not spray on the second night. But he did! So I got moved and slept only two hours that night. So I was falling asleep all that day. 

Great albergue and great staff! 


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In Santiago with the Camino Del Norte at My Back. May 16/15

Arriving in Santiago falls a little flat when there is no lineup at the pilgrims’ office but there it is! No 2 hour wait I’m the sun like last year. I did kind of sprint to the finish line. Grin, grin. I got my Compostela and then asked for directions to my albergue The Last Stamp. Monica from Germany walked in with me from Monte Do Gozo, so I took her photo and she took mine.  Then we had breakfast and went to the cathedral. I showed her how to hug St. James and we stayed for service. I stayed on for an English mass and then the noon mass. I rested and roamed for the rest of the day.


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Chinese American Lady Missing on Camino France’s

During my Camino del Norte walk I found out about the missing 41 year old woman Denise Theim also known as Arizona,whose brother was looking for her. She was last seen around the Astorga area and last heard from on April 5, 2015.

Why isn’t there anything in the Spanish media about the missing pilgrim? It appals me that it is kept so hush-hush. As a three time Camino walker I would like to think the Spanish government and residents would like to find me if I’m lost, injured or a victim of foul play.

While at the cathedral de Santiago I prayed that this lady would be found unharmed and in good health. I am concerned that the country does not want to call attention to this missing person because the caminos, which bring in millions of euros each year, will make lone female walkers feel uneasy and deter them from visiting this beautiful country.

Many other incidents have been identified but still nothing about Denise nearly two months later.

Google Chinese American woman lost on Camino France’s and you can find out more. 

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