Teena and I arrived early from Saint Pierre and after checking in to our hotel, headed over to Quidi Vidi Lake to watch the 194th running of the Royal St John's Regatta, which is the oldest continual running sporting event in North America. Although they have documented record of the race being run ever single year since 1818, there is evidence that it started long before that.
It's is estimated that over 50,000 people attend the regatta every year and I was not surprised by what I saw today. After checking into our room, I headed to the LCBO and found it closed for the regatta, as was much of the downtown. Turns out that regatta day is a civic holiday.
First we stopped at the George Street Beer Market for lunch. It was noon and the place was empty. Why? Because everyone was at the regatta! Teena ordered wings which was too small a portion and I order fish and chips made with fresh Atlantic cod. It was so good, thick and yet light tasting.
The Ship Pub where Teena had great fish and chips and I had a great pan fried cod and something just a little different. Our waitress, Lindsey, suggested an invention called Newfoundland poutine. It is fries, of course, with dressing with savory, a herb native to the province and gravy. I gave it a try, and hey, I really enjoyed it.