Rou·tine (ro͞oˈtēn) – a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program. I am all for a routine…it keeps me grounded, allows me to stay focused on what needs to be done on a regular basis but there are times when a routine can feel like a rut. Our Sunday ritual is pretty basic – breakfast, church then coffee afterwards. The rest of the day is open to whatever we want. To inject a bit of fresh air into our traditional routine, last Sunday after church, John and I checked out a new-to-us cafe in Herring Cove, a small village 15km from downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Pavia Gallery espresso bar and café is styled after a European/Italian style espresso bar and when I read the owners were trained in Florence, Italy to make espresso, cappuccino and caffè latte, I knew it warranted further investigation. The coffee wasn’t the only lure. Pavia Gallery bakes their food on-site, sources as much local food as possible, and I was all set to try one of their 5 panini creations.
The Culinary Chase’s Note: The 17 minute scenic drive out to Pavia is well worth it. Their food is not only scrumptious but well presented, the staff are friendly and the cappuccino, well, let’s just say I thought I was back in Italy! We drove along Herring Cove Road and on the way back took Purcells Cove Road – another chance to see the ocean. We’ll be back!