How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Lunch and a Visit to Brigus


Lunch awaited at Skipper Ben’s Restaurant in Cupids, which is also a bed and breakfast for only a couple people at a time. Francis says he’d stayed overnight in the past. The food had been pre-ordered and arrived hot soon after we were seated. How the cook managed, I cannot imagine. The kitchen was teeny-tiny. I like a large island or lots of counter space to work on, neither of which were evident. If I hadn’t checked out the washrooms, I wouldn’t have seen the work space.

We entered through the cute side door with a plaque. The front of the building was on the other side.

Inside there were just enough tables to accommodate our reduced group of 22. Three people left on Day 7 and 6 on Day 8).


Mary and I had been too busy talking and I forgot to take pictures of the food. We both ordered fish cakes and vegetables but didn’t taste the cod for the mashed potatoes that glued the cakes together. A fellow across from me, smiled from ear to ear, smacked his lips and said in a loud voice, “You can’t even taste any potato in these fish cakes.” I wonder if he was being facetious.

Dessert: a crepe wrapped around fruit with  phony whipped cream. I’m glad I don’t take to sweets.


The Town of Brigus

  • Best blueberry pies anywhere
  • A popular tourist spot now
  • Quiet, quaint, colorful, and well-kept

Captain Bob Bartlett was raised in Brigus, enjoyed fishing, sealing and exploring. During one of his expeditions, his ship, the Karluk became stuck in the ice. When he realized his ship had to be given up, he played all his classical records one by one and threw each into the sea. The last one he played was the Funeral March. (a song about his adventures – Enjoy)

He traveled 700 miles to Alaska by sledge, obtained another ship, returned in five months and saved his crew. He lost not one man.


The Bartlett family lived in Hawthorne Cottage between 1885 and 1946. Due to his many expeditions, and other as a child, I can’t imagine how much time he spent living in this house.


Named for the hawthorn trees planted around the house.


John Leamon Museum (Could not find much information about it.)


Brigus Seafaring Families Plaque:


Some of the delightful street names in Brigus:

Irishtown Road South Street Conception Bay Highway
Magistrate’s Hill Beaver Road Station Road
Jane’s Hill Forge Road Quigley Bay
Barrach’s Road Chapel Lane Spacklin Lane
Church Hill Station Line Keating Road
Vindicator Lane School Street Ridge Road
Water Street Blueberry Place The Old Road

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On the Lighter Side:

A guy comes into a bar and orders three beers, goes to a table, and drinks them one after another. One night, he orders only two and the bartender asks if one of his brothers died.

“Oh, no. I gave up drinking.”

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Next on July 1st – More Brigus and Petty Harbor

© 2016 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles.

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

41 thoughts on “Lunch and a Visit to Brigus

  1. Such a quaint little spot Tess. Too bad about the potatoes taking charge of the fish cakes though. All those street signs make we wonder at how they got their name. For instance Vindicator Lane. Now there is a story. 🙂


  2. Hi Tess. Brigus sounds like such a charming place. I enjoyed all the pictures. The Hawthorne cottage is beautiful. Thanks for bringing us with you. 😀 Mega hugs.


  3. Tess, I love Hawthorne Cottage, it looks charming, everything looks charming, those crepes look way too charming, yum. Loved the delightful street names in Brigus, looks like a lot of fun, thanks for letting us tag along. You had me giggling at the end with the joke. 🙂
    Hope this weekend treats you kindly.


  4. What a quaint town and yummy looking crepe. 🙂


  5. Thanks for the tour! I’ll take that gorgeous lace tablecloth, live on Blueberry Place, and eat blueberry pie for every breakfast. 😉


  6. What a delightful story. People were pretty tough back then, weren’t they.


  7. Thanks, Tess. This was terrific.


  8. So quaint Tess. I’ll take some blueberry pie, hold the fake whipped cream though, lol. Love learning where people get the names for streets and places. 🙂 xo


  9. I’d be happy to eat your crepe, I’m afraid. Alas, I can rarely afford the calories. 🙂


  10. Really good food seems rare on your travels Tess Never mind, the people sights and experiences make up for it ❤


  11. How do you name streets in your part of Canada? We have some wonderful street names in UK. In my village ‘Cat and Fiddle Lane’ and ‘Potato Pit Lane’ are my favourites!


  12. Love the information on Hawthorne Cottage, Tess. I have to say, I would also enjoy this tour in real life, I think. The photos are great. I wouldn’t have eaten the dessert either. And the street names are fascinating.Though I must say i first read “Spacklin Lane” as “Spanking Lane” and my mind boggled!! LOL Jx


  13. Just love Hawthorne Cottage. You are showing some wonderful properties 🙂


  14. It all looks so fantastic! shame about the fishcakes id you kick the guy under the table ….


  15. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I have a neat little list I carry with me of people that I want to make sure and visit in the time I am online. This is one such regular post which is the trip that Tess Karlinski made through Newfoundland.. so much to see and experience and obviously this amazing place was populated by people who were more than hardy.. they were heroic..even if the fishcakes where a little codeficiant!! lovely Tess.


  16. A cute place to have lunch! I love all the history. Did you enjoy the tour more when the number of people was reduced?


  17. I want to visit Canada. I’m ready for the cooler weather and such sights as these.


  18. What a beautiful spot. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  19. I thought that crepe looked good, phony whipped cream or not. You’re so lucky to not have a sweet tooth!


  20. Such a charming cottage and I enjoyed its backstory.


  21. Looks like a great place to eat, Tess, even though the fish cakes weren’t to your satisfaction! Love the deep burgundy. Glad to see you’re out enjoying the summer! (Here’s hoping this posts! 😉 )


  22. I love the house!!!! ANd the old stone barn…..or what’s left of it. 🙂


  23. First of all, send the Crepes my way please. Love all the pictures, as always you do the travel so well taking all your readers with you. What a charming place this was.


    • Had I know, I would have had the crepe sent to you immediately. 🙂
      I fell in love with everything about this little town. Neat, whimsical, quiet, colorful, exactly my cup of tea. I could have moved in right then and there.
      You’re always so nice, Val. Thank you. Glad you enjoy the ride with me. 🙂 ❤ ❤


  24. What a lovely post. Thanks for the introduction to Brigus. Such a delightful charming place. I certainly vicariously enjoyed the ride.



  25. Shame about the fishcakes; done well they are such a treat. ‘Captain Bob’ is also a trigger name for one of the biggest corporate crooks we’ve had here, Robert Maxwell who committed suicide off his yacht in the 1990s but not before ruining many a pensioners’ life. This tells a little about him and his run in’s with our satirical magazine Private Eye who nicknamed him Cap’n Bob


  26. It looks and sounds like a lovely place, Tess. And love Captain Bartlett’s story. I’m sure there must be books about it, but I wonder if there is a movie or should be…. Have a great weekend.


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