A Maritime Kitchen Party

My friend and fellow blogger Leah (we’ve hung out in real life, I can call her a legit friend now!) wrote an excellent post the other day titled “10 Reasons I Stop Following Your Blog.”

Number 3 in the countdown is “You Don’t Drink.” To quote:

Ok, not really. But kinda. It’s the same sort of thing as #4. If you don’t get down, I really can’t relate to you. And if I can’t relate to you, chances are I’m going to lose interest. And I like reading blogs where I know you can cut loose and have a grand time. I also love hearing about hangovers. I can’t help it. It gives me so much satisfaction – it makes me know I’m not alone in the world of lush’s.

So it is with this, and Leah, in mind that I present you the following post…

You can take the Maritimers out of the Maritimes, but you can’t take the Maritimes out of the Maritimers.

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As I explained in my beer-filled dinner party post, Maritimers have an affinity for alcohol. The rest of Canada seems to think we drink a lot. Which is almost insulting. Until you learn it’s true. Kind of like how the world sees Ireland. Fitting, as most of us are Irish anyways.

The real reason we gathered wasn’t just to drink. I’d say about 50% of my university’s journalism class ended up in Toronto. As much fun as we have in the “big city,” there are some things from back home that we miss. Especially from our party-hardy university days.

So we deemed Saturday “Maritime Day” filled with East Coast food, drinks and tunes done the way we would have waybackwhen.

That includes donairs.


Probably most comparable to a gyro, but invented in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I told a few of my Ontario co-workers I was going to eat these and they had no clue what I was talking about. I thought it was just a myth they only existed on the East Coast!

Eaten on pita with various veggies, there are two things that make a donair a “donair.”

The meat.


Almost like a breaded meat, spiced with some Italian flavours, cayenne, and a fair bit of onion and garlic. This was my contribution to the party and it was fun to make. I used this recipe. The directions include: “Pick up the meat, and throw it down with force about 20 times, kneading it after each throw.”


It’s supposed to be thick and sliced real thin, then cooked a second time before eating.

The best part of any Maritime meal comes from the second donair component.

The sauce.


I LOVE this stuff. I could put in on anything and everything. Back home we just call it “donair sauce.” Made up of evaporated milk, garlic powder, sugar and vinegar (also found in this recipe). It’s not the tangy dressing you’re used to on most Mediterranean inspired pitas. It’s sweet, creamy and garlicky.

It’s pretty popular to dip your pizza in donair sauce. But the best way to have the sauce isn’t even on donairs. In my humble opinion, it’s with garlic fingers.


There are different variations of these found everywhere. The ones back east are pizza dough + garlic butter + mozzarella.

Some have bacon.


Some don’t.


ALL should be dipped in donair sauce.


More of a Canadian thing than just East Coast thing…


Ketchup chips. Is it really true these don’t exist in the United States?

There’s also the drinks of the Maritimes…

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Started in New Brunswick with the Moose Green, then moved on to Nova Scotia with Keith’s and Keith’s White.

What’s a university throw-back party without jell-o shots?

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I had one or two.


Or four.

There’s also no reason for drinking games to end with graduation…



Did I forget to mention? All of this started at 2pm. And we didn’t leave the kitchen all night. A true “Maritime Kitchen Party.”



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The party ended at 10pm with a piece of DQ cake…



And a chilly walk to the bar…


A bar that wouldn’t let me in because I forgot my ID at home. Now that would never happen in the Maritimes. The people at the bars already know me!

And Leah, I’ll have you know that spreading out mass quantities of alcohol over a period from 5pm to 2am is actually pretty good for a hangover. I made it to work this afternoon and only had to take Tylenol once ;)


P.S. If you see any of my friends in Toronto, say hi and that you recognize them from my blog!! ;)

Posted on February 6, 2011, in Fun and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. Bwahahahaa I freakin’ love you. That party looks amazing and makes me wish I friends here. In the meantime, I’ll be wallowing in self pity over a bottle of Cab.

  2. Great post! I love post college reunions! We had one last May and I am yearning for another. And, I completely agree that spreading the drinking out over 9 hours = less of a hangover.

    ps: where did you get your jello shot cups? we always struggle to find ones that size. We may or may not stalk McDonald’s ketchup stands to gather ours…

    • I have no idea, I didn’t make them! Dollar store maybe? I do know however that small paper cups work just as well because they’re pliable and easier to squeeze jello into your mouth ;)

  3. HUZZAH ! this looks so fun – and now I want a jello shot!! :)

    and garlic fingers + donair sauce? I am THERE. YUM.

  4. That looks like sooo much fun (and the food looks awesome!!) Aren’t jello shots the best ever?!

    • I’m very picky about the kind of booze that I drink and could honestly do without a lot of sweetened mixed drinks. Jello shots on the other hand, I LOVE. They just needed some sort of booze-infused whipped cream ;)

  5. Sounds like an amazing time!

    I grew up eating Donairs, too, actually. They must have migrated straight to the west coast while skipping Ontario and the prairies.

    And…dare I ask what the message on the cake means?

    <3 ketchup chips!!!

    • I didn’t know there were donairs out West!! I will have to relay this info to my east coast friends. Maybe it’s a coastal thing ;)

      Writing on the cake is definitely an inside-joke. “Dildar” is someone we went to school with.

  6. LOVE this post!!!! This is the kind of Susan Post i crave. Love these :)

    You can take the Maritimers out of the Maritimes, but you can’t take the Maritimes out of the Maritimers. = the same can be said using the words girl and bar. I always say that about some of my friends. lol

    Your beer post. I remember that. It was one of my all time fave ever posts of yours. hands down.

    And jello shots. 4 of them. Perfect night!!

    • I honestly don’t know if it was actually four. One of those nights (or afternoons in this case!) where you start to lose count of the drinks after a while… :P

  7. All this food is completely new to me-I love it!

    Thanks for the “Reasons I Stop Following Your Blog Link”, too, it was hilarious!

  8. hahaha, amazing and just confirms why I think you and I need to get together and drink and eat dq cake together in real life.

  9. I’ve only ever heard about the elusive ketchup chips. As a substitute, I just dip regular chips in ketchup.
    Looks like you had a great time!

  10. It’s totally true – I miss all my old favourites: ketchup, pickle, all dressed, chicken – none of them exist here!
    I’d totally give a kidney for a bag right now…

  11. HAHA! Awesome, love this party. Makes me miss home.

  12. This looks AWESOME! Man, I gotta head out East sometime. I’d love to party with you crazy Maritime kids!

  13. LOL This post made me laugh so much!

  14. Hmmm I feel weird because I actually cannot drink because I have a crazy liver condition. I’m missing out aren’t I? As if I needed another thing about you to be jealous of! But although I can’t drink anymore, I’m very wise about it. Besides the fact that I did a wine course in culinary school, my dad is Belgian, which means beer runs in my veins.

  15. The donairs made me laugh. I’m English and you’d normally find them at the end of a drunken night out under the alias of doner kebabs and they aren’t as pretty as those!

  16. this post has made me so hungry….I want a donair right now!

  17. We have ‘donar kebabs’ in Australia different spelling same kebab. Love the breaded meat…well when I use to eat red meat..wonder if you can do the same to chicken?

  18. Ha! Thanks for posting that quote from Leah’s blog. And I can def see her point:)
    You sure know how to do a superbowl party!!

  19. Maritimers sure know how to party! Looks like a fun time.

    I totally need to try a donair now. There is apparently a place in Milton. I say we take a trip… ;)


  20. A couple of years ago I was able to buy ketchup chips and pickle chips in the U.S. I guess I was the only one buying because I haven’t seen them in forever!

  21. I love drinking… although as I’ve gotten older I try to avoid hangovers, mostly by sticking to one drink. Like, I can have a whole bottle of white and not get hung over, but three glass of red and I am in bed all the next day. Sounds like you had an epic night!

  22. Love the post. I gave up meat but used to enjoy donairs. My favourite though are donair egg rolls. Imagine deep fried donair meat in an egg roll…heaven!

  23. You can’t ever go wrong with pizza and cake in my book ;)

  24. Dude, I had ice cream cake this weekend, too! Must be destiny. I saw your comment on Holly’s blog this morning- I think we need to figure out a way to ACTUALLY hang out soon!

    • Yes!! Do you think you’ll be going to HLS again this year? I definitely want to do another US trip this summer, it’s just a matter of if I can afford it and where ;)

  25. hahahaha looks like my typical weekend in Halifax !!
    Great post :)

  26. I loved this post! I agree wholeheartedly! You can’t take the maritimes out of the maritimer! I have been living in Ontario for 4 years now and to this day whenever anyone asks me where I am from the answer is immediately from NB or ” weellll I live in Sault Ste. Marie BUT I am from the Maritimes!” I can’t wait to go home for six weeks this summer and show my little man where he came from! :) Good luck with your move home Susan!

  27. You should also try to party “Québec style” ;)

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