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My parter chris harper and I, with no agenda, decided to travel down hammonds plains road. The fastest way to get to hammonds plains road from dartmouth is to drive through bedford along the bedford highway.

With various independent businesses lining the stretch from sunnyside mall to mount saint vincent university, I think we could make a road trip out of the bedford highway alone.

After turning onto hammonds plains road I remembered that noggins corner farm market had recently opened a store in the area. A short distance later, I spotted the sign for noggins santé centre (50 gary martin dr.) and we stopped to have a look.

A fresh, modern building on the outside, the inside of the shop is chock-full of local products. Shelves are packed and stacked with preserves, honey, maple syrup, cider, granola, oats and other sundry items.

Just outside of a large walk-in cooler of produce is a well-stocked display of boulangerie la vendéenne bread and rolls.Hammonds plains in the back of the store another fridge holds local cheeses, yogurt, meats, eggs and milk, while a standup freezer houses meat and more.

While we were at noggins, two young women were at a table handing out samples of chicken korma, pork tandoori, chickpea curry and vegetable vindaloo, all flavoured with taste of mauritius spices.

The owner of taste of mauritius spices, malini veerassamy macdonald, said she makes custom spice blends from old family recipes (available at pete’s fine foods, sawadee tea house, noggins santé and cavicchis’ meats). Everything we sampled was wonderful.

Back in the car we drove a bit farther to edible matters (1345 hammonds plains rd.). Having visited edible matters before, we’ve always enjoyed the food, the service and especially the brunch. This time we skipped the front pantry area and walked straight to the showcase of baked goods.

As a young woman packed our nanaimo and hello dolly bars for take out, she recommended we take a peek at the upstairs.Hammonds plains we walked through the jam-packed restaurant and climbed the stairs to find a cozy neighbourhood pub. Chris and I both agreed if we lived in the area, we would frequent the edible matters pub.

Back in the car I see a sign for hatfield farm (1840 hammonds plains rd.). Having never been, we pulled in for a closer look. The parking lot was full, and as we circled the driveway we could see a family with three young children walking toward a pen of baby goats.

With a petting zoo, wagon rides, pony rides, playgrounds, mini-golf and a rubber rodeo, we will definitely return to hatfield farm in the spring for a proper visit.

Not far from hatfield farm we saw a sign for vernon’s thunderbird diner (2094 hammonds plains rd.) and decided to stop for lunch. It would be hard to miss the turquoise and white 1957 chevy bel air perched on the roof like a giant weathervane.

We order a bulwark cider ($7.25), a spindrift draft ($7.25), an order of house-made mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce ($8.95), the parmesan chicken sandwich with sun-dried tomato tapenade on a kaiser ($13.95), and the whistle dog platter with meadowbrook meats’ all natural jumbo hotdog, caramelized onions, bacon, and cheese ($12.95).Hammonds plains we also upgrade our fries to poutine (additional $3.50 each).

The mozza sticks and the parmesan chicken sandwich look good but it’s the whistle dog that steals the show. As our server set it down on the table chris and I both gasped in appreciation.

A full foot-long hotdog, cooked on a flat-top griddle and nestled in a soft, fresh bun, was smothered in onions, bacon and cheese. I’d never had a meadowbrook hotdog to this point and now I can’t stop thinking about them.

After lunch, we decided to forego the route to tantallon and turned back toward bedford. At the end of hammonds plains road we could see a familiar figure in the distance: theodore tugboat parked in the bedford basin was just the inspiration we needed to get out of the car for a fresh, brisk walk to end a great afternoon.