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Blue Nose: A much beloved racing schooner, presently docked at Lunenburg. The first Blue Nose ran aground on a reef and was lost some eighty years ago; the present version is a "sequel," which many say is almost as good as the original.

Chow-chow: Pickled side dish. Tastes like very chunky sweet relish.

Donair: Lunch or dinner cuisine resembling a gyro, but drenched in what could only be vanilla pudding. May taste "really different from other donairs" if you get one at the Pizzaria in Liverpool.

Dory: Small fishing boat.

Fish 'n' brewis: Traditional Atlantic Canadian meal of salt cod pan-fried with ship's biscuit (which must first be soaked overnight in water).

Loyalist: Former Americans, loyal to King George III, who left the colonies and emigrated to Nova Scotia during the Revolutionary War. Many of these loyalists ended up in Shelburne, a thriving harbor community at the time. Many of these loyalists were African- or Caribbean-Americans who are now referred to as Black Loyalists -- on which subject Shelburne is host to a museum.

Milk: Not limited to breakfast cereal. Available in a wide variety of colors and flavors, often in easy on-the-go containers.

Pot: Legal and easily obtainable in southeast Nova Scotia. (See photo.)

Poutine: French fries smothered in gravy and cheese and butter (optional). Heart-healthy.

Roseway Beach: Where Katie and Ren got engaged!

Scallop burger: Four or five fried scallops on a bun, topped with lettuce, American cheese and tartar sauce. Not to be missed.

Solomon gundy: Creamed pickled herring -- also a popular side dish. Not to be confused with Solomon Grundy (of the children's nursery rhyme) or Solomon Grundy (of the Legion of Doom).

Tim Horton's: Dunkin' Donuts, Canada style. Actually not bad. "Toujours frais" and almost always open, too. If you prefer your doughnuts in the diminutive, buy TimBits!

VLT: Video lottery terminal. Basically an electronic slot machine, but regulated by the Canadian government.

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