Welcome to Cod Sounds, a homegrown culinary excursion company, created to introduce you to a way of life not yet lost here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Where you embrace old techniques, rediscover lost traditions and create new ones along the way.


A History of Cod Sounds.

Everywhere you go in Newfoundland, you’ll find reminders that this was once a place where entire communities were sustained by cod from an abundant sea. But as our fishermen sent away enough salt cod to feed the entire world, they fed themselves the parts no one else wanted: the cod heads, the tongues and the sounds.

To most, the cod sound is simply the air bladder that keeps a cod afloat. But to us—and the adventurous few—this delicious treasure tells the story of a people who had the ingenuity to find nourishment in the overlooked, the unwanted and the left behind.

Discover Newfoundland, one bite at a time.

Owned and operated by local food enthusiast Lori McCarthy, Cod Sounds creates extraordinary food experiences that tell the unwritten history of Newfoundland and Labrador’s food and culture.

As Lori guides you through one-of-a-kind experiences like exclusive restaurant tours, shared cooking nights and outdoor adventures, you’ll discover how Newfoundland and Labrador’s oldest food traditions continue to nourish the people here—body and soul.

Meet Lori McCarthy

As a child, Lori McCarthy spent countless hours watching her mom make bread and preserve the season’s harvest for the winter. It’s her childhood memories of beach boil-ups and long fall days on fertile berry grounds that shaped her heart—and the heart of her business.

Her passion for the traditional foods of this province has only grown over the years. And now it’s something she hopes to share with you.



Let yourself be guided through the streets of downtown St. John’s with a food tour that takes you to some of the city’s hottest spots. At each stop, you’ll have the opportunity to taste their specially-selected offerings alongside a beverage.

From modern spins on traditional fare to the technical mastery of local artisans, you’re guaranteed a gastronomic experience that could only happen in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Discover a shared cooking and dining experience in the beautiful Compton House Heritage Inn, just minutes from the downtown core in what was once the old St. John’s country. Whether you are a well-seasoned cook or a food  enthusiast, we all continue to learn and I am sure we have a class to inspire you. Our classes are a mix of demonstration and hands-on and explore everything from traditional Newfoundland fare to breads and pastas, cheese making, charcuterie and butchery.



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Outdoor Adventures

Spend a day living off the land with our guide. We will show you some of our favourite spots for foraging — and then the best place to enjoy a beachside lunch made over an open fire.

Wild Foraging in Newfoundland and Labrador

Lori McCarthy has been picking wild edibles since a young child and has spent the recent years foraging for some of this city’s top restaurants. Walk with your guide through our woods and onto our beaches in search of the amazing bounty that our province has to offer. When we are finished we will sit around, light the fire and experience a Newfoundland boil-up.

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Experience a Traditional Boil-up

Join us on the beach for one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most treasured traditions: the boil-up. For those of you that have never heard the term before, it’s simply means a spot of lunch or tea cooked up over an open fire. Feel free to walk about and take plenty of pictures or sit and relax while your guide gets the fire going to cook up a taste of wild Newfoundland and Labrador. We will sit, breath the fresh air and appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. Your guide will demonstrate how to prepare some of our traditional foods, all the while telling you stories and traditions around the food of our province. Depending on the time of year, you can look forward to sampling Labrador arctic char, moose, mussels, cod or smoked mackerel. Always to be accompanied by traditional bread, buns and local berry preserves.

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Culinary Adventure on da’ Bay

This is a trip worth planning your vacation around. This is an experience to tickle all of your senses and create an adventure food memory to last a lifetime! From the incredible scenery that will surround you, the smell of the fresh salty air, the rich history of Conception Bay South and then of course, landing on a beach to fill your bellies with some of the finest traditional foods of Newfoundland and Labrador. This is quite an experience.

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