Become One of the Newfies
"Congratulations," the bartender says with a wink, passing me a yellow certificate. "You've kissed the cod and done the shot,
and now you're an honorary Newfoundlander."
I've just been "screeched-in," a tradition that—according to the makers of Screech rum—started in the 1970s, when departing sailors would kiss a cod before heading south to Jamaica to bring boats full of rum back to Newfoundland (pronounced new-fin-LAND).
Pictured: A local fisherman holds cod, a staple on most Newfoundland menus.