The Saturday Afternoon Thing!

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Winter hang time on The Halifax Waterfront! 

It is the last few days of our full season. This is always a bitter-sweet time for me. I will miss doing tours and the inevitability of winter is harder and harder to escape as the days grow shorter. Over the off-season, I will miss the people I connect with so effortlessly on a daily basis when tours are in full swing.

 

On the sweet side, this means more time with my family, time to try out some fun kitchen tips I picked up over the summer, time to get into all the projects I’ve been planning for around the house; and of course……Tour planning!

We will be doing the Holiday Gift Pack again, I have three retail locations lined up for this year! I’m so excited. Stay tuned for further details as the Holiday season approaches!

I am also Kicking off a New off-season Tour! I am almost giddy about this! I’m Calling it the “Saturday Afternoon Thing!”  This is of course a food tour, but let’s be real; It’s a food tour every time I leave my house.  There will be food! It’s also a hangout. I’ve scheduled it from 1pm to 4pm Saturday’s in the downtown. You could hit the farmers market in the morning, hang out with me for the afternoon, and go on for a night out on the town! weekend perfection. I got the idea for this over the summer. I was working some pretty long hours, I was a little tired and dusty, and my mind wandered to what I would do right then if I had the Day Off. The answer came to me that I would go to visit some of my favourite people, eat some great food, get coffee, share a laugh, chat, take in some art, and so on. Basically, left to my own devices, I would snack and poke around town. Allow me to point out; this is essentially my job anyway, so it was a pretty happy thought conclusion.  So, yes; I designed a route based on just that! This is an ambitious route (up to 10 stops!) we will visit with some of my favourite people, and they will serve you treats! We will stop at an art gallery, Art and treats!  we will get coffee and other hot/cold bevies and finish up with a tasting experience. What is a tasting experience? It’s that thing you do when you taste something and then get an idea to try it with another something. In my line of work I get a lot of these inspirations and just over the last little bit I’ve found ways to bring this to you! It is my hope that we will share conversation and laughs, I will talk about history and tell stories, (My family has pointed out that I can’t seem to help myself in that regard.)  Most of all, I want to show you how great Halifax is on a (off-season) Saturday Afternoon. This is inspiration to get out and enjoy the city, you’ll feel instantly welcomed into the community, and discover some possibilities for your own hangout fun!

I hope to have this up and running by Saturdays in December. We’ll take a short Break over the Holiday ,and get right back at it in January! I’m offering this at the introductory price of $50.00 including HST (prices may go up a bit during the summer months) Holiday Gift Packs will Cover Two tickets to this fun, Saturday, afternoon…….thing.

As always; you can call me directly; 902 818 9055 or fill out the form. I’m happy to chat!

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HFX NORTH CRAFT BEER AND FOOD TOUR  reg $50+tax

craft beer from North Brewing Halifax Nova Scotia

Check out the quickly changing North End of Halifax, a popular area which has blossomed into one of the city’s most thriving culinary destinations. Come sample the best of East Coast craft beer at popular local breweries such as Propeller Brewing  and North Brewing Co., and taste an amazing range of local specialties at hot new spots.  Many of these unique eateries are showcasing the best of locally-grown Nova Scotian produce and newly renovated, forward-thinking spaces.  Savour delectable grilled cheese, tasty cupcakes, authentic deli fare and gourmet ice cream at local favourites like Lion&Bright, Dee Dee’s, Hali Deli, FRED and more. Get the inside scoop on the city’s finest new chefs, the growing local food scene, and the history of this unique and ever changing neighbourhood.  Tour 1.5 km in length, includes 6+ food tastings & 3+ beer tastings, enough for a light lunch.

Departs from Ratinaud French Cuisine on Gottingen Street

OPEN KITCHEN FOOD TOUR  reg $50+tax

Open Kitchen Food Tours Halifax

Go behind the scenes with local chef Claire Gallant as you explore the best of Halifax’s North End culinary district on this Open Kitchen tour.  A popular tour with locals, moms and dads (kids welcome), and visitors alike, this 1 km culinary walking tour gives a chef’s perspective on sourcing food locally and creating innovative dishes at home.  Meet several top notch chefs at the city’s hottest North End eateries, step into professional kitchens and take an up-close look at food prep and operations.   Learn tips and surprising food facts, watch kitchen demonstrations, view recipes, and best of all, taste mouth-watering creations such as artisan pizza, house-made sausages and cheesecake.  This tour highlights the Hydrostone Market, Agricola Street and the city’s North End.  Tour 1 km in length, includes 4+ tastings & wine tasting, enough for a light lunch.

Departs from Highland Drive Storehouse on Kaye Street

NIGHT OUT ON QUINPOOL FOOD TOUR   reg $65+tax

night out on quinpool food tour open city may 9

Check out the Halifax Quinpool Road district like a foodie  -with substantial tastings at five restaurants, including Greek, Lebanese, Thai, and Korean cuisine, with cheesecake for dessert.  Learn fun food facts, the story behind the menus, and explore this unique strip which boasts an incredible concentration of local restaurants and family owned businesses. Discover the history of this off-the-beaten-path West End neighbourhood while you stroll the bustling, brightly lit street.  This food tour is ideal for couples, bachelorette groups, conference groups or a girls’ night out, and includes enough tastings  for a full dinner. Tour less than 1 km in length, includes 5+ substantial tastings & 2+wine tastings, enough for an evening meal.

Departs from the Oxford Theatre on Quinpool Road

HFX Burger Week – Gahan & Canvas & Relish

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It’s been one heck of a week of burgers, and I still  can’t believe there is someone out there who has eaten over 40 already – that’s dedication.  Check out LIFE OF BURGERS for the experience.

We tried the burger at Relish this week on Quinpool – a simple burger going for the “big crunch” with frizzled onions and BBQ sauce.  At dinner time the place was full to bursting – I counted 14 people in line ahead of me as I waited to order.  Surprisingly, the burger didn’t take that long.

HFX burger week Relish

I had read great things about the Burger at Gahan House and I was not disappointed.  You could tell they baked their own bun (with beer, no less) and the meat itself was tasty and grilled,  and there were plenty of toppings such as sharp cheddar cheese and candied bacon.  They also added pulled pork which gave an unexpected sweetness, and then, the masterpiece:  a nice thick slice of crispy fried pickle on the bottom.  This burger was filling and full of sensational flavours – I would definitely recommend this one!

Gahan House burger HFX burger week

hfx burger week Gahan House

We really enjoyed the burger at Canvas Resto on Brunswick as well.  I liked the idea of the slice of provolone cheese crusted in cornmeal as an addition to the patty.  This was one big burger – a full 8 ounces.  Really filling – with lettuce and tomato, and also a chili sauce on the bottom and a rich garlic sauce on the top.  Very decadent all around.  Fantastic service at both Gahan and Canvas – great people!

hfx burger week Canvas

HFX Burger Week – Flipburger and Le Bistro by Liz

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Another fabulous day of HFX Burger Week – although windy and ABSOLUTELY FREEZING, the amazing burgers warmed us all up.  My first burger of the day I found at Flipburger on Argyle Street.  It was the middle of the afternoon, so they were having a bit of a lull, but the place started filling up with burger hunters just as I was leaving.  This spot has classic and specialty burgers, and also great shakes.  My vanilla shake was thick and packed full of ice cream.  

Flipburger Argyle St Halifax

I had the Big Smoke Burger, which was featured for Burger Week.  Really juicy, make before my eyes in the open kitchen, a fabulous burger.  I loved their addition of applewood smoked bacon, smoked gouda and smoked tomato to enhance the whole Big Smoke factor.  Really delicious! The bacon was done just right.

Flipburger Hfx burger week

Due to embarrassment, I will not reveal the time lapse between burgers on this day.  But my next stop was at Le Bistro by Liz on South Park Street.   We featured these folks on our Local Tasting Tours podcast a while back, and were so impressed with their menu, their friendliness, the live music line-up, and their gorgeous space – so inviting!

Hfx burger Week le Bistro by Liz

I had my eye on the Le Bistro Haddock Burger last year for Burger Week and I never made it.  It may be that I was hankering for some good Maritime seafood after all the beef I’ve been eating this week, but this burger really blew my mind.  That haddock was so fresh it flaked apart as I was eating it – a truly generous portion with an incredibly crispy breading and lots of seasoning.  Special sauce, whole wheat bun, crisp lettuce and tomato.  To have this fresh seafood fall under the $5 burger roster for Burger Week is really a steal.  I totally recommend this burger.  Beautiful!

Le Bistro by Liz haddock burger

Taste some amazing dishes with us, and meet North End chefs on the Open Kitchen Food Tour, operating every Saturday throughout the winter!

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HFX Burger Week – Athens & EnVie

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Another day, another burger, or two.  Saturday was a delicious mix of lamb burger and vegan burger for us here in the heart of this awesome Maritime burger heaven.

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So I headed to Athens on Quinpool Road with a group of friends around brunch time – surprisingly, some in the group did NOT have a burger, but opted for the buffet (did you know that the Athens brunch buffet has pizza, french toast, chili, fresh baked bread, croissants, sausages… shall I go on?). The friendly folks on staff told me that their burger numbers were off the charts this year.  They said they had wondered if they were even going to get involved in burger week because they don’t think of themselves as a burger joint – but they figured they were sort of  burger experts when they’ve had  famous homemade burgers on the menu for over 30 years.  This was a simple burger – and really something else.  They have cuts of fresh lamb which they grind themselves in the kitchen to make a beautiful lamb burger with housemade tzatziki, feta, lettuce, tomato and onion.  They bake all their own bread onsite, and you can tell.  Soft, fresh white bun, fresh juicy lamb, cooked to perfection.  This is one beautiful burger.

athens greek restaurant

Next burger stop was EnVie on Charles and Agricola – I had spoken with owner Diandra the day before and got word on how many of these amazing V-MACS they were going through each day — hundreds!  This wonderful neighbourhood restaurant decided to do a vegan version of a Big Mac – which beats the original by a mile.  They can barely keep up with the demand.  I went at 5 o’clock sharp, and the place was full.  These folks work hard and they really know what they’re doing.  An award winning menu.

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I was so impressed with the flavours in this burger.  The three part bun was baked fresh next door at LOCAL SOURCE MARKET, and it had a crispness and gorgeous flavour of its own – it’s not one of those buns which just gets lost behind the burger.  The black bean patties were very filling and beautifully spiced – the greens were fresh, the ‘cheese’ slices were packed with sharp goodness, and the secret sauce was so bizarrely like the Big Mac secret sauce that I wondered if someone in the kitchen had done some espionage. Everything about this burger was 100% meat and dairy free.  Amazing work.

en vie halifax vegan

en vie halifax a vegan kitchen

 

Don’t forget to visit En Vie with us Saturdays on the OPEN KITCHEN FOOD TOUR!

We have a demonstration and taste their cheesecake which is to die for!

HFX Burger Week… Hali Deli Burger

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Burger at Hali Deli

 

On the first day of #hfxburgerweek I tiptoed through the snowbanks and made it down to a packed Hali Deli on Agricola Street for lunch.  Despite the waist high snow and sporadic sidewalk clearing, it was a bright, sunny, even warm day – a perfect start for the week when everyone gets out of the house to hunt for burgers.  Hali Deli had tweeted just an hour before that they were ready to go for Burger Week shortly after 12 noon.  When I got there, they were almost full. I had been dreaming about this burger for a while.  I sat at the retro bar and chatted with Mike as he poured drinks, made milkshakes and distributed mile high burgers.  Owner Victor Fineberg was on hand and we had a chat about their recent showing on YOU GOTTA EAT HERE – a great spot.  Daniel was working his magic in the kitchen and my burger came out in no time.  This is one of amazing $5 burger deals for #hfxburgerweek and it really is a deal. image6

The thing that really makes this one of my favourite burgers in town is the crispy potato latke inside.  The potato is a great flavour pairing, but the way they crisp up the nice thin latke gives you the best crunch when you bite in.  Because of the storm the day before, Victor said he was running out to their bakery first thing in the morning to pick up their famous burger buns – and man, those were fresh.  I noticed that Daniel gave them a little time on the grill, too, as the bottom crust was crispy with a little fat, just like a grilled cheese.  You can tell they make the patties with 100% beef, by hand – no fillers here.  There’s a wicked slice of smoked meat in there, too, lots of fresh, thick sliced red onion, lettuce and tomato.  The crowning glory is owner/chef Sybil’s own sweet relish on the top – bright red and full of flavour.

Don’t miss this Hali Deli burger –  and while you’re here, you’ll find you just can’t go home without trying the BEST hand cut fries in town, and Sybil’s triple layer chocolate cake.  This is old school deli at its best.

Hali Deli North End Halifax

 

Visit HALI DELI with us for delicious tastings on the HFX NORTH Craft Beer & Food Tour this summer!

A Taste of Italy with Pavia Gallery

Meet the owners of Pavia Gallery in the new Central Library in downtown Halifax and talk exciting new food journals with special guest Michelle from Atlantic News. In this podcast we learn how the cappuccino got its name, taste delicious Sienna-inspired treats, hear about David Chang’s publication Lucky Peach, and discuss fabulous local spots P’lovers and Rousseau Chocolatier. Come have a taste of Italy with us! Take a Bite out of Halifax! 

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FOOD + ART ! an afternoon culinary artwalk

Join us for our popular culinary artwalk

FOOD + ART

on   SATURDAY AFTERNOON   MARCH 14

1:00 pm   – 3:00 pm

culinary artwalk Halifax 2015

$20  per person

Join us for a guided tour of four local art galleries in Halifax’s historic downtown, paired with onsite tastings from popular local eateries.  Your tour begins at the Mary E Black Gallery at the Halifax Seaport with an exploration of innovative artwork and tastings provided by Fruition(Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market).  The route moves along to Hollis St for a sampling of handmade artisan chocolates by Rousseau Chocolatier onsite at Studio 21 Fine Art before viewing the exhibits on display.  After a quick walk along Barrington Street, visit the fine folks at Argyle Fine Art and sample a number of Vietnamese inspired tastings by Indochine Bahn Mi while taking in an array of ecclectic works.  The tour wraps up with a guided walk through the many rooms at the venerable Zwicker’s Gallery on Doyle Street, with tasty treats to sample from Mezza Lebanese Kitchen.

Tour meets 1:00 pm sharp at Mary E Black Gallery (tour finish: approx 3:00 pm Doyle Street).  All tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please bring printed ticket to tour departure site (Mary E Black Gallery).  Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special food requests or dietary restrictions.  Please contact Local Tasting Tours for more information.