Friday, February 26, 2010

Gullabull’s getting hot

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 4:00 AM

“With the hockey this week it’s really been picking up,” says manager Mark Richardson about business at restaurant/waterhole Gullabull’s Bar and Grill (upstairs at Spring Garden Place, 5640 Spring Garden, 407-3696), still a fairly new operation on the Spring Garden scene. Happy hours and events are being planned for the near future, and right now, Rib Night is a definite thing: wander in on a Thursday evening and get a full rack of ribs for half-price.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Restaurants closing and staying open

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Shoptalk is disappointed to report that TwelveFortyOne (1241 Barrington Street) has closed. It was the restaurant that sprung up with the sudden departure of star chef Ray Bear. But definitely not closed is the Rock Island Café (6293 Quinpool Road, 406-4385). Though Shoptalk reported earlier in February that the business is up for lease, owner Kahlid Awasi explains that the intent is to find a capable restaurant runner who would be interested in coming aboard to operate the business, while Awasi is actually considering opening other locations of the Bermudan eatery. He reiterates that in the meantime the restaurant is still very much open, with plans afoot to offer student discounts in the near future. So drop in and try one of their delicious fish cakes, chicken pies or rotis, and wash it down with some Caribbean punch and/or pop.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Vegetarian/Vegan Buffet at Mexico Lindo

Posted By on Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Hosted by the Halifax Association of Vegetarians (halifaxvegetarians.ca), local Mexican food destination Mexico Lindo (3635 Dutch Village Road, 445-0996) is have a Vegetarian/Vegan food buffet dinner, Monday March 1 at 6:30pm. The menu will feature dishes such as mango pear salad, empanadas, nopalitos, black beans, impossible cake and more, all for the very reasonable price of $16.50 plus tax per person. To reserve a spot, email halifaxvegetarians@gmail.com.
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Friday, February 19, 2010

It’s All Greek To Me now in Dartmouth

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Shoptalk has learned that the popular Greek eatery It’s All Greek To Me (6196 Quinpool Road, 406-3737) now has a second location in Russell Lake. For Dartmouth residents looking to try some of the same authentic Greek cuisine that’s been such a big hit on Quinpool Road, visit 250 Baker Drive or call 407-7777 for reservations.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Five years of Local Jo

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 4:00 AM

From the window of her office at the architectural firm Solterre Design, Local Jo Café & Market (2959 Oxford Street, 455-6225) co-owner Jennifer Corson can look down to her café. From another window she can see the roof of her home, and just down the street on Almon is another business she’s involved in, Renovators Resource, which is operated by her sister Alison Philbey.

Corson is truly a supporter of her neighbourhood.

“It was very self-serving,” she explains, outlining how five years ago last week she, with her husband Keith Robertson and backyard neighbours David Black and Heather Scott, opened Local Jos for people just like herself, young people starting families. “A place where you can go and have your kids join you,” she says. And despite the small group all having only a “very tenuous connections to food services” they’ve created a warm and welcoming cafe, “laid back yet bright and cheery,” offering fair trade coffee and organic and home-baked goods in a stylish space accented by rich hardwood. Corson credits her manager Danielle Davis for taking away all the stress of running the business, and is quick to point out that the Local Jo customer isn’t a monotype. “It’s not just families, there are people having meetings and students studying.”
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Ma Bell’s Café opens in Dartmouth

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 4:00 AM

“If it’s not made with love, we’re not serving it.” That’s the motto of a new café in downtown Dartmouth called Ma Bell’s Café (44 Ochterloney Street, 466-1322) in the old Copper Kettle space. Co-owners Florence Fogarty and Tom Bell were inspired by Bell’s mother who once ran a Treats in Penhorn Mall, and whose dream it was to open a café just like this one. “We’re living her dream,” says Fogarty. Both a café and a homestyle cooking restaurant, Ma Bell’s offers a wide selection of made-from-scratch panini sandwiches, soups and salads, tasty quiches and homemade desserts. “We’re known for our cinnamon rolls,” says Fogarty, who in mind of the loss of the popular Queen of Cups café to Dartmouth, is filling the absence by offering over 50 kinds of tea and 25 coffees to customers, as well as a cozy, fireplace-heated back room in which to enjoy your hot beverage.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Humani-T: Another cheap eat on Young

Super Natural Health Products is renamed Humani-T and opens healthy, affordable cafe

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 4:00 AM

It didn’t quite squeeze into our Cheap Eats issue last week, but the recently opened deli inside Super Natural Health Products is called Humani-T (5755 Young Street, 454-9999) offers a host of reasonable lunch combos that would qualify---plus it’s a healthy choice. Most appealing to the pocketbook is the Veggie Samosa meal deal, including made-from-scratch, gluten free soup or fresh salad, all for $4.99. (And check out the variety of homemade gelato flavours now filling the space in Halifax's gelatosphere vacated by Dio Mio.)
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine’s vittles

A working list of where to wine and dine your lover this Valentine's. Keep sending us your list of where to go Saturday and Sunday nights.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 4:00 AM

A typically romantic Valentine's dinner in the HRM, circa 1942.
  • A typically romantic Valentine's dinner in the HRM, circa 1942.

In all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, there’ll be Valentine’s Day specials. Of course, we’re only paraphrasing Casablanca, and to be honest, there are specials celebrating the day for lovers in far more than just Halifax gin joints. For instance, both Boston Pizza (1858 Granville Street, 422-8600) and Freeman’s Little New York (6092 Quinpool Road and 1726 Grafton Street) are both offering heart-shaped pizza for the occasion. The Freeman’s special is the pizza as part of a three-course meal, including a bottle of wine, for $69.99. Over at Bitter End (1572 Argyle Street, 425-3039) the special includes an appetizer to share, any two entrees, dessert to share and two glasses of champagne, all for $50. (Bitter End also has gin, though they might bristle to be known as a “joint.”) Tug's Pub (1549 Lower Water Street, 425-7610) has lobster specials all month, including Sunday, February 14, where you can enjoy a pound and a half of lobster for $19.99. You can try Season’s Bistro & Wine Bar in the Atlantica Hotel (1980 Robie Street, 490-3331), running its Valentine’s Day special from February 12 through 14. For $75, you’ll have a four-course meal, with three choices for the entree, plus a milk chocolate fondue for two. And at Fid Resto (1569 Dresden Row) there are three seatings on February 14, with a special menu planned and available only from February 11 through Sunday. Visit fidresto.ca or call 422-9162 to make reservations.
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Shoptalk product: heavenly Indian sweets

Gotta get my fix of dessert at Indian Groceries.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

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Now that you’re saving so much on cheap eats, you’ll have enough cash left in your pocket for dessert. Forget the Oreos, tucked away in a fridge at Indian Groceries (2585 Robie Street, 423-6339), are trays filled with nuggets of sweet, homemade heaven. Sticky, sticky gulab jamun, how I long to bathe in your syrup. My love for you is as shiny as the dainty silver leaf that laces the top of the kaju katli. Dear burfi, I miss your pistachio kisses as much as I long for laddoo, Sigh. Though you’ll want to horde these treats for yourself, they’re cheap enough to double up and share (platter in photo: $5.33), and you’ll want to savour that creamy, rich taste for as long as possible anyway.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dine out now

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Ongoing until February 11 is the Dine Out program in local restaurants, launched through the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia and in conjunction with Savour Food and Wine Show, taking place at the Halifax Marriot on February 25. What does this mean to you, oh Halifax restaurant frequenter? It means that a passel of local restaurants are offering *prix fixe* three-course meal specials until February 11. For instance, Durty Nelly’s (5221 Sackville Street, 406-7640) and The Armview Restaurant (7156 Chebucto Road, 455-4395) both have one for $25---and the Armview’s is actually running until the end of February. The full list of participating restaurants can be seen here, and the prices are excellent (most in the $35 to $50 range).
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ice wines among us

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Starting February 4 and going through until Valentine’s Day is the Nova Scotia Winter Icewine Festival. Though many of the events are taking place out at Nova Scotia vineyards such as Benjamin Bridge, Gaspereau and Jost, a number of local joints are getting in on the action. Inquire at Five Fishermen and Little Fish (1740 Argyle Street, 422-4421), Brooklyn Warehouse (2795 Windsor Street, 446-8181), the Stone Street Café (1875 Barrington Street, 420-6544) and the Crown Bistro (1990 Barrington Street, 492-6443) about their ice wine/dessert offerings over the next week, or visit the festival website for more information on all the events.
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