Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nova Scotia wines win big at national awards

Annapolis Highland Vineyards, L’Acadie Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery, Domaine de Grand Pré and Jost Vineyards among the victors

Posted By on Sun, May 30, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Nova Scotia wineries took home 16 awards at the annual All Canadian Wine Championships in Windsor, Ontario, considered the country’s leading wine competition. The annual contest received 1,143 submitted wines this year from across the country. The local wineries whose grape yield took the big prizes included Annapolis Highland Vineyards, L’Acadie Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery Domaine de Grand Pré and Jost Vineyards. Congratulations to all the winners!
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Boston Pizza hours update

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The Boston Pizza(1858 Granville Street, 422-8600) location in Granville Mall, very popular with sports fans for the multitude of screens and good food, has changed its hours. They are as follows: Mon-Wed 11am-midnight, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-11pm.
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Friday, May 28, 2010

Saege Bistro reopens

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Though it may be hard to believe, given the recent fire that ran through the eatery, but Shoptalk has received a note from Scanway kingpin Geir Simensen indicating Saege Bistro (5883 Spring Garden Road, 429-1882) will reopen Saturday, May 29 at 9:30am for brunch and remain open in the days to come as they finish the repairs to the place.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Downtown eateries opening

Posted By on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Indochine Banh Mi (The Paramount Building, 1551 South Park Street, 407-1222) can be found in the space that once housed Glamour Puss and the Naughty Dog. The Vietnamese sandwich place is the brainchild of Liz Smith, who noticed the taste trend popping up out in Alberta. “This is my first venture,” she says. “I’m kind of freaking out.” The Vietnamese sandwich is a melding of South Asian flavours and French colonial influence. Expect baguettes and homemade mayonnaise combined with satay, lemongrass and spicy marinates, with both meat and vegetarian options, and bubble tea made with real fruit and fruit juices to wash it down. Open Monday-Friday, 11:30am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm. Drop by to alleviate Smith’s freaking. | There’s another new taste downtown: Buddha Boys Asian Takeout is a street vendor, offering vegetarian or Thai curry spring rolls, Thai curry hot dogs, and dessert pockets (chocolate banana or chocolate peanut butter). Look for the Buddha Boys on Argyle Monday through Friday 11am-6pm. 12pm-4am Friday and Saturday. | Open for breakfast and lunch is Gourmet By Day Take-out and Catering (1810 Granville Street, 422-6674), offering office workers soups and sandwiches to get them through their day.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Meet the new Seaport Farmers' Market

Manager Fred Kilcup gives investors a tour

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM

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The new Seaport Farmers’ Market is under construction on Marginal Road, one of those Halifax addresses best described by its relationship to other places: behind the train station, across from Garrison Brewery, beside the Pier 21 museum. In this way it is very much like the current Brewery Market market, where shoppers need elaborate conversations just to explain how to find certain vendors. “Oh, you don’t know where the Dutchman is? How about the place that has the apples and the fudge? What about those guys who make the omelettes, upstairs across from Ted Hutten? Great. OK. So. You’re in the omelette line, and there’s a set of stairs right behind you. Head down the steps and you’ll find her tucked into the bottom of the staircase, the woman who makes the organic dog treats. You can’t miss her.”

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bear is Back

Posted By on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 4:00 AM

It was Atlantis, Chopin and the Crown Diner, and now it’s been reported that Ray Bear, former chef at Gio and at his own Barrington Street resto---the eponymously named Bear Restaurant at civic address 1241---will be opening a more casual eatery (than we’re used to from him) in June on Salter Street, where those three former places once served. More info to come as we get it…
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Big Gottingen Street News: Backpackers hostel, Alteregos cafe poised for major expansion

Owner Michelle Strum to buy Darrells Pool building, team with The Hub

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

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There's yet more big news on Gottingen Street, as a stalwart business owner prepares to take on a major expansion

Two weeks ago we reported on plans to build two 100+ unit low-income apartment buildings on Gottingen Street, one on the site of the former Diamonds bar, the other at the much-neglected Mitchell's Environmental Treasures building.

Between the two sits Alteregos Coffee Shop and Halifax Backpackers hostel (2193 Gottingen Street), both owned by Michelle Strum. Most business owners would be horrified by the prospect of major construction taking place on either side of her, but Strum seems entirely nonplussed. "I've been dealing with that building for five years," she says of the rat-infested, roof-collapsing MET building. "Sure, we'll have a down-time of construction, but after that things will be better than ever."

More surprisingly still, Strum is making a major investment in Gottingen Street: She is buying the former Darrells Pool building, four doors down at 2171 Gottingen. Barring some unexpected turn of events, that sale should be finalized July 31.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cheachie’s Opens

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 4:00 AM

“Food so good you’d swear we kidnapped your mother,” says the nifty spiel on the website. Here at Shoptalk, we dig that kind of snark. Cheachie’s Grill (102 Chain Lake Drive, 446-3663) is a new joint out in Bayers Lake, offering burgers (try the Mother Clucker) Mexican dishes, Italian dishes (pizza and pasta), steak, salads and fish and chips. They also do brunch on the weekends. The hours are Monday to Friday 11am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 9am to 3-ish .
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Dinner is over at The Good Food Emporium

Extra-hours ambitions put on the back burner while Gottingen Street heats up

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Some bad news for fans of The Good Food Emporium's dinner menu: The kitchen's closed. About six months ago the 2179 Gottingen Street eatery decided to expand beyond its always-popular lunch hours to serve dinner Wednesday through Friday. The menu featured several Korean dishes, as well as Jamaican jerk tofu and Thai green curry---in all, a delicious departure from the Emporium's hearty comfort food ethic. But "departures" mean "extra work" in a small company. "The restaurant is busy during the day, and it started to strain our resources being open at night," says part-owner Eric Gunnells. Regular operations also got harder when Paul Rodgers, another partner, left the business.

Ultimately there wasn't enough dinner trade to justify the effort. The expanded hours have been suspended as of last week; Wednesday, May 5, was the first night without dinner, at least for a while. "We're waiting for traffic on the street to pick up again," says Gunnells. "Lots of developments are going on. There's supposed to be a bar opening across the road, I was really counting on that." With residential development happening up and down the street, not the least of which is a 100-unit building going into the MET space right next store to The Good Food, the long-promised Gottingen resurgence may finally be underway. Six months ago proved a little early for the ambitious dinner menu, but its time is…soon, promises Gunnells. "We will bring it back."

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pete’s has a new location

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Uncommon Grounds has closed down on Hollis, but going in there is a new venture from eternally cheery food entrepreneur Pete Luckett. Pete’s To Go Go (1801 Hollis Street) will open “mid-summer,” they say. Here’s the lowdown, from the helpful email Shoptalk received, on what the shop will offer, aside from the Pete’s sandwiches and salads its become known for: “The shop will cater to locals and visitors on the go, opening daily with breakfast, coffee and snacks. Pete's To Go Go will also carry a wide selection of pre-prepared dinners currently found in the Bedford and Halifax retail stores.”
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Our Thyme Café Grand Opening

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Over in Dartrmouth, Our Thyme Café (98 Portland Street, 406-7467) is having everyone come by for a celebration May 6, from 8am to 5pm, to enjoy the grand opening of their newly renovated addition. Expect local celebs behind the counter serving lunch, samples of the sweet treats, organic coffee and more.
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Moda Urban Dining opens

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 4:00 AM

They were hoping to be up and running this week, with all the inspections and menu complete, they’re just waiting for the liquor licence to come through, so be sure to drop by Moda Urban Dining (1518 Dresden Row, 405-3480) in the old Anatolia space in the next little while to see if the doors are open. Serving lunch and dinner, the hours are Monday through Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm. The owners are Melissa Buckley and Matt Pridham, a former sous-chef at Fiasco. The vibe is “relaxed fine dining, trying to take the pretention out of it,” says Buckley, who says you can expect gourmet twists on classic lunch item to cost an average of $14 and dinner somewhere around $25. And the menu? “Globally influenced,” says Buckley, with regional flavours of Thailand, France, Italy and Germany, often found on the same plate or even dish.
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

It was Seven, it is G Lounge

Posted By on Sun, May 2, 2010 at 4:00 AM

As Shoptalk reported last recently, in the former Seven Wine Bar spot a new lounge is opening from the same owners. It is now officially named: G Lounge (1579 Grafton Street, 444-7774) will open May 6, with hours of operation being Tuesdays, Thursday-Saturday 5pm-2am, and the grand opening weekend May 13-15.
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Five Fishermen up in the grill

Posted By on Sat, May 1, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The legendary seafood restaurant Five Fishermen (1740 Argyle Street, 422-4421) is now undergoing changes. Their downstairs section, once known as Little Fish Restaurant & Oyster Bar, has closed and will soon to be replaced by something called Five Fishermen Bar & Grill, to open in June following renovations.
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