Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Moda brings new tastes to the table

Fall lunch and dinner menus now happening

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The still-new global fusion eatery Moda Urban Dining (1518 Dresden Row, 405-3480) has launched their fall menus. Expect new daily soups, including butternut squash with maple cream and candied pecans, warm spinach and basil salad with a honey balsamic dressing and quark cheese on a baguette round and rib eye with a sauce of crushed peppercorns, served with a Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Already established as popular choices will remain on the menu, such as the creamy risotto spheres stuffed with asiago, flash fried and served with a tomato rosemary sauce, and the “coffee and doughnut” dessert of cappuccino semifreddo with a house made sugar dusted doughnut.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Off The Hook CSF is back on the hook

Community Supported Fishery launches fall deliveries

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Starting September 30th, Off the Hook CSF---Atlantic Canada’s first Community Supported Fishery---will deliver a weekly catch of fresh, sustainably caught haddock, hake and pollock to subscribing customers in and around the HRM, following up on last year’s successful inaugural season.

The central concept for Off the Hook is subscribers knowing where and how their seafood is caught, to renew the direct connections with local fishing communities and the ocean, as well as giving consumers the chance to get to know the fishers who catch their supper, while the fishers get a fair price for their catch. CSFs are modeled on community supported agriculture programs.

“It’s a short season, only four weeks,” says coordinator Sadie Beaton, who also works at the Ecology Action Centre. “Until the weather starts to turn.” She says in late November they’ll likely be doing some special deals for lobster season, too, but it won’t be a CSF endeavour. For the CSF they try and keep the numbers of subscribers at around 100 to keep it manageable, with the plan that over the winter they’ll reassess and figure out to to pair a larger number of fishers with more subscribers in the future.

There are “still a few more” shares are available for the upcoming fall season, says Beaton. More information and sign-up forms are available at

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Sushi Shige reborn

Popular sushi restaurant moves from Spring Garden to Granville

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Popular sushi restaurant moves from Spring Garden to Granville Shoptalk mistakenly indicated last week in the story about the Turkish Delight expansion that Sushi Shige was gone and not to return. It turns out we missed the facts of the case, and we’re not too big to admit when we were wrong. Sushi Shige, owned and operated by Aya Otara and Shige Fukuama will be the newest tenant of 1532 Granville Street near the corner of Salter---depending on the speed of renovations---in late October/early November.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fid Resto parties with the AFF

Restaurant offers special menu until September 25

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Yes, we know the Atlantic Film Festival is almost done, and we’re plenty sad about it. But when you come out of the Park Lane screening rooms in the next few days, consider our friends at Fid Resto (1569 Dresden Row, 422-9162) who are open until 10pm, offering some amazing meals right through to the 25th. We love the names of the dishes: How Harry Met Salmon or The Usual Salads. How about The Silence of the Lamb Necks or A Fish Called Wanda? Perhaps you’d prefer Eating Gilbert’s Grapes. Menu prices are $39 (food only). And keep in mind, due to construction the restaurant’s Dresden Row entrance is blocked, so you’ll want to find your way around to the Queen Street side of the courtyard.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Organic food and more

Home Grown to arrive on Gottingen Street in 2011

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Behind the Quinpool Centre, located in an original barn behind the houses on Allan Street, Home Grown Organic Foods (6188 Allan Street, 492-1412) is a produce-lover’s treasure trove. Fresh organic foods, much of it sourced locally (the bananas come from away, of course) are the star here, including free range chicken, grass fed beef, cookies, bread, wild blueberries, with local apples and squash in right now. It’s probably best known for its vegetable box deliveries, which you can schedule weekly, biweekly or monthly.

The big news for fans for fans of the business, they’re looking to open a second location in September 2011 on Gottingen Street across from the library. (Whether the current location will stay open is uncertain that this point.)
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Hami's Cafe & Catering Open now

Dartmouth’s newest cafe-pizzeria

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Shoptalk has learned there is a new place to eat in Dartmouth. Thanks to its helpful new website, Hami’s Cafe & Catering (79 Alderney Drive, 406-1777), we discovered that it’s a “labour of love” for owner Dan Hamilton, the Hami in the title.

“Picture an old fashioned New York pizzeria with Dean Martin playing lightly in the background. Good old fashioned service, the best pizza crust you have ever eaten and very clean---welcoming surroundings,” he writes.

“Now picture a modern coffee shop---with the espresso/cappuccino machine frothing up the greatest coffee treats. Then think of the best soups, sandwiches, deserts and salads you’ve ever had. Interesting art on the walls, inviting colors and of course the espresso bar where you can sit on a barstool and enjoy some conversation with the barista or watch the world cup on the LCD TV! Books, newspapers, magazines and FREE wireless internet access to use while you relax on our comfortable chairs with your cappuchino.”

Add to that a catering business and you have a triple-barrel service event. Hami’s Cafe had its soft opening last week, with the grand opening following in October. The hours are 7am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Saturdays.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Brooklyn Warehouse is Three!

Local eatery celebrates third year

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Got no plans for Sunday? Why not stop in at the Brooklyn Warehouse (2795 Windsor Street, 446-8181) to help them salute their third year in business? They're promising Surf and Turf, tasty treats and delicious McAuslan Draught. The event happens from 7pm-11pm.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

BC Winemaker at Bishop's Cellar

Grant Stanley pours at Halifax wine store

Posted on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Join winemaker Grant Stanley of British Columbia vineyards Quail's Gate tomorrow (Thursday, September 16) from 6-8pm at Bishop's Cellar (1477 Lower Water Street, 490-2675) to taste and discuss a number of his wines. A free tasting, you can enjoy Stanley's Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a few other special wines not currently available in Nova Scotia.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Club Soda pops

New eatery and nightclub on Prince Street

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 4:00 AM

If you’ve been downtown the past few weeks you’ll have noticed that the new Club Soda (5287 Prince Street, 407-8994) has become very popular in a very short time. Though they only opened August 12, manager Mike Hawkins, who runs the place with Mike Conforti, says the weekend crowds have filled the place. It’s quite changed since it was Bubbles Mansion, with a much more open concept bar space and a much friendlier eatery area, filled with picnic benches and a bright pink and purple colour scheme and a digital jukebox giving it a summer-at-the-beach vibe.

You’ll notice they’re part of the same group that owns The Toothy Moose and Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar because Bubba’s wings are on the menu here, too, along with a selection of pub grub, nachos, sandwiches, salads and even deep fried pickles. And though the nightclub side has taken on a life of its own, they “want to make the restaurant as busy as it can be,” says Hawkins. The kitchen is open every day from 11:30am-9pm, and the nightclub starts hopping Thursday through Saturday from 10pm to 2am.

Starting this Tuesday, the nightclub will also be opening with Z103 broadcasting live-to-air 10pm to midnight, followed by a DJ. Thursday its DJ Cam Harding playing house, Friday it’s DJ Savory playing hip hop, retro, funk and more, and Saturday is “all over the place,” alternating Jay Andrews (DJ and percussionist) and DJ Stiles. And ladies get in free every night they're open.
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Halifax Farmers' Market open today, 4-8pm

Stock up on cheese and tamales before Earl hits.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM


Today, the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market will be open from 4-8pm, so stock up now. But if you really enjoy buying your veggies in a storm, the Market will be open again tomorrow, regular time and apparently most vendors will be there.

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Emergency cupcake kits from Gateaux Rose

Survive the storm with sugar.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM


Gateaux Rose wants you to be prepared for Earl. Their Emergency Cupcake Kits include: "three slender pocket sized travel birthday candles; five safety matches; one package of emergency raisins; nine compact (mini) emergency cupcakes in high energy producing chocolate flavored cupcakes with red cross topper or blueberry storm cupcakes with life vessel topper."

Cupcake Kits are $25 each, available through Argyle Fine Art, and can be ordered through (delivery options available).

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rock Island Bistro is all new

The former Rock Island Cafe forsakes Bermuda

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 4:00 AM

It was once a place that offered a variation on Caribbean cuisine, but since a change in management (which Shoptalk reported on earlier this summer) much has changed at the Rock Island (6293 Quinpool Road, 406-4387). “The restaurant is no longer a Bermuda restaurant but serves Canadian and international food in a casual atmosphere with affordable prices. We have jazz on Thursday nights and plan to have other offerings,” writes owner Abe Granat in an email. (But they don’t do open mic nights anymore.)
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Mary's Place 2 opens Monday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Mary's Place Cafe 2 (5982 Spring Garden Road, 404-7171) will open Monday morning, says owner Roy Khoury, bringing the same breakfast, vegetarian, vegan and Syrian menu that is found at the original Mary's Place Cafe (2752 Robie Street, 454-2558). Hours at the new restaurant are 7am-9pm.
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The New Palace welcomes back the students

Sweet deals at the popular nightclub

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 4:00 AM

As far as Back to School promos go, this one is righteous. Every night The Palace (1721 Brunswick Street, 420-0015)  is open---Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday---they’re dubbing it "Student Party Central.” Everything, all night, every night, is $2.50. That includes barshots, shooters, domestic beer and Redbull. Also, students have a free cover all night on Wednesdays and no cover for the ladies on Saturdays until midnight. Plus, to really rock Labour Day weekend, they’ve decided to open this Labour Day Sunday: No cover and everything is $2.50 all night long, honeys.
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