Tuesday, November 30, 2010

AGNS gets a new cafe

You will be able to eat again at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Shoptalk has learned that the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1741 Hollis Street, 424-7542) has awarded the tender for their cafe space---previously filled by Scanway and their Cheapside Cafe---to the fine folks at the Armview Grill cvompany, owners of the Armview Restaurant and Lounge. The new cafe, estimated to open in February 2011, is going by the witty handle of Untitled Eats. It will feature a largely local food-filled menu and will offer counter (take away) as well as table service along with catering for meetings, receptions, and other events.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

The Last Potini

Season's Bistro change up long-running Friday afternoon treat

Posted By on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Things are changing at popular hotel bar and restaurant Season's Bistro, found at the corner of Robie and Quinpool in the Atlantica Hotel (1980 Robie Street, 490-3331). For years on Friday evenings they'd offer a gratis potato bar with their drink specials, which consisted of mashed potatoes served in a martini glass along with garnishes (bacon bits, gravy, cheese and more).

We're sad to report that today, Friday November 26, is the final day for the potini. "It was a decision made by the hotel management and the chef," reports a source at Seasons.

The good news is the free appetizers will continue to be offered to customers from 5-6pm on Fridays at Seasons, but there'll be more variety to the fare. Recent appies have included pogos and BBQ treats. But for those who loved the potini, we recommend you go regularly and ask for the beloved tradition of potatoes in a martini glass to be reinstated.
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Bubba's gets bigger

Spring Garden Road Sports Bar expands next door

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

American Thanksgiving football drew the fans in droves on Thursday night, and many were surprised by what they found at popular sports and wings destination Bubba Ray's Sports Bar (5650 Spring Garden Road, 405-4344). As Shoptalk reported recently was in the works, Bubba's has busted through the wall separating its original space from the former location of Gullabulls upstairs at Spring Garden Place. Now Bubba's has a whole new room, with many more screens for sports viewing, as well as a somewhat quieter vibe, a bit more like a pub, with darker tones and comfy booths. It also connects with The Hunt Club (5640 Spring Garden Road), the clothing store/bar directly adjacent. As the Facebook page explains, it's "Atlantic Canada's first and only fully licensed bar and clothing store combination! Eat, Drink and Shop!"
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

E-PIN Korean Grill House opens

Barrington gets its own Korean resto

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 4:00 AM

As further evidence of Barrington Street recovery---see new area arrivals Obladee Wine Bar, Oddjects, Newcombe’s Ink (more info coming soon), TAO: The Adventure Outfitters, even Starbucks---we now have another delicious downtown destination to discover. E-PIN Korean Grill House (1533 Barrington Street, 431-3839) is a new Korean restaurant that’s gone in at the corner of Barrington and Salter in the Freemason’s Building. Described as a “high end, contemporary restaurant” it's now open for dinner, from 4:30pm to 10pm.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Humani-T offers baked goods

Cafe in Super Natural just gets better and better

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Popular north end vitamin and supplements store Super Natural Health Products (5755 Young Street, 454-9999) turned part of its space into a fully fledged cafe in 2010 called Humani-T, and now is offering another weapon in its arsenal of tastiness: baked goods! We’re talking Persian-style baklava, oven-fresh muffins, plate-sized cookies and fluffy, fancy cakes. Also very much worth considering when visiting is the array of gelato, a selection not seen since the demise of Dio Mio. Consider the Persian Rose gelato, made with rosewater and saffron for a taste unique to Halifax. As an added incentive you’ll receive a free canister of Premium Neekoo loose tea with a purchase of a single scoop of the Persian Rose gelato and a Prince of Persia tea.
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Morris East update

Pizza and so much more

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the cool stuff going on down at gourmet pizza joint Morris East (5212 Morris Street, 444-7663). Where to start? How about catering and office parties? Yes, they do that and are booking now for the holidays. How about the continually changing items on the menu, such as the Pear Pizza, which features red wine poached pear, roasted beet, blue cheese, shallot, prosciutto and tarragon aioli? Or what about their brand new tax-free product line? The housemade chili oil ($12), raspberry daiquiri mix ($14) and tomato sauce ($7) all use local ingredients and are available wrapped up and for delivery if you buy in bulk.

The restaurant is generally closed on Mondays, but is offering exclusive opening on Monday nights for holiday or office parties, so call and book those now. And for the month of December, Morris East will be offering reservations on one table right in the window for groups of 4-6. “Everyone at Morris East is really looking forward to the Christmas period. We’re covering all the bases,” says owner Jennie Dobbs.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Seaport hours and days increase

Shopping at the new market Friday to Sunday, Wednesday coming soon

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 4:00 AM

As Shoptalk reported last week, a new International Market is starting up Fridays at the Halifax Seaport (Pier 22, 1209 Marginal Road, 429-6256), but that’s only a part of the story. You’ll find that the Friday market also includes a number of vendors from Saturday’s traditional market that will also be down there on Sundays effective immediately. That includes two of the permanent retail spaces, Fox Hill Cheese House and Gourmandises Avenue, which will be open six days a week from Saturday November 6. And on November 17 the Wednesday Farmers’ Market will launch, with the opening hours 8am to 4pm. Market hours going forward are Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 7am-4pm and Sunday 8am-4pm.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Darrell’s New Burger

The Hen Den Burger: "Oh the humanity!"

Posted By on Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Darrell’s Restaurant (5576 Fenwick Street, 492-2344) owner Dan Joseph knows about burgers. His Peanut Butter Burger has been at the tops of the The Coast’s Best of Food poll for ages, but he says if any burger can compete with the that one, it’s his new one---called the Hen Den Burger---inspired by a hot new trend in New York City of putting a fried egg on hamburger. Check this content list: bun, burger patty, cheddar, bacon, fried egg, chipotle mayo, romaine lettuce and guacamole. “It is fantastic,” says Joseph, whose garnered reviews from about a dozen people that have tried the fresh creation so far. “Everyone’s very excited about it.”
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Liquid Gold opens

Olive oil and balsamic are it at this new Hydrostone store

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

For many gourmands and chefs, this is what they’ve been waiting for: Liquid Gold (5525 Young Street, 406-8809) is a store specializing in olive oil, sourced in the southern hemisphere and the Mediterranean. You bottle it right in the store for absolute freshness. Also available is Italian balsamic vinegar, in a variety of types.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Seaport Fridays

Immigrant Entrepreneurs to show their stuff on Fridays at the Market

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

On Friday November 5, a new International Friday Market will open at the Seaport Market (1209 Marginal Road, 429-6256), and will continue henceforth every Friday from 10am to 7pm, with the official opening November 19. The international market will feature vendors from nations as varied Turkey, Peru, India, Lebanon, China, Iran and Greece, more than 40 vendors offering prepared food and non-food items as well. “We were researching what foods various immigrant groups were looking for but could not find,” explains organizer Gordon Michael. “This information was passed on to producers so they could grow or produce the products. We also found out many wanted to start a business by making and selling prepared food and related products.” Look out for numbers to increase as local restaurants with an international flavour get in on the action. The International Market is partnered with Business Development Services and Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services.
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Perks on the waterfront closes

Popular licenced coffeeshop to move to Historic Properties

Posted By on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Shoptalk has learned that Perks (1781 Lower Water Street) closed its doors at the end of October following an ongoing dispute with its landlord. According to a note posted on the business door, the intention is to reopen the business in Historic Properties in the near future.
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