Monday, January 31, 2011

Recipe To Riches comes to Halifax

Global and Food Network show wants your recipes

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Yo foodies! Have you got a killer recipe that you'd be willing to share with the rest of Canada? Would you be interested in potentially winning $250,000 for it? Then check out this new reality TV show coming to Halifax this week called Recipe To Riches. The details are here in our Haliwood Insider report.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cooper Tardivel goes west

Mosaic cocktail mixer is invited to Tales of the Cocktail in Vancouver

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 4:00 AM

New Orleans is the home of Tales of the Cocktail, a week-long event in July that brings together chefs, bartenders, spirits experts and suppliers to celebrate all things in mixology. The conference has become so popular that it’s now on tour, with a mini-festival to take place in March in Vancouver. Halifax cocktail star Cooper Tardivel of Mosaic (1584 Argyle Street, 405-4700) has been chosen to participate in the apprentice program, along with Taboo (1735 Grafton Street, 423-8226) and The Bicycle Thief (formerly Bish, opening in February) bartender Jeff van Horne. “They select six of the country’s best bartenders to basically be the support staff for the events presenters and to represent the next generation of mixologists, thus having the torch passed,” explains Tardivel, who is thrilled to be part of “the world’s most prestigious cocktail festival” and considers it a major personal accomplishment. “This is massive vote of recognition of Halifax's cocktail culture by the best judges in the world!!” he writes in an email. “We need to start celebrating our cocktail culture in this city!! Other provinces and other countries know, and celebrate Halifax's cocktail culture more than WE DO!!!???”

Tardivel competed in the 2007 Bols Around The World Cocktail Master Global Championships in Amsterdam, with his signature creation the True North Martini. It's a great winter beverage, available from the man himself at Mosaic.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Scanway celebrates 30 years

Local caterers, restaurateurs and pastry experts enter fourth decade

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Scanway will enjoy it's 30th anniversary on Thursday, February 3. The Scanway empire---overseen by owners Unni and Geir Simensen---also runs Spring Garden eatery Saege, which will be serving Scanway's original menu at the original 1981 prices on the birthday, for lunch and dinner. Or stop by Scanway’s Quinpool location (6088 Quinpool Road, 425-0683) to enjoy free Norwegian waffles and birthday cake.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Seaport Farmers’ Market’s permanent residents

Extended hours keep extending

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 4:00 AM

This is just to let you know that The Fish Shop, serving seafood chowder, lobster rolls, and the very best seafood is now open at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (1209 Marginal Road) Tuesday through Sunday: Tues 10am-6pm, Wed 8am-6pm, Thurs and Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 7am-4pm and Sunday 8am-4pm. And those hours apply to Fox Hill Cheese House and Gourmandises Avenue, too. The opening hours for Steve-O-Reno’s Cappucino, That Dutchman’s Cheese, Riverview Herbs and Julien’s Bakery are Wed 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 7am-4pm, Sun 8am-4pm. 

Update: Jeanita Rand of Fox Hill Cheese House brought it to our attention that the operating hours Shoptalk provided for her business, The Fish Shop and Gourmandises Avenue, as found on the Seaport Market Website, are incorrect. Those businesses are in fact currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 6pm, Saturdays 7am to 4pm and Sundays 8am to 4pm. Shoptalk apologizes for our part in reporting the misinformation.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Annie's Place Cafe is back

Now on Queen Street

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Annie's Place Cafe (420-0098), formerly on Birmingham Street, has found a new location and will be open for business Wednesday. The new locale is 1592 B Queen Street, the former site of Bravo, across from Armory Park.

"Well be open six days a week, 7am-3pm, Monday through Saturday" says proprietor Ann Joseph. "Basically the same menu---all0day breakfast, homemade lunches, frozen dinners, baked goods, organic fair trade coffee."

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Brooklyn Warehouse poised to open second location

Halifax eatery spills beans on new digs, sort of

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 4:00 AM

In a message to members of its Facebook Group, the owners of the Brooklyn Warehouse (2795 Windsor Street, 446-8181) have offered a few delicious bits of info on the prospects of a new location.

And we quote:

“Without confirming if we have found that space, we can say we are moving forward to establishing something unique in Metro that we consider a ‘Brooklyn Warehouse Joint,’ meaning the concept will continue in the footsteps of what we are doing now, but will have its own character and identity. It will be bigger but more laid back (about twice the size, which is still small and comfy). It will have its own menus (but some of our ‘classics’ will be there to enjoy). It will be much more convivial in nature and will feature a ‘chef’s table’ of sorts (we even hope there’s room for a test kitchen!). It will be in an up-and-coming neighbourhood, just like we are in now (and just like places we get inspired from). It will be in a downtown setting, but it won’t be downtown. And finally, it will give us an opportunity to satisfy a whole new wave of people getting engaged with what they eat.”
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pipa gets a new chef

Brazilian cuisine eatery shakes things up

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 4:00 AM

“We have hired a new chef, Bryan Corkery, former chef of Fox Harbour and The Press Gang,” announces Pipa (1685 Argyle Street, 407-7472) co-owner Victoria Gaspar. She says the resto will continue to offer traditional Portuguese and Brazilian dishes, but plans are coming together for a “weekly churrasco night---meat extravaganza!” and other theme nights. “We start up our $30-3 course menu on Jan 24 and plan on continuing our bossanova Thursdays and Flamenco Saturdays.”
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Changing Seasons

Atlantica bar reopens after renovations

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 4:00 AM

The stylish hotel bar Seasons (1980 Robie Street, 490-3331), once officially known as Seasons Bistro and Wine Bar, is now Seasons by Atlantica, following renovations. They’re back open today, so drop by to check out the changes.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Steamy’s shuttered?

Montreal fast food outlet seems to be no more

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Steamys (6300 Quinpool Road) has had paper covering its windows for some weeks now and no one there is answering the phone, which suggests the sausage and burger joint is done like dinner.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hamachi Steak House reopens

Renos revamp the Bishop’s Landing eatery

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Hamachi Steak House (1477 Lower Water Street, 422-1600) has been closed since the beginning of the month for renovations but reopens this Friday, January 14. “We are creating a little more of a Hamachi feel and look at this location.” says Boris Mirtchev, one of the co-owners. “This will involve an expanded lounge area with the addition of the award-winning Hamachi sushi bar and as well a direction towards more organic and earthy tones and colours.”
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beaver Tails sweet spot

Skaters on The Oval are kept warm by franchisee’s hot chocolate and sweet treats

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Marianne Peryer has hit a jackpot, of sorts. Her understanding is that when the tender went out for a food and beverage stall at the new Skating Oval on the Halifax Common, her Beaver Tails franchise was the only application. “We had no idea what was going to happen here,” she says on a chilly Tuesday afternoon, watching hundreds of afternoon skaters glide by. “There are logistical issues... that may have played a part in people not applying.”

Since the opening of the Oval on December 21, Peryer has seen her business bloom, to the point she’s had to bring in a second stall for weekend public skates and special events. She’s also seeing people come in from the ‘burbs and beyond to skate and try her delicious treats, folks who wouldn’t normally come down to her summer spot on the Halifax Waterfront from May through October. Though she still operates a location at Martock through the winter, this bonanza at the Oval has been a very pleasant surprise, especially since the original Beaver Tails opened on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, the longest skating rink in the world.

“We’re mimicking [the canal] here. I’m just so happy the public has come out to support this. The enthusiasm has been amazing.”

Beaver Tails is open from 10am until close [typically 9pm] on days the Oval is open.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

SnauBar brings Asian fusion!

Middle Eastern cuisine specialists look east

Posted By on Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Known as downtown destination of Middle Eastern delights, SnauBar (1535 Dresden Row, 406-8555) is now offering a broader Asian menu. New executive chef Tian Xue has partnered with SnauBar owner Teddy Zaghloul to create a selection unique new menu items, including “sizzling, fresh stirfries made with succulent chicken, flawlessly seasoned beef and crisp vegetables.” You’ll also now find eggrolls made with fresh ground beef and tofu soup to go along with the shawarma and other specialties already drawing the salivating punters. The Asian fusion menu has been added to the lunch menu and will soon be available at dinner. Call SnauBar to make a reservation or visit their website at
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fid hosts Grand Pre chef

Jason Lynch to cook local

Posted By on Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Downtown eatery Fid Resto (1569 Dresden Row, 422-9162) has invited Jason Lynch, executive chef at Le Caveau, to prepare a meal for 50 lucky people on Wednesday, January 19. The three-course menu will include white beans, lamb porcini risotto, seasonal vegetables, valley apple turnover, local blackberry ice cream and more. Visit for more menu details or call the resto itself to reserve a seat, which will run you $50 per person.

Article amended January 14.
This event has been postponed until later in the year.
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Havana Nights opens

Cuba on Spring Garden Road

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Now open in the former location of Mexicali Rosa’s is Havana Nights (5680 Spring Garden Road)---which should get all Johnny Castle fans all excited, am I right? Hey, you don’t need to have loved Dirty Dancing or its sequels to enjoy Havana Nights, a Cuban restaurant and nightclub. Friday nights try free salsa lessons, Saturday there’ll be a DJ and dancing, Tuesday they’re planning mojitos made by a genuine Cuban bartender and Thursday night they're expecting to offer cheap chicken wings and $10 pitchers of beer, with more happening during the week. (Though you may want to hold off on ordering the beer and mojitos, as our sources tell us as of this writing the establishment is still waiting on a liquor licence.)

Added information, January 11.
Shoptalk has learned that Havana Nights has received its liquor licence.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Baton Rouge coming downtown

Canadian steakhouse to open location in Morse Tea Building

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Shoptalk has learned that succulent ribs and steaks will be the order of the day at the Starfish Properties-owned Morse Tea Building between Hollis and Upper Water Streets when Canadian chain Baton Rouge opens this spring. Baton Rouge is owned by the Moncton-based Imvestcor Restaurant Group. and the franchise owners are Maxime St. Pierre, Leo Salloum---owner of Tony’s Donair & Pizza at the corner of Robie and Cunard---and Shayan Safaei.
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