Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Choco Cafe opens in former Mu Lan Teahouse location

Gourmet chocolate and cafe? Yes please

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM

A coffee and chocolate shop, Choco Cafe (1360 Lower Water Street, 407-8844) is where the Mu Lan Tea House used to operate, just on the corner of Bishop. It's a new storefront operated by Lama Issa, who runs Chocolates By Design, a home-based business, along with brother Rami Issa and husband Omar Khartabil. The cafe offers gourmet wrapped chocolates that can be purchased individually or as a bunch for wedding gifts. Choco Cafe also serves fair trade coffee, tea, hot chocolate and has great opening hours, from 6:30am to midnight-ish, if you're needing a late-night chocolate infusion down near the waterfront.
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Natural Karoke to privatize the karaoke experience downtown

Karaoke going into former Havana Nights space

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Popular in cities across the planet, Halifax will soon be able to boast its own Asian-style private karaoke establishment. The Feed has learned that opening in November will be Natural Karaoke at 5680 Spring Garden Road, where Havana Nights once operated out of. There'll be six rooms to rent, large enough to accommodate parties of 20 and intimate enough for just you and your sweetheart. They'll also be selling Chinese food, because you always build up an appetite crooning "Unchained Melody."
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tarek's opens third cafe

308 South by Tarek's opens in November on Quinpool

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM

The Feed has learned that Tarek Kostek---founder of Tarek's Cafe and Tarek's Cafe 2---and his family, spearheaded by son Corey Clamp, are opening a new licensed eatery at the former location of Rock Island Bistro on Quinpool Road.

308 South by Tarek's (6293 Quinpool Road) carries over the popular dishes from the other cafes---including soups, sandwiches and falafel---but with an added twist: authentic Acadian food. All the dishes will created by chef Peter Wilson.

The new place on Quinpool is scheduled to open on November 6.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Ratineaud French Cuisine opens November 1

New international food choice on Gottingen

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM

The Feed has learned that Ratinaud French Cuisine is opening at 2082 Gottingen on November 1. The business is a catering operation and deli, offering a selection of different charcuterie (pate, rillette, sausage, dry cured meat) and take-home prepared food for north enders and whomever else would like to stop by.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Elements commits to local

Westin Nova Scotian resto looks to seasonal, sustainable menu

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 4:00 AM

The upcasual Westin Hotel dining lounge Elements (1181 Hollis Street, 496-7960) has a whole new approach to it's foody delights: It's now promoting the "eat local" movement, offering a 50-mile sustainable menu featuring local food with a global inspiration. That it's located steps away from the Seaport Farmer's Market makes it an easy and obvious resource, as are more than 35 other local farmers and producers with whom they're partnering. Its wine list offers over 116 selections featuring wines from eight Nova Scotia wineries. And it's now open six days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sundays for brunch.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Obladee---A Wine Bar turns one

"Quiet little wine bar" is unexpectedly booming.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 3:02 PM

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Obladee---A Wine Bar (1598 Barrington Street, 405-4505) is celebrating its first anniversary this week, with surprise deals every day. Obladee is the creation of sister and brother team Heather and Christian Rankin, and yep, that’s that Rankin family, mostly hailing from Mabou, many of whom are working at the bar. “I was envisioning a quiet little wine bar,” says Heather Rankin of her business dream, but business has been booming; “it’s a proper bar,” she admits, sheepishly. Still, Obladee set out to be a simple establishment, with friendly staff and unpretentious presentation, and has scored on all counts. The approachable wine menu changes every couple of weeks, and Rankin has rotated her staff through Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers classes, so they’re quite helpful for customers who might otherwise be frightened of navigating through unfamiliar vino territory. “I wouldn’t say we have educated our customers,” says Rankin, choosing her words carefully. “But I like to think we’ve broadened thier palates a little by bringing in wines they might not have known.” Rankin hints at possible expansion plans down the road, but that’ll have to wait; for now, she’s too busy stewarding an unexpected succcess.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Local pizzeria Pizzatown continues to grow

Could be "Pizzacity" before too long, with newest location on Joe Howe

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Pizzatown has been servicing Halifax and its environs since 1990, when it opened its first location in Timberlea. Today the company has multiple locations in the HRM, including a new one at 3450 Joseph Howe Drive, 444-3344 or 450-0000 open 10am - 3am. The pizzeria offers a variety of pies, including a gluten-free menu, chicken, seafood, appetizers, calorie-smart and gourmet pizzas and many kinds of chicken wings.
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Poutine eatery to open downtown this month

Ontario poutine chain brings their cheese and fries to Halifax

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Smoke's Poutinerie,an Ontario-based "quick-serve" poutine operation, is opening soon on Blowers Street. The Feed understands the place will be open by Halloween. In its many other locations the business offers some 22 varieties of poutine.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Oh those Russians! Laura's Cafe opens

Russian eatery brings borscht to Halifax bellies

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 5:44 PM

It makes all kinds of sense that a cafe offering authentic Russian cuisine made by Russian Canadians would open in Halifax, if you consider the climate. What's the temperature in Vladivostok this week? Highs of 19 Celsius, lows of 4. Sounds familiar. Started by married couple Alex Bagyulia (who grew up in St Petersburgh) and Laura Pettipas (from Pyatigorsk, in the south. They met here.) Laura's Cafe (1022 Barrington Street near Inglis, 431-4594) specializes in Russian and Canadian cuisine. Come in for a fortifying bowl of borscht, meaty perogies, stews, shish kabobs, lamb dishes, even crepes. And all-day breakfasts are available, too. Hours are Tues-Thurs, Sun 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-9pm, closed Monday.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

La Trinidad opens on Salter

Nightclub goes into for MIX Fresh Kitchen space

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 6:20 PM

It turns out our sources were right on the money. As we'd heard, what was the MIX Fresh Kitchen is now a club and bar, offering DJs every night and cocktails. La Trinidad Lounge & The Listening Room (5171 Salter Street) is now open, Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm until late. Along with dancing, fancy cocktails and "an awesome selection of local and foreign cheeses and meats accompanied by local breads and garnish," a broader menu and lunch hours are promised soon. Check here for more information.

We wish them all the luck in the world. A club may be exactly what that space needs. Despite a great view of the harbour through those big windows, Atlantic Steak and Lobster Co, The Crown Diner and MIX Fresh Kitchen all were unable to make a go of it at that location.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fid rocks Nocturne

Downtown resto offers plates late in the evening

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

If you're out enjoying the multitude of art and performance as part of Saturdays Nocturne and start to feel the lug of hunger in your belly, check Fid Resto (1569 Dresden Row, 422-9162), which will be serving small plates only from 9:30pm until midnight.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chris Velden moves on

Ryan Duffy's chef opens catering business The Flying Apron Cookery

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Ryan Duffy's chef Chris Velden has left the steakhouse and is starting his own operation. With his wife Melissa, Velden is running The Flying Apron Cookery (flyingaproncookery.ca) from the kitchen at Shining Waters Marina in Tantallon.

The Flying Apron Cookery is a multi service food company providing sustainable food, food education and catering services with a focus on seasonal local product. The Flying Apron offers one-on-one in-home cooking classes, group cooking classes (in-home or corporate) and a six week culinary skill building class. The Veldens produce a weekly changing menu with a full line of pantry staples, everything from Blueberry Maple BBQ sauce to Middle Eastern Pesto and Chocolate Beet Cake.

The Flying Apron Cookery also offers frozen prepared meals. Their products are available via home delivery throughout the HRM or you can find them at the Hubbards and Lunenburg Farmers' Markets.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gold Island Bakery starts fall bread subsciption service

Sign up for fresh bread brought to your door by bicycle

Posted By on Sun, Oct 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM

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Jessica Ross is providing the city fresh bread once again. She runs an organic bakery in the city called Gold Island Bakery (halifaxsourdough@gmail.com). She has a table at the Historic Farmers' Market (also known as The Brewery Market) and runs a bicycle-powered home delivery service through the fall and winter. This week (October 12) she starts up her fall delivery subscription. She bakes the bread in the north end and delivers it to most all points on the peninsula on Wednesdays.

The deadline to sign up is tomorrow! October 10.

Along side the organic sourdough bread (made with Maritime Grown Grain---mostly from Speerville Mills and with some Longspell Point Farms Wheat), she delivers pies, Maritime Artisan Cheeses and her own preserves. She makes jams, pickles and a line of hot sauces made with Nova Scotia hot peppers. The Fall Home Delivery service runs from October 12 until December 14 (10 Weeks).

Click here for a link to the sign-up page at Gold Island Bakery.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rock Island Bistro is closed

Quinpool Bermudean resto shuts down

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

But the question is, for how long? An "Opening Soon" sign is prominent in the Rock Island Bistro (6293 Quinpool Road) window, but no word yet on when it'll reopen, or what else might open in the space.

The restaurant ownership changed hands last year when it went from Rock Island Cafe to Bistro.
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