Friday, April 27, 2012

Cafe Brea opens in Dartmouth

Espresso by the circ.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

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Melita Scott writes to say she has opened a coffee shop in Dartmouth on Earth Day. Cafe Brea (530 Portland Street, 789-1354) is in the new commercial strip that sits across from what used to be Penhorn Mall.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Pars Persian Restaurant to open

Occupying former Satisfaction Feast space.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

In the space that used to host the long-lived Satisfaction Feast vegetarian restaurant is now Pars Persian Restaurant (3559 Robie St, 431-7277), opening this weekend. The family-run north end eatery will offer standard fare such as charcoal-cooked kebabs, but the owners recommend trying their koresht—varieties of stews used in Persian cuisine, typically served alongside white rice. Stop by sometime to have an exotic, satisfying feast.
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The return of Slow Food Nova Scotia’s Spring Supper

“Good, clean and fair local food for all” on May 5

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Local food producers, brewers, wine makers and foodies---all seated around one table at last. Slow Food Nova Scotia’s Spring Supper is back to serve up some local flavours for its third year in a row. This year’s dinner will be whipped up by 11 local chefs, including Craig Flinn of Chives Canadian Bistro, Dennis Johnston of Fid Resto, and Zane Kelsall and Tara MacDonald of Two If By Sea Café. The dinner will include a seven-course meal created with locally-sourced ingredients paired with Nova Scotian wines.

Slow Food is an international grassroots organization with members in 150 countries. The evening is designed to promote Slow Food’s ideal of “good, clean and fair local food for all.” The dinner is set for May 5 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $85 ($75 for Slow Food members) and can be purchased with cash or cheque at Chives (1537 Barrington Street), Brooklyn Warehouse(2795 Windsor Street) and Two If By Sea’s Dartmouth location (66 Ochterloney Street).
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Edible Matters coming soon to Hammond Plains

Locavores get serious, yo

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 4:00 AM

More and more of us are interested in where our food comes from and the new restaurant, Edible Matters (1345 Hammond Plains Road, 446-5588), is taking that interest to the next level. Not only are almost all of their products grown in Nova Scotia (and sometimes, from just down the street) their entire kitchen is also glassed-in.

“We’re proud of our product and we want to showcase it,” says one of the chefs, Chris Burton. “So while you’re perhaps waiting for your sandwich to be prepared you’re actually watching our staff put together your sandwich with care and pride.”

With an emphasis on variety, patrons choose their mains and side dishes separately, with side dishes changing depending on seasonal availability. A tiffin service will also be available, where patrons pay a deposit on metal containers which can be refilled again and again. Burton hopes to see the restaurant doors opening by June 1.
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Cafe-go-round

The General Cafe stops at the Roberts Street Social Centre this month

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Coffee so good it makes you ponder the cosmos. (General Cafe cappuccinos may not appear exactly as shown)
  • Coffee so good it makes you ponder the cosmos. (General Cafe cappuccinos may not appear exactly as shown)

It all started in a friend’s living room. Daina Tavenier and Sam Kinsley came up with the idea of setting up a makeshift cafe in their friend’s apartment in February. The General Cafe was a name the two had been thinking about to call their novel idea, although it didn’t hurt that their friend’s apartment actually happened to be a general store back in the day.

This is a place where friends can gather and exchange dialogue and ideas over cups of quality espresso-based coffee and other specialty drinks.

In March, Eyelevel Gallery (2159 Gottingen Street, 425-6412) invited the General Cafe to set up at their location to coincide with their Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 5 exhibit.

This month, the Roberts Street Social Centre (5684 Roberts Street, 446-1788) invited the General Cafe to make a stop in its cozy little red house for the centre’s last bow in that location. Tavenier, who frequents the RSSC, says it’s an honour for them to set up the General Cafe there, as a fundraising effort for the centre.

Because the General Cafe has been popping up in different locations, the setup is always evolving. It does its best with the space that’s available, but the main ingredients are always right there: a cozy, interactive atmosphere, some nice throwback tunes on the record player and, of course, great coffee.

As of now, there is no word on where the mobile cafe will make its next stop in May. But stay tuned, because the General Cafe just may end up in your neighbourhood someday

The General Cafe is open until the end of month at the Roberts Street Social Centre, Wednesday to Friday, 9am-3:30pm. Just make your way upstairs. And be sure to check out the zine library and screenprinting studio at the RSSC original location while you still can.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Second Cup takes former Perks space

Canadian chain opens in plum Quinpool and Vernon location

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

People were saying---maybe even hoping---that Starbucks would take over the space on Quinpool vacated by Perks. But, in fact, it's Canadian coffee giant Second Cup that's moved in there following a big renovation. The cafe is open now.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New sushi choice in Dartmouth

Genji Sushi offers all-you-can-eat options

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Genji Sushi (184 Wyse Road, 452-3761) has set up shop just across the bridge in Dartmouth, and they’ve got plenty to get you squirming in your sushi-loving boots. The Japanese restaurant features an all-you-can-eat buffet with dozens of sushi varieties, fried rice and udon soup for $21.99. They’ve only been open for a month, but business is already growing.

“Every week is better than last week,” says co-owner, Rocky Hao. “I think people like the price, and our quality is also good...some people have already been back six or seven times.”

Hao got the idea to open a buffet-style sushi restaurant while working in Toronto. All-you-can-eat Japanese restaurants are on every corner there, he says, so he decided to see if Haligonians had the same sushi-cravings. Apparently, we do.

Genji sushi is open seven days a week, from 11am-10pm Monday to Thursday and 11:30am-10pm Friday through Sunday.
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Five Fishermen does Titanic dinner

The seafood resto has a direct connection with legendary disaster

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The building home to The Five Fishermen (1740 Argyle Street, 422-4421) has a great history in this town. It was once the John Snow & Co. Funeral Home, where the bodies of Titanic victims were taken in April 1912, including the mortal remains of well-heeled gentlemen John Jacob Aster and Charles M. Hayes.

It's fitting, then, that The Five Fishermen will be hosting a Titanic prix fixe dinner until the end of April, inspired by the White Star liner's first-class menu. Give the restaurant a call to make reservations.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The next gourmet burger place out of the gate...

Flipburger to open in May in Clayton Park

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Another contender is about to arrive on the suddenly hot gourmet burger scene. Flipburger (277 Lacewood Drive) plans to open its doors mid-May, and burger aficionados across HRM are already drooling in anticipation, so much so that owner Chris Tzaneteas (who also owns The Argyle and co-owns Ela! Greek Taverna) is already considering expanding if all goes well.

“We own properties downtown on Argyle Street and we would probably pop one up in the downtown core as well over the next few months,” he says.

Flipburger boasts a long list of environmentally friendly choices, including hormone- and steroid-free meat that’s locally sourced whenever possible, eco-friendly take-out containers, reclaimed wood, chairs made from recycled water bottles, the list goes on and on. The food itself is classic American favourites---burgers, hotdogs, onion rings and milkshakes, and a veggie burger too---but with unique toppings and ingredients. Just what these unique ingredients are, Tzaneteas won’t say, but he promises a tasty experience.
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Pete's Frootique opens Gluten Free Eatery & CoffeeBar

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Pete’s Frootique (1515 Dresden Row, 425-5700) has opened its new Gluten Free Eatery & CoffeeBar. Because the store can be a hectic spot, Pete’s acknowledges the risk of cross-contamination of food, something sufferers of celiac disease may find worrisome. That’s why the eatery operates as a separate entity, close but away from the bustle of the shop floor during meal hours. Just a short trip up the escalators towards the Dresden Row Market, you can enjoy the coffee bar’s modest but tasty 100 percent gluten-free menu, all prepared in a gluten-free kitchen. The restaurant uses local favourites Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet and Odell’s Gluten Free products to offer three types of sandwiches, as well as salads, soups and pastries. Pete’s operations manager Holly Chmelyk says her menu favourites are the pear and pecan salad and the chicken avocado sandwich made with potato millet bread.
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Happy hour at Gio

Classy downtown hosts a special good time

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Starting this month, the four-diamond Gio restaurant (1725 Market Street, located inside the Prince George Hotel, 425-1987) will be hosting Cocktail Hour, every Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7 pm. Take a sip or two out of Gio’s sommelier-selected wine list, cocktail, martini and spirits selection. Bring your friends or your date to enjoy the restaurant’s extensive bar and lounge area, and while you’re at it, stay for a meal from chef Vince Scigliano’s kitchen.
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Coastal Cafe goes to dinner

North end eatery expands hours, menu

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM

The Coastal Cafe (2731 Robie Street, 405-4022), three-peat winner of Best Breakfast in our annual Best of Food Survey, is looking to moonlight with dinners starting this month. Coastal@NIGHT will be serving dinner as a five-course prix fixe menu at $50, with a wine or beer pairing at an additional $20-25. The evening service is provided by mustachioed chef Graeme Ruppel, who is leasing the space from Coastal owner Mark Giffin. The Coastal Cafe’s nocturnal counterpart will be open Thursdays through Sundays, with reservations taken for 6pm and 8pm. Call in advance as the 22-seat space fills up quickly.

UPDATE APRIL 9, 11:40am The information in this story was updated to clarify the fact that Mark Giffin is still in charge at Coastal, and that Graeme Ruppel is no longer with Getaway Meat Mongers at the Seaport Farmers Market (though he still buys product from them). We apologize for the mix-up.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Patio Day coming early this year

Anticipating a warm spring and Titanic tourists, patios will be ready April 11

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Good news for anxious patio aficionados: The annual Patio Day in Halifax has been moved forward by city council to April 11 this year. Though April 21 is usually when businesses with valid permits set up sidewalk patios, bar owners contacted members of the council about the anticipated increase in public traffic in the city for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Downtown Halifax councillor Dawn Sloane says that the media will be coming into the city to cover the events, and where the media is, the rest of the world will be too.

If you’re a restaurant owner, be sure to apply for or renew your permit now, as it is processed in a first-come-first-served basis. If you’re an eager patron, check the weather forecasts in the coming days. Soon you'll be enjoying a beverage or meal outside one of your favourite cafes or bars.
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The General Café happens at the Roberts Street Social Centre

Mobile cafe a creative, contemplative space

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Care for some sugar and discourse with your coffee?

Stop by The General Café this month to enjoy some specialty coffees, wild harvested teas and snacks with good company. Daina Tavenier and Sam Kinsley will be hosting their mobile cafe at the Roberts Street Social Centre (5684 Roberts Street, 446-1788, the little red house between Agricola and Maynard Streets) every Wednesday to Friday from 9am-3:30pm for the first three weeks of April. What exactly is this travelling General Café? “The project is inspired by the romantic notion of a cafe as a place for social interaction, contemplation of ideas, art, music, and political dialogue,” explains the press release. So bring all your ideas and be prepared to share them with others in this cozy little creative space.
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