Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Nena's All Day Breakfast pops up

Eggs, bacon and all that good stuff make Dartmouth a lucky duck

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM

All day breakfast—there's something about those three words working together that's magical. We were delighted to get a tip that lead to a brand new spot in Dartmouth that's got bacon and eggs on the brain after the morning hours end. Nena's All Day Breakfast (273 Wyse Road, 406-0006) popped up near the corner of Wyse and Albro Lake roads last week, offering a bright little spot to eat in, take out or hang out for hours. "There's nothing really like it in the area," says the resto's manager Andy Tidd. "I just really wanted to accommodate the people in the neighbourhood." Open from 6am until 6pm, Nena's focusses— of course—on serving the best meal of the day all day, but also offers home cooking-style lunch specials prepared before your very eyes in its open concept kitchen. Looks like it's going to be a beautiful morning, afternoon and evening in north Dartmouth.

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Dine Around: Flavours of Nova Scotia kicks off

Good eatin' for a whole month

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Onyx is one of the many local restos serving up three-course meals - PHOTO BY COURTNEY KELSEY

Generally February is a pretty big downer. Smack in the middle winter, it can be hard to motivate yourself to do, well, anything. But usually, no matter how Eeyore-ish you're feeling, good food has the power to perk anyone up. Luckily, the shortest month of the year is also , a month-long opportunity for local restaurants to showcase their mad skills, creativity and, of course, Nova Scotian made and grown products. A selection of great eateries province-wide have created three-course, prix frixe menus making it easy for you to get a taste for what they do. This excuse to explore the wide-ranging restaurant scene is also the kick off to the Savour Food & Wine Festival. Entering it’s 10th season of celebrating all things tasty, Savour Food & Wine has a whole line up of events that’ll continue to tempt your tastebuds as the month goes on. Keep your eyes on ns.edining.ca for updates on the list of participating eateries (which includes Bistro Le Coq, Chives Canadian Bistro, CUT, Da Maurizio, McKelvies, Mezza, Saege and more), and their dreamy menus.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

E-Pin Grill House to close

A sad Facebook announcement from the Barrington Street resto

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Get you last BBQ fix while you can
  • Get you last BBQ fix while you can

Barrington Street: why are you so cruel at times? Just as a couple of newbies have cropped up downtown we heard the unfortunate news today that E-Pin Grill House (1533 Barrington Street, 431-3839) will be turning off its table-top grills next month after over two years in business. Here's the message that was posted on Facebook about an hour ago:

With a heavy heart, Feb 17th, 2013 will be our last day to operate. We are closing permenantly after Feb 17th. We want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all of our fans and supporters, without you, we can never go this far. We hope to every one could come here again just to give us one last support. To everyone, from now until the last day, AYCE BBQ (both basic and premium) will be offered with BUY ONE GET THE SECOND ONE 50% OFF (with drink purchase, can't be combined with any other discount, offer and coupons). At last, we wish everyone a great new year.

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Avondale Sky gets fired up

Saturday afternoon road trip anyone?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Here’s a deadly combination if we ever saw one: wine, chili and a bonfire. Brilliant! The Avondale Sky Winery (80 Avondale Cross, Newport Landing, 253-2047) is kicking off a monthly event that’ll warm up your belly and your frozen fingertips this winter. Cuddle up by a blazing bonfire, enjoy a bowl of homemade chili and sample from some of the vineyards best bottles this Saturday (January 26, 12-5pm). If that’s not your perfect afternoon, well, your standards are far too high. This complimentary, family friendly event totally makes the little jaunt out of town well worth it. Raise your glasses to smelling like bonfire this weekend!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Return of the Taj

A grand opening for the Grand Taj (AKA the Taj Mahal)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

FYI the Grand Taj's renos don't look like this.
  • FYI the Grand Taj's renos don't look like this.

Just over six months ago South Street’s well-known Indian eatery Taj Mahal (5175 South Street, 492-8251) turned off its stove and closed up shop, and since then curiousity surrounding the establishment’s fate has been brewing. (Seriously, it's my most-emailed topic.) Well, we’re happy to report that those of you croaking for a sweat-inducing dose of vinadaloo will have to wait no longer. After taking time to spruce the place up with some renovations the resto is ready for its close up, and this week marks its rebirth as the Grand Taj Restaurant. Don’t worry Taj lovers, despite the name change the restaurant’s owner (Meera Jaggi) and chefs remain the same. We all need a just need a little change sometimes. Welcome the Taj back to the food scene at the Grand's grand opening this Wednesday (January 23) at 4:30pm. I can already smell the naan.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Leno jokes about Jost

That's what you get for naming your wine 4Skins

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM

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I've had many a giggle when my wine perusal leads me to Jost Vineyards' hilariously named (if your mind is with mine, in the gutter) 4Skins red wine. This week, the almighty Jay Leno did too; he brought up the award-winning bottle during his usual funny headlines segment. Jost, you've made it to late night TV, which in my books means: you've arrived!

Since its release in 2011 4Skins has gotten lots of talk not just for its great name (Reddit ate that up) but for its flavour too (it won silver medals from the 25th Tasters Guild International Wine Competition and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition). A release today quotes the vineyard's owner Carl Sparkes saying, "Feedback has been very positive, both for the funny name and especially for the wine itself. Made with 4 different grapes fermented on their skins, it is a very approachable, full bodied red wine. 4 Skins is becoming one of our most popular wines for sharing.” OK, I can't even touch that last line. Before I make any inappropriate commentary, here's the clip:

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Introducing Cempoal de la Calavera Negra

A new north end cafe embraces true cafe culture

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM

This José Guadalupe Posada piece lives in mural form at Cempoal
  • This José Guadalupe Posada piece lives in mural form at Cempoal

With visions of character-filled Agricola Street hangouts like Salvation, the And Cafe and One World dancing in his head—and the opportunity to rent some prime real estate—Chris Cookson made a proposition to his good friend and Zulkamoon bandmate Inti Gonzalez this summer. And a little enthusiasm in return was all it took for the mysterious Cempoal de la Calavera Negra (2378 Agricola Street) to come to fruition.

Open for just over a month, the Mexican-infused, north end cafe has been bringing in neighbours and passerby with its signless allure, and keeping them with warmth, conversation and great coffee. For now, the cafe serves a fine cup of Java Blend brew, but Cookson says he hopes to diversify and experiment with different flavours. Cempoal is also taking shape as a prime venue for movie nights, private parties and intimate acoustic shows. Its stage, recently christened by Al Tuck by the by, will also host three shows during In the Dead of Winter festival. Good things!

Cempoal de la Calavera Negra loosely translates to marigold of the black skull, referencing the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, but pay a visit and you'll see this cafe is nothing short of alive.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Caroline's Bakery opens on Alderney Drive

Take a whiff of the sweet stuff

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Need a dose of aromatherapy? While in downtown Dartmouth you may want to follow your nose to newbie on the block Caroline's Bakery and Patisserie (79 Alderney Lane, 466-5944) which opened last week in the former space of Hami's Cafe & Catering. Fresh baked sweets, rolls and bread make this new gem a suitable spot for your next lunch out.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

More burgers, courtesy of Crispy Cristy

Where's the beef? Barrington Street.

Posted on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Burger watch, 2013
  • Burger watch, 2013

And so the burger trend of 2012 carries on. Keep your eyes on the corner of Barrington and Prince Streets (the former home of Extreme Pita): Crispy Cristy is a comin'. At this rate Haligonians will have gourmet burger options in every single corner of the city. Gosh we're spoiled.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Pete's ToGoGo goes to Dal

Dalhousie students, your lunch just got a healthy makeover

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Except when it's a Pete's salad
  • Except when it's a Pete's salad

The secret ingredient to making lunchtime the best: options! And now the hardworking students of Dalhousie have another one. Today marked the grand opening of Pete's ToGoGo in Dal's Student Union Building (6136 University Avenue), bringing fresh soups, sandwiches, coffee and baked goods, smoothies and the famous ginormous gourmet salads to campus. Aaaannnnd, cue stomach grumbling.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Boneheads version 2.0 in Fairview

Yup. More smoke. More meat. More cornbread.

Posted By on Sat, Jan 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Meat me in Fairview.
  • Meat me in Fairview.

Today I witnessed multiple people literally jump for joy when Boneheads BBQ's Facebook profile announced today was in fact the soft opening of its second location, in good old Fairview. The new resto (temporarily signless) has taken over 3265 Dutch Village Road, right next to fellow mouth waterer Mexico Lindo. Such awesome news for the neighbourhood, and for meat lovers living outside of downtown. Lookin' good, Fairview.

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