Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Murray Carter: your mid-week inspiration

A Halifax native living out his dreams as a 17th generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM


Murray Carter is an amazing person.

After living in Japan for half his life, and spending six years as an apprentice there, he became 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith. Now, with 26 years experience in the field he's made over 18,000 (very beautiful) knives, he works out of his own shop, Carter Cutlery in Oregon, he has a ridiculously wise and inspiring outlook on following your dreams and guys, he's a Haligonian.

I can't say anything better than he can, so just watch this.

Carter from Cineastas on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Check out Taste of Nova Scotia's Prestige Award winners

More food awards!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM


This afternoon during the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s Tourism Summit, Taste of Nova Scotia presented its annual Prestige Awards—nominated by the public and Taste of Nova Scotia members, and voted for by a panel of judges. Over a local lunch, ToNS and guests celebrated all of the great things entrepreneurs in the restaurant and food production scene have done this year.

Check out all of the winners below:

Innovative Product of the Year, Haskapa Haskap Juice, LaHave Forest Inc. (Blockhouse)

Restaurant of the Year– Chef Inspired Fine Dining, Gabrieau’s Bistro (Antigonish)

Restaurant of the Year– Chef Inspired Casual Dining, Mateus Bistro (Mahone Bay)

Restaurant of the Year- Essence of Nova Scotia,Shore Club Lobster Suppers (Hubbards)

Producer of the Year, Terra Beata Cranberry Farm (Heckman’s Island)

Server of the Year, Amber MacLean, Morris East (Halifax)

Consumer Choice Product of the Year, Bliss, Avondale Sky Winery (Newport Landing)

Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador of the Year, Pete Luckett, Pete’s Frootique/Luckett Vineyards

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Get a taste of 2013's New Restaurants


Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Jenna Mooers, the wonder woman behind EDNA
  • Jenna Mooers, the wonder woman behind EDNA

This year brought over 50 fresh faces on the foodscape—from big breakfasts to pizza, Pakistani to Friulano, vegan to Mexican and a ton of local—it's a lot of eating to keep up with. But we've always got room for more, which is why we've welcomed these newbies with open arms (and mouths).

In this year's New Restaurants issue we've highlighted some of the year's stand-outs, but we also extend big congrats to the entire new class of eating for keeping our options diverse, plentiful and worth bragging out.

Check out the feature HERE.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cafe Brea bows out

Popular Dartmouth hangout announces its closure

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 3:21 PM


On the weekend Dartmouth fave Cafe Brea (530 Portland Street), announced via social media that after a-year-and-a-half in business it was closing up shop, permanently.

Brea, a community-centric spot known for its quality espresso, fresh-baked treats and live music, also operated a coffee kiosk, the Lock Keeper Cafe, out of Shubie Park last summer.

"I would like to thank the community for their support over the last 18 months—their comments of support since closing have been so heart felt—I have definitely walked away with no regrets from the venture," says the cafe's owner, Melita Scott, to all of her regular customers. "All the comments I have received has reassured me I achieved what I hoped to achieve. I will truly miss my daily engagement with everyone."

"My only regret is that I didn't have deeper pockets to persevere and keep us going!"

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The 2013 RANS award winners

The annual industry awards of excellence in food and bev

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Last night, the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia gathered the who's who of foodies at Casino Nova Scotia to celebrate yet another year of greatness when it came to eating and drinking across the province. By the looks of the live tweets, it was a jolly good time.

Check out 2013's winners below, congrats to all nominees on a great year in restaurants.

Best Design & Decor, EDNA
Best Green, Gabrieau’s Bistro (Antigonish)
Best Wine Menu, Gabrieau’s Bistro
Best Cocktail Menu, 2 Doors Down
Best Small Restaurant, Charlotte Lane (Shelburne)
Best Large Restaurant, 2 Doors Down
Supplier of the Year, Frank Whitehead (Franklyn Imports) New! Food/Beverage Media Award, Kathy Jollimore of
Best New Restaurant, 2 Doors Down
Local Food Hero, Geir Siemensen
Outstanding Service Award, Mike Horwich (former director of the Department of Agriculture)
Life Time Achievement Award, Hall of Fame Inductee, Hans Christian Jost

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Just Desserts

Bicyclette Published releases The TIBS Guide To Desserts on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM


If you’ve every tried the croissants, cookies or various other baked goods at Two If By Sea you know baker Tara MacDonald is a certified genius.

Kelsey McLaren is also a certified genius for bringing you a hard copy of MacDonald’s recipes (complete with beautiful prep pics from our own Melissa Buote) via The TIBS Guide to Desserts, the first book from her Bicyclette Publishing. Get your copy of this baker’s bible (and some tastes of the treats featured on theinside) on Saturday, November 2 at Two If By Sea’s Dartmouth location (66 Ochterloney Street), MacDonald will be signing books from 11am-1pm.

Saturday’s TIBS’ fourth anniversary too—so there’ll be dollar drinks, a roastery tour (10-11am), birthday cake and big smiles all day.

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