Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stadium star

Hot diggity dog Cam's Stadium Favourite's is a farmers' market star

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM


If only all of our entrepreneurial spirits were as motivated as Cameron Joudrey’s is. The 14-year-old earned his keep shovelling driveways, mowing lawns and selling baked goods to the neighbourhood until he decided to take his self-employment to the next level.

After saving his pennies working at his dad Earl’s Port City Coffee market stall on Saturdays at the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market (2 Ochterloney Street)—yeah, he did that job, too—he debuted his brainchild Cam’s Stadium Favourites to market-goers in early April.

A sports fan, Joudrey went to eats you could find at the ball game for his stall, like nuts, canned soda and hotdogs. Regular, all-beef dogs, yes, but also some special creations like The Hick (a hot dog coated in peanut butter and hickory sticks) and the PBJ Crunch (that’s a hod dog coated in peanut butter, jelly and Captain Crunch). Is it just me or is Cam a genius? He’ll spend the summer playing ball, developing his menu and getting involved in Alderney Landings outdoor events, here’s betting we’ll see much more from this businessman.

Follow Cameron at @Stadium_Favs or go say hi at the market on Saturday.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wine and words, the perfect pair

Word on the Street and Bishop’s Cellar pop the cork on the first Wine & Words event

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Word on the Street's Genevieve Allen Hearn and Bishop's Cellar's Nick Willwerth and Jenny Gammon have lots to wine about
  • Word on the Street's Genevieve Allen Hearn and Bishop's Cellar's Nick Willwerth and Jenny Gammon have lots to wine about

Word on the Street and Bishop’s Cellar have been pairing up wines with books by local authors and having them on display for the whole month of April. But this has only been a sampling of what’s in store for us. The pairings are to whet everyone’s literary appetites for the big event that will take place tomorrow, April 24 from 6-8pm at Bishop’s Cellar (1477 Lower Water Street)—the first Wine & Words event, a pilot fundraiser for the Word on the Street.

No need to join Oprah’s Book Club when you can spend time with your friends and some local authors: Stephanie Domet, Costas Halavrezos, Sue Goyette and Anne Emery. You’ll also be sampling five different wines and give to a wordy, err I mean worthy, cause.

“I and the rest of the board and programming committee for Word On The Street were talking about how some people have a ritual of choosing tea to go with a book,” says Genevieve Allen Hearn, executive director of the Word on the Street Halifax. “But my board, they’re a bunch of wine drinkers and they’re like ‘Oh, we enjoy wine with our books!’ So we thought, why don’t we try to pair wine with books instead?”

“The running joke with book clubs is that it turns into a drinking club,” says Allen Hearn, laughing. “Like we all just bring a bottle of wine to meetings and just keep drinking.”

If you attend Wine & Words, you’ll get to sample wines that were carefully chosen to go along with each of the five books, which you’ll also hear the authors read excerpts from.

“We’d ask the authors which wine they wanted to be paired with their book and they’d just give broad suggestions like an organic red and then the folks at Bishop’s Cellar would narrow it down to something specific,” says Allen Hearn. “It will be interesting to see what people think about which wine was paired with which book.”

“Kathryn Harding, she’s the manager at Bishop’s Cellar, and I put our heads together and we thought about each of the books, each of the authors and tried to think about what we would like to be sipping while we are reading those books, but then also what would fit with them,” says Jenny Gammon, communications and event manager at Bishop’s Cellar.

Seasoned: Recipes and Essays from the Spiceman by Costas Halavrezos was paired with a Pinot Blanc. Blood on a Saint by Anne Emery was paired with 7 Deadly Zins. Ocean, a book of poetry by Sue Goyette, was paired with Org de Rac Shiraz. Fallsy Downsies by Stephanie Domet was paired with Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino.

If you visit the Bishop’s Cellar you can view the pairings and read a description about how the pair came to be. And if you purchase one of those wines, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Word on the Street.

It will be quite the intimate event, there are only 40 tickets available since space in the shop is limited. But pssssst, according to Word On The Street, there are still tickets available. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online here. So snatch one up before they’re literally all gone.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Skip the V8, hit up BaBa Ghanouj Café

Veggie-focused Syrian restaurant opening soon

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Cheap, healthy and homemade eats are on their way to your must-try restaurant list—and maybe even your list of staple stops.

BaBa Ghanouj Café (1335 Barrington Street, the former Mugs Etc.) is hoping to open the first week of May, across the street from Dalhousie’s engineering campus. The Syrian buffet-style restaurant with an open concept kitchen will serve mainly vegetarian dishes. Eggplant, beans, chickpeas and stewed tomatoes are some regular ingredients used in Syrian cooking. When BaBa Ghanouj does serve meat it will only be chicken and fish. The restaurant, which seats 25 to 30 people, will be both Halal and Kosher, with vegan, gluten- and dairy-free options.

Cooking since the late '80s, owner Roy Khoury brought his culinary skills and Syrian food culture to Canada in 1992. As the previous owner of Mary’s Cafe, a popular student stop, he is confident that his new business will thrive. “It’s not going to take me long to set up my business here because people, they know my food,” says Khoury. Mary’s was not only popular for its delicious dishes and all day breakfast, but also for its prices. BaBa Ghanouj Café will keep this cost consciousness, with menu options ranging between $10 and $15, and many options available for under ten dollars. He says this way customers can come by often.

Khoury says his new eatery works with today’s market because “a lot of people now are looking for healthy food"; BaBa Ghanouj is “nothing fancy, a casual cafe,” but it will feel cozy because the food is “homemade style,” with everything crafted from scratch.

The cafe will have lots of Baba Ghanouj— its namesake eggplant dish—on hand. It'll also serve all day Syrian breakfast, Panini style. Currently Khoury is planning to be open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm. If demand is high he will open on Friday and Saturday, maybe even late if the downtown crowd demands. Khoury’s secret recipes make his dishes one of a kind on the Halifax Syrian food scene.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pavia wins a spot in the new library

From Herring Cove to Spring Garden Road, Pavia's stoked to be coming into town

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM


We're guessing Christopher Webb and Victoria Foulger weren't using their library voices yesterday when a unanimous decision from council awarded their Herring Cove treasure, Pavia Gallery - Espresso Bar & Cafe (997 Herring Cove Road), the tender to be the new almighty library's onsite cafe.

For the past three years Pavia's been a sweet spot for contemporary and local fine art, Italian espresso, baked goods and light lunches. After bidding on the library tender on the recommendation of some regulars the Euro-style spot beat out Second Cup and Uncommon Grounds to set up not one, but two locations in the Halifax Central Library.

“You see a lot of downtown businesses expand outwards, this is interesting because we're moving into downtown,” says Webb of the announcement. “From the beginning we wanted to be special regardless of where we were. We wanted quality to be good regardless, we wanted the difference to be worth the distance.”

Webb says the library Pavias will zero in on the espresso and snacks side of the business, leaving Herring Cove as the hub for art. The satellite cafes will even open up the potential for an expansion of the gallery over the next couple of years.

Setting up shop in the Central Library also means almost tripling Pavia's staff, expanding on the charity giving the team already does and having big, beautiful venue to host its regular artist panel discussions.

“We've been doing this for three years every day. You say to your friends ‘we’re going to open this cool European espresso bar and art gallery in Herring Cove’ can imagine what they said,” laughs Webb. “This is an affirmation of it. We’ve been really embraced by people, and not a particular kind of person.”

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Say grilled cheese!

Another grilled cheese food truck coming to town via The Cheese Gypsy

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

The Cheese Gypsy is rollin’ into Halifax this spring—May 1 to be exact. Owners Mike Rossi and Robin Kelly have been planning the truck for years, but started making real moves this year. “We finally pulled the trigger last fall,” says Rossi.

The couple has been together for over 15 years. Rossi says Kelly is the “head of operations” when it comes to the food truck.

The Cheese Gypsy will be hitting up spots, “from Dartmouth to Peggy’s Cove,” with a bunch of stops in Halifax says Rossi. On afternoons and weekends the truck will roam over to Peggy’s Cove to fry up some greasy goodness, seaside.

On the menu: anything from lobster and cheddar to roast beef and double creme brie, melted between select artisan breads—all ingredients locally sourced. You'll be able to dunk your grilled sammie in Cheese Gypsy’s rustic tomato soup, or have a soup shot on the side.

Why grilled cheese, one might ask? Because “everyone loves cheese"; Rossi says choosing his favourite is like “asking someone which is the favourite child,” you just can’t.

Keep up to date on cheesy goings on and locations at @CheeseGypsy.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Talay Thai transport

Moving on over to Hollis Street

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 4:44 PM


One of south Barrington Street’s Thai food fixes has found a new home to serve its Best of Food award-winning curries, salads and pad Thais from. But worry not, creatures of habit, Talay Thai (1261 Barrington Street) isn’t straying too far. The Halifax location of the resto will dig up its roots and make the move to 1300 Hollis Street (on the corner of Morris Street) come October 1.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ireland 32 gets a new owner, name and menu

The Trail Shop's Steve Maly is all about Quinpool business

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

  • photo by Scott Blackburn

“I was just trying to cut down my coffee bill,” laughs Steve Maly, manager of The Trail Shop (6210 Quinpool Road) and the new owner of its neighbour Ireland 32 (6220 Quinpool Road).

Self-proclaimed as the cafe’s most regular customer, Maly’s taken over the reigns from Noel Gallagher (not this one) who opened Ireland 32 back in 2010. “Everything I’ve done, with the exception of The Trail Shop, has been in the restaurant scene,” says Maly of his new, nearby venture. "I'm usually working two jobs....It's hectic, but very helpful when they're only three doors apart."

While the cafe’s staff and vibe will remain, its name (TBA) and menu will change in coming months—you can expect more on the food front, says Maly—“But the first consideration is keeping the bar where it was set by Noel."

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Estia to close on Monday

Spring Garden's Greek getaway calls it quits after five years

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Grab your last dish this weekend
  • Grab your last dish this weekend

After five years of serving up Greek goodies, a great brunch and an atmosphere that could transport you to a sunny spot on the Mediterranean, Estia Restaurant's (5518 Spring Garden Road) owners Maria and Peter Katsihtis announced today that they'd be closing their resto as of Monday, April 7.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Less Little Europe, more Salvatore's

Hydrostone changes make more room for pizza

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 4:00 AM

More of a good thing is always a great idea
  • More of a good thing is always a great idea

On Monday the news broke that Little Europe (5543 Young Street) was closing up shop in the Hydrostone, but before the mourning could begin its owner Boris Mirtchev reassured us, it’s a good thing—its next door neighbour and veteran on the resto scene, Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria would be taking its place.

“It's a win-win for both of us. The challenge we really both had was small space,” says Mirtchev, who also runs Hamachi Restaurant Group, which recently closed Brussels Restaurant & Brasserie as well. “It was the right timing, we need to focus on the Hamachi brands.”

Sal’s owner Chris Cuddihy says the desire to grow is anything but new. Though he’s been seeking more space, and eyeing 5543 Young, for years, he first approached Mirtchev about six months ago. “It's more elbow room for everyone,” he says. “We have nowhere for our drivers, a spot for them would be really good, and we make every thing from two countertops. Everything is overlapping each other.”

After operating cozily for 19 years, the award-winning restaurant will more than double its space, allowing room for not just more seats, but for storage, kitchen prep (allowing for more eats), a dessert kitchen and perhaps a patio. “It’s not that we want to double what we’re doing, we want more room to do what we’re doing,” says Cuddihy. Between getting a liquor license earlier this year and this expansion, it’s looking like 19 might be Salvatore’s biggest year yet.

“People would say ‘I wish there was booze,’ ‘I wish there was more available’," he says. "Well I’ve taken care of those two, and we’ll see what comes up next.”

Cuddihy, who took over the Little Europe space on Tuesday, hopes Salvatore's will stay open through most of the renovations.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A second Indochine set for Barrington Street

Raise you bubble teas to another serving of Indochine!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

  • photo by Scott Blackburn

Liz Smith fell so in love with banh mi sandwiches while living in Calgary, when she decided to move to Halifax her coworkers joked that she should open a Vietnamese sandwich shop when she arrived. She did eventually, her Indochine Banh Mi (1551 South Park Street) debuted its banh mis, Korean tacos, bubble tea and other healthy and flavourful delicacies four years ago.

Now, she’s opening a second location—on Barrington Street. “Honestly in the beginning I opened this place with the plan to open another place with in a year, that was the original thinking. It took a lot longer than I thought it would to get it off the ground.” she says, adding she’s been looking for a spot for two years. “The fact that we have less than 12 seats and very little storage space, it limits us.”

She says making a move like this one wouldn't be possible without the dedicated diners that have made Indochine a success. “During the early months the only thing that kept me going was the fact we had so many regular customers,” says Smith. "Business was not brisk but we had people that'd come back several times a week. It was due to those people that I had the motivation to keep going.”

The new Indochine is moving into the former home of Crispy Cristy (1701 Barrington Street); Smith officially took over the space today and hopes to be open by May 1. Not only will the spot offer up quick and healthy eats for the busy downtown lunch crowd and tourists about town, it’ll offer the restaurant much more room to breathe. “I think the second location will be the home base for this place because we’ve run out of space," laughs Smith. "My garage at home is full of stuff for Indochine."

More business on Barrington and more banh mi? I'll drink (a bubble tea smoothie) to that.

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