Thursday, June 26, 2014

Outdoor bubbly at the Bicycle Thief

Popping bottles on the patio

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM

  • via Bicycle Thief

  • via Bicycle Thief

Stephanie Bertossi has extremely good taste, but we already knew that. Just in time for sunny summer fun times The Bicycle Thief (1475 Lower Water Street)—one of the Bertossi Group's fleet of restaurants—launched its outdoor champagne bar this week. The romantic addition to the restaurant's already picturesque waterfront patio was designed by Bertossi herself with helping hands from Dawn MacLachlan at Mac Interiors and Coastal Woodworkers, who built and installed this beauty.

The champagne bar is open daily (barring crazy summer rain storms) at 5pm, which means your post-work pops just got a little bit classier.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Introducing, Fiasco's new owners

Morné Van Antwerp and Sue Ann Lambert give the downtown resto a fresh start

Posted By and on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

If you haven't heard, Fiasco (1463 Brenton Street) not only has a new menu, but also two new faces behind the scenes. As of early May Morné Van Antwerp and Sue Ann Lambert took over as owners, and creators—he as the chef and she, the pastry chef.

And they're a power couple, to say the least. The pair spent the last 10 years travelling and working with food in the Caribbean, the Maldives, Egypt and Singapore, where Van Antwerp was the executive chef at the Fullerton Hotel and Lambert was the in-house chef and liason for the Asian Food Channel.

"We decided we wanted to move back to Canada to raise our kids and we spent one year in BC before we made the move to Halifax two years ago," says Lambert. "Morné worked with The Bertossi Group at The Bicycle Thief, but when the opportunity of owning our own restaurant came up, we decided to take a chance."

Working together to improve upon the former Fiasco, Lambert and Van Antwerp have changed the menus, offering up weekly changing local, sustainable features, and are now open for both lunch and dinner.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Granville's Gourmet by Day closes

Saying goodbye after five years of lunching

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

After five years of sandwiches, wraps, homemade soups and coffee fixes at Gourmet By Day (1810 Granville Street), the little downtown breakfast and lunch spot announced via its Facebook that it was bowing out of business for good.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Ladies' Beer League turns one

Celebrate one year of great events, and the best beer, this Friday

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM

LBL's Pam Crouse and Tracy Phillippi - RILEY SMITH
  • LBL's Pam Crouse and Tracy Phillippi
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Last June, Tracy Phillippi, a marketing coordinator at Garrison Brewing Company, decided to approach a few female craft beer lovers/makers with an idea: to promote women’s involvement and interest in craft brewing. That was the beginning of the Ladies Beer League, and one of its founding members was Pam Crouse, now chairman of the board for the LBL. “Together, we planned our first event,” says Crouse. “It was an informal beer tasting, to brainstorm with attendees about what they'd like to see as far as future events.”

Crouse and Phillipi thought that interest would be small to begin with, expecting perhaps 30 guests at their first event. “We had an idea that we'd be holding meetings in living rooms,” says Crouse. “One hundred and one women showed up! At that point we knew we were onto something.” On to something indeed. Since that initial event, the LBL has been growing and diversifying its event calendar, with cask ale tastings, film screenings and various tours. “It's been overwhelming,” says Crouse. “There’s a growing interest in craft beer, and we aim to provide a friendly atmosphere for people to broaden their knowledge, and meet people with similar interests.”

One year later, the Ladies Beer League is going strong and is celebrating their first anniversary on June 20th at the Wooden Monkey, Dartmouth (305-40 Alderney Drive). “We are tapping three special casks from Garrison, North Brewing, and Big Spruce,” says Crouse. “There’s no cover, just drop in and pay as you go.”

As for what’s next for the ladies of the beer league, things are already in development, and Crouse suggests you check out their website. “We have some home brewing classes planned,” she says. “As for the next big thing, our board of directors have a few things on the go. You'll have to come to the party to find out!”

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Pipa transforms into The Brown Hound

Trading the Brazilian and Portuguese fare for a broader menu

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Pipa parts ways
  • Pipa parts ways

"We just wanted to just to start something fresh, something new," says Victoria Dunham Gaspar of the decision to re-vamp Pipa in favour of a new look, new menu and new name—The Brown Hound (named for an actual brown hound names Jones).

"Portuguese and Brazilian was a hard sell in Halifax," she says. "After four years we finally put nachos and a burger on the menu last summer and that's all we sold for weeks." But the Brown Hound, which she says has been in the works for a while, will keep some of Pipa's best parts intact—there'll still be salsa dancing on Fridays and Saturdays, you'll still find chicken piri piri, cheese bread and some of its popular fish dishes on the menu and the atrium will remain as is, ready for your weekend brunching.

But things will looks a little more rustic. And you'll also find more meat dishes than Pipa had, like a build your own spaghetti option (you choose the meatball and the sauce type) and an Argentinian Milanesa, as well as more pastas, fresh fish and an extended cocktail selection. "It gives us more room to play," says Dunham Gaspar, adding that there'll be frequently changing specials as well.

The brand new Brown Hound will be ready for you to sit, and stay, next week.

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