Thursday, August 28, 2014

Goodbye to Michael's Bar & Grill

...for now, at least

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:00 AM

  • Photo by Lenny Mullins

The last remaining businesses of 6100 Young Street have been disappearing over the summer, all in the name of the block’s upcoming redevelopment into residential/retail space. But Michael’s Bar & Grill cuts the deepest—not just for its food and drinks, but also for its important role as a live music venue. The end of August marks Michael’s final days for the time being. While the goal is for the bar to reopen, it hasn’t yet found a location to do so. So for now, owner Gerry Duffy sends thank-yous to Michael’s dedicated customers and staff. And we say see you later, instead of goodbye, to a great room.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rocco's closes after 21 years

The Dartmouth veteran in Italian cuisine says, "Ciao, bella!"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

After 21 years bringing Italian eats to Dartmouth, Rocco's Ristorante Italiano (250 Baker Drive) announced last night that "All good things must come to an end" and that it was shutting its doors permanently. Hannah Gibson and her husband Robert Gibson took over the restaurant from its original owner, Rocco Scarola, back in 2008, moving it to the Baker Drive location in 2012.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Halifax Food Truck Party—thanks for the memories

A look at good times, great food and all of you beauties

Posted on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM


On July 31 we hosted our very first Halifax Food Truck Party at the Museum of Natural History. It was great, and we really appreciate all of your who joined us in celebrating the city's amazing food truck scene. We're currently working on ways to make the next one even better for, but first...we just wanted to say THANK YOU.

Skip the lines and have a look at the good times that wouldn't have been possible without you.

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Gahan House hits Historic Properties

Bringing a taste of PEI to the Halifax waterfront

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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It’s not really surprising that prime real estate like 1869 Upper Water Street (the former Hart & Thistle Gastropub) didn’t stay dormant for long. Last week PEI household name, Gahan House, announced that it was branching out off the island and bringing its craft beers and pub eats to the Halifax waterfront this fall.

“We’re been thinking about moving into Halifax for a while, but the opportunity was presented to us a couple of weeks ago with that space, and that was a major tipping point,” says Gahan spokesperson, Vanessa Smith. Beyond atmosphere and eats, the Charlottetown mainstay’s family of craft beers is a major draw for tourists and locals alike and it’ll be using the new location’s small onsite brewery to create seasonal ales and small batches (the Gahan standards you'll find on tap will still come from PEI). Smith says they’ll be hustling to have the new location renoed and ready to open in September, serving up a menu that's quite similar to Charlottetown's, but bringing something special, too. “It's a combination of craft beer, great food, and I think it's bringing the island way, island hospitality, over here."

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Certainly Cinnamon's kitchen sitch

The cafe stays on Barrington while the catering gets its own home

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Certainly Cinnamon (1673 Barrington Street) might be your favourite spot to grab a sandwich and a cinnamon roll, but it’s also a catering king pin—a catering king pin that’s been working out of three separate kitchens in order to make its 60-plus weddings a year work. After appealing to our nosy side with a tweet about “signing papers” a couple of weeks ago, Scott Colwell (who owns the business with his wife Donna Colwell as well as Terry Pottie) assures us the cafe portion of the biz is staying put, but Certainly Cinnamon is moving its catering operation to one, massive commercial kitchen further north at 3204 Barrington Street.

“Ninety percent of what we do is catering,” says Colwell. “For example, Saturday I [had] three weddings...they’re monster jobs and it’s all happening behind the scenes at our little coffee shop. And the customers at our coffee shop are suffering and they don’t realize why. Now our employees downtown will only focus on the cafe.” He says catering team will make the move in the early fall, once wedding season begins to wrap.

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Devour! is bringing Anthony Bourdain to Nova Scotia

The food film fest kicks of the 2014 festivities with the best of the best

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Anthony Bourdain, cooler than you
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It’s been tough for Devour! The Food Film Fest’s Lia Rinaldo and chef Michael Howell to keep kitchen confidential on this one, but today they were finally able to spill the beans and announce that Anthony Bourdain will be helping them kick off this year’s festival in Wolfville. Holy shit, right?

“He was always our first choice, the biggest pick for both Michael and I. We started down the road with his agent and production company a year-and-a-half ago,” says Rinaldo. Given how young the festival was—this November brings it to Wolfville for the fourth year—and Bourdain’s in-demand stature, she says team Devour! crafted a proposal to bring him here for 2015. So imagine their surprise when a small window in Bourdain’s schedule lined up just right with Devour!’s opening gala this year, on November 12.

“He’s just such an authentic and true character, and he crosses over every aspect of our niche event,” says Rinaldo of the serious score for the fest, and Nova Scotia. “From TV to journalism to film to the kitchen, he just seems to line up completely with what we’re trying to do.” The author, television host and celebrated chef won’t just attend the festival’s opening gala, which will include an Order of Good Cheer celebration to induct all visiting chefs and special guests, he hand-picked the opening screening himself. Post-gala goodness, Bourdain will introduce his favourite food film of all time, Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman, as well as chime in with during audience Q&A to follow.

Wondering how in the hell you can assure you’ll be there to take it all in? A limited number of opening night packages are available starting at 11am for a cool $150 at, and you can watch for more tickets (and more announcements) in September.

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