Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The return of Pars

Persian food is coming at ya, Barrington Street

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:19 PM

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Pars Restaurant arrived at 3559 Robie Street in 2012, bringing truly great northern Iranian food to the north end. But then, it vanished.

There’s a happy ending to this restaurant closure though, it’s not permanent. Pars’ owners tell us it’ll re-open mid-March at 1261 Barrington Street, Talay Thai’s former location (don't freak out, Talay Thai is now on Hollis Street). The new space will bring with it some menu expansion, look out for more Persian stews and barbecue kebabs.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hop aboard the Burger Bus!

An easy (and easy on your tummy) way to get a Burger Week preview

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 1:47 PM

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Hey, burger addicts! I have valuable information to share with you. Now that our annual Halifax Burger Week (March 19-25) has grown to supersized proportions, and will include 64 (!!!) local restaurants flipping delectable patties all week long, it might be challenging to get a good sampling of what's out there. Unless of course you eat three burgs a day, everyday, in which case you are a hero with admirably high iron levels.

But Taste Halifax has paired up with The Coast and some of Burger Week's participating restos to create the BURGER BUS—a tour worthy of all caps that'll take you to five locations, to taste five burgers, each of which will be paired with a half pint of local beer. Even better? These VIP tours take place the week before Burger Week, meaning you're getting a sneak peek (and some sneak bites) of what's to come.

TICKETS! Get yer tickets, and the tour schedule, here. It all starts March 6 and fair warning, is selling quickly.

Here's a look at the menu:

Kraveburger
Bacon Jam Cheeseburger
Grass-fed beef patty, smokey bacon jam, cheddar cheese and Krave sauce. Paired with exclusive Propeller Krave Lager.

Seasons by Atlantica
Long Yard
Six-inch spiced lamb loaf, homemade lamb peameal bacon, labneh, compressed cucumber and watercress on pan fried focaccia bread. Paired with Garrison Tall Ship Amber Ale.

The Five Fisherman Grill
Portobello Burger
House-made burger topped with pesto aioli, portobello mushrooms in demi glace, provolone cheese and roasted peppers. Beer pairing to be announced.

RockBottom Brewpub
Rockbottom Burger
Fresh-ground eight-ounce beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle with mustard, relish, mayo and ketchup. Paired with your choice of Deadwood Wheat, Bigwater Brown, Jacktar Stout or Fathom IPA.

The Wooden Monkey - Dartmouth
Spicy Breaded Haddock Burger
Line-caught haddock, encrusted in maple flax and Schoolhouse Gluten Free breadcrumbs, with lettuce, spicy kimchi and a sweet chili mayo. Paired with North Brewing Winter Saison Ale.

Rogue's Roost
Rogue's Roost Deli Burger
Montreal smoked meat, burger sauce, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and pickles. Paired with Rogue's Roost IPA.

enVie
Vegan Big Mac
Two black bean patties, turmeric cheese, secret sauce, shredded lettuce, fresh pickles and onions, Local Source sesame seed bun. Comes w/a side. GF available. Beer pairing to be announced.

Stubborn Goat Gastropub
The Hell Fire Burger
Oulton's pork, jalapeño relish, scorpion pepper aioli, house-made hot mustard on a Scanway Bakery habanero milk bun. Paired with Bulwark Cider.

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Grocery challenge: Farmers' market vs supermarket

A video examination of the shopping experience

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Are farmers' markets better than grocery stores? You've probably asked yourself this very question. But you've probably never done a side-by-side comparison with a video crew to try and answer it. Because that's what we're for.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Andrew Al-Khouri makes Master Chef Canada's top 16

Go team Halifax!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 10:54 AM

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It was a nail-biter, but your boy Andrew Al-Khouri officially moved on to the top 16 of Master Chef Canada last night. Number one take-away? Don't boil pasta with the lid on (it'll earn you a judgey scoff from Alvin Leung).

You can watch episode two for yourself here.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

One Kitchen Door closes

...but the other (in Bedford) stays open, as does Layers

Posted By on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 4:00 AM

More Barrington Street news! And it brings us the end of the Halifax location of Patty Howard’s Kitchen Door Catering. The Bedford-based caterer and take-out food shop opened its downtown location in 2012, pairing up with fellow wedding and event favourite, Layers Cakes at 1276 Barrington Street, offering frozen takeaway meals, and grab and go sandwiches and snacks just like its flagship Bedford retail shop at 2 Bluewater Road.

The closure of Halifax’s Kitchen Door won’t affect Layers—your cupcake provider will remain, with some renos—or the Bluewater Road location, it’ll be business as usual at both shops.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Saege Bistro signs off

The Spring Garden resto serves its last meals February 18

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 1:28 PM

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After nine years of serving up locally-inspired meals and a consistently on point brunch game Saege Bistro (5883 Spring Garden Road) announced yesterday that later this month it'll be closing its doors permanently. According to a release the building's management, Westwood Group, will be renovating the space over the next few months and the restaurant's owners Geir Simensen and Ray Bear—also the duo behind Scanway Catering— are using it as "an opportunity to move on."

The last day at Saege will be February 18, consider yourself warned.

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