Friday, September 30, 2016

Cafe Karachi closes

Fairview loses a total gem of a restaurant today

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 4:19 PM

One of Karachi's standouts, nihiri, is one of Pakistan's national dishes (and a breakfast fave!) - LENNY MULLINS
  • One of Karachi's standouts, nihiri, is one of Pakistan's national dishes (and a breakfast fave!)
  • Lenny Mullins

Fairview residents scored big time last week with the opening of The Anchor (3625 Dutch Village Road), a restaurant, bar and live music venue with chef live, AKA Richard Julien—formerly of Dartmouth’s Eats! Urban Lunch Counter—at the helm. But with one exciting new door opening in the neighbourhood, another one is closing, unfortunately. Today marks the end of homey hole-in-the-wall Cafe Karachi (16 Titus Street). After balancing two jobs and travelling back and forth to Pakistan, Muhammad Aslam—a chemical engineer as well as the restaurant’s owner—reluctantly made the choice to close his three-year-old source of fragrant Pakistani and northern Indian dishes, and home of the hilariously named Lazy Brunch. This also means Karachi’s satellite location at the Dalhousie SUB has signed off from feeding students with good taste. Since the restaurant’s closure isn’t for lack of success, Aslam hopes to be able to sell Karachi and all of its recipes to a new owner and new location. "I’ve loved talking to people, getting to know people,” he says. “Halifax needs a variety of food. It’s still in its infancy getting international food, and that’s part of what makes a city vibrant.”

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sips start here

Take a swig of the Fall Wine Guide

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Prepare your palate for serious sipping with our spotlight on the local wine scene.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The return of North Mountain Pie

The Seaport's savoury pie-maker is back in action this week

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Reach for the meat pies - KELLY CLARK
  • Reach for the meat pies
  • Kelly Clark

A phoenix is rising. Or that might just be the crust. North Mountain Pie is returning to the Seaport Farmers’ Market (1209 Marginal Road) this Thursday, September 15. The savoury pie maker, originally launched by Getaway Farms, closed after three months of serving up meat pies. That’s when Jared Mosher swooped in.

“I’m the owner, CEO, whatever you want to call it,” he laughs. “CEO seems a little too ostentatious at this point.” Mosher, a former banker, is a self-described foodie. He says he’s visited every Canadian restaurant that’s “worth eating at.” And when he saw North Mountain Pie had closed, he seized the opportunity. “I get bored pretty easily with normal day-to-day stuff, so I like to have something that’s really in your face,” he says. Mosher bought the company, its farmers’ market location and its recipes, and recruited his wife as a co-owner and his dad as a business consultant. He also hired chef Peter Boudreau as a part-time consultant to tweak and update the recipes. Mosher’s team will make their fillings in the Getaway Farms’ Butcher Shop at the Hydrostone and will assemble and cook the pies on the spot at the market.

Looking ahead, Mosher will sell exclusive pie flavours through Unfiltered Brewing’s Charm School. He wants a solid foothold in the community before making the pies available across Nova Scotia. It’s a lot to do, but Mosher thinks he’s got a solid start with a hot product. “[With] meat pies, it’s pretty easy to get excited,” he says.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tidehouse Brewing Company moves in downtown

The latest craft brew buzz

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Tidehouse Brewing Co's logo, by Paul Hammond
  • Tidehouse Brewing Co's logo, by Paul Hammond

Opening a brewery in their old North Street apartment used to be a running joke for Shean Higgins and Peter Lionais. Now, a decade later, the pair of friends (and homebrewers) are bringing their beer to Halifax via Tidehouse Brewing Company, a small-batch brewery slated to start pouring downtown this fall. “It’s been years of ridiculous beers and over the top stuff—a lot of nonsense— and we really honed in over the last few years,” says Higgins. “[Lionais] has always been a step up from my game when it comes to brewing. He’s the wizard and I’m the student. He really makes some banging beer.”

Tidehouse’s little 550 square feet brewery and retail shop will debut at 2-5187 Salter Street (two floors down from 2 Doors Down), filling up one-litre growlers and distributing to local bars and restaurants. Its starting lineup will include four traditional ales—including a black ale called Like A Motocyc-ale and Mild Thing, an English mild ale—but the pair have around 10 other ideas to play with in the future.

“We’re fans of a lot of different saisons and stranger flavour profiles, but to start we’ll come out with some easy-breezy kinds of beers,” says Higgins, adding that the small, indie setup allows he and Lionais the freedom to try weird and experimental one-offs while still satisfying the average beer drinker.

With an aim to open up shop in late October, Tidehouse is a hat-tip to the exploding craft beer scene. “Truly it was kind of a nod to ‘rising tide floats all boats’—we’re kind of just this little shack being lifted up by everyone around us,” says Higgins. “Fifteen years ago if we tried to launch this little thing, we would have sunk.”

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Devour! festival celebrates Women in Gastronomy

The Food Film Festival premieres Vérane Frédiani’s Goddesses of Food

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 4:27 PM

From Goddesses of Food
  • From Goddesses of Food

Devour! The Food Film Fest, one of autumn's best reasons for a road trip to the valley, is headed back to Wolfville on November 2-6.

Today, festival organizers announced a Women In Gastronomy theme that will be highlighted in the world premiere screening of Vérane Frédiani’s new feature documentary, The Goddesses of Food. The film features stories about industry luminaries like Dominique Crenn (of San Francisco's Atelier Crenn)—recently named The World's Best Female Chef 2016 in the sidebar laurels of Restaurant Magazine's ridiculously gendered and deeply flawed, yet very relevant The World's 50 Best Restaurants list—and Barbara Lynch, the James Beard Award winning chef from Boston's No 9 Park.

Lynch will actually be on-hand for a gala dinner, along with Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill, LA), Christine Flynn (aka Chef Jacques La Merde) and three incredibly talented Halifax chefs—Renée Lavallée (The Canteen), Bee Choo Char (The Prince George), and Laura MacLeod (The Old Apothecary Bakery). And festival goers will also be treated to various workshops led by some of these incredibly talented chefs.

In a statement from the festival, Frédiani says, “I am absolutely thrilled and deeply honoured to come back to Devour! The Food Film Fest and Nova Scotia for the premiere of my documentary about women in gastronomy. The last time I attended with Steak (R)evolution, a film I produced and co-wrote. I met the passionate team and audience in Wolfville and ended up discussing gastronomy with everybody while sharing wonderful dinners. I’m looking forward to having the same kind of experience again with a gala dinner promoting female chefs.”

Tickets to this gala event, along with all of the other yet-to-be-announced events at Devour! will be available September 16.

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