Thursday, October 12, 2017

EAT THIS: chocolatey mint Girl Guide cookies

Save us from ourselves and eat them all

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 10:46 AM

Before pumpkin spice was a drinkable thing, there was the chocolatey mint Girl Guide cookie—a mark of fall as reliable as dried-out leaves crunching beneath your shoes and the excess of high-gloss decorative gourds. An addictive—especially autumn’s extra crushable minty disks, $5 a box— charitable snack for 90 years (22 for the chocolatey mint) the Girl Guide cookie remains the only good reason to answer an unsolicited knock at the door. But if you’ve seen nary a Guide, Brownie or even Spark in your neighbourhood, or have been outed as the jerk that keeps eating an entire row of the office’s communal cookie stash, there’s still hope for you to stock up for the winter and then lie to yourself that they’ll last that long.

This weekend marks National Cookie Day and thanks to Girl Guides of Canada, who are probably very used to people whining about where they can find some damn cookies, there’s the #cookiefinder. Yes, it has its own hashtag, and thank goodness. The regularly updated interactive map tracks stationary cookie sales near you, meaning easy access to the 13,000+ thin mints being sold across the province. And you won’t have to risk answering the door anymore.
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

EAT THIS: Made With Local's Loaded Oats

Instant oats that swap out the artificial flavours for Maritime ingredients

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 4:00 AM


It’s time to break up with the Quaker. Fans of his one-minute oatmeal packets should direct their attention, and their kettle, to Made with Local’s Loaded Oats—they’ve got the same convenience factor going for them (you can make them by stovetop, microwave, or with boiling water), but we can thank east coast ingredients for the flavour. The 10-serving bags are available in two flavours—Bumbleberry, with Lunenburg dried cranberries and Valley flax, and Apple Spice, with Nova Scotian apples. You can local-ify your breakfasts at Pete’s (1515 Dresden Row), Local Source Market (2530 Agricola Street), Noggins Corner at the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market (2 Ochterloney Street) and The Shelf at the Seaport Farmers’ Market (1209 Marginal Road), they all carry Made With Local.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Got the Urban Blues

Lyndell Findlay's Blue Harbour Cheese

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Findlay's debut cheese, Urban Blue
  • Findlay's debut cheese, Urban Blue

After retiring from spending many years abroad working as a protection officer with the UNHCR Refugee Agency, Lyndell Findlay had a craving to work at home in Halifax. She also had a craving to get into cheesemaking. Now, just two years later, after learning the ins and outs of the craft, taking all the technical courses (at the Institute for Artisan Cheese in Vermont) and interning under an award-winning cheesemaker in Ohio, she’s opened the only city-based cheese plant in Nova Scotia, Blue Harbour Cheese (3555 Robie Street).

“It was like it was meant to happen, everything fell into place,” says Findlay. “And nothing got in my way.” In November she began producing her signature blue cheese from a small north end house (which she shares with O’Dell’s Gluten-Free Bakery) and as of early 2014, her Urban Blue been making an impression around town. “There are very few cheesemakers in Nova Scotia and I wanted to complement what they are making rather than competing with the same types of cheese,” says Findlay, plus, blue cheese is her personal favourite. Find it used at restaurants like Chives Canadian Bistro, The Stubborn Goat and Obladee, or buy your own block Pete’s (1515 Dresden Row), European Pantry (6516 Chebucto Road), Local Source Markett (2530 Agricola Street) and more.

Blue Harbour plans to release two more cheeses this year, to keep on top what's new check out

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