NS Chefs Pop-up Series with Ray Bear

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Ray's dessert: Butterflies & Drops of Jupiter
The Nova Scotia Chefs Pop-up Series made an impressive start just over two weeks ago, with chef Ray Bear inviting guest chef Dave Smart to help take over the kitchen space at the Scanway Bakery and Café on Grafton Street. About 18 lucky food enthusiasts, including myself, were just able to squeeze into the space… Read More

Zuppa Theatre: Pop-up Love Party at Lion & Bright

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Served on a record!
On opening night for Zuppa Theatre's Pop-up Love Party we snuck in just a few minutes before the scheduled start time, grabbing two seats at the bar in a packed Lion & Bright. The vibe was energetic and exciting; luckily we had enough time to order a couple fantastic negronis and settle in before the show… Read More

Travel Diary: Eating at the Night Market in Thailand

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Choose your meat!
Since life in Halifax is forcing me to visit sunnier, warmer times in my mind, I'm going to write again about my recent experiences in Thailand. It was just in January that we made the trip to Southeast Asia, but man, it seems like a lifetime ago already. Their dry season boasts hot, sunny and… Read More

Travel Diary: Thai Cooking Class

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Our fourth and last dish we learned -- tom yum goong. A mild, sweet and sour type of soup.
During our first week of the trip, which was spent in Phuket, we attended a cooking class at the next town over, Kata Beach.  I had signed us up nice and early with it being high season, and the class having stellar reviews on Trip Advisor. Much to our surprise, when the driver showed up… Read More

Travel Diary: My birthday in Thailand

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Tom sum.
A few days ago I returned from an unbelievable, dreamy two-week trip to Thailand, where I celebrated my 30th birthday. We booked this adventure last August, giving ourselves lots of time to plan fun excursions (Thai cooking class, speedboat tour, etc) and make suitable birthday plans. Here, I will chronicle my out-of-the-ordinary birthday in Phuket,… Read More

Recipe Drop from DFC: Festive Ricotta Fritters

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The final product.
The cheese gods continued to smile on me (thank you) last week, when another recipe drop from DFC (Dairy Farmers of Canada) arrived on my doorstep, by the lovely food photographer Beth Dunham, no less. I was told in advance what the recipe would be this time, and was provided with the link to check it… Read More

Big feast of small plates at Field Guide

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Pork carnitas.
If you haven't been to Field Guide, at the corner of Gottingen and Falkland in Halifax's north end, make plans to go this weekend. Whether you're in the mood to sip and savour what are, in my opinion, the most expertly made cocktails in Halifax, indulge in local craft beer, wine, or experiment with small… Read More

Sea Fever brings rum running back to Nova Scotia

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Coffee maple rum.
"We've spent years tasting rums from all over. It's been a tough job," joked Glynn Williams yesterday at the launch of Sea Fever rum. Williams, owner of Authentic Seacoast company in Guysborough, is a real hands-on kind of guy. He's used his investments to grow the village of Guysborough over the past ten years into… Read More

Devour! Opening Gala Food (and Anthony Bourdain)

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Frederic Tandy - Sea urchin, cold smoked scallop, pickled sea asparagus, citrus emulsion
The largest food film festival in the world, Devour! The Food Film Fest has, seemingly in the stab of a fork, come and gone. Luckily I made to Wolfville to kick things off Wednesday evening at the sold-out opening gala reception and movie screening. Not coincidentally, this was the much-talked about celebrity chef studded event, featuring the one… Read More

Sunnyside Mall gets more food

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You might recognize a few of the names that recently opened up shop in Bedford's Sunnyside Mall. Now in action is a second Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar, who earned a reputation for designer high-end cocktails (by the likes of Jenner Cormier) and desserts at the first location on Barrington Street (also home to Halifax's notorious… Read More