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  • MB 6:50 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bakery, bread,   

    Gold Island Bakery 

    Gold Island Bakery

    This week I got my first delivery from Gold Island Bakery, the Halifax CSA that features subscriptions for various baked goods. It’s a weekly routine of baking and biking for Jessica Ross, the gal who runs the CSA. Every Wednesday she makes the rounds on her bike, dropping off little cotton sacks with fresh, crusty loaves to her subscribers. I really love the idea of this CSA; it makes me think of small towns, patterned aprons and pies cooling on window sills. There is something so simple and rustic about the idea of someone delivering loaves of bread, pies, butter and preserves to your doorstep. To put it simply, it just makes me happy.

    I chose a weekly bread delivery—beginning with a dense, delicious light rye bread, that has just about the best crust development I could hope for—along with a pie every two weeks.  Her breads are naturally leavened, made with stone ground, whole grain flour. She’s inspired by European recipes after apprenticing in Germany, and will be delivering various rye breads, along with kamut, 7 grain and a pumpkin seed spelt buckwheat loaf. I’m excited for each and every one. Don’t even get me started on the pie.

  • MB 12:48 pm on March 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Family Dinner,   

    TIBS Family Dinners 

    TIBS Family Dinner

    Last night I attended the March edition of TIBS Family Dinners at Two if By Sea Café, which I mentioned elsewhere in this month’s Atlantic Canada Roundup blog on the enRoute website. The Family Dinner happens once a month, with Chef Renée Lavalée planning and executing the delicious menu. What makes these dinners special is the fact that they truly do embrace the idea of a family dinner—two long tables are set-up in the small café where diners join together to pass around platters filled to the brim with delicious food, lovingly made using local ingredients. It really emphasizes the sense of community you can find in food, from the farm to the kitchen to the table. You talk to strangers, laugh with friends and become a little family, even if it is only for a few hours.

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  • MB 1:29 pm on March 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amazing food, , , ,   

    Savour food & wine Show Highlights 

    Savour 2011

    My first glimpse of the Savour food & wine Show last week was on the press tour before the event opened to the throngs of food zombies that weaved and grunted their way through the second floor of the Westin. “Graiiiiins,” I imagine they would moan. Or, perhaps, if they were really hoping to find a Caesar salad, “Romaiiiine.” Who knows. Anyway, Bishop’s Cellar was doing a demo of their new website and filling us in on their new wine delivery program, a delightful addition to their business that will help me become the shut-in alcoholic I have always known I could be, a plan that I have, in fact, spent many years working towards, but has never felt so gloriously possible as it did when I found out that Canada Post will bring booze straight to my door as long as I have ID on me. (Hooray! Also, uh-oh!) While I stood there listening to the friendly Bishop’s Cellar folks describe how their site will eventually have a search function that allows you to query varietals, regions and prices, their voices eventually dulled into a senseless hum against the sizzles and searing sounds of scallops on a hot pan at the nearby Five Fishermen booth. Once the smell of lobster-stuffed scallops started wafting through the air, I was done listening and ready to eat. And eat I did.

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  • MB 1:24 pm on March 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , popcorn,   

    Savouring the Memory 

    A full post is coming up on the 2011 Savour food & wine Show, which I attended last night with fellow Passable food-lovers, Rachelle and Simon. For now, I just wanted to share a photo of one of my favourite dishes from last night, the liquid nitrogen candy popcorn served by Chef Luis Clavel from Seasons Restaurant:

    candy popcorn @ Savour

    More photos and a list of our favourites coming up soon!

    • christine 1:48 pm on March 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It was one of my favorites too!!! Great shot!

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