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  • MB 11:27 pm on February 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Savour food & wine Show: A Photo Diary 







    • Chris Burton 12:26 am on March 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Melissa, great shots!

  • MB 11:25 pm on February 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Decadence: A Photo Diary 







  • simonathibault 11:07 am on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    À la prochaine, mon cher Fid. 

    It was announced yesterday that Fid Resto will be closing this May.

    Fid Screen The Dresden Row eatery has been around 13 years and has been at the forefront of serving local and seasonal food, an idea that was only just gaining traction when they opened their doors.

    “We want to thank all of our loyal customers for dining with us over the years,” said chef and co-owner Dennis Johnston in a press release. “We also want to thank our incredible food suppliers; the farmers, the fishers, foragers, wine makers and others who have been intergal in putting FID Resto on the map. We’ve put a great deal of thought and consideration into our decision. While not easy, it feels right and we are looking forward to whatever the future holds for us both.”

    Johnston spoke with CBC about the closure, stating that it was not “a decision based on the business climate in Halifax”, rather, that the lease for the space was up in May. He and Monica Bauché, the restaurant’s hostess and co-owner, had reviewed their options and decided to close.

    For a long time, Fid was the place I would suggest or send people to when they wanted to know where to eat in Halifax. But food was only part of the reason I would send people there. The other part of the equation were Dennis and Monica, the restaurant’s owners.

    Monica was warm and inviting as a hostess, and would remember more than just your name or your taste preferences. She would remember the stories or facts she would garner from conversations she would have with you as she seated and served you.  In an industry where individual touches are king, Monica was a queen.

    That would make Dennis the crown prince, or court jester, depending on who you asked. I can’t count how many times Dennis would make a joke-  either with me or at me – when I would see him.  And I would always see him at the farmers markets here in the city. His kitchen may have been a sacred space, but that doesn’t mean it was closed to the public. Dennis would often invite diners or friends into the kitchen to learn about something, a technique, an ingredient.  He was even kind enough to help me source a few hard-to-find ingredients. My sister’s lemon birthday cake would a yuzu curd not have happened if it wasn’t for Dennis.

    But outside of the personal connections, Fid and its team stood as one of the strongest stalwarts of the local food movement in Halifax.  Fid, along with many of the other restaurants and chefs in this city that have touted the benefits of local and seasonal food, helped change the culinary dining scene in this city. For that, we as Haligonians are eternally grateful.

    When asked what was next for the team behind Fid, Johnston was vague, telling the CBC that he had no comment. In any case, I won’t say goodbye to Dennis and Monica. Only, “à la prochaine“.

  • simonathibault 5:41 pm on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It for February 22nd, 2013 

    Is high fat passé in Montreal? Why is snack food so effing addictive? What the heck are crosnes? And why am I so gassy? Oh yeah, the sunchokes I ate.

    Excuse me while I post up some stories for this week’s edition of Read Up On It.

    Foie Gras Poutine from Au Pied de Cochon

    • I’ve seen recipes for it, and heard it mentioned on cooking shows. But no one really ever explains what a crosne is. But Hank Shaw does. Thanks Hank.
  • simonathibault 5:31 pm on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Eat and be cheap 

    It’s the annual Cheap Eats edition of The Coast. Generally, I would wait until Friday to post a link or two to its stories in Passable’s weekly Read Up On It segment, but I thought today would be a good day to talk about the lovely cover of this edition.

    Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 4.20.20 PMImage by Meghan Tansy Whitton, via The Coast

    Not only does the cover feature the lovely folks and fans of The Food Wolf, but also a great story by Matthew Richie about the food trucks – and the regulations that they have to deal with – in this city.

    Do yourself a favour. Read it, and then eat at the places mentioned inside.

  • simonathibault 7:00 am on February 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It For February 15th, 2013 

    Read Up On It didn’t happen last week, so we have a lot to catch up on. Valentine’s Day is over, and in honour of that, there will be no VD links in this collection of links. Or any VD of any kind.

    • A great little interview with Ruth Reichl, posted in Fashion Week Daily. She reminisces about her days at Conde Nast (“You paid for nothing!”), her feelings on Yelp (“Anybody who believes Yelp is an idiot”) and her love of Twitter (“I found I had another voice on Twitter. I love the discipline of 140 characters.”)
  • MB 6:33 pm on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acadian maples, , maple syrup, pancakes   

    Griddle Me This 


    It’s Pancake Tuesday!

    Last week in The Coast I wrote up a little piece on the winter weekend brunches taking place at Acadian Maples. Renée Lavallée—also known as The Feisty Chef—is cooking up pancakes every Saturday and Sunday until the end of March at the Acadian Maples store in Upper Tantallon. It’s worth the trip.

    So while we’re all supposed to give up pancakes for Lent, I suggest you give up giving up pancakes instead, and fill your bellies with fluffy stacks of flapjacks until Spring has sprung. The idea of not eating pancakes just gives me the crêpes.

    Read more about it in The Coast, here.

  • simonathibault 7:04 am on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Up On It For February 1st, 2013 

    Vin Mariani, Cola’s boozier ancestor

    • Remember when you were a kid and someone told you how Coke used to have cocaine in it? The Atlantic tells the backstory. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, indeed.
    • And finally, a great little mini-documentary about coffee culture, and the desire for the perfect cup, from The Thrash Lab
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