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  • MB 6:12 pm on November 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Made With Love Contest Winners! 

    The winners of our contest to win pairs of tickets to Made With Love Halifax are:

    • Iain K. MacLeod
    • Ann Marie Danch

    Both of these lucky folks correctly answered the question of who won 2013’s Made With Love Halifax. That winner was Matt Boyle from The Bicycle Thief.

    Cheers to the winners!


  • MB 12:48 pm on March 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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
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    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
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    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!

  • MB 11:57 pm on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    This is where the DJ talks. Don’t say anything. 

    This weekend is the Seaport Beerfest. In fact, I only recently got back from the festival’s first night of chugging tiny brews. Tons of beer lovers Bobbed and Douged their way through brews from across Canada, the US and Europe, waiting in lines that were sometimes dozens deep to try some of the craft beers and imports that had been brought in just for the festival. And I have to say, some of them were so tasty that it was hard not to end up with a tear in my beer after finding out that they aren’t available locally.

    Seaport Beerfest

    After I have the chance to collect my thoughts I’ll write some specifics. For now let me just say that after three hours of sipping my way through the event, I thankfully managed to find the self control to leave before it started to look like this:

    Seaport Beerfest

  • MB 11:24 pm on July 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    That’s IncrEDIBLE 

    One of my favourite events of the year, the IncrEDIBLE Picnic put on by Select Nova Scotia, is coming back to exhibition halls, parks, markets and community centres across Nova Scotia in August. Picnic fans may remember that in the past the Halifax picnic has been on Citadel Hill’s Garrison Grounds, and that last year there was no Halifax picnic due to weather that was so consistently dastardly that you’d think Mother Nature had tied sunshine to some train tracks, and spent the last half of August twirling her moustache.

    If it’s not clear by now, I am pretty excited about the prospect of this year’s community get-together.

    In case you’re not familiar with the IncrEDIBLE Picnic, it brings together local farmers, producers and restaurants at a picnic site where members of the community can sit down in a big communal picnic and enjoy some excellent Nova Scotian food. The picnics are peppered throughout the province, so ants are going to get a workout wandering from one location to another. If while the ants are carrying 20 times their body weight from picnic to picnic, you want to try to eat 20 times your body weight by hitting all of them, here’s when and where they’re happening:

    August 1 – Windsor
    Hants County Exhibition

    August 8 – Truro
    Downtown Civic Square

    August 15 – Wolfville
    Noggins Corner Farm
    Muir Murray Winery

    August  22 – Dartmouth
    Alderney Landing

    August 22 – Mabou
    Mabou Community Centre

    August 22 – Musquodoboit Harbour
    Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers Market

    August 22 – Annapolis Royal
    Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market

    Incidentally, there was just a report on CBC about how Nova Scotia’s don’t eat local. This is our chance to ’em wrong!

    • Christine 4:39 pm on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great event and we can’t wait to go either! Taste of Nova Scotia and Adventures in Taste will be at the Alderney Landing Picnic. Taste will be selling a Scotian Gold Apple, Fox Hill Cheese Fenugreek Salad with a blueberry honey vinaigrette. See you there!

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