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  • MB 9:35 am on September 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Chef Craig Flinn, Chives, Culinary Aventure, farmers' market   

    Big Day Downtown – Try Something New 

    Big Day Downtown

    “Try Something New.” That was the vague challenge of this year’s Big Day Downtown, a marketing strategy by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission that sees bloggers and media types wandering the downtown core with a $100 credit card, checking out businesses that interest them and then—clearly—writing about it.

    Last year there was no theme. Kristina and I just wandered from coffee shop to market to brewery to restaurant, exploring food and drink found on the peninsula. This year, there’s this pesky twist. “Try something new” is a simple conceit, but I didn’t want to try some random, new restaurant or store just for the sake of fulfilling a brief. I wanted to really embrace the theme. I wanted to have a bit of an adventure.

    So I decided to email someone new. I fired off a missive to Chef Craig Flinn, the chef/owner of Chives, one of the best restaurants not only in downtown Halifax, but in Halifax, period. There! New thing: done. Mission accomplished! Checklist completed! Blog. Save. Post. Exit. Thanks for the money, Downtown Business Commission. See you next year!

    But wait! Craig emailed me back! So I guess there’s more to this whole thing.

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    • Margie Boudreau 10:09 am on September 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You haven’t tried the BEST in Hlfx…the Seafood Shop at the Market!

    • Mellow 3:50 pm on September 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Didn’t you use that to tip Chef Flynn?
      (Did he do all this for free?!)

      Amazing meal.

    • Angie All The Way 7:17 pm on September 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful idea and beautifully written post! Great job! I’ve only been to Chives once, but it was an experience I won’t soon forget – definitely a favourite!

  • MB 11:11 pm on July 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eating, farmers' market, salmon, ,   

    Charlottetown Farmers’ Market 

    I was just in Prince Edward Island, and treated myself to a little bit of time at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. A wholly different experience from the Halifax market. It caters more to prepared food—with African, Asian, Indian and Canadian food stalls peppered throughout the small building—but also has lots of wonderful local produce, art, crafts, coffee and preserves filling up the other booths.

    Charlottetown Farmers Market

    A blur of activity at the Farmers' Market

    There is something really joyous about finding all kinds of foods that you wouldn’t expect to find elsewhere in PEI; the samosas and curries are especially delightful. But, ultimately, it’s the great local treats like Medallion smoked salmon and coffee that is roasted in Murray River, that makes me want to keep going back. And that’s exactly what I ate when I went there last week.

    Medallion Smoked Salmon

    delicious smoked salmon, eventually shaved super thin for an awesome breakfast sandwich

    Bagel Prep

    The beautifully sliced salmon is plopped on top of a swath of cream cheese, and sprinkled with red onion, capers and a finishing touches---a squeeze of fresh lemon



    Last year there had been news of an expansion of the Market or perhaps an additional Charlottetown space, and I’m admittedly ignorant on what is going on there, but I have to say that as much as it does seem like someone squeezing into an outfit that is two sizes too small, I find the market charming and engaging, and part of me would hate to see it change.

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