Saturday, September 28, 2013

I Promise to Vote for....

Whoever gives the Higgins their Christmas Tree farmland back. 

The Higgins run a family business in Moose River on land that it has owned by their family for over 120 years. Their business is selling Christmas Trees... yup, you can pretty much say they help spread the Christmas spirit (Well, except when you have to put on those friggin’ lights). The farm is in the same area as the Former Moose River Gold Mine where recently more gold has been found underground. A company from Australia has bought up most of the un-used land around them and received rights to extract the gold via an open pit mine. The family had been offered $300,000 to sell their land and refused, which I believe they had every right to do so... but then the government stepped in.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Comedy of Errors - Opa!



This Friday evening we to attended Neptune Theater’s The Comedy of Errors, and what great night it was. I was not sure what to expect with it being a Shakespeare play and I thought maybe the language would be distracting, but with in the 1st monologue lost all notice of the Old English and fell into the story. One of the 1st things i noticed before the show got started is how beautiful the set was, I have seen a number of shows at Neptune (mostly the musicals) and this was definitely my favorite.  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Flavor 19



I ended up in Sydney the other day unexpectedly and before you knew it it was supper time. After trying the original Flavor location a few years back I have been really looking forward to trying out the second location Flavor 19.  Overall the decor is nice and modern and the food was pretty good (more one that in a moment) but the biggest drawback was the fact that they did not have a AC. This was early August and it was the better part of 30 degrees out and it noticeably hotter inside, I felt so bad for the 2 waitresses working it was bad enough sitting still in that heat. The uncomfortable heat really took away from our meal and I know I won’t be going back till it is much cooler outside.


As i said the food was pretty good I am not sure about great but probably better than other restaurant food I have tried in Sydney. I had the Crispy Thai Chicken burger, this was a tasty burger but there was too much chicken and not enough toppings, I ended up pulling ¾ of the chicken off the burger and eating it after I was done the rest of my meal. For my side I had the beet and goat cheese salad, this is one aspect of the meal that I could not say a bad thing about it was very good and had just the right amount of the creamy goat cheese to balance out the beets. I was with my Mother who had the Butter Chicken and Seafood, she found it kind of bland and even though she loves shrimp and scallops she commented that they did not add anything to the dish.



The location is lovely right on the Lingan Golf Course close to the university and mall and I am sure when it is not so hot out it would be a relaxing place to have a meal. The food was good and the service was great, I will be back just not in the summer.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Dirty Dancing... Halifax Nights

Our Big Day Night Downtown HFX


We were psyched to be given the opportunity to participate in the Halifax Downtown Business Commission’s Big Day Downtown promotion. We were given a $150 Visa gift card and let loose to spend our monies in Haliwood’s downtown then blog about it. There was just one condition, we were given three words which had to describe our experience; our words were Thrilling, Playful and Satisfying. Our own conditions were that we had to do something different that none of us had ever done before or any of the other bloggers participating. With a lot of debating the idea to spend a night out rather than the day was born.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Reason 100987 why I love my city...

I'm in love. The secret is out, I love my city. Halifax is a unique and wonderful city with surprises around every corner.

What I love about my city is they way the old and new have blended together to create a one of the most beautiful cityscapes I've ever seen. Have you ever been to the look out on top of the citadel? Do it! Seriously, it's worth the climb.

One thing that's always fascinated me was the harbour. Everywhere you look it's old mixed with new. My favourite part of the boardwalk is the area around Bishop's landing next to Sugah!. One moment you're looking a multi-million dollar energy efficient building the next you're looking at a 200 year old fortified island in the harbour.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Wintersleep in PHK




As the finale to our weekend of concerts we checked out Wintersleep on the Granville Green in Port Hawkesbury Cape Breton (you can read all about the Granville Green in our past post) . We are HUGE Wintersleep fans and felt it would be a perfect way to cap off a weekend of music, beaches and road tripping


Matt Mays was at the Jubilee....What Else Can I Say


There are five things that happen when you go to Matt Mays concert in the NS.

1. Matt Mays comes out with a hat on, takes it off and then puts it back at some point near the end of the show.

2. He always climbs something.

3. You become BFFs with everyone around you.

4. You must know the words to ALL of his songs and if you don't your new best friends will disown you.   

5. You realize that he is probably the best live performer you will ever see... unless you’re lucky enough to see, let's say Neil Young and then he’s probably a very close second.


This is the photo story of what happened at the Jubilee in New Glasgow Saturday night.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Night We Met the Sheepdogs at Jubilee...

Jubilee Sign
... and they were giants.

Literally and figuratively....

I’m approximately 5’7”and I came to their shoulders. They were soo much taller than I expected and they also surpassed all my other expectations in every way. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Attention: Patio Season is now OPEN

Here in Nova Scotia we love our patios and honestly, who can blame us? When you live in such a beautiful province like we do, it would be stupid for us not to kick up our heels after a long day at the office, pop open a Keiths (or Propeller, Garrison, Big Spruce or whatever tickles your fancy) and just watch the clouds go by. So here is a list of what we think are the some pretty kick-ass patios not only just in the Halifax area, but in the province as a whole;

Your Father's Moustache - Named Best Patio by the Coast for a number of years now, this rooftop patio gives a wicked view of Halifax's Spring Garden Road and even the Public Gardens. Keep in mind that every Haligonian knows about this patio so be prepared to wait for a table on hot days - especially if it's the first few ones of the year. Typically though, the crowds will die off after a few of them and you can head up to enjoy some of the 'Stache's amazing food, atmosphere and brew selection.

Hart & Thistle Gastropub & Brewery - I believe this might be one of the largest patios in the city and it certainly is one of the prettiest. Located on the waterfront overlooking the harbour, you can enter in through the Historic Properties. The Hart & Thistle is not only a place to find great food but they brew their own beer! The brews change frequently but they have a solid stash of regular beverages as well.

Paddy's Pub - Heading a little SouthWest of Halifax will bring to Wolfville & Kentville where you can find Paddy's Pub. I remember going here when I was younger for food but was able to appreciate both the food and atmosphere so much more as an adult. After a long day of hiking Cape Split, a nice relaxing dinner on Paddy's patio is the perfect compliment to an already perfect day.

Rudder's Seafood Restaurant & Brew Pub - Make you way further south on the 101 from Kentville to take you to Yarmouth, home of Rudder's and home to the best Lobster Poutine (as informed to me by The Pubnisian). This is definitely one of the places you want to go for the ultimate Nova Scotia seafood experience.

Governor's Pub & Eatery - Taking you to pretty much the exact opposite end of the province will bring you to Sydney. Sydney is the second largest city, home to the world's largest celtic fiddle and Governor's. Here you have 2 options - upstairs is more of a traditional pub set up with some great live music in the evenings while downstairs is a bit more upscale. Regardless of being upstairs or downstairs, you get a patio, some great food and even greater views of Sydney Harbour (and the Big Fiddle).

Auberge Gisele's Inn - Stopping into Baddeck while you make your way around the Cabot Trail? Why not check this place out? Having grown up only 20 minutes away from Baddeck I never really had a reason to check it out but I've heard nothing but good things about it. Upon further investigation, I've come to learn it has a pretty sweet patio! So after a long day of exploring the trail, golfing at Bell Bay or just learning of the legend that is Alexander Graham Bell, pay a visit here for a fine dining experience.

Wabos - It started as a pizza place but it's expanded over the years. There's honestly not much room on the inside but this place is perfect when the sun is shining! Located on the main strip in Cheticamp, Wabos might possibly be the best pizza on the island. Also - the prices for their entire menu are great in general :)

The Dock - Our final recommendation for patios in Nova Scotia can be found in New Glasgow. Speak to any local from the area and they'll mention The Dock. This place has a pretty extensive history and is also one of the oldest commercial buildings in the province! If you're in the area definitely check it out and order the quesadilla.

I end this post after indulging in a little patio action myself, however this one is located in my own back yard. For those looking for some sweet spots around Nova Scotia, I hope this gives you some guidance. For others who have suggestions of their own, I encourage you to leave your comments below for others reading. Happy summer y'all!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ace of Base ... or Burgers


A couple of weekends ago we headed out to go to a cafe to have the all important coffee and get a couple of blog post wrote, well as we  often end up doing we got off track. So instead we ended up at Ace Burger on Agricola St for late afternoon lunch. Ace is located inside Gus' Pub which gives it an unique vibe, our group had mixed feelings about the location not loving the odor of the pub itself but personally I do enjoy the way it feels like a part of the Northend community.  Ace is owned as the same family that owns Brooklyn Warehouse, and BW happens to be running a Crowd funding at the moment to improve their kitchen and if you are interesting in supporting them you can find the info over on their blog.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Nordic Skiing in New Scotland

Just one of the beautiful look off points at North Highlands Nordic XC Ski Trails.
Nova Scotia is getting hit with SNOWMAGEDDON 2013 so what better way to brace Mother Nature with a nice relaxing trek in the woods. Am I crazy? No not really but I do believe that something has to be said about the numerous trails and pathways around the province for those outdoorsy people – Welcome to the wonderful world of Nordic Skiing in New Scotland.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Paper or Plaskett

There's a reason that I love this town. Well there's several but my favourite at the moment is  Joel Plaskett. Sonic Concerts just announced that the ECMA  nominated Joel Plaskett will be giving a show March 28 at Olympic Hall (my favourite new venue BTW). Tickets are $30.00 (plus tax and annoying fees) and $35.00 at the door. Just to give you that extra edge on getting tickets, pre-sale tickets can purchased here. The password is MONKEY.



                                                       

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We Love The Candy Show

From Wikipedia 

I want to be best friends with Candy Palmater.

If you haven’t seen the stand up comedian’s TV show on APTN which is filmed here in Halifax then you’re missing out. She’s the new edgy multicultural version of Oprah.

Now, I had heard of Candy for awhile. I follow her on twitter and I’ve watched several youtube videos so I knew that she was a funny, funny lady but... I was two shows in and I had already laughed so hard I almost peed myself. WARNING!! If you’re a little emotional like me, some parts will also make your eyes well up with tears.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Screaming Eagles

But not the Cape Breton kind......




I shouldn't have to say this, but just in case, we have bald eagles!  Real life screaming eagles located in Sheffield Mills in the Annapolis Valley. And I am not kidding about the screaming part they... were very loud.
Last weekend (Jan 26 & 27) and this weekend (Feb. 2 & 3) the 20th Annual Eagle Watch is being held, conviently located in Sheffied Mills (Wine Country!) the eagle watch is a great way to spend a winter day.

Way too early on a Saturday morning, we got up to go get a look, and were not disappointed. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

LOCAL KIJIJI ADS



Kijiji is the best source for local entertainment when you're at work.. 

well maybe it's Youtube but if you're trying to be sneaky and not look at anything with sound.. Kijiji is the way to go. Kind of like a local Reddit

We can spend hours looking at ads on Kijiji at the stuff people put on there.. here are some of the recent good ones we've found and posted on our twitter...

$2.50 A half a Jug of Milk (It's Scotsburn in case you're wondering) - Halifax

$0.59 for a Box of Dollarama Toothpicks - only 11 used - Yarmouth

If you find any more please let us know!! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Podcamp HFX 2013

Who gets up at 7:30AM on a Sunday morning to go listen to people talk about all things interwebs? 

Yeah that would be us. This is the third year that we've been to Podcamp HFX and we all agree that it has grown considerably each year. The sessions just keep get better and better. 

If you haven't heard about Podcamp HFX then I'm going to assume you like under a Twitter rock and tell you that it's basically nerd camp for social media nerds. You can follow the link for a full list of the sessions. 

But like any conference there are always hits or misses and we're opinionated people ... so we're going to rate each session we've attended according to our trusty Jedi Ranking rating system (to view last years click here

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Team Wintersleep VS Team Matt Mays

UPDATE: You can now vote for Fan Choice Video and Entertainer of the Year at http://thechronicleherald.ca/ecma 

That's the heated debate... who do we want to win the Fan Favorite Video of the year at the East Coast Music Awards? We're still undecided but we basically narrowed it down to two... And we love them both...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pirates vs Privateers... what's the diff?


Navel Battle of Halifax, NS. From Wikipedia

If you’ve ever spent any time in any Pub/Bar/Tavern in downtown Halifax then odds are you probably know most of the lyrics to Barrett’s Privateers. Many of us know the lyrics but do we really understand what they mean? Really though, A Letter of Marque, what’s that? And why did it come from the King if they were going cruise the seas for American gold?

So yeah.. If you’re like me then you probably never really thought about it much either. It’s a drinking song so I’m usually.... well, you know.