Asian Food Halifax
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East of East Dining Series: The Orient

The Orient Chinese Cuisine 227 Bedford Hwy, Halifax I have been searching for the best Chinese food in Halifax, so I was ecstatic when I was invited to The Orient by Chef Ivan Chan to sample some new menu items, as well as some of his most popular and signature dishes. There were 9 of us (chefs, photographers, media & […]

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Halifax Hamburgers
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Halifax Burger Week: A History Pt. 2

We are two days into Halifax Burger Week and the city is definitely buzzing with burger hype! I’ve already published a History of Burger Week in which I talk about the origin of the event and address some of the controversy surrounding it. Now that I’ve got that off my chest, it’s time to get back to the burgers! I’m […]

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Halifax Hamburgers
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Halifax Burger Week: A History

As Halifax Burger Week approaches its 7th year, and grows larger and larger, I find that there are more and more people who don’t really understand the event. Since 2013, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the event, its raison d’être, its growth, its shenanigans and most importantly, the burgers. This year I’m noticing an unprecedented amount of criticism, conspiracy, […]

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Asian Food
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East of East Dining Series: Hot Pot at Happy Veal

Happy Veal Hot Pot 1333 South Park St, Halifax Website When I lived in Calgary I was introduced to Chinese hot pot, and this, along with phở and dim sum, would become regular events for me. There used to be a hot pot buffet at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant, and I would walk along the wondrous buffet tables, […]

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Halifax Sandwich Showcase
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Clubhouse Sandwich 101

I’ve never been a regular consumer of the clubhouse sandwich. When people would ask me to do a clubhouse quest, I would shrug and say, “Club house sandwiches are boring. They’re what you order if you’re playing it safe.” Or if you’re really hungry. There’s a reason they’re popular; they’re filling, they’re reliable, they are visually striking with their multiple […]

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Donairs Halifax
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History of the Donair Pt 2: The Halifax Donair

Preface Back in 2016 I wrote a well meaning post: Donair History Pt 1: It Began With the Doner Kebab. I wrote about how the donair evolved from the Greek gyros, which itself is derived from the Turkish doner kebab. At the time I was doing extensive research: conducting interviews, browsing the library archives, and the usual internet sleuthing. I have […]

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Asian Food Halifax
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East of East Dining Series: Gangnam Korean BBQ

Gangnam Korean BBQ 1261 Barrington St, Halifax Korean Barbecue is perhaps the most approachable of Korean dining experiences for the uninitiated. At least, it seems to be popular in Halifax and that’s a good indicator of the gateway for timid palates. As far as I know, there are 5 restaurants offering Korean BBQ in Halifax: Gangnam Korean BBQ, Bi One […]

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Asian Food Food Quests Halifax
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HFX Ramen Quest: The Final!

The Ramen Quest was a bit of an experiment, as I had never done a head-to-head tournament-style quest before, nor had I been tasked with such impossible logistics. It is easy to share pizza and nachos with a group, but have you ever tried to split up bowls of noodles and broth? Who gets the egg?! Then there is the question […]

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Halifax Misc. Nova Scotia
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Best Meals of 2018

Another year of blogging done and it’s time to discuss some of the best restaurants in Halifax. Or at least, my favourite meals of 2018. The first chunk of this post will deal with restaurants in Nova Scotia and there is a section at the end for my meals “on the road”. I had a stellar year in 2018! I […]

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