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Trattoria della Nonna-Lunenburg,NS- Is there a future?

Thanks to Terry and Simone, TdN was the best consistent dining experience we have had over the past 4.5 yrs living in NS. We gave up on dining in Halifax due to endless poor experiences, over priced mediocre food and amateur service. TdN always delivered in every respect. We wish them both the best in their new adventures with Café Chianti and we hope to dine there before we back to Montreal this summer.

Apr 07, 2013
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Where to Eat in Halifax : 4-day Trip in July

Hi Prima,

Where do you buy Dragon's Breath in Ontario? I haven't checked to see if I can buy it in Montreal where I am moving to in a few months but I am your Ontario locations are Ottawa or Toronto,

May 07, 2012
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Charcuterie Ratinaud

I was pumped to hear such a place was opening here in our gourmet starved town, especially in the world of pates and terrines and duck confit - oh my! I bought three types of pates (can't remember which ones as this took place just a week or two after the place opened), duck rillette, saucisson Toulouse (haven't seen these since I left Montreal!), and mini quiches in my excitement. The pates were OK but did not have alot of flavour, very nice texture, the quiches were delicious and the Toulouse were excellent. Haven't been back since as I found the overall price not worth the effort unfortunately. Hope this place remains and there are enough townies to support it. I am moving back to Montreal in a few months and will be back in the land of gourmet everything - can't wait!!! Nice to know there will be a place like Ratinaud for everyone I leave behind.

May 07, 2012
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

need champagne vinegar

Have you tried Liquid Gold in the Hydrostone Market? Place is wonderful as it sells numerous fabulous olive oils and olive related products as well as many gourmet flavoured vinegars to choose from. There is a second location in Charlottetown.

May 01, 2012
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Looking for Unusual restaurants in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Just a heads up on the Normaway Inn. It is a charming location but my husband and I fell into the trap of the Inn being a wonderful NS traditional experience with locally caught this and locally grown that. Have to say it was one of the worst dining experiences we've had while living here in NS and we've had plenty to compare it to.

May 01, 2012
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

NSTURFGUY - I'm finally replying. I was in the hospital for the past five months receiving chemo after a sudden lymphoma diagnosis in early March. Thankfully I am now in full remission and craving good food which I certainly did not have while in the hospital!
Still can't handle eating pizza though I know I am not missing much while in Halifax. Great to know I will be moving to Montreal next spring so, if necessary, I will just wait until then to enjoy pizza once again and save my money here.
Yes, I don't know why there is this dillusion 'out there' about the east coast being a cheap place to live. I have lived in Ontario, Quebec and NS, and this province has the highest cost of living except for housing (off the peninsula that is) - but that is quickly catching up to the rest of Canada. I will definitely check out the forum you recommended. And now this city is talking about building a stadium - watch out people, if this stupid decision is actually passed, our property taxes will go through the stadium roof. However, I digress!
Happy pizza searching everyone!

Aug 10, 2011
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

San Marzano canned tomatoes in Halifax>

DanArril , I imagine by now you have discovered all food related shopping is far more expensive in NS compared to ON (I'm from Upper Canada as well) - I know I certainly have. Then there is the frustrating (and often just plain giving up!) in trying to find numerous food products - good luck!
I purchase the 96 oz can of San Marzano tomatoes at Costco as well, amazing price. With a can that size I enjoy a cooking blitz of homemade pizza sauce and a huge batch of Italian sausage ragu. As well, the 3 litre Solon Greek olive oil is an excellent price in Costco and watch out when they have coupons or rebates on this oil, even better!
There is a bulk Middle Eastern food supply shop (they sell food from other countries as well) on either Lady Hammond or Kempt - across from Hyundai or around there, check in there for the canned tomatoes. The store does sell large cans of tomalittos which is another pricey item here.
Once again good luck and continue to reach out to the local foodies on Chowhound.

Jan 18, 2011
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Fabulous New Store in Hydrostone Market - Liquid Gold Oils and Vinegars

Hope you checked this place out since you posted. One of my favourite olive oils sold in the store is Koroneiki from Greece. Full bodied, grassy, thick rich with a nice peppery after bite. Try the blood orange infused olive oil or the Tuscan Herb. Try the fig infused balsamic vinegar - hell try them all as they are excellent on their own or mixed with the various olive oils, etc. I believe their olive oils change with the pressing season of the different countries represented. The shop owners passion for their products shine threw so let them take you on a tour, taste and enjoy!
I too, was blown away to find such a gourmet shop in Halifax!

Jan 18, 2011
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

Hi LJS: I love the pizza from Trattoria della Nonna and in fact did mention this location for excellent pizza months ago - August I believe. This threat has been running for awhile so that recommendation has been buried! In fact, I love the food and dining experience at Nonna's, one of my very few fav restaurants in the Halifax area. Thanks for recommending Nonna again for fab pizza!

Jan 18, 2011
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Fabulous New Store in Hydrostone Market - Liquid Gold Oils and Vinegars

Hey Chilbeanpaste, have you checked out this place? It is an absolute must in your quest for food gems in this city. Would love to read everyone's input on this shop. I was in again on Sunday, the joint was jumpin - great to see such success. The place had an excellent write up in Herald recently.

Dec 21, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

New Seaport Farmer's Market in Halifax

Well, I was in the market on Sunday, and it finally hit me what the interior reminds me of - the final hours of a rummage and bake sale in a church basement. That look of temporary placement - the vendors set up with folding tables (OK a few vendors with permanent arrangements), not alot on the tables, you feel like you just missed the best choices available - not the most inviting atmosphere one wants to return to. Hubby and I wanted to support the Sunday market - help spread out the attendance from the heavy Saturday traffic. Not really sure if I want to return to the market as well, definitely not in any hurry to do so. It is a disappointment unfortunately.
Can anyone tell me if the permanent set up will be the temporary table arrangement? It looks so shabby (or is the intention to keep the look homey/folksy perhaps?), surely this is not how the market intends to establish itself! I have not been to the St. John, NB market but looking through it's photo gallery, it appears the vendors have permanent, inviting and attractive booths/stalls. Being a week before Christmas, I was looking for someone selling Christmas greenery - not so much - in fact nothing! Is this market a failure? Did it open prematurely? There is no room for expansion or are there areas still not completed or open for additional vendors? What is going on with this market?

Dec 21, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

Hey Chilibeanpaste! Great to have support in the pizza quest and all things food related, your inputs are greatly appreciated as well. I believe you have a raised a strong point that pizza here may be looked at as college fare, something to scoff down while in an alcoholic haze - that has to be the only way a BBQ sauce and chicken pizza could be consumed! I spent yesterday wandering around Lunenburg trying to capture the spirit of the season - NOT found in Bayer's Lake Insanity. The drive was worth it and so was the wonderful pizza at the Salt Shaker Deli, which, take note was their last day open for the season (reopening in late January) so don't jump in the car any time soon and head to Lunenburg hoping to try their pizza anytime soon. There are so many food related things I have given up on in this city. The potential is there with respect to sooooo many quality if life issues in Halifax but, alas, 'those in charge' are just too near sighted to see the opportunities. I could unleash venom related to the insane cost of living in NS and the myopic vision one encounters as well, but the pizza forum is not the place for it. Will have to find another outlet to rant, and saying that, I am off to the Seaport Market forum to see what hornets nest I can kick there!

Dec 19, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Pierogies in Nova Scotia

I know it is a year after your posting but you can buy fresh pierogies in the Halifax Costco whenever the 'pierogi' vendor is there. Not sure what their schedule is - sorry. As well, there could be someone at the Halifax Seaport Market on Friday's International market day. Good luck! Thankfully you can make them in a crunch unlike so many other European food items lacking in this city.

Dec 02, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Looking for Hungarian deli in Nova Scotia

Unfortunately this city is greatly lacking in anything resembling a European deli or restaurant in fact. You may want to contact the Halifax Seaport Market and ask them if one of the vendors sells Hungarian deli items. There is a vendor who sells European style cold cuts, frankfurts, etc, but I cannot remember their name - sorry! Good luck in your search and I fully understand your friend's pain!

Dec 02, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Dinner on December 24th and 25th

I went through this exercise a few years ago. On December 25th, my husband and I enjoyed an incredible meal and dining experience at Auberge et Restaurant Bonaparte in Old Montreal. The interior is elegant old world, the service was superb as well as the food. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Nov 17, 2010
HFXFoodie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New Seaport Farmer's Market in Halifax

You have to wonder how so many poor planning and design issues continue with the new market. Have you checked their Facebook site, seems to be the place to launch questions or concerns. Wonder if 'they' look on this site. It is arrogance, ignorance, both, neither?!? If 'they' do not address so many of these issues in the near future, the new market will be scarred and what a shame that would be. The traffic low - or lack of - is still a problem, why is that.

Nov 09, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

I agree, I was not impressed with Morris East pizza as well.
I gave Pizza eMano another try several weeks ago and I have to admit they have improved so we will stick with this location for the next while. It is pricey but we feel it is worth it after wasting money on so many duds! We also enjoy the high level vibe in there on a Friday night when we have dropped in to pick up our phone order. We add extra sauce (very tasty I may add!). Maybe we have been here long enough we are becoming one of the HRM pizza borgs (doubt it!). Let's keep up the search!

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Morris East
5212 Morris St, Halifax, NS B3J, CA

Nov 09, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

New Seaport Farmer's Market in Halifax

I completely agree with your comment regarding the traffic flow issue and space problem seems to be ignored in the new market. Why is this issue not dealt with, can the planners/designers not see this problem when so many of the market goers do? Are they hoping these problems will sort it self out once the market is open beyond the current Saturday only schedule. I hear the market will be open Friday's (International food market day) Saturday and Sunday starting November 5th weekend.
It is fabulous to see the new market is in such high demand, but planners/designers please address these issues. Everyone with complaints about the new market should state so on the Seaport Market Facebook account.

Oct 22, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Fabulous New Store in Hydrostone Market - Liquid Gold Oils and Vinegars

No doubt I am not the only Halifax Foodie who discovered this wonderful new shop which opened last week in the Hydrostone Market. Numerous olive oils and balsamic vinegars available, you can sample the oils and vinegars - taste some of the infused flavours available - check out the blood orange infused olive oil - amazing! This shop is amazing both in what is offered and visually as well. The shop keepers are very friendly and knowledgeable. Check this place out as soon as possible and welcome this wonderful venue to Halifax!

Oct 04, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

New Seaport Farmer's Market in Halifax

Hey, I can relate to 'market rage' as I have experienced this as well. I totally agree with you - the new market has some of the same problems as the old location, and the current layout is one of the huge issues. I'm saying current as I am trying to be positive hoping the powers that be are receiving feedback from the market shoppers (maybe they read Atlantic Chowhound!!!) about very complaint. The layout is very fixable and the market goers should have seen some sort of modification by now. As well, I would like to see the vendors displaying their products/produce/ wares in a more visible manner - go vertical people - place vendor signs well above the actual booth location so people can see their location. It is so crowded in the market you can't find anything then end up in line, shuffling around and being sucked up into the Zombie lineup force field when there is no need!
It would be great if the Seaport Market website actually discussed what we can expect in months to come and allow for shopper feedback. As it is, the website is a dead end. I would love to know when the market will be open beyond Saturday's....anyone have a solid lead on this?

Oct 04, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Not to Miss Vendors at Saint John Market

Excellent, I love middle Eastern food so I will definitely find my way to Turkans. Thanks so much!

Sep 12, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

New Seaport Farmer's Market in Halifax

You have now completed the picture! Hope the Zombies do not bring along their dead head behaviour to the new market. Can't wait for the market to open beyond Saturday as well.

Sep 12, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Not to Miss Vendors at Saint John Market

Planning a weekend in Saint John and I am really interested in visiting the market. What are the not to miss vendors in this market?

Sep 07, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

With all the recent discussion about pizza, I decided to try out a few places in good faith. Well, I just got back after a very unsuccessful search for pizza on a Sunday afternoon. Lesson learned, do not expect pizza on Sundays for lunch - checked out five places - Pizza eMano, Vinny's (open in the evenings only), Tomavinos (Southend - sorry Parleek I did try!), Dimitris, Euro Pizza - all closed on Sundays so I gave up the search. There you have it!

Aug 29, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

OMG EXMTLER, you make me want to cry (and drool!) with your description of days gone by pizza experiences you had growing up! How fortunate you were to enjoy such childhood memories. Hubby and I were planning on heading to Mtl Thanksgiving weekend (plans fell through) - no turkey dinners for us as we planned on indulging in wonderful pizza - Amelios, Woodlands, Pizza La Tour (NDG- but no longer open), La Giaconda, a place in the Jean Talon Marche, Pins Pizza, to name a few of our old favs.
I will watch for recommendations on this board and give Halifax pizza one more try.
Hope you are enjoyng life out there in the beautiful South Shore - have your tried pizza at the Salt Shaker Deli or Trattoria della Nonna in Lunenburg - very good!

Aug 29, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

I've never been inside of Scotia Square and recently heard I am not missing any shopping experience because of it - may have to venture in for a noon time slice test. I was in Pictou County a few weekends ago - enjoying a B&B stay over and enjoying an incredible lobster dinner picnic at Caribou Beach - what a perfect experience that was. Any places in particular you would recommend for in pizza in P.C.?
Are we really pizza snobs if we expect good quality and good taste in pizza, I think not!

Aug 29, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

Thanks for the heads up on Euro Pizza, I will stick with your yummy sounding chicken dinner recommendation - love that comb as well.

Aug 29, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

Hey EXMTLER, thanks for your support and echoing my Halifax pizza frustrations. I guess expecting excellent quality ingredients is asking too much - homemade pizza dough instead of prepackaged dough, homemade flavourful sauce instead of poor quality canned sauce, excellent quality pepperoni instead of No Name mystery meat, real Italian sausage instead of rabbit pellets, a mixture of Italian cheeses, which by the way, does not include cheddar cheese, to name a few ingredients I expect on a pizza. I am just looking for a good quality pick up on a Friday night and enjoy at home, with a bottle of wine kinda pie at this point. For gourmet pizza I will continue to drive to Lunenburg and enjoy pizza at the Salt Shaker Deli or Trattoria della Nonna.
I am curious about Dimitri's on Lady Hammond, Bramasole's on Quinpool, and a place I heard of on St. Margaret's Bay Rd - someting like Europea or Euro Pizza.
Please let me know if you find something worth trying out there!

Aug 27, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

Other than On the Wedge in Bedford, and the places mentioned in Lunenburg (good excuse to drive down the South Shore!), the other places we found somewhat acceptable no longer cut it,so I agree they are not good choices as well. We were feeling desperate at the time we found them acceptable, no longer. The search continues though I will try Parleek's South End Tomavino's pie place of choice.

Aug 26, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada

Best pizza place in Halifax

Parleek, thanks for sharing you Tomavino's recommendations! I will try that location out in the near future. Are there any specific ingredient combination better than others you have tried?

Aug 26, 2010
HFXFoodie in Atlantic Canada