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Why Do Subway Restaurants Smell Awful?

I am so relieved to read this. I walk by a Subway on most days, and I have to hold my breath on the way by. I'm also pretty sure it has to do with the bread. The closest I've been able to come to a description is the smell of canned mushrooms.
The fatty acids theory is interesting. A food scientist who was doing research on butter rancidity once told me that rancidity isn't a result of contamination, but a chemical reaction. By fooling around with the chemicals involved, they had managed to create a whole range of rancidity odours, including one he described as "fruit punch"!

Jul 29, 2011
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Great Sandwich Spots in Nova Scotia

Ciboutlette Cafe on Barrington, and for pita sandwiches, Mid East Food Centre on Agricola.

Apr 24, 2010
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Halifax Barbeque

A friend and I ate at Boneheads recently. We thought the ribs were very good. The pulled pork was good, but I prefer the more piquant Carolina style to the sweet style they serve. I also thought the pulled pork was a bit lean--it didn't have the decadent richness that results when you use a really well-marbled cut. To be fair, I think a truly well-marbled cut of any meat is pretty difficult to find these days.

We were not impressed by the sides. I probably should have ordered fries, but got the sweet potato chips instead. These are probably great when they're first made, but they prepare loads of them in advance, and then store them in big plastic tubs. The coleslaw was flat-tasting, the dirty rice was okay but oversalted. The beans were okay, but a bit too loudly seasoned for me.

I can imagine ordering the ribs to go, no sides, and bringing them home to pair with my own salads and sides.

Apr 12, 2010
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Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

Poutine. While I roast the "fries", I make a quick gravy with tetra-pack broth and lots of sauteed umami things (whatever's around. shallots, slices of dry sausage, mushrooms...). If I've planned ahead, I'll have cheese curds, but in a pinch I'll use whatever cheese I have on hand, cut into little cubes.

Mar 18, 2010
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How do you do peanut butter and crackers?

On Triscuit crackers. I spread it on the unsalted (or, rather, less-salted) side, so that the salty side is tonguewards for extra impact.

Mar 18, 2010
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Best Earl Grey

I first had Twinning's Lady Grey in the loose form, and it was very good. It was sent to me from the UK. I agree that Twinning's Earl Grey isn't great, but the Lady Grey was lovely--subtly aromatic. I've only been able to find it in bags here, though, and it is like dishwater. It's a shadow of the loose version.

Mar 18, 2010
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Restaurant Shake Up in Halifax

I'm sorry to see Anatolia has closed. I liked that restaurant, although I think it was at its best in its first couple of years.

Mar 15, 2010
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A few days in Halifax

The Plateau? NoQu? Really?
I've lived in this neighbourhood for 15 years, and I've never heard either of these terms used. Commons, North Commons/Commons North, North End...these all seem to do the trick nicely.

Feb 22, 2010
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Pubs in Halifax: laurels and brickbats

Thanks, Brewnoser, for such a detailed post.
I haven't been to Henry House very many times, but I have to admit that the food is pretty much on par with slightly-fancy pubs in England. That's not saying much, but I'll give them good marks for accuracy! I'm always a sucker for a Ploughman's Lunch, though. Any pub that offers one of those gets extra points from me.

I had really lacklustre lunch at the Hart & Thistle quite a while ago, but I think I'll give it another try, in light of the changes. It doesn't have a cozy atmosphere, and in during the tourist season it would probably be a bit too bonkers but for an afternoon pint and snack with a view, I'll give it a try.

I had a late, light dinner and a beer at Rock Bottom recently. A friend described the atmosphere of this place as "airport bar", and I'd agree. I didn't eat enough to give a good assessment of the food, but what I did try (pierogi app & salad) was pretty run of the mill.

Feb 08, 2010
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Halifax -- glucose syrup and agar agar?

I think I've seen agar agar at Planet Organic, in the japanese/macrobiotic section

Feb 08, 2010
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Queso Fresco to buy in Halifax, or perhaps if not, somewhere else in NS or NB?

Have you tried the Cafe Aroma Latina at Agricola and North? They have a small grocery section.

Feb 01, 2010
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Central/Eastern European restaurants in Halifax metro

I'm afraid this may be true. There are some German restaurants elsewhere in the province:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/525416

and when I first moved here there were two eastern European restaurants within a block of each other downtown, but they're long gone.

On the geographical fringe of your area of interest, there's the Wooden Shoe Cafe on Oland Crescent in Bayer's Lake.

On the upside, Nova Scotia does produce amazing sauerkaut.

Feb 01, 2010
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Le Petit Hibou

This was lovely. It would make a great summer cocktail. If you're only drinking one owl, the correct spelling of the name is "Le petit hibou". "Hiboux" is the plural.

Dec 23, 2009
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FID Brunch

I tried the Fid brunch recently, too, and I totally agree. I had the smoked haddock with potatoes and poached egg, and it was delicious. The fresh crumpets are a bonus: tender and griddle-warm.
The full breakfast looked good, too, with homemade sausage and artisan bacon.
I had the same thought about Cora's--the brunch at Fid is barely more expensive, but it's miles ahead.

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Fid
1569 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS B3J, CA

Oct 26, 2009
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Pubs in Halifax: laurels and brickbats

With the cold weather and the Season of Brown Food approaching, and so many "authentic" pubs opening in Halifax, I thought it might be useful to start a thread on the topic.

Krisie recently posted about Elephant & Castle:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/650875

I tried Durty Nelly's, a new "Irish-style" pub on Argyle recently. The owners have put a lot of effort into the decor, which apparently was inspired by a Pub in a village in Clare, but it is big room and though it is well thought-out, it still has a "pub kit" vibe. Note that the menu items painted on the facade are purely decorative. There is no shepherd's pie on the menu. I had Irish stew. The serving was very large. It wasn't richly flavoured, but it was appropriately simple (lots of carrot, a some potato, I may have noticed a bit of turnip) and pretty good. It came topped with dumplings which were called "gnocchi" in the menu. They were good dumplings (light, soft in texture, nicely bland), but not very good gnocchi, so let's call them dumplings instead. My companion had the Kilkenny battered haddock sandwich, which he declared a bit greasy but otherwise tasty. He liked the fries, which were made from frozen and wedge-shaped, with skins.

Neither of us liked the house ale, which we found a bit over-carbonated and lacking in character.

Sep 15, 2009
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Bakewell's/ Spring Garden Place Mall.

This place is/was (?) part of Bonne Cuisine, right? They used to make a nice pecan pie, but I haven't seen it there lately. They have a good steak-and-kidney pie, which I pick up when I have a craving. Of course, it doesn't live up to my nan's, but it does the trick.

Sep 15, 2009
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Bonito Flakes

I think most of the Asian markets in town carry them--I'm sure I've bought them at TaiShan on Queen and the store on Victoria Rd. I think you can also find them in the Japanese food sections in Pete's and Planet Organic.

Aug 26, 2009
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I'm Back! My Nova Scotia Recommendations

I've been to the Lobster Galley a couple of times. Its location is amazing, but the food seemed pretty ordinary. Instead, I recommend planning ahead and making dinner reservations at nearby Chanterelle instead--a nice "slow food" establishment with a reasonable prix fixe menu.

Aug 21, 2009
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Maritime migrations - need help for vacation in NS and NB

Regarding Halifax and #4, Halifax has fair-sized Lebanese and Turkish communities. I'd recommend Tarek's on Robie (in an otherwise unremarkable area) for Lebanese and Anatolia on Dresden Row downtown for Turkish.

Jul 23, 2009
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Italian Gourmet going downhill

I've always had mixed feelings about the IG. Before Pete's, it was more useful to me as a grocery store than as a restaurant (although for a while I worked up the street from there and developed a lunchtime lasagna/calzone habit that resulted in some alarming weight gain!). I often found the service weird: rude or slow or unskilled--"is 225g okay?" when I'd ask them for 100g of prosciutto, for example.

I'll admit that I've opted for Pete's over IG lately, but I still buy their fresh sausages, which are unequaled, and I picked up some great artisan salami from Quebec there a while ago.

Jul 21, 2009
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press gang

I would say that it is the polar opposite of Fid. I think the Press Gang is a good place for people who want to have a "fancy" dining experience, who like to drop some serious coin on ostentatious but non-threatening food. It emphasizes the trappings of fine dining, rather than innovative or exquisite food. I've eaten there a couple of times and I've found the food big and heavy. I would only have dinner there in the dead of winter and if someone else was paying.It's a bit of a throwback, really.

That said, I am curious about their "galley bites" menu: shellfish and small plates served before and after dinner service.

Jul 21, 2009
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Pregnant in Halifax looking for cheesesteak

ARGH! Why does Willy's do that? I work nearby and every once in a while I think I'll treat myself to a burger and fries on the way home, and they're closed, even when they should be open. Invariably, on days when I don't count on them, they're in there flipping burgers!

Jul 06, 2009
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Pregnant in Halifax looking for cheesesteak

Tell that baby to report on how the sandwich is...I haven't tried either one and he/she sounds like an expert!

Jul 03, 2009
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Lobster Rolls & Hot Lobster Sandwiches

aha! I knew it was something about the bun. I agree, toasting is essential. I'll bet they'd do it if we asked. They are very, very nice.

Jul 03, 2009
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Need Suggestions for NS Dining.

Near Pictou, there's Sugar Moon Farm: http://www.sugarmoon.ca/farm.php?cont...
It's a sugarbush that has great maple breakfasts, but also "chef's nights".

If you make it up to the Pugwash area, I love Jubilee Cottage a B&B with a small, family-run BYOB restaurant. They feature themed prix fixe nights that are halfway between a dinner party and a restaurant experience, kind of "ambitious amateur", although that sounds too dismissive. The fusion-style menus reflect the ethnic and geographic history of the family: Asia by way of the Carribean, Australia and Atlantic Canada. You need to reserve so that they know how many people to cook for.

A similar spot in Cape Breton is Chanterelle Cottages, near St. Ann's. A lovely, intimate restaurant in an incredibly beautiful setting. They emphasize local and organic ingredients. The cottages are great, too.

The Hall's Harbour lobster pound, near Wolfville/Kentville's a good spot. You'll enjoy a pretty run-of-the mill lobster dinner, but the setting is gorgeous and unique, with a lovely nature trail or waterside walk for getting up an appetite before your meal (or for walking it off!) just steps away.

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Sugar Moon Farm
Alex MacDonald Rd, Colchester, Subd. B, NS B0K, CA

Jubilee Cottage Inn
13769 HWY 6, Cumberland, Subd. D, NS B0K, CA

Jul 03, 2009
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Pregnant in Halifax looking for cheesesteak

I know of two places offhand: Willie's on Blowers Street and Island Greek

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Island Greek
2150 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS B3K, CA

Willy's
Halifax, NS, Halifax, NS , CA

Jul 03, 2009
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Cooking with Lavender?

There is a lavender farm here in Nova Scotia, near Tatamagouche, where they sell wonderful salty-sweet lavender oatcakes. I had some last summer and I've been thinking of them ever since.

Jul 03, 2009
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Lobster Rolls & Hot Lobster Sandwiches

I love the lobster rolls (and basically everything else) at Fredie's Fantastic Fish House on Oland Ct. in Bayers Lake. The surroundings are totally uninspiring, but the sandwich is loaded with lobster, and very lightly dressed. I haven't had one in a while, but I don't think they use toasted topsplit buns, which I prefer, just regular hotdog buns. The lobster is so fresh and delicious, I barely notice though.

Jun 24, 2009
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Julienne's pastry shop in Halifax

I prefer La Vendéenne's bread, and croissants. The crumb generally has a more developed gluten structure, and the crusts are more substantial. I find Julien's breads look great, but lack oomph.

I can't really handle the market, so I pick their bread up at Pete's. It is usually stocked there towards the end of the week.

Jun 12, 2009
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new Fid menu

Fid just launched a new, lower-priced menu, and added Sunday brunch. Has anyone had a chance to check it out? I've enjoyed the meals I had at Fid in the past, but they were pricey. I like the idea that they are making their great, innovative food accessible to more people.

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Fid
1569 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS B3J, CA

May 07, 2009
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