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Exclusive: How Hot Is The Metro Halifax Real Estate Scene? Well, How About A Cole Harbour Split-Entry Bidding War – 23 Offers Collected
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Wednesday’s Edition, Below
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A Message From The Notebook: ‘From The Bottom Of My Heart Thanks For Sticking With The Notebook In a Global Meltdown & In Pandemic Times’
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Development: Meet Tim Moore: The Halifax Apartment Developer
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Alison Strachan: Don’t Let (American) News Break To The Point Of Breaking You
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Pollster Don Mills & Furniture Mogul Jim Mills Raise $200,000 For Arthritis Society of NS – But Celebrity Roast Re-Scheduled To 2021
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Development: Jim Mills On Life Living In A Box: Latest To Occupy Posh Pavilion Condos By Jim Spatz
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Gotta Love It: There’s An Old-Fashioned Newspaper War In Halifax – The Notebook News Scoops Being Scalped By Another Media Outlet Days Later
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Putting The $52M Toronto Star Sale Price Into Perspective: The Time Conrad Black Offered To Buy The Halifax Herald For $100M
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Encore: Book Excerpt: The Time Conrad Black Bought The HFX Daily News For $20M From Harry Steele
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Cottage Life: Attn My Millennial Readers: Chester’s ‘Tiny Mansion’ Goes On The Market – A Real Deal At $232,000
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A Nova Scotian Vacation: Top Ten Things To Do In Canada’s Ocean Playground This Summer
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Summertime Is Made For The Beach: Exploring The Best Beaches In NS, NB & Of Course The Beach Province Of PEI
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Past Editions, Below
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Breaking News: MacPolitics: Tory John Hamm Faced Tough Conservative Leadership Choice – Back Close Friend O’Toole Or Support Hometown Candidate MacKay? – Now Endorses MacKay
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MacPolitics: For The Record, Here Is John Hamm’s Statement Endorsing Peter MacKay
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MacPolitics: Former PC MP NS South Shore’s Peter McCreath: ‘No Need To Twin HWY 103 – Just Hire Additional Mounties To Issue More Speeding Tickets’
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Monday Edition, Below
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Charity Gift-Giving: An Idea From Tom Rose & Partnership With Sara Napier’s United Way Has Helped Raise $6.7 M For Newly Created Atlantic Compassion Fund & Counting & Growing
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Sunday Edition, Below
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Residential Real Estate Still Hot In HFX Commons & City’s Northend – Despite Pandemic Times – Says Realtor Rosie Porter
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Real Estate Also Hot In Halifax Southend – Realtor Meghan Laing Says
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Our Sunday News Scoop: Halifax Port: That $12M Crane Being Shipped To Southend Container Terminal Delayed Off Coast Of Africa
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Premier Stephen McNeil & Highways Minister Lloyd Hines Usher In Golden Era For NS Road Builders – A Title Once Given To John Buchanan
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103 HWY: NS Highways Minister Lloyd Hines Offers Reasons Twinning Paving Tender Results In Bids $5 Million Lower Than Department’s Own Budget Estimates
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Don Mills: 103 HWY Twinning Tenders Ought To Have Been Issued In Winter – Criticizes McNeil Government Tardy Tender Practices
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That Extra $230 M In Road Building Work Does Not Include Twinning To Bridgewater Nor The Canso Causeway – We Asked The Question Of HWYs Minister Hines
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Development: Joseph Arab Wants 16-Storey Tower Built At Gottingen Street’s Victoria Hall
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Development: Danny Chedrawe Parlayed A 6/49 Lotto Win To Becoming A Noted City Condo & Apartment Builder
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Development: What’s Next For Danny Chedrawe: Cruikshank’s, Bens Bakery & Mills Bros. Projects In The Works
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Development: Danny Chedrawe: Part III: A Look At His Developments Over 30-Years
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Development: Sam Nahas & Greater HFX Partnership Explain Why So Many Developers From Lebanese Community In Halifax
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Saturday Edition, Below
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Realtor Rosie Porter Sells Andy & Karen Lynch’s HFX Abode Over Facetime – Ontario Buyers Did Not Tour It
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Our Saturday News Scoop: HFX Hospitality Titan Dennis Campbell: ‘We Will Launch Harbour Hoppers & Other Tour Boats July 1st – But Revenues Will Be Down By 75%’
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Discover Halifax’s Tourism Exec Ross Jefferson: Advertisement Campaigns To Encourage Nova Scotians To Vacation Locally
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Discover Halifax Tourism Agency Forecasts $2.3 Million Hit – Part II With Ross Jefferson
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MacPolitics: Will NS Premier Stephen McNeil Call A Fall Vote?
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MacPolitics: PC Leader Tim Houston Encourages Nova Scotians To Vacation Locally
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Wednesday Edition
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Cottage Life: Richie Mann On Pros & Cons Of Northumberland Strait Cottage Ownership
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Self Isolating Or Otherwise?: Consider Fabulous Take Out Meals From Halifax’s Very Best Middle Eastern Fare Offering: Shiraz Restaurant On Hollis Street

By Andrew Macdonald

With Nova Scotia restaurants being mandated by the Nova Scotia government to close their seating areas, and only serve take-out food, I’d like to plug an independent Downtown Halifax eatery.

Operated by a husband and wife, originally from far away lands, Shiraz Restaurant has been my go-to place for fine foods – for years.

The hard-working restaurateurs opened their shop in Downtown Halifax in 2010. His name is MOHAMMAD TABESH, and she is ZAHRA HAJIMOHAMMADY, although I call her Sophie.

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Billing itself as offering The Flavors of Persia, this two-person shop delivers its meals via Uber Eats, in Halifax.

They are housed in a small building at 1240 Hollis Street, near the charming and historic Westin Nova Scotian.

Shiraz Restaurant in my books has the best Middle Eastern food fare in all of Halifax. Their affordable priced lamb shanks are simply divine. Located on Hollis Street, in a tiny building which in the 1980s housed a taxi cab stand. Google image.

They are open seven days a week: “Open every day from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM”, states their website.

The two team restaurateurs also note on their website: “We deliver to your home & office”.

You know their meals are good – when their dedicated patrons include lots of Middle Easterners as customers – and many Middle Eastern university students.

As the coronavirus pandemic forces large chains like Tim Hortons to close its restaurant seating areas, it is also important for Haligonians to support our local independent entrepreneurs in this immense time of global upheaval.

And Shiraz is as local as it gets. As immigrants from Iran, this extremely hard-working husband and wife team underscore the success immigrants can bring to the entrepreneurial and cultural life of our fair City of Halifax.

Their divine Persian Cusine served in a very tiny building, adds to the foodie experience that has transformed the dining sector in this city, over the last decade.

The hard-working husband & wife duo behind Hollis Street’s Shiraz Restaurant – the finest Middle Eastern food in all of Halifax. His name is MOHAMMAD TABESH, he is the skilled cook and she is ZAHRA HAJIMOHAMMADY, welcoming customers in her friendly manner and ringing in their orders, although I call her Sophie. The Notebook photo.

When I first moved to Halifax in 1995, the place to go for a quality steak was Hogie’s on Quinpool Road.

Today, proper and quality steaks can be had at Robert Risley’s Cut, for instance, although the long-running steak house at affordable prices has to be the Keg.

As for Shiraz, here is what they state on their website – please feel free if you are isolating from a foreign trip, to give them a call and support our local hard-working independent restaurateurs:

The best Middle Eastern food to be had in all of Halifax is in my books the offerings at Shiraz Restaurant, a husband and wife team on Hollis Street, near the historic and charming Westin Nova Scotian Hotel.

Persian Cuisine is one of the unexpected. While its basic ingredients are familiar to most, such as lamb and rice, the ingredients that enhance it, while not unknown are used infrequently in Western cuisine”, states the Shiraz website.

Their worldy ingredients include: “Pomegranates, pistachio nuts, saffron, dried lime, rosewater, yogurt, cardamom, cloves, barberry, fenugreek and the unique spice sumac. The list is endless.”

From a tiny former 1980s cab stand to the best offerings of Middle Eastern food to be had in all of Halifax, Shiraz Restaurant’s meals are simply divine.

“Persian cuisine influenced all the Middle East with its kaleidoscope of colours, texture and flavours. It is one we invite you to share”, says the Hollis Street Shiraz eatery.

The lamb shanks at Hollis Street’s Shiraz Restaurant receive the rarely deployed The Macdonald Notebook Seal of Approval.

Again this eatery is located at 1240 Hollis Street, Halifax. They can be reached seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., by phone: 902-404-3300.

Please support our local independent eateries and restaurateurs during this global pandemic – if you are in the mood for take-out delivered to your home or office in the City of Halifax.

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