By Phil DeMont Businesses Emerging from Lockdown When Jim Buckle quarterbacked the Queen Elizabeth Lions four decades ago, his biggest issue was how to get the ball to the team’s stellar backfield of Quentin ‘Snoopy’ Tynes and Mark Daye. Nowadays, the veteran...
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Jun 17, 2020 | Business
Editor's Note: This is a third part feature on the History of the Halifax Donair, as written by food blogger Lindsay Wickstrom, the creator of the website, EatThisTown.ca. Part I & II ran in recent editions - if you missed those articles, weblinks to those stories...
Dartmouth’s The Canteen Finds A Way To Bring Back Kitchen Cooks By Making Meals For Charities In Need
Apr 12, 2020 | Business
By Andrew Macdonald Dartmouth’s The Canteen Finds Way To Hire Back Kitchen Staff: Make Meals For Charities Portland Street’s popular eatery, The Canteen, like most of the 1,600 licensed restaurants, pubs and eateries in Nova Scotia closed down because of the pandemic....
By Lindsay Wickstrom Preface: I wrote a well-meaning post (last weekend), Donair History Part 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...
Self Isolating Or Otherwise?: Consider Fabulous Take Out Meals From Halifax’s Very Best Middle Eastern Fare Offering: Shiraz Restaurant On Hollis Street
Mar 18, 2020 | Business
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.
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.
Billing itself as offering The Flavors of Persia, this two-person shop delivers its meals via Uber Eats, in Halifax.
By Alan Stern Special To The Macdonald Notebook The story of the donair began when Peter Gamoulakos and his brother John Kamoulakos were in involved with the restaurant Zapatas on South Park Street, next to the old YMCA. This was in the mid-1960s. Peter was the chef...
Mar 14, 2020 | Arts & Culture
By Lindsay Wickstrom, food blogger of website Eat This Town Over the last couple of years, I have completed 'donair quests' in Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton but you may have noticed that I haven’t touched on Halifax. The spicy-sweet truth is that I’ve been researching...
Mar 6, 2020 | Business
By Lindsay Wickstrom
I recently wrote a piece for The Coast’s Hot Summer Guide about some of the best places to eat fish and chips in the sun. One of my suggestions was Fisherman’s Cove, since it satisfies my check list:
Beach boardwalk? Check.
Quaint fishing village? Check.
Fish and chips eatery with a loyal following? More than one!
I mistakenly mentioned Gordy’s as a local favourite, unaware that Gordy’s has been closed for some time, Apparently it had been too long since I’d visited Fisherman’s Cove, and I’d been meaning to determine once and for all who makes the best fish and chips there! So I rounded up ReTales and Cailin O’Neil to help me eat and judge three platters of fish ‘n chips in Fisherman’s Cove.
Feb 28, 2020 | Arts & Culture
By Lindsay Wickstrom Sydelle’s Fish and Chips (Revisited) 733 Rocky Lake Drive, Bedford Rating: Right Some Good! (Rating scale: WTF, Meh, Good, Some Good, Right Some Good!) I originally reviewed Sydelle’s back in 2015, at which time I was impressed with the quality...
An Odd Fact: Quinpool Road Until Now Banned Bars, Pubs & Wateringholes – Centre Plan Could See Booze Emporium Invasion To The Street
Feb 22, 2020 | Business
By Andrew Macdonald
If you can believe it, in a city that is famous for its legions of bars and pubs – fuelled by 30,000 university students in Halifax, Quinpool Road has been a bar/pub desert.
Until the other month, one could not operate a solely dedicated bar or pub on Quinpool because of age-old city bylaws keeping the street free of watering holes.
Existing restaurants can sling beer, but only if a customer also orders food.
So if you order a meal at the street’s legendary Athens, then you can quaff a drink.
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