“You can be anything you want to be.” That was the sugar-coated, media-thrown grenade lobbed my way from my snot-nosed childhood through my university years. It didn’t take long to realise how wrong that inspirational phrase really was.
In February I posted about my reaction to a beloved restaurant closing due to the winter’s impact on sales. Sadly, it’s happening again. Estia, a great Greek restaurant, is closing because they had a poor winter. What’s shocking about this closure is that Estia is located on Spring Garden road. Spring Garden is arguably the most active street in downtown Halifax. To see a restaurant close … Continue reading Estia: Another restaurant closing because of winter
Last week the Hart and Thistle Gastropub, one of my favourite watering holes, closed its doors. A small piece of paper taped to the two doors in Historic Properties announced the end of another Halifax business. This was the image I saw all over Twitter and Facebook. My heart sank a little. I loved this restaurant. Their craft beer was made with care and the … Continue reading How to avoid breaking harts and closing businesses
Crimson and golden rays peering through the office buildings of Halifax shimmer against my amber ale. Breathing in the ale’s crisp hop aroma, I take a sip. The smooth maltiness coats the chicken resting against my palate. The two co-mingle to the sheer delight of all my senses. A thought comes to me: “Why haven’t I reviewed The Wooden Monkey yet?” I’ve enjoyed The Wooden … Continue reading The Wooden Monkey
It is becoming increasingly clear that we are at a tipping point with our education systems and job market. Our education systems are producing more grads but our professions are not hiring them. Instead, graduates are left desperately searching any form of work. This can result in getting a part-time job at a coffee shop or restaurant and struggling to make ends meet. This desperate … Continue reading One piece of the job(less) puzzle
Nova Scotia is home to plenty of wonderful things. Ranging from the physical grandeur of the Cabot Trail to the sensational scallops of Digby, Nova Scotia has its fair share of beauty and quality. Adding to the array of attractions is a broad assortment of wineries, most of which can be found in the Annapolis Valley. The sheer delight of driving over hill and into the … Continue reading Nova Scotia’s Vintners: Exemplars
8 p.m. on a Friday night. Any restaurant should be open this time of night. As I walk up Prince Street in Sydney, N.S. I notice the darkened dining room of one of the finest BBQ restaurants north of the 49th parallel. Embers Southern BBQ in Sydney, like many other businesses, has closed. A couple of days ago, Embers announced via Facebook that they would … Continue reading Dying Embers
This week has seen some pretty big news pieces: RIM, err BlackBerry, finally launching BlackBerry 10, bi-polar winter weather (there’s a joke in there somewhere), or major news regarding conflict around the world. However, there is one news story in particular which has made me quite happy: the legalisation of U-vint stores in Nova Scotia. Recently, the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (NSLC) took a few U-vint … Continue reading Nova Scotia has heard its people sing