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highlights of a 5 day visit to Halifax and Mahone Bay in August 2011


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highlights of a 5 day visit to Halifax and Mahone Bay in August 2011

prima | | Aug 17, 2011 02:09 PM

Day 1

fried clams & chips on the patio at the Mug & Anchor in Mahone Bay. We ended up in Mahone Bay after not being able to get a table at the Rope Loft in Chester, which was packed due to the Chester's Race Week. The Mug & Anchor's fried clams were the best fried clams I've had in years. Loved the Mug & Anchor, which was the perfect place to have a first Nova Scotian dinner for this Ontarian.

Day 2

made-to-order chickpea/beet/feta/carrot with Greek dressing salad at Petes-to-go-go. Neat concept, and very generous. A small was more than enough, so I took the leftovers with me, and ate them later. Would be even better if they offered fresh chopped basil, dill, cilantro, mint. etc as a premium option to add to the salads ;-)

sausage roll from Sweet Williams at the Historic Farmers' Market. Wish I'd waited to buy this at the Seaport Farmers' Market, because my sausage roll was somewhat underbaked, and not golden, like the others at the new market. Can see how they'd be pretty tasty if they were warm, and fully baked.

fenugreek old growler gouda, and cumin gouda from the Seaport Farmer's Market. Loved these cheeses! Brought some home to ON.

Tried the Acadie chocolate, made with dulse ganache, from Gourmandise Ave. Also purchased boxes of mixed chocolates for a hostess gift and for some friends at home.

Day 3

warm smoked haddock, poached egg, spinach, potato at Fid for brunch, and a cappuccino. Neat place for brunch. Was surprised it wasn't busier when I was there.

fish taco at the Battered Fish. Wasn't traditional, but the fish was perfectly cooked and so much better than the fried haddock I can find in TO. That taco was the best $1.99 food item I've purchased in a very long time. Would return to the Battered Fish for fish & chips, scallops, etc, on a future visit.

Day 4

donair from King of Donairs. Discovered I like processed meat donairs better than processed meat gyros, if I had to choose. ;-) For a processed meat-type of donair, this was the best I've had (the other versions were ordered in Ontarian and Albertan food courts) and I would definitely the Halifax version of donair again on future visits, if I was looking for fast food.

Day 5

morning glory muffin and a cappuccino from Just Us, and a cinnamon bun for later from Mary's Bread Basket, but purchased at Just Us. Both pastries were decent, but I'd probably order other baked goods on future visits. Liked the cappuccino.

Thanks to all the Chowhounds who helped me plan my trip. Loved Halifax, and hope to visit again next year!

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