Things I’m Excited About – Summer of Street Meat

Summer 2012 now has a theme. My friend Linds came up with the idea of heading off on drives around HRM and beyond in search of food trucks this summer. I am totally down with this. Exploring and eating? What’s not to love?

We’ve only just begun rounding up our list of destinations, but one of the first food trucks to catch my eye can be found right here in Dartmouth. Soups On The Move is Burnside’s more personable answer to the Soup Nazi. Well, one can only assume. If they have Lobster Bisque, I will park my car there and never leave.

Do you have a favourite food truck or street meat vendor in Nova Scotia? Let me know in the comments.

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Things I’m Working On

I have a little something up my sleeve and will be re-opening my Etsy shop soon. Some Dartmouth love will make its way to the shop, involving this:

Dartmouth Map

Dartmouth Mystery Map

I can’t divulge the details just yet. My first creation is a gift to a friend, and I would very much like it to remain a surprise. I’m just waiting on a few supplies to arrive before I get going. Last summer, Chestico Museum featured some of my jewelry and accessories in its gift shop. If they want more items again this year, some Port Hood love will be featured too!

Time to get crafty y’all.

Things I Miss About Living in Downtown Dartmouth

For just over two memorable years, I lived in a character-filled cross section of ‘flower’ and ‘tree’ streets in Downtown Dartmouth. How could you not love living in a neighborhood surrounded by streets with names like Tulip, Dahlia, Maple, Pine, Beech, Thistle, Rose, and Myrtle? It’s my favourite area of HRM, and I hope to live there again.

For one, it’s perfect walking distance to so many awesome places. It’s just a short jaunt to lovely Sullivan’s Pond. I’ve spent many a sunny day there, playing frisbee, reading on a bench or blanket, or strolling from lilac bush to lilac bush. The smell of lilacs is my jam, and there’s no shortage here.

Sullivan's Pond

Birch Cove Beach on Lake Banook was my go-to spot after work on sunny summer afternoons for a quick swim and perhaps a fun game of water frisbee with a friend.

Saturday mornings often found me at the Alderney Farmer’s Market to leisurely browse the offerings and maybe treat myself to a pair of earrings, a brownie, fresh blueberries or whatever delights were up for grabs. A boutique NSLC shop is conveniently located here too, so often occasionally a bottle of wine was my treat of choice. Saturday evenings (and many weekday evenings too) were spent with good friends raising a glass at Celtic Corner. A cold beer and Maple Curry Chicken Penne will turn your day right around – guaranteed.

Sunday mornings used to be all about Ducky’s brunch. Sadly, Ducky’s on the Waterfront is no more, but Downtown Dartmouth brunch options have expanded since I moved out of the downtown area. Both MacAskill’s and Nectar serve delicious (and reasonably-priced) weekend brunch. Expect a post dedicated solely to Dartmouth brunch options in the near future – it is a topic near and dear to my heart.

Two if by Sea came on the scene just after my departure, but no post about Downtown Dartmouth is complete without mentioning this champion of the area. It almost hurts to think this amazing cafe with the best cappuccino in the city is a mere 3 minute walk from my former Downtown Dartmouth abode.

And as Haligonians like to point out, Downtown Dartmouth has an amazing view of… well… Halifax. I’m no Halifax hater (I heart you too, Halifax!), but I will admit to cringing when I hear this listed as Dartmouth’s best feature. It is, however,  quite an amazing feature.

I’ve only scratched the surface of my charming former Downtown Dartmouth neighborhood. I’ll come up with another post at some point to shine a spotlight on some of the lesser-known delights of this part of town. In the meantime, check out the recently revamped Downtown Dartmouth web presence.

Let’s Get This Party Started

My plan for this space is to highlight things I heart, things I observe, things I could live without, things I… well, you see where this is going.

I grew up in a rural Cape Breton village, for which I have great fondness. Port Hood will always be home to me. I first came to Halifax 19 years ago to attend university, and I’ve been here ever since. Over the years I’ve called many neighbourhoods home, from South End to Clayton Park to Spryfield. Dartmouth didn’t occur to me as an option until a good friend moved to a lovely flat just up the street from the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal. I found myself spending more and more time in the City of Lakes until it became clear I was meant to be a Dartmouthian. From the moment I moved across the harbour, Dartmouth captured my heart. The love affair has been going strong for close to 8 years.

While this blog won’t be all Dartmouth all the time, it will often serve as a love letter to my scrappy little city.