When Good Eats Are Good Deeds

Y’all know I love to indulge in a great meal out from time to time. Treating myself to the experience of enjoying delicious food and drink in a social atmosphere with friends has got to be one of my favourite guilty pleasures. For the next 7 days? Eating out in Halifax and Dartmouth actually benefits a fantastic cause thanks to Yelp! So get out for a meal or two or seven and enjoy it guilt-free. Here’s how: from September 23 – 29, dine at any of seven participating restaurants and drop your receipt in the official Yelp Eats box. For each receipt over $30 (before tax and tip), these restaurants will donate $10 to Feed Nova Scotia. All the details, including the list of participating restaurants are available here. You can even join Yelpers for group outings to the participating restaurants throughout the week. I can’t wait to check out Saege Bistro tonight.

Did you know Yelp Canada raised over $10,000 for local hunger relief organizations across the country last year? I am so lucky to be able to afford to eat out from time to time, especially when so many people in our city don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Events like this make me so happy and proud to be part of the Yelp community here in Halifax. All the participating restaurants deserve huge kudos for donating a big chunk of their bottom line this week. Just one more reason I love our city.

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.