Archive | September, 2013

The Biggest Day Downtown

3 Sep

We have absolutely loved participating in the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s Big Day Downtown and were thrilled to be invited back again this Summer.

The kickoff happened at the super secret underground bar ‘Noble’ located underneath The Middle Spoon. At Noble we picked out three adventure-themed cards to help guide our big day.

We selected Exotic, Fun and Cheerful.

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With the task at hand and a $150 Visa we were ready to get started!

We picked a beautiful sunny Saturday to take on Downtown Halifax and we kicked things off at Parade Square where we took in some of the Dog Days of Summer event. Sylvia was interviewing the doggie stars of Neptune Theatre’s Legally Blonde and those little furballs were exactly what we needed to set the tone for an amazing day.

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The Dog Days of Summer were jam packed with the most adorable four legged friends you’ve ever seen sporting some seriously awesome outfits. We’re talking dogs in tutu’s, dogs in biker gear, dogs in bowties. They were very well dressed and very adorable.

Category: Cheerful, Fun, Some were exotic!

From there we headed down to Bishop’s Cellar to enjoy an afternoon wine tasting. If you didn’t already know, Bishop’s Cellar offers a free wine tasting from 11am – 1pm every Saturday!

In addition to drinking all the wine, we gave ourselves the mission of picking out wines for each other that we thought we might enjoy. This being a relatively easy task because as long as the word WINE is on the label we will drink it. We found some amazing wines with super fun labels all under $25.00!

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As it turned out Sylvia’s Mom happened to be in Bishop’s Landing so she joined us for the rest of our adventure!

Category: VERY cheerful, fun and exotic!

Following the great time at Bishop’s Cellar the team was feeling the need for a snack and let’s be honest, more wine. We decided to stop by A Mano for a lovely lunch on the patio. Bishop’s Landing has so much to offer, and it means that we could go from our wine tasting to lunch in just a few steps, the beauty of spending a Saturday downtown Halifax.
We were greeted at A Mano by the always friendly and cheerful staff, they set us up on the patio. We ordered a number of dishes to share, including two types of a pizza and a few starters. And of course we enjoyed some wine from A Mano’s lengthy wine list.
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Our server took great care of us, and returned quickly with our snacks and drinks. We have a great time, and I can assure you we will be back again soon.
Category: Exotic, cheerful and oh so fun!

So what do you do after a delicious meal of pizza and wine? You get a treat! (Obviously). Luckily for us, A Mano is conveniently located only a few steps from one of Halifax’s finest purveyors of sugar… Sugah! Gourmet chocolate bars (hello Maple Crusted Dark Chocolate bar… nice to finally meet you), ice cream, vintage candies to remind you of your younger years – how can you not have fun in a place that’s wall-to-wall sweet stuff? Great selection, helpful staff, (and animal-friendly). Sugah, we like you a whole lot.

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Category: Cheerful and fun! 

Talk about exotic and fun! Joel loves cigars. He loves that they’re handmade with care and attention to every detail and really loves the variety and particular flavours and aromas of each one. And most importantly Joel loves Paul Stulac’s Smoke on the Water in Bishop’s Landing.

The store features a large walk-in humidor, with a wide selection cigar brands. There are plenty of Cubans, including the famous Cohiba and Partagas lines, and lots of cigars from other major producers like Nicaragua and Honduras.

The only problem with Smoke on the Water really isn’t its own fault. The prices are high. In Canada, tobacco (whether it’s in cheap cigarettes or fine premium handmade cigars) is levied with huge taxes, making cigars far more expensive than the U.S. (but comparable to other countries with socialized medicine like England and Australia). But, they’re worth every penny.

Each cigar provides well over an hour of relaxation, and time to spend with one’s self or with friends, enjoying the product of a handmade process. From the planting of the tobacco plants, to the picking, to the fermentation, to the selection of the various parts (the filler leaves, binder leaves, and wrapper leaves), to the masterful rolling, every single premium cigar has been handmade.

The proprietor of Smoke on the Water, Rodney, is knowledgeable and passionate about cigars. With his help, Joel picked out a few cigars for the group, including a delightful Punch and a CAO LX2.

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Later that afternoon Joel enjoyed his LX2 and thought about the wonderful day spent with his best friends enjoying the fantastic sites, sounds, and stores of Downtown Halifax.

Category: Fun, Exotic

Another HUGE thank you to the Downtown Halifax Business Commission for letting us loose in Downtown Halifax! We enjoyed one of the most cheerful, exotic and fun days in recent memory!