Friday, June 23, 2017

Halifax, Nova Scotia ... and a wonderful walking tour

Much of our three-week Canada trip involved sightseeing clichés: Rocky Mountains (tick), Niagara Falls (tick), Québec City (tick). Gorgeous and delicious and interesting, but not exactly quirky. For our final full day in Canada, I wanted to do something a bit more off the beaten track. There's a small company in Halifax that offers a range of foodie walking tours, and we signed up to do their North End Craft Food and Beer Tour. What a great experience! Our multi-talented guide Claire (a cellist and chef, as well as a passionate and knowledgeable tour leader) met us at a microbrewery, where we tried a couple of local beers and some smoked cheese.

Then we moved on to a Venezuelan eatery where we ate some excellent empanadas ...

... then on to enVie vegan restaurant where we enjoyed a melt-in-your-mouth peanutty chocolate dessert and some local cider:

Next we wandered to Hali Deli for a delicious sandwich and chips ...

... and then to Dee Dee's for some fabulous made-on-the-premises ice cream!

Our next stop was LF Bakery, where we each devoured a humongous chocolatine:

The penultimate stop on our journey was at Ratinaud, where we sampled some excellent French (or French-inspired) charcuterie and cheeses.

Last but not least, The Nook plied us with yet more beer, this time accompanied by cute chunks of avocado toast.

The afternoon was fascinating, delicious, and very filling! It also gave us an opportunity to look around a part of Halifax we wouldn't otherwise have seen. Unlike house colours here in Australia (often snoringly boring) they know how to brighten up a street in Canada! A few examples from our wanderings around Halifax:

The food tour was wonderful. If you find yourself in Halifax, please do it! The company is called Local Tasting Tours and you can find 'em on the web at There are several different tours to choose from, including some offered at night.

Thank you Halifax and thank you Claire ;-)

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