Goodbye Halifax! Right now it’s 5:30 am and we’re about to hit the road to head to Portland, Maine. It’s been such a fun 3 days and I’ve fallen in love with the city’s historic charm, Maritime way of life, and good food. I’m considering doing my dietetic internship here next year, so I may be back soon!
Mom and I started off our last day in Halifax at 6 am with another morning workout. I did 4.25 miles of intervals on the treadmill and worked up an appetite for breakfast! We hit up the buffet again and I had the same thing as yesterday because it was just so good. If anyone was wondering, we stayed at the Westin, and I would definitely recommend it.
After a morning of errands and helping my sister’s boyfriend move, we went for lunch at The Wooden Monkey, which I’ve been wanting to go to since my last visit to Halifax. It focuses on using local and organic ingredients to promote environmental sustainability, and has a menu full of fresh and healthy choices.
I literally wanted to order everything on Wooden Monkey’s menu! But I finally settled on the lentil burger which was made with carrots, miso, garlic, onions, daikon, seeds and oats. On the side I had a salad with organic greens, sliced apple, carrot, daikon, scallions, and goat cheese, with a grain mustard maple dressing. Both were excellent!
And what’s great about The Wooden Monkey is that there is something for everyone: vegan, vegetarian, or meat-eaters alike will all find something to please them on the menu!
We spent the afternoon browsing some shops downtown and dealing with more car troubles. What a headache! We were all pretty exhausted when dinner time rolled around, but we were also excited about going to Chives – an award-winning restaurant with a menu using seasonal produce, local meat producers and sustainable seafood.
Chives is famous for its buttermilk biscuits which are included with every meal – and they did not disappoint! They actually have the recipe on their website so I can’t wait to make these at home.
For the appetizer, I ordered the “Greek salad”, which had panko crusted valley feta cheese, greenhouse tomato and cucumber, fire roasted bell peppers, kalamata olives, and poached garlic vinaigrette. This was delicious – I loved the warm feta cheese on top, although I wish it wasn’t deep-fried.
Unfortunately I didn’t realize that my entree was also deep-fried. I had crispy panko crusted tofu, saffron Parmesan risotto, candied greenhouse tomato, sweet peas, olive tapenade, pine nuts and basil pesto vinaigrette.
The risotto was seriously amazing – I wanted to lick my plate! The tofu I could have done without.
We weren’t really thinking about getting dessert initially, but we were tempted by the dessert menu here. So we ordered the vanilla honey creme brulee, which was so rich and delicious! It was easily the best creme brulee I’ve ever eaten.
Since one dessert apparently wasn’t enough, we also ordered the Buckingham chocolate biscuit cake with dark chocolate ganache, lady grey tea ice cream, and raspberry sauce. It’s named as such because it’s Prince William’s absolute favourite dessert – and I can see why!
Also I told our server I’d give him a shout out, so hey Nick if you’re reading! Thanks for helping to make it a great night and I hope we weren’t too crazy for you. He’s pictured here holding the recipe for the cake (which he gave us a copy of!) plus a jar of Chive’s house made mustard pickles that we bought to take home.
Well it’s time for me to pack my suitcase, grab some extra strong coffee and hit the road with my mom and sister. See you in Portland!
Have you ever visited a city and fallen in love with it? Which city?
What’s the best dessert you’ve ever ordered at a restaurant?