Friday was another early morning because I always have the worst sleeps in hotels! Anyone else have the same problem? So we went to the Goodlife gym next to the hotel – I did 45 minutes of incline walking while reading Glamour – then had breakfast back in our hotel room.
After doing lots of touristy things the previous day we decided to have a more laid back day of shopping on Spring Garden Road. There are a few bigger name stores there like Roots and Lululemon, plus a handful of independent boutiques and vintage stores that were fun to browse.
For lunch we got some vegetarian/vegan fare (to balance out our meat heavy dinner the night before!) at the Heartwood Cafe. We were also joined by one of my best friends Allyson who lives in Halifax – it was so great to see her again and catch up!
I ordered the Heartwood Bowl, which was a bed of brown rice topped with steamed greens, roasted veggies, tofu, toasted seeds and sprouts with a basil umeboshi dressing. It was super delicious, but just not enough food for me – I still felt a bit hungry when we left the restaurant!
The rest of the afternoon was filled with errands, more shopping downtown, and frozen yogurt from Yeh!, Halifax’s only frozen yogurt shop. I got honey Greek and strawberry flavours topped with fruit, chocolate sprinkles, and Oreo bits. Oreo bits are always a must for me!
Later in the evening we headed out to dinner at the place I was most looking forward to: The Bicycle Thief, which is an Italian restaurant right on the bay.
The entire menu here was amazing – I think I could have ordered anything off it and been happy with my meal!
I started with the spring panzanella salad with Mache greens, poached green beans, charred asparagus, heirloom red tomatoes, garlic toasted croutons, roasted pine nuts, fresh mozzarella and pesto genovese vinaigrette. There were so many great flavours in this! And oh my gosh those croutons – they were garlicky and oily and absolutely perfect!
For my entree I was considering the pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin or the pappardelle with a chicken and pancetta ragu, but when I heard that the halibut had been freshly caught that morning, I changed my mind. How can you turn that down?
The halibut was infused with porcini dust and fresh herbs and baked in parchment with fresh wild mushrooms, pancetta, cherry tomatoes, white wine, garlic and cream. I never considered cooking white fish with mushrooms before, but this pairing worked so well together! The buttery vegetables and potatoes that came on the side were also delicious.
For dessert we split the torched Madagascar vanilla crème brûlée. It’s one of those desserts that isn’t my first choice on a menu (I had my eye on the chocolate peppermint semifreddo), but every time I order it I’m glad I did. This one was delicious!
I also want to say how great the service was. Our waitress recommended me a wine that ended up not liking, so she brought me out another glass on the house. I really appreciated that!
We were all pretty wiped from walking all day, so we headed back to the hotel room after dinner and relaxed. In my next recap I’ll tell you all about our looooooong day of driving on Saturday!
What is your favourite thing to order for dessert at a restaurant?