Do you need a fork? Sadly this is a phrase that I hear all too often at Asian restaurants. I must look very awkward while using chopsticks, because every time I sit down for a bowl of Pho, a heaping plate of Pad Thai, or …
Through my recent revelations in the search for new food experiences, I have decided not only to eat in every restaurant possible, but also to expand my horizons in my own kitchen. I am a huge lover of Pad Thai and since, in the past …
The first week in Halifax has been a whirlwind of U-hauls, orientation, mixers and exploring. With my boyfriend entering his first year in law school and in orientation all this past week I have been left to my own devices to explore and find lots of yummy restaurants to try!
The first place that Adam and I visited is a fundamental landmark on Spring Garden Street: Your Father’s Moustache. A mecca to students and pub goers in the South End, Your Father’s Moustache was bustling with patrons of all kinds, even on a Wednesday afternoon! Folks dressed in business attire and girls in headbands and Lululemon were all enjoying the brews and large menu of pub fare that the restaurant offers.
We sat at a table overlooking Spring Garden and were immediately approached by a lovely waitress to order our drinks. Adam went with a Heineken and I chose a Rickards White. The food took a little while to come, but the staff is more than friendly and made the wait much more than bearable with their friendly conversation and constant refilling of drinks. I had the Pub Club which was a classic Club sandwich, but made an awesome French bread. The Sweet Potato Fries that Adam had with his excellent Nor’ Eastern Chicken Sandwich came with an amazing honey mustard curry dip that the waitress claims is a secret recipe and is still making me ponder the ingredients!
On Wednesday evening we were too tired to cook after a long day of exploring and drinking beers so we wandered to find the highest awarded Thai restaurant in the city: Talay Thai.Located on Barrington Street in the South End, the nicely decorated restaurant was busy even at 9pm on a weeknight, a sure sign the food is good. I ordered the Pad Thai, my go to for testing the quality of a Thai place, and Adam ordered the Pineapple Pork.
The meal came fast and was delivered by a friendly server who suggested an awesome Thai beer that went well with my Pad Thai. My meal was a more than generous portion with some extra vegetables like brocoli and candle corn which only added to the excellent Thai classic. Adam’s Pineapple Pork was sweet and sour and had giant portions of pineapple and pork. Overall the meal was big and tasty, and more than satisfied my desire for excellent Thai food.
Though these short descriptions of restaurants in the first week are somewhat vague, they were both excellent experiences and I am eager to try more things. Everyday I wander down a new street and find a new restaurant that I want to try. I was excited to discover Lebanese and other ethnic restaurants that I have not had before and thrilled to see numerous Turkish restaurants so that I can introduce Adam to all the amazing flavours of Turkish foods! Halifax seems to have a myriad of restaurants from corner pizza places all the way up to high end fish restaurants, with French Bistros and Italian trattorias in between, and I am so excited to Explore. Eat. Repeat!