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Restaurant Review – Chef’s Menu

29 Sep

Chef’s Menu – Warm Gingerbread and Carrot Cake

I went to Chef’s Menu recently with a few girlfriends for dessert, and thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase them in a review.

I have been to Chef’s Menu many times since it opened and have always been pleased with the food as well as the service.

Warm Gingerbread

My friends both ordered the gingerbread and were pleased with it. It was nice and warm served with sweet sauce on the bottom and ice cream.  If you like gingerbread – this is worth a try!

Rating: 8 out of 10

Carrot Cake

I have to say that I had high hopes for this carrot cake, because I was trying it the night before I knew I was going to be trying my own – so I was hoping for a few tips!

Unfortunately, this disappointed me, something I had not expected since everything else I’ve had at this restaurant had always impressed me.

My rating of this carrot cake is 6 out of 10.

I enjoyed the cake, but there was something off about the icing. I kept trying to pinpoint what about it was ‘off’ and with my friends help – we determined that the icing was just too tangy and all cream cheese taste with no sweet. Just like a block of whipped cream cheese.

This will certainly not stop me from  returning to Chef’s Menu, however, because everything else I’ve tried there has been excellent.

Have you been there? What did you think? Leave a comment!

Peach Pizza, Salted Caramel Tart and More at Morris East

26 Sep

I visited Morris East tonight because I wanted to make sure I participated in Yelp Eats – Halifax this week and I am so glad I did!

I had never been there before, but had always heard people rave about it –  so this was a great excuse for me to “need to go” this week (and also help support FEED NOVA SCOTIA).

We started with the Vinaigrette Caeser – it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had, and no – that’s not just because I don’t eat salads a whole lot! Fresh greens mixed with a very light vinaigrette, topped with house-made sour dough croutons and thick bacon pieces that were still hot! So good! I don’t normally gush about a salad this way, it’s got me all excited!

After salad – we had pizza, and not just your regular, 2am craving,  pizza corner pizza either!

We ordered Peach Pizza – a pizza with grilled peaches, goat cheese, shallots, prosciutto and rosemary aiol.

Ok – let me just say, right off the bat – peaches and goat cheese – why have I not been combining these two before?! Two of my favourite things on one pizza with the added bonus of prosciutto joining them!

They tell me it is only on the menu for the summer season – so if you’d like a taste – get in there this week!

And now for the desserts, last but certainly not least!

The Peanut Butter Tart with Honeysponge caught my eye, as a huge fan of combining peanut butter and chocolate! It is a chocolate tart filled with peanut butter ice cream, drizzled with ganache and housemade honeycomb.

The peanut butter ice cream was the highlight for me in this dessert.  While I really liked the chocolate tart too, the whole thing was frozen together, and by frozen, I mean – like a rock, you need to cut it with a knife, frozen. (yes, I know ice cream needs to be frozen) This was too bad because it took away from the overall taste of the dessert – it was just so cold and the frozen texture took away from the actual taste of the chocolate and peanut butter.

That said, it was still very tasty and I’m glad to have picked it.

Rating: 7 out of 10

We had a hard time with the lighting and getting pictures right, but here are a few shots of it…

Since it was important for me to fully review this restaurant, we decided to order two desserts! (Sound reasoning, I think!)

Our second choice was the Salted Caramel Tart – a lovely light crust filled with liquid caramel – a thick, sticky caramel that explodes with sweet and salty flavour in each bite!

We liked this very much, but I would highly recommend it it for sharing, definitely between 2 people, but you could even share between 4 because that’s how sweet this caramel is! This is the kind of dessert that a small taste of is just right, too much and you could be “over-sweetened”

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

I am so pleased with my first visit to Morris East, and it will certainly not be my last! Already looking forward to visiting again!

Have you been? – tell me about your experience!
Have you been to any of the other Yelp Eats- Halifax locations?

Yelp Eats – Halifax!

21 Sep

Hi Everyone! This is a special post to let you all know about a very foodie-friendly fundraiser that will be happening in Halifax, NS all next week – Yelp Eats!

From Sept 23-29, seven local Halifax restaurants will be participating in Yelp Eats. If you go to any of them during this time and spend $30 or more (before tax and tip) you can put your bill in the official Yelp box at the counter – for each bill submitted, the restaurant will donate $10 to FEED NOVA SCOTIA.

Click Here for more info – Yelp Eats – Halifax

I’m very happy to share it with you and hope you can all make it out to show support to local Halifax restaurants as well as contribute to FEED NOVA SCOTIA. If you’d like to join me or organize a group to go – I’m all for that – leave me a comment!

I’ll certainly make an effort to get out to a few, and will, (as usual) post my dessert reviews for you to read!

Feel free to take pictures of your desserts or dishes this week and send them to me!

Another Day, Another Visit to Il Mercato – Chocolate Caramel Tart

14 Sep

Chocolate Caramel Tart

This is just a quick post – a rave really – of the chocolate caramel tart at Il Mercato.

It is full of the tasty, sweet goodness that is a soft crumb crust filled with  “mousse-like” chocolate, a caramel layer and topped with skor pieces!

Rich, smooth and creamy – I mean look at the caramel layer dripping out!

I enjoyed every bite as my friends looked on, unwilling to join in on my fun – something about being too full, after our, once again, fantastic meal. I always make the extra effort to save room for dessert, too bad they don’t have the same discipline, right?

Check it out yourself: Il Mercato, Bedford

My Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Remember – next time you eat dessert – take a picture of it and send it to me!

Il Mercato Review – Bounty Bar in Cheesecake Form? – Yes, please!

4 Sep

Il Mercato dessert special – Candy Bar Cheesecake

I was at Il Mercato, the other day (a family favourite) and was as usual, admiring the dessert case. With some help from the staff, I finally narrowed my choice down to one of the specials that day – Candy Bar Cheesecake.

If you like the Chocolate/Coconut combo then this will be your paradise!

It is exactly like eating a Bounty bar, only better because there is also cheesecake!

Highly recommended by my family… hope you enjoy!  (sorry the pic is grainy, but believe me the cake is not!)


My Rating: 7 out of 10

Where to find it: Il Mercato, Bedford or Halifax, NS

Have you tried this too? What did you think? – Leave a comment

A Fantastic Night at The Bicycle Thief!

28 Aug

Alright so, picture this… A beautiful Saturday evening on the Halifax waterfront, sun is setting, people smiling, boats docked at the wharf, the cutest dogs off on an evening walk and me and my family watching it all pass us by as we dine outside on the patio at The Bicycle Thief.

What a great way to spend a night in Halifax!

I can’t say enough great things about this place, the food, service and ambiance were all top notch in my books!

I had shrimp in white wine cream sauce, pork ribs, tomato basil salad, veal parmesan and seafood linguine. (ok, well I had a taste of it all but didn’t eat whole portions myself! We’re share-ers in my family, our waitress caught onto that too!)

Just when I didn’t think I could fit another bite after courses of delicious food – they came with the dessert menu’s…so let me tell you about the desserts!

Coconut Cream Pie

This is not your average coconut cream here people! It starts with a chocolate crust, which has a lovely saltiness to it, topped with ever so creamy coconut filling and another cream topping!

If you are looking for a twist on the traditional coconut cream pie – this is an excellent choice!
Highly recommended! Great for sharing!

My Rating: 8 out of 10 – a return favorite
*should also note that this is the second time I’ve ordered it – you know its good when you choose it again on a return visit!

But wait… there’s more!

Peanut Butter Gelato Fudge Sundae

Now this was a first try for me on several accounts.

I had never had peanut butter gelato before, chocolate and other kinds, of course, but never peanut butter. I am a huge fan of the peanut butter chocolate combo though.  Also, I had never really considered ordering a sundae for dessert at such a fine restaurant (you know, sundae’s are usually saved for Friendly’s, or Swiss Chalet etc.)

This sundae is several scoops of peanut butter gelato, layered with homemade peanut brittle, peanuts and hot fudge. Can I just  say…MIND BLOWN!

It is all kinds of awesome! I loved it, and it was a hit with everyone at the table. The peanut brittle was a sweet crunchy surprise, it added to the gourmet factor.

My Rating: 10 out of 10

A sure bet for those who love the peanut butter chocolate combo!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes – love their cream cheesy goodness!

24 Aug

Earlier this week I was at work and had a pretty distinct feeling that it was a cupcake kind of day. (you know… the kind of day that just needs a quick jolt of fun and sweetness!)
I was in luck because it wasn’t just any cupcake kind of day – it was a Wednesday –  one of the days Susie’s Shortbread’s makes Red Velvet cupcakes- only one of of my favorite kinds of cake! Things were looking up!

One email  to another cupcake loving friend later, and we were off to Susie’s at lunch with orders from colleagues to bring a few back for them.

Red Velvet! Yum! I love the cake, but combine it with cream cheese icing and you have a delicious combo!  Aren’t bakers these days brilliant?

I considered getting one for another day, but held back, knowing that it wouldn’t be long until it felt like a cupcake kind of day again soon!

Where to get it: Susie’s Shortbread’s, Halifax, NS
My Rating: 8 out of 10
Have you had this too? What did you rate it – tell me your rating  in the comments!