Open City Halifax

May 14, 2013

This past Saturday was “Open City” Halifax. If you’re not quite sure what that is well, prepare to be salivating! Over 100 local businesses around the downtown Halifax area participate in an open house- meet the neighbours type of event. Restaurants (where I mainly went) have a “BackDoor Takeout” policy which means that yes, you literally go around back and purchase (for discounted price) mouth watering pre-selected items. And the restaurants are some of Halifax finest (CUT, Chives Bistro, Stories, and many many more.) It is a day to try new food and support local businesses which is something we all should do! Other things to note are retail boutiques such as Biscuit General Store, who gave 25% off your purchase when you shared the item on social media, and Wildflower Clothing who had a beautiful setup of gourmet cupcakes and mimosas with a generous 20% off your purchase. Museums and Theater (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Neptune) were also offering discounts.  For this being my first time at Open City I have to say it was a great experience, trying new things and laughing with great people really made the day special. I highly recommend to you all to do this next year, and if you did it this year, what were your favorite parts? (mine were the Seared Scallops at Stories, and the Rhubarb Sour at Chives!) If you want to check out more about the event and more visit I Love Local Halifax. 

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A fun sign outside of The Black Market who were offering $3 henna tattoos, a sidewalk sale (buy 2 get 1 free items!) and a free gift with purchase of $15 or more.
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Our first stop for BackDoor Take out; Morris East (Maple Bourbon BBQ pulled pork flatbread with local slaw and seasonal local greens.)

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Laura and Allison enjoying their flatbread at Morris East.

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Laura getting served at Stories

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Our second treat; Stories (Pan Seared Rice Paper Wrapped Sea Scallop with Veg

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Enjoying my favorite of the day!

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We received a very sufficient portion of Lobster Poutine that we shared from CUT for only $10!

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Coronas to wash down the poutine

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The menu at chives couldn’t have been better  (Chedabucto Bay shrimp and smoked haddock chowder and strawberry rhubarb sours)

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Serving up some delicious chowder

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Laura wearing a super fun Gap tote and scarf

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Biscuit general Store; handkerchief dress that I thought was so beautiful

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Allison wearing a Marc by Marc Jacobs bag and Vero Moda jacket

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What I’m wearing: Sunglasses; Ray-Ban, Jacket; K-Way, Shirt; Joe Fresh T-shirt; Maison Scotch (Scotch & Soda), Jeans; J-Crew, Bag; Coach (old), Shoes; Urban Planet (old)

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