Another week means it’s time for another blog post and for me to finally tell you about my experience at Open City 2017!
If you have met me, follow me online or are simply getting to know me you will quickly realize that I’m a huge supporter of the I Love Local HFX group and absolutely love being a tourist in my own city. Events such as Open City, City Harvest and Switch are among my favourite events that take place in Halifax. It’s a perfect opportunity to lace up your sneakers, wear stretchy pants and go see what Halifax has to offer you in terms of local eats, drinks and simply seeing the local beauty of the downtown core.
My love for local Halifax started when I was working at WHERE Halifax. During my 2 year term at WHERE I got to visit many of the local restaurants, shops and attend the many events our city host. The more I learnt about local businesses, the more I wanted to support them!
When it comes to Open City I always have a plan and route in mind before starting off my day! The first step is checking out the list of Open City 2017 participants, and then making a strategic plan of what are my MUST have stops, my maybe stops and then finally my it doesn’t need to happen stops! This year was a little complicated as I had a friend’s wedding shower in Eastern Passage from 10am-12pm which meant that I would only get downtown around 1pm. From past experience I have sadly learnt that many of the popular food spots run out by 2pm. This made me look at the list a little harder and figure out exactly what food was NEEDED! Yes there is always a need vs. want when it comes to Open City.
Since I live in Dartmouth I decided to start my day off early on the darkish and hit up a few spots before going to the wedding shower. My first 2 stops were quick but oh so worth it! My first stop was at Portland Street Creperie. This was my first time checking out this spot and it certainly won’t be my last! Their offering for Open City was a: Triple Chocolate Crepe” House-made brownie in a chocolate batter crepe opped with a chocolate sauce. I was completely drooling when reading the offering, while they were making it as well as on my drive home since I promised to share with my husband. Honestly what was I thinking when I promised this share this amazingness? This crepe certainly did not disappoint! My husband & I were both a fan and wanted more once we finished it
Stop #2 was Humble Pie Kitchen for their oh so tasty steak & cheese pie! Not a newbie to Humble Pie but I’ve always been a fan and when in the neighbourhood and it’s on special why not? It has never disappointed me and during Open City it certainly did not!
After these 2 tasty starters I took a break to go to my friend’s wedding shower! After the shower I picked up my husband and off we went to Halifax. The sun was shining that way, the air was nice and warm. A perfect day to walk around and explore.
Once we got to the Halifax side our first stop was at Humani-T cafe in the hydrostone for this tasty treat! The best part was that the cookies were made with mini eggs and you could choose your own flavour of gelato! YUMMY but a little messy. My only suggestion for this gelato sandwich would be softer cookies!
The remainder of the day had us frolicking the streets of Downtown Halifax, enjoying the weather and my hubby enjoying some of the beer and rum samples! The day overall was a perfect little date for the hubby & I! We got to enjoy each other’s company, enjoy the good weather and try out some new local spots that we’ve been meaning to try for awhile but simply life got in the way.
If you haven’t experienced Open City or City Harvest set a reminder for next year to add it to the list! It’s always a fun day filled with adventure, food and more importantly supporting local businesses!
I leave you with a few more pictures of our day!
Until next time,