Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Our New Neighbourhood - The Hydrostone
I want to introduce you all to my new and fabulous neighbourhood. The Hydrostone is an area in North Halifax that was destroyed in 1917 by a huge explosion. This area in particular was rebuilt using hydro-stone concrete blocks brought in from Chicago. Streets have tree lined courts between the rows of houses (unusual for its time). It's lovely, peaceful and well cared for. You can see the pride of ownership everywhere. Not to mention lots of green spaces, including a lush wooded park I'll have to explore. You can actually see the Halifax Harbour if you look between trees.
Hydrostone Market. I'll be waxing rhapsodic for a long time. Two restaurants have won Where to Eat In Canada Awards year after year....I haven't tried Epicurious Morsels yet, but I will be having the lobster strudel I noticed on the menu! I did have the most delicious pizza at Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria....perfect thin crust. I mean it! One thing I missed since arriving in Halifax was the thin crusted pizzas I used to enjoy in Toronto. I thought it would be like Montreal's Yangtze egg rolls - unique to the city and only enjoyed on a visit "home".
Not true! We shared two pizzas between the three of us -
Clam Pie Marinato "thin crust brushed with garlic infused extra virgin olive oil, edged with cornmeal and layered with mozzarella, covered with baby clams marinated in extra-virgin olive oil, fresh parsley and garlic, freshly grated Parmesan and herbs". That's the description on the menu and it is as sublime as it sounds.
Roasted Garlic with Sauteed Mushrooms " Salvatore's traditional tomato sauce, roasted garlic, sauteed mushrooms, Romano cheese, freshly grated Parmesan, herbs and a hint of cayenne". Don't they sound wonderful? I can assure you, they tasted even better.
The unbelievable chocolate chip cheesecake (and others) is made by Michelle, wife to Chris (aka Salvatore) and there are no words...you'll just all have to come for a taste.
Boaz), a spa (what else is there to say) and Julien's - an awesome bakery that rivals any I've tried...baguettes, pain chocolat (that really taste as good as the ones in Montreal), hearty whole grain breads, gorgeous french pastries I will try to avoid (but probably won't be able to) and a wonderful patio to relax on and enjoy it all. That's Topiary, a shop for gardeners, in the background.
Abato & Sons Italian Market. Walls of imported extra virgin olive oils, cheeses, vinegars, take out and so much more. I'll be there often, to be sure.
Alleggia is the brand and if you find it...stock up!) and came home to make this awesome (at least we thought so)....
Well, that's it for now. Don't you love my new neighborhood? I do and I haven't even moved in yet.
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