Stoked On FoodCity: Halifax
In this lifestyle doc series, food writer and photographer Jessica Emin explores the best food and the tastiest drinks in the City of Halifax. Whether butchering a side of beef or sampling Chinese dim sum, Jessica is Halifax’s self-described hype girl for all things edible. Her thirst for knowledge and to satisfy her cravings is both entertaining and inspiring to local foodies and those new to Halifax. Welcome to Stoked On Food.
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Episode 1 - Obladee: Wine & Cheese
Meet talented food writer and photographer Jessica Emin as she explores the best of Halifax’s culinary offerings. She explores her passion for Nova Scotia sparkling wine and a number of other wine and cheese offerings with Heather Rankin, owner and sommelier of Halifax’s Obladee, A Wine Bar.
Episode 2 - Vessel Meats: Crafted at The Counter
Let's go behind the counter! Jessica visits with Brianna Hagell, owner and head butcher of Vessel Meats in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to discuss the bespoke butcher shop's whole animal ethos. Brianna’s mission is for people to not be scared of their food, to have customers know how it got to their plate.
Episode 3 - Chasing Chinese: Beyond Chicken Balls
Jessica is joined by Halitube creator and influencer Will Yang to tour three restaurants around Halifax to sample delicious Chinese food that goes beyond the ubiquitous Canadian Chinese options. Jess and will sample spicy fusion cuisine, Northern Chinese comfort food favorites, and even traditional Cantonese dim sum.
Episode 4 - Field Guide: Dining 101
Everyone should have a local watering hole. For Jessica, it’s Field Guide, an intimate restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Halifax. Joined by owners Katie Tower and Ceilidh Sutherland, and Chef Natalie Rosen, take a trip through the restaurant’s seasonally inspired food and drink, getting a window into crafting a relatable dining experience with local ingredients.
Episode 5 - Buttered Bliss: Insta to In-Store
We get an inside look at the opening of a fabulous new Halifax café and bakery, Bliss Caffeine Bar. Jess talks to head baker and owner Michelle Boyd alongside co-owner Jenna Oosterholt about their special brand of baking blended with expert coffee service and their beautiful new space. Spoiler alert: it’s a recipe for success.
Episode 6 - Maria’s Pantry: Pasta is My Heart
Jess joins owner and chef Michael Dolente at his Dartmouth pasta shop Maria’s Pantry to talk all things noodles. From his grandmother’s recipes, to serving up crowd pleasing favorites in store, to selling his standout noodles and sauces in your local grocery, this dynamic business has brought a taste of Abruzzo to Nova Scotia and it’s a benchmark for fresh Italian cuisine that is not to be missed.