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Featurepreneur: Something New for Valley Taste Buds!

Featurepreneur: Something New for Valley Taste Buds! By Genevieve Allen Hearn FreshO opened in Kentville this past winter, but it felt like they were bringing an early glimpse of spring to town. The restaurant, which is bright and casual, offers fresh and healthy items including fruit smoothies, salads, shawarma plates, and falafel. Opened by Case Rahim, FreshO is located on River Street next to Case’s other business, Case Cuts. The Grapevine wanted to know more! The Grapevine (GV): You run a barber shop called Case Cuts, and recently opened FreshO. What inspired you to open a second business? Case Rahim…
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Burger Wars, Episode IV: April 2019!

Burger Wars, Episode IV: April 2019! There’s a Burger War happening and we want you to be a part of it! For the month of April over 45 restaurants from Windsor to Digby will be participating in Burger Wars for Campaign for Kids! Here’s how it works: Go to any one of the restaurants we will have listed and order the designated burger. Log on to campaignforkids.com/burgerwars to add your comments, and rate the burgers between April 1 and 30. At the end of the month, the restaurant with the top ratings will be awarded a fun burger-themed trophy and…
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Recipe: French Onion Soup Two Ways

Recipe: French Onion Soup Two Ways By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Hello, delicious 1980s dinner party fare! It had been way too long since I’d tasted French onion soup. I don’t think I have ever even made this for my family, although I’ve cooked cauldrons full of it at the restaurant, where our recipe included a complicated vegetable stock involving mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and soy. I wanted to make it way way way simpler and still swoony. I first tried making this with homemade chicken stock, since that’s what I had, and it was…
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In With The New

In With The New New Valley Businesses to Watch Springtime is a celebration of all things new. Here’s a list of amazing new businesses that have opened or are opening in the Valley this spring! FreshO, Kentville The Valley lacks a good shawarma place no more! FreshO offers smoothies, shawarma and falafel plates, delicious baklava and more! Located at 19 River Street in Kentville. facebook.com/freshovill/ Girliture, Kentville We can’t wait for the brick and mortar version of Girliture to open! Tanya Owen has run this home-based, online business in Kentville for years, and specializes in custom pillows and cozy curated…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Connecting through Nature

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Connecting through Nature By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist When was the last time you spent an hour or more outside in nature, connecting to another being? In today’s technological world, most of us don’t do it often enough. Getting outside and making connections can be simple, powerful, and healing. American Biologist Edward O. Wilson coined the term biophilia to explain why connecting with others in the natural world is so fundamental. Wilson’s publications, Biophilia (1984) and The Biophilia Hypothesis (1993) suggest that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature…
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Ice Wine Dinner at Lightfoot and Wolfville 2019

Ice Wine Dinner at Lightfoot and Wolfville 2019 By Scott Campbell What a night! Mike and Jocelyn Lightfoot pulled out all the stops for this incredible evening of fine wine and dining in celebration of the 2019 Ice Wine Festival. And as if this evening wasn’t brilliant enough with a host of familiar faces from the Nova Scotia wine industry, we also had the privilege of dining with the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC. Lightfoot and Wolfville chef Geoff Hopgood joined forces with Mallard Cottage chef and owner Todd Perrin to bring us…
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Featurepreneur: The Resurrection of a Gathering Place

Featurepreneur: The Resurrection of a Gathering Place By Genevieve Allen Hearn A restaurant. A brewery. An event space. The Church Brewing Company, located in the former St. Andrew’s United Church in Wolfville, has a lot on their plate. Since opening their doors in January, the space has been packed with locals and visitors alike, checking out what this new hot spot has to offer: spectacular live music events, a curated craft beer/cider line-up on tap, and mouth-watering dishes executed by former Gio chef, Vince Scigliano. The Grapevine asked the owners a few questions about opening this ambitious business: The Grapevine…
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Thai Memory in Aylesford

Thai Memory in Aylesford By Scott Campbell This restaurant is very well-named because I guarantee, once you’ve been to Thai Memory, you will never forget it. What a fantastic restaurant. The décor is rich and colourful and aptly reflects the food that is served there. Owners Pat and Tun are as warm and welcoming as their restaurant, and Pat is also a talented photographer. Simply ask and he’ll happily capture a moment of your dining experience on his camera and email you the photo. As great as that is, let me tell you about the food. We ordered several dishes…
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Recipe: Better Donairs

Recipe: Better Donairs By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Fellow Nova Scotians and donair lovers around the globe, I give you a donair for the days ahead! For nigh is the time when we turn our attention to the impact our food choices make on health, both ours and the planet’s. But we will not suffer as we smarten up, no, we will find ways to turn our appetite for too much sugar, refined starch, meat, and highly-processed “food” into a desire for deliciousness made by humans, maybe even someone we know. Someone like ourselves….
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Hill’s Grills Book Launch

Hill’s Grills Book Launch Hillary Webb had always dreamed of opening her own cafe: one with original recipes and whose business supported local vendors, all the while creating a sense of community between her team and the customers they served. After years of planning, the end result was a smashing success and the award-winning Hill’s Grills Panini Press & Tea House went on to become a staple in the community of Kentville. After closing the shop to pursue other dreams, Hillary decided to mark another one off of the bucket list: a cookbook to share her love of cooking and…
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