Halifax Food Truck Adventure Day!

Sept 07, 2014

This was an exciting day as Michael and I had some big plans. We’d heard quite a bit about the food truck scene in Halifax and had ambitious plans of hitting up each of them. Lucky for us, as it was a Sunday, only 5 of them were open – otherwise we may have gone into a food coma 😉 If you’re interested in seeing what food trucks are in Halifax and their times and places of operation, visit Street Food Halifax.


First up, Cheese Gypsy! Actually, we cheated, we visited this truck the day before 😛 CLICK HERE to visit their Facebook page and HERE to read more reviews!

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Limited, but definitely tantalizing menu!

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Great service! Thanks Mike (and Robin) for your friendliness and even offering a sample of plump and sweet local blueberries 🙂

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Due to its seasonal ingredients, we decided on the Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich with fresh blueberries, wild blueberry jam & brie cheese. $8 for the sandwich only or $11 for the combo (served with hand cut fries or homemade soup with a can of pop or water). Rustic tomato soup was appealing, but we couldn’t say no to fries 😛

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Fries were delicious! Easily some of the best food truck fries we’ve had. Perfectly crispy and golden!

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We weren’t wowed by the visual packaging as the sandwich was simply wrapped in tinfoil, but it certainly made up in taste!

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Not greasy at all with a generous amount of gooey melted brie and blueberries – so good! I really wish we had tried more varieties!


Halifax Press – a second grilled cheese food truck, CLICK HERE for more reviews!

After weeks of hearing about Halifax Press serving up delicious grilled cheese near the hospital but too busy with work  to visit – I finally had my chance!

Bright green truck with a distinctive HP logo, you can’t miss it!

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Take a look at the menu

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I ordered The Sou’western ($8) with That Dutchman’s smoked gouda, tex mex jalapeno & corn bacon jam with creamy avocado. The description sounds like there’s too much going on, but all the flavours blended wonderfully together!

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Looks like a hot mess, but dang tasty!

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Mike couldn’t pass up the daily special called Brunch at Bishops ($8) with Foxhill cheddar, smoky bacon, chili frizzled onions & fried egg. One word, yum!

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The presentation was simple, but definitely had an edge over Cheese Gypsy as it displayed the sandwich. Both trucks had delicious sandwiches, Cheese Gypsy offered simpler blends of ingredients while Halifax Press offered more complex options. Definitely inspired us to be more creative with our grilled cheese sandwiches at home in the future!

We also couldn’t pass up the opportunity for homemade cookies – Reese’s pieces chip chocolate – 2 for $1.50!

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Certainly not the best cookie we’ve ever had, but pretty darn good!

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Next up, Halifax Footlongs!

We were surprised not to see a truck, but don’t be fooled by its simplistic set up!

“Finest hand rolled Nova Scotian Sausage and Montreal Hotdogs – Roselane Footlongs, Sweet William Smokies, Montreal Steamies and Veggie Dogs – Farm fresh local condiments & sauces prepared daily weekends at the Halifax Seaport Market.” CLICK HERE for more reviews!

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Jon, the owner, is obviously very passionate about the food he serves. He only cooks the hotdogs and sausages in small batches to ensure they are freshest at serving. As a result, we had to wait a few minutes (a large group of children were ahead of us) for which he apologised a number of times. Really, a few minutes of waiting, especially when you’re being told exactly how many minutes – is no problem!

The exciting part about waiting is looking at and thinking about what sauces and condiments you are going to try – and there are plenty to choose from!

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With a few minutes in between each customer, Jon happily gives you ‘the tour’ of his sauces and condiments, offering suggestions along the way. Interesting sauces include Sweet Horseradish, Scotch Hot Sauce, Southern Gold, and Nova Scotia Peculiar, while toppings consisted of local brine pickles, garlic balsamic tomatoes, and Montreal Poolroom Slaw (which wasn’t available).

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When we received our Roselane Bavarian (snappy Vienna footlong weiner, $5), we were proudly told that it was made with 100% lean pork shoulder, no fillers or additives. It was also mentioned that although served on a bun, many people eat their footlongs on its own without bread and we were welcomed to do so as well 😉

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We ended up keeping it simple with pickles, horseradish and mustard – delicious and allowed the meat to stand out more!

Definitely recommend a visit if you’re by Halifax Seaport Market!


We’d been looking forward to the next stop all day – Ol’ School Donuts! And what made it even more fun? Christine came out to join us!

Started by 17 year old Noah Connolly, Ol’ School Donuts serves delicious piping hot mini old-fashioned donuts out of their bright red short bus. Click HERE and HERE to read more about the business venture.

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You can enjoy your Ol’ School Donuts 3 ways, each $5:

  1. A dozen of one traditional option (plain, sugar, or cinnamon)
  2. 10 donuts of 1 flavour
  3. Split order of 10 donuts with 2 flavours

More importantly, check out the available flavours – how incredible do they sound?

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After a few moments agonizing over the options while waiting in line, 😛 we eventually decided on 2 split orders…

Strawberry Shortcake & Peanut Butter Cup

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Toasted Coconut & Caramel Apple

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The donuts were made to order – crispy on the outside, fluffy and moist on the inside. The toppings were great and much more extravagant with so many more components than we expected, what a nice surprise!


Finally, our last stop of the day, The Battered Fish!

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For a food truck, we found the menu to be quite extensive, perhaps with too many options.

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We like it when appropriate garbage disposals are available to customers!

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Mike got Fish Tacos ($2.75 each) with 7″ flour tortilla stuff with Haddock tips, crisp lettuce, fresh salsa, and their house made white sauce. Although it can certainly look more appetizing, he found them very good!

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I ordered the Fish Burger and Fries ($6.50) Battered Haddock, baby spinach, tomato and signature sauce on a fresh kaiser bun. I also substituted my fries for sweet potato fries. The fish was nice and fresh and their signature sauce was delicious. Unfortunately, that was overshadowed by a cheap, flaky, stale white bun – certainly not a kaiser bun like advertised. Too bad.

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The sweet potato fries were good but a little overdone.

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Christine got Haddock Tips & Fries (Sm $6 or Lg $9), which she thoroughly enjoyed.

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Overall, good food at very reasonable prices. There are also a number of picnic tables to sit at which is great. Try their different sauces! The wasabi is too mild for our liking, but the tartare, curry, and signature sauces are all good. The one disappointment was the quality of my fish burger bun! Would definitely order a bread-less option next time.

The Battered Fish on Urbanspoon

Thanks for joining us Christine! Great seeing you on our Food Truck Adventure!

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A fantastic day filled with great food – love food trucks! And don’t worry, we didn’t eat all day… we interspersed it with some productive shopping 😉

No excuse for not blogging!

Hi friends!

Yes, I have no excuse for not blogging, I am on vacation after all!

How is everyone doing? Getting excited for the holidays yet?

For once, I am (mostly) on top of Christmas preparations! That even includes putting up the Christmas tree by myself at the beginning of December, yay! Not to mention all my presents have been wrapped… which normally never happens until the night of the 23rd or 24th.

Here are a few scattered moments since my last blog post:

Remember when I said I was digitizing all our old photos? Well, I finished! But I have not yet organised them T_T

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Mum made delicious guacamole!

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Got the tree up and this was my first present wrapped!

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Grilled cheese on a panini grill

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Snacking

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Made some macarons with the bro. They were successful in that they had feet, but failed in smoothness and texture – overbaked and way too crispy! We’ll try again soon…

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One of my favourite fruit snacks – pineapple with salt and pepper, yummy!

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Don’t know what made my mom think this would be good – smoked oysters (from China) in a can by Clover. Needless to say, she tasted one and didn’t get further.

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A little bit of a lot going on in this photo

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It snowed so hard on Dec 15! 😦

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Which was also the day my sister came home for the holidays from Vancouver. Thank god my uncle (Cau Hai) drove us to pick her up… or we would’ve died on the road.

The flight was, of course, delayed. Our poor grandparents had to chill at the airport until close to 3am when Jenni finally arrived!

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December 16 – day after my sister came home. And Michael came up, finally! ❤ We went to see the Ottawa Senators vs St Louis Blues hockey game at the Canadian Tire Centre!

My sister, the biggest Toronto Maple Leafs fan… forced to wear a Sens jersey

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One of the most exciting games I’ve been to with the winning goal scored by Ceci in the last minute of overtime, yay! Note: I dislike hockey and have not watched many games in person.

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My brother “studying” before we left for the game.

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December 17 – breakfast with mum at Cora’s before driving her to work! Cora’s food was a disappointment, this is my 4th or 5th time going and it just… never wins me over.

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And homemade jajangmyun (Korean noodles with black bean sauce) that night! Mmm!

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Of course, Michael couldn’t visit Ottawa without having lunch at Play! Love the current menu options, although they have since increased the pricefrom 2 plates for $20 last year to $22. Still a great deal though!

Started off with house bread and frites with aioli sauce.

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Our first plates. beef laab / hoisin / jalapeño / daikon / romaine / ginger for Michael. So fragrant and delicious! Great contrast of flavours and textures, definitely a favourite.

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I enjoyed the pappardelle / chorizo / duck / celeriac / winter squash / shallot. Also very tasty! The pappardelle (broad pasta noodles) was cooked just with with really nice flavours but way too oily for me.

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Onto our second plates! rabbit meatballs / pork / cornbread / eggplant agrodolce for Mike. Tender and moist meatballs against fluffly cornbread made for a very hearty meal.

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I chose the pork belly/edamame/Thai sauce/apricot/red bell pepper/onion. The flavours danced across my tongue… easily our favourite dish of the day! Crispy pork belly on a bed of wonderful delights with a good amount of heat. Unfortunately, the sauce in this dish was too oily, which was worse than my pappardelle because the pork belly is already so fatty. Still a delight though!

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And finally, guess who!

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Recently made dishes

I had made this meatloaf a few weeks ago and again for Mario‘s Thanksgiving lunch this past weekend. Ground turkey works fantastic for this and I now enjoy cooking with it over ground chicken.

Baby asparagus with a little bit of butter and sprinkles of salt, pepper and grated Parmesan

Grilled cheese with some home grown yellow cherry tomatoes

Pasta salad with pesto, broccoli, green peppers and olives. Tasted great, but can you tell I had veggies to use up?

Foodies pictures

Life has been uneventful the past few days with nothing new to report!

My mom is on her way home from VN right now, I haven’t heard from her so hopefully her journey is going well!

In the meantime, here are a few dishes we’ve made recently:

Green curry – very in love with curry right now and probably have it too often!

Parmesan and onion baguette made into mini grilled cheese sandwiches (thanks Michael!)

Banana chocolate cupcakes – I was very happy with how these turned out. So decadent and moist – no icing needed!