Reg and I do not go out to dinner very often but the night before we left Nova Scotia we went out with friends to Chives. We went for a wonderful anniversary dinner a few years ago and the food was so good, I wanted to go one more time.
Emily and Gareth are such wonderful people and truly changed our lives for the better when we met. I will never forget driving in one of the worst storms of all time with “tumble fog” smashing against our car on the highway and my cheesecake disaster the night we met.
We miss you two already!!!
Alissa and Chris (who could not be there) also had such a profound impact on our lives in all sorts of fantastic ways. Alissa is such a talented foodie (and so is Chris). I can not wait to share her recipe for chia avocado chocolate pudding! Seriously, sounds weird but delicious.
When it comes to the food I ordered the Clamato mussels which were quite tasty but I would have loved for the appetizer to have been served with some bread to sop up the spicy tomato sauce. The sauce was so strong it actually overwhelmed the mussels a little but the broth was so good I can forgive it.
Reg and I both ordered the stroganoff which was creamy and delicious, the beef super tender and the tagliatelle beautiful.
Reg got the strawberry goat cheese cheesecake which he adored.
I got the French chocolate ganache torte. It sort of crunched under my fork at first and then gave way to the pressure. So rich, a giant slice of truffle. I was on a chocolate high all night!
Good Bye Chives, Farewell Nova Scotia
Leaving Nova Scotia was not easy. In fact, during our house hunting trip, Reg and I had several panic attacks and considered staying on the east coast. It is complicated but it turns out, we could not stay even if we wanted to. The Universe was saying, uh uh Suzie, it is time to go back west.
Still, we have left behind so many amazing people and that is definitely the hardest part of moving away. These people have made a physically challenging time in my life fun, exciting and fulfilling. The weather combined with my fibromyalgia made staying impossible but friends and family inspired me to keep going and even at times, thrive.
Thank you Chives for such a beautiful last night in Halifax. Our service was impeccable, the ambiance warm and cozy and the food, spectacular.
Farewell Nova Scotia and thank you for all the foodie memories and friends. You helped me embrace my passion for food and take on so many adventures in my kitchen.
This may be the conclusion of the east coast story for me but there are so many more stories to come. I hope you join me and celebrate a new world and life I am so excited to live.
Debra She Who Seeks says
You know what’s running through my head, of course —
“Farewell to Nova Scotia, the sea-bound coast,
may your mountains dark and dreary be.
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?”
Suzie Ridler says
Of course! 🙂 I’m not officially “from” Nova Scotia so I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate but I am glad that the implication was there.
Cheryl Y. says
Wishing you and Reg all the best in your new adventures on the West Coast. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I know you’ll thrive out there!
And with the wonders of technology, you will always be easily connected to those you are leaving behind 🙂
Suzie Ridler says
Thank you so much Cheryl! And yes, we are still here online to connect with but I am glad we got to meet in person. 🙂
The Spooky Whisk says
Wishing you and Reg all the best. This has got to be ever so hard but totally understandable. The cold is the worst on bodies like ours. Just sucks. But I’m happy you won’t hurt as much. Sending you lots and lots of good wishes.
PS: I made my first video but only voice, just a tester for me. But I wanted to say thanks for being such a HUGE inspiration to me. You Suzie, rock big time.
Suzie Ridler says
Thank you so much Ivy! And wow, can I hear the video? I would love to! Thank you so much, it means so much to me that I have inspired you Ivy. Hugs!