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.