I had a few minutes before hockey tonight and noticed people scaling walls along Citadel Hill. They were practicing Parkour, a physical and mental discipline of French origin where participants use skills such as climbing and jumping to move along a specific route, in the most efficient manner possible, as if escaping in an emergency situation. It is most often practiced outdoors in urban areas and is non-competitive. Think of it as martial arts for flight rather than fight. I was extremely impressed with the participants acute sense of spatial and physical control. They were highly skilled. Check out general information on Parkour here or have a look at their Halifax website.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
We had one last feed of Black Point Oysters at Seven before it closes its doors for good this weekend. This place first introduced me to the joy of fine dining and the temptation of an extensive wine list when I first came out of University. Some great memories here. You will be missed.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
We had a great day at Gaspereau Winery, which held their annual 'grape stomp.' This boutique winery has a very pretty vineyard, which hugs the hillside overlooking the Gaspereau Valley. During the grape stomp they had a tasting in their upstairs barn. Most, if not all, NS wineries were present. I was happy to check out Gaspereau's Sparkling and their Muscat Chardonnay - a smooth twist to the classic NS Muscat. I could just smell this wine all day.
We also learned of a new winery in Wolfville, Muir Murray Estate Winery. I sampled their L'Acadie Blanc at lunch at Tempest. I really liked their take on this grape. This pale straw coloured wine is light with crisp acidity, and is full of fresh apple, citrus and mineral. We will have to check out Muir Murray winery some other time, apparently they have a tasting room.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Taylor Head Provincial Park offers five hiking trails, ranging in length up to to 6 km. This hiker's gem is a long drive down the 7 from Halifax but worth the trip. The Park is large, scenic, well groomed and free. We hiked the Headland Trail. This is a pleasant 8km coastline walk to Taylor Head Point. An empty beach off the parking lot and a rugged stretch of cool rock formations on the outward trip were highlights for me.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I dropped into Seaview Park this evening. I spotted these blue eyed dogs and couldn't resist getting a couple pics. Dog photography tip - Put a treat or a ball on top of your lens (whatever the dog is playing with) to get an attentive shot. In this case I kidnapped his younger brother's tennis ball.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
While downtown this afternoon I stopped into the Old Burying Ground, Halifax's first burial ground. The bright sunlight today made for tough photographing conditions so I took the opportunity to practice my daytime HDR technique.
Saturday night we had a lovely evening party crawling. Before heading to my friend Kevin's for some fun late night festivities we dropped in to check out my buddy Steve's new pad on the Northwest Arm. We watched a lovely sunset from his front lawn, yelling out cheers to passing ships and boats. This weekend was Venetian night, when various boats do a parade of sail along the Arm and local residents light up bonfires, have fireworks and yell out drunken greetings to local boaters. Apparently Venetian night has a long history on the Northwest Arm. I had never heard of it. Anyone have any knowledge of this celebration? If you do please feel free to share.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Today I received an espresso suggestion from twitter follower @anne1942. She suggested the Java Factory, 1113 Marginal Road (Pier 21 next to Garrison Brewing). The Java Factory is a gourmet coffee roaster with good quality beans, a nice cafe and a friendly helpful staff. I work close so went down for lunch. Their Mayan Chipotle panini is to die for.
While they made my sandwich I had a great chat with Roaster Louis Zwicker. He showed me their antique Turkish slow roaster (pictured) and told me a few things about the Indian beans they use for their espresso. Of all the bean producing countries India is not top of mind as being an obvious choice of high quality. In fact, India produces exceptionally high quality, unique tasting beans.
For their espresso they use a unique blend of highly-praised Monsooned Malabar and Mysore Gold Nugget beans (gotta love these names). The resulting blend is called Dos Pequenos Indios. The blend is aromatic, medium bodied, rich yet velvety smooth with low acidity. I noted loads of zesty spice and just a hint of damp earth. An excellent blend of two very good beans.
According to Jouis the blend is not only unique but very versatile; it is good both as an espresso or when combining with milk.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I took photos of a coworker's boat at the Armdale Yacht Club for an upcoming sale on Kijiji. I bartered my services in exchange for a harbour cruise, date TBA in September. Gotta love bartering. We relaxed, had some wine and reminisced over the history of the boat. It is sad selling a boat that has been in the family for so many years and has so much history. Did you know the Coast Guard once had a volunteer vessel rescue fleet? In any event it was a lovely evening. On the way home I snapped a shot of the moon over the Armdale Yacht Club. A lovely September evening in Halifax.