BITE Foodie Newsletter from the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia
Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia

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How to Celebrate Mother's Day During a Pandemic
  1. With the province opening up trails and parks, it might be a great day to get outside and explore safely (please follow the rules). It's calling for a high of 7 degrees and a mix of sun and clouds
  2. Have a virtual happy hour - lots of options with local suppliers
  3. Breakfast in bed still applies if possible (lets spoil those mothers)
  4. Handmade Mother's Day cards
  5. Leave something special for a lovely mother on her doorstep
  6. Enjoy take-out/delivery from a favorite restaurant
  7. Find that perfect wine, cider, beer, spirit from a local supplier
  8. Flowers from an open garden center
  9. Chocolates!!
  10. A sweet gift from a local business
*A simple "I love you and I appreciate you" would go a long ways right now.
Open for Takeout/Delivery

RANS has been compiling and updating a list of restaurants open for takeout and/or delivery. If there is a restaurant and/or beverage supplier you know of missing from this list, please email [email protected] and we'll make sure it gets added! List here
In the Know
How to Section a Whole Chicken...and more

Click  here
Does Ketchup Belong on a Burger?

George Motz:   Only in a sauce, never on its own. Ketchup is too sweet for a burger, that's why we love Thousand Island dressings for burgers so much. The basic science of combining the sweetness of ketchup with the proteins and fat in mayo is perfect. Add the vinegar bite of some yellow mustard and you have a well-rounded sauce.

Bring on the debate!!
Cleaning Produce

Recommendations include giving fruits and vegetables a good rub under running water - cool or lukewarm is preferred. Health Canada also says it isn't necessary to use solutions specifically designed for cleaning fruits and vegetables, known as produce cleansers.
New Things to Try in the Kitchen
Strawberry Granola Crisp

  • 2 lb. strawberries, hulled, halved, quartered if large
  • 3 Tbsp. raw sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1½ tsp. cornstarch
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Plain yogurt, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream (for serving; optional)
  1. Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 350°. Toss strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl to combine; transfer to a 9"-diameter pie dish or 1-qt. baking dish.  
  2. Stir oil and maple syrup in a medium bowl to combine. Add oats, almonds, coconut, flour, and 2 pinches of salt and work until mixture comes together in loose clumps; scatter over filling. 
  3. Place crisp on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling, 35-45 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve crisp with yogurt, whipped cream, or ice cream, if desired.
Full recipe here
Pink Fizz

A pretty-in-pink Mother's Day cocktail to make any mom feel tickled pink.

  • 3 tsp. simple syrup
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 ounces fresh lime juice
  • Crushed ice
  • 8 ounces vodka
  • Cranberry juice  
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
Muddle syrup, mint and lime together in a shaker. Add ice, vodka, 1/8 cup cranberry juice and shake well. Pour mixture into four champagne glasses, evenly and top off with champagne or wine. Garnish with mint.

More cocktails here
   Lemon Ricotta Pasta

1 lb. 
bucatini or spaghetti
1 c. 
1/2 c. 
extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 c. 
freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly sliced basil, for serving

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain. Return pasta to pot. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, oil, pecorino, lemon juice, and zest. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Add ricotta mixture and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water to pasta and toss. Add more reserved pasta water if sauce is too thick. 
  3. Serve with basil, more pecorino, and a drizzle of olive oil.
Full recipe here
Daily Smile
Mother's Day Specials

The Arms Public House

Suitable for 4 people
Pick up May 7 - 10
$5 peninsula delivery. $10 Dartmouth/Bedford delivery only on Friday May 8 between 2-5 pm. Max 10km delivery radius.

For the Beef Wellington Meal call 902-420-9781 (12-8 pm) or email [email protected] to order!
Order this brunch special directly from the Brasserie by emailing [email protected]
Each meal will consist of a fresh boiled 1 pound lobster, with coleslaw and creamy potato salad (you will have to melt your own butter at home). To stay Covid safe, we prefer not to crack the lobsters, so that we do not have to handle them once they come out of the pot, however, if you prefer, we will crack your lobsters for you, but you will have to let us know. We have our own video on the proper cracking technique used at the Shore Club (do not tell anyone else.)
The price per meal is $19.55 plus tax which comes to $22.50 ( if you would like to round this to $25 for a tip for the staff, it would be appreciated.)
So, we will need to know the following:
1. How many meals you would like to order.
2. What pick up time would you prefer.
3. Would you like to have your lobsters pre-cracked, or would you prefer the Covid safe - cracking at home.
4. All orders must be in before Noon on May 9th
Orders can be placed by email: [email protected]  Once the order is received, we will give pick up instructions.
3 course meal starting at $38. Click here for order details. 
Crystany's Brasserie

Mother's Day is fast approaching and we have a delicious three course meal available by pre-order! On Sunday May 10th we will be open from 12-7pm for pickup on our Mother's Day menu. This meal has to be pre-ordered by Wednesday May 6th. 

To place your order you can email 
Church Brewing Co - Mother's Day Special

Matriarch's chowder and pretzel for 2; a 4 pack of any Church beer, 2 tulip glasses, 3 inspired French macarons, a mother's day card and flower. $70 or $45 without the glasses.

To order call by Friday, May 8 at (902) 542-2337

In the Community
Girl Guide Cookies Available at Participating Restaurants - $5/box with takeout or delivery order. $1 from each box sold will be donated to United Ways of NS

Ardmore Tea Room Jeans' Chinese Restaurant Public House
Blarney Stone Restaurant Kennys Pizza Bedford Route 19 Brewing
Boneheads BBQ Le Caveau Restaurant Small Frys Restaurant
Bubba Ray's Sports Bar - Halifax Leftys Tanner & Co Brewing
Coburg Social Bar & Cafe Lucky Penny Coffee Co Tart & Soul Cafe
Economy Shoe Shop M&J's Catering and Eatery The Kiwi Cafe
Gabrieaus Bistro North Brewing Company Turkey Burger
Good Robot Brewing Company Nova Coffee Vernon's Thunderbird Diner
Indochine Banh Mi Peteza Perfect Walton Pub & Eatery
Waves Seafood and Grill
Dine & Stay Home is a collaborative initiative where partners from across the city and province are coming together to help support local food and beverage businesses. We are encouraging all locals who are able and comfortable to help  #supportlocaleats when you #DineandStayHome.

Every $2 donation means Feed NS can distribute enough food to provide 3 meals. If able to contribute, Feed NS could really use our support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To support and find out how you can help, please visit FEED NOVA SCOTIA !

We are in search of Foodie submissions from our members! If you have an event, new feature, or fun recipe to add to the Foodie Newsletter and/or our social media.

Submissions or feedback can be sent to

Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia