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Geordie Johnson as Mark Rothko. Photo by Timothy Richard Photography

Geordie Johnson as Mark Rothko.

Photo by Timothy Richard Photography

The sound of a bustling city fill the dark theatre. It begins with Rothko at the front of the stage. Intense and staring out at the audience, which is really the fourth wall where a painting is. He's contemplating it. His new assistant enters the room and they start talking about the unseen painting and art. This is RED, a play about painter Mark Rothko's commission to create a series of paintings for the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York in 1958.

Neptune gave me a couple of tickets and I went to see the matinee this past Saturday. Set on a sparse set representing Rothko's New York studio, it's a great space to explore ideas about art, artists, and commerce in a fascinating transitional time in the art world. But this isn't an essay, but a drama, so the space is used effectively and reconfigured throughout the play as Rothko and his assistant work on the paintings. We mostly see the interstitial moments where they are preparing or cleaning up as Rothko struggles with creating the paintings and coming to terms with what it means to be sponsored to create. Bits of biographical information a sprinkled throughout the play and his fictionalized assistant has a back story of his own that provides another character arc and counterpoint to Rothko's story. Geordie Johnson brings an intensity to the role of Mark Rothko and Noah Reid provides a solid counterpoint to the strongly drawn main character.

The space is fascinating with large canvasses around the three walls and they art moved and turned to provide a changing space that ranges from sparse white to walls of red. The lighting goes up and down during the play as well, creating different moods and views of the abstract expressionist paintings in the room. One particularly striking scene has both characters energetically painting a large blank canvas in the middle of the stage. The music swells as they paint and the music is used effectively throughout the play. It's simple, clear, and powerful.

It's been a long time since I've seen a play and I so glad that I went. The excitement of live theatre is something that I missed. Sitting close to the stage and the actors and seeing the dust of the paint and the paint dripping from the canvas was lovely. The performance has no intermission, so the 90 minutes zip by quickly as we watch the characters struggle with art and their approach to it.

RED was written by John Logan) who is an accomplished playwright as well as screenwriter. While I hadn't read or seen any of his plays before, I had seen and enjoyed many of the films that he has written. His two collaborations with Martin Scorsese are some of my favourites with The Aviator adapting the life of Howard Hughes into a sprawling story. His adaptation of Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret into Scorsese's Hugo is a stunning achievement and the film perfectly balances the biographical and the personal which is the challenge Logan met with RED as well.

iPhone 5S

Chris Campbell

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

Sports drinks and iPads don't mix. This was made very clear to me when I was rushing around one morning and I noticed that the bottle of sports drink in my bag had opened. I took out my iPad and it was soaked. The liquid was in the screen. It didn't dry out, so I scheduled a Genius Bar appointment at the Apple store to get it replaced. This was on Monday, September 23, after the iPhone launch the Friday before.

Arriving early, I asked if they had any of the new iPhones in stock, specifically the 32 GB Space Grey one. They had just received two, so that's why I have one now. There has only been one other iPhone in my life and that was the 4. It was a similar purchase on launch day when I wandered in to an electronics store at lunchtime to see if they had any. The 4 was a great phone and still works quite well. The interface with iOS 7 made my older phone feel new even though I only used it for a few days. But the 5S is really fast. So fast in that it almost seems too fast. Pages load quickly and the screen updates smoothly. With my whole smartphone life based around the iPhone 4, so my actual, hands-on iPhone experience has been relatively recent. But it is firmly part of my workflow, so having one is important. There was no pressing need for a new phone, but the combination of being out of contract and having my previous phone for over 3 years made it seem a bit more logical to upgrade.

The experience of buying things at the Apple Store is great and with my iPad repair the sales person and I multitasked between setting up the iPad and the iPhone. It doesn't take long and since my backups are with iCloud it was scarily fast to restore both. My wallpaper was back and all of the apps were there too (but it takes a while to actually download the apps onto your phone if you have a lot). Contacts and calendar are all there. My music is all backed up with iTunes Match, so I'll get that when I need it.

The thing I keep coming back to is how light it is. It feels like something fell out of my 4 and it's barely there in my pocket. It's an evolutionary design that feels quite similar, while being noticeably faster. Most of the time you're looking at the screen, so the speed is the big difference. The faster processor combined with the LTE network means that things happen really quickly. Email and Twitter updates just appear. The screen is slightly taller, so I noticed a few times that I wouldn't hit the right target near the top, but the size feels quite right.

The fingerprint scanner is really simple and works very well. Right at the beginning of setting up the phone you can activate it and it's a great way to increase the security of your phone. I didn't have a passcode on my phone before since it's a pain to have to stop and type it in every time you unlock the phone. But now phone is always locked, which is a very good thing. It's very rarely away from me at any time, so it didn't seem like a huge issue before. If you turn the phone off you do need to enter the passcode to unlock the phone when it is turned on again. The accuracy is very good to the point of being almost invisible. You just press the menu button and leave your finger there for a second or less and the phone wakes up and unlocks.

One of the great and frustrating things about Apple is that when they decide on something they usually move in that direction fairly rapidly. That's one of the reasons we don't use floppies any more and have phones without physical keyboards. So many technologies over the years have changed after Apple implemented them and during the changeovers we're left with things that we can't use in the same way. With my new iPhone I ran into that with the Lightning connector. All of my other iOS devices have used the 30-pin dock connector and now I have one device with the newer connection. After 10 years it's not that radical a shift to change connections, and I really love that there is no up with the connector which makes it a lot faster to plug in. With the 30-pin to Lightning connector it lets me charge my iPhone in the iHome clock radio by my bed or use it to play audio through my car stereo.

A surprise for me is how much I use Siri. I didn't have it on my iPhone 4 and while Siri is on my iPad Retina it isn't something that I used a lot. But with it on my phone now I find that I do set reminders and timers with it. That is especially great when I am driving and use my Bluetooth headset. It makes it a lot easier to capture things. The dictation also works surprisingly well and that is a great way to send a text while you are driving too.

The new camera along with the camera app is a fantastic improvement. The pictures are gorgeous and the new flash seems to work well. The video is amazing and with the slow motion mode shooting video at 120 frames per second it means that you can easily create some nifty slow motion videos of anything. It exemplifies a lot of what is interesting about this upgrade to the phone and the OS in that most of what is going on is hidden and you only start to notice things as you use it more. It's not as flashy or completely different as I thought it would be, but it works a lot better and the device really starts to disappear as I do things with it. It's just part of what I do.

iOS 7 is a huge change and the speed that it has been adopted is amazing. It's gorgeous and has very quickly become comfortable to me. It's amazing how quickly apps have updated and how some older apps feel dated now. The built-in Mail app is a lot better with some features from Mailbox working into it. The Notification Centre is similarly improved with a great view of today with a nice overview of what is coming up on your calendar for today and tomorrow. I like that. While visually the elements are flatter, there is a layered approach to the interface that provides a spacial orientation that lets you know where you are in moving into apps and back out into the Springboard. The combination of the new OS and the faster hardware really changes the way that it looks and feels with a smoothness that seems unreal. I love it and it feel like I'm in a sci-fi film with the tiny computer that I hold in my hand that lets me connect with the world.

The 2013 Atlantic Film Festival

Chris Campbell

Every year I look forward to the Atlantic Film Festival. A wide range of films is shown along with parties and opportunities to connect and share with people who make films and share a love of film. It's an event that forms the heart of the film community in the region and it's a busy time that is always a lot of fun. I alternate between diving deep into films or socializing. The challenge is there are only so many hours in the day and sometimes attending a party means you'll miss a film, or that in seeing films, you are missing opportunities to catch up with people.

This year I focussed more on the films and saw some great stuff and there was more of a focus on work from Atlantic Canada which gave a good snapshot of the stories that filmmakers in Atlantic Canada were telling. The opening party was fun and a great event to share with friends as a way to make the shift from everyday life into the immersive experience of screenings, discussions, and walking. The festival was heavily concentrated in the opening weekend with films available to see throughout the entire day. That's a good way to get started.

The most surprising thing on the first day was the festival was meeting and talking with actor Udo Kier. He was in the city to work on a project and just happened to stop in at a reception and the opening party. I saw him at the reception and finally built up my courage to go and talk with him at the opening party. He was nice and generous and told me about some of the films he'd be acting in and I'm really looking forward to seeing him in Guy Maddin's Spiritismes which was partially shot in Winnipeg.

I track all of the films I see and during the Atlantic Film Festival I have been tracking things in a notebook, but this year I switched to Vesper for my notes to simplify things a bit more. Those notes are backed up with tracking things through Your Flowing Data as well as Letterboxd (because I'm a bit obsessive in that way). Last year I saw 16 features and 41 shorts and this year my total was 14 features and 47 shorts, so I was up a little bit. Here are some of the films that stood out for me this year.

The Double

The Double

I've loved everything that Richard Ayoade has directed since I first saw Garth Marenghi's Darkplace which is a completely unique 6-episode homage to 80s tv fantasy / horror tv. With obsessive attention to detail, it's a seamless recreation of television from the 80s, but it was actually made in 2004. His feature film debut, Submarine is a similarly well-crafted coming-of-age story with a French new wave feeling. With The Double Ayoade adapts Dostoevsky into a beautiful and darkly funny film that was my favourite of the festival this year. Initially it looks and feels a bit like Terry Gilliam's Brazil, but it quickly establishes it's own voice with rapid-fire dialogue and confident direction. The film moves quickly and balances the humour with an uneasy sense of things being a bit off. It's a film that I wanted to watch again almost immediately after it ended.

Borgman

Borgman

Operating in a similar surrealist mode was the film Borgman from the Netherlands. Directed by Alex van Warmerdam and shot in a deadpan and controlled style reminiscent of other Scandinavian surrealist films such as The Bothersome Man and Songs From the Second Floor it serves as a critique of class and consumer culture told in a precise and cool fashion. It was the most unexpected and surprising discoveries of the festival and it is always neat when that can happen.

Bastards

Bastards

At the other end of the spectrum was Claire Denis' Bastards, which was a dark, dark drama with Denis once again superbly balancing all of the elements with her own unique style. Carefully constructed in an elliptical way that gradually reveals more information as everything moves towards a dark conclusion accompanied by songs by Tindersticks and shot digitally by Agnès Godard. Frustratingly mysterious at times, it stayed with me for days with the disturbing images and story bubbling just below the surface. It is bold and uncompromising cinema with Denis and her collaborators pushing themselves and the form in ways that don't happen enough today.

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

The Québécois feature Gabrielle from director Louise Archambault tells the story of a woman who has Williams syndrome who is a member of a choir made up of developmentally challenged adults. With great performances from the whole cast anchored by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard (who has Williams Syndrome) and Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin as her sister, it's more complicated and subtle than most films that would deal with the subject matter. Chosen as Canada's entry in the best foreign-language category of the Academy Awards, it's a beautiful story that I really enjoyed.

Regret

Regret

There were some solid documentaries, and one that stood out was Christopher Richardson's Regret which grows out of a valedictory speech that he gave that didn't go as well as he planned. With this regret at the core of the film it becomes an exploration of why we can't let things go and will think about how things could have been. It's done with humour and empathy and it really made me think.

One of the other things I tried to do at the film festival this year was see a few more shorts and there were a lot of great shorts programs to choose from. The ones that really stood out for me were the films that made some bold choices in terms of technique and with their stories and characters. In particular I loved Kristina Wagenbauer's film Mila which is about a young girl who records and edits the sounds around her. Another story of a young girl that stood out for me was Ashley McKenzie's beautiful, impressionistic sliver-of-life Stray which explores a Cape Breton landscape in a haunting way through Stéphanie Weber-Biron's lens. Congratulations from Ira Henderson combines film footage along with scratch animation by Colleen MacIssac in an oblique and economical way to construct a story that changes before our eyes. The Québécois short, dark drama Première Neige, directed by Michaël Lalancette is a great example of how you can tell a story in a confined space with a great cast.

It's such a privilege to live in a place where every fall I can immerse myself in films and be surrounded by people who love to see and share what they have seen. There is not enough time to see it all and there are always lists of films that I add to when talking with other cinephiles who saw something amazing and then I wonder why I didn't choose that one. But everyone wins at a film festival as we see new ways of looking at the world and get glimpses of the lives of others and new perspectives on our own lives. That's why we go to films.

Summer Movies 2013

Chris Campbell

I remember being in the theatre to see Star Wars, Superman: The Movie and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. They were eagerly anticipated and we sat and felt the excitement. The idea of something getting to the level of a film was significant. It was in the title to make sure that you didn't confuse it with something that would be on tv. These were meant to be epic and especially in the case of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, it took the ideas of the series and made them more serious and cinematic. They took some chances, didn't always work and they mostly were a surprise when we saw them as we didn't have detailed analysis of photos or posters storylines for months or years in advance. There wasn't as much to see, so it was fun, but then years later you may start to think that the films weren't as good as you thought they were.

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Nostalgia is something that everyone has. We remember things from the past as being better than they were. That's human nature. History puts a saint in every dream as Tom Waits sings. That could be why it seems that movies were better in the summers of our youth. Sometimes you do go back and see films and they hold up. That is wonderful when it happens. Most of the time there is a disconnect between the memory and how the film is. In recent years the fun of the summer movie seems to fade a lot more quickly. The mechanics of the films are more obvious as is the product placement and the sheer quantity of information about films that start trickling out years before the film has even begun shooting.

The nature of film distribution started shifting in the late 70s and early 80s. With fewer theatres and staggered release schedules, you couldn't count on seeing popular films right away. In Fredericton where I grew up there was only one movie theatre, so if a film was popular it could be there for a month or two. I read about Star Wars in Famous Monsters magazine and imagined it in my mind before I saw it. Then I loved it and had the chance to see it again a few more times as it played for a couple of months. It was the only film you could see in a theatre in the city at that time. Stunning to think about now as films will appear and drop out of all of the theatres so quickly in the multiplex world.

Summer movies now feature a lot of anticipation with stories about posters, teaser trailers, and endless speculation about casting and story arcs of the films. There was writing and speculation before, but now the sheer quantity and speed of information about films means that it is a vastly different world. A big part of this for me has to be related to aging. We all talk about how much better it was when we were young. But now it seems that the films that people rave about at the beginning of the summer become the ones that we talk about as being not that great by the time the leaves start falling from the trees. The next year it's a struggle to remember which year a film came out.

Summer movies kicked off this year for me with Iron Man 3. While Iron Man 2 was a bit of a muddle, I was looking forward to the third film since it was being directed by Shane Black who did some really interesting stuff with genre and expectations with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang along with Robert Downey, Jr. So that could be something good. But when you have hundreds of millions of dollars at stake there are only so many chances that you can take. There were flashes of interesting things, and it was fun, but there was a lot packed into the film and the product placement and links to other films or future storylines bogged it down. So it was fun at the time, but over the next few days it started to fade. Much of the pleasure of the film comes from a twist (which I won't spoil) related a bit to the casting and previous history of a character.

In Star Trek Into Darkness the plot revolves around a secret also related to a character and casting. For those who know the story there is a gasp in the theatre and for those who don't they wonder why everyone is reacting to that moment. Part of the experience with summer movies now and movies in general is related to being an analyst. Will the film make a lot of money? Was the choice of director right? Who would have been better in that part? Will they make more? These are producer, studio and industry questions, not audience questions. We like to feel like insiders, but in these discussions something is lost. It's about money and not about having fun.

While the analogy of popular culture and junk food has been around for a while, it really makes sense to me with the recent summer movies. I consume them and there is a sugar rush, but I don't want to keep eating them. Fresher, more locally produced films that reflect where they are from like local apples of various sizes, or beer made in small batches with delicious quirkiness. There is more flavour and texture in them. Not uniformity and consistency.

Hollywood is struggling to figure out the new world and what people want to spend money on. They're not taking chances, so there is an explicit appeal to nostalgia for characters and films that we've seen or even just heard about. Stereotypes and easy assumptions abound. So Star Trek and Iron Man and Man of Steel and The Wolverine redefine the characters a bit, but mostly colour within the lines that we expect. We're more excited and talk more about the casting than what actually happened in the films or how they work as films. It's a game where we try to predict the outcome, not a story that we are wrapped up in.

Despite this there were some moments that I loved in the summer on a deeper and more nostalgic level with one big budget film and two smaller ones.

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The first truly fun time in the summer movie theatre this year was with Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Inspired by the tradition of Japanese giant robot stories and giant monster movies, it really clicked with me. The effects are an important part of the films (and they're flawless) but it's really about the characters and how they relate to each other. Working together is explicitly at the core of the relentlessly optimistic premise of the only way to save the world is to work with each other by putting aside any personal conflicts. It also featured a rare, strong, and more complex female character with Mako Mori, which has been sadly lacking from summer films for a long, long time. I loved the film and as opposed to the other summer blockbusters, it stayed with me and seeing it a second time I enjoyed it even more. That's whatI remember from seeing the films I loved in the 80s.

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Secondly the indie film Frances Ha grabbed me from the first frame and held me to the last. Directed by Noah Baumbach and cowritten and starring Greta Gerwig, the black and white film was nostalgic for indie art films from the 80s. I'd seen them in rep theatres in Montreal, and it brought me back to the joy of watching characters on films interacting in places where I wanted to be. Simple and small stories about complicated characters.

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Finally, The Worlds End from director Edgar Wright and cowriter Simon Pegg reassembled much of the cast from their previous two films (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) in the so-called "Cornetto" trilogy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost acting at the core of the fun. Much more explicitly referencing the nostalgia for blockbuster movies, the trilogy ended on a darker and more mature note still with effects and humour, but with a darker and more realistic core. It's about growing up and aging and how you relate to your friends (and the end of the world and consumerism). It could have been like the other two films, but it pushed things a bit more and I really appreciated that. It's a fitting start to the autumn when the films become more serious and it gives me hope that we'll see more great filmmaking that can be nostalgic and original while most of the screens are filled with superheros, sequels and reboots.

Big Day Downtown 2013

Chris Campbell

Walking in to The Middle Spoon I looked around and said a cryptic password to a server there and she led me down the stairs and past tables to an ordinary looking door. Going through a series of winding hallways we arrived behind an unmarked door and in the secret bar called Noble underneath the streets of downtown Halifax. This was the place for the launch of Big Day Downtown by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission where a group of bloggers were gather to meet each other and find out what the theme was for this year. Each blogger drew three cards from a bowl and with $150 we had to go and explore and write about our experiences.

Going to downtown Halifax is always a choice for me. Living in Wolfville and working in Dartmouth means that most days I am close to the downtown, but not actually there. So the step of visiting downtown pretty much always has a purpose. One of the things that is most fun is being able to be part of Big Day Downtown which I've been lucky to do for the last few years. A group of bloggers are given a prepaid credit card and the task is to spend the money at downtown businesses. Every year there is a theme and this year with the three theme cards that we chose, we had to seek out experiences that fit within those themes.

The cards that I drew were Fun, Happy, and Authentic which seemed perfect to me. Should I try to go to all-new places, or maybe go to old favourites. Would it be better to spread out the money to many shops with small purchases, or maybe splurge a bit at a few restaurants. So with a rough idea of where I wanted to go and a few hours to spend on a Thursday afternoon I ventured in to the city to get started.

Meaty Meatless Burger

Meaty Meatless Burger

There are lots of great restaurants in downtown Halifax and it is always good to try something new, so the first stop on my Big Day was 2 Doors Down, which would be a fun way to start things off. It's a great location on the corner of Barrington and Salter Street with a warm and inviting environment. With my youngest daughter joining me for lunch, we were seated by the window and started to look through the beautifully designed menu. Being a vegetarian means that finding things to eat can sometimes be a challenge, but at 2 Doors Down there were some really amazing choices for me to make. With an emphasis on local ingredients and a fun approach to the dishes, the menu combines comfortable and recognizable ingredients in different ways. I choose to have the veggie burger and it was delicious. It's called the Meaty Meatless Burger and it was a breaded veggie burger with a caramelized onion balsamic jam, grilled portabello mushrooms, and blue cheese whiz. It was served with some delicious french fries and some of their own home-made ketchup. My daughter had the "Kale, Caesar" Salad which she devoured and enjoyed. For desert the gingerbread beckoned and it was a tasty and not too sweet with everything balanced just right.

Inkwell Sign

Inkwell Sign

At this point I was joined by my friend Kendra (known on Twitter as @halifaxfilmgal) and while there weren't any films to see, I figured it would be good to have some help as I went around the downtown on a sunny summer afternoon. We went in to Inkwell to look at some of the lovingly printed letterpress cards, posters, and notebooks on their shelves. Lots of local stuff, stamps, and cards for all occasions are around the shop as well. After looking through lots of cards and notebooks I settled on a clever notebook with "My Analog Blog" on the cover. When I want to use my fountain pen to write a blog entry, this is the notebook for it.

Macarons at Le French Fix

Macarons at Le French Fix

Leaving Inkwell and going around the corner Kendra asked if I had been to Le French Fix, and I hadn't but had always wanted too and this would fit into the authentic category. One of the best times to visit a patisserie is in the morning so you can get your day started with some well-crafted pastry, but this being late afternoon meant that there wasn't as much in the store. Luckily there were colourful macarons in the case and I bought a couple of them (I had pistachio) and noticed the Pig Iron Coffee on the counter. Always on the lookout for good coffee, I tried a sample and bought a bag of the beans which were a good medium roast.

Zane's Macchiato Special at Two if by Sea

Zane's Macchiato Special at Two if by Sea

Now with coffee on the brain and with gravity helping it was down towards the harbour and the Historic Properties where Two if by Sea are in downtown Halifax. One of my regular stops for a croissant and coffee, the late afternoon and good weather meant that there was no food left, but as always there is the best coffee in the city. My regular coffee at home now is usually extracted from Two if by Sea's Anchored Coffee beans, so I replenished my stock with a bag of La Azacualpa from Honduras.

Since there was time I ordered my favourite, which is Zane's Macchiato Special – espresso in one cup, a single macchiato in the other cup. The combination is always good and is a great little jolt of caffeine in the afternoon which is just what is needed to restore your energy. If it was warmer I would have had their cold brew coffee which is gently extracted over 18 hours. If you haven't had a chance to try it, you're missing out on some delicious iced coffee. This isn't the sugary simulation of other places, but a robust drink that lets you taste the subtleties of good beans.

Wired and ready for the final push we took a walk along the Halifax Waterfront filled with smiling tourists. Kendra hadn't been to the new location of Strange Adventures, so we went up to the comic shop on Prince Street to look around. It's compact and bright with big windows looking out on Lower Water Street with shelves of all sorts of amazing stuff to read. Not having much time, I didn't get anything as it would have been way too easy to spend the remaining money there and there were still a couple of other stops to make before the day was done.

Saigon 2 Laptop Bag from MEC

Saigon 2 Laptop Bag from MEC

One of the most fun places for me downtown is MEC and exploring the outdoors on my bike makes me very happy, so a stop into the store was next on the agenda. The gear and clothing all through the store is organized by activity. I went to the bikes and looked at the accessories and attachments trying to think of what would be good to get. Maybe some clothes, or biking shorts? A light?

I have a lot of different bags. While it's good to have the right one for taking stuff with you, it can also be a bit of a problem if you have too many bags. So I'll admit right up front that I have a bit of a problem with searching for a better bag but here right in front of me (in bright red) was a bag that on sale. It looked as though it would be great to have for my laptop. My regular laptop bag is good, but a bit small. This was a chance to have something a bit better and it was a messenger bag, so that would work for biking too. After pacing around and looking at it and being told by Kendra that I should publicly admit that I have a problem, I decided to take the plunge and get it.

The Saigon 2 Laptop Bag is from Vancouver's Onsight Equipment and it's big and roomy enough for my 15-inch MacBook Pro along with all sorts of accessories and lunch. The straps are comfortable and it can be more secure with a reflective belt to keep it from moving around and to make you more visible at night. There are also a couple of reflective strip spinners that attach to the bag for even more safety. While I don't think that I'll have the bag on a lot while I'm riding my bike, it's good to have that option and even though I didn't really need it, having a good bag makes me very happy.

Chili oil from Morris East

Chili oil from Morris East

The final stop for my Big Day was something that I'd been thinking about for a while. Morris East is one of my all-time favourite restaurants. For authentic food, they are the best and with their wood-fired oven powered by Annapolis Valley wood, the pizza is delicious. Not having enough money for a meal, but still having a bit I figured that it would be great to get a bottle of their chill oil along with some of their whole wheat dough and sauce to make pizza at home. It's a great way to have fresh pizza when you want to make it at home and don't want to spend the time making the dough and sauce.

With a bit of mozzarella and parmesan cheese I assembled the ingredients at home and then cooked a nice pizza for supper as I reflected on my Big Day Downtown. The day was authentic, fun, and made me very happy. A perfect way to spend a day in downtown Halifax doing things that I love.