Lia Rinaldo – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

Occupation: Managing Director of Devour! The Food Film Fest & Devour! The Beach Food writer, photographer, food blogger

Place of Birth: Sydney, NS, though almost all of my immediate family hails from the US–Chicago & New York originally.

Currently Resides: Halifax, NS

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?

Two If By Sea Café- well worth the trip over the bridge even though they have a new Halifax spot, nothing beats the charm of the original Dartmouth location. If you haven’t been following it in the news, they are up for a significant award to start a new coffee roastery called Anchored Coffee, vote here

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a pint?

If I’m out, Tom’s Little Havana, The Carleton, and more recently The Drawing Room (though not for a pint per se)… but mostly, at home in my north end kitchen & backyard with family and friends.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?

I’m going to stick with a food theme here and say Local Source Market, Highland Drive Storehouse Butchery & Local Produce and Charcuterie Ratinaud. Wonderful north end Halifax businesses who care about the food that hits your plate–where it comes from, how fresh it is and how damn good it tastes.

Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?

This is a tough one to narrow down, but I would have to say standing on cliffs outside of Kingsport in the Valley overlooking the Bay of Fundy. For the most consistently dramatic views, either of the hikes at Cape Split or Duncan’s Cove does the trick.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Nova Scotia:

1. Drive to the Valley and take in everything it has to offer- farms, wineries, cheese makers, butchers, restaurants, pubs, cottages, shoreline, one of the last drive-in theatres… wonderful people and events all around! One of my favourite places ever.

2. Get yourself to any piece of the coastline or right out on the water. There is nothing better than being this close to the ocean and surrounded by lakes. I don’t live right on the water, but I can walk pretty much a half block at both work and home and see it.

3. Halifax is chock full of amazing restaurants… there is almost too much to choose from now! A few favourites are The Brooklyn Warehouse, Fid Resto, The Wooden Monkey, Chives Canadian Bistro and Jane’s on the Common.

What makes Nova Scotia such a special place on earth for you?

Again, so many reasons… I am surrounded by a wonderful pack of family and friends in what I feel to be one heck of a great city. I remember a time when we used to apologize for this place. Now, it feels like we are on the cusp of something really exciting and I have the pleasure of gauging this from behind-the-scenes of a lot of incredible events and businesses that I work with. I draw a lot of inspiration from people who work hard and take risks to make this a wonderful place to live from I Love Local HFX’s Open City to upcoming new businesses like Ace Burger Co & Anchored Coffee to watching the city embrace an event like Nocturne: Art at Night. Does it get any better?


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1 Comment »

  1. What a cute and GREAT bunch of recommendations, wow, NS is rockin'...she's come a long way, Baby!

    Comment by Leslie — June 30, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

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