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Local Tasting Tours is feeling festive this year! Christmas gift packages are available for the foodie in your life. For $75 (taxes in) you get two gift certificates for any daytime tours in 2014, and a box of gift wrapped Christmas chocolates from Sugah! Delivery is free in the HRM before December 20. Shipping outside the HRM is available for an extra fee. Order online or pick one up at Sugah! You can also LIKE Local Tasting Tours on Facebook for a chance to win! 
Gillian Wesley of The Local Traveller has re-launched The Local Wishlist this year, which is an online catalogue designed to help shoppers find local gift ideas from independent businesses across Nova Scotia. The project was a huge success last year, and is back again with even more local gift giving inspiration! Click here to give the gift of local this year, and don't forget to spread the word!   
"Agricola" (Latin for "farmer") was the pseudonym used by John Young when he wrote into the Acadian Reporter between 1818 and 1822 calling for Nova Scotia to develop agricultural self-reliance. Agricola Street Brasserie is named in his honour and located on his namesake street. This latest edition to the street (opening just this month) holds true to the Agricola ideal by working closely with Nova Scotia farmers and serving the local bounty in a rustic-urban North End setting. The concept is simple: French inspired home-cooking with slow-cooked seasonal fare and earthy robust dishes. Agricola Street Brasserie is not a fancy joint, but a warm neighbourhood restaurant for spending time with friends. There are plenty of seats at the bar and by the open kitchen, so you may as well pull up a chair and enjoy!
In the latest Local Tasting Tours podcast Claire chats with DAL theatre professor Roberta Barker and owner of Two If By Sea, Zane Kelsall. As they sip locally roasted coffee and nibble on TIBS' famous croissants they discuss  the I HEART DARTMOUTH movement, favourite childhood meals, and secret barista handshakes! Click here for more podcasts and meet local artists, musicians and entrepreneurs while getting a sneak peak into local kitchens. 

Local Connections Halifax will be celebrating local food and craft beer by delivering the ultimate foodie adventure on January 16. This all-inclusive event ($75) is based on the "7 Rooms. 7 Experiences" model from the successful Spring Gala last May. Mingle with fellow food enthusiasts as you explore the Halifax Club, each room having its own unique theme. Local Tasting Tours' Emily Forrest will be there to greet you, local chefs will be showing off Nova Scotia beef, pork and seafood while local brewmasters supply cask conditioned ales, ciders, and all the local brews we know and love. Expect the unexpected, as Plan B Merchants Co-op and comedian Bill Wood infiltrate a room with a karaoke theme. The "Sweet Room" will be occupied by Scanway and Dee Dee's Ice Cream with their beer-infused deliciousness. Also on site will be the folks from Agricola Street Brasserie, Stubborn Goat Gastropub, and Local Source. There will even be a Sausage Fest themed room, just in case you didn't get enough last time! Tickets are on sale now! 
Field Guide is brand new to the emerging Gottingen Street restaurant scene, and a figurative "field guide" to Nova Scotian food - the meat, dairy and veg is all sourced from local suppliers. Field Guide also aims to recreate the very Nova Scotian tradition of gathering with friends around food and drink. The wide open kitchen is small, and features an electric oven like the one you have at home. Sitting at the bar you can watch Dan (chef/owner) slicing charcuterie to order, or Shane (head bartender) shaking up incredible cocktails - all designed by Jeff Vanhorn, cocktail pro of the The Bicycle Thief. There is also a small curated wine list, Propeller on tap, and even $5 cans of Olands! The menu is written on chalkboards and will change with availability and inspiration, but the plates are meant for sharing and nibbling over the course of a couple cocktails. We tried the beef cheek tacos, donair steamed buns, and deviled eggs. Food, fun and personality - Field Guide has it down!
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