Just Roman Around…

I'm a Maritime monkey on a mission to find adventures in my own backyard. I promote Maritime businesses and local vendors in an effort to show why we live in the greatest place in the world. It's a blog that's truly aPEELing for the whole family!

Help Me Be Halifamous!!

Hey everybody!

I know that I’m not the most popular monkey in Halifax, but I’d sure love to get some votes on being “Halifamous”!!

The Coast is currently accepting votes for their annual “Best of Halifax” Reader’s Choice Awards. There are two categories that I would LOVE to get some votes in…

“Best Local Character” – Let’s face it…if I’m anything, I’m a character!! In addition to that, I’m all about promoting Halifax and anything local. So really, this particular choice was pretty much designed for me. How can you NOT want to vote for me? I’m so cute and cuddly!!

“Best Halifamous Person” – I’m still working on this one. I’m not “Halifamous” yet, but I’m getting there.

I mean, I’ve had my photo taken with radio DJ’s…

Tony from XL96 in Moncton

…with local TV weathermen…

Peter Coade

…with local TV news anchors…

Tom & Amy from CBC

…with THE FREAKING MAYOR…

Mayor Kelly
…with some random dudes dressed up for Halcon…

Hal-Con 1 Hal-Con 2

…and with a ton of local business owners.
Fudgy Chicks Food Wolf Foxhill Andrea's Jewellery Nomad Meadowbrook Susie's ShortbreadsHalifax Footlongs

What I’m trying to say is that I’m kinda “Halifamous”. So if you don’t really care about voting for somebody MORE famous than me, I would LOVE if you could take a few minutes to write my name down.

I guess that’s it. My shilling is done for another year. Just take note that my newest milkshake review will be taking place next week. I’ve got to continue the quest to find the best milkshake in Halifax!!

Great Halifax Milkshake Search – Freak Lunchbox

Freak Lunchbox - BedfordA thousand thoughts were racing through my brain. Depression was setting in. At this stage in the Great Halifax Milkshake Search, was it possible that I was beginning to lose my love of milkshakes? Maybe McDonald’s was the way to go? Maybe artificial shakes were infinitely better than real ones? Perhaps my expectations were simply too astronomically high? Was it possible that nobody in the greater Halifax area knew how to make an awesomely thick, flavourful milkshake??

Of course, these are some of the things I was thinking BEFORE I visited Freak Lunchbox in Bedford.

I’m a monkey with a sweet tooth so I was already pretty familiar with Freak Lunchbox and the items that they have to offer. It’s funny…there’s so much candy there, you wouldn’t think that they’re hiding ice cream behind the cash register area. But yet, when I swung inside I noticed a big sign on their wall that not only said homemade milkshakes, but also that I could combine up to THREE different flavours!!

Wait…WAAAAAHHHHHTTTTT???

I know I'm not supposed to take pictures inside of Freak Lunchbox...I just needed a pic of the sign. It's the only interior shot...I swear!

I know I’m not supposed to take pictures inside of Freak Lunchbox…I just needed a pic of the sign. It’s the only interior shot…I swear!

The very friendly service-person (candy barista?) looked at me and asked me what I was looking for. Without telling her my exact mission, I said that I was a monkey looking for a great tasting milkshake and if she could recommend anything. She said that her particular favourite was a maple/Nutella shake.

Let me say that one more time…MAPLE & NUTELLA.

I jumped all over that in a heartbeat. But I then thought about some of the issues I had a previous locations where I was disappointed. I didn’t want that to happen so I ordered a second shake with a different flavour combo…this time chocolate and peanut butter!

I have to stress right now that I feel bad for not remembering the young woman’s name at Freak Lunchbox who looked after me. She was so excited to make these milkshakes…her enthusiasm was infectious. She not only whipped up these shakes, but asked if I wanted them thick or on the thinner side (thick, please!). She then took a LOT of time and effort to make the shakes from scratch, which I absolutely appreciated.

Freak Lunchbox - BedfordSeriously…she took a long time to make these because she was ensuring that everything was being mixed together properly without becoming too watered-down and thin. If you work for the Freak Lunchbox in Bedford or (better yet) own that location, please ensure that whomever was working the afternoon of Sunday, August 29th and made these two shakes is commended for both customer service and customer satisfaction.

BEST. MILKSHAKES. EVER.

While I plan on finishing out my quest to find the best shakes in the city, I don’t know how anybody else is going to beat Freak Lunchbox. These shakes were so far above and beyond everything else I’ve had so far that it just doesn’t  seem fair.

Here is how the points breakdown goes…

THICKNESS

Freak Lunchbox - BedfordWithout a shadow of a doubt, this was the thickest milkshake I had since beginning my quest. These milkshakes were provided with an extra-wide straw (you can kind of tell by the photo). That first attempt at sucking up the shake was met with nothing. Even with the extra-wide straw, the shake was TOO THICK to go up into the “suck zone”. I can’t tell you just how impressed I was. FINALLY!!

Final score: 10/10

FLAVOUR

I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that the maple-Nutella milkshake was one of the best milkshakes I have ever had in my entire life. Trust me when I tell you that I’ve had a TON of milkshakes in my day, so this is praise that isn’t just thrown out there for any ol’ reason. The chocolate-peanut butter shake was also incredibly tasty. I almost tripped over my own tail from the excitement of the whole situation. These two milkshakes were absolutely FULL of flavour. I was literally saddened when they were gone.

Final score: 10/10

PRICE

As noted originally, I expected the average price of a thick, homemade milkshake to be in the five dollar range. These milkshakes were only $4.49 each. So not only would that be a pretty decent price for a normal shake, but for the amount of milkshake that you got in addition to the incredible taste sensation…I was all too happy to dish out under $11 total for the two milkshakes. TOTALLY worth the price!

Final score: 8/10

*****

Freak Lunchbox - BedfordMy sixth attempt at finding Halifax’s best milkshake might be the one that beats down all of the rest. Freak Lunchbox ended up with a score of 28/30, which not only puts it in first place, but it represents the near-perfection that was their maple-Nutella milkshake. I had the shake on Sunday and I wanted to go back on Monday to get another one. I’m writing this on a Tuesday and I *STILL* want to go back for another one. Having said that, rest assured that I won’t return until I have tried at least FOUR more milkshakes. I owe it to you, Halifax, to really make sure I’ve tried the best of the best. So for right now, here are the latest rankings:

RANKING

1. Freak Lunchbox, Bedford – 28/30

2. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30

3. Darrell’s Restaurant, Halifax – 21/30

4. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30

5. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

6. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30

*****

If you’d like to find out more on the Freak Lunchbox, you can find them at the following:

Freak Lunchbox website

Freak Lunchbox on Twitter

Freak Lunchbox on Facebook

Freak Lunchbox in Bedford

Freak Lunchbox in Halifax

Great Halifax Milkshake Search

The Great Halifax Milkshake Search – The Chickenburger

The Chickenburger

I’ll be honest right out of the gate here…I feel bad about this review. I know that The Chickenburger is a staple in Bedford and is famous in the area for lots of reasons. The last thing I want to do is come across that I am bashing this restaurant in any way.

However, I need to be honest with these shake reviews…so based on the experience I had with three (THREE!!) different milkshakes at The Chickenburger, this is how the results turned out:

THICKNESS

The ChickenburgerI’m not sure what happened between the time The Chickenburger won awards for having the best milkshakes in Halifax and today, but something isn’t right now. I received vanilla milk instead of a vanilla milkshake. My chocolate shake was actually warm. Ummm…how does that even happen?? Somebody suggested to me that maybe The Chickenburger was using soft serve ice cream to make their milkshakes now, which sounds odd to me but at least would explain things. Regardless, there was barely any thickness to the three shakes I had.

Final score: 2/10

FLAVOUR

More disappointment. The vanilla shake had no flavour at all. The chocolate shake had a bit of an aftertaste. At least the strawberry shake had decent flavour. Still…I had much higher expectations considering the number of recommendations I had been given.

Final score: 4/10

PRICE

The one redeeming part to this milkshake experience was the price. At $3.25 for a large shake, you simply can’t go wrong in terms of value.

Final score: 8/10

*****

The ChickenburgerMy fifth attempt at finding Halifax’s best milkshake ended up with a score of 14/30, which actually puts The Chickenburger in last place.  I feel really bad about this particular review simply because so many people seem to love it there.

After getting some Twitter feedback from another milkshake lover who had a similar experience, though, I feel a bit better about things:

RANKING

1. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30

2. Darrell’s Restaurant, Halifax – 21/30

3. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30

4. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

5. The Chickenburger, Bedford – 14/30

*****

If you’d like to find out more on The Chickenburger, you can find them at the following:

 The Chickenburger website

The Chickenburger on Twitter

The Chickenburger on Facebook

The Chickenburger on Pinterest

The Chickenburger reviews on Yelp

 

Great Halifax Milkshake Search

The Great Halifax Milkshake Search – Darrell’s Restaurant

Darrell's RestaurantHow can you have a search for the best milkshake in Halifax without going to the location that has been voted as “Best Milkshake” by the readers of The Coast every single year since 2008? I have to be honest…I hadn’t heard of Darrell’s Restaurant until the past couple of years when I realized that they were not only voted Best Milkshake, but also the Best Place to Eat Alone, Best Veggie Burger and Best Burger in Halifax 10 years running! That, my friends, is a pretty impressive resume.

So I made my way downtown to Fenwick Street and swung to the front door. Darrell’s isn’t a huge restaurant, but it’s different and unique. I enjoyed the large chalkboard wall/menu/advertising space. I found myself reading it while waiting for my shakes to arrive and looking forward to my next trip when I would inevitably try some of the menu items.Darrell's RestaurantShakes? As in plural?? Yes, I had to get TWO different milkshakes on this day. With all of the hype and hoopla on Twitter about Darrell’s milkshakes, I simply couldn’t risk having one shake possibly let me down. I had to make sure I gave them a fair shake.

Heh…see what I did there?

I was given not only large glasses filled with creamy, frothy shake…but I was given whatever was left over from the metal cups that the shakes were made in. By far, this was the most amount of milkshake I have received since beginning this search.

Darrell's Restaurant

Alright…without further ado here is how the milkshake ranking is broken down for Darrell’s Restaurant:

THICKNESS

Some people like thin shakes. I, for one, prefer a thicker shake. While not the thickest shake I’ve ever had (it was a really hot day), I was impressed with the ice cream to milk ratio. The straw didn’t stand on the very top of the shake, but it certainly took awhile for it to slide down.

Final score: 7/10

FLAVOUR

As I mentioned, I wanted to get two milkshakes just in case I didn’t get the “full flavour” from just one. I got a classic vanilla shake and then a chocolate peanut butter shake (highly recommended on Twitter). The vanilla shake was good. Was it great? No…but it was tasty and I enjoyed it. I was then a little bit taken aback when drinking my chocolate peanut butter shake. Why was it crunchy? Wait…was this made with crunchy peanut butter??

I asked my server if the shake was made with crunchy peanut butter and he said “Yes” with a big smile on his face. My only concern was that I wasn’t told that when I ordered it. I mean, I like to drink my shakes…not chew them. It wasn’t a bad thing necessarily, but it’s something the customer should know before drinking it. The flavour was definitely there…I just didn’t love the crunchy bits. While it might be up some people’s alleys, it just wasn’t my particular thing.

Final score: 7/10

PRICE

The price of an award-winning milkshake is expected to be higher than most of the competition. In this case, I don’t find anything wrong with paying $5.19 for that calibre of shake. It wasn’t the best deal in the city, obviously, but it wasn’t over-priced considering I received quite a bit of shake.

Final score: 7/10

*****

Darrell's RestaurantMy fourth attempt at finding Halifax’s best milkshake ended up with a score of 21/30, which actually places it one point below the milkshakes found at John’s Lunch in Dartmouth.  At the end of the day, I absolutely enjoyed my shakes…as you can tell from the photo on the right. Is it the best shake in Halifax? I guess it’s really a personal preference…but it’s not in terms of my ranking.

RANKING

1. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30

2. Darrell’s Restaurant, Halifax – 21/30

3. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30

4. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30

*****

If you’d like to find out more on Darrell’s Restaurant, you can find them at the following:

Darrell’s Restaurant website

Darrell’s on Facebook

Darrell’s on Twitter

Darrell’s on Instagram

 

Great Halifax Milkshake Search

The Great Halifax Milkshake Search – John’s Lunch

John's LunchI wanted to make sure that the Great Halifax Milkshake Search was all encompassing. I mean, with the changeover from “HRM” to “Halifax”, I had to include the entire area, didn’t I?

So I asked notable people in different areas to suggest their favourite local milkshake hangout. When it came to Dartmouth, I felt as if I had to ask Dartmouth Kate:

John's LunchI was intrigued by this suggestion. I had heard of the fantastic fish & chips at John’s Lunch, but I hadn’t yet had the pleasure of trying them. Could it be possible to have both the best fish & chips AND the best milkshake in Halifax??

Kate suggested that we actually meet each other while finding out. So we met on a grey, Sunday afternoon and immediately ordered up a couple of milkshakes. I went for vanilla, she went for the strawberry.

Dartmouth Kate!

Here is how the milkshake ranking is broken down for John’s Lunch:

THICKNESS

Some people like thin shakes. I, for one, prefer a thicker shake. John’s Lunch has something that’s probably more in the middle ground, which works for them because they end up pleasing both sides! The shake certainly wasn’t as thick as the COWS shake I had, but it wasn’t the milky substance I had at my first stop.

Final score: 6/10

FLAVOUR

John's LunchI keep saying it because it’s true: If you can’t perfect a vanilla milkshake, then the rest of your shakes aren’t going to measure up. Thankfully, the flavour in my vanilla shake was really good. In fact, it was good enough that it justified a purchase of a chocolate shake just to make sure the flavour was there.

The chocolate shake was not only tasty, but it was probably the best chocolate shake I’d had in a very long time. Kudos, John’s Lunch…you definitely brought it in the flavour department.

Final score: 8/10

PRICE

I don’t know if I’ll ever find a price as super-low as The Westcliff’s $2.25, but I was pretty darn happy with paying $3.25 for these milkshakes. Great price for a great shake!

Final score: 8/10

*****

My third attempt at finding Halifax’s best milkshake ended up with a score of 22/30…the best score yet! I love that I found this place, too. I mean, only one or two people had mentioned John’s Lunch, but it’s exactly the type of place I was hoping to discover; a small, locally-owned and operated location that a lot of people may not necessarily know about. Thankfully, I know about them now and so do you! And since the milkshakes there were so good, I can’t wait to go back sometime to check out those fish & chips.

*****

If you’d like to find out more on John’s Lunch, you can find them at the following:

John’s Lunch Website

John’s Lunch reviews on Yelp

 

Great Halifax Milkshake Search