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!

….The Kind Cookie

The Kind CookieThe Kind CookieIt’s a little known fact that we monkeys love our sweets. Okay, well, considering how much we love bananas, maybe our affinity for the sweet stuff isn’t such a little known-fact after all. However, monkeys (at least us civilized multi-media monkeys) can’t live on bananas alone. I do enjoy indulging in sweet treats from time to time. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places around Halifax where a sweets-deprived monkey can get his fix. But y’know…sometimes I like to indulge without falling off the healthy-eating bandwagon. Sweet tooth or not, I’ve gotta watch my cholesterol levels as much as the next chimp.

This is where my pal Chantal at The Kind Cookie comes in.

The Kind CookieAs it says on their website, The Kind Cookie strives to “produce baked goods and raw desserts you can feel good about eating.  All of our goodies are gluten free, vegan and free from refined sugars. Whether you are celiac or are allergic to dairy and eggs. Whether you are vegan for the animals or out of concern for the environment. Whether you are simply trying to eat healthier. Everyone deserves to indulge in a sweet treat.”

The Kind CookieThe Kind CookieNow, now, now…I know what some of you might be thinking. Vegan? No refined sugars? Gluten free? Sure, it’s healthy…but how can that possibly be tasty? Well take it from me, The Kind Cookie’s treats are more than just healthy — they are delicious. Give one of their tasty treats a try and I’m sure you’ll go bananas for them, too.

The Kind CookieYou can find the Kind Cookie at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, selling delicious goodies like chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate brownies, peanut butter balls, chocolate and vanilla donuts, cupcakes, vanilla maple almond butter and the absolute best gluten free muffins in Halifax — blueberry oat as well as banana chocolate chip. There aren’t many things better than chocolate and bananas together in one heavenly baked good, in this humble monkey’s opinion.

The Kind CookieIf you’re a multi-media person like me, you can find The Kind Cookie online on their blog, on Twitter, and Facebook. You can also find some delicious recipes from Chantal in the Arts and Life Section of the Chronicle Herald. She’s one busy lady!

So if you’re vegan, avoid sugar and/or gluten, or just like to be a little extra healthy when you’re having a tasty treat, stop by to see Chantal at The Kind Cookie at the Seaport Farmer’s Market. Let her know that Roman sent you!

The Kind Cookie

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Have any ideas on where in the Halifax area I should show up next? Know of a great local business that you think should get some exposure? Are you a small business owner who would like to promote your product? I would LOVE to hear from you!

Just send me an email at RomanChimpsky@gmail.com and let me know!

…Fruition

FruitionI remember not too long ago that two young folks were selling kale in a unique and interesting way. These two folks called their venture “Kale Krisps” and I met them at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market (please forgive this picture…it was during my “freedom without clothes” period). I immediately fell in love with their Krisps and have been a faithful patron ever since.

Fruition's kitchenFast forward over a year and here we have the same two young folks, a little bit older and a little bit wiser. Jessie Doyle and Seth Graham have come a long way in the time I’ve met them. They went from selling their wares once a week to now running a full-time kitchen operation located at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market. They have also updated their name from “Kale Krisps” (now simply the name of their initial product offering) to the much more marketable name, Fruition.

Fruition: [froo-ish-uhn]
- Attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment.
- State of bearing fruit.

Fruition

Roman at FruitionSo what does Fruition sell from their kitchen? Well, they use local and organic ingredients to create foods that not only satisfy your taste buds, but are designed to also nourish your body. They want you to be able to enjoy what you eat and feel good about it, inside AND out. They don’t just throw things together and hope for the best, either. Jessie is studying to become a Holistic Nutritionist and was the creative force that initially launched Fruition. She brings her knowledge and creativity to the kitchen, thus creating some incredible edibles!

I was recently on hand to support Jessie and Seth as they celebrated the grand opening of their new permanent location. One of the obvious benefits of having a full kitchen at your disposal is the ability to create new taste sensations for the world to enjoy. And let me tell you something…I was NOT disappointed! I can only hope that these pictures help do the food justice:

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FruitionAll of Fruition’s products are hand-made at their location. They have made the choice (which is a great trend that seems to be growing exponentially in HRM) to use as many local and organic ingredients as possible. They also make raw prepared meals at their kitchen which can be enjoyed either at the market or taken to go.

Their new location really is fantastic, as they also have seating and the views are spectacular. I can totally envision myself sitting at a table while overlooking the harbour and dreaming of what Jessie can create using bananas. Until then, I’ll have to make do with their awesome chocolate almond bars instead…

Roman at FruitionI simply can’t say enough good things about Fruition. I’m very happy for Jessie and Seth’s success thus far and I can’t wait to see them grow as the years progress. If you are ever in the waterfront area, believe me when I say that making a stop on the top floor of the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market will be TOTALLY worth the trip.

Fruition

Please feel free to check out Fruition online, too:

Fruition website: www.Come2Fruition.ca

Fruition on Facebook

Fruition on Twitter

Just make sure you tell ‘em that Roman set you! Until next time, kids…keep swinging for the trees!

Seth, Jessie, & Roman - Fruition

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Have any ideas on where in the Halifax area I should show up next? Know of a great local business that you think should get some exposure? Are you a small business owner who would like to promote your product? I would LOVE to hear from you!

Just send me an email at RomanChimpsky@gmail.com and let me know!

…Needham Park

Needham Park - Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Halifax Explosion occurred on December 6, 1917, when the city was decimated by the detonation of the SS Mont-Blanc, a cargo ship that was fully loaded with wartime explosives. The explosion, the largest man-made explosion ever recorded in human history before the A-bomb, killed approximately 2,000 people and injured 9,000 more.

As a Haligonian, I would like to take the time today to pause and reflect on this date in our history. I do that by giving a small picture-tour of Needham Park, which stands as a beautiful memorial to those directly affected by the explosion and a tribute to those who helped rebuild this amazing city.

The Halifax Explosion Memorial Bells were built in 1985 on Fort Needham Hill, facing the ground zero area of the explosion. Commonly referred to as the “Needham Park Bell Tower”, this is the location of an annual civic ceremony at 9:00 am every December 6th.

Pause. Reflect. Remember.

Needham Park is a beautiful memorial and one worth visiting if ever in Halifax.

Needham Park - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Needham Park - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Needham Park - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Needham Park - Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Have any ideas on where in the Maritimes I should show up next? Know of a great local business that you think should get some exposure? Are you a small business owner who would like to promote your product? I would LOVE to hear from you!

Just send me an email at RomanChimpsky@gmail.com and let me know!

…Just Us! Coffeehouse & Roastery

Just Us! Coffeehouse & RoasterieJust Us! Coffeehouse & RoasterieI was swinging my way down through the Annapolis Valley over the weekend and I saw a sign on the side of the highway that made me stop and pause. The sign was for the Just Us! Coffeehouse & Roastery and mentioned a Fair Trade Museum, as well. Since I’m such an inquisitive capuchin, I figured that I had to make my way over and check it out.

Just Us! Coffeehouse & RoasterieIf you’re familiar with the Maritimes at all, then you probably already know that Just Us! coffee is more than just a local coffee supplier. They are at the forefront of trying to promote fair trade worldwide. In fact, they initially set-out in 1995 to become Canada’s first Fair Trade coffee roaster so that they could put “People and the Planet before Profits” (i.e. their mission statement)…not just here, but around the world.

So they set out to contact small, organic coffee farmers from around the world and started using them as their suppliers. Eventually, they not only got coffee from these means, but also began to get tea, chocolate, and sugar. And the great thing is that they actually went through with what they said they were going to do.

Just Us! Coffeehouse

Just Us! Fair Trade MuseumLet’s face it…it’s quite the bold initiative to show that the coffee business, and all businesses, could be done differently locally and globally. They wanted to be true to their convictions and consistent with the standards set out for Fair Trade co-ops in the Third World.

  • Democratic
  • Work for the common good
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Transparent
  • Accountable to members

It’s this incredible passion that makes Just Us! so popular around these parts. What they do isn’t just a gimmick or a marketing ploy, it’s a way of life. All you have to do is look around their Fair Trade Museum and you can see the passion they possess. This isn’t simply a couple of pictures on the wall; it’s a number of stories and detailed explanations of why Fair Trade is better for the planet. It’s quite the undertaking and it’s free to enter and look around!

Just Us! Fair Trade Museum

Just Us! Fair Trade Museum

Just Us! Fair Trade Museum

Just Us! RoasterieNow here’s the interesting part about this particular building: their roastery, chocolate workshop, head office, museum, AND one of their coffeehouses are all located in there. While they weren’t making chocolate on this particular day, I was able to see into the roastery itself (it’s viewable from inside the Fair Trade Museum). I’d like to see it again while it was actually in production!

So you’re asking yourself: but how is the coffee?  Well, all of their coffees are high-grown, specialty grade organic Arabicas, selected for their clean and distinctive flavours. They purchase green beans from producers in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, SouthEast Asia, and Africa seasonally, during harvest time, and them store them in a controlled atmosphere to maintain freshness.

Just Us! Fair Trade MuseumAs they say on their own website:

Organic coffee production requires traditional farming wisdom and hard work. The farmers and workers that we buy from put their hearts and bodies into growing and processing high quality coffees and we feel that it is very important that we honour their efforts and put the same diligence into our work to create quality roasted and brewed coffee products.

In other words, kids…the coffee is dang good!!

Just Us! isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill coffeehouse. It’s a mission…it’s a belief…it’s a way of life. If you’d like to support them, you can find them on various social media outlets:

Just Us! on Facebook

Just Us! on Twitter

Just Us! on Pinterest

Just Us! Coffeehouse & Roasterie

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Have any ideas on where in the Maritimes I should show up next? Know of a great local business that you think should get some exposure? Are you a small business owner who would like to promote your product? I would LOVE to hear from you!

Just send me an email at RomanChimpsky@gmail.com and let me know!

Roman A Chimpsky:

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Just thought I’d remind folks of how awesome I looked last year for Movember. Enjoy!!

Have any ideas on where in the Maritimes I should show up next? Know of a great local business that you think should get some exposure? Are you a small business owner who would like to promote your product? I would LOVE to hear from you!

Just send me an email at RomanChimpsky@gmail.com and let me know!

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As “Movember” comes to an end, let it not be said that I’m a monkey who doesn’t participate in events such as these.  Heck…I might even try to raise some money next year by doing it all over again.

Or maybe not.

Either way, I had some fun with both Red and Baldie when it came to celebrating Movember…

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Check out the Mo, peeps!!

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I’m trying to decide if I’ve got Baldie beat or not…

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Heck…even Red had to join in on the Movember action.

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