From the editor
Here we are, sprinting (tumbling?) through the final weeks of 2016, our legs wobbly beneath us, the finish line a flickering hologram of hope in the distance. This year has sucked, right? But at least there are the imminent holidays to look forward to, the metaphorical water station of this gruelling course.
Whether you’re tied to the cookie-cutter holiday traditions, or have made your own not-so-traditional seasonal rituals, this time of year is an excuse to wind down, bring your loved ones together and indulge. Whether that means drinking one too many cocktails, eating enough cheese that your pants don’t fit or watching Veep in its entirety, even though you’ve seen it already.
“We don’t really celebrate Christmas,” says Kitsune Food Co’s Ami Goto, who shared her recipe for Izakaya Chicken Wings (page 8), based on her own memories of holiday season in Japan. “Christmas is more like an event for us. Since I was little, most families order tons of KFC for Christmas. And this weird culture is still going strong!”
It’s that spirit of gathering around food and drink that inspires our annual Holiday Recipes guide. With the treat-seekers and party hosts in mind, we’ve assembled shareable, flavourful, totally rich secrets from the bars and kitchens of Halifax’s restaurant scene: Seal Christmas dinner with a Spanish kiss with Highwayman’s Cream Catalana (page 7), chow down on Barrington Steakhouse’s Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin (page 21), sip on sunshine with Jenner Cormier’s custom cocktail, Valley of Smiles (page 15) or test out all 12 recipes and throw a party.