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Hintonburg ArtsPark 2009

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Given that I’m awaiting the next iteration of the iPhone 3G, this is going to be as close to live-blogging/live-tweeting as foodiePrints will get for the time being.

Around noon today, Jenn and I dropped by Hintonburg’s ArtsPark event in Ottawa’s Parkdale Market. It featured an art show, live music, a “Poetry Factory”, and several children’s activities. When we arrived, an entire orchestra was setting up in the drained wading pool in the “quad.”

Arts Park

Arts Park

Card

Card

Today being Mother’s Day and the event being extremely family friendly, the park was packed despite the temperature falling to 5 C. Still, all the vendors and volunteers were warm, inviting, and friendly.

Of course, we at foodiePrints were more interested in the “Taste of Hintonburg” tables behind the stage.

Tables from left to right: Indian Express and some standard event barbecuers

Tables from left to right: Indian Express and some standard event barbecuers

There’s nothing quite like hot foods in a cold climate with live music playing.

At Indian Express’ table, we picked up what I think may be Alu Tikka on their take-out menu: 2 potato patties, served with curried chickpeas, and finished with yoghurt and a tomato-based sauce.

Alu Tikka

Alu Tikka

The sweet tomato-based sauce sauce and chickpeas were spiced, producing some heat, which was cooled by the yoghurt. The potato patties seemed to be made from shredded potatoes, herbs, and crushed whole spices.

Potato Pattie

Potato Pattie

They were sauteed to crust in a wok-like implement and served hot.

Total cost: $5

We also found the Indian Express-mobile parked next door.

Indian Express-mobile

Indian Express-mobile

Two doors down from Indian Express’ table, we came across Essence Fine Food Catering, who served a wonderful hot smoked brisket sandwich.

Essence Catering

Essence Catering

Hot Smoke Brisket Sandwich

Hot Smoke Brisket Sandwich

The sandwich featured beef brisket that was hot smoked over a period of 5 hours and then further slow cooked for another 4 hours in an oven. The smoking fuel was soaked oak. Needless to say, the brisket, which had fallen apart from the slow cooking, was very succulent. It was shredded and then dressed with a pomegranate barbecue sauce and served on a whole grain bun with mint slaw, shredded carrots and onions, and toasted sesame seeds.

Beautifully Layered Sandwich

Beautifully Layered Sandwich

It was delicious, smoky, sweet, and slightly tangy (not at all vinegary). The slaw added wonderful fresh aromatic flavours, which actually had me thinking of a Vietnamese bahn mi.

Again Total Cost: $5

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Don’t worry, we didn’t just stop for the food. We perused the arts tables too, picking up an adorable print from local artist and freelance graphics designer Emily Chen.

Jungle

Jungle

Emily is @mchenwears on twitter. Besides prints, she has a wonderful line of hand-printed tee’s, skirts, and t-shirts. Everything is also available for view online from her website, mchenwears.com, and for sale on Etsy.

There’s still an hour left! Go check it out!

Mild-mannered IT professional by day and food blogger by night, I founded foodiePrints with a single intention, to share my love of all things food. My first post shared a recipe. Many followed. Eventually, I learned Ottawa prepares and serves great food. Thereafter, I started meeting restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, farmers, and other local producers, all good people. Ideas for food-related content swirled in my head. foodiePrints grew into a place to put them. From exploring foreign and domestic cuisines to shopping for exotic ingredients and cobbling together my takes on dishes in my meager kitchen, there are stories to tell. Welcome to foodiePrints. Here, you will find stories about food and drink, cooking, and eating in Canada’s capital. Be it food-related or just food-for-thought, I hope you find something tasty here.

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