Poutine Fest 2013

Get Your Curd On! Poutine Fest is Back!

Spring is in the air, Ottawa! And…that means “The Great Canadian Fork Off” is on! With the city basking in warmer temperatures [Hopefully we'll get a break from...

A Taste for Life

A Taste for Life 2014: Supporting Our Community

Jane Addams, an American social and political activist, author, community organizer, and leader in women’s suffrage, once wrote, “Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had...

Kitchenalia in Westboro

Local Shop Unveils New Le Creuset Steel and Supports Parkdale Food Centre (@KitchenaliaOtt)

Every neighbourhood needs a kitchen store. The heavily gentrified Westboro, with its yoga pant-wearing, titanium stroller-pushing, latest-smartphone-wielding, and Starbuck’s coffee-guzzling residents, has Kitchenalia (274 Richmond Road). Don’t get...

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Get Your Curd On! Poutine Fest is Back!

Poutine Fest 2013 Poutine Fest 2013

Spring is in the air, Ottawa! And…that means “The Great Canadian Fork Off” is on! With the city basking in warmer temperatures [Hopefully we'll get a break from the rain!], Sparks Street is gearing up for a second edition of Poutine Fest, starting Thursday, April 24th (tomorrow!) and running until Sunday, April 27th. Launched in November 2013, Poutine Fest was an instant hit with young and old alike. A three-day festival (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), organizers hoped Ottawa would respond with the same enthusiasm it has shown for their now biannual Chicken and Rib Fest.... | Continue reading article

A Taste for Life 2014: Supporting Our Community

A Taste for Life A Taste for Life

Jane Addams, an American social and political activist, author, community organizer, and leader in women’s suffrage, once wrote, “Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.” She brought attention to issues such as public health. Though her message was to women in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it remains relevant to this day. We are all responsible to make our communities a better place to live. On Wednesday, April 23rd, over 40 Ottawa restaurants and caterers will... | Continue reading article

Local Shop Unveils New Le Creuset Steel and Supports Parkdale Food Centre (@KitchenaliaOtt)

Kitchenalia in Westboro Kitchenalia in Westboro

Every neighbourhood needs a kitchen store. The heavily gentrified Westboro, with its yoga pant-wearing, titanium stroller-pushing, latest-smartphone-wielding, and Starbuck’s coffee-guzzling residents, has Kitchenalia (274 Richmond Road). Don’t get me wrong, we visit Westboro regularly. Jenn and I see it as Kitchissippi’s answer to Centretown’s Glebe, only without the history. Jenn trains with the running club at Ottawa’s only MEC (355 Richmond Road). I frequent the newly renovated and re-opened The Piggy Market (400 Winston Avenue), an artisan butcher and delicatessen. Jenn and I adore and volunteer at Westfest, Westboro’s free and inclusive street festival that... | Continue reading article

Piri Piri Chicken: Bring Nando’s Home (@NandosPeriPeri)

Yogurt Marinated Piri Piri-esque Chicken with Rice and Parsnip Chips Yogurt Marinated Piri Piri-esque Chicken with Rice and Parsnip Chips

We had the opportunity to meet the lovely Paula Costa of venerable The Dragons Kitchen food blog earlier this month when she and partner Peter Minaki (Mr. Kalofagas – Greek Food & Beyond) visited Ottawa. Minaki came to demo Greek cuisine at The Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show, which was held at the Convention Centre (55 Colonel By Drive). His Excellency, Ambassador of Greece, Eleftherios Anghelopoulo attended. Now, Costa (@DragonsKitchen) and Minaki’s (@kalofagas) debating the supremacy of Portuguese and Greek food on Twitter is legendary. Having followed them for years, it was nice to put... | Continue reading article

Return to Hooch Bourbon House: Great Eats from Gumbo to Greasy Bastard

Hooch Bourbon House Hooch Bourbon House

This June will mark a year since Chef Danny Mongeon worked 72-hours straight with local contractors and Heidi Helm of Urbanomic Interiors to complete renovations and open Hooch Bourbon House (180 Rideau Street). Mongeon and his then fiancé Shannon Hargadon pitched in to re-finish furniture, distressing tables and chairs. They painted. They put up dry wall. They worked on wall and ceiling accents, including the unique light fixtures. They scrambled to assemble knickknacks to fill shelves, adding character. Hooch is Ottawa’s second bourbon bar to open and the city’s third significant whiskey purveyor since Petit... | Continue reading article

Food Truck Fri…Tuesday: Get your Pancake Fix at Flapjack’s

Flapjack's Pancake Tru...Shack Flapjack's Pancake Tru...Shack

The weekend’s snowy deluge may have had Ottawa locals a-tweeting or a-instagramming about the cruel injustice of continued winter weather with spring having sprung. But, the water-heavy accumulation quickly melted, leaving nary a trace. It being Sunday, remnant grey weather after the early morning storm had me craving comfort. My first thought, pancakes! Pancakes are powerful food. Mention them and just about anyone, born and raised in North America, will conjure up a romanticized image: butter-browned stacks of fluffy goodness, dripping in melted butter and amber maple syrup. [To our Canadian readers, you'd be surprised... | Continue reading article

Relatively Wordless Friday: Reminder to Drop by Gezellig Tomorrow for “swab-a-thon”

Grilled Hanger Steak with Mushroom, Frites, and Aioli from Play - $16 Grilled Hanger Steak with Mushroom, Frites, and Aioli from Play - $16

A number of irritable people say some rather unfortunate things about food bloggers who participate in the “meatless” Monday, “wine” Wednesday, and “throwback” Thursday weekly “recurrence” exercises. “Gimmicky nonsense,” I’ve heard these posts described. They contribute to entropy in the World Wide Web, “base quality content.” These same people are least charitable of “wordless” Wednesday posts that lack “context” or “description.” “If you haven’t the time to string words together, why bother?” they say. Me, I am guilty of “relatively” wordless Wednesday posts since there is oftentimes too many incongruous smaller bits content to share.... | Continue reading article

Open a Jar of Sunshine: Jalepeno Crab Apple Jelly and Chutney

High Blush Crab Apples High Blush Crab Apples

Want it your way? Everyday? No, I’m not about to espouse the virtues of large chain fast food burgers, especially in a city with a handful of decent options, both long standing fixtures (e.g. Chez Lucien on Murray Street) and up-and-coming indie operations (e.g. Burgers and Fries Forever on Bank (392)). In fact, I won’t be addressing burgers at all. Let us consider the weather. Of late, there seems to be neither rhyme nor reason for the continued chill. Though, meteorologists probably have a completely plausible explanation: the polar vortex is real; global warming has... | Continue reading article