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Love Street Food? Check out the Food Truck Rally this Weekend

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With summer having ended this week (autumnal equinox on Monday), it’s time to reminisce about food experiences during the warmer weather months. This year, despite Jenn and I embarking on another major project, we lined up at a number of Ottawa’s food trucks and carts. As last year, the regular street food season will culminate in a large food truck and cart rally, organized by Sharif Virani (@thescribblr) of CreativeMornings Ottawa. The second annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally (OFTR) will be held this Saturday (tomorrow!) at Saint Paul University (223 Main Street). For those of... | Continue reading article

Ottawa’s Nominees Vying for EnRoute’s Best New Restaurants People’s Choice Award 2014

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While San Pellegrino‘s “World’s 100 Best Restaurants” list has snubbed Canadian restaurants for four consecutive years, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine, EnRoute, continues to celebrate Canada’s developing culinary identity. In 2010, San Pellegrino named Calgary, Alberta’s Rouge Restaurant to the 60th spot and Cambridge, Ontario’s Langdon Hall (now under Chef Jason Bangerter) to the 77th. Canadian restaurants have never broken the top-50. Conversely, EnRoute prepares annual lists of “Best” new Canadian restaurants for the year, collecting nominations from a panel of local journalists and visiting various city’s nominations. In the end, the submitted restaurants are judged... | Continue reading article

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Seed to Sausage General Store: Paying it Forward

Seed to Sausage General Store Seed to Sausage General Store

Were I to write a book about the Ottawa food scene, I would dedicate a chapter to artisan producers and farmers. The nation’s capital is known for its brief stint as Silicon Valley North. History recognizes Ottawa for its lumber. But, before telecom companies, the timber rafts, or even Colonel John By and his regiment of somewhat unruly British soldiers, there were farmers. There were artisan producers who added “value” to local meat and produce. Both sold their goods at the market By would create in Lowertown. Ottawa has a new resident artisan producer, Seed... | Continue reading article

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Flux: Do the Community a Solid

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Were I to write a book about the Ottawa food scene, I would dedicate a chapter to how the restaurants, caterers, and local producers embrace and support the community, oftentimes with astounding generosity. With his “Flux” culinary collective and its inaugural event that benefits Shepherds of Good Hope, Chef Danny Mongeon of Hooch Bourbon Bar (180 Rideau Street) goes further. Mongeon aims to set an example. He intends to launch something self-sustaining that will grow and change. But first, let us reflect on some history. It was a cold day in January, 1983 when the... | Continue reading article

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival

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With apologies to those unlucky enough to be refraining from cheese: This year’s Great Canadian Cheese Festival kicks off this week-end in beautiful Prince Edward County. Anyone who reads our blog knows how much we at foodiePrints love Prince Edward County, source of some of our favourite wines and goodies. Every year, the sweet town of Picton, PEC, becomes the cheese capital of Canada. There you will find untold dairy delights: from soft creamy gooey Chèvre à ma manière from Quebec to sharp aged Old Grizzly Gouda from Alberta with a sidetrip to Dragon’s Breath blue cheese from... | Continue reading article

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Casual Fridays at the National Arts Centre: Giveaway #3 #NACOFridays

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Asked to describe characteristic traits of Ottawa natives, the ability to “complain about the weather” came to mind. I am happy to note, however, today’s return of humidex values doesn’t seem to have been accompanied by any griping in my social media feeds. There was some exultation and reminders to slather on the sun screen and stay hydrated. We who complained about winter’s unwelcome stay this year were reminded we’d best appreciate the warmer temperatures. Humidex? The humidex is a composite “index” that Canadian meteorologists use to describe how hot the weather actually feels to... | Continue reading article

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Bon Appetit Ottawa 2014: Food, Community and a Giveaway

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On May 6th, Bon Appetit Ottawa (BAO) will be celebrating its 18th year, raising money for dozens of local charitable causes. Billing itself as the city’s “best cocktail party,” the food and wine show welcomes an average of 2000 people to enjoy delicious creations from some of Ottawa’s top chefs, restaurants, and caterers, paired with samplings from renowned wineries and breweries. Similar to other local food events, Bon Appetit has a mission: to provide both hunger and poverty relief in the National Capital Region (NCR). Proceeds go to support the operational needs of charities with... | Continue reading article

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Get Your Curd On! Poutine Fest is Back!

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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