One Thing Leads to Another

It seems since I attended the launch of Kichesippi Brewery’s 1855 beer, I have been more and more interested in the beverage in general. While I suspect this interest will wax and wane with the seasons, beer is certainly popping up more and more in my Wine Wednesday pieces. I hope you don’t mind. Two breweries that could be considered local to the Greater Ottawa area are Kichesippi in Ottawa itself and Beau’s in nearby Vankleek Hill. The Toronto-based Mill Street Brewery will be opening a location soon at the former site of The Mill... | Continue reading article

Wine Wednesday: Beer Again?

Yes, this is one more Wine Wednesday about beer. In my defense, I am in the country, sitting by the lake, and beer just seemed to be the right call. And, as I am in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, a Quebec beer seemed to be an even better choice. It was an odd day, with sun and clouds and rain and a double rainbow. It did not seem to be the right kind of weather for an ale or lager so I thought I would try a darker, richer beer. St-Ambroise is a brewery in the... | Continue reading article

My Name is Claire and I am Canadian… too

Growing up overseas, one develops a knack for fitting in, for quickly sizing up a situation and figuring out how not to be the kid that stands out. You learn to add (or drop) an accent, modify your wardrobe (and, if you’re my brother, pick up swear words in the local language much to our parents’ horror) and generally fit in. In Canada, I have learned to love Canada Day, hockey, and, yes, poutine (come on, who doesn’t love a good poutine?) I am still not a fan of snow, but skating on the pond... | Continue reading article

Wine Wednesday: Canada, eh?

Unless you are new to the city, you know that Ottawa hosted their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and threw the usual big Canada Day party on the Hill on July 1st. After spending five hours in the hot sun and getting a good look at the Royal couple, we headed home for the requisite Canada Day BBQ: beer and meat. British meets Canadian: A real Canada Day BBQ I know very little about beer, but I approach beer and food pairing as I do a wine and food pairing, by trying... | Continue reading article

Wine Wednesday: Game On!

So, here’s the thing. Sometimes, you just want a beer. I know, I know, almost blasphemous for me to say but, there it is… sometimes, you just want a beer. And here’s the other thing: I’m a Habs fan. In the hockey world, this means that I am the natural sworn enemy of the Boston Bruins. Don’t ask me why Montreal fans must hate the Boston team. Not sure of the history of it and I don’t know of any one incident that set it off. The reasons are unknown to me and, quite possibly,... | Continue reading article

Why a wine blogger will be drinking beer – updated

In March, I was invited to attend a “Uniquely Ottawa Culinary Experience” event hosted by Thyme and Again Catering (1255 Wellington Street) and Savvy Company. It was an opportunity for members of the Canadian Travel Writers Association to meet Ottawa’s local food and beverage producers and enjoy the tastes of the Region. Kichesippi Natural Blonde One of our dishes, a mushroom soup, was paired, not with a wine, but a beer. Kichesippi‘s Natural Blonde was quite wonderful with nutty, earthy soup with a nice refreshing tang. And that, dear readers, is why this wine blogger... | Continue reading article

Guinness Lamb and Barley Stew

In honour of the 250th anniversary of Arthur Guinness signing a 9000 year lease at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, I decided to attempt a stew, featuring the brewery’s flagship product, Guinness stout. Having absolutely no idea how to make an Irish-inspired stew, I asked a local foodie @spoonsie for ideas. She gave me the following recipe: 3 pounds lamb shoulder with a little fat, cubed 1/2 cup flour 3 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced 6 stalks celery, cut into 1/2″ slices 2 large yellow onions, cut... | Continue reading article

Celebrating 250 Years of Guinness with Ottawa Microbrews

Several days ago, Sean McDonald from Com.motion ( invited foodiePrints to attend a sponsored luncheon and micro-brew beer tasting he and his client were organizing as part of the 250th Anniversary celebrations of Guinness’ flagship stout product. Jenn and I graciously accepted, warning he and his Managing Director, Ed Lee, that we knew precious little about beer. The luncheon would also mark the beginning of Ottawa resident Simon Halpin’s coast-to-coast journey to meet Canada’s greatest brewers. Simon plans to document his experience through photos and a blog. He begins his journey at the ByWard Market’s... | Continue reading article