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Number 74: Canadian High Tea at Zoe’s

While I like to celebrate in the company of great friends and family, I seem to have established a tradition of treating myself to a lunch of local cheeses and charcuterie for my birthday. It started three years ago with my return visit to Rendez-vous des Saveurs de L’Outaouais (it is called Rendez-vous des Saveurs de Gatineau now). Then, the annual exhibition, to showcase food and wine, fine dining eateries, and culinary schools from the Outaouais region, was held in Gatineau’s Maison du Citoyen (City Hall). A colleague had invited me and Jenn to go... | Continue reading article

Another foodiePrint on Ottawa Tonite: “Eating as a Community: The Hintonburg Supper Club”

Well, another foodiePrint went up on Ottawa Tonite. Its subject: the Hintonburg Supper Club and our outing to the Allium restaurant (87 Holland Avenue). As an addendum, here are pictures from the most recent outing, a catered event at the Knights of Columbus Hall (1177 Gladstone Avenue). Catering was Helen Saikaly who, with her husband Buddy, operates the Melrose Groceteria (1082 Wellington Street W.). They will be soon retiring, closing the groceteria that doubles as a popular restaurant (Helen’s Cuisine) at the beginning of December. Both pillars of the Hintonburg neighbourhood, Helen and Buddy have... | Continue reading article

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Number 99: House of Georgie’s “Legendary” Pizza with Gravy

House of Georgie’s Ever since the September 2009 issue of the Ottawa Magazine published “101 Tastes to Try Before You Die”, an edible guide to Ottawa’s best dishes, I have been almost driven to enumerate the tastes I have already had, catalog them on foodiePrints, and pursue the ones outstanding. Case in point, gravy pizza. I have long heard that one of Ottawa’s better pizzerias originated the gravy pizza when a slightly intoxicated Montrealer, homesick for poutine, wandered through its doors after a night’s indulgence. He perused the menu for fries, gravy, and cheese curds.... | Continue reading article

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Kelsey’s in Kanata Centrum Should Rename Itself Kel-Cheese

In all honestly, I try my darnest to avoid outings to “big box” strip malls in Ottawa until it becomes absolutely necessary and I can “cluster-shop.” That is, I tend to put off trips to Walmart until I find myself needing to visit stores around it as well. Why? I find the Walmart shopping experience infuriating. An impossibly large number of shoppers is always rushing about at high speeds pushing carriages overflowing with everything from traditional groceries to electronics, clothes, shoes, and the odd rug. Then, there are those purchasing furniture who decide to pickup... | Continue reading article

More foodiePrints on the Wellingon Oracle

Many thanks to Chris Lawson for his publishing a review I wrote on the Wellington Oracle (@wellingtnoracle on Twitter). It reviews Allium’s first Tapas Monday after re-opening from its renovations this past summer . Lost in Enjoyment Allium is our favourite restaurant in Ottawa here at foodiePrints and we were glad to see it open to a warm welcome. Even weeks later, the restaurant is always brimming at lunchtime, on Tapas Mondays, and during Friday and Saturday evening service. While there are seats from Tuesday to Thursday, the restaurant still gathers a healthy crowd who... | Continue reading article

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Two Family Friendly Breakfast Places for the Fish Bowl

Several minutes after my workday ended, I ran across a tweet from Andrea Tomkins (@missfish), one of my favourite local mommy bloggers. She operates “A Peek Inside the Fish Bowl.” The “Fish Bowl” is a website and it hosts a blog to “peek at” some well written entries on the subjects of family and raising children in the Ottawa area. Today, Andrea asked twitter for some of their favourite local breakfast places. After inviting her to join what my dear friend Yannick (@endorphinbuzz) likes to call our “Elite” brunch club, I discovered that two of... | Continue reading article

Lunch Live Fire at the Cordon Bleu – updated

At Chef Marty Mendelson’s urging (@mgm3 on twitter), I made a reservation to lunch at Ottawa’s Le Cordon Bleu campus. With its in-house Signatures restaurant being phased out and replaced by something with a more modern bistro feel, the culinary school’s chefs-to-be and hosts-to-be still needed to gather experience, serving real patrons. As such, Le Cordon Bleu arranged three-course lunches every Thursday this summer in a spare dining room on the Laurier Avenue campus, the Cointreau Dining Room. The cost: $24.95 ($32 with a wine pairing). Given how well Signatures fares in Food Network Producer... | Continue reading article

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Quick Review: Canvas

My better half and I just had a spectacular dinner at Canvas to celebrate the end of summer. I swear, it seems that every time we visit this restaurant, the food keeps getting better, aspiring to match its tremendous friendly service. Mine, was a beet root soup starter with a fish of the day special: a lovely fillet of Ontario walleye, peppered, pan seared and served with a beurre blanc. It was accompanied by yellow peppers, shallots, and a halved and grilled Asian egg plant. The walleye, besides being wonderfully tender, went well with the... | Continue reading article