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El Camino – A Restaurant that is Good for Ottawa

"The Road" in Spanish "The Road" in Spanish

A longtime observer of Ottawa’s food scene, I celebrate how far things have come in such a remarkably short period of time. No longer do locals have to travel to Montreal or Toronto for a decent meal. Now, Canada’s capital, newly infatuated with street food, raw bars, and craft cocktails, aspires to be a food destination. Fearless chef entrepreneurs have established destination restaurants, some award-winning. Consider Town (smaller plates of finer Italian-inspired fare), Navarra (Latin-inspired fine fare), Wellington Gastropub (beer-inspired gastronomy and now nano-brewery), and Murray Street Kitchen (German-inspired farm-to-table fare). Diners have kept pace,... | Continue reading article

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The Nova Scotia Eatery Returns to Ottawa

The Nova Scotia Eatery The Nova Scotia Eatery

It’s always been my dream to visit every part of Canada. The physical landscape is so diverse and stunning that it would take some time before I could see it all. And, of course, to sample all the cuisines each region has to offer. Having spent much of my childhood exploring the mountains, seeing the Pacific Ocean, and eating the best Vancouver has to offer, I hope to someday visit the Atlantic provinces and sample some great food. But, until then, Don and I will just have to be satisfied with some tasty offerings from... | Continue reading article

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Food Truck Friday: She said… Angry Dragonz!

Angry Dragonz Angry Dragonz

With summer only two weeks old, food truck season has really come into full swing. And, now that I’m officially on summer vacation, I can finally take the time to try out Ottawa’s newest food trucks and carts. This week, Don and I visit Angry Dragonz. Angry Dragonz is by the husband and wife team of Kin Tran and Bonnie Wong. Food has always been a big part of their lives, especially for Kin, having worked in the restaurant industry for years and previously owned several restaurants, including Asia River on River Road, Koi Asia... | Continue reading article

A Glimpse at Westfest 2013: Don’t Mind Me, I’m Just Here for the Food

Richmond Road, during Westfest Richmond Road, during Westfest

With Canada Day fast approaching, it is time yet again to celebrate all things Canadian. In the case of the four days that comprised the tenth annual Westfest, which came to pass almost a month ago, the festival celebrated Canadian artistic expression. So, performance art from music to dance and spoken word. Westfest was founded in 2004 by producer and artistic director Elaina Martin. The inaugural festival was a one day event, drawing 5,000 people. Thereafter, it grew. A partnership with the Westboro Village BIA paired main and community stage programming with a street party,... | Continue reading article

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Food Truck Fri…umm Thursday: He said… Mr.Churritos

Mr. Churritos Mr. Churritos

To borrow from an upcoming post that will round up the food and drink options at this year’s Westfest, including a peek into the VIP area… …when people describe their experiences at street festivals, they usually mention what is being celebrated. In the case of the four days that comprised the tenth annual Westfest, it was Canadian artistic expression, so performance art from music to dance and spoken word. Westfest was founded in 2004 by producer and artistic director Elaina Martin. The inaugural festival was a one day event, drawing 5,000 people. Thereafter, it grew.... | Continue reading article

Food Truck Friday: She said… Relish!

Relish Relish

June is one of my favourite months of the year. The days are getting longer and with summer fast approaching, I can’t help but feel excited that the school year is ending. I’m looking forward to spending some time in the sun, enjoying the fresh air, and most of all, having the opportunity to explore our city’s street food scene. With the majority of food vendors operating mainly during the weekday lunch hour, it’s hard for both Don and I to drop by (him working in Quebec and me out in the west end). And... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa has Street Food Fever, Complete With Lineups and Frustration

Ottawa Street Food Launch Event Ottawa Street Food Launch Event

Ottawa got a reality check last Wednesday with respect to the oncoming storm that will be our fair city being dragged into the modern world of street cuisine. Last Wednesday, the City of Ottawa hastily put together a launch event, asking food trucks and carts to assemble at Marion Dewar Plaza (City Hall) and help raise funds for the Shephards of Good Hope. Pandemonium ensued. Over 500 bracelets sold out between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on which media outlet you follow. At $10 a pop, the bracelets raised $5250 for the religious organization that... | Continue reading article

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LUNCH Will Serve Thoughtful Food from its Food Truck Window at Bon Appetit (and Giveaway) – Updated

LUNCH LUNCH

When was the last time you gave lunch a second thought? Seriously, the midday meal most of us take for granted, hastily packing whatever isn’t nailed down in the fridge or scrounging up a couple bills and change to spend at the office cafeteria. No, Saturday or Sunday brunch with three egg omelets, bacon, sausage, and biscuits doesn’t count. But, our reverence for weekend brunch underscores how much we neglect weekday lunch. Usually, navigating the guidelines issued by schools about what not to pack in the kids’ lunch boxes is the upper limit of our... | Continue reading article