3 Course Meal at the Metcalfe Golf and Country Club

Lush Greens 400 Year-old Oak Tree I recently attended a wedding that was held at the Metcalfe Golf and Country Club, located on 8th Line Road in rural Metcalfe, Ontario. The venue was literally spectacular. The lush greens, mature trees, and bright sun provided a picturesque backdrop for both the outdoor ceremony and reception. The ceremony was performed under the club’s spectacular 400 year old oak tree. It provided a natural and scenic setting for some beautiful pictures. The reception was held in an adjacent screened patio, where guests dined and celebrated with the newlyweds.... | Continue reading article

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Pan Fried Tilapia – Quick and Delicious

Red Tilapia Fillet Seasoned Tilapia Fillet Plated Pan Fried Tilapia Fillet This week, one of the specials in the fish case at the Superstore at the corner of Richmond and Kirkwood is shark steak. However, when I arrived, the shark steak was sold out, so I settled on a nice red tilapia fillet. At $6.99/lb or $15.41/kg, it wasn’t a bad deal. Don’t get me wrong. I adore tilapia. In fact, with its mild gentle flavor and firm flesh, tilapia figures prominently on my list of favourite white fish to cook. While I usually employ... | Continue reading article

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Hot Dog Chili – Why open a can?

Canned Hot Dog Chili Sauce One of the most beloved preparations of hot dogs is the chili dog. It consists of a dog (prepared in your favourite way), a bun (more than likely steamed), and some hot dog chili, all topped with melted shredded cheese. Hot dog chili by no means refers to the iconic chili con carne that takes hours to make in an old-fashioned cast iron dutch oven and is the subject of dispute by professional chili makers. By hot dog chili, I am referring to the easy to make ground beef-based sauce... | Continue reading article

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Chances R – Platter of shame!

You call this a platter? According to the Chances R website, the restaurant, in its various forms, has been serving Ottawa residents since 1976. It also states that the establishment has received 4 consecutive “Consumer’s Choice” awards for “Ottawa’s Best Family Restaurant.” That said, picture this. It’s Sunday evening. A friend of yours is flying to Boston the next day, but wants to chit-chat over a beer before calling it a night. You’re in the Wellington Village. He’s in Nepean. Chances R is located at College Square, smack in between. Why not grab a booth,... | Continue reading article

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Adventures in Barbecuing – salt crusted potatoes, spatchcocked chicken, and grilled plantains

The summer is in full force. As such, Ottawa’s typical summer weather does not really lend to cooking indoors. Instead, Ottawans tend to light up the barbecue. The following are some of the barbecue activities that I’ve been up to: Spatchcocked Chicken: Chicken one-way Chicken another-way Spatchcocking is a method for cooking whole poultry that lends very well to grilling and/or broiling. It involves turning a bird breast side down and removing its back by cutting through its rib cage on each side. The bird is then is turned breast side up and weight is... | Continue reading article

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Rendez vous des saveurs de l’Outaouais (September 28-30, 2007))

One of the preeminent food fairs in the National Capital Region is the “Rendez-vous des saveurs de l’Outaouais.” Its goal is to showcase the culinary wealth of the Outaouais and surrounding regions. It features leading chefs from high end restaurants, up and coming students from several culinary schools, and, of course, marketers from various food and drink producers. The event takes place at le Maison du Citoyen (Gatineau’s City Hall). While admission is free, tasting tickets are $0.50. The cost for tastings varies on the foods and drink. They can range from 50 cents to... | Continue reading article

15 m Viking Ship Replica Made from Popsicle Sticks – updated

World’s Largest Recycled Object Alright, older students will remember the cereal box bridge from a while back. Well, Robert McDonald, his son, and approximately 5000 school children just accomplished a feat of recycling that tops it. They put together a full-size Viking ship replica, named “Thor”, using 5 million ice cream (aka: popsicle) sticks. The ship was launched yesterday and has set sail across the Netherlands’ IJsselmeer lake. The ship builder, wants to cross the Atlantic Ocean later this fall, aiming to set sail from the port city of Lelystad. He is looking for an... | Continue reading article

Lebanese Fun Festival (July 18-22, 2007)

Lebanese Fun Festival 2006 Today’s Metro has a brief article in the local news section that provides some information about the Lebanese Fun Festival that begins today. However, the article is lacking in some seminal information: location, time, place, and events. Firstly, the festival is in its 17th year and is being held on the grounds of th St. Elias Cathedral, which is located across from Mooney’s Bay at 700 Ridgewood Drive. It starts today (July 18th) and runs until July 22nd. For today and Thursday, the grounds open at 4:00pm and close at 11:00pm.... | Continue reading article