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Subway Lobster Roll – Lobster from the bottom of the Food Chain – updated

Celebrated French chef Jacques Pepin once had a cooking show on the public broadcasting channel with Julia Child. One of its episodes featured lobster. In it, Chef Pepin described how he used to work as the executive chef for Howard Johnson’s. His menu included a lobster roll and he demonstrated how it was put together. Ever since I saw the episode, I found myself fantasizing about trying a lobster roll. Recently, the Subway restaurants in the Ottawa area started offering a lobster sandwich. One warm July day, I literally could not resist and bought a... | Continue reading article

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Farmers’ Markets – Foodie Paradise

To foodies, there is no better source of fresh seasonal produce than farmers’ markets. Where else can you find regional fresh fruits and vegetables that spend more of their lives on the vine than on trucks from Mexico? There is nothing sweeter than field picked berries or freshly harvested tomatoes. The produce even smells better. These days, farmer’s markets even specialize in selling organic produce and re-introducing heirloom varieties of vegetables to consumers. Another reason to visit farmer’s markets has to do with the salmonella outbreak from contaminated spinach a year ago. The contaminated spinach... | Continue reading article

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Allium – Grand Re-openning (July 19, 2007)

Grand Re-opening Renovations New Tables Place Setting Five months ago, the Allium restaurant was closed for 12 weeks due to a fire. The restaurant above it, Les Grillades, suffered a devastating grease fire that spread downstairs, causing fire, water, and smoke damage to the entire building. Les Grillades is still out of commission. Allium, however, used the downtime to perform some renovations and re-opened July 19, 2007. The renovations added booth seating to the back of the restaurant, next to a now publicly visible wine rack. They also removed the booth seating on the right... | Continue reading article

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Marché Vieux Hull

For those of us working on the Québec side of the Ottawa river, during the summer, there is a weekly outdoor artisan market to visit. In 2007, the market convened Thursdays at noon and large groups of public servants could be seen walking amongst its stalls, looking for something for lunch. Enough public servants attended, that I still am not sure what street the market is held on. Whenever I went, I simply followed the crowds. That said, here are pictures from one of my visits: The market is actually well advertised. Oddly none of... | Continue reading article

The Great Lebanese Meat Pie (Lahem bi Ajeen) Freezer Experiment

Alladin Bakery Eat for a Dollar Gas-Fired Oven Meat-Only Meat With Cheese Two weeks ago, my better half and I found the west-end location of Alladin bakery in Ottawa, 1801 Carling Avenue. It happened to be within busing distance of our condo in the Wellington Village. This west-end location is far more conveniently located than Alladin’s other location on St. Laurent Road (1020), which is in the east-end of Ottawa. At Alladin, we purchased a dozen meat-only meat pies and two meat with cheese meat pies. The baker was happy to oblige, but advised us... | Continue reading article

The Wierd Things People Eat Around the Corner

Pickled Snake Head Fish Several months ago (July 26, 2007), Gadling.com published a blog entry entitled “The Wierd Things People Eat Around the World.” The blog entry includes such unique and regional edibles as “Pickled Snakehead Fish” and “Pizza Wraps.” Since Ottawa is the capital of a country that celebrates its multiculturalism, I decided to take pictures of what “weird things” Canadians eat. What I found is that North American mega-marts are replete with foods that can be deemed somewhat odd. Frozen Mashed Potatoes (found at Loeb). Just like Mom Used to Make! Bubble Gum... | Continue reading article

Sampling the current state of McDonald’s fare – updated

McDonald’s Menu When it comes to American fast food, the much loved McDonald’s tends to be the most identifiable. In fact, food from the “Golden Arches” is so recognizable that a Standford University study of North American pre-schoolers demonstrated that foods wrapped in McDonald’s packaging tend to be more well received than otherwise. North American children actually preferred foods they thought came from McDonald’s, even if the foods were not from the traditional McDonald’s menu. This demonstrates that McDonald’s mass marketing has succeeded in permeating North American culture with the McDonald’s branding. Since I grew... | Continue reading article

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Successful Cevapcici – Pass the Ajvar!

After two unsuccessful attempts making cevapcici, I decided to try again. This time, I substituted baking soda for mineral water and used a food processor. This modification to the recipe and mechanical means to combine the meat together, produced cevapcici with the proper texture: moist and chewy. Previous failed attempts saw me mixing groud meat with club soda and hand-chopping the meat with a pair of clevers. Both methods produced crumbly cevapcici. Successful Cevapcici This time around, I used my new Rachael Ray food processor to further breakdown ground meat and incorporate the baking soda.... | Continue reading article