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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

“Curry ingredient may fight Alzheimer’s” (July 16, 2007)

Turmeric Powder On Monday, proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, included an article from researchers who isolated the active component of turmeric that could help in fighting Alzheimers. Accordingly, Dr. Milan Fiala of the University of California Los Angeles demonstrated that turmeric, a common ingredient of curries and curry powder, contains bisdemethoxy-curcumin. They demonstrated that bisdemethoxycurcumin can increase the number of immune cells called macrophages. The macrophages in turn clear a protein called amyloid beta, which clogs the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and kills brain cells. This furthers research from that Kanazawa University Graduate... | Continue reading article

Ottawa Turkish Festival (1st annual) – July 28, 2007

Ottawa Turkish Festival During a shopping excursion to the Rideau Centre this weekend, I picked up a flier advertising Ottawa’s first annual Turkish Festival. The event is scheduled to begin 9:00 am on Saturday July 28, 2007 and festivities will last the day. It will take place at Confederation Park. Admission is free to the general public. According to the related website, the festival will feature Turkish food, live music, and folk dances. Things to see and do follow: Turkish folk dances, Rumi’s Whirling Dervishes, and authentic Turkish music Ebru, water marbling, demonstration Turkish decorative... | Continue reading article


West African Barbecued Chicken from Yre’s

Counter Door and Front Window Menu During the same week a colleague introduced me to Bosnian cevapcici, another colleague, my better half, and I decided to try Haitian cuisine. The closest we could find was barbecued chicken from Yre’s. Yre’s is a take-out restaurant, located in downtown Ottawa at the intersection of Charlotte and Rideau (168 Charlotte Street). Unfortunately, it happens to be in a building that is slated to be demolished in lieu of another condo building. The same building also houses a shawarama place and what once was a barber shop. When you... | Continue reading article