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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

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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

Jam-Jams at Nihao Teahouse

Home-made Jam Jam Jam Jam Cross-section During my latest visit to the Nihao Tea House, my better half and I noticed something delightfully whimsical on the menu, “Home Made Jam Jam Cookie.” How could anyone say no to cookies this cute? We couldn’t. Though the menu sported pictures of heart-shaped Jam Jam cookies, the available Jam Jam’s were flower shaped. They consist of two cookie-cutter shaped cookie pieces, a layer of strawberry jam sandwiched in between, and a dusting of powdered sugar on top. The cookie pieces were soft and buttery. The jam was sweet,... | Continue reading article

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Unusual Appetizer: Insects in Thailand

Eating Insects in Thailand According to an article from BBC News, insects are a thriving agricultural industry in Thailand. They are farmed in a similar manner with which Western agriculture grows livestock. This includes breeding them and growing them to maturity. Prized for their protein content, fried crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, water beetles, bamboo worms and ant eggs are popular snack foods with Asian and Middle Eastern tourists. The occasional, usually intoxicated, Western tourist will partake in them as well. The author of the “In Pictures” article, Kate McGeown, sampled some fried grasshoppers from a street... | Continue reading article