Turkey Dinner Redo for the Holidays: A #FoodiePages #ChefsBoxChallenge

Turkey Katsu Curry with Rice Turkey Katsu Curry with Rice

A number of months ago, the owner and operator of online retailer FoodiePages, Erin Maynes, asked us to participate as testers in her “Food Explorer” program. FoodiePages is an online shop that lets you order small batch goods made by artisan producers from across Canada. Imagine being able to peruse goods from craft and farmers’ markets, be they food, kitchen gear, or wine, any hour of the day. Maynes has worked hard to establish her large network of vendors, representing every province. [Most are centralized around eastern Canada, however.] What we find innovative are the... | Continue reading article

Belmont opens in Old Ottawa South

Inside Belmont Inside Belmont

Tucked away in a one-storey building along Bank Street in Old Ottawa South is the city’s newest entry onto the dining scene: Belmont Snack & Liquor. Once the home of Carmen’s Veranda (1169 Bank St.), Belmont threw its doors open to the public this past Wednesday evening after a soft opening for family and friends over the weekend. Having snagged an invite, a good friend urged me to join him for dinner last Saturday. Needless to say, I did not need any convincing as I love checking out new restaurants. Sadly for Don, he was... | Continue reading article

Chipotle Oats Meat Loaf for Food Banks Canada @foodbankscanada – updated

Meat Loaf Patty Melt Meat Loaf Patty Melt

Sooo, I really should be working on posts with which to re-launch foodiePrints: something on Stephen Beckta opening his eponymous flagship restaurant anew; something on a challenge by foodiePages to re-make a classic dish (we chose turkey dinner); something on the two recipes we submitted to Dairy Farmers of Canada; and a long something on short ribs, mostly because New York chef David Chang really dislikes turkey and suggests people make his mom’s galbi jjim when the occasion calls for roasting the “big dumb bird.” All this said, Jenn and I also spent the summer... | Continue reading article

Love Street Food? Check out the Food Truck Rally this Weekend

Ottawa Food Truck Rally Trophy Ottawa Food Truck Rally Trophy

With summer having ended this week (autumnal equinox on Monday), it’s time to reminisce about food experiences during the warmer weather months. This year, despite Jenn and I embarking on another major project, we lined up at a number of Ottawa’s food trucks and carts. As last year, the regular street food season will culminate in a large food truck and cart rally, organized by Sharif Virani (@thescribblr) of CreativeMornings Ottawa. The second annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally (OFTR) will be held this Saturday (tomorrow!) at Saint Paul University (223 Main Street). For those of... | Continue reading article

Tuna Mac n’ Cheese Waffles #cloverleaf #giveaway

Mac and Cheese at Allium Mac and Cheese at Allium

Fall has finally fallen. I love the crisp air when I leave the house. There is something so satisfying about those brisk mornings and the colourful leaves as I walk down the street to catch my bus to work, swinging my briefcase full of freshly sharpened pencils and marked homework assignments. Of course, this being a food blog, I also love that September means the farmers’ markets still carry the last of the summer’s bumper crops. Yet, the stalls are also stocked with the golden colours of an autumn harvest. In our household, the start... | Continue reading article

Ottawa’s Nominees Vying for EnRoute’s Best New Restaurants People’s Choice Award 2014

Mena Restaurant's Bar Mena Restaurant's Bar

While San Pellegrino‘s “World’s 100 Best Restaurants” list has snubbed Canadian restaurants for four consecutive years, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine, EnRoute, continues to celebrate Canada’s developing culinary identity. In 2010, San Pellegrino named Calgary, Alberta’s Rouge Restaurant to the 60th spot and Cambridge, Ontario’s Langdon Hall (now under Chef Jason Bangerter) to the 77th. Canadian restaurants have never broken the top-50. Conversely, EnRoute prepares annual lists of “Best” new Canadian restaurants for the year, collecting nominations from a panel of local journalists and visiting various city’s nominations. In the end, the submitted restaurants are judged... | Continue reading article

Fauna Finally: Jon and Kate Svazas Open their Highly Anticipated Restaurant

Fauna Restaurant Fauna Restaurant

Forty-eight hours have passed since Chef Jon Svazas and his wife Kate threw open the doors of their much anticipated restaurant to the public. Leading up to Fauna’s first dinner service, the Svazases engaged in a bit of tongue-in-cheek marketing, routinely changing the papers covering the slightly tinted floor-to-ceiling windows. Emblazoned with Fauna’s Momofuku-esque branding, they communicated the restaurant’s status, from “opening soon” to “opening slowly” and finally counting down the days until reservations were being accepted. Located directly across from Josh Bishop’s almost decade-old Whalesbone Oyster House, the embattled Fauna has been the subject... | Continue reading article

Pop quiz, hotshot! You’re Hungry! You’ve a Credit Card! Ordering by Phone is so 2000-and-Late

Big Plate Chicken from Ju Xiang Yuan Big Plate Chicken from Ju Xiang Yuan

With the beginning of September, a scary thought comes to mind. Patio season will end. Eateries and shops will pull back their encroachments onto public sidewalks as the weather takes on a familiar chill. Leaves will change colour and fall from their branches. Meteorologists will forecast the city’s first encounter with snow. Eventually, tables and chairs will be gathered together and put into storage until the next spring. Interestingly, 15°C seems warm after 6 successive months of frigid winter weather. When the temperature dips below 20°C during the summer months, Ottawa locals threaten to turn... | Continue reading article