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

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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


Straight Up, a Film About Ontario’s Alcohol Laws, is Worth the Watch

Ottawa Screening of Straight Up Ottawa Screening of Straight Up

Earlier this week Katy Watts, Ottawa’s longtime champion of all things brewed and sometimes freelance food writer, invited me to attend the somewhat exclusive screening of Straight Up: The Issue of Alcohol in Ontario, an independently-produced documentary about the archaic and oftentimes punitive laws that regulate the distribution and sale of alcohol in Ontario. Ours would be the second screening of the documentary worldwide. Sponsored by Ottawa’s growing microbrewery Beyond the Pale, the screening was very well attended at the newly relocated Orange Gallery. The room easily sat fifty people. When seating ran out, a... | Continue reading article

Chef Cycles Across Canada to Raise Awareness for Sustainable Seafood @nedbell #chefsforoceans

Chefs for Oceans Van and Gear Chefs for Oceans Van and Gear

…so, you are a recognized Canadian chef, known to champion causes related to sustainable seafood. …so, you are a father who realizes, without better stewardship of our oceans, fisheries risk complete collapse. …so, you love Canada, you’re an outdoorsman, and you cycle. Then, you’d be Ned Bell who, as legend has it, was born to the rugged wilds of British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley. The executive chef of Vancouver’s Yew Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel left St. John’s, Newfoundland on Canada Day to cycle across Canada this summer. His campaign, which is called Chefs... | Continue reading article


Tuna Nasi Goreng and Giveaway #cloverleaf #giveaway

Tuna Nasi Goreng Tuna Nasi Goreng

When summer rolls around, it’s a chance for me to relax and recharge my batteries after a tiring school year. One of my favourite things to do during my time off is trying new recipes, especially for Don’s lunches. After a morning of meetings and intense work, I like to have something my husband can look forward to. Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but growing up, I loved opening my lunch box to see what my mom packed me. Whether it was a sandwich, noodles, rice, or dumplings, I was always grateful that my mom ensured I... | Continue reading article