Food blog: Warm bread for winter days

Is there anything as nostalgic and comforting as a bowl of soup and a slice of hearty bread?  Growing up, I have fond memories of this classic pairing, and the smells of freshly baked bread and rich soup are two of my favourite aromas.  It’s no wonder that this meal staple has lasted centuries. With nostalgia in mind, I’d like to share one of my favourite recipes to pair with a bowl of soup: rosemary focaccia bread.  I honestly believe the humble bread does not get enough credit for its versatility and taste. But not this time. The unique flavor and texture of this focaccia will definitely make it the star at your next soup pairing.   I suggest munching […]

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Food and Drink blog: Say “Happy Valentine’s Day” with food

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year for people to dine out? Skip the crowded restaurants this February 14th and instead plan a romantic evening at home. Whether you’re single or taken this Valentine’s Day, treat yourself this holiday by following this dine-in menu. Drink: Couple’s recipe: We all know that wine incites romance and has long been compared to the euphoria of love! Try this Touch of Venus white wine cocktail on Valentine’s Day. This love potion consists of four simple ingredients: o   3 oz. dry white wine o   1 oz limoncello o   ½ tsp amaretto o   ½ tsp fresh lemon juice Singleton recipe: Kick off this Valentine’s Day with a […]

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Food and Drink blog: Ottawa’s newest smoothie place

Are you tired of going to the same place for smoothies every week? Do you want to try something new and even more delicious? If the answer is yes, then Raw Pulp +Grind is the place for you. Raw is a healthy, vegan café that serves smoothies, salads, juices, and more—all made from organic ingredients. I’m not a vegan myself, and I know that lots of people shy away from vegan food, however the smoothies that I get here are better than any non-vegan smoothie I’ve ever had. Located in Little Italy, Raw has now been open in Ottawa for just over four months. So far, it has attracted a lot of business. It’s easy to understand why. Raw is […]

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Food & Drink Blog: Places for Plant-Eaters

As a vegan, I know that finding veggie-friendly spots can be a little tricky if you want to eat more than a salad. Fortunately, Ottawa boasts a plethora of plant-filled pastures where herbivores can graze. The restaurants below are not just for twig-and-bark eating vegans—they are proven hits with the omnivorous crowd as well, and all of them use fresh and locally sourced ingredients. So here, in no particular order, are the BEST plant powered spots in Ottawa, according to me. Pure Kitchen Westboro – 357 Richmond Road Centretown– 340 Elgin Street Pure Kitchen prides itself on being a “scratch” kitchen, which basically means they make everything from scratch with fresh ingredients. It’s pretty dope. Half the restaurant is a […]

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Food and Drink Blog: An ode to rice cookers

Like most minor Twitter feuds not involving celebrities, this one started over risotto. In my opinion, which I made abundantly clear in less than 140 characters, frying pans are a waste of time when making anything that is not a pancake. Why would you want to toil over the stove, stirring and stirring until your meal is ready, when you have better things to do, like study or rewatch Stranger Things? I’m sure Eleven would agree that unless you’re making breakfast foods, your time can be better spent. And that is why I’m here to tell you about rice cookers. A quick Kijiji search shows rice cookers being sold for upwards of $15, making this a frugal-but-worthwhile purchase for the […]

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