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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Food and Drink Blog: There’s no microwave in Richcraft Hall

This letter was penned mere moments before this CUSA instagram post appeared. The author stands by their words until a microwave indeed appears in River Building [Richcraft Hall], at which time, a follow-up letter will be released. Like 95 per cent of students who voted for their CUSA journalism rep last spring, I was a one-issue voter. All that mattered to me in the election was getting a microwave in River Building. Both candidates, in direct appeals to my classmates and I, committed to putting a food computer in the journalism building. Without even blinking. I am stunned appalled at their deceit. Just looking at a microwave – sometimes even a toaster oven – now sends me into a complete […]

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Food and Drink blog: How to eat healthy when you’re broke AF

Often times we want to eat healthy, but our bank accounts tell us we can’t. It can be hard to eat healthy on a student’s budget, but it’s not impossible. Eating healthy and saving money is not as difficult a scale to balance as we may think. Here are some helpful tips to start saying no to takeout, and hello to nutritiously filled cupboards (for cheap): 1. Check the flyer Every grocery store has a flyer, which can be a really useful way to save on healthy food. Before each trip to the grocery store, check out their weekly flyer. Often times you can find great deals on fruits and vegetables. Jot down sales on products that interest you so […]

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Food and drink blog: Your guide to shawarma

So you just moved to Ottawa and you’re wondering what the deal is with this “shawarma” you’re hearing so much about. Or maybe you’re a shawarma aficionado, looking to try some new places. Either way, we—Amanda and Rosa—are here to help you discover the wonderful world of shawarma in Ottawa with some of our top picks. Best sandwich A: I would say Shawarma Village, the best (and only) shawarma joint in my hometown, but it’s a solid 40-minute drive from Carleton. However, Shawarma Palace has seriously solid shawarma in three locations in Ottawa (if you don’t want to visit Winchester, the home of Dairyfest and my parents). The secret to Shawarma Palace’s success is their bread, not too thick and […]

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