Food and Drink: How to balance textbooks and cookbooks

There’s something about being a student that’s several stages removed from being a cook. You’re probably poor, strapped for time, working with a crappy kitchen, and only making single servings. Also, your roommate made pancakes last week and your counters are still covered in gelatinous goop. The temptation to eat cereal or frozen pizza at home, then grab food on campus whenever you can, is strong. Everyone tells you that preparing your food at home is one of the most effective ways of eating healthier and saving money, but there are so many barriers to making your own food that’s just as yummy as your favourite fast food joint. Here are some ways to stop waiting for Christmas to eat […]

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Food and drink blog: Growlers, a Lansdowne luxury

In case you are wondering, the best LCBO in Ottawa is at Lansdowne. It used to be the one at King Edward and Rideau—but with the new renovations at Lansdowne they managed to build beer-topia. First of all, the store is huge. Second of all, this LCBO has something I’ve never seen outside of bottle shops attached to breweries: they have a growler station. For those not aware, a growler is basically those giant bottles they often have in Bugs Bunny cartoons with “xxx” on them. The difference is that in the real world they are usually not in the hands of some cowboy character—well, not that I’ve seen. Growlers are 1.89 litres or a half-gallon in size, and are […]

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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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