Restaurant Reviews

Clover Food & Drink

In the final gasps of 2016 I had one of the best meals of the year at the little Bank Street restaurant...

0 Comment / Jan 12, 2017


“Just be careful with the sauce,” my XiangZi server cautioned me, as he delivered to my corner...

0 Comment / Nov 28, 2016


It's a bank right out of central casting. A grand bank from a different century: marble floors, travertine...

0 Comment / Oct 26, 2016

Around Town

Best Plates of 2016

Twenty sixteen was a banner year for new restaurants. I wrote about the best of them for Ottawa Magazine’s...

0 Comment / Jan 01, 2017

Congrats Beau's!

Delighted to report that Beau's All Natural Brewing Company has won the Ontario Culinary Tourism 'Event...

0 Comment / Dec 22, 2016

December dinner with Les Marmitons

“Make sure you let people know we are, first and foremost, a social club. We cook together… but we also...

0 Comment / Dec 21, 2016

Comings & Goings

Danny Mongeon moves to Erling's

Erling's Variety on Strathcona has a new chef. Danny Mongeon - most recently of Share Freehouse,...

0 Comment / Jun 29, 2016

Share Freehouse shuttered

The doors of Share Freehouse in Somerset Village have closed, but a window's been left open for a possible...

0 Comment / Jun 03, 2016

Bar Laurel set to open... soon

Or "in less than two years" anyway, as the window says - a self deprecating reference to the two plus...

0 Comment / May 12, 2016

Gold Medal Plates

Gold Medal Plates 2016

Photo courtesy Gold Medal Plates The eleventh Ottawa-Gatineau Gold Medal Plates was a grand night...

0 Comment / Nov 10, 2016

Atelier chef Marc Lepine handed cup and keys

“Am I in the right place?” he asked me. I was walking into restaurant atelier on Tuesday...

0 Comment / Jun 16, 2016

2016 Gold Medal Plates chefs

They've all accepted the invitation and I’m delighted with the lineup of competing chefs for 2016....

0 Comment / May 03, 2016

Anne Away

Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands

I travelled to Cape Town for the wedding of my niece Claire. And then headed to the Cape Winelands to cap off the holiday....

0 Comment / Aug 08, 2016

Summer Dinner Series 2016 at J.K. Farm

Jamie Kennedy sports two pins on his chef’s coat. They’re small, but they speak volumes about...

0 Comment / Jun 30, 2016

A week in Prosecco country

In the Spring issue of Taste & Travel Magazine, my piece on tromping around Prosecco country.

0 Comment / Apr 29, 2016