Restaurant Reviews


“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

Bar Laurel

Sometime after a chef has achieved his first successful restaurant – packed room, critical acclaim,...

0 Comment / Oct 19, 2016

Around Town

Arôme's dry-aged steaks

In a time when restaurants are more and more into the stripped-down look — linens off tables, fabric...

0 Comment / Nov 21, 2016

Best New Ottawa Restaurants

Top Ten New Restaurants now online. Check it out at Ottawa Magazine.

0 Comment / Nov 14, 2016

First Chefs & Shows at GCTC

“Come Hungry; Leave Entertained.” That’s the tasty thinking behind the GCTC Chefs & Shows,...

0 Comment / Oct 07, 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