Restaurant Reviews

Black Tartan Kitchen

Steak on plates in Carleton Place was no shocker. Powdered foie gras... that was more of a surprise....

0 Comment / Dec 20, 2017

Das Lokal

News of a new chef has brought me back to Das Lokal. That, and the thought of a steaming mug of Gluhwein...

0 Comment / Dec 13, 2017


Ottawa is a gold mine of top-notch restaurants that serve seasonal comfort food in a relaxed atmosphere....

0 Comment / Nov 30, 2017

Around Town

Subodh Mathur, 1955-2018

Subodh Mathur’s first Roses Café menu was timid. Lentil soup, samosas, batata vada, served with...

0 Comment / Mar 20, 2018

A new chapter for Thyme & Again

“You guys are two peas in a pod. You should work together!” That quote was a bit of wisdom...

0 Comment / Mar 19, 2018

Colours of Curry: Vij & Thottungal paint the town

“Twenty years ago, who would ever have thought,” said Vancouver chef Vikram Vij to the full house...

0 Comment / Mar 04, 2018

Comings & Goings

Dear readers & restaurants...

The new year marks 25 years I’ve written a weekly restaurant column. Twenty of those I was the Ottawa...

8 Comments / Jan 04, 2018

Rodriguez opens Orto

I had lunch, last week, at Orto Trattoria, chef René Rodriguez' new restaurant, and I'm looking forward...

0 Comment / Dec 13, 2017

Opening: Sawision's Stofa

Have to admit, I'm pretty stoked for this place. Jason Sawision, chef de cuisine at Atelier restaurant...

0 Comment / Aug 18, 2017

Gold Medal Plates

Canadian Culinary Championships 2018

In the dozen years I've been helping adjudicate the Canadian Culinary Championships, there has never...

0 Comment / Feb 05, 2018

And she's off... Briana Kim & team at CCC 2018

Greetings from Kelowna, home (for the past eight years) of the Canadian Culinary Championships. Our Ottawa...

0 Comment / Feb 02, 2018

Kim heads to Kelowna

“There’s a lot going on all the time…” chef Jamie Stunt told chef Briana Kim. “It can be a bit overwhelming....

0 Comment / Jan 28, 2018

Anne Away

Portuguese Treats in Montreal

The heart of the Portuguese community in Montreal is still found in a few square blocks from avenue des Pins...

0 Comment / Dec 05, 2017

Food life in the Fez Medina

From the Spring issue of Taste & Travel Magazine, a piece on navigating the Fez Medina.

0 Comment / May 15, 2017

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