Restaurant Reviews

Erling's Variety

I’m taking you back to the Glebe this week, to a restaurant around the corner from the one I reported...

0 Comment / Feb 24, 2017

Makita Kitchen Bar

I had my first shrimp toast in 1972. It was in the Bali Hai dining room at the (long gone) Ports...

0 Comment / Feb 24, 2017

Mason-Dixon Kitchen & Bar

Some say Sazerac is America’s oldest cocktail. Certainly the New Orleans manufacturer of Sazerac Straight...

0 Comment / Jan 22, 2017


Around Town

Food For Thought 2017

For the past seven years, the culinary arts program at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School...

0 Comment / Jan 31, 2017

Goodbye John Taylor

I remember the tweet like it was sent last week: “Yep, we’re done.” It was from chef John...

0 Comment / Jan 19, 2017

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


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

Canadian Culinary Championships 2017

When all was said and eaten and the judges’ marks tabulated, on the podium at the Canadian...

1 Comment / Feb 08, 2017

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


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