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About Anne

Anne DesBrisay   writer . editor . author

The award winning author of three editions (2004, 2008, 2011) of Capital Dining, a Guide to the Best Restaurants in the National Capital Region, Anne has written about restaurants in particular and food and travel in general, for a number of papers and magazines and for this blog. She contributes regularly to Ottawa Magazine, Taste & Travel Magazine, Harry Magazine and Eat Canada, the app for anyone travelling across Canada, hungry, and looking for sound advice from professional eaters. Anne wrote about Ottawa’s “power restaurants” for Macleans Magazine, and its Valley restaurants for CBC Radio.

For twenty years (1993-2012) Anne was the restaurant critic for the Ottawa Citizen. She is now senior editor and feature writer with Taste & Travel, and writes a DesBrisay Dines column for Ottawa Magazine.

Anne is senior judge at Gold Medal Plates and a well fed member of the national judging team for the Canadian Culinary Championships.

In 2013, Anne won a Gold Award from the Ontario Hostelry Institute for outstanding contributions to the hospitality, culinary and food industry within the printed world and the electronic media.

A blog. But mostly a catalogue of indexed restaurant reviews – the majority from Anne’s years with the Ottawa Citizen and with Ottawa Magazine – and of food-focused travel stories for a variety of publications.  And occasionally, just tasty bits of life in general stuff.

Please pay attention to the date of the restaurant review posted when using this site as a guide. As we well know, the restaurant scene is in constant flux. That the facts will change in some measure, at some point, is a fact. I’ve tried, where appropriate, to indicate key changes (CLOSED signs, say; or “chef has moved on” sorts of warnings.) And, as ever, I welcome your thoughts on anything at all. Contact me through the contact link or to [email protected]


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