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Bao Bao Farm is bringing Asian vegetables to Ottawa markets

“Bao means ‘treasure’ or ‘precious’ in Chinese, so Bao Bao translates to precious treasure,” says Shini Ko, farmer and owner of Bao Bao Farm, a small-scale ecological farm in Perth specializing in Asian vegetables. The new business was founded on Ko’s heritage and traditions. “I designed the logo myself. I didn’t have the budget to […]

Dessert First: A new boutique bakery by chef Julia Gindra opens in Centretown

This just in: Dessert First, a new boutique bakery at Somerset and Bay, is the next Centretown gem. After passing through a cozy patio overlooking Dundonald Park, you’re greeted by lovely daffodil wallpaper, gorgeous tiny hanging plants in a large bright window, a scintillating centrepiece display stocked with lavish handmade treats, open kitchen aromas, and smiling, welcoming staff.

Parle: Ghost kitchen fave Viet Fresh now boasts an eat-in location on Dalhousie Street

Parle began in the early days of the pandemic as a venture called Viet Fresh by owner David Wen, but operated under an umbrella business called Casper Kitchen. With the shutdowns and periodic indoor dining restrictions over the past two years, the Casper Kitchen brand has been able to enjoy massive success due to its delivery-focused model, which allowed Viet Fresh to “go solo” and open their own dine-in location, Parle.

Little Jo Berry’s latest inventions

In their sixth year, Little Jo Berry’s (LJB) bakery is evolving again with a fresh batch of new ideas for Ottawa. Owner Josephine Masterson (the “Jo” of Little Jo Berry), co-creator of Bike Yeah, the upcoming Vegans Who Snack Food Festival, and monthly dinner pop-ups, where another caring business takes over their kitchen, is innovating once again with a new product line and shopping experience.