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Instagram accounts to follow when you don’t know what to eat

By Greggory Clark and Philippe Ha on October 5, 2018

Update: We’ve added more IG accounts from the comments section. Thanks everyone!

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated @ottfoodie only reposts. We got that wrong. They post original photos too and appear at the top of our list below.

Here at Apartment613, we love to share local favourites and highlight the work of bloggers and photographers making Ottawa look good.

So, when Ottawa Business Journal came out with their 2018 Book of Lists, we raced to crack open a copy. Inside are OBJ’s top picks for local festivals, craft breweries, co-working spaces, family-owned businesses… Ottawa’s best accounting and law firms, advertising agencies, real estate brokers, fastest growing tech companies… but the list which hooked us is on page 18: Top Instagram accounts in Ottawa.

Photographer Landon Entwistle made the grade. Can’t argue with that! This Apt613 super contributor is a prolific shooter, also named to the Nikon 100 list of up-and-coming photographers in the world. His IG account @landonspics is followed by almost 20,000. With OBJ making only seven IG picks, it’s incredible to see Landon featured.

Where we take issue, however, is with the magazine’s two “foodie” picks. Both have high profile and an impressive number of followers—only @ottcityfoodies hasn’t posted since June 2017. Womp womp. Inactive for more than 12 months. That makes a rather questionable pick, doesn’t it?

We know of some pretty rad foodies using IG in Ottawa. Here our recommendations for folks to follow. If you know of more, please leave a comment below.


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Best French fries anywhere.

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sand👏🏼wich👏🏼time👏🏼 sand👏🏼wich👏🏼time

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I’m being cereal when I tell you that this fruit loop fog is as delicious as it is cuteee ☺

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If there’s one thing Yannick La Salle learned during his stage at Blue Hill At Stone Barns (@bluehillfarm) in New York, Dan Barber’s (@chefdanbarber) farm-to-table restaurant — literally, the restaurant is located on its own working farm — it’s that “you have to put your heart into it,” La Salle says. “If not, the chef is going to tear you down — into pieces.” . That same heart and grit forms the culture at Les Fougeres in Chelsea, Qué. Speaking of working for chef-owners Jennifer Warren-Part and her husband, Charles Part, La Salle says, “they are very humble, very kind and have a good reputation.” He also says they have high standards and are tremendously focused on maintaining a level of consistency. “They know what they want,” he says. . Read more about Chef Yannick La Salle (check the link above) and his three recipes for fresh trout from Cedar Creek Trout Farm: . 1. Trout, Green Peas and Horseradish Velouté 2. Trout Amandine with Fiddleheads 3. Grilled Trout with Black Garlic Tapenade and Le Coprin Mushrooms . Photos by @brendan.burden @lesfougeres #trout #troutfarm #loyaltolocal #farmtotable

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Saturday smoothie bowl feat. #leefromamerica coconut balls

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Sweet or savoury, @sconewitch has got you covered 👌🏻

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raise your hand if you love brunch! 🙋🏻 raise your hand if you’re surprised that this is at a SHAWARMA restaurant!!! 🙋🏻 I still can’t believe how nicely everything was presented. Shawarma Heaven recently launched their dine-in brunch menu and it’s definitely worth trying 🤤 it’s a family owned business and everything is made fresh! I had a great experience as soon as I walked through the doors – the staff were so friendly and helpful 💕 show some love & support your locals! 🍴fava beans ($8), heaven bun ($3.99), flatbread with labneh ($3.99), mint green tea ($1.50) // shakshouka ($14), turkish beef pide ($10), grissini bread sticks ($3.75)

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We crossed the Booth st bridge to @pagertrain ’s homeland to try out the Cajun Chicken Nachos at Brasseurs du Temps. Total Score: 4.4/5 An overall very tasty plate of nachos,they weren’t quite 4 goals in a playoff game while full on chicken parm good (someone really should do chicken parm nachos). Lots of cheesy goodness with a high quality chip that didn’t show any sign of sagging. My only complaint would be that the Cajun chicken wasn’t anything to gram about. Was hoping that Cajun taste would jump out more. Great atmosphere and even better beers! #ottawa #gatineau #pageaupageaupageau #613 #nachos #cheese #jalapenos #beer #canada #bridge #yowfood #foodie #foodporn #hockey #sens #

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