Between lockdowns and curfews, we’re low on organized events to share this weekend. So besides a friendly reminder to make safe choices, we’ve got a few suggestions lined up for your weekend.
If you’re anything like me, there are always a bunch of tiny bits and bobs that would be perfect to gift, but not worth the effort of wrapping up and putting under the tree. Conveniently, for those items, we have stockings. It’s always a joy to watch someone pull a bunch of tiny surprises from a giant sock.
Welcome to a new weekly blog feature! Every Saturday, check in to find out WTF is in season and WTF to do with all that local goodness. Asparagus – people either love it or hate it. Interestingly, many people who hate asparagus, love the soup recipe I’ve included. And now, without further ado, over to […]
The region we live in is incredible for food—we can find local vegetables, eggs, fruit, honey, grains, microgreens and so much more practically in our backyards. The local farmers and growers that provide Ottawa with all of this fresh, local produce is a very long list. When you add in the food makers—those chefs and […]
I can’t help but think that Jodi Samis has an upper hand when it comes to playing scrabble. After all words like epazote, fenugreek and vadouvan come naturally to her as the owner of Cardamom & Cloves, the online neighbourhood spice shop. The business hasn’t always been a solely online endeavour. Like most aspiring entrepreneurs, […]
With Christmas just around the corner, a trip or two to a toy store is likely in your future. In the National Capital Region, we’re fortunate to have a number of independent toy stores that deserve some serious shopping consideration. Advantages of shopping outside the big-box stores include: attentive service, unique offerings to cater to […]
Dominion City’s Makin’ It Grain event was the fitting bookend to a wonderful Support Local Month here in Ottawa aka “Heart City”. Their charity-supporting 5-course dinner brought together local artisans and created a fantastic engaging evening. I’m still wearing my belt a couple notches looser… There have already been some fantastic words said about the […]
Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world. A community cooking night. An apple festival. No less than three events involving local craft breweries. In case you hadn’t noticed, Support Local 2015 is focused primarily on facilitating discussions […]
For those who have fond memories of youths spent in arcades, House of Targ is a mecca. Its hallowed halls ring with nostalgic echoes, the pings and bloops of high scores past. And if the addition of perogies seems out of place in an punk-themed arcade, that’s probably because you haven’t tried them yet. All […]
Tom Pajdlhauser’s love of travel sketching began in Vietnam in 2012. As a production designer and art director for animated television shows produced by Disney, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon, a big part of his job is honing his drawing skills – capturing moments and stories from his life and, for Tom in particular, drawing the […]
October is a mighty fine month. Fall arrives in full force and everything is beautiful, covered in fall colours. Here in Ottawa, we’ve another reason that October is, arguably, the best month of the year: October is Support Local month – a month-long celebration of local initiatives that make Ottawa great. This year, food is […]
If you’ve ever been inside a local bookstore, bar, coffee-shop…anywhere really in town that’s embracing the ‘local’ mentality you’ll likely have seen local artists’ work on display and, just as likely, up for sale. Chances are that if you’re anything like me you’ve fallen for a piece but then seeing the price tag quickly dismissed […]
One year already! On April 20, Ottawa’s Lowertown Canning Company celebrated its first year in business at Oz Kafe. More than 40 guests attended the event enjoying drinks, charcuterie and of course a wide variety of Lowertown Canning products. “The past year has blown by. It has been exhausting at times, but 100% worth it,” […]
Sitting in what I can only imagine is called “ the white room” – I kid you not, it was a floor to ceiling white washed room made all the more incandescent by the white furniture and questionably off-white fur pillows – in Shopify, it seemed a fittingly odd place for my interview with the […]
Over the last few years, the sleeping giant of the live music scene in Ottawa has been experiencing a slow re-awakening. The surge of new bands forming, as well as ones that have resurfaced after a long lapse, have sparked a fresh interest and a return of audiences to the live entertainment landscape once again. […]