This summer, I signed on as Food Columnist for CBC Radio’s All in A Day. In this segment, I explain why the humble egg might be enjoying a moment in the spotlight. It’s… Continue reading

CITY BITES LIVE: Here’s the first in my new series

ROAD TRIP: Ten reasons to visit La Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud for sugaring off time

1. It’s the REAL deal. This “old-time” sugar shack, a designated Quebec Heritage Site, will make all of your other sugar shack experiences feel like Chuck-E-Cheese compared to the Disneyland that is the Sucerie. 2.… Continue reading

LUNCH PICK: Town’s Fior di Latte sandwich (translation: really good grilled cheese)

A French friend of mine returned from extensive travel in the US and remarked: “Those people eat nothing but sandwiches!” She might as well have said “dog food” for all of her contempt… Continue reading

GLOBE & MAIL: Raw chocolate bars are surprisingly sweet

Judging by the ever-growing popularity of ultradark chocolate bars, you might say the news about the health benefits of cocoa beans has been internalized. David MacDonald, owner of the artisanal chocolate factory Olivia… Continue reading

LUNCH PICK: Murray Street’s serious take on grown-up mac and cheese

If ever there was a time for rib-sticking fare to warm our bellies and thaw out our frost-bitten digits, it is now. On one particularly frigid day last week, I set out in… Continue reading

INTRODUCING: Stone Soup Foodworks, a sassy soup biz inside a converted chip truck

Soup Truck. It’s an idea that seems to make perfect sense. Ottawa certainly has its share of chip trucks; why not serve steaming hot bowls of healthy homemade soup instead of greasy fries?… Continue reading

INTRODUCING: YKO charcoal barbecued chicken — rumours confirmed: Ottawa’s authentic West African chicken shack is back

Spice-crazed grill-loving fans of YRE’s, the take-out barbecue chicken joint in Sandy Hill, were devastated when news began spreading back in 2006 that the Charlotte Street building was being sold and torn down.… Continue reading

LUNCH PICK: Morning Owl serves up tasty pressed sandwiches — and a wicked java jolt

The Place: A business savvy couple, Sarah and Jordan O’Leary were strategic when choosing a location for their independent coffeehouse and sandwich counter. Forget downtown or the trendy west end. They opened Morning Owl in… Continue reading

LUNCH PICK: Authentic homemade Latin snacks at Main Street tea room

The Place: I remember stopping in to Cuppedia a few years ago for a coffee. Set in a converted old house on Main Street, the cozy low-key tea room with its stash of kids’… Continue reading