Alison Larabie Chase

Food/Restaurant Features Writer

Alison Larabie Chase is an Ottawa writer and editor who loves cooking, reading, cats, languages, music, and travel (not necessarily in that order). She has a journalism degree from Carleton, a passion-project food blog, a patient husband, two feline coworkers, and an undying love for the Oxford comma.
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CRAFT Is for Beer Lovers—and Everyone Else

CRAFT Is for Beer Lovers—and Everyone Else

Photos by Chris Chase Welcome to Lansdowne Lowdown, a series of reviews showcasing the delicious restaurant options at Lansdowne Park. CRAFT Beer Market is by far the largest restaurant in the Lansdowne sports and entertainment complex. It has 132 beer taps, a giant bar with super-cool industrial [...]

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Beechwood Gastropub’s Kitchen is Transparent—and Really, Really Talented

Beechwood Gastropub’s Kitchen is Transparent—and Really, Really Talented

Photos by Chris Chase It was the smoked beet that made me fall madly in love. Until that moment, I was extremely impressed with the food at Beechwood Gastropub. But once I tasted the slice of golden beet that had been treated to some quality time in close proximity to smouldering wood, I [...]

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Chef Ana Martorell Wants to Bring the Flavours of Mexico to the World

Chef Ana Martorell Wants to Bring the Flavours of Mexico to the World

Photos by Alison Larabie Chase When I meet Chef Ana Martorell, she is standing at the stove in the kitchen of the Mexican Ambassador’s residence in Ottawa, lightly charring thin slices of avocado on a cast-iron grill in preparation for a dinner to be held that evening. Grilling avocado? [...]

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Return to Oz for More Delicious Adventures

Return to Oz for More Delicious Adventures

Photos by Alison Larabie Chase If you’re going to name your restaurant after a place you have to catch a tornado to get to, it’s on point to have a location that’s a little hard to find. Oz Kafe is now two for two on that count. It began humbly in a below-street-level space [...]

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Carben Matches Elegant Food with a Relaxed Atmosphere

Carben Matches Elegant Food with a Relaxed Atmosphere

Photos courtesy of Carben The plates were utterly gorgeous. Not just the food on them, but the plates themselves. Round with a high edge, almost like a very shallow bowl, each was unique, with colours ranging from brown-speckled white to deep green with shimmering black spots. As each arrived at [...]

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