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Olivia Vanderwal

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Olivia is a recent graduate from uOttawa’s English Literature MA program. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she currently works as a teaching assistant and short story writer in Canada’s capital, in addition to volunteering with Ottawa Life Magazine.

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The Mulled Red Wine Recipe That Will get You Through the Rest of Winter

The Mulled Red Wine Recipe That Will get You Through the Rest of Winter

With only one more month of winter ahead, there’s no better time to curl up and enjoy this warming, seasonal drink. Mulled wine is said to date back to second century Rome. It became popularized throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, then gained particular significance as a Christmas tradition [...]

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Recipe Roundup: Desserts for Two

Recipe Roundup: Desserts for Two

Valentine’s Day is almost here and whether you’re planning a fancy dinner, a movie date or a night in, you’ll want to make sure you finish it off with something sweet. Dessert is a great opportunity to surprise a loved one or to spend time making something together - it’s fun, [...]

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Recipe Roundup: Whole30 Dishes

Recipe Roundup: Whole30 Dishes

For many, winter is all about cleansing, goal-setting, and re-evaluation, especially when it comes to food choices. The Whole30 program in particular has become a popular choice for those wanting to begin the new year with a nutritional reset. The plan, designed by Melissa Hartwig back in 2009, [...]

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A Reason to Celebrate: Niagara Icewine

A Reason to Celebrate: Niagara Icewine

Last month marked the launch of Niagara’s famous Icewine Festival, dedicated to the region's famous drink. The annual three-week celebration included concerts, winery tours, food pairings, and, of course, samples of one of Canada's most well-known products. Icewine is made by harvesting [...]

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Rethinking Food Banks: Parkdale Food Centre’s Innovative Approach

Rethinking Food Banks: Parkdale Food Centre’s Innovative Approach

Photos by Olivia Vanderwal Parkdale Food Centre, a community hub located in the Wellington West neighbourhood, is working to transform the way that food banks operate. “Food banking is wrong, and we’ve normalized it,” says manager Karen Secord. Originally created as temporary [...]

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Winter Recipe Roundup: Vegetarian Side Dishes

Winter Recipe Roundup: Vegetarian Side Dishes

With the end of the holiday season and the beginning of the New Year, the first thing on people’s to-do lists is often meal planning. After a full month of indulging yourself with all that turkey and dessert, we’re all craving a healthy dose of vegetables. Whether you’re entertaining [...]

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A Waste Free Holiday: Grocery Shopping the NU Way

A Waste Free Holiday: Grocery Shopping the NU Way

Photos courtesy of NU Grocery Back in August, Ottawa opened its very first zero waste grocery store, NU, located in the heart of Hintonburg. NU offers a one-stop shopping experience for customers looking to reduce or eliminate their food packaging waste. Inside, you’ll find everything from [...]

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The Ultimate Winter Indulgence: Red Wine Hot Chocolate

The Ultimate Winter Indulgence: Red Wine Hot Chocolate

If you enjoy pairing your favourite Cab Sauv with a square of dark chocolate, you’ll love this trendy, seasonal drink. First popularized last year, red wine hot chocolate continues to make its rounds on various food blogs, news articles, and Pinterest boards. And it’s no wonder why -- [...]

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