Olivia Vanderwal

Contributor

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 many months 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 in the [...]

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From Bloom to Bottle: Farmgate’s Craft Cider

From Bloom to Bottle: Farmgate’s Craft Cider

Farmgate Cider is a local, family-owned and operated craft brewery dedicated to producing high quality, small batch ciders. The venture began in 1998 when Jim and his wife Brenda purchased a plot of land off of the Mississippi River containing a single apple tree. After deconstructing, relocating, and [...]

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Recipe Roundup: Protein-Packed Hummus Spreads

Recipe Roundup: Protein-Packed Hummus Spreads

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are among the most widely produced and consumed legumes in the world. A staple in many different cuisines, they can be roasted and added to salads and curries, baked into hearty falafels, ground into gram flour, and, of course, blended into varieties of hummus. [...]

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Sisters in Business: Growing the DreamLand Cafe

Sisters in Business: Growing the DreamLand Cafe

In May of last year, sisters Coco and Marlo De Leo opened the DreamLand Cafe, a fresh pasta joint located on Laurier Ave that has since become a local breakfast and lunch spot favourite. On weekday mornings, they serve everything from baked goods and lattes to pasta dishes, Italian sodas, and their famous [...]

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“Drink Coffee, Save Cats”: The Feline Cafe Celebrates One Year

“Drink Coffee, Save Cats”: The Feline Cafe Celebrates One Year

The Feline Cafe, Ottawa’s first and only coffee shop dedicated to cat lovers, will be celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. The idea for the shop began when owner Josée Cyr realized she could create a career from her three passions: business, rescue, and coffee. A Kickstarter [...]

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Five Ways to Shake Up Your Morning Mimosa

Five Ways to Shake Up Your Morning Mimosa

Mimosas are the perfect way to celebrate the spring season, to toast an event, or to simply enjoy with your weekend brunch. They’re light, refreshing, and, best of all, easy to make at home. Traditional mimosa recipes call for equal parts sparkling wine and orange juice. When choosing a wine, [...]

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Six Ways to Top Your Morning Oatmeal

Six Ways to Top Your Morning Oatmeal

Rolled, steel-cut, or instant - however you like to eat them, oats are an easy, versatile, and nutritious way to kick off your morning. Oatmeal is made from whole oat grains that have been broken down and processed to varying degrees. A serving size, which is typically around half a cup, is packed [...]

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Naturally Green Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

Naturally Green Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

This St. Patrick’s Day, consider ditching the synthetic food dyes and opt instead for fresh, naturally green beverages. Green-coloured beer has been a St. Patrick’s Day tradition for over a century. In North America, it’s often said to originate with Dr. Thomas Curtin, who at a party [...]

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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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