LIFT Delivers a True Canadian Experience

January 29, 2016 1:52 pm

All photos courtesy of Samantha Lapierre Secretly, or, maybe now, not so secretly, I fancy myself as a bit of a foodie. I am not picky and I will try anything once. So, when Ottawa Life was invited to experience LIFT Resto & Lounge’s True Canadian Experience event, I jumped […]

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The Best Restaurants in Ottawa

January 20, 2016 3:00 pm
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A dish by Tomo. Photo by Lakyn Marie Felix Photography.  We all know that Ottawans are attracted to great food, and luckily for us, it seems like great food is drawn to us as well. This city is loaded with fantastic places to grab a snack on the go or […]

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The Five Downtown Hot Chocolates You Have to Try Before Christmas

December 11, 2015 1:56 pm
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The Ministry of Coffee’s nutty Nutella hot chocolate. Photo by Samantha Lapierre. We’ve all said it, there’s nothing better than a hot chocolate on a cold day. A good cup warms you from your fingers to your toes and can provide a head-spinning sugar rush or a stomach settling heartiness. […]

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A Glimpse Into ARC the Hotel’s New Winter Menu

November 25, 2015 4:02 pm
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Photo by Eric Vance. Earlier this month ARC the Hotel celebrated their freshly-launched winter menu by treating a selection of local foodies to lunch. OLM was there and we have the low-down on what’s changed and what you have to try. What’s New The ARC Lounge menu hasn’t just changed under […]

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Find Great Food Faster at Two New Jack Astor’s

October 9, 2015 3:14 pm

With drool-worthy new menu items and enough TVs to keep you in the game until… pretty much forever, two new Jack Astor’s are now open in Ottawa. The first settled comfortably into the new Lansdowne Park development earlier this year. That location sits just a few steps away from the Redblack’s stadium, […]

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Bier Markt Ottawa: Oktoberfest Without the Airfare

September 17, 2015 4:47 pm

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndls and head to Bier Markt Ottawa for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Available from September 17 – October 4, Bier Markt Ottawa is offering an authentic Oktoberfest experience with a new, limited time only Oktoberfest menu including: • Hangover Soup – Smoked pork hock, braised cabbage, […]

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Industria Strikes a Brilliant Balance

August 20, 2015 4:36 pm
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Stepping into Industria Italian Brasserie for the new Lansdowne restaurant’s grand opening Wednesday night, I probably should have gone up to one of the hosts and asked about seating. Instead I spent a good few seconds staring at the building’s impressively looming ceiling, made up of painted-black pipes. The pipe-covered […]

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Skip the Grocery Lines with SmartKart

August 17, 2015 2:18 pm
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If you’re like me, the worst part of putting together any meal is finding that impossible-to-find ingredient at the grocery store. Whether it’s coconut milk for a curry, tahini for hummus, or an obscure brick of cheese for that French onion soup, digging through piles and getting lost in the […]

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Kayla Pongrac: Bringing Local Flavour to Life with Art and Design

August 12, 2015 10:07 am
Kayla Pongrac

Photo credit: Blair Pongrac  When you head to one of Ottawa’s top restaurants, like Ace Mercado on Clarence Street, you go for the experience. It’s not just about the great food, but also the atmosphere, smells and sounds. A lot of thought, planning and passion go into creating that atmosphere […]

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Quesada: The Taste of Success

June 17, 2015 3:11 pm
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Steff Charbonneau behind the counter at his restaurant. Order up! Quesada, the Canadian-owned and operated Mexican fast casual chain, is busy building burritos as it continues to expand. When Steff Charbonneau, a full-time Ottawa firefighter and father, tasted Quesada for the first time, the authentic flavours of Mexico captured his attention. […]

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Take a Bite

September 19, 2014 10:10 am
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One year after the opening of Café Urban at Saint Paul University, the kitchen is busier than ever. Handmade sandwiches, granola and soups are flying onto the trays of hungry students and faculty. Café Urban aims to supply the university and public with locally sourced food for breakfast, lunch and […]

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Want the Best Pizza in Ottawa? Head West to Stittsville & Kanata

June 12, 2014 2:20 pm

Horace Greeley, the nineteenth-century politician, author and proprietor of the then extremely influential New York Tribune newspaper, famously offered this sage advice: “Go west, young man.” One could argue that Greeley’s reasoning could also apply to the quest for gourmet pizza. Why you may ask? Summer is upon us and […]

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Tapas and Theatre at Teatro Café

June 3, 2014 3:04 pm

Take a walk down Wellington Street West and you will find an array of restaurants–all ready to feed a hungry stomach. So how does a new restaurant make the move to join in on the food fiesta and compete, let alone survive, in the area? Just ask Teatro Café owner […]

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Doubly Sweet: Essence Catering Wins Another Judge’s Choice Award

March 12, 2014 1:35 pm
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Essence Catering won its second consecutive Judge’s Choice Award this past weekend at the 10th Annual Carefor Chocolate Competition. The event was a fundraiser for Carefor and it was held at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre in Ottawa on March 8. Essence Catering entered the competition for the second […]

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The Zolas Valentine’s Special

February 12, 2014 12:45 pm

Available from Thursday, February 13 until Sunday, February 16, local Italian restaurant, Zolas, is giving you the opportunity to wine and dine your Valentine. You can pick up and take home a romantic four course meal for two. It includes butternut squash soup, kale/ caesar salad, baked chicken breast stuffed […]

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LUNCH: A Fresh Food Experience in the Capital

August 8, 2013 9:58 am

When you are in a rush to grab a bite between meetings, it’s nice to be able to buy something on the go. The problem: not many places in Ottawa that serve food quickly also serve it healthy. Luckily, the new LUNCH truck on Albert at Kent can offer Ottawans […]

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Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Pistachio Pesto

July 31, 2013 11:33 am
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Special to OLM: Experience a taste of local favourite Italian hotspot Zolas Restaurant—right in your own home! Chef Tony shares his coveted family recipes and culinary tips to help you prepare real Italian food for your loved ones. Zolas is located in Nepean at 2194 Robertson Road. Call (613) 721-022 […]

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