By: Melanie Lloyd On a cloudy Thanksgiving weekend, I went for an impromptu food and wine shopping spree in the west end of Ottawa and in Carp. My first stop was at Around the Block Butcher Shop, about 4 blocks away from IKEA. From the selection of meat provided in this family owned store, you… Read More West-End Gourmet Shopping Spree with a Stop at KIN Vineyards
By: Melanie Lloyd For well over a decade, Jacobsons Gourmet Concept has been my favourite specialty food shop in Ottawa. Located in New Edinburgh, this store offers lots of charm and brightness. It has friendly and knowledgeable staff and offers a great selection of delectable goodies and delicacies, not to forget their outstanding cheese bar. Their… Read More Jacobsons: Bringing Friends Back to the Table
By: Melanie Lloyd Over a decade ago, while living in Hintonburg, Absinthe was one my favourite date spots. This was prior to having kids and having to plan for a sitter. Back then, Absinthe was in a garage converted into a restaurant on Holland. It was small and cozy with limited seating, friendly service, and… Read More Absinthe: An Intimate Warm Restaurant with Fantastic Food!
By: Melanie Lloyd A week and a half ago, I attended Outstanding in Their Fields, the Taste and Buy event hosted by Savvy Wine Company at Ottawa City Hall. It was an opportunity to sample Ontario wine while chatting with winemakers from across the province. Ottawa City Hall offered a perfect venue for this event. There was… Read More Exploring Ontario Wine through Savvy Wine Company
By Melanie Lloyd I recently had a lunch date at Bite Burger House, located at 108 Murray Street in downtown Ottawa. The ambiance was cozy and laid back. The service was friendly and the food was savoury and succulent. I ordered the Double Bite Me, which is a juicy double beef patty served with double… Read More Bite Burger House Makes A Tasty Burger
By Melanie Lloyd I recently had the opportunity to interview Jan-Daniel Etter of Vignoble Clos du Vully located in Navan. Jan-Daniel is passionate about winemaking, full of life, and articulate. As I was interviewing him, I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful guest he would make on any television or radio show. Listening to… Read More Interview with Jan-Daniel Etter of Clos du Vully