wine weekend

One night when I was around 11 years old, I heard a steady knocking coming from our basement as I got ready for bed. I don’t know what spooky things I was expecting to find, but I do remember holding my breath as I tip toed down the stairs.

It was just my dad hammering some DIY-wine bottle racks together; nothing frightening (although, I guess Dad with a hammer could be a bit of a scary sight). Thus my first exposure to wine appreciation was at home—kid-Katie thought white wine was pretty tasty, but red was revolting. Am happy to report that my taste buds have evolved.

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Coffees & Curios at CC’s Corner

CC's Corner (6)In January, I asked Tristan to come with me to check out a new coffeeshop I had heard of in Richmond, in rural Ottawa. He made fun of me for suggesting a coffee spot that was more than a ten minute drive away, but he’s since become a proud member of their caffiend club and we’re both big fans of the quirky spot. I wrote about Cameron and Savannah, and their winning combination of coffee and curios at CC’s Corner over at Apt613. Continue reading

Ottawa’s First Underground Chef’s Market a Success!

Sold out and bursting at the seams with delicious creations, Ottawa’s First Underground Chef’s Market was a definite success!

Sold out -- their pupusas were popular!

Sold out — their pupusas were popular!

There was a long wait at the bar, and some confusion when lines at different vendors criss-crossed, but overall there was an excited buzz in the Ottawa Convention Centre as market-goers tasted what local chefs had to dish out. With everything from duck confit sliders to chocolate sushi on offer I didn’t get a chance to taste everything, but I put in a good effort, and what I did taste was delicious (somewhat surprisingly, my favourite discovery of the night might have been these raw organic truffles…). The vendors I spoke to were all very enthusiastic; for many of them it was their first time selling their dishes at a public event, but there were also chefs from established restaurants as well as one of my favourite street vendors on hand.
Confit pork belly, smoked bacon & a pierogi from Mitch's Pork Station -- a delicious trio.

Confit pork belly, smoked bacon & a pierogi from Mitch’s Pork Station — a delicious trio.

YumTown City's "Carpet Steak" sandwich with a deep fried oyster on good.

YumTown City’s “Carpet Steak” sandwich with a deep fried oyster on top…so good.

Chocolate sushi from Chef Tex Cuisine (with pop rocks on top!), and decadent cake truffles from Curly's Cravings

Chocolate sushi from Chef Tex Cuisine (with pop rocks on top!), and decadent cake truffles from Curly’s Cravings

The event organizers, Privé Food Thought, are already busy planning their next event: a Noodlefest on February 22nd. Check out their website and Facebook page if you want to keep up with what’s happening in the new year. If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, you can get more information and register here.

I feel like the food & drink scene in Ottawa has been getting quite a bit of hype lately, and I love it! Looking forward to tasting what’s next! xo

Stand Up for Science [Pavlova with Chocolate Cream and Ontario Fruit]

Stand up for Science Photo.fwLast spring, I wrote about the decline of science in Canada, and the frustration in the science community. That spurred the Death of Evidence rally on Parliament Hill, where scientists and concerned citizens alike gathered to protest the current situation of science in our country. The rally garnered international attention, but since then the situation has not improved.

That’s why on Monday there will be rallies across the country, urging Canadians and our government to Stand Up for Science(!). I’ll be in my lab coat on the Hill, and I’d love it if you joined me. (Practice your chanting: What do we want? Science! When do we want it? After peer review!) It doesn’t matter if you think you are a scientist or not, these issues affect all Canadians. We need evidence based decision making, not the opposite.

And now, because thoughts of science and desserts often dance around my head simultaneously, a pavlova.

Backyard bounty.

Backyard bounty.

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Local Lovin’ [Peach Tart]

Good one, Roger.

Good one, Roger.

I was thrilled to wake up on Saturday to see a super nice article about this little blog of mine on Apt613 , a great blog about all things Ottawa. With my eyes still bleary I texted my mum the link from my bed — priorities! It was so exciting and I’d like to give a big thank you to Dylan (and Apt613!) for the lovely writeup. (Thank you!!)peachtart2This weekend in Ottawa was beautiful, with long days of sunshine and weather that just begged for us to stay outside. On Saturday we picked up fresh sweet corn and peaches on the side of the road, grabbed a few Beau’s on the way home and really enjoyed some of the best of Ontarian summer bounty.
Some local love.

Some local love.

Movin' to the country gonna eat a lot of peaches...

Movin’ to the country gonna eat a lot of peaches…

After reading through several recipes for peach pies, tarts, crumbles, and cobblers, I threw this one together while the corn was on the BBQ; no bake, with a bit of a healthier twist, heavy on the fresh peaches, de-lovely. Enjoy peach season!

Truckin’ Locavore

I’m always kind of surprised at how fast the semester starts back up again. My best efforts to be “SUPER ORGANIZED” seem to fall by the wayside embarrassingly fast. With classes at 8:30am, labs at night and extra-curriculars on the side, there seems to be a lot of stuff to do before having fun in the kitchen. Bummer!

Veggie chili from Stone Soup Foodworks..delish!

Despite my disorganization, I really don’t like to buy food when I’m at school. Most of it is overpriced and under-delicious. But there are exceptions to every rule! Stone Soup Foodworks is AWESOME. They do “Slow Food. Fast.” and operate from a bright green truck (currently on campus at the University of Ottawa).  Their food is affordable, but I love it because it is just plain good all around.  They use ingredients from local and sustainable sources, the food is fresh and delicious, and they offer plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Everything I’ve tried (vegan cookies, sweet potato coconut soup, borscht, chilli, beef tacos, sandwiches, the list goes on and on) has been fantastic.

So happy to receive my Stone Soup bowl on Christmas morning!

If you work, live or hangout anywhere near the University of Ottawa campus you should definitely try your next lunch here. It’s the healthiest, yummiest and best priced food around! Stone Soup is supposed to be at Winterlude on weekends this February, too, so if you visit Ottawa during the festival make sure you’re on the lookout for a happy green truck!

Check them out!
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