Tag: Ottawa

A Taste of Winterlude

Winterlude is Ottawa’s big, shiny, famous winter festival and if you haven’t yet been, you really should pack your bags. Each year throngs of tourists and city folk alike bundle up for three weekends in February to brave the Rideau Canal and take in the festivities. Gawking at ice sculptures, pulling tiny icicles from one’s eyelashes and warming up at a local pub or restaurant with a hot beverage are all common behaviours of the Winterlude goer.

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Castlegarth: Local Food in the Ottawa Valley

It was a crisp fall day as I made my way to White Lake, Ontario to meet with Chef Matthew Brearley of Castlegarth. This was not unfamiliar territory for me, as like Chef Brearley, I hail from this neck of the woods. They say you can’t go home again, but sometimes a journey leads you right back to where you began for a reason. For Chef Brearley and his wife Jenn, I believe that reason is the local food movement…

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Goats Milk Ice Cream from Fifthtown and Pascales

The ambrosia is actually produced by Pascale’s All Natural Ice Cream in Ottawa. Fifth Town ships them fresh chèvre cheese and goats’ milk from which owner and maker Pascale Berthiaume creates a French custard which she then churns into ice cream. If Haagen Daz is premium – this is super premium – I mean like Berthillon ice cream on the Ile-Saint-Louis in Paris. Yes, it is $5 for a tiny scoop – but it is so rich and so delicious any more would ruin a good thing.

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