Canada, Home cooking, Tips

Meal Kit Delivery Comparison: Chefs Plate vs. Goodfood vs. HelloFresh (Updated October 2019)

Note: This is an update on a previous post from 2018. Updated information has been italicized. As much as I would love to eat out all the time to try all the nom noms in town, we try to cook at home most days of the week. It can get very difficult and tedious at… Continue reading Meal Kit Delivery Comparison: Chefs Plate vs. Goodfood vs. HelloFresh (Updated October 2019)

Special occasion, Tapas

Citizen: A Lovely Night Out with Friend

The other night, we met up with some fellow food-loving friends for an evening of catching up. We decided to try Citizen. Aaron was the only one who has been to this restaurant before and he quite enjoyed his last experience. At that time, they had a guest chef, so the menu was very different.… Continue reading Citizen: A Lovely Night Out with Friend

Canada, Home cooking, Tips, Wellness

Red Apron: Gourmet Fresh Meal Delivery

Some weeks, we know we will be so busy that we will not have time to cook. Even meal delivery kits (where all our meal planning and grocery shopping is done for us) seem too much. Instead of relying on traditional fast food delivery or take-out, we opt for Red Apron during these weeks. Ordering… Continue reading Red Apron: Gourmet Fresh Meal Delivery

Brunch

Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner: My Favourite Brunch in Ottawa

If I must pick a favourite place for brunch in Ottawa, it will have to be Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner. We used to come here all the time I few years ago when it was still unknown and it was quite easy to get a table even on the weekend. It has since become so popular… Continue reading Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner: My Favourite Brunch in Ottawa

Bar Food, Canada, Japanese, Tapas

Kuidaore: Cute Izakaya in Ottawa

We felt like going to a Japanese Izayaka so we headed over to Kuidaore for some TGIF food and drinks one night. Apparently kuidaore (食い倒れ) in Japanese means “to eat one's self into ruin”1. Location/Ambience It was quite busy on a Friday night but we were able to get a table for 2 with minimal wait.… Continue reading Kuidaore: Cute Izakaya in Ottawa

Middle Eastern, Quickie Nom Nom

Quickie Nom Nom: Shawarma Palace – The Best Shawarma in Ottawa

If you’ve ever been to Ottawa, you would have noticed the abundance of Shawarma shops. There seems to be so many options, so which is the best? The consensus amongst my friends and I is that Shawarma Palace is the one to go to. There are a few locations and we’ve tried the Bank (South… Continue reading Quickie Nom Nom: Shawarma Palace – The Best Shawarma in Ottawa

Business Lounge @ Via Rail in Ottawa
Canada, kingston, Tips

Business Class on Via Rail: Ottawa – Kingston

I had to travel to Kingston for work recently and was booked on Business Class, so it provided me with the opportunity to blog about my experience. I am generally a huge fan of travelling by train. There are no security lines, the seats are more spacious, there is free wifi (albeit spotty) and I… Continue reading Business Class on Via Rail: Ottawa – Kingston

Seafood pasta @ Mati
Greek, Italian, Seafood, Special occasion

Mati: a Surf and Turf Extravaganza

We recently had the opportunity to check out Mati, a relatively new Greek/Italian restaurant on Preston Street replacing the previous Black Cat Bistro. Location/Ambience The location is excellent, right in the middle of the busy Preston Street. Parking can be found along the main or side streets. The ambience is very modern and chic. There… Continue reading Mati: a Surf and Turf Extravaganza

Canada, Wellness

An Oasis in Chelsea, Quebec: Nordik Spa-Nature

Winters can be (really, REALLY) long in Ottawa, so we try to break this up by heading over to Spa Nordik close-by in Chelsea, Quebec at least once a year to relax and recover. It is only a 30-minute drive away and it is as if we are in a different world. The Nordik Group… Continue reading An Oasis in Chelsea, Quebec: Nordik Spa-Nature