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

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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
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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

Cheese chicken galbi @ Alirang
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Alirang: Best Korean Food in Ottawa

Featured image: Cheese Chicken Galbi @ Alirang I am extremely happy that the most popular Korean restaurant in Ottawa, Alirang, now has a second location. In the past, I would often forgo its downtown restaurant because I did not want to wait for a table during their busy dinner hours. Now I can easy walk… Continue reading Alirang: Best Korean Food in Ottawa

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Quickie Nom Noms: Gong Fu Bao – Now serving both familiar and new tastes.

Featured image: Beef brisket bao and the classic maple BBQ pork bao @ Gongfu Bao  Having had some Gongfu Bao back in their food cart days at Confederation Park, I was pretty excited to hear that their shop on Bank Street has open. The shop itself is not super big but the decor is very interesting with… Continue reading Quickie Nom Noms: Gong Fu Bao – Now serving both familiar and new tastes.