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It’s the most appetizing day of the week: our Wednesday Food, Beer and Restaurant Roundup

▫️We missed Taco Tuesday last night so we feel a visit to El Camino at 380 Elgin is in order. We'll start with something simple like chips and guacamole, and move on to a couple of crispy chorizo tacos and maybe some fish tacos too. Naturally we’ll finish with churros, and we'll wash down the whole shebang with some El Camino lager. Yum. [El Camino]

▫️Overflow Brewing Company’s menu continues to be brought to you by Matings Barbecue. Tonight's special includes Chicken Wings in a range of Maple, Buffalo, and Korean BBQ sauce flavourings. We want to try all three, accompanied by Overflow Rearview Pilsner. [Overflow Beer]

▫️Trattoria Caffé Italia has also reopened at 254 Preston Street, albeit with new, physical distancing policies in place. You can also still order their Take-Out Dinner Bundles for Two or Four (including starters, mains, desserts, and wine), or have their Italian faves delivered by Uber Eats. [Tattoria]

▫️In our favourite feel good story of the day, Arlo has offered up part of its patio at 340 Somerset St W to Corner Peach this Thursday, July 30th. No reservations, just show up after 5:00pm. Corner Peach is promising a full menu featuring lots of customer favourites like Beef Tartare. Meanwhile, Arlo has been offered the kitchen at Bar Lupulus for prep. Nice! [CBC]

+ Related The Citizen published a positive review of Arlo just today

▫️Just a quick reminder about restaurant dining. Dr. Theresa Tam urges caution when visiting reopened businesses, and she recommends that we continue to proceed “slowly and carefully as we live through the next phases of this pandemic.” [Dr Theresa Tam]

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ 60% chance of showers. High of 27°.

Number: 33rd. Where Ottawa is in a list of 65 world cities for the cost of parking. In Canada, Montréal is the most expensive, followed by Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver.  [CTV

Ottawan of the Day:  Aimee Edgcumbek, who was disappointed the 157th Carp Fair was cancelled. The photographer will run mini-family photosessions on the grounds of the Carp Fairground as a fundraiser for the fest. 50 per of the fee will go to support the Carp Fair, the other 50 per cent will be used to buy items from Carp businesses and raffled off. [West Carleton Online]

Quote: Lyme isn’t going anywhere; the ticks are out and it’s important for people to be on the lookout. And the symptoms are similar; we used to call Lyme disease “the summertime flu” because of the flu-like symptoms — but those, of course, overlap with COVID-19” – Dr. Manisha Kulkarni, epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa  [Ottawa Magazine


 There have been 2468 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 25 since yesterday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa, one new death reported yesterday, the first in over a month.

⭕ "We're just on that knife edge" says senior scientist with the Ottawa Hospital over questions on a second wave or COVID-19 receding [CBC]

⭕ Toronto, Peel Region to join Stage 3 Friday.  Windsor-Essex still in Stage 2. [Ottawa Matters]

⭕ Five of the latest cases are under 10, 16 are under 30 [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Remember the woman who drove into the Ottawa River and was rescued by a neighbour who happened to be the Ottawa Fire Chief? This transcript of the June 21 911 call is fascinating: she wasn't from Ottawa, so she couldn't say where she was; her window would not roll down; and she didn't have anything to break it. She made it out safely, thanks to Sector Chief Bill Bell, but, yikes!  [Indo Canadian Voice]

▪️Netflix, Crave, Shopify? The local mom and pop business launches its TV programme, I, Quit, is a kind of reverse The Apprentice, in that the panelists try to help three entrepreneurs with their business ideas rather than humiliate them. The Shopify Studios production begins on the Discovery Channel August 18  [Ottawa Business Journal]

+ Related Shopify sales double during the March - May period

▪️Inmates at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre have ended their hunger strike. The inmates had ended a June hunger strike after reaching an agreement with officials for healthier food, COVID-19 safety items, and increased access to reading materials and television. This time, strikers said the previous agreement was not being honoured. [Toronto Star]



▫️Bluesfest @ The Drive-In has added a fifth date, adding Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, BlakDenim, Eli Rose, Marie-Clo, Moscow Apartment on August 9. Up to 500 cars can view the show at Place des Festivals in Gatineau. [Bluesfest]

+ Related “How Ottawa's BLAKDENIM Recruited DMC for New Banger "Sharks”


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