Wednesday Food + Drink Roundup: Best of Easter Dining
▪️ The Piggy Market is taking pre-orders for Easter Dinner ham, lamb, turkey, and porchetta as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, and a fully prepared Easter Dinner of honey mustard ham and trimmings. They also have a steady supply of Hot Cross Buns.
▪️ Thyme & Again’s Easter Menu features full dinners for one (from $22) or four people (from $75) including main, veggies, and dessert, as well as a selection of sweets, like locally made chocolate bunnies. They also have some cute activity kits for the kids.
▪️ NeXT is offering a choice of Easter Brunch or Dinner for two to enjoy at the restaurant or to take out. If you choose the latter, you’ll pick up your takeout box on Saturday April 3, and view a video of chef Michael Blackie walking you through the process of preparing the meal at home. The brunch box will include a colour printed menu, kitchen and dining room set up notes, beverages, and hot and cold food (including chocolate Easter treats). $120 per kit for two people.
▪️ The Easter feast for two from Das Lokol includes soup, appetizer, and your choice of rack of lamb, chicken breast, or cauliflower steak, veggies, and dessert for $120. Order by April 1 and pickup on Saturday April 3 or Sunday April 4. Call (613) 695-1688 to place your order.
▪️ Cooking dinner at home? Craft butcher Wellington Butchery has bone-in legs of lamb ($58), boneless pork shoulder (from $13), grass-fed chicken (from $8.80), plus mains to reheat at home.
▪️ If the Easter egg hunt didn’t satisfy your sweet craving, you’d better bring in the donuts. Mavericks' Easter selection celebrates the spring and the holiday with a range of pastel coloured donuts in flavours like Chocolate Mint, Blueberry White Chocolate, Chocolate Coconut, and Lemon Blueberry.
▪️Nothing to do with Easter but Starbucks has a buy-one-get-one-free drink deal until March 29. Complete the form and they'll give you a code that you can use at any location.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ?️ 60 per cent chance of showers. High of 14°, low of 11°
Number: 3. The number of ice surfaces that will be lost later this year when owner Minto Skating Centre closes them after a dispute with the City over property tax [Ottawa Citizen]
Quote: “People took the money that they would have typically spent on travel and vacations and invested in their backyards” – Hot tub purveyor André Grzela, owner of Beachcomber Orleans, on the one year wait for people to receive hot tubs [Faces Magazine]
1,603,699 doses have been administered in Ontario
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There have been 16,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 64 since yesterday, and 457 deaths, one new report.
? 92,293 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.
There have been 6,967 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 50 since yesterday, and 171 deaths, no new reports.
? 28,162 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais
There have been 3156 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 69 deaths, no new reports.
? 19,443 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.
⭕ The City has opened a new temporary clinic and expanded another to compensate for the Province over booking vaccinations. The Provincial system double-booked around 3,000 people over the next few days. [City of Ottawa]
⭕ Rising cases may move the Outaouais and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit from orange to red this week. [CBC]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ Former CJOH weatherman J.J. Clarke has been charged with criminal harrassment. The 66 year-old is alleged to have stalked, threatened and harassed an Ottawa Valley woman. Clarke retired from the TV station last May. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ The Ottawa Carleton District School Board started consultations with students and parents yesterday over police officers in school. The online meetings, divided into communities, will continue until April. The question asked is, what is the value of having police officers in schools and does their presence cause stress and fear among students, especially in the Black and Indigenous communities? [CBC] [The Consultations]
▪️ If you move to Carleton Place, you can finally get those backyard chickens that you have been dreaming of. The Town Council has approved the home keeping of the creatures. Roosters, however, are still banned so keep your cell phone alarm clock. [CityNews]
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