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Congratulations to some of the Ottawa-area breweries that brought home gongs from the Canadian Brewing Awards last Saturday. 

🔻 Overflow Brewing Company
“Extra Pale Ale, Roger That”
Bronze Award, Cream Ale

🔻 Flora Hall
“Bohemian Style Pilsner”
Silver Award, European Style Lager (Pilsner)

🔻 Cassel Brewery 
Gold Award, Belgian-style Abbey Ale/ Pale Ale

🔻 Tooth and Nail Brewing Company
Bronze Award, Porter

🍽️ Ottawa Restaurant and Food News

🔻 Café Palmier (40 Chemin Scott, Chelsea, QC J9B 1R5) has a toast to rival avocado: their ricotta version features house bread, peaches, toasted nuts, and brown butter.

🔻 La Bottega, Byward Market’s Italian grocer, currently has 36 months-aged Parmigiano Reggiano in store for $10.99 per pound ($24.22 per kilo). They work with personally vetted producers, and dare us to compare this work-of-art cheese to the grocery store brands.

🔻 This week’s special at Ridge Rock Brewing Co is the Chicago-style hot dog, smothered in mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and banana peppers. $5. 421 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp K0A 1L0

🔻 We’re all for healthy eating, but sometimes the current state of the world encourages us to consume something sweet. Farinella in the Glebe has some delectable-looking pastries, available Thursday through Sunday only, for phone order and curbsite pick up.

We have our eyes trained on the Cannoli, with homemade shells, sweetened ricotta filling, and candled orange and chocolate on top. Yum.

🔻 Pumpkin is the star of the show at this time of year, and although we love a #psl as much as the next person, we adore the flavour in baked goods too. The photo of C’est Tout Bakery’s mini pumpkin cheesecakes stopped us from scrolling for at least 30 seconds.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

PS Don't forget that the nomination round for our Best of Ottawa Awards opens tomorrow.


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 24.°  

Number: Almost 25%. The number of Canadians asked in a Leger Poll who believe offcials are exaggerating COVID-19. [Ottawa Matters

Ottawans of the Day: Henry Beissel, Missy Marston, Cara Martin, Karen McBride, Sonia Saikaley, Mark Bourrie, Charlotte Gray, Amanda Jetté Knox, Beverley McLachlin, Graeme Truelove, Jean Boisjoli, Maurice Henrie, Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt, Véronique Sylvain. They are all nominees of the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards

Quote: The mentality of a beer tour is, when you’re committing to doing brewery tours, you’re committing to telling your story, being part of a culture and a scene. The [breweries] we’re favouring right now are the ones putting in the extra effort to make sure their tours are running, or the ones who need a little extra exposure” – Brad Campeau of Brew Donkey, who has cautiously restarted real life craft brewery tours. [Ottawa Matters] [Brew Donkey


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 3387 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 52 since yesterday, and 272 deaths, an increase of five since yesterday.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1014 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Cottages, dinners, family gatherings and not just student parties are the sources of new COVID-19 cases [CBC]

⭕ Parliamentary Police officer tests positive for COVID-19 [CBC]

⭕ Three more people test positive for COVID-19 at two French Catholic school board schools [CBC]

⭕ Canada/US border will stay closed until October 21  [Reuters]

🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ontario only, sorry Gatineau. 

📲 How It Works  [Apple App Store] [Google Play App Store]

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▪️New airline promises service from Ottawa to Waterloo. Pivot Airlines will fly propeller craft betwen YOW and Waterloo, and from Waterloo to Toronto, Windsor, and Montréal. Fares are promised in the $90 – $250 plus tax range. Flights will begin after regulatory approval. [Global] [Pivot Airlines]

▪️Ottawa Fire Services rescue man trapped under tractor. The 70 year-old farmer’s tractor had left the road near Kars and pinned him underneath. He was airlifted to hospital. [Ottawa Matters]

▪️Police Chief Sloly is yet to be convinced that body cameras are worthwhile. The Police Board is in the process of setting its budget for the upcoming year. The draft budget should be set by November 4 and public hearings will be November 9.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Police Board Meetings]

▪️Ottawa start-up Planetary Hydrogen has landed its first customer, local mom and pop business Shopify. The company plans to have a plant in Nova Scotia later this year to scrub carbon out of the atmosphere using electricty and sea water. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The new exhibit at the Museum of Nature, Gaia, is really cool. The massive replica of Earth, by British artist Luke Jerram, glows and rotates in the museum's atrium. [Narcity


📣 Just Announced

Tues, Oct 6, Wed, Oct 7 Canada’s Drag Race: Live at the Drive-In. RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Brooke Lynn Hytes plays host. Canada’s Drag Race winner Priyanka and finalists Scarlett BoBo and Quebec’s Rita Baga feature. $99 for two, extras $30 each. [Tickets]

🎙️ Discussion

Tonight, 7pm CBC host Alan Neal Kevin Bourne of SHIFTER Magazine, Hueso, Lia Kloud, Asuquomo, and City Fidelia have an in-depth in-depth conversation about the Ottawa music scene [CBC] [Instagram Live]

🎞️ Animation

Wed, Sept. 23 – Sun Oct. 4 2020 Ottawa International Animation Festival [Apt 613] [OIAF]


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