Issue 615 Volume 3 Number 115
It’s Wednesday, September 21, 2022 and Faces magazine suggests that these are the five best places to jog in Ottawa this Autumn. It's a shame that we'll never find out if that's true.
The nominations for our 3rd Annual Best of Ottawa awards are open. We're looking for the best in Ottawa's food, cultural, and public service scenes – and we need you to make our nominations all encompassing.
Let us remind your of our rules: it's called the Best Of Ottawa, but your nominations can be from the city of Ottawa, la ville de Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley, or the Outaouais; we only shortlist organizations that are headquartered in this area (for example, you may love Second Cup coffee but as it's headquartered in Montréal it's ineligible for nomination); and the person, place, or thing that you're nominating must be current (don't nominate a gig you attended in 2017).
If you enter your email address, we'll do a random draw for a $100 gift card to the Ottawa business of your choice.
Food + Drink
▪️It’s the final day of summer, but you can already make plans to visit the pumpkin patch for pick-your-own good times at Ottawa Farm Fresh. The “U-Pick Pumpkins” patch is open Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Pick yours before the frost comes. 2811 Ramsayville Road, Gloucester.
▪️Alert: Beckta is now open again on Monday nights, meaning you can now book a fine dining a-la-carte or tasting menu feast six nights a week. 150 Elgin St.
▪️Birch Bark Coffee has released its Reconciliation blend, to support Orange Shirt Day 2022. Proceeds from the sale of this dark, Latin American blend will go to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. $95.94 for a 6 bag order.
▪️Ottawa Mission is hiring a Food Services Training Programme Coordinator to teach culinary skills, work one-on-one with students to manage daily issues like transportation, health care, and housing, assist students with job placements, and help the Manager of Food Services with catering events.
▪️Are you free tomorrow? Roam Flora is expecting frost tomorrow night, so this could be the final opportunity to pick your own flowers from their fields. Entry to the experience includes a floral bucket to fill with 30 stems. Bring your own floral snips and gardening gloves. 107 Mantil Side Road, off Upper Dwyer Hill Road.
▪️Ottawa Magazine says these are the best new restaurants of 2022: Le Poisson Bleu, Brassica, Aiana Restaurant Collective, Guilia, Parlour, Paper Tiger Noodle Bar, Saigon, Arlo, Harmon’s, and Cantina Gia.
Also, there are only a few days left to buy your ticket to their Ottawa Magazine Best Restaurants festival at Lansdowne Park. Tickets cost $125 and include all the food and drink you’ll enjoy at the event.
▪️The Citizen’s Peter Hum has lamented that Ottawa is full of sharwarma but so, so short of fatteh. Finding it on the menuat Tirweka on Hazeldean Road makes him very pleased indeed.
▪️Not that we're in some sort of preëxisting culinary contretemps with Ralf Joneikies at Capital Eats, but we absolutely agree that the Korean fried chicken at Kitchen Maroo on Gladstone is *chef’s kiss*.
▪️Apt 613 says Sharpfle Waffle is ‘Hintonburg’s best kept secret’. It's all about the croffle, an unholy union of croissant and waffle.
▪️The Ottawa Senators have introduced something to distract fans in the stands from will soon be happening on the ice: poutine in the team's colours of black, red, and gold. Wait, they have also introduced kettle chip and smoked meat nachos. At the ice, at our lap, we're not sure where to avoid looking now.
▪️Stittsville welcomes its first ever Buttertart Festival this Saturday. And like all sugar high heightened experiences, there will be judging: Best Traditional, Best Unique, and People’s Choice. Yes, you can buy tickets by the roll to vote on the buttertarts. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Village Square Park. Where were those jogging routes, again?
Deals of the day
Franc’s collection of cozy, Canadian-made loungewear will take you through the cooler months in style. Until September 26, get a free pair of socks with purchases of $150 or more.
Thank Montréal Fashion Week for the special prices at the Melow Workshop Sale, on now until the September 25. Snap up the summer pants and tops, or the final pieces of previous cooler weather collections.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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