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Wednesday Food + Drink Roundup

Now that it’s barely a week and a half away, you can no longer ignore Mother’s Day. Don’t worry though, Ottawa’s food and drinks businesses have got you.

▪️ Dunrobin Distilleries has combined two of our favourite things in its Mother’s Day Gin & Chocolate Gift Box ($99.95), containing two bottles of Dunrobin Distilleries Gin, including the recently launched lavender coloured Earl Grey Gin. Also included are two bottles of house brand bitters and hot chocolate bombs from Neighbourhood Delights. Cocktail recipe cards will also be tucked in the package, so your Mom can get creative. $99.95 - $144.95. 

▪️ The Cupcake Lounge’s incredible Mother’s Day lineup with keep you busy making decisions. Will you buy macarons or cupcakes? Or both? Or maybe a Mango Pecan Meringue Cake (from $55)? Or perhaps you’ll deliver a sweet and savoury breakfast of scones, croissants, and conchas ($39). These guys don’t make it easy. 

▪️ If she loves ice cream (or the plant-based version) you can request that your Mother’s treat from Merry Dairy be delivered via their adorable Ice Cream Truck (for a charge of $35). Not only with the truck arrive with your order of cake, pint of ice cream, and/or ice cream sandwiches, but it will stay for a socially distanced visit of up to 10 minutes. Nice. 

▪️ The Three Tarts Mother’s Day Menu has all sorts of goodies on offer, including spring decorated shortbread cookies (6 for $12) tartlets (4 for $15), and cakelets ($5-$8). There’s also a selection of treat boxes from $14 to $18. All are available Friday May 7 to Sunday May 9.

▪️ The best self-care moments include a nice cup of tea. The tea experts at tease have created the lovely Self Care Bundle including tea, a tumbler, and a bath soak from Bathorium. $79. 

In other foodie news ...

Earlier this morning, new subscriber Ted recommended the burger and kimchi fries at Mulligans Golf Bar. We’d never heard of kimchi combined with fries, so we checked the menu and OMG: spiced pork, Japanese kewpie mayo, scallions, sriracha, sesame, and takoyaki sauce?! $14. They’re open Thursday through Sunday with delivery by @Getitlocal and UberEats. 

▪️ The Citizen was deeply impressed by the quality of sushi from Shinka Sushi Bar.

▪️ Jabberwocky bartender Shane Gifford shares his cannabis influenced cocktail recipes


Ottawa's Best Podcasts update

After we published our Ottawa's Best Podcasts list last week, readers let us know about a bunch of others. SInce we love lists, we've created a page on our website with a constantly curated collection of podcasts, featuring the most recent edition of each. Happy listening.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ Showers. High of 14, low of 5°

Number: 15. The number of nominations that Ottawa TV and radio stations received for Excellence In Broadcasting. Winners will be announced May 18.[RTDNA Canada]

Ottawan of the Day: Kevy!. The artist, according to Shifter magazine, may have released Ottawa’s best hip hop album of 2021, Soul 4 $ale.  [Shifter] [YouTube]

Quote: “You’re not going to get a walkable city if you’re sprawling at the edges” – Former chief planner for the City of Toronto Jennifer Keesmaat, who says that Ottawa is acting like a much smaller city. Keesmaat is the keynote speaker at Ottawa Next at the Board of Trade on Friday. [Ottawa Citizen] [Ottawa Next Registration]


💉 4,791,030 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 12.5 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

🆕 Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports:


😷 23,647 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 144 new cases since yesterday

♦️498 deaths, three new reports

💉 328,527 doses of vaccine have been administered (84% of doses available)

No change since yesterday


😷 11,077 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 57 new cases since yesterday

♦️193 deaths, one new report

💉 129,655 doses of vaccine have been administered


😷 4,337 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 30 new cases since Friday

♦️101 deaths, one new report

💉 55,029 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ The Chief Medical Officer of Canada says the population must be 75 per cent vaccinated with a first dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with second dose before restrictions can be lifted. A University of Calgary professor has run the numbers and he reckons that this will happen on June 28. (The Chief Medical Officer of Canada says late summer)  [Maclean’s]

⭕ Canadian Forces Base Petawawa has been hit with a ‘small’ outbreak of COVID-19. [CBC]

⭕ Why can't Canada make vaccines here? Because we sold off the labs that were capable of manufacturing them and, because of Canada's promotion of manufacturing generic drugs to keep pharmaceutical prices low, the big companies are leery of investing. Labs capable of producing pandemic vaccines in the future are currently being built. [CBC]

⭕ The company that created Nova Scotia's well regarded booking system created it here in Ottawa. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Evidence suggests that the Ontario government ignored long-term care homes and focussed on protecting hospitals at the beginning of the pandemic. [CBC]

⭕ A 54 year-old woman in Quebec has died from blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. [CTV

⭕ Dr Vera Etches has attempted to close a loophole that allowed gyms to stay open if they served disabled patrons. The 18 rules are intended to allow the gyms to provide physical therapy for disabled person who cannot receive it elsewhere but to be closed otherwise. [Ottawa Citizen] [The Order]

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▪️ Flags are at half-mast today to commerate the National Day of Mourning for workers who have died in the workplace. Today is the 30th anniversary of the commemoration. In 2019, 925 people were killed in their workplace in Canada. 55 healthcare staff and 79 workers have died of COVID-19 on the job.  [City of Ottawa

▪️ Six new lawsuits have been filed against the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the The Royal Ottawa Hospital over a convicted sex abuserBob Clarke, a Bell High School who pled guilty to sex abuse against ten students in 2019, was a patient at The Royal. The lawsuits allege that The Royal should have known about Clarke's danger to minors and acted accordingly. The Ottawa Carleton District School Board has 18 lawsuits against it seeking $40 million in compensation because of Clarke. [CBC]

▪️ The Mayfair Theatre keeps finding weird and wonderful things to sell off in a bid for cash. Today, they have old movie trailers – on 35 mm film – for sale. Frustratingly, details are still to come. [Mayfair Theatre]

▪️ Local mom and pop business Shopify saw its income rise 110 per cent over last year. In the Jan - Mar 2021 period, the company made US $1.26 billion. During the same time last year, the company lost US$31.4-million. [CityNews]

▪️ Ottawa Transit Riders, the campaigning group, wants to hear from users of ParaTranspo. It's a quick four question form and will be used for the group to lobby OC Transpo in the future. As usual, you know an issue is being taken seriously when there is a form. [Ottawa Transit Riders] [The Survey]

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