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Wednesday Food + Drink Roundup

▪️La Bottega Nicastro is offering a choice of Sicilian Salmon or Beef Tenderloin in its Valentine’s meals for two, with optional add-ons like wines, desserts, and kids’ dinners. Choose whether to enjoy the meal for two on Friday February 12th or Saturday February 13th. From $120.

▪️Poutine Alert! Meatheads Grill in Orléans is offering a half price special on classic poutines today and tomorrow only (Wednesday 3 February and Thursday 4 February)! And if you’re planning a Super Bowl feast Meatheads has ribs, pulled pork, fried chicken, and wings platters plus sides like Mac n Cheese. Preorders only, and supplies are limited. (613) 424-8383

▪️If it wasn’t for JoJo’s Creameria, we wouldn’t have known that this Saturday is “National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day”. This is an idea that the ottawan is fully onboard with. JoJo’s has a breakfast waffle kit to start things off, just order and pick up on Saturday morning. $30

▪️The Valentine’s Day dinner for two from Town sounds amazing, with Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Whipped Ricotta and Bread, and a choice of Beef or Celery Wellington ($150), but it’s tomorrow night’s takeout dinner for two (Thursday 4 February) that really has us salivating: Focaccia and butter, Tuscan Bean Soup, Mushroom Arancini, house made meatballs, and olive oil cake. $85

▪️Vodka and chocolate? Yes, please. Dunrobin Distillery has fashioned a Valentine’s gift box that celebrates the local distillery’s artisanal spirits as well as the romantic greeting card occasion. The box includes 1 x 375ml Canadian Whisky, 1 x 375ml Artisinal Vodka, 2 x 50ml Dunrobin Bitters (Chocolate and Grapefruit), 4 x Chocolate Truffles, and cocktail recipe cards.

▪️Overflow Brewing’s Landlocked IPA (6.5% ABV) will be back in stock on Friday, just in time for Super Bowl weekend. Taste: honey biscuit followed by hop bitterness. Preorder now. $3.25/can. Don’t forget you can enjoy free same day delivery in Ottawa on minimum orders of 24 beers.

▪️Hans in die Hosen lager (4.4% ABV) is back in stock at Nita. Described as a “light-bodied, smooth German-style” beer, this might be the perfect sipping companion to Superbowl Sunday snacking. $3.50/ 473ml can.

▪️It’s all very mysterious over at Whiprsnapr, who promise a release on 12 February that will suit Valentine’s Day drinkers. Apparently white chocolate and strawberries are involved. Hmm.

▪️The Citizen was impressed with their Filipino food from Lola’s Kitchen

See you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ❄️ Periods of light snow. High of -1° 

Number: $500,000. The amount of money that the Montréal owner of the Dunn’s Deli trademark has won from non-official Dunn’s Deli operators. Four faux-Dunn's Delis in Ottawa had licensed their name from the daughter of the Montréal Dunn’s founder. A court has found that the daughter didn't have the right to sell the name like sausages, only the original Montréal store, owned by the founder’s grandson, could do that. [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day: Doug Williams. The Ottawa South native has been posthumously inducted into the Ontario Agriculture Hall of Fame for coining the phrase ‘Good Things Grow in Ontario’.  [Nation Valley News]

Quote: “When the ministry announced that it was going to increase the number of hours of care [in long-term care homes], we thought: There is an opportunity here” –  Henry Devlin, chief operating officer at Willis College, which is currently training 30 personal support worker students whose tuition is paid by the provincial government. Privately-owned Willis College's tuition for personal support worker training is close to double the cost at Algonquin College.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Edmonton Oilers 4 – Ottawa Senators 1 yesterday. That's okay, we're sure they will do better tomorrow against Montréal.


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⭕ Ottawa Public Health has been able to secure an extra 1,000 doses of vaccine by squeezing a sixth dose from some vials meant for five [CTV]

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⭕ Ottawa schools don't meanfully spread COVID-19, researchers find. The vast majority of students or teachers testing positive was community spread, not in the classroom. [CBC]

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▪️Businesses along the corridor from Stittsville to Carp want to get in on the City’s water supply. Even though they are within City limits, these businesses are on wells and septic systems, making it harder to create urban sprawl. Camapigners say getting in on the water system will allow more commercial strips in the rural lands. [Capital Current]

▪️ The City has turned down an option to buy back lands around the Carp Airport. The City sold the airport and surrounding lands to the current owner in 2011 and had an option to buy back some lands in 10 years. The new deal means the City reliquishes rights to the land in the future in return for $4,400,000 from the owner and a promise that the airport will operate for the next 40 years.The Carp Airport is mainly used by private pilots, skydivers, and ultralights. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The former director of policy for National Historic Sites thinks that the Château Laurier expansion design should be rejected. Gordon Bennett says the historic places guidelines state “1) make new work subordinate to the historic place; 2) new construction must not obscure or have a negative impact on character-defining forms or spatial configurations; and 3) an appropriate balance must be struck between mere imitation of existing form and pointed contrast.” He says that the design does not meet these requirements . [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Don't forget to tell the City what you think of the proposed extention The City will be discussing this on Friday, so hurry.

▪️Gatineau-based D.L. Building Materials, a major building materials supplier, has been sold to a US company. Gypsum Management and Supply, traded on the New York Stock Exchange, is the new owner. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Basketball-sized boulder were strewn across Highway 17 midway between Arnprior and Pembroke. Lined in a row from gravel to gravel across the road, at least three cars were damaged. Drivers say that this is not the first time that it has happened in the same location. (If you know where that – let's go with "unique" – Noah's Ark-themed motel is, it was just west of there.) [CTV]


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