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Now that Ottawa’s emerged from lockdown (for now) we can book evenings out at our extensive selection of pubs, restaurants, and diners. Please continue to support local, whether you dine in, take out, or have your order delivered. Ottawa’s businesses thank you.

▪️Deacon Brodies whisky bar’s new hours mean you never have to go without your favourite single malt, burgers, and other pub favourites. Now open seven days a week, there’s indoor dining, live music with no cover charge on Thursday and Friday nights, and the weekend brunch menu includes $5 Mimosas. 247 Elgin Street. 

▪️The taproom at Whiprsnapr will reopen this Friday February 19, from 11:00am to 9:00pm and from then will be open every Wednesday to Sunday for indoor dining. Ishina Distinguished Indian Cuisine supplies the food as always, whether you eat in or order for take away. 14 Bexley Place, Unit 106.

▪️Merry Dairy announced the return of Trash Panda, a glorious concoction of cookies, raspberry swirl, malted swirl, chocolate covered pretzels, and vanilla ice cream. Available by the pint right now ($9.00), a vegan version is coming later this week. To really celebrate the urban critter, you can get Trash Panda beanies, toques, and patches to sew on your favourite garment (from $5). Pick  up in person (102 Fairmont Ave) or find out if delivery is available to your area.

▪️Brew Revolution is now available at The Beer Store, joining many other Ottawa breweries, and giving us all even more opportunity to enjoy their fine craft beers.

▪️Based in Pembroke, Two Hawks Brewing donates a portion of all their sales to the V-42 Foundation, a charity that supports members and families of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

▪️Meatings BBQ, has reopened its dining area and will welcome you Monday to Thursday, 11:00 -7:00pm, and Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm. If you can’t get to their Orléans location at 5380 Canotek Road, you’ll also find them at the taprooms of Broadhead Beer (1680 Vimont Court, Orléans) and Overflow Brewing (2477 Kaladar Ave).

+ Related The Citizen just checked out Meatings and was quite pleased

▪️While the Moonroom has decided not to reopen the cocktail bar yet, the team has put together an amazing Bourbon Treasure Chest, a kit packed with the fixings to make four each of three bourbon-based cocktails. $125. Not a bourbon fan? There are other cocktail kits to enjoy at home. The Winter Negroni is perfect for the gin enthusiast, and includes enough Berto Gin, Punt e Mes Vermouth, Campari, and thyme to make eight to nine cocktails. $90
Pickup is available on Friday (February 19) from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
DM to place an order.

▪️Gatineau will allow 30 food trucks on the streets this summer, as opposed to two last year and none before that. The Gatineau food scene is wonderful and follows different trends than Ottawa – we're looking forward to what is put on the road.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of -6° 

Number: $123.9 million. The profit, in US dollars, that local mom and pop business Shopify earned in the period Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2020.  [Ottawa Business Journa]

Ottawan of the Day: Chef’s Paradise. The family-owned kitchen supply store is fundraising for The Royal by presenting an online cooking class this Saturday. The planned menu is a crab timbale with avocado lemon mousse and za’atar chips. On the agenda for a future date: The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich. [Ottawa Citizen] [Chef's Paradise]

Quote: “Even when they are historically bad they are still entertaining as hell” –  Andrew Steele-Davis on the Sens ‘truly bonkers chain of events in Toronto against the Maple Leafs’ [Puck Prose]


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There have been 14,038 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 31 since yesterday, and 434 deaths, one new report.


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There have been 6065 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine since yesterday, and 157 deaths, no new reports.


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There have been 2655 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 20 since yesterday, and 64 deaths, one new report.

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.

⭕ Gatineau joins Ottawa in the Orange Zone on Monday. Restaurants and gyms can reopen with limited seating. The evening curfew will be moved to 9:30 pm. [CTV]

⭕ The Minister of Education wants all large school boards to test two per cent of its students each week. [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa does not have enough vaccine to start dosing 80 year-olds. [CTV]

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▪️You know how you can tap your credit or debit card anywhere? You can now do it at a single station on the O Train as of today. The City is awfully proud of this announcement, which allows riders to do something every single store and fast food joint has been able to do for years. And it's only at the Rideau Station. [City of Ottawa

▪️Shepherds of Good Hope want to expand their ByWard Market shelter but some neighbours are complaining. The Shepherds want to create supportive housing for 48 people who have moved past homelessness. The project would include communal dining and staff to work with residents on mental health and problems with addiction. Neighbours complain that homeless services are being concentrated in the area. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson will wait to take advice from police chief Peter Sloly on whether or not the City should ban handguns. New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to allow cities to ban handguns in their jurisdiictions. [Ottawa Citizen


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