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Before we get to our usual Wednesday restaurant roundup, let us give a moment’s thanks to those selfless souls who take the time to host virtual cocktail hours. Here are some of our faves:

▫️Hollywood director Paul Feig (Freaks & Geeks, Bridesmaids, Last Christmas) comes across as tinseltown’s nicest if most frantic guy, and with his incredible collection of suits, he’s a tidy dresser, too. His 100+ series of cocktails accomplishes a number of things: 1. He teaches us how to make fun cocktails like The Pink Squirrel, Squeaky Doors, and the great Canadian Cherry 2. He publicizes American charities that need donations 3. He shows us how fun marriage can be, when his wife drops by to enjoy the tipple 4. He promotes his own line of gin, Artingstall (which is available at LCBO, btw). He also dances like a demon around his home bar before, after, and sometimes during the cocktail class. [Instagram]

▫️Ottawa food blog Taste and Tipple writes about the city’s food and drink scene, and her Instagram virtual happy hours have been a funny respite from pandemic worries. She drops cheerful F-bombs with abandon and a smile, and as she agitates her cocktail shaker she decries the deplorable behaviour of Ottawa’s Tinder men (her Tourism Ottawa video idea to draw more desirable men to our Nation’s Capital is inspired). [Instagram]

▫️Lamp Post Cheese’s YouTube channel has three subscribers. It could be because his virtual cocktail hour doesn’t actually involve making cocktails. Instead, he recommends cocktails and other tipples to enjoy with cheese. So if you can get someone to make your cocktail for you, and you love cheese, this is the channel for you. [YouTube]


Ontario Festival of Small Halls

▫️Since 2014, each fall the community-focused Ontario Festival of Small Hall combines concerts in small town venues across Eastern Ontario with intimate food events. 2020’s festival is obviously going to be a bit different, since it’s not exactly safe to pack a group of strangers together into a small concert hall. Thus, the 2020 incarnation of the festival is taking place over three September weekends at the NAC’s 1 Elgin patio. Musical accompaniment will be provided by local legends including Dueling Pianos, Rebecca Noelle, and HOROJO Trio, all of whom will be entertaining the diners from a floating stage on the Rideau Canal. Book fast; September 11-12 is already sold out. [Festival of Small Halls]

Takeout Wednesday

▫️Das Lokal Kitchen Bar’s patio is open. We’re planning a weekend visit because their brunch menu has waffle BLTs and if that doesn’t sound divine, we don’t know divine. If you’re more patient than us you could order takeout from them tonight. With the cooler breeze in the air it feels like a charcuterie night, perhaps followed by the aforementioned BLT. Even better: they use Love Local Delivery, so they keep more money from your order. #supportlocalbusiness. [Das Local Kitchen Bar]

▫️Newly opened asian-fusion spot Maroo, at 710 Gladstone Ave, specializes in Korean Fried Chicken, and offer a full chicken for $32, with pickled radish and one sauce, as well as one drink. Delivery is via UberEats, or you can eat in or takeout. [Uber Eats]

▫️Alya’s Social Kitchen in Little Italy puts Persian and Mediterranean twists on old favourites. Their Mediterranean Nachos feature pita chips, mozzarella, feta, kalamata olives, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, onions and a green tahini drizzle; and their poutine includes hallmoumi, pomegranate, and lamb gravy. Yum. Available to dine in or take it out. 338 Preston St. [Alya's Social Kitchen]

▫️The founder of Wes’ Chips in Arnprior has died. Although Wesley Dodds sold the business 30 years ago, the ottawan regards Wes‘ Chips the gold standard of chip trucks. [CTV]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌥️ Mainly cloudy. High of 22°. Dropping to 8° tonight!

Number: 2000. The number of kilometres that Canoe4COVID is travelling. Starting in Thunder Bay, the voyageurs estimate that they will arrive in Ottawa August 27. Money raised will go to Food Banks Canada.  [Renfrew Today] [Donations Page]

Ottawan of the Day:  Manock Lual, founder and CEO of Prezdential Basketball. Prezdential Basketball provides provides basketball lessons and foundational life skills to Ottawa youth. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Quote: [T]here's a certain group that are collecting ODSP that have part-time jobs, and if they keep the CERB going and their part-time job, they're actually up a few hundred dollars — not down. But I understand people are struggling, I get it – Premier Doug Ford on cutting $100 from Ontario's Disability Support Program and clawing back CERB.  [CFRA]


For up-to-date info, view the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard

 There have been 2728 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 265 deaths in Ottawa, an increase of one since yesterday.

⭕ Quebec won't allow schools to mandate wearing masks [CBC]

⭕ Bus union says increase in OC Transpo drivers testing positive for COVID-19 is because passengers are going maskless [Ottawa Matters]

⭕ Ottawa Public Health clarifies their COVID-in-schools policy. If one student or teacher tests positive, the contacts would be traced and students and staff notified. If two people test positive, the public will be notified. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️ City Council now has a sixth option to update the ward boundaries. Because suburban areas are growing fast, some wards are much larger than other wards, making some people's votes worth more than others. But council didn't like the first five options. The sixth option squeezes in a new ward, adjusts the sizes of fourteen wards, and leaves nine alone.  [Ottawa Citizen] [City Boundary Review]

▪️Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is unsure about sending his kids back to school. Trudeau's kids attend a French-language school in Ottawa. [Ottawa Matters]

+ Related 700 Ottawa Carleton School District teachers need accomodation

▪️CTV has a handy guide on where to buy masks for children locally [CTV]


▪️Drive In at the Metro The new Metro on Eagleson Road (opening Aug 20) is in the drive-in business now. Admission and snacks for four people are free. Reservations required.

Friday Aug 21, 9:30 pm: Onward
Friday Aug 21 11:30 pm: The Lion King
Saturday Aug 22, 9:30 pm: Onward
Saturday Aug 22, 11:30 pm: The Lion King  [Eventbrite]

▪️Saturday – 7 pm Graven with Tom Thompson on Kirby's Lawn Kirby, who has a nice yard, is playing host to 20 well-spaced patrons at her place in Vanier to listen to singer-songwriter Graven. BYOB.  [Eventbrite]


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