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Wednesday Resto Roundup

We woke up to snow this morning (What?!) and immediately wanted something warm in our bellies. 

▪️ The Piggy Market’s got a great winter warmer: frozen Tourtière to take home and bake in your own oven. The pies will feed four to six people and look absolutely delicious. $28.50.

▪️ Summerhays Grill on Baseline celebrated its 20th anniversary recently, an amazing achievement. Open 365 days a year until 11pm, Summerhays has a huge breakfast menu that’s served til 11:15am on weekdays, on Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:30pm, and on Sundays from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Of course, if lunch or dinner are on your mind, you’ll find them on the menu too. 1971 Baseline Road.

▪️ Centretown lunch joint Gooney’s Arepas & Sandwich Works has new “Latin Bowls” on the menu. Featuring their House Guasacaca (similar to guacamole but made with vinegar), veggies, meat (if you wish) and cheese, you can choose from bowls built by the restaurant or request your favourite toppings. Or, you could try one of their signature sandwiches, which instead of bread are constructed with a Venezuelan Arepa, a patty made of maize flour. 

Being the breakfast fiends that we are, the ottawan wants to try an “All Day Breakfast Matahambre” (an Arepa filled with eggs, Chorizo, feta cheese, and house coriander sauce). Available for takeout or delivery. 360 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa K1P 1H6.

▪️ Pure Kitchen, which won the gong for Best Vegan Restaurant in The Ottawan Best of Ottawa Awards, is offering a "Neatball Sub” meal kit for a limited time only. Each kit contains two buns, garlic “butter”, seed Parmesan, Marinara sauce, and enough tempeh neatballs for two hearty sandwiches. All you need is a knife for spreading, and a pan for heating up the neatballs and sauce. Righteous Meal Kit $22.

▪️ Beyond the Pale has released a new brew that takes the classic Pink Fuzz (which was chosen as Runner Up for Best Beer in Ottawa, in our Best of Ottawa Awards) and ages it in Chardonnay barrels, then adds some Brett Bruxellensist yeast for good measure. It sounds like a rich and flavourful seasonal beer, but there are only 800 bottles so you’d better act fast.

▪️ North & Navy has launched Cantina Gia in the Glebe, specialising in take away items – we're already sold on the sound of a porchetta sandwich with pear slices on house-made focaccia. 749 Bank Street.

▪️ Coconut Lagoon – and Best of Ottawa 2020 Award winner – chef-owner Joe Thottungal has won the gold medal from Taste Canada for his cookbook

▪️ The Citizen is pretty satisfied with Chili Chili, a new Chinese restaurant and they point out that ordering by phone is significantly cheaper than ordering online.

▪️ ‘Sippin' Santa’, a Christmas-themed tiki bar will return to the Standard Luxury Tavern on Elgin in late November. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 40 per cent chance of flurries. High of 8°  

Number:  60%. The per centage of OC Transpo bus drivers who were involved in an accident, if they were trained between 2017 and 2019. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Aileen Duncan. The youth ambassador with Ocean Wise is leading ‘Trick or Trash’ community cleanups of Strathcona Park, the Ottawa River Pathway, and at the Remic Rapids. [Ottawa Magazine] [Trick or Trash]

Quote: “It really sucks – Rockcliffe resident Justin Trudeau sums up the pandemic  [The Guardian


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard

Outaouais Public Health dashboard

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OTTAWA: There have been 6694 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 58 since yesterday, and 317 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 2288 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 24 since yesterday, and 41 deaths, one new report. 

⭕ Premier Doug Ford refuses to demote Sam Oosterhoff, an education ministry parliamentary assistant, after he was seen maskless at a 40 person party [The Guardian]

⭕ Dr Vera Etches of Ottawa Public Health says we're all doing so well – but could we please just try a little harder  [CBC]

⭕ Quebec Premier François Legault says red zone restrictions in Quebec, which includes Gatineau, may be modified for Christmas but only if cases go downward  [CBC]

⭕ While Trick-or-Treating remains banned in Ottawa, Gatineau kids can do so if the chocolate bars are in individual bags and the kids stay in their neighbourhood. But no parties.  [Ottawa Citizen]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app now works in Quebec as well as Ontario.

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▪️Franco-Ottawans worry that merging Cumberland with another ward will dilute their culture. Thirty-six per cent of Cumberlanders speak French, the most concentrated in Ottawa. The current debate over expanding or merging wards may see Cumberland merged with Osgoode, where only eleven per cent speak French. Franco-Cumberlanders say their particular requirements for language and culture will lose priority. [Capital Current]

▪️Local mom and pop business makes deal with Trump-loathed, Chinese Communist Party-linked app. Shopify has partnered with TikTok to allow merchants using Shopify's system to promote their wares on TikTok. The US Government is trying to ban TikTok in the US, which would remove 100 million members from the service. Whatever the US does, it doesn't affect Canadian TikTokers.  [CBC]

▪️The City’s Auditor-General has made their report on fraud and wastage. The AG reported that in 2019, one City employee used to go charge their electric car at the local fire station, another was denied vacation time so they called in sick and took an 800 km motorcycle trip, and others were caught stealing money or office supplies. Some other cases seem kind of petty – a employee who uses a City car went shopping while on a break, another went to a salon while in uniform, some City Hall workers had a standing card game in a board room during lunchtime.  [CTV] [Auditor General’s Report]

▪️City restaurants have until November 15 to get their winter plans in place. The City will begin inspections on the outdoor winter patios on that date. [Ottawa Matters]


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