Archive | June, 2012

Events // Preston Farmer’s Market Demo

30 Jun

Come ye come ye to the Preston Farmer’s Market today at noon where I will be demoing how to make:

  • garlic scape aioli
  • Helios farm honey mustard

In lieu of my Ottawa Citizen article, I have been called to explain the ways I make my sandwiches so damn tasty. It’s all in the ingredients!


Press // Ottawa Citizen’s Favourite Sandwiches

27 Jun

Today’s the day.

This is the day The Red Apron sells the salmon sandwich that the Ottawa Citizen voted (second) best in Ottawa.

Check out this article for their review.

I am very humbled that they chose us to even review and then choose as one of their favourites.

Come in and try one yourself!

Events // Ottawa Ribfest & Oysterfest & Jam Demos

22 Jun

Back from my European travels, I happily come back to some major Ottawa foodie events.

First off – Ribfest (photos below). Sparks Street. June 20th – June 24th, 10am to 11pm

Happening every end-of-June on Sparks Street is RIBFEST. Vegetarians, beware, this is not a happy sight. Men hauling carcases out of cardboard cases, prying at them, smoking them, slathering them with corn syrup and some other mystical ingredients. The result? Your choice of chicken ($9), pulled pork ($7) and ribs ($9-$13). There are 11 competitors this year all of whom dish out their best. My boyfriend puts it best, “Just stand in the shortest line and you probably won’t be disappointed”.

Ribfest is happening until June 24th – opening daily at 11am and closing at 10pm. This draws a lot of people so try and avoid the government lunch & after work crowd as well as the dinner crowd.

Ottawa Farmer’s Market – Strawberry Jam Demo with Michael Dolce, June 24th, 11am

Buddy of mine, Michale Sunderland, with his epicness in jam making, will be demoing how to make strawberry jam along with samples. If you boycott tasteless Californian strawberries like me, it might be worth checking this out so you too can have delicious strawberry flavours all year round. Preserve the season!

Previously located at Landsdown, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is now located at Brewer Park on Bronson Ave across from Carleton.

Oysterfest – The Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster and Fish Supply 504a Kent St. Noon to 11pm

While in Scotland last week I desperately tried to find oysters. More on that later, but I finally found them – and they were amazing. I’ve had oysters from Whalesbone before but since the Scottish oysters are fresh in my mind, it might be worth checking out Whalesbone’s Oysterfest and see how they pan out. More importantly though, I’ve heard that these get quite out of hand – in a good way. With live bands, oyster shucking competitions, beer tents, etc Oysterfest is attended by a who’s who of the Ottawa restaurant scene. Tickets are available at both their Restaurant and Supply house locations.

Happy summer solstice! Ottawa has come alive!




!!!!Cross-Atlantic Breakfast Fusion!!!! // Cheddar Crepes with Michael Dolce’s Rubarb Black Pepper Jam

11 Jun

Coming over to visit my friends in Scotland, I got only one request: maple syrup. So I brought it over, Michael made Swedish pancakes, Isolde grew up in Norway eating cheddar on them and I brought her over some of Michael Dolce’s Rubarb Black Pepper jam. MMM MMM MMM!


Travel // Ballymaloe Cookery School, Ireland

9 Jun


In a quaint village on the East coast of Ireland, there is a school. This school is a family run cooking school / organic farming operation that focuses on teaching the ‘Forgotten Skills’ of cooking as well as the indigenous cultural food that is becoming popular outside of their countries of origin.

Here are a few photos of my visit there:

Tapas course with Darina Allen. She completed 23 recipes in 3 hours.. Epic!


Local pottery maker / cafe down the road from Ballymaloe

Ballymaloe goodies: chicken liver pate, soda bread, coffee, Mary Pat’s fresh caught Ballycotton (the coastal town near Ballymaloe) crab dip.


Organic farm.

Irish fairy godmother Mary Pat takes Luca and I on the town – Ballymaloe House Cafe. The Ballymaloe franchise spreads throughout the neighbouring villages like wildfire employing many locals.

Not much food porn photographed but, trust me, Ballymaloe is creating a cultural food revolution where respect for the land and for your taste buds can be married forever. Amen!