Ginza

One of the cool things about being in a giant cultural melting pot, is that we’re armed with plentiful food options. Take Pho, pho example. If you decided to hit up every Asian soup location on just Somerset alone, you’d need over a month to sample all the options. Expand that to the entire city, and there’s probably over 100 different spots. The trouble is separating the good from the bad, because bad pho often turns me off from eating it for months at a time. Thankfully, we have Ginza.

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Capital Ribfest Day 1: Bad Wolf Barbecue

Hold up – I know you’re already asking “didn’t he JUST review Ottawa Ribfest?” Absolutely – last month, Ottawa Ribfest took over the downtown area like a 1950’s magician, appearing in a puff of smoke. But, mayor Jim Watson, always in favor of heightening the Ottawa festival scene, gave the thumbs up for a second event, the Capital Ribfest, nestled on the front lawn of City Hall, snugly set between roughly 8,000,000 Pokemon Go players.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Dalessandro’s

With our weekend in Philadelphia winding down, we had one more item on our bucket list. And while Bassett’s Ice Cream, a tomato pie, or a fresh stromboli would need to wait for another trip, we were completely focused on the hoagie-centric theme of the city. Even though I’d cheated our itinerary by eating at Tony Luke’s, I wasn’t going to rest until I got a cheesesteak from Dalessandro’s.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Citizen’s Bank Park

I’ve been a baseball fan since birth. Some of my earliest memories are watching the Expos on my dad’s lap, with him getting me all riled up every time Tim Raines stepped on the field. I can remember listening to the games at our summer trailer on the radio, called by Dave Van Horne and Ken Singleton. That passion has never left me, and over the past few years I’ve made it a special point to visit at least one new ballpark every year.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Tommy DiNic’s

When most people think of the food that defines Philadelphia, you can bet the cheese steak immediately comes to mind. The “Philly Cheese Steak” can be found on every street throughout the greater Philadelphia area, as well as in every food court from all points around the United States. But, if you ask a local, they’d tell you to get a roast pork sandwich instead. And they’d likely point you to Tommy DiNic’s.

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Liverpool, New York: Heid’s

This weekend, my wife and I decided to take an impromptu road trip down to Philadelphia. We’d never visited, so feeling adventurous, we peeled off to make the 7 hour drive and enjoy a couple of days in the city of Brotherly Love. However, we needed to fuel up at the mid-way point, we made the only choice we could; stopping for dinner at an iconic Syracuse restaurant.

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Syracause, New York: Mother’s Cupboard

Following our July 4th fireworks cruise through the Thousand Islands, my wife and I found ourselves in Syracuse the following morning. Headed to the Adirondacks for a full day of bright sun and water, we needed a hearty breakfast. We were armed with plenty of convenient options, but we headed off the beaten path, towards a shanty little shack on the outskirts of the city called Mother’s Cupboard.

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Watertown, New York: Buffalo Wild Wings

Every year on the 4th of July, I head down to the USA. Even though I’m a Canadian citizen, I spend so much time in America that it’s become a second home. Independence Day is a special day, and Americans have always been exceptionally welcoming to us joining their festivities. This year, we took a fireworks boat cruise in the Thousand Island area on Uncle Sam Boat Tours, aboard the appropriately named SS Freedom. The only way this could have been any more American is if Rocky IV had somehow found its way into the evening mix.

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