Nando’s

During my time in the Philippines, I was constantly looking for comforts from home. At one point, I scoured the aisles of every grocery store within a 15 mile radius of my hotel looking for Frank’s Hot Sauce, or even Sriracha – spending nearly a month on my journey before I hit paydirt. During that quest though, my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw Nando’s chicken sauce on the shelves. How in the heck was this stuff readily available, when I couldn’t find the other mass produced brands I was so desperately seeking?

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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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Flapjack’s

I’m not a breakfast guy by nature, most often setting on a bagel, or some hot oatmeal to get me through until lunch time. Periodically though, I’ll suddenly have the craving for a big heavy breakfast with all the standard fare; pancakes, bacon, potatoes … which is exactly where I found myself last weekend.

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Ottawa Ribfest Day 2: Bone Daddy’s

The Porkapolypse has officially taken over the downtown core. It’s mesmerizing. Yesterday, I was able to navigate the crowds with ease; as dark clouds shook an angry fist at the potential spoils of drowning in hog heaven. Today, with the sun shining, thousands of downtown workers had overtaken the Sparks Street area, making it difficult to wiggle through from booth to booth.

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