Fiazza Fresh Fired

The Ottawa culinary scene has undergone a sweeping change in recent years, and as a food blogger, I couldn’t be happier. It’s not that I don’t appreciate poutine and shawarma, but there had reached a point when literally every non-fast food entity that was opening its doors was limited to one of those two items as its staple, and it was getting a little tiring.

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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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Golden Fries

If you’ve ever spent any amount of time in the Ottawa area, you’ve likely come across poutine trucks. They’re impossible to avoid, taking up nearly every street corner in the downtown core, as well as settling in grocery store parking lots all around the city. The combination of cheese curd and gravy has a stranglehold on our population, and as its popularity has spread onto social media, I’ve even seen poutine available at State Fairs throughout the United States. It won’t be long before it becomes a global phenomenon. Donald Trump’s wall is likely to be built out of poutine, and given its density and resistance, it would make for a mighty fine structure.

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Nacho Cartel

I recently became aware of Nacho Cartel, one of the many new spots that have emerged onto Ottawa’s burgeoning food truck scene. Unlike many of their contemporaries, their truck is completely stationary, located just outside St. Joseph’s Parish at 200 Wilbrod, near the University of Ottawa.

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