• Take the Challenge!

    This month in the OSCAR article and on our blog, I challenged our customers and readers to shop & cook a week’s worth of meals for their family, using the shopping list and recipes created and posted in our blog/article.  Well to my great joy, one… Read more »

  • We Have a Winner!

    January 31, 2013 Our regular weekly client Tuula was today’s lucky winner of 2 passes to the Nordik Spa in Chelsea. ‘Wow! That’s a very happy surprise!’ Tuula replied, when we notified her. Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our Spa Inspired menus this… Read more »

  • High School

    January 2012 Last week I had the pleasure of leading a cooking workshop for a group of grade 11 and 12 students at St. Paul’s High School in Ottawa’s west end.  I had been approached by their food & nutrition teacher, Daiana Andreoli, about whether… Read more »

  • Spa Month

    I am not generally the kind of person who makes sweeping changes every January and few of the ‘resolutions’ I make stick for very long.  However, I do believe that it’s a good idea to take stock on occasion of my health, my diet, my goals and ask mysel… Read more »

  • Holiday Greetings

    December 2012 It’s been a busy fall and I haven’t had much time to blog.  As we work on our holiday specials and listen to Christmas music, I am taking a few moments to reflect on the last 12 months. Personally, it’s been a difficult year.  I lost my s… Read more »

  • Urban Element Re-cap

    October 30, 2012 Yuzu Ginger Slaw with Smoked Mackerel Earlier this month, Robin and I prepared a meal for a group of 12 people at the Urban Element.  For those who are not familiar, the Urban Element is a culinary event studio whose goal is to inspire… Read more »

  • Oh, my Yum!

    October 2012 Had a fantastic trip to Montreal this past weekend to check out a few food destinations.  One of the highlights of the trip was the Patisserie Au Kouign Amann located at 322 av. du Mont-Royal Est.  This tiny little bakery attracts crowds e… Read more »

  • Hop on the Bus III

    September 2012 All Photos Taken by the Lovely Bonnie of Findley Foto (except this one) Last weekend we held our third in the Hop on the Bus series of  tours to visit farmers and producers in our region.  We headed out on Sunday morning from our retail… Read more »

  • Chelsea Market Stew

    September 2012 I try to make a point each year to visit most of the local farmer’s markets.  Main Street and Ottawa are easy because they are in the ‘hood.  I regularly visit the Wakefield market but had not been to the Chelsea market in over a year.  … Read more »

  • The most expensive steak I ever ate!

    September 2012 This month Jo-Ann and I had the pleasure of traveling to Toronto with our good friend Carley from the Urban Element.  A former resident of Toronto who was actively involved in the Toronto food scene, Carley was the perfect guide for our… Read more »