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active 2010 Mar 7 · joined 2008 Feb 10 · 108 votes cast

Thanks for stopping by for a chat… can I offer you a glass of wine, or a cold beer?

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I’ve never thought of myself as a “foodie” by the usual definition. What I am is one who loves the socialization of food, be it a family dinner at home, a night at the pub, or a celebration of food & wine and friends at a first-class restaurant.

The-man-in-my-life (in my posts, referred to as “The Man”) isn’t even close to being what one would consider a food-snob, LOL… but he knows what he likes and doesn’t like. And when it comes to eating out, he enjoys a tasty meal with good service and appropriate atmosphere. For us these are the 3 pillars of a good experience, whether we are at a local pub to watch a hockey game, chowing down on authentic street food or dining at a 5 star restaurant.

As is the case with food, our interest in wine is similar. “The Man” however has a more discerning palate, while I am the one who has a more academic interest. I enjoy gathering information from various sources such as cookbooks, wine journals, on-line sites (such as this one) and hands-on in the kitchen or classroom.

Since we met, food has been a shared adventure. We enjoy the Ottawa Food & Wine Show, Prince Edward County Taste, Niagara Wine Country and eating out at a variety of establishments on a regular basis. We hope in the not to distant future that we will be able to travel and take in the wine regions in Italy, France and California (and maybe even someday the new world regions in the Southern Hemisphere).

I look forward to reading and learning (as well as sharing) with you all in the months to come.

Cheers !

REMINDERS
DiRIENZO - Olives etc.
FARM BOY - Salad Dressings
LOEB / METRO - AirMiles?
CARP MARKET - Back 40 Artisan Cheese
DINNER BY DESIGN - GOURMET TO GO - DINNER ESSENTIALS

CYRANNOS - Bartending
NEW EDINBURGH - Eats
PARLIAMENT PUB - Lunch & Patio
AUX PETIT'S LUTINS (AYLMER) - Breakfast Patio
FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAURIER - Afternoon Tea
ZOLA's - Restaurant?
LA FAVORITA - Others
CHEZ LUCIEN - Others & Hockey
SWISS CHALET - Ribs
OTTAWA FOODIES WINE TASTING (May)
CHINESE COOKING STUDIO

DUNROBIN - Heart & Soul Cafe - Constance Lake Lodge
CONSTANCE BAY - La Osteria
CARP - Carp Bakery - Cheshire Cat
ALMONTE - Ironworks Pub - Fitzgerald's
WILNO - Wilno Tavern
EGANVILLE - Granary
PERTH - Foodsmiths - Hungry Planet - Fiddleheads
MABERLY - Fall River Pub & Grill
BURNSTOWN - Castlegrath
METCALFE - Tea Biscuit Cafe
OSGOODE - Red Dot - Sweet Peas Pantry
MANOTICK - Kellys Landing - Nicky Ds - Paesanos
OXFORD MILLS - Brigadoon
MERRICKVILLE - Sam Jakes - Goose & Gridiron - Serendipity
PAKENHAM - Scoops (Ice Cream)
LANARK - Balderson Cheese - Village Treats
WAKEFIELD - Pot au Feu
CHELSEA - Les Fougeres - Soup'Herbe

PE COUNTY - Black River Cheese Factory (Soft Serve Ice Cream)
Slickers Ice Cream (Toasted Marshmallow)
KINGSTON - Reid's Dairy (DQ comparisson)
TORONTO - Canoe
NIAGARA - The Pie Plate (lunch @ Virgil) - Irish Harp Pub (King Street, N-O-t-L),
- Epicurean Bistro ($ 12 corkage or mark-up max. - Main Street, N-O-t-L)
MONTREAL - Magnan (tavern) - Schwartz's Deli - St Viateur Bagel - Moishe's
- Hotel Neligan (Bar / Rooftop Lounge) - Modavie (Old Montreal with Jazz)

OPRAH's SANDWICHES - Lobster Grilled Cheese (Briccos - Hartford, Conn)
BBQ Chopped Pork (Allen & Sons - Chapel Hill, NC)
Catfish Sloppy Joe (Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas)
Chicken Parmesan (Perilla - Greenwich Village, NYC)
Grilled Cheese (Cafe Muse - Royal Oak, Michigan)
Boisterous Brisket (Zingermans Deli - Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Tuna Melt (Duckfat Restaurant - Portland, Maine)
Jibarito "Little Hillbilly" (Borinquens - Chicago)
Monte Crisco (Canters Deli - LA, California)
Reggie Deluxe (Pine State Biscuits - Portland, OR)
Reuben (Jimmy & Drews Deli - Boulder, Colorado)

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Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal & West Island, Laurentians, Lake Placid, Watertown

09-04-22

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2011 Aug 16 UNREAD
Forget Alexandria and Big Luke's. Go to Knox Fine Dining in the hamlet of Moose Creek and enjoy.

2011 Jul 5 UNREAD
Hi F&T. Just wanted to leave you a travel recommendation: The Host in Toronto (14 Prince Arthur). Amazing Indian food (so good we went back two days in a row!). Visited July 2011. Cheers!

2010 Jul 28 UNREAD
Food & Think, can you add an entry into the travel wiki for me? I had a fabulous dinner at Petite in Calgary, AB.

Thanks!

2009 Jun 23
Re: digitalman and his review on the old fish market: the least he could do is spell Ottawa (Ottowa) right, no?!

2009 Mar 3
Hi Food&Think - I missed your comments about adding my Toronto restaurant review to the OF Travel Wiki. Sure, please help add the entries for me. Much appreciated.


2008 Oct 29
Hi Food & Think - thanks for the welcome to the Ottawa Foodies forum. I didn't realize that there was a thread on my chocolate business (yes, Zym was referring to me!) - how cool! I'm running the business out of my home right by the Parkdale Market until I find a location that works. :)

Cheers!
Lori


2008 Sep 28
I see you added our us to your places "To Try". Just want to say that I can't wait for you to come out, and after reading your profile, I'm sure this will be the type of place you enjoy eating at. You probably hear that all the time though...lol.
Cheers

2008 Sep 18
F&T I like your recent reviews on Perth restaurants! I grew up there and my parents still have a place on Otty Lake.

Some other local hotspots you should check out - Fiddleheads, Hungry Planet, and Skye Dragon.

2008 Jul 14
Hey F&T,

The previous oversight has been rectified. Wine is now on the list ;)


2008 Jun 17
Hi Food&Think,

Yes my avatar is in fact the Swedish Chef and in this shot he is making spaghetti - my favourite chef making my favourite dish! Thanks for noticing...

Pasta Lover

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