I hadn’t been to Ottawa since August so I was really due for a trip and timed it beautifully to coincide with Winterlude.
I took Via Rail to get there, which is always a great way to travel for two reasons: 1. to avoid weather problems 1. to avoid traffic problems. #smart move
As always, I kept busy. Seeing as I didn’t have a car I was limited to how much I could run around but I still managed to discover a few new spots! (Thanks to my friend who drove me around on Saturday)
- Maverick’s Donuts: This cute little spot located at 1500 Bank St. offers an array of fun donut options. I scooped up half a dozen to take back to my moms as I was having a few people over on Saturday night and they were a hit.
Maverick’s Donuts is in the same plaza as Farm Boy so it made sense to pop in and do some grocery shopping. Each and every time I visit this store, I’m impressed. Naturally I picked up some fresh curds from St.- Albert Cheese Co-op.
2. Citizen: This new restaurant (207 Gilmour) is brought to you by the same people at Town. I got there early to grab a seat which was a brilliant move as it quickly filled up. The menu offers a lot of vegetarian options and my friend and I had no problem ordering three veggie dishes. (Charred Broccoli, Roasted Squash and Radicchio Salad, and the Five Leave Salad). Each and every dish was a winner.
4 Somehow I managed to squeeze in a quick visit to La Noodle (179 George St) which is Ottawa’s first hand- pulled noodle restaurant. I will be back for more!
I also managed to visit the Ottawa Farmers’ Market which is always one of my favourite activities to do in Ottawa.
Naturally the highlight of my trip was a visit to the Rideau Canal to put on my skates and spend $3 on my childhood treat (maple syrup on a stick). I briefly roamed around to see the beautiful ice sculptures and despite the snow that was falling heavily, I was a happy camper.
As always, I’m looking forward to my next trip to Ottawa which will be to visit the Tulip Festival (May 12 to 22). Please click here to learn more about Ottawa Tourism.
Last week I had the chance to test drive a Hyundai Sante Fe XL and this week I had the chance to test drive a Hyundai Tucson. Can you see how happy I am to be driving a red car! Besides the colour, I seriously enjoyed this car as well. It was great on gas, had a spacious trunk and it was a pleasure to drive. Not too big..Not to small…It was “just the right” size.
What I really enjoyed the most was the extendable visor. I don’t know why every car doesn’t have this feature!
Naturally I wanted to go on a road trip with my (red) Hyundai Tucson, so I decided to visit Ottawa to see my parents and to visit the Tulip Festival. What a great decision. I simply could not stop snapping photos of the tulips. Here’s a few of my favorites.
I also had the chance to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature. This museum was one of my favorites as a kid and it’s still one of my favorite museums as an adult. I love the building itself, the layout of the museum and all the exhibits too. Please put this museum on your radar!
It was also a treat to stay at the Albert at Bay Suite and Hotel. Not only is it centrally located but it has a FULL KITCHEN and a full LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM. I absolutely love this hotel and have been a fan for decades!
As you can see…Road Trip #2 was a success. Stay tuned for Road Trip #3 and more Hyundai adventures.
For more information:
Canadian Museum of Nature 240 McLeod St 1 613 566 4700
Albert at Bay Suite Hotel 435 Albert St. 1 800 267 6644
Disclosure; I’m part of a Hyundai Ambassador program, however all my opinions are my own. Please follow my tweets; #HyundaiDriveSquad
Here’s a list of upcoming events on my radar for the next six weeks! Thought I might share some of them with you BEFORE I go, rather than blog about them afterwards! Here we go…
1. Green Living Show. April 25-27th at the Direct Energy Centre. A show that I won’t miss….I admit that I head to the Local Food exhibitors first and then I stroll thru the rest of the show. Nothing wrong with that, right?
2. The Toronto Jewish Film Festival (May 1-11th). Again – a festival that I won’t miss. This is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, with films from 23 countries that reflect aspects of Jewish Identity and diversity with universal themes. For full programming schedule and details, check out http://www.tjff.com.
2. Four Winds Kite Festival at Kortright. May 3 & 4th (10 am to 4 pm). This is the place to BE to watch spectacular professional kite flying. Seriously this is a unique experience.
3. Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa, May 9 – 19th. I simply can’t wait to wake up early in the morning and snap a gazillion photos of the tulips. It’s really special. Then I’m going to spend the rest of my time, eating my way thru Ottawa!! (for a change).
3. Crave TO: Friday May 30, from 5 pm to 11 pm at Wychwood Barns. Ignite your senses and launch patio season with Toronto’s premier street food and craft beer creators all to the soundtrack of Toronto DJs. Sounds like a place I want to be!!
Looks like I’m going to be busy for the next 6 weeks. Throw in a weekend to the cottage as well which will include test driving a Hyundai. Can’t wait.
Hey May – I’m ready for ya!!
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to play tourist in my hometown, Ottawa. I visit this amazing city almost every 6 weeks for the last few years but this particular weekend I got to know Ottawa in a different way!!
I started off the weekend, by attending Nepean High School 90th Anniversary Celebration. I haven’t been thru their doors since 1984 so it was kind of neat just to be inside the building again. Oh the memories!
Sadly not a lot of people were there from my year (sniff…)
On Saturday, my mom and I REALLY played tourist. We boarded a double decker bus (at the corner of Elgin and Sparks St) that is operated by a company called Lady Dive. This 75 minute tour (which leaves every hour on the hour) is truly the best way to see the city as you can Hop On and Off at a variety of stops, such as: Museums, Parks, Galleries, the Byward Market, the Parliament Buildings, Rideau Hall and more.
Our tour guide was entertaining and certainly knew his stuff. My mom and I were amazed at what we learned in such a short period of time about important landmarks in our own city! We loved every minute of this double deck bus tour and would certainly recommend it to visitors.
Playing tourist meant that I got the chance to visit the Tulip Festival TWICE over the weekend. I simply could not stop taking pictures. See what I mean?
For more info:
Lady Dive Tours: Reservations- 613 524 2221 PS. many tour options are available so please visit their website to learn more.
Tulip Festival – May 3 to 20th,2013 Ottawa/Gatineau
It’s been an interesting week!
I spent five days in Ottawa for the first time in decades and it wasn’t enough time! SO much to do….so little time!!
Sadly I was sick on the weekend (see previous post). But the minute I felt better, I went to have a beer at Les 3 Brasseurs. I think this new location at 240 Sparks is nothing but brilliant!
On Monday and Tuesday night, I celebrated Passover with my parents. Highlights of my meal consisted of: gefilte fish, matza, eggs with salt water and chicken soup with matza balls. I also had some delicious chopped liver from Creative Kosher Catering that I wish we had in Toronto.
Not the best picture. Sorry!
On Monday and Tuesday: I hung out in a variety of coffee shops so I could work. (Thanks to my twitter friends @foodieprints @AMWATERS for the suggestions)
–Bridgehead (130 Anderson and 109 Bank St….went to both locations)
-Starbucks at Woodroffe and Carling
–Happy Goat (35 Laurel)
-Illume Espresso Bar (1433 Wellington St).
-Simply Biscotti ( 307 Richmond St.)
I got a lot of work done and was well caffeinated.
Plus, I managed to give my first twitter lesson in Ottawa!
Hopefully will be back in Ottawa so I can enjoy the Tulip Festival (May 3-20th) . Hopefully I will drink more beer and less coffee on my next trip. So many new beer restaurants have opened and I really need to check them out. #lovebeer