Laura Byrne Paquet’s first encounter with the written word was not auspicious: her birth announcement appeared in the newspaper classifieds under the heading “Livestock for Sale.” Despite that, she became a writer. She’s covered destinations around the world for more than 80 websites, magazines and newspapers, and has written or co-authored 12 books. On her blog,, she writes about short escapes from Ottawa.
Martinis are old news in Ottawa – unless they’re made with herb-infused vodka from an artisanal distillery. These days, craft cocktails are all the rage at the capital’s trendy restaurants. Whether it’s shaken, stirred or garnished with a sprig of rosemary, a drink from one of these inventive establishments will quench your thirst in a whole new way.
Frothy bubbles, elegant flutes, that one-of-a-kind tingle – nothing says “special occasion” quite like a glass of champagne or sparkling wine. Whether you’re looking to celebrate an engagement, an anniversary, a promotion or simply the weekend, here are some excellent places to clink your glasses.
If there were a hall of fame for comforting aromas, the scent of fresh-baked bread would surely make the cut. And when it comes to tastes, buttercream icing can transport you right back to Grandma’s kitchen. Having a stressful day? A few delectable treats from these Ottawa bakeries will help cheer you right up.
Why settle for a candy bar from the office vending machine when you can revel in chocolate fondue, hand-made truffles or chocolate-covered pretzels? If cocoa is your pick-me-up of choice, pay a visit to one of these chocolatiers or cafés and treat yourself to something truly special.
Whether you choose to enjoy French toast with a stack of newspapers or a round of mimosas with a group of friends, few meals are as relaxing as weekend brunch. Fuel up for the day with bacon and eggs – or something more inventive – at these popular Centretown restaurants.
Whether it’s your very first date or your first night out in ages sans kids, you’re probably looking for a restaurant with cozy nooks and intimate lighting. A cool soundtrack you don’t have to shout over is a bonus, and the menu should feel as special as the evening. These romantic date-night restaurants in Ottawa deliver the goods.
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