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Beer, blues and barbecue!


Can’t wait for this weekend. My friends at Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company are throwin’ a party and I’m goin’! The brewery, for those of you who have not yet heard of this slice of hoppy heaven, is located in the small town of Vankleek Hill in eastern Ontario, about an hour’s drive east of Ottawa.

On Saturday, March 25, Ottawa bluesman John Carroll and Montréaler Mike O’Brien will be playing blues and roots music at the brewery — including a one-hour candlelit acoustic set to celebrate Earth Hour! The folks at Beau’s have responsibly chartered a bus (one from Ottawa, one from Montréal) to ensure many guests will get there and back safely. (If you’re interested, book now through – $15 for the round-trip bus and $10 for the show itself.)

Best of all, there will be food from The Branch restaurant, a proud Savour Ottawa member in Kemptville. The Branch will be serving their famous Texas-style house-smoked beef brisket and sausages, as well as some veggie and snack options, which sounds perfect to me! Only five more sleeps!

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Back in the saddle


I’m finally back in Ottawa after a long spell of travelling. I visited some travel media in London, U.K., then headed to Cardiff, Wales for the Travel Media Association of Canada conference. That conference will be held in Ottawa in 2011, so we hosted a luncheon to invite delegates to sign up.

We decorated the room with a huge banner of the Peace Tower from Parliament Hill, had tulips as centrepieces to celebrate the Canadian Tulip Festival, and provided everyone with a maple-flavoured lollipop with their dessert, courtesy of Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush.

The highlight was this video, which we shot over a period of a few months. How many people / places can you name?

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Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa at the Olympics


Check out these great videos produced by Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa, showing two of their chefs helping to animate the Ontario Pavilion at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Master carver Chef Armando Baisas and top pastry Chef Christian Faure are wowing the crowds with their skill.

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Third Night Free promotion


Thinking of coming to Ottawa for the Canadian Tulip Festival? Maybe to catch the Pop Life exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada this summer? Maybe for Canada Day, or the rockin’ Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest?

Maybe for the grand reopening of the Canadian Museum of Nature in May, or the opening of Calypso Waterpark in June?

Well, hop to it, because if you book your Ottawa getaway before March 5, 2010, you can get your Third Night Free at participating hotels.

What a deal!

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Le Cordon Bleu chocolate demonstration!


Mmmmm… chocolate. Is there anything better? Well, what about learning to make fabulous chocolate creations from a Le Cordon Bleu chef? That’s what you’ll see in these videos!

Chef Christian Faure, who holds the impressive designation Meilleur ouvrier de France, and who is one of the world’s great pastry chefs, held court recently at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa‘s facility. Enjoy! (And yes, it tasted as good as it looked!)



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