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HOME 12 DESIGNER AT HOME Cottage dreams do come true 16 IN STYLE A boathouse renovation on the 1000 Islands 23 OUTDOOR LIVING A backyard designed for family entertainment 27 CAPITAL COLOURS The stylish side of pastels 28 GARDENING Optimizing container gardens 31 GET THE LOOK When travel inspires décor 32 STEP INSIDE Getting to know the French Ambassador to Canada 4 ottawaathome.ca SUMMER 2018
41 NEW & NOTABLE The local flavour of ice cream, décor and shoes 42 STAYCATION FUN Vacationing close to home this summer? We offer up fun ideas from cool treats to adventure 45 FIT AT HOME Take your summer fitness routine poolside
54 LET’S DISH Meet a woman who grows edible flowers 56 DINING OUT Check out fun places to eat sweet summer treats 59 PAULA’S BITES A cocktail dressed for entertaining in style
EDITOR’S NOTE Reflecting on summer in Ottawa
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When you start recognizing that you’re having fun, life can be delightful” —JA N E BI R K I N
I am a gal who knows how to have fun, so pulling together Ottawa At Home’s staycation-themed summer issue was nothing but pure pleasure. There are times when travelling with photographer Mark Holleron to capture images can be a challenge but most of the time we find ourselves saying, “And we get to call this work!” The summer issue was one where we repeated this statement, again and again. That very first hot day in May, we found ourselves shooting and sampling ice cream in the ByWard Market as we prepared to bring the pages to life. Strolling the streets of the market area while we walked from shoot to shoot, peering into the windows of bars and restaurants and passing people sipping cold beverages on patios, we both commented that it had been a while since we had each done that. Life often gets in the way of taking the time to simply enjoy the fun to be had right in our own city. Too often we wait until we get away on vacation to sit back, relax and drink in the sunshine. Our summer issue offers up no more excuses! Ottawa has an abundance of reasons to stay home and vacation right here in the Nation’s Capital. And, yes, we think ice cream is fun! It’s one of my favourite guilty pleasures and Ottawa seems to offer a multitude of options for enjoying a frozen treat. Paula Roy even found a clever way to serve ice cream in the most stylish of ways, topped off with a flower! Check out our Let’s Dish feature (page 54). And, full disclosure, my son is getting married this fall—so of course you’ll find some wedding inspiration throughout! As always, I offer up a few personal touches in each issue. Meet Danial and his fiancé Hayley in Katie Hession’s Street Style column (page 35). Whether you’re sipping cocktails on a patio, eating ice cream (or, in my case, gelato!) or zip-lining through the trees, may your summer adventures nurture your passion for fun and guilty pleasures! Happy summer,
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Interior decorator Lisa Goulet can trace her interest in décor to her childhood, but it was the gutting and rebuilding of her family’s first cottage that encouraged her to follow her passion and turn it into a career.
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The river changes moment by moment, and I could listen to it and watch it for hours.” — LISA GOULET
hat initial cottage was located near an eye-catching, newly-built log dwelling. Lisa and her husband Rick watched the building being constructed, and Rick was so impressed that he told Lisa it would eventually be theirs and, much to her shock, it was! They bought it six years ago. Rick grew up in nearby Shawville, Quebec, on the same street as their current cottage on the Ottawa River, so sentimental elements played a part in the pull of the area. The impressive property offered a private beach, plenty of lawn space and expansive deck areas. But, the structure needed significant repairs indoors and out. To start the rebuild, the logs were stripped, stained, sealed and chinked—a project that took two summers to complete. The original log deck railing was
replaced with glass to lighten the look and enhance views of the water. A rotting main-floor bathroom was redesigned by Lisa while Rick took on the task of doing most of the labour. The kitchen renovation came a bit later, offering Lisa time to tweak her plans and make sure she got things exactly the way she wanted them. “The kitchen had been on our list from the moment I saw the home, and I planned it for years. It was completed in 2016 and I am still in love with it,” states Lisa, as she describes the detailing, with pride for her husband’s handiwork. “The base cabinets were all replaced and the island was completely changed, except for the original rock wall (composed of the same rock used for the fireplace and the walls that surround the property). Rick had to do some creative stonework for the new island, but it came out beautifully.” While the cottage meets all the demands of this busy and growing family, it continues to be a work in progress. The master bedroom had a revamp, but several bedrooms are still calling for Lisa’s touch. Her personal design style combines natural elements with calm, soothing
colours to create a comfortable space with creative flair. “I love to add some touches of whimsy here and there,” she exclaims. Evidence of this is felt throughout with a mix of new, old and repurposed pieces like a table in the living area. “My maternal grandfather’s trunk, which he used when he traveled from England to India in the early 1900s, is now fitted with custom cut glass and used as an end table in the living room.” With four grown children, (two now married) and a new grandchild, Lisa and Rick have a steady flow of company. The cottage is often a lively hub for family activities and hosting momentous events—both children were married there. But the grand log cottage also continues to serve as a retreat. Lisa likes to spend time on her deck watching the Ottawa River as it flows right by her. “The river changes moment by moment, and I could listen to it and watch it and watch it for hours,” she muses. This solace offers her time to plan upcoming design projects and renovations to her own muchloved cottage, aptly named Woodhaven. Contact Lisa, email@example.com
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esigner Kim Kostuch, of KKI Designs in Carleton Place, infused a modern sensibility into a vintage fisherman’s boathouse on the water’s edge of Mallorytown in the heart of the 1000 Islands. She managed to create a comfortable, yet energized weekend retreat for a busy family using vibrant colours, funky furnishings and plenty of white to keep the look fresh. The design and renovation project took Kim ten months to complete, spanning all four seasons, allowing her to take advantage of the cottage’s stunning natural surroundings, and to maximize the outdoor living spaces and flow of the new interior.
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FAR LEFT DEBBIE, (WITH TIPSY) AND JOE SHARE A RELAXING MOMENT WITH KIM LEFT THE IKEA DINING CHAIRS WERE AN INTEGRAL ELEMENT OF THE OVERALL DÉCOR
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While the cottage had obvious appeal it also presented challenges. “It was a fantastic location and an amazing view,” Kim explains. “But, the original structure, although a pretty blue on the outside, was dark and dated on the inside. There were walls dividing each of the spaces, the ceilings were very low, and the topography of the site dropped off sharply from street level to shoreline—sixty-six steps to be exact!” Working closely with homeowners Joe Jordan (a former MP for LeedsGrenville) and his wife Debbie, everything was gutted, revamped, reworked and modernized. The result is a sleek, yet
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organic living space punctuated with breathtaking water views. “Because we were not permitted to remove the original structure to renovate, much of exterior maintains the charm of 1940s cottage,” the designer says. “We kept the outside as close to the original as possible and included the barn-style roof trusses and horizontal siding in the new design. We also decided to paint the exterior a vibrant yellow, which makes an impact from the water, like an unexpected pop of sunshine.” At nearly 1,800 square feet, the threebedroom cottage is not only a recreational property, but a family residence. Joe,
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Debbie and their son Zack, who is a student at Algonquin College, plus the beloved family dog Tipsy, make the trek to the boathouse from their condo in downtown Ottawa. They also have family scattered throughout the area. Joe’s brother has a cottage on Grenadier Island, where he and Debbie belong to the Grenadier Island Country Club, and his sister-in-law is a local realtor in the area, so the cottage was always meant to be a place to be shared with those closest to them. “I grew up on the river in Brockville,” Joe explains. “When we found the property (on kijiji), it was in the exact area in which we wanted to be, so the renovation was secondary to the location.” Gallons of soft-grey paint (Coin Silver by Para Paints), washed ash-grey vinyl flooring, a mix of metal finishes and pops of colour transformed the open-concept main floor into a light, welcoming space. Debbie found the multi-coloured dining chairs at Ikea which served as a jumping-off point for the room’s colour scheme that imbues shades of fresh air, flowers in bloom, cool river breezes and sunny afternoons. “The entire space is filled with items that reflect the personality of the homeowners and the cottage’s natural surroundings,” explains Kim. “With pops of leafy green, tangerine and citrus and watery shades of teal, it really says comfortable, weekend living.”
Whimsical ceiling medallions painted in a bright marigold were installed on the stairway wall leading to the second floor. A custom-designed Lucite handrail and multi-dimensional floor lighting were also added to create a one-of-a-kind experience. “The space isn’t overly big,” notes Kim. “So, where we could, we maximized every inch to add something special, be it unique and bold, or simple and clean.” Modern-style cabinetry from Ikea and an arabesque-style, glossy-white backsplash with charcoal grout add a designer touch to the galley kitchen. “I love the juxtaposition between the movement of the water you can see through the windows and the straight, modern lines of the cabinetry,” offers Kim. The living space continues outdoors with a large wrap-around deck and custom docks. With ample space for gatherings, structural seating was placed opposite the pre-existing deck benches to allow for conversation and to take full advantage of the unobstructed views of the St. Lawrence. “I could spend my entire day out here reading,” says Debbie, referring to the lounge area nestled under the overhanging foliage from the cliffs of Vanston Farm. “It’s just so peaceful.” “Kim really thought of everything. She was an inspired task master,” recalls Joe. “The renovation would have been twice as long without her. In fact, the more time we spend at the cottage, the more we appreciate her attention to details.”
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hen your backyard has been custom designed as an urban oasis by a team of professionals, there’s no need to escape the city on the weekends. For a family with a teenage boy at home and two other sons back from university for the summer, this means more time to enjoy chilling out together on those superhot days, and sometimes the not-so-sunny days! The modern home on a large corner lot in Wellington West Village was a stunning new build a few years ago. It was designed by Ottawa architect Roderick Lahey, who created a master plan for the property that included integrating the outdoors for maximum use and enjoyment in all types of weather. Recognized as an expert in urban intensification projects, his design and orientation
ensured amazing views from inside the home as well as full-day sunlight for the backyard. A pool was important to the homeowners in their “backyard of light,” but more for its coolingoff benefits than lap swimming. The 12 3 25 foot fibreglass pool is five feet deep to provide all the fun water activities they need, in addition to being an attractive focal element. Installed and serviced by Guy Robert Landscape & Design, who also did all the surrounding stonework, the heated, easyclean pool is even pet-friendly with its gradual step entry. Perfectly positioned for catching some rays in private, a cedar lounge deck is attached to one end of the pool, while the outdoor dining area at the other end is conveniently accessed
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SECTION Title by the kitchen patio doors. The covered stone patio with an outdoor kitchen is the favourite hangout for everyone in the family and all their friends. A cedar accent wall behind the BBQ matches the wood-panelled ceiling to enhance the rustic, natural elements of the welcoming stone patio that overlooks the pool and has open sight lines of the entire L-shaped landscape. For added privacy, a cedar fence in a semi-transparent grey stain encloses the backyard. Lined with hydrangea bushes, ornamental trees and grasses, the soft greenery and flower planters provide an ideal balance to the hardscape features. Designed by landscaper Karla Caraway of Natureâ€™s Way Design, who has a longterm working relationship with the busy homeowners, she knows their preference for low-maintenance landscaping with a natural approach.
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INSIDE TO OUTSIDE DESIGN The final touch to a beautiful backyard that really has it all is to light it up in all its glory. In addition to multi-colour pool lights, the backyard has built-in lighting for a magical ambience at night for partying or just quiet time. It’s a yearround feature that can also be enjoyed from inside the home on cooler, wet or snowy nights. Another landscaping feature that can be appreciated inside and out is the design of the terraced window wells. The architect suggested installing two tiers of stone with greenery and flowers inside the deep window wells, so the rockeries can be viewed from the lower level bedroom and family room windows, as well as from the main floor. It transports the splendour of nature to the back and front of the house. On a practical note, the backyard also connects directly to a mud room entry. Here, wet people and dogs can conveniently clean up in an open shower unit and adjacent separate washroom with everything they need to change without dripping water or bringing too much of the outdoors into the indoor living space. Even the pool heater is contained in a smart garden shed where the same high-efficient system heats the driveway, walkways and basement flooring in the winter. It’s much more cost-effective to install when building from the ground up, and yet another advantage of having a professional master plan for the whole property. Not only does the backyard offer the family the private pleasure of an all-weather urban oasis with its large covered patio and combination of soft and hardscape features, but the outdoors perfectly reflects the interior home design. Both present open-plan concepts and defined spaces with warm, natural elements to create a very functional high style that flows beautifully from indoors to outside.
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he ultimate choice for serene spaces, a pastel colour scheme is soft and soothing. The beauty of decorating with a pastel palette is the diversity these warm shades offer. Soft pinks and yellows combined with cool blues can work with both contemporary and traditional spaces, and function in feminine and masculine environments. Wildly popular in the ‘50s, the scheme is ideally suited to mid-century modern décor. But by adjusting the accessories to accommodate style, these hues can be injected into a multitude of spaces. Décor trends for 2018 call for bringing in glamour through dark wood, metallics and luxurious fabrics—which all work perfectly with the softness of a pastel colour scheme. Soft colours also allow for more options to include detailing like wallpaper, moody floral prints and textured fabrics. The ideal choice for implementing this scheme is within a bedroom, but it can be taken further and carried into main living spaces to create stylish rooms with hints of romantic flair. SUMMER 2018 ottawaathome.ca 27
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ontainer gardens are ideal for small spaces like balcony and patio areas, or for cottage planting, thanks to low maintenance to enhance the enjoyment of laid-back days sipping cocktails on the deck or dock. Outdoor living expert Carson Arthur offered up the following advice for creating the perfect cottage container gardens. Why are container gardens a good option for cottage gardeners? They are perfect little ecosystems that allow plants to thrive without competition from trees and shrubs. I love using containers around my patios, decks and even by the front door. Containers offer the opportunity to
raise plants upwards, creating focal points and directing the lines of sight. How many plant varieties should go into a container garden? The bigger the container, the more plants can go into it. The adult size of the plants is also a factor. Some dwarf varieties take up a fraction of the space their bigger cousins need. I tend to use more annuals than perennials simply because annuals will only last for one season where the perennials can keep growing for years in a container. What steps should be taken to prepare the container? If you are planning to build your own container, consider the materials you choose as plants will absorb contaminants from the soil and from the planter. New technology in treated woods has come a long way in allowing the DIYer to safely build containers. A personal favourite building material is MicroPro Sienna, treated with copper that becomes inert when exposed to soil. Using the right kind of soil and drainage is also important. I use soil mixes specifically designed for pots because they include lightweight additives like Perlite and Vermiculite which allows you to fill pots without extra weight. Containers also need to have drainage holes. If the fancy glazed pot you bought doesn’t have holes, put a smaller pot inside it, raising it off the bottom with stones so water can drain away from the roots of the plants. What can be done to prevent pests from getting into containers? There will always be pests wherever there are plants. However, taller containers are harder for small rodents to get into. Rabbits
and chipmunks prefer to stay close to the ground as opposed to climbing into a planter where they feel exposed. Can you offer up a plant combination for sun? Think tropicals! Plants that you would find indoors or even in the Caribbean make excellent container plants for sunny locations. I love using bright-leaved crotons mixed with figs and palms in my summer planters around the pool. What about shade? The best plants for shade are traditionally the ones that have big green leaves. If you think of the leaves of a plant like a solar panel, the bigger the better because they can convert the available light into more food and energy for the roots. Ideally how often do you water a container garden? Full sun containers may need to be checked daily, especially if made of terra cotta which dries out the quickest. Shade planters need less watering because the sun isn’t evaporating moisture out of the soil as quickly. For full-sun situations, consider self-watering planters with a reservoir below, allowing the plants to draw water when they need it. How many months of enjoyment can you expect? As Canadians, especially as cottagers, we try to extend summer as long as possible; the same is true for our planters. Sadly, they only last in the period between frosts so don’t put them outside before the last frost and plan on emptying them after the first below-freezing fall evening.
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The benefits of travel stay with us long after we return from vacation. According to Booking.com, 41 per cent of travellers bring their experiences home through décor. If your holiday plans include staying home this summer, consider implementing some of the top globally-inspired decorating ideas in a room inspired by travel, while you start dreaming about or planning your next trip.
MEDITERRANEAN BLUES Blue waters and white stucco are classic characteristics of the Greek Islands and a timeless style that has been a top décor-inspired trend for a majority of Canadians. You can implement a Mediterranean look with textured tiles, natural fabrics and terracotta flooring.
SCANDINAVIAN SIMPLICITY Clean lines and pared-back style are key elements in Scandinavian design, which is often described as utilitarian. But the look offers the warmth of wood in a simplistic beauty that comes together with intrigue. Blonde woods and natural fabrics are a key component to getting this minimalistic style right.
COUNTRY FARMHOUSE The look of country has long been a crowd favourite for its warmth and comfort. Farmhouse style often comes home after a trip to the French or English countryside. Breathe a little romance into your décor with a collection of treasures, floral fabrics and a bit of lace dotted into a style that embraces imperfection, libations and casual gatherings—preferably around a big family table.
CHIC CITY STYLE A trip to a big global city always makes us feel a little more sophisticated! Bring the look home by adding a few conversation pieces from your travels. Settle on large-scale furnishings reflective of the need to retreat, and frame it within a neutral colour scheme, against a backdrop of urban elements like exposed brick, oversized artwork and dramatic lighting.
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he Art Deco-inspired Embassy of France, overlooking the scenic Ottawa River on Sussex Drive, has served as a diplomatic mission, embassy and official residence for the Ambassador of France to Canada since its official opening in 1939. Designed by French architect Eugene Beaudoin and Montreal architects Antoine Monette and Marcel Parizeau, the grey granite structure was built utilizing elements from France while also incorporating Canadian materials. French Aubusson tapestries grace the entrance hall, the pink marble for the gallery bench and staircase was shipped from Burgundy, and wooden doors and frames are from Quebec.
One of the most impressive areas is the formal dining room which features a painted mural depicting France in happy times. Fine French food prepared by Chef de cuisine Laurent Provence is served in a room designed around entertaining. The relationship between Canada and France is a steadfast one. Last June, Franceâ€™s first female Ambassador to Canada, Kareen Rispal, arrived to strengthen this bond with her vast business and foreign service experience. Holding a Master of Laws from the University of Nanterre, she has worked on many portfolios in both the private and government sectors. The ambassador has held a number of prestigious positions since she joined the
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One of the most impressive areas is the formal dining room which features a painted mural depicting France in happy times.
French Foreign Ministry in 1986, and has lived in Brussels, London and New York. When asked which country she would like to be appointed to as an ambassador, Canada was her top choice. Her platform centres on gender-equality issues, climate change, and trade negotiations. Having a demanding career while raising four children has been a balancing act, and she is proud that she has been able to achieve so much without giving up her goals. Why did you choose the life of a diplomat? I was always fascinated by how the world and the relationship between countries was like a strategic game. It is a constant evolving scene about power, influence, and culture and how you see yourself in the world. I feel privileged because I cannot remember a single posting where I was unhappy. Each one is a new discovery. We, who are so fortunate because we have everything, don’t always know it and should be happy knowing how blessed our lives are. What is a day in the life of an ambassador like? I wake up early and try to go for a run, weather permitting. I am French and love breakfast, and call my husband where it is his lunch time. It is the first time that we have not lived in the same country and this has not been an easy adjustment. My husband Nicola
de Riviere is a political director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for France and his life is always hectic. My days vary with meeting and speaking with people from all sectors, and talking with the media about current affairs in France. On the weekends I try not to do too many things as the demands of the position are high. Freedom and time for myself is the most precious thing I have. What do you enjoy about living in Ottawa? I love the residence here. It is the most amazing place—the view of the river, the sunsets—I never get used to this beauty. I am a very outdoorsy person and my surroundings here let me enjoy nature to the fullest. There is something to do with each season. To me, Ottawa is a serene city and everyday here is a new beginning for me. Have you visited many of our provinces yet? I love British Columbia and have travelled to Vancouver many times. In June I am going to the Canadian North. I have also visited New Brunswick and Alberta. Canada’s landscapes are breathtaking. Canada suits me. Canadians are happy and helpful, and very different from Americans. Canadians love their country. Immigrants choose to come here. You have this wonderful ability to live together in harmony with respect for all cultures.
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LIVING Street Style
WHO: STACIE HA, WEB SPECIALIST AT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT AND JAHFER HUSAIN, SOFTWARE DEVELOPER AT SHOPIFY WHERE THEY MET: CARLETON UNIVERSITY CHOSEN WEDDING VENUE: LE BELVÉDÈRE IN WAKEFIELD QC
“We would be lying to you if we said Ottawa played zero part in our love story. Without Ottawa, we would never have crossed paths at Carleton University all those years ago. We actually met while in the same small program, but for some reason we never spoke until our second year, but we now thank our lucky stars that we did! Ottawa will always be the place where we went on our first date, the place we shared our first kiss, and the place we built our first home together. We both may not have grown up here, and even if we ever leave this beautiful city one day for new adventures, there is one thing for certain, Ottawa will forever hold a special place in our hearts because it’s where our love story began.”
CAPITAL LOVIN’ BY KATIE HESSION @YOWCITYSTYLE
Paris may be known as the city of love, but Ottawa has a solid reputation for being a great city to foster love, lay down your roots and start a family. We met up with three engaged couples who are ready to tie the knot and asked them to share how Ottawa plays a role in their love story.
WHO: ANDREW CAMPBELL, ENGINEER AND EMILY HAYWARD, DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST WHERE THEY MET: CARLETON UNIVERSITY CHOSEN WEDDING VENUE: MUSKOKA BAY CLUB IN GRAVENHURST ON
“We met at Carleton University in the fall of 2008 when we moved onto the same floor in residence so Ottawa is the foundation of our love story. Carleton was the start of it all, while our favourite neighbourhoods and restaurants are our go-to for a date night, and Westboro Beach was where we got engaged. While we’ve fallen in love with each other over the last nine-and-a-half years, we’ve also had the chance to fall in love with Ottawa and all it has to offer. Although we’re not getting married in Ottawa, we are pulling in elements of the city into our celebration and incorporating details that highlight our love for this beautiful city.”
WHO: HAYLEY MAGERMANS, MEDIA RELATIONS AND DANIAL TAGGART, FINANCE WHERE THEY MET: TORONTO CHOSEN WEDDING VENUE: EVERMORE WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
“For the first two years of our relationship, we travelled between London and Toronto to be together. When the timing was right, we both moved our lives to Ottawa. Dan had grown up in Ottawa, but it wasn’t long before we both considered the city to be home. We’ve been able to find new spots that we consider to be ‘ours’ while honoring many traditions that Dan had grown up with. It’s been fun to fuse the ‘old’ with the ‘new,’ and looking forward we’re excited to put down our own roots in the same neighborhood Dan grew up in.”
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LIVING H oneymoon Staycation
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LIVING Honeymoon Staycation
HOME A W AY A staycation is the perfect solution for
honeymooners looking for a mini-vacation that’s unique, low-key and budget-conscious.
Many couples are choosing to stay close to home after their wedding day, saving their big trip for a later date. The Ottawa region has some incredible options for couples wanting to make the most of a vacation without having to get on a plane, especially during the summer months.
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SIR ISAAC BROCK BED & BREAKFAST
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LIVING H oneymoon Staycation Here are five honeymoon staycation ideas for couples looking for a mini escape:
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Alt, one of Ottawa’s newest downtown hotels, is perfect for couples wanting to stay in the centre of it all. This modern, hip hotel is within walking distance of the city’s best restaurants and is only a few blocks from Parliament Hill. Alt Hotel has partnered with Le Nordik Spa-Nature to offer guests an extra special stay. Honeymooners staying at Alt can choose from three packages with Le Nordik, including access to the thermal experience, bathrobes, Kalla treatment and a three-course dinner. After a day of relaxation at the spa, couples can retreat back to Alt for a comfortable and memorable night overlooking the city’s downtown core.
AUBERGE OLD CHELSEA B&B
THE BALDACHIN INN
For a peaceful stay, Auberge Old Chelsea B&B is the perfect place to escape. It’s a little home away from home in a beautiful, rural setting. Couples can choose rooms with either a garden view or a private courtyard. Honeymooners staying at Auberge Old Chelsea B&B will be welcomed with a bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries; and of course, no stay at a B&B is complete without the delicious and complimentary continental breakfast, which can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. Auberge Old Chelsea is within walking distance of several restaurants and Le Nordik Spa-Nature. There are also numerous trails in Gatineau Park for couples to hike through, enjoy a picnic, and end the day with a swim in Meech Lake.
The Baldachin Inn in Merrickville is a great place for couples who love history and stunning architecture. The Inn, overlooking the Rideau Canal, makes for a perfect summertime mini-honeymoon. Couples can enjoy Harry MacLean’s Pub, the Courtyard Garden Patio (which serves local, organic food), and the quaint accommodations reminiscent of smalltown living. Merrickville—one of the oldest and most historic towns in Ontario—has more heritage designated buildings than any other village its size in the province. The Baldachin Inn is close to many charming locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. Couples can enjoy long walks through the Victorian streetscape and retreat to the Inn for a quiet and relaxing evening.
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SIR ISAAC BROCK BED & BREAKFAST Sir Isaac Brock B&B in Brockville is a beautiful inn just a short drive from Ottawa. Couples on their honeymoon enjoy a bottle of wine or champagne and chocolates in their room upon arrival, and can choose from a number of spacious suites. Weather permitting, breakfast is served on the outdoor patio overlooking the property’s garden. The menu includes vegan and vegetarian options as well. After filling up on breakfast, couples can walk along the waterfront to the nearby arts centre and theatre, enjoy lunch at one of the town’s numerous restaurants and pubs and check out the railroad tunnel—the oldest in Canada. Brockville is also home to many unique shops, and has beautiful walking and biking trails too.
The Ottawa region has some incredible options for couples wanting to make the most of a vacation
LE GERMAIN HOTEL Honourable mention goes to Ottawa’s brand new downtown hotel, Le Germain. Already a much-loved hotel in various cities, Le Germain offers exceptional service, spacious rooms, suites with spectacular views and complimentary continental breakfast. Honeymooners at Le Germain can work with the hotel to customize their stay (wine or champagne in their room upon arrival, access to the hotel’s courtesy car, and more). The hotel’s artful design complements the newlyopened Ottawa Art Gallery, adjacent to the hotel. SUMMER 2018 ottawaathome.ca 39
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LIVING New & Notable
SUNDAE SCHOOL Sundae School is once again in session! Last summer, young entrepreneurial mom Lindsay Taub opened the popular ice cream parlour as a one-season pop-up in New Edinburgh. Outfitted with retro classroom furniture and blackboards on the walls listing ice cream flavours, the store was a popular destination for people of all ages during the summer months. This summer, the old-fashioned ice cream parlour is reappearing in a new location with a fresh new design. Lindsay takes pride in being a local community business and sources her ice cream from the Carp Custom Creamery. According to Lindsay, the best part about being in the ice cream business is the joy it brings people because ice cream is such a treat— everybody loves it and it makes you feel like a kid again! Indulge in everyone’s favourite summertime treat at Sundae School’s new location at 131B Beechwood at the corner of Beechwood Avenue and Putman Avenue.
DESIGN, ICE CREAM & SHOES Dreams do come true!
BY SANDY CONNELL PHOTOGRAPHY MARK HOLLERON
THE URBAN DESIGN COMPANY
JESSICA BEDARD SHOES
Leigh Currie and her partner Dominic Flynn have brought stylish home accents, furniture and a host of home renovation and style consultation services to Manotick. The creative couple opened The Urban Design Company this spring. With her keen eye for design, Leigh offers services for personal home styling, decor shopping, renovation coordination or just the second opinion you need to make all your home renovation and design decisions a little bit easier. Meanwhile, Dominic, an expert in mosaic tile design and installation, consults on how custom mosaic design can bring something truly unique to your home or business. Stop in to visit them at 5532 Main St. in Manotick.
French-Canadian shoe designer Jessica Bedard is bringing her first prêt-à-porter collection to Ottawa this summer. These beautiful and unique shoes feature the same meticulous craftsmanship and modern styling of her innovative bridal designs. Handmade in Italy using rich leathers and suedes, snakeskin, fur and feminine ribbon, a Jessica Bedard shoe invokes a sense of natural luxury. The clean, architectural lines and unexpected details define a new sense of style for the woman who wears them. Popular among many notable women, including Canadian fashion ambassador Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, Jessica Bedard shoes are now available at Schad Boutique at 527 Sussex Drive or online at jessicebedardshoes.com. SUMMER 2018 ottawaathome.ca 41
LIVING S taycation Fun
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We’ve rounded up some top spots for summer fun close to home. Whether you seek adventure, a swing in the park, a dip in the lake or a cool treat, we have you covered. TAVERN ON THE FALLS The masterminds behind Ottawa’s wildly successful Tavern on the Hill are meeting the demands of locals and tourists by opening a sister location, Tavern on the Falls. Located along the bike path and next to the historic Rideau Falls, patrons will enjoy stunning views of Gatineau across the river from a patio festooned with tables, lounge seating, strings of lights and cozy fire pits. The new venue will offer Tavern on the Hill’s delicious menu of gourmet hotdogs, with vegan and gluten-free options, dressed in house-made sauces and complemented by a full bar menu featuring cocktails, great wine and a large selection of draft beer. Open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m.—and
welcoming to kids and dogs—Tavern on the Falls will also be taking care of the early crowd by serving Bridgehead coffee, breakfast and lunch options, along with ice cream and other treats.
SWEET JESUS Since Sweet Jesus opened its Ottawa location on Clarence Street in the summer of 2016, this little ice cream shop has successfully helped to freshen up the ByWard Market with vibrant staff, a unique funky atmosphere and desire to serve ‘Instagram worthy’ confections. Using the highest-quality ingredients, Sweet Jesus proudly makes all toppings, sauces and two of four ice creams in-house, from scratch and with love. For a visual masterpiece, consider treating yourself to a Krusty the Cone, composed of cotton candy, vanilla softserve, sauce, rainbow sprinkles; it is eerily reminiscent of a certain sitcom clown.
BREWER PARK Brewer Park just might be one of Ottawa’s best kept recreational secrets. Tucked off Bronson Avenue and across from Carlton University’s campus, this sprawling greenspace is home to three sports fields, numerous play structures, three
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ball diamonds, tennis courts, half-court basketball, picnic shelter and gardens, with access to Brewer Pond and the Rideau River waterfront. A two-level splash-pad, connected by a bright blue waterslide, is rumoured to be the city’s finest, with lots of action-packed water features on both levels for little ones to explore. The Park is ideal for birthday parties and family gatherings, with washrooms open until late August from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
CAMP FORTUNE AERIAL PARK AND ZIPLINES Camp Fortune’s Aerial Park and Ziplines provide a thrilling and challenging outing for families looking for some rugged fun. This two to three-hour expedition is also a unique way to experience the beauty of Gatineau Park from high above the forest canopy. Kids and adults can enjoy the Explorer Course made up of over 50 treetop games and obstacles, such as a climbing wall, rope bridges, tightropes and ziplines. The Children’s Park is a smaller course suited to kids ages 6 to 10. Requirements are based on reach, not height, so make sure to size up your crew using the online specifications before heading out. SUMMER 2018 ottawaathome.ca 43
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Located only 20 minutes from Ottawa, Mont Cascades Mountain Waterpark offers world-class water rides internationally recognized as outstanding in terms of safety, entertainment, value and capacity. The same slides can be found at both Canada’s Wonderland and Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Always seeking to improve and up the fun factor, the park added a Kidz Zone for little ones in 2017, showcasing the Mini Twister, Mini Vortex and Mini Proracer. Despite a reputation for extreme fun, Mont Cascades lists safety as its number one priority. Nationally-certified lifeguards and other staff are trained and on-deck to keep guests safe at all times.
MEECH LAKE A day trip to Gatineau Park’s Meech Lake— the closest National Capital Commission lake to Ottawa and just 20 minutes from Parliament Hill—feels like a relaxing escape to cottage country without having to drive for hours. Two beaches, O’Brien and Blanchet, both boast clear, cool, swimmable water surrounded by trees; a
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day there is made even more pleasurable by the presence of parking and accessible washrooms. Lifeguards keep regular hours from June until early September and water testing takes place every two weeks. The lake is also an ideal starting point for hiking or a trek to the historical Carbide Willson Ruins. Bring a picnic or take a drive to discover the nearby shops, cafes and restaurants of Chelsea.
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LIVING Fit at Home
TAKE IT POOLSIDE BY LIANNE LAING @liannelaing PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
love the heat of the summer and spending it poolside! Whether you need to be an arms length from the kids playing in the pool or looking to do a few laps yourself, there are tons of ways to make the most of your environment and check off the workout for the day.
TARGET A VARIETY OF MUSCLE GROUPS:
Single Leg Pistol Squat progression using your outdoor patio furniture: With one leg extended in front and arms out, stand-up and sit back down unassisted. Repeat 8–10 times on each leg.
Work the abs holding on to the edge of the pool (or furniture). Bring legs into a tuck position and then straighten them out. You can also change the direction alternating legs up and down or in and out.
Forget the stairs or the ladder and get in and out of the pool doing a push up. Bring the body outside of the pool and lower back down. Turn around and do the same thing with a tricep dip.
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LIVING N eighbourhood on the Move
e x p l o r i n g
BY TED SIMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
THEN The community of Orleans started out as a small French-Canadian settlement, built around a Roman Catholic Church that was constructed in the 1830s in the Parish of St. Joseph. The name of the community is thought to have come from the village’s first postmaster, Theodore Besserer, who was born on Ile d’Orleans near Quebec City. Orleans is also a city in France, where Joan of Arc led the French army to victory during the Hundred Years War in the 15th century, and this connection is commemorated in the naming of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard, one of the main roads in the community. To the east of Orleans, the township of Cumberland was incorporated in 1800, taking its name from the Duke of Cumberland. It took nearly 200 years for Cumberland to officially become a city in 1999, although this status was exceptionally short lived as Cumberland was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2001. Orleans remained mostly rural in nature up until the late 1960s when the construction of suburban subdivisions and shopping malls started to boom. The community has been steadily expanding ever since. Cumberland, on the other hand, has remained mainly rural with historic villages that form bedroom communities around the edge of the city of Ottawa.
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NOW Today, Orleans covers the areas that were previously part of the City of Gloucester to the west, and Cumberland to the east. With a population of over 116,000 people, the area’s French Canadian heritage remains with more than a third of the residents speaking French; the area is also home to a number of French Catholic and French public schools. Covering such a wide area, there is much to do and see in the Orleans and Cumberland communities in the summer. The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is very family-friendly and an interesting visit for history buffs. Located just off Old Montreal Road, the village is a reproduction of rural life throughout the 1920s and 30s, with true-to-the-era buildings that include a general store, one-room schoolhouse and village garage filled with antique vehicles. It’s a lot like a miniature Upper Canada Village, but without the road trip. On July 22 and August 19, the Museum features model steam train demonstrations and railroad history lessons from The Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Model Engineers. PHOTO (FAR LEFT) CUMBERLAND HERITAGE VILLAGE MUSEUM (MIDDLE) KAYAKS AT PETRIE ISLAND (RIGHT) MILLENNIUM PARK
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Covering such a wide area, there is much to do and see in the Orleans and Cumberland community in the summer.
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For art enthusiasts, the Shenkman Arts Centre is a creative hub that features two theatres, seven galleries and 17 studios. Just east of the Place d’Orleans shopping mall, Shenkman offers a wide variety of summer classes and camps that cover everything from drawing and painting to jewelry making, pottery and photography. On display in the gallery from July 19 to August 21 will be an exhibit by Anna Wagner-Ott who uses a painting technique that dates back to 100 AD Egypt to create images that combine textile patterns over top of classic landscapes. Also check out the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition on August 25. Orleans has a lot of natural beauty and is home to some of the most Instagramworthy views in the city. The Princess Louise Falls is a slice of paradise located only a stone’s throw from St. Joseph Boulevard, just south of Petrie Island. This multi-level waterfall is fed by an underground river system that was buried under suburban home construction. The area around the falls has some good walking trails that are fairly easy to navigate. The Mer Bleue Bog in south Gloucester just west of Orleans is one of the largest bogs in southern Ontario and considered the most important natural area in Ottawa’s Greenbelt. The bog is a Northern Boreal environment, which is unusual for the Ottawa Valley, and is closer to the nature you would find in the arctic. Mer Bleue is over 7,000 years old and is home to a number of rare plants, birds and wildlife. The NCC has installed a network of wooden boardwalks to easily explore the landscape. New to Cumberland is the Humanics Sanctuary and Sculpture Park. The sanctuary opened last year and has nine acres of natural forest with hiking trails that meander through a wooded ravine and over a creek. Highlights include more than 60 sculptures brought into Ottawa from all corners of the world. The Sanctuary is a unique multicultural, multi-religious and multigenerational Canadian institution focused on promoting principles of non-violence, human development, justice and peace. Visitors can take time to reflect, meditate and enjoy the peace of nature and the unique art on display.
LIVING Giving Back
C O M M U N I T Y F I F T Y – F I V E BY CATHERINE CLARK @catherinejclark PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON
hristine Franklin has always been passionate about building stronger communities, and when she stepped back from full-time work and found herself with extra time on her hands, she knew immediately that she wanted to use that time to give back to Ottawa’s charitable sector. Christine enjoyed a long and productive career in public policy, so it’s no surprise that her decision to give back involves an innovative approach that identifies a
gap in the field of volunteerism. Sensing that there were too few short term, skillsbased volunteer opportunities for people over the age of 55, Christine developed a website called Impact Hours that aims to change all of that. “I want non-profits to be able to access, in one place, all of the wonderful skillsets and experience that the 55+ population brings to the table,” she explained. “It’s a unique combination that can make such a specific difference in our community.”
Christine believes that many people over the age of 55 who are empty-nesters, retired or working part time would happily donate to worthy causes, but they want that work to be both meaningful and flexible. “They want work that is on an hourly basis and clearly-scoped, rather than over the long-term,” she notes. “Through Impact Hours, registered non-profits and charities create an account and post their targeted opportunities. Regular members of the public then browse the opportunities to find a match with their skill set and time availability, and click on that opportunity to apply,” explains Christine. The application comes to Impact Hours and is forwarded to the non-profit, which is responsible for connecting with the potential volunteer. So far, Christine has about two dozen charities registered on her website, with some 40 available opportunities at any given time, and believes that her website may be a gateway to getting more people of all ages into volunteering. “I want to support Ottawa becoming a more age-friendly and vibrant community,” she explains of her decision to shake up the way that people and community organizations think about volunteer hours. “I’m passionate about community and the need to identify and address barriers that impact someone’s ability to engage, participate or contribute,” says Christine. “I feel that Impact Hours gives older adults the opportunity to have meaningful interactions that benefit themselves, non-profits and the wider community,” she concludes, proving that making a difference in this city is only a click away.
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LIVING E ntertaining
on wedding style BY MARY TAGGART
Wedding season has arrived and you can expect to see pastel colours that make room for bold accents, along with a solid dose of fun injected into décor and food.
TREAT WALL Doughnuts are a perennial favourite and suitable for every occasion, but give them a place of honour and create a wall dedicated to this sweet treat and suddenly they have elevated status. PHOTO SUPPLIED BY GINGER RAY
THE FUN SIDE OF GLAMOUR Balloons are always popular for party décor, but now more than ever. These festive over-sized confetti balloons are a wedding must have! Float a full bouquet above a dining table to create a festive atmosphere no matter what the occasion. PHOTO SUPPLIED BY GINGER RAY
LOVE STRUCK Connie B’s Top Five Must-Play-At-Your-Wedding Picks: Ray Lamontagne: You Are The Best Thing • Peter Gabriel: In Your Eyes Ed Sheeran: Perfect • U2: All I Want Is You Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours 50 ottawaathome.ca SUMMER 2018
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Pastel colours are giving way to luxurious table settings. Gold utensils, all-white linens, elegant garden chairs and traditional floral bouquets offer the most updated look in entertaining for both indoors and out.
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WALNUT BUTCHER BLOCK
THE BENEFITS OF A MUSKOKA KITCHEN
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Layered Iceberg “Steak” Salad BY KOREY KEALEY
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The Vegetable “steak” is on so many menus highlighting the trend of delicious plant-based options. Iceberg lettuce is crisp, crunchy and refreshing with a super-mild flavour that allows the other vegetables and dressings to shine through.
1 head of cold Iceberg lettuce, sliced into four 1-inch thick steaks
1. Place one cold iceberg “steak” on each of four serving plates, layer with ¼ cup sliced cabbage, 1 large slice tomato, 1 tbsp crumbled feta, ½ hard-boiled egg then crumbled prosciutto.
1 cup of very thinly-sliced purple cabbage 2 beefsteak or large heirloom tomatoes, sliced into ½ inch rounds 4 tbsp of crumbled feta, chèvre or blue cheese 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled, halved 2 slices of prosciutto, cooked and crumbled
2. Place micro greens around steak to garnish. Serve with favourite dressing and steak knife. 3. Best served immediately to keep iceberg crunchy.
Micro greens, to garnish Salt & pepper, to taste
KOREY’S TIPS: Keep micro greens on hand to brighten up salads, sandwiches and wraps. This recipe features pea shoots, but look for baby arugula, radish sprouts, broccoli sprouts and others. Store tomatoes on the counter at room temperature to maintain flavour and texture— refrigeration deteriorates both! SUMMER 2018 ottawaathome.ca 53
FOOD Let’s Dish
BY PAULA ROY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
hey’ve been tagged as one of this year’s hottest food trends and they’re popping up on plates everywhere. Edible flowers are one of the easiest ways to add a joyful burst of colour to any meal, whether you choose whole blossoms or individual petals. Locally, we have a robust supply thanks to Corinne Mooney of Ottawa Edible Flowers. For the past six years, she’s been cultivating her passions for organic gardening, food and cocktails. As her flowerbeds were preparing to burst into bloom this spring, she shared her thoughts on why edible flowers are so versatile and appealing. How did Ottawa Edible Flowers come to be? I had long wanted to live in the country and was ready for a change after working for the government. When I found this rural property on the water, I knew it was the perfect spot. Since launching Ottawa Edible Flowers, with my wonderful husband’s support I have been slowly expanding the business, adding more beds to the garden each year. 54 ottawaathome.ca SUMMER 2018
FOOD Let’s Dish shipping fresh flowers regularly from late April to early October, and my crystallized flowers, petals and leaves ship worldwide year round! I’m currently exploring several retail options in Ottawa as well. Are there any flowers that are especially popular? I have a huge range of colours and blossoms, from large tulip petals to micro-sized whole flowers. Some people are happy to get an assortment of fresh mixed petals while others are more selective. Restaurants often want as much of one particular flower as they can get and some enjoy more savoury options like allium, chives or carrot blossoms. My restaurant customers often look for specific colours in season; blue and black are the most requested. Chefs usually have a vision and want the flowers to complement but not overwhelm their dish. Are there any rules to follow when using edible flowers? You really can’t go wrong as most flowers are either almost flavourless or have a very faint floral flavour. Just be mindful when adding flowers to desserts.
For example, oniony allium or peppery nasturtium are not great choices for sweet dishes, but delicate little pansies that taste like wintergreen are ideal. What do you enjoy about your work? I just love being outdoors, working in the soil with the bees, butterflies and frogs for company. It is tremendously satisfying to watch chefs and home cooks incorporating my flowers into creative plating and I feel like my little business really does help make people feel happy. How can people learn more about adding edible flowers to their plates? I have developed a food pairing tool on my website that is useful for guiding selection in terms of what’s in season as well as by colour, flavour and size of petals. There are also great ideas on Pinterest and Instagram that can be very inspiring. I encourage people to play around with adding them to cocktails, salads and cheese or charcuterie boards. Even just a few petals can dramatically enhance the appearance of any dish.
Why do you think edible flowers are becoming so popular? They can elevate even the humblest of meals into something elegant and I think people see them as an affordable luxury. They’re being featured on food shows like Chef’s Table and popping up all over Instagram. Most importantly, they are beautiful but also really accessible and easy to use. What do you grow in your gardens? I grow about 45 different varieties of flowering plants each year, with an everchanging mix thanks to trial and error. I focus on selecting plants which are not a tremendous struggle to grow and which provide enough blooms to make them commercially viable. Among my favourites are violets, pansies, forsythia, lavender, lilac, bachelor’s buttons, columbine, dianthus, primula and begonias, to name just a few. Who are your customers? Edible flowers are really popular with restaurants, hotels and caterers, as well as wedding and event venues. I also have many home cooks who appreciate the ability to add something truly beautiful to their plates. Thanks to word-of-mouth and my website (ottawaedible-flowers.myshopify.com), I’m now SUMMER 2018 ottawaathome.ca 55
Tripworthy Treats BY PAULA ROY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
Easy summer living includes casual food with a fun factor! We found three places that should be added to your “worth-taking-a-drive-for” list.
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FOOD Dining Out
MIMI’S IN MANOTICK DAIRY BARN AND CAFÉ What began last summer as a cute little country-style spot, offering ice cream with all the toppings plus gourmet coffee and tea, has undergone a delicious transformation, making it a donut lover’s paradise as well. A slow winter for ice cream sales led to offering artisanal donuts from local bakeries, bringing something different and special to the bustling village of Manotick. The popularity of this new element prompted Mimi’s co-owner, Emily, to start making donuts in-house. It’s proven to be a great addition, much to the delight of both customers and her business partner and lifelong friend Dave, who also owns Fitz’s Fries, located next door. Although Mimi’s has only been offering its new donut line for a few months, the shop is just barely keeping up with demand. They’ve implemented a new pre-order program for people who want specific flavours or their fabulous cronuts, and a kitchen expansion is in the works to increase daily production. Staples include classic cinnamon-sugar donuts to fritters with fresh fruit and even a decadent chocolate-cheesecake donut. Hot tip: It’s a one minute walk from Mimi’s to Manotick’s gorgeous, historic Watson’s Mill—the perfect spot for a sweet picnic.
MEATINGS IN ORLEANS It’s a family affair at Meatings, an authentic smokehouse and barbecue joint co-owned by brothers Mat and Joey Flosse, along with business partner Carol Hunt. The company that began as a catering endeavour six years ago has grown to include a small restaurant on St. Joseph Boulevard in Orleans. High demand has
them planning an expansion already after just 18 months. Meatings’ rustic décor is an ideal match for the food, with seats for 20 at liveedge wood communal tables or high top counters with fire-engine red barstools. There’s even a little south-facing patio out front. Chalkboard walls tell the Meatings story, and customers’ graffiti is a fun adornment to the barnboard panelling and exposed brick. As for the food, meat naturally takes centre stage on their extensive menu, with melt-in-your mouth brisket, tender ribs and tasty tacos among the most popular fare. For sides, the cornbread, mac ‘n cheese and smoked baked beans are musttries. And vegans aren’t forgotten either, thanks to Meatings’ seasoned, smoked, sauced and shredded jackfruit that has all the flavour and texture of pulled pork while remaining absolutely meat-free. As if all this doesn’t sound tempting enough, Ottawa-based John Thomson, Canada’s national barbeque champion, has declared that Meatings serves up the best restaurant ribs in Canada. Hot tip: Pre-order via the new Meatings Barbecue iOS app then you can pick up your meal and head to Petrie Island, a quick 10 minute drive away.
STELLA LUNA GELATO CAFÉ IN MERRICKVILLE The third jewel in the Stella Luna crown has spent the past few months being buffed and shined for its opening this spring. A Victorian brick house with gingerbread trim in Merrickville first caught the eye of Tammy and Alessandro Guiliani many years ago on frequent motorcycle trips through the area—a romantic echo of their three-
ERICA (LEFT) AND TAMMY
day whirlwind Italian courtship in the 1980s. Transforming a heritage 1890s building into a gelateria is the fulfillment of their longstanding dream to own a quaint village café and makes a perfect addition to the town’s eclectic, appealing collection of restaurants and artisanal craft boutiques. The shop’s vintage, farmhouse vibe is as welcoming as the staff, including Tammy and Alessandro’s daughter Erica, who runs the shop. While Stella Luna is famous for its internationally award-winning gelato, also on offer are delectable crepes and waffles, gourmet panini and an appetizing selection of salads and soups, making it the ideal stop for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a quick refuelling treat. The plan is to add a dinner menu next year as well as a wine bar and craft beer to the café, so visitors can settle in outdoors to enjoy their lovely perennial gardens or stroll down to the water’s edge in this picturesque town where time seems to stand still. Hot tip: While Merrickville is a favoured destination for cyclists and day-tripping drivers, Stella Luna’s new location is perfect for boaters too, as it’s just steps away from the Rideau Canal lock station. SUMMER 2018 ottawaathome.ca 57
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Rhubarb-Ginger Sparklers BY PAULA ROY
This refreshing drink is as delicious as it is pretty. Select dark pink rhubarb stalks for the most vibrant syrup. You can follow this recipe to make cocktails (or mocktails) by the glass, or prepare a pitcher for easy serving when your guests arrive. It’s the perfect thirst quencher for bridal or baby showers, as well as summertime brunches. The recipe makes two cups of syrup, enough for eight drinks; it can be refrigerated for a week or frozen for up to six months.
RHUBARB SYRUP 4 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh ginger root 2 cups water 1 cup white sugar
FOR ONE COCKTAIL ¼ cup chilled rhubarb syrup ½ cup sparkling wine (or soda water)
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1. To make the syrup, put the rhubarb, sugar and water in a medium pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. 2. Let syrup mixture cool in the pot for 10 minutes then strain through a sieve or cheesecloth into a clean glass jar or jug. Refrigerate until ready to make drinks. 3. To make the sparklers, put rhubarb syrup in a champagne coupe or wine glass, followed by sparkling wine or soda water, or a combination of both. 4. Garnish with edible flowers and serve immediately.
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Ottawa’s First Brewery BY ANDREW KING
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As the summer heats up Ottawa’s thirst for a cold beer seems unquenchable, with close to 20 craft breweries now operating in the Nation’s Capital. Since Ottawa’s first tavern opened in 1819, Ottawa has always been a town of beer drinkers despite our reputation as being a “boring government town.” As these local breweries open and pour their products at an increasing rate, let’s not lose sight of our important beer history and locate our very first brewery, a brewery that I believe was situated at the base of Parliament Hill. In the early 1800s, a Ralph Smith from King’s County in Ireland built a house near Richmond Landing, right near the Portage Bridge. An excerpt from the book by Nicholas Flood Davin, The Irishman In Canada (published in 1877), reveals that after arriving on the shore near Richmond Landing in 1819, Smith got to work operating a brewery and a ferryboat to take people and belongings across the river to Wrightstown (now Gatineau/Hull). Old maps of Ottawa have always fascinated me, recording places in a time that was never photographed. One such map is the one at the Library and Archives Canada labelled, MIKAN 4135481 Bytown 1831. This map was drawn to show the topography of the riverfront of what is now Parliament Hill, back then called “Barrack’s Hill” because it was a military outpost, and it clearly labels a body of water on the south shore, just west of the Hill as “Brewery Bay.” A closer look at that map reveals that there is a small building labelled “Brewery.” This is likely proof of Smith’s south shore brewery that he started twelve years earlier. The first brewery seems to have been located just inside Brewery Bay, escaping the flooding waters of the Ottawa River which submerged the peninsula that used to be there and can sometimes be seen at low waters throughout the year. If this location is correct, then the ruins of Ottawa’s first brewery either lie in the wooded area off the NCC bike path or were demolished by the government building parking lots near there. Next time you pour a locally-brewed cold beer this summer, take a moment to remember where Ottawa’s first brewery was located and raise a glass to Ralph Smith who started it all down below the Parliament Buildings.
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