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Viva Las Vegas: Part 2

A trip to Vegas is not complete without a visit to at least one celebrity-run restaurant.  I got the chance to try two! The first one I chose was China Polabano. China Poblano Open since 2010, China Poblano is located inside the Cosmopolitan hotel, the celebrity chef behind this is a new concept where Mexican and Chinese cuisines collide is Chef José Andrés. Andrés is a native of Spain who has been cooking since the age of 12. He is an internationally recognized culinary innovator. Andrés now owns restaurants in many cities including: Washington D.C., Beverly Hills, Dorado, South Beach and Las Vegas. When I first read about this place, I was intrigued how the two very different cultures came...

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Zolas

Last week, I was invited to Zolas to try their new Feast menu. I was among a group of women suggested to Gina by Catherine Landry (creator of the Ladies Who Lunch network in Ottawa). The feast menu is a new option geared to family-style dining. Zolas has had a long-standing spot in the Ottawa restaurant industry. They are well-known for supporting the local community with donations or through their co-op program and also for their involvement in fundraisers like Taste for Life for the past 26 years. Owner, Chef Tony, and his sister, Gina Vacchio, who manages the restaurant, have been there since the beginning, 29 years ago. This family affair also includes staff that have become like family...

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Fondue Night

Last May was the first time we experienced Absinthe as a group. During that visit, a few of us noticed the weekly fondue night on the menu. We had talked about going back for a long time and we finally did it! For those that aren’t familiar with Absinthe, it’s a cozy bistro-like place in Westboro lead by chef-owner Patrick Garland. Some recent accolades include being the winner of Gold Medal Plates Ottawa for 2014. The restaurant is well-known for sourcing and using as many local and organic ingredients as possible. It is also known for giving back to the community through things like $1.00 from each burger going to the Cornerstone Housing for Women or supporting the nearby Parkdale Food...

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Hill Hour

A few of us made an impromptu visit to the Metropolitain Brasserie on Tuesday night. In the market area on other business, we thought we’d check out Metropolitain’s Hill Hour (they are located really close to Parliament Hill, hence the name). Hill Hour is from 4-7pm from Monday to Friday and they have a select menu that features $1 Oysters and Chilled Jumbo Shrimp along with other specialty items from their menu. We arrived at about 6:30 and were able to get a table without any problem – maybe because of the unwelcome blizzard going on outside. The interior décor was traditional French Brasserie furnished with burgundy leather banquettes, polished brass and mahogany wood accents throughout. We noticed that it...

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Sip 'n Slurp

Last night I attended the 2nd annual Ottawa Noodlefest hosted by  Privé. I first discovered Privé last fall when I attended Taco Fest. They are an event production and marketing company based in Ottawa that puts on events a few times a year.  Each themed event brings local restaurants and chefs together to promote their businesses and their food. Last night’s event had chefs showcasing their spin on Thai, ramen, and other popular noodle dishes. There were also a few other street-food vendors on site for dessert like Mr. Churros and Hot Cream Holes. Each event always sells out and this time was no different. The entrance fee was $10 and tickets can always be purchased in advance online. They...

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