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The Farm Boy way

In May, we received an intriguing invitation from Farm Boy to join them in their test kitchen. This was pretty exciting, because Foodie Girlz love their stores and products. Another perk of my recent move recently is that there is one just around the corner from my house. I don’t know about you, but with a busy work schedule I find it hard to always prep meals for the week let alone the next day. I really try but it doesn’t always work out and there is at least one night of the week that I have no idea what we are having for supper until I walk into Farm Boy. The salad/hot bar are my best friends! Farm Boy...

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Eat Drink Spring 2016

With the arrival of nice weather, BBQ season is finally here. My husband and I purchased our first home recently and now I’m collecting ideas for summer entertaining. I want to wow my guests with more that hot dogs, hamburgers, and beer. You can get a lot of inspiration online but I’m often left wondering “is this really going to taste good”. Try before you buy is a great rule to live by. And lucky for me the 3rd Annual Eat, Drink, Spring (sister show to the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival) is coming up this Friday and Saturday, May 13th and 14th. If you need a little inspiration like I do, why not spend some time at the show...

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Homegrown giving with Givopoly

I don’t know about you, but I always get a little rush when the doorbell rings unexpectedly and I’m greeted with a present. After all, who doesn’t love a present? With work, family, and other commitments sometimes it’s hard to get around to picking up that special something for someone, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or even a holiday. You want to do it but you just seem to always run out of time. Sound about right? Well there is a solution to this – Givolopy! An Ottawa Original Givopoly.com is a one-stop shop for Ottawa gifts. They are a fast and friendly gift delivery service that works exclusively with locally owned businesses and provides 7 days a week gift delivery to Ottawa, Gatineau, Nepean, Gloucester,...

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February is Heart Month

For the second year in a row, Ottawa Foodie Girlz focused its February fundraising efforts for the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation during Heart Month. We decided to hold an online auction from Feb 15-20, 2016 to raise funds towards a new hybrid operating room. This hybrid operating room provides one setting for multi-disciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists to work side-by-side treating all types of cardiac cases at the Ottawa Heart Institute. The Ottawa Heart Institute has very personal significance for me, as I was patient there in August 2011, at the age of 32. I learned that I was a candidate to have a Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE). It really is as complex and scary as it sounds, I...

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Savour Ottawa Winter Tables

2 weeks of local food menus and events - Support local from February 16 to 29, 2016 Support local farmers and producers but leave the cooking to some great chefs! Savour Ottawa’s Winter Tables starts tomorrow and runs until February 29, 2016. For those who aren’t familiar with Winter Tables, it celebrates the availability of local food in winter, as well as the talents of local chefs including:  Absinthe (Menu) The Albion Rooms (Menu) Fairmont Chateau Laurier (Menu) North & Navy (Menu) Red Apron (Menu) The Table Restaurant (Menu) What is Savour Ottawa? Savour Ottawa is an initiative spearheaded by Ottawa Tourism, Just Food and the City of Ottawa (Markets Management & Rural Affairs Branches). Savour Ottawa is a membership-based initiative, aiming to highlight local farmers, and provide...

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