SUMMER ISSUE: 101 Tastes to Try — the must-eat list you cannot resist
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SUMMER ISSUE: 101 Tastes to Try — the must-eat list you cannot resist


Ethereal, whimsical, daring, and just plain delicious — the ultimate must-try list for local gourmands

Letter from the Editor

Back by popular demand! Ever since we published the inaugural “101 Tastes” list in September 2009, readers have been clamoring for us to do it all again. In 2013, it was time. And so Ottawa Magazine’s resident food experts Cindy Deachman, Anne DesBrisay, and Shawna Wagman made a date at Les Grillades, convening for a Lebanese breakfast and a monster planning session.

The result is a spectacular all-new culinary journey through the capital. This year’s list includes burgers and milkshakes, but also crickets and octopus. And global goes local with fateh, banh xeo, sopes, and knefeh making the grade.

The writers will readily admit that some fabulous dishes had to be abandoned — after all, they started out with at least 300 ideas — while others were forgotten. But more than half the fun is in the discussion of what should have been there. So take this list as a starting point for your gastronomic explorations. Try all 101, then tell us what you think — and what you would have added to the list.

We are indebted to food photographer extraordinaire Christian Lalonde and food stylist Noah Witenoff, who teamed up once again to set up many of the delicious food tableaus for 101 Tastes. Here, an outtake from one of their shoots, with Lalonde’s assistant, Alex Deszcz seen taking a break during an afternoon visit to Fraser Café, where they captured the homegrown goodness of Fraser Café’s roast chicken for two (Taste #81).

COMING UP: Our local building boom continues apace. And with space in the core becoming harder to find, Ottawa Magazine surveys the city’s densification policies and innovative solutions from local builders and buyers. As well, we look at the resentments brewing in the local restaurant scene and follow a victim of crime as he documents his arduous recovery process.

Sarah Brown, Editor


101 Tastes
Ethereal, whimsical, daring, and just plain delicious — the ultimate must-try list for local gourmands
With files from Cindy Deachman, Anne DesBrisay, and Shawna Wagman
Photography by Christian Lalonde

Our Leafier Half
A lyrical tour through Ottawa’s woodlands
By Jamieson Findlay  *  Photography by Jordan Craig

The Men Have Gone Hunting
New short fiction by Nadine McInnis


Just Add Water

Tales of torment and triumph, fishing and ice cream. Ron Corbett takes his boat for a tour of the Long Reach — a.k.a. the playground of the Rideau River — collecting stories as he goes


On the record with GENEVIEVE GAGNON, one of the forces behind the city’s first birthing centre • The scoop on one local park’s odd DOG-POOP rules • Referencing nature in SUBURBAN KID ZONES • Telling tales of trips and gigs • The cost of posh in ROCKCLIFFE • Ottawa artists strut their stuff on GOOGLE


My Look
Paddleboarder Harmony Dawn McGrath rocks the sporty look

Tasting Notes
Best bets for your summer wine tour of Prince Edward County

Spotlight on ELMDALE OYSTER HOUSE & TAVERN • Talking chips and ice cream with CUSTOM CARP CREAMERY’s Dustin Therrien • Plus our star-rated reviews

Road Trip Calendar
From dinner cruises to outdoor theatre, food festivals to good old-fashioned county fairs: the towns surrounding Ottawa are abuzz with events all summer long. Pick a weekend, pack the car, and get ready for the country

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL traces man’s ambitions • Hometown girl AMANDA RHEAUME plays the Blacksheep Inn • Hot spots for ANIMAL SPOTTING • Photographer extraordinaire EDWARD BURTYNSKY turns his lens on the oil industry • WILLIE NELSON and WINTON MARSALIS headline Jazzfest • Plus our arts and entertainment listings