SHOP TALK: Tasty Tidings
Shop Talk

SHOP TALK: Tasty Tidings

This story appears in the Winter edition of OTTAWA Magazine, on newsstands now. Click here to subscribe to the print or digital versions.

Product sourcing by Sarah Fischer and Erica Wark
Photography by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio


Photo by Marc Fowler/ Metropolis Studio
Photo by Marc Fowler/ Metropolis Studio

Gourmet Gifts
For the home chef on your list, nothing beats top-of-the-line olive oil in wild flavours to incite creativity in the kitchen. $32 for a 750-mL bottle. The Unrefined Olive, 151-A Second Ave., 613-231-3133. This wicker basket makes the gift-giving moment a beautiful thing. $95. J.D. Adam Kitchen & Home Accessories, 795 Bank St., 613-235-8714.  

Fair Fare
Divine chocolate bars are made with fair-trade cocoa butter, fair-trade sugar, and real vanilla to ensure a taste that truly is divine ($4.60 each). These lemongrass sticks are produced by small-scale organic farmers in Sri Lanka and India ($3.20 each). Himalayan salt, from Solay Gourmet, is a pretty pink colour thanks to 84 essential minerals ($10 for 227 g).  Ten Thousand Villages, 371 Richmond Rd., 613-759-4701.

Time Out
Take a moment to unwind and refuel. Get Relaxed Tea, from The Republic of Tea, features calming aromas of lavender and rose petals, as well as chamomile and passionflower ($14.95 for 36 bags). Polenta crisps, in caramelized red onion and balsamic vinegar flavour, are low-fat crackers that are free of wheat, gluten, and nuts ($7.59). Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli, 1321 Wellington St., 613-722-8753.

Blush Bubbles
Celebrate in style with Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut, an elegant sparkling wine made in classic tradition. Sip by the fire for a refreshing and delicate holiday experience.  $29.95. LCBO, 275 Rideau St.,  613-789-5226.

Sweet Treats
For an all-natural warm-up that will satisfy your sweet tooth, try chocolate truffle hot chocolate by Vermont’s Silly Cow Farms ($7.99). Cocomira’s pistachio crunch combines Belgian dark chocolate with toffee and pistachios for a tasty treat that happens to be gluten-free ($9.99). Rainbow Foods, 1487 Richmond Rd., 613-726-9200.