A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Lasagna at Cafe Colonade

It’s my own fault, really. Cafe Colonade is renowned for having some of the best pizza in Ottawa. So when I found myself there for dinner a little while back, I had to go and order the lasagna. You have to be in the mood for pizza. I just wasn’t in a pizza mood that ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: A hike to Hintonburger

I don’t try to be negative when I do these reviews. I’m generally a pretty easy person to please, cuisine wise. But as I catch up on my food blogging, it seems I had a number of underwhelming meals in a row this summer. Today’s entry is an unnecessarily pricey Hintonburger. During my stay-cation this ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Hunter Schnitzel at Bier Markt

Down the block from the office on Sparks Street is a franchise of Bier Markt, which I would probably visit more often if I liked beer. But I don’t. Sometimes, however, duty calls, particularly during patio season, and I visit this Belgian-inspired restaurant. And I’ll just say, there’s a reason they don’t call it Food ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: When we weren’t watching they completely changed how we make tacos

I’m taking a temporary pause from my Hill and Hill-adjacent food blogging to discuss an incredibly important food-related topic: a massive and unannounced under the radar change to the fundamental physics of taco meat preparation. Ever since I began cooking regularly in my later teenage years (a very fair trade to get out of doing ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Pizza Hut Lunch Buffet

Not every Pizza Hut offers the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. But those that do are magnificent. Luckily, the one in Ottawa on Bank Street, south of Walkley is about a 20-minute bus ride away so I don’t visit too often. Otherwise, it could be dangerous. I did make a mid-week visit during my staycation, however. It ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Chicken Tandoori Kabob at Afghani Kabob Express

I was first introduced to the cuisine of Afghanistan during the last nomination cycle, as an Afghan restaurant in Scarborough became one of our regular post-canvass meal destinations. I enjoyed it and, since I moved to Ottawa, Afghani Kabob Express at Bank and Lisgar has been a regular dinner stop. There is a lot of ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Chimichanga at Pancho Villa

Since we’re in the summer, I’ll venture a little outside a few-block radius of Parliament Hill for my food blogging. Today’s entry took me to Elgin and Frank for a holiday visit to Pancho Villa for some Mexican food. It being a pleasant day, I decided to sit on the patio and was invited to ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Sliders with SLOAN in the East Block Courtyard

All of a sudden the weather is nicer in Ottawa, so on Tuesday evening I popped over to the East Block Courtyard for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) reception. The attraction for most was the promised musical performances by SLOAN and Charlotte Cardin. Other obligations meant I had to ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Flavours of Canada (Atlantic) buffet

I’ve missed the last few fancy buffets at the Parliamentary Restaurant, including the buffet meant to welcome the arrival of spring — probably appropriate, as spring has yet to actually arrive in Ottawa. Still, when an Atlantic Canada theme was offered up last Friday as part of the restaurant’s Flavours of Canada series a visit ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: These fish tacos were a mess

Fish tacos have been on the parliamentary cafeteria menu for some time, but it never really occurred to me to order them until, while in line one day at the made to order stir fry station, I noticed one pan was being used to fry to order two fillets of fish, which were then moved ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Pho Fridays at the Wellington Cafeteria

I’ve written before about the Made to Order Bar at the swanky new Wellington Building cafeteria. It’s omelettes in the morning and alternates between pasta and stir fry at lunch, and is the best thing about the new caf. On Fridays though, the rotation is broken up with made to order Pho. And on this ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Pho Fridays at the Wellington Cafeteria

I’ve written before about the Made to Order Bar at the swanky new Wellington Building cafeteria. It’s omelettes in the morning and alternates between pasta and stir fry at lunch, and is the best thing about the new caf. On Fridays though, the rotation is broken up with made to order Pho. And on this ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Finally a brunch that’s more lunch than breakfast

As faithful readers will know, I’m a regular at the Parliamentary Restaurant’s now near-weekly (they need the revenue, I think) open to the masses Friday buffet brunches. And if I have one regular complaint, it’s that these brunches are often more breakfast than lunch. And for me, that’s an issue. I’m a lunch guy. I ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Finally a brunch that’s more lunch than breakfast

As faithful readers will know, I’m a regular at the Parliamentary Restaurant’s now near-weekly (they need the revenue, I think) open to the masses Friday buffet brunches. And if I have one regular complaint, it’s that these brunches are often more breakfast than lunch. And for me, that’s an issue. I’m a lunch guy. I ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating Up the Hill: The #AlternativeFacts Taste of British Columbia at the Parliamentary Restaurant

Every couple of Fridays, The Parliamentary Restaurant allows the unwashed staffer masses inside for a buffet. And when I heard that last Friday’s buffet menu was “Flavours of Canada: British Columbia” I, as a BCer, was obligated to make the trek up the Hill. This is the second in what I surmise will be an ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating Up the Hill: The #AlternativeFacts Taste of British Columbia at the Parliamentary Restaurant

Every couple of Fridays, The Parliamentary Restaurant allows the unwashed staffer masses inside for a buffet. And when I heard that last Friday’s buffet menu was “Flavours of Canada: British Columbia” I, as a BCer, was obligated to make the trek up the Hill. This is the second in what I surmise will be an ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Made to order pasta in the new Wellington cafeteria

After much anticipation, the cafeteria in the newly renovated Wellington Building opened its doors to the Parliamentary public last week. They had actually been open earlier getting ready and testing appliances and what not — I offered my taste-testing services but, sadly, the offer was declined. It was worth the wait though. Bright and airy, ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Made to order pasta in the new Wellington cafeteria

After much anticipation, the cafeteria in the newly renovated Wellington Building opened its doors to the Parliamentary public last week. They had actually been open earlier getting ready and testing appliances and what not — I offered my taste-testing services but, sadly, the offer was declined. It was worth the wait though. Bright and airy, ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Steak frites at The Riviera

After trying historic political dining spot Mama Therera Ristorante last week, this week I joined a friend for lunch at a more recent on trend politico lunching spot: The Riviera. Located on Sparks Street just a few doors down from Darcy McGee’s, The Riviera opened last spring in a former CIBC branch. It was an ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Steak frites at The Riviera

After trying historic political dining spot Mama Therera Ristorante last week, this week I joined a friend for lunch at a more recent on trend politico lunching spot: The Riviera. Located on Sparks Street just a few doors down from Darcy McGee’s, The Riviera opened last spring in a former CIBC branch. It was an ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Lunch at Mamma Teresa Ristorante

At Sommerset and O’Connor, Mamma Teresa Ristorante is well outside the usual boundary I employ for Hill-adjacent restaurants for review on this blog. However, given that this is a storied Ottawa political hangout, when a friend suggested lunch there last week I had to make an exception. The wall of political head shots at Mamma Teresa’s certainly ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Lunch at Mother Mamma Teresa Ristorante

At Sommerset and O’Connor, Mamma Teresa Ristorante is well outside the usual boundary I employ for Hill-adjacent restaurants for review on this blog. However, given that this is a stories Ottawa political hangout, when a friend suggested lunch there last week I decided to make an exception. The wall of political headshots at Mamma Teresa’s certainly is ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Buddha Satay Bowl at Freshii

Our office moved over to the newly renovated Wellington Building last week and, while the new cafeteria in this building looks pretty sweet, it won’t be open for another week. As my offer to serve as a taste tester as they prep for opening hasn’t been accepted, I’ve been venturing elsewhere for my lunch. It’s ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Buddha Satay Bowl at Freshii

Our office moved over to the newly renovated Wellington Building last week and, while the new cafeteria in this building looks pretty sweet, it won’t be open for another week. As my offer to serve as a taste tester as they prep for opening hasn’t been accepted, I’ve been venturing elsewhere for my lunch. It’s ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Soup and a sandwich from The Soup Guy

I’ve been talking a lot about soup on this blog and so, at the urging of a regular reader, I ventured off campus to the food court at World Exchange Plaza to sample the wares of The Soup Guy. I don’t venture too often over to the World Exchange Plaza about four blocks from my ...