5 Quick Snack Stops to Pop Into In The Glebe!

Now that September is under way, kids are back at school and parents are back to work all over the city, including my neighbourhood, The Glebe. From bakeries and chocolatiers to coffee shops and grocery stores, there is such a variety of places in The Glebe for visitors and “Glebites” to shop, eat and play. I love visiting my favourite haunts close to where I live and work to pick up a quick bite to eat. It is also a great place to visit whether you are planning a trip to Ottawa or if you are acting as a tourist in the city.

 

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Have you ever been to this part of the nation’s capital?  If you are ever in this area of the nation’s capital and are feeling a bit feeling a bit peckish, take a look at five places along (and just slightly off of) Bank Street in The Glebe I like to pop into for a quick snack!

1. Second Avenue Sweets

Location: 151B Second Avenue

Price:  **

 

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For those of you who are not aware of this, I have a bit of a romance with croissants. Do you blame me?! When baked well, they are light, flaky and ever so buttery. One of my absolute favourite places to pick up one of these golden brown delights is at Second Avenue Sweets. Tucked away on Second Avenue along Bank Street, this bakery conjures up some of the best croissants in the city. They also bake up some really delicious cookies, bread, cakes, cupcakes and other amazing treats. Whenever my kids and I are ever in the area, they always ask if we can go in. They treat our visits as a real treat when they get to nosh on these baked goods. It is hard not to pop in when we are in the heart of the Glebe.

 

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2.  Wholefoods Market – Landsdowne

Location: 951 Bank Street

Price: **

 

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Landsdowne Park has been revitalized to become a multi-functional area for its visitors. It draws many people throughout the day. Many of them (like me) are frequent patrons of one of its shops: Whole Foods Market. Yes, it does sell produce, other food and lifestyle items, but they also have prepared food for those looking to satisfy their grumbly bellies with a meal for lunch or dinner. Beyond their deli counters that serve sandwiches, pizza, and other such delights, they also have soups and salads, as well as sides and main entree meals on hand for diners to choose from.

 

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Whole Foods Market uses a pay-by-weight system when ringing up your selections. I really enjoyed their Chicken Cacciatore on a bed of rice and a mix of two salads for my meal one evening. It was quick and convenient, so I could decide to dine-in or take it with me on-the-go!

 

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3.  Playa Del Popsicle

809 Bank Street

Price: **

 

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This next stop nestled in between Third and Fourth Streets along Bank Street is a seasonal business that helped to keep my kids cool this past summer in a fun way. This business is called Playa Del Popsicle. This food truck serves Sno-Cones and juices, as well as homemade popsicles for revellers to savour during the spring, summer or fall. What puts this business over-the-top is the cute and functional beach scene created in front of the food truck! We were able to sit back and relax while eating our frozen treats. It is a great escape for a few moments away from the blaring sun (or reality)!

 

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4.  Morning Owl – Bank Street

Location: 891 Bank Street

Price: **

 

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Need a cup of joe in the morning? Some baked goods or a fresh sandwich to fill that void in your belly? Then popping into Morning Owl Bank Stree in between Fifth Avenue and Holmwood Avenue is a must. All of their coffee is organic and direct trade. They also serve a variety of fresh-baked treats, drinks, and handmade sandwiches for breakfast or lunch. My kids love their hot chocolates and I am a huge fan of their Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie. It is soooooooo tasty!

 

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5.  Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut

Location: 769 Bank Street

Price: ***

 

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The last stop on this Glebe shop hop list is a place that chocoholics will love to hear about. Whether it is to get your chocolate fix or to pick up a gift for a special person in your life, Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut is the place go. They have so many different treats to put the smile on your face. I was in hot chocolate heaven with their selection of flavours to choose from. There were also a variety of truffles on display to dazzle your eyes as well as your stomach. Want something on the cool side? Take a taste of their gelato! There are also many other treats you can buy to gift or to take home for yourself. This shop boasted different seating areas for customers to settle in and enjoy their sugary vittles as well.

 

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Whether you live, work, go to school or are visiting The Glebe, this neighbourhood is such a great one to explore and grab a quick bite to eat. This family-friendly area of Ottawa makes eating around here feel casual and easy. The stops I highlighted all held their own personal identity and charm, but all held the same friendliness and care-free atmosphere. Hopefully, you will find yourself in this part of the nation’s capital and pop in for a visit!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Colourful and Sweet Chocolate Easter Bark

Hey Readers!

Easter is here! The Annual Easter egg hunt has come and gone, and the chocolate has been eaten by kids big and small at our house! To keep the sugar high alive, I threw together this Colourful and Sweet Easter Bark Recipe to add some colour and some fun to our celebration this year!

 

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Here are the ingredients you need to put together to make this recipe:

  1. 60 Beligan chocolate waffers
  2. 25 vanilla caramels
  3. 2 tablespoons milk
  4. 4 tablespoons festive sprinkles (2 tablespoons per type of sprinkle)
  5. a handful of Easter candy

You will need these items to help create this yummy treat:

  • Cookie sheet or bread pan
  • Spatula
  • Parchment Paper
  • Large pot of water and a large bowl (or a double boiler)
  • Medium bowl

It was really easy to put this tasty treat together!

  1. Get a large pot of water boiling with water and a large glass bowl to create a double boiler.
  2. Line a cookie sheet or a pan with parchment paper
  3. Once the water in the pot is rolling, place the chocolate wafers in a few at a time to melt them and folding them over each other constantly. Once they start to melt, continue to melt them until there are about 10 left. Once you get to this point, remove the pot from the heat and melt the remainder of the waffers while folding the cold waffers into the melted ones.

 

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4. Place melted chocolate into the fridge for 15-20 mins.

5. Melt the caramels in a large glass bowl over the same large pot of water with the milk and stir constantly (you may need to top the water up in the pot if it is too low and let the water boil again).

 

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6. Once the caramel has melted, pour and spread ¾ of this mixture over the chilled chocolate and place back into the fridge for about 20 mins.

7. Remove the sheet/pan from the fridge and spread the remainder of the chocolate on the chilled chocolate /caramel sheet.

8. Drizzle the remainder of the caramel over the chocolate in your desired design.

9. Cover your chocolate/caramel sheet with the sprinkles. I would advise you use one type of sprinkles at a time and blend the other type(s) as you go.

10. Add your chocolate in the open spaces (I tried to get the darker chocolate pieces where there were lighter sprinkles and vise versa so they will stand out).

11. Place the sheet/pan back into the fridge for about 60 mins to make sure the chocolate and caramels are cold all the way through.

11. Remove from the fridge and break apart into hand-sized pieces and serve!

 

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(Yields about 12 pieces depending on the size you break up your bark)

I love that this recipe is super easy to make and one bark will be unique as you cannot recreate the same one twice!

Hopefully, this bark recipe will make your Easter a sweet affair!

 

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I love having the extra layer of caramel! Next time, I will use even more caramel for a thicker layer.

 

What treats would you use to make this Colourful and Sweet Easter Bark?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Purdys Chocolate is Gearing Up to Sweeten Canada’s Capital!

Hey There Readers!

Chocolate lovers in the Ottawa area, there’s a new chocolatier getting ready to set up shop here our fair city! It’s Purdys Chocolates! Yes, Ottawa, Purdys is finally bringing their premium chocolates to our nation’s capital for us to savour and fall in love with, and I just can’t wait!

Like most of you, I love chocolate! It is quite simply one of the best tasting foods in the world! Why do I love chocolate so much, you ask? Well, as a kid, we did not get to have too much chocolate.  Whenever Easter rolled around, my siblings would devour their chocolate treats, but I, who knew that once I ate my chocolate that would not be having probably much more of it for a while, so I would save it and treasure my secret hoard for as long as I could.

Now, as an adult, I love having chocolate around my home in some way, shape or form.  It could be chocolate cupcakes, chocolate squares, chocolate milk, or in some type of candy. Even though my family does not go too long without having some delicious chocolate, I still like having my secret stashes so I can indulge in my sweet treasure whenever I need to satisfy my sweet tooth.

What does this have to do with Purdys Chocolates landing in Ottawa? Well, this will allow for us to have one of our favourite chocolatiers close to home so we can enjoy their scrumptious chocolate creations! There will be two locations opening in Ottawa! One will be at Carlingwood Shopping Centre, and the other will be at Rideau Centre in August, 2014!

For those of you not familiar with Purdys Chocolates, I will fill you in on who they are.  They have been providing quality chocolate since 1907, when Richard Carmon Purdy opened up his chocolate shop on Robson Street in Vancouver, B. C.  When the Flavelle family began running Purdys in 1963, they decided they wanted to uphold the standards of quality that Richard Purdy set when he began creating chocolate.  To this day, Purdys lives up to this tradition of high standards, using the finest of ingredients from around the world, from as far as Belgium, Australia and India to finding excellent airy products right here in Canada.  Purdys has expanded from the one shop Purdy opened up over one hundred years ago to having 64 locations in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

I also love how Purdys Chocolates stays engaged with their followers! I was so excited to have a brief chance to Tweet with Purdys about my what to eat ice cream out of. It made my day for them to have retweeted my response.

 

So, if you are a chocoholic, or if you have never tried Purdys premium chocolate, make your way to one of the two new locations Purdys is opening in Ottawa for a sweet taste sensation!

My favourite Purdys Chocolates creation is their vanilla caramel chocolates! Let me know which sweet creation from Purdys Chocolates is your favourite?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Visit from the Easter Bunny

Hiya Readers!

It was our first Easter in our new home, so we couldn’t wait for the Easter Bunny to visit us and hide all of his sugary treats around our home. The past few years, my family has been in small apartments, so the hunt for Easter eggs was easy for our kids. This year, the Easter Bunny had three floors to leave presents for our kids, so we hoped it would be more fun and challenging for them!

I swear I closed my eyes for only a moment only to find pastel egg capsules all over our home! They were up high for our eldest, and in lower places for our younger two.

 

It took our little ones a while to find this one!

It took our little ones a while to find this one!

 

We even found some eggs in some funny and unusual places!

 

The Easter Bunny sure has a sense of humour!

The Easter Bunny sure has a sense of humour!

 

The Easter Bunny even left a basket of treats for our kids on our dining table since they were too big and bulky to hide.

 

The chocolate tool set was my favourite of the three!

The chocolate tool set was my favourite of the three!

 

When our kids awoke on Easter morning, our younger daughter came downstairs with two eggs in her hands! Once our other two kids heard all of the commotion, they sprang out of their beds so they didn’t miss out on all of the Easter egg hunting fun.

Many breaks were taken as the kids became distracted by all of the chocolate and candy they were finding and eating along the way.

 

As you can see, our little guy couldn't wait to devour his new found loot!

As you can see, our little guy couldn’t wait to devour his new found loot!

 

 

This was during their First Intermission of their Easter egg hunt.  Let the sugar rush begin!

This was during their First Intermission of their Easter egg hunt. Let the sugar rush begin!

 

 

Here's my eldest with some of her Easter treats. She could barely hold the ones she had found so far!

Here’s my eldest with some of her Easter treats. She could barely hold the ones she had found so far!

 

Here are just some of the eggs they found before we ate breakfast.  Tons more to find!

Here are just some of the eggs they found before we ate breakfast. Tons more to find!

 

Overall, this year’s visit from the Easter Bunny was a success! By now, most of the eggs have been found (our eldest found two yesterday evening, and I think one or two are still floating around our house), and wave of sugar shock has come and gone, for now anyway! Hopefully, the Easter Bunny will be able to extend his hunt outside as it was too wet in our front and backyards for our kids to hunt for them there. Maybe I’ll even get a picture of the big guy next year…

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese