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Mobile Seafood

19 Mar

Last year Ottawa was bitten by the food truck craze. City Hall finally released a limited number of permits for some new food trucks. Having worked in the east end of Ottawa for the last couple of years I’ve only had the chance to try a couple. I’ve already posted about Relish Food Truck, Stone Soup Foodworks and Bite This if you want to read a little about some of the other trucks in Ottawa. Now that I am working downtown, I am looking forward to trying a bunch more.


I’ve already convinced some of my new colleagues to brave the weather and walk down to Ad Mare. Ad Mare is located at Slater and O’Connor, which is super convenient / dangerous for me because I work less than 5 minutes away. The day that we went it was super cold out but there was still a line, so you know the food has to be good.

Ad Mare specializes in seafood. In the past there menu has included items like crab grilled cheese sammy, shrimp po’boys, fish tacos and fish & chips. Once a week they have lobster day, which is the day we went to Ad Mare, lucky for us.


On the menu that day there was lobster mac n cheese, lobster rolls, lobster poutine, fish tacos and fish & chips. By the time we got there the lobster mac n cheese was already sold out, so I got the lobster poutine. It was delicious! The lobster poutine was hand cut chips topped with butter poached lobster, cheese curds and gravy. When I originally ordered it, I was afraid that there wasn’t going to be a lot of lobster, I was happy to get lots of lobster, claw meat and tail meat. It was super tasty. It was a little pricy compared to other poutines but I’ve never had another poutine with lobster. I will definitely be back to Ad Mare, probably more than once. If you’re in the downtown core Ad Mare is a must try. If you’re coming from outside the downtown core, pick a nice day so you can enjoy a meal outside.

You can find Ad Mare on:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/AdMareSeafood
Twitter – twitter.com/ad_mare
Web – admareseafood.com

Ad Mare on Urbanspoon

Relish Gourmet Food Truck

15 Oct

One of my favourite TV shows on Food Network is the Great Food Truck Race. This season, teams of wannabe food truck owners raced across the US in the hopes of winning their very own food truck and $50,000. **SPOILER ALERT** The winning team, Seoul Sausage (www.seoulsausage.com), were not only great promoters but also had interesting good food. (At least from what I am told on TV.) They did a food truck take on Korean BBQ. Focusing on something a little different is what often propels a food truck to success. Ottawa is slowly seeing in an increase in the number of cool food truck options. The newest entry into the Ottawa food truck scene is Relish Gourmet food truck. What makes Relish an awesome food truck is the fact that there isn’t a French fry or hot dog on the menu. Paul Bergeron, the mastermind behind Relish, is bringing gourmet restaurant food to the street.

A couple of weeks ago my friend and I were downtown for a work event and decided to stop by Relish Gourmet food truck for lunch. Located in front of the law building on the University of Ottawa Campus, parking was a little bit hard to come by so I let my friend off to start looking at the menu. As I was parking I got this tweet from her:

We ordered one of everything! (Except a drink.) It wasn’t too busy while we were there, so we got a chance to chat with the two people in the truck who were all super nice! In record time we got our order of everything which included; black bean and feta tocos, bbq chicken Sammy, s’mac and cheese and fresh doughnuts. There was more than enough food for the both of us but we soldiered through and devoured it all. I’ve been sitting here for the last five minutes trying to figure out which of the dishes was my favourite and I can’t pick one over another.

One of the highlights of the meal was the tortillas. They tasted like they were freshly made and had a great flavour to them. I find that at a lot of places you don’t even taste the tortillas, they are only there as a vessel to get everything else to your mouth. At Relish, the tortillas were a component of the dish and complemented they other ingredients.

I am also going to give a shout out to the s’mac and cheese. There is a reason this stuff is called s’mac and cheese, it is addictively good! This isn’t your overly greasy or neon orange mac and cheese (though I do love neon orange). It’s creamy, cheesy goodness topped with bacon and crispy onion.

Relish Gourmet food truck lives up to its name, the food is gourmet! It is now one of my favourite food trucks here in the city, right up there with Stone Soup Foodworks. Since they are both down on the University of Ottawa campus you can hit them both up in one day. If you’re an Ottawa U student you are crazy lucky! You have two of the best food trucks in the city right at your front door. It almost makes me wish I was still a student. Next time you’re downtown trying to figure out what to do for lunch, head over to the campus and try Relish Gourmet food truck.

Relish the Flavour on Urbanspoon

Food Truck Infographic

28 Sep

One of my post popular posts ever is about the Bite This food truck here is Ottawa. (http://bit.ly/Qv3mYa) Ottawa has seen a few more food trucks open in recent years including Stone Soup Foodworks, Trailer Pork Boys and Relish. We also have our collection of poutine and hot dog trucks that can be found all over the city. Here in Ottawa, we are well behind the food truck craze compared to a lot of other cities in North America. This is in part due to city restrictions and because of climate. But with all of the hype surrounding food trucks, including Food Networks The Great Food Truck Race, a lot of people think “hey I want to open a food truck!”

I am definitely one of those people. Opening a food truck seems like a relatively inexpensive way of starting your own business. Plus I love food and enjoy being a social media all of the time. I am always coming up with new themes for my future food truck and think that I would be able to make some pretty good food that people would love. However, until the city changes some of the restrictions around permitting for food truck, my dream of owning and operating a food truck will be on hold. Doesn’t mean I can’t still research how to do it once food trucks are allowed here in Ottawa.

Just the other day I got an email from someone about an infographic they had just help create about food trucks. If you’ve ever been interested in opening a food truck take a look. It will give you some things to think about before opening your very own dream food truck!

Thank you to carinsurance.org for providing the infographic. Click HERE to see in the infographic on their page.

America's Food Truck Infographic


Thanks again to carinsurance.org for the awesome infographic!

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