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Jak’s Kitchen

15 Dec

There are only 10 days until Christmas morning! I hope everyone is getting their shopping done and decorating their Christmas tree! This time of years is the time for non-stop holiday music in the department stores, ringing bells and staff holiday parties. We recently had our staff Holiday Party at Strathmere (post coming soon!) but my amazing supervisor thought it would be a good idea for our team to go out for a staff brunch to celebrate all of our hard work. One of my super cool colleagues suggested that we go to Jak’s Kitchen for brunch. I am still not sure if they suggested Jak’s because of the great food or because they only live a few blocks away. Needless to say it was a great recommendation, the people I work with are the best! We all met up at Jak’s Kitchen for 9:00am on Tuesday. Jak’s Kitchen is located on the corner of Bronson and McLeod, just north of the 417, it’s the old location of Stoneface Dolly’s. I think that having brunch during the week was one of the best times to eat at the restaurant. There aren’t a ton of tables, so I could see it getting very busy on the weekend. The space is warm and welcoming, it feels like a place where you’d be welcome if you were dressed up or dressed down.

Brunch was made up of a selection of omelets, Benedictines, Macs (Macs are egg sandwich type creations with cool toppings), and the standard eggs, homefries, toast and your selection of protein. (If you want to see the whole menu check it out HERE.) The omelets and Benedictines aren’t your normal breakfast fare they have some pizzazz.  I had the Don Francisco, which was a poached egg on a black bean cake with salsa fresca and topped with roasted red pepper coulis. While this wasn’t traditional eggs benedict with a butter sauce, it was amazing! The red pepper coulis gave the dish a little bit of a bite, while the salsa fresca brightened the dish with its freshness. The plate also came with homefries and a salad. My personal preference would have been if the greens were a little more bite size. Sometimes I felt like a brontosaurus trying to stuff huge leaves into my mouth. That being said the dressing on the salad was great and there was a good collection of different greens.

One of my colleagues got one of the omelets. (She was nice enough to let me take a picture of it!) She got the Gruyere, which was made up with capicolo ham, roasted red peppers, caramelized onion and Gruyere cheese; it also came with toast and fresh fruit. She really enjoyed it!

One of the things that makes Jak’s Kitchen really good is that they bake their own bread. They bake different kinds of bread  like molasses-oat, rye bread, sourdough and buttermilk biscuits. With my Don Francisco I had the sourdough roast with some of the great strawberry jam that was on the table.

I thought the brunch was a huge success! Not only did my colleagues and I have a chance to have a good time but we also had a great brunch. I just want to say again that I work with some super awesome people and I can’t wait for our next brunch together! If you’re ever looking for somewhere to go for breakfast, checkout Jak’s Kitchen.

Jack’s Kitchen on the web: jakskitchen.com

Jak’s Kitchen on Facebook

Jak's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

What I did last weekend…

20 Nov

If you were out and about last weekend you might have seen me doing some pretty crazy things! If you were at Art-Is-Bakery you might have seen me laying a smooch on Kevin’s portrait. If you were picking up some fresh pasta from La Bottega, you may have seen me with a massive Nuttella over my head. If you were driving past the Bridgehead on Wellingtion Street West you may have seen me doing a yoga bridge. All of these crazy activities and more were part of the second annual Ottawa Foodie Challenge.

 

The Ottawa Foodie Challenge is an annual event that gets people off their butts and out into our amazing city. Not only does it encourage people to explore Ottawa’s vibrant food scene but it also raises money for the Ottawa Food Bank.

 

Our day started off at Urban Element at 9:00am for the launch party. Thanks a million to Bridgehead and Life of Pie for the yummy, yummy scones and coffee. At the launch party we go the list of challenges. None of the clues were too hard to figure out (other than one!) but some of the challenges were a little interesting! Here’s the list of challenges:

 

1.”Play” with your wine, find where Rick Mercer helps hold up the wall. Picture with you and this item! 10pts

Signed Wine Bottle at Play Food & Wine

2. Star light, star bright, maybe I should have some GELATO tonight? Snap a shot of you at this location! 10pts

They were so nice, they took a picture of us!

3. Picture of you licking the sugar heart sheet at Thimblecakes 10pts

Yummy!

4.  Search and you will find a red apron on Gladstone (hint: please place apron back where you discovered it – we’re watching!) 10pts

5. Get behind the curtain at ZaZaZa 5pts

It was amazing what was behind there!

6.  You and a jar of hot fudge sauce at Thyme & Again 5pts

It smelt sooo good in there!

7.  Find the art deco on the wall and play bar tender behind the bar at Burnt Butter 10pts

I really wanted to have a drink! But they did have some amazing truffles waiting for us! Thanks!

8.  Lay a smooch on Kevin’s portrait at Art-is-in 5pts

This was a little embarrassing, there were tons of people watching.

9.  Crawl down Preston with a plate on your head! (Make sure we can see the Little Italy street sign!) 10pts

You can't really see me but I am there!

10. You at any of Ottawa Magazine’s Top 10 restaurants of 2011 with the November issue of Ottawa Magazine 5pts (max 5 restaurants) + 5 points if you’re high-fiving the chef at the same time

Oz Cafe

Navarra

Murray Street Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town

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11. Venture to the back lane of Back Lane Cafe and take a picture of you and what fuels their fire! 5pts

Wood for the fire!

12.  One chance (and we mean ONE CHANCE) to perfect your pour at Kichesippi brewing head quarters 10pts

The perfect pint! Even the guys at Kitchissippi said so!

13.  You in front of Allium with the main ingredient to their most popular dessert 10pts

Yum banana!

14. You and a cinnamon bun from Baker Street Cafe 5pts

This place was crazy busy! Need to go!

15.  You and any “truffle” product at Jacobson’s 5pts for each different item (max 5 items)

16. You and a tagine 10pts

I want one of these!

17.  You at any bagel shop with a bagel on your finger,  +1 pt for each finger holding a bagel. (max 10)

And I ate them all!!!

18.  You grilling a hot dog anywhere but at home 10pts

In a trip truck! Sarah was a ROCK star!

19.  You and any vendor at Ottawa’s first Sunday only outdoor organic market  5pts (hint: Some Ottawa Magazines are hanging out there- ask and you will find)

20.  You and a Kraft single beside the most expensive piece of cheese you can find 10pts,  +20 points if your cheese is the most expensive of the entire challenge- the REAL price tag must be in the photo

$109 a kilogram!

21.  You doing a yoga bridge in front of any Bridgehead 5 pts

This was embarrassing, some people were staring!

22.  You in front of the street sign of one of Hintonburger’s burger names 5pts/street sign

23.  You holding a live “Sebastien” from the Little Mermaid 20pts

Under the sea!

24. You and a bottle of Ontario sparkling wine 5 pts

Signed Wine Bottle at Play Food & Wine

25.  You and the coffee roaster from I deal Coffee 5pts

26.  You and any Ottawa food blogger on this list, + 10 pts for each blogger you hunt down! (max 2 bloggers)

Me and one the winners! @hilaryduffcu

27.  You and a table from Raw Sugar Café 5pts

28.  You and the Beer Bible from Pub Italia 10pts

I could've used a beer!

29.  You in front of Ottawa’s most notorious molecular gastronomy restaurant 10pts

30.  You at Life of “3.14” with a “3.14” 10pts

Thanks for the pie it was crazy yummy!

31. You bench pressing the $79.99 dollar Nutella jar at La Bottega 5pts

Surprisingly heavy!

32. You rolling a sushi roll anywhere but at home 20 pts

Rolling sushi in the park and in the dark!

33. You and holding a butcher knife with a blood-stained butcher 10pts

Thanks Aubrey's Meat - you guys are the best!

34.  You waiting in line at the Manx with a disapproving face 5pts

No line so I am acting - I think I should win an Oscar!

35. You with a cake with your team name on it 10pts

36.  You shaving chicken off any shawarma skewer 10pts

37.  You sporting a chef jacket 10pts + 5pts if you rocking a chef’s hat

My new look

38. It’s tea time! You with your pinky in the air at Zoe’s Lounge 5 pts

39.  Make a memory in front of Memories  5 pts

Sweet memory!

40.  You juggling lychee fruit 10pts

 

I will never work in a circus!

As you can see there was lots to get done in one day! We got almost everything done, other than shaving chicken for a shawarma and we couldn’t find the red aprons (even though we went to Red Apron!). We had a great time running around the city and completing all of the tasks. We thought going into the after party we might have a chance to win it all. But alas we didn’t. A huge congrats to team YUKON do it, who not only got the most points but also did the entire day on bikes!!!

This was a great event that benefited a great cause. There are a few things that I would improve but nothing is ever perfect. Make sure to keep in eye on The Ottawa Foodie Challenge website to sign up for next year. Just be ready for when we kick your butt!

What to do this weekend…

11 Nov

It’s Friday night, TGIF! Do you have any plans for this weekend? There is a lot going this weekend for a foodie to choose from. The Ottawa Food and Wine show is happening and on Monday night awesome chefs from the city will be competing in Gold Medal Plates. Both are pretty expensive, I think it was $350 a ticket for Gold Medal Plates, it’s sold out now. If you’re looking for something fun to do that’s inexpensive and that is helping out the community, sign up for the Ottawa Foodie Challenge!

The object of the challenge is to win as many points as possible. The organizing team has created a list of Ottawa foodie destinations. The Ottawa Foodie Challenge asks you to visit the places on the foodie list and perform certain tasks for ‘points’.  Different items on the list are worth various points. Its up to you to navigate the city and collect as many points as possible, once you’ve completed all of the challenges you want to do, you need to submit your pictures to Flickr. At 7pm the winner of the challenge will be announced at 7pm.

 

What makes this event even better is the fact that all of the money raised will go to the Ottawa Food Bank. The Ottawa Food Bank is one of my favourite charities. It supports 140 emergency food programs that feed approximately 45,000 people per month – 37 per cent of whom are children. That’s a LOT of people.

 

If you do compete watch out for team Cereal Killers! We will be out to kick some butt!

Important information:

Date: Sunday November 13th

To register: www.ottawafoodiechallenge.com

Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Cost: $50.00 (for a team of 2)

 

All proceeds supporting the Ottawa Food Bank

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