Travelling around Ontario is a foolproof stress-free mini vacation. No borders, no airports, just you and the open road (NB: Google Maps will detour off Hwy 401 in case of roadblocks, we learned that the hard way). Three Starbucks runs, one pair of Lazypants, and six bags of Doritos later, we arrived in our nation’s capital: Ottawa.
We came to watch my sister’s hip-hop showcase for Culture Shock Canada, but had some downtime to tour around Parliament Hill and eat some drop dead gorgeous Mexican cuisine. Navarra, by Top Chef Canada winner, Rene Rodriguez, is an unforgettable culinary experience that we happened to stumble upon via a Twitter shout out. A beet salad lit afire with cool liquid nitrogen and oatmeal, avocado and Dungeness crab ceviche, and an innovative take on the Carbonara with crispy guanciale.
The next day we met up with Toronto expat, Krys, and went for brunch at Maxwell’s on this adorable street that parallels a Little Italy somewhere. I wish we had more time to tour around; we did get to browse through some used book stands and check out one of Ottawa’s best vegetarian restaurants: The Green Door. No time for tempeh, though, we hit the road after brunch onto our next adventure… Prince Edward County. Stay tuned!