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Sens owner Eugene Melnyk’s poorly-timed comments on the financial shape...
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In one breath, Melnyk complained about poor ticket sales by the Sens and appeared to leave the door open to a relocation.
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Last Sunday our family drove out to the Fallowfield Tree...
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(Photo: Night at the rink by Alain Villeneuve via the...
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The 33rd edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada will kick...
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If you’re a downhill ski fan, you have plenty of...
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Ottawa Restaurants

I had lunch, last week, at Orto Trattoria, chef René Rodriguez’ new restaurant, and I’m looking forward to dinner in the new year. Rodriguez, who closed his long-running, Mexican-leaning ByWard Market restaurant, Navarra, last spring, has established Orto in the long skinny Glebe space that was, for many years, The Urban Pear. He’s moved away from mole with this new venture, choosing to focus on southern Italian dishes. Arancini was the memorable opener.
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“At my first competition, a Skills Canada event, I got slaughtered. I came in dead last… ” It clearly didn’t turn him off. Trevor Ritchie credits teacher-mentors (chef Tyrone Miller chief among them) for seeing in him a fierce and focused determination. They took him on. And gradually, he started bringing home hardware. Fifteen years after that first disastrous competition, Ritchie, Chef Technologist at George Brown College is the 2015 Winner of the CCFCC National Chefs Challenge, Winner of the 2016 Bocuse d’Or Canada, and candidate for the January 2019 Grande Finale, the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France in 2019. Last night,...
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It is indisputably the most prestigious cooking competition in the world. The Bocuse d’Or was created in 1987 by the legendary (nonagenarian) French chef, Paul Bocuse. Every two years, it invites 24 young chefs from around the world to a wild and crazy cook-off in Lyons.  Each must prepare meat and fish courses, accompanied by three “original garnishes” in 5 hours and 35 minutes. No idea why the 35 minutes… but I’m looking forward to finding out tonight when I’ll have a chance to ask the guy for whom those minutes will matter immensely. I have the pleasure of a seat...
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