A Hot Chocolate at Eve Cafe, Ottawa, Canada

It took three years and $360 million dollars, but the Rideau Centre, the shopping mall right smack in the centre of Ottawa, has been completely transformed from a sad and dreary place to a serious shopping destination. One of the new additions is Quebec department store Simmons. Go inside, walk to the left, take the elevator up to the top floor and you will find Eve. It isn’t obvious that there is a coffee shop here, probably the reason that it isn’t very busy. But if visitors knew it existed (as you now will know because I’m telling you), it [...]

2017-02-14T03:21:22+00:00February 14th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at The Scone Witch, Ottawa, Canada

  A properly baked scone is a beautiful thing. Its slightly crusty outside protects a pillowy and light inside. The improve it further, slather it with strawberry or raspberry jam and a generous dollop of clotted cream. Then, pair it up with a nice pot of tea… I have been lucky enough to have some near perfect tea and scone moments in my life so far. Lavenham in the UK is perhaps the ultimate tea and scones destination. But across the pond, far far away, there is another spot where you can get a very nice cuppa, an unlikely spot. [...]

2017-02-06T20:31:16+00:00February 6th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at Red Door Provisions, Ottawa, Canada

You could easily drive past Red Door Provisions and not notice it, which would be a real shame. After years of wondering why Beachwood wasn’t developing into the ‘go to’ street I always thought it had the potential to be, there are now, finally, a few pops of greatness. In fact, this little stretch of Beachwood seems to be where small buisinesses that make it big in Ottawa start out. Bridgehead Coffee has a location here, one of its first locations (although, granted, not its first). Burger giant The Works started here (and sadly the little building where it all [...]

2017-01-31T02:17:06+00:00January 31st, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate, a Good Night Sleep and a Fantastic Meal at Bonaparte, Montreal, Canada

I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that Old Montreal is full of gems. The Bonaparte is another one of these gems, perhaps the gem. Housed in a five story building built in 1886, this restaurant/hotel has been operating since 1984. The entrance is modern and trendy, dripping with holiday cheer. If you are looking for a place to stay in Old Montreal this comes highly recommended and is incredibly affordable considering its location and history. The service is fantastic, the glass of sparkling wine when you check in doesn’t hurt either, and the rooms are great. Included in the [...]

2017-01-22T02:54:00+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

A Hot Chocolate and Lots of Vitamin D at Tommy’s, Montreal, Canada

Old Montreal is a jewel filled with jewels. If you are visiting, forget the tourists and follow the locals around. They will bring you to gems hidden inside historic buildings. Tommy’s is one of these. Just next to Place d’Armes, Tommy’s is a great little coffee shop housed in the British Empire Building (formerly the Exchange Bank of Canada built in 1874). Quite simply, I fell in love with Tommy’s. While outside it might be cold, inside it felt like a summer day, as if you are getting your daily dose of Vitamin D just by sitting inside. It is [...]

2017-01-17T16:30:29+00:00January 17th, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

A Hot Chocolate at Ministry of Coffee, Ottawa, Canada

The thing that happens when you write a blog about hot chocolate, unsurprisingly, is that hot chocolate becomes the present of choice. Birthdays, Christmas, thank you gifts often involve something hot chocolate themed…and generally don’t disappoint! Case in point; a gift card to the Ministry of Coffee from my brother and his wife for Christmas. Now, as you have heard me say many many times before, coffee shops and hot chocolate are often not the best of friends. Where one goes, the other very rarely follows. This creates a lot of friction in my marriage since my husband is a [...]

2017-01-09T16:56:23+00:00January 9th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at The Festin de Babette, Montreal, Canada

In 1987, Babette’s Feast won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is a Danish film that takes place in 19th century Denmark where a French woman, Babette, flees Paris to a little town to cook for a local family. Little do they know, she is an accomplished chef, creating delicious French meals that seduce all that eat them. Fast forward to about 20 years ago and the spirit of Babette travelled once again, this time to Montreal where she became the inspiration behind a café on Rue Saint Denis, Festin de Babette. The reason most visit this [...]

2018-02-19T02:19:33+00:00January 7th, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

Hot Chocolate at Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, Ottawa, Canada

With a name like Bernard Callebaut, this Canadian chocolatier had no choice but to go into chocolate. It seems like a classic chocolate name to me. His family began making chocolate in Belgium 1911 but he chose to move away and settled in Calgary. There are now 31 Bernard Callebaut franchised chocolate shops across Canada and in the US, including one in the Byward Market in Ottawa. But his story is surprising and a little sad, as Mr. Bernard Callebaut who originally started Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, doesn’t own the chocolate brand or even work there. A few years back he [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:05+00:00November 16th, 2015|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|
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