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101 Tastes To Try Before You Die

The Breakfast Club

It’s time to take the most important meal of the day seriously. Our suggestions for the ultimate home-style breakfast

7 The Red Sea coffee beans
A blend from Ethiopia and Yemen makes for sharp, deep coffee. Roasted dark on the premises. $13/lb. Ideal Coffee, 176 Dalhousie St., 613-562-1775,

8 Milk
If you’re old enough, you’ll remember when milk came in glass bottles. Cochrane’s Dairy Farm in Russell still sells milk that way — and with old-fashioned taste to boot. $2.95/L, plus a $3 deposit on the bottle. Sold at Kettleman’s Bagel Co., 912 Bank St., 613-567-7100; 2177 Carling Ave., 613-722-4357; 1222 Place d’Orleans Dr., 613-841-4439; and about 10 other locations.

9 Thyme & Again’s cranberry peach jam
Peaches give this jam its softness, while cranberries bring luscious red colour and fruity flavour. $7.75/314 mL. Thyme & Again, 1255 Wellington St. W., 613-722-6277,

10 Piggy Market peameal bacon
There are so many reasons this artisanal product kicks supermarket-bacon butt. It starts with a tasty heritage breed of piggy (Tamworth) that’s brined for a week in salt, sugar, bay leaf, and Amarillo chili for a slightly citrusy zing and then rolled in cornmeal. Sliced to order. $30.80/kg. The Piggy Market, 400 Winston Ave., 613-371-6124,

11 Art-Is-In 12-grain and fennel seed
Dynamite baguette The bread that launched a thousand addictions. Devotees can be spotted all over town tearing off and devouring hunks of this beautiful bread with abandon. Knock-offs abound, but this is the original recipe created by baker Kevin Mathieson, laced with passion, pure extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and a light lingering licorice flavour. $4.95. Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne Park and about 20 retail locations.

12 Kefir
Russia’s answer to yogourt, kefir tastes more complex, with a slight sweetness balancing the sour. I’m a convert. $5.99/kg. Sold in a returnable glass jar ($1 deposit). Herb & Spice Shop, 1310 Wellington St. W., 613-722-5747.

13 Red Apron’s peanut butter and banana handcrafted gourmet granola
gets a sexy makeover with the unexpected addition of natural peanut butter, local honey, and crunchy banana chips. It’s the best yogourt topper in town. $10/500 g. The Red Apron, 571 Gladstone Ave., 613-321-0417,

14 Free-range eggs
Just like in the old days 40 years ago, these hens, reared near Oxford Station, have the run of the barn. And their eggs? Tasty with good, firm yolks. From $3.75/doz. Beking Poultry, at the Byward Market, 613-258-5396,

15 Spicy fennel sausages
Made with high-quality pork shoulder butt and nothing else except fennel seed, chilies, and salt. Plump and juicy. $9.99/kg. Luciano Foods, 114 Preston St., 613-233-1972.

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  • One of Ottawa’s Real Foodies

    I have to give a shout out to 4 other high, high local quality products.

    1) Siren Bakery’s granola (new in Ottawa as of May 2010) at local stores – check website.

    2) William J Walter Saucissier on Boul Saint-Joseph by Rue Montcalm. To die for sausages. Good luck making up your mind. The selection is endless. I can’t eat anyone else’s sausages now. Prices decent.

    3) La Cigale in Chelsea for their ice cream. On Rue Scott. Great garden outside too if you want to rest and lick.

    4) michaelsdolce jams available at similar local stores to Siren Bakery. Check his website.

  • Don (@foodieprints)

    To the Ottawa Magazine, may I ask if you will be revisiting the list? As Anne pointed out in the comment above, we’ve a plethora of new products from Ottawa’s wonderful local producers.

    Also, many of the local food bloggers are putting together checklists (myself included), now that your updated 101 lists to try are finally online.

    Kudos for helping to make Ottawa’s signature foods accessible!

  • Prettytastyreviews blogspot

    This list is very interesting and I learned of a lot of new places.
    I think I will “borrow” your idea and make my own list of my blog.
    There are many other places that are not listed,and I would also like to see a list where people can get around by bus or bike…since I am vehicle challenged.

  • Goinout

    We tried number 19 Barbe’s Roast Pork Sandwich. The sandwich was one thin slice of pork and not much taste. The total for 2 small sandwiches, 2 coffee and 1 small side of fries came to $19.50. I questioned the bill and was told the sandwich alone was $6. Unbelievable. Will never go back

  • Dave

    Working my way through it :)

  • One of Ottawa’s Real Foodies

    Since this list was put together, I feel like I need to do a shout out to Edgar at 60 rue Bégin Gatineau (Hull sector). I go for the soups. Others can’t get enough of her paninis or bakery treats. Opened Halloween 2010. Maybe we will see it on the 2011 list. Maybe. 58 people rated it on 100% liked it. Sure Marysol has her groupies, but it appears that anyone lured there by all the buzz has left with belly happiness.

    Although the Golden Palace’s egg rolls aren’t quite the posh of bison egg rolls found at La Trappe à Fromage, they just seem to be an Ottawa institution that is worthy of 101 Tastes status. People flock from miles around to get them. Many a GF egg roll has been security checked at the YOW.

  • lola

    I have recently visited a ‘tasteful’ little restaurant on Preston Street called Ristorante La Dolce Vita. They serve up some wonderful Italian recipes and also boast an amazing gluten-free menu. Their Gourmet pizzas are to die for.

    They should surely be mentioned in the 101 Tastes.
    Try them and you will believe.