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101 Tastes To Try Before You Die

Sipping Pretty

Some traditional and not so traditional ideas for a standout afternoon-tea ritual

30 Raspberry mini-cheesecakes
A three-bite morsel that’s as cute as a button. Good balance between creamy and dry. $2 each. Second Avenue Sweets, 151B Second Ave., 613-233-7277.

31 Bewitching baking from

The Scone Witch
Since the 1980s, Heather Matthews has bewitched our taste buds with the rich and flaky queen of Anglo-Saxon baking: the scone. The Scone Witch offers a daily selection of three savoury and five sweet scones. Pick them up baked, or bake them yourself and have your friends think they’re homemade. $1.90 each. 388 Albert St., 613-232-2173.

32 Lover’s Leap Ceylon tea
The fragrance of Lover’s Leap black tea hints of flowers. Its light, clean taste just picks you right up. From Sri Lanka. $5.50/50 g. Tea & Ginseng, 504 Bank St., 613-236-5524,

33 Queen Elizabeth cake
An old-fashioned moist, dense cake filled with dates is topped with a toasted-coconut walnut icing. $2.25/square. Bread & Roses Bakery, 11 Beechwood Ave., 613-745-2087.

34 Shortbread La Gaillarde
These all-butter shortbread cookies, made in Wakefield, are the chewy antithesis of the industrial cookie. $6.95 for a box of 16 medium-sized cookies. Pastina, 355, boul. Greber, Gatineau, 819-243-0546,

35 Lavender
Deep purple bunches of dried lavender — the real ones from France — can hold their perfume for years. Use sparingly to make delicate shortbread. $15. A.D.C. Fines Herbes, Byward Market, 613-527-2503.

36 Baklava filled with walnuts
Co-owner Jacqueline Jaber learned this recipe from her mother, who was taught by her mother, who was… you get the picture. $1.25/piece. Middle East Bakery, 605 Somerset St. W., 613-238-7342.

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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.