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DON’T MISS OUT! Two more days only – WinterBites offers fabulous prix fixe fare at 29 restaurants

It started with two simple notions: that Ottawa winters are cold and that prix fixe menus are enticing. (Climatologists might tell us we’re having a mild winter, but my toes beg to differ!)

Indeed, once post-holiday hibernation sets in it can be difficult to fight. Difficult, but not impossible, especially with the kind of attention-grabbing menus on offer at the participating restaurants. Warm up with lobster bisque. Indulge in duck leg confit. Finish off a stellar meal with crème brûlée. (All the mouth-watering details are in, making it easy to plan a double date that will keep everyone happy.)

Most restos are offering two three-course lunch menus ($15 or $20) and two three-course dinner menus ($30 0r $40); drinks, taxes, and tip are extra.

With 29 restaurants joining in and only 17 days of WinterBites, best to start planning asap. So get out your dayplanner, call up your foodie friends, and make a date to visit an old favourite or that new place you’ve been wanting to try.

A few tips to start your eating expedition:

To see a full list of participating restaurants, visit www.ottawamagazine.com/winterbites-2012

Find detailed menus on the WinterBites Facebook page.

Reservations are required, so book directly with your restaurants of choice.

Dazzled by dinner? Lingering over lunch? Send us a tweet @Winter_Bites

WinterBites runs Thursday, Jan. 12 to Saturday, Jan. 28.

BEST OF CITY BITES: 2011 The Annual Digest

Looking back over the year, 2011 was particularly delicious for lovers of cupcakes, Southern-style BBQ, French pastries, wood-oven pizzas, gourmet panini and serious gelato. It was also a great year for the Chowhounds among us in search of unusual culinary treasures from around the world: there was a Balkan Big Mac, a Chinese hamburger, and at long last, Mexican tacos.

These photos are just a few of the outtakes from my year of eating for City Bites, and they still put a smile on my face. Thanks for tuning in to see what we’ve been eating each week. We can’t wait to see what’s on the menu in 2012. Happy New Year Ottawa!

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