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Local nutritionist & mom shares ideas for healthier breakfasts

(Thanks to Stittsville-based holistic nutritionist Melanie Reid for contributing this guest post to StittsvilleCentral.ca.)

I’m a mom of four, wife and nutrition coach on a mission to improve the health of children and families through proper nutrition. I’m also a long time resident of Kanata and Stittsville and love meeting families who want to make health changes in their lives. Continue reading


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REVIEW: Danby’s breakfast is worth the road trip to Richmond

If you know where the Richmond Bakery used to be, you know where Danby’s Roadhouse is now. There is a Danby’s in Munster too (Danby’s Bar and Grill) but for this trip we went to the Richmond location, at 6127 Perth Street.

Not our first visit, it seemed unusually quiet when we entered around 11:15am. The restaurant/bar area at the back is darker and offers booths but tends to be noisier, so we headed for a table by a window in the bright restaurant part at the front, where there was one lone diner. However, that didn’t last long as other people began to arrive. Families, couples, and friends. The quiet restaurant soon became filled with animated voices and every plate that went by looked delicious. Our own meals were no exception.

Three of us each chose a different breakfast from the specials on the board and the extensive two sided menu which includes a children’s section. This offers smaller meals at smaller prices, for those 9 and under.

The pancake lover chose strawberry and chocolate pancakes (pictured above), one of the two breakfast specials. A previous breakfast special had been banana and chocolate pancakes, with the banana cooked in the batter. However, today’s plate came with three chocolate chip pancakes heaped with fresh strawberries and a generous dollop of whipped cream. The pancakes were described by my friend as “chocolate chips with pancake”. No shortage of chocolate chips here and the strawberries were so good he shared them to prove his point. This enticing plate was priced at $10.

Danby’s traditional two egg breakfast comes with a choice of bacon, sausage or ham plus your choice of two sides, from a list of nine options. Home fries and a pancake were selected on this occasion, costing a mere $7. Today was a first time at Danby’s for this friend, and she was impressed.

Danby's traditional two egg breakfast. Photo by Janice Blain.
Traditional two egg breakfast. Photo by Janice Blain.

For an extra $1 each, one or both of your side choices could be from the eleven upgraded sides offered, or you could even indulge in breakfast poutine for an extra $3. Maple syrup is one of the upgraded sides, should you want that for your pancake instead of the corn syrup on the table. I had to count again, but yes, 21 side options available at different price points.

I chose the three egg veggie omelette, loaded with mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes, plus sides of mushrooms and fresh fruit. Fresh sautéed mushrooms and real fresh fruit! I am always disappointed when a menu offers mushrooms which turn out to be canned. And more so, when fresh fruit is not fresh fruit but a mix of fresh fruit and fruit from a jar or can. Or worse, no real fresh fruit at all. At $9, this meal didn’t disappoint on any level.

Danby's three egg veggie omelette. Photo by Janice Blain.
The three egg veggie omelette. Photo by Janice Blain.

Coffee or tea is included with all breakfasts making this restaurant, in my opinion, unbeatable for choice and value for money. Three excellent breakfasts, quality food, with coffee for under $30!

The servers were very attentive and pleasant, while the kitchen staff proved their efficiency by delivering a wide range of food in good time.

Clean bathrooms and attractive decor round out the package causing Danby’s Roadhouse to become one of my favourite weekend brunch stops.

Breakfast is served on Fridays and Saturdays from 8-11 and on Sundays from 8-12, after which the menu changes and lunch is served.


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Friday market at The Barn showcases local food vendors

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles from volunteer contributor Janice Blain.  Born and raised in England, Janice is a retired early childhood educator who now calls Stittsville home.  She’ll be sharing her photos of local people and places in our community.)

The Stittsville Market at The Barn in Village Square Park is a new addition to the Stittsville scene, and with the postponement of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, this is a timely and hopefully viable community project.

Last week I was so taken with the produce being offered that I didn’t even notice the barn itself.  I took the time to look around after speaking to Sue Bird, the owner and dynamo behind the market that is being held there each Friday from 4-7pm.

Sue’s plan is to continue the market throughout the summer and hopefully into the fall, adding vendors or rotating vendors as time passes. (The latest news is that Bower Farm (organic vegetables) will be there this Friday, and a local honey producer will be at The Barn on August 4.) Currently there are three regular vendors, Chris, Haico and Katie.

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Rainy weather and park fees spoil plans for Stittsville farmers’ market

(file photo)

Despite having strong community support, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market (OFM) couldn’t muster enough vendor support for a market in Stittsville this year to make economic sense.

But the president of the OFM said that they will try again next year.

“We are still open to looking at this as a future possibility,” Greer Knox told StittsvilleCentral.ca on Wednesday. “We’re all disappointed.” Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Opening day for Market at the Barn

Friday evening was opening day for Market at the Barn, a mini farmers’ market at the old barn next to Village Square Park.  Barn owner Suzanne Bird plans to hold the event every Friday this summer from 4pm to 7pm.  All photos by Barry Gray.

(We may get an update this week on the Ottawa Farmers’ Market plans for a weekly market at Village Square Park. Stay tuned.)

Market at the Barn, Friday June 30. Photo by Barry Gray. Continue reading


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Familiar face, unique experience at Red Gables on Carp Road

Margarita Chen (pictured above) still doesn’t know exactly what made her buy a 60-year-old house on Carp Road and open a café, but one day she knew she had to do it.

“It was an uncontrollable urge to buy it,” she told StittsvilleCentral.ca on the rear deck of the fixed-up house, just a few days before opening on Fathers’ Day Sunday. “It was meant to be.” Continue reading


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La Cucina moves from Kanata to Stittsville next month

La Cucina moving from Kanata to Stittsville in June

La Cucina restaurant is moving from Kanata to Stittsville in June.  They’re currently located at Castlefrank and Hazeldean, and they’ll be moving to the former Fresco Bistro location in front of the Lowe’s.

The restaurant was established in 2008 and serves a mix of modern and traditional Italian dishes.  Did you know: “la Cucina” is Italian for “the Kitchen”.

 


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Deadline for Jo-Jo’s community garden plots is April 20

The deadline to apply for a garden plot at the new Jo-Jo’s Community Garden is Thursday, April 20. You can access an application form here.

Four different sizes are available with a range of fees for the season:

  • 5’x5′ $25
  • 5’x10′ $35
  • 10’x10′ $45
  • 10×20′ $60

For more information about the garden, check out our article from March: Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for new community garden.


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LINKED: NeXT chef teams up with visiting colleagues for ‘performance’ dinners

(via Ottawa Citizen)

Ottawa chef Michael Blackie is again indulging his flair for showmanship and love of collaboration.

At his Stittsville restaurant, NeXT, he’ll stage eight events this year that will each feature two out-of-town chefs joining him in the kitchen to prepare elaborate dinners, and each dinner will be preceded by cooking demonstrations from each chef.

The first “three chefs/one dinner” event of this year is to be held Wednesday, April 12. Seven more dinners will be held in 2017, monthly on a Wednesday, except in December.

“We’ve got chefs of all different styles coming,” Blackie says. “The basic premise is get them together and expose Ottawa to chefs that most people might never get to meet or see or taste.”

You can read the full article here…


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EXTINGUISHED: Muraca On Fire food truck closes

(Frank Muraca and his two boys, Giovanni (left) and Dante (right) at the Muraca On Fire food truck in the Rona parking lot on Hazeldean Road. Photo Barry Gray.)

Posted this week on Muraca’s Facebook page:

“The Muraca family would like to inform everyone that we will not be serving our food this year. We definitley are going to miss all our customers, we truly enjoyed the experience of serving so many people. My greatest satisfaction was seeing the boys operating the business on their own and the pleasure we had watching people enjoy our food. As some of you know, we will be shifting our efforts towards the food trailer fabrication. Thanks to everyone.”

Frank Muraca owns the food truck, and the name is inspired by his full time profession as a firefighter.  We profiled Muraca and his sons back in July 2017 on StittsvilleCentral.ca…


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UPDATE: Committee approves re-zoning for farmers’ market

Good news: The City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee unanimously approved re-zoning for Village Square Park that will allow for a farmers’ market to operate starting this June.

Leading up to the meeting, city staff received 15 comments from the public about the re-zoning, with all in favour except for one. That may not sound like a lot of feedback, but it’s actually quite high for a relatively benign zoning change. Continue reading


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Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for a new community garden

Here’s another interesting project in the works for Stittsville Main Street: The Kassis family, owners of Jo-Jo’s Pizza, are partnering with a group of local volunteers to help establish a community garden on Stittsville Main Street.

The family will maintain ownership of the property but allow volunteers to build and maintain the the large plot of land behind Jo-Jo’s as a “potager” or “kitchen” garden with clean, geometric lines, and will be known as “Jo-Jo’s Community Garden”.

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NOTEBOOK: Keg restaurant could arrive as soon as November 30

One of the most-visited articles in the StittsvilleCentral.ca archives is about a proposal to build a Keg restaurant on the corner of Hazeldean and Huntmar. And one of the most frequently asked questions received: “When is that Keg finally going in anyways?”

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an answer last night at the Fairwinds Community Association Annual General Meeting. Construction is scheduled to being April 15, with an opening date targeted for November 30 of this year. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: New zoning required for farmers’ market at Village Square

Who knew starting up a farmers’ market would be so complicated?

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market — the group that runs the weekly market at Lansdowne Park — wants to bring a weekly market to Stittsville starting this spring. The plan is to bring a Friday market to Village Square Park (corner of Stittsville Main & Abbott) that would run from 12:00pm-6:00pm from June to October.

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New chapter begins at New Queen restaurant

EDITOR’S NOTE: We kept reading rave reviews of what the new owners are cooking up at New Queen restaurant at the corner of Stittsville Main and Hobin.  Writer Rebecca Smart and photographer Barry Gray stopped in to find out.

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For more than 30 years, Sunny Cheung (pictured above) has been working in restaurants, learning to cook traditional Chinese food in their kitchens. Continue reading


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Three places to find a pumpkin near Stittsville

(Pumpkins near Richmond. Photo by Barry Gray.)

A lot of Stittsville families will be heading out to find a pumpkin this weekend. Think about skipping the grocery store this year, and head to a local farm or roadside stand.

Not only is there usually a better selection, but some of them have special activities for kids, like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of a few of the pumpkin places near Stittsville.  (Send us your suggestions at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca) Continue reading


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Just Shawarma adds another flavour to the Stittsville food scene

(PHOTO: Just Shawarma owner Nedal Atieh (right) says that Bahaa Shakir (left) is the greatest shawarma chef in the city.)

Nedal Atieh says Stittsville residents have been incredibly welcoming since he opened the doors to Just Shawarma on Carp Road a couple of weeks ago.

“The community is very supportive, very friendly.  Especially social media, on Stittsville Neighbours and Stittsville Moms,” he says. Continue reading


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