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Ottawa Photo Diary 2

Summer in Ottawa is a great time to just roam around discover new neighborhoods and good eats.  Ottawa also does a very good job of keeping their public gardens and trees very well groomed.  I love jogging the canal and just taking in the scenic views. Fraser Cafe – A neat little cafe featuring fresh produce.  I had their Cobb Salad and it was actually so good!  They added small twists of flavor from pickled radishes and crispy chips on top and a light dressing which complimented the crumbles of blue cheese very well.  Great place for a light, healthy meal. I’m quite a fan of LavAzza coffee, their beans produce a really good strong brew and I love using it for making espresso.  They have a cute little cafe on Lansdowne which also serves gelato and some prepared foods.  Iced Americano is my go-to summer caffinated drink and LavAzza makes a really one – none of that watered down crap. Took a stroll down to Victoria Island to check out the views there.  Nothing special …

Summer in the Capital

Surprisingly, there is a lot of events happening in Ottawa in the summer.  Almost anything you’d normally find in Toronto, there’s something similar (granted, on a smaller scale).  Although, there is one thing that Toronto is lacking – Nordstrom.  I’ve found some great deals on their summer and anniversary sale.  Their built in restaurant, Bazille, is actually a great spot to dine after a good shopping haul.  They have a lovely patio area, delicious food, and great service.  Bonus: the menu is very affordable so you don’t have to choose between that pair of sunglasses or a satisfying dining experience. I like to stick in scenic shots of my jogging routes in all my Ottawa related posts because… I mean, look how soothing this is. Bluesfest – another huge event in Ottawa that runs multiple weeks with dozens of artists coming to perform including the likes of Keith Urban and Hedley and many more in between.  I had the pleasure of attending courtesy of my company.  We had a gorgeous two tiered booth with an open …

Ottawa First Impressions

Although just four hours away from Toronto, my move to Ottawa was not an easy one.  There is a  very noticeable distinction in culture and way of life in the Capital.  My initial impressions of the city is how quiet and slower it is compared to Toronto.  People simply move at their own pace and there is rarely a sense of urgency.  Downtown Ottawa consists mostly of government buildings and everyone disperses after work hours, leaving the premise pretty deserted for the most part.  However, there are some gems that I’ve uncovered so far. The Parliament buildings are always a sight to behold.  The mixture of old and new architecture in Ottawa brings character into the city.  And the canal and bridges are lovely and peaceful to stroll across. The Annual Tulip Festival is held in Ottawa which stems from Princess Juliana’s token of gratitude for her stay in Canada while in exile.  10,000 tulips are gifted each year and attracts upwards of 500,000 tourists. I was shocked at how many exotic breeds of Tulips …