Every morning, Kettleman's traditionally trained bakers fire up a wood-burning oven to craft batches of Montreal-style bagels, which earned the eatery a Best Bagel accolade from Ottawa (X)press in 2006. The kitchen’s open design spotlights a marriage of Old and New World technology and allows the staff to hand-roll dough, boil it in honey water, and bake it over hardwood in front of a hungry audience. Kettleman's culinary crew works with fresh ingredients and the happiest of thought bubbles while creating each of its baked goods—whether intended for individual enjoyment or as the foundation for deli sandwiches.
Molto Ristorante blends classic Italian cuisine with Québécois influences to populate its lunch and dinner menus. Chefs lob handmade meatballs into a net of ragu-swaddled spaghetti ($17) and use tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella to cross-stitch their pets' initials on to the doughy canvas of a margarita pizza ($13). Diners can choose between cream and tomato sauces to drizzle over an order of mussels ($17), and the lasagna carne ($18) supplies mouths with a luscious layering of ground pork and beef. Selections from Molto's wine bar pair splendidly with the daily chef's creation, and fork twirlers can substitute multigrain penne or gluten-free corn pasta into any dish ($2 fee). Exposed brick walls serve as a rustic backdrop to live jazz performances on Thursday and Saturday evenings.
As a child, Guil Fernandes felt the allure of egg beaters and baking pans as much as toy trucks. Fascinated by cooking, the budding chef would trace his mother's footsteps through the kitchen in hopes of catching glimpses of recipes or being asked to lend a hand.
Guil's inevitable career as a chef would later include formal training and experience at Senac, Algonquin College, and Le Cordon Bleu. He enjoyed successful stints as a wedding planner and teacher (whose baking classes often sold-out) before recently founding his own sweetshop, Delightful Tastes. The modern, 2,200-square-foot bakery teems with his creations, which range from traditional yellowcakes and buttercreams to more unique batter-based brainchildren, such as raspberry-mousse cake, red velvet cake crowned with chocolate shavings, and single-serving confections that include cake pops and house-made chocolates.
Guil insists upon cake purity by banning hydrogenated oils and artificial preservatives from his 100 per cent nut-free bakeshop. Event planners often frequent Delightful Tastes, understandably seduced by the chef's gift for devising elegant one-of-a-kind cakes while performing ventriloquist acts with his pastry bag.
Though he couldn't have known it at the time, Adam Caldwell once arranged one of the most successful first dates in modern history. He not only ended up marrying his date, Danna, but also had such a memorable time with her in the frozen-yogurt shop that the two of them were eventually inspired to start their own. They opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in California in 2007, and within just a few years, found themselves with a family of hundreds of thriving stores sprinkled all around the world.
As the Menchie's brand grew, Adam and Danna kept a simple mission in mind: to make their customers smile. An adorable cast of animated characters is featured throughout the stores, including on the colorful spoons, and customers can have fun creating endless frozen-yogurt combinations. There are almost 150 rotating yogurt flavors, and the selection includes eight versions of vanilla. Of course, there are plenty of toppings as well, displayed in help-yourself bins filled with fresh fruit, nuts, cereal, and candy.
The yogurt is made from fresh milk from a Canadian dairy. All the yogurt is kosher, and certain flavors accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.
Lounge decor, light music, and keyboard taps powered by free WiFi set the stage for the light and creamy swirls of yogurt that stream forth from Spoon Frozen Yogurt Lounge?s do-it-yourself pumps. Guests begin by filling their cups or complimentary homemade waffle cones with one of 12 yogurt flavours, choosing from classics such as chocolate and vanilla or branching out into the luxury flavors?such as red velvet or cookies and cream?that helped earn the family-owned shop Faces Magazine's designation as best frozen yogurt shop in Ottawa. After filling up, guests can finish off their creations with some of the bar?s more than 50 cold or crunchy toppings, dotting their yogurt with fresh fruit, cheesecake, candies, or bits of brownie. In addition to tasting great, the yogurt treats won't toy with your diet; each kosher, gluten-free swirl is packed with probiotics, and many flavors come in fat-free, sugar-free, and non-dairy varieties.