In recent years, "portable gaming" has come to refer to simple puzzle games played on tiny phone screens. For Games To Go, the phrase means five 46" televisions hooked to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 systems. Inside the spacious, climate-controlled trailer, screens display such favorite game franchises as Halo, Call of Duty, Skylanders, Minecraft, and many others. A long couch runs opposite the television, with neon lights emanating from beneath the players' legs. A friendly Game Coach accompanies the trailer to each destination, helping guests to choose games and arbitrate disputes over whose turn it is to be the red guy.
The professional-quality cameras inside Book the Booth's photo booths are just as adept at capturing the smiles of birthday kids among their friends as they are at framing a glowing bride and her entourage. Even though there's no human behind the lens, personalized help is always available from the full-time attendant who comes with each order. Booths operate without electricity and can accommodate large groups of people as well as wheelchairs. The booth's high-resolution images can be purchased as prints or downloaded from an online gallery.
Caneast Shows has been organizing consumer shows and expos for more than 25 years. Today, its event lineup spans the entire year. For example, in the spring, there's The Cottage & Backyard Show, showcasing boats, decks, and outdoor furniture; in the winter, The Home Renovations Show features kitchen and bath designs, flooring options, and local building experts. The Ottawa Pet Expo gathers animal-lovers of all stripes in the fall, when all of the leaves come unglued again. Certain events, such as The Ottawa Wedding Expo, take place in both the Fall and Spring seasons.
Little Ray's Reptile Zoo is a grand hotel for cold-blooded critters overseen by animal enthusiasts Paul "Little Ray" Goulet and his wife Sheri Goulet. At their new location in Hamilton, they host one of the largest sanctuaries in Ontario for unwanted reptiles. Meanwhile, the renovated Ottawa location features 25 permanent exhibits, a nature centre, and a hands-on room. Born from the joy Little Ray experienced sharing his personal collection of reptiles with school children, the zoo now encompasses a variety of exhibits and daily feeding demonstrations showcasing more than 150 animals.
The expert staff—which has trained keepers at other animal facilities on proper husbandry and correct presentation—safely introduces visitors to the animals which include giant snakes, tarantulas, and more. The zoo is open daily for corporate groups, birthday parties, and everyday animal lovers to tour the reptile environs and educational displays. The reptile zoo hosts large private-party and function rooms and a jungle spa where pythons receive hydrating wraps to combat scaly skin.
Todric's seasonal menu radiates with eclectic flavours and inventive combinations. Ignite ingestion with a starter such as a savoury jerk chicken accompanied by the crisp crunch of watercress and caressed in the embrace of a cashew dressing ($12), or climb to cooler climates with the chilled avocado soup with coriander salsa ($7). Apple and tomato chutney rest regally atop a wine country duck burger ($9) while an ancho-mushroom sauce and coffee rub jolt a succulent slab of beef tenderloin ($26) to caffeine-fuelled vibrancy. Humanoids reminiscent for vestigial tails and gills will want to attack the blackened red snapper ($20) as herbivores nosh on penne pasta with gorgonzola-chardonnay and wild-mushroom sauce ($16). Indulge in the final chapter of your fine-dining excursion with a chocolate velvet tart ($7), mango pudding with citrus yogurt ($8), blue cheese fritters with pear salad ($7), or a musical number with a standing ovation. An elegant and inviting dining room and a rotating seasonal menu contribute to Todric's chic, date-worthy atmosphere.
The changing of the seasons are harsh on a piano. The shifting heat and humidity subtly warp the wood and piles of falling leaves muffle the strings. To combat nature's adjustments, Piano Tuners Ottawa travels to homes and venues, returning pianos to playing shape. The technicians, registered with the Piano Technicians Guild, know the instrument both from the angles of a mechanic and a performer. They make fine adjustments to the strings with an electric tuning device or just a tuning fork and their ear, returning the instruments to harmony. The shop also offers repair services, refining the piano’s sound, restoring neglected models, and putting them back together after dropping them on cartoon characters.