Only One Day in Ontario
This is the first country I'm adding to my diverse dining list that involves a food adventure outside the U.S. That feels like cheating.
We didn't have time for big meal outings on our visit to Ottawa, but we did manage to stop at Tim Horton's as soon as we crossed the border from New York.
I wasn't familiar with Tim Horton, the well known hockey star, but I guess everyone in Canada knows about him and his doughnuts!
Very Grumpy People Encounter
"NO PHOTOS!" Yelped the woman with the sharp nose and angular glasses when I snapped this photo. (I wish I'd captured her in my one photo) After my stern reprimand she continued to bark questions in her scolding voice. "What size coffee!!! What size Timbit box!!!!" I felt battered by the time we ended ordering.
The "Timbit" doughnut holes were yummy, though. I wish I could have tried all 35 flavors.
Tim Horton's has been selling doughnuts since 1964. I'm sure there are lots of people in the 3,000 stands and shops across Canada who are not so cranky.
And it's nice to know, Tim Horton's has been supporting a Children's Foundation since 1974. Sadly that was the year Tim Horton was killed in a tragic car accident. A sad story, but a nice cause.
More Sweets in Ottawa
After a few hours in the National Gallery seeing the Van Gogh exhibit, I was ready for another treat. We headed to Byward Market a few blocks away, where I discovered Beaver Tails! 34 years ago Grant and Pam Hooker used a family recipe and opened up a shop to sell this fried pastry... in the shape of a beaver's tail!
I don't even know what that means, but I'm picturing the frustration of stretching not enough pizza dough to fit a too large pizza pan. So I must hand it to the hard working Beaver Tail Makers! My Maker, in the red shirt was very good humored. She offered to cut my chocolate and banana topped pastry in half and she seemed absolutely delighted when I handed her a 5-dollar bill. (I had no Canadian money) "Wow! I can't believe they have Lincoln on this AND the penny!" I'm sure there are many Americans who have not taken note of that.
If We'd Had More Time
I would have sampled some Poutine Fries which were sold at this tiny shop behind the bike. This Canadian treat of French fries smothered in gravy and curd cheese would have been a nice balance to all my sweets! And then I would have headed to the Chateau Lafayette for maybe a Canadian Whiskey...or something. This is the oldest tavern in Ottawa, open since 1849!
Something Fishy Here!
We did stop in Lapointe Fish Market, which has been in the smelly food business since 1867! I could have gotten my salt fix with some of these fish pictured below.
But I guess I'll save the Salt Cod Cheeks and the Bloaters for another trip!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.