The generous folks of Mena, Ottawa’s premier French cuisine restaurant on Preston Street, invited me to a 5-course tasting of their new winter menu “Game Night”. There was nothing trivial about this meal. Every well-thought-out dish featured Canadian Wildlife delicacies paired with the most unique selection of wines. I am a huge fan of Sommelier Rob Nellis’s work. We seem to have a similar pallet when it comes to wine, so I always look forward to his recomendation. What I loved most about the pairing? The wines were mighty when consumed on their own, but never overpowering the taste of the meal. Now that’s a true partnership!
Introducing the famous quartet, and the star of today’s jam session… Bonne Maman Peach jam, Cherry jam, Fig jam and Black Currant jelly.
I was invited for a media mixer at one of Ottawa’s top restaurants, Fauna, to experience a sweet menu prepared by Chef Billy Khoo who incorporated Bonne Maman jams in his dishes and gave us a fresh perspective on how to use jams in everyday cooking.
Fall is in the air, and the crisp cool breeze reminds us that it’s time to switch things up in our wardrobe. Although a complete overhaul is not in the cards, sometimes a few key pieces are all you need to make the best of your wardrobe and for your collection to feel new and exciting again.
On September 19, I’ll be hosting a free Fall Fashion Preview at Vincent on Preston from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I’ll be sharing my tricks and tips on styling and highlighting the must-have pieces to add to your wardrobe this season. R.S.V.P. NOW! Spaces are limited.
Last Friday, Michael and I had the pleasure of staying at Elements Luxury Tented Camp, near Renfrew. This all-inclusive outdoor hotel is located about 1 hour and 15 minutes outside Ottawa and has been running for over two years now. It’s been on my bucket list for a while, and this year I decided to bite the bullet and book it for my (early) birthday. We stayed one night, but I would recommend splurging for the entire weekend. There are so many activities like yoga and paddleboarding that we did not have a chance to indulge in. We did eat though, A LOT!