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I finally went to Oz Cafe on Wednesday, with my amazing mother. I was impressed with their menu selection, especially the amount of local, farm-raised beef. Both of us ordered the Korean beef lettuce wraps, served with homemade Kimchi, hot sauce and carrot and cabbage “Korean coleslaw”.

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The wraps were served with boston lettuce, rather than the traditional romaine or iceberg, and I found them to be many times better at holding the filling while adding a subtle sweet and buttery texture.

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The beef was cooked medium rare and was absolutely succulent combined with the sweet and spicy kimchee.  I highly recommend a visit. I think I might go again tomorrow!

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Maxwells

I went for brunch today at Maxwell’s Bistro on Elgin Street. They serve brunch seven days a week; until 11am Monday through Friday, which is great for late sleepers. I ordered the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon (they also offer ham and/or spinach). I kindly asked the server to remove the bun and to serve the dish with a side salad, rather than potatoes.  Restaurants are generally accommodating when you have special requests, and I found Maxwell’s to be particularly so! I will be back for more paleo and gluten-free goodness.

 

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I went to Moonroom after work last night with a few friends. It’s one of the few places in Ottawa that has an upscale yet cozy and intimate feel.

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I ordered a half litre of the Malbec … I really love red wine. My friends and I shared the bacon wrapped olives (an absolute must try), the spiced almonds, a few el diablo eggs, and a prosciutto pear lolly.

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I was more than pleasantly surprised at all the paleo friendly snacks available. I will definitely be back!  In fact, this will probably become a regular hangout spot.

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I decided to check out Baker Street Cafe yesterday. I was craving brunch and it’s one of the few places that serves brunch weekdays until 2pm.

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My sister and I ordered generously portioned dishes and sat waiting patiently with our steaming cups of coffee; they even leave the coffee pot on the table for easy refills. I ordered the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, and added extra spinach, without the bun of course, and eggs poached medium.

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The food arrived 15 minutes after we ordered, which was a pleasant surprise because of the signs around the restaurant warning customers of long wait times. My eggs were done to perfection, with firm whites and soft runny yolks.

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The smoked salmon, egg and spinach mixture was delicious with the house made Bernaise sauce and capers. I enjoyed a few of the pan fried potatoes mixed with peppers and onions.

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One of the highlights of brunch at Baker Street is the generous portion of fresh fruit served alongside your main dish. Mmm, I will definitely be back to try out some more Paleo-friendly dishes!