Tucked away in a quiet side street of Centertown Ottawa sits North & Navy, which is every bit as elegant as it sounds. A converted century home creates a parallel between Northern Italian cuisine and Eastern Ontario fare; conveying a sense of excitement that lies somewhere between the discovery of something original and simply coming home.
I do declare, I am in love with whisk(e)y and I am officially shouting it from the mountaintop. From the moment Don Draper took a sip of his Old fashioned, we have become obsessed with whisk(e)y-based cocktails. After Mr. Draper inspired a new generation of brown liquor lovers, the Japanese swooped in and bought up whisky distilleries from Scotland all the way down to the whiskey distilleries in Kentucky.
In life, sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact. The same can be said for food. Instead of courses hitting your guests like giant waves crashing down, sometimes it’s better to for them to wade through a gentle stream. Variety will always liven things up and provide your guests with micro experiences.
The cocktail and spirits industry is exploding, and Dushan Zaric was there in the beginning of the new rennaissance. As an owner of Employees Only and the 86 Company, Dushan has been a pioneer when it comes to revolutionizing cocktails, and how we make them. He has inspired countless bartenders and restaurant professionals all over the world, and when you talk to the guy, he is legitimately one of the most humble and kindest individuals you will ever meet.
Almost three years ago, Steven “Stick” Harris and Emily Ienzi opened the doors of their first restaurant Two Six Ate. Featuring a small plates menu and a kitchen that stays open until 2am (not to mention some bad ass Star Wars art and a Miss Pacman machine), they achieved hot spot status shortly after their open.