The Vanitea Room Grand Opening – S11E22

The Vanitea Room Main

On a fine Easter weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the grand opening of The Vanitea Room. It’s located on 551 Somerset St W., near Ottawa Chinatown. It is a tea salon/restaurant which serves upscale teas, sandwiches and desserts. Their main part or focus are their afternoon tea and cocktails.

The teas they serve are by the Toronto company, Sloane Fine Tea Merchants. They have twelve varieties of flavours from black, oolong, herbal, white and green teas. It’s just ironic to hear about Sloane Fine Tea when I was checking my VIA Préference account and VIA Rail is now serving Sloane Tea on the train.

As for the tea, I tried out Ginger Twist as my tummy was under the weather and didn’t have the chance to try the tea infused desserts. The afternoon lunch I ordered was the Broiled Chicken & Proscuitto Tramezzini. The Ginger Twist tasted light and quaint, there was no strong ginger aftertaste of sorts.

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Celebrating Ottawa Music with Heart My City – S11E21

CBC Ottawa #heartmyYOW

CBC Ottawa hosted a concert at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park on Monday night. It was originally for Winterlude back in February but due to extreme cold temperatures, it was cancelled. What better way to kick off Spring with the event than in the Winter.

The event dubbed #heartmyYOW had Ottawa musicians perform in a sold out crowd. The performers Yaa-Hemaa, Jeremy Fisher, Jim Bryson, Amanda Rheaume and Kalle Mattson. DJ Memetic DJing before the event started. All of the performers were great and had funny and unique stories about living in Ottawa. There were some freebies and refreshments at the event, which was nice to enjoy.

The hosts of the event were Adrian Harewood and Teri Loretto with Alan Neal, Robyn Bresnahan, and Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco as they brought their experience of how great Ottawa is.
Got to hand to CBC Ottawa for holding a great event.

You can check the photos below.
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Canada Reads, Ottawa Event on Friday – S11E20

Canada Reads All In A Day Main

On Friday night, I had the opportunity to attend CBC Canada Reads public event and hosted by All In A Day‘s Alan Neal. The 2016 edition of Canada Reads is nearing and this event had one of the finalists, Saleema Nawaz for her book, Bone and Bread. She’s originally from Ottawa and now residing in Montreal.

Nawaz’s defender, Farah Mohamed was there for the event and telling the audience why’s she defending the book and hoping it wins Canada Reads.
Aside from the conversations, there were performances from Mehdi Cayenne Club and Casey Mecija (formerly of Ohbijou and host of CBC’s The Doc Project).

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