More pics from Ottawa


Fall is here unfortunately. But the colors of the trees on our trip to Ottawa were gorgeous, one of the few benefits of knowing months of winter lie ahead. Mother Nature’s way of softening us up, I suppose.


One way that Gizmo Guy rates a town is by the quality of its chip trucks. Yeah, so we’re not a high class family. Since he did a lot of travelling in previous jobs, he had one marked out along Highway 7 that he knew we HAD to stop at. So we did. Both there and back. I have to admit, he was right.

Chip and Dale’s Chip Truck, somewhere west of Kaladar. All right, technically it’s a bus. But they had great chips, huge orders of poutine, delicious hamburgers, and the BEST home made dessert I’ve had in a long time.

Two really large home made oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chunks pressed around a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

The next night we went completely to the opposite end of the culinary scale and dined at Mamma Grazzi’s, one of Gizmo Guy’s favorite Italian restaurants in the Byward Market. The picture in the header of their webpage? That’s exactly where we sat! And on the picture below? Look for the dark arched windows of the lower section of the building – by the sign. It’s a lovely intimate restaurant where they:

provide an ‘al momento’ cooking philosophy which means that each pasta, pizza and entrée is prepared individually to order.

Yum again! Great service, good food and an excellent white house wine.


I had the ‘Odessa’ .. Linguine with grilled chicken, mushrooms, roasted red peppers & chili peppers. I’m definitely having to go back on the treadmill for a few years to walk off the food I ate this weekend.

As for the conference? I’m still winding down … so here’s one of the few pictures that turned out. It’s five of the guest speakers – Molly O’Keefe, Kelley Armstrong, Sharon Page, Jo Beverly and Opal Carew.

More pictures tomorrow. I figure I’ve bogged down your systems enough for today.

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