Fun, food & fitnessPublished on February 19, 2017

  • Noodle Forest
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • RedBull Crashed Ice
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  • Mom & baby on the move
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  • Vanier Moderns
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  • Maverick's Donuts
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Jordan O’Leary and Ian Harrington of Morning Owl Coffee have created a lunchtime winter oasis behind the popular coffee shop at 536 Rochester Avenue.  Snow-covered coniferous trees are dotted around a 10-foot fire pit where your homemade rice noodle bowl is prepared in cast iron woks. Open Monday to Friday from 11 am - 1:30 pm, enjoy a chicken, pork or vegan bowl for $10.


The wild sport of ice cross downhill racing is gaining popularity in North America and Europe, and makes its way to Ottawa on March 3 as part of the 2017 celebrations. Red Bull Crashed Ice will compete in the final showdown in the heart of Ottawa near the Rideau Canal locks, Chateau Laurier and Major’s Hill Park. The extreme sport features heats of four skaters careening down an ice track filled with twists, turns, and jumps at speeds of more than 50 km/h. The Chateau Laurier Hotel Ballroom and terrace offer up a VIP area with a direct view of the track. Info at


In collaboration with Fitness with Jules, St. Laurent Centre is hosting Mom and Baby on the Move. Jules Sherlock is a Can Fit Pro Trainer of the Year, and a personal training and post-natal specialist. “It’s a fun way for new moms, who can often feel isolated, to get out of the house, meet other parents and enjoy the benefits of exercise,” says Jules, a mom herself. Participants are often treated to surprises and give-aways from St. Laurent retailers as well as enjoying educational speakers and demos each week. They meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:15 am at the Guest Services Kiosk in front of Toys R Us. Contact Kristina Sparkes at St. Laurent Centre at 613.745.6850 ext.308 or .


Looking for some retro inspiration? Vanier Moderns, owned and operated by Jeff Watson and Tina Tolgyesy, has a wide selection of all things vintage and mid-century modern, including furniture, lighting, decorative objects, clothing, jewellery and fine art. Tina and Jeff also offer design consultations with clients to help bring a vintage vibe home. The selection of items is ever-changing, so it’s a good idea to check in regularly or visit the Vanier Moderns Facebook page for updates.


Five local Ottawa businessmen are capitalizing on the donut craze sweeping North America. Partners Dominic Santaguida, Geoff Vivian and Harjeet Singh from Vittoria Trattoria, and Kyle Hector and Jake Ellis from Lapointe Fish, were inspired to create a modern, open-kitchen-style donut diner with a twist at Maverick’s. Taste buds run wild while creating your own unique treats with delicious fresh donuts with a huge variety of glazes and toppings. Those not feeling creative will be tempted by daily pre-made flavours from which to choose. Located in the Blue Heron Mall, the store is open Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Sandy Connell

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