As you may have guessed, I’m in Germany, where NosyNeighbour and I recently finished another cycling holiday in Bavaria.

As usual, we packed light, bringing only our folding bikes as checked luggage and then maximizing our carry on bags. I had the additional challenge of packing for 40 days. Thankfully it’s summer and much easier to do. It was also made easier because NosyNeighbour took minimal to a new level. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been meaning to post for a while. Lots of pics of new things in the hood.

  • The empty commercial spot on the east end of 101 Richmond Road has been leased. Zanadu Juice Bar is “opening soon”. Let’s hope it’s not like the cafe on Parkdale and Wellington.
  • Urban Cloud is a strange addition to the hood. It has no store front to entice you in, and I have no clue what they actually sell. Other than e-cigarettes. I guess they must have leased the building because the “For Sale” sign is back in front. Doesn’t make you want to go inside.
  • Going to the Parkdale Market may make you fat. If cold beers at the Carleton Tavern on a hot day aren’t enough to tempt you, maybe the future sweet treats will grab you. Holland’s Cake and Shake is opening soon. You can follow them on twitter here.
  • I had heard a while back that Suzy Q was opening a second location also near the Market. I had no idea how big it was going to be. Check out the big sign on top of the former Orange Gallery location.
  • Summer is here and so is live entertainment on the patio at Westboro Beach. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5 to 11 p.m. Oh, and it’s free! And it’s licensed!
  • And if you’re out on the paths today, take care. If the crazy geese don’t get you, a fallen tree just might.


I still can’t believe I used to blog almost every day when I was at work. Maybe it was to give me a sense of the good things around me. You know, write them down, say them out loud so you’d believe they existed. So glad I’m not at work now. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been blogging as much.

Two things I noticed on a recent walk. Well, maybe it’s been a few days:

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And now for whazzup this weekend: Read the rest of this entry »

It’s free and it’s in the neighbourhood. And I’m happy they’re back. BOB FM has renamed them to Friday Night Flicks. The only one this summer at Westboro Beach is on Friday, June 13 and will feature The Lego Movie.

Remember, it’s free. You just need to bring a blanket or chair, a bag of popcorn and some DEET. Drinks are available at the canteen. And smokers …. leave your cigarettes at home. There is no smoking on the city beach.

Isobel’s is gone …

Last week we dropped off our car for service at a garage in Little Italy. We decided to drop it off the evening before and walk back through Hintonburg. I didn’t take a lot of photos, but this one caught my eye:

I checked their website and it doesn’t say they’ve moved or closed. I know they seemed to have a lot of problems with the space. I remember shortly after they opened, a water leak from above forced them to close for a week. But who knows, maybe it’s the rent being increased.

But fear not, Suzy Q’s expansion looks complete, and I believe their second location near the Parkdale Market is now open.

Life has been so busy lately, with courses Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. I have yellow post it notes all over the computer trying to remember everything I have to get done. There’s got to be a better system. I just haven’t found it yet.

Blogging wasn’t even on my list. It was something I was supposed to do every day. Strangely, when I was working, I managed to find the time every day. I was always amazed at how many people from places far away would read my blog posts about my cycle to work. But I digress …

New in the neighbourhood:

  • the building that houses The Piggy Market in Westboro has had a makeover. The Piggy Market has reopened with a nice big sign at its old location, but I think they’ve expanded.
  • at the front of the building, a new beauty bar has opened: 10spot. Not really my kind of thing, but I’m sure there are enough people to fill it.
  • Trii Outdoor Lounge, on Wellington at the corner of Hamilton North, has filed a minor variance application. I’ve seen the sign there for a while. You can read more about the proposed elevated patio here.

Coming up this weekend, you’ll have lots of choice in the hood:

  • It’s Ottawa Race Weekend and that means it’s time to get our Bavarian outfits on, grab the cowbell and go down the street to cheer the racers on.
  • Art in the Alley is on May 23 to 25 @ Alicat Art Studio, 1395 Wellington St. W.
  • The Brewery Market is making its next appearance in Hintonburg on Saturday, May 24, 12-8pm. They’re closing early so the runners in the crowd can get home early (snicker, snicker)

Of course, good luck trying to get anywhere this weekend. Go by foot or ride a bike.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. But too many things have been dropped in my mailbox to not share. I know a lot of people just toss the stuff directly into recycling. But this weekend you have a choice:

  • UPDATED: The Ottawa Bagel Shop is celebrating 30 years this weekend. Sorry I forgot to tell you yesterday. Today is the last day for 6 bagels for $1.75 (sesame, poppy and plain only).
  • The Bluesfest School of Music & Art is having an open house this Saturday from 11 to 3.  You can find out more here.
  • Bayview Yards Community Open House and Tours is also happening on Saturday from  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at 7 Bayview Road. You can learn more about
    the future Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards and the plans for the area while getting a tour of the historic grounds.
  • Also on Saturday, the Ottawa Brewery Market is from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Hintonburg Park (Fairmont Ave/Duhamel St). Three brewers will be there:  Big Rig, Covered Bridge and Kichesippi.  Stone Soup Foodworks is providing food. FREE admission. Event takes place rain or shine. Children welcome—park features a wonderful, play area. Bring your chairs, blankets and lawn games, and spend the day.  (But the forecast is looking more rain than shine.

You also might want to find some good walking shoes to get ready for next weekend’s Jane’s Walks.


I’ve been meaning to post for a while, but have been busy. Funny how I always had time when I was working. And you can’t let blogging get in the way of living.

So in Westboro news … Kardish Health Foods will be opening in the former location of Carbon Computing on Richmond just east of Churchill. The sign says April. Will let you know when it happens.

In Hintonburg news ….

  • Forum Apparel has opened just east of Fil’s Diner on Wellington. I saw Ugg boots when I looked in the window. They have a facebook page but I couldn’t find a web site.
  • JV Studios is now open in the former location of Slaysh on Wellington near Julian.
  • Chick Pea has closed. I can’t believe it lasted as long as it did.
  • The building that was Destination Hair has sold, but still no news on what’s going in.
  • AlphaSoul, which closed this past winter, has now been leased, but no sign of what’s going in.
  • The addition at Suzy Q looks finished.
  • The new LCBO at Wellington and Somerset is now open. I missed out on the free tote bags on opening day. But people in the store today seemed pleased with the offerings and happy that they could walk there.
  • Across the street is a new to me for lease sign in what was Tina’s. I think it was a beauty supply company.

And if you’re more visual, here’s the picture version: Read the rest of this entry »

I took a walk this morning and noticed that a sign was up in the former location of Louise’s Belgian Chocolate. According to their web site, they have locations in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. I wonder if it will be in competition with the DQ down the street.

And as I look at the picture more closely, I notice that the Country Clover Company is also for lease. Can’t say I ever went in. Maybe that’s why it’s for lease….

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Today’s update didn’t come from a walk. Well sort of. We went to Illume for coffee this morning. And luckily for us, we had dibs on the stack of fresh newspapers. After NosyNeighbour set off to work, I read through the Citizen, parts of the Globe and then dove into the Kitchissippi Times.

There were some interesting bits of information. And since I’m never sure if the links work after I add them, here’s what I learned:

  • Railbender Studio will be opening on February 15th  in 3 Hamilton (the former army barracks). It’s a combination tattoo and art studio. Interesting mix. You can read more about it in the front page article.
  • Just up the road, in the former location of lulu & coco, Cake and Shake will be opening in the Spring. Ron Eade blogged about this piece of news as well.
  • And last but not least, although it does involve a change of lease …. the Orange Gallery is moving to City Centre and …. Suzy Q Donuts is opening a second location in its place.

Yikes! those donuts will be even closer. I like that I can’t smell them now and have a 20 minute walk to get to them.




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