Saturday turned out to be the most crap-tacular day which was probably to our benefit. AwesTRUCK was not at all busy and we rarely waited for food. Apparently many people thought $10 lost was worth staying dry-and-warm at home. WRONG.
By the end of it we were soaked, from flip-flopped feet to jacket hood to umbrella - there was probably not one body part in our group of five that was dry in our efforts to keep our food protected. But oh how our stomachs were satisfied.
Here is a quick low down on what we ate via photo story:
|AwesTRUCK award winner: Best Graphics, the Food Dudes|
|cap'n crunch battered fish tacos from the Food Dudes|
|a very blurry picture of same - very delicious and spicy|
|Mac and Cheese Balls from the Food Dudes|
|these were heaven|
|pulled pork poutine from the Hogtown Smoke|
|cookie dough cupcake from Pretty Sweet - SOGOOD|
|Churros from I Love Churros with your choice of filling: chocolate, dulce de leche, and strawberry. be VERY cautious when biting in, scalding hot chocolate is somewhat difficult to digest.|
|Best New Truck: Frankie Fettuccine|
|solid pasta - especially coming out of a truck.|
|Gorilla Cheese !|
|super, SUPER yummy grilled cheese. perfectly toasted|
|A banana nutella crepe from Curbside Crepe (see the unloved panino on the bottom right - is it normal to feel bad for food?)|
At 9 p.m. we headed to Smith on Church St. It is a very trendy little restaurant catering exactly to the (Gay)bourhood around it, as well as five girls in their mid-twenties. We loved the decor, how the utensils and side plates were all different, and the unisex bathroom was GORGEOUS (I thought I'd made a terrible mistake initially walking through the western-style swinging doors thinking I was in the men's and would have to walk ashamedly back out and locate the women's washroom).
The service is very friendly and accommodating - we didn't want blue on our cheese board so they happily substituted with other cheeses. This was my favourite part of the dinner actually, totally loaded with goodies: honey, grapes, candied pecans, and a generous amount of cheese - we ran out of bread before cheese - that NEVER happens.
The rest of dinner was ok. Yes, just ok. I tried the beetroot pizza, which is not the prettiest pizza I've ever seen, but was very, very good. I also split the goat cheese tortellini which I felt was too much pasta, not enough goat cheese, and should have been in a a creamier or pesto sauce rather than tomato.
|beetroot pizza and goat cheese tortellini|
Maybe if I wasn't still in a semi-food-coma from earlier and if all our eyes hadn't been bigger than our stomachs and we'd simply ordered less good, each course would have been more enjoyable. We didn't even have room for dessert - which is absolutely saying something.
A few other food highlights from the weekend:
|surprise birthday cupcakes transported all the way from Ottawa's Cupcake Lounge|
|McDonald's at 4 a.m.Saturday after a Friday night out|
|McDonald's at 9 a.m. on Sunday after a Saturday pig out|
Brunch at Wish at noon Sunday before going home - an absolutely ADORABLE brunch spot and by the same owners as Smith. Definitely, definitely make a reservation. We walked in and were "greeted" by three catty girls complaining about the hour wait and that if the reso for six (us) didn't show up, they were taking the table. I have never had so much satisfaction announcing my arrival in my life.
|our beautiful spacious table, overlooking the same three girls.|
|my breakfast: a grilled nutella sandwich|
|challah French toast|
|eggs florentine w parmesean fondue rather than hollandaise. also served with the BEST BREAKFAST POTATOES I HAVE EVER HAD.|
They even comped my breakfast since it was close to my birthday <3
And in local news, if you'd like to support the new business trend of food trucks, fear not - there will be plenty of opportunity to get your eat on in Ottawa this Saturday near Little Italy at our very own Food Truck Rally. Details in this Apt613 Foodie Friday article.