In like a lamb…out like a lion! I think that that applies to the real estate market too. Signs that the market is picking up:

  • Dinner is happening less regularly.
  • My phones need to be charged more often and I carry spare chargers with me
  • Gas stations see me much more often
  • Little bags of nuts in my car become travelling lunches
  • There is NO food in my house (except…thank goodness…for the Bryson Farms deliveries on Wednesdays)

Yesterday’s announcement that Ottawa is alive again with jobs and business ventures is the icing on the cake….it is going to be a good real estate year…with everyone happy. Prices are fair!

Be sure to check out this months events as there are some great ones. On our Facebook page at Evans Team Facebook Page has Free or Almost Free weekend activities. Be sure and check each Friday!

Have a great April!!

first spring buds on lilac bush, in sunset

Chansons D’Avril – Concert by Diana Sharp & Sonja Plourde

On April 17, a past client and supporter of Evans Team Ottawa will be performing a concert of French Art songs spanning a chansonscentury of music. “Beauty, humour and a touch of Cabaret….” are promised and we know she will not disappoint. The concert will be at Kanata United Church at 33 Leacock Drive and tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. For more information about this concert and for information on lessons given by Diana visit

Sultans of String Concert

You saw the Suntans of String last year here in private concert for our clients…now see them on April 14th at the NAC!  This amazing Juno winning and multi-nominated band is exceptional and promises a great show!!!Evans Team Ottawa Real Estate Presents Sultans of String Live
2015 JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String create “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine UK). Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, Sultans of String celebrate musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.
                                      The Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid

Recipe of the Month: Maple Roasted Parsnips

Carrots and parsnips roasting in a pan, with thyme, shallots, and garlic.We have our vegetables delivered to us weekly from Bryson Farms (amazing vegetables)!! We have had delivery from them for almost 10 years now and continue to love it!! We actually find that it has saved us a lot of money:

  1. There is no wastage in the vegetables as they are so fresh and last so much longer
  2. We eat out less (not a good thing for all of my favourite restaurants…so sorry) as I know that we have so much food in the fridge to eat
  3. And….we are much healthier for it!

By the end of the winter season though I am looking for creative ways to use my parsnips. Here is one of my favourite recipes that I wanted to share with you:

Maple roasted parsnips
  • 5 lg parsnips cut into quarters, lengthwise
  • 5.3 oz (150 g) maple syrup (OR if you are a Maureen….just go out to the backyard & get some!)
  • 5.3 oz (150g )sherry vinegar
  • juice & zest of 1 orange
  • sea salt
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 375F  (190c).
  2. Toss the parsnips in enough olive oil to lightly coar and place on a baking tray with cinnamon sticks. Rost them in the oven for 20 min
  3. Remove tray from oven and toss the parsnips with the vinegar & maple syrup, top with salt & orange zest & roast for another 15 min
  4. Serve parsnips on a plate with fresly squeezed orange juice over them

Upcoming Event: RSVP now for Tasting Ottawa at

Amuse Kitchen & Wine Bar, Kanata

It’s that time again! Carole has organized our next Tasting Ottawa event at Amuse Kitchen & Wine Bar in Kanata. This is a new restaurant in Kanata South that has a simple modus operandi: eat, drink and share….what more could you ask for?? Focusing on seasonal, local produce Amuse features sharing plates, and both a lunch and dinner menu. We will be enjoying a dinner here on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm. The space is limited so please RSVP quickly to or 613-592-6400 to reserve a spot for you and a guest. The cost of the event is $35 per person not including beverages. Optional wine pairing menus will be available for those who wish to partake. We know this is going to be one of the best Tastings we have had yet so we really hope to see you there. Please let us know of any allergies with your RSVP. dsc_0247_carousel

Neighbourhood Highlight: Must Wine Bar in the Byward Market

When you think of the Byward Market you know that it is filled with delicious restaurants, gourmet shops, beautiful boutiques and lots of night life! We are here to focus on one in particular….Must Wine Bar at 41 William Street.  This wine and food bar is located in a heritage building in the heart of the Byward Market. It provides a wonderful setting for a first date, a private party, a casual lunch or a business dinner, it caters to all. Focusing on seasonal, local produce and a great atmosphere makes Must a market favourite! They also host events during the week such as Spanish guitarists on the weekends and a BYOW or Bring Your Own Wine night on Sundays where you only need to pay a $5 corkage fee…sign us up! mustwinebar ***We are so excited to be holding our next Tasting Ottawa night at Amuse, Must’s sister restaurant in Kanata. Be sure to read the invitation in this newsletter for all of the details!*** We currently have a listing right in the beating heart of the Byward Market at 179 George Street Unit #604. Not only is Must Wine Bar a minute’s walk away so are all of the amenities you could dream of having close including groceries, shopping, restaurants, music venues, Parliament, University of Ottawa and more! It is such an exciting place to live and offers a great spot for the business professional or an investor.

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