I lost a very dear friend to cancer last week. It is at times like this that one tends to sit back and reassess life. I learned so much from my dear Lucie…not to waste one day of my life on this earth and to experience as much of this world as I possibly can.
With that in mind, I encourage you to participate in all that this beautiful city and surrounding countryside have to offer. We post a section in our blog each Friday called Free or Almost Free Friday. There are some great activities there!!! We also have lots of client events coming up these next couple of months ….Grace in the Kitchen client night…Tasting Ottawa evening…Christmas Wreath making night…a house concert….all things that my friend used to so enjoy…that you too can enjoy and live each day to its fullest.
Neighbourhood Spotlight: VanKleek Hill
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit a horse farm just minutes from the charming village of VanKleek Hill. We were doing a pre-listing walk through and decided to visit the village itself prior to the meeting in order to get a sense of the area. Well…we fell in love!
The village has a commitment to community you can feel even as you drive in. There are lovely homes lining the tree-filled streets, beautiful boutiques, a small local pharmacist and hardware store, inviting restaurants with patios and stores that you just have to go in to see what is inside. We ventured into one vintage home goods shop where we were met by the lovely owner who had decided to move to VanKleek Hill to raise her family in an “area with great education, a strong sense of community and really a higher quality of life”. What more could you ask for?
The village is only one hour from Ottawa and one hour from Montreal…a commute that is certainly doable if you are working in one of the major city centers. The village’s famous spots to eat are the Blueberry Hill Bistro, Vert Fourchette and the Trillium Tea Room. The Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday and Beau’s Brewery is located here as well. It is an area known for its festivals such as Oktoberfest at Beau’s, Porchfest in July, the Festival of Flavours in September and the Christmas Market in November…these are to name just a few!
Let us know if you would like to see the home, you will not regret it!
Recipe of the Month: Lucie’s Dressing Formula
I LOVE salad…all times of the year….and enjoy adding seasonal offerings at different times of the year…but the ONE constant is my favourite dressing formula. Yes formula…..I call it Lucie’s Dressing Formula….because that is where it came from!
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sweet (honey, maple syrup, apple syrup from the market)
1 Tbsp sour (vinegar…be it balsamic, rice, white,raspberry. OR fresh lemon or lime juice)
1 tsp. dijon mustard
Mix and serve.
Thoughts for add ins to salad: dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, raspberries, strawberries, beets, fennel.
Listing Spotlight: 243 Ridgeside Farm Drive
We have a stunning listing at 243 Ridgeside Farm Drive, just minutes from Kanata North. This home has so much space and an open concept kitchen, eating area and great room which makes for a perfect family hub. Upgrades are everywhere including granite countertops and pot lighting, upgraded cabinetry, upgraded flooring, a home theater in the beautifully finished walk-out basement, upgraded bathrooms, kitchen and more! The lovely lot that the home is situated on is private, pool-sized and backs onto a wooded area with walking trails.
What is really special about this property is that while the privacy and serenity provide you with a retreat from hectic day-to-day life, the home is located so close to all of those day-to-day necessities and amenities that you need. We have timed the drive and to reach the amenities of Kanata North it takes approximately five minutes driving time. Here you will find a Sobey’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, LCBO, Metro grocery store and more. There are also numerous restaurants such as Poco Pazzo Italian Eatery, Lone Star, Hockey Sushi and Cora’s. Kanata North holds the Kanata Hi-Tech Corridor making Ridgeside Farm a great place to live if you commute to there OR if you are or in the future will be working at the new DND campus. It is just a five to ten minute drive there using back roads. While the conveniences of Kanata area so close, the amenities in Carp are also just as close. Reach the Carp Farmer’s Market, Alice’s Village Cafe and the fairgrounds and arena in five minutes.
243 Ridgeside Farm Drive gives you all of the wonderful benefits of a country estate without the hassle of extending your commute or driving too far to reach amenities that you need at your fingertips.
Upcoming Event: Save the Date for Discovering Ottawa with Grace in the Kitchen and Evans Team Ottawa
We are lucky enough to have been able to partner with Grace in the Kitchenagain this year for this fabulous, private shopping event for our clients and friends. The event is taking place on Tuesday,November 29 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and it is absolutely FREE.
If you don’t already know, this beautiful store is partnered with Serious Cheese and is a valued member of our local business society, both in Ottawa and Kanata specifically. They offer a wide range of kitchen products, gourmet foods, the best knives in the world AND a delicious cheese counter, deli and cafe with housemade pastries and more! They offer products ranging from Le Creuset’s famous pots, pans and dishes to Breville’s world renowned small appliances to the most amazing selection of knives for every chef. There is a large selection of gluten-free gourmet food along with locally sourced products from Seed to Sausage and the best olive oils on hand as well.
This Discovering Ottawa event will feature their house-made delights for dinner along with numerous samples of food that they serve in store plus house made pastries for dessert! Instead of going home and cooking dinner, join us at Grace in the Kitchen not only for the food but for the product demonstrations, special discounts and more. Our attendees will be offered discounts and there will be many treats to sample. The store will have products reps on hand to answer all of your questions, plus staff picks and stocking stuff ideas galore…wrap up your Christmas shopping here in one place!
Keep your eye out for the formal invitation to come in early November via your email inbox.
Things to do in Ottawa this Fall
Ottawa is a wonderful place to be in the autumn with an abundance of both indoor and outdoor activities. Fall is the perfect time to still get outdoors before that biting cold gets here.
Gatineau Park offers over 361 square kilometers of beauty to explore and fall is the most beautiful time to do it. The colours of the Gatineau Hills simply cannot be beat.
Saunders Farm – one of Ottawa’s favourite places in the autumn is Saunders Farm. All ages flock here until Halloween to enjoy the Haunted House, hay rides, farm-made cider and candy apples, apple picking and more.
Haunted Walk of Ottawa – autumn is a perfect time to enjoy one this tour company’s haunted walks of Ottawa. Tour the city in a different way and learn about a lot of our more “spooky” history.
Ottawa Writer’s Festival – a ten day experience of enjoying local and international writers. Visit the website for a schedule of event and locations.
Maker Faire Festival – this family friendly festival celebrates all things invented. A great festival to share ideas, see the newest inventions and more.
Folk Music Ontario Conference – the annual conference in its 30th year will be held in Ottawa this year from October 20 to October 23 at Delta Ottawa City Centre. Celebrating Ontario’s roots in folk music, this festival celebrates both local and international artists.