Piccolo Grande – Ottawa

The last entry of my Ottawa In A Day series like having a multi course meal for dinner. The final stretch of the series is obviously ending with a scoop (or two) of dessert (how classic). After doing my usual research aka reading tons of reviews, I chose to go to Piccolo Grande (means small big in Italian, according to Google translate).

This small cafe is at the edge of ByWard Market and we almost missed it. There is a lot of flavours to choose from, some gelato and some sorbet. They also have drinks, cakes and candy bars (the kind you’d find at a corner store).

We were all full from dinner at Coaster’s Seafood Grill, so we decided to share two flavours; lemon sorbet and walnut gelato. The sorbet was really sour (just like eating a lemon) but unfortunately the walnut was stale (according to my parents).



Piccolo Grande’s official website doesn’t seem to work. However, there’s a Facebook page, but it’s not really active.
Photos via Canon G12.


ByWard Market – Ottawa

If you know me well enough, you will know that ABSOLUTELY love (almost) any kind of market. If you’ve read my latest post, my family had a weekend in Ottawa and of course, we had to stop by ByWard Market. We actually were there on both days because it was so close to where we were staying. (I’m actually quite disappointed that I didn’t get more pictures of the market).

We spotted a cute bakery (Aux Delices Bakery) that had all sorts of pies, desserts and baked goods by the display window. There were quite a lot of customers when we stopped by Saturday afternoon.


This gingerbread cookie that resembled eggs on toast had to be the cutest thing I’ve seen, baking wise.


Inside ByWard Market Square, are a mix of different food cuisines, cafes, Mexican and cheese shops. Unluckily, it didn’t occur to be me that I would be blogging about this market. But my dad found Olaf (from Frozen) on a caramel apple (more like a frozen apple, HAHA).


Next time I’m in ByWard Market, I would love to browse more of the market. There are many bars and great restaurants for couples. The market’s night life is crazy!

Click here to visit ByWard Market’s website.
Photos via iPhone 6.

Coaster’s Seafood Grill – Ottawa

Does anyone else love the feeling of going to a new restaurant and being super excited about it cause you’ve been waiting days, months to eat there? That was me since planning  this weekend Ottawa trip.

It was a really hard decision to choose a place that we would all be satisfied with. The plan was originally to eat at The Fish Market, but we were told that the wait would be long. Weirdly and luckily, there is a restaurant on the second floor that has the exact same menu as The Fish Market.  I think I understand why there was a wait at The Fish Market… Coaster’s Seafood Grill  was much smaller in size.


Nevertheless, we made our way upstairs and still had a nice seafood meal (something we don’t have often at home). Firstly, the bread was incredible! It was steaming hot when opened and mom was obsessed about the dipping oil.


Mom and I ordered house wine, red for her and white for me. I really liked the white wine, sweet and light. But unfortunately, I couldn’t find the same at my local LCBO.


When I go out with my family, we always share everything.  We had  a calm chowder, steamed mussels, arctic char filet and a maritime platter.



I loved the fish and especially the mango and mint salsa.


The maritime platter really surprised me. There was a wide variety of seafood on the platter, including crab, shrimp, scallops and lobster (obviously!). I was shocked by the vegetables, cause they tasted super amazing.. stir fried broccoli, mushrooms and potatoes. But the lobster was overcooked (a little tough), in my opinion.


I would definitely recommend this to others, just be prepared to not move around cause space is limited. And we had a great view of a street performer as we sat by a window and could see the street performer doing there thing on the other side of the street.

Click here to visit Coaster’s Seafood Grill’s website (you will be redirected to The Fish Market website).
Photos via iPhone 6 and Canon G12.