One day in Ottawa: food blogger Kelly Brisson

Discover some of the tastiness that is Ottawa with food blogger Kelly Brisson

Kelly Brisson The Gouda Life

Whether you're sifting through her pictures on Instagram, watching her interact on Twitter, reading up on her tasty food or drink recipes on her site, you can always tell that Kelly Brisson is having a blast.

Aside from keeping busy with her nine-to-five work, Brisson also authors the popular blog, The Gouda Life (get it? GET IT?), works as the East Coast editor for Eat In Eat Out digital magazine and films an online cooking series, Whoops! I got wasted! (which we love and you should too), which we chatted with her about earlier this fall.

There are a lot of fantastic places to eat in the nation's capital and this multi-talented young lady fills us in on some of the places she goes to satisfy her appetite during the day.


Bread & Sons Bakery, also known as my religion: for the expertly pulled espresso (never bitter, always deep, complex and lingering), better pizza than most pizzerias in the city (My Italian Grandma of roasted Potato, fresh rosemary, roasted garlic, cherry tomato, arugula and bocconcini is my favourite), and these itty bitty croissant sandwiches stuffed with a poached egg, gouda and flaky salt.


The Red Apron: whether it’s take-home or delivered meals like braised Fitzroy beef shepherd's pie with aged cheddar; or cheese tortellini with pepita parsley pesto, delicata squash, mushrooms and fennel; eat-in sandwiches; or pastries and wicked-good coffee (carefully selected blend roasted specifically for their store); you’re in good hands in this charming little shop run by two of the kindest ladies you’ll meet.


Town: this cozy, modest little spot will charm the pants right off you (maybe it’s the wine, but either way, your pants are coming off) and make you feel right at home the second you walk in.  Its modern take on Italian classics promise hearty, flavour-packed mains as well as excellent wines and small bites to munch on while you watch people stroll by Elgin Street.


The Moonroom: enchanting, charming, inviting and intimate; it's the perfect spot for a date (despite the sometimes lively buzz that hovers above your head, which is part of it’s allure). Small bites — including the always-enticing cheese plate and the best spicy almonds, ever —, a killer wine list, local brews and apparently the city's best martini (though I’m not much for them).

Plus: A sneak peek at Kelly's third episode of "Whoops, I got wasted!"

Just in case you stay out a tad too late at Kelly's recommendation, The Moonroom, you'll have this as a cure.