Tuesday, December 1, 2020

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Comfort Food

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for December, that theme is Comfort Food. Take a look at how others are interpreting this theme right here.

My shots date back to early November. I was in Little Italy and happened to photograph Di Rienzo's, a small grocery that's a local institution, and a primary source of food for me. They make ready to go pastas, panini sandwiches, Italian desserts. And they're popular, especially around the noon hour, when you can expect a line up out the front door.

Nearby in the neighbourhood is Flapjacks, a pancake restaurant.

A bit of Greece in Little Italy: also nearby is the Nutty Greek Bake Shop. I stop in here once a week, going for things like sausage rolls, tiropitas, or other treats.

Here are some of their treats on display.

Down in the Byward Market there's a European deli I go to from time to time. Some of their food offerings are listed outside.

Nearby is the main market building, seen from the north side. Le Moulin de Province is the name of a restaurant on this end of the building. It's long done both eat in and take out, and at the present time, take out is the only option.

When President Obama made his first official visit here, he stopped in this building, picking up souvenirs for his daughters, and in this establishment, picking up cookies. It must have driven the Mounties and the Secret Service nuts, having the President out and about among people. The restaurant still has photos of him flanking the entrance.

And here are some of their many cookies. On this particular visit, I picked up a croque monsieur for take out.

An Ottawa institution is Beavertails, and this is their original location. There are others across the country, along with pop ups for the Canal in winter, and festivals and events (does anyone remember the days when we all had festivals and events?). A beavertail is a flat fried pastry, garnished in various ways. Very, very tasty.

The Scone Witch is a bakery in the downtown core, near City Hall. 

And finishing things off is the Elgin Street Diner, a good spot for a bite to eat. Long before Covid, they were well into take out. The last time I dined in at a restaurant was here, for Pancake Tuesday, but I've done take out from here since Covid started.


  1. It looks a great area to be in with all of lovely snacks and treats readily available.

  2. Great photos. Viewing it has one drawback: I'm getting hungry very early today. ;-)

  3. Hello,
    Al the places sound great for meals or treats. Take care, enjoy your day!

  4. Wonderful post and photos! There's quite a variety. I'd go to DiRienzo's, even before the bakery, for an sub/hero.

  5. Fun theme. I only recognize the Byward and beavertails.

  6. I guess comfort food is what you crave at the moment.

  7. Love the idea of comfort food. I think of chicken soup as my version.

  8. This post has my stomach grumbling. Everything sounds good!

  9. Oh my gosh so much comforting food to choose from William 😉

  10. What a fabulous selection of things to eat.

  11. Such a great choice of restaurants, but I might stick to the French Moulin de Provence :)

  12. @John: not a chance.

    @Catarina: so do I.

    @Rosemary: there's a lot to be found.

    @Jan: I can see that.

    @Agnieszka: thanks!

    @Tom: yes it does.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Maywyn: it's quite an establishment.

    @Anvicloud: you should try Little Italy the next time you're in town.

    @David: very much so.

    @DJan: that's good soup.

    @RedPat: that's the idea!

    @Grace: a whole lot, yes.

    @Sharon: definitely!

    @Sami: they've got good food.

  13. Great photos for this theme. It would be fun to visit every one of those places :)

  14. The cookies, which Obama, selected from look especially good.

  15. Some of the eateries that stand out above the crowd.

  16. The treats in the bake shop look very tasty!

  17. Wow! What awesome places to get yummy food ~ now I am hungry ~ LOL ~ Great photos too!

    Live each moment with love,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. You have a lot of choices, William. :)

  19. I love neighborhood local restaurants. And boy -- you are making me hungry. I'd love all of those!

  20. @Denise: they all felt appropriate!

    @Denton: that they are.

    @Red: quite true!

    @Marleen: very much.

    @Carol: that's the idea!

    @Bill: of course!

    @Jeanie: no doubt!

  21. NOT a very good post to read on an empty stomach. :-)

  22. Wow many places to choose from. You certainly won't go hungry there.

  23. Nice shots of all the eateries. Those desserts sure look good.

  24. Wonderful take on the theme. A great variety.

  25. Food, yum. I just froze a meal portion and under the name wrote YUM to remind me it's a favorite.

  26. You look like you eat so well with all the fabulous eateries around. I want to stop at each one.
    Love this post today.

  27. I want it ALL! Must visit Canada once more in times ahead

  28. @Marie: that they are.

    @Revrunner: definitely not!

    @MB: of course not.

    @Happyone: they are!

    @Magiceye: thank you!

  29. @Joanne: good idea.

    @Parsnip: thank you!

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Iris: indeed!

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

  30. Some good choices here ...
    Happy December Wishes.

    All the best Jan