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.