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Street Eats in Our Nation's Capitol

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At Brightspark we love good food. I love food so much that I find myself eating it at least three times a day! When I travel to a new destination, I set my targets on the the local cuisine and search for new delicious restaurants and street food to make our Brightspark itineraries tastier.

Heading to Ottawa soon? You can't go to the nation’s capital without trying a beavertail. (They're not bad once you get past the bones. I kid!) Rather, a beavertail is a thin piece of flattened dough which is deep fried and topped with brown sugar and lemon. 

BeavertailsIf you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try the “Choco Banane” made with Nutella and Banana, or my favourite, “The Avalanche,” made with white chocolate and Score pieces. Beavertails can be purchased at their original location in the Byward market, or if you’re in Ottawa this winter you can grab one on the world’s longest skating rink, the Rideau Canal. Goes great with a cup of hot cocoa!  

If you’re traveling to Ottawa in the summer and need a treat to cool down, you can grab a scoop of homemade ice cream at Lois N Firma’s, also located in the Byward market. Grab a scoop of chocolate chunk or creamy vanilla. Yummy!

If you’re not in the mood for a cold treat, you can grab an “Obama Cookie” at the Le Moulin de Provence Bakery. These Canadian Maple Leaf cookies were famously purchased by President Obama when he visited Ottawa in 2009 and made an impromptu stop in the market. A taste that transcends borders!

Travel is a great opportunity to try and experience new things. Your Brightspark tour leader will be able to direct your students towards these treats as well as other memorable locations for lunch. Byward Market, for example, can be confusing, and sometimes time is limited, but your tour leader is there to make sure everyone is gets a taste of the local culture.