Easter weekend in the Glebe – everything you need to impress the in-laws
Duck, duck, goose, turkey, lamb, ham.
What are you going to cook this Easter?
If you still need some supplies to feed the family – including the in-laws you so desperately need to impress, then the Glebe is your one-stop shop for everything Easter – from birds and booze to chocolates for the little ones.
There aren’t too many areas in the city where you can walk just a few blocks and have everything you need for the perfect Easter weekend. But, in the Glebe, you’ve got the butcher, baker and candlestick neighbourhood vibe and you’ll go home with all the fixins you need.
Let’s start with meat. Are you up for some lamb, or some ham? If so, Rebecca McKeen at McKeen Metro Glebe has got her meat cooler stocked with the finest legs of lamb and some delectable ham that will be dripping off the bone once you’re done with it. Local Ontario Lamb is available at the Bank Street grocery store, as is Artisan bone-in ham. If you’re looking for some beef, just stroll by the meat counter and your eyes will find the Prime Rib Premium Oven Roast. If your eyes don’t find it, your belly will.
“We have some really great local Ontario lamb that is perfect for Easter,” says Mckeen, strolling past the meat counter stocked full of duck and lamb.
“We usually sell a lot of lamb during the Easter weekend.”
If you’re looking for a big turkey, stroll a few blocks down to the Glebe Meat Market, and owner Stephane Sauve will get you the right bird for the right price. Just tell him how many you are cooking for, who you’re cooking for, and how little work you want to do to prepare the turkey and he’ll send you on your way with a fine fowl.
He’s also got some of the finest duck in the city, stellar sausages and rich stuffing that will finally make your father-in law pat you on the back with a look of pride. You did it, son.
What about the fixins? If you want the freshest veggies around, wait until Sunday morning to get your Easter produce, and show up at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at the Aberdeen Pavilion. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you’ll be able to grab some fresh asparagus to serve up as a refreshing side dish. Mix up a nice batch of mushroom gravy, or fry up some nice oyster mushrooms, as the fungus is currently in season. The market is also stocked full of maple syrup after a great year of production in Quebec and Ontario.
And if the Easter bunny hasn’t dropped his eggs all over your backyard yet, make a quick pit stop at Lindt Chocolate Shop for all your chocolate needs. The sweet shop will have secret, in-store chocolate specials all day Sunday.
“The hunt is on for the best Easter chocolate in the neighbourhood,” says Lindt Retail Marketing Intern Julia Pizzimenti
“Visit the Lindt Chocolate Shop at Lansdowne Park and fill your basket with our assortment of Easter chocolates.”
Too busy to cook?
Get Whole Foods to do the whole thing for you. Order a full Easter ham dinner complete with a three-kilogram semi-boneless ham, basmati rice with peas and pistachios, bacon & thyme braised onions and asparagus with farro & orange. The meals are precooked and only need reheating. Tell your mother in-law that you’ve been slaving all day, and she’ll finally trust you in the kitchen – Whole Foods won’t tell, and neither will we. For those celebrating Passover, Whole Foods also offers a Red Wine Braised Brisket Dinner that feeds 8 people. Orders must be place by noon Thursday to allow for preparation time. The Lansdowne grocery store also has its shelves stocked with Camino Peanut Free, Fair Trade and Organic Chocolate bunnies, hot cross buns and an Easter Egg Hunt Bouquet. Drop in for some free holiday fare tasting from the store’s catering menu on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Whole Foods is also offering a Build-Your-Own-Crepe Station on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
If you’re looking to cook your own meal, you can always stop in a Loblaws on Isabella Street and get all the tryptophan you need to get those in-laws to sleep early so you can finally put on that new Kendrick Lamar record and turn it up to 11.
Loblaws has huge deals on President’s Choice Fresh Turkeys, loin chops, rib steaks and whole racks of lamb. The grocery store’s fish counter is stocked with Blue Marlin Steaks, Mahi Mahi portions and live pasta clams. Grab all the produce you need – from fresh leeks to Brussels sprouts to culminate your Easter Sunday dinner.
But don’t forget decorations. If you’re looking to really wow your guests, stop by The Papery and get all the Easter decorations for your holiday bash. You’ll may even find the perfect pair of Easter socks that you can slide around in all weekend.
If you’re looking for a Saturday afternoon activity with the kids, stop in at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles for a free in-store craft day. Kids will be constructing and painting their own My Egg Carton Animals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And for families on the go, the crew at Tiggy’s will send you home with your own kit for the kids to do later.
“We are flexible and we understand that people don’t have time, so for those people, we will pack up a little kit that they can do at home, so we don’t have any sad children,” says store General Manager Eira Macdonell
“It’s really hard sometimes to get kids to do a craft in the store, because we just have way too much to play with. But we try.”
Several dining spots in the Glebe will also be offering Easter Brunch at their restaurants throughout the weekend. Check out our dining directory here.
Here’s to a Happy Easter in the Glebe.