Name: Shiang Dai & Mark Farren
Date: May 02, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM
Duration: 2.0 hr
Language: English
Start: Whalesbone, 504a Kent St
End: 729 Gladstone Ave
Area: Centretown
Distance: 1.0 km

The walk will follow city sidewalks, but there are a few stairs to get into the stores.

'Foodies' Walk in Centretown



Photo:  Shiang Dai & Mark Farren at the 2014 Centretown Foodie Walk.

This walk will highlight some of the specialty food stores in our Centretown neighborhood on Gladstone Ave, between Kent and Cambridge. These stores focus on selling local, organic, and sustainable food. We love good food and we want to share our favorite stores in the neighborhood with you.  Some details on the shops we will visit are given below.

Please note:  Registration is required for this walk.  The host stores would like to know the number of participants, so they can be ready to welcome everyone.  Send email to daishiang (at) if you are planning to attend.

The Stores

The Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply   "Whalesbone has been supplying the finest fresh and frozen seafood throughout Ottawa, and is the region's only 100 percent sustainable supplier."   Read:     View:  video

True Loaf Bread Company  "True Loaf Bread Company is a family-run bakery offering delicious breads freshly baked daily in our shop at 573 Gladstone Avenue."   Read more:

The Red Apron  "The red apron uses ingredients from local farmers, producers and small family enterprises in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec."  Read more:

Seed to Sausage General Store  Among gourmet meats and cheeses, steak dry-aged 80 days will make a carnivore cry. The store offers assorted meat products,as well as more than 30 all-but-impossible-to-find artisan cheeses, specialty condiments and preserves, and other boutique gourmet items like hand-made pasta you simply won’t find in a chain grocery store.   Read more:  Seed to Sausage.  

Olympia Market   Mr. Ghaudhary is a butcher of specialty meats and he has been in the meat business for over forty years. He started when he took over a meat store in Vanier in 1972, then he moved to Centretown on Bronson Ave at Arlington in 1984. He is in the present location since 1999. He is an old fashioned butcher, he has no packaged meat for sale. You order on the spot any quantity you want and wait for him to cut for you or you can order ahead. His meats are from local farmers and he sells all types of customize meat cuts.  Mr. Ghaudhary has the best halal meat in the region, people comes from near and far to get their meat. He also sells some rare specialty meats.  Did you know that halal meat is not all cut the same way? Different countries have different halal meat cuts.


We will meet at Whalesbone, 504a Kent Street. We will walk north on Kent St. and west on Gladstone Ave. to True Loaf Bread Company 573 Gladstone Ave.). After that, we will cross the street to Red Apron (564 Gladstone), then walk west to Olympia Market (590 Gladstone). We will continue to walk west on Gladstone to our last stop at Seed to Sausage (729 Gladstone).


Shiang Dai and Mark Farren have lived in this neighborhood for thirty years. They believe in keeping Centretown vibrant and lively. They have been active in helping keep the neighborhood safe for children and adults. This area is a bustling neighborhood and they are pleased to promote and encourage these small neighborhood stores.