Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Eating up the Hill: Vegetarian pizza with bacon

I know I haven't blogged in some time. I moved to Ottawa in November to work for a Member of Parliament, which a) takes up most of my time, and b) makes blogging on politics pretty difficult. Then, one day, it occurred to me: how about a political food blog!

After all, I have yet to see any food-related talking points I would need to stick too, and food is a pan-partisan issue. Therefore, I shall attempt to regularly blog about lunches on and around Parliament Hill, and perhaps the food offerings at the various receptions that parliamentarians and staff tend to be invited to.

For the record, any food commentating will be restricted to my lunch hour, or after work hours. And with that, let's eat.

Restaurant: Confederation Building Cafeteria
Dish: Vegetarian house pizza with side salad
Price: $6.32 (excluding tax and my refreshing carton of skim milk

The various cafeterias around the hill work on a six-week rotating menu of daily specials to complement the usual standard offerings, and today was pizza day. I went up to the cafeteria in my building around 12:10 PM today, craving a slice of all-dressed.

The line was long and, when I got to the front, sadly, they were already out of all-dressed. Apparently the 42nd Parliament is more carnivorous than they had anticipated. A bit disappointed, I asked if they could toss some bacon on top of a slice of vegetarian pizza. Happily, they obliged and, at no up charge, I ended up with more meat than I'd have gotten on the all dressed (which came with peperoni, green peppers, red peppers, onions and mushrooms).

So I ended up with a slice of focaccia crust pizza with green peppers, red peppers, red onions, mushrooms, zucchinis, stuffed green olives, and a generous helping of bacon, as well as a side salad which I chose to douse with Caesar dressing.

 The pizza could have been hotter, but the crust was better than average, the toppings were plentiful (though I tried to pick out the olives) and, key to a good slice, the cheese was bountiful. It hit the spot, and certainly filled me up. I'd rate it 6/10; could have been a 7 if it was hotter.

I appreciate the bacon top-up, but hopefully next time they cook more all-dressed. Or I'll just need to get there earlier. Also, I wish they had the 500ml cartons of milk. The 250ml is just too small.

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Jason Cherniak said...

Just be careful that you don't show any preference for Darcy McGee's if you want to avoid partisanship. :)

Unknown said...

Congratulations on the new job. I assume you aren't allowed to say who you're working for, or you would have? : )

I wish you the best, but I'll miss your commentaries.


Jeff said...

Thanks Wilson.

Not really a secret, I guess. I'm working for Salma Zahid, MP for Scarborough Centre.

Jason, if I visit Darcy's I'll be sure to visit NDP haunt Brixton's as well, and wherever the Conservatives are eating (I think the Brasserie).

Lia said...

I never touch dairy and I am an alien that hates bacon (for realz) but there is something about that pizza that looks deeeeelliisshhhhh