Name: Shiang Dai & Mark Farren
Date: May 06, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Duration: 2.0 hr
Language: English
Start: Whalesbone, 504a Kent St
End: 729 Gladstone Ave.
Area: Centretown
Distance: 3.0 km

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

'Foodies' Walk in Centretown



Photo: Inside Whalesbone on Kent St. 

This walk will highlight some of the specialty food stores in our Centretown neighborhood on Gladstone Ave, between Kent & Percy. 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. 

Sign-up required! 

You must sign up to attend this walk. The host stores would like to know the number of participants, so they can be ready to welcome everyone. Send email to Shiang Dai 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: 

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: 

Iham Foods: Iham Foods has taken over the former Olympia Market. The new owner, Abdul is continuing to provide quality meat in any quantity you want of his specialty meats in the store. You can order on the spot and wait for it or you can order ahead. The meats are from local farmers and he sells all types of customize meat cuts from different cultures. The store 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. Mr. Abdul makes his own Injera (authentic Ethiopian flat bread) for sale in the store. Injera is traditionally made out of teff flour and it is yeast and gluten free.

Seed to Sausage General Store: “Seed to Sausage General Store is a local, ethically-oriented retail fine food & butcher shop. We specialize in pork &cured meats, but also have specialty dry-aged steaks and plenty of really exciting products from B.C. to East Coast. The saucisson sec & chorizo salami sticks are a must–try!” Read more:


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) and walk west to Iham Foods (590 Gladstone). For the last stop, we will continue west for two blocks on the same side of Gladstone, where we will cross to the north side of Gladstone, and continue west to the Seed to Sausage General Store (729 Gladstone Ave) at the corner of Cambridge St. 


Shiang Dai and Mark Farren have lived in this neighborhood for more than 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.