Mmmmm, mornings. With Michaelsdolce jam.

Still being on holidays, my mornings aren’t what you would call fast-paced these days. A natural early riser, I’m still up with the sun. But the winter break allows me to enjoy a strong cup of coffee, the morning newspaper, and, thanks to a locally bought gift for my mother, toast with artisan jam.


(I also picked up a Chateau Lafayette T-shirt for my dad and a pound of Bridgehead coffee for my brother.)

I had read rave reviews about Michaelsdolce jams on a few local food blogs, but stumbled upon a shelf full at Isobel’s Cupcakes in New Edinburgh a few weeks back. Offered in small (60 mL)- and large (190 mL)-sized jars, the staff let me sample a few of the jams (and on shortbread!) before I chose three delicious flavours: Strawberry & Balsamic, Kiwi & Lime and Pear &Vanilla.


In fact, all of the 14 flavours — created by local chef Michael Sunderland — are original: think Fig & Blood Orange, Papaya & Pink Grapefruit and Peach & Cardamom. Although Sunderland’s website suggests pairing many of his goods with cheese, the Kiwi & Lime is great layered on fresh baked bread along with some butter. (And I’ve eaten the Strawberry & Balsamic on top of Vanilla Bean ice cream.)


Since our friends over at foodieprints.com have written about their jam obsession, I’m thinking after this week, I’ll be following suit. Up next, I think, is Epicuria!

Any other ideas? Feel free to leave a comment or send us an e-mail at LTOttawa@gmail.com!