#WRawesome Online: Waterloo Region Eats

I feature an interesting website, blog, Twitter feed, Facebook page or other online destination related to Waterloo Region on CKWR with Randolph J. Johnston called #WRawesome Online, Mondays at about 12:30. Here is the Midday with RJ’s Facebook page.

I hope by doing so that I’ll help people find places online that help them to connect to their community–online and in the real world. By doing so, I hope to help people find online places that they might not find otherwise and make our community a better place to live.

For folks looking for communications advice, you can get tips from each selection featured. I’ll highlight at least one example in my weekly post.

#WRawesome: Waterloo Region Eats

Brought to you by Andrew Coppolino who I prefer to call Mr. Waterloo Region Food, Waterloo Region Eats is a great destination for anyone living in or near Waterloo Region who loves to eat. In short, just about everybody!

You may know Coppolino. He has written restaurant reviews for the Record and Echo, is the food correspondent on Grand River Living, has a weekly food show on radio and a column in the Kitchener Post. You can’t turn around without bumping into to him talking food.

According to its tagline, the mandate of Waterloo Region Eats is food, farmers, restaurants and chefs. If you want to know anything about any of these categories in Waterloo Region or Guelph, this site–part website/part blog is a great place to start. It’s divided into more two main parts:

  • The F(ood)log is a look at the local food scene. It includes posts such as where to find great soup or Coppolino’s 10 top meals of 2011. The description of a locally sourced meal at Borealis in Kitchener put that restaurant at the top of my list of places I wanted to try.
  • The restaurant review section is the place to go to find out about a restaurant that you’re interested in or to find a new place to eat. I was fortunate enough have a new culinary experience when I joined Copplino for Ethiopian food and shared a platter at the Lovenest (a great place that isn’t just for lovers!) It’s conveniently categorized by city with a section for the townships.

Great photos

As for communications tips, Waterloo Region Eats shows how much of a difference that great photos can make. You obviously can’t taste food but a good photograph can help you to taste and even smell the food with your eyes. The photos on this site hit the mark! I only wish they were larger.

It’s also a site where if you are looking for something specific that the best way is probably to use its search feature. There is one but it’s tucked down at the very bottom. Generally, I prefer to see them up near the top right side of a page.

I also look forward to the day when Coppolino adds a podcast or vlog and brings his radio and tv experience to the web.

Overall, the site is a great resource and worth visiting–and keeping tabs on!

What is #WRawesome online?

Do you have any recommendations for what should be featured in #WRawesome Online in the future?