A European culinary trend offering a gastronomic feast without the caloric guilt is steaming into Ottawa.
The idea is called Le Whaf, where ingredients of a meal are boiled into a liquid, strained, then poured into a large French gadget, similar to a glass cauldron.
It was inspired by a product called Le Whif, an aerosol that sprays particles of dark chocolate. It is a treat for people without any calories.
The inventor is French scientist and Harvard professor David Edwards, who then had the idea for Le Whaf.
It is now a popular movement for dieters in Europe because inhaling the air can curb appetite.
Chef Norman Aitken cooks up the tasty air at Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar in Ottawa's Westboro neighbourhood.
The restaurant does not charge for the meal, which on this day was a beef and mushroom consommé — a type of clear soup made from richly flavoured stock, which has been clarified.