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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra take to the streets

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This Saturday night the Byward Market will be alive with music and you’re all invited to join the street party. The strolling music and dance-fuelled celebration, presented as part of the Ottawa Chamberfest will be lead by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a 16-strong, Toronto-based “Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband.” Marc Marczyk (violinist and vocalist wih LBO) admits that this description of their sound is long but aptly captures what the band is about: “drawing on Eastern European traditions and trying to evoke the feeling of those songs and of that sometimes irrational exuberant celebration everywhere we go.” The group’s music draws on a broad palette of musical traditions, celebrating the folk music and culture... | Continue reading article

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Le Burger Week comes to Ottawa

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What makes a burger great? It’s one of those questions that pop up when friends gather on patios or BBQs on lazy summer afternoons. The stakes are low enough to do real damage to relationships. I, for one, could never truly be friends with someone who thought the bread made the burger: it would show too great a disregard for basic common sense. Luckily, the best burger doesn’t have to remain an unanswered question with the powers of the internet at our disposal. Le Burger Week, a national week-long competition... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The old Post Office and Customs Building

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Old Post Office, circa 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.Old Post Office, circa 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

In looking at the major revisioning of Ottawa that took place from the late 1930s, there is one early casualty that has intrigued me more that others. I am thinking of the old Post Office and Customs Building, which was located roughly in the same spot as the War Memorial is now. Demolished in the spring of 1938, by 1939 the new War Memorial and Confederation Square had taken shape. On January 25, 1938, the Ottawa Journal ran a news story titled, “Mr Greber is Back.” Jacques Greber, urban planner... | Continue reading article

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Sweet Bakery brings the taste of Persia to your door

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Qandi Cookies. All photos taken from Sweet Bakery's Facebook page.Qandi Cookies. All photos taken from Sweet Bakery's Facebook page.

Sweet Bakery is Ottawa’s newest solution to gluten intolerance and vegan dietary restrictions. These Persian sweets are best served with black tea or coffee, and are deliciously sweet without being overwhelming. Sweet Bakery officially launched in May 2014 at Ravenswing Festival. The bakery put together several boxes of gluten free sweets, and by the end of the day they were almost completely sold out. Since then, they have opened up on online catering business and do smaller personal packages by delivery. “Persian pastries that we bake at Sweet Bakery are... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cooking in the Capital

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Left: Hot and sour coconut soup. Right: Spring rolls, a fan favourite at the Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio. Photos by Hollie Davies.Left: Hot and sour coconut soup. Right: Spring rolls, a fan favourite at the Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio. Photos by Hollie Davies.

Everyone who’s anyone knows that cooking can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Some of us find joy in deviating from the recipe, mixing this with that and finding out for ourselves what works best. Others are just clearly magically blessed with the ability to find and follow different amazing recipes, resulting in abundant new and exotic flavors and dishes. In my household there’s a little agreement: I do not cook – I clean. For myself, it’s the lesser of two evils. But, I think I’ve found a niche when... | Continue reading article

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Local craft beer explosion seems unstoppable

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It seems like we’ve been writing about the explosion of the craft beer industry in Ottawa for quite some time now. And with new entries to Ottawa’s already strong list of breweries being announced each year, it doesn’t seem to be abetting any time soon. Excitement for the potential of the scene seemed to start bubbling up around the establishment of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. in 2006. Despite not being based anywhere near the city limits, Beau’s benefitted from being among the first craft brewers to serve the National... | Continue reading article

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