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Foodie Friday: Please pass the Brussels sprouts!

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Bartender Bruce Lamothe serves up drinks at Share Kitchen and Freehouse, Centretown's newest bar which is scheduled to open its doors to the public today. All photos by Tobi Cohen.Bartender Bruce Lamothe serves up drinks at Share Kitchen and Freehouse, Centretown's newest bar which is scheduled to open its doors to the public today. All photos by Tobi Cohen.

When Centretown’s newest restaurant opens its doors to the public for the first time today it’ll be asking customers to embrace a concept taught since the beginning of time to reluctant toddlers — the concept of sharing. Share Freehouse, the new venture by former Absinthe Cafe general manager Thomas McVeigh and his wife Maeve, is all about “fine casual” communal dining. Whether a romantic dinner for two or a night out with friends, dishes will be served with enough grub for everybody at the table and on Sunday nights, family-style... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Lowertown Throwdown features stout beer in fierce friendly competition

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Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.

When I first heard about Lowertown Throwdown I’ll be honest- I was expecting to arrive in a crowded room full of amped-up foodies all with their attention turned to a kitchen full of dueling chefs going head-to-head to prepare a meal against the clock. Instead what I got was a room of well-spaced stations, each manned by a chef (or chefs) from various Ottawa restaurants who were serving up pre-prepared dishes.  The rabble-rousing crowd was in fact a group of folks seated about the space chowing down and chatting politely.... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The only place to find Britney Pickle Spears & Cheesus Crust Almighty

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Picture from The Joint on Preston's Facebook page. All other images by Kelsey Sunstrum.Picture from The Joint on Preston's Facebook page. All other images by Kelsey Sunstrum.

It seems new eateries tend to fit into one of two categories in the past few years: those celebrating the local, organic good-for-you food movement, and those throwing the health food culinary revolution out the window and opting instead for stick-to-the-ribs grub. The Joint on Preston, now open, unequivocally belongs in the latter. Proudly serving up extreme junk food, The Joint on Preston is on a mission to take all your guilty pleasure favorites and turn them on their heads. In doing so, they’ve offered a menu that’s at once... | Continue reading article

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Still time to check out Winter Market at Lansdowne

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All photos by Emil Mateja.All photos by Emil Mateja.

Have you ever wanted to head down to the farmer’s market on a snowy winter Sunday and then realized that: a) it’s winter, b) there is still snow on the ground and c) there is no farmer’s market in the winter time? Well, times are a changin’ and while it is still winter and there is still snow on the ground, the farmer’s market is indeed open. For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is now open year round, with the addition of the Winter... | Continue reading article

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Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature staple ingredients to Inuit cooking, such as arctic char, caribou, seal, and whale. I was nervous. Would I eat seal at this preview? Would I enjoy Inuit food in general? The answer to both questions... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Sip ‘n Slurp 2015: Winners and losers

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Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.

Privé hosted the second annual Ottawa NoodleFest this past weekend at the Shaw Centre. Twenty Ottawa and Gatineau chefs and businesses all gathered together under one roof and provided a couple of their dishes for everyone to sample. We sipped. We slurped. We waited in line… a lot. Anybody familiar with the Ottawa start up company’s past events would have immediately noticed some improvements from its previous ventures, and yet, would have also felt a sense of familiarity as the format was largely unchanged. I do give Privé credit for... | Continue reading article

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Festibière brought Brewfest to Lansdowne

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All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.

The 1st annual Ottawa Winter Brewfest, held last weekend happened on the unluckiest and luckiest days of the year: Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. The good people of Festibière de Gatineau crossed the mighty Outaouais to bring their magical event to Lansdowne. This was the first time this event was held in Ontario, but it is expected to be an annual event. Knowing they had a willing and thirsty market next door from the hordes of Ontarians that would attend the Gatineau festivals, Winter Brewfest had no problem packing... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Sip n’ Slurp at the Second Annual Ottawa NoodleFest

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Photo from the Sip n' Slurp! Ottawa Noodlefest 2015 Facebook page.Photo from the Sip n' Slurp! Ottawa Noodlefest 2015 Facebook page.

Sadly, the frigid, tundra-like winters Ottawans know and love tolerate is upon our lovely city once again. If you’re like me, your hibernation mode is in full-force and departing the cozy warmness of your home is downright painstaking. Fortunately, Sip n’ Slurp is back for its second annual Noodle Showdown and not a moment too soon. Yes, you will have to endure the cold while walking from your house to your transportation and one more time when you enter the building, but the extreme sacrifice is worth it. Though it’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Le weekend de la Saint-Valentin + Winter Brewfest giveaway

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Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the  weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz is more your style, the Lunenburg has you covered with Jazz Thursdays. And, if jazz is your thing, be sure to check out the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this weekend too! There’s a Kitchen Party... | Continue reading article

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