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Is the customer always right? The role of the consumer in egg production systems.

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Photo from ashley.weeres on Flickr. All other images are courtesy of Burnbrae Farms.Photo from ashley.weeres on Flickr. All other images are courtesy of Burnbrae Farms.

The apparent simplicity of an egg is often also its appeal. It can be enjoyed with little preparation; boil, fry, or poach one. It reminds us fondly of bonding with family over bacon and eggs or, in later years, the breakfast sandwiches we so desperately needed when nursing a hangover. Taking a tour of Burnbrae Farms showed me that there is much more to eggs than what meets the eye of most consumers.  From studying the behavior of the birds themselves to supply management to marketing and branding, bringing eggs... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The Burger Week Contestants

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Le Burger Week, a national week-long competition to definitively crown the best burger in a city, has come to Ottawa and Gatineau. Apt613 will be working with the Le Burger crew to inspire the cities’ restaurants and food trucks to put forward their vision of hamburger perfection. From September 1st to September 7th, eleven participating restaurants and food trucks will create a special Le Burger Week burger to showcase their culinary skills, or as they say on all those Top Chef reruns, to put “themselves on a plate.” Your job,... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale hosts screening of new doc exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor laws

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With the popularity of craft beer exploding across the capital, not to mention everywhere else, a new film exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor distribution laws is sure to get micro broupies fired up when it makes its Ottawa debut Thursday. The independent documentary called Straight Up: The issue of alcohol in Ontario, seeks to answer tough questions like: “Why can’t we open a craft beer store of our own?” and “Why does the Ontario government allow three foreign-owned companies to operate a near monopoly on 80 per cent of the beer... | Continue reading article

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What’s growing on at 3Dponics?

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Still from 3Dponics' Kickstarter campaign video.Still from 3Dponics' Kickstarter campaign video.

Do you have a garden of your own and wish there was a way to keep it going into the cold months? Or have you dreamed of having a veggie patch but have been held back for lack of space or good soil? Out of Ottawa has come an invention that can have you growing your own produce year-round even if you don’t have a lot of money, time or space to spare. Inspired by the growing consciousness around eating local and organic and seeing that the high price of... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: It’s Oktoberfest everyday with Brew Donkey

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Photo courtesy of the Old Mill at Ashton websitePhoto courtesy of the Old Mill at Ashton website

What are you doing right now? Maybe you’re at work with way too much to do, inside your home with a lengthy list of chores, or drowning in debt with little money to throw down on an activity that isn’t listed on Groupon. We all have a million reasons for being stuck in the house, but once in a while we have to remember to shut off that computer, turn off the tv, and step into the outside world. I’m always looking to discover new ways to entertain myself in... | Continue reading article

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One Door Closes, One Opens – Central Bierhaus takes over Irish Pub in Kanata

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Think back to your younger years to that bar everyone would tend to gravitate to on a Friday or Saturday night. As a “kid” (I use that term loosely) who grew up in Kanata, my go-to spot was O’Connor’s Irish Pub. It was Kanata’s iconic bar, although most of my memories of O’Cons (as we usually referred to it) are admittedly hazy. On the day it was officially announced that O’Connor’s was closed for good, it felt like the end of an era. With one door closing, another one always... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Salvadorean slow food made with love at La Cabana

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Photo of Salpicón by Mr Casual on Urbanspoon.ca.Photo of Salpicón by Mr Casual on Urbanspoon.ca.

Enough gets said about the popular modern restaurants that are elevating Ottawa’s food scene. And we love trying and raving about those impressive joints. But we also love the tried and true institutions that represent the enduring foundation of Ottawa’s proud food scene. When one apt613.ca reader asked us to write about her favourite restaurant, La Cabana, upon donating to our recent Indiegogo campaign, we cheered. If you’re looking for a ‘nouveau’ menu in a trendy, slick space, La Cabana isn’t for you. If you’re up for some downhome Salvadorean... | Continue reading article

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Teatro brings small plates with big flavour to the GCTC

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Apt613 editor Yasmin Nissim and I recently had a chance to connect with Ziggy Margies, owner of Teatro, the newest restaurant venture to open on the ground floor of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. While the site has been home to several cafés and eateries since the establishment of the GCTC, it’s been troubled by a high rate of turnover. Ziggy and his crack team of culinary wizards aim to make a permanent mark in the location with high-quality dishes, locally sourced ingredients, reasonable price points and greater enticements for... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Opening a restaurant wasn’t on West de Castro’s mind.

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Clover Food and Drink. All photos by Charlie Crabb.Clover Food and Drink. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

She was happy where she was at the Zen Kitchen, where she honed her culinary skills as a sous chef. It wasn’t until her partner, Danielle Guay convinced her to channel her energy towards something de Castro could call her own. “She’d been putting so much energy into where she was before, I thought why not put that energy into her own spot,” Guay says. “So far so good!” Now a little over a month old, Clover Food and Drink has quickly turned into a trendy place to have lunch... | Continue reading article

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Muskoka Brewery tap-to-table tasting at HPH

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Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.

Beer lovers may be familiar with Muskoka Brewery’s Detour, a dry-hopped IPA. The six-pack design boasts a vibrant teal cartoon map reminiscent of those available at provincial parks. Both the eye-catching design and the name promise an enjoyable and leisurely drink, one that led me off the beaten path and in the right direction. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to meet Gary McMullen, the founder and head brewer of Muskoka Brewery, over a delicious pairing of food and beer at the Hintonburg Public House recently. The... | Continue reading article

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