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Brewery Market kicks off season with Drink of Dreams

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Photo from brewerymarket.com.Photo from brewerymarket.com.

This Saturday April 26th, the Brewery Market kicks off the 2014 season with their first event of the year, Drink of Dreams. This will be the event’s third year in the city. From its noble (hops) beginning in Toronto in 2011, they took off in Ottawa the following year, thanks to Taralyn Carver. They packed 10 breweries, 4 food vendors, live music, and thousands of people into a tiny parking lot in Hintonburg. By 2013, it had expanded into several large events held at Parkdale Park. This year, the Brewery... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Jill Zmud and Alan Neal enjoy a hot date at The Rex

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Photo from therexottawa.com.Photo from therexottawa.com.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. A couple of weeks ago, we sent a very pregnant Jill Zmud with hubby Alan Neal out to review The Rex, a small homie restaurant off the main drag in Little Italy. JILL:  First of all, let’s just say what excellent timing Apt613 and the National Arts Centre had in giving us this assignment. ALAN: It’s like our last hot date before the baby comes. JILL:... | Continue reading article

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HOUSE OF TARG :: le parfait combo jeux d’arcade/ musique/perogies

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Source : Facebook House of TargSource : Facebook House of Targ

Par Mariette Delevallée. Est-il possible de combiner jeux d’arcade, bands de musique émergents et perogies dans une seule et même place ? En plus, avec les petites lumières de partout, on dirait Las Vegas. Avec des bands indépendants. Intéressant ! L’idée parait bien farfelue et pourtant, le quartier d’Old Ottawa South entend déjà résonner les «ding ding» des flippers ricochant sur les fourneaux remplis de perogies faits maison. C’est que Paul Granger, son concepteur/constructeur/manageur s’affaire nuit et jour aux derniers préparatifs. Ce jeudi 17 avril donne le coup d’envoi, l’aventure... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood enjoys a perfect evening at Taylor’s Genuine

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Photo courtesy of Royal Wood.Photo courtesy of Royal Wood.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Royal Wood is our first two-time contributor. After reviewing the Back Lane Cafe, we sent him out to Old Ottawa South to try Taylor’s Genuine Kitchen & Wine.  When we walked in I absorbed both the informal and professional atmosphere. To be honest I think all of our shoulders dropped and relaxed. We were in for a perfect evening of friends, laughter, food... | Continue reading article

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Find your cake and eat it too! at the Gluten Free Utopia

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Cupcakes from Bez Gluten Free Baking.Cupcakes from Bez Gluten Free Baking.

In recent years we’ve heard gluten free go from a foreign concept, to a term and lifestyle adopted by so many. You’d be hard pressed these days to meet someone who isn’t eating gluten free or know someone who is. Enter Samantha Maloney. Owner of local business Bez Gluten Free Baking, she saw the opportunity to create an event centered around gluten free eating and living – a first of its kind here in the nation’s capital. Gluten Free Utopia will bring together local businesses that specialize in gluten free... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cuff the Duke does brunch at Earl’s Erling’s Variety

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Mathias prepping the blueberry buttermilk pancakes for you! Photo from the Erling's Variety Instagram page.Mathias prepping the blueberry buttermilk pancakes for you! Photo from the Erling's Variety Instagram page.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. In this edition, Cuff the Duke headed out to the Glebe to test out the hood’s newest brunch hangout, Earl’s Variety, which, due to a potential legal dispute with a Vancouver restaurant chain has since changed its name to Erling’s Variety. Erling’s offers diners a bright and spacious room in which to summarily gobble up freshly prepared brunch items made in the... | Continue reading article

Chokeberry canapés with a side of Caribou? A Taste of the Arctic brings the North to Ottawa

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Photo Courtesy of Patricia D'Souza from ITKPhoto Courtesy of Patricia D'Souza from ITK

About ten years ago I had the chance to spend a week in Iqaluit. There was a lot that struck me during my first and only visit to the North, but what I remember most vividly was the cost of a Subway sandwich: $12-$15 for a six inch sub when at that time in Ottawa the going rate was around $5. The outrageous price brought home the fact that the staples of my life – bread, lettuce, tomatoes, ham, mustard – were imported goods brought at great expense in one... | Continue reading article

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Welcome to the food circus – eat, drink, SPRING

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Photo by Denis Drever.Photo by Denis Drever.

Ringmaster: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages- well legal age, welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth. Welcome to the circus! You are about to take part in a fulfilling day of sipping and nibbling. Exciting, and fantastic features all on display before your very eyes. From the far corners of your municipality the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival takes much pride in presenting – Eat Drink SPRING! [the sound of applauding] Look around. See the sparkle in everyone’s eyes. For one day and one day only we invite... | Continue reading article

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Dominion City Brewing gets off to a great (kick) start

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Long left out in the cold of the current craft beer revolution (for the most part, anyway), Ottawa’s east end is finally getting its own craft brewery. Dominion City Brewing Company is set to open this year on Canotek Road, and as an east-ender and beer lover, I’m really excited to try their brews. If you’re as excited as I am, you can help the brewery get on its feet during their current Kickstarter campaign. The folks behind the company are trying to raise $15,000 to bring their vision to... | Continue reading article

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Nestle Toll House Cafe, a place for all of Ottawa’s cookie monsters

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Photo from the Nestle Toll House Cafe Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Nestle Toll House Cafe Ottawa Facebook page.

Let’s be honest here, nothing smells better than freshly baked cookies. No matter how old you are it’s so hard to resist warm gooey cookies, especially if they’re made by grandma. But let me share with you, a little cookie secret… What if I told you that don’t need to go over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house. Or that you don’t even need to follow the recipe on the back of a Nestle Toll House chocolate chip bag. Believe it or not, Ottawa now has a... | Continue reading article

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