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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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Dominion City Brewing

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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Foodie Friday: Beyond Shawarma – Lebanese Fine Dining at Naji’s

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Naji's Shish Tawouk. All photos from Naji's Facebook page.Naji's Shish Tawouk. All photos from Naji's Facebook page.

Ottawa has an undeniable addiction to late night shawarma, which is readily available on many downtown street corners. Yet, this fast food take on a Lebanese classic is far from the elegance of traditional Lebanese cuisine. Naji’s, at Bank and Second, is a restaurant working to combat the reputation of Lebanese food consisting solely of salty chicken chunks shorn off a turning spit. Despite this intention, Naji’s is an often walked by storefront. In the Glebe, boutiques with charming décor and novel products stand out. Whereas, Naji’s’ taupe walls cause... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar

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Photo from Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Facebook page.Photo from Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Facebook page.

Always starving, always thirsty, always writing. Aspiring sommelier and food aficionado studying media and film at Carleton University in the capital, Aryn Pepper can also be found on her blog, Vino Vidii Vicii (v.v.v.). Culturally, food was meant to be shared. For centuries, people of the world have gathered friends, feasted, and crushed drink upon drink. This civilizing spirit is kept strong and mixed in a cocktail within a gorgeous mezzanine in the nations capital: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar. Upon approaching Sidedoor through one of Byward Market’s curious courtyards,... | Continue reading article

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