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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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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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Photo from brewdonkey.ca.Photo from brewdonkey.ca.

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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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brunch at Das Lokal

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Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.

Brunch – the holiest, most revered supreme leader of food-related gatherings. I am a loyal follower and take my brunch endeavours very seriously. Today’s endeavour was to a fairly new restaurant on Dalhousie. Humbly sitting north of St. Patrick Street in a quiet area of the market, the anonymity whispered for us to come inside. While German may not be the first culinary culture that springs to mind when thinking ‘European cuisine’, we were intrigued to explore further at Das Lokal (or The Restaurant in German). As if to welcome us... | Continue reading article

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A Film About Coffee premieres at The Mayfair

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Have you ever thought about how far your single long espresso, your vanilla latte, or your large medium in an extra large cup has to travel before the barista passes it to you over the bar each morning? At Bridgehead, a sense of connection has always been encouraged, between the coffee lover and the farms where their coffee comes from. Committed to more than just high quality coffee – they are conscientious of their impact on the environment, support small-scale farmers, and embrace Fair-Trade Certified and organic certified products. This... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Free summer picnics with Harvest Noir

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the farmers are hauling crates of their newly harvested produce to outdoor markets across the city. For Harvest Noir, that can only mean one thing – BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) because it’s time to picnic. A two-part free summer picnic will take place on July 12 and August 23, giving Ottawans the perfect excuse to get out of the house and explore some of the finer open-air venues this city has to offer. Picnickers of all ages will be scouring... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Try EVOO for authentic Greek cuisine

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Photo from Evoo Greek Kitchen's Facebook page.Photo from Evoo Greek Kitchen's Facebook page.

A friend and I recently had a casual lunch at EVOO Greek Kitchen. Working in a cubicle close by, I enjoy coming here for lunch because it satisfies both my extensive appetite and by student budget. EVOO, pronounced [EV-OH], is run by a family trio: Elias, Dean, and Jimmy Theodossiou who have taken their restaurant-running experience and applied it to their passion for good food and, of course, a love for traditional and authentic Greek cuisine. At 438 Preston Street, steps from Carling and Dow’s Lake, EVOO invites you for... | Continue reading article

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Waller St. Brewing brings “free-market alternative” beer to Rideau Street

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Post by Karie Dufour. There was a time when The Beer Store was not the private multinational corporation it is today, but rather a cooperative of Ontario brewers. The Brewers Warehousing Company Ltd., established in 1927 following prohibition, was created to protect local breweries and owned by every brewer in the province. Waller St. Brewing hopes to bring back that post-prohibition flavour to Ottawa’s craft beer scene. It will open later this summer in the basement of 14 Waller, the home of Lunenburg Pub and The Loft Board Game Lounge.... | Continue reading article

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