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Foodie Friday: Taste some lesser-known goodies at the Underground Chef’s Market

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There’s another food event in town this weekend. The Underground Chef’s Market is bringing together some amateur and professional food folks at the Ottawa Convention Centre to experiment with their ideas and show off some skills. It should be an interesting opportunity to taste some new stuff. There are only two names on the list (327 Wine Bar and Gong-fu Bao) that I recognize.Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and food at the show is priced between $1 and $10. We shot a few questions over... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: I Adore Food (and a good sleep too)

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Eating and sleeping are some of life’s greatest pleasures.  In our fast-paced world, however, many of us don’t pay enough attention to what we put in our mouth, or for that matter the beds on which we sleep. Local blogger Alexandra Corriveau is someone who spends a lot of time thinking about food and mattresses.  In fact, you can say that she was born into the dream business. “We make organic and custom mattresses,” says Corriveau about Obasan, her family’s business that is based in Ottawa.  ”Organic meaning that we use organic wool, organic cotton,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Eating like a medieval king and queen

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Michelle Enzinas, second from right, celebrating in medieval style.  Photo courtesy of her Facebook page.Michelle Enzinas, second from right, celebrating in medieval style. Photo courtesy of her Facebook page.

 There is no sincerer love than the love of food. — George Bernard Shaw A kitchen, if used properly, can become a time machine. Ottawa-based writer Michelle Enzinas is working on a 16th-century cookbook.  Set to be released in 2016, it will be an “experimental archaeological study” of The Annotated Henry Butte’s Dry Dinner, published in 1599. In Enzinas’ hands, modern chefs will be able to travel back in time and prepare recipes that are more than 400 years old. Her work, however, will be much more than a simple collection of cooking tips.... | Continue reading article

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Desserts of the World Festival: Celebrate Mother’s Day by putting her in a sugar coma

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Who knew that there was a glaring gap in the city’s roster of summer festivals? I didn’t until I found out about the Desserts of the World Festival, taking place this Wednesday, May 8th at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Now that I think about it, the lack of a festival focusing exclusively on baked goods and other sweets was a shocking omission, one that has shamed Ottawa until now. The premise of the event is simple: pay a $20 admission, then sample a variety of sweet things from around the world... | Continue reading article

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Art Is In my mouth

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by @iscoff Since I’m on Twitter almost all day, it’s not often I get the opportunity to talk about what I eat for breakfast, so you can imagine my delight when I was asked to write a few words about the breakfast offerings of Art Is In Bakery. “What if we sold people sandwiches in a warehouse?” is a question that was clearly asked during the planning stages of this not-so-hidden gem. You might notice it because it’s in a giant building with a big sign that says “Art Is... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: searching for Ottawa’s finest Caesar

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Sometimes, here at Apartment613, we’ve got to take on tough assignments. For the sake of our discerning readers, we’ve previously had to taste all the pizza, drink all the coffee and eat all the cupcakes. It’s not war reporting, but still, think of the calories. Anyways, this past weekend, the Hintonburg Public House invited us to judge their first annual Caesar contest. They assembled five cocktail enthusiasts and a whole bunch of Clamato juice for a Sunday evening of Caesars. The winning drink for the night came from the HPH’s own bartender,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Crowdsourcing dinner at the Urban Element

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We’ve all heard the saying “there’s too many cooks in the kitchen”, but that isn’t a problem at Hintonburg’s Urban Element – they’ve just made the kitchen bigger! My husband and I have been meaning to take a cooking class at the Element for some time now and we were finally able to this past Wednesday. Our class was all about Bistro Classics and ran from 6 to 9 in the evening. Our experience ended up being one of the most fun, lively and unique dinner outings we’ve had in... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood reviews the Back Lane Café

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Photo courtesy of Trevor PritchardPhoto courtesy of Trevor Pritchard

Welcome to Foodie Friday at Apartment613 — a new feature in which we slice through the many layers of Ottawa’s food scene with the dexterity of a master chef.  Our first post  is particularly special: we got Juno-nominated musician Royal Wood to review the Back Lane Cafe, one of Ottawa’s most well-regarded new dining spots. And over the next year, we’ll be partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the new all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Next up: a review... | Continue reading article

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Cooking & Cracking Wise on the Web: Welcome to Eva Bee’s Jamboree

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Photo provided by Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee)Photo provided by Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee)

Once upon a time, when she was wrapping up a degree in environmental science, Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee) had an idea for a show that would inspire folks to eat locally and have fun with their food. Five years later, Eva Bee’s Jamboree was born as a web series featuring Eva in various kitchens with up-and-coming musical acts. Launched in September 2012, a new webisode goes up on the first Thursday of every month (there’s a new one on deck for today!) Dishes prepared during each webisode offer a glimpse... | Continue reading article

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My Neighbourhood Bites: Searching for Ottawa’s hidden foodie talent

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Ottawa residents are privileged by the rich cultural culinary landscape and all it has to offer. Mexican, sushi, Mediterranean, and of course, shawarma, are typically all available in Ottawa’s various neighborhoods. However, while great food is right around the corner, we all have our special recipes that we can’t wait to show off to friends, or recipes that have been in our families for decades that we attempt to master and make our own. The growing foodie movement, as well as the inevitable food porn found plastered all over the... | Continue reading article

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