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Foodie Friday: Where to eat locally, sustainably

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Beet field at Mariposa Farms. Photo from their website.Beet field at Mariposa Farms. Photo from their website.

I have friends who refuse to use plastic bags, others who would rather share a car with complete strangers than have one for their own convenience, those who don’t buy the user-friendly Pampers diapers but instead use cloth, and a few who dream of living off the grid and being completely self-sustainable. I took a tiny step toward decreasing my carbon footprint recently by beginning to order produce from Ottawa Organics and Natural Foods. And it’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of options available to Ottawa residents when it... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Foodieprints launch Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital tonight!

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Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.

Jennifer Lim and Don Chow love food and Ottawa and have written a book about it: Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital. They are also the bloggers for my personal favourite Ottawa food blog: Foodieprints. The book is now available in stores and on Amazon.ca. The book looks at Ottawa’s food landscape as well as transformations in the last 30 years or so in Ottawa’s continuously evolving food scene. Before we get to talking about the food scene itself, I was really curious about how Jen and Don, who are a couple,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Falling for apples at Mountain Orchards + recipe

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All photos by Jacob Fergus.All photos by Jacob Fergus.

About two weeks ago, while looking at my calendar it hit me that summer was pretty much gone. Fall was slowly taking its place and I was looking forward to enjoying my favourite season. As a way of welcoming fall, Jacob and I decided to go apple picking. I hadn’t gone apple picking in many years so I was pretty excited. I Googled “Apple picking Ottawa” and the first result I got was Mountain Orchards. I looked at the location, comments, noticed they were picking Lobo apples that weekend and... | Continue reading article

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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: Cardamom & Cloves brings the world to your kitchen

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All photos courtesy of Cardamom & Cloves.All photos courtesy of Cardamom & Cloves.

You may not have the extra cash for that trip around the world this summer, but how about an affordable alternative? Cardamom & Cloves, Ottawa’s premier spice shop, is the place to go to discover all kinds of tantalizing tastes from around the globe. From the smoky aromas of the Horn of Africa to the rich spices of China and dozens of other exotic places in between, your kitchen can become an international hub of flavour with a quick trip to Preston Street. Opening this past February, owner and spice-maven... | 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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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: ChefX, your personal sous-chef

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Disclaimer: ChefX provided a one-time promotion box of food to Apartment613 at no cost. The opinions outlined here are those of the author. For people who love to eat out, cooking gourmet at home can seem a bit daunting. Fancy ingredients, classic techniques – it’s a bit more involved than throwing a burger on the barbeque. But apparently, cooking gourmet doesn’t have to be that hard. In fact, the folks over at ChefX are convinced you can do it in the comfort of your own home, with just the tools... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beechwood gets a market!

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Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.

This post first appeared in Vanier Now. It’s been a rough couple of years for farmers’ markets in Ottawa. We’ve experienced a spate of market closures, the most recent being the highly publicized Sparks Street market cancellation. But local market goers should take heart in Beechwood’s new market, which is great news for those of us in Vanier and other east-end neighbourhoods. East-enders were left in the lurch in 2013 when the lone farmers’ market in the area was cancelled abruptly. The cancellation was controversial. Several longstanding market vendors made... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Simply delicious recipes

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Natasha Kyssa Natasha Kyssa

For more than 20 years, Ottawa-based chef and health pioneer Natasha Kyssa has been promoting the benefits of a raw vegan diet. As the owner of the popular SimplyRaw Express in Hintonburg, the former fashion model-turned-entrepreneur has demonstrated that healthy eating can be both delicious and easy. With years of experience in the kitchen, the talented chef has now published The SimplyRaw Kitchen, a cookbook filled with mostly raw, whole-food recipes that also contains important tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. “Nowadays it’s so easy to be vegan,... | Continue reading article

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