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Foodie Friday: Valentine’s recipes from Cake & Shake

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All photos by Katie Shapiro.All photos by Katie Shapiro.

Are the ubiquitous pastel coloured conversation hearts just 2 cute 4 u? Whether you’re looking to escape the sea of red and pink, or for something a little less cliché this Valentine’s Day, Holland’s Cake and Shake has the perfect treats. Owner of the Hintonburg dessert shop and Pastry Overlord, Michael Holland, says he didn’t expect his “Anti-Valentine’s Day” themed confections to be so popular. The shop was open for its first Valentine’s Day last year, and with February 13th 2015 falling on a Friday, Holland explains that he was... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa spice maven Jodi Samis

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Jodi Samis. Photo by Kelly Hotte.Jodi Samis. Photo by Kelly Hotte.

I can’t help but think that Jodi Samis has an upper hand when it comes to playing scrabble. After all words like epazote, fenugreek and vadouvan come naturally to her as the owner of Cardamom & Cloves, the online neighbourhood spice shop. The business hasn’t always been a solely online endeavour. Like most aspiring entrepreneurs, Jodi yearned for a bricks and mortar presence. As she found out, however, being a start-up has hurdles. “Finding suitable retail space wasn’t easy. I wasn’t able to commit to a 3 or 5 year... | Continue reading article

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LIFT Restaurant presents: a True Canadian Experience

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Photo from Lift Restaurant's Facebook page.Photo from Lift Restaurant's Facebook page.

LIFT Restaurant, at 101 Lyon Street, will be hosting a “True Canadian Experience” this week to showcase local culinary delights and local arts and culture. The innovative event is taking place January 27 – 29 and promises to excite all the senses. Executive Chef of Delta Ottawa City Centre Jason Duffy will be creating delicious plates representing Ontario, while guest chefs from other Marriots and Delta will be representing their Canadian territories. The menu includes tasting stations highlighting flavours from the Maritimes, Quebec, the Prairies and Ontario.  The high-end fare spans... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: eCelery brings the world to your doorstep (and your plate)

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Sample eCelery meals, photos from eCelery's TwitterSample eCelery meals, photos from eCelery's Twitter

Ottawa is a city rich in cultural diversity. If you need proof, look no further than the end of your fork. You want Thai? We’ve got Thai. You want Greek? Done. German? Indian? Japanese? There’s no limit. There is however the tricky question of finding authentic cuisine. One of the best ways to introduce yourself to a new culture is through its food: and you’re not really achieving that with pepperoni pizza or chicken balls. The door swings both ways, too: restaurateurs wanting to introduce you to their unique cultural... | Continue reading article

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Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

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Tacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook pageTacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook page

Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most creative chefs gathered under one roof to showcase their fresh takes on an all-time favourite. From the bright, punchy flavours of Taqueria Kukulkan to the Angry Dragonz’ Asian fusion creations, the fest promises surprising flavour pairings, innovative... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs chat with Beau’s Brewery chef Bruce Wood

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Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.

Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can also find them on Twitter. If you’re a beer drinker in Ottawa – heck, in Ontario – then you’ve sampled a Beau’s brew. They’ve been creating craft suds since before it was cool, way back in 2006. With dozens of breweries now in operation in the Ottawa area, it would be easy for Beau’s to lose a step. The thing is, they don’t. They keep innovating and coming up with neat and creative approaches to craft beer... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Awaken your inner chef with Culiniste

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Ingredients for Bavette Steak, delivered by Culiniste. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.Ingredients for Bavette Steak, delivered by Culiniste. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

As a foodie, I certainly can’t knock the novelty and decadence of frequenting a restaurant for dinner. From the expertly crafted ambiance to (hopefully) attentive service, the experience extends beyond your meal. Still, often there’s something even more delicious about a quiet, comfortable night in. And, in my mind, a leisurely evening at home and a tasty dinner should not be mutually exclusive. Neil Cuggy & Jonathan Ferrari, the brains behind recipe delivery service, Culiniste, had a similar notion. Longing to prepare interesting meals utilizing fresh and sometimes exotic ingredients,... | Continue reading article

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Sobeys “Urban Fresh” on Metcalfe opens this week

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Hartman’s officially gets some competition this week when the new Sobey’s grocery opens on Metcalfe. There’s an official opening and ribbon cutting at 7:45 tomorrow morning and the store opens to the public at 8am. As part of the opening Sobey’s will also be making a $2500 donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. According to Sobey’s this is the first “Urban Fresh” location in Ottawa.

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Ottawa company blows out its first birthday candle

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Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.

One year already! On April 20, Ottawa’s Lowertown Canning Company celebrated its first year in business at Oz Kafe. More than 40 guests attended the event enjoying drinks, charcuterie and of course a wide variety of Lowertown Canning products. “The past year has blown by. It has been exhausting at times, but 100% worth it,” said Simon Brière-Audet, who along with Beth Evans form the dynamic duo behind this up-and-coming company. For the past decade, Brière-Audet honed his cooking skills at the Lapointe Seafood Grill where he accepted the executive... | Continue reading article

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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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