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Apartment 613 Live: International Women’s Day Edition

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Apartment613 Live March 8 Full show FINAL by saxby This week on Apartment613 Live, Ryan Saxby-Hill and Trevor Pritchard reunite to co-host the show and celebrate International Women’s Day. Ryan and Trevor show their appreciation for the women in their lives and celebrate by bringing in some fantastic women to talk about everything from beer to music and local trivia. Do you love beer enough to put it in your salad? Turns out it’s possible and delicious. Ryan chats with Caroline Isshi from Zen Kitchen to talk about their upcoming... | Continue reading article

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Epic Meal Time hits Ottawa: You will never look at bacon the same way again

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Whether your reaction is awe, envy or horror, one thing’s certain: you won’t be able to look away. Internet sensation Epic Meal Time, best described as food porn on crack, is not for the faint of heart (or weak of stomach). The premise is simple: in each episode host Harley Morenstein and friends use candy, jack daniels and of course, bacon to turn a simple meal into a voyeuristic experience. Think candy BBQ , meat salad or 100,000 calorie hamburgers.  Thanks to the University of Ottawa Students’ Association for the... | Continue reading article

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This week on Apartment613 Live: The fine art of the cupcake

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Hungry, audiophiles? We’ve got your back – or stomach, more appropriately. This week’s edition of the Apartment613 Live podcast – which you can catch live Thursdays from 2-3 pm on CHUO 89.1 FM, by the way – is all about one of our favourite topics: the mighty cupcake. We launch right into the sugary subject matter (literally – we’re missing the first 90 seconds of this week’s show, unfortunately) as we chat with contributor Sabrina Bowman about her scientific survey of Ottawa’s best cupcake vendors. (We’ll be posting the results... | Continue reading article

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No passport needed: Your Apartment613 guide to Ottawa’s summer cultural festivals

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Post by Vera Grbic Where do culture and the Canadian project meet? Some would say that the easy answer is in multiculturalism. That’s been the go-to answer for decades, ever since Trudeau presided over its recognition in the Charter and Mulroney oversaw the enactment of a Multiculturalism Act. And even though the topic has lately hit a contentious snag internationally and even in Canada, Canadians can’t deny that we’re still the more unique for it – a veritable jumble of nth generation and first generation Canadians. We not only make... | Continue reading article

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Roast’d: The freshest nuts in town

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Post by Stephan Telka Mathieu Juneau may just have the freshest nuts in town. The Ottawa native Juneau has been a roaster and the owner of his own gourmet nut roasting business, Roast’d, since autumn 2010, providing Ottawans with the closest thing to street-roasted nuts possible. During a 2004 trip to New York City, Juneau was inspired by the nuts roasted and sold in the parks and on the street corners of Manhattan. “All it took was a two-dollar bag brimming with almonds and cashews that had been roasted and... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: How to choose the best ribs at ribfest?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. A question came in from @amelie_danger on twitter: I need #ribfest advice, twits! How does one choose!? Assuming she meant ‘twits’ in the social media positive sense, we’re happy to... | Continue reading article

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Duelling Chefs Round 9: Femme Finale!

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline Well folks, that’s a wrap! A really tasty wrap if you’ve been following along on our edible adventures while covering the 2011 Duelling Chefs series. This has been a whirlwind of mind-blowing culinary creativity, where many of the delectable presentations we’ve had the privilege of experiencing could easily have substituted as a nouveau art installation at the National Gallery – delicious to the eyes and the palate. Since February, we have been able to indulge in some of the city’s best talent when it... | Continue reading article

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Duelling Chefs Round 7: Gourmet Giving!

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline After covering this event for almost four months, we’d be remiss in our reporting if we didn’t let our readers know a bit more about the beneficiaries of this wonderful series. This is the second year for Duelling Chefs and, as last year, several local charities were selected to be the recipients of the net proceeds from the competition. In its inaugural year, the Duelling Chefs event series raised a whopping $30,000 for various local charities. This year, in true competitive form, they’ve upped... | Continue reading article

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I challenge you! Duelling Chefs 2011

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By Chris Cline and Yasmin Nissim This Monday night local chefs will ‘meat’ their match in a head to head, high-‘steaks’ cook-off extravaganza! The Duelling Chefs return for a second year to entice attendees with fast-paced culinary creations from some of Ottawa’s top gastronomic gurus. Last year, Juniper Wine Bar and Kitchen launched the first ever Duelling Chefs competition, intended to bring together top chefs from around Ottawa to compete in some friendly competition and raise money for local charities. This year, Juniper returns again with 10 new challengers set... | Continue reading article

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Street Food Exposé: B.Goods bakery, sweets on asphalt.

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Post by Dominic Maggiolo, Ottawa food philosopher and blogger on vegetarian food and culture. Check out some of his other writings on his blog, Le Jeune Gourmand. You’re not going to find mustard, relish or ketchup at this street vendor; no stocky polish man yelling at you for not taking the “special” sauce on your hot dog; nor are you going to have gulls taking a swipe at your freshly deep fried golden strips of love. I’m talking about something different, something Ottawa needs: an individual passionate about baking and... | Continue reading article

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