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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

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Photo by ludovick on Flickr.Photo by ludovick on Flickr.

It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun! If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for December 17, 2014

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Hey kids! This is the last show of 2014 and we’ve jam packed it with interviews and music this week. To start thing off, I interview Fraser Mackay, a guide with the Ottawa Haunted Walk’s special tour this month, The Nightmare Before/After Christmas, which runs for the next two weekends. Then Trevor Pritchard catches up with the folks at Kichesippi Brewery to talk about their green practices. Finally I sit down with our Librarian in Residence, Jessica Green, who shares her holiday book ideas – either something you can sit down... | Continue reading article

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3 tea houses to warm your soul this winter

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Photo from the Cha Yi website.Photo from the Cha Yi website.

Next to water, it’s the drink that is most consumed from coaster to coaster, all around the world – tea. Black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu-erh and herbal varieties offer a slew of health benefits and a welcomed change to the regular double-double coffee run. As the winter months quickly begin to steep into our bones, cozy up with an old friend or a good book over a pot of loose leaf at some of the city’s warmest tea houses. 1. World of Tea Specialty: Rare and aged terroir artisan... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Cartwright Springs Brewery

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Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.

Just shy of an hour west of Ottawa is the small community of Mississippi Mills, home to about 12,000 residents and soon to be home to 1 brand new brewery. Cartwright Springs Brewery, opening in 2015, is named after the fresh water spring the brewery sources locally to brew its beer. The CSBeer team currently consists of André Rieux, Eduardo Guerra and Hien Hoang. Right now, the brewery is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so they can build a tasteful tasting bar. BrewBrahs.com had the chance to chat with the... | Continue reading article

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Festival steeped in culture and caffeine returns to Ottawa

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Photo from ottawateafestival.com.Photo from ottawateafestival.com.

Tea tipplers unite. The fourth annual Ottawa Tea Festival descends on the Capital this weekend, promising two days steeped in culture and caffeine. The event will take place at the Library and Archives and organizers are expecting a record turnout. “Last year we had over 2,000 guests. This year we expect around 3,000,” says organizer Jessica Lahrkamp. “Anyone who loves tea, artisanal food, exploring different cultures, amazing performances, fantastic music, and education will fit right in.” The festival was founded by Kimiko Uriu, one of the first certified tea specialists... | Continue reading article

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Bourbon Week on now until the 27th

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Photo from The Black Tomato's Twitter page.Photo from The Black Tomato's Twitter page.

Bourbon. The name immediately evokes images of Tom Waits, smokey bars and amber liquor. The smell is sharp like scotch, but has an underlying sweetness to it that warms you from the inside as you sip it. It’s that good, and more. Which is why Ottawa now has a whole week of it. Bourbon Week is on now until November 27th with local bars and haunts participating in the week long celebration of all things Bourbon. The city’s best Bourbon houses are taking part during the seven days, including Hooch,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

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Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.

Winter is here (yuck) and so is the weekend (yay)! For those of you who have not begun your winter hibernation just yet, there is plenty to do out-and-about in Ottawa. Keep warm this weekend with a glass of bourbon, at the first ever Ottawa Bourbon Week, which kicks off this Friday night at Two Six {Ate}. Beginning this weekend, and continuing on through next week, you can enjoy some delicious drinks paired with inventive eats at some of the best venues in the city – all in honour of... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs interview Bicycle Craft Brewery

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All photos from bicyclecraftbrewery.ca.All photos from bicyclecraftbrewery.ca.

Back in September of this year, Ottawa added another craft brewery to its steadily growing stable. Bicycle Craft Brewery is located at 850 Industrial Ave., Unit 12 and offers several delightful craft beers, including our favourite, Base Camp Oatmeal Porter. And, in case you’re wondering, yes there is a bike rack outside the brewery. There’s also plenty of parking if you’d prefer to drive. BCB founders, Fariborz and laura, were kind enough to entertain our interview questions: Brew Brahs: What inspired your brewery’s name – why “Bicycle”? BCB: The name came very naturally to us because we enjoy riding our bicycles to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Martini Madness giveaway

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Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.

The rain has come but our spirits aren’t dampened, Ottawa. We’ll kick this weekend roundup off early this week and start with the 9th Annual Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis tonight. Martini Madness has raised over $150,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research to date, and in addition to funding research for the disease the fund also aids in improving the lives of children and adults living with Crohn’s and ulcerous Colitis. To enter to win two tickets to Martini Madness, send us an email with “Martini” in... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: House made syrups give Teatro Café cocktails their charm

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Photo from teatrocafe.ca. All other photos are by Tobi Cohen.Photo from teatrocafe.ca. All other photos are by Tobi Cohen.

The cocktail craze is inching westward. They’ve cropped up in the Byward Market, Centretown and Little Italy and now Teatro Café is introducing carefully crafted cocktails with house-made syrups and largely local ingredients to Wellington Village. Never heard of it? Not surprising. Teatro Café just opened in June and it’s easily missed tucked away on the ground floor of the Great Canadian Theatre Company at Wellington Street and Holland Avenue. It tends to attract an older, theatre-going crowd of teetotalers and wine sippers looking for a bite before the show.... | Continue reading article

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