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Wine fair brings a taste of California to the capital

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Post by Andrew B., Apt613′s resident wine expert April 6th marks one of my favourite days on the Ottawa wine scene calendar: it’s the day of the annual California Wine Fair, hosted at the Westin Hotel on Colonel By Drive.  The event provides a unique opportunity to taste over 300 wines from all regions of California under one roof – and for one price.  Your $70 ticket gets you in the door, and allows you to sip to your heart’s content from  7-9:30 pm – all without having to wait... | 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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Wines to seduce your Valentine

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Post by Andrew B., Apt613′s resident wine expert If you’re entertaining your significant other at home this Valentine’s Day, here are a few things to keep in mind: Valentine’s Day food is about both exciting and sensual flavours and textures. As such, your wine pairings should either have dazzling pop or have the semblance of melting in your mouth. Try to avoid wines with “rough edges”, so to speak. On February 14th, I often turn to the warm flavours of California and Washington Syrah for red wine, the zinging acidity... | Continue reading article

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Hintonburgers at the Elmdale

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Picture this: It’s Friday night, and Joe Hintonburg is at the Elmdale Tavern with some friends. Hunger strikes. His thoughts turn to the fabled burger joint The Hintonburger. But it is not to be. The Hintonburger lies a good ways down Wellington, and it’s cold outside. Plus, it’s probably already closed. Disappointment, anger, hunger – Joe Hintonburg remains Hintonburgerless.

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2011 Carleton Cup – Skate! Run! Drink!

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SKATE! The Rideau Canal RUN! through Byward Market so that you can DRINK! the beverage of your choice at The Aulde Dubliner/Pour House $20.00 per person (entrance fee includes first beverage of the night) Raise $100 in pledges for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and race for free! There is no pre-registration for the Carleton Cup! Please join us at the Aulde Dubliner to hand in your pledges, register and to receive your race #. ITINERARY FOR JANUARY 29th: 5:00PM – 6:30PM Registration in the Aulde Dubliner/Pour House 62 William St.... | Continue reading article

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Scotch Irish Brewing Co. gets the Kichesippi treatment

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Kichesippi Beer continues its expansion in the Ottawa beer market concluding the purchase of Scotch Irish Brewing Co. This in itself is a simple asset transaction. Two thirds of Scotch Irish were owned by Heritage owners Ron Moir and Donna Warner while the other third was owned by Heritage Head Brewmaster, Ancil Hartman. Hartman remains as Head Brewmaster for Kichesippi. For new owners, Paul and Kelly Meek, it only made sense to consolidate the brands under Kichesippi. Meek commented that Scotch Irish is quite popular in Toronto and Kichesippi plans on... | Continue reading article

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First Annual Canadian Celebrity Chefs

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The National Arts Centre and some of Ottawa’s most popular chefs will host Canada’s top culinary stars at the First Annual Canadian Celebrity Chefs event on January 24, 2011. . The event – hosted by Kevin Brauch, star of The Thirsty Traveller on Food Network Canada –will showcase the best talent and cuisine coming from Canadian chefs and feature demonstrations, discussions and food and wine tastings that highlight the importance of modern Canadian cuisine. . Top Celebrity Chefs from across Canada will come together to match their culinary spirit with... | Continue reading article

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Don’t doublecross the Bogfather

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Lately, I’ve been following the tweets and Facebook updates from the folks out at Beau’s with mild trepidation. You see, on Wednesday, the award-winning eastern Ontario brewery announced the release of its limited edition “Bogfather” beer. They’ve only committed to releasing 1,000 bottles of the latest edition in their Wild Oats series, and when I checked in this morning, they were down to 800. By my calculations, that only gives me a week or so to get out to Vankleek Hill before it’s all gone! How potentially tragic. While you... | Continue reading article

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Don’t speak the language of coffee? Get back to simpler times at Sun Cafe and Flowers

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Post by Jared Davidson. Sun Cafe is located at 410 Bank Street, and is open everyday from 7am to 10pm. I’m afraid of coffee shops. I live in terror of that moment of truth when the barista kindly smiles at me and asks what I want. I never know. I want coffee, presumably, but as I look at the drink list behind the counter, its endless possibilities cloud my tiny mind and I realize just how unprepared I was to undertake the enormous responsibility of ordering a drink. I don’t... | Continue reading article

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Best Hot Chocolate in Town: Twitter Poll Edition

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Photo courtesy of ian murchison on flickrPhoto courtesy of ian murchison on flickr

As Ottawa receives its first snow of the season, our thoughts here at Apartment613 are turning from cold beer and patios to hot chocolate and fireplaces. A group of brave volunteers expect to give everyone’s favourite winter drink the full double blind taste test treatment some point soon at the Apartment613 Science laboratories. However, we first needed to know which of the hundreds of national capital coffee shops, cafes and chocolatiers were deserving of inclusion in our scientific experiment. That’s where Twitter comes in. We asked the Ottawa twittosphere where... | Continue reading article

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