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Festibière de Gatineau: bigger is better

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Photo courtesy of the Festibière Facebook page.Photo courtesy of the Festibière Facebook page.

What a difference a year made between  the first and second editions of Gatineau’s Festibière. While last year’s edition was a resounding success, “it’s much bigger this year,” explained Monsieur Guy Blain, founder and chef at L’Orée du bois in Chelsea. The number of kiosks increased from 32 to 63, doubling in size. This means there’s a lot more choice. Unfortunately, due to provincial liquor laws, don’t expect local breweries like Beau’s or Kichesippi to be present (I really wonder if someone’s working on fixing this issue). Festibière is a... | Continue reading article

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What to look forward to at this year’s Gatineau Beerfest

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Post and photos by guest blogger Art Hill. Festibiere (Gatineau Beerfest) is scheduled for May 25, 26 & 27 at Lake Leamy Park. This annual festival features the best of the brew coming out of Quebec’s ever growing brewery industry, featuring both established brewers like Boreal or the artisan beer producers springing up almost everywhere around the province.  Apartment 613 was invited to a lunch and presentation hosted by organizer and beer aficionado Mario D’Eer to get the scoop on what Ottawa can expect at this year’s festival. Being a... | Continue reading article

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Beans, Blossoms, Beats & Bauhaus: Blumenstudio

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Photos by Carly Wolff.Photos by Carly Wolff.

Take an Italian café with a contemporary touch serving up ethically-sourced beans and locally-made treats. Add a dairy case filled with milk, butter and eggs from nearby Cochrane’s Dairy and Stirling Creamery for those early-morning milk runs. Layer on a carefully-edited wall of magazines and newspapers. Combine it all in a Bauhaus-inspired floral shop and the result is Blumenstudio. The brainchild of Katrin (Kat) Kosk and partner Nathan Turner, Blumenstudio is a calm oasis of smooth coffee, colourful blossoms, playful vignettes and subtle beats. Located on an otherwise car-focused stretch of Parkdale Avenue between Wellington... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live: International Women’s Day Edition

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Photo courtesy of blurasis on Flickr.Photo courtesy of blurasis on Flickr.

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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Apartment613 Live for January 19th

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Wish you could sit back and just listen to what Apartment613 has to say? You can. This week, Ryan Saxby and Karen Diepeveen host Apartment613 Live. Ryan interviews Malorie Bertrand from Ef Magazine and Karen chats with fellow Apartment 613 editor Katrina Marsh about beer and sex. If you noticed Apartment613′s recent blackout, Ryan explains the web’s response to SOPA and why Apartment613 joined in the black out. [podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/apt613/January_19_mixdown_final.mp3[/podcast]

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The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey: Sex in the Capital City

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Trudeau once famously quipped that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”. Of course, he never said anything about bloggers. Once again Apartment613 and Venus Envy are sticking our noses in where they don’t belong. The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey will get the intimate details of what really goes on in Ottawa’s bedrooms, bars and bordellos. Our goal: to satisfy our own voyeuristic streak to provide a safe and serious place to discuss sexual issues of great import, such as what’s your favourite Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Gatineau Beerfest

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The Gatineau Beerfest invites you to join its other guests for a big country party in May 2011. Our festival marks the arrival of warmer weather and family outings in nature. The Outaouais region is a strategic place to access all kinds of specialty beers.Its residents are served by four major distribution networks on both sides of river. They offer an impressive choice of flavors which are ever evolving. This wide selection of beer can now accompany most meals. . The phenomena of artisan beer production and the tasting experience... | Continue reading article

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WinterBeerFest: The Winter’Ales of Gatineau

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Gatineau’s first-ever winter beer festival, a follow-up to the successful Gatineau Beerfest held this spring, WinterBeerFest: The Winter’Ales of Gatineau promises to deliver a mouth-watering mix of artisanal beer, local hand-crafted food, music and fun, where foodies, locals and tourists visiting Canada’s National Capital Region can delight body and soul. Chateau Cartier offers the ideal setting for this event, offering urban flair in gorgeous, natural surroundings. A bonfire will keep festival-goers warm as they enjoy craft beer served from an ice bar to a backdrop of DJ beats, while inside... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s Oktoberfest is sold out for Saturday! Tickets for Friday and Sunday still available

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While the success of Beau’s Brewery has been driven by a great tasting brew with a charming brand, the team at Beau’s have also proven themselves adept at developing a community around their beer – and showing us all a great time while they’re at it. After a rough first start (when they ran out of food) Beau’s Oktoberfest has proven itself to be a great meeting of beer-lovers, food-lovers and the designated drivers willing to drive them back and forth to Vankleek Hill.

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Ask the Interweb! Best place for lunch in Little Italy

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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 into the Apartment613 email inbox last night: Hello there…I am fond of your blog and am wondering if you can help me out by suggesting a place... | Continue reading article

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