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Foodie Friday: Best Poutine in Ottawa

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It is impossible to dislike poutine. Yes, I am calling out you liars: it is impossible. Whether it’s in a traditional styrofoam cup leaking gravy onto a picnic table or served with pulled pork, vegetarian gravy, homefries or other creative ingredients, it’s hard not to gravitate to the one menu item guaranteed not to let you down. With a little help from the polling worlds of Twitter and Facebook, we have found some of Ottawa’s go-to poutine destinations. 1-  Sasha’s Chip Wagon. For weeks people have yelled that it is the... | Continue reading article

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Music: Wellington End Preview (Starts Tonight!)

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Photo courtesy of me.Photo courtesy of me.

There’s probably a lot I could say about Wellington End. But, since this is web writing, I’m going to try to condense it into a sentence.  Here it is: Fantastic music, great beer, delicious food, all local. Cheap, too! Just 30 bucks for the whole thing, and that gets you access to 40+ artists across several venues, all in the same, very cool, strip on Wellington near Irving. Tonight’s lineup features NDMA, No Kinds of Love, Kenny Voita and The Glorious Moon Rockets. Find more info here. Oh, and here’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: searching for Ottawa’s finest Caesar

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Sometimes, here at Apartment613, we’ve got to take on tough assignments. For the sake of our discerning readers, we’ve previously had to taste all the pizza, drink all the coffee and eat all the cupcakes. It’s not war reporting, but still, think of the calories. Anyways, this past weekend, the Hintonburg Public House invited us to judge their first annual Caesar contest. They assembled five cocktail enthusiasts and a whole bunch of Clamato juice for a Sunday evening of Caesars. The winning drink for the night came from the HPH’s own bartender,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Supply and Demand gets raw food right

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Photo courtesy of Sharif ViraniPhoto courtesy of Sharif Virani

It’s been quite a few months since my last food post, and that’s definitely not due to a lack of memorable meals to write about or amazing people in the industry I’ve met. That said, I think it’s only fitting that I re-emerge with a post about one of Ottawa’s newest joints, one whose name has been on everyone’s lips recently: Supply and Demand. For those who don’t know, 28-year-old chef Steve Wall – formerly of Luxe, Town, Whalesbone, and the list goes on – recently took a chance and... | Continue reading article

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The Unrefined Olive: Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Bar

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Sampling wares prior to purchase is not often an option. The chance for this experience is what originally lured me to the Unrefined Olive: Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Bar, located on Second Avenue. Once I entered, however, I was guided through the store by knowledgeable staff and my afternoon soon turned out to be as informative as it was flavourful. They had me tossing back product and tossing aside misconceptions with equal fervor. Food does not improve the tasting experience. It turns out that there is no such thing... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa gets WinterBrewed

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Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy camera, courtesy of Francois Levesque.Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy camera, courtesy of Francois Levesque.

Judging by yesterday’s turnout at WinterBrewed, Ottawa’s insatiable appetite for all things craft beer related hasn’t dissipated over the winter months. Or perhaps people are just yearning for those summer days when you can’t leave your house without tripping over an outdoor music and food festival. Either way, thousands of people came out to sample craft beers from Ottawa and beyond this weekend. WinterBrewed is the first winter craft beer festival to be held in the downtown core (though it isn’t the first in the NCR), and this one is... | Continue reading article

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Tour de Blogosphere: Food and foodies

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The kitchen is arguably the most important room in a home. True, you may have more fun in the bedroom, and the living room is often the entertainment hub, but it’s in the kitchen where delicious magic is created to soothe the stomach and caress one’s taste buds.Numerous Ottawa bloggers agree that cooking is a wonderful thing to do, which is why this week’s round-up of local blogs focuses on recipes and the city’s culinary scene. To start things off, Barrhaven Bites offers an ode to the pistachio that contains an interesting... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: the lowdown on Ottawa’s new food trucks and carts

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Photo courtesy of ilovememphis on Flickr.Photo courtesy of ilovememphis on Flickr.

The city has picked the food trucks and carts that will feed the city starting this Spring. According to the city press release, a total of 61 applications were received and reviewed by a selection panel. These new options are in addition to the existing 44 licensed truck and cart food vendors. A volunteer selection panel made up of made up of five members representing the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA), Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation, Savour Ottawa, Just Food and Ottawa Public Health reviewed the applications... | Continue reading article

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Apres Snow: Vanier gets its 1960s groove back

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Photo Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMIPhoto Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMI

This post originally appeared on Vanier Now.  The jukeboxes may have been removed from Fontenelle years ago, but this Saturday (February 16), 1960s French pop is back. From the well-known to the obscure, Vanier-born DJ Mimi la Twisteuse is bringing her vinyl collection of French yé yé to Après-Snow at Fontenelle, an evening component of Vanier’s Winter Carnival. Having hosted the always packed monthly Franco-dance party Zoï Zoï in the mid 2000s at The Boat in Toronto, and now the co-host of Montreal’s weekly radio show MondoPQ, dedicated to French pop, rock and soul of... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Le Bistro CoqLicorne, une valeur ajoutée au Vieux-Hull

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Le Vieux-Hull est le point de rassemblement pour jeunes et moins jeunes à la recherche de houblon, de bon temps et de bonne bouffe. Ce petit quartier bien vivant a ajouté une nouvelle adresse à son carnet de restauration avec l’ouverture du Bistro CoqLicorne en décembre dernier. Je vous laisserai le soin de googler la signification du CoqLicorne (indice : Jean Dallaire), mais les propriétaires Emmanuel Croteau-Benoît et Isabelle Thériault transmettent efficacement leur respect de la culture régionale avec le nom de leur petit établissement. Ce qui attirera la clientèle au... | Continue reading article

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