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Coffee Geeks meet at the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters

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I’m a bit of a coffee geek. While on vacation I plan visits to roasters. I consider a half pound bag of coffee to be a valid souvenir and we ditched the electric coffee machine in favour of pour-over and AeroPress brewers at our house long ago. I am, however, NOTHING compared to the coffee experts who will descend upon the Bridgehead Roastery this weekend for the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters events. This is a competition where baristas and coffee tasters get to show of their respective skills.... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa, we need to talk about take-out containers

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So, I’m one of those annoying, unabashed foodie types that waxes on about the merits of things that are cooked sous-vide while en route to the newest chic taco joint. As a devotee of all things tasty, I inevitably find myself leaving a restaurant with a take-out container filled with the night’s left-overs, which are often too delicious to leave for the green bin – or worse yet – the dumpster. And it’s the makeup of these containers that often irks me, and is the subject of the first ever... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Burgers’n'Fries Forever rolls into Centretown this Summer

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While we still don’t exactly know what happened with the closing of the Imperial, we do know that a new burger joint will be taking over the vacant space soon. Burgers’n'Fries Forever, aka BFF, is bringing some competition to the Ottawa burger scene. BFF plans on offering fresh, wholesome and unique burgers (halal meat, mushroom caps and more) prepared daily in-house, as well as hand-cut, double-fried Belgian french fries, home made sodas, and something they call gelato burgers. What’s a gelato burger you ask?  First you take two cookies and warm them... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beer Sampling at the Old Mill Pub in Ashton

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If you drive West of Ottawa, and drive till there’s nothing, you could very well be in Ashton. With a scant population of 200, this idyllic village has a post office, two churches, an old convenience store, many a field, and the Old Mill Pub, featuring the Ashton Brewing Company – the very purpose of our jaunt. Although the banks of snow had melted a great deal, my mocking of the snowmobile directions found on their website came back around to slap me in the face. Four burly sleds were... | Continue reading article

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Art Is In my mouth

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by @iscoff Since I’m on Twitter almost all day, it’s not often I get the opportunity to talk about what I eat for breakfast, so you can imagine my delight when I was asked to write a few words about the breakfast offerings of Art Is In Bakery. “What if we sold people sandwiches in a warehouse?” is a question that was clearly asked during the planning stages of this not-so-hidden gem. You might notice it because it’s in a giant building with a big sign that says “Art Is... | Continue reading article

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Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen: Yet another win for west-end foodies

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Despite the lack of a sign over the door, the opening of Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen over the weekend was one of the neighbourhood’s worst kept secrets. And while west-enders are rejoicing over yet another high calibre addition to a neighbourhood already packed with foodie destinations, it must be a weight off the back of founder and head chef Richard Nigro. He’s been piecing the new venture together for quite some time, and to hear from kitchen staff Lynda Hall, last-minute tweaks (like the addition of a door to mask the entrance to... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Urban Cowboy food truck brings a taste of Texas to Ottawa

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Ottawa boys Matt Hinds and Layne Belcher are the owners of the Urban Cowboy, a member of the recently announced food truck fleet that’s set to hit Ottawa in May of this year. With their truck currently in the retrofitting stage, the pair is busy finalizing menu and branding details. Apt613: First and foremost, what are you guys going to be serving? LB: We’ve chosen a Texas-style themed menu which leaves the door open to many different styles of food. Texas-style food is a mix of BBQ and Tex-Mex. The backbone... | Continue reading article

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A Completely Sober Review of St. Paddy’s Day at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro

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What’s the most rational thing to do on St. Paddy’s Day for a guy who doesn’t drink and doesn’t fight? Go to a gastro-pub and listen to rowdy Irish music, obviously. The last time I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was in St. John’s, where my night was a blur of green beer, green hats, free Miller t-shirts (because Irish) and two bars (I’m guessing on that last one). Of course, one of the fun parts about March 17th is that, when done right, you can never accurately compare this year’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Whitehorse dig into the veggies at The Green Door

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Throughout the year, Apartment613 will be partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the new all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. In this edition, we sent wife-and-husband duo Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet of Whitehorse to a classic Ottawa haunt: The Green Door Restaurant. And each wrote their own review! How nice.  The next NAC Presents review will be by noted Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel, who will be playing the NAC Studio on March 27-28. By Luke DoucetThe first rule of... | Continue reading article

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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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