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A day in the life – Bread & Sons

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. By Jessica Sims. A day in the life is a series cooked up by Jessica to feature some of her favourite food related businesses in and around Ottawa.  It’s almost 6 am and Brian Cahill and Laura van der Grient have their ovens full. Outside the windows of Bread & Sons Bakery, where they both work as bakers, Bank Street looms dark and desolate at this time on a Friday morning. But inside the shop glows warmly and delicious smells abound. The cooling racks are full... | Continue reading article

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Making Mornings Marvellous: Macarons et Madeleines

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Passion is a difficult thing to describe. While it might not be easily defined, it is certainly easy to spot. When you meet him, Stéphan Ethier’s passion is immediately apparent and instantly enchanting, just like the sensational aroma of baking that overtakes you upon entering 46 Lorne Ave. Ethier is the Mâitre Pâtissier of Macarons and Madeleines, a home based bakery tucked into a century-year-old house at the foot of Nanny Goat Hill. It takes a lot of courage to open a small business, but the modest Ethier... | Continue reading article

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Epic Meal Time hits Ottawa: You will never look at bacon the same way again

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Whether your reaction is awe, envy or horror, one thing’s certain: you won’t be able to look away. Internet sensation Epic Meal Time, best described as food porn on crack, is not for the faint of heart (or weak of stomach). The premise is simple: in each episode host Harley Morenstein and friends use candy, jack daniels and of course, bacon to turn a simple meal into a voyeuristic experience. Think candy BBQ , meat salad or 100,000 calorie hamburgers.  Thanks to the University of Ottawa Students’ Association for the... | Continue reading article

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Art-Is-In to expand to accomodate growing eat-in clientele

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It was inevitable – with the line-ups building week after week, Kevin Mathieson and Stéphanie Monnin have decided to expand the eating area at Art-Is-In Bakery, in the City Centre industrial complex. Monnin told Apt613 that the wall on the right hand side as you enter will be busted open and expanded to allow for more seating area. “After the Thanksgiving break, we’ll be designing plans and we hope everything will be done within a month.” Ambitious timelines, but certainly doable. Art-Is-In has already expanded the back end of its... | 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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Fall foodie roundup

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Fall in Ottawa is great time to be into food. There’s not only an abundance of local produce at the city’s markets, but the food scene heats up with some great events. A few food-related pitches fell into our mailbox or Facebook account this month, and  we thought it would be appropriate to compile them here. This weekend: The Taste of Wellington West – Organized by the Wellington West BIA, the event is now its 5th year. There is music, entertainment and some activities for kids. If you focus is... | Continue reading article

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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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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Word on the street is it’s a record year for freshers on at least one campus in town – so welcome, students, to our lovely city. We at Apartment613 are all about promoting university and college education, but want make sure you get a bit of urban education under your belt, too. If you’re a music major, Ottawa will provide you with all sorts of case studies to explore. First up? Wfm 101 – well, it’s more like Wfm 1. World famous music, which brings all sorts of great acts... | Continue reading article

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Restaurant Watch: Les 3 Brasseurs coming to Sparks Street?

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Looks like the soon-to-be-opened Mill Street outlet isn’t the only major beer news bubbling in the nation’s capital. If this menu is to believed (and yes, I’m pretty sure we’ve never used a menu to support our reporting before) it looks like international microbrewery chain Les 3 Brasseurs has plans to open a location on the Sparks Street Mall. You’re probably familiar with Les 3 Brasseurs if you’ve spent any time in Montreal, but they’re actually a French chain of brew pubs that first opened in Lille in the mid-1980s.... | Continue reading article

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Live from the Ottawa Folk Festival: Day One

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It’s that time of year again: the Ottawa Folk Festival is back, this time a bit more centrally located at Hog’s Back Park. It’s a short bike ride down either by the canal or the river. The line-up looks great and, if this first evening is any indication, there seems to be a great crowd. The festival, after a tough year in 2010, has now been taken under the wings of the Ottawa Bluesfest. Extra resources have kept the festival afloat, and we’re hearing that the integration has worked well... | Continue reading article

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