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Apt613 BeerClub: Chat with your favourite local breweries!

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Photo courtesy of Adam Fagan on flickrPhoto courtesy of Adam Fagan on flickr

Like an over-shaken bottle of lager, Ottawa’s craft beer scene is exploding. With an ever-expanding list of breweries, brew pubs and beer-related festivals it’s clear that Ottawa is making a play to become the brew capital of Canada. Welcome to Apt13′s live chat with several of the people driving the success of Ottawa’s beer scene, including: Robert McIsaac, one of the co-owners of Beyond the Pale, the Hintonburg-based brewery that just can’t seem to keep its flavourful brews in stock. Paul Meek, owner of the Kichesippi Beer Co., the beer... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, we need to talk: Stop with the grease wheel pizzas already!

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I’ve lived in the nation’s capital for just over ten years now, and I have always been on the prowl for an awesome, hole-in-the-wall pizza place within city limits. Now it may simply be because I enjoy a certain type of pizza that is hard to find in Ottawa, but then for the sake of variety(!), we need to have a few other choices than my pizza-nemesis: the grease wheel! The grease wheel tends to be characterized by thick dough, lots of cheese (hence all the grease), tons of toppings... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa’s “Little Market That Could” re-opens tomorrow on Preston

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Preston Farmers' Market.Preston Farmers' Market.

In the heart of Little Italy, a quaint market will once again come to life every Saturday from tomorrow until Thanksgiving. The “Little Market That Could” – so dubbed for its community-powered tenacity – is back for another season of one-stop shopping for quality local goods. Its grand re-opening takes place during the final weekend of the area’s 39th annual Settimana Italiana (Italian Week). A foodie destination to be sure, Preston Farmers’ Market (PFM) appeals equally to locavores, collectors, the curious, and the peckish. PFM serves residents of Little Italy,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy klwatts on Flickr. Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off Sunday!Photo courtesy klwatts on Flickr. Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off Sunday!

It’s a crazy weekend, folks: from free dentistry day to a no pants party to a rock paper scissors competition, it’s next to impossible to leave this weekend without a bit of entertainment. Looking for a whole lot of variety, packed into a short amount of time? Head to Pressed this evening for a variety show like no other. You can also head down to Mercury Lounge for the indie rock stylings of Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, along with High Waters. Tonight is also the CHUO Edition of Battle of the Bands... | Continue reading article

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Introducing Apt613′s Beer Club: Live chat with Ottawa’s local breweries

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Photo courtesy of Adam Fagan on flickrPhoto courtesy of Adam Fagan on flickr

Like an over-shaken bottle of lager Ottawa’s craft beer scene is exploding. With an ever-expanding list of breweries, brew pubs and beer-related festivals it’s clear that Ottawa is making a play to become the brew capital of Canada. On Tuesday, June 25 from 7pm to 8pm we will be hosting a live chat with several of the people driving the success of Ottawa’s beer scene, including: Robert McIsaac, one of the co-owners of Beyond the Pale, the Hintonburg-based brewery that just can’t seem to keep its flavourful brews in stock.... | Continue reading article

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Your official Apt613 guide to Ottawa’s farmers’ markets

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Photo by Mike Babiarz via FlickrPhoto by Mike Babiarz via Flickr

Weekend mornings in Ottawa are meant for two things: sleeping off hangovers and — now that summer finally seems to be here — browsing for heirloom tomatoes and fresh flowers at one of our dozen-plus farmers’ markets. And so, we’ve put together this map for all you hungry, hungry locavores out there. (If only those cows let out a bellowing moo when you clicked on them. Get on that, Google!) We’ve also profiled a few markets that we’ve frequented over the years, along with one shiny new addition to the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Chef Michael Blackie’s NEXT adventure takes him back west

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Photo courtesy of NEXT.Photo courtesy of NEXT.

A favorite local culinary bad boy finally gets to do his own thing, his way. Chef Michael Blackie – Gold Plates Ottawa star (gold 2006, silver 2009) and Food Network Canada celebrity – has just launched NEXT restaurant on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville. While the clean, modern décor suggests upscale, the concept and atmosphere of NEXT is decidedly relaxed (billed as “casual neighbourhood dining”). In addition to a spacious, airy restaurant, NEXT offers takeout, catering, banquet, and meeting services. Why Stittsville? I suspected the west end fans he cultivated as executive... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, we need to talk: We’re losing the farmers in the ByWard Market

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Guest post by Anne Walsh, who works in Kemptville as an art therapist. For those of us who were born and bred in Ottawa, the arrival of farmers and their produce signals the start of spring. The colorful array of fruits, veggies, baked goods and fresh flowers transforms the ByWard Market from drab and cold to bursting with life and activity. I set out to interview farmers who have been selling their wares on the ByWard Market for multiple generations. As I interviewed hard working farmers, my sense of alarm... | Continue reading article

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By Day By Night: Your guide to local happenings in Ottawa

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Design by Steve St. PierreDesign by Steve St. Pierre

It’s here, folks. The long-awaited, much anticipated By Day By Night guide… Brought to you by Apartment613. Developed in collaboration with our favourite local designer Steve St. Pierre, and through a partnership with the City of Ottawa for the Creative City Network of Canada 2013 Summit (starting tomorrow), By Day By Night is your source for innovative projects by artists and makers, as well as some of the galleries, shops, restaurants and cafés that make our city unique. We’ll be distributing copies over the next few days in various downtown locations (you can download a version... | Continue reading article

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Support your local makers: Idle Hands returns this Sunday

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Handmade with love, at Idle Hands this weekendHandmade with love, at Idle Hands this weekend

Post by Steven Artelle The dust has barely settled along Somerset, and the rhythms of Chinatown Remixed are still ringing in our ears—you would think this would be the ideal moment for one of the event’s curators to take a well-deserved breather. But Jennifer Stone, who helped transform the Daily Grind Café into an anthropomorphic wonderland only days ago, already is moving on to her next feat of curatorial innovation, as she conjures up the spring edition of the Idle Hands Craft Sale. Billed as “something for everyone naughty or... | Continue reading article

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