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Weekly News Review: Dreaming of a new Rideau St., good news for beer lovers, and lots more!

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Photo courtesy of JB Hildebrand on Flickr.Photo courtesy of JB Hildebrand on Flickr.

Rideau Street is about to get dug up and the construction will last until the end of next Summer. While this is being done to replace old water pipes and even older sewers, it’s also an opportunity to fix the street and make it hipper as Councillor Mathieu Fleury says. The Citizen’s David Reevely took a stroll down Rideau St. with Fleury to see the good, the bad and the what could be of Rideau. We’re getting another festival this Summer and I think many of you will be excited... | Continue reading article

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L’Autre Oeil is a whole world of beer in the heart of Old Aylmer

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“Can I have a pint of 50 on tap?” “Eeee… no… but we do have 540 other kinds of beer to choose from…. do you think you will be able to find something that pleases you?” This is the kind of conversation you might overhear at L’Autre Oeil, located on the other side of the river in Aylmer. L’Autre Oeil (located at 555 rue Principal) is an amazing small bistro with the biggest selection of beer in the region. If you think Pub Italia’s Beer Bible is huge, you really need... | Continue reading article

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The return of Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Do you long for the days of yore, when you could lounge in front of the television on a Saturday morning in your pyjamas, eating breakfast and watching cartoons guilt-free? Of course you do! Which is why Apartment613 and Pressed Café are joining forces to bring you Saturday Morning Cartoons on Saturday, June 9. From 10am onwards, dine on waffles (might I suggest The Hangover? Beef brisket at it’s finest) as we screen some of our favourite cartoons. Show up in your pj’s and you get a free, all-access pass to... | Continue reading article

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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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April showers bring Darren Flowers: Brothers Beer Bistro opens on Dalhousie

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In early April, 366 Dalhousie resembled a Vietnamese restaurant trashed by marines. Today, a new restaurant has opened featuring a charming, rustic setting with wood and natural colours decorating the interior. The owners were lucky to uncover beautiful brick walls while transforming the old Takara restaurant into Brothers Beer Bistro, which opens tonight. “We wanted something warm and inviting,” says Hamilton-native and co-owner Nick Ringuette. “We also wanted an industrial look, as you can see with the exposed pipes for the taps.” Not only is Brother’s mise-en-scène stimulating - so is the beer menu. With 16 draft and... | 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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Head over to Chinatown remixed this weekend

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It’s going to be a great weekend in Chinatown. The weather looks great, making it a perfect day for a stroll through the arch to take in a remixed version of Chinatown. For the fourth year in a row, local Chinatown businesses have teamed up with Ottawa-based artists to turn Chinatown into one huge gallery. From the Daily Grind in the East to Purple Urchin in the West – 54 different locations are taking part. You’ve got a month to take in the art, but today you can take in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Let’s get the big ones out of the way: Comiccon and Chinatown Remixed are happening this weekend. That’s not as simple as it sounds – Browncoats Burlesque will be performing Heroes vs Villains: The Aftermath! as part of Comiccon weekend, and there’s a Masquerade. Chinatown Remixed will have – yes, it’s true – remote-controlled robots. And delicious food. So there’s at least half – if not all – of your weekend eaten up by fun. What can you do with the rest of your time? Let’s find out. You’ve heard... | Continue reading article

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Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar: A watered-down sake joint with style

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That’s right, a watered-down sake joint with style. What do I mean by this? Well after educating myself on the traditional izakaya sake shops, I can safely say that Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar (339 Elgin st.) really isn’t an izakaya at all, although it does have an inviting atmosphere, tasty drinks and satisfying menu (hence the bit about style). Will this restaurant’s weak relation to tradition deter customers? No. Will they still enjoy their visit? Absolutely – but it depends on what they order. Read Foodie Print’s Izakaya review... | Continue reading article

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Kichesippi Beer Company turns two

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Photo by Andrew Szeto.Photo by Andrew Szeto.

Like any two-year-old, Kichesippi Beer Co. has already developed its own personality – and a tendency to want to go against the grain. In celebration of its second birthday party on Sunday afternoon (we’re expecting a bouncy castle, but is that too big-kid-esque for a toddler?), we sat down with a pint of Kichesippi Blonde and asked it a few questions. Apartment613: So what’s your favourite colour? Kichesippi Blonde: Ummm… Blue. Favourite food? KB: Malt. Yum! Oh – and ice cream. With sprinkles. What’s it like being two? KB: I... | Continue reading article

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