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Winter Beerfest is back! Many porters expected at Château Cartier to welcome thousands of beer enthusiasts

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Originally published in Bulletin d’Aylmer. The 2013 Winter Beerfest organizers are expecting as many as 12,000 guests for their second edition at the Château Cartier, January 24, 25 and 26. That’s 8,000 more than last year. “In 2012 we were hoping for 3,000 guests and over 8,000 showed up,” Manuela Teixeira, Vice-President of the Beerfest organizing committee, told the media. “The site, which combines indoor and outdoor spaces, has been doubled in size to accommodate the guests,” said Joel-Marc Frappier, Executive Director at Château Cartier. Last year’s popularity meant some... | Continue reading article

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3 Brasseurs brings its tasty brews to Sparks Street

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As Ottawa’s love affair with the beer brewing industry rages on, hot and heavy, new brew pubs seem to be popping up every other day. Last year saw the opening of so many such establishments that to list them all here would be futile. Instead, take a gape at our beer map. Yup. There’s a lot of beer in Ottawa. But is there enough? I think not. Which is why I was pleased to see the opening of 3 Brasseurs’ first Ottawa location. The French brewer, whose beer has become... | Continue reading article

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Affordable tapas a reality at 10Fourteen

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I normally avoid tapa-style eateries. With fairly small plates that tend to be overpriced, tapas are a good way to burn a hole in your wallet while leaving your stomach half-empty. Fortunately there are exceptions to this rule, such as 10Fourteen, a fun and affordable wine bar/restaurant in Hintonburg that is located at, you guessed it, 1014 Wellington West (twitter page here). With an eclectic selection of tapa-inspired dishes that change weekly, this enjoyable spot is a great place to try a variety of new and innovative dishes. “The menu... | Continue reading article

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Looking for a good shuck? Check out the Elmdale!

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I recently had the opportunity over the holidays to exchange emails with Peter McCallum and Joshua Bishop of Whalesbone Oyster House on Bank Street concerning their acquisition of the Elmdale Tavern in Hintonburg. Their joint ownership became official just after Christmas, though you may remember some hoopla a few months back when this purchase was first made public. There were some skeptics among the crowd who felt that the character of the Elmdale would be lost with the new ownership and decried what they saw as the inevitable loss of... | Continue reading article

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Cooking & Cracking Wise on the Web: Welcome to Eva Bee’s Jamboree

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Photo provided by Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee)Photo provided by Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee)

Once upon a time, when she was wrapping up a degree in environmental science, Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee) had an idea for a show that would inspire folks to eat locally and have fun with their food. Five years later, Eva Bee’s Jamboree was born as a web series featuring Eva in various kitchens with up-and-coming musical acts. Launched in September 2012, a new webisode goes up on the first Thursday of every month (there’s a new one on deck for today!) Dishes prepared during each webisode offer a glimpse... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, it’s the time of year when questionable warm wear can abound – particularly in the office. But! Embrace those ugly sweaters and put them to good use – who knows, you could win a worst dressed award. Everyone likes some fame, right? Anyways, on to regular-wear events: this weekend, there’s a heckuva lot of dancing happening. Tonight, it’s an aerobics-themed cabaret burlesque show and dance party at Babylon – channel your inner Richard Simmons! Tomorrow, party it up with Tanya Davis in a funked-up, souled-out shindig at Fall Down,... | Continue reading article

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My Neighbourhood Bites: Searching for Ottawa’s hidden foodie talent

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Ottawa residents are privileged by the rich cultural culinary landscape and all it has to offer. Mexican, sushi, Mediterranean, and of course, shawarma, are typically all available in Ottawa’s various neighborhoods. However, while great food is right around the corner, we all have our special recipes that we can’t wait to show off to friends, or recipes that have been in our families for decades that we attempt to master and make our own. The growing foodie movement, as well as the inevitable food porn found plastered all over the... | Continue reading article

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“Like the bees made it”: Westboro food fair this Sunday!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats.

Westboro will be filled with holiday cheer this weekend as some of the city’s best merchants gather at a local food fair. Scheduled for Sunday, December 9, the Taste of Ottawa- Westboro Holiday Food Fair will take place at 430 Churchill Avenue at Byron from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission and parking is free. Among the more than 20 confirmed merchants are Auntie Loo’s Treats, the city’s only 100 per cent vegan bakery, and Happy Goat Coffee, which Apartment 613 has written about before. In preparation for Sunday, we contacted... | Continue reading article

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Reflecting on last week’s Wine and Food Show

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This past weekend, the Ottawa Convention Centre hosted the 27th Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, lauded as a sensory extravaganza for gastronomes and oenophiles. Being relative newbies to Ottawa, and guilty of foodie proclivities, my friend and I naively paid our dues (Sunday ticket just under $30 with “fees”), and looked forward to exploring the local gustatory palette and learning a few tricks from the professionals. As we belatedly read the fine print in the Events Guide, it also became clear that samples or cooking demos weren’t included in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa (plus, win tickets!)

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3-inch buttons made from test prints from work by Diane Bond for cut/paste/copy (now showing at Pressed Cafe).3-inch buttons made from test prints from work by Diane Bond for cut/paste/copy (now showing at Pressed Cafe).

Well, we’ve reached the halfway point of Support Local month, as November trucks along and the days get shorter. But no need to despair – there’s still plenty of events to come! We’ve got two art openings – one at Shanghai (use your passport!) and one at Mugshots, as well as a crazy birthday bash for Timekode, celebrating seven years of sweat and dance. Also in celebrations? Wunderkammer turns one! Be all classy-like at 327 Wine Bar Friday evening, with music by bassist Tobias Meis. You can also head out... | Continue reading article

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