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Bake on! Ottawa Cookie Jam comes to town

Ever dreamt of being in a room surrounded by delicious, drool-inducing cookies with a license to sample as you please? I have, and it looks like my dreams are coming true as the first inaugural Ottawa Cookie Jam rolls into town on October 5 at Parkdale United Church. And while my dreams of having free […]

In Vankleek Hill, photos courtesy of Days Out Ontario, unless otherwise specified.

Five fall finds an hour (or less) east of the city

Post by Caitlin Carpenter. The old adage of “head west, young man” may be backwards in Ottawa. Most areas in and around Ottawa have been thoroughly mined by locals for hidden gems. However, the communities to the east of Ottawa are often overlooked. Non-existent traffic and crowds, fresh ingredients, affordable stays, and bucolic scenery should […]

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Foodie Friday: Dishcrawl your way to new culinary heights in Hintonburg

What does the best of Wellington West have to offer? Dishcrawl, the North American start-up dining experience founded on bringing foodies together, returns to Hintonburg on September 18. Participants, or “dishcrawlers” as they are affectionately dubbed, tour four local restaurants in and around the Hingtonburg area as they make their merry way through some of the […]

Weekend roundup: Cabaret ticket giveaway edition

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] What will it be this weekend, Ottawa? Burlesque? A crowd-sourced musical bike ride? Fashion? House of PainT kicked off last night, and goes on all weekend long to celebrate their 10th anniversary. If you haven’t caught their Bboy and Bgirl breakdancing competition in years past, be sure to head down under the […]

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West side business comings and goings

There’s been lots of action on and around Wellington West these past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of moves, new business openings and future businesses along the strip. Tall Tree Cycles will be taking over the Red Chair Kids space this fall, around November. While the space doesn’t immediately seem bigger than their current space, […]

Alexandra Corriveau

Tour de blogosphere: I Adore Food (and a good sleep too)

Eating and sleeping are some of life’s greatest pleasures.  In our fast-paced world, however, many of us don’t pay enough attention to what we put in our mouth, or for that matter the beds on which we sleep. Local blogger Alexandra Corriveau is someone who spends a lot of time thinking about food and mattresses. […]

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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide: 2013 Edition

Last August, Apartment613 ran its first ever local beer guide complete with a handy custom Google map to help people find Ottawa’s most important beer landmarks. Since then, the explosion of craft beer in Ottawa has continued unabated. In one short year, Ottawa has added several new breweries and brewpubs. Keeping our readers’ best interests […]

Michelle Enzinas, second from right, celebrating in medieval style.  Photo courtesy of her Facebook page.

Write On Ottawa: Eating like a medieval king and queen

 There is no sincerer love than the love of food. — George Bernard Shaw A kitchen, if used properly, can become a time machine. Ottawa-based writer Michelle Enzinas is working on a 16th-century cookbook.  Set to be released in 2016, it will be an “experimental archaeological study” of The Annotated Henry Butte’s Dry Dinner, published in 1599. In Enzinas’ […]

Photo courtesy of Francois Levesque.

Foodie Friday: Going undercover with the Veggie Underground

Over the past two years, my partner and I have been members of the Veggie Underground Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). There were many reasons to sign up: we wanted to diversify our veggie intake, the price was affordable and it was an opportunity to get to know the folks who feed us. In the middle of […]

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The Good Food Market grows into a neighbourhood near you

A program designed to make it easier for Ottawa residents to access healthy, affordable foods has expanded into more neighbourhoods this summer.  The organizers of Good Food Markets purchase fruits, vegetables, and dried staple goods at wholesale prices and sell them to the community at or near cost. While Ottawa has numerous farmers’ markets, few […]

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Ode to Ottawa Craft Beer Week

Lightweight as I am, it’s not difficult to get me to appreciate anything after a drink or two. The term your mind is probably conjuring up is “cheap drunk,” and while we can list the pros and cons of this phenomena—I interrupt with news: quality craft beer sits well in my inexperienced belly, and I […]

Photo of Katie Shapiro courtesy of Kate’s Plate

Tour de blogosphere: Meet the “Happy Generalist,” Ottawa’s resident travel bug

Though she’s had her nose pierced in Warsaw and kayaked in Croatia, this high-flying Canuck still calls the suburbs of Canada’s national capital home. Katie Shapiro, or the self-declared “happy generalist,” is a blogger from Ottawa’s west-end who documents her day-to-day culinary endeavours and international escapades on Kate’s Plate. “I was craving a creative outlet,” […]