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Foodie Friday: Going undercover with the Veggie Underground

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Photo courtesy of Francois Levesque.Photo courtesy of Francois Levesque.

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 the July heat wave, I decided to see where my veggie basket actually came from and learn about the Veggie Underground’s history. The farm is located in Vars Ontario, a tiny place about 30 minutes south-east... | Continue reading article

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4 chefs + 4 breweries = 4 Pivot’s Sake AND a ticket giveaway!

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Members of the 4 Pivot's Sake team with kids from the Banff Community House.Members of the 4 Pivot's Sake team with kids from the Banff Community House.

With the number of great restaurants constantly increasing, and a craft beer scene that seems to have exploded over the past year, we’re certainly spoiled for choice here in Ottawa. This Saturday, at least, choosing won’t be so difficult. Get ready for food from 4 killer chefs and beer from 4 different breweries as they all come together for 4 Pivot’s Sake. That’s right, dining al fresco at Mugshots, you’ll have the opportunity to nosh on 4 plates from 4 of the city’s best. In addition to showing off some exquisite local... | Continue reading article

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The Good Food Market grows into a neighbourhood near you

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Photo courtesy of the Good Food Market.Photo courtesy of the Good Food Market.

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 are convenient or affordable for people with lower incomes. Good Food Markets allow a wider swath of Ottawa residents to enjoy the convivial atmosphere of a farmers’ market. Like many farmers’ markets, they offer entertainment... | Continue reading article

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Ode to Ottawa Craft Beer Week

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Photo by afagen on Flickr.Photo by afagen on Flickr.

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 can sample as many as five or six before forfeiting my lucidity (that’s what she said). But how do you make beer tasting a rewarding experience? Particularly for someone like me, who, apart from wine,... | Continue reading article

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

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Photo of Katie Shapiro courtesy of Kate’s PlatePhoto of Katie Shapiro courtesy of Kate’s Plate

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,” says the University of Ottawa environmental science student.  “I started the blog during a little fit of science-fatigue and end-of-semester-procrastination a couple winters ago.” Since then, Katie’s kept busy blogging about everything from homemade ice... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Harvest Table 2013 brings farm-to-fork to life

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Guests at Harvest Table 2012. Photo by Ron Eade.Guests at Harvest Table 2012. Photo by Ron Eade.

At noon on Sunday, August 18th, 200 or so locavores will sit down to a family style gourmet feast under canopies at the Savour Ottawa Harvest Table – in view of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Brewer’s Park. For this third installment of an event dedicated to highlighting both the bounty and culinary talent of the National Capital Region, chefs from eight establishments – Thyme & Again, Beckta, Courtyard, The Fairmont Château Laurier, le café at the National Arts Centre, Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen, Brother’s Beer Bistro, and Susan Jessup (formerly of 42... | Continue reading article

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A slice of vegan

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Photo courtesy of Vegan Cuts.Photo courtesy of Vegan Cuts.

Post by Shewit Kalaty Ottawa is home to a thriving and successful online business that encourages a healthy lifestyle: Vegan Cuts, an online vegan business, curates the best vegan options – from food, fashion and accessories, health products and more – to its fast growing customer base. Jill and John, co-founders of this new and successful enterprise have a long practice of being vegan. A few years ago, John, a web developer, and Jill, a former government employee, took a year off work to travel to places around the world that... | Continue reading article

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Breaking: Marysol Foucault closing one of her wonderful restaurants

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Photo from Odile's Facebook page.Photo from Odile's Facebook page.

Marysol Foucault’s cuisine is one of the reasons why committed Ottawans cross the river to Gatineau every weekend for brunch. The food she creates is spectacular and the ambiance she has created at both Chez Edgar and Odile is chic and homey. Sadly for us, but good for Marysol, she announced on Monday that she will be closing Odile  at the end of the month to focus solely on Chez Edgar, and regain a bit of her life back. Below is the letter explaining her decision from Odile’s Facebook page. Dearest... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Turtle Island Brewing Co. makes it official

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Photo by Katy Watts on flickrPhoto by Katy Watts on flickr

With the opening of yet another local brewery, the craft brewing juggernaut shows no sign of stopping any time soon. But I don’t hear anyone complaining; I’m certainly not. The new kid on the block is Turtle Island Brewing Co., owned by none other than National Capital Craft Beer Week founder JP Fournier. If you happen to frequent 8 Locks’ Flat, Brothers Beer Bistro or Petit Bill’s, you may have already downed a pint or two of their beers. Though it has been available in a limited way, the brewery... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Get yourselves ready, Ottawa – it’s gonna be a full, gorgeous weekend. The folks heading to Picnic En Blanc will be thrilled for the forecast – tonight will be a perfect evening for eating under the stars. And the Centretown Film Festival starts Friday night, with The People and the Olive. They’ll have movies for the next few weekends – with movies like Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing in the lineup, there’ll definitely be one up your alley. Classical music fans will already know that Chamberfest opens Thursday night – this... | Continue reading article

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