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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Beau’s at Lansdowne

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Photo from stpatricksparty.ca.Photo from stpatricksparty.ca.

On these frost bitten winter days, we residents of Ottawa deserve something to look forward to, like, a huge St Patrick’s Day party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavillion hosted by Beau’s Brewery. This is the first year the brewery is celebrating this Irish holiday, but based on the success of their Oktoberfest festivities, this should be a successful and worthwhile event. Beau’s is partnering with the Irish Society of Ottawa to celebrate this Emerald Isle holiday on March 19th, starting at noon. It’s a family friendly event: Tickets are $29 for adults (19... | Continue reading article

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Introducing Ottawa Beer Tastings

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All photos by Jordan Duff.All photos by Jordan Duff.

If you thirst for both knowledge and beer, there’s a new service starting in Ottawa ready to satisfy those cravings. Ottawa Beer Tastings is a venture launched by the good people behind Ottawa Beer Events. If you are an Ottawa-area beer enthusiast, you likely already visit the OBE site to keep up with local events, if not, you are going to want to bookmark that one. OBE was established to act as a central resource of beer news in the Ottawa area. Since launching the website, co-editors Matt and Sasha... | Continue reading article

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West End Comings and Goings – Hintonburg edition

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Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.Back in Black. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

A lot has happened since I last updated this column, a column that’s been traveling with me as I’ve moved from neighborhood to neighborhood. This update narrows in on what’s happened in Hintonburg’s burgeoning business scene over the last few months. For ease of reading and navigating, this updates goes from east to west. First and probably the most recent opening!  SuzyQ has finally decided that it has grown out of its little shack and moved to the old West End Well, which unfortunately closed its doors in the fall.... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Day-to-night with Origin Trade coffee shop & lounge

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All photos from Origin Trade's Instagram.All photos from Origin Trade's Instagram.

While Ottawa might not be lacking in the coffee shop department, with a local roastery on every block and a franchise on every corner, you’d think that all our caffeinated dreams have come true. But once you wake up from that inevitable afternoon crash and the clock strikes 7:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. if you’re lucky) cafes are quick to turn off their lights, flip that sign to CLOSED and call it a night. If you’ve ever been cramming for a final and had to pack it in mid-session, or looking... | Continue reading article

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Hidden gem offers Ukrainian delights

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All photos by Kelly Hotte.All photos by Kelly Hotte.

You always remember your first perogie. For me, it was during my high school days. A plateful of lovely stuffed dumplings was placed before me by my Polish friend’s mother. “You will never find a better perogie.” she said proudly as she watched me chomp away in delight. I’ve had many fine perogies through the years. None quite matched that wonderful initial plate. What I took as a challenge by my friend’s mother to find a better perogie has continued through the years. Imagine my delight upon discovering Perogies, the... | Continue reading article

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Yoga on Tap: Find yourself… in a brewery

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All photos courtesy of the Happy Yogi.All photos courtesy of the Happy Yogi.

It’s all about balance. When I first found Ashley Kokelj’s Yoga On Tap sessions online, I was uneasy with the thought of combining draught beer with deep lunges. But after talking to “The Happy Yogi”, I see that the combination of craft beer and yoga works. It’s more holistic than I initially realized and is less about balanced flavour profiles or balanced positions: It’s about a balanced lifestyle. Ashley explains that making the link between the two was easy. She was already accustomed to attending yoga classes with friends and... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa institution fundraises for new location

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All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.

Warmth, family, simplicity, and burgers – these were the words repeated by the people who shared their stories with me at Mellos diner earlier this week. The event? A launch party for their Kickstarter campaign, which hopes to raise $60,000 to fund their move to a new location as their lease, up this month, will be granted to neighboring restaurant Ace Mercado. Nina Vacarro, Mellos’ manager, made it clear that the event wasn’t “a pity-party. We’ve never been a failing business, and tonight there are no strangers here. This was... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Tasty small plates from northern Italy at North & Navy

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Pasta making at North & Navy. Photos from their Instagram page.Pasta making at North & Navy. Photos from their Instagram page.

Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world.   It had to be intimidating, moving into Beckta’s old house on Nepean Street. But as far as I can tell, North & Navy is making it their own with charm, grace, and very tasty food, much of which is a novelty for Ottawa restaurant menus. I never ate at the old Beckta so I can’t speak to how much of a change was made... | Continue reading article

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Black Friday and Green Future at Beau’s

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Black Friday is typically the kick-off of the holiday season. If you have a few craft beer lovers on your gift list, this might be a good chance to cross them off. Black Friday at Beau’s will feature 10+ Black Beers on tap (clever…)  as well as discounted merch, exclusive buys, food, music and Ottawa/Montreal bus rides to Vankleek Hill via Groupon. If you haven’t sampled the Best of Beau’s mix pack at the LCBO, you should be able to find those fan favourites at the bottleshop as well. That... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Split Tree cordials are keeping it local

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From local artisan markets to striking a deal on Dragon’s Den, former high tech worker Steve Morrier has taken his fresh cordials and tonics to the big stage. Steve and his Ottawa based cocktail company, Split Tree Cocktail Co. struck a deal with Manjit Minhas, co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery on Dragons Den this past month. When Morrier started Split Tree Cocktail Co., he had no idea what cordials were. He had some experience with breweries, but cocktails were a new world for him. After being laid... | Continue reading article

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