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Foodie Friday: Beer cocktails – the best of both worlds

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Photo from Brothers Beer Bistro website.Photo from Brothers Beer Bistro website.

Beer before liquor – never been sicker. But what about beer and liquor? And juice, and bitters, and grenadine, and cordial, and muddled fruit, and herbs and garnish? Umm, the perfect patio beverage for both lager lovers and anti-ale types on a hot summer afternoon. Now I’m not gonna lie, a few beer cocktails may knock you on your ass but I promise it’ll be worth it. The first time I had a beer cocktail was my 32nd birthday. About a dozen friends joined me at the now defunct Exchange... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s NooBroo is available today!

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Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson at Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Photo by Jane Alexander.Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson at Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Photo by Jane Alexander.

Gearing up for this year’s SESSION Craft Beer Festival, part of Ontario Craft Beer Week, Beau’s collaborated with esteemed Canadian authors, Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson on a delicious NooBroo. I had the pleasure of chatting with Beau’s co-founder, Steve Beauchesne, about how such a collaboration came to be. After winning the collaboration contest at last year’s festival with The Tom Green Beer, Beau’s had set the bar pretty high. Wanting to work with great Canadian talent, but of a different feather, the idea to work with Margaret Atwood arrived... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The Original Burger Joint is under new management

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Photo by John Olsthoorn.Photo by John Olsthoorn.

When you see “Under New Management” sometimes you have no idea how long the place has actually been under the new management. What does it really mean? My companion had eaten at the Original Burger Joint on Bank Street near Fifth Avenue in the Glebe under old management and swore she would never go back. I suggested we give it a try anyway so we rummaged through her black bin looking for the coupon offering Glebe residents a free cheesecake with any hamburger combo order. The restaurant was almost empty... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beechwood gets a market!

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Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.

This post first appeared in Vanier Now. It’s been a rough couple of years for farmers’ markets in Ottawa. We’ve experienced a spate of market closures, the most recent being the highly publicized Sparks Street market cancellation. But local market goers should take heart in Beechwood’s new market, which is great news for those of us in Vanier and other east-end neighbourhoods. East-enders were left in the lurch in 2013 when the lone farmers’ market in the area was cancelled abruptly. The cancellation was controversial. Several longstanding market vendors made... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + movie pass giveaway

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It’s set to be another busy, sunny Ottawa weekend, folks – this week, we’re giving away tickets to the first-run screenings of We Are the Best down at the Bytowne. Read on to find out how you can win! Ottawa Explosion Weekend kicked off their music festival last night, but don’t worry – you’ve got plenty of chances to catch the rest. Ottawa band The Tropical Dripps starts off the night at Club Saw tonight, and the rest of the weekend features shows by The Creeps, New Swears, Slow Mover... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Simply delicious recipes

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Natasha Kyssa Natasha Kyssa

For more than 20 years, Ottawa-based chef and health pioneer Natasha Kyssa has been promoting the benefits of a raw vegan diet. As the owner of the popular SimplyRaw Express in Hintonburg, the former fashion model-turned-entrepreneur has demonstrated that healthy eating can be both delicious and easy. With years of experience in the kitchen, the talented chef has now published The SimplyRaw Kitchen, a cookbook filled with mostly raw, whole-food recipes that also contains important tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. “Nowadays it’s so easy to be vegan,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Town loves you (and we love Town)

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Photo by Rémi Thériault.Photo by Rémi Thériault.

I was treated to the most excellent of birthday dinners at Town by two dear friends last month. As someone who loves good food, it was a surprise that I had not already been since it opened in June of 2010. Having looked at the menu beforehand, I was excited when the night of our reservations came. As it turns out, my excitement was warranted – this meal easily made my top three dinners out, ever. Town is a family owned restaurant, located at 296 Elgin Street in Centretown. Firm believers... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Food preservation is on exhibit at The Farm

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Photo by Lily Pepper.Photo by Lily Pepper.

Until recently, food preservation was thought of as a dowdy and grandma-ish chore, if one thought about it at all. In recent years, however, canning and other food preservation techniques have gained a new prominence, less as a necessity for surviving harsh winters than as a trendy pastime. A new exhibit at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, which is part of the Experimental Farm, aims to situate this trend in a long history of food preservation. The exhibit is called “Food Preservation: The Science You Eat” (which doesn’t seem... | Continue reading article

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Woody’s Open Mic Mondays

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Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Continuing my series on Open Mic/Open Jam nights in our Capital, this month brings me to the wonderfully snug pub of Woody’s in Ottawa’s Golden Triangle downtown area of Elgin St., a busy street which hosts a wealth of activity throughout the year, including the annual Ball Hockey Tournament, Charity Chili Cook-Off, and has been affectionately dubbed Ottawa’s Sens Mile. Woody’s Urban Pub, founded in 1986, boasts an excellent bistro/pub-style menu, a great selection of draught beers and wines, and a large front window which opens up onto a quaint... | Continue reading article

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Shenkman Arts Centre turns five!

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Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on Facebook. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, and in the spirit of creativeness, arts and community, Shenkman is hosting a 5th anniversary celebration on May 31st .  And what a five years it’s been! The goal of the centre was “to create a home for arts and culture in east Ottawa,” says Karen Scott-Gagné, Marketing and... | Continue reading article

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