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East India Company meets Beyond the Pale

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All photos by Cassandra Granata.All photos by Cassandra Granata.

A few weeks back I stumbled across a simple tweet Beer Pairing Dinner – East India Company and Beyond the Pale (June 17, 2014) and it immediately caught my attention. Without hesitation I bought two tickets. The idea of a beer pairing dinner along side Indian food seemed so unique to me that I had to see what it was all about; plus I felt like it was a great way to kick off my birthday week! Although who am I kidding, I’d say, “YES!” to any kind of food... | Continue reading article

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350 Foods delivers fresh breads and cookies to your door

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From left: Aeode Ellenbogen, Michel Desjardins and Jenny Brown. Photos from 350foods.com.From left: Aeode Ellenbogen, Michel Desjardins and Jenny Brown. Photos from 350foods.com.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could have delicious baked goods delivered to your home at the beginning of each week? Why not find out, and order some tasty breads and cookies from 350 Foods. The idea for 350 Foods came about when three friends got together early this year. Aeode Ellenbogen, Michel Desjardins, and Jenny Brown had all worked together in various summer camp kitchens over the years and became friends – realizing that they worked well together outside of camp kitchens. Mike, who... | Continue reading article

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Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

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Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29. I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a local artist and Hintonburg resident who has been instrumental in putting Hintonburg Happening together along with Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House to find out more. Why is there a “Hintonburg Happening?” The festival... | Continue reading article

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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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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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