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Foodie Friday: Oz Kafe executes a perfect trifecta

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Photos by Riley Schnurr.Photos by Riley Schnurr.

Although a noticeable lack of emeralds around us, the experience we had at Oz Kafe for dinner was nothing short of a precious gem. Tucked, almost hidden away between Lieutenant’s Pub and Pancho Villa on Elgin Street, Oz certainly delivers a meal fit for a wizard. Only every so often do you find a restaurant that has “the trifecta” – that is, delivers dinner, drinks, and desserts without comprising one for another. I was strategic in my visit this time, bringing along two friends in order to maximize the sharing-plate... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cardamom & Cloves brings the world to your kitchen

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All photos courtesy of Cardamom & Cloves.All photos courtesy of Cardamom & Cloves.

You may not have the extra cash for that trip around the world this summer, but how about an affordable alternative? Cardamom & Cloves, Ottawa’s premier spice shop, is the place to go to discover all kinds of tantalizing tastes from around the globe. From the smoky aromas of the Horn of Africa to the rich spices of China and dozens of other exotic places in between, your kitchen can become an international hub of flavour with a quick trip to Preston Street. Opening this past February, owner and spice-maven... | Continue reading article

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Rideau Centre’s Dining Hall reflects a new generation of eating

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The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Tonight, at precisely 9pm, the Rideau Centre Food Court as we know it will close for the last time. Rideau Centre’s new Dining Hall will replace the Food Court that served the mall since its grand debut in 1983. Occupying the lower level of the former Sears store, the modern, state-of-the-art eating area will open to the public tomorrow at 11am. A slew of brand-spanking new food vendors fills the space, with cuisines originating from all around the world. Notable eateries to try are MLT DWN, a gourmet grilled cheese... | Continue reading article

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Sweet Bakery brings the taste of Persia to your door

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Qandi Cookies. All photos taken from Sweet Bakery's Facebook page.Qandi Cookies. All photos taken from Sweet Bakery's Facebook page.

Sweet Bakery is Ottawa’s newest solution to gluten intolerance and vegan dietary restrictions. These Persian sweets are best served with black tea or coffee, and are deliciously sweet without being overwhelming. Sweet Bakery officially launched in May 2014 at Ravenswing Festival. The bakery put together several boxes of gluten free sweets, and by the end of the day they were almost completely sold out. Since then, they have opened up on online catering business and do smaller personal packages by delivery. “Persian pastries that we bake at Sweet Bakery are... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cooking in the Capital

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Left: Hot and sour coconut soup. Right: Spring rolls, a fan favourite at the Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio. Photos by Hollie Davies.Left: Hot and sour coconut soup. Right: Spring rolls, a fan favourite at the Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio. Photos by Hollie Davies.

Everyone who’s anyone knows that cooking can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Some of us find joy in deviating from the recipe, mixing this with that and finding out for ourselves what works best. Others are just clearly magically blessed with the ability to find and follow different amazing recipes, resulting in abundant new and exotic flavors and dishes. In my household there’s a little agreement: I do not cook – I clean. For myself, it’s the lesser of two evils. But, I think I’ve found a niche when... | Continue reading article

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Local craft beer explosion seems unstoppable

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Photo from brewdonkey.ca.Photo from brewdonkey.ca.

It seems like we’ve been writing about the explosion of the craft beer industry in Ottawa for quite some time now. And with new entries to Ottawa’s already strong list of breweries being announced each year, it doesn’t seem to be abetting any time soon. Excitement for the potential of the scene seemed to start bubbling up around the establishment of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. in 2006. Despite not being based anywhere near the city limits, Beau’s benefitted from being among the first craft brewers to serve the National... | Continue reading article

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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brunch at Das Lokal

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Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.

Brunch – the holiest, most revered supreme leader of food-related gatherings. I am a loyal follower and take my brunch endeavours very seriously. Today’s endeavour was to a fairly new restaurant on Dalhousie. Humbly sitting north of St. Patrick Street in a quiet area of the market, the anonymity whispered for us to come inside. While German may not be the first culinary culture that springs to mind when thinking ‘European cuisine’, we were intrigued to explore further at Das Lokal (or The Restaurant in German). As if to welcome us... | Continue reading article

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A Film About Coffee premieres at The Mayfair

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Have you ever thought about how far your single long espresso, your vanilla latte, or your large medium in an extra large cup has to travel before the barista passes it to you over the bar each morning? At Bridgehead, a sense of connection has always been encouraged, between the coffee lover and the farms where their coffee comes from. Committed to more than just high quality coffee – they are conscientious of their impact on the environment, support small-scale farmers, and embrace Fair-Trade Certified and organic certified products. This... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Free summer picnics with Harvest Noir

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the farmers are hauling crates of their newly harvested produce to outdoor markets across the city. For Harvest Noir, that can only mean one thing – BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) because it’s time to picnic. A two-part free summer picnic will take place on July 12 and August 23, giving Ottawans the perfect excuse to get out of the house and explore some of the finer open-air venues this city has to offer. Picnickers of all ages will be scouring... | Continue reading article

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