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The West End Well: Grocery store meets community building

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Photo by Jared Davidson.Photo by Jared Davidson.

The West End Well is many things. From the outside it looks like a normal grocery store, its stoop adorned with all manner of fruits and vegetables to entice the hungry passerby. But it is so much more than a simple grocery. A step inside reveals a space that is devoted half to produce and boxed foods and half to tables and chairs. Most days, these chairs are filled with patrons of The Well’s café, which serves local, fresh, organic food. But at other times, The Well transforms into a... | Continue reading article

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Harvest Noir, Ottawa’s stealth sustainability party is back September 27

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Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.

Photos by Steve Gerecke, Ottawa Velo Vogue and Jean Lapointe. After three years of celebrating local food and farms in secret locations, Harvest Noir - Ottawa’s homegrown version of the Dîner en Blanc - still has a few surprises. Importantly for an outdoor event that hasn’t always been lucky in the weather department, it also booked a rain date. Over a hot bowl of soup and a beer, I got the lowdown on what to expect from Harvest Noir 2014 from its co-founder, Greg Searle. Harvest Noir is a self-described stealth sustainability... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: 6 things you need to know about Holland’s Cake and Shake (and its instigator)

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An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.

#1 Inventive dessert ideas? He’s always had ‘em. In his previous gig at Chef Marc Lepine’s famed Atelier, pastry chef Michael Holland had carte blanche to make whatever he wanted: “I was able to do my ideas, but in a different way” (because they were composed, plated dishes). Now, his own platform at Cake and Shake allows Chef Holland to unleash years of concepts that have been proofing patiently in his culinary mind. This guy takes dessert-making very seriously, but his reputation for whimsical creations suggests a guy who loves... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ministry of Coffee are doing things differently – and it’s working

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Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Gray and raining, it was the perfect cafe day when I met with Alex and Fadi, co-owners of The Ministry of Coffee. The coffee shop was chalked full of coffee lovers – on laptops, with notebooks, in discussion with friends – as we sat with sky blue mugs filled with coffee. “Is this an AeroPress?” Fadi asks Alex after taking a sip. “And she is drinking?” Yirgacheffe Konga Alex replies. You can tell they both live coffee and that the shop is, really, a product of this passion. Both Alex... | Continue reading article

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City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 2

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New dining hall at the Rideau Centre. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.New dining hall at the Rideau Centre. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Have you ever found yourself desperately prowling around Bayshore’s jam-packed parking lot on a Sunday afternoon looking for a parking spot amidst the on-going construction? Have you ever walked through Rideau Centre on a weeknight trying to guess what’s going on inside the former Sears store near Mackenzie King Bridge? It’s no mystery that both malls have been undergoing major renovations over the past few years. Bayshore Shopping Centre launched its $200 million Bayshore Reborn Redevelopment project  in the Spring of 2012. What began with the gutting of the former... | Continue reading article

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Is the customer always right? The role of the consumer in egg production systems.

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Photo from ashley.weeres on Flickr. All other images are courtesy of Burnbrae Farms.Photo from ashley.weeres on Flickr. All other images are courtesy of Burnbrae Farms.

The apparent simplicity of an egg is often also its appeal. It can be enjoyed with little preparation; boil, fry, or poach one. It reminds us fondly of bonding with family over bacon and eggs or, in later years, the breakfast sandwiches we so desperately needed when nursing a hangover. Taking a tour of Burnbrae Farms showed me that there is much more to eggs than what meets the eye of most consumers.  From studying the behavior of the birds themselves to supply management to marketing and branding, bringing eggs... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The Burger Week Contestants

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Le Burger Week, a national week-long competition to definitively crown the best burger in a city, has come to Ottawa and Gatineau. Apt613 will be working with the Le Burger crew to inspire the cities’ restaurants and food trucks to put forward their vision of hamburger perfection. From September 1st to September 7th, eleven participating restaurants and food trucks will create a special Le Burger Week burger to showcase their culinary skills, or as they say on all those Top Chef reruns, to put “themselves on a plate.” Your job,... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale hosts screening of new doc exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor laws

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Photo by dugspr on Flickr.Photo by dugspr on Flickr.

With the popularity of craft beer exploding across the capital, not to mention everywhere else, a new film exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor distribution laws is sure to get micro broupies fired up when it makes its Ottawa debut Thursday. The independent documentary called Straight Up: The issue of alcohol in Ontario, seeks to answer tough questions like: “Why can’t we open a craft beer store of our own?” and “Why does the Ontario government allow three foreign-owned companies to operate a near monopoly on 80 per cent of the beer... | Continue reading article

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What’s growing on at 3Dponics?

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Still from 3Dponics' Kickstarter campaign video.Still from 3Dponics' Kickstarter campaign video.

Do you have a garden of your own and wish there was a way to keep it going into the cold months? Or have you dreamed of having a veggie patch but have been held back for lack of space or good soil? Out of Ottawa has come an invention that can have you growing your own produce year-round even if you don’t have a lot of money, time or space to spare. Inspired by the growing consciousness around eating local and organic and seeing that the high price of... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: It’s Oktoberfest everyday with Brew Donkey

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Photo courtesy of the Old Mill at Ashton websitePhoto courtesy of the Old Mill at Ashton website

What are you doing right now? Maybe you’re at work with way too much to do, inside your home with a lengthy list of chores, or drowning in debt with little money to throw down on an activity that isn’t listed on Groupon. We all have a million reasons for being stuck in the house, but once in a while we have to remember to shut off that computer, turn off the tv, and step into the outside world. I’m always looking to discover new ways to entertain myself in... | Continue reading article

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