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Foodie Friday: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar

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Photo from Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Facebook page.Photo from Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Facebook page.

Always starving, always thirsty, always writing. Aspiring sommelier and food aficionado studying media and film at Carleton University in the capital, Aryn Pepper can also be found on her blog, Vino Vidii Vicii (v.v.v.). Culturally, food was meant to be shared. For centuries, people of the world have gathered friends, feasted, and crushed drink upon drink. This civilizing spirit is kept strong and mixed in a cocktail within a gorgeous mezzanine in the nations capital: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar. Upon approaching Sidedoor through one of Byward Market’s curious courtyards,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa and ticket giveaway!

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Vaudeville troupe the Mansfield Brothers. Vaudeville troupe the Mansfield Brothers.

The weekend’s knocking at our doors and it’s another busy one, particularly if you’re living or heading to Wakefield! Thursday EcoEquitable is a non-profit, small-scale social enterprise that uses repurposed fabric in an innovative manner to create employment opportunities for women, particularly the immigrant & refugee, unemployed, or part-time workers. It’s been around for years but is taking a big step, opening up a boutique. Its launch party is taking place tonight at 404 MacArthur Ave at 5:30. DtD Media X presents lounge music at Pressed, hosted by Kway Sway... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Bridal Show Giveaway & Winter Jazz!

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This weekend is dusted in snow, ice and romance with both Winterlude and Valentines Day and its  jam packed with activities once again for singles and couples alike. It’s also an extended weekend for some with Family Day Monday. On Thursday, if you are in the mood to treat yourself or buy your sweetheart a Valentine’s gift head down to Wellington West between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. where Flock, Victoire, Jasmine Virani Jewelry and viens avec moi will have treats, deals, and giveaways. Later, stop by Shanghai for the Art is Up,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.

The weekend’s almost upon us and Winterlude is in full swing. You might want to save your mandatory stop to look at the pretty sculptures for Sunday, because the weekend is chalk full with fun things to do. Start your Thursday evening early at the Ottawa Art Gallery with the dual exhibit of David R. Harper & Rémi Thériault and Painters Eleven. Thériault’s exhibition consists of a series of large colour photographs on the physical transformation of European sites where Canadian armies fought in WWI. Harper’s exhibit “Entre chien et... | Continue reading article

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Oh mon Dieu! It’s Poutine Week.

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Scott on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Danielle Scott on Flickr.

Scrolling down my Facebook feed tonight, I landed on a titillating poutine photo featured at the Gainsbourg resto-pub in Gatineau. A bit further down the post I discovered that there’s a cross-country poutine festival going on this week! Poutine Week is taking place across multiple cities in Québec and Ontario with just under 20 restaurants in Ottawa/Gatineau are participating.  Tasters are asked to vote for their favourite ones at LaPoutineWeek.com and by the end of the week, winners are declared in each city. The great thing about it is that... | Continue reading article

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WinterBrewed 2014: Less brrr, more beer!

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Photo by Pam Culver on flickrPhoto by Pam Culver on flickr

In the winter of 2013, craft beer lovers braved a possible polar vortex (the term hadn’t been popularized yet, so who knows?) to sample some tasty brews at WinterBrewed, a beer-themed Winterlude spinoff event on Sparks Street. And it was cold out. Really cold. While the atmosphere was mostly jubilant, likely owing to the warming effects of the beer, organizers saw room for improvement. After WinterBrewed founder JP Fournier witnessed attendees drinking beer in less-than-optimal circumstances, he decided that a move to a warmer venue was necessary for 2014. “By the end... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale takes over tap at Corner Bar and Grill after a stellar year

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All photos by Amanda Armstrong.All photos by Amanda Armstrong.

The brainchild of Shane Clark, Rob McIsaac, and Shane’s dad, Al Clark, Beyond the Pale first opened its doors on November 29th, 2012 and has quickly become one of Ottawa beer lovers’ favourite breweries. In anticipation of their tap takeover with Beau’s Brewery this Saturday at Corner Bar and Grill in Westboro, I sat down to chat with Shane and Rob about their first year brewing beer in Ottawa. The brewery has been Shane and Rob’s full-time job since the first weekend they opened. The best part of their first... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Wilf & Ada’s Scratch Diner

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Lunchtime vibe at Wilf & Ada's. Photo from their Facebook page.Lunchtime vibe at Wilf & Ada's. Photo from their Facebook page.

Change is so good It is a strange feeling eating eggs in the identical spot as I have innumerable times, and yet, having a completely different sensory experience. Wilf & Ada’s Scratch Diner opened at the beginning of January in the location of the former beloved Ada’s diner. It is simply the bomb. While the name is a nod to the previous owners, everything else about this place is about looking forward. The space is modern, clean and bright; the menu is small, affordable and tantalizing. The diner is the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Flapjack’s, lumberjacks and a touch of maple syrup

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Flapjack's Pancake Shack. All photos by Emily Shoff.Flapjack's Pancake Shack. All photos by Emily Shoff.

The one (and probably only) downside to food blogging is the mere fact that you are hungry ALL THE TIME.  So as I salivated over my keyboard during this post, I jaunted over to Flapjack’s for a customized stack of pancakes. A food truck dedicated to rendering the iconic Canadian Sunday morning breakfast, Corey Sauve and Max Anisman, owners of the food truck go beyond the standard buttermilk pancake and maple syrup marriage.  A culinary playground, Flapjack’s satisfies any craving in one stack…or two…or three. The plaid deckled lumberjacks who... | Continue reading article

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Craft Beer Night in Vanier brings the craft revolution to the east end

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Photo by jim crossley on flickrPhoto by jim crossley on flickr

This article originally appeared in VanierNow, which explains the east-end-centric point of view. Beer lovers in Vanier are likely well aware of the explosive growth of the craft beer scene. In Ottawa and beyond, the craft beer movement seems to be expanding at breakneck speeds and, with it, the growing masses of beer aficionados waiting impatiently for the latest IPA, saison or smoked porter. But the growth of the craft beer movement hasn’t happened equally, at least in geographic terms. A quick glance at the map of Ottawa craft breweries I created for Apartment613 in 2013... | Continue reading article

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