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Foodie Friday: A rollercoaster ride of flavours at Bassline’s food/wine pairing

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Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Earlier this week, Bassline Pub & Eatery offered a unique wine and food pairing session. It was the perfect way to spend an evening on a day dubbed as Blue Monday…January’s supposed most depressing day of the year. The idea to host these special evenings began last year in Ottawa’s quaint west end bar/restaurant/music venue, supported by owner A.J. Scarcella. Paul Corfe, one of the establishment’s bartenders and our culinary and wine expert for the night, has had an on-going love affair for all things food and wine, enhanced by... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

This weekend is heavy with Friday events, with your pick of the mix from music to art and theatre filling the days and nights around it. Make sure to get in on some Robbie Burns celebrations this weekend honouring the famed Scottish poet and lyricist. Typical celebrations include whiskey tastings, indulging in some Scottish cuisine and readings of his most famous poems. And of course, another installment of Nature Nocturne, celebrating the Lunar Year Year with Chinatown Remixed. Tonight, the Ottawa Art Gallery opens a collection of exhibits running until... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.

This year is off to a running start and the weekends are as fast-paced as the rest of the week, only way more fun! This weekend is keeping up its end of the bargain, promising plenty of awesome to keep you busy. Ottawa winters may be cold, but there are ways to get out and enjoy the winter weather. The canal opened just this past weekend, so grab your skates and head over to the world’s largest skating rink. Be sure to complete the trip with a beaver tail and... | Continue reading article

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350 Foods is the new milkman: Testing out the delectable delivery service

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All photos by Sanita Fejzic.All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

350 Foods is my kind of bakery. It brings back certain nostalgic memories, of the cinematic and imagined kind since I am not old enough to have experienced the milkman: fresh bread and cookies delivered at your doorstep every Sunday evening. They deliver at a reasonable cost (they are competitive to your average bakery, not grocery store) and their ingredients are organic. Quality. Convenience. Need I say more? No other culinary art compares to a proper loaf of bread. Everything about a good loaf of bread can be overlooked precisely... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

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Photo by ludovick on Flickr.Photo by ludovick on Flickr.

It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun! If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for December 17, 2014

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Hey kids! This is the last show of 2014 and we’ve jam packed it with interviews and music this week. To start thing off, I interview Fraser Mackay, a guide with the Ottawa Haunted Walk’s special tour this month, The Nightmare Before/After Christmas, which runs for the next two weekends. Then Trevor Pritchard catches up with the folks at Kichesippi Brewery to talk about their green practices. Finally I sit down with our Librarian in Residence, Jessica Green, who shares her holiday book ideas – either something you can sit down... | Continue reading article

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3 tea houses to warm your soul this winter

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Photo from the Cha Yi website.Photo from the Cha Yi website.

Next to water, it’s the drink that is most consumed from coaster to coaster, all around the world – tea. Black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu-erh and herbal varieties offer a slew of health benefits and a welcomed change to the regular double-double coffee run. As the winter months quickly begin to steep into our bones, cozy up with an old friend or a good book over a pot of loose leaf at some of the city’s warmest tea houses. 1. World of Tea Specialty: Rare and aged terroir artisan... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa’s newest microbrewery goes gaga over craft . . . cocktails?

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Photo from the Lowertown Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Tobi Cohen.Photo from the Lowertown Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Tobi Cohen.

So Ottawa’s newest brewpub fancies itself a cocktail connoisseur eh? Well, let me be the judge of that. I was invited to the Lowertown Brewery in the Byward Market last week, not to sample its southern barbecue or craft brews, though I did try both. I was there to try something a little less obvious – its handcrafted cocktails which, on weekends, are supposedly served up with flair. On a Wednesday night, the mixology show consisted of a short-lived burst of flame while heating up an orange peel with a... | Continue reading article

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LOCAL Public Eatery set to be next neighbourhood favourite

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Photo provided by LOCAL Public Eatery.Photo provided by LOCAL Public Eatery.

Walking into LOCAL Public Eatery is a different experience than at other Ottawa restaurants. The difference is barely recognizable, but it’s there. The cool, modern décor is reminiscent of eateries in Toronto or Montreal while the warm, inviting staff make you feel at home. My eyes were drawn to colorful vintage fluorescent lights and the open kitchen at the back. A cozy and casual vibe was palpable and I immediately felt at ease despite the bustling crowd and hurry of servers around me. Upon arrival, the hostess let me know... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa, have you tried the arepas yet?

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Arepas. Photo courtesy of Gooney's Sandwich Works.Arepas. Photo courtesy of Gooney's Sandwich Works.

Arepa, a kind of corn bread made from pre-cooked corn flour, is my favourite food. Of course, I’m biased because it’s a staple in my native Colombia. It also features prominently in the cuisine in Venezuela, where the Granati family, who run Gooney’s Sandwich Works out of an office tower on Laurier, have roots. Gooney’s is the only place in town that serves anything like them. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, the versatile arepa (pronounced “ah-ray-pah”) can be eaten at every meal. Prepared flat and coated... | Continue reading article

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