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Foodie Friday: Good eats to hit up after the bar

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All photos by Steffani Ruesga.All photos by Steffani Ruesga.

Drunk munchies. Often the only factor which can motivate me to go out. How good it feels to end the night with some deliciously disgusting meal that soaks up all the alcohol still swishing around in your body. Ottawa has a plethora of places to satisfy your late night desires, but where do you get the best bang for your buzz? If you’ve been drinking at any of the of the bars scattered among Elgin Street, you can easily crawl your way into Elgin Street Diner. Open 24/7, the place... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Awaken your inner chef with Culiniste

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Ingredients for Bavette Steak, delivered by Culiniste. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.Ingredients for Bavette Steak, delivered by Culiniste. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

As a foodie, I certainly can’t knock the novelty and decadence of frequenting a restaurant for dinner. From the expertly crafted ambiance to (hopefully) attentive service, the experience extends beyond your meal. Still, often there’s something even more delicious about a quiet, comfortable night in. And, in my mind, a leisurely evening at home and a tasty dinner should not be mutually exclusive. Neil Cuggy & Jonathan Ferrari, the brains behind recipe delivery service, Culiniste, had a similar notion. Longing to prepare interesting meals utilizing fresh and sometimes exotic ingredients,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Supporting Local at Equator Coffee

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True to their emphasis on supporting local, this sign at Equator Coffee was made by Gas Light Electric, 30 minutes from Ottawa. All photos by John Aung.True to their emphasis on supporting local, this sign at Equator Coffee was made by Gas Light Electric, 30 minutes from Ottawa. All photos by John Aung.

Let’s be honest, it was the bright and shiny “coffee” sign that could be seen while standing at the corner of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue that initially drew me in. Equator Coffee is located right in the heart of Westboro, just slightly off the beaten path on Churchill. Once you step inside, be prepared to have your senses enlightened. Everything about the café and the products it sells have all been strategically and diligently planned out. Recently, I got the pleasure to sit down over, you guessed it, a cup... | Continue reading article

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Keep the beer flowing and the buses rolling: Brew Donkey’s legal battle

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Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.

If you’re a craft beer lover – and let’s be honest, over the last few years the local beer scene in Ottawa has exploded, making it extremely difficult not to hop on the beer wagon (or in this case, beer bus)  – chances are you’ve already heard about Brew Donkey. Just last week, the beer-delivery service and brewery tour operator was selling out their meticulously put together excursions while expanding on what they already offer just to keep up with demand. But as if overnight, this small business has come... | Continue reading article

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Sobeys “Urban Fresh” on Metcalfe opens this week

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Hartman’s officially gets some competition this week when the new Sobey’s grocery opens on Metcalfe. There’s an official opening and ribbon cutting at 7:45 tomorrow morning and the store opens to the public at 8am. As part of the opening Sobey’s will also be making a $2500 donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. According to Sobey’s this is the first “Urban Fresh” location in Ottawa.

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Whitewater Brewing Company, *Spoiler new brewpub alert!

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All photos courtesy of Whitewater Brewing Company.All photos courtesy of Whitewater Brewing Company.

By now, the good beer-loving people of Ottawa have probably enjoyed the fine brews arriving from Whitewater Brewing Company from their roasted Midnight Stout to their even-keeled Whistling Paddler English Special Bitter. But for those who like to take their brew adventures to the next level, did you know that WBC has their own brewpub? It’s true. Roadtrip! Smartly, the entrepreneurial gentlemen behind the WBC have upped their game and created a destination brewpub that pairs craft beer with the area’s fantastic outdoors recreational offerings. With the number of visitors... | Continue reading article

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Ontario Culinary Challenge a first for Ontario Scene

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This year’s biennial Scene represented a first for the provincial festival: a cooking competition. The Ontario Culinary Challenge, this past Tuesday, May 5th, was a delicious first foray. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and the basics of the competition explained to us. Fifteen cooking stations were set up across the National Arts Centre Main Lobby Foyer. Chefs from across the province, with the help of Algonquin College culinary students, presented small plates, composed exclusively of Ontario ingredients. Renowned Ontario wineries teamed with chefs to offer complimentary wine pairings for each... | Continue reading article

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For the love of Comiccon

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All photos by Emily Plunkett.All photos by Emily Plunkett.

One meeting room hosted a conversation on how mathematics can be used to solve the dilemma of the zombie apocalypse. Down the hall, line ups formed for discussions on how to improve your steampunk cosplay and character. Further lines around the outside of the building ushered fans into the next celebrity Q&A. The very idea of Ottawa Comiccon, in which hordes of people gather for three days to do nothing but dress in elaborate costumes and geek out over various media franchises, definitely raises an eyebrow or two from the... | Continue reading article

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Five great craft beers – and where to drink them

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Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. With memories of the Rideau Canal ice skating long behind us and summer still a ways off, residents and visitors to Ottawa have some time on their hands. So, after working up a thirst at Ontario Scene events, why not have a well-crafted pint? Here are five delicious ones to taste and five great places to taste them. Beyond The Pale’s Pink... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: For a healthy meal, check out Pure Kitchen

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

Look out Ottawa foodies, there is a new vegetarian restaurant in town called Pure Kitchen. Food lovers of all sorts are going to love the atmosphere, staff, vibe and of course the food. Think vibrant, artsy, energetic, tasty, and healthy. These are all accurate observations to describe this new restaurant.  Whether grabbing a shake after a workout, meeting up with friends for a healthy meal or even having a first date, Pure Kitchen is welcoming to everyone. I recently got to connect with one of the owners, Amber Straton to... | Continue reading article

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