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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Get yourselves ready, Ottawa – it’s gonna be a full, gorgeous weekend. The folks heading to Picnic En Blanc will be thrilled for the forecast – tonight will be a perfect evening for eating under the stars. And the Centretown Film Festival starts Friday night, with The People and the Olive. They’ll have movies for the next few weekends – with movies like Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing in the lineup, there’ll definitely be one up your alley. Classical music fans will already know that Chamberfest opens Thursday night – this... | Continue reading article

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Picnic en Blanc + ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.

There’s something dream-like about a picnic where everyone is dressed in white, sitting under a summer sun. And it’s precisely this appeal that drew the organizers of Picnic En Blanc to bring this worldwide phenomenon to Ottawa – the idea of mixing food, fun and summer fashions was too good to pass up. So, on July 25, Ottawa will have its first Picnic En Blanc – location to be shared just hours before the event takes place. And it won’t just be about food and fashion – we’ve just heard... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Terrific tacos at El Camino

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photo courtesy of Adria Mayphoto courtesy of Adria May

Post by Adria May and Ryan Saxby Hill, Senior Taco Correspondents When we arrived at El Camino, Chef Carmichael’s new taco joint, the place was packed and there was a line up at the take-out window. We didn’t recall a place having such high energy on a Wednesday night on Elgin street in quite a while. There was a good reason. The place was fantastic and didn’t affect our pocket books too much. We still got great seats for our first go. We were sitting perched at a bar overlooking... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Canada Day edition

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Before we get into Monday’s activities, you’ll have to wade through the busy weekend. It’s well worth braving the rain and getting a little wet! The Fringe Festival continues – if you haven’t caught any of the plays as yet, don’t worry. We’ve reviewed them all for you, so pick your favourite and catch it while you can. They’re also having some musical (not theatre, but bands) stop by their main tent – tonight, The Elwins stop by. If you love royalty, the Ottawa chapter of the Monarchist League is... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 BeerClub: Chat with your favourite local breweries!

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Photo courtesy of Adam Fagan on flickrPhoto courtesy of Adam Fagan on flickr

Like an over-shaken bottle of lager, Ottawa’s craft beer scene is exploding. With an ever-expanding list of breweries, brew pubs and beer-related festivals it’s clear that Ottawa is making a play to become the brew capital of Canada. Welcome to Apt13′s live chat with several of the people driving the success of Ottawa’s beer scene, including: Robert McIsaac, one of the co-owners of Beyond the Pale, the Hintonburg-based brewery that just can’t seem to keep its flavourful brews in stock. Paul Meek, owner of the Kichesippi Beer Co., the beer... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, we need to talk: Stop with the grease wheel pizzas already!

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I’ve lived in the nation’s capital for just over ten years now, and I have always been on the prowl for an awesome, hole-in-the-wall pizza place within city limits. Now it may simply be because I enjoy a certain type of pizza that is hard to find in Ottawa, but then for the sake of variety(!), we need to have a few other choices than my pizza-nemesis: the grease wheel! The grease wheel tends to be characterized by thick dough, lots of cheese (hence all the grease), tons of toppings... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa’s “Little Market That Could” re-opens tomorrow on Preston

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Preston Farmers' Market.Preston Farmers' Market.

In the heart of Little Italy, a quaint market will once again come to life every Saturday from tomorrow until Thanksgiving. The “Little Market That Could” – so dubbed for its community-powered tenacity – is back for another season of one-stop shopping for quality local goods. Its grand re-opening takes place during the final weekend of the area’s 39th annual Settimana Italiana (Italian Week). A foodie destination to be sure, Preston Farmers’ Market (PFM) appeals equally to locavores, collectors, the curious, and the peckish. PFM serves residents of Little Italy,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy klwatts on Flickr. Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off Sunday!Photo courtesy klwatts on Flickr. Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off Sunday!

It’s a crazy weekend, folks: from free dentistry day to a no pants party to a rock paper scissors competition, it’s next to impossible to leave this weekend without a bit of entertainment. Looking for a whole lot of variety, packed into a short amount of time? Head to Pressed this evening for a variety show like no other. You can also head down to Mercury Lounge for the indie rock stylings of Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, along with High Waters. Tonight is also the CHUO Edition of Battle of the Bands... | Continue reading article

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Introducing Apt613′s Beer Club: Live chat with Ottawa’s local breweries

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Photo courtesy of Adam Fagan on flickrPhoto courtesy of Adam Fagan on flickr

Like an over-shaken bottle of lager Ottawa’s craft beer scene is exploding. With an ever-expanding list of breweries, brew pubs and beer-related festivals it’s clear that Ottawa is making a play to become the brew capital of Canada. On Tuesday, June 25 from 7pm to 8pm we will be hosting a live chat with several of the people driving the success of Ottawa’s beer scene, including: Robert McIsaac, one of the co-owners of Beyond the Pale, the Hintonburg-based brewery that just can’t seem to keep its flavourful brews in stock.... | Continue reading article

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Your official Apt613 guide to Ottawa’s farmers’ markets

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Photo by Mike Babiarz via FlickrPhoto by Mike Babiarz via Flickr

Weekend mornings in Ottawa are meant for two things: sleeping off hangovers and — now that summer finally seems to be here — browsing for heirloom tomatoes and fresh flowers at one of our dozen-plus farmers’ markets. And so, we’ve put together this map for all you hungry, hungry locavores out there. (If only those cows let out a bellowing moo when you clicked on them. Get on that, Google!) We’ve also profiled a few markets that we’ve frequented over the years, along with one shiny new addition to the... | Continue reading article

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