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Foodie Friday: Dinner for TWO. Resos at SIX. Happy we {ATE}.

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What springs to mind when someone mentions eating on Preston Street? Somerset most certainly equals pho, but Preston is a mélange of pricey Italian restaurants, beer-focused pubs and a few non-Italian ethnic eateries. One of the latter was the Lindenhof, an institution for those who love spatzle and meat, which closed its doors last summer to much sadness. However the space didn’t stay empty for long. Late September brought us two six {ATE}, an Italian-inspired tapas restaurant (speaking of mixed ethnicity). Regardless of how you would classify it, eat at two six {ATE} and... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Crowdsourcing dinner at the Urban Element

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We’ve all heard the saying “there’s too many cooks in the kitchen”, but that isn’t a problem at Hintonburg’s Urban Element – they’ve just made the kitchen bigger! My husband and I have been meaning to take a cooking class at the Element for some time now and we were finally able to this past Wednesday. Our class was all about Bistro Classics and ran from 6 to 9 in the evening. Our experience ended up being one of the most fun, lively and unique dinner outings we’ve had in... | Continue reading article

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BREAKING NEWS: Imperial Food and Beverage is closed

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The brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupThe brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Apartment613 has confirmed that the Imperial restaurant on Bank street is now closed. According to owner Chris Edwards “they were unable to reach an agreement” with their landlord, forcing him to close the business. Our understanding is that the building is owned by the same folks as Barrymore’s. We’ve contacted them for a comment and we’ll be updating this story with any new information as we have it. Without a restaurant to run, Chris says that he’s planning to take a bit of time off now and perhaps do some... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood reviews the Back Lane Café

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Photo courtesy of Trevor PritchardPhoto courtesy of Trevor Pritchard

Welcome to Foodie Friday at Apartment613 — a new feature in which we slice through the many layers of Ottawa’s food scene with the dexterity of a master chef.  Our first post  is particularly special: we got Juno-nominated musician Royal Wood to review the Back Lane Cafe, one of Ottawa’s most well-regarded new dining spots. And over the next year, we’ll be partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the new all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Next up: a review... | Continue reading article

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Winter Beerfest is back! Many porters expected at Château Cartier to welcome thousands of beer enthusiasts

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Originally published in Bulletin d’Aylmer. The 2013 Winter Beerfest organizers are expecting as many as 12,000 guests for their second edition at the Château Cartier, January 24, 25 and 26. That’s 8,000 more than last year. “In 2012 we were hoping for 3,000 guests and over 8,000 showed up,” Manuela Teixeira, Vice-President of the Beerfest organizing committee, told the media. “The site, which combines indoor and outdoor spaces, has been doubled in size to accommodate the guests,” said Joel-Marc Frappier, Executive Director at Château Cartier. Last year’s popularity meant some... | Continue reading article

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3 Brasseurs brings its tasty brews to Sparks Street

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As Ottawa’s love affair with the beer brewing industry rages on, hot and heavy, new brew pubs seem to be popping up every other day. Last year saw the opening of so many such establishments that to list them all here would be futile. Instead, take a gape at our beer map. Yup. There’s a lot of beer in Ottawa. But is there enough? I think not. Which is why I was pleased to see the opening of 3 Brasseurs’ first Ottawa location. The French brewer, whose beer has become... | Continue reading article

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Affordable tapas a reality at 10Fourteen

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I normally avoid tapa-style eateries. With fairly small plates that tend to be overpriced, tapas are a good way to burn a hole in your wallet while leaving your stomach half-empty. Fortunately there are exceptions to this rule, such as 10Fourteen, a fun and affordable wine bar/restaurant in Hintonburg that is located at, you guessed it, 1014 Wellington West (twitter page here). With an eclectic selection of tapa-inspired dishes that change weekly, this enjoyable spot is a great place to try a variety of new and innovative dishes. “The menu... | Continue reading article

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Looking for a good shuck? Check out the Elmdale!

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I recently had the opportunity over the holidays to exchange emails with Peter McCallum and Joshua Bishop of Whalesbone Oyster House on Bank Street concerning their acquisition of the Elmdale Tavern in Hintonburg. Their joint ownership became official just after Christmas, though you may remember some hoopla a few months back when this purchase was first made public. There were some skeptics among the crowd who felt that the character of the Elmdale would be lost with the new ownership and decried what they saw as the inevitable loss of... | Continue reading article

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Cooking & Cracking Wise on the Web: Welcome to Eva Bee’s Jamboree

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Photo provided by Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee)Photo provided by Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee)

Once upon a time, when she was wrapping up a degree in environmental science, Ivana Borojevic (aka Eva Bee) had an idea for a show that would inspire folks to eat locally and have fun with their food. Five years later, Eva Bee’s Jamboree was born as a web series featuring Eva in various kitchens with up-and-coming musical acts. Launched in September 2012, a new webisode goes up on the first Thursday of every month (there’s a new one on deck for today!) Dishes prepared during each webisode offer a glimpse... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, it’s the time of year when questionable warm wear can abound – particularly in the office. But! Embrace those ugly sweaters and put them to good use – who knows, you could win a worst dressed award. Everyone likes some fame, right? Anyways, on to regular-wear events: this weekend, there’s a heckuva lot of dancing happening. Tonight, it’s an aerobics-themed cabaret burlesque show and dance party at Babylon – channel your inner Richard Simmons! Tomorrow, party it up with Tanya Davis in a funked-up, souled-out shindig at Fall Down,... | Continue reading article

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