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Ottawa gets its very own night market

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We’re a bit behind on posting this one, but last night was the first of two nights for Ottawa’s very own night market in Chinatown. If anyone has been to the epic Vancouver night market (let alone markets in Asia) you can surely understand why people are excited about this idea. The combination of street food vendors, a friendly crowd and a warm summer evening in Chinatown sounds just perfect. Head to the corner of Somerset and Empress any time between 1pm and 1am to check it out. I’m heading... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Science! The great cupcake challenge

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Post by resident cupcake expert Sabrina Bowman Although other cities have already moved on to macarons and whoopee pies, Ottawa has just recently hopped on the cupcake train (though we already have our own cupcake video).  The cupcake trend has exploded in Ottawa, with three new cupcakeries opening over the past year.  And why not?  What’s not to like about moist, flavourful, delicate cake crowned with a royal swirl of sweet frosting? In order to help our readers navigate the increasingly crowded sea of cupcake providers in Ottawa, Apartment613 spent... | Continue reading article

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Community supported agriculture: The movie

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Last week the blog got a request on twitter for a list of food boxes or community supported agriculture organizations, which made me think of this short doc released on the site last year. With harvest time approaching and the trials of drought-stricken farmers in the news, I though it be a good time to dust it off and bring it our of storage. Even though most CSA programs are well underway, perhaps this video will inspire you to join up next year!  What’s not to like about community supported agriculture (CSA)? The... | Continue reading article

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This week on Apartment613 Live: The fine art of the cupcake

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Hungry, audiophiles? We’ve got your back – or stomach, more appropriately. This week’s edition of the Apartment613 Live podcast – which you can catch live Thursdays from 2-3 pm on CHUO 89.1 FM, by the way – is all about one of our favourite topics: the mighty cupcake. We launch right into the sugary subject matter (literally – we’re missing the first 90 seconds of this week’s show, unfortunately) as we chat with contributor Sabrina Bowman about her scientific survey of Ottawa’s best cupcake vendors. (We’ll be posting the results... | Continue reading article

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Globetrotting with Happy Goat Coffee

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline Are you looking for one last trip before summer runs out? How about taking your taste buds on a global, flavour adventure? Whether you’d like to savour a bit of the Dominican, explore what Peru has to offer, or get exotic with a little something from Burundi, Happy Goat Coffee has your one-way ticket to flavour paradise. This modest, out of the way coffee haven is, hands down, one of the best places in the city to grab a cuppa joe. Don’t let the... | Continue reading article

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It’s all Greek to me! The Greek Souvlaki Shack fills a need for cheap and authentic Greek food in Ottawa

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Post and photos by Yasmin Nissim Since I moved to Ottawa, I’ve made a hobby out of trying to find culinary equivalents for some of my favourite haunts back home. Now, after nine years, I’ve finally found a Greek restaurant that lives up to my expectations. I was taking a walk down Bank Street a few months back and noticed that a new restaurant, The Greek Souvlaki Shack, had opened up right near the corner of Bank and Cooper. The thing that made me stop dead in my tracks, however,... | Continue reading article

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A taste of Italy at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe

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After months of anticipation that had the neighbourhood buzzing, Stella Luna Gelato Café will open this weekend in Old Ottawa South. Armed with her adventurous spirit, her adopted Italian background, and a lot of courage, owner Tammy Giuliani has finally decided to follow her dream and open a gelateria. “It’s a leap of faith! I’m in my mid-forties, my husband is in his early fifties… to be starting anew at this age… it’s scary!” she said. This isn’t the first leap Giuliani and her husband have taken. When you ask... | Continue reading article

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No passport needed: Your Apartment613 guide to Ottawa’s summer cultural festivals

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Post by Vera Grbic Where do culture and the Canadian project meet? Some would say that the easy answer is in multiculturalism. That’s been the go-to answer for decades, ever since Trudeau presided over its recognition in the Charter and Mulroney oversaw the enactment of a Multiculturalism Act. And even though the topic has lately hit a contentious snag internationally and even in Canada, Canadians can’t deny that we’re still the more unique for it – a veritable jumble of nth generation and first generation Canadians. We not only make... | Continue reading article

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Roast’d: The freshest nuts in town

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Post by Stephan Telka Mathieu Juneau may just have the freshest nuts in town. The Ottawa native Juneau has been a roaster and the owner of his own gourmet nut roasting business, Roast’d, since autumn 2010, providing Ottawans with the closest thing to street-roasted nuts possible. During a 2004 trip to New York City, Juneau was inspired by the nuts roasted and sold in the parks and on the street corners of Manhattan. “All it took was a two-dollar bag brimming with almonds and cashews that had been roasted and... | Continue reading article

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