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A Day in the Life of Zest Café and Catering

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All photos by Jessica SimsAll photos by Jessica Sims

A day in the life, a series cooked up by Jessica, offers a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the National Capital Region’s favourite food related businesses. Gil and Janet Roberge are the husband and wife team behind Zest Café and Catering, a business they started in their house doing a few orders here and there for friends. Now in their fourth year of operation, the catering business grew simply by word of mouth. They regularly get asked to cater for French and Swedish embassy parties, at one point serving close... | Continue reading article

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Goodbye Nostalgica, the life and death of a café

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Photo courtesy of tcp909 on Flickr.Photo courtesy of tcp909 on Flickr.

It was during the unreasonably warm spring of 1995 that Café Nostalgica opened its doors and fittingly, it is during the intemperate spring of 2012 that it will close for the last time. The move comes after a referendum in 2011 which planed to demolish the original Café Nostalgica to make way for a transformed Café Nostalgica accompanied with a new Grad House. The new café, which will emerge from the rubble on January 2013, will try to recreate the welcoming ambience of the original eatery, but “sometimes the walls... | Continue reading article

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Beans, Blossoms, Beats & Bauhaus: Blumenstudio

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Photos by Carly Wolff.Photos by Carly Wolff.

Take an Italian café with a contemporary touch serving up ethically-sourced beans and locally-made treats. Add a dairy case filled with milk, butter and eggs from nearby Cochrane’s Dairy and Stirling Creamery for those early-morning milk runs. Layer on a carefully-edited wall of magazines and newspapers. Combine it all in a Bauhaus-inspired floral shop and the result is Blumenstudio. The brainchild of Katrin (Kat) Kosk and partner Nathan Turner, Blumenstudio is a calm oasis of smooth coffee, colourful blossoms, playful vignettes and subtle beats. Located on an otherwise car-focused stretch of Parkdale Avenue between Wellington... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Crafts / DIY, Drinks

Wake up (with) little Suzy: SuzyQ Doughnuts

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The widespread distribution of Timmy Ho’s is probably a pretty good indication of how much us Canucks like doughnuts. However, if you’ve got an avó, grand-mère, or oma you’d probably prefer one of their malasadas, beignets or berliners to a honey cruller. Don’t have a grandma who makes homemade doughnuts? Not to worry. Head to Hintonburg and Sue Harmer will be happy to provide you with some. Sue is the “Suzy” of SuzyQ Doughnuts. Her background is in fine arts, but the mom of 3 found it hard to find... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Comiccon, Ottawa’s Top Chef contenders, Salvation Army strike and more!

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Photo courtesy of guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.Photo courtesy of guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.

This won’t be news to the over 1,000 Facebook fans this event has already garnered, but for everyone else: Ottawa’s getting its very own ComicCon. Get ready to geek out May 12-13, 2012 at the CE Centre with DC Comics Marco Rudy, legendary comic artist Neal Adams, the Capital City Garrison – 501st Legion and many, many more. OH! And I recently learned Captain Jean-Luc Picard will be there himself! In the last three years since Apt613 inception, we’ve been seeing Ottawa’s foodie scene growing by leaps and bounds. Another... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Cooking, News, Sports

Apartment 613 Live: International Women’s Day Edition

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Apartment613 Live March 8 Full show FINAL by saxby This week on Apartment613 Live, Ryan Saxby-Hill and Trevor Pritchard reunite to co-host the show and celebrate International Women’s Day. Ryan and Trevor show their appreciation for the women in their lives and celebrate by bringing in some fantastic women to talk about everything from beer to music and local trivia. Do you love beer enough to put it in your salad? Turns out it’s possible and delicious. Ryan chats with Caroline Isshi from Zen Kitchen to talk about their upcoming... | Continue reading article

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La p’tite épicerie du quartier – no fool’s paradise

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As you turn the corner onto Notre-Dame-de-l’île from Boulevard des Allumetières, observing the funky houses in the area, you will notice a fluorescent light written Ouvert  in the dim street. In this case, head towards the light to find salvation which will come in the form of a sandwich. The family run p’tite épicerie du quartier, a few metres away from Douglas Cardinal’s stunning Canadian Museum of Civilization, is a revelation from above for sandwich lovers. This cozy convenience store, fine grocery and sandwicherie, is a little gem, in a... | Continue reading article

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Restaurant Watch: The Hintonburg Public House establishes itself as Ottawa’s western hipster Mecca

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Photo courtesy of the Hintonburg Public House.Photo courtesy of the Hintonburg Public House.

Hintonburg has quickly become known as the new “it” neighborhood for young professionals and it seems obvious why. The array of restaurants and other local establishments that have sprung up in the last few years have really gentrified the area. The Hintonburg Public House(1020 Wellington Street West) can now add its name to the list of new eateries worth checking out. Mismatched wood chairs and mason-jar lights are just some of the touches that lend itself to the rustic-chic atmosphere. Local art pieces also adorn the walls from budding artists... | Continue reading article

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Butter chicken lovers, rejoice! Indian Express is finally ready to move into its new digs

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Since I’ve moved to Hintonburg, Indian Express Food & Sweets has been a regular stop of mine on the way back from work. In the fall, the owners of the shop much beloved by John Baird announced they would move their shop to a bigger location at the former Wine Garden location on Somerset. The months past, and what was to be an October opening transformed into “We’re too busy at the restaurant…too many delays.” But today, I heard great news from India Express owner Rakesh Ahluwalia. “All permits are... | Continue reading article

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From the Belly to the Heart: the alternative to the Superbowl

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By Alroy Fonseca All are welcome to take part in a free community dinner in support of several recent worker struggles in Ottawa on Sunday February 5, 5:30pm, at the Jack Purcell Community Centre. Workers from Novotel, the Science and Technology Museums and the Salvation Army’s Booth Centre will share brief stories over dinner catered by Ceylonta, to be followed by performances by local artists Poetic Speed (Komi Olaf) and Three Little Birds. The primary focus of the evening will be the workers from the Salvation Army’s George St. shelter,... | Continue reading article

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