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Wellington Gastro Pub: The stairway to culinary heaven

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Photo courtesy of Joelle GuédonPhoto courtesy of Joelle Guédon

As you open the door of The Wellington Gastropub you will be presented with a set of stairs. They will take you not only to the second floor dining room, but also to the height of culinary delight in Ottawa. Open for five years now, the Gastropub at 1325 Wellington Street West continues to be among the best restaurants in Ottawa. The food, service and décor are three reasons many respect and recognize the Gastropub. Once inside you’ll notice the beautiful natural colours which decorate the trendy dining room and bar.... | Continue reading article

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Kelp and Pressed team-up to bring more tunes to Gladstone Avenue

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Photo courtesy of Ming WuPhoto courtesy of Ming Wu

The unlikely music venue that brought you several solid weeks of experimental music over the spring is now teaming up with Ottawa’s favourite record label to deliver even more to their sandwich-eating and Kichesippi-sipping customers. Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar will soon be hosting Kelp-curated music shows, adding another smaller venue to Ottawa’s indie music scene. The plan is to book shows mainly on Thursday through Saturday, starting once the dinner crowd is done with their pulled pork or smoked brisket. Jeff Stewart from Pressed says he was always interested in the possilibities... | Continue reading article

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Bridgehead’s New Roastery: Willy Wonka for the Coffee Geek

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From left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff HansenFrom left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff Hansen

During my extensive research for this article, I stumbled upon this clip from 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the clip, the children are welcomed into the factory by a strange and rather morally ambiguous Gene Wilder. Now, I would contend, and I think anyone who has toured any candy factory, that this scene is somewhat removed from reality. I once toured the now-no-more Hershey’s factory in Smiths Falls, and at the time I was struck by the lack of whimsy, majesty and creepy men singing “come with... | Continue reading article

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Harvest Noir: Ottawa’s top-secret picnic party is back!

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Harvest Noir 2011 Picnickers - photo courtesy fieldtripp on Flickr.Harvest Noir 2011 Picnickers - photo courtesy fieldtripp on Flickr.

If you missed last year’s top-secret picnic (a secret kept by over 700 people), you’re in luck. Harvest Noir is returning again this year, and promises to be even bigger and better. But let’s start with the basics: yes, it’s a secret picnic. And yes, it’s a black tie affair. Yes, you bring your own food. And no, you don’t know where it will be held. At least not until a few hours before the picnic is set to start. You and your fellow picnickers prepare all of your food... | Continue reading article

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From fighting fires to vending vittles: Canicus Catering Inc.

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Canicus Catering

Imagine: it’s a beautiful, sunny afternoon and you’re out mowing the lawn. The ever-present mobile rings, and it’s your best friend calling from Alberta. “Hey man, I was thinking about the pizzas you used to bake at Vittoria’s… Uh, how cool would it be to put an oven in the back of a fire truck?” I’m guessing you’d agree it’d be pretty cool, but crazy, and you’d get back to the grass cutting. Kyle Weisgerber went inside to check something on the internet. Ottawa, meet Canicus Catering Inc., the fire(food)truck.... | Continue reading article

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Hitting the Taps at Big Rig Brewery

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The kettles at Big Rig Brewery

It’s a good time to be a craft beer lover in the Ottawa region. Beau’s has quickly grown from fledgling start-up to local craft beer institution. Brasseurs du Temps, a Gatineau brew pub, opened its doors in 2009 and, if you’re willing to make a pilgrimage across the river, you’ll get to experience a number of fine brews. It wasn’t long ago that word arrived of two new local upstarts, Kichesippi and Hogsback. Both have now found their base and are beginning to embark upon interesting paths. Just last year, Mill Street... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Dreaming of a new Rideau St., good news for beer lovers, and lots more!

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Photo courtesy of JB Hildebrand on Flickr.Photo courtesy of JB Hildebrand on Flickr.

Rideau Street is about to get dug up and the construction will last until the end of next Summer. While this is being done to replace old water pipes and even older sewers, it’s also an opportunity to fix the street and make it hipper as Councillor Mathieu Fleury says. The Citizen’s David Reevely took a stroll down Rideau St. with Fleury to see the good, the bad and the what could be of Rideau. We’re getting another festival this Summer and I think many of you will be excited... | Continue reading article

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L’Autre Oeil is a whole world of beer in the heart of Old Aylmer

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Screen shots from www.lautreoeil.comScreen shots from www.lautreoeil.com

“Can I have a pint of 50 on tap?” “Eeee… no… but we do have 540 other kinds of beer to choose from…. do you think you will be able to find something that pleases you?” This is the kind of conversation you might overhear at L’Autre Oeil, located on the other side of the river in Aylmer. L’Autre Oeil (located at 555 rue Principal) is an amazing small bistro with the biggest selection of beer in the region. If you think Pub Italia’s Beer Bible is huge, you really need... | Continue reading article

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The return of Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Image adapted from photo taken by revolveless on Flickr.Image adapted from photo taken by revolveless on Flickr.

Do you long for the days of yore, when you could lounge in front of the television on a Saturday morning in your pyjamas, eating breakfast and watching cartoons guilt-free? Of course you do! Which is why Apartment613 and Pressed Café are joining forces to bring you Saturday Morning Cartoons on Saturday, June 9. From 10am onwards, dine on waffles (might I suggest The Hangover? Beef brisket at it’s finest) as we screen some of our favourite cartoons. Show up in your pj’s and you get a free, all-access pass to... | Continue reading article

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Festibière de Gatineau: bigger is better

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Photo courtesy of the Festibière Facebook page.Photo courtesy of the Festibière Facebook page.

What a difference a year made between  the first and second editions of Gatineau’s Festibière. While last year’s edition was a resounding success, “it’s much bigger this year,” explained Monsieur Guy Blain, founder and chef at L’Orée du bois in Chelsea. The number of kiosks increased from 32 to 63, doubling in size. This means there’s a lot more choice. Unfortunately, due to provincial liquor laws, don’t expect local breweries like Beau’s or Kichesippi to be present (I really wonder if someone’s working on fixing this issue). Festibière is a... | Continue reading article

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