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April showers bring Darren Flowers: Brothers Beer Bistro opens on Dalhousie

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In early April, 366 Dalhousie resembled a Vietnamese restaurant trashed by marines. Today, a new restaurant has opened featuring a charming, rustic setting with wood and natural colours decorating the interior. The owners were lucky to uncover beautiful brick walls while transforming the old Takara restaurant into Brothers Beer Bistro, which opens tonight. “We wanted something warm and inviting,” says Hamilton-native and co-owner Nick Ringuette. “We also wanted an industrial look, as you can see with the exposed pipes for the taps.” Not only is Brother’s mise-en-scène stimulating - so is the beer menu. With 16 draft and... | Continue reading article

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What to look forward to at this year’s Gatineau Beerfest

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Post and photos by guest blogger Art Hill. Festibiere (Gatineau Beerfest) is scheduled for May 25, 26 & 27 at Lake Leamy Park. This annual festival features the best of the brew coming out of Quebec’s ever growing brewery industry, featuring both established brewers like Boreal or the artisan beer producers springing up almost everywhere around the province.  Apartment 613 was invited to a lunch and presentation hosted by organizer and beer aficionado Mario D’Eer to get the scoop on what Ottawa can expect at this year’s festival. Being a... | Continue reading article

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Head over to Chinatown remixed this weekend

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It’s going to be a great weekend in Chinatown. The weather looks great, making it a perfect day for a stroll through the arch to take in a remixed version of Chinatown. For the fourth year in a row, local Chinatown businesses have teamed up with Ottawa-based artists to turn Chinatown into one huge gallery. From the Daily Grind in the East to Purple Urchin in the West – 54 different locations are taking part. You’ve got a month to take in the art, but today you can take in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Let’s get the big ones out of the way: Comiccon and Chinatown Remixed are happening this weekend. That’s not as simple as it sounds – Browncoats Burlesque will be performing Heroes vs Villains: The Aftermath! as part of Comiccon weekend, and there’s a Masquerade. Chinatown Remixed will have – yes, it’s true – remote-controlled robots. And delicious food. So there’s at least half – if not all – of your weekend eaten up by fun. What can you do with the rest of your time? Let’s find out. You’ve heard... | Continue reading article

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Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar: A watered-down sake joint with style

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That’s right, a watered-down sake joint with style. What do I mean by this? Well after educating myself on the traditional izakaya sake shops, I can safely say that Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar (339 Elgin st.) really isn’t an izakaya at all, although it does have an inviting atmosphere, tasty drinks and satisfying menu (hence the bit about style). Will this restaurant’s weak relation to tradition deter customers? No. Will they still enjoy their visit? Absolutely – but it depends on what they order. Read Foodie Print’s Izakaya review... | Continue reading article

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Kichesippi Beer Company turns two

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Photo by Andrew Szeto.Photo by Andrew Szeto.

Like any two-year-old, Kichesippi Beer Co. has already developed its own personality – and a tendency to want to go against the grain. In celebration of its second birthday party on Sunday afternoon (we’re expecting a bouncy castle, but is that too big-kid-esque for a toddler?), we sat down with a pint of Kichesippi Blonde and asked it a few questions. Apartment613: So what’s your favourite colour? Kichesippi Blonde: Ummm… Blue. Favourite food? KB: Malt. Yum! Oh – and ice cream. With sprinkles. What’s it like being two? KB: I... | Continue reading article

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A menu of Titanic proportions at Lapointe’s Seafood Grill

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While much of the Titanic craze in Canada focuses on Halifax, Lapointe’s Seafood Grill on York Street decided to do something different to commemorate the Titanic centenary. “It will be business as usual, but with a twist,” said Head Chef Simon Brière-Audet. “Usually we have one special for the evening, but for this time we will have four,” said Brière-Audet. Inspired by the menu available on the night of April 14, 1912 in the Titanic’s first-class à la carte restaurant, Brière-Audet and Sous Chef and Culinary Adviser, Etienne Cuerrier, concocted... | Continue reading article

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How are Ottawa’s foodie businesses using social media?

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More than few of Ottawa’s restaurants are utilizing social media in order to connect with customers and refine their menus. In fact, it is now more of the rule than the exception. More and more local businesses are harnessing the power of social networking and also interactive crowdsourcing on the Internet in order to build their brands, provide services, and draw in new diners. Some restaurants are using traditional listing services that have been revamped into interactive platforms on which they can list their menus and provide directions. YellowPages.com, for... | Continue reading article

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Best tacos in Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Kathy Ferguson.All photos courtesy of Kathy Ferguson.

Originally posted on Kathy Eats – Adventures of a street food geek. Reproduced here with her permission. Anyone who knows me at all knows that I have a small infatuation with tacos.  OK…maybe not so much an infatuation, but rather an outright obsession.  I can’t help it.  And I’m not talking Old El Paso or Taco Bell here…I’m taking handmade soft corn tortillas, fresh ingredients and traditional flavours. My problem started years ago with travel through California and Mexico.  I was introduced to what tacos REALLY should taste like, and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

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Hey, Ottawa: those extra strains of music you’re suddenly hearing? That haunting melody and those catchy beats? They’re the result of the latest national event to stop by our city. The Junos are in town, bringing along Deadmau5, City and Colour, Feist,  Austra, Socalled and yup, a few hockey greats too (our money is on the rockers). Needless to say, these musical visitors are dominating our venues for Friday and Saturday – check out the full list of shows, and get your fill of Canadian music all weekend long. You’ll... | Continue reading article

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