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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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Dear Interweb: What are Ottawa’s best African restaurants?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. We got this request in the Apartment613 email box the other day: We need to know the best African restaurants in town! I’ve heard that Somali cuisine is really really... | Continue reading article

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Acting British in the capital in honour of Will and Kate

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With Will and Kate arriving for Canada Day celebrations in the capital this week, it’s your chance to embrace your inner monarch and take in some truly royal experiences in the capital city. If following the official itinerary isn’t your style, we thought we could provide some suggestions of some other British activities you can take on in honour of the royals. Have a pint (or two) – there are no shortage of British-themed pubs in Ottawa and this is your chance to refer to drinking a Boddington’s as a... | Continue reading article

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Restaurant Watch: Red Apron adds a bit of gourmet to your Gladstone lunch

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Busy foodies (and those sick of President’s Choice General Tao’s chicken) likely know about the Red Apron‘s take-home foods. The Ottawa establishment offers local, organic and gourmet food that can be picked up either fresh or frozen – a big help when you don’t have the time or inclination to cook. They’ve also got a delivery service that allows you to literally “subscribe” to meals from the store and have them brought to your doorstep. And they recently moved to a beautifully-expanded spot on Gladstone Avenue – one with more... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: How to choose the best ribs at ribfest?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. A question came in from @amelie_danger on twitter: I need #ribfest advice, twits! How does one choose!? Assuming she meant ‘twits’ in the social media positive sense, we’re happy to... | Continue reading article

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Ontario Craft Beer Week

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A week long celebration of beer from the members of Ontario Craft Brewers. . See all the great events happending in Ottawa here. . Mission: To promote Ontario Craft Brewers with a week long celebration of great beer. Kicks off fathers day every year. . Products: Ontario Craft Beer .

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Udder brilliance: Grazing Days’ “magazine subscription” model for accessing local beef

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By Josée Madéïa Take a stroll down Mitch Owens Road and you’ll come across 30 Angus beef cattle grazing on 65 acres of lush green pastures at Grazing Days in Manotick Station, just south of the Ottawa airport. Little might you know, but these cows are part of Ottawa’s growing local food movement and its burgeoning locavore scene. With the growing concern of the food miles of our meals, the pesticides on our plates, and the hormones in our hamburgers, many Ottawans are indeed turning to healthier alternatives, for both... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: Where should I go to catch Game 7?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. We got this tweet from hockey fan @nskbelanger earlier today: @apartment613 what’s the word on good places to watch game 7 in otown? As a Canucks supporter still reeling from... | Continue reading article

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Duelling Chefs Round 9: Femme Finale!

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline Well folks, that’s a wrap! A really tasty wrap if you’ve been following along on our edible adventures while covering the 2011 Duelling Chefs series. This has been a whirlwind of mind-blowing culinary creativity, where many of the delectable presentations we’ve had the privilege of experiencing could easily have substituted as a nouveau art installation at the National Gallery – delicious to the eyes and the palate. Since February, we have been able to indulge in some of the city’s best talent when it... | Continue reading article

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