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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, it’s the time of year when questionable warm wear can abound – particularly in the office. But! Embrace those ugly sweaters and put them to good use – who knows, you could win a worst dressed award. Everyone likes some fame, right? Anyways, on to regular-wear events: this weekend, there’s a heckuva lot of dancing happening. Tonight, it’s an aerobics-themed cabaret burlesque show and dance party at Babylon – channel your inner Richard Simmons! Tomorrow, party it up with Tanya Davis in a funked-up, souled-out shindig at Fall Down,... | Continue reading article

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My Neighbourhood Bites: Searching for Ottawa’s hidden foodie talent

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Ottawa residents are privileged by the rich cultural culinary landscape and all it has to offer. Mexican, sushi, Mediterranean, and of course, shawarma, are typically all available in Ottawa’s various neighborhoods. However, while great food is right around the corner, we all have our special recipes that we can’t wait to show off to friends, or recipes that have been in our families for decades that we attempt to master and make our own. The growing foodie movement, as well as the inevitable food porn found plastered all over the... | Continue reading article

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“Like the bees made it”: Westboro food fair this Sunday!

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Westboro will be filled with holiday cheer this weekend as some of the city’s best merchants gather at a local food fair. Scheduled for Sunday, December 9, the Taste of Ottawa- Westboro Holiday Food Fair will take place at 430 Churchill Avenue at Byron from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission and parking is free. Among the more than 20 confirmed merchants are Auntie Loo’s Treats, the city’s only 100 per cent vegan bakery, and Happy Goat Coffee, which Apartment 613 has written about before. In preparation for Sunday, we contacted... | Continue reading article

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Reflecting on last week’s Wine and Food Show

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This past weekend, the Ottawa Convention Centre hosted the 27th Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, lauded as a sensory extravaganza for gastronomes and oenophiles. Being relative newbies to Ottawa, and guilty of foodie proclivities, my friend and I naively paid our dues (Sunday ticket just under $30 with “fees”), and looked forward to exploring the local gustatory palette and learning a few tricks from the professionals. As we belatedly read the fine print in the Events Guide, it also became clear that samples or cooking demos weren’t included in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa (plus, win tickets!)

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Well, we’ve reached the halfway point of Support Local month, as November trucks along and the days get shorter. But no need to despair – there’s still plenty of events to come! We’ve got two art openings – one at Shanghai (use your passport!) and one at Mugshots, as well as a crazy birthday bash for Timekode, celebrating seven years of sweat and dance. Also in celebrations? Wunderkammer turns one! Be all classy-like at 327 Wine Bar Friday evening, with music by bassist Tobias Meis. You can also head out... | Continue reading article

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Pigging out at Revelry House

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Written by Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline. This past Sunday we had the opportunity to experience The Pig Out, a truly unique and intimate outdoor dining experience right here in Ottawa. The event was the brainchild of Stephanie and Chantal Albert, along with Kelly Brisson of local gastronomy blog The Gouda Life. Initially we were excited to hear that the event was part of a new underground dining concept called Revelry House (more on that in a minute). But our excitement went through the roof when they announced that Chef... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Bronson Food Passport edition

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Bronson Food Passport. Design by Adam Begin.Bronson Food Passport. Design by Adam Begin.

The ongoing construction on Bronson Avenue has hit many businesses in the area quite hard. Whether it’s a decrease in retail sales, or dealing with the daily hassle of having their neighbourhood turned upside down, the impact has been significant. Instead of buckling under the pressure, however, seven food establishments decided to offer a special joint promotion to attract new customers, and in the process turn a construction-based lemon of a situation into innovative lemonade. As part of Support Local month, the eateries have launched the Bronson Food Passport throughout... | Continue reading article

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Taste of CHUO: A new (and delicious) yearly treat

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

Ottawa City Hall erupted with appetizing flavours this past Sunday, as local restaurants dished up samples of their culinary specialities as part of Support Local month. Doubling as a fundraiser for University of Ottawa campus radio station CHUO, the first annual Taste of CHUO brought together almost a dozen restaurants that offered everything from Ethiopian cuisine to Salvadoran dishes to Caribbean flavours. Local brewer Kichesippi Beer also poured some of their tasty creations for those looking to wash down all of the tasty treats. “The name ‘A Taste of CHUO’... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is a great weekend if you’re Scottish, or if you”re curious about what’s behind the walls of the Croatian, Lithuanian, German or Spanish embassies. It’s also not a bad weekend if you’re into all things local, with Support Local month officially starting today. Tonight we’ll be down at Raw Sugar for the Support Local launch party, where there will be local brews on tap, spins from Jose of Kitchen Party, and a few awesome giveaways. Friday night, it’s the Self-Propelled bike-inspired art show at Grey Area Gallery (down at... | Continue reading article

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Support Local month is back!

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So, Ottawa. You’ve heard of Kichesippi brewery, but did you know about The Flatbread Pizza Co? You know Magpie Jewellery, but how about local band Winchester Warm? And Wabi Sabi is famous among the knitting crew, but have you seen the lovely socks of Guy Charbonneau? Don’t worry, this isn’t a pop quiz testing your knowledge of the city. (Although if you had heard of all of the above, then kudos!) We’ve noticed that there are a lot of ambitious, exciting folks doing new and delightful things around town, and... | Continue reading article

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