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Foodie Friday: Cocktail hour with Carben Food + Drink

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Nested in Hintonburg, Carben Food + Drink has made an impression on the Ottawa food scene. Foodies across the city rave about their unique use of your not-so-typical ingredients. After opening up earlier this summer, the restaurant received a rave review in Ottawa Magazine, but the review omits an important aspect – Carben’s cocktails. Bartender Stephane Duval, talks about how his unusual ingredients compliment the flavours of Carben. He shares his fan favourite tea-based cocktail, the Vahdo and his favourite memories behind the bar. The Vadho 1.5 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon 0.5 oz Brown sugar... | Continue reading article

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What’s on your plate? Local food for thought about eating as a community

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Photo by Gordon D. Bonnar from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Gordon D. Bonnar from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world. A community cooking night. An apple festival. No less than three events involving local craft breweries. In case you hadn’t noticed, Support Local 2015 is focused primarily on facilitating discussions about food and growing. “The events this year particularly focus on the abundance of food that we’ve got in the Ottawa region, and highlight the many different ways we can come together to share food,... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Dominion City Brewing Co. are Makin’ it Grain

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October is a mighty fine month. Fall arrives in full force and everything is beautiful, covered in fall colours. Here in Ottawa, we’ve another reason that October is, arguably, the best month of the year: October is Support Local month – a month-long celebration of local initiatives that make Ottawa great. This year, food is the focus, and on October 29th Dominion City Brewing Co. will cap off Support Local month with an amazing Pop Up Dinner, Makin’ it Grain. For this one night affair, the brewery will be transformed... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Apple Fest meets all your apple needs

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Photo by Kyle Brown in the Apt613 Flickr Pool.Photo by Kyle Brown in the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

If you’re anything like me, you know there’s more to apples than what’s on offer at the typical chain grocer. They come in more varieties than red and green. There are those who pursue the many types of apple, learn to distinguish the variety by its texture and taste, and learn their best pairings, as one would with a bottle of wine. These are the apple connoisseurs. And, while you won’t need to be an apple connoisseur to appreciate Apple Fest, there is no doubt that there will be a... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: The Social Book Exchange is a book club for everyone, with beer

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Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world.   Walk into Café My House the night of October 18 and you’ll be labeled with one of those “Hello, My Name Is” stickers. Instead of your name, though, they’ll write the name of the book you brought with you on it. Talk about identifying with what you love. It’s all part of the fun at the Social Book Exchange, an occasional event cooked up... | Continue reading article

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OMM takes over Orange Art Gallery tonight!

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When Jessica Vermette and Jenna Hutcheson graduated from university, both chose not to begin immediately pursuing careers in their respective fields. The friends decided to adventure down the creative path and opened their own flower design business, L’Orangerie Pop Up Flower Shop. With a creative small business of their own in its early stages, they began to recognize a need for opportunities for creatives to show and sell their work in this city. From there, they set out on yet another offbeat adventure, to create a space where this could happen –... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Tooth & Nail Brewing Company

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All photos by Jordan Duff.All photos by Jordan Duff.

It’s becoming almost a weekly activity for me to receive news of a new Ottawa brewery opening and then working with the beautiful people at Apt613 to help spread the news. To be clear, this is no complaint but praise for the outstanding growth of the brewing community locally. What’s even better about all this growth is that new entrants to the craft beer scene are working hard to differentiate themselves from the established crowd. We don’t just have new breweries, we have good new breweries. Case in point is... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Green Door hosts vegetarian feast to support refugees

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Photo by Tobi Cohen.Photo by Tobi Cohen.

What do you get when you mix refugees and fine vegetarian fare? Carty House’s 2nd annual Green Door Restaurant fundraiser! The recent photograph of a drowned Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach has galvanized public interest in refugee issues. In the aftermath, my Facebook news feed was filled with calls to action and pleas from people who are not typical activists, seeking comrades in arms to privately sponsor a family fleeing war or persecution. The truth is, not everybody can afford or is prepared to take on the... | Continue reading article

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Bicycle Craft Brewery turns 1!

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Bicycle Craft Brewery is turning 1: They (local breweries) grow up so fast! To celebrate, we went back and chatted with BCB owner/headbrewer Fariborz about the highlights over the past year. But the celebration doesn’t end there, BCB will be hosting a Party in the Pen at Mugshots September 26th. Food, games, music and brews will all be part of the celebration and a portion of proceeds will donated to CHEO Foundation. Class act. Without further ado: Apt613: You opened with a tight brew list: an IPA, a blonde and a... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Lili

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Lili About: Lili is an engineer. She doesn’t live in Chinatown, but is here to visit her mom. Hood: Chinatown. I met up with Lili on Somerset Street, a stone’s throw away from the Chinatown Royal Arch. Complaint: It’s hard to find parking in Chinatown. Compliment: Lili loves to have Chinese food here, but... | Continue reading article

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