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Foodie Friday: 6 things you need to know about Holland’s Cake and Shake (and its instigator)

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An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.

#1 Inventive dessert ideas? He’s always had ‘em. In his previous gig at Chef Marc Lepine’s famed Atelier, pastry chef Michael Holland had carte blanche to make whatever he wanted: “I was able to do my ideas, but in a different way” (because they were composed, plated dishes). Now, his own platform at Cake and Shake allows Chef Holland to unleash years of concepts that have been proofing patiently in his culinary mind. This guy takes dessert-making very seriously, but his reputation for whimsical creations suggests a guy who loves... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ministry of Coffee are doing things differently – and it’s working

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Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Gray and raining, it was the perfect cafe day when I met with Alex and Fadi, co-owners of The Ministry of Coffee. The coffee shop was chalked full of coffee lovers – on laptops, with notebooks, in discussion with friends – as we sat with sky blue mugs filled with coffee. “Is this an AeroPress?” Fadi asks Alex after taking a sip. “And she is drinking?” Yirgacheffe Konga Alex replies. You can tell they both live coffee and that the shop is, really, a product of this passion. Both Alex... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The Burger Week Contestants

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Le Burger Week, a national week-long competition to definitively crown the best burger in a city, has come to Ottawa and Gatineau. Apt613 will be working with the Le Burger crew to inspire the cities’ restaurants and food trucks to put forward their vision of hamburger perfection. From September 1st to September 7th, eleven participating restaurants and food trucks will create a special Le Burger Week burger to showcase their culinary skills, or as they say on all those Top Chef reruns, to put “themselves on a plate.” Your job,... | Continue reading article

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One Door Closes, One Opens – Central Bierhaus takes over Irish Pub in Kanata

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Think back to your younger years to that bar everyone would tend to gravitate to on a Friday or Saturday night. As a “kid” (I use that term loosely) who grew up in Kanata, my go-to spot was O’Connor’s Irish Pub. It was Kanata’s iconic bar, although most of my memories of O’Cons (as we usually referred to it) are admittedly hazy. On the day it was officially announced that O’Connor’s was closed for good, it felt like the end of an era. With one door closing, another one always... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Salvadorean slow food made with love at La Cabana

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Photo of Salpicón by Mr Casual on Urbanspoon.ca.Photo of Salpicón by Mr Casual on Urbanspoon.ca.

Enough gets said about the popular modern restaurants that are elevating Ottawa’s food scene. And we love trying and raving about those impressive joints. But we also love the tried and true institutions that represent the enduring foundation of Ottawa’s proud food scene. When one apt613.ca reader asked us to write about her favourite restaurant, La Cabana, upon donating to our recent Indiegogo campaign, we cheered. If you’re looking for a ‘nouveau’ menu in a trendy, slick space, La Cabana isn’t for you. If you’re up for some downhome Salvadorean... | Continue reading article

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Teatro brings small plates with big flavour to the GCTC

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Apt613 editor Yasmin Nissim and I recently had a chance to connect with Ziggy Margies, owner of Teatro, the newest restaurant venture to open on the ground floor of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. While the site has been home to several cafés and eateries since the establishment of the GCTC, it’s been troubled by a high rate of turnover. Ziggy and his crack team of culinary wizards aim to make a permanent mark in the location with high-quality dishes, locally sourced ingredients, reasonable price points and greater enticements for... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Opening a restaurant wasn’t on West de Castro’s mind.

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Clover Food and Drink. All photos by Charlie Crabb.Clover Food and Drink. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

She was happy where she was at the Zen Kitchen, where she honed her culinary skills as a sous chef. It wasn’t until her partner, Danielle Guay convinced her to channel her energy towards something de Castro could call her own. “She’d been putting so much energy into where she was before, I thought why not put that energy into her own spot,” Guay says. “So far so good!” Now a little over a month old, Clover Food and Drink has quickly turned into a trendy place to have lunch... | Continue reading article

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Muskoka Brewery tap-to-table tasting at HPH

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Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.

Beer lovers may be familiar with Muskoka Brewery’s Detour, a dry-hopped IPA. The six-pack design boasts a vibrant teal cartoon map reminiscent of those available at provincial parks. Both the eye-catching design and the name promise an enjoyable and leisurely drink, one that led me off the beaten path and in the right direction. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to meet Gary McMullen, the founder and head brewer of Muskoka Brewery, over a delicious pairing of food and beer at the Hintonburg Public House recently. The... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Oz Kafe executes a perfect trifecta

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Photos by Riley Schnurr.Photos by Riley Schnurr.

Although a noticeable lack of emeralds around us, the experience we had at Oz Kafe for dinner was nothing short of a precious gem. Tucked, almost hidden away between Lieutenant’s Pub and Pancho Villa on Elgin Street, Oz certainly delivers a meal fit for a wizard. Only every so often do you find a restaurant that has “the trifecta” – that is, delivers dinner, drinks, and desserts without comprising one for another. I was strategic in my visit this time, bringing along two friends in order to maximize the sharing-plate... | Continue reading article

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Rideau Centre’s Dining Hall reflects a new generation of eating

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The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Tonight, at precisely 9pm, the Rideau Centre Food Court as we know it will close for the last time. Rideau Centre’s new Dining Hall will replace the Food Court that served the mall since its grand debut in 1983. Occupying the lower level of the former Sears store, the modern, state-of-the-art eating area will open to the public tomorrow at 11am. A slew of brand-spanking new food vendors fills the space, with cuisines originating from all around the world. Notable eateries to try are MLT DWN, a gourmet grilled cheese... | Continue reading article

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