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Le Burger Week comes to Ottawa

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What makes a burger great? It’s one of those questions that pop up when friends gather on patios or BBQs on lazy summer afternoons. The stakes are low enough to do real damage to relationships. I, for one, could never truly be friends with someone who thought the bread made the burger: it would show too great a disregard for basic common sense. Luckily, the best burger doesn’t have to remain an unanswered question with the powers of the internet at our disposal. Le Burger Week, a national week-long competition... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brunch at Das Lokal

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Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.

Brunch – the holiest, most revered supreme leader of food-related gatherings. I am a loyal follower and take my brunch endeavours very seriously. Today’s endeavour was to a fairly new restaurant on Dalhousie. Humbly sitting north of St. Patrick Street in a quiet area of the market, the anonymity whispered for us to come inside. While German may not be the first culinary culture that springs to mind when thinking ‘European cuisine’, we were intrigued to explore further at Das Lokal (or The Restaurant in German). As if to welcome us... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Try EVOO for authentic Greek cuisine

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Photo from Evoo Greek Kitchen's Facebook page.Photo from Evoo Greek Kitchen's Facebook page.

A friend and I recently had a casual lunch at EVOO Greek Kitchen. Working in a cubicle close by, I enjoy coming here for lunch because it satisfies both my extensive appetite and by student budget. EVOO, pronounced [EV-OH], is run by a family trio: Elias, Dean, and Jimmy Theodossiou who have taken their restaurant-running experience and applied it to their passion for good food and, of course, a love for traditional and authentic Greek cuisine. At 438 Preston Street, steps from Carling and Dow’s Lake, EVOO invites you for... | Continue reading article

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Waller St. Brewing brings “free-market alternative” beer to Rideau Street

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Photo from wallerst.ca.Photo from wallerst.ca.

Post by Karie Dufour. There was a time when The Beer Store was not the private multinational corporation it is today, but rather a cooperative of Ontario brewers. The Brewers Warehousing Company Ltd., established in 1927 following prohibition, was created to protect local breweries and owned by every brewer in the province. Waller St. Brewing hopes to bring back that post-prohibition flavour to Ottawa’s craft beer scene. It will open later this summer in the basement of 14 Waller, the home of Lunenburg Pub and The Loft Board Game Lounge.... | Continue reading article

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East India Company meets Beyond the Pale

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All photos by Cassandra Granata.All photos by Cassandra Granata.

A few weeks back I stumbled across a simple tweet Beer Pairing Dinner – East India Company and Beyond the Pale (June 17, 2014) and it immediately caught my attention. Without hesitation I bought two tickets. The idea of a beer pairing dinner along side Indian food seemed so unique to me that I had to see what it was all about; plus I felt like it was a great way to kick off my birthday week! Although who am I kidding, I’d say, “YES!” to any kind of food... | Continue reading article

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Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

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Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29. I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a local artist and Hintonburg resident who has been instrumental in putting Hintonburg Happening together along with Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House to find out more. Why is there a “Hintonburg Happening?” The festival... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beer cocktails – the best of both worlds

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Photo from Brothers Beer Bistro website.Photo from Brothers Beer Bistro website.

Beer before liquor – never been sicker. But what about beer and liquor? And juice, and bitters, and grenadine, and cordial, and muddled fruit, and herbs and garnish? Umm, the perfect patio beverage for both lager lovers and anti-ale types on a hot summer afternoon. Now I’m not gonna lie, a few beer cocktails may knock you on your ass but I promise it’ll be worth it. The first time I had a beer cocktail was my 32nd birthday. About a dozen friends joined me at the now defunct Exchange... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The Original Burger Joint is under new management

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Photo by John Olsthoorn.Photo by John Olsthoorn.

When you see “Under New Management” sometimes you have no idea how long the place has actually been under the new management. What does it really mean? My companion had eaten at the Original Burger Joint on Bank Street near Fifth Avenue in the Glebe under old management and swore she would never go back. I suggested we give it a try anyway so we rummaged through her black bin looking for the coupon offering Glebe residents a free cheesecake with any hamburger combo order. The restaurant was almost empty... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Town loves you (and we love Town)

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Photo by Rémi Thériault.Photo by Rémi Thériault.

I was treated to the most excellent of birthday dinners at Town by two dear friends last month. As someone who loves good food, it was a surprise that I had not already been since it opened in June of 2010. Having looked at the menu beforehand, I was excited when the night of our reservations came. As it turns out, my excitement was warranted – this meal easily made my top three dinners out, ever. Town is a family owned restaurant, located at 296 Elgin Street in Centretown. Firm believers... | Continue reading article

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Woody’s Open Mic Mondays

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Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Continuing my series on Open Mic/Open Jam nights in our Capital, this month brings me to the wonderfully snug pub of Woody’s in Ottawa’s Golden Triangle downtown area of Elgin St., a busy street which hosts a wealth of activity throughout the year, including the annual Ball Hockey Tournament, Charity Chili Cook-Off, and has been affectionately dubbed Ottawa’s Sens Mile. Woody’s Urban Pub, founded in 1986, boasts an excellent bistro/pub-style menu, a great selection of draught beers and wines, and a large front window which opens up onto a quaint... | Continue reading article

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