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Foodie Friday: Batten down the hatches at The Pomeroy House

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All photos from The Pomeroy House website.All photos from The Pomeroy House website.

“Mother Nature is the true artist and our job as cooks is to allow hero shine.” — Marco Pierre White When winter creeps up, even in its mild approach, we find it hard to muster up the courage to leave the coziness of our nested wooly warmness. However, each time I stroll pass the subtle door to The Pomeroy House while witnessing the warm faces through steamy windows with their expressions of gabby light fullness about them, I thought I would let go of my jogging pants for one night.... | Continue reading article

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Tap Room Sessions pour a little life into Kanata + ticket giveaway

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Photo from Big Rig's website.Photo from Big Rig's website.

Kanata is not exactly known for its nightlife. Once a haven for technological development, Kanata has become a place that many Ottawans simply don’t think about that often, unless it is in the context of our hockey team. But if the plan hatched by Big Rig and Ottawa Showbox is successful, that is about to change. The new partnership is about to bring a touch of downtown to the centre of Kanata as Matías Muñoz of Showbox and Travis Persaud of Big Rig move to shape Kanata into a destination in... | Continue reading article

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LIFT Restaurant presents: a True Canadian Experience

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Photo from Lift Restaurant's Facebook page.Photo from Lift Restaurant's Facebook page.

LIFT Restaurant, at 101 Lyon Street, will be hosting a “True Canadian Experience” this week to showcase local culinary delights and local arts and culture. The innovative event is taking place January 27 – 29 and promises to excite all the senses. Executive Chef of Delta Ottawa City Centre Jason Duffy will be creating delicious plates representing Ontario, while guest chefs from other Marriots and Delta will be representing their Canadian territories. The menu includes tasting stations highlighting flavours from the Maritimes, Quebec, the Prairies and Ontario.  The high-end fare spans... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: 7 killer sandwich spots in the Capital Region

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The Piggy Market. All photos by Alessandro Marcon.The Piggy Market. All photos by Alessandro Marcon.

Foolish is the fool who says there ain’t much to a sandwich. Simple, sure: two slabs of bread and stuff in between. Yet we all know there’s so much specialness in that deceptive simplicity. It’s the finer touches: the baking of grains, the stacking and chopping, the layering and saucing, the crunch, the chew, the, linger and the settle. It’s a fine balancing act of textures and tastes, senses and sensibilities.  Fortunate for us, we’ve got many a fine sammy shop here in the region of La Capitale. With so... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Motivational mugs from a hidden gem in Kanata

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All photos courtesy of Cookery Bistro.All photos courtesy of Cookery Bistro.

After years of working in busy kitchens for large restaurants, Cookery Bistro owners Cat and Darren decided to open up a place that kept things simple, healthy and delicious. Their gourmet menu contain sandwiches, salads and soups made from scratch, and a selection of fresh raw juices. While the staples of his business are sandwiches, Darren ventures into some more complex dishes very week which are the Bistro’s specials. They also offer soups, salads and some baked goods for take out or catering. The Bistro is only 125 sq.ft and... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Day-to-night with Origin Trade coffee shop & lounge

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All photos from Origin Trade's Instagram.All photos from Origin Trade's Instagram.

While Ottawa might not be lacking in the coffee shop department, with a local roastery on every block and a franchise on every corner, you’d think that all our caffeinated dreams have come true. But once you wake up from that inevitable afternoon crash and the clock strikes 7:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. if you’re lucky) cafes are quick to turn off their lights, flip that sign to CLOSED and call it a night. If you’ve ever been cramming for a final and had to pack it in mid-session, or looking... | Continue reading article

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Hidden gem offers Ukrainian delights

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All photos by Kelly Hotte.All photos by Kelly Hotte.

You always remember your first perogie. For me, it was during my high school days. A plateful of lovely stuffed dumplings was placed before me by my Polish friend’s mother. “You will never find a better perogie.” she said proudly as she watched me chomp away in delight. I’ve had many fine perogies through the years. None quite matched that wonderful initial plate. What I took as a challenge by my friend’s mother to find a better perogie has continued through the years. Imagine my delight upon discovering Perogies, the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa institution fundraises for new location

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All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.

Warmth, family, simplicity, and burgers – these were the words repeated by the people who shared their stories with me at Mellos diner earlier this week. The event? A launch party for their Kickstarter campaign, which hopes to raise $60,000 to fund their move to a new location as their lease, up this month, will be granted to neighboring restaurant Ace Mercado. Nina Vacarro, Mellos’ manager, made it clear that the event wasn’t “a pity-party. We’ve never been a failing business, and tonight there are no strangers here. This was... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cocktail hour with Carben Food + Drink

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Photo by Arif JafferPhoto by Arif Jaffer

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

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Photo by Blair GablePhoto by Blair Gable

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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