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Ontario Culinary Challenge a first for Ontario Scene

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This year’s biennial Scene represented a first for the provincial festival: a cooking competition. The Ontario Culinary Challenge, this past Tuesday, May 5th, was a delicious first foray. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and the basics of the competition explained to us. Fifteen cooking stations were set up across the National Arts Centre Main Lobby Foyer. Chefs from across the province, with the help of Algonquin College culinary students, presented small plates, composed exclusively of Ontario ingredients. Renowned Ontario wineries teamed with chefs to offer complimentary wine pairings for each... | Continue reading article

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Five great craft beers – and where to drink them

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Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. With memories of the Rideau Canal ice skating long behind us and summer still a ways off, residents and visitors to Ottawa have some time on their hands. So, after working up a thirst at Ontario Scene events, why not have a well-crafted pint? Here are five delicious ones to taste and five great places to taste them. Beyond The Pale’s Pink... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: For a healthy meal, check out Pure Kitchen

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

Look out Ottawa foodies, there is a new vegetarian restaurant in town called Pure Kitchen. Food lovers of all sorts are going to love the atmosphere, staff, vibe and of course the food. Think vibrant, artsy, energetic, tasty, and healthy. These are all accurate observations to describe this new restaurant.  Whether grabbing a shake after a workout, meeting up with friends for a healthy meal or even having a first date, Pure Kitchen is welcoming to everyone. I recently got to connect with one of the owners, Amber Straton to... | Continue reading article

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Irene’s: 30 years in the Glebe

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Left: Musicians performing during Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. Right: Geoff Johnson, host of Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.Left: Musicians performing during Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. Right: Geoff Johnson, host of Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Thirty years ago in 1985, a woman by the name of Irene Corey opened the doors to her modest-sized pub in the then up-and-coming neighbourhood on Bank Street called The Glebe. Originally called, “Cap’n Pinky’s”, it bore the charm of a cozy, rustic Maritime seaboard local, which rapidly became home to a regular clientele in this large residential district. Many simply referred to the place then as “Irene’s”, and before long the name stuck. Live music found its way onto the scene quickly, with local musicians who wanted to play... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also the start of Hintonburg Happening which highlights the beauty and eclectic collection of businesses in the Hintonburg area. Those events alone could keep you busy for a weekend, but just in case they don’t Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

True to form, the arrival of spring has brought with it spring showers. A weekend of rain may be in store for us this week, but we’ve got plenty going on to brighten up the mood. Head over to Ritual Nightclub tonight, for a hip hop showcase from the 613 to the 416. The Home Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article

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Joey Lansdowne offers eclectic fare & elegant cocktails

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Self-described as a casual premium restaurant, Joey Lansdowne nails the delicate balance of comfort versus class. The eatery officially opened its doors this past Saturday, April 11th, further establishing the new Lansdowne area as a blossoming foodie mecca. Joey Lansdowne is just one of many Joey establishments across the country. It is a franchise that prides itself on fresh ingredients and exotic flavors. Spacious and bright, the spot is a great lunch destination or pre-game pick. Upon first glance at the menu of other Ontario Joey locations, I’ll admit I... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Please pass the Brussels sprouts!

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Bartender Bruce Lamothe serves up drinks at Share Kitchen and Freehouse, Centretown's newest bar which is scheduled to open its doors to the public today. All photos by Tobi Cohen.Bartender Bruce Lamothe serves up drinks at Share Kitchen and Freehouse, Centretown's newest bar which is scheduled to open its doors to the public today. All photos by Tobi Cohen.

When Centretown’s newest restaurant opens its doors to the public for the first time today it’ll be asking customers to embrace a concept taught since the beginning of time to reluctant toddlers — the concept of sharing. Share Freehouse, the new venture by former Absinthe Cafe general manager Thomas McVeigh and his wife Maeve, is all about “fine casual” communal dining. Whether a romantic dinner for two or a night out with friends, dishes will be served with enough grub for everybody at the table and on Sunday nights, family-style... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Lowertown Throwdown features stout beer in fierce friendly competition

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Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.

When I first heard about Lowertown Throwdown I’ll be honest- I was expecting to arrive in a crowded room full of amped-up foodies all with their attention turned to a kitchen full of dueling chefs going head-to-head to prepare a meal against the clock. Instead what I got was a room of well-spaced stations, each manned by a chef (or chefs) from various Ottawa restaurants who were serving up pre-prepared dishes.  The rabble-rousing crowd was in fact a group of folks seated about the space chowing down and chatting politely.... | Continue reading article

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