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Foodie Friday: Great service makes the experience. So does good food.

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A belated birthday lunch for a dear friend. But where? Somewhere peaceful, with an attractive and refined decor, comfortable chairs, nice lighting, and an accommodating and helpful server. Well that turned out to be Rosie’s Southern Kitchen and Raw Bar on Bank Street. The two of us arrived on a Tuesday late morning just when Rosie’s was opening for lunch. We sat in the weather-protected patio area up front, a spot of our choosing. We were the first customers there and when we sat down, the quasi-country southern music came... | Continue reading article

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Small Batch: Taste the difference local makes

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Photo from Auntie Loo's Treats Twitter page. They will be presenting cakes made with these ingredients.Photo from Auntie Loo's Treats Twitter page. They will be presenting cakes made with these ingredients.

Have you been meaning to participate in Support Local but just haven’t gotten around to it yet? We’re about halfway through the month and have already seen a handful of successful events. If you’re having a hard time choosing which event to attend, let your stomach be your guide; it will most definitely lead you enthusiastically to Small Batch this Friday evening. A night dedicated to local artisans and gourmet goods, Small Batch will feature 15 local crafters and specialty food creators. Each vendor has been asked to concoct a... | Continue reading article

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Support Local heads to Almonte

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Support Local is all about building community. Whether it’s a record swap featuring local artists or small batches of goods presented at a local jewellery shop, Support Local’s creative, collaborative events are all set on making things together. This year, we at Apartment613 decided to take Support Local a bit beyond the usual locales, and bring it out to Almonte for a day of supporting and celebrating the wider collaborations that exist across the region. Patio parties and pop-up shops are just a couple of the things we’ve got planned... | Continue reading article

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Social goes local, features kiss-for-cure martini as part of fall/winter cocktail offering

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Photo from Social Restaurant + Lounge's Facebook page. All other photos by Tobi Cohen.Photo from Social Restaurant + Lounge's Facebook page. All other photos by Tobi Cohen.

It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it. Sussex Drive’s Social Restaurant + Lounge is releasing its fall/winter cocktail menu this week and offered Apartment613 a sneak peek. So I decided to take one for the team and allowed bar manager and cocktail connoisseur Veronique Savoie to ply me with her poisons last Wednesday night. While V, as she prefers to be called, admits Social is not one of Ottawa’s top cocktail bars – like Ace Mercado or Union 613 – it has long offered its customers a... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s Oktoberfest: Beer + Food + Music = Success for local charities

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Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.

Vankleek Hill, a small beautiful community an hour east of Ottawa, was the place to be this past weekend as 14,000 attendees experienced Beau’s Brewery 6th annual Oktoberfest. For those unfamiliar with this German-inspired, beer-soaked celebration, it dates back to October 12, 1810, when the German Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. They threw one heck of a party and invited all of Munich to join them and, as it was an open-bar, they obliged. Munich has kept the annual tradition alive and the party has been emulated all over... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Food Truck Rally: The tastiest 4 hours of the year

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Ottawa Streat Gourmet food truck. Photo from streatottawa.ca.Ottawa Streat Gourmet food truck. Photo from streatottawa.ca.

A mere two years ago, the City of Ottawa introduced the new Street Food Vending Program with the goal of reinventing and updating the city’s street eats (or lack thereof). Since then, Ottawa’s street food community has blossomed and all but swept the national capital off its foodie feet. With more than 60 food trucks and carts in operation in the city, even the most avid and eager eater would have a hard time hitting every spot. Enter the 2nd annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally, the perfect opportunity to sample... | Continue reading article

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The West End Well: Grocery store meets community building

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Photo by Jared Davidson.Photo by Jared Davidson.

The West End Well is many things. From the outside it looks like a normal grocery store, its stoop adorned with all manner of fruits and vegetables to entice the hungry passerby. But it is so much more than a simple grocery. A step inside reveals a space that is devoted half to produce and boxed foods and half to tables and chairs. Most days, these chairs are filled with patrons of The Well’s café, which serves local, fresh, organic food. But at other times, The Well transforms into a... | Continue reading article

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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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