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

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Photo courtesy of the Central Bierhaus Facebook PagePhoto courtesy of the Central Bierhaus Facebook Page

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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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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