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Foodie Friday: Jill Zmud and Alan Neal enjoy a hot date at The Rex

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Photo from therexottawa.com.Photo from therexottawa.com.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. A couple of weeks ago, we sent a very pregnant Jill Zmud with hubby Alan Neal out to review The Rex, a small homie restaurant off the main drag in Little Italy. JILL:  First of all, let’s just say what excellent timing Apt613 and the National Arts Centre had in giving us this assignment. ALAN: It’s like our last hot date before the baby comes. JILL:... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood enjoys a perfect evening at Taylor’s Genuine

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Photo courtesy of Royal Wood.Photo courtesy of Royal Wood.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Royal Wood is our first two-time contributor. After reviewing the Back Lane Cafe, we sent him out to Old Ottawa South to try Taylor’s Genuine Kitchen & Wine.  When we walked in I absorbed both the informal and professional atmosphere. To be honest I think all of our shoulders dropped and relaxed. We were in for a perfect evening of friends, laughter, food... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cuff the Duke does brunch at Earl’s Erling’s Variety

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Mathias prepping the blueberry buttermilk pancakes for you! Photo from the Erling's Variety Instagram page.Mathias prepping the blueberry buttermilk pancakes for you! Photo from the Erling's Variety Instagram page.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. In this edition, Cuff the Duke headed out to the Glebe to test out the hood’s newest brunch hangout, Earl’s Variety, which, due to a potential legal dispute with a Vancouver restaurant chain has since changed its name to Erling’s Variety. Erling’s offers diners a bright and spacious room in which to summarily gobble up freshly prepared brunch items made in the... | Continue reading article

Foodie Friday: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar

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Photo from Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Facebook page.Photo from Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Facebook page.

Always starving, always thirsty, always writing. Aspiring sommelier and food aficionado studying media and film at Carleton University in the capital, Aryn Pepper can also be found on her blog, Vino Vidii Vicii (v.v.v.). Culturally, food was meant to be shared. For centuries, people of the world have gathered friends, feasted, and crushed drink upon drink. This civilizing spirit is kept strong and mixed in a cocktail within a gorgeous mezzanine in the nations capital: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar. Upon approaching Sidedoor through one of Byward Market’s curious courtyards,... | Continue reading article

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Oh mon Dieu! It’s Poutine Week.

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Scott on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Danielle Scott on Flickr.

Scrolling down my Facebook feed tonight, I landed on a titillating poutine photo featured at the Gainsbourg resto-pub in Gatineau. A bit further down the post I discovered that there’s a cross-country poutine festival going on this week! Poutine Week is taking place across multiple cities in Québec and Ontario with just under 20 restaurants in Ottawa/Gatineau are participating.  Tasters are asked to vote for their favourite ones at LaPoutineWeek.com and by the end of the week, winners are declared in each city. The great thing about it is that... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Taste some lesser-known goodies at the Underground Chef’s Market

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There’s another food event in town this weekend. The Underground Chef’s Market is bringing together some amateur and professional food folks at the Ottawa Convention Centre to experiment with their ideas and show off some skills. It should be an interesting opportunity to taste some new stuff. There are only two names on the list (327 Wine Bar and Gong-fu Bao) that I recognize.Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and food at the show is priced between $1 and $10. We shot a few questions over... | Continue reading article

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West side business comings and goings

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Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.

There’s been lots of action on and around Wellington West these past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of moves, new business openings and future businesses along the strip. Tall Tree Cycles will be taking over the Red Chair Kids space this fall, around November. While the space doesn’t immediately seem bigger than their current space, they will benefit from a full basement where they can do work and store bikes. Since Alteriors moved to Old Ottawa South, I had heard many rumblings about a Starbucks moving into the space. A couple... | Continue reading article

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4 chefs + 4 breweries = 4 Pivot’s Sake AND a ticket giveaway!

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Members of the 4 Pivot's Sake team with kids from the Banff Community House.Members of the 4 Pivot's Sake team with kids from the Banff Community House.

With the number of great restaurants constantly increasing, and a craft beer scene that seems to have exploded over the past year, we’re certainly spoiled for choice here in Ottawa. This Saturday, at least, choosing won’t be so difficult. Get ready for food from 4 killer chefs and beer from 4 different breweries as they all come together for 4 Pivot’s Sake. That’s right, dining al fresco at Mugshots, you’ll have the opportunity to nosh on 4 plates from 4 of the city’s best. In addition to showing off some exquisite local... | Continue reading article

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Breaking: Marysol Foucault closing one of her wonderful restaurants

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Photo from Odile's Facebook page.Photo from Odile's Facebook page.

Marysol Foucault’s cuisine is one of the reasons why committed Ottawans cross the river to Gatineau every weekend for brunch. The food she creates is spectacular and the ambiance she has created at both Chez Edgar and Odile is chic and homey. Sadly for us, but good for Marysol, she announced on Monday that she will be closing Odile  at the end of the month to focus solely on Chez Edgar, and regain a bit of her life back. Below is the letter explaining her decision from Odile’s Facebook page. Dearest... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Terrific tacos at El Camino

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Post by Adria May and Ryan Saxby Hill, Senior Taco Correspondents When we arrived at El Camino, Chef Carmichael’s new taco joint, the place was packed and there was a line up at the take-out window. We didn’t recall a place having such high energy on a Wednesday night on Elgin street in quite a while. There was a good reason. The place was fantastic and didn’t affect our pocket books too much. We still got great seats for our first go. We were sitting perched at a bar overlooking... | Continue reading article

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