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Affordable tapas a reality at 10Fourteen

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Photo courtesy of Ashley FraserPhoto courtesy of Ashley Fraser

I normally avoid tapa-style eateries. With fairly small plates that tend to be overpriced, tapas are a good way to burn a hole in your wallet while leaving your stomach half-empty. Fortunately there are exceptions to this rule, such as 10Fourteen, a fun and affordable wine bar/restaurant in Hintonburg that is located at, you guessed it, 1014 Wellington West (twitter page here). With an eclectic selection of tapa-inspired dishes that change weekly, this enjoyable spot is a great place to try a variety of new and innovative dishes. “The menu... | Continue reading article

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Looking for a good shuck? Check out the Elmdale!

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Photo by Trevor PritchardPhoto by Trevor Pritchard

I recently had the opportunity over the holidays to exchange emails with Peter McCallum and Joshua Bishop of Whalesbone Oyster House on Bank Street concerning their acquisition of the Elmdale Tavern in Hintonburg. Their joint ownership became official just after Christmas, though you may remember some hoopla a few months back when this purchase was first made public. There were some skeptics among the crowd who felt that the character of the Elmdale would be lost with the new ownership and decried what they saw as the inevitable loss of... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa (plus, win tickets!)

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3-inch buttons made from test prints from work by Diane Bond for cut/paste/copy (now showing at Pressed Cafe).3-inch buttons made from test prints from work by Diane Bond for cut/paste/copy (now showing at Pressed Cafe).

Well, we’ve reached the halfway point of Support Local month, as November trucks along and the days get shorter. But no need to despair – there’s still plenty of events to come! We’ve got two art openings – one at Shanghai (use your passport!) and one at Mugshots, as well as a crazy birthday bash for Timekode, celebrating seven years of sweat and dance. Also in celebrations? Wunderkammer turns one! Be all classy-like at 327 Wine Bar Friday evening, with music by bassist Tobias Meis. You can also head out... | Continue reading article

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Pigging out at Revelry House

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Image by Bollo on Vimeo.Image by Bollo on Vimeo.

Written by Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline. This past Sunday we had the opportunity to experience The Pig Out, a truly unique and intimate outdoor dining experience right here in Ottawa. The event was the brainchild of Stephanie and Chantal Albert, along with Kelly Brisson of local gastronomy blog The Gouda Life. Initially we were excited to hear that the event was part of a new underground dining concept called Revelry House (more on that in a minute). But our excitement went through the roof when they announced that Chef... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Bronson Food Passport edition

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Bronson Food Passport. Design by Adam Begin.Bronson Food Passport. Design by Adam Begin.

The ongoing construction on Bronson Avenue has hit many businesses in the area quite hard. Whether it’s a decrease in retail sales, or dealing with the daily hassle of having their neighbourhood turned upside down, the impact has been significant. Instead of buckling under the pressure, however, seven food establishments decided to offer a special joint promotion to attract new customers, and in the process turn a construction-based lemon of a situation into innovative lemonade. As part of Support Local month, the eateries have launched the Bronson Food Passport throughout... | Continue reading article

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Taste of CHUO: A new (and delicious) yearly treat

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

Ottawa City Hall erupted with appetizing flavours this past Sunday, as local restaurants dished up samples of their culinary specialities as part of Support Local month. Doubling as a fundraiser for University of Ottawa campus radio station CHUO, the first annual Taste of CHUO brought together almost a dozen restaurants that offered everything from Ethiopian cuisine to Salvadoran dishes to Caribbean flavours. Local brewer Kichesippi Beer also poured some of their tasty creations for those looking to wash down all of the tasty treats. “The name ‘A Taste of CHUO’... | Continue reading article

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Beckta’s Gezellig makes Westboro an offer it can’t refuse

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Photo by Doublespace Photography (doublespacephoto.com)Photo by Doublespace Photography (doublespacephoto.com)

By Gloria Song and Robert Mayne. Gloria is a lawyer and a writer based in Ottawa. Rob is a chef trained at the Cordon Bleu, also based in Ottawa. Few restaurant openings have been anticipated this year as much as Gezellig. Roughly translated as “cozy” in Dutch, Gezellig is Stephen Beckta’s newest restaurant located in the heart of Westboro, away from his other restaurants Play in the Byward Market and Beckta in Centretown. We checked out Gezellig on its opening night. The restaurant was not as full as we expected,... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for October 17, 2012

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Listen here or on iTunes. This week on Apt613 Live, Karen and Ryan are our guides for an hour of creativity, boxing, and food. First up, Katie Frappier joins us to discuss her upcoming Creative Mornings talk. Frappier is one of the co-owners of Victoire, and she will speak to a crowd of enthusiastic breakfast-goers at The Hub this Friday the 19th with Regine Paquette, the shop’s other owner. For more info, check out the Eventbrite. Speaking of Creative Mornings, Sharif Virani, the man behind the Ottawa chapter of the breakfast/lecture series, is in-studio to... | Continue reading article

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Weekly news review – Mayor takes a gamble with OLG, Elizabeth Fry questions birth in Ottawa jail, Ottawa finally to be home to an H&M and more!

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City Hall was buzzing this week with the debate over whether Ottawa should consider a proposal for a new casino from OLG. Many thought that the debate lacked the time or nuance required and addiction experts spoke out about the harmful effects a casino might have on the population. Council passed the motion with a vote of 19 to 5. The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is working to reunite a mother and her child after she gave birth in an Ottawa jail cell. The shocking story has been raising... | Continue reading article

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The Suya Spot: Hintonburg gets a taste of Nigerian BBQ

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The Suya Spot at 1104 Somerset WestThe Suya Spot at 1104 Somerset West

Hintonburg is quickly becoming one of the best – if not the best – neighbourhoods in Ottawa for trying delicious cuisine. With a wide range of restaurants offering numerous tasty dishes, this area just west of downtown is developing into a foodie’s paradise. The newest food establishment in Hintonburg is set to join this illustrious group of eateries by offering up appetizing servings of Nigerian-style barbequed meat. Operating at the former location of the Indian Express takeout, The Suya Spot at 1104 Somerset West offers customers several meat dishes that are very... | Continue reading article

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