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Stone Soup: Real soup made with real stuff

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Post by Kim Bosch It’s freezing. You’re starving. The wind is blasting you from all angles like an actress in a cosmetics commercial. The skate home on the canal you were so looking forward to earlier in the day has now slapped you into exhaustion. In moments like this a (albeit delicious) Queues de Castor won’t give you the energy you need to make it to Dow’s Lake. There is a rumble in your tummy that cannot be smothered into silence with cinnamon encrusted dough. Luckily, there’s an oasis ahead.... | Continue reading article

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Hintonburgers at the Elmdale

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Picture this: It’s Friday night, and Joe Hintonburg is at the Elmdale Tavern with some friends. Hunger strikes. His thoughts turn to the fabled burger joint The Hintonburger. But it is not to be. The Hintonburger lies a good ways down Wellington, and it’s cold outside. Plus, it’s probably already closed. Disappointment, anger, hunger – Joe Hintonburg remains Hintonburgerless.

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Thimble Cakes: Gluten free never tasted so good

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Post by Natasha Mooney The latest cupcake shop to pop up in Ottawa is Thimble Cakes at Bank and Gilmour. In the last year, a few other ‘cupcakeries’ have opened their doors, so Thimble runs the risk of being lost in the crowd. But here’s the catch – it caters to allergy-prone foodies! All of their products are nut free, and they offer a variety of gluten free and vegan friendly dairy and egg free sweets. They can also special order sugar free cupcakes for palettes of all backgrounds. My... | Continue reading article

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Don’t speak the language of coffee? Get back to simpler times at Sun Cafe and Flowers

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Post by Jared Davidson. Sun Cafe is located at 410 Bank Street, and is open everyday from 7am to 10pm. I’m afraid of coffee shops. I live in terror of that moment of truth when the barista kindly smiles at me and asks what I want. I never know. I want coffee, presumably, but as I look at the drink list behind the counter, its endless possibilities cloud my tiny mind and I realize just how unprepared I was to undertake the enormous responsibility of ordering a drink. I don’t... | Continue reading article

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Restaurant watch: Tennessy Willems

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Photo courtesy of Stephan Telka.Photo courtesy of Stephan Telka.

The newest addition to Ottawa’s expanding and diversifying Hintonburg / Wellington West Village foodie scene comes in the form of Tennessy Willems, a wood-fired oven pizza restaurant that opened last week at the corner of Wellington West and Melrose. Named after the owners’ son and daughter, Tennessy Willems charts a new course forward for pizza in Ottawa by carefully looking to the past. Inspired by a visit to a wood-fired oven pizzeria in New England 4 years ago, that had left Lisa and Jochen Braun raving about the pizza days... | Continue reading article

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The Lord of the Wings decrees: The five best chicken wings in Ottawa

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Best chicken wings in Ottawa

Post and photos by Jeff B., aka the Lord of the Wings – until recently an Ottawa-based food blogger specializing in the favorite food of sports pub patrons world wide. Check out his blog for news, recipes and reviews from Ottawa and beyond. Apartment613 wishes LOTW the best of luck in his new city and job. I was very honoured when Apt613 asked me to sum up my top five places in Ottawa for Chicken Wings. It came right before a big opportunity, which I’m sad to say will have... | Continue reading article

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Street Food Exposé: B.Goods bakery, sweets on asphalt.

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Post by Dominic Maggiolo, Ottawa food philosopher and blogger on vegetarian food and culture. Check out some of his other writings on his blog, Le Jeune Gourmand. You’re not going to find mustard, relish or ketchup at this street vendor; no stocky polish man yelling at you for not taking the “special” sauce on your hot dog; nor are you going to have gulls taking a swipe at your freshly deep fried golden strips of love. I’m talking about something different, something Ottawa needs: an individual passionate about baking and... | Continue reading article

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Local foodies take note! The Collection serves tasty dishes

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By Samantha Everts When you’re headed to the market for a night on the town chances are you’ll either end up at an overpriced bistro with too small portions, or you’ll gorge on greasy diner fare. If you’re looking for something different, fear not, The Collection has ambitiously taken on the challenge of providing a fun and relaxing place to enjoy delicious, locally sourced gourmet food at affordable prices – and it does so in a very cool atmosphere complete with changing art exhibits. I spoke with head Chef Ivana... | Continue reading article

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A pho study – 5 takes on Ottawa pho

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Posts and photos by Jennifer and Don at FoodiePrints Almost a month ago, we were approached by Apartment613 to do a pho round up, having blogged numerous posts on the subject of Vietnamese noodle soup in Ottawa. Apartment613′s Ryan Saxby once referred to us as “pho obsessed.” After some thought, we agreed to participate. We decided to visit five pho noodle houses in Ottawa, all recommended by friends or colleagues. Practical, low cost, and satisfying, Ottawa is blessed with a large number of pho noodle houses. Pho is a popular... | Continue reading article

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The 2010 Blog Walk takes it all the way to the Bank (street that is)

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After the self-proclaimed success of the Apartment613 Blog Walk for last year’s Jane’s Walk festival, we decided to take a group down Bank Street to some of the more interesting stops along our favourite slice of Bank Street. About 20 walkers braved the threat of rain, collected some local lore and learned a bit about the people who make Bank Street the home for their business. Here’s a taste of what we saw…

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