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327 Wine Bar: Somerset’s newest classy addition

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The mysterious closing of Benitz Bistro down on Somerset last year brought disappointed sighs from around the city. For Tim Barton and Brad Henderson, though, that close resulted in one of their biggest opportunities to date: opening their own restaurant. But things are never as easy as they sound – from the start, this duo had a challenge ahead. When they walked into the space for the first time, it was set up just as it was when Benitz was actually open – dinner plates, cutlery, glasses all impeccably laid... | Continue reading article

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Local dining along the canal: Is 8 Locks Flat the city’s best new patio?

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There is a curious buzz in the air as I stroll towards 8 Locks’ Flat, the new patio restaurant on the shore of the Rideau Canal. All around me interested onlookers – whether biking, running, walking or rollerblading – scan the recently installed wooden deck that is filled with people eating and drinking. “We should stop there on our way back,” I overhear an intrigued cyclist say to a fellow rider as they bike past the restaurant patio, which is just by the Somerset footbridge next to the University of Ottawa. The brainchild of... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Chefs Offering up Tasty Taco Experimentation at TacoLot

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Every Sunday until November 4, some of Ottawa’s best chefs will be making their own taco creations to support the Ottawa Food Bank or a charity of the chef’s choice at the TacoLot on Wellington West. While serving up his own creation last Sunday, Urban Pear owner and head chef Ben Baird told Apartment613 that he likes the simplicity of tacos. However, the preparation of his special wild boar tacos with lime cilantro crème fraiche and organic corn and snap pea salsa was not exactly simple. The boar alone took... | Continue reading article

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Join the Green Wave at Simply Raw Express

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When the Canadian Press recently wrote about Ottawa’s flourishing foodie neighbourhood of Hintonburg, writer Jennifer Ditchburn chose to focus on local favourites such as Hintonburger, Suzy Q Doughnuts and the TacoLot (naturally already featured on our blog). While the budding restaurant scene was well covered, a few of the more novel tummy-pleasing spots were missed, including Simply Raw Express. The café and takeaway shop, which opened in May 2012, is quickly becoming a destination for those who prefer their food uncooked and unprocessed. If owners Mark Faul and Natasha Kyssa have their... | Continue reading article

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Wellington Gastro Pub: The stairway to culinary heaven

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As you open the door of The Wellington Gastropub you will be presented with a set of stairs. They will take you not only to the second floor dining room, but also to the height of culinary delight in Ottawa. Open for five years now, the Gastropub at 1325 Wellington Street West continues to be among the best restaurants in Ottawa. The food, service and décor are three reasons many respect and recognize the Gastropub. Once inside you’ll notice the beautiful natural colours which decorate the trendy dining room and bar.... | Continue reading article

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Kelp and Pressed team-up to bring more tunes to Gladstone Avenue

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The unlikely music venue that brought you several solid weeks of experimental music over the spring is now teaming up with Ottawa’s favourite record label to deliver even more to their sandwich-eating and Kichesippi-sipping customers. Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar will soon be hosting Kelp-curated music shows, adding another smaller venue to Ottawa’s indie music scene. The plan is to book shows mainly on Thursday through Saturday, starting once the dinner crowd is done with their pulled pork or smoked brisket. Jeff Stewart from Pressed says he was always interested in the possilibities... | Continue reading article

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Bridgehead’s New Roastery: Willy Wonka for the Coffee Geek

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From left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff HansenFrom left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff Hansen

During my extensive research for this article, I stumbled upon this clip from 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the clip, the children are welcomed into the factory by a strange and rather morally ambiguous Gene Wilder. Now, I would contend, and I think anyone who has toured any candy factory, that this scene is somewhat removed from reality. I once toured the now-no-more Hershey’s factory in Smiths Falls, and at the time I was struck by the lack of whimsy, majesty and creepy men singing “come with... | Continue reading article

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L’Autre Oeil is a whole world of beer in the heart of Old Aylmer

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“Can I have a pint of 50 on tap?” “Eeee… no… but we do have 540 other kinds of beer to choose from…. do you think you will be able to find something that pleases you?” This is the kind of conversation you might overhear at L’Autre Oeil, located on the other side of the river in Aylmer. L’Autre Oeil (located at 555 rue Principal) is an amazing small bistro with the biggest selection of beer in the region. If you think Pub Italia’s Beer Bible is huge, you really need... | Continue reading article

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April showers bring Darren Flowers: Brothers Beer Bistro opens on Dalhousie

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In early April, 366 Dalhousie resembled a Vietnamese restaurant trashed by marines. Today, a new restaurant has opened featuring a charming, rustic setting with wood and natural colours decorating the interior. The owners were lucky to uncover beautiful brick walls while transforming the old Takara restaurant into Brothers Beer Bistro, which opens tonight. “We wanted something warm and inviting,” says Hamilton-native and co-owner Nick Ringuette. “We also wanted an industrial look, as you can see with the exposed pipes for the taps.” Not only is Brother’s mise-en-scène stimulating - so is the beer menu. With 16 draft and... | Continue reading article

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Head over to Chinatown remixed this weekend

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It’s going to be a great weekend in Chinatown. The weather looks great, making it a perfect day for a stroll through the arch to take in a remixed version of Chinatown. For the fourth year in a row, local Chinatown businesses have teamed up with Ottawa-based artists to turn Chinatown into one huge gallery. From the Daily Grind in the East to Purple Urchin in the West – 54 different locations are taking part. You’ve got a month to take in the art, but today you can take in... | Continue reading article

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