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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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Ottawa's own Chipotle — but better

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The best part of travelling to an American university campus is  Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast food joint that for years has had New Yorkers lining up outside for a lunch time bite is cheap, delicious and filling. So when Toronto got its own location a few years ago, we thought the expansion up North might include Ottawa. Seems it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, what Ottawa finally has is Burrito Borracho, our own healthier, more authentic version of Chipotle. Alex and Mario, two guys from Mexico, opened Burrito Borracho... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa's got soul! Fried chicken, smothered pork chops and collard greens at Jean Albert's

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Why do they call it soul food? Because after the inevitable heart attack your soul will leave your body – but rest assured, it’ll be going to heaven. Fried chicken, waffles for dinner, hushpuppies,  candied yams…just thinking about it all makes me both want to drool and dust off my gym membership. So when I heard a new soul food restaurant had opened up in Ottawa, I grabbed fellow Apartment613 editor Francois, slapped on my sweatpants and made some vague promises to hit up the Y the next day. The... | Continue reading article

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Nom Nom (Some of) Ottawa's Foodie Bloggers!

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Ottawa might not be known as a foodie capital, but there is no doubt that there is something of a food culture living below the surface of our city. A world-class culinary school and top-notch restaurants certainly help, but the lifeblood of any foodie community (and we hope any community really) is its bloggers – an area where Ottawa is excelling! The institution of Food Blogging has really taken off – I’ve followed about ten new ones since watching Julie and Julia alone. In my Google Reader list there are... | Continue reading article

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Aunt Olive’s: Laid back food with style

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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. In a world dominated by multinationals such as Starbucks, McDonalds and company, the quaint, small, tucked away local business shakes in its little boots, afraid to shine and claim fame in its home town. Ottawa’s Aunt Olive’s promises to be different. Part café, part fashion store, Aunt Olive’s is uniquely pleasing business that allows patrons, regulars and aficionados of all kinds to shop... | Continue reading article

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The Best Pancakes in Ottawa – the Twitter-poll edition

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I love pancakes. Their light and fluffy texture topped with a drizzle of intensely sweet maple syrup makes them a perfect dish for a relaxing weekend brunch. Imagine my surprise to learn that I get to eat them for dinner tonight! It’s pancake Tuesday… which I know has lots of significance and meaning for many as a religious marker leading into lent. For me… it’s more about an excuse to have breakfast for dinner. To help those of you looking to satisfy your pancake craving this evening – I asked our twitter... | Continue reading article

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Amanda Lunan (aka Aunty Loo) dishes out creative treats

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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. Disclosure: Aunty Loo’s Bakery will be participating in a fundraiser for Apartment613 this Valentine’s Day. No eggs, no milk, no butter or cream: Amanda Lunan of Aunty Loo’s Bakery creates wonderfully crafted baked goods for a small yet discerning niche of individuals with dietary restrictions or ethical concerns. Though this is not an easy task, especially considering the competitive nature of small businesses,... | Continue reading article

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Chef Wars for Charity: Juniper takes on Ottawa!

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Ever since the Food Network imported Iron Chef from Japan, cooking is becoming more and more like a competitive sport. Just like their non-edible counterparts, culinary sports come in a wide variety of flavours. At the WWF end of the spectrum is the hot dog eating contests, in which ‘reversals’ does not mean a string unexpected of goals. Perhaps more to the taste of the tennis and golf set are events like Juniper Restaurant’s Dueling Chef’s Food and Wine Pairing Event Like a heavyweight on steroids, Juniper is challenging every... | Continue reading article

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The Restaurant Adventures of Caroline and Dave

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It’s no secret that we are big fans of ZenKitchen here at Apartment 613. The little vegetarian restaurant on Somerset has become a welcome addition to Ottawa’s culinary scene. When we first wrote about ZenKitchen back in the summer we reported that the restaurant’s executive chef, Caroline Ishii, and co-owner/sommelier David Loan were followed by a camera crew as they tried to fulfill their dream of opening the place and making it a success. That adventure has now been documented in the new show from Mountain Road Productions titled, The... | Continue reading article

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The Restaurant Adventures of Caroline and Dave

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It’s no secret that we are big fans of ZenKitchen here at Apartment 613. The little vegetarian restaurant on Somerset has become a welcome addition to Ottawa’s culinary scene. When we first wrote about ZenKitchen back in the summer we reported that the restaurant’s executive chef, Caroline Ishii, and co-owner/sommelier David Loan were followed by a camera crew as they tried to fulfill their dream of opening the place and making it a success. That adventure has now been documented in the new show from Mountain Road Productions titled, The... | Continue reading article

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