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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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Screen shots from www.lautreoeil.comScreen shots from www.lautreoeil.com

“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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Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar: A watered-down sake joint with style

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That’s right, a watered-down sake joint with style. What do I mean by this? Well after educating myself on the traditional izakaya sake shops, I can safely say that Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar (339 Elgin st.) really isn’t an izakaya at all, although it does have an inviting atmosphere, tasty drinks and satisfying menu (hence the bit about style). Will this restaurant’s weak relation to tradition deter customers? No. Will they still enjoy their visit? Absolutely – but it depends on what they order. Read Foodie Print’s Izakaya review... | Continue reading article

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A menu of Titanic proportions at Lapointe’s Seafood Grill

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Screenshot from the movie TitanicScreenshot from the movie Titanic

While much of the Titanic craze in Canada focuses on Halifax, Lapointe’s Seafood Grill on York Street decided to do something different to commemorate the Titanic centenary. “It will be business as usual, but with a twist,” said Head Chef Simon Brière-Audet. “Usually we have one special for the evening, but for this time we will have four,” said Brière-Audet. Inspired by the menu available on the night of April 14, 1912 in the Titanic’s first-class à la carte restaurant, Brière-Audet and Sous Chef and Culinary Adviser, Etienne Cuerrier, concocted... | Continue reading article

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How are Ottawa’s foodie businesses using social media?

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More than few of Ottawa’s restaurants are utilizing social media in order to connect with customers and refine their menus. In fact, it is now more of the rule than the exception. More and more local businesses are harnessing the power of social networking and also interactive crowdsourcing on the Internet in order to build their brands, provide services, and draw in new diners. Some restaurants are using traditional listing services that have been revamped into interactive platforms on which they can list their menus and provide directions. YellowPages.com, for... | Continue reading article

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Best tacos in Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Kathy Ferguson.All photos courtesy of Kathy Ferguson.

Originally posted on Kathy Eats – Adventures of a street food geek. Reproduced here with her permission. Anyone who knows me at all knows that I have a small infatuation with tacos.  OK…maybe not so much an infatuation, but rather an outright obsession.  I can’t help it.  And I’m not talking Old El Paso or Taco Bell here…I’m taking handmade soft corn tortillas, fresh ingredients and traditional flavours. My problem started years ago with travel through California and Mexico.  I was introduced to what tacos REALLY should taste like, and... | Continue reading article

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A Day in the Life of Zest Café and Catering

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All photos by Jessica SimsAll photos by Jessica Sims

A day in the life, a series cooked up by Jessica, offers a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the National Capital Region’s favourite food related businesses. Gil and Janet Roberge are the husband and wife team behind Zest Café and Catering, a business they started in their house doing a few orders here and there for friends. Now in their fourth year of operation, the catering business grew simply by word of mouth. They regularly get asked to cater for French and Swedish embassy parties, at one point serving close... | Continue reading article

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Wake up (with) little Suzy: SuzyQ Doughnuts

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The widespread distribution of Timmy Ho’s is probably a pretty good indication of how much us Canucks like doughnuts. However, if you’ve got an avó, grand-mère, or oma you’d probably prefer one of their malasadas, beignets or berliners to a honey cruller. Don’t have a grandma who makes homemade doughnuts? Not to worry. Head to Hintonburg and Sue Harmer will be happy to provide you with some. Sue is the “Suzy” of SuzyQ Doughnuts. Her background is in fine arts, but the mom of 3 found it hard to find... | Continue reading article

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