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Duelling Chefs Round 9: Femme Finale!

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline Well folks, that’s a wrap! A really tasty wrap if you’ve been following along on our edible adventures while covering the 2011 Duelling Chefs series. This has been a whirlwind of mind-blowing culinary creativity, where many of the delectable presentations we’ve had the privilege of experiencing could easily have substituted as a nouveau art installation at the National Gallery – delicious to the eyes and the palate. Since February, we have been able to indulge in some of the city’s best talent when it... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: all about food edition, featuring Chef Charlotte, foodprints, street food and more!

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[podcast]http://www.archive.org/download/Apartment613LiveForJune92011/Apt613LiveFoodEpisode.mp3[/podcast] This week on Apartment613 Live we take on food in the capital. We have an existential exploration of brunch with Charlotte Langley of the Whalesbone Oyster House. We chat food blogging with the dynamic duo behind foodieprints - and even get some insider tips on how to not to be a food-blogging-douchebag. We take your twitter suggestions for the street food Ottawa needs most. And as always, we play music from the artists being hosted this week at Ottawas pubs, clubs and other venues.

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This week on Apartment613 Live: Restos in Hintonburg, microbrews in Gatineau, and songs in the key of Ottawa

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Hey there, capital city audiophiles. It’s another edition of Apartment613 Live, coming to you – as always – in juicy podcast form courtesy the good citizens at CHUO 89.1 FM. This week, we bring you the sounds of the recent Gatineau Festibiere, as beer aficionado Sylvain Cloutier takes us on a journey through the history of beer in la belle province. We also chat with Gen Lamorie, co-owner of the soon-to-open Burnt Butter Italian Kitchen, about Hintonburg’s continuing emergence as ground zero of the local food scene. And of course,... | Continue reading article

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Duelling Chefs Round 8: Quelle Soup-rise!

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Monday night marked the second-last round of the extraordinarily palate-pleasing Duelling Chefs series. We walked into “event headquarters” at Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar expecting the usual phenomenal array of food and wine pairings to complement an evening of good fun…but as soon as we got wind of the menu, it was clear something was afoot! The usual structure of each duel’s menu consists of four courses: an amuse bouche, a fish, a meat and a dessert course. As the rules of the event state, each chef will be given the... | Continue reading article

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Duelling Chefs Round 7: Gourmet Giving!

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline After covering this event for almost four months, we’d be remiss in our reporting if we didn’t let our readers know a bit more about the beneficiaries of this wonderful series. This is the second year for Duelling Chefs and, as last year, several local charities were selected to be the recipients of the net proceeds from the competition. In its inaugural year, the Duelling Chefs event series raised a whopping $30,000 for various local charities. This year, in true competitive form, they’ve upped... | Continue reading article

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Where can you taste the new Kichesippi 1855?

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In the midst of an election campaign a few weeks ago, some local Ottawa politicians, community leaders, media and beer lovers converged on the new Kichesippi brewery off Carling Avenue to celebrate the launch of the brewery’s second beer – 1855. The name is a reference to the date Ottawa was founded, reinforcing the deep commitment the team at Kichesippi has to the region. For the last few weeks, I’ve been asking my usual places for the 1855 and had yet to find one with it on tap. Being the... | Continue reading article

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Restaurant watch: Peeking inside the Alpha Soul Cafe, plus more Hintonburg resto developments

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I admit, I’ve been a bit remiss in not writing about Alpha Soul Cafe sooner. Yes, the trendy cafe-slash-wine bar opened two weeks ago, but that’s not the source of my shame. No, it goes back months, ever since the owners erected that mysterious, impossible-to-miss wooden purple facade on Wellington Street West between Fairmont and Irving. Sure, there was a blog that sporadically kept us Hintonburgers in the know – but that couldn’t be all, could it? What was really going on back there? I had my suspicions (mainly plans... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb*: Where to go for a celebratory dinner?

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An Apt613 reader writes… Dear Interweb, I’ll be visiting the city for the first time in June, and thought you’d be the perfect people to ask for a restaurant recommendation for a celebratory dinner (graduation). Looking for a place that has great food and centrally located…but not too stuffy. Appreciate any suggestions. My three suggestions after the jump, but isn’t answering this kind of question why the internet was invented? Help out a future Ottawan out by leaving your choices in the comments.

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Duelling Chefs Round Five: Judging by the flavour…

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline This past Monday the lights dimmed and the wine flowed once again as visiting competitor, Chef Ben Baird and his team from The Urban Pear served up some of their best in this fifth match of the 2011 Duelling Chefs series. As usual, Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar played host with Chef Peter Robblee at the head of their team for this round. It was a very close battle, so close in fact that the surreptitious “mystery judge”, who attends each round to be... | Continue reading article

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Second annual Cook Off pits “pros” against “joes”

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Ottawa’s culinary scene has definitely got a touch of the Iron Chef bug. Competitive cooking events are springing up all over, from Cupcake Camp to Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar’s ongoing high-end food fight. However, if you like your cooking competitions cheap and eclectic, look no further the the Second Annual Cook Off. This “pros vs. joes” competition offers diners the chance to choose between ten different dishes in five categories, all for the cover price of $5 plus the cost of a meal ticket. What sets the Cook Off... | Continue reading article

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