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Weekly news review – Mayor takes a gamble with OLG, Elizabeth Fry questions birth in Ottawa jail, Ottawa finally to be home to an H&M and more!

City Hall was buzzing this week with the debate over whether Ottawa should consider a proposal for a new casino from OLG. Many thought that the debate lacked the time or nuance required and addiction experts spoke out about the harmful effects a casino might have on the population. Council passed the motion with a […]

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The Suya Spot: Hintonburg gets a taste of Nigerian BBQ

Hintonburg is quickly becoming one of the best – if not the best – neighbourhoods in Ottawa for trying delicious cuisine. With a wide range of restaurants offering numerous tasty dishes, this area just west of downtown is developing into a foodie’s paradise. The newest food establishment in Hintonburg is set to join this illustrious […]

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Kingston Restaurant Takeover: A Tale of Two Cities

This past Monday, Chef Clark Day of Kingston’s AquaTerra by Clark Restobistro gave us a real night on the Town (pun intended). He was visiting one of Elgin Street’s funkiest  bistros as part of the Kingston Restaurant Takeover, which brought some of Kingston’s finest culinarians to Ottawa to show off their skills. We were lucky […]

plate of pork stew

Red Apron does 100 mile meals

A lot of people are talking about 100 mile diets. Eating more local food seems like a natural way to support the local economy and reduce the amount of transportation it takes to get food onto our table. The Red Apron, a local staple in the budding foodie haven of Gladstone Avenue, is finding ways […]


Kathy Ferguson’s Ultimate Guide to Ottawa Food Trucks

Kathy Ferguson is a local food blogger and contributor to the Food Network’s Eat Street. This article was originally posted on her blog, Kathy Eats – Adventures of a street food geek, and is reproduced here with her permission. All photos by Kathy. Food trucks – the newest, trendiest weapon in the foodies arsenal – are conquering taste […]

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So that happened: An Open Letter To ARBORETUM – From Rolf Klausener

This past weekend, Ottawa witnessed the launch of ARBORETUM – the latest promising addition to our city’s cultural scene. The reviews are positive and our thoughts turn to what’s next for the festival and the team behind it. Rolf Klausener, the artistic director of the festival just posted an open letter the community and we thought you […]

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Learning to love pork at the Tacolot

A summer love affair with pork may have been sparked at the Tacolot in Hintonburg, and this is coming from a former long-time vegetarian. Before describing this potentially budding romance, however, some quick facts are in order. Starting in early-July and running until November 4, a new guest chef will offer a special taco creation […]

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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide

Are you a fan of craft breweries? Microbrasseries? Brew pubs? Beer in general? Then think of this article as a scavenger hunt for the National Capital Region beer aficionado. Despite all the back-to-school sales and frosh week prep going on, there is still some summer left and hunting down a quality pint is a good […]

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National Capital Craft Beer Week is an easy sell

Ottawa embraces its beer. The growth of our local breweries and the proliferation of local beers on tap at great restaurants keeps us all drinking something fun, unusual and local. This month you’ll have a chance to celebrate this beer culture in the capital with National Capital Craft Beer week, taking place August 10 to […]

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Creative Mornings: Julian Garner on “Unconventional Creativity”

Last month, Creative Mornings brought their blend of pre-lunch intellectualism and coffee to the Ottawa School of Art with a talk hosted by Chef Matthew Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop Up Kitchen. This month, the topic of discussion has shifted from the edible to visual art, with discussion featuring Julian Garner. Long a notable […]

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The sweet sounds of Jazz and construction mix at Levante Bistro and Lounge

As construction workers rip up the north side of Rideau Street, surrounded by fencing and concrete barriers, the smooth sounds of jazz play inside Ottawa’s newest downtown restaurant. Welcome to Levante Bistro and Lounge at 180 Rideau, where the neighbour across the street is a 350L CAT excavator, but the ambience inside is filled with […]

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Au Café Show adds a spoonful of drama to your coffee

A new coffee shop infusing a little theatre into its lattes recently opened its doors at 161 Promenade du Portage in front of the Portage IV Complex in Hull. This humongous coffee shop, once home to Presse Café, provides a warm and enjoyable setting to unwind and enjoy theatrical shows while serving local products. “We […]


Hey carnivores, this one’s for you: Trailer Pork Boys serve up slow-cooked to go

You know it’s good when you wake up the next morning craving more. I guess you could say the Trailer Pork Boys’ pulled pork sandwich is good, then. Into its second week, Ottawa’s newest food truck is all about the pig. The menu is short, sweet, and to the porkalicious point: sandwiches (pulled pork & […]


Chef Matt Carmichael talks Mello’s love and new projects

This is my first article and restaurant review for Apt613; as an avid foodie I volunteered my blogging services to editor and soon-to-be-father François over one too many glasses of wine one Friday night at HUB Ottawa. Full disclosure: it has turned into more of a story than a review and is also a bit […]

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Union Local 613, where class meets southern comfort

There is no shortage of fine dining options in our beloved Capital City. Foodies can get their fix in virtually any neighborhood, and while we’re often accused of playing catch up to trendier Montreal or Toronto, Ottawa is (almost) always on point with keeping up with restaurants fads and new concepts. Recently, a few Southern-style […]