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Restaurant Watch: The Hintonburg Public House establishes itself as Ottawa’s western hipster Mecca

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Photo courtesy of the Hintonburg Public House.Photo courtesy of the Hintonburg Public House.

Hintonburg has quickly become known as the new “it” neighborhood for young professionals and it seems obvious why. The array of restaurants and other local establishments that have sprung up in the last few years have really gentrified the area. The Hintonburg Public House(1020 Wellington Street West) can now add its name to the list of new eateries worth checking out. Mismatched wood chairs and mason-jar lights are just some of the touches that lend itself to the rustic-chic atmosphere. Local art pieces also adorn the walls from budding artists... | Continue reading article

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Butter chicken lovers, rejoice! Indian Express is finally ready to move into its new digs

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Since I’ve moved to Hintonburg, Indian Express Food & Sweets has been a regular stop of mine on the way back from work. In the fall, the owners of the shop much beloved by John Baird announced they would move their shop to a bigger location at the former Wine Garden location on Somerset. The months past, and what was to be an October opening transformed into “We’re too busy at the restaurant…too many delays.” But today, I heard great news from India Express owner Rakesh Ahluwalia. “All permits are... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Exclusive: Pressed does waffles!

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For anyone who has spent a morning waiting outside Jak’s Kitchen for brunch, it will come as welcome news that there is now another brunch option in the neighbourhood. Pressed, the upstart sandwich joint at 750 Gladstone, will start serving a waffle brunch tomorrow from 10-2. Pressed gave us a chance to sample their fare this afternoon. “I wanted to keep it really simple, just like the sandwich concept for the restaurant in general,” says Jeff Stewart, owner and in-house visionary. For $12, brunchers can choose from five delicious options,... | Continue reading article

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Ask the Interweb: Where are the best waffles in Ottawa?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interweb, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com. Post by Alex and Katie. One of the drawbacks of running a blog on stuff to do in Ottawa is that people are always us asking about stuff to do in Ottawa. Unfortunately,... | Continue reading article

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The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey: Sex in the Capital City

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Trudeau once famously quipped that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”. Of course, he never said anything about bloggers. Once again Apartment613 and Venus Envy are sticking our noses in where they don’t belong. The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey will get the intimate details of what really goes on in Ottawa’s bedrooms, bars and bordellos. Our goal: to satisfy our own voyeuristic streak to provide a safe and serious place to discuss sexual issues of great import, such as what’s your favourite Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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BBQ Smackdown: A quest for real BBQ in the Market

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By Robin Levinson For years I have been complaining that Ottawa, nay, Canada in general, has no good BBQ. What passes for BBQ up North is often boiled ribs finished on the grill, or *gasp, rotisserie chicken. Ottawa’s beloved Ribfest, which claims to be an “authentic” BBQ contest, is a sad disappointment. Their dry and measly little ribs are overpriced and covered in a sickly-sweet sauce. Their chicken is cooked on a rotisserie and then grilled. It just won’t do. BBQ nuts like me are obsessed with the utopian ideal... | Continue reading article

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Ask the Interweb! Best place for lunch in Little Italy

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. A question came into the Apartment613 email inbox last night: Hello there…I am fond of your blog and am wondering if you can help me out by suggesting a place... | Continue reading article

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It’s all Greek to me! The Greek Souvlaki Shack fills a need for cheap and authentic Greek food in Ottawa

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Post and photos by Yasmin Nissim Since I moved to Ottawa, I’ve made a hobby out of trying to find culinary equivalents for some of my favourite haunts back home. Now, after nine years, I’ve finally found a Greek restaurant that lives up to my expectations. I was taking a walk down Bank Street a few months back and noticed that a new restaurant, The Greek Souvlaki Shack, had opened up right near the corner of Bank and Cooper. The thing that made me stop dead in my tracks, however,... | Continue reading article

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A taste of Italy at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe

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After months of anticipation that had the neighbourhood buzzing, Stella Luna Gelato Café will open this weekend in Old Ottawa South. Armed with her adventurous spirit, her adopted Italian background, and a lot of courage, owner Tammy Giuliani has finally decided to follow her dream and open a gelateria. “It’s a leap of faith! I’m in my mid-forties, my husband is in his early fifties… to be starting anew at this age… it’s scary!” she said. This isn’t the first leap Giuliani and her husband have taken. When you ask... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: What are Ottawa’s best African restaurants?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. We got this request in the Apartment613 email box the other day: We need to know the best African restaurants in town! I’ve heard that Somali cuisine is really really... | Continue reading article

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