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Woody’s Open Mic Mondays

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Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Continuing my series on Open Mic/Open Jam nights in our Capital, this month brings me to the wonderfully snug pub of Woody’s in Ottawa’s Golden Triangle downtown area of Elgin St., a busy street which hosts a wealth of activity throughout the year, including the annual Ball Hockey Tournament, Charity Chili Cook-Off, and has been affectionately dubbed Ottawa’s Sens Mile. Woody’s Urban Pub, founded in 1986, boasts an excellent bistro/pub-style menu, a great selection of draught beers and wines, and a large front window which opens up onto a quaint... | Continue reading article

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The Loft: Ottawa’s newest board game lounge

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All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

This past weekend I got a chance to sit down with co-owners Alessandro Argentina and Mike Hopkins of The Loft Board Game Lounge, to chat about their passion for board games and their brand new lounge. In the midst of preparations for their grand opening this Thursday, the two partners explained their vision and the driving force behind their idea to open the lounge in downtown Ottawa. Alessandro and Mike, both Ottawa natives, joined forces about a year ago in an attempt to introduce something fresh to the Ottawa nightlife... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Eat the world! O-town’s best global grub

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Pho

Where do you go when you’re craving pho, shawarma, bibimbap, or korma? Where must you absolutely take out-of-town guests for the best sushi, bannock, pupusa, or schnitzel? I decided to put my chopsticks where my mouth is and craft this list of the best global cuisine in Ottawa as a response to this recent Where to Eat in the Capital City feature – while I’m a big fan of every eatery mentioned, what frustrated me was the favouring of obvious, trendy spots and near-omission of global grub. O-town eaters know... | Continue reading article

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Kettleman’s Bagels bags Internet shame for anti-gluten-free post

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Photo from kettlemansbagels.ca.Photo from kettlemansbagels.ca.

Post by Joel Balsam. I love bagels. Not the six serving behemoth donuts with holes found in New York and Toronto; the smaller kind made with water. The Mordechai Richler of bagels attributed in the both aptly regal Montreal Mile-End borough bagel holes St. Viateur and Fairmount. But as the son of a “Montreal Anglophone refugee” who fled to Ottawa in the ‘80’s, I grew up on the incredibly comparable, if not, dare I say it, on par 24/hour bagel shop Kettleman’s Bagels. So when the creators of my beloved... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Jill Zmud and Alan Neal enjoy a hot date at The Rex

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Photo from therexottawa.com.Photo from therexottawa.com.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. A couple of weeks ago, we sent a very pregnant Jill Zmud with hubby Alan Neal out to review The Rex, a small homie restaurant off the main drag in Little Italy. JILL:  First of all, let’s just say what excellent timing Apt613 and the National Arts Centre had in giving us this assignment. ALAN: It’s like our last hot date before the baby comes. JILL:... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood enjoys a perfect evening at Taylor’s Genuine

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Photo courtesy of Royal Wood.Photo courtesy of Royal Wood.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Royal Wood is our first two-time contributor. After reviewing the Back Lane Cafe, we sent him out to Old Ottawa South to try Taylor’s Genuine Kitchen & Wine.  When we walked in I absorbed both the informal and professional atmosphere. To be honest I think all of our shoulders dropped and relaxed. We were in for a perfect evening of friends, laughter, food... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cuff the Duke does brunch at Earl’s Erling’s Variety

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Mathias prepping the blueberry buttermilk pancakes for you! Photo from the Erling's Variety Instagram page.Mathias prepping the blueberry buttermilk pancakes for you! Photo from the Erling's Variety Instagram page.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. In this edition, Cuff the Duke headed out to the Glebe to test out the hood’s newest brunch hangout, Earl’s Variety, which, due to a potential legal dispute with a Vancouver restaurant chain has since changed its name to Erling’s Variety. Erling’s offers diners a bright and spacious room in which to summarily gobble up freshly prepared brunch items made in the... | Continue reading article

Foodie Friday: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar

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Photo from Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Facebook page.Photo from Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Facebook page.

Always starving, always thirsty, always writing. Aspiring sommelier and food aficionado studying media and film at Carleton University in the capital, Aryn Pepper can also be found on her blog, Vino Vidii Vicii (v.v.v.). Culturally, food was meant to be shared. For centuries, people of the world have gathered friends, feasted, and crushed drink upon drink. This civilizing spirit is kept strong and mixed in a cocktail within a gorgeous mezzanine in the nations capital: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar. Upon approaching Sidedoor through one of Byward Market’s curious courtyards,... | Continue reading article

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Oh mon Dieu! It’s Poutine Week.

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Scott on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Danielle Scott on Flickr.

Scrolling down my Facebook feed tonight, I landed on a titillating poutine photo featured at the Gainsbourg resto-pub in Gatineau. A bit further down the post I discovered that there’s a cross-country poutine festival going on this week! Poutine Week is taking place across multiple cities in Québec and Ontario with just under 20 restaurants in Ottawa/Gatineau are participating.  Tasters are asked to vote for their favourite ones at LaPoutineWeek.com and by the end of the week, winners are declared in each city. The great thing about it is that... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Taste some lesser-known goodies at the Underground Chef’s Market

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Photo courtesy of Blurais from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Blurais from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

There’s another food event in town this weekend. The Underground Chef’s Market is bringing together some amateur and professional food folks at the Ottawa Convention Centre to experiment with their ideas and show off some skills. It should be an interesting opportunity to taste some new stuff. There are only two names on the list (327 Wine Bar and Gong-fu Bao) that I recognize.Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and food at the show is priced between $1 and $10. We shot a few questions over... | Continue reading article

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