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Support Local: Dominion City Brewing Co. are Makin’ it Grain

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Photo by Blair GablePhoto by Blair Gable

October is a mighty fine month. Fall arrives in full force and everything is beautiful, covered in fall colours. Here in Ottawa, we’ve another reason that October is, arguably, the best month of the year: October is Support Local month – a month-long celebration of local initiatives that make Ottawa great. This year, food is the focus, and on October 29th Dominion City Brewing Co. will cap off Support Local month with an amazing Pop Up Dinner, Makin’ it Grain. For this one night affair, the brewery will be transformed... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: The Social Book Exchange is a book club for everyone, with beer

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Photo from Cafe My House's Facebook pagePhoto from Cafe My House's Facebook page

Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world.   Walk into Café My House the night of October 18 and you’ll be labeled with one of those “Hello, My Name Is” stickers. Instead of your name, though, they’ll write the name of the book you brought with you on it. Talk about identifying with what you love. It’s all part of the fun at the Social Book Exchange, an occasional event cooked up... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Green Door hosts vegetarian feast to support refugees

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Photo by Tobi Cohen.Photo by Tobi Cohen.

What do you get when you mix refugees and fine vegetarian fare? Carty House’s 2nd annual Green Door Restaurant fundraiser! The recent photograph of a drowned Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach has galvanized public interest in refugee issues. In the aftermath, my Facebook news feed was filled with calls to action and pleas from people who are not typical activists, seeking comrades in arms to privately sponsor a family fleeing war or persecution. The truth is, not everybody can afford or is prepared to take on the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Making the Link – Sausages and Beer

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Photo by Jordan Duff.Photo by Jordan Duff.

Aren’t sausage puns the wurst? Beer and sausages: a perfect pairing. Below I’d like to call attention to two venues in Ottawa’s east end where you can indulge your palate with these two German delicacies. Beechwood’s newly opened Clarkstown Kitchen and Bar (formerly El Mason) has modernized the historical beer and sausage marriage and taken it to the next level with craft beer and artisinal sausages. The out-of-this-world in-house sausage creations include Lamb & Rosemary, Pork Cilantro & Citrus, Beef Short-rib & Orange and Chicken Lemongrass. They are all bangin’ bangers,... | Continue reading article

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Best Of: Romantic first date spots

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Photo by Chelsey CassidyPhoto by Chelsey Cassidy

So you’ve got yourself a date. Whether the Tinder gods found you a match or you’ve managed to manoeuvre your way though the Ottawa dating scene, kudos to you, it’s tough world out there! Now it’s time to decide where to go. First dates are stressful, and where you decide to go for this new awkward encounter can make or break it. No pressure, my friend, Ottawa’s got your back. This city provides new daters with a plethora of unique places to share those adorably uncomfortable first moments. Not only... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Honey Town’s savory dishes take the cake

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All photos by Ashley PalenAll photos by Ashley Palen

As someone who lives in Chinatown and loves to eat, I noticed with interest when I saw that a new restaurant was opening at the corner of Somerset and Arthur. Honey Town takes up the western end of the plaza that also houses Possible Worlds, the store and workshop space opened by Spins and Needles, and Shuwei, aka Spicy Legend, another new and amazing restaurant that very much merits a post of its own.  Fans of cute Japanese kitsch may know it as space that was formerly Global Homeware, though... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs chat with Beau’s Brewery chef Bruce Wood

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Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.

Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can also find them on Twitter. If you’re a beer drinker in Ottawa – heck, in Ontario – then you’ve sampled a Beau’s brew. They’ve been creating craft suds since before it was cool, way back in 2006. With dozens of breweries now in operation in the Ottawa area, it would be easy for Beau’s to lose a step. The thing is, they don’t. They keep innovating and coming up with neat and creative approaches to craft beer... | Continue reading article

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A weekday guide to Ottawa

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All photos by Steffani RuesgaAll photos by Steffani Ruesga

We work for the weekend: every day is a countdown until Friday. Once Friday rolls around, the weekend zooms by in a flash. Suddenly we’re back to Monday facing another week of work, and the whole dreary cycle repeats itself. But life doesn’t have to be this way. Luckily, Ottawa has dealt us some pretty entertaining weeknights. So cheer up, Monday doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week. First things first. You’re done work so head over to The Standard on Elgin. They have amazing deals all week... | Continue reading article

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Carleton Tavern celebrates 80 years!

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Carleton Tavern. Photo by Terry Steeves.Carleton Tavern. Photo by Terry Steeves.

The first time I walked into the Carleton Tavern was on a Friday night just a few years ago. The long room was jammed from wall to wall with people from ages 20 to 80, and all walks of life. Some were seated at the rows and rows of small wooden tables littered with quart bottles and pitchers of beer, and some filled the makeshift dance floor immediately in front of the band that was churning out some classic rock. The white washed walls with darkly painted beams displayed a... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Good eats to hit up after the bar

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All photos by Steffani Ruesga.All photos by Steffani Ruesga.

Drunk munchies. Often the only factor which can motivate me to go out. How good it feels to end the night with some deliciously disgusting meal that soaks up all the alcohol still swishing around in your body. Ottawa has a plethora of places to satisfy your late night desires, but where do you get the best bang for your buzz? If you’ve been drinking at any of the of the bars scattered among Elgin Street, you can easily crawl your way into Elgin Street Diner. Open 24/7, the place... | Continue reading article

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