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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

True to form, the arrival of spring has brought with it spring showers. A weekend of rain may be in store for us this week, but we’ve got plenty going on to brighten up the mood. Head over to Ritual Nightclub tonight, for a hip hop showcase from the 613 to the 416. The Home Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article

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Joey Lansdowne offers eclectic fare & elegant cocktails

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Self-described as a casual premium restaurant, Joey Lansdowne nails the delicate balance of comfort versus class. The eatery officially opened its doors this past Saturday, April 11th, further establishing the new Lansdowne area as a blossoming foodie mecca. Joey Lansdowne is just one of many Joey establishments across the country. It is a franchise that prides itself on fresh ingredients and exotic flavors. Spacious and bright, the spot is a great lunch destination or pre-game pick. Upon first glance at the menu of other Ontario Joey locations, I’ll admit I... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Please pass the Brussels sprouts!

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Bartender Bruce Lamothe serves up drinks at Share Kitchen and Freehouse, Centretown's newest bar which is scheduled to open its doors to the public today. All photos by Tobi Cohen.Bartender Bruce Lamothe serves up drinks at Share Kitchen and Freehouse, Centretown's newest bar which is scheduled to open its doors to the public today. All photos by Tobi Cohen.

When Centretown’s newest restaurant opens its doors to the public for the first time today it’ll be asking customers to embrace a concept taught since the beginning of time to reluctant toddlers — the concept of sharing. Share Freehouse, the new venture by former Absinthe Cafe general manager Thomas McVeigh and his wife Maeve, is all about “fine casual” communal dining. Whether a romantic dinner for two or a night out with friends, dishes will be served with enough grub for everybody at the table and on Sunday nights, family-style... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Lowertown Throwdown features stout beer in fierce friendly competition

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Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.

When I first heard about Lowertown Throwdown I’ll be honest- I was expecting to arrive in a crowded room full of amped-up foodies all with their attention turned to a kitchen full of dueling chefs going head-to-head to prepare a meal against the clock. Instead what I got was a room of well-spaced stations, each manned by a chef (or chefs) from various Ottawa restaurants who were serving up pre-prepared dishes.  The rabble-rousing crowd was in fact a group of folks seated about the space chowing down and chatting politely.... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The only place to find Britney Pickle Spears & Cheesus Crust Almighty

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Picture from The Joint on Preston's Facebook page. All other images by Kelsey Sunstrum.Picture from The Joint on Preston's Facebook page. All other images by Kelsey Sunstrum.

It seems new eateries tend to fit into one of two categories in the past few years: those celebrating the local, organic good-for-you food movement, and those throwing the health food culinary revolution out the window and opting instead for stick-to-the-ribs grub. The Joint on Preston, now open, unequivocally belongs in the latter. Proudly serving up extreme junk food, The Joint on Preston is on a mission to take all your guilty pleasure favorites and turn them on their heads. In doing so, they’ve offered a menu that’s at once... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Sip ‘n Slurp 2015: Winners and losers

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Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.

Privé hosted the second annual Ottawa NoodleFest this past weekend at the Shaw Centre. Twenty Ottawa and Gatineau chefs and businesses all gathered together under one roof and provided a couple of their dishes for everyone to sample. We sipped. We slurped. We waited in line… a lot. Anybody familiar with the Ottawa start up company’s past events would have immediately noticed some improvements from its previous ventures, and yet, would have also felt a sense of familiarity as the format was largely unchanged. I do give Privé credit for... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Sip n’ Slurp at the Second Annual Ottawa NoodleFest

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Photo from the Sip n' Slurp! Ottawa Noodlefest 2015 Facebook page.Photo from the Sip n' Slurp! Ottawa Noodlefest 2015 Facebook page.

Sadly, the frigid, tundra-like winters Ottawans know and love tolerate is upon our lovely city once again. If you’re like me, your hibernation mode is in full-force and departing the cozy warmness of your home is downright painstaking. Fortunately, Sip n’ Slurp is back for its second annual Noodle Showdown and not a moment too soon. Yes, you will have to endure the cold while walking from your house to your transportation and one more time when you enter the building, but the extreme sacrifice is worth it. Though it’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: A rollercoaster ride of flavours at Bassline’s food/wine pairing

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Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Earlier this week, Bassline Pub & Eatery offered a unique wine and food pairing session. It was the perfect way to spend an evening on a day dubbed as Blue Monday…January’s supposed most depressing day of the year. The idea to host these special evenings began last year in Ottawa’s quaint west end bar/restaurant/music venue, supported by owner A.J. Scarcella. Paul Corfe, one of the establishment’s bartenders and our culinary and wine expert for the night, has had an on-going love affair for all things food and wine, enhanced by... | Continue reading article

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