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All photos by Aaron Cayer and Sarah Robinson.

Hops and Fodder: Community brunches for lasting change

Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skate Shop has been leading a movement for community-built-change in Ottawa under the banner “For Pivot’s Sake”. The goal of this initiative is to pay-it-forward by engaging youth to develop confidence, to get active and to get involved in their own communities. Hops & Fodder is one of For Pivot’s […]

Lori Wojcik and Marc Doiron with their staff at Town. Detail of photo by Rémi Thériault.

Foodie Friday: Town’s quiet confidence

Town, the petite restaurant on Elgin Street has been discretely setting the standard for restaurants in Ottawa with its masterful and intimate reimagining of traditional Italian comfort food. The galley rows of tables-for-two, plentiful bar and peak-in stainless steel kitchen cue guests that they are there to luxuriate.  And it’s hard not to. Town is […]

All photos courtesy of Francis Bueckert.

Bike-powered coffee for a good cause

When Francis Bueckert decided to study abroad and volunteer in Ecuador, he had no idea it would lead him to start exporting direct-trade coffee and selling it on a coffee cart from his bike. Six years after visiting Ecuador, Cloud Forest Coffee is now launching its bicycle coffee cart where you can purchase direct trade, […]

Photo by Jordan Duff.

Foodie Friday: 4 beer from Tooth and Nail

Tom Rowell is a craft beer enthusiast who lives in Ottawa.  He blogs at The Microbrew Times, profiling craft beers from Ottawa and elsewhere.  Tooth and Nail Brewing Company is one of Ottawa’s newer breweries, but one of the best serving up delicious brews since September from their delightful Hintonburg pub/taproom.  In an ever expanding craft […]

All photos by Kelly Hotte Photography.

Foodie Friday: Zolas celebrates 30 year milestone

Thirty years in business is an accomplishment. Those same 30 years in the hospitality industry is increasingly uncommon. Bells Corners’ Zolas Restaurant, co-owned by siblings Gina and Chef Tony Vacchio, will be celebrating this very milestone later this year. “We are so fortunate, and very grateful to have such wonderful customers.”, Gina told me during […]

Photo from Lowertown Brewery's Facebook page.

Foodie Friday: Chef Kyle’s Cabin

As the last weekends of the sugar bush season turn into the first weeks of cottaging, we find all the best reasons to spend time with friends: incredible food and drink in a relaxing environment. There is a casual fine dining oasis in the Byward Market that brews its own beer, makes its own hot sauce, and […]