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Breaking: Marysol Foucault closing one of her wonderful restaurants

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Photo from Odile's Facebook page.Photo from Odile's Facebook page.

Marysol Foucault’s cuisine is one of the reasons why committed Ottawans cross the river to Gatineau every weekend for brunch. The food she creates is spectacular and the ambiance she has created at both Chez Edgar and Odile is chic and homey. Sadly for us, but good for Marysol, she announced on Monday that she will be closing Odile  at the end of the month to focus solely on Chez Edgar, and regain a bit of her life back. Below is the letter explaining her decision from Odile’s Facebook page. Dearest... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Terrific tacos at El Camino

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Post by Adria May and Ryan Saxby Hill, Senior Taco Correspondents When we arrived at El Camino, Chef Carmichael’s new taco joint, the place was packed and there was a line up at the take-out window. We didn’t recall a place having such high energy on a Wednesday night on Elgin street in quite a while. There was a good reason. The place was fantastic and didn’t affect our pocket books too much. We still got great seats for our first go. We were sitting perched at a bar overlooking... | Continue reading article

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Apt613′s epic Jane’s Walk through Chinatown

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All photos by Jason YungAll photos by Jason Yung

Jane’s Walk Ottawa, an annual festival of free walking tours held in honour of urban theorist Jane Jacobs, took place last weekend. We got our contributors out on a few of the walks and will be posting their photos and stories here on the site just in case you didn’t get the chance to participate. “If you wanna keep it going, you gotta keep it small.” These words of the gregarious Mr. So, owner of the So Good Restaurant, summed up the theme of Apt613’s Jane’s Walk through Ottawa’s eclectic... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Burgers’n'Fries Forever rolls into Centretown this Summer

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While we still don’t exactly know what happened with the closing of the Imperial, we do know that a new burger joint will be taking over the vacant space soon. Burgers’n'Fries Forever, aka BFF, is bringing some competition to the Ottawa burger scene. BFF plans on offering fresh, wholesome and unique burgers (halal meat, mushroom caps and more) prepared daily in-house, as well as hand-cut, double-fried Belgian french fries, home made sodas, and something they call gelato burgers. What’s a gelato burger you ask?  First you take two cookies and warm them... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beer Sampling at the Old Mill Pub in Ashton

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Photo courtesy of the Old Mill at Ashton.Photo courtesy of the Old Mill at Ashton.

If you drive West of Ottawa, and drive till there’s nothing, you could very well be in Ashton. With a scant population of 200, this idyllic village has a post office, two churches, an old convenience store, many a field, and the Old Mill Pub, featuring the Ashton Brewing Company – the very purpose of our jaunt. Although the banks of snow had melted a great deal, my mocking of the snowmobile directions found on their website came back around to slap me in the face. Four burly sleds were... | Continue reading article

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Art Is In my mouth

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by @iscoff Since I’m on Twitter almost all day, it’s not often I get the opportunity to talk about what I eat for breakfast, so you can imagine my delight when I was asked to write a few words about the breakfast offerings of Art Is In Bakery. “What if we sold people sandwiches in a warehouse?” is a question that was clearly asked during the planning stages of this not-so-hidden gem. You might notice it because it’s in a giant building with a big sign that says “Art Is... | Continue reading article

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Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen: Yet another win for west-end foodies

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Photo from the Richard's Hintonburg Kitchen websitePhoto from the Richard's Hintonburg Kitchen website

Despite the lack of a sign over the door, the opening of Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen over the weekend was one of the neighbourhood’s worst kept secrets. And while west-enders are rejoicing over yet another high calibre addition to a neighbourhood already packed with foodie destinations, it must be a weight off the back of founder and head chef Richard Nigro. He’s been piecing the new venture together for quite some time, and to hear from kitchen staff Lynda Hall, last-minute tweaks (like the addition of a door to mask the entrance to... | Continue reading article

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A Completely Sober Review of St. Paddy’s Day at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro

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What’s the most rational thing to do on St. Paddy’s Day for a guy who doesn’t drink and doesn’t fight? Go to a gastro-pub and listen to rowdy Irish music, obviously. The last time I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was in St. John’s, where my night was a blur of green beer, green hats, free Miller t-shirts (because Irish) and two bars (I’m guessing on that last one). Of course, one of the fun parts about March 17th is that, when done right, you can never accurately compare this year’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Best Poutine in Ottawa

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It is impossible to dislike poutine. Yes, I am calling out you liars: it is impossible. Whether it’s in a traditional styrofoam cup leaking gravy onto a picnic table or served with pulled pork, vegetarian gravy, homefries or other creative ingredients, it’s hard not to gravitate to the one menu item guaranteed not to let you down. With a little help from the polling worlds of Twitter and Facebook, we have found some of Ottawa’s go-to poutine destinations. 1-  Sasha’s Chip Wagon. For weeks people have yelled that it is the... | Continue reading article

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Music: Wellington End Preview (Starts Tonight!)

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There’s probably a lot I could say about Wellington End. But, since this is web writing, I’m going to try to condense it into a sentence.  Here it is: Fantastic music, great beer, delicious food, all local. Cheap, too! Just 30 bucks for the whole thing, and that gets you access to 40+ artists across several venues, all in the same, very cool, strip on Wellington near Irving. Tonight’s lineup features NDMA, No Kinds of Love, Kenny Voita and The Glorious Moon Rockets. Find more info here. Oh, and here’s... | Continue reading article

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