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How are Ottawa’s foodie businesses using social media?

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More than few of Ottawa’s restaurants are utilizing social media in order to connect with customers and refine their menus. In fact, it is now more of the rule than the exception. More and more local businesses are harnessing the power of social networking and also interactive crowdsourcing on the Internet in order to build their brands, provide services, and draw in new diners. Some restaurants are using traditional listing services that have been revamped into interactive platforms on which they can list their menus and provide directions. YellowPages.com, for... | Continue reading article

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Best tacos in Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Kathy Ferguson.All photos courtesy of Kathy Ferguson.

Originally posted on Kathy Eats – Adventures of a street food geek. Reproduced here with her permission. Anyone who knows me at all knows that I have a small infatuation with tacos.  OK…maybe not so much an infatuation, but rather an outright obsession.  I can’t help it.  And I’m not talking Old El Paso or Taco Bell here…I’m taking handmade soft corn tortillas, fresh ingredients and traditional flavours. My problem started years ago with travel through California and Mexico.  I was introduced to what tacos REALLY should taste like, and... | Continue reading article

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A Day in the Life of Zest Café and Catering

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A day in the life, a series cooked up by Jessica, offers a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the National Capital Region’s favourite food related businesses. Gil and Janet Roberge are the husband and wife team behind Zest Café and Catering, a business they started in their house doing a few orders here and there for friends. Now in their fourth year of operation, the catering business grew simply by word of mouth. They regularly get asked to cater for French and Swedish embassy parties, at one point serving close... | Continue reading article

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Wake up (with) little Suzy: SuzyQ Doughnuts

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The widespread distribution of Timmy Ho’s is probably a pretty good indication of how much us Canucks like doughnuts. However, if you’ve got an avó, grand-mère, or oma you’d probably prefer one of their malasadas, beignets or berliners to a honey cruller. Don’t have a grandma who makes homemade doughnuts? Not to worry. Head to Hintonburg and Sue Harmer will be happy to provide you with some. Sue is the “Suzy” of SuzyQ Doughnuts. Her background is in fine arts, but the mom of 3 found it hard to find... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live: International Women’s Day Edition

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Apartment613 Live March 8 Full show FINAL by saxby This week on Apartment613 Live, Ryan Saxby-Hill and Trevor Pritchard reunite to co-host the show and celebrate International Women’s Day. Ryan and Trevor show their appreciation for the women in their lives and celebrate by bringing in some fantastic women to talk about everything from beer to music and local trivia. Do you love beer enough to put it in your salad? Turns out it’s possible and delicious. Ryan chats with Caroline Isshi from Zen Kitchen to talk about their upcoming... | Continue reading article

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La p’tite épicerie du quartier – no fool’s paradise

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As you turn the corner onto Notre-Dame-de-l’île from Boulevard des Allumetières, observing the funky houses in the area, you will notice a fluorescent light written Ouvert  in the dim street. In this case, head towards the light to find salvation which will come in the form of a sandwich. The family run p’tite épicerie du quartier, a few metres away from Douglas Cardinal’s stunning Canadian Museum of Civilization, is a revelation from above for sandwich lovers. This cozy convenience store, fine grocery and sandwicherie, is a little gem, in a... | Continue reading article

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Restaurant Watch: The Hintonburg Public House establishes itself as Ottawa’s western hipster Mecca

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Photo courtesy of the Hintonburg Public House.Photo courtesy of the Hintonburg Public House.

Hintonburg has quickly become known as the new “it” neighborhood for young professionals and it seems obvious why. The array of restaurants and other local establishments that have sprung up in the last few years have really gentrified the area. The Hintonburg Public House(1020 Wellington Street West) can now add its name to the list of new eateries worth checking out. Mismatched wood chairs and mason-jar lights are just some of the touches that lend itself to the rustic-chic atmosphere. Local art pieces also adorn the walls from budding artists... | Continue reading article

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Butter chicken lovers, rejoice! Indian Express is finally ready to move into its new digs

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Since I’ve moved to Hintonburg, Indian Express Food & Sweets has been a regular stop of mine on the way back from work. In the fall, the owners of the shop much beloved by John Baird announced they would move their shop to a bigger location at the former Wine Garden location on Somerset. The months past, and what was to be an October opening transformed into “We’re too busy at the restaurant…too many delays.” But today, I heard great news from India Express owner Rakesh Ahluwalia. “All permits are... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Exclusive: Pressed does waffles!

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For anyone who has spent a morning waiting outside Jak’s Kitchen for brunch, it will come as welcome news that there is now another brunch option in the neighbourhood. Pressed, the upstart sandwich joint at 750 Gladstone, will start serving a waffle brunch tomorrow from 10-2. Pressed gave us a chance to sample their fare this afternoon. “I wanted to keep it really simple, just like the sandwich concept for the restaurant in general,” says Jeff Stewart, owner and in-house visionary. For $12, brunchers can choose from five delicious options,... | Continue reading article

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Ask the Interweb: Where are the best waffles in Ottawa?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interweb, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com. Post by Alex and Katie. One of the drawbacks of running a blog on stuff to do in Ottawa is that people are always us asking about stuff to do in Ottawa. Unfortunately,... | Continue reading article

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