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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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Foodie Friday: Supply and Demand gets raw food right

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It’s been quite a few months since my last food post, and that’s definitely not due to a lack of memorable meals to write about or amazing people in the industry I’ve met. That said, I think it’s only fitting that I re-emerge with a post about one of Ottawa’s newest joints, one whose name has been on everyone’s lips recently: Supply and Demand. For those who don’t know, 28-year-old chef Steve Wall – formerly of Luxe, Town, Whalesbone, and the list goes on – recently took a chance and... | Continue reading article

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Apres Snow: Vanier gets its 1960s groove back

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Photo Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMIPhoto Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMI

This post originally appeared on Vanier Now.  The jukeboxes may have been removed from Fontenelle years ago, but this Saturday (February 16), 1960s French pop is back. From the well-known to the obscure, Vanier-born DJ Mimi la Twisteuse is bringing her vinyl collection of French yé yé to Après-Snow at Fontenelle, an evening component of Vanier’s Winter Carnival. Having hosted the always packed monthly Franco-dance party Zoï Zoï in the mid 2000s at The Boat in Toronto, and now the co-host of Montreal’s weekly radio show MondoPQ, dedicated to French pop, rock and soul of... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Le Bistro CoqLicorne, une valeur ajoutée au Vieux-Hull

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Le Vieux-Hull est le point de rassemblement pour jeunes et moins jeunes à la recherche de houblon, de bon temps et de bonne bouffe. Ce petit quartier bien vivant a ajouté une nouvelle adresse à son carnet de restauration avec l’ouverture du Bistro CoqLicorne en décembre dernier. Je vous laisserai le soin de googler la signification du CoqLicorne (indice : Jean Dallaire), mais les propriétaires Emmanuel Croteau-Benoît et Isabelle Thériault transmettent efficacement leur respect de la culture régionale avec le nom de leur petit établissement. Ce qui attirera la clientèle au... | Continue reading article

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Valentine’s Day Roundup

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Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist in Apt613's Flickr pool.Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist in Apt613's Flickr pool.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching love is in the air (or yet again, it may just be your breath that you’re seeing with the ridiculous cold weather outside). Before we digress, however, let’s proudly proclaim that as hardy Canadians full of love we won’t let Mother Nature get in the way of romance. So if you still have not planned a night out with your amore on February 14, fret not, as we have compiled a list of date suggestions. Restaurants Levante Bistro at 180 Rideau Street is organizing a special Valentine’s menu for... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Dinner for TWO. Resos at SIX. Happy we {ATE}.

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What springs to mind when someone mentions eating on Preston Street? Somerset most certainly equals pho, but Preston is a mélange of pricey Italian restaurants, beer-focused pubs and a few non-Italian ethnic eateries. One of the latter was the Lindenhof, an institution for those who love spatzle and meat, which closed its doors last summer to much sadness. However the space didn’t stay empty for long. Late September brought us two six {ATE}, an Italian-inspired tapas restaurant (speaking of mixed ethnicity). Regardless of how you would classify it, eat at two six {ATE} and... | Continue reading article

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BREAKING NEWS: Imperial Food and Beverage is closed

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The brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupThe brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Apartment613 has confirmed that the Imperial restaurant on Bank street is now closed. According to owner Chris Edwards “they were unable to reach an agreement” with their landlord, forcing him to close the business. Our understanding is that the building is owned by the same folks as Barrymore’s. We’ve contacted them for a comment and we’ll be updating this story with any new information as we have it. Without a restaurant to run, Chris says that he’s planning to take a bit of time off now and perhaps do some... | Continue reading article

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3 Brasseurs brings its tasty brews to Sparks Street

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As Ottawa’s love affair with the beer brewing industry rages on, hot and heavy, new brew pubs seem to be popping up every other day. Last year saw the opening of so many such establishments that to list them all here would be futile. Instead, take a gape at our beer map. Yup. There’s a lot of beer in Ottawa. But is there enough? I think not. Which is why I was pleased to see the opening of 3 Brasseurs’ first Ottawa location. The French brewer, whose beer has become... | Continue reading article

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