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The Suya Spot: Hintonburg gets a taste of Nigerian BBQ

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The Suya Spot at 1104 Somerset WestThe Suya Spot at 1104 Somerset West

Hintonburg is quickly becoming one of the best – if not the best – neighbourhoods in Ottawa for trying delicious cuisine. With a wide range of restaurants offering numerous tasty dishes, this area just west of downtown is developing into a foodie’s paradise. The newest food establishment in Hintonburg is set to join this illustrious group of eateries by offering up appetizing servings of Nigerian-style barbequed meat. Operating at the former location of the Indian Express takeout, The Suya Spot at 1104 Somerset West offers customers several meat dishes that are very... | Continue reading article

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Kingston Restaurant Takeover: A Tale of Two Cities

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Photo by Yasmin NissimPhoto by Yasmin Nissim

This past Monday, Chef Clark Day of Kingston’s AquaTerra by Clark Restobistro gave us a real night on the Town (pun intended). He was visiting one of Elgin Street’s funkiest  bistros as part of the Kingston Restaurant Takeover, which brought some of Kingston’s finest culinarians to Ottawa to show off their skills. We were lucky enough to partake in a delicious six-course meal, sampling some of the fantastic fare on offer in Prince Edward Country and beyond. It’s not often that locavores from Ottawa get to try produce from what... | Continue reading article

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Red Apron does 100 mile meals

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plate of pork stewPork stew, local roots and vegetables plated

A lot of people are talking about 100 mile diets. Eating more local food seems like a natural way to support the local economy and reduce the amount of transportation it takes to get food onto our table. The Red Apron, a local staple in the budding foodie haven of Gladstone Avenue, is finding ways to make 100 mile food options a reality for their customers. The ladies behind the Red Apron, kindly offered me a few of their 100 mile meals last week to find more about how they... | Continue reading article

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Kathy Ferguson’s Ultimate Guide to Ottawa Food Trucks

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Kathy Ferguson is a local food blogger and contributor to the Food Network’s Eat Street. This article was originally posted on her blog, Kathy Eats – Adventures of a street food geek, and is reproduced here with her permission. All photos by Kathy. Food trucks – the newest, trendiest weapon in the foodies arsenal – are conquering taste buds across North America, but appear to be having trouble infiltrating the national capital. The lack of street food options in Ottawa has been a constant source of irritation for local foodies, leading to a petition and other forms of advocacy.  This... | Continue reading article

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So that happened: An Open Letter To ARBORETUM – From Rolf Klausener

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Photo courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr groupPhoto courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr group

This past weekend, Ottawa witnessed the launch of ARBORETUM - the latest promising addition to our city’s cultural scene. The reviews are positive and our thoughts turn to what’s next for the festival and the team behind it. Rolf Klausener, the artistic director of the festival just posted an open letter the community and we thought you might find his sentiment and thanks to be both motivating and comforting. The full letter is posted below and available on the ARBORETUM website here. We look forward to hearing about your ARBORETUM experience in the... | Continue reading article

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Learning to love pork at the Tacolot

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Table sign for Aaron Wong Chef`s playground

A summer love affair with pork may have been sparked at the Tacolot in Hintonburg, and this is coming from a former long-time vegetarian. Before describing this potentially budding romance, however, some quick facts are in order. Starting in early-July and running until November 4, a new guest chef will offer a special taco creation every Sunday afternoon at Tacolot on Wellington Street West. The weekly charity event is called the Chef’s Playground and is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food bank and / or charity of the guest chef’s choice.... | Continue reading article

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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide

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Photo courtesy of tcp909 on Flickr.Photo courtesy of tcp909 on Flickr.

Are you a fan of craft breweries? Microbrasseries? Brew pubs? Beer in general? Then think of this article as a scavenger hunt for the National Capital Region beer aficionado. Despite all the back-to-school sales and frosh week prep going on, there is still some summer left and hunting down a quality pint is a good way to spend it. In honour of National Capital Craft Beer Week, we’ve assembled a list of local destinations for discerning beer fanatics. This list is a pastiche of beer landmarks across the National Capital... | Continue reading article

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National Capital Craft Beer Week is an easy sell

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Photo courtesy of shawn peps on flickrPhoto courtesy of shawn peps on flickr

Ottawa embraces its beer. The growth of our local breweries and the proliferation of local beers on tap at great restaurants keeps us all drinking something fun, unusual and local. This month you’ll have a chance to celebrate this beer culture in the capital with National Capital Craft Beer week, taking place August 10 to 18. There festival features a main-stage at City Hall, where you can take in music entertainment, including two of my personal favourites – the Fiftymen and Dry river Caravan. There will be speakers on beer-related topics, including... | Continue reading article

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Creative Mornings: Julian Garner on “Unconventional Creativity”

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Photo courtesy of Julian GarnerPhoto courtesy of Julian Garner

Last month, Creative Mornings brought their blend of pre-lunch intellectualism and coffee to the Ottawa School of Art with a talk hosted by Chef Matthew Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop Up Kitchen. This month, the topic of discussion has shifted from the edible to visual art, with discussion featuring Julian Garner. Long a notable figure in Ottawa’s visual art scene, Garner is one of the men behind Five Cents Tattoo, a parlour located off Parkdale that emphasizes the art in the creative act of tattooing. The venue doubles as... | Continue reading article

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The sweet sounds of Jazz and construction mix at Levante Bistro and Lounge

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

As construction workers rip up the north side of Rideau Street, surrounded by fencing and concrete barriers, the smooth sounds of jazz play inside Ottawa’s newest downtown restaurant. Welcome to Levante Bistro and Lounge at 180 Rideau, where the neighbour across the street is a 350L CAT excavator, but the ambience inside is filled with jazz, suave urban decor and, if I may offer a tip, a nice spicy chipotle sauce. “We had the unfortunate situation of opening up our doors two weeks before the start of the (Rideau Street)... | Continue reading article

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