An Apt613 reader writes… Dear Interweb, I’ll be visiting the city for the first time in June, and thought you’d be the perfect people to ask for a restaurant recommendation for a celebratory dinner (graduation). Looking for a place that has great food and centrally located…but not too stuffy. Appreciate any suggestions. My three suggestions after the jump, but isn’t answering this kind of question why the internet was invented? Help out a future Ottawan out by leaving your choices in the comments.
By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline This past Monday the lights dimmed and the wine flowed once again as visiting competitor, Chef Ben Baird and his team from The Urban Pear served up some of their best in this fifth match of the 2011 Duelling Chefs series. As usual, Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar played host with Chef Peter Robblee at the head of their team for this round. It was a very close battle, so close in fact that the surreptitious “mystery judge”, who attends each round to be... | Continue reading article
Ottawa’s culinary scene has definitely got a touch of the Iron Chef bug. Competitive cooking events are springing up all over, from Cupcake Camp to Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar’s ongoing high-end food fight. However, if you like your cooking competitions cheap and eclectic, look no further the the Second Annual Cook Off. This “pros vs. joes” competition offers diners the chance to choose between ten different dishes in five categories, all for the cover price of $5 plus the cost of a meal ticket. What sets the Cook Off... | Continue reading article
By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline We’ve told you about secret ingredients. We’ve told you about top chefs. We’ve told you about edible marvels that are a wonder to behold and a delight to devour. But now, we would like to take you behind the scenes to give you a glimpse of the vital moving parts that make each evening at Duelling Chefs such a success. This article is dedicated to the unsung heroes of this competition: the servers. This week’s duel was an unbelievably well-matched meeting between chef René Rodriguez of... | Continue reading article
Ever wanted to find out where you could buy local food in February? Confused about what’s in season for the winter months? Don’t want to have to drive out to individual farms to get fresh produce or meat? Well, there’s an app for that. Chris Wise of Murmur Informatics developed GoLocavore for the Apps4Ottawa contest winning Silver Medal in the green/sustainability category. “My wife has been working at the Cumberland Farmers’ Market and I saw lots of farmers in action and marveled at it. I really felt that when searching... | Continue reading article
By Chris Cline and Yasmin Nissim This Monday night local chefs will ‘meat’ their match in a head to head, high-‘steaks’ cook-off extravaganza! The Duelling Chefs return for a second year to entice attendees with fast-paced culinary creations from some of Ottawa’s top gastronomic gurus. Last year, Juniper Wine Bar and Kitchen launched the first ever Duelling Chefs competition, intended to bring together top chefs from around Ottawa to compete in some friendly competition and raise money for local charities. This year, Juniper returns again with 10 new challengers set... | Continue reading article
Post by Kim Bosch It’s freezing. You’re starving. The wind is blasting you from all angles like an actress in a cosmetics commercial. The skate home on the canal you were so looking forward to earlier in the day has now slapped you into exhaustion. In moments like this a (albeit delicious) Queues de Castor won’t give you the energy you need to make it to Dow’s Lake. There is a rumble in your tummy that cannot be smothered into silence with cinnamon encrusted dough. Luckily, there’s an oasis ahead.... | Continue reading article
Picture this: It’s Friday night, and Joe Hintonburg is at the Elmdale Tavern with some friends. Hunger strikes. His thoughts turn to the fabled burger joint The Hintonburger. But it is not to be. The Hintonburger lies a good ways down Wellington, and it’s cold outside. Plus, it’s probably already closed. Disappointment, anger, hunger – Joe Hintonburg remains Hintonburgerless.
Post by Natasha Mooney The latest cupcake shop to pop up in Ottawa is Thimble Cakes at Bank and Gilmour. In the last year, a few other ‘cupcakeries’ have opened their doors, so Thimble runs the risk of being lost in the crowd. But here’s the catch – it caters to allergy-prone foodies! All of their products are nut free, and they offer a variety of gluten free and vegan friendly dairy and egg free sweets. They can also special order sugar free cupcakes for palettes of all backgrounds. My... | Continue reading article
Post by Jared Davidson. Sun Cafe is located at 410 Bank Street, and is open everyday from 7am to 10pm. I’m afraid of coffee shops. I live in terror of that moment of truth when the barista kindly smiles at me and asks what I want. I never know. I want coffee, presumably, but as I look at the drink list behind the counter, its endless possibilities cloud my tiny mind and I realize just how unprepared I was to undertake the enormous responsibility of ordering a drink. I don’t... | Continue reading article