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Foodie Friday: Cardamom & Cloves brings the world to your kitchen

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All photos courtesy of Cardamom & Cloves.All photos courtesy of Cardamom & Cloves.

You may not have the extra cash for that trip around the world this summer, but how about an affordable alternative? Cardamom & Cloves, Ottawa’s premier spice shop, is the place to go to discover all kinds of tantalizing tastes from around the globe. From the smoky aromas of the Horn of Africa to the rich spices of China and dozens of other exotic places in between, your kitchen can become an international hub of flavour with a quick trip to Preston Street. Opening this past February, owner and spice-maven... | Continue reading article

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Rideau Centre’s Dining Hall reflects a new generation of eating

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The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Tonight, at precisely 9pm, the Rideau Centre Food Court as we know it will close for the last time. Rideau Centre’s new Dining Hall will replace the Food Court that served the mall since its grand debut in 1983. Occupying the lower level of the former Sears store, the modern, state-of-the-art eating area will open to the public tomorrow at 11am. A slew of brand-spanking new food vendors fills the space, with cuisines originating from all around the world. Notable eateries to try are MLT DWN, a gourmet grilled cheese... | Continue reading article

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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra take to the streets

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Photo from lemonbucket.com.Photo from lemonbucket.com.

This Saturday night the Byward Market will be alive with music and you’re all invited to join the street party. The strolling music and dance-fuelled celebration, presented as part of the Ottawa Chamberfest will be lead by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a 16-strong, Toronto-based “Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband.” Marc Marczyk (violinist and vocalist wih LBO) admits that this description of their sound is long but aptly captures what the band is about: “drawing on Eastern European traditions and trying to evoke the feeling of those songs and of that sometimes irrational exuberant celebration... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 30 juillet :: SOUND/TRACKS à l’Église St-Alban. Tout savoir sur les soirées OPEN MIC. Souljazz Orchestra dans notre mire. Ottawa, capitale bilingue ou quoi?!

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Her harbour et Tyler Reekie en session de pratique au TemporaireHer harbour et Tyler Reekie en session de pratique au Temporaire

Basement 819 découvre chaque semaine un peu plus d’excitation culturelle dans la région. Voici quelques morceaux tirés de notre dernière émission pour vous mettre la guimauve à la bouche. SOUND/TRACKS, un événement innovant présenté par SAW Video et Media Art Centre. Ils ont eu la belle idée de réunir des musiciens et des artistes médiatiques pour créer et exécuter des œuvres audiovisuelles collaboratives. Quatre tandems ont été jumelés pour performer ensemble lors de cette soirée. Il s’agit donc de 4 projets créatifs qui risquent de résonner fort et longtemps dans... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing,... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: Festival House serves as a community arts hub

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Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com Festival House officially opened in early May and unites many of Ottawa’s festival and event planners under one roof. Apartment613 and Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, the Outreach Coordinator for Ottawa Festivals, take you through the new office spaces that were created inside a former church that dates back over one-hundred years: Apt613: Tell us about how the former Westboro United Church became your new... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The old Post Office and Customs Building

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Old Post Office, circa 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.Old Post Office, circa 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

In looking at the major revisioning of Ottawa that took place from the late 1930s, there is one early casualty that has intrigued me more that others. I am thinking of the old Post Office and Customs Building, which was located roughly in the same spot as the War Memorial is now. Demolished in the spring of 1938, by 1939 the new War Memorial and Confederation Square had taken shape. On January 25, 1938, the Ottawa Journal ran a news story titled, “Mr Greber is Back.” Jacques Greber, urban planner... | Continue reading article

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Sweet Bakery brings the taste of Persia to your door

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Qandi Cookies. All photos taken from Sweet Bakery's Facebook page.Qandi Cookies. All photos taken from Sweet Bakery's Facebook page.

Sweet Bakery is Ottawa’s newest solution to gluten intolerance and vegan dietary restrictions. These Persian sweets are best served with black tea or coffee, and are deliciously sweet without being overwhelming. Sweet Bakery officially launched in May 2014 at Ravenswing Festival. The bakery put together several boxes of gluten free sweets, and by the end of the day they were almost completely sold out. Since then, they have opened up on online catering business and do smaller personal packages by delivery. “Persian pastries that we bake at Sweet Bakery are... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cooking in the Capital

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Left: Hot and sour coconut soup. Right: Spring rolls, a fan favourite at the Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio. Photos by Hollie Davies.Left: Hot and sour coconut soup. Right: Spring rolls, a fan favourite at the Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio. Photos by Hollie Davies.

Everyone who’s anyone knows that cooking can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Some of us find joy in deviating from the recipe, mixing this with that and finding out for ourselves what works best. Others are just clearly magically blessed with the ability to find and follow different amazing recipes, resulting in abundant new and exotic flavors and dishes. In my household there’s a little agreement: I do not cook – I clean. For myself, it’s the lesser of two evils. But, I think I’ve found a niche when... | Continue reading article

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Local craft beer explosion seems unstoppable

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Photo from brewdonkey.ca.Photo from brewdonkey.ca.

It seems like we’ve been writing about the explosion of the craft beer industry in Ottawa for quite some time now. And with new entries to Ottawa’s already strong list of breweries being announced each year, it doesn’t seem to be abetting any time soon. Excitement for the potential of the scene seemed to start bubbling up around the establishment of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. in 2006. Despite not being based anywhere near the city limits, Beau’s benefitted from being among the first craft brewers to serve the National... | Continue reading article

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