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Foodie Friday: Ottawa, have you tried the arepas yet?

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Arepas. Photo courtesy of Gooney's Sandwich Works.Arepas. Photo courtesy of Gooney's Sandwich Works.

Arepa, a kind of corn bread made from pre-cooked corn flour, is my favourite food. Of course, I’m biased because it’s a staple in my native Colombia. It also features prominently in the cuisine in Venezuela, where the Granati family, who run Gooney’s Sandwich Works out of an office tower on Laurier, have roots. Gooney’s is the only place in town that serves anything like them. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, the versatile arepa (pronounced “ah-ray-pah”) can be eaten at every meal. Prepared flat and coated... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Cartwright Springs Brewery

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Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.

Just shy of an hour west of Ottawa is the small community of Mississippi Mills, home to about 12,000 residents and soon to be home to 1 brand new brewery. Cartwright Springs Brewery, opening in 2015, is named after the fresh water spring the brewery sources locally to brew its beer. The CSBeer team currently consists of André Rieux, Eduardo Guerra and Hien Hoang. Right now, the brewery is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so they can build a tasteful tasting bar. BrewBrahs.com had the chance to chat with the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Support local this holiday season at the Christmas Markets

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After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.

Fresh off the wildly successful Support Local initiative in October comes the Christmas Market. Opening its doors this past Sunday, the Christmas Market will be held at the new Landsdowne Park for a total of five days this month. The 116-year-old Aberdeen Pavilion, colloquially known as the Cattle Castle, celebrated the commencement of the new holiday shopping experience with festive music, decorations, and 120 local artisans. Merchandise for sale included, but was certainly not limited to, fresh produce, preserves, home décor items, and even children’s toys. With no admission and... | Continue reading article

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Bizarre Love Triangle shapes into eclectic holiday art show

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Art work by Eryn O'Neill.Art work by Eryn O'Neill.

Ottawa artist Andrea Stokes is a huge fan of New Order, so it’s no coincidence she chose “Bizarre Love Triangle” as the theme for this year’s annual Holiday Art Show. If you are a child of the ‘80s just hearing those three words likely sets off an electronic drum beat in your head and has you feeling a sudden urge to start dancing; it’s a very infectious tune after all. For the uninitiated, “Bizarre Love Triangle” was a big hit, circa 1986, by the post-punk, electronic-dance British band New Order.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + ticket giveaway

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Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.

This first weekend of the final month of the year has arrived and it seems as though the snow and cold is here to stay! Not to worry, we’ve got plenty going on to cheer up those winter blues this weekend. As always, there is plenty of music happening. Thursday night brings a night of jazz, with the Craig Pedersen Quartet at Raw Sugar. For those of you that love folk, Raw Sugar is the place to be on Friday night. Krista Muir and Friends will be putting on an... | Continue reading article

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Festival steeped in culture and caffeine returns to Ottawa

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Photo from ottawateafestival.com.Photo from ottawateafestival.com.

Tea tipplers unite. The fourth annual Ottawa Tea Festival descends on the Capital this weekend, promising two days steeped in culture and caffeine. The event will take place at the Library and Archives and organizers are expecting a record turnout. “Last year we had over 2,000 guests. This year we expect around 3,000,” says organizer Jessica Lahrkamp. “Anyone who loves tea, artisanal food, exploring different cultures, amazing performances, fantastic music, and education will fit right in.” The festival was founded by Kimiko Uriu, one of the first certified tea specialists... | Continue reading article

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How to survive a Directing Actors workshop when you haven’t even seen Citizen Kane

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Director's Chairs. Photo by Kool Cats Photography on Flickr.Director's Chairs. Photo by Kool Cats Photography on Flickr.

I’ve always been intrigued by the whole idea of the stereotypical filmmaker. An NYU Film School grad living in some less than glamourous tiny apartment somewhere in Brooklyn, smoking, drinking, and watching the greatest films of all time – collectively creating their own. I’ve always wanted to live that life for a little while. And on the weekend, I, well, sort of, did. Saw Video is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre in the heart of our downtown. They offer equipment, training, mentorship, grants and screenings with the goal of... | Continue reading article

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Support Local – Stittsville edition

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Photo from The Covered Bridge Brewing Company Facebook page.Photo from The Covered Bridge Brewing Company Facebook page.

Post by Glen Gower, Owner & Editor of Ottawa Start. On December 6, over 20 shops, restaurants and services in Stittsville are teaming up to promote “Support Local Stittsville”.  It’s a day to encourage residents from inside and outside of the village to discover the range of unique local businesses in the area. Each of the participating businesses are pooling resources to cross-promote each other’s services on Saturday.  Many are also offering special deals and discounts. Stittsville’s right in the middle of a big change.  For decades it was a... | Continue reading article

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Intersections Vernissage today at the Atomic Rooster!

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All photos by Brant Thompson.All photos by Brant Thompson.

Today marks the vernissage of Intersections, a photography show featuring Brant Thompson, at the Atomic Rooster. A showcase of the best of hundreds of shots and his first photography show, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Brant this past weekend about what inspires him as a photographer and what led him to this point. Brant became interested in photography in his late teens and early twenties. He took the photography program at Algonquin College and, for a while, was really into it. Over the years life... | Continue reading article

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Telling the tales + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of FIXT POINT.Photo courtesy of FIXT POINT.

Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer for Tale of a Town. By now most of you have heard about The Tale of a Town, the unique (and uniquely Canadian) multi-media performance piece generated from real life stories told by local residents in cities all across the country. The Ottawa contingent is in full creation mode, and the producers, directors and artists are working around the clock to create the live theatre piece that will be presented at mystery locations all across the city, in 3 different neighbourhoods, from Dec 4... | Continue reading article

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