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Foodie Friday: Opening a restaurant wasn’t on West de Castro’s mind.

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Clover Food and Drink. All photos by Charlie Crabb.Clover Food and Drink. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

She was happy where she was at the Zen Kitchen, where she honed her culinary skills as a sous chef. It wasn’t until her partner, Danielle Guay convinced her to channel her energy towards something de Castro could call her own. “She’d been putting so much energy into where she was before, I thought why not put that energy into her own spot,” Guay says. “So far so good!” Now a little over a month old, Clover Food and Drink has quickly turned into a trendy place to have lunch... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + Festival of India giveaway

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Take a gander at the events going on this weekend – once again, we’ve got a full lineup. Read on to find out how you can win tickets to the Festival of India! In music, Thee Silver Mount Zion is playing with Scattered Clouds out at the Black Sheep tonight, while the Lunenburg Pub hosts acoustic Thursdays with Sarah Patricia Howard, Danielle Allard and Rae Corcoran and House of Targ welcomes Mosley, Still Life and Heavy Hearts to the stage. 8 Locks’ Flat hosts Finding Chuck on Friday, and Whitechapel is... | Continue reading article

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Muskoka Brewery tap-to-table tasting at HPH

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Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.

Beer lovers may be familiar with Muskoka Brewery’s Detour, a dry-hopped IPA. The six-pack design boasts a vibrant teal cartoon map reminiscent of those available at provincial parks. Both the eye-catching design and the name promise an enjoyable and leisurely drink, one that led me off the beaten path and in the right direction. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to meet Gary McMullen, the founder and head brewer of Muskoka Brewery, over a delicious pairing of food and beer at the Hintonburg Public House recently. The... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Ruleta by Lido Pimienta

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Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.

Lido Pimienta is simply badass. Her music is dark and energetic. Often described as experimental pop – she creates a sound that blends afro-Colombian rhythms with electronic beats, chanting traditions of her indigenous ancestry and analog synths. I’m taken in by her ethereal vocals and outspoken on-stage banter. She will make you dance while urging political upheaval and self-reflection. Recently she opened a set at Wavelength with an alternate version of “Oh Canada” that sparked a bit of “controversy” over her intense political statements about nationalism. Following that, here she... | Continue reading article

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Calling all Ottawa women: Make your mark in the October 2014 election

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Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell. Photo courtesy of Equal Voice.Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell. Photo courtesy of Equal Voice.

Post by Etana Cain & Jennifer Mowbray from Equal Voice National Capital Region Chapter Make your mark – that’s the slogan featured on the City of Ottawa’s website for the upcoming municipal elections. Equal Voice National Capital Region (NCR), the local chapter of Canada’s only multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women, is calling on Ottawa women to heed this call and put their name forward on the ballot this fall as candidates. Criss-crossing the city are numerous landmarks named after female leaders who have made their mark in the... | Continue reading article

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Three things to remember when volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

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Hollie Davies in front of the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region house in progress.Hollie Davies in front of the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region house in progress.

There’s a slew of volunteer opportunities in Ottawa – it’s possible to work with animals, children, and international aid, among others. If you can remember as far back as highschool, you might recall being forced to spend 40 whole entire precious teenage hours dedicating your time to one cause or another – an actual requirement for graduation. But, now that we’re adults with (barely) enough time and money to spend a little less on ourselves and a little more on others, we can do this of our own accord. Certainly... | Continue reading article

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World Press Photo showcases the best of international photojournalism

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World Press 14 at the War Museum. Photo by Kenneth Ingram.World Press 14 at the War Museum. Photo by Kenneth Ingram.

The World Press Photo Exhibition is currently on display at the Canadian War Museum, showcasing more than 140 award-winning images from the best of international photojournalism. “What I like about it is the variety of stories,” explains Josée Gervais, a program interpreter and guide at the museum who says she looks forward to the exhibit each year. “What’s interesting about the World Press is the way that these photos capture a human side to each story, [whether] tragedies, sports, athletes who have cancer but continue anyway. Some photos show people... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Oz Kafe executes a perfect trifecta

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Photos by Riley Schnurr.Photos by Riley Schnurr.

Although a noticeable lack of emeralds around us, the experience we had at Oz Kafe for dinner was nothing short of a precious gem. Tucked, almost hidden away between Lieutenant’s Pub and Pancho Villa on Elgin Street, Oz certainly delivers a meal fit for a wizard. Only every so often do you find a restaurant that has “the trifecta” – that is, delivers dinner, drinks, and desserts without comprising one for another. I was strategic in my visit this time, bringing along two friends in order to maximize the sharing-plate... | Continue reading article

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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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