Are you a photog? Join our Flickr group!
 

Ottawa Chefs Offering up Tasty Taco Experimentation at TacoLot

Written by on
Photo courtesy of Adria MayPhoto courtesy of Adria May

Every Sunday until November 4, some of Ottawa’s best chefs will be making their own taco creations to support the Ottawa Food Bank or a charity of the chef’s choice at the TacoLot on Wellington West. While serving up his own creation last Sunday, Urban Pear owner and head chef Ben Baird told Apartment613 that he likes the simplicity of tacos. However, the preparation of his special wild boar tacos with lime cilantro crème fraiche and organic corn and snap pea salsa was not exactly simple. The boar alone took... | Continue reading article

Comments

1
 

Join the Green Wave at Simply Raw Express

Written by on
Interior of Simply Raw Express Ottawa Ontario CanadaInterior of Simply Raw Express Ottawa Ontario Canada

When the Canadian Press recently wrote about Ottawa’s flourishing foodie neighbourhood of Hintonburg, writer Jennifer Ditchburn chose to focus on local favourites such as Hintonburger, Suzy Q Doughnuts and the TacoLot (naturally already featured on our blog). While the budding restaurant scene was well covered, a few of the more novel tummy-pleasing spots were missed, including Simply Raw Express. The café and takeaway shop, which opened in May 2012, is quickly becoming a destination for those who prefer their food uncooked and unprocessed. If owners Mark Faul and Natasha Kyssa have their... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

Wellington Gastro Pub: The stairway to culinary heaven

Written by on
Photo courtesy of Joelle GuédonPhoto courtesy of Joelle Guédon

As you open the door of The Wellington Gastropub you will be presented with a set of stairs. They will take you not only to the second floor dining room, but also to the height of culinary delight in Ottawa. Open for five years now, the Gastropub at 1325 Wellington Street West continues to be among the best restaurants in Ottawa. The food, service and décor are three reasons many respect and recognize the Gastropub. Once inside you’ll notice the beautiful natural colours which decorate the trendy dining room and bar.... | Continue reading article

Comments

3
 

Memories of Bluesfest 2012

Written by on
Photo courtesy of Joelle GuedonPhoto courtesy of Joelle Guedon

At Apt613, we sometimes get nostalgic. Whether it’s reminiscing about the Lynx or missing the sweet, sweet tones of 93.9 Kool FM, we’ve always had a soft spot for the past. And with Bluesfest 2012 behind us, and with another year to wait before we can enjoy the incredible heat of July in Ottawa while listening to blaringly loud music while hung over, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on what went on during the Bluesiest festival around. It’s a little something we like to call... | Continue reading article

Comments

4
 

Hip Hop Karaoke’d

Written by on
Photo courtesy of Hip Hop Karaoke OttawaPhoto courtesy of Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa

I’m standing at the side of the stage, my palms sweaty (something about spaghetti). DJ So Nice is warming up the crowd with a few of his trademark beats. It’s a hot night, and Mugshots, the bar behind the Ottawa Jail Hostel, is packed to capacity. All heads are turned to the stage. The audience waits. They came to see me. Well, me and the other twelve-or-so performers at Ottawa’s first monthly Hip Hop Karaoke event. Before me, two people from Hip Hop Shakespeare, a show at this year’s Fringe... | Continue reading article

Comments

1
 

Weekly News Review: Congestion in Ottawa, Paradiso closing, brush fire and more!

Written by on
Photo courtesy of funderstorms on Flickr.Photo courtesy of funderstorms on Flickr.

How’s your daily commute to work? A study conducted by TomTom, the in-car GPS navigation system, concluded that Ottawa’s now the 10th most congested city in North America and 3rd most congested in Canada after Vancouver and Toronto. What’s more, it’s the only Canadian city where congestion levels went up from 2011. Get that LRT up and running! The home of jazz in Ottawa – Cafe Paradiso – has been forced to close its doors over unpaid HST. The Cafe has been closed since June 30 - soon after Canada Revenue Agency officials... | Continue reading article

Comments

3
 
Filed in: News

On top of their game: Diplo, Beirut and Skrillex

Written by on
Photo courtesy of François Levesque.Photo courtesy of François Levesque.

It’s already the last weekend of Bluesfest. Bottle of water in hand, sunscreen all over my body and shades on my face, I headed out to Lebreton Flats yesterday afternoon where I checked out Diplo, Beirut and Skrillex. Diplo can be considered a super-producer. He’s worked with the likes of M.I.A., Robyn, Kid Cudi and Beyonce. I was a bit surprised to see him in the 6pm slot ahead of someone less established than himself such as Pretty Lights. Nevertheless, there was a big crowd on the main stage when... | Continue reading article

Comments

1
 
Filed in: Bluesfest, Music

Looking above: The Roof Gardens of historic downtown Ottawa

Written by on
Photo by Jon Schofield.Photo by Jon Schofield.

Last Sunday I found myself atop the rooftop garden of the Rideau Centre to participate in the newest addition to Heritage Ottawa’s long list of city walking tours. I was there for the tour of the Roof Gardens of the Rideau Centre and NAC, which is led by the Vice-President of the organization, David Jeanes, and offers a fresh perspective on the history of surrounding buildings and sites that we all think we know so well. Alongside me were roughly forty keen local heritage enthusiasts, whose impressive turnout on the roof made nearby pot-smokers... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 
Filed in: General, Learning, Meet up

Kelp and Pressed team-up to bring more tunes to Gladstone Avenue

Written by on
Photo courtesy of Ming WuPhoto courtesy of Ming Wu

The unlikely music venue that brought you several solid weeks of experimental music over the spring is now teaming up with Ottawa’s favourite record label to deliver even more to their sandwich-eating and Kichesippi-sipping customers. Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar will soon be hosting Kelp-curated music shows, adding another smaller venue to Ottawa’s indie music scene. The plan is to book shows mainly on Thursday through Saturday, starting once the dinner crowd is done with their pulled pork or smoked brisket. Jeff Stewart from Pressed says he was always interested in the possilibities... | Continue reading article

Comments

3
 
Filed in: Music, Restaurants
Interested in advertising with us?Email us at
apartment613@gmail.com