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Hey carnivores, this one’s for you: Trailer Pork Boys serve up slow-cooked to go

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You know it’s good when you wake up the next morning craving more. I guess you could say the Trailer Pork Boys’ pulled pork sandwich is good, then. Into its second week, Ottawa’s newest food truck is all about the pig. The menu is short, sweet, and to the porkalicious point: sandwiches (pulled pork & a “Cuban”) and ribs top the charts. This truck is happy to join two of the hottest trends going: seeing food trucks proliferating urban streets across the continent and the carnivorous response to growing vegetarian/vegan... | Continue reading article

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Is Ottawa Ready To Roll The Dice On A Downtown Casino?

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In March of this year, talks of bringing a casino within Ottawa city limits were back on the table after the Ontario government announced a decision to begin accepting private-sector bids for the establishment. The news made headlines, and it seemed like everyone had an opinion on the whereabouts of the casino and if having one in Ottawa was even a good idea. Five months later, these ambitious plans are at a standstill. No concrete information on the project has been released to the public, and sites for the casino are all... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: News, Politics

Apt613 Live for July 25th, 2012

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Listen here, or on iTunes. Note: the Paper Kindle Club is this Sunday, not Saturday as is reported in this podcast.  This week on Apt613 Live, Jared hosts the entire show by himself! In addition to his unreasonably strange antics, we were able to snag two interviews this week. The first is with Gerry Paquette, Professor of Game Development at Algonquin College. In addition to other disciplines, Paquette teaches Algonquin game dev students about board games, something we are Apt613 are generally fairly enthusiastic about (though Katie often proclaims her annoyance with... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Get out and do stuff Ottawa!

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Start your Friday right with the second edition of Creative Mornings with Chef Matt Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop up. He’ll talk about the pop experience, his future ventures and the development of the food scene in Ottawa. It’s at the Ottawa School of Art (but you have to get a ticket first). Who doesn’t like burlesque for a good cause? Titties for Kitties is a night of music and burlesque to raise money for Westminster Pet Sanctuary, and Hungry and Homeless Cat Rescue. It’s taking place Friday night at... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Youngest Farmers’ Market Serves Little Italy & Beyond

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Situated in the heart of Little Italy, the Preston Farmers’ Market considers itself a neighbourhood destination for all of central Ottawa. From swiss chard, sauces, and sausages to soaps and sock moneys … the PFM offers “everything you could want in one delicious stop”. Saturday shoppers can find fresh produce & meats, hand-roasted coffee, sweet treats, handicrafts, and more courtesy of local farmers, producers, and craftspeople. This year’s PFM line-up features big draws (Suzy Q Doughnuts, Purple Urchin, Riverglen Biodynamic Farm, Upper Canada Heritage Meats) as well as lesser-knowns like... | Continue reading article

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Paper Kindle Club: The Horse That Leaps through Clouds–An Update!

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You know, I remember a time when books were books—when reading a book meant flipping pages, when the phrase “cracking open a book” made sense, and when sniffing the pages of a new book gave you that giddy, lightheaded feeling that only glue can provide. But this is the future. We live in a time when books are blasted through cyberspace at our heads, streams of ones and zeros bouncing through the air like super balls in a cement mixer. I welcome this new reality with a strange look on... | Continue reading article

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Chef Matt Carmichael talks Mello’s love and new projects

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This is my first article and restaurant review for Apt613; as an avid foodie I volunteered my blogging services to editor and soon-to-be-father François over one too many glasses of wine one Friday night at HUB Ottawa. Full disclosure: it has turned into more of a story than a review and is also a bit late because the first time I went to Mello’s I completely forgot to take any pictures and had to go again the next day; if anything this speaks to how great a meal it was…... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Whiskey by NDMA

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NDMA is Nilton de Menezes, a music producer and all-round artistic entrepreneur living in Ottawa. Having been raised in Angola and Brazil, his style has been described as a fusion of  contemporary hip hop with Portuguese influences. Menezes has also been busy as a promoter on the Ottawa scene, with his most recent project being Blue Nuit, a multimedia performance art featuring 1960s style nude photography that took place at Falldown Gallery this March. This video for his latest single Whiskey was a collaboration with Michael Cumming,  a local designer, motion artist and director. Definitely a danceable addition... | Continue reading article

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Union Local 613, where class meets southern comfort

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There is no shortage of fine dining options in our beloved Capital City. Foodies can get their fix in virtually any neighborhood, and while we’re often accused of playing catch up to trendier Montreal or Toronto, Ottawa is (almost) always on point with keeping up with restaurants fads and new concepts. Recently, a few Southern-style joints have popped up in the downtown core, integrating down-home comfort food with modern twists. The newest addition to this trend, Union Local 613 or Union for short, takes it to new heights by not... | Continue reading article

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