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Stolen Goods cocktail bar

A great cocktail bar not only nails the quality of food and drink while establishing a fun atmosphere, but it also puts its own unique spin on it, and Sparks Street’s newest spot, Stolen Goods, appears to be on its way to being a great cocktail bar.

Mazépis Spices brings Caribbean heat to Ottawa

Mazépis only uses fresh and natural ingredients, favouring citrus and vinegar for preservation. With an overwhelmingly positive community response from the very start, Mazépis expanded its range of products, adding signature hot sauces made with scotch bonnet peppers, and are now serving hot meals with chicken, rice, and plantain.

Orléans Craft Beer Festival

Quickly becoming the unofficial kickoff to summer in the east end, the Orleans Craft Beer Festival is back this weekend for its fourth instalment. Voted Ottawa’s favourite Craft Beer Festival in Faces Magazines’s awards, organizers have raised the bar (so to speak) with the number of local breweries and distillers at this year’s edition.

Dessert First: A new boutique bakery by chef Julia Gindra opens in Centretown

This just in: Dessert First, a new boutique bakery at Somerset and Bay, is the next Centretown gem. After passing through a cozy patio overlooking Dundonald Park, you’re greeted by lovely daffodil wallpaper, gorgeous tiny hanging plants in a large bright window, a scintillating centrepiece display stocked with lavish handmade treats, open kitchen aromas, and smiling, welcoming staff.

Capital History: Henry Brading’s Union Brewery, Est. 1865

Much has been written about what became of H.F. Brading’s Victorian-era brewery come the 20th century, particularly regarding infamous Ottawa-born magnate E.P. Taylor, who parlayed it into a gigantic beer empire. Then there’s the small matter of the SECRET BEER TUNNEL under Lebreton Flats, built around 1945. I won’t be talking about any of that: This is the largely untold story of the man who started it all, Henry Fisher Brading (1836-1903), and his original Union Brewery.

Parle: Ghost kitchen fave Viet Fresh now boasts an eat-in location on Dalhousie Street

Parle began in the early days of the pandemic as a venture called Viet Fresh by owner David Wen, but operated under an umbrella business called Casper Kitchen. With the shutdowns and periodic indoor dining restrictions over the past two years, the Casper Kitchen brand has been able to enjoy massive success due to its delivery-focused model, which allowed Viet Fresh to “go solo” and open their own dine-in location, Parle.