Creative Sundays at Mainstay are a place for visual, written and musical artists to network, cultivate inspiration and share expressive ideas on a chill Sunday afternoon! For this special holiday edition you’re invited to come share your favourite Christmas classic or holiday inspired original songs and talk about traditions and your opinions on the holiday […]
A local Ottawa business committed to fair trade practices, Happy Goat sources from small-crop farmers in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.
Love them or hate them, the PSL has become a key part of fall.
I tried my very first cold brew coffee one scorching hot day in New York a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Unfortunately, when I came back to Ottawa, it was hard, if not impossible, to find. But not anymore! Ottawa’s coffee scene has been heating up, and cold brew is gaining […]
When I was a student, I loved starting my day by walking to Morning Owl Coffeehouse on Rochester Street for a scone and an Americano. The baristas always made my coffee just right, the baked goods were fresh and – if I managed to get out of bed early enough – still warm from the […]
Cameron Kallos says that the two strangest things he has ever sold at CC’s Corner was a 1940’s portable electroshock therapy kit…and a 20 oz single decaf shot Americano. If this combination, coffee and curios, sounds strange to you, you’ll have to make your way out to Richmond to see just how well it works. […]
Let’s be honest, it was the bright and shiny “coffee” sign that could be seen while standing at the corner of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue that initially drew me in. Equator Coffee is located right in the heart of Westboro, just slightly off the beaten path on Churchill. Once you step inside, be prepared to […]
Katie is a lover of all things local and likes to play with her food. You can find her blogging about her explorations near and far at Kate’s Plate. Though I was initially saddened to hear that one of my favourite Ottawa-based musicians would be taking a break from the music scene, I perked up […]
Gray and raining, it was the perfect cafe day when I met with Alex and Fadi, co-owners of The Ministry of Coffee. The coffee shop was chalked full of coffee lovers – on laptops, with notebooks, in discussion with friends – as we sat with sky blue mugs filled with coffee. “Is this an AeroPress?” […]
[vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″]https://vimeo.com/62133226[/vimeo] Last month, a team from Bridgehead traveled down to Guatemala to visit the sources of their coffees. They traveled throughout the countryside, meeting growers and visiting cooperatives. One of the highlights? A cupping competition to determine the best coffees produced by CODECH, an umbrella cooperative that represents 300+ farmers in rural Huehuetanango. […]
by @iscoff Since I’m on Twitter almost all day, it’s not often I get the opportunity to talk about what I eat for breakfast, so you can imagine my delight when I was asked to write a few words about the breakfast offerings of Art Is In Bakery. “What if we sold people sandwiches in […]
During my extensive research for this article, I stumbled upon this clip from 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the clip, the children are welcomed into the factory by a strange and rather morally ambiguous Gene Wilder. Now, I would contend, and I think anyone who has toured any candy factory, that this […]
Take an Italian café with a contemporary touch serving up ethically-sourced beans and locally-made treats. Add a dairy case filled with milk, butter and eggs from nearby Cochrane’s Dairy and Stirling Creamery for those early-morning milk runs. Layer on a carefully-edited wall of magazines and newspapers. Combine it all in a Bauhaus-inspired floral shop and the result […]
During the warmer months Ottawa is infested with fests: Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, Fringe Fest, Tulip Fest. The cold seems to kill off both the city’s mosquito population and its revelry, at least until the aptly named Winterlude roles around in February. As a consequence, us poor Ottawans are left to entertain ourselves for most […]