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Casual Fridays at the National Arts Centre: Giveaway #3 #NACOFridays

Casual Friday with the NAC Orchestra Casual Friday with the NAC Orchestra

Asked to describe characteristic traits of Ottawa natives, the ability to “complain about the weather” came to mind. I am happy to note, however, today’s return of humidex values doesn’t seem to have been accompanied by any griping in my social media feeds. There was some exultation and reminders to slather on the sun screen and stay hydrated. We who complained about winter’s unwelcome stay this year were reminded we’d best appreciate the warmer temperatures. Humidex? The humidex is a composite “index” that Canadian meteorologists use to describe how hot the weather actually feels to... | Continue reading article

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Titans Fall: ZenKitchen and Domus Close

Kyle Mortimer-Proulx's Brigade from Zen Kitchen Kyle Mortimer-Proulx's Brigade from Zen Kitchen

Traditional media takes sides. It largely has to to ensure brevity-is-wit pieces are published according to the aggressive timelines required by modern journalism. You gotta be first to break the story. You gotta get that quote. You gotta polarize your audience to ensure viewers tune in; customers buy issues; and readers click links. There are good guys. There are bad guys. Issues are black and white with few shades of gray. The words chosen tend to be inflammatory. Increasingly, content consumers are grazing, getting their news from a multiplicity of sources. Loyalty to one newspaper... | Continue reading article

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Return to El Camino: Something’s Up…

El Camino El Camino

If you’ve heard me describe popular El Camino (380 Elgin Street) as Ottawa’s “answer” to Toronto’s Grand Electric, you may be wondering, “What on earth is that food nut mumbling about now?” Odds are I am tweeting with someone, visiting from the Big Smoke who asked for recommendations for where to eat. Odds are that someone is familiar with Toronto’s food scene. Odds are that someone also asked for unpretentious dining and value-oriented plates. Contemporary takes on classic Mexican street tacos usually fit the bill. Tacos, soft or hard shelled, are already universal crowd pleasers.... | Continue reading article

foodiePrints’ “Photo-a-day Challenge” May 2014 edition #foodPicADay

#foodPicADay #foodPicADay

The rather organized people behind Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club puts together photo-a-day challenges, releasing them several days before the start of the month. Each challenge consists of 30-or-so “themes” for images to capture either with your phone or, for the more enterprising participants, camera. Meant to engage their audience, images are hashtagged: “#YMCPhotoADay.” Share a photo and win a prize! [Photos are aggregated on a "#tagboard"] Having come across the challenge issued for May, I considered participating. A truant participant of Amanda Large’s (@amandafiona) photo-a-day-for-a-year #mo365 challenge, I needed incentive to start anew. A... | Continue reading article

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Bon Appetit Ottawa 2014: Food, Community and a Giveaway

Bon Appetit Ottawa Bon Appetit Ottawa

On May 6th, Bon Appetit Ottawa (BAO) will be celebrating its 18th year, raising money for dozens of local charitable causes. Billing itself as the city’s “best cocktail party,” the food and wine show welcomes an average of 2000 people to enjoy delicious creations from some of Ottawa’s top chefs, restaurants, and caterers, paired with samplings from renowned wineries and breweries. Similar to other local food events, Bon Appetit has a mission: to provide both hunger and poverty relief in the National Capital Region (NCR). Proceeds go to support the operational needs of charities with... | Continue reading article

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Get Your Curd On! Poutine Fest is Back!

Poutine Fest 2013 Poutine Fest 2013

Spring is in the air, Ottawa! And…that means “The Great Canadian Fork Off” is on! With the city basking in warmer temperatures [Hopefully we'll get a break from the rain!], Sparks Street is gearing up for a second edition of Poutine Fest, starting Thursday, April 24th (tomorrow!) and running until Sunday, April 27th. Launched in November 2013, Poutine Fest was an instant hit with young and old alike. A three-day festival (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), organizers hoped Ottawa would respond with the same enthusiasm it has shown for their now biannual Chicken and Rib Fest.... | Continue reading article

A Taste for Life 2014: Supporting Our Community

A Taste for Life A Taste for Life

Jane Addams, an American social and political activist, author, community organizer, and leader in women’s suffrage, once wrote, “Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.” She brought attention to issues such as public health. Though her message was to women in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it remains relevant to this day. We are all responsible to make our communities a better place to live. On Wednesday, April 23rd, over 40 Ottawa restaurants and caterers will... | Continue reading article

Local Shop Unveils New Le Creuset Steel and Supports Parkdale Food Centre (@KitchenaliaOtt)

Kitchenalia in Westboro Kitchenalia in Westboro

Every neighbourhood needs a kitchen store. The heavily gentrified Westboro, with its yoga pant-wearing, titanium stroller-pushing, latest-smartphone-wielding, and Starbuck’s coffee-guzzling residents, has Kitchenalia (274 Richmond Road). Don’t get me wrong, we visit Westboro regularly. Jenn and I see it as Kitchissippi’s answer to Centretown’s Glebe, only without the history. Jenn trains with the running club at Ottawa’s only MEC (355 Richmond Road). I frequent the newly renovated and re-opened The Piggy Market (400 Winston Avenue), an artisan butcher and delicatessen. Jenn and I adore and volunteer at Westfest, Westboro’s free and inclusive street festival that... | Continue reading article