The arts scene moves into Chinatown

Art galleries and creative spaces have been steadily setting up shop in Chinatown, but with new businesses entering the neighbourhood, some are wondering whether it will affect the community’s culture, history, and economic value. The Central Art Garage, a conceptual art gallery located at Somerset Street West and Lebreton Street North, opened in 2013 in a renovated auto repair shop. When co-owner of the gallery Danny Hussey moved in four year ago, he said the arts scene hadn’t yet formed in Chinatown. “When we moved in here, there wasn’t very much,” Hussey said. “Over time, I think people start to gravitate to a certain space.” Neighbourhoods such as Westboro and Hintonburg are pricing themselves out of the market for many […]

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Food & Drink Blog: Places for Plant-Eaters

As a vegan, I know that finding veggie-friendly spots can be a little tricky if you want to eat more than a salad. Fortunately, Ottawa boasts a plethora of plant-filled pastures where herbivores can graze. The restaurants below are not just for twig-and-bark eating vegans—they are proven hits with the omnivorous crowd as well, and all of them use fresh and locally sourced ingredients. So here, in no particular order, are the BEST plant powered spots in Ottawa, according to me. Pure Kitchen Westboro – 357 Richmond Road Centretown– 340 Elgin Street Pure Kitchen prides itself on being a “scratch” kitchen, which basically means they make everything from scratch with fresh ingredients. It’s pretty dope. Half the restaurant is a […]

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The foodie revolution: How good food found Ottawa

I’m sitting in a small, semi-crowded restaurant. It’s a Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m., and I’m thankful I had a reservation, because the place is packed. I’m surrounded by well-dressed young professionals; there is not a family nor older couple in sight. Everyone is sipping cocktails and small plates of fragrant food cross the restaurant from kitchen to table and back, carried by beautiful young waitstaff wearing clothing that could barely be mistaken for a uniform. What I’m seeing is a symptom of the new Ottawa food culture. Restaurants such as this one are scattered across town, in the Glebe, the ByWard Market, on Elgin, and in Westboro. Making the shift They popped up seemingly overnight. As one trendy restaurant […]

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