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Ottawa Magazine

Best Bets for Montreal en Lumière Festival

Sphères public exhibit at the 2012 Montreal en Lumière festival (Photo: Fabien Gagnon)

The sheer volume of activities at the annual, jam-packed Montreal en Lumière cultural festival (on now!) can be mind-boggling, so we were delighted to see a greatest hits list from OttawaMagazine.com. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 20 to 22

Absinthe is just one of nearly 30 restaurants partaking in WinterBites.

Friday, Jan. 20
Foodies, hold onto your hats! Ottawa Magazine has teamed up with nearly 30 local restaurants for WinterBites, and they’ve each created three-course menus at a fixed – and affordable – price (lunch is $15-$20 and dinner is $30-$40). The weather may be cold, but a delicious meal is sure to warm you up. Some participating eateries include Absinthe, Kinki, ZenKitchen, and the Urban Pear. Now is the best chance to dine at some of Ottawa’s best restaurants – try out as many as you’d like! (more…)

Ottawa’s WinterBites Begins Today

Enjoy a sexy dinner at Kinki Asian-Fusion Restaurant during WinterBites.

Winter in Ottawa “bites” less this year, thanks to a new food event, WinterBites, launching today and running through January 28.

What better way to ward off the nip of a central Ontario winter than by tucking into a gourmet three-course meal—at appetizing prices, no less? (more…)

To Eat Southern, Go North: Ottawa’s Newest BBQ Joint

Photo by Shawna Wagman

Ottawa’s brand-new Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, opened last week, serves up American-style slow-cooked Southern barbecue and all the fixin’s (fried green tomatoes included) in the Byward Market shopping and dining district.

These days, it seems the city has its choice of pulled pork, brisket and coleslaw, with the SmoQue Shack barbecue joint just a few doors down.

Who knew Canada’s capital city was so southern?

See the full story at OttawaMagazine.com.

Weekend Reading List: November 19-20

News flash: Toronto is still occupied. And it’s five weeks (!!) till Christmas, folks: Fashion Magazine has 95 stylish gifts for everyone on your list. Plus, Andrew Westoll speaks about his experience writing about chimps in a Quill & Quire podcast; the chimp photos are cute, but Wedding Bells’ shots of 50 pets dressed in their wedding best takes the cake.

  • Introducing: The Dog Bowl, an eco-friendly dog boutique for the coolest (and most adorable) doggies on Dundas West {Toronto Life}
  • Holiday 2011: Gift Guide {Fashion Magazine}
  • Robert Pattinson and the Mark Hamill Curse {Canadian Family}
  • Grow Your Own: A Val-des-Monts couple tries their hand at food self-sufficiency {Ottawa Magazine}
  • Banana Bread in the Slow Cooker {20 Minute Supperclub}
  • 50 Adorable Ways To Dress Up Your Pet For Your Wedding Day {Wedding Bells}
  • Quillcast Episode Two: Andrew Westoll and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary {Quill & Quire}
  • Occupy Toronto: One Month In and Safe, for Now {Torontoist}

Weekend Reading List: November 12-13

It’s c-c-cold across much of Canada this weekend as the competition for the nation’s culinary champion heats up in Ottawa. Keep warm with a wedding chick flick or an award-winning food-centric read like Flavours of Prince Edward Island. Better yet, fire up the oven: 20-minute Supper Club confirms our theory that brie should always be baked. And, unrelatedly (we’re easily distracted by shiny things), aren’t Toronto’s new streetcars pretty?


Weekend Reading List: Top Stories From Our Sister Sites

This week it’s a double dose of cute, with kids in adorable Halloween costumes and designer dogs.

And it may still be fall, but Christmas is in the air: the update on Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade (November 20 !) and, for your holiday shopping pleasure, Google finally launches its Canadian e-bookstore.


Weekend Reading List

Toronto’s best tacos, Ottawa’s top hole-in-the-wall eateries and, for Halloween, genius last-minute costume ideas (Karl Lagerfeld? Katy Perry? via FashionMagazine.com) and gross-out treats (CanadianFamily.ca). Top stories from around our offices this week. Boo!


Weekend Reading List

This week’s top stories from our SJM sister sites is fairly food focused, which is understandable, it being Thanksgiving on Monday and all. Still haven’t decided on your menu? Steal a stuffing recipe from 20 Minute Supper Club or whip up a mean Spanish omelette for Thanksgiving brunch. Plus: Apple’s contribution to fashion and this year’s nominees for the prestigious Giller Prize in fiction.

  • “Introducing: Cutler and Gross, a Yorkville Boutique for the Bespectacled Man and Woman” {Toronto Life}
  • “The Fashionable Ways of Steve Jobs” {Fashion Magazine}
  • “15 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes” {Canadian Family}
  • “Behind the Scenes: Chloe Berlanga’s Tortillas de Patatas recipe” {Ottawa Magazine}
  • “Thanksgiving Dressings: 6 Stuffing Recipes” {20 Minute Supperclub}
  • “15 Sexy Nude Nail Polishes” {Wedding Bells}
  • “Slideshow: Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist” {Quill & Quire}
  • “Praise Jesus” {Torontoist}

Weekend Reading List

Welcome to the weekend! Here’s a round-up of the most popular stories from our sister sites at St. Joseph Media this week:

TorontoLife.com: It only takes $1 million to move to San Francisco—without leaving Toronto (slideshow).

FashionMagazine.com: As Fashion Week continues to its next hotspot, catch up on the inside scoop from backstage to the runway.

CanadianFamily.ca: Need a kid-friendly weekend project? Canadian Family takes you through glass-magnet making 101.

OttawaMagazine.com: Ethical oil is sticky business, Mark Bourrie explains, especially when Saudi lobbies are involved.

20minutesupperclub.com: It’s apples every which way, from soup to French toast—as usual, all in 20 minutes or less.

WeddingBells.ca: Barns, burlap, and baked goods (mmm…pie) are among Wedding Bells’ 8 essential rustic wedding elements.

Quillandquire.com: In an announcement appropriately timed for the harvest moon, Neil Young will publish his memoir next year.

Torontoist.com: Old-school is new again if the leak that the Blue Jays plan to adopt a new logo is true.

Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites

Kick back this weekend with this week’s most popular stories from our sister sites at St. Joseph Media:

Toronto Life takes on suburban sprawl in “Exodus to the burbs: why diehard downtowners are giving up on the city”. [Toronto Life]

At New York Fashion Week, Fashion Magazine snapped behind-the-scenes photos of models off the runway. [Fashion Magazine]

‘Tis the season of pears, blueberries, and cheesy broccoli—so says Canadian Family in “10 Tasty Recipes to Try in September”. [Canadian Family]

Ottawa Magazine contributing editor Mark Bourrie weighs in on the Xinhua “espionage” scandal that he thinks likely never was. [Ottawa Magazine]

Did you know quark was a type of cheese? Neither did we, but 20 Minute Supper Club tells us that paired with lavendar it makes a delish cheesecake. Visit the site for all five “Weekend Baking Adventure” cheesecake recipes. [20 Minute Supper Club]

Minimalistic and floral is the way to go in centrepieces, as evidenced in a vibrant Wedding Bells slideshow. [Wedding Bells]

Quill & Quire asks, “Does an upsized IKEA bookshelf spell doom for print publishing?” Well, does it? Read the story to judge for yourself. [Quill & Quire]

Torontoist reports on city budget cuts proposed this week, among them selling the Toronto Zoo, snow-clearing reductions, and—always a hot-button topic—increasing TTC fares. [Torontoist]

Weekend reading list: The top stories from around our offices

Welcome to our new weekend feature, in which we bring you the top stories from around our offices at St. Joseph Media. Looking for fall fashion trends? Like cooking? DIYing? Check out our picks after the jump!