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Best Of: Romantic first date spots

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Photo by Chelsey CassidyPhoto by Chelsey Cassidy

So you’ve got yourself a date. Whether the Tinder gods found you a match or you’ve managed to manoeuvre your way though the Ottawa dating scene, kudos to you, it’s tough world out there! Now it’s time to decide where to go. First dates are stressful, and where you decide to go for this new awkward encounter can make or break it. No pressure, my friend, Ottawa’s got your back. This city provides new daters with a plethora of unique places to share those adorably uncomfortable first moments. Not only... | Continue reading article

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A weekday guide to Ottawa

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All photos by Steffani RuesgaAll photos by Steffani Ruesga

We work for the weekend: every day is a countdown until Friday. Once Friday rolls around, the weekend zooms by in a flash. Suddenly we’re back to Monday facing another week of work, and the whole dreary cycle repeats itself. But life doesn’t have to be this way. Luckily, Ottawa has dealt us some pretty entertaining weeknights. So cheer up, Monday doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week. First things first. You’re done work so head over to The Standard on Elgin. They have amazing deals all week... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Good eats to hit up after the bar

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All photos by Steffani Ruesga.All photos by Steffani Ruesga.

Drunk munchies. Often the only factor which can motivate me to go out. How good it feels to end the night with some deliciously disgusting meal that soaks up all the alcohol still swishing around in your body. Ottawa has a plethora of places to satisfy your late night desires, but where do you get the best bang for your buzz? If you’ve been drinking at any of the of the bars scattered among Elgin Street, you can easily crawl your way into Elgin Street Diner. Open 24/7, the place... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Ottawa fashionista spring styles, Nordstrom Gala for United Way

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All photos by Adria MayAll photos by Adria May

It’s so close we can almost taste it: Spring. With it, the colour palette of our wardrobe changes, we put away our long johns and we watch the ground waiting for those tulips to peep out!  In celebration of impeding Spring we bring you a new style file, from the Nordstrom Gala for the United Way on March 5. The Gala, held at Nordstrom’s new Rideau Centre store, raised funds through the United Way for project step, which provides school-based intervention for young people with addictions issues. Since project step... | Continue reading article

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4 board game cafes & shops to help beat the winter blahs

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Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

With the holidays fast-approaching, and as exams and work slowly wind down, it’s easy to drift into winter hibernation.  A warm cup of hot chocolate and a Home Alone marathon are hard to resist this time of the year. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous this holiday season, and are willing to venture outside of the warm and cozy confines of your home, why not check out one of Ottawa’s up-and-coming board game cafes & shops. Quite possibly the ideal winter activity, board games allows you stay in... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Holiday Edition

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Rogue Eclipse

In this edition of Apartment Crush, we visit Jennie, Matthew and their dog Rogue Eclipse in their Lowertown two-storey apartment. Their home houses a unique collection of original artwork, whimsical figurines and heirloom furniture. While both Jennie and Matthew have day jobs (in arts administration and design/marketing, respectively), they also work as independent artists: Jennie makes art about television and the internet, Matthew makes video and gifs, and was recently on Tumblr’s 2014 Artists to Watch list. They spend their spare time hanging out with their dog, Rogue Eclipse, a retired racing greyhound... | Continue reading article

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3 tea houses to warm your soul this winter

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Photo from the Cha Yi website.Photo from the Cha Yi website.

Next to water, it’s the drink that is most consumed from coaster to coaster, all around the world – tea. Black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu-erh and herbal varieties offer a slew of health benefits and a welcomed change to the regular double-double coffee run. As the winter months quickly begin to steep into our bones, cozy up with an old friend or a good book over a pot of loose leaf at some of the city’s warmest tea houses. 1. World of Tea Specialty: Rare and aged terroir artisan... | Continue reading article

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Who needs Queen St. West? Dress like a pop star at your local boutique

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Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.

The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or abiding by every style rule, she proves that modesty and a strong sense of self can be chic, too. Though the singer first shot to stardom as a result of her entirely unique sound comprised... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Rockcliffe edition

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Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Last fall, Apt613 contributor Sanita Fejzic put together two posts rounding up the best of our city’s outdoor art. She looked at Centretown and the Market and Hull areas. Back then she said, “Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer that is dynamic. Unique, not just for between viewers—everyone sees differently—but unique every single time an individual comes back to the piece.” Here she is again with her top picks for Rockcliffe: 1. Soper’s Fountain... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: Festival House serves as a community arts hub

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Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com Festival House officially opened in early May and unites many of Ottawa’s festival and event planners under one roof. Apartment613 and Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, the Outreach Coordinator for Ottawa Festivals, take you through the new office spaces that were created inside a former church that dates back over one-hundred years: Apt613: Tell us about how the former Westboro United Church became your new... | Continue reading article

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