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Best cocktails in Ottawa

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I transplanted here from New York in July 2012 and I have a confession to make. In my first few months in Ottawa I dragged my partner into various random places (often on Elgin St.) for a drink, and then complained that, “no one in this town knows how to make a proper Negroni!”  He would simply roll his eyes and tell me not to say that too loudly. Yes, I know it sounds a little pretentious and obnoxious, but it seemed to be the sad, honest truth.  Part of... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Best Poutine in Ottawa

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It is impossible to dislike poutine. Yes, I am calling out you liars: it is impossible. Whether it’s in a traditional styrofoam cup leaking gravy onto a picnic table or served with pulled pork, vegetarian gravy, homefries or other creative ingredients, it’s hard not to gravitate to the one menu item guaranteed not to let you down. With a little help from the polling worlds of Twitter and Facebook, we have found some of Ottawa’s go-to poutine destinations. 1-  Sasha’s Chip Wagon. For weeks people have yelled that it is the... | Continue reading article

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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide

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Are you a fan of craft breweries? Microbrasseries? Brew pubs? Beer in general? Then think of this article as a scavenger hunt for the National Capital Region beer aficionado. Despite all the back-to-school sales and frosh week prep going on, there is still some summer left and hunting down a quality pint is a good way to spend it. In honour of National Capital Craft Beer Week, we’ve assembled a list of local destinations for discerning beer fanatics. This list is a pastiche of beer landmarks across the National Capital... | Continue reading article

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Free (or super cheap) outdoor fun in Ottawa

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Want to have some summer fun, but are pinching your pennies to feed your daily gelato habit? The following list of free or very cheap outdoor activities is a work in progress by Fiona Marshall. Fiona is working on the list for the Money Skills workshops offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association to people with severe and persistent mental health issues, a program sponsored by the TD Financial Literacy Fund. Help out Fiona (and your fellow cheapskates) by suggesting free or cheap recreational activities that we may have missed in... | Continue reading article

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Best Music Video by a Local Artist

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What makes a great music video? An awesome song helps for sure, but the best videos makes full use of both mediums by combining a catchy tune with eye-popping cinematography. The combination of Juno fever with a bout of crappy spring weather last weekend put us in the mood to go searching on YouTube for the best of what the local music scene has to offer. We also asked the Ottawa twitterati to help us out. The result was our five picks for the best videos to have come out of Ottawa.... | Continue reading article

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Best tacos in Ottawa

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Originally posted on Kathy Eats – Adventures of a street food geek. Reproduced here with her permission. Anyone who knows me at all knows that I have a small infatuation with tacos.  OK…maybe not so much an infatuation, but rather an outright obsession.  I can’t help it.  And I’m not talking Old El Paso or Taco Bell here…I’m taking handmade soft corn tortillas, fresh ingredients and traditional flavours. My problem started years ago with travel through California and Mexico.  I was introduced to what tacos REALLY should taste like, and... | Continue reading article

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Best independent, non-used bookstores in town

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Post by Megan Taylor Since we here Apartment613 (and our vocal readership!) have already paid tribute to Ottawa’s best used bookstores, perhaps it’s time to cast an eye at their competition and acknowledge the best not-used-but-still-independent bookstores in the capital. If you don’t want to give your money to a megachain like Chapters, but still crave the smooth matte feel of a pristine trade paperback, the satisfaction of cracking open an unbroken hardcover spine, or even just a heady whiff of that new book smell, check out these alternatives: Collected... | Continue reading article

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I was framed! Best eyewear stores in town

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Post by Kim Bosch Squinting to see spring, but still too creeped out to have your cornea lasered? Ottawa has a few great independent eyeglass stores to frame up your peepers in style. For the practical-minded, there’s Pflug Optical (1580 Merivale), an Ottawa staple for over 30 years. They offer classic shapes with small quirks (e.g. standard rectangle frame in vibrant green). Pflug is a great place for those having trouble picking out frames on their own. Excellent customer service and honest opinions are abundant at this shop. If Elton... | Continue reading article

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Let’s get (oddly) physical! Best ways to stay in shape in strange and wonderful ways

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Post by Sabrina Bowman I’m not really a team player. Oh sure, I work well enough with others, but when it comes to team sports, I’m inept and get sulky when I can’t play well (which is pretty much always). But like many of you out there, I like to stay in shape. While Ottawa has lots of conventional fitness options such as going to the gym, running, and pumping iron, I’ve come to realize that our fine city offers many more, uh, alternative fitness options. Below are some options... | Continue reading article

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Slippin’ and slidin’: The best toboggan hills around Ottawa

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With a weekend forecast calling for snow, snow, and more snow, what better way to spend your time than by digging out the old krazy karpet, trudging up the nearest tobogganing hill, and letting gravity do the rest? Here’s a handy guide to some of the most popular Ottawa-area hills that are guaranteed to bring out that inner daredevil. Trust me: whether it’s hot chocolate or carefully-hidden whisky you’re toting up the hill with you, you’ll need some courage to tackle these sledding hot spots. Carlington Park Ski Hill –... | Continue reading article

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