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A pho study – 5 takes on Ottawa pho

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Posts and photos by Jennifer and Don at FoodiePrints Almost a month ago, we were approached by Apartment613 to do a pho round up, having blogged numerous posts on the subject of Vietnamese noodle soup in Ottawa. Apartment613′s Ryan Saxby once referred to us as “pho obsessed.” After some thought, we agreed to participate. We decided to visit five pho noodle houses in Ottawa, all recommended by friends or colleagues. Practical, low cost, and satisfying, Ottawa is blessed with a large number of pho noodle houses. Pho is a popular... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Science! Vegetarian pizza taste test

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We poked, prodded, measured, and quantified the wares from eight Ottawa pizza joints – all in the name of delicious, delicious science. Every respectable urbanite needs a good, easy and cheap pizza in their take-out repertoire, and this episode of Apartment613 Science! strives to arm you with the information you need to make informed pizza decisions. To set the scene: a team of eager Apartment613 editors and volunteers show up armed with a bottle of wine and enough cash to order a pizza. We develop a shortlist of pizza places,... | Continue reading article

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Best WiFi Hotspots in Ottawa

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Ipsos Reid made the headlines last month when it reported that for the first time ever, Canadians are spending more time online than in front of the boob tube. Consequently, sitting in a coffee shop with a Macbook on display is no longer the preserve of wanna be writers or stressed out students, but has become an acceptable pastime for anyone with a taste for celebrity gossip or  sassy cats with bad diction. I expect that sooner or later, access to wireless within city limits will become as ubiquitous and... | Continue reading article

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Best Open Mic Nights in Town

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By long-time Ottawan, Samantha Everts, who ended up out west for love but quickly came back to the city she loves. A while back, my best friend decided to cut his teeth on the open mic scene of Ottawa. Having worked on his own stuff for a while he still wasn’t brave enough to go it alone, so I dutifully padded along. Disclaimer- this research has been conducted over the last few years. The first place we hit up was the now closed Elephant and Castle in Rideau Centre. It... | Continue reading article

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Best places to go rock climbing

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By Rachel Thistle, sporadic contributor and Ottawa enthusiast Climbing the walls? I suggest climbing a wall. The canal has officially closed, which tells me one thing (well okay, many things, but one is useful here): March. And March weather in Ottawa is notoriously gross. Sure, today might be nice and sunny, but I know that before Spring really kicks off, my feet are going to be freezing and damp and everything is going to be unpleasant. So if you’re going stir-crazy and need a little exercise, what do you do... | Continue reading article

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The Best Pancakes in Ottawa – the Twitter-poll edition

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I love pancakes. Their light and fluffy texture topped with a drizzle of intensely sweet maple syrup makes them a perfect dish for a relaxing weekend brunch. Imagine my surprise to learn that I get to eat them for dinner tonight! It’s pancake Tuesday… which I know has lots of significance and meaning for many as a religious marker leading into lent. For me… it’s more about an excuse to have breakfast for dinner. To help those of you looking to satisfy your pancake craving this evening – I asked our twitter... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Science! Best Brew in Town

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Wakey Juice, Liquid Crack, the Black Ichor Of Life… Coffee by any other name would smell as sweet, especially first thing in the morning. More then just a beverage, coffee is ritual, wake up call, excuse for a break and more to millions of Canadians, not excluding Ottawans. Needless to say, the supreme importance bean juice plays in our daily lives means that the topic of the best brew is a highly personal, and hence contentious, issue. Luckily, Apartment613 never backs down from a challenge! However, for this particular Best... | Continue reading article

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Best Bulk Food Stores in Ottawa

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Like most people, we here at Apartment613 appreciate the opportunity to save money where we can. When it comes to grocery shopping, that means occasionally looking to purchase bulk goods, but not all bulk stores are created equal so we’re here to give you the rundown on some of Ottawa’s best bulk options (by the way, if anybody has an idea about why so many of these places set up shop on Bank St. we’d love to hear it). We also have a price comparison chart that lets you see... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Best and Worst Public Bathrooms

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We’ve all been in that situation where nature calls at the most inopportune time. You’re just minding your own business downtown and all of a sudden you get into a panic and need to find the nearest bathroom before it’s too late. In this situation you’ll probably settle for anything. It doesn’t have to be that way. The Powder Room is an online community that is meant to help those who suffer from an overactive bladder (OAB). While OAB is a serious medical condition that affects 12 to 18 per... | Continue reading article

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The Best (chichi) Patio in Town

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It’s officially summertime!!! That time when Ottawa seems to swell in size and everyone and their dog seem to pack restaurant patios. Where are these people in the winter? Here are our top 5 picks for best chichi patios. 1. La Terrasse, Fairmont Château Laurier The best views in town, no question. Perfect for a night drinking with your girlfriends (or partner) or brunch with your grandmother. It’s quiet, elegant and they fill your glass to the brink. The service is exceptional. But it’s the Fairmont so you won’t get... | Continue reading article

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