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"Not just a muffin with icing": Cupcakes conquer Ottawa

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Cupcakes: they’ve taken Ottawa by a storm. Critics and supporters alike have been seen to swoon after just one bite. They’ve been referred to as “the latest and greatest fad to hit the baking world since sliced bread,” “a gift from the gods,” and “cakes – but tiny!” In essence, cupcakes are a personal, not-for-sharing decadence. Curious about this tiny trend, local filmmakers from Dawghaus Studios sought out the secrets behind each cupcake lovingly created in our capital city. Bakers from Isobel’s, L’Oven and Auntie Loo’s, along with Ian Capstick... | Continue reading article

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Dirty Laundry: Office romance, pain in the butt and the real reason to look forward to Ottawa race weekend

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A professional sexual health educator with an alarming lack of tact, Nadine Thornhill is used to airing out other people’s unmentionables. Her sex column, Dirty Laundry, runs the last Friday of each month on Apt613. To ask your questions, or to say hello to Nadine, contact her at dirtylaundry613@gmail.com. For the full smorgasboard of Nadine’s musings check out her blog, Adorkable Thespian. _________________________ Dear Dirty Laundress, I work for a small company in an equally small office. I’m really attracted to one of my co-workers and I’m pretty sure she’s... | 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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Dirty Laundry: Ask outs, make outs and Nadine's no.1 back door rule!

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A professional sexual health educator with an alarming lack of tact, Nadine Thornhill is used to airing out other people’s unmentionables. Her sex column, Dirty Laundry, runs the last Friday of each month on Apt613. To ask your questions, or to say hello to Nadine, contact her at dirtylaundry613@gmail.com. For the full smorgasboard of Nadine’s musings check out her blog, Adorkable Thespian. _________________________ Dear Dirty Laundress, Are all lubes created equal? Or should one consider different lubes for different lubing needs and purposes? Slippery When Wet Before I answer your... | 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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Dirty Laundry: Ottawa's Newest Sex Column

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A professional sexual health educator with an alarming lack of tact, Nadine Thornhill is used to airing out other people’s unmentionables. Her new sex column, Dirty Laundry, will run the last Friday of each month on Apt613 starting this week. To ask your questions, or to say hello to Nadine, contact her at  dirtylaundry613@gmail.com. For the full smorgasboard of Nadine’s musings check out her blog, Adorkable Thespian. _________________________ Dear Dirty Laundress, I hate sexual identity labels. Only for myself; I don’t mind what other people call themselves. I find the... | 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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