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Best Hot Chocolate in Town: Twitter Poll Edition

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As Ottawa receives its first snow of the season, our thoughts here at Apartment613 are turning from cold beer and patios to hot chocolate and fireplaces. A group of brave volunteers expect to give everyone’s favourite winter drink the full double blind taste test treatment some point soon at the Apartment613 Science laboratories. However, we first needed to know which of the hundreds of national capital coffee shops, cafes and chocolatiers were deserving of inclusion in our scientific experiment. That’s where Twitter comes in. We asked the Ottawa twittosphere where... | Continue reading article

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We did it ouuuur waaaaay! Ottawa Karaoke Tour 2010

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The epic 2010 Karaoke tour was produced by Andrea Grant. Video production by Andrea and Tyler, with participation by Ashley, Holly, Whitney, Peter, Paul R., Paul K., Julie, Ramsey, Amanda, Georgia, Gloria, Joanna, Steve, Tyler B., Tyler C., Kari, Doug and Claus. In Japan and other Asian countries, karaoke is a way to bond with co-workers and get to know potential business partners. In Ottawa, karaoke culture remains in its infancy, and few are aware of the true virtues of a rowdy karaoke lounge or a sweaty KTV room. Shall... | Continue reading article

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Planning a hoedown or hootenanny? Best rental halls in town

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Post by Kaitlin Wainwright If you are of a certain age, chances are your summer weekends were, at least in part, spent at weddings and wedding receptions. In the last three summers, I’ve attended no fewer than ten weddings in Ottawa, including my own. But this isn’t entirely about weddings. It’s also about birthday celebrations, graduation parties, fundraisers, company retreats, family picnics, and any other excuse you can think of to round up the troops to have a good time in the last days of this summer or if you’re... | Continue reading article

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The Lord of the Wings decrees: The five best chicken wings in Ottawa

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Post and photos by Jeff B., aka the Lord of the Wings – until recently an Ottawa-based food blogger specializing in the favorite food of sports pub patrons world wide. Check out his blog for news, recipes and reviews from Ottawa and beyond. Apartment613 wishes LOTW the best of luck in his new city and job. I was very honoured when Apt613 asked me to sum up my top five places in Ottawa for Chicken Wings. It came right before a big opportunity, which I’m sad to say will have... | Continue reading article

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For fishes with bicycles: Ottawa’s best bike-accessible swimming holes

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Guest post by Andrea Grant – who certainly doesn’t let her gills and fins get in the way of cycling around the capital all summer long. It’s hot out – we know. You’re uncomfortable and sweaty – we can tell. You’re stuck in the city with only a bike and some bus tickets, and your only post-work saviour is a cold shower, a Slurpee, and the air-conditioned comfort of your grocery store. Right, Ottawa? No way. Here at Apartment613, we’re surprised by how many of you car-free folks are still... | Continue reading article

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Dirty Laundry: New trends in porn and what to do over the long haul

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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 When partners have been together for a while…let’s say 3, 4, 5 years – how do you keep things interesting in bed and in... | Continue reading article

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Best gelato in Ottawa: the Twitter poll edition!

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Sun, heat, and a long weekend add up to one thing: gelato (they also add up to patios, but math was never my strong point). Gelato is ice cream’s Italian cousin: sexier, more sophisticated, and – just to add insult to injury – less fattening. Since the May long weekend marks the perfect time to indulge in the ultimate summer treat, we’ve asked Ottawa’s Twitterati to let us know who they think makes the best gelato in town. The fact that I live one block from Truffle Treasures has apparently... | Continue reading article

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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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"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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