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Cupcake Killer No. 1: Le Macaron

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In their new series, Ashley & Jessica looks beyond the reigning indulgence to see what’s next in line for the throne. Cupcakes are dead; long live trendy pastries! Like them or not, cupcakes are trendy. We know, we know, you’d been making them for your kids long before Sex and the City was even an idea. It’s undeniable though: dedicated shops, vodka, vineyards, wars…the list goes on. What’s an icing disliker to do?! Fret not friend, the sugar revolution is coming. Let us present to you: the cupcake killer. Like a cupcake, it’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Even those of you who are only mildly interested in federal politics probably know that the House came back this week. It’s not the only crazy political antics to have recently returned, though: Question Period The Musical! is back in town for one day only, after a successful Fringe run last summer. What else have we got going on? Well, Jeremy Fisher and Chris Velan are not just playing two shows at The Black Sheep, they’re heading out on a cross-country ski trip and want you to come. The Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Exclusive: Pressed does waffles!

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For anyone who has spent a morning waiting outside Jak’s Kitchen for brunch, it will come as welcome news that there is now another brunch option in the neighbourhood. Pressed, the upstart sandwich joint at 750 Gladstone, will start serving a waffle brunch tomorrow from 10-2. Pressed gave us a chance to sample their fare this afternoon. “I wanted to keep it really simple, just like the sandwich concept for the restaurant in general,” says Jeff Stewart, owner and in-house visionary. For $12, brunchers can choose from five delicious options,... | Continue reading article

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Ask the Interweb: Where are the best waffles in Ottawa?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interweb, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com. Post by Alex and Katie. One of the drawbacks of running a blog on stuff to do in Ottawa is that people are always us asking about stuff to do in Ottawa. Unfortunately,... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for January 19th

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Wish you could sit back and just listen to what Apartment613 has to say? You can. This week, Ryan Saxby and Karen Diepeveen host Apartment613 Live. Ryan interviews Malorie Bertrand from Ef Magazine and Karen chats with fellow Apartment 613 editor Katrina Marsh about beer and sex. If you noticed Apartment613′s recent blackout, Ryan explains the web’s response to SOPA and why Apartment613 joined in the black out. [podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/apt613/January_19_mixdown_final.mp3[/podcast]

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The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey: Sex in the Capital City

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Trudeau once famously quipped that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”. Of course, he never said anything about bloggers. Once again Apartment613 and Venus Envy are sticking our noses in where they don’t belong. The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey will get the intimate details of what really goes on in Ottawa’s bedrooms, bars and bordellos. Our goal: to satisfy our own voyeuristic streak to provide a safe and serious place to discuss sexual issues of great import, such as what’s your favourite Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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BBQ Smackdown: A quest for real BBQ in the Market

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By Robin Levinson For years I have been complaining that Ottawa, nay, Canada in general, has no good BBQ. What passes for BBQ up North is often boiled ribs finished on the grill, or *gasp, rotisserie chicken. Ottawa’s beloved Ribfest, which claims to be an “authentic” BBQ contest, is a sad disappointment. Their dry and measly little ribs are overpriced and covered in a sickly-sweet sauce. Their chicken is cooked on a rotisserie and then grilled. It just won’t do. BBQ nuts like me are obsessed with the utopian ideal... | Continue reading article

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Gatineau Beerfest

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The Gatineau Beerfest invites you to join its other guests for a big country party in May 2011. Our festival marks the arrival of warmer weather and family outings in nature. The Outaouais region is a strategic place to access all kinds of specialty beers.Its residents are served by four major distribution networks on both sides of river. They offer an impressive choice of flavors which are ever evolving. This wide selection of beer can now accompany most meals. . The phenomena of artisan beer production and the tasting experience... | Continue reading article

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WinterBeerFest: The Winter’Ales of Gatineau

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Gatineau’s first-ever winter beer festival, a follow-up to the successful Gatineau Beerfest held this spring, WinterBeerFest: The Winter’Ales of Gatineau promises to deliver a mouth-watering mix of artisanal beer, local hand-crafted food, music and fun, where foodies, locals and tourists visiting Canada’s National Capital Region can delight body and soul. Chateau Cartier offers the ideal setting for this event, offering urban flair in gorgeous, natural surroundings. A bonfire will keep festival-goers warm as they enjoy craft beer served from an ice bar to a backdrop of DJ beats, while inside... | Continue reading article

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A day in the life – Bread & Sons

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. By Jessica Sims. A day in the life is a series cooked up by Jessica to feature some of her favourite food related businesses in and around Ottawa.  It’s almost 6 am and Brian Cahill and Laura van der Grient have their ovens full. Outside the windows of Bread & Sons Bakery, where they both work as bakers, Bank Street looms dark and desolate at this time on a Friday morning. But inside the shop glows warmly and delicious smells abound. The cooling racks are full... | Continue reading article

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