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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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Ask the Interweb! Best place for lunch in Little Italy

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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 interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. A question came into the Apartment613 email inbox last night: Hello there…I am fond of your blog and am wondering if you can help me out by suggesting a place... | Continue reading article

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It’s all Greek to me! The Greek Souvlaki Shack fills a need for cheap and authentic Greek food in Ottawa

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Post and photos by Yasmin Nissim Since I moved to Ottawa, I’ve made a hobby out of trying to find culinary equivalents for some of my favourite haunts back home. Now, after nine years, I’ve finally found a Greek restaurant that lives up to my expectations. I was taking a walk down Bank Street a few months back and noticed that a new restaurant, The Greek Souvlaki Shack, had opened up right near the corner of Bank and Cooper. The thing that made me stop dead in my tracks, however,... | Continue reading article

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A taste of Italy at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe

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After months of anticipation that had the neighbourhood buzzing, Stella Luna Gelato Café will open this weekend in Old Ottawa South. Armed with her adventurous spirit, her adopted Italian background, and a lot of courage, owner Tammy Giuliani has finally decided to follow her dream and open a gelateria. “It’s a leap of faith! I’m in my mid-forties, my husband is in his early fifties… to be starting anew at this age… it’s scary!” she said. This isn’t the first leap Giuliani and her husband have taken. When you ask... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: What are Ottawa’s best African restaurants?

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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 interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. We got this request in the Apartment613 email box the other day: We need to know the best African restaurants in town! I’ve heard that Somali cuisine is really really... | Continue reading article

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Restaurant Watch: Red Apron adds a bit of gourmet to your Gladstone lunch

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Busy foodies (and those sick of President’s Choice General Tao’s chicken) likely know about the Red Apron‘s take-home foods. The Ottawa establishment offers local, organic and gourmet food that can be picked up either fresh or frozen – a big help when you don’t have the time or inclination to cook. They’ve also got a delivery service that allows you to literally “subscribe” to meals from the store and have them brought to your doorstep. And they recently moved to a beautifully-expanded spot on Gladstone Avenue – one with more... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: How to choose the best ribs at ribfest?

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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 interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. A question came in from @amelie_danger on twitter: I need #ribfest advice, twits! How does one choose!? Assuming she meant ‘twits’ in the social media positive sense, we’re happy to... | Continue reading article

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Duelling Chefs Round 9: Femme Finale!

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline Well folks, that’s a wrap! A really tasty wrap if you’ve been following along on our edible adventures while covering the 2011 Duelling Chefs series. This has been a whirlwind of mind-blowing culinary creativity, where many of the delectable presentations we’ve had the privilege of experiencing could easily have substituted as a nouveau art installation at the National Gallery – delicious to the eyes and the palate. Since February, we have been able to indulge in some of the city’s best talent when it... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: all about food edition, featuring Chef Charlotte, foodprints, street food and more!

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[podcast]http://www.archive.org/download/Apartment613LiveForJune92011/Apt613LiveFoodEpisode.mp3[/podcast] This week on Apartment613 Live we take on food in the capital. We have an existential exploration of brunch with Charlotte Langley of the Whalesbone Oyster House. We chat food blogging with the dynamic duo behind foodieprints - and even get some insider tips on how to not to be a food-blogging-douchebag. We take your twitter suggestions for the street food Ottawa needs most. And as always, we play music from the artists being hosted this week at Ottawas pubs, clubs and other venues.

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