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Bridgehead’s New Roastery: Willy Wonka for the Coffee Geek

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From left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff HansenFrom left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff Hansen

During my extensive research for this article, I stumbled upon this clip from 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the clip, the children are welcomed into the factory by a strange and rather morally ambiguous Gene Wilder. Now, I would contend, and I think anyone who has toured any candy factory, that this scene is somewhat removed from reality. I once toured the now-no-more Hershey’s factory in Smiths Falls, and at the time I was struck by the lack of whimsy, majesty and creepy men singing “come with... | Continue reading article

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Harvest Noir: Ottawa’s top-secret picnic party is back!

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Harvest Noir 2011 Picnickers - photo courtesy fieldtripp on Flickr.Harvest Noir 2011 Picnickers - photo courtesy fieldtripp on Flickr.

If you missed last year’s top-secret picnic (a secret kept by over 700 people), you’re in luck. Harvest Noir is returning again this year, and promises to be even bigger and better. But let’s start with the basics: yes, it’s a secret picnic. And yes, it’s a black tie affair. Yes, you bring your own food. And no, you don’t know where it will be held. At least not until a few hours before the picnic is set to start. You and your fellow picnickers prepare all of your food... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Canada Day edition

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Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.

Canada Day and cottages: that sums up many an Ottawan’s weekend plans. Of course, for those of you staying the city this long weekend, the first option will be hard to miss. The usual craziness will take place around Parliament Hill, with Feist, Simple Plan and many more giving free shows. Major Hill and Jacques-Cartier parks will also be hopping, as well as several museums (click here for a full list) . You can also catch some free shows as part of JazzFest. There’ll also be a Canada Day event for almost every community... | Continue reading article

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A business fair for Lovely Ladies who make

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Photos courtesy of Magida El-Kassis and Sweetstitch's Sue Redekop.Photos courtesy of Magida El-Kassis and Sweetstitch's Sue Redekop.

I first heard of Magida El-Kassis a couple of years ago, when she was still at SPAO – the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. She had been recognized by her peers and the staff at SPAO for her great photography. Little did I know she was a country girl from Richmond, Ontario, just outside of Stittsville. Even now that she’s been back in Richmond for about 3 years, El-Kassis still has a foot in Ottawa and is making things happen. Her latest endeavour is the Ottawa Women Small Business... | Continue reading article

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… raptor riding a whale? Winged Beast Outfitters isn’t your typical t-shirt company

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The clothing we wear isn’t just clothing. It represents our identity, who we are, or who we want to be. Clothes can also embody some of our values in what we find important in life, especially in the battle of comfort vs. cool. You have to admit, finding the perfect t-shirt is a bit of an art form. Not too tight, not too loose. Soft, but resilient material. Eye catching, but still hip design. All of these demands often lead us to sacrifice something in the quest for that timeless... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, we need to talk: What’s with the weird brown shoes?

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We’re resurrecting a series that ran in the early days of the blog, way back in 2009 when King of the Hill was still on TV and Poker Face meant more then just being good at card games. The few articles posted in our original “I hate to be a snob about this” series – now reborn as “Ottawa, we need to talk” – allowed people to kvetch about the things in the city that drove them wild. Even Pollyanna had a few Oscar the Grouch moments. To submit an idea... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Chinatown Remixed 2012

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Chinatown Remixed, the annual celebration of Ottawa’s most eclectic neighborhood, went off without a hitch this weekend. The art was fun, the crowds were cool and the fashion was hot! Here are some of the fashionistas that caught our eye (sorry guys, but while many of you turned out in style, you were too fast for our crew to catch you). Name:Greta Grip Occupation:Knitter Describe your personal style:Quirky, Witty, Knittery Where did you get your outfit? I made my knitted blond wig and dress, which is a copy of my... | Continue reading article

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Head over to Chinatown remixed this weekend

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Photo courtesy of fieldtripp from the Apartment613 Flickr PoolPhoto courtesy of fieldtripp from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool

It’s going to be a great weekend in Chinatown. The weather looks great, making it a perfect day for a stroll through the arch to take in a remixed version of Chinatown. For the fourth year in a row, local Chinatown businesses have teamed up with Ottawa-based artists to turn Chinatown into one huge gallery. From the Daily Grind in the East to Purple Urchin in the West – 54 different locations are taking part. You’ve got a month to take in the art, but today you can take in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa’s neighbourhoods

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This weekend is the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy your neighbourhood, so that you’re well-equipped to exercise your democratic right and vote in our continuing Neighbourhood Wars. Jane’s Walk is one way to do it, as is hopping on your bike, but the events below will give you an extra excuse to hit the ‘hoods for a good time! Hintonburgers (the people, not the food) can meander down into neighbouring West Wellington for the 1st Thursday Art Walk tonight. It’s your last chance to catch Where the... | Continue reading article

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Pimp yo’ bi-pedalled ride: Breaking Away

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Photo courtesy of Ashley on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Ashley on Flickr.

You love your bike. It helps keep you fit, it’s never runs  late, and paying for parking is a non-issue. Sometimes though, you forget to show your velocipede the love it deserves. You leave it locked outside, subject to the weather, and let it gather rust. You lock it to lamp posts or sign posts, scraping up the top tube. You’re embarrassed to ride it because green was so 2003. Is a new paint job in order? Whoa, hold on, back away from the spray paint! Do your frame a... | Continue reading article

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