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Foodie Friday: Dinner for TWO. Resos at SIX. Happy we {ATE}.

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What springs to mind when someone mentions eating on Preston Street? Somerset most certainly equals pho, but Preston is a mélange of pricey Italian restaurants, beer-focused pubs and a few non-Italian ethnic eateries. One of the latter was the Lindenhof, an institution for those who love spatzle and meat, which closed its doors last summer to much sadness. However the space didn’t stay empty for long. Late September brought us two six {ATE}, an Italian-inspired tapas restaurant (speaking of mixed ethnicity). Regardless of how you would classify it, eat at two six {ATE} and... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s indie wedding show returns (plus, win tickets!)

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So you found the one! And he/she/they/you popped the big question! Now what?! Wedding planning. Yikes! If you are going through this process, you know the pressure (from within and without) to make the day fun, organized and special for our guests, our families and ourselves.  It’s not just about traditions anymore, it also must be personal, creative, artistic and eco-friendly while somehow not breaking the bank or creating a world of stress. I’m planning my own wedding, and know I want the perfect combo of personal touch, a great... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Justin Rutledge will warm up Wakefield this weekend (photo courtesy his website).Justin Rutledge will warm up Wakefield this weekend (photo courtesy his website).

You know where to head for skating and ice sculptures, but where to go to learn burlesque, laugh at lawyers, and plan your indie wedding? We’ve got you covered. Spring can seem far away at this time of the year, but the Black Sheep is embracing it with the In the Dead of Winter festival. This festival has stretched all the way to the east coast, and is bringing in the bright lights of Hannah Georgas, Patrick LePoidevin and Justin Rutledge to warm things up. Tonight, Zaphod’s is hosting Live Rock... | Continue reading article

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Reading Rawi Hage’s self-consciously political ‘Carnival’

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Lebanese-Canadian writer Rawi Hage became an international sensation when his debut novel De Niro’s Game was published in 2006. The story about two friends in wartime Beirut won him the highly lucrative International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and saw him shortlisted for several other accolades, including the Giller Prize. His second novel Cockroach won him a Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2008, as well as being shortlisted for such prestigious honours as the Governor General’s Award. Now with his most recent novel Carnival, the Montreal-based Hage came to Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Les Coquettes bring the art of tease to Centrepointe

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This Saturday, Toronto’s Les Coquettes will bring their style of burlesque cabaret to Centrepointe theatre for their first ever “soft-seat” show. The troupe has been gigging in and around the Greater Toronto Area for the last nine years, so local burlesque fans are in for a real treat. To sweeten the deal, Toronto’s infamous and vivacious Coco Framboise will be along for the ride. Even better, you can read more about how to get free tickets to the show through Apartment613 at the bottom of this post. Les Coquettes co-founder... | Continue reading article

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Snowblower offers up a healthy, sex-positive festival for guys into guys

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Snowblower is an annual winter festival that addresses the unique health and wellness needs of gay men in Ottawa. It’s a community-based festival organized out of the Aids Coalition of Ottawa (ACO), with programming designed to engage men who have sex with men in a sex-positive dialogue about their health. Over 11 days in February, the team behind snowblower will present workshops, parties and information sessions all under this theme. We caught up with Nick Valela, the coordinator of the festival, to find out what he’s got planned for the... | Continue reading article

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Interested in blogging for Apt613? Come to our info session on February 19

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Apt613 is 100% volunteer run, which means we depend on a motley crew of writers, photographers and bon vivants to keep the blog posts coming. If you have a few hours a month to spare, a willingness to explore the Ottawa area and the ability to string together a half decent sentence (or snap a photo), join our blog! We’re having a short info session on the blog on Tuesday, February 19th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Hub Ottawa (71 Bank St 6th Floor). We’ll cover who we are, what... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: tattoos, poutine, self-parking cars and more!

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Welcome back to Apt613’s round-up of local blogs! Thanks to reader feedback from last week’s inaugural post, we’ve added a couple more web sites to our growing list of bloggers. This week’s highlights include entries on tattoos, poutine, self-parking cars and century-old images of the Glebe. Have tattoos become too popular? And will kids in the future reject tats in rebellion against their painted parents? Quebec City native turned Ottawa blogger Brenda, who self-describes as a belly-dancing accordion-playing librarian, shares some insightful thoughts on whether to ink … or not. Looking... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613′s 2013 Big Sexy O-Town Survey!

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Once again we are Valentine’s Day as an excuse to run our annual sex syurvy! Our goal: to satisfy our own voyeuristic streak to provide a safe and serious place to discuss sexual issues of great import, such as Ottawa’s best makeout spot. While some of the questions in this year’s survey are new, for the most part we are sticking to the questions designed by Nadine Thornhill, a sexual health educator and blogger at Adorkable Undies. Thanks again to Venus Envy’s Shelly Taylor for her input. With two years... | Continue reading article

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