House of PainT is Pretty Hip for Ottawa

Picture this: some great beats being dropped, break dancing and pop and lock dancing happening, people cheering when the dancers execute an awesome trick, underground rappers performing on stage, and everyone having a great time. This doesn’t quite sound like an Ottawa event. Easily identifiable with Toronto, New York City, Chicago, LA, etc. Don’t underestimate the urban and hip hop sc ... >
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Pour Some Raw Sugar On Me

Clever name for this post, right?  And a fun name for an awesome cafe in Ottawa!  However you won’t find Bon Jovi there. I have lived in Ottawa for a few years now, but it has been of late (say the past year or so), that I have really started to venture out into the Ottawa unknown. I have driven past Raw Sugar Cafe many, many times, but never had the chance to stop by.  I deliberately mad ... >
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A Weekend with Grand Groove DJs

Grand Groove DJs were in Ottawa a couple of weeks ago. I am a couple of weeks late in posting this, but better late than never, right? If you haven’t heard of them, then you need to take a listen, literally. Grand Groove DJs is comprised of DJ Big Jacks and DJ Royale. Both of these hip and cool dudes are from my favourite city: Toronto. The Grand Groove DJs and Bozack Way back when I used to ... >
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The Drake General Store Touches Down in Ottawa

Where else can you find tasteful, fun, and creative Canadian made goods all while shopping in a hip, cool and inspiring setting? At the Drake General Store of course! There is something for everyone here! The Drake empire  from Toronto (no, not to be confused with Drake the rapper, coincidentally from Toronto), has extended its reign to include a Drake General store in the nation’s capital. ... >
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Spirit Twin

Meet Marcus. He is my “Spirit Twin”. Funny Guy! We all must have someone out there on us who is destined to be your spirit twin. What is this preposterous thing called a spirit twin you ask? Basically it is someone out there in this world who is basically the same person as you on many levels (emotionally, psychologically, possible even physically to some extent).  If you have ever se ... >
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Impromptu Visit to Montreal

Life is always fun when you are spontaneous here and there.  Last Friday night, my friend Alex and I hit the road to Montreal. As the title suggests, it was somewhat impromptu, but not really. I have a lot of Type A tendencies. A couple of days prior to Friday, we had decided we would go to Montreal.  However I allowed myself to be spontaneous with the restaurant that we ended up eating at. Afte ... >
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The Reverse Surprise Party

Who doesn’t love a surprise party? We all know how they go. Lots of planning and logistics are done without the lucky recipient knowing. And then that special moment when they walk in the door and SURPRISE! Well last weekend, we had a funny incident occur. The lucky recipient surprised the guests! I was the main coordinator and missed the key cue for when the Birthday Girl walked in the door ... >
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World Cup Frenzy

Last night I experienced a new first. Nothing life shattering, but to a sports fanatic it could be.  I watched my first ever World Cup Soccer game.  I met up with some good people at Maclaren’s on Elgin in Ottawa.  Japan was playing against the Ivory Coast in Group C of World Cup soccer.  My friend Kana was full-on nation pride by rocking a Japanese team jersey and brought a flag. I can ... >
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Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black (or otherwise known as OITNB) is not a new fashion trend.  Only a handful of people could pull off orange as a replacement color to black in their wardrobe and I am not one of them. Rather OITNB is new hit series that was produced by Netflix last summer. So if you do not have Netflix, what are you waiting for? I binge watched the entire second season in 3 days. No joke. Ar ... >
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The “Side” Effects

Trends and fads come and go. For some reason, the concept of the “side” effect or trend put my head spinning in motion recently and I had a brainstorming session with myself on all of the different variations this has evolved into. Below I have recreated my internal brain storming session into an organized list. Let me know your thoughts on them. Note that some of these side trends are ... >
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