Health and Fitness blog: Kick your caffeine habit

As we approach the end of second semester, the caffeine crave is REAL. With assignments and final exam preparations in the works, it can be tricky to stay on top of things. Throw in a social life, gym time and a job, and the days can be a real drain on your body. Despite being raised by a family of avid coffee drinkers, I never developed a deep appreciation for the drink. Whether you’re like me, and are not a huge fan of coffee, or if you’re the opposite, and are looking for ways to give coffee the boot, check out the following alternatives—they’ll give you less coffee-breath, but the same guaranteed energy boosts.   Awake chocolate This product is […]

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Food and drink blog: Eating for free in the capital

As is the case with most students, myself included, spending money on food is one of the most annoying expenses we encounter while living alone. One never truly appreciates their parent’s bountiful cupboards until they’re left with only a can of tuna and a slice of bread to eat for dinner. Having lived in Ottawa on my own for three years now, I’ve found the key to snacking on a low budget: free food samples. So, if you’re like me and love nothing more than a tasty snack at a great price (free!), here’s your guide to the best places to get free samples in Canada’s capital. Whole Foods: Typically known for its over-priced groceries no student could ever dream […]

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Marvest inspires music lovers to dance

Herds of music lovers travelled along Bank Street Saturday afternoon in search of Marvest acts—some stopping to groove outside bars and restaurants, while others huddled into the Aberdeen Pavilion beside Lansdowne Park. Although the free music festival started on Thursday night in partnership with CityFolk, there was an inflow of eager groups on Saturday afternoon. The Marvest headquarters were in the Aberdeen Pavilion—next to CityFolk grounds—and were host to many different local music acts. There were several vendors selling handmade jewellery, clothing, and bags. “I love the atmosphere,” said Joanne Morag, a former Ottawa-based musician and Marvest volunteer. “I remember when I played in small venues like Irene’s and now I’m here watching the young [acts].” The music festival had […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Tea: it isn’t beer, but sometimes it’s just as good

This week I’m taking a break from beer blogging because this beer geek has fallen victim to the back-to-school cold. Therefore, thoughts of drinking beer are not only repulsive but counter-productive to fixing my congestion. The only thing I want to drink in large amounts is tea. When I first moved to Ottawa three years ago (how has it been that long?) I pretty much immediately began to explore the tea scene. Yes, Ottawa has a tea scene, and a pretty extensive one at that. This was fostered by the fact that my roommate and best friend adored tea—and by adored, I mean this woman could fill cupboards with tea. So naturally, our outings consisted going out for tea. I […]

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