Ottawa, Canada
Kristen, 31
Promotions & Marketing Manager
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Promotions and Marketing Manager, why? 'Cos the kid's gotta eat!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout you, Anything by Radiohead, James Vincent McMorrow - Cavalier, Lower Dens - Real Thing

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Simpsons and Seinfeld first and foremost, but also The Knick, Handmade's Tale, Rick and Morty, Community.

Name some spots in Ottawa that are good for a Tinder date.

Major's Hill Park, The Manx Pub, The Loft Board Game Lounge, Le Hibou (Wakefield), Sundae School.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Victoire, NRML Select, Frank and Oak, L'Intervalle, Value Village, Schad

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Orleans

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Bike along the canal

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Ottawa and where did you get it?

Benny's Bistro - Yukon Gold Potato Gratin with Maple Cured Pork Loin

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Ottawa that you particularly like?

The Carleton Tavern - one of the few non-ironic dive bars left in downtown Ottawa.

What restaurant in Ottawa looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Shawarma Palace

Where can you get the best cocktail in Ottawa? Which one do you like?

Moon Room, French 75

Where would you take your partner in Ottawa if you wanted to really pamper them?

Nordik Spa

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Poutine, Beaver Tails, Ketchup Chips, Butter Tarts, Nanaimo Bars, Tire d'érable

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Ottawa?

Farhat's Bakery

Tomorrow’s your last day in Ottawa. How do you spend it?

Start with coffee and croissant from the French Baker, spend the morning at the National Art Gallery, walk across the bridge to Gatineau for beautiful photo ops, back to Ottawa to check out Parliament Hill, grab a cocktail at Tavern on the Hill.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Lisbon, fairly cheap, breathtakingly beautiful architecture, you can drink on the street, food is amazing, people are friendly, not super touristy (yet).

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