Annalise Mathers | Fulcrum Staff
Thursday, March 28
If that meal plan you purchased at the beginning of the year is running on empty, the solution is across the road from Tabaret: the hot dog stand on Laurier Avenue. If you’ve ever walked by the stand before without giving it a second glance, stop next time—it’s perfect for anybody in a rush between classes and looking for a quick, inexpensive meal.
Thanks to a holiday on Friday, tonight is the perfect time to visit one of the city’s symbolic landmarks. We’re talking about the building that has a huge spider guarding its entrance—the National Gallery of Canada. This incredible building is a distinctive Ottawa destination worth your time. Why tonight? As a student, you have free admittance Thursdays between 5 and 8 p.m. While this freebie doesn’t include special exhibits, there’s more than enough to see in the general galleries. You can easily spend three hours browsing premier Canadian, contemporary, international, and indigenous artwork, photography, and prints.
Friday, March 29
What is Easter weekend without an egg breakfast? For a top-notch brunch, visit Eggspectation on the corner of Bank Street and Laurier Avenue. Serving up delicious, wholesome breakfasts that will fill your belly, this casual eatery is within walking distance for you and any friends who are here for the Easter break. The menu’s a mile along, and nothing on the list is a miss—bon appétit!
For a classy night out visit Stella Osteria (81 Clarence St.), a restaurant where every Friday and Saturday night, you can catch live entertainment in a sophisticated non-student setting while you sip some of their great bar drinks or split a late-night appetizer on the happy hour menu, available throughout the night.
If you’ve bussed back home for a weekend away from Ottawa, you don’t have to miss out on what the city’s got to offer. Plan now so you’re prepared for when you get back: If you wanna get your grind on, Waka Flocka Flame will be in Ottawa at Ritual (137 Besserer St.) on April 1, and k-os visits Café Dekcuf (221 Rideau St.) April 2. Now’s also the time to get illScarlett tickets for their concert at Mavericks (221 Rideau St.) on April 13. If none of the above catches your eye, you can try to get tickets for performers like Rihanna, Billy Talent, or Fleetwood Mac, who are all making an appearance at Scotiabank Place in April.
Saturday, March 30
The end of school is fast approaching, along with the end of lease agreements. If you haven’t started to look for housing for next year, now is the time. While proximity to the university is a blessing, it’s important to remember that almost any location is accessible to campus by bus. Ottawa is a fantastic city, and rather than dealing with house hunting as a chore, embrace it as a prime opportunity to explore. If on your apartment hunt you end up going down Rideau/Montreal Road toward Vanier on the number 12 bus, stop at Maison Baguettes (381 Montreal Rd.). Their freshly baked homemade sandwiches, bread, pastries, and soups—along with free Wi-Fi—make it a prime study break location. Our top pick is the bread pudding with raspberry dipping sauce.
Sunday, March 31
Happy Easter! For a decadent treat, pick up some chocolate goodies at Godiva in the Rideau Centre, Rocky Mountain in the Market, or Laura Secord at Bank and Queen. Remember, tomorrow and Tuesday will be prime shopping days, as stores clear out all their Easter goodies—you can pick up more chocolate then, at incredible prices!