Of ro­mance, roots mu­sic and roti

This month, think cre­ativ­ity not car­na­tions by Ron John­son

Bayview Post - - News - RON JOHN­SON

Fe­bru­ary is a lot of things. It’s the month that seems to con­tain the big­gest win­tery blast, but it’s also the short­est month, and by the end of it, we can usu­ally start to see the first glim­mers of spring in the not too dis­tant fu­ture. Then, there’s Valen­tine’s Day and all the love.

This par­tic­u­lar “hol­i­day” isn’t al­ways the one peo­ple ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate. For some, ahem, it is even a cause for mild heart pal­pi­ta­tions as one fever­ishly over­pays for roses and choco­lates and hopes for the best.

To that end, we’ve put to­gether nu­mer­ous sug­ges­tions for the ro­man­ti­cally chal­lenged to make the most of not just Feb. 14, but through­out the year.

In this month’s is­sue, we also chat with beloved co­me­dian Colin Mochrie, who took to so­cial me­dia re­cently to talk about his daugh­ter Kin­ley, who is trans­gen­der.

Our news cov­er­age in­cludes a look at a num­ber of off-the-beaten-path de­vel­op­ments that are re­ally stretch­ing the imag­i­na­tion of plan­ners. And, we pit the city’s top singing tele­grams com­pa­nies against each other in our Too Close To Call re­port.

In our life sec­tion, our fash­ion colum­nist Jeanne Beker searches the city for a few of the sleek­est new date-night out­fits tai­lor­made for ro­mance.

Monika Sch­narre and her part­ner see what the part­ner yoga trend is all about, and Lju­bica Kos­tovic sees what a le­gal mar­i­juana mar­ket could mean to cou­ples who like to ex­per­i­ment. And our sex and re­la­tion­ship colum­nist, Dr. Jess, gives us her recipe for a per­fect anti–Valen­tine’s Day.

Our food sec­tion in­cludes a taste test fea­tur­ing chef Craig Wong of Pa­tois and Jack­pot Chicken Rice ac­claim. Wong was on hand to sam­ple the city’s best roti.

In ad­di­tion, we pro­file chef Brandon Olsen, who just hap­pens to be the man be­hind the city’s hottest restau­rant, La Banane.

Ace food critic Joanne Kates gives us her re­port on über­pop­u­lar restau­rant Baro. And we have a look at the bur­geon­ing Gerrard Street East restau­rant scene, home to some of the city’s best new es­tab­lish­ments in­clud­ing Dou­ble D’s pizza, Maple Leaf Tav­ern, Lake Inez and Pinker­ton’s Snack Bar.

In arts, we take a look at the city’s roots mu­sic scene in­clud­ing a pro­file of one of the best bands in the coun­try: the Sadies.

We also pre­view Garth Dra­bin­sky’s much-bal­ly­hooed new the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion

Sousatzka, and Mark Bres­lin writes about cou­ples who com­edy to­gether. As well, we pro­file ac­tress Grace Lynn Kung of the pow­er­ful new TV se­ries Mary Kills Peo­ple.

Les Bal­lets Trock­adero de Monte Carlo in Toronto Feb. 10 and 11

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