Of ro­mance, real es­tate and roti

This month, think cre­ativ­ity not car­na­tions

Midtown Post - - News | Cityscape - by Ron John­son 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 ad­di­tion, our lo­cal news cov­er­age in­cludes a look at a city tax in­crease that could hurt main street busi­nesses, and we look at a cou­ple of the grow­ing num­ber of townhomes hit­ting the mar­ket in Mid­town.

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

Monika Sch­narre and her part­ner see what the cou­ples yoga trend is all about, and Lju­bica Kos­tovic sees what a le­gal mar­i­juana mar­ket could mean to cou­ples who like to ex­per­i­ment.

And David Suzuki writes about biomimicry, tech­nol­ogy in­spired by na­ture and how Toronto can ben­e­fit.

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.

Food critic Joanne Kates gives us her re­port on über-pop­u­lar res­tau­rant Baro. And our Eat This Minute col­umn fea­tures the doshi, es­sen­tially a dough­nut- shaped sushi sand­wich.

In ad­di­tion, we visit pop­u­lar bar Mu­seum Tav­ern and get the in­side scoop from the man be­hind the bar, An­drew Foster.

Bran­don Olsen of La Banane

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