Of romance, real estate and roti
This month, think creativity not carnations
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