Turn­ing over new leaves and all that jazz

Plus, our an­nual Best of the Neigh­bour­hood salutes lo­cal faves

North Toronto Post - - News - By Ron John­son

It used to be that spring was a time of re­birth when we emerged from our parkaen­cased co­coons to em­brace the new­ness. But things change. And thanks to a cou­ple of decades of se­ri­ous school­ing, Septem­ber is now the time when we con­tem­plate the new, when we sign up for those self­im­prove­ment classes on wicker bas­ket­mak­ing and fi­nally get started on that novel. Ahem.

Around here, this is also the time we take stock of our lo­cal neigh­bour­hood and cel­e­brate our favourite restau­rants, shops and ser­vices in our an­nual Best of the Neigh­bour­hood edi­tion. Ev­ery­thing from the best new south­ern BBQ to some se­ri­ously gut-bust­ing work­outs and more.

Up front, our news cov­er­age in­cludes a look at over­crowd­ing on the Yonge sub­way line, how res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions are tak­ing to the In­ter­net to raise funds to bat­tle de­vel­op­ments at the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board and more.

Our food cov­er­age this month kicks off with celebrity chef Roger Mooking sam­pling the wildest new burg­ers in the city topped with ev­ery­thing from pho to kim­chi. Our food critic, Joanne Kates, gets all Mo­tor City by sam­pling the decadent Detroit-style pizza at De­scen­dant. And our Food Crawl col­umn fea­tures the best dining op­tions avail­able in Lit­tle Italy. We also pro­file Les Sa­bi­lano, the culi­nary force be­hind Lamesa Filipino Kitchen on Queen West and the re­cently opened Lasa by Lamesa on St. Clair Av­enue West.

Al­though it seems like sum­mer may never end, just in case, Jeanne Beker checks out the lat­est bomber jacket styles for this month’s fash­ion col­umn.

Also, in our life sec­tion, we pro­file four lo­cal res­i­dents who dress up in elab­o­rate cos­tumes to take part in the an­nual Toronto Fan Expo, which hap­pens this month. Why do they do it? You’ll soon find out.

Ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, our fitness colum­nist, Monika Sch­narre, heads down to the An­nex to sam­ple in­door climb­ing at Base­camp.

Re­mem­ber the good old days of pro­fes­sional wrestling? When Hulk Ho­gan and An­dre the Gi­ant were house­hold names? One of the leg­endary vil­lains of the age was Jake the Snake Roberts. He’s had his share of se­ri­ous is­sues, the sub­ject of a re­cent dra­matic doc­u­men­tary, but he’s come out the other side and is in town this month for a spo­ken word ap­pear­ance at Sec­ond City. Post City caught up with Roberts to get the in­side scoop.

We also chat with Soulpep­per Theatre’s Al­bert Schultz and Toronto writer and ac­tor Ins Choi about their new CBC-TV se­ries,

Kim’s Con­ve­nience. And we have a fall mu­sic pre­view in­clud­ing an in­ter­view with Ser­ena Ry­der and a look at this month’s Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Ron John­son

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