Of medals, Mick and mother Russia
Get ready for an Olympic month
I have a lot of memorable moments from watching the Olympic Games — Jean-Luc Brassard cossacking his way to a gold medal in 2002 and skeleton champ Jon Montgomery strolling through the Olympic Village, beer pitcher in hand, to name just two. Everyone enjoys cheering on a hometown favourite.
With the Winter Olympics set to begin on Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, we decided to track down as many local athletes as we could to give our readers an idea of the talented area athletes going for gold this month.
We also chat with CBC’s Cassie Campbell, a two-time gold medallist who will be in Russia to cover the games. Also this month, we’ve added a couple of columns dedicated to immersing yourself in the Russian experience to fully appreciate the games. In our Too Close to Call column, we take a look at two of the city’s best vodka bars. And, columnist Rebecca Eckler checks out an authentic Russian spa.
Up front, we compare two of the best-known furry prognosticators in our Cityscape column and check up on well-known actor Graham Greene.
In our life section, our fashion columnist, Jeanne Beker, scours the city to find the chicest négligées for Valentine’s Day. In addition, a recent study suggests a link between obesity and car-oriented neighbourhoods. We track down Dr. Gillian Booth, endocrinologist at St. Michael’s Hospital, and get all the details. And, Dr. David Suzuki talks about the rights of the environment and why the provincial and federal government need to do more. Much more.
In the arts, we profile local sensation Katheryn Winnick, one of the stars of the award-winning TV series Vikings.
In addition, we chat with comedian Brent Butt about his upcoming comedy tour and detective movie; catch up with talented Australian musician John Butler, check out two new theatrical productions, and Post City’s Mark Breslin writes about his experience with wrestler-turnedcomic Mick Foley.
Kicking off our food coverage, our resident chef, Grant van Gameren, enlists the help of fellow chef and significant other Sunny Stone to test the city’s top crème brûlée.
Food critic Joanne Kates reviews chef Francisco Alejandri’s Agave y Aguacate along with the Chase Fish & Oyster.
Plus, Jon Sufrin on the new trend toward turn-of-thecentury dining, and we send a delicious pasta dish from a notable restaurant to the lab for nutritional analysis. And it isn’t pretty.
And, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, our Looking Back column features the wedding photos of a number of famous Torontonians. Use the clues and see how many you can guess correctly.
Rebecca Eckler has her czarina moment
One of T.O.’s medal hopefuls, Michael Lambert