Of beef, bathing suits and Bird

This is the sum­mer of old timey

Richmond Hill Post - - Editor’s Notes - By Ron John­son

One of my favourite TV shows is

Port­landia, the sketch com­edy show from Fred Ar­misen and Car­rie Brown­stein of

Satur­day Night Live fame. They poke fun at hip­ster cul­ture, es­pe­cially the propen­sity to latch onto “old timey” tra­di­tions and put a mod­ern, usu­ally ex­pen­sive, twist on it. Al­though it is all put through the satir­i­cal wringer, the idea does have some merit.

So, this month, we de­cided, in­stead of a tra­di­tional sum­mer guide, we’d put our own nos­tal­gic spin on the city’s best sum­mer of­fer­ings such as the best place to get an old-fash­ioned sum­mer cock­tail, to learn to sail, go swing dancing, play cro­quet or watch a movie at a drive-in theatre. Just like the days of yore.

Funny thing about old-fash­ioned ac­tiv­i­ties, they tend to be more people fo­cused, so in ad­di­tion to hav­ing a good time, we can also re­con­nect with our friends and fam­ily and do away with the de­vices for a while. In our life sec­tion, Jeanne Beker, in keep­ing with our theme, checks out the city’s finest vin­tage-in­spired bathing suits.

In ad­di­tion, Re­becca Eck­ler, in her pop­u­lar new col­umn, The New Mid-Life, chats with Dr. Stephen Mul­hol­land about the lat­est trends in plas­tic surgery and how people en­ter­ing mid-life are go­ing to newer and greater lengths to keep look­ing younger, longer.

In our food sec­tion, our res­i­dent chef, Grant van Gameren, teams up with deli king Zane Ca­plan­sky to sam­ple the city’s finest beef brisket. It was hard work for the duo, who were faced with a ta­ble filled with hunks of meat. All in a day’s work.

And, we pro­file chef Stu­art Cameron, who is mak­ing a name for him­self by helm­ing the kitchens of some of the hottest restaurant­s in the city in­clud­ing a soon-to-open Asian steak house in Yorkville. In ad­di­tion, our food critic Joanne Kates re­views hot new Mid­dle East­ern restau­rant Fat Pasha, the lat­est ad­di­tion to chef Anthony Rose’s mini food em­pire. And check out all the lat­est restau­rant news and open­ings in our Counter Cul­ture col­umn.

In the arts, we chat with Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Andrew Bird ahead of his ap­pear­ance in town at the an­nual Toronto Ur­ban Roots Fest. And, Mira Saraf profiles Tom Rachman, the au­thor of The Rise & Fall of Great Pow­ers.

And we fin­ish up with a look back at the his­tory of Toronto’s Joe Shus­ter, cre­ator of Su­per­man, in the month when he would have cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day.

Grant van Gameren and Zane Ca­plan­sky

Ron John­son

Andrew Bird

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