Of beef, bathing suits and Bird
This is the summer of old timey
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