By Guest Curator Micheline Carone
November has crept upon us quickly, hasn’t it? It seems like the chill has come on faster than an apology from Mayor Rob Ford #inadrunkenstupor. Although we haven’t quite prepared for the impending cold winter winds yet, the thought of Christmas has been even less on our minds. We just made it through another Halloween night with it’s cheap interpretations of Miley Cyrus costumes, when what seemed like the very next day, I could hear the faint notes of jingle bells and Perry Como invading my ears at every turn.
Nonetheless, it’s close upon us – time to get ‘cheery’, ‘festive’, ‘jolly’, and ‘fat’! Thankfully, we’ve made it really easy for you to think about what to do, eat and see this winter! We’ve complied the food, the fun and the fantasy to make all your winter dreams come to life! Viva La Vida!
If ever there was a fantasy to be had, being airbrushed to a doll-like state is one of them. All flaws diminished, perfection reached. Although I will always have to look like myself, Canadian fashion designer, Lucian Matis, makes luxury clothing look easy and, yes…perfect!
Guu Sakabar on Bloor St. in the Annex has quite the reputation for their Japanese fusion cuisine and reasonable prices. This quaint spot, decorated with paper lanterns and blossoms is perfect for a hot lunch rest stop on your holiday shopping agenda. Who says you can’t enjoy a winter lunch of warm sake and chicken and veggie hotpot? Perhaps the BBQ pork Ramen soup in a steaming hot broth will hit the spot. You may want reserve for dinner on weekends though, line-ups are usually expected.
If your last trip to the museum was on your grade 6 class field trip, then you are seriously overdue to get on over to the ROM. Museums aren’t crusty and boring anymore! The ROM hosts an adult only night, every Friday until Dec. 6th, with DJ’s, live music, gourmet food and more. Upcoming events include ‘Get Wild’, ‘Light it Up’, and a big season finale. Get there before these events go the way of the dinosaur.
The first frost always urges me to make my own comfort foods, eating until I’m stuffed – then needing that nap. I can make a mean and hearty stew, but baked goods are really not my thing. If you are a bit inept in the baking department like I am, I’ve compiled some awesome recipes to guide you to baking mastery, for your private pleasure or for your guests.
Toronto musician/vocalist Delta Will just released his second EP, featuring the song “It All Glows’. His clean tone and broad vocal range stand up to any vocalist out there today, and while his music fits the already crowded indie scene, Delta stands out, with intention and celebration for humanity.