All stories by Courtney Shea

The Bay Street Tinder Diaries: dating in the age of the internet hookup The Bay Street Tinder Diaries: dating in the age of the internet hookup

At 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Earls at King and York is roaring. From the surrounding towers, players descend to blow off steam and seal the deal—with clients and that night’s conquest. This is their playground. And Tinder is their Little Black Book By Courtney Shea Valerie met “The Suit” on Tinder. She called him that… Read more »

The Yorkville Swindler: how Albert Allan Rosenberg scammed his way into high soc... The Yorkville Swindler: how Albert Allan Rosenberg scammed his way into high society

To his wife and girlfriends and business partners, Albert Allan Rosenberg was a billionaire, a Swiss baron, a merchant banker with holdings around the world, the most charming guy in the room. The incredible story of how he fooled them all By Courtney Shea Looking back, it does seem unlikely that a Swiss billionaire baron… Read more »

Recipe: goat cheese panna cotta from Toca chef Gihen Zitouni Recipe: goat cheese panna cotta from Toca chef Gihen Zitouni

Recipe developed by Victoria Walsh | Recipe photography by Ryan Szulc | Photograph by Raina and Wilson | Illustration by Aleksandar Janicijevic PANNA COTTA By Gihen Zitouni Toca PANNA COTTA By Gihen Zitouni Toca

Recipe: Parkdale bakery Glory Hole’s delectable chai-spice doughnuts Recipe: Parkdale bakery Glory Hole’s delectable chai-spice doughnuts

Recipe developed by Victoria Walsh | Recipe photography by Ryan Szulc | Illustration by Aleksandar Janicijevic CHAI SPICE DOUGHNUTS By Ashley Jacot De Boinod Glory Hole CHAI SPICE DOUGHNUTS By Ashley Jacot De Boinod Glory Hole

Best of the City 2014: The ultimate insider’s guide to food, drink, fashio... Best of the City 2014: The ultimate insider’s guide to food, drink, fashion and fun

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photography by Dave Gillespie | Illustrations by Lauren Tamaki Torontonians are spoiled by luxury—an inevitable side effect of living in a city where you can book… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Fun Best of the City 2014: Fun

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki wild ride Wild Ride Rock ’n’ Horse Saloon 250 Adelaide St. W., 647-344-1234 A night at Rock… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Home Best of the City 2014: Home

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki Showstopping led lights Lightform 267 Niagara St., 416-745-5656 Homeowners like LEDs because they reduce energy bills; designers… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Style Best of the City 2014: Style

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki Everything Bag Want Apothecary 1070 Yonge St., 416-924-8080 True to its name, the new storefront from the… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Food Best of the City 2014: Food

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki Modern raw bar Yasu 81 Harbord St., 416-477-2361 In a narrow white room, chef-owner Yasu Ouchi delivers… Read more »

Recipe: how to make the avocado-cilantro slaw from Ossington snack bar Oddseoul Recipe: how to make the avocado-cilantro slaw from Ossington snack bar Oddseoul

Recipe developed by Victoria Walsh | Recipe photography by Ryan Szulc | Photograph by Raina and Wilson | Illustration by Aleksandar Janicijevic AVOCADO SLAW By Leemo and Leeto Han Oddseoul AVOCADO SLAW By Leemo and Leeto Han Oddseoul

Sin City with snow: secrets of Toronto’s VIP club scene Sin City with snow: secrets of Toronto’s VIP club scene

When hip-hop and NBA stars want a good time, they call party queen Mona Halem. Inside a decadent world of $700 champagne, secret guest lists and hordes of beautiful women By Courtney Shea | Photograph by Dave Gillespie On a Monday night last August, half the hip-hop world showed up unannounced in Toronto: Lil Wayne,… Read more »

Well, Hi There: Jian Ghomeshi, live and off the air Well, Hi There: Jian Ghomeshi, live and off the air

Jian Ghomeshi’s climb to the top of the CBC required plenty of ambition, glad-handing, star-chasing, stubble maintenance and serial dating, plus a couple of workplace meltdowns By Courtney Shea | Photography by Dave Gillespie One day, roughly five years ago, Jian Ghomeshi got a severe headache and felt sharp pains in his chest. “I thought… Read more »

Q&A: departing National Post columnist Shinan Govani on life with the city... Q&A: departing National Post columnist Shinan Govani on life with the city’s glitter girls and power players

After 12 years and 6,623 parties, Toronto’s gossip guy of record is parting ways with the National Post. Here, Shinan Govani dishes on on his favourite celeb encounter, why Toronto could totally support a Real Housewives series and whether he’s ever puked into Hilary Weston’s shoes* (*he has not) By Courtney Shea You have met… Read more »

TIFF Party: Jessica Chastain is the girl everyone wants to meet at the InStyle/H... TIFF Party: Jessica Chastain is the girl everyone wants to meet at the InStyle/HFPA bash

Penguin suit? Fuggedaboutit. Mark Wahlberg attended the hyper exclusive InStyle/HFPA party at the Windsor Arms last night, and while many of his Hollywood cohorts sported predictably elegant duds, Marky Mark kept it casual in a Nike T-shirt and jeans. The every-dude duds probably had something to do with Wahlberg’s TIFF agenda: hawking the new Toronto location… Read more »

TIFF Party: Webers burgers, foul language and a charitable dunking at the star-s... TIFF Party: Webers burgers, foul language and a charitable dunking at the star-studded APJ fundraiser

A hodgepodge of Hollywood elites and local royalty gathered at the Forest Hill home of Michael Budman and Diane Bald (otherwise known as Mr. and Mrs. Roots) for yesterday’s fundraiser for Artists for Peace and Justice, Paul Haggis’s charity for impoverished children in Haiti. To accommodate the concert-meets-cocktail-party-meets-live-auction format, the backyard was transformed into the… Read more »