All stories by Meaghan Binstock

Fountain Heads: old-fashioned milkshakes and floats are back, this time with gro... Fountain Heads: old-fashioned milkshakes and floats are back, this time with grown-up ingredients

Hover or tap numbers for annotations. (Image: Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott; Styling by Carol Dudar) Summer’s the time to revel in childhood eating habits, and at the top of the naughty list are awesomely junky milkshakes and floats. A recent mini-resurgence of old-fashioned soda shops and diners inspired us to taste-test the city’s most… Read more »

Sweet Scoops: 22 of the city’s top ice cream cones Sweet Scoops: 22 of the city’s top ice cream cones

It’s official: the only way to beat the heat is to go on a strict ice cream diet. And luckily, the city’s parlours and pop-ups are hitting peak creativity, rolling out fresh and wacky flavours. Here, your bucket list for the summer of 2015 By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Raina and Wilson

Major Flake: a purist’s list of the city’s 10 most decadent croissants Major Flake: a purist’s list of the city’s 10 most decadent croissants

By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Vicky Lam

Piece of cake: a cross-section of the Kochi, Queen West pâtisserie Nadège̵... Piece of cake: a cross-section of the Kochi, Queen West pâtisserie Nadège’s newest creation

The newest mini-gâteau from Nadège’s spring collection, the Kochi, is named after the Japanese city and prefecture—a nod to the cake’s yuzu flavour. The diminutive dessert, measuring in at only one-and-a-half inches wide by two-inches high, packs a lot into two perfect bites. We had Nadège Nourian, proprietress of the eponymous Queen West pâtisserie, deconstruct it for… 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

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

Delivery Delights: six upmarket caterers that will bring an haute meal straight ... Delivery Delights: six upmarket caterers that will bring an haute meal straight to your home

By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Christopher Stevenson Between shopping, tree-trimming and seasonal party-hopping, the holidays offer precious little time to relax. Having to stuff a 15-pound bird certainly doesn’t help. This year, avoid turkey (and the kitchen) by ordering in a different kind of dinner. Here, six unconventional holiday meals from some of the… Read more »

Flavour of the Month: seven of Toronto’s best chicken wings Flavour of the Month: seven of Toronto’s best chicken wings

Bar snacks are big right now, which means the finger-licking chicken wing is, too. Here, seven of the best chicken wings in Toronto By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Vicky Lam See all seven best chicken wings in Toronto »

Extreme Makeover: a dated beauty salon gets a second life as a yoga studio Extreme Makeover: a dated beauty salon gets a second life as a yoga studio

By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Michael Graydon For years, Antje Bulthaup, an architectural designer, had her eye on a house with a fusty beauty salon on the ground floor and a two-storey residence on top. When the owner decided to sell, she pounced. “Since I’d dreamed about this building for so long, I was… Read more »

Extreme Makeover: a sad suburban basement gets a revamp courtesy of television... Extreme Makeover: a sad suburban basement gets a revamp courtesy of television’s Love It or List It

By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Michael Graydon Geoff Cullen, an ad executive, and his wife, Mieke, had two kids under five years of age and a suburban house with a dearth of functional space—and only one loo. Enter W Network’s Love It or List It, which snapped up their application for a before-and-after. (On…

The Thing: an old suitcase gets new life as a swanky chair The Thing: an old suitcase gets new life as a swanky chair

In the past few years, up­cycling has taken a high-end turn, with a spate of designers transforming trash-bound castoffs into splurge-worthy luxury items. One of our favourite indulgences comes from the South African firm REcreate, where designer Katie Thompson has turned an old faux snakeskin suitcase into a covetable throne swathed in button-tufted black velvet… Read more »

Extreme Makeover: a new staircase adds space and light to a narrow semi in The B... Extreme Makeover: a new staircase adds space and light to a narrow semi in The Beach

By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Michael Graydon When Kate Halpenny, a fundraiser, and Sean Smith, a banker, bought a dreary, oddly divided 1900s semi in the Beach, family members nearly fainted. “My mom actually cried,” says Halpenny. They embarked on an 18-month reno with architect Heather Dubbeldam, who envisioned an uncomplicated space that was… Read more »

Extreme Makeover: an iconic modernist house in midtown gets a 21st-century updat... Extreme Makeover: an iconic modernist house in midtown gets a 21st-century update

By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Tom Arban In design circles in the 1970s, this midtown house was considered a momentous piece—the first notable reno by modernist architect Peter Hamilton. The house’s new owners, a doctor and an investment exec, loved the property’s multi-level concept but not its exposed heating ducts and glass blocks. They… Read more »

Extreme Makeover: a ho-hum Roncesvalles Victorian gets a rustic-modern overhaul Extreme Makeover: a ho-hum Roncesvalles Victorian gets a rustic-modern overhaul

By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Michael Graydon Not long ago, Emma Reddington and Myles McCutcheon—she’s an interior designer, he’s a photo editor—were on the hunt for a character-rich historic house in the west end. But they didn’t want to tear down too many walls to make it livable. They finally chose a tired but… Read more »