In Absinthia: where to sip the strong stuff in Toronto In Absinthia: where to sip the strong stuff in Toronto

The legendary wormwood liquor of green fairies, severed ears and global bans is in the midst of a revival. Here, three excellent places to sip the strong stuff. Photograph by Dave Gillespie Geraldine 564 Queen St. W., 647-352-8815 Stepping into the 20s-themed Parkdale parlour is a like taking Owen Wilson’s Midnight in Paris taxi to… Read more »

Moms on Top: the rise of power wives, house husbands and the new single-income f... Moms on Top: the rise of power wives, house husbands and the new single-income family

Now that more women are high powered and high earning, their husbands are choosing to quit work and raise the kids. An inside look at today’s domestic role reversal By Leah McLaren | Photography by Markian Lozowchuk Six years ago, when Daniela Syrovy became pregnant with her first child, she planned to take a maternity… Read more »

Model Citizens: 22 stylish Torontonians demonstrate how to wear the season’s t... Model Citizens: 22 stylish Torontonians demonstrate how to wear the season’s top trends

Interviews by Amy Stupavsky | Photography by Miguel Jacob Some of the city’s savviest sartorialists interpret the trends you’ll see everywhere this spring, from double-breasted suits and bondage details to seventies florals and sheer fabrics.

Trend We Love/Hate: the anti-local movement Trend We Love/Hate: the anti-local movement

In this age of conspicuous local consumption, a handful of chefs are racking up the food miles. We’d protest, but our mouths are full.

Trend We Love: tableside ceremony Trend We Love: tableside ceremony

Chefs are perfecting their tableside manner and bringing a bit of ceremony back to dinner. We heartily approve.

Trend We Hate: hay Trend We Hate: hay

Despite its wholesome pastoral associations, hay, with its eau de barnyard flavour and unpleasant chew, is probably better suited to horses than humans. Here’s where we ate it this year.

Trend We Love/Hate: Toronto’s inflated comfort food economy Trend We Love/Hate: Toronto’s inflated comfort food economy

We at Toronto Life are avid consumers of upgraded comfort food—but we’re beginning to notice that the prices are climbing in lockstep with our cholesterol levels. Below, four down-home dishes at premium prices.

Trend We Hate: the proliferation of “Hogtown” Trend We Hate: the proliferation of “Hogtown”

“Hogtown” has become the go-to restaurant moniker for these pork-mad times. Will the city never live down its despised nickname? Below, five recent contributions to the genre.

Street Style Trend Report: manipulated florals at Toronto Fashion Week Street Style Trend Report: manipulated florals at Toronto Fashion Week

Cheery florals return in some form every spring, and judging from the runway fans at Toronto Fashion Week, this season’s incarnation is all about blown-up, smudged or otherwise distorted prints that border on the abstract. Holt Renfrew’s Moira Wright maximized the rich tones of her structured tunic with red lips and shoes, while fashion fashion blogger Lolitta Dandoy opted for black-and-white blooms… Read more »

Street Style Trend Report: bright pink and red at Toronto Fashion Week Street Style Trend Report: bright pink and red at Toronto Fashion Week

At Holt Renfrew’s Toronto Fashion Week kick-off bash on Monday night, we figured the abundance of bright pink outfits was a nod to the host’s signature hue (the magenta lighting also lent the entire party a rosy glow). But as the week wore on, we spotted many more women in cheerful red or pretty pink—or both,… Read more »

Street Style Trend Report: extra-long coats at Toronto Fashion Week Street Style Trend Report: extra-long coats at Toronto Fashion Week

 The weather during Toronto Fashion Week is never warm—it falls in late October and mid-March, after all—but this latest edition has been more blustery and snowy than most. Rather than battle the weather, some clever scenesters hit the shows and after-parties in sweeping coats that looked as chic as they did cozy. We overhead attendees… Read more »

Runway Trend Report: geometric prints at Toronto Fashion Week Runway Trend Report: geometric prints at Toronto Fashion Week

Plaid and animal prints might have dominated the fall 2013 runways in New York, Milan and Paris, but so far, Toronto Fashion Week has resembled a geometry class. Jean-Pierre Braganza’s circles and triangles (far left) looked like the result of a long afternoon with a compass and ruler, while the presentations from Comrags (second left) and Pink Tartan (far right)… Read more »

Street Style Trend Report: big, bold necklaces at Toronto Fashion Week Street Style Trend Report: big, bold necklaces at Toronto Fashion Week

The editors, bloggers and hangers-on attending the pre-Toronto Fashion Week runway shows at the Andrew Richards Design loft last week all seem to have internalized a lesson that’s as well known to red-carpet regulars and Flavor Flav as it was to the Tudor kings: a big necklace can really make an outfit pop. Rac Boutique co-owner Faith Orfus sported a… Read more »

Street Style Trend Report: black and white at Toronto Fashion Week Street Style Trend Report: black and white at Toronto Fashion Week

What’s black and white and printed all over? A good chunk of the outfits at the pre-Toronto Fashion Week event The Shows. The runway watchers at the Andrew Richards design building offered a master class in wearing one the year’s biggest trends. Holt Renfrew’s Julie D’Uva paired her geometric print pants with a solid blouse and accessories, while her colleague Blaire Borins mixed a windowpane check… Read more »

Seven food trends at 2013’s Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association s... Seven food trends at 2013’s Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association show

Each year, we head over to the annual Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association show to get a look at the big new food trends coming down the pipe. Of our twelve predictions from last year, some were dead on (Toronto couldn’t get enough of rustic Italian cuisine, street food and Mexican flavours), while others were… Read more »