Show Your Shelter Some Love

RIVERSIDE | Your old books, hidden artwork, and never to be worn again jewelry are needed for the Toronto Humane Society’s annual yard sale and open house this year. If you happen to be spring cleaning in the next little while, why not donate any unwanted items to a warm and fuzzy (with a cold wet nose) cause?…

Botox is the Buzz

TORONTO – Is your face looking worn out and haggard after Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and the recent drop in temperatures? Mine neither (not really). Thanks to coconut oil. Still, we can all use a little lift, right? Lift your face, lift your spirit, kind of thing. Right now in Toronto’s Riverside neighborhood, you can Botox your…

Dogs Who Dose

Separation anxiety? Phobias? Chronic pain? There’s a cookie for that. Toronto owned Cannacanine offers CBD treats to help dogs with all kinds of probs from seizures to skin conditions. Marc Benevenga, who started Cannacanine in 2017 for his own dog, says CBD oil from hemp is a more natural and affordable medicine than anything pharma (for both…

Nuit Blanche in Riverside

By Karen Lloyd Nothing can keep me away from the vicinity of my favourite neighbourhood dog park tonight. Not even my dog. As a person who is probably overly mindful of my ecological (and sociological) footprint, I’m particularly excited to see Alex McLeod‘s video installation for Nuit Blanche which, projected on the west facade of The Broadview Hotel, will explore themes…

NIMBY Issues

TORONTO | It’s bye bye blue skies, and hello fellow bachelors for me come 2018. I recently discovered a string of neighourhood emails about a proposed development project in my backyard! According to my email sources, Percy Ellis Holdings is planning to build a 16-unit, 5-story rental apartment (with main floor commercial) on the empty lot north…

White Lily Diner

I’ve been craving a trip to White Lily Diner since before it opened (circa December), so last week I was pretty excited by the opportunity to interview diner owners Ben and Ashley about their menu, brunch etiquette and how Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood is like a club sandwich. I went back today during peak brunch hour…

Eat My Words, Toronto

Along Queen Street East in Riverside you’ll find more food per square foot than any other neighbourhood in Toronto. Not really, but maybe? You can dine Middle Eastern style at Tabule, or chow down on mac and cheese at Prohibition. Here are a few restaurants that give pleasure to all five senses, especially taste. More…

Garlic Scape and Pillage

When Edward Levesque told me about his scapes, I said, “Capers?” “No. Garlic scapes,” he said more clearly, explaining the condiment is a pickled alternative to your caesar’s stale celery stick. Edward has a wall of these snake-like veggies in jars at his Leslieville restaurant. You can take one home for $8. I’d never heard…

Bikes Are For Bums

A self-admitted wintertime recluse, I don’t particularly like being outdoors between November and March for work (or pleasure, for that matter). It’s not that I don’t want to see you. It’s that I don’t want you to see me, most likely on day three to five of the same long johns, sweater, and hat. Yuck. But…