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Toronto has a new home brewing supply store

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / November 21, 2014

home brew torontoIf you've ever thought about making your own beer at home, this new Dundas West supply shop has everything you need to make that dream a reality. Owner Dave Crum was inspired to quit his job in banking and set up shop after making his own successful brews; now, he's doling out countless varieties of yeast and hops (and plenty of home-brewing know-how) to the city's amateur brewers.

Read my profile of Noble Hop in the grocery section.

5 ways to get off at the Everything to do with Sex Show

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / October 26, 2014

Toronto Sex ShowThe Everything to do with Sex Show began, for me, with a pre-party at Oasis Aqualounge. Lots of hairy, cupid-like man bodies were on display, accompanied most often by jiggly, lingerie-clad lady bottoms. Noobs went on dungeon tours, and learned the ins and outs of ethically smacking one's partner. People lounged on vinyl beds, stretched out like felines, waiting for 11 p.m. to hit. For at the strike of eleven, the sexing begins.

We're warned on the way in that we will see nudity.

I had to hightail it out to make another engagement prior to 11, thankfully. But the show opener was a good sign of things to come. This is not a time for the pearl clutchers, nor the faint of heart, amongst us. Here are the top five things to check out at the fifteenth annual Everything to do with Sex Show in Toronto.

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Sports & Play

How to book a fire pit in a Toronto park

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / October 21, 2014

fire pits TorontoToronto parks are good for more than just picnics, walking dogs, tossing the ball around, or lounging in the sun. In addition to sports facilities, our parks are also home to community ovens and fire pits, the latter of which allow city dwellers to soak up a bit of the country vibe with nightly camp fires.

Parks across the city have fire pits with capacity ranging from 50 to 200 people. It's not too much of a pain to book one, they're available all year round, and it's pretty affordable, too. I did a little digging to save others from having to figure out how to book a fire pit via the city's illustrious web site. Here's how to plan your next urban campfire.

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Eat & Drink

The top 10 outdoor ovens in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / October 11, 2014

community ovens torontoOutdoor ovens are more common than you might think in Toronto. They're used on a weekly basis, during various festivals and community events, or those who wish to reserve them can get an outdoor oven permit from the city.

Regent Park just got a spiffy new public oven, and it got us thinking about similar locales in the city where these are situated. Most of the ovens are open to the public on a DIY basis, though the Evergreen Brick Works is typically operated by staff. Here are my picks for the top outdoor ovens in Toronto.

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There's new life at the Toronto Underground Cinema

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / October 8, 2014

Toronto Underground CinemaThe Toronto Underground Cinema is about to begin a new life. The theatre, which closed down in 2012, will once again be in use this Friday night, albeit in a different capacity.

The Queen and Spadina theatre has been leased out to Boomer, a show focused on cluing people into the politics of the 1960s. Show promoter Brian Walker says it's about making people think.

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Shared workspace and cafe opens in Little India

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 16, 2014

social gardenerSomething new is happening in Little India. A coffee shop and shared workspace has opened next to a centre for immigrant women. Inside there's a training centre that teaches women skills in food prep and cooking, office facilities and even a yoga room. All of the proceeds from the cafe support the centre, meaning your caffeine budget is going to a good cause.

Read my review of The Social Gardener in the cafes section.
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