He wrote, "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And this makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back." Keep that staunch existentialist's epiphany in mind when battling the endless winter, and try a couple of these great soul warming staycations.
Here's my list of the top 10 ways to escape the cold in Toronto.
Although SXSW started off as a festival focusing on emerging talent, it's turned into a shark pit of the music industry dominated by some of the world's biggest brands. With brands come massive investments and endorsement - and that money inevitably brings in top tier artists. While you're eating tacos watching a local strum his banjo on 6th street, you could very well be around the corner from Jay-Z or Prince playing an unannounced show at a low cap venue. It might not be as easy to stick out, but nevertheless this year SXSW has selected a bunch of talented Toronto artists to play official showcases.
Here are 10 that should be on your radar.
Toronto Food Events: Ice Alley, Drunken Desserts, Khao Ghallian, The Table Setters, Toronto Wing Festival
- The Ice Alley Outdoor Bar at The Fifth Pub House (225 Richmond Street) is still going strong every Saturday night pretty much 'til it melts.
- Northwood (815 Bloor West) will preview its new food with a Buck A Bite event on Thursday, March 13th from 6pm to 11pm.
- The Sweet Escape (24 Tankhouse Lane) and Toronto author David Ort will be cooking up Drunken Desserts from the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook on Saturday, March 8th from noon 'til 4pm.
- Sri Lankans Without Borders presents a Tropical Desserts Culinary Workshop this Sunday, March 9th starting with a lunch buffet at noon followed by an interactive workshop running from 1pm to 4pm that will cover how to make palm pudding, coconut crepes, sweet custard avocados.
- Amaya the Indian Room is hosting Khao Ghallian, an indoor Indian street food festival. As of March 11th, Chef Hemant Bhagwani will share a suitcase full of recipes brought back from a recent trip to the motherland.
Also, sure to be a hot ticket, the festival will be hosting the world premiere of I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.