Maude Temperance is a freewheeling freelance writer currently based in Toronto. She’s a tarot reader, drag enthusiast, and lover of all things quirky and queer. You can often find Maude communing with nature in Trinity Bellwoods Park, taking a boxing class with the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Gym, diligently planning out her next trip to Burning Man or stopping to smell the roses (and hyacinths) at Allen Gardens Conservatory.  
Trying to spice things up with your partner but not sure how? Toronto has a wide selection of classes for couples, straight and queer alike. Whether you’re scouring the secrets of tantric yoga, reconnecting over a sumptuous cooking class, or learning how to jive in unison, couples classes are a great way to re-connect with your partner in the real world. [Image credit: iStock.com/franckreporter]
Absinthe is one of the most mysterious of liquors, with its origins in 18th century Switzerland. With an anise-flavour and greenish colour, Absinthe is one of the most sought after – and hard to find – alcoholic drinks on the market, popular among bohemians, academics and artists alike. The following is a list of places you can go in Toronto to dance with the green fairy. [Image credit: iStock.com/augustproject] 
Trinity Bellwoods is one of Toronto’s top spots to soak in the sun all summer long, not to mention one of best beaten paths for dog owners during winter, spring and fall. Whether catching a match of tennis or lounging in the dog bowl, activities always go better with a good cup of joe. The following is a list of the best close-by cafés and coffee shops to keep you peppy all day long. [Featured image: The Tampered Press]
Native to both saltwater and freshwater habitats, mussels are truly a unique treat, whether served steamed, smoked, barbequed or fried. They're also an excellent source of selenium and B12. Paired with fresh frites, soft bread or dropped into a scrumptious seafood stew, mussels represent a culinary tradition that’s alive and well in Toronto. [Image credit: iStock.com/ChristianColmer]
Toronto is home to many city witches, mystics, psychics and folks interested in dabbling in the dark (or light) arts. But what is the best spot to snatch that eye of newt, incense or crystal quartz amulet? The following is a list of the top occult shops in the city – just don’t expect any pointy hats sitting behind their counters. [Image credit: iStock.com/volkovslava]
Bourbon, gumbo and Mardi Gras beads: Many would say that New Orleans is one of the most magical places in North America. Toronto has embraced the culinary traditions of the Big Easy with a slew of NOLA-themed restaurants and watering holes. Whether serving up a bowl of crawfish or a sparkling Sazerac, the following restaurants will knock your socks off faster than you can say beignet.[Image credit: iStock.com/rebeccafondren]
Nathan Phillips Square is one of the epicenters of Toronto. Named for TO’s mayor from 1955 to 1962, the site attracts 1.5 million visitors annually, who flock to the weekly farmer’s market, concerts, art events and more. It’s also a hop-skip from Roy Thompson Hall, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Eaton Centre. Here are some of the top spots to imbibe in the area – no matter what the occasion. [Feature image: Nota Bene]
Is there anything better than sitting outside with friends, sipping a chilled bevy and soaking in the summer sun? Patio season is a sacred time in the west end of Toronto and there is a plethora of places to choose from. The following is a list of the top west-end patios that you’re bound to adore. [Image credit: iStock.com/AnjelaGr]
Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to show up and support LGBTQI rights and culture. Be it dance parties, gut-busting stand-up comedy or political theatre extravaganzas, Toronto has a plethora of happening events to celebrate our Pride. So grab your glitter and make sure you drop by these happening events going on in the final week of Toronto’s 2016 Pride festival. [Photo courtesy of Pride Toronto]
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