Nicole Gottselig is a Toronto-based writer, born and raised on the west coast. In 2012, she swapped the mountains for #theSix skyline and spends most of her free time scouring Toronto neighbourhoods for a wild salmon sashimi, a good dive bar or a used bookstore. Nicole can usually be found planning her next trip, practicing her headstand in an Ashtanga yoga class or devouring the Sunday edition of The New York Times.  
In case you hadn’t noticed, combining art with a night out is one of the hottest ways to meet new people or upgrade your typical pub night. From paint-and-sip gatherings to life drawing classes to adult colouring theme nights, we’ve found some of the top events in TO to get your creative juices flowing. [Image courtesy of Paint Cabin]
If finding the perfect bunch of kale for your smoothie or a chicken pot pie that tastes as good as mom’s is what really fuels your foodie mojo, it’s time to step away from the big box grocery store. We’ve rounded up our top independent grocers for premium produce, take-home fare, gourmet cheeses, all-natural products and ethical meats, plus a food co-op and a 24-hour neighbourhood favourite.
Bye bye plain ol’ black leggings – we’ve found the best picks in the city to up your yoga fashion game and keep that blissed-out feeling going well after savasana is over. Whether in the studio or in your own at-home sanctuary, these local favourites offer high fashion, high function and high quality essentials for every yogi.
Yonge and Eglinton: it’s busy, it’s bustling and it just may be the downtown of midtown, not least because of its excellent selection of local bistros and gastropubs. From a cleansing liquid lunch, old-school deli or a hot bowl of ramen, here are our top picks for restos just a hop-skip off the beaten Eglinton track.
Step away from the screen, Toronto. It’s time to go analog and crack open those pencil crayons. Whether you’re looking to de-stress or turn on the right side of your brain, we’ve rounded up the best local, independent shops that are getting in on the very welcomed adult colouring book trend – and to boot: a pub night for putting your new creative find to good use! [Photo courtesy of Room 2046]
Indian food spells comfort, and few things complement a night in with friends or a Netflix marathon more than ripping off a piece of melt-in-your mouth naan bread and dunking into a plate of rich, warm butter chicken. But, if you’re north of Bloor, you don’t need hit Little India when a craving strikes. Here’s our top Indian delivery spots for the mid to uptown crowd.
While Toronto may be home to plenty of Thai and Asian-fusion restaurants, finding an authentic pad Thai with that perfect blend of crunchy, sweet, salty and sour isn't always easy. From the most non-traditional of places to a few downtown hotspots, here’s our top pad Thai picks in the city, west of Bangkok.
Trying to decide where to go for your next uptown date night is about to get easier. We’ve lined up our top picks north of Bloor – from cozy gastropubs with an edge, to a charcuterie bar that moonlights as a coffee shop by day, to classic neighbourhood trattorias to see and be seen.
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