Sports + Leisure

Say hello to Hivernale

Claire | February 12th, 2015

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Although Igloofest has become the go-to wintertime staple of electronic music events in Montreal, it has a new lean younger cousin. Say hello to Hivernale.  With the same founding principles as Igloofest, Hivernale is all about getting out into the cold and celebrating winter, rather than hiding inside away from it.  Some people may complain that the Igloofest is getting too big or becoming a bit of a sellout; well, now there is a low-key alternative with hundreds rather than thousands of happy dancing people. Read More

Hopping Into The Craft Beer Scene

Kuma | February 11th, 2015

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Craft Beer Alley has a new denizen, this time in the form of the Steel Toad Brewery.

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Hot toddies: Goin down Easy

Claire | February 4th, 2015

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If you think a hot toddy is only meant when you’re sick, you’ve got things all wrong. These rum, honey, lemony, soothing delicious drinks are good for a nightcap any day of the week.

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Climbing Mount Marutama

Kuma | January 30th, 2015

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Hot wine

Claire | January 14th, 2015

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Brrr! Baby it’s cold outside!  And it’s not getting any warmer anytime soon. The solution? The ultimate solution? Grab a hot wine and giddy up.  Hot mulled wine (or Vin Chaud, as they call it in Quebec) is quickly becoming a winter stable at many a drinking establishment and house party.  Easy to make–and even easier to drink, this slightly-sweet, warm soothing tasty beverage is satisfying on so many levels.  Whether at Igloofest dancing under the snowflakes, or at Laika having a nice chat with a friend, mulled wine is a great way to break the ice, within and without. Read More

Soup Dumplings

Claire | November 25th, 2014

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The world’s best hangover food (even better than Pho, Thai or Ramen) has gotta be these amazing dumplings you can get in Chinatown with Soup inside!  Even the most pounding hangover will bow down for mercy after a few of these tasty doughy morsels has entered your system.  And your tastebuds will scream for more.  Choose between steamed or fried (I like steamed for seafood and vegetarian dumplings; fried for the meaty ones), and whip up your own little dish of soya sauce, vinegar and chill sauce for dipping, and you are ready to rock!   Read More

Being Part Of An Odd Society

Kuma | November 12th, 2014

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War on Sugar in Full Force

Will | October 29th, 2014

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It’s not like we didn’t know it was bad for us; it just tasted so good. So sweet. The recent profusion of articles written about sugar’s perilous long-term effects paired with the publicity for the documentary “Fed Up,” which paints obese children as victims of the government’s various subsidies for huge, ‘sugar-oriented’ corporations, has brought the issue front and center. Read More

Joshua Treehouse

Callan | October 14th, 2014

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Lately people have been migrating to LA from New York as they seem to do every 5 years or so, though perhaps due to last winter’s epic brutality,  they seem to be traveling in greater numbers than usual, and as a result, more and more people talking about how they spend all their free time in “the desert,” usually meaning Joshua Tree, or a visit to the Ace Hotel and Swim Club. Read More

Funnel Mill Rare

Annah | September 30th, 2014

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Santa Monica coffee and tea shop Funnel Mill Rare manages to make a bare white space feel like a Japanese garden. With a menu of uncommon coffees and teas in a book-length tome, it feels like an oasis amidst the bustle of the city.

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Get Your “Weird” On at Madrone Art Bar

Will | September 29th, 2014

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San Francisco’s bar scene is eclectic, but no single bar is as eclectic as Madrone Art Bar.

Nestled in the heart of NOPA and in the center of San Francisco proper, Madrone features rotating local artwork, live music and DJ sets (Motown Mondays is the big draw next to Michael Jackson vs. Prince night), an array of drinks splattered upon the chalk-board walls, a nonstop stream of classic movies — The Big Lebowski was being projected on the back wall last time I was there and Citizen Kane the time before — and perhaps most importantly, incredibly strong, affordable, creative drinks. Read More

How to survive an Outdoor Music Festival 

Claire | September 29th, 2014

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Having been a DJ for more than a decade, this summer I decided I would try my hand at sending out as many demos as I could to perform at electronic music festivals.    As luck would have it, I  ended up hitting the jackpot and got accepted to perform at five.   From MUTEK in Montreal to Bass Coast in British Columbia, the Evolve Festival in Nova Scotia, and France’s Garorock in between, this summer was chock-full of festivals–and most of them were outdoors.  For the first couple of festivals I had lots of energy and enthusiasm, but as time wore on and I became more and more sleep deprived, I realized it may come in handy to create a sort of music festival survival guide so that others do not have to go through the same trials and tribulations as I did–and also for myself, so that I will be better prepared for better or for worse for the festivals that lay ahead.

Outdoor music festivals are intense and gruelling experiences. Amidst the euphoria of mind-blowing performances over the course of the 2-10 days while the festival is on, you will inevitably be subjected to a number of factors which will challenge your ability to cope–both mentally and physically. First there is the 24/7 pumping of earthshaking music emanating from different stages–often dangerously close to the tent in which you are supposed to sleep.  On top of this, mother nature presents her own set of challenges, as do the demands of your (un)fortunately mortal human body.  Read More

Bloody Madness, Bloody Meal

Annah | September 22nd, 2014

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There’s an art to the Bloody Mary. The danger of overwraught tomato or droll spice blends create the potential for sad, alchohalic V-8. But the brunchy beverage has been stepping up it’s game as of late, and has almost become a meal in and of itself.

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The Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores

Annah | September 18th, 2014

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Eating in this restaurant makes you feel like you are in a Decemberists song. Intangibably old-timey and undeniably substantal, the new Sawtelle haunt The Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores mixes nautical hints with down home southern cooking to make any mama weep. The powerfully homey food is set amidst a vibe of elegant simplicity, evoking a comfortable elegance with a wink.

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Baby is definitely Alright

Callan | September 16th, 2014

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So Williamsburg is not what it used to be as of the last few years, and the LES is not what it used to be as of the last 10 years, so what do self respecting people do when they want to see a cool show and not go the the eternal BFA themed neighborhood of Bushwick? Read More