Toronto Alert

Toronto Alert
April 2008

Nothing is sexier than a backless dress—but not everyone can pull it off without a bit of a lift. Well you can thank Elaine Cato for singularly inventing your new wardrobe staple: The Breakthrough Backless Bra™. Cato expertly crafts each bra with a molded foam cup for natural shape, making this bra a perfect addition to your skivvies drawer. Available exclusively at the Bay starting this month. WHO

Looking for the perfect way to get in shape for shorts season? Introducing the Nike+ Rock and Run program—offered exclusively at Extreme Fitness locations across the city. The group workouts are led by Nike+ instructors, who promise to push and pull you through your workout on indoor treadmills with a fun playlist of Nike PowerSongs. Then you can track your progress and calories burned on WHAT

Add a designer pop to your wardrobe this season with David Dixon’s all-new footwear collection for Town Shoes. The renowned Canadian designer known for his attention to detail has laid his focus on shoes—creating a bold, colourful crop for spring. Think clean lines with a twist and combination of textures and finishes. The best part? Dixon’s shoes are an affordable indulgence—ranging from $125 to $135. Selected styles (shown) are available April 15 at Town Shoes across the city. To view more styles, visit Town Shoes online. WEAR

Tommy Hilfiger invites you and a friend to join FLARE at its new concept store in Sherway Gardens for an exclusive shopping event. For one-night only, enjoy a 40% discount, deluxe gift bag, and a chance to win a $1,000 Tommy Hilfiger wardrobe! Plus, don’t miss out on a special LIVE performance by RyanDan and a can’t-miss trend report by Flare’s Market Editor Tammy Palmer. DETAILS Thursday, April 17, 2008, 6-9 pm, Tommy Hilfiger, Sherway Gardens Mall, 25 The West Mall, Toronto.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger


Craving a bit of culture? See the magnificent transformation of textile design through the years at the ROM’s all-new permanent gallery—the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume. 50,000 textile and costume artefacts will be on display. Opens April 5 at the ROM’s top floor of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal room. For more information, visit the ROM online.
Photo courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum © 2008. All rights reserved.

FOOD What’s a little shopping on Bloor Street without a jaunt to our fave old lunch spot? The Holt’s Café might not be news to you, but if you haven’t already tried their sophisticated version of the sandwich—aptly called the French Tartine—we promise you haven’t had a sammie that compares. Their version is served open-faced on French Poilane bread flown in from Paris and comes in 16 gourmet varieties. Try the Caprese (oven roasted tomatoes resting on pillows of melted Buffalo mozzarella with roasted garlic and fresh basil) for a savoury bite and good people watching. Bon appetite! WINE

DRINK For cozy nights in, the Syrah by AZZARO (CSPC 64626), $13, is an exuberant wine that offers a richly flavoured and concentrated palate. The red and purple robe reveals notes of raspberry, currant, red flowers and vanilla. Medium-bodied, the wine is ample and supple on the palate given its refined tannins. It can be served with cold tapas, mixed grills, pasta, red meat, and cheeses. Made in the South of France in the Languedoc region.

Zdenka Turecek