Winter 2012 Issue on Newsstands October 25
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Winter 2012 Issue on Newsstands October 25


Young Cuisine
Good vibes, affordability, and porky excesses are all part of a new wave of urban cuisine that is transforming the way this city eats


Letter from the Editor

Reinvention is the name of the game in the restaurant business and food editor Shawna Wagman is thrilled to report that the city’s culinary cool kids are turning haute cuisine on its head this season. Seems the chefs are feeling a touch rebellious. Linen napkins and fancy plates are out the window and local gastronomes are suddenly being challenged to embrace whatever food — and vibe — pleases the chefs. In describing the trend, Wagman says the city’s most ambitious restaurants today remind her of “a reality show in which the audience stumbles into the kitchen on the chef’s day off.”

Daring their customers is risky for both chef and diner. But the rewards are also potentially greater. When chefs feel like they’re cooking for themselves, they can be less inhibited and, hence, more creative. The movement is called Young Cuisine and it has diners lining up to jam into rustic restaurants with mismatched chairs and shared tables. Once there, they chow down on, well, whatever has the chef pumped-up this week. It all makes for an exhilarating — and talk-worthy hot-10 list this year.

After you’ve indulged in Wagman’s 12 pages of food fantasy, turn the final page and head straight into the next story for an antidote to all the eating out you’re about to do. Filled with invigoratingly sporty ideas, our Winter Primer will have you raring to get outside and make the most of the fresh powder in your backyard. From the extreme (ice climbing, anyone?) to the recreational (family snow-shoeing is more your speed), we’ve got you covered.

COMING UP: We’re already working furiously on the 2013 Interiors issue, which hits newsstands in mid-January. This year, we’ve managed to get invites into the homes of some of our favourite tastemakers, who have graciously toured us around their living rooms and boudoirs, kitchens and closets. Now we’re putting together all the luscious photography and getting the goods on their at-home design and decorating philosophies. Prepare to be wowed.

Sarah Brown, Editor


Young Cuisine
Good vibes, affordability, and porky excesses are all part of a new wave of urban cuisine that is transforming the way this city eats


For the Record
He’s recognized by Guinness World Records as the youngest person ever to ski from land to the North Pole. Chelsea’s Tessum Weber on surviving in the Arctic — and the beauty of an unconventional upbringing in a family of explorers and adventurers

The British is Coming
The new owner of the historic British Hotel is dreaming big, with plans to restore what had become a run-down Aylmer drinking den and turn it into business- and family-friendly restaurants and much-needed office space

Make Tracks
Get the most out of winter this year. Try a new sport (skate-skiing, anyone?) or take your routine to a new level. Step out in style and meet other snow bunnies. Or pack the whole family up for a weekend getaway to remember. Our guide to winter sports has something for everyone — even the armchair adventurer


Avi Caplan builds the city’s awesome credentials, one project at a time * Locking in your love interest * Pushing Canadian icons for profit * Telling tales of births and engagements * Adding up 25 years of good works * Partying with a walking iceberg


Fashion consultant Rosina Mahlangu on looking stylish in winter

Owner Shalindhi Perera teams up with architect Andrew Reeves for a full-scale renovation of a house that started life as a butcher shop

What would the editors buy? Editor Sarah Brown, acting senior editor Misa Kobayashi, and art director Jane Corbett present their holiday wishlists and hostess gift picks

Which wines you should seek out at this year’s Ottawa Wine and Food Festival

The power of chilies on a cold winter’s night * Pogos are trending * Plus our star-rated reviews

Love, betrayal, and pointe shoes with Guangzhou Ballet Company * The secrets of local theatre success with Linden House Theatre  * A Q&A with the Ottawa Choral Society‘s new man in charge * The city’s arts followers choose their Best Bets for winter * Plus our arts and entertainment listings