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10 Winter Warm-Ups

BOOK NOOK Located on trendy Queen West West, Type Books is a cozy independent bookstore with a collection of hard-to-find magazines like On Site (culture, urbanism, art, architecture) and Ode (to people, to passion, to possibilities), a good mix of children’s and young-adult books, and a well-arranged selection of adult fiction and non-fiction. Pick up local author Michael Redhill’s latest novel, Consolation ($21), for a glimpse of life in 19th-century Toronto. Open daily. 883 Queen St. W., 416-366-8973; 394A Spadina Rd., 416-487-8973.

TEE TIME Get a head-start on the golf season at the annual Golf and Travel Show, which runs from February 29 to March 2. For nearly two decades, North America’s largest consumer golf show has been offering the latest equipment and gear, plus information on the hottest resorts and golf courses across the continent. Admission $15. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building; call 1-800-265-3673 for more information.

SPICY SIPS These spicy twists on old favourites will help you ward off winter’s chill. Stop by Soma, makers of high-end chocolate, for a mug of their Mayan hot chocolate ($3.75), which combines ginger, orange peel, vanilla, chili and Soma spices. Open daily. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St., 416-815-7662. For a hot and cold sensation, head to hip Indian resto Amaya and sample their Curry Martini ($12), a South-Asian version of the classic drink, that combines vodka, curry leaves, garam masala spice blend, lime and ginger. Open daily. 1701 Bayview Ave., 416-322-3270.

SWEET TOOTH Heat up your taste buds with treats from J.S. Bonbons. This shop infuses its chocolates with unusual flavours such as chipotle-sesame with lime, tarragon and black pepper and ginger-cardamom caramel. Or learn to create these original concoctions yourself: proprietor Jenn Stone leads chocolate classes above the shop. Classes start from $45; call 1-800-584-2760 to reserve a spot. Monday to Saturday. 153 Dupont St., 416-920-0274.

HEARTHSIDE DATE With its classic bistro decor, Bodega hits all the right marks for a romantic evening out. Ask for a table by the fireplace and savour dishes such as braised rabbit leg with sautéed spinach in a mushroom and truffle cream sauce for a decadent dinner. Lunch and dinner daily. 30 Baldwin St., 416-977-1287.

TRINITY REVISITED Historic Trinity Church (10 Trinity Square, 416-598-4521), built in 1847, was the inspiration for the Cowboy Junkies debut album, The Trinity Session, which they recorded at the church in 1988. The renowned Canadian band performs a rare concert in tribute to that first record on February 23. Massey Hall, 8 p.m., $29.50 to $49.50; call 416-872-4255 to buy.

HOOPS AND HOPS Between the action on the courts—the NBA’s Toronto Raptors have the hometown advantage as do the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs on the ice—at the Air Canada Centre (40 Bay St., 416-815-5500), check out the Rickards Brewhouse. The ACC’s in-house brewery—one of only two in Canada located in a sports arena—produces three types of beer (Red, Gold, and Pale) for your drinking pleasure.

SOME LIKE IT HOT Shake up your regular yoga session by trying a hot yoga class ($20 for a 60 to 90 minute class) at Moksha Yoga, where drop-ins are welcome. Done in a heated room set between 37° to 39° Celsius, this unique workout allows for deeper stretches and promotes a calmer mind. Open daily. 1498 Yonge St., 416-868-9642; 860 Richmond St. W., 416-361-3033.

COMEDY CLASSIC A heartwarming comedic tale of two opposites forced to live together, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple takes to the stage from February 11 to April 19. Albert Schultz—a renowned Canadian actor and Soulpepper Theatre Company’s artistic director—plays Oscar, while Diego Matamoros takes on the role of his roommate Felix. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill St., Monday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 2:30 p.m., $34 to $65; call 416-866-8666 to buy.

TREASURE TROVE Pick up an oversized scarf to keep warm at trendy boutique Trove. A range of bright colours and fabrics available at this mother-daughter-owned shop means that you’re sure to find something to coordinate with everything in your closet. Open daily. 791 Bathurst St., 416-516-1258.

—Sarah Bernath

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