As the thermometre dips, keeping warm becomes an ever-present thought. Here are our top 10 picks for keeping cozy this season.
HAT’S ON Between 30 to 50 per cent of body heat is lost through the head. To keep the heat trapped inside where it belongs, Nursey’s sheepskin hat ($235-$255) for men come with ear flaps and a brim to keep falling snow at bay, Nicolas Men.
SWEET TOOTH Chocolate lovers should flock to js bonbons (163 Dupont St., 416-920-0274), where no less than six types of hot cocoa are on offer ($3.50 for a small, $3.95 for a large). Sample from bittersweet, chocolate chai, sea salted caramel, lemon thyme, lavender or gianduja chocolate mixed with steamed milk.
BOTTOMS UP Via Allegro is the place in the city for a drink of the adult kind: scotch. Choose from 650 single malts and 150 blended malts ($7.95 to $1,500 for one ounce), including the Macallan Fine and Rare collection—the only place in the city to carry the brand.
AFTERNOON DELIGHT A perfect pick me up in the hours between lunch and dinner is afternoon tea. Le Royal Méridien King Edward offers a tea service Friday to Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. with a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones with Devonshire cream and jam, and 10 choices of loose leaf tea. The full tea is $28 per person, $12 for kids age 12 and under with a special kids’ service.
FIRE IN THE BELLY Getting warm can also come from a spiciness that sets your mouth on fire. 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence‘s lamb vindaloo ($13.95)—lamb cooked in coconut curry sauce—is described as “volcanic” and for the “iron-hearted only.”
RED HOT Fashion and functionality collide at Hermès, whose “Soya” gloves ($3,425), made of crocodile and glazed lambskin, come in a bold red shade.
HOT HOT HEAT Novo Spa offers some steamy action with its steam bed body therapy. Inspired by an ancient Tibetan tradition, enjoy a body wrap in a steam bed followed by a relaxing hot stone massage with aromatherapy (one hour and 15 minutes, $98).
ANIMAL INSTINCT Fur keeps many of mother nature’s creatures warm through the bone-chilling months of winter and Four Seasons Furs offers a vast selection, ranging from a lightweight Christ shearling for men ($1,495 and upwards) to a Paula Lishman coat made with beaver skin that has been cut into yarn and knit into a jacket ($1,995 and upwards).
SOUP’S ON Nothing warms the body and satisfies the appetite more than a hearty meal, especially if it’s soup. Izakaya offers alternative Japanese fare, including ramen (a wheat noodle) and udon noodles (thick white noodles). Try the Tokyo beef ramen ($12.45): noodles in a soy sauce-flavoured broth is topped with grilled sirloin, bamboo shoots and toasted sesame seeds.
ALL LIT UP On a cold day, a sweet treat to end a meal is best when it’s warmed. The Esplanade Bier Market offers two decadent options: Belgian chocolate fondue for two served with fresh fruit and pastries ($14), or Crêpes Suzette flambéed with orange and Grand Marnier glaze and fresh berries ($9).—Linda Luong