Posts Tagged ‘leigh van maaren’

Pukka Raises the Pulse on St Clair West

5 May, 2014  |  by Guest Post

words by Leigh van Maaren | photos by Rochelle Latinsky I straight-up love that Pukka is only a short, down-hill walk from my apartment. On St. Clair West, an area that has seen rapid re-development since I moved to the ‘hood 4 years ago, Pukka is serving up elevated Indian food that is quickly becoming a neighbourhood staple. Pukka ranks among the few restaurants along the strip that are open 7 days a week and when we walk in on…

Scaddabush Left Us Giddy and Full at Yonge & Gerrard

3 Mar, 2014  |  by FGFSadmin

Words by Leigh van Maaren, photos by Yuli Scheidt The night that Yuli and I visited Scaddabush was an evening in severe need of a pick-me-up. As a student working on my thesis who’d faced a major deadline the day before, and on one of the coldest days of the year, the warm, friendly and delectable experience that Scaddabush offered up is exactly what that cold day needed. Over several hours we were able to sample large portions of the…

Real Talk: In Conversation with Amarina Norris of Ursa Major +

12 Dec, 2013  |  by Yuli Scheidt

Of Amarina Norris of Ursa Major +, I have previously said: There’s something so heavenly and bewitching about Amarina.  She’s a plus-size fashion & jewelry designer here in Toronto. About ten years ago, Amarina took up an apprenticeship with a jewelry designer and came out with a line of plus-sized embellishments. Today there’s Usra Major +, wicked cool fashions for fat babes. Maybe it’s that our style is so matched and she’s forever en pointe, but she can do no wrong my eyes. Though I came across…

The Canadian Artisan Tasting Fair wakes restful foodies from slumber

12 Dec, 2013  |  by Ama Scriver

Written by Leigh Van Maaren Photos by Mike Sirois Sunday mornings are not my forte. As somebody who regularly finds themselves unable to get out of bed until 3pm on Sunday afternoons, I’ve long been relegated to all-day brunch places as my only option. When we heard about the Artisan Food Fair at Wychwood Barns on December 1st, however, the promise of a load of delicious cheese a mere 10 minute walk from my front door would get me out…

Parlour’s winter sharing bites get me off my couch and on to theirs

12 Dec, 2013  |  by FGFSadmin

Written by Leigh Van Maaren Tucked in to the basement of one of the oldest rowhouses in the neighbourhood, Parlour at Adelaide and John has turned an old basement in to something great. The actual restaurant isn’t that much bigger than your basement 1-bedroom, but the super cozy furniture and ultra-low lighting give the room a warm feeling that your basement apartment never achieved. It’s impossible not to want to curl up with a stiff drink as soon as you’ve…

Lookin’ Good Girl: Premiere Plus-Size Collection at NYFW Gives Safety First.

9 Sep, 2013  |  by FGFSadmin

This piece comes to us from our resident fashion expert, Leigh van Maaren, in response to a plus size collection debuting at this years New York Fashion Week. Leigh is a non-stop positive party babe and 4th year advertising student at OCADU.  She’s an avid maker, music junkie, and general pop culture enthusiast.  You’ll find her writing about cooking, fashion, feminism, good vibes and body positivity. Read her full bio here. I’m glad that Eden Miller was able to show her line,…

Spreadin’ the Thick & Juicy Word: FGFS Launch Party & HBIC Ama’s 30th!

9 Sep, 2013  |  by Ama Scriver

To All Our Fellow Fat Girls, Food Squad Members & Readers: Man oh man, the last five months have been a wild ride.  Both Yuli and myself have loved bringing you the best content, from the best writers, in the best cities across North America.  We love our Squad and from the looks of it, you do too.  Just yesterday, we finally cracked the 500+ mark on Facebook and we’ve been steadily been growing on Instagram and Twitter.  (If you…

CraveTO Brings Beer & Food into the Day and Night

8 Aug, 2013  |  by Ama Scriver

CraveTO popped up in the Honest Ed’s alleyway bringing an assortment of food, drinks and music for its second event.  The Fat Girl Food Squad hit the event in full-force in the daytime and were excited to see an assortment of food vendors spanning seafood, dessert, tacos among many other. The CraveTO-Day portion was spread out throughout the alley, leaving lots of room to line-up and enjoy tunes (provided by a series of DJs including Rich Hope and Vivi Diamond…

Lookin’ Good Girl: A Big Girl with Big Fashion Dreams

7 Jul, 2013  |  by FGFSadmin

It’s hard not to feel like plus-sized stores don’t want me to be the best I can be. Two years ago was the last time I set foot in an Addition-Elle, one of the largest plus-sized clothing stores in Canada. I went to their flagship location in downtown Toronto, searching for a skirt – long and fitted, in any neutral colour other than black. The skirt seemed to perfectly fit with what I’d expect at Addition-Elle; conservative, business-professional, and basic….

Lookin’ Good Girl: Leigh van Maaren on “A Girl of Your Size…”

6 Jun, 2013  |  by FGFSadmin

“A girl of your size should dress more conservatively.” I received this call from a co-worker on my day off from a student job I had a few years ago. At the time, I wasn’t a very flashy dresser.  Every single skirt I own from that time is in my pile of almost knee-length, ‘family-appropriate’ skirts.  My shorts were no shorter than mid-thigh. I wore hosiery year-round and made sure that a cardigan or blazer always covered my arms. I…