And with the blink of an eye March is back again. Depending on how you look at it, it was either the shortest year of your life or the longest month in existence. It may be hard to keep optimistic, and that is completely understandable. If you need help, there are resources here in Canada for you, please check with your health care professional or consult this list for help close to you.

March ushers in International Women’s Day, and 31 days to soak up the history, accomplishments and plight of women worldwide. From our Women of Worth content to our annual IWD thread, stay tuned as we celebrate women, this year we all deserve a little extra.

On March 8th on IWD, take part in Your Hour, Her Power, in support of Dress for Success Toronto. Heavy-weight speakers from C-level organizations, professionals and dealmakers unite virtually to engage and empower on a variety of topics, with all money raised going to this wonderful cause that helps women look the part for their next interview. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

The AGO is dusting off their disco ball for their Studio 54: Night Magic virtual events, complete with dining options to cap off the evening from AGO Bistro. The curated dinner program pairs well with the immersive sights and sounds of the disco era, but not those tacky old bell-bottom pants, so Marie Kondo those and get over it.

If St Patrick’s Day is going to be another revisit of what’s leftover in your bar, we suggest tucking into some tipples that will inspire, like a Whiskey Flight from Civil Liberties. Get recipes, detailed step-by-step instructions for crafty cocktails and immerse yourself in something other than missing your favourite bartender (they miss you too).

LocalLiciousCA is taking over social media, with Canadian’s calling on their locals to create three-course meals for takeout (or dine-in where permitted) while donating $1 from each promo to a nearby charity. Get more on this tasty way to shop local in our LocalLicious roundup here.

We’re swooning over the new sammies just in time for spring at Ufficio. Stefano’s Sandwiches has set up shop offering plant-based paninis Wednesday – Sunday for pickup and delivery from their Dundas West restaurant. Fresh takes on ‘fish’ and classic Italian faves make for perfect handheld parcels for a park lunch.

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Petisco Kitchen from Chef Julie Marteleira is making waves around the city for her authentic Portuguese eats, and happily, they’re now in stock and ready to grab and go at Cheese Boutique in the city’s west end.

And while you’re at CB investigate your dining options by way of Lincoln, Ontario and the culinary delights of one of Canada’s best restaurants, Pearl Morissette. This collab with head cheese and Maître Fromager for Cheese Boutique Afrim Pristine will bring PM’s dinner for two, a bottle of wine and a Zoom to cover all the tasting notes. From $250, with delivery in Toronto or pickup at Cheese Boutique.

Our pal Chef Rosie may be counting down the days until Babel opens back up, but in the meantime, she’s creating dishes that she honed back home, in Syria cooking alongside her Armenian family. Slide into her DM’s and stay on top of her latest offerings on Rosie’s IG.

Harbour Eats by Mercatino is calling it quits. The popular downtown food hub couldn’t sustain the small amount of food traffic in the core to keep the doors open. A well-documented list of their equipment is currently up on offer for auction.

Le Sélect Bistro is now an Allied Properties asset. The much-loved French institution on Wellington that provided Toronto with a distinct joie de vivre is closed, awaiting the chaos of COVID to come to a close. With new deep-pockets taking over, let’s hope they keep this jewel sparkling, and similar to what we fondly remember in the before-times.

Gordon’s Pub on Queen East is also liquidating their stockpile of goods. We’ll pour a pint out for this local, sure to be missed by many regulars.

Beerocracy on College has also closed. The pub with the cool church pews wasn’t immune to the lockdown and has shuttered their doors after almost two years after converting from Pour Boy.

All photos by Libby Roach. Lead photo of Steak and Ale pie from Liberty Commons.