We’re starting this week off with an activity that’s gonna get you sweatin, a taco shop with rules and a place where being a little sketchy is kinda cool. All of today’s #YQG hotspots have one goal in mind – to give your soul the light it needs after the whirlwind that was March. Let’s dive in, shall we?
There’s no question that sweating is good for the soul and my guess is that is the exact reason why they invented hot yoga. The activity itself is pretty self explanatory… yoga, but make it hot… but like really hot.
When I first decided I wanted to try hot yoga, I came across Chill Hot Yoga Studio. The name? Kinda ironic. The studio? Kinda incredible. Located on Dougall Ave, Chill is one of the best yoga studios I’ve ever been to. From the moment you walk through the door, you get a sense that you belong. Not sure if hot yoga is for you? Try their intro pass for $49 and experience it as many times as you want for a whole month! Once social distancing is over, of course. In the meantime, you can check out some videos on Chill’s Instagram page where the owner, Alessandra walks you through some yoga practices.
If you think you can’t handle the heat? Good news… there’s a yoga studio in the area that doesn't involve dripping head to toe on your mat. H’OM Yoga Studio located in Amherstburg is your H’OM away from home. (H’OM) At H’OM, they don’t just offer yoga, but Barre and Pilates classes as well. A yoga studio that OMs together AND supports one another? Now that’s something I can get behind.
If yoga just isn’t your thing, Mackenzie over at Attitude of Gratitude (AKA AOG) Fitness Boot Camp is hosting live 30-minute Zoom workouts every Monday through Thursday at 6PM and Saturdays at 9AM. Normally Mackenzie runs her group fitness classes out of the WFCU Center, JS Fitness on Provincial and Suicide Hill. I’ve been to some classes at suicide hill and lemme tell ya, it’s one hell of a workout. With COVID19, Mackenzie has taken her group classes virtual. I’ve included the link to sign up in the show notes as well as in the blog post for this episode.
Now that we’ve talked about working out, let’s talk about tacos… completely unrelated… but really who doesn’t love tacos. The Grand Cantina in the Ford City District is probably THE place to go to get some delicious tacos. There’s a few rules though – like you can’t touch the chef’s moustache, if you don’t like loud music at night… you better bring ear plugs annnnd they appreciate low fives, but prefer high fives. Just last week I ordered The Grand Cantina for the first time through take out (yes! They’re open!) and I got one of each signature taco. My personal favourite was the Los Pollos Hermanos, probably butchered that but the flavour is out of this world. We also snagged some chips and salsa…. And some churros. We’re fully prepping to come out of this quarantine a few pounds heavier. The Grand Cantina is NOT a mexican restaurant but rather a cool spot you can get some Mexican, some Asian and… some American food. Just go ahead and check out their Not Taco section on their menu… it’ll explain it all. OH and while you’re there, make sure you look for the pig. Do I have you confused yet? Guess you’ll have to check it out for yourself.
The last spot in Windsor-Essex you NEED to check out (if you haven’t already, of course!) is Sketch Art Workshop. You see… Sketch isn’t like a regular art workshop… it’s a cool workshop. A place where you can truly let your creative side run wild. Take a workshop, a class or just pop in for an opportunity to let your heart decide what it wants to create. Dani, the owner of SKETCH, is one of the most rad humans I know and she does such an incredible job of making her space feel like yours. Wanna paint? Do it up. Wanna get your hands on some clay? It’s there! Wanna sketch? Let’s go!! SKETCH is THE space I go when I need to let my mind disconnect from the crazy world around me. The music, the vibes, the peach tea… it’s become my second home. A place where I feel like I can let my soul take control. Even though the storefront is closed currently, Dani is selling at home pottery kits where you can order online, have them delivered to your door, paint them and they pick them up the following week. I ordered myself a cut little bowl and joined Dani for a virtual pottery class on Saturday night. It was so fun! If you’re feeling like you want to get crafty, grab a pottery kit from Sketch.
Things in this world have been a bit crazy, there’s no doubt about it. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed hearing everything going on in the news while also simultaneously not having a clue what’s going on. My hope is that this podcast will give you something to look forward to once we can resume socializing as well as in the meantime how you can support local businesses and keep yourself sane.
I’ve built a calendar into the Only In YQG website where you can see what’s going on every single week! Right now, it’s going to include any live events such as workouts, zoom parties and any other important dates you should know about.
See you on Thursday for Only In YQG – weekend edition!
Written by: Kierstyn Pare, Host, Only In YQG Podcast
Photos taken by: Mackenzie Kelly