Ten things Anthony Rose can’t live without

Ten things Anthony Rose can’t live without

The unstoppable Toronto chef (of Rose and Sons, Big Crow and Fat Pasha fame) has a new restaurant opening this month on Queen West. Here, the 10 things he can’t live without

1
My sugar fix
I try to follow a paleo diet—that means very little dairy, gluten or sugar. But I make an exception for dark chocolate from Soma. I like to dip it in peanut butter.

2
My yoga practice
It changed my life: how I breathe, how I hold myself, even how I talk to people. I go to the Ahimsa studio on Bloor four or five times a week. The instructors there are my gurujis—that’s the Buddhist term for someone who transports you from darkness to light.
3
My go-to cookbook
When I’m brainstorming menus, I turn to Jeremiah Tower’s New American Classics. It’s got a highbrow–lowbrow mix that I love—he’ll put a burger next to a bowl of caviar.
4
My Stones records
Sticky Fingers is my favourite album; it’s bluesy, it’s kind of raunchy, and it takes me straight back to my childhood. My son, Simon, is more into hip hop, but I’m slowly converting him.
5
My knife collection
I bought this box of butcher knives on eBay 15 years ago, and I’ve been adding to it ever since—mostly vintage Sabatier blades. They rust easily, but they’ve got a beautiful edge.
6
My band posters
I found this ratty Grateful Dead poster at a garage sale in California, back when I was a huge Dead Head. Later, I discovered it’s an original and worth quite a lot. I’ve collected dozens more since then, including Phish, Blues Traveler and Smashing Pumpkins.
7
My favourite restaurant
I’ve been going to House of Chan in Forest Hill since I was a kid. It’s a classic American Chinese restaurant with red leather booths, a lobster tank and waiters in tuxedos, but it’s also one of the best steak houses in the city.
8
My backyard firepit
I designed it with my steel guy, Sam Fedele, who also built the smoker at Big Crow. I mostly use it to entertain the ladies.
9
My whiskey
A friend bought me this glass flask for my birthday five years ago. I take it everywhere. Right now it’s filled with Michter’s, a single-grain Kentucky rye.
10
My pickup truck
I don’t know how I ever lived without my Toyota Tacoma. I call it Black Mamba, after Uma Thurman’s character in Kill Bill. It makes me feel sexy, like a cowboy.