STYLE and LIVING FOOD FASHION TRAVEL
Modernist Cuisine At Home
British Columbia Road Trip
The ultimate in cool cooking
Adventures in the sunny Mexican city
FA LL 2 01 2 $5.50 CAN www.citystyleandliving.com
THE NEW SEASON Vamped up Fall Fashion
PRINT ISSUE TODAY
A uNIquE pERSpECTIVE ON ALL THE bEST IN LIFESTyLE
Y L N O
A 0 5 . 1 $ TH N O M
Featuring the hottest local, national and international content in: Food, Fashion and Travel pLuS! Weâ€™re a proudly Green Magazine * This is $18.00 per yearly subscription. Shopping costs not included. Price in Canadian Dollars.
Get the print edition. Email Subscribe@citystyleandliving.com or visit: www.citystyleandliving.com/Subscribe.html
FALL 2012 | V O L U M E 5 I S S U E 4 | C O N T E N T S
STYLE and LIVING CSL AROUND THE CITY
10 EVENTS Great things to do in and around Calgary
11 WRAP IT UP Lo living CSL FOOD
13 KITCHENWARE Durable and aﬀordable pots and pans 15 NEED IT WANT IT e best products for the season
16-18 IMBIBE Experts speak about their brands plus spirits new to the market
19 KITCHEN Recipes for fall
22 PRÊT-À-PORTER Achieve great legs, watches from a Canadian company and trendy Fall shoes 23 HELEN OF TROY Makeup for your fall wedding
GOTHIC GLAMOUR IS THE MOOD FOR FALL P. 26 COVER STORIES
14 Modernist Cuisine At Home 26-32 The New Season THE CSL GREEN TICkER
36-41 British Columbia Special 42-55 Los Cabos Adventures
34 PASSPORT Travel news from around the globe
35 TOUR GUIDE Sir Dyson on his favourites from around the world
IN EVERY ISSUE
5 EDITOR’S NOTE 7 BEHIND THE COVER 57 FINAL THOUGHT
Purchase stuffed animals made from S o y s i l k (waste from manufacture of tofu).
4 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
/ Try making milk paint. ›
24-25 TREASURE TROVE New and aﬀordable beauty products
WELCOME FROM THE EDITORS
MEN’S WEAR AND WOMEN’S WEAR
Three tailored suits.
There is a litany of rules that prescribe men’s wear. Unchanging rules, perhaps, even, dare we say, tired rules. The oft quoted – never socks with sandals comes to mind quite readily. Other examples include: never do up the last button on a jacket; formal occasions call for a tuxedo and bowtie; appropriate colours for business dress shoes are black, brown or oxblood (and always leather); pocket squares are de rigueur (and never the same pattern as the tie). There are many, many other rules too numerous to name. Women’s wear of late is about breaking rules that once seemed fixed and inviolate – brogues with dresses, socks with platform heels, loads of diamonds before 40, white after Labour Day. When the rules are broken fashion is not just unexpected but delightful, progressive. There appears to be a decided asymmetry with regard to the dictates of fashion for men and women – exact on one side and lenient on the other. It seems that men must abide by the rules and women must break them. Put another way, perhaps this mean that men make the rules that women break? (A fascinating thought). Of course all these fashion rules pertain, as it were, to an idealized man and woman, the business man and woman (and occasionally to the disappearing formal wear). Casual dressing on the other hand has become incredibly lax for both men and women. Once, several years ago, we interviewed a successful fashion designer. We asked if women’s wear is more liberal, looser, and more apt to rule-breaking than men’s wear. “Well it is but, really, men wear a shirt, a pant, a sweater, a cardigan,” she said, seemingly bemused by the lack of choice offered men. Then we asked about the rules of men’s fashion and she commented, “Yeah and if you know it, you know it, and if you don’t you don’t.” Lastly, we proposed our argument that whereas women’s wear seems like it’s all about breaking the rules men’s wear seems all about the rules. Her reply was an interesting commentary on workplace dynamics and the history of women in the 20th century. It
was certainly not a counterpoint to our argument but an extension of it. “I don’t know if it’s about breaking the rules I think women’s wear has so much more latitude than men’s wear. I think men are more [about wearing] uniforms by nature because that is what it’s always been – more men in business. Women have had more latitude in the way that they can interpret it. Women have really only been equals in career in the last maybe 50 years.” In the office, women’s wear can be even more contentious and riddled with circumspection – are sequins appropriate in daytime, is this blouse too low cut, this dress too revealing? Then there’s the question of whether the outfit befits the industry – does it demonstrate that I work in a creative arena, a mathematical profession, a corporate setting? Am I respected in this outfit? Do I measure up to my colleagues through my dress? Will I be taken seriously? The business man does not ask these questions we think. Though the metrosexual revolution of men going to spas and caring about grooming has exploded in recent years, fashion is still, in the main, a woman’s concern. “A woman–whether she is interested in babies or microbes or husbands or poetry or servants or parallelograms or gardens or Plato or bridge–is fundamentally and always interested in clothes,” expresses author Jean Webster in Daddy Long Legs. Well said. CSL
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/citystyleandliving K&S MEDIA
— KAILASH AND SHIVANA
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @CityStyleMag
HAVE A quESTION, COMMENT OR SuGGESTION FOR CITy STyLE AND LIVING? WRITE TO uS AT:: EDITORS@CITySTyLEANDLIVING.COM WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM yOu!
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 5
C O N T E ST S
Installments from around the City, and around the globe.
Enter to win great prizes!
NEWSL ETTER CSL’s newsletter lets you in on travel deals, events in your city, and restaurant happenings— directly to your inbox. Head to our website, and sign up now.
VI D EO
Exciting extended content, behind the scenes at our photoshoots and exclusive interviews with notable people in food, fashion and travel.
Click to view slideshows Enjoy extended content Read exclusive interviews Connect through your ipad
www.citystyleandliving.com Editors-in-Chief Kailash Maharaj and Shivana Maharaj M anaging Editor/Director of Advertising Dr. Rookmin Maharaj Art Direction and Design K & S Media Publisher K & S Media - Earth is a Beautiful Heaven Contributors Ashleigh Ahern
6 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
Steven Busch Marc Duncan Brooke Fox Natalie Fox Kim Lennox Genvieve Magbi Len Mastaler/ I Model Management James S. Sinclair Daniel Thompson Courtney Wong Advertising Inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org Subscription Inquiries: email@example.com
ISSN 1913-892X Publications Agreement No. 41599042 City Style and Living is published four times each year. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the publisher. Although every eﬀort is taken to ensure accuracy, K & S Media cannot be held responsible for any errors, or omissions that may occur. The magazine assumes no responsibility for the safekeeping or return of unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, artwork or other material. All rights reserved 2012. A proudly Green Magazine.
COURTNEY WONG; K&S MEDIA; THE COOKING LAB; AMC; THE ST. REGIS;
At The Fall 2012 Cover Shoot BEHIND THE COVER
WHO? Taylor M (I Model Management) WHERE? Newly renovated Devonian Gardens THE MOOD? Vamp beauty with gemstone colours and a backdrop of an architectural gardenscape.
“IT IS So AIRy IN hERE AND ThE NATuRAL LIGhT IS AMAZING. ” COuRTNEy WONG (photographer)
Love the sleek pulled back hair of this cover look? L’o real Eln ett Satin Lumiere hairspray ensures your tresses hold their style, $14.99, www.lorealparis.ca.
Taylor’s dark hair added drama to the gothic, vamp look. Want to make a dazzling style statement? Why not change your hair colour with Revlon Colorsilk, $7.49, www.revlon.ca.
Artist Group makeup artist Kim Lennox prepares Taylor for the photoshoot. For an extra touch of vamp try L’oreal Colour Riche® Nail Colour, www.lorealparis.ca. COURTNEY WONG; K&S MEDIA(2); JAMES S. SINCLAIR; COURTESY: LOREAL(2); REVLON(2);
THE COVER LOOK THE LOCATION
Visit Calgary’s largest indoor public park – Devonian Gardens. After a complete transformation, the 2.5 acre park, located on the fourth ﬂoor of The CORE shopping centre, is now open. Step into a garden of tropical plants and natural light. Meandering walkways lead guests past water fountains, over tree-decked plazas surrounded by ﬂowerbeds, to ponds teeming with koi ﬁsh. Children can enjoy the indoor playground or take in various drop-in programs. calgary.ca/parks
THE CSL GREEN TICkER
use a broom or rake to clear away leaves rather than a leaf blower.
MODEL: Taylor M, I Model Management, www.imodelmanagement.ca pHOTOGRApHER: Courtney Wong HAIR AND MAkEup: kim Lennox, Artist Group, artistgroup.ca LOCATION: Devonian Gardens COVER: Notte by Marchesa pleated blue silk-satin dress, The Outnet, www.theoutnet.com. Swarovski seductive earrings, $440; Swarovski supreme bangle, $420, Swarovski supreme pendant, $360; all, www.swarovski.com.
/ Create a birdbath to attract wildlife to your garden. ›› citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 7
Q: What’s your favourite item in your Fall CONTRIBUTORS
Dedicated food fanatic and ‘buy Local’ advocate, ASHLEIGH AHERN moved to Calgary in 2009 to be close to family and to start her own. Having been involved with cultural events across the city and exploring the many unique neighbourhoods, she discovered where to ﬁnd the freshest organic ingredients for cooking and much more. Originally from Fort McMurray, Ashleigh jumped at the opportunity to begin her chef services business in our socially diverse city. More in love with Calgary than ever before, she is proud to call it home along with her husband and two young daughters. www.sunontherock.com
is a fashion and beauty photographer based out of Calgary, Alberta. She was formally trained at the Alberta College of Art and Design, receiving a bachelor of Design in photography and was the recipient of the 2012 board of Governors Alumni Award of Excellence in photography. www.courtneywong.com
During a three year stint in London, England KIM LENNOX graduated from London College of Fashion where she studied Technical Eﬀects for performance. previously she studied technical Theatre at Mount Royal university. Trained in sculpture and prosthetics, she works in tv and ﬁlm as a costumer and a breakdown artist. “I’m very excited to be back in Calgary where I have had the pleasure of working with so many talented people. I would love to run my own shop one day oﬀering services in prop building, prosthetics and costumes.” She is currently designing a line of fun graphic tshirts for Christmas. showtime.arts.ac.uk/klennox1
A: “I love accessorizing with a diﬀerent scarf every day – I literally have over 50 scarves in my collection!”
8 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
A:“My favourite item currently in my fall wardrobe is my knitted pullover. It's simple yet versatile and reliable; you can dress it up or dress it down and still look great.”
A: “I love sporting all diﬀerent kinds of hats. I find it keeps you put together after a long 16 hour day. When you’re working on shoots the last thing you have time for is your hair. This season I definitely think Grandpa hats and newsboy caps will be popular. ”
I Model Management is a Canadian agency that represents models around the globe. In the 9 years that the company has been operating, it has become one of Western Canada’s top booking and placement agencies. Many of I Model Management’s international models progress their careers in markets such as paris, Milan, Toyko, London, New york, and L.A.. I Model Management’s models work frequently with some of the world’s most noteworthy designers including prada, Missoni, GuCCI, and Vivienne Westwood. I Model Management’s local models, (or commercial faces), are consistently hired by well known clothing retailers, beauty companies, stock photography companies and publications such as Mark’s, Moxies, Getty Images, and City Style & Living. Their goal is to provide potential new models with the skills they need to become successful, while ﬁlling a niche in Canada’s modeling industry. I Model Management strived to be small, fresh and selective in order to generate individualized career strategies for each model. This boutique disposition has provided local and international clients with unique and exclusive faces, while creating and maintaining long-term modeling careers. by establishing new management techniques, I Model Management is able to make sure new faces are properly promoted and are oﬀered the most aﬀordable options to start their career.
COURTESY ASHLEIGH AHERN; BROOKE FOX; COURTNEY WONG; KIM LENNOX; IM MODEL MANAGEMENT; K&S MEDIA (2)
PROFILE: I MODEL MANAGEMENT
AROUND THE CITY CITy STyLE AND LIVING
STARRy NIGHT Observe the wonders of the night sky with astronomers. p. 10
RAO OF LIGHTS
AND MORE FROM AROuND CALGARy p. 10
COURTESYRAO/UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Great events in and around Calgary
Wrap it Up : Loft Living
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 9
UPCOMI NG EVENTS FROM ARO UND T H E CI T Y
Sunday, September 23, 2012 START/FINISH LINE: MARKET MALL!
Tweet #RocktheHouseRun and be entered to win a $100 CADILLAC FAIRVIEW shop! card®*
LAST CHANCE TO TO REGISTER! www.rmhsouthernalberta.org/rockthehouse www.rmhsouthernalberta.org/rockthehouse Presented by: Presented b y:
RAO OpEN HOuSE: ASTROCHEMISTRy: A SEARCH FOR THE ORIGINS OF LIFE IN THE uNIVERSE Modern astronomy involves more than most people realize. While the use of physics to understand the origins of galaxies, stars and planets is still fundamental, astronomers have begun to realize that chemistry and even biology play important roles in understanding the universe. Dr. plume will talk about the research of the Institute for Space Imaging Science and his work at radio telescopes around the world. The sky will oﬀer a great opportunity to observe Cygnus the Swan which will be ﬂying high and directly over our heads. Operating telescopes and astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, on the east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange. 8pm and 11 pm; $20 per car or $10 per person, all proceeds to educational programming. For more information, contact Leanne Yohemas, 403-220-5144.
DOWN SyNDROME RESEARCH FOuNDATION’S – 2012 up THE DOWN MARkET DINNER Experience the thrills of a simulated stock market while making a very real investment in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. At the up the Down Market Dinner, you and your team will go headto-head with the heavyweights of the ﬁnancial industry, buying and selling shares in ﬁctitious companies to see who can make the most money without going bankrupt in the process. As you play, you’ll be investing in something more signiﬁcant than just stocks and bonds. Through up the Down Market, a deposit is made toward a brighter future for individuals with Down syndrome - a compounding investment which pays lifetime dividends to so many families. Price per table (8 seats) is $2,600; www.dsrf.org/events/up-the-down-marketdinner/udmd-calgary---october-2012 ; Sponsorship information: Dawn McKenna, DSRF, 604-444-3773, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOup SISTER’S bIG STIR Create a stir in your community! Join the Soup Sisters at Calgary’s ﬁrst-ever big Stir - a one-night, soup-making extravaganza November 20th at the Calgary Farmers Market. 300 Soup Sisters and broth brothers, with celebrity Chefs will make 1,000 bowls of soup for women and children in Calgary’s women’s shelters. We are raising awareness during Family Violence prevention Month and warming hearts, one bowl at a time.
For information on buying a “chopping table” at The Big Stir, contact email@example.com and visit www.soupsisters.org.
COURTESY: RAO/UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY; DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH FOUNDATION; SOUP SISTERS
. .5XQ5K . .5XQ5K Walk Walk 1K McDonald’s McDonald’s Go Active Active Walk Walk
W R A P I T U P : G R E AT F I N D S
CSL has got lofty ideas about how to decorate your space by GENVIÈVE MAGbI
N I W
Think vertically when trying to maximize storage in small spaces!
FACTOu bEANbAG The e-commerce site showcases furniture each week indicating the minimum number of purchases required to activate the bid and to place the order. When enough customers click on a purchase the order is placed, if there are not enough bids the deal is withdrawn, $89, Factou.com.
Stackable boxes double as storage, while sticky notes are great for jotting down quick notes and lists.
Martha Stewart Home Of fice with Avery Organize your home office space with these seamless and sleek products. From $2.99; www.staples.ca
COURTESY: NAMBE (2); FACTOU; BED BATH AND BEYOND; MARTHA STEWART HOME OFFICE;
Bed Bath & Beyond Satin Nickel 5-Shelf Mesh Tower. Slim, easy to assemble five shelf tower Measures 11 1/2" W x 11 1/2" D x 60 1/2" H. www.bedbathandbeyond.ca
Add earthy neutral tones to your loft space. That way, when you move into a bigger space, you can easily incorporate a broader colour palette.
TICKETS TO THE 2012 PASTRY SHOWCASE TO ENTER, Sign up for the complimentary City Style and Living Newsletter at: www.citystyleandliving.com
OR Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
EDTIOR’S p ICk NAMBE Add fruit, or decorative straw or bamboo balls
for texture. e smooth feel of this bowl adds warmth to your small space. 8-inch heritage Pebble Bowl designed by Lou henry, $115, www.nambe.com
NAMBE ese grey tear drop shaped plates add an el-
ement of architecture and drama to plated dishes. TriCorner Dinner Plates (Set of 4) in smoke, $80, , www.nambe.com
No PuRChASE NECESSARy. To enter, go to www.citystyleandliving.com. Contest starts September 10 2012 and ends November 1 2012. open only to legal residents of Canada. odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Subscribers automatically entered. Void outside Canada.
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 11
CITy STyLE AND LIVING
A MODERNIST’S BLISS
GONE FISHING Microwaved black sea bass and more recipes in Modernist Cuisine at Home. p. 14.
Durable, aﬀordable and beautiful pots and pans
Great culinary reads for Fall
Six great new products on the market
Fall bubbles, Arlene Dickinson’s persuasion wine, 3 questions with Rosemount Estate’s Andrew Floor and more
Mouth watering recipes to try
12 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
Need It Want It::
COURTESY THE COOKING LAB
A NEW bOOk TAkES MODERNIST CuISINE TO THE HOME p. 14
COOK AT HOME
Pots ‘n Pans
unique, durable and aﬀordable cookware. pHOTOGRApHy JAMES S. SINCLAIR
“These Lodge cast i ron pans come pre-seasoned and ready to use. This is the original non-stick. Just remember not to put them in the dishwasher.” - kailash Maharaj, editor-in-chief
LODGE LOGIC ROUND GRILL PAN These cast iron pans are durable and well-priced, $27.95, www.lodgemfg.com LODGE PRO-LOGIC DUTCH OVEN, 10" DIA., 4 QT., 4" DEPTH, $57.95, www.lodgemfg.com LODGE IRON COVER 9" DIA., SELF-BASTING, $21.95, www.lodgemfg.com LODGE LOGIC SKILLET 9" DIA., $21.95, www.lodgemfg.com XTREMA BY CERAMCOR 12" 100% CERAMIC SKILLET & SILICONE HANDLE POT HOLDER (handle not pictured) 100 per cent green, ceramic cookware made with natural minerals, $99.99, www.Xtrema.com. XTREMA BY CERAMCOR 4 QT 100% CERAMIC CLASSIC BOSTON BEAN & SOUP POT, $79.99, www.Xtrema.com citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 13
“ e detailed pictures and step- by-step guide is ideal for those wanting a virtual coach.
ON THE SHELF
Books Galore This season on our reading list.
SUNDAY BRUNCH BY BETTY ROSBOTTOM (CHRONICLE BOOKS, $22.95; WWW.AMAZON.CA)
This book reminds you of why brunch is so special -it’s the sort of food that lends itself to conviviality and gatherings. A wonderful reference that any home cook would use on Sunday mornings, there are a variety of dishes from light fare to cakes, egg dishes, fruit, and pancakes and because brunch is so versatile these recipes can be adapted to dinners, lunches, snacks, cocktails and desserts. Classic recipes for lemon ricotta pancakes, spicy shrimp and grits, and irish coﬀee are found alongside updated recipes like sausage-studded cornbread and 10 minute blini. Helpful market and cooking notes add clarity and alternatives to recipes. What’s the real special treat in this book? Wake up early on a regular school or work day morning to prepare the recipes– it will certainly create lasting memories.
14 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
THE GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION WILL ALLEN (GOTHAM BOOKS, $27.50; WWW.AMAZON.CA)
Turning away from the corporate world, and heeding the call of the land former basketball player Will Allen founded Growing Power, an urban farm. Chronicling his eﬀorts to provide healthy food near Milwaukee’s largest public housing project the book addresses the nutritional problems created by economic disparity - a paucity of grocery stores and an absence of fresh food leaves inner city neighbourhood residents with fast food as their only option. Allen’s struggles and those of his family are a microcosm of the African American experience with agriculture throughout the 20th century – his parents were part of an entire generation that had forsaken agriculture to look for opportunities in the city. His eﬀorts to regain this heritage, and the lessons and triumphs he faces are applicable to small farmers and urban dwellers everywhere.
HERBIVORACIOUS MICHAEL NATIKIN (THE HARVARD COMMON PRESS, $28.95; WWW.AMAZON.CA)
Based on his successful blog, Michael Natkin takes inspiration from cuisines around the world to create a vegetarian cookbook. “I would rather focus on making delicious food from vegetarian ingredients that attempt to emulate meat,” writes Natkin. This is the crux of the book and it shows in recipes like paella cakes with manchego and marmalade, kouftikes de prasa sandwiches and red wine-braised cabbage. If you’re looking to add more vegetables, beans and legumes to your diet or looking for innovative ways to prepare your favourite vegetables the recipes will provide global inﬂections. Recipes have been adapted based on blog readers’ suggestions and Natkin makes a point of photographing real food without much styling – a refreshing change.
MODERNIST CUISINE AT HOME NATHAN MYHRVOLD, MAXIME BILET (THE COOKING LAB, $142.49; WWW.AMAZON.CA;WWW.MODERNISTCUISINE.COM)
Modernist gastronomy is all the rage. However most home cooks are worried they must invest in complicated machinery to attempt even the simplest recipes. As a follow up to the popular (and chef fave), Modernist Cuisine, this athome, step-by-step guide is ideal for those wanting a virtual coach. Though some recipes are tricky (and time consuming), a down to earth ingredient like the humble egg is brought to artistic heights with the striated mushroom omlette (P.149), while the intricacies of steak is given its own chapter. This at home cookbook doesn’t disappoint and will have terms like pacojet and whipping siphon rolling oﬀ your tongue. Home cooks with a knack for experimenting or those striving to impress guests will love this book. A must have.
COURTESYGOTHAM BOOKS; THE HARVARD COMMON PRESS; THE COOKING LAB; CHRONICLE BOOKS
by STEVEN buSCH
Sensational Six: For the Kitchen GREAT NEW PRODUCTS
NEED IT WANT IT
What you should buy now.
COURTESY: RUBBERMAID; CORK POPS; AFFRESH; T’FAL; EPICUREAL; TRUDEAU
1. RUBBERMAID GLASS WITH EASY FIND LIDS Leftovers leaving you clamoring for storage containers? The microwave and oven safe Rubbermaid Glass containers with easy ﬁnd lids that attach to the bottom of the container can go from the heat of the oven straight to the table, making meal planning quick and easy. Our favourite part is the stackable square shape, making space saving a breeze. (seven diﬀerent sizes ranging from one cup (236 mL) to 11.5 cups (2.7 L). From $5.69 to $15.99 for individual containers, and $29.99 for an eight-piece set, www.rubbermaid.com) 2. CORK POPS LEGACY WINE OPENER Screw pull wine openers were all the rage years ago. This one upgrades the experience - ejecting a wine cork simply by pushing the carbon dioxide canister in seconds ﬂat. A nifty foil cutter, afTHE CSL GREEN TICkER
by MARC DuNCAN
fordable price, cork release feature, and streamlined shape make it a great addition to your athome bar. best of all it will have you looking like a magician. ($28, www.corkpops.com) 3. AFFRESH CLEANERS Looking for a brand new line of kitchen cleaning products? Aﬀresh works on stainless steel, cook tops and various surfaces. ($8.99 for all products, aﬀresh.ca) 4. T-FAL NATURA COOKWARE Want to reduce your environmental footprint in the kitchen? TFal’s new Natura eco friendly cookware is made from 100 per cent recycled aluminum and allows foodies to cook without guilt. The trademark thermo-spot lets you know when your pan heats to the optimum temperature, a saviour for busy cooks who have multiple pans on the go. The pans come in three sizes (small,
medium, large) so mealtime is a cinch. (small pan, 20 cm, $13.99, www.t-fal.ca) 5. FEE BROTHERS CELERY BITTERS Since 1864 the fee brothers have been creating distinctive bitters, and stand as one of the sole remaining manufacturers of bitters. pale jade green in colour, and packed with a spicy citrusy punch, this liquid punch of celery begs to be added to a bloody Mary cocktail, or a dry gin martini. ($10.95, 150ml, www.epicureal.com) 6. TRUDEAU STRESS LESS SAFETY CAN OPENER This hefty, rotating crank arm can opener is ergonomic (requires less eﬀort than its traditional counterparts) leaves safe edges, and stores away easily. ($24.99, www.trudeau.ca)
Repurpose old coﬀee grinds as fertilizer for plants. Ditch bottled water. use up leftovers or tweak them to make new meals.
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 15
Imbibe: Global Spirits News WHAT’S NEW AND GREAT IN THE WORLD OF WINE AND SpIRITS
SEE YA LATER RANCH
OkANAGAN SpARkLING WINE
The Western Canadian winemaker delivers high quality with a charming history. plus, why ranch dogs play a prominent part in the brand. ORIGIN
Established by Major Hugh Fraser in the Okanagan Valley in 1919, See ya Later Ranch earned its name when Frasers’ british wife, who, upon seeing the vineyards left the Valley for good with a note that read “see ya later”. Major Fraser’s attention then focused on his love for his dogs, which can be witnessed to this day in the dog cemetery located on the ranch. Another reminder? The label for See ya Later ranch wines, features a white dog with angel wings.
ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN The breathtaking view from The winery in the Okanagan, features the famous SyL dog cemetery.
Sparkling wine and champagne for your Fall holiday celebrations.
16 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
High: LOuIS ROEDERER bRuT pREMIER Ideal for a special Thanksgiving dinner with family. An elegant combination of the classic trio: pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot meunier. A nice structure with a long ﬁnish, nice bright acidity and enough fruitiness to keep you wanting to go back for more. www.champagne-roederer.com
The CEO of Venture Communications; venture capitalist on CBC’s series Dragons’ Den; co-star on the new CBC series The Big Decision; author of the book Persuasion and creator of the Persuasion product line talks wine
What was the inspiration for Persuasion? I was writing my book Persuasion and it struck me that I loved to read while having a glass of wine. I also wanted to leverage the launch of the book to market a few products I had developed around the Persuasion label. It just made sense to me that wine and a great read together could be very Persuasive. You were born in South Africa, which has a notable wine culture, did this influence you in making Persuasion? I really enjoy South African wines, and I'm sure they influenced my love of wine in general. Although, in all honesty, I would have to say that wines from many countries have influenced my passion for wine. What distinguishes Persuasion wine from other ‘celebrity’ wines on the market? Persuasion wine is genuine, authentic and loves a win-win. Okay... that’s from my book.... I can really only speak for my wine and I will leave it to the other celebrities to speak for theirs. Favourite way to enjoy a glass of Persuasion? Over a great dinner with family and friends. Or, alone with a compelling book. Who has been the most persuasive influence in your life, and why? My kids are my motivation and the constant in my life. They make the journey worthwhile and they persuade me to be the best I can be, and I hope I am doing the same for them.
COURTESY: SEE YA LATER RANCH; YELLOWTAIL; LOUIS ROEDERER; CHRISTOPHER WAHL; PERSAUSION
Low: yELLOW TAIL bubbLES Fresh ripe tropical fruit make this bubbly ideal for cocktails like a morning mimosa. best of all, the “zork” cap allows you to re-seal your sparkling wine, in case you don’t ﬁnish the bottle. So no more fussing with foil. Aﬀordable enough to share with a large group of guests during the holidays! www.yellowtailbubbles.ca
TASTE prepared in the traditional French method, the full cycle of the sparkling wine takes three years to produce. Winemaker Mason Spink describes the brut as having, “an autolysis character that lends a bready toasty brioche note; like warm apple pie and very good at Thanksgiving.” Crisp orchard fruit and lively acidity with a delightful creaminess make this sparkling easy to drink especially when paired with seafood. www.sylranch.com —p.M.
Joy Spence bLENDING SECRETS
The Master blender at Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum talks about why rum is comparable to scotch and cognac, what her femininity brings to her role and her favourite rum you are the ﬁrst woman to hold the position of Master blender in the industry. What does your femininity bring to your role at App leton Estate Jamaica Rum? Some people say that women have better noses, some people say women have more attention to detail, but I don’t necessary buy into that. I can say that it is truly an honour to have achieved this position, especially being a Jamaican and Caribbean national. I hope that my achievements will inspire other females to enter this, and other professions, that have traditionally been the domain of men. What has b een your favourite moment working with Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum? I have had many highlights in my career. up until just under a month ago, it was being asked to create the Appleton Estate 250th Anniversary blend, which was created to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Appleton Estate, but then on June 7, we launched the Appleton Estate 50 year Old Jamaica Rum – Jamaica Independence Reserve which was created to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. The Appleton Estate 50 year Appleton Estate 250th Anniversary Rum was created from rums that were specially set down to age over 50 years ago to create an exceptional rum to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. The Appleton Estate 50 year Old Jamaica Rum – Jamaica Independence Reserve is believed to be the oldest rum in the world available for sale. I have been nurturing these rums as they aged in the barrel for the last 17 years having taken over the responsibility from the previous Master blender, and my mentor, Owen Tulloch, and to see this rum bottled in all its glory and unveiled by the prime Minister of Jamaica at a very special event at Jamaica House in kingston was a great honour and a moment that I will never forget. What would you say to persuade those who are cautious to consider rum in the same category as revered spirits like scotch and cognac? Rum is the most versatile spirit in the world, and within the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum range, we have a rum to suit every taste and every drinking occasion.
When I introduce someone to rum, I usually ask them what they like to drink and then, based on the answer, suggest what they should start with. If persons like
cognac or scotch I would suggest they try our Appleton Estate Extra 12 year Old Jamaica Rum which is often referred to as the cognac of the Caribbean. We can then move into our luxury sipping rums, Appleton Estate Master blenders’ Legacy and Appleton Estate 21 year Old Jamaica Rum which are comparable to the world’s ﬁnest scotches but which oﬀer much better value for money than scotch because of the tropical ageing element. I say this because our rums are tropically aged which means that they age at a much faster rate than say a scotch in Scotland. In fact spirits aged in tropical conditions tend to age three times faster than spirits aged in temperate climates and as a result, you would have to age a scotch for 66 years in Scotland for it to acquire the complexity, richness and smoothness of our Appleton Estate 21 year Old Jamaica Rum. Of the rums in the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum portfolio, which best encapsulates what you are trying to express as a Master blender? I would have to say Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum, which oﬀers versatility, complexity and depth of ﬂavours.
3 QUESTIONS WITH: ANDREW FLOOR WINE
The global marketing director for Rosemount Estate embraces the unusual pairing of wine and chips 2 MORE WINE AND pOTATO CHIp pAIRINGS
COURTESY ROSEMOUNT ESTATES(3); MISS VICKIE’S(2); APPLETON ESTATE RUM
Wine and chips are the ultimate unusual high low pairing. Why does it work? That’s a very common response but a survey recently commissioned by the Miss Vickie’s team identiﬁed the fact that 60 per cent of Canadian wine drinkers enjoy a glass of wine with salty snacks like chips at least twice per month. That’s more than beer drinkers! So, it’s already happening and the partnership between Miss Vickie’s and Rosemount Estate is about elevating the pairing concept, making sure people are not only aware but are encouraged to explore this accessible wine/food experience with friends and family. And why does it work? Wine is about enjoying social gatherings, about exploration and an appreciation of ﬂavour. The same dynamics that surround the chip consumption occasion! When you bring those two things together you elevate the experience.
2.. Is there a similarity between wine drinkers and chip eaters? There are lots of similarities! A love of sociability, of exploration and discovery and a love of ﬂavour!
What is your favourite chip ﬂavour and wine pairing? Of the six ‘thought starters’ we’ve presented on the Miss Vickie’s Facebook page, my personal favourite is the Miss Vickie’s balsamic Vinegar and Sweet Onion paired with Rosemount Shiraz. The initial contrast in ﬂavours, the sweet and spicy, the big salt seasoning and the big fruit blend together for an incredible ﬁnish! I also have a soft spot for the Miss Vickie’s Jalapeno and Rosemount Traminer Riesling, with the luscious pear and apricot ﬂavours in the wine taming the ﬁery pepper heat of the chip. proves opposites really do attract!
THE CSL GREEN TICkER
Miss Vickie’s Original Recipe and Rosemount Estate Shiraz Cabernet
Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar and Rosemount Estate pinot Grigio
Replace wooden and plastic straws and stirrers with metal and glass ones. When the oven is on, cook more than one meal.
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 17
Cheryl Hudson, brand Manager of Canadian Club tell us how looking to the past is helping fuel new innovations and growth at the famed 150year old Canadian whisky brand. RETRO TV SHOWS We believe that the popularity of shows like Mad Men and boardwalk Empire have led to a new excitement in the Canadian whisky category, particularly around Canadian Club as a brand with an authentic role in the true history of prohibition and Manhattan in the 1960s. When Don Draper or Nucky Thompson enjoy a glass of Canadian Club that isn't paid product placement, it is a reﬂection of the brand's prominent role in each of these iconic eras. THE LORE OF THIS bRAND FROM THE MILLIONAIRE’S MANHATTAN TO THE HIDE A CASE TO ITS ASSOCIATION WITH bOND IS ICONIC. ANy OTHER SECRETS TO SHARE? The history of this brand is so rich that I am constantly learning new and fascinating facts about the brand. The Canadian Club brand centre in Walkerville, ON, the town in which our whisky is still produced to this day, oﬀers endless amounts of artifacts. I am particularly fascinated by the brand's rise to prominence globally in the 1960s. As a Canadian, seeing a Canadian brand grow to one of the world's largest brands, gaining distribution in over 150 countries internationally ﬁlls me with pride. Not many Canadians are aware of this success story and that Canadian Club continues to be made right here in Canada. WHAT HAS bEEN yOuR FAVOuRITE MOMENT WITH CANADIAN CLub? My favourite Canadian Club moment has been seeing these
“ The increased interest in prohibition and Canadian Club's authentic role in the era have pl ayed a strong role in shaping the branding of our new ﬂ avoured whisky, Dock No. 57.” - Cheryl Hudson
CANADIAN CLUB PREMIUM
Taste “Light, smooth and mellow – it’s drinkableneat,on ice and is extremely versatile in a cocktail. These are a unique combination of characteristics within the broader whisky category and we think they play an important role both for consumers and mixologists,” says Hudson.
new products arrive on store shelves after months of working to perfect both the products and the brand positioning. Seeing people pick it up oﬀ of the shelf and hearing great reviews about the liquid inside the can
CANADIAN CLUB DOCK NO. 57
Inspiration “Dock No. 57 is available in Blackberry and Spiced flavours.DockNo. 57 was inspired bythehistoricProhibition era shipping dock where Canadian Club’s export manager Bill “The Real” McCoy shipped the Canadian Club whisky that quenched the thirst of Americans during the dry years,” says Hudson.
CANDIAN CLUB MIXED& READY
Inspiration “These products are easy to serve andhelpbroaden the opportunity for enjoyment of Canadian Club, particularly occasions that are typically dominated bybeer.Canadian Clubandcolaand Canadian Club and ginger ale are classic mixes and now Canadians can conveniently enjoy them at everything from outdoor events to the cottage to the golf course,” says Hudson.
and bottle is extremely rewarding. The early success demonstrates that we listened to the consumer and are fulﬁlling a need. www.canadianclubwhisky.com
NOW IN ALbERTA
14 HANDS HOT TO TROT This New World blend of Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay pairs nicely with seafood dishes. Inspired by the wild horses that reside in the Columbia Valley in Washington, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines. www.14hands.com 18 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
VLADIVAR VODKA 100% pure grain, triple distilled and charcoal filtered, Vladivar, distilled in the UK, is a crisp and pure reflection of vodka. Great by itself, or in mixed drinks. www.vladivar.com — S.M.
COURTESY: AMC; CANADIAN CLUB (3); 14 HANDS; VLADIVAR
KITCHEN This dish uses typical fall ﬂavours.
FROM MY KITCHEN TO YOURS
An alternative to a meat stew, peanuts give this dish a richness all its own.
by ASHLEIGH AHERN pHOTOGRApHy bROOkE FOx
VEGAN SWEET POTATO STEW
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) chili pepper, minced
3 1 3
teaspoons (15 g) extra virgin olive oil yellow onion, chopped garlic cloves, minced
teaspoons (10 g) fresh ginger, grated extra large sweet potato, peeled and cubed cups (480 ml) low sodium, gluten free vegetable broth
½ cup (120 ml) quinoa, uncooked 1 large green pepper, chopped 3 teaspoons (15 g) low sodium, gluten free soy sauce or tamari 1 teaspoon (5 g) chilli powder 1 teaspoon (5 g) ground cumin 3 vine tomatoes, diced
½ cup (120 ml) water
½ cup (120 ml) peanut butter ¼ cup (60 ml) dry roasted peanuts, chopped
► Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
► Add onion, garlic and ginger, cook 5 minutes or until tender.
► Add cubed sweet potato and next 9 ingredients.
► Cover and let simmer until vegetables are tender and quinoa is transparent.
► Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
► Serve topped with chopped peanuts.
INGREDIENTS TO ENHANCE YOUR FALL STEWS Add a touch of these four stew enhancers to deliver a punch of extra ﬂavour.
JAMES S. SINCLAIR; COURTESYBULL’S EYE
CUMIN: Add a touch of earthiness by toasting these seeds and grinding them.
TOMATOES: Fire roasted, dehydrated or sundried tomatoes give stews depth.
BARBECUE SAUCE: Just a few tablespoons can infuse the right amount of smokiness.
BAY LEAF: Lends a ‘homey’ and comforting touch to soups and stews. citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 19
COCKTAIL HOUR MAKE AT HOME
PROMOTION Thirsty Traveler and noted mixologist kevin brauch recommends four cool (and incredible) cocktail recipes. All Recipes by kevin brauch.
THE (PUREBRED) GREYHOUND
1 oz. ABSOLUT® Vodka 3 oz. Grapefruit juice 2 Wheels of brown sugar-roasted grapefruit In a cocktail shaker (glass or tin), lightly muddle one roasted grapefruit wheel (rind removed) with the other ingredients. Pour into a large rocks glass ﬁlled with a singular, large piece of ice. Garnish with the other full wheel (rind on) of roasted grapefruit.
2 oz. ABSOLUT® Vodka Handful of fresh seasonal fruit of your choice: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries ¼ oz. Fresh lemon juice ¼ oz. Simple syrup Jacob’s Creek™ Moscato White Wine In a cocktail shaker glass, muddle fruit with lemon juice and simple syrup. Add ABSOLUT Vodka, pour all over ice, shake vigorously, strain into chilled Collins glass (long, tall, slim) ﬁlled with ice, and top with Jacob’s Creek Moscato. Garnish generously with fresh mint sprigs.
ABSOLUT WEDNESDAY COCKTAIL
2 oz. ABSOLUT® GRÄPEVINE 1 oz. Lemon juice 1 oz. Violet syrup Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an edible ﬂower.
1 oz. ABSOLUT® GRÄPEVINE 3 Lime wedges 3 Kiwi slices ½ oz. Simple syrup or 1 teaspoon of ﬁne white sugar Soda water to top Muddle lime and kiwi in a rocks glass, and pour in ABSOLUT GRÄPEVINE and simple syrup. Add ice, top with soda, and stir. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.
ABSOLUT® GRÄPEVINE e newest ﬂavour om the world’s leading premium vodka brand, ABSOLUT GRÄPEVINE is now available in Canada. ABSOLUT GRÄPEVINE oﬀers the true taste of white grape and papaya, perfectly balanced with the sweetness of dragon uit. From $24.50 to $26.94. www.absolut.com/ca 20 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
COURTESY: PMA AGENCIES
CITY STYLE AND LIVING
FEMME FATALE DRESSInG TAKES A vAMP TURn P. 26
Watches, great legs for fall, and Carine Roitfeld’s new project
Helen of Troy :
All you need to know about achieving the perfect wedding makeup
WHITE OUT Gothic style hides out in the ﬂora of Devonian Gardens. Photography Courtney Wong; Styling, K&S Media, P.26
24-25 26-32 Treasure Trove :
Great new beauty products for Fall
Green With Envy :
CSL Fall fashion editorial resurrects vamp gothic style
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 21
Global Fashion News WHAT’S NEW AND GREAT IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
by GENVIEVE MAGbI
Bold. Vibrant. Creative. Montreal based Folio Object has created a line of stylish watches, “The Rainbow Watch collection”available in a multitude of colours, and made of silicone. Best of all, each of the wristbands and watch faces can be interchanged, for a range of colourful combinations. You will love checking the time so much, you’ll never be late for a meeting again! $25.50, www.rainbowwatch.com
Carine Roitfeld for MAC Fall 2012
e former editor of Vogue Paris, known for popularizing her signature smoky eyes and pale lips debuts her collaboration with MAC cosmetics this fall. e collection includes everything for recreating Roitfelds famous face including CSL’s favourite kohl power eye pencil, lash extensions and blood red nail polish. (above: Tropical Mist Sheer translucent nude, $20; Kohl power eye pencil, $18); www.maccosmetics.com
A STEp AbOVE FOR FALL 2012
HIGH AND DRI
WHEN MARk’S CONDuCTED A NATIONAL SuRVEy AbOuT MEN’S uNDEWEAR, THEy WERE SuRpRISED by THE RESuLTS. 46% OF pARTICIpANTS ADMITTED TO HAVING ISSuES WITH SWEAT AND THEIR uNDERWEAR. THEIR SOLuTION? DENVER HAyES WITH DRI-WEAR bOxER bRIEFS, HELpING bODy SWEAT EVApORATE quICkLy AND pROMISING A MORE COMFORTAbLE FEEL. $14.99, WWW.MARkS.COM
DO YOU WANT mORE TIPS, SLIDESHOWS EXTENDED CONTENT FROm THE mAGAZINE AND CONTESTS? Visit citystyleandliving.com
22 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
American Eag le for Payless vintage lace up bootie www.payless.com
A great basic black patent leather shoe. pair with this season’s ladylike A-line skirts and dresses! SCOTT bARNES Add a sexy shine to legs this Fall. The glistening shine makes toned gams looks miles long. Scott barnesbody bling, $45, www.scottbarnes.com
Christian Siriano for Payless pointed toe pump www.payless.com
COURTESY: PAYLESS (2); SCOTT BARNES; MERCEDEZ BENZ FASHION WEEK; MAC; MARKS
Try one of these pairs on for style this Fall
The Lesson: How to Create
CONSIDERATIONS The three main considerations for collaborating with a professional make up artist are:
HELEN OF TROY Sisley Phyto Lip Star $66 for 8ml, sisley.com
1. Trial and testing 2. Modifications 3. Skin Prep An important note is to ensure you work with the artist to create your perfect look but once it is planned and decided do not change the look at the last minute. Makeup artists can recreate looks quickly once they have a fill planning and colour chart done but creating a look takes time and adjustments. Trying to make a new look at the very last minute always leads to disappointments.
TRIAL AND TESTING Three months before the wedding date a full
makeup trial should be scheduled with the makeup artist. At this meeting you will determine the desired effect, colour palette, personal flair and most importantly what skin prep needs to be done in order to achieve your desired look. Having some pictures of styles you like is a good idea but only use them as a point of reference. A good makeup artist will customized a look specific to your face shape, eye shape and over all desired effect. Just recreating a look from a magazine is not always the best choice. At the trial you will determine the overall colour chart with which the artist will work and they will create a story board for your style. A second and third appointment will be required to finalize the over all look. When doing the makeup test the artist will have a few different variations of the desired effect for you to try. They will suggest: 1. Foundations 2. Colour schemes 3. Harmonized finishes Also at the trial appointments the artist will apply the look for you and together you will create notes about what you like and what you don't like. A future appointment will be needed to modify the look.
COURTESY: REVLON; DANIEL THOMPSON BEAUTY(3); GUERLAIN;COVERGIRL; SISLEY; SEPHORA; ALISON RAFFAELE
MODIFICATION About two months prior to the wedding date you should be well into the modification process and your make up artist will have your options down to two looks from which you can choose. What you will notice is the make up looks much heavier than normal street wear and this is because it needs to show up from a distance and in photographs. Be prepared to wear more make up than you may be used to – this is a formal effect after all. During the modification stage you will still be able to make minor adjustments to the final finish but the overall palette is now set.
SKIN PREP Makeup is only as good as the skin on which it is applied. About one month before the wedding date it is important to prep the skin with a professional facial and maintain those results with proper home care products. If the skin is prepped properly the wedding day make up will wear for many hours without needing a touch up and also the skin will look more radiant in the wedding pictures.
BASIC RULES Some basic rules for all wedding make up: 1. Foundation should be matte in order to avoid looking shiny in pictures. 2. Eye makeup should be full and dramatic. This is a formal look now is not the time to go for the no makeup look. 3. Bronzer is used for summer wedding looks while pink blush is best for winter wedding looks. 4. Lip colour should match or coordinate with the bridal party colour theme.
Sephora Matifying Compact Foundation $20 for 9g, www.sephora.com
Alison R aﬀaele Reality Base, $46 for 30ml, www.alisonraﬀaele.com
Daniel ompson Beauty Gemstone Bronzer, $89 for 8g, danielthompsonbeauty.com
Bridal Beauty MAKEUP LESSON
bridal makeup is arguably, the most formal makeup a woman will ever wear, and as such is completely diﬀerent from any makeup application. The best way to ensure a perfect ﬁnish is to have your makeup done professionally and this takes some planning. Daniel ompson Beauty e Gloss $38 for 11ml, danielthompsonbeauty.com CoverGirl Lip Gloss $7 for 8 ml, covergirl.ca
R evlon Bronzer Blush $13 for 6g, www.revlon.com
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer, $60 for 9g www.guerlain.com
Daniel ompson Beauty Powder Foundation, $62 for 11g danielthompsonbeauty.com
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 23
13 Great Products
LETS MAKE A DEAL
products CSL loves, and you should try too.
by NATALIE FOx
1. QUITE NATURALLY
Made in New Zealand, Antipodes Aroha lipstick is a creamy, matte organic lip colour that leaves a hint of shine. $30 (uSD), www.antipodesnature.com
2. YOUR’RE SPARKLING
Give your body a dewy glow with Lush Charisma Skin Tint – its microscopic sparkles catch the light making you look radiant. $18.95, www.lush.ca
3. PLANT POWER
Reduce wrinkles while providing coverage with origins Plantscription SPF 15 AntiAging Foundation, e lightweight formula is available in twelve shades. www.origins.com
4. ICE ICE BABY Cool oﬀ with L’occitane en Provence Sorbet Verbena L imited Edition Collection Bod y Ice G el a blend of zesty verbena, peppermint, lime and grapefruit. 250 ml, $32, www.loccitane.ca
hair oils have become the latest ojon rare blend oil repairs damaged craze.o locks providing shine, strength and reducing frizz. Best of all the punch of oils including marula, kukui and monoi leave tresses smelling divine. 45 ml, $39, www.ojon.com
6. PLUMP UP SKIN
Want the volumized eﬀect without ﬁllers or surgery? Lab oratoire Dr Renau d InnovhyalhA Volumizing hydraSerum plumps and hydrates skin giving it elasticity and bounce. $104.95, www.ldrenaud.com
7. BRUSH UP
THE CSL GREEN TICk ER
One part apple cider vinegar to three parts water is good for dandruﬀ.
24 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
Rev up your brushing experience with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. Its new handle, high density, diamond-shaped bristles, range of ﬁve cleaning modes and dual charging options make it great for home and travel. $229.99, Sonicare.ca
/ Shop for clothing when needed and avoid
COURTESY: LABORATOIR DR RENAUD; LUSH; PHILIPS; OJON; ORIGINS; OCCITANE; ANTIPODES
5. RAVISHING AND RARE
TREASURE TROVE 8.
8. LUSCIOUS LIPS
Made with all natural ingredients including pomegranate oil and candela wax, Marie Natie Lip g loss perfects your pout without stickiness. CSL’s fave shade? Love struck! $18, marienatie.com
9. TO THE POINT unibrows beware. Tweezerman’s stainless steel pointed slant tweezers allow you to remove the peskiest and tiniest hairs in seconds. $35, www.tweezerman.ca
10. HEY SAILOR!
Sail to new heights in shaving with e Blueb eards Re venge Doubloon Bristle Shaving Brush ($15) and Luxury Shaving Cream, 100ml, $19.99, www.bluebeardsrevenge.co.uk
11. CLEAR THE WAY COURTESY: SHOPPER’S DRUG MART; CLEAR; ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP; THE BLUEBEARD’S REVENGE; TWEEZERMAN; MARIE NATIE
is new brand delivers moisture balance to hair with ingredients including sunﬂower, almond and coconut oils. Clear Scalp & ha ir Beauty erapy Total Care Shampoo, $5.68 — $8.49, www.clearhaircare.com
12. PAINT BY NUMBER
unique nails are only tools away with Quo by orly Instant Artist Kit which allows you to ﬁll in colour, apply accessories or create nail designs of your own, $15, www.shoppersdrugmart.ca
13. SCRUB A DUB DUB Rocky Mounta in Soap’s org anic sug ar scrub is sweetly scented with apricot and gentle enough to use several times a week. Coconut and jojoba oil help moisturize skin from neck to toe! www.rockymountainsoap.com
“Get creative! is tool helps anyone become a manicure artist in minutes.” - SHIVANA MAHARAJ fashion editor
/buy durable, well-constructed pieces in classic styles. /use honey as a face cleanser. / Try organic apple cider vinegar as a toner. ›› citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 25
BLACK AND BLUE
The architectural shape and a mix of blue with black update a bodysuit. Diane von Furstenberg Anais silk8chiďŹ€on and organza bodysuit, The Outnet, www.theoutnet.com. Swarovski society necklace, $1,100 , www.swarovski.com. Nine West, Highstakes pla,orm boot, $180.00, www.ninewest.ca.
Green with ENVY
at the mysterious and modern enchanted devonian gardens,
gothic influences, gem tones and embellished ornamentation define the seasonâ€™s it look.
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 27
Gold sparkle gives a touch of glamour to a dayme look. Jones New York long sleeve sequin front cardigan, $149.00, The Bay, The8 Bay.com; www.jny.com. Lace scarf, styl8 ists own.
Dramac yet romanc, this high slit lace red and black dress is a must. Guess Ma.ea dress, $128, www.guess.ca. Swarovski seduc-ve earrings, $440; Swarovski somber pendant, $260; Swarovski sword cross and wing pendant, $175; Swarovski sympathy bracelet, $175; all, www.swarovski.com. Chris-an Siriano for Payless Yvonne pla,orm wedge, $ 69.99, Payless, payless.com.
THE LADY IS A VAMP
A trench adds edge to a red carpet wor" thy gilded gold evening gown. Diane von Furstenberg Isadora silk8blend lamĂŠ gown, The Outnet, www.theout8 net.com. Swarovski Singapour scarf necklace, $660; story bangle, $440; both, www.swarovski.com. Banana Republic classic belted trench coat, $240.00, www.bananarepublic.ca
Hug your seducve curves with a mix of lace and a fishtail san skirt. Donna Karan Hammered stretch8sa-n maxi skirt, The Outnet, www.theout8 net.com. Guess Channing lace top, www.guess.ca. Swarovski sexy necklace, $800; Swarovski sword ring, $118; both www.swarovski.com. Special thanks to the staďŹ€ at The De8 vonian Gardens. Model, Taylor M, I Model Management, www.imodelman8 agement.ca. Makeup and Hair, Kim L, Ar-st Group, ar-stgroup.ca. Styling, Art Direc-on, K&S Media.
CITy STyLE AND LIVING
GLASS TOWER Delta Vancouver Suites. p.36
A ROAD TRIp TO bRITISH COLuMbIA INCLuDING A STAy
AT THE DELTA VANCOuVER SuITES p. 36
COURTESY: DELTA HOTELS
Delta Calgary South’s multi-million dollar renovations plus Mobiado’s crystal uSb
Sir James Dyson’s favourite travel essentials
36-41 42-55 Road Trip :
CSL takes a detour to beautiful british Columbia
What to do, where to stay and where to eat in sunny Los Cabos, Mexico
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 33
Global Travel News WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO AROuND THE WORLD
DELTA CALGARY SOUTH
by AMbER ALENT
MODERN MARVEL A mouth watering dish from Atrium Cafe. Left: Delta’s ModeRoom has a plethora of updated amenities.
A $3.25 million investment reveals a tech laden, modern design perfect for today’s busy business traveller, and conveniently located close to Calgary’s downtown How do you bring an iconic Canadian hotel brand into the 21st century? Savvy tech touches, and sleek design. Millions were invested in the facelift to 127 guestrooms at Delta Calgary South’s Atrium building. A modern traveler’s ideal offering new guestrooms in three categories inspired by the Canadian landscape: ModeDeluxe, ModeClub and ModeSuites. My spacious ModeDeluxe room includes the coolest features: the Smart Desk where I can simultaneously catch up on emails on my laptop, talk on my mobile phone and watch tv; pinpoint reading lights above my impossibly comfortable Delta Sanctuary king size bed; custom vanities; heated bathroom floors (a boon in winter); and Philosophy products. Best of all travelers who choose a special hotel package, will appreciate added specials like complimentary full breakfast buffet in Atrium Café and a complimentary appetizer voucher at Skylight Lounge (order the chicken lollipops). For those wanting to extend their business trip into a full-blown staycation or for city dwellers wanting to create a special tradition Sunday brunch is a must. I enjoyed a wonderful selection of classic savoury dishes, and a lavish dessert table that kids will love. Coolest feature: At dinner at Skylight Lounge, Gary, our warm waiter informs us about Delta’s “Our kitchen is your kitchen” policy, allowing those with allergies, dietary restrictions and special requests to have the Delta chefs create dishes to accommodate their dietary needs. For me this means an extra kick of chili in my thai wonton soup. For a group from the Philippines, Chef created an entire spread of familiar specialties, difficult to reproduce outside of a home kitchen. Do not skip dessert. The pastry chefs take care and pride and it shows. The coconut passion fruit cheese cake and dark chocolate pie served with cinnamon Chantilly cream, toasted almonds and Quebec maple rum sauce are among the finest in the city. Don’t Miss: Boomtown restaurant has CSL’s bet for best nachos in town. Local Poplar Bluff Farm Kennebec potatoes are topped with copious amounts of melted cheddar and goat cheese, bacon, olives, green onions and addictive creamy chipotle dip. Also try the ahi tuna sliders with sesame nori. The ModeClub rooms will offer upgraded services and amenities including turndown service, heated bathroom floors and exclusive access to a private lounge featuring evening hors d’oeuvres and deluxe breakfast buffet; 135 Southland Drive SE; www.deltahotels.com/en/hotels/alberta/delta-calgary-south
MOBIADO’S CRYSTAL STORAGE SAVE DATA IN STyLE WITH MObIADO’S LATEST INNOVATION: M| STORAGE, A SLEEk uSb STICk CREATED FROM A SINGLE pIECE OF SAppHIRE CRySTAL. The m|Storage is available in 8Gb ($80) and 16Gb ($105)storage capacities. www.mobiado.com THE CSL GREEN TICkER
When abroad, why not travel with your own cl o t h n a pk i n s?
K&S MEDIA ; COURTESY:DELTA HOTELS; MOBIADO;
SIR JAMES DYSON TOUR GUIDE
Profession: Inventor Homebase: London
his favourites 1. FavoRite hotel “i have always enjoyed hotel Gault in old Montreal - i think that Montreal feels like europe, sometimes even more than europe does.”
What’s the philosophy of Dyson?
“Canadians love invention. They've backed Ball technology...Canada will be the first country in the world to wave goodbye to wheeled vacuum cleaners.”
As engineers, we have to see beyond existing technology and ask is there a better way? That’s really what Dyson is all about – new thinking to solve everyday problems.
Why is being an inventor fulfilling?
Conventional thinking can stifle new ideas. We yearned for a leap in performance. So we had to pioneer a whole new way – which means working tirelessly, having faith in a good idea and pushing it through, obstinately against the odds. What’s fulfilling is the day that you realize you’ve invented something that does work better. It gives you fire in your belly.
You've said that long distance running taught you determination. Is this the most important attribute in being successful?
It’s about not giving up. Trying things over and over. In failure you learn the most interesting things. I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right (5,126 failures). But I learned from each one. That's how I came up with a solution. I've always thought that schoolchildren should be rewarded for the number of failures they've had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures is probably the more creative. COURTESY: DYSON (2); J. ARMAND BOMBARDIER MUSEUM; JAPAN NATIONAL TOURUISM ORGANIZATION; HOTEL GAULT; APPLE; BLACKBERRY; BLACK N RED
In your travels, what has been the greatest innovation merging art, interior design and engineering?
Dyson’s first canister vacuum cleaners with Ball™ technology – the DC36 and the DC37.
in his travel bag “My Blackberry for keeping up to speed with the engineers.
What drives your curiosity and innovation?
Tell us about your charitable foundation.
“My Dyson standard Black n’ Red sketch book for my thoughts.”
The mission of the James Dyson Foundation is to encourage young people to discover the satisfaction and creativity involved in design and engineering. We aim to bring real exciting and risky world of engineering into the classroom which is why we opened the first James Dyson engineering lab at Science World in British Columbia, they share these beliefs too.
What historical invention do you wish you'd invented?
I prefer to spend time thinking about what I’d like to invent next, usually inspired by what’s frustrating me now. But I can tell you that the Dyson Digital Motor and engineering more with less is always on my mind.
What has been the most interesting or unusual use of design innovation that you’ve seen?
ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH
“My iPhone for photos and internet searches.”
MeMoRY “in Canada, i loved visiting the Bombardier Museum in the eastern townships of Quebec. the ﬁrst snowmobile is displayed there - it’s a real solution to an everyday problem (or least an everyday problem in Quebec where there is plenty of snow). a nice example of engineering changing the history of transportation.”
I prefer practical environments to sleek minimalism. Science World, British Columbia, always impresses me. The building itself is a geodesic homage to Buckminster Fuller. And in the main gallery we’ve installed a two story tangle of tubes and valves that encourage children to experiment with airflow. The adjacent lab invites them to use their hands and their brains to learn about engineering principals. I am a frustrated person – to invent, you have to be. Frustration keeps you raw, unsullied and full of fight. It’s how I invented cyclone technology. I was frustrated with my vacuum cleaner and it’s old, clogged technology. Over five thousand prototypes later, I finally got cyclone technology to work, with suction that would not fade. More recently we’ve been looking at fixed wheels on conventional cleaners. They don’t steer. That seemed ridiculous, as vacuum cleaners need to move around things. So we set to work, engineering the Dyson Ball to replace the traditional wheel. It steers into difficult places and now all of the uprights in Canada have the Dyson Ball technology.
2. FavoURite tRavel
3. FavoURite CoUNtRY FoR
iNSP iRatioN “i’ve always enjoyed Japan’s ingenuity. Japan is where some of my early vacuum cleaners were ﬁrst really appreciated. i appreciate the culture’s obsession with detail and their reliance on new technology. the Japanese believe in process in stages, in iterative development, a meticulous process of getting one thing right at a time. this persistent trial and error is the only way to solve problems that others ignore. ”
Through the James Dyson Award [The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent. www.jamesdysonaward.org] I’ve seen some of the most fascinating new inventions from young minds from across the globe. Last year’s winner, Edward Linnarcre, designed an irrigation system that extracts water from thin air and then delivers it directly to plant roots. It’s called the Airdrop. Clever. CSL citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 35
The view from Watermark beachResort. below: a special dessert at Grouse Mountain.
uLTIMATE ROAD TRIp: bRITISH COLuMbIA WORLD CLASS RESORTS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LAST REMAINING TEMPERATE RAINFORESTS AND BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPES WE GO BEHIND THE WHEEL FOR NINE ACTION PACKED DAYS THROUGH THE ICONIC ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND SUN DRENCHED VALLEYS OF BEAUTIFUL BRITISH COLUMBIA WRITTEN BY SHIVANA MAHARAJ
PLUS Foodie stops you’re sure to love and the wheels to get you there.
36 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
CALGARy TO CHASE 564 km ■
DAIRY QUEEN CALGARY
MOuNTAIN SOJOuRN Clockwise from top left: Native artwork can be seen throughout quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Golf Course ; a tipi on the grounds of quaaout; the expansive resort; chef Michael Gregorig of Jack Sam’s restaurant; a cozy jacuzzi king room; amuse bouche of house cured salmon on bannock at Jack Sam’s; the stunning lake view at quaaout Lodge.
DAY 1 AGENDA
1. DRIVE 2012 HONDA PILOT
On this drive, mountains envelop and rivers are a constant companion, the provincial border made irrelevant by the comforting continuity of the Rockies. Though hairpin turns, bridges and rock curtains alert me to being in B.C., where butterflies are as big as hummingbirds, and waterfalls meet rivers. From Shushwap Lake onward, the Sports Utility Vehicle, used to climb, relaxes into a more lulling cadence. On this long drive the roomy vehicle’s GPS system has been a saviour, and the DVD player a boon (especially for parents).
2. STAY THE QUAAOUT LODGE & TALKING ROCK GOLF COURSE
As it is mid-way between Calgary and Vancouver the 70-room lodge, owned by the Little Shuswap Indian Band, is an ideal respite. Sitting on the on the north shore of Little Shuswap Lake, with beautiful wooden structures it strikes a balance between serenity and activity. The entire lodge was renovated in 2010, and my Jacuzzi King room is spacious, with a gorgeous fireplace, Jacuzzi overlooking the lake famed by a picture window, and a
large balcony. First nations culture is subtly weaved throughout the property - in the lobby a dramatic circular metal fireplace anchored in a wooden beam ceiling (resembling the shape of a tepee) is set alight at night, there is a kekuli (pit-house) near the lake, a traditional sweat lodge and carved animal figures in the form of benches and decorations throughout. The most spectacular art piece however is in the spa – a metal water feature depicting the salmon run with animals tucked into a forest setting. Made by a local artist, the piece is a calm inducing welcome to the recently built Le7Ke Day Spa. “Le7Ke means well and good in Shushwap nations language and we also make our own products based on First Nations principles. It’s all organic and the packaging is from recycled materials,” says Regula Wittmer, who helped set up the spa program, referring to the range of products specifically made for the spa. With an abbreviated list of treatments and 5 multipurpose treatment rooms all named after animals and their symbolic power, the spa is cozy. The largest treatment room features sound and water therapy, with a beautiful leaf-shaped Australian wood table at the centre. The spa staff takes a keen interest in clients and their
experience and sincere interest in wellness makes them engaged with clients. The staff can tailor make treatments and set up an entire long-stay spa regimen. After my spa treatment I walk about the grounds past the gazebo used for weddings, the canoes near the water, and tepees and picnic tables near the sandy lakeshore. Families are playing in the water and couples are taking in the sunset. I head to dinner at Jack Sam’s Restaurant where Chef Michael Gregorig offers a seasonal menu with First Nations touches such as an amuse with bannock and pine smoked salmon. My fish and chips main course is a crispy indulgence and the chocolate mousse filled cannoli based on Gregorig’s family recipe is a standout. The most vivid experiences at the lodge are the breathtaking views, and the intimate rooms with their balconies facing the water. 1663 Little Shuswap Lake Road, talkingrock.ca
3. PIT STOP DAIRY QUEEN
Feeling snacky I make a quick stop for a cool Skor Blizzard and poutine. Just the sort of food to keep me up on my road trip. canada.dairyqueen.com citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 37
CHASE TO VANCOuVER 486 km THE LODEN
TABLEAU BISTRO BAR
CHIC AND GREEN Clockwise from top left: Chef Marc André Choquette of Tableau; foie gras terrine and brioche points at Tableau; the interior of Tableau; the lobby at The Loden; the garden terrace at The Loden.
DAY 3 AGENDA
1. THE DRIVE 2012 HONDA PILOT
Driving from Chase to Vancouver, the vegetation at first primarily small grayish blue brush gives way to forests with slabs of dark stone and from every nook a tree or fern clings. Waterfalls aplenty round every bend in the highway and all around exalted views. Only once I get to Abbotsford is there any indication that city life shall end the mountains that I’ve been caught in the embrace of for so long. I’m surprised at the incredible fuel efficiency of the Pilot (having stopped only once for gas). As I near the city, the Bluetooth wireless mobile phone interface, sound system, and window sun screen become increasingly imperative.
2. STAY THE LODEN
With signature boutique charm, I admire a London style cab emblazoned with the hotel’s namesake logo neatly parked outside the hotel. On quiet Melville Street, the Loden hotel is seemingly tucked away. Yet, once inside it’s difficult to overlook the panache of the lobby - inviting, with an air of lightness, punctuated with mirrored glass and splashes of gold. My 800 square foot Aura suite high atop the 12th floor, is glamour 38 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
personified. From here I can see the green rooftops and glass buildings that surround Coal Harbour. Befitting its name, large gemstone quartz and amethyst crystals are everywhere including inside a serving bowl, and in the dressing room. The suite is so spacious that it feels more like a chic penthouse. I spend late afternoons at the six-person dining area, indulging in more than a few cups of warm Nespresso. Adjacent, in my ‘living room’, a Nintendo Wii rockband set ensures guests feel like rock stars. In the bathroom with waterfall shower, dark wood detail offsets Emperador marble. After my long drive from Chase, I await my masseuse, who picks me up at my room (a nice touch) to head to the second floor spa. My masseuse Adrena uses a variety of techniques to loosen my car sore muscles. The spa, business and Befit studio fitness centre (well equipped and large) are all located on the garden terrace level and have enviable views of the rooftop patio and garden. To tour the city like a local and remain eco-friendly the Loden loans bicycles to guests (on a first come first served basis) – making riding to the nearby sea wall easy. Gourmands will appreciate the cups of Nespresso and other refreshments available in the lobby throughout the day. This is a luxurious yet down to earth hotel. 1177 Melville Street Vancouver, theloden.com
3. DINE TABLEAU BISTRO BAR
Dark hard wood floors and a royal blue and gold colour palette recall Lyonnais cuisine with touches of West coast flair. The one year old restaurant declares it is a bistro from the tufted leather seats all the way down to the daily specials written on black chalkboard. Gazing at the open shutter style windows, it’s easy to imagine that you are dining in France. Executive chef Marc-André Choquette formerly of Lumière and Sooke Harbour House defines his cooking philosophy here as, “seasonal, we use local West Coast ingredients. We try to do everything from the ground up. Every day we force ourselves to come up with something different.” For dinner, I try the ‘mushrooms on brioche toast’: velvety and lush wild mushrooms are made even more decadent with the addition of chili, garlic, Madeira, cream and padano cheese. My foie gras terrine is unctuous. All of the buttery silken textures melt away all too soon. Continuing with seasonal ingredients, I finish my meal with the rhubarb cake with house made ice cream. Tableau is effortless, streamlined French bistro fare, perfected. A simple breakfast is also available (try the delicious house made pastries). 1181 Melville Street, tableaubarbistro.com
DOWNTOWN & kITSILANO 2.1 km
GLORIOuS LuxuRy Clockwise from top left: C sticks at C restaurant; a ﬂatbread pizza at The St. Regis bar and Grill; inside Maenam Thai; the historic St. Regis hotel; a cool junior king suite – comfortable and luxurious at St. Regis Hotel.
DAY 5 AGENDA 1. STAY THE ST. REGIS
Established in 1913, and renovated in 2008, the boutique hotel hints at Art Deco, while the absence of clutter in hallways and lobby lends modern simplicity. Located near Robson Street, the Orpheum theatre and numerous galleries The St. Regis is close to all the action. Just off the main entrance is a spacious business centre with dark wood, it evokes a gentleman’s study, filled with books and with several computer stations. Even the slim elevator that takes me up to my 4th floor junior king suite, seems reminiscent of a bygone era. In my room, steely gray blue leather walls add an element of texture without pretention. I love the historic push out windows that lets in a gentle breeze. With a birds eye street level view, people watching is fantastic with passers by walking on busy Dunsmuir Street. Wanting to stay in one evening, I make use of the in-room microwave (a savior for busy travelers). Complimentary international phone calls and breakfast included with reservations make the hotel ideal for business travelers. In fact, the boutique hotel feels like living in the guest
THE ST. REGIS
house of your chic well travelled best friend. On the lobby level the St. Regis Bar and Grill is a lively night spot with eager sports fans glued to the dozens of tv screens playing European soccer. No wonder the pub centric menu features classics like Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips and sliders. Lacey our friendly waitress recommends the smoked salmon pizza, drizzled with balsamic reduction which tastes like a salmon and lox bagel. I also try the chicken burger with fries and finish with a dense gluten free chocolate almond torte. 602 Dunsmuir Street; www.stregishotel.com
2. DINE: LUNCH MAENAM THAI
Chef Angus An serves up Thai fare, carefully layering flavours and respecting local ingredients. The sleek striated walls lend a nod to Asia, while the bar is the focal point. I order a cocktail – bartender Ben De Champlain’s G.M.L.T rose, a floral blend of lemon cordial, ginger, kaffir lime, lemongrass and rose tea. Served in typical small copper pots I order the geng gari gai, a sweet dish with longan and oven roasted onions and a bowl of rice. 1934
West 4th Avenue; maenam.ca
3. DINE: DINNER C RESTAURANT
Located across from Granville Island on the water, C head by Executive Chef Robert Clark is the founding restaurant in the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise Program, dealing directly with fishermen, and ensuring sustainable quality. On a sunny day, the white interior resembling the hull of a ship feels bright and airy. Watching the boats on the marina, the ambiance aligns with the cuisine. We begin with “C sticks”, a selection of canapés style appetizers including smoked salmon, spot prawns and pickled beets with fried basil. For my entree I try the poached lobster with pomme fondant, and creamed nettles – a smooth combination. The spot prawns in butter, lemon, and garlic are a perfect expression of the candy like sweetness of the supremely fresh crustacean. For dessert, I finish with a progressive and earthy beet parfait with chocolate crumble. 2-1600 Howe Street; www.crestaurant.com
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 39
DOWNTOWN TO WEST HASTINGS ST. 1.1 km ■
CITy ESCApE Clockwise from top left: The exterior of the Delta Vancouver Suites; inside the lobby of the hotel; Spencer's Resto Lounge; a waiter at Spencer's Resto Lounge; Crab and Chorizo Mac n Cheese at Manhattan Restaurant.
DETOUR: Slow Food Vancouver alum James Coleridge makes delicious old world handcrafted gelato at Bella Gelateria. Try his award winning gelato: caramelized and toasted pecans infused with sea salt and maple syrup from Quebec. www.bellagelateria.com
DAY 7 AGENDA
1. THE DRIVE 2012 HONDA PILOT
Until now, my driving has been relegated to long expanses of highway. In the city, where shorter jaunts and more frequent stops are common, the Pilot remains a smooth ride. The vehicle’s reverse assistance camera and rear parking sensors help me navigate Vancouver’s notorious parking – backing out with ease. When I do have to parallel park the multiview rear camera gives me more confidence than my natural skills would normally allow. These features deftly compensate for the larger size of the vehicle when parking.
2. STAY THE DELTA VANCOUVER SUITES
The tone of the all-suite hotel is set from the moment I’m given a chocolate chip cookie upon checking in - comforting, nostalgic, and inviting. It is a small token that actually feels like someone thought about the tired and cranky traveller arriving at their hotel. A shimmering glass behemoth on West Hastings Street adjacent to The Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University Vancouver, the 225 all-suite hotel has multiple access points and is 40 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
located in the Heritage District of Downtown Vancouver. It is an easy walk to the waterfront and to Gastown and the various restaurants in the area. My check-in is quick and easy because of the kiosks located at reception (a welcome break from corporate style reception desks). Guests are mainly comprised of tourist families from abroad (there are many incentives for family travel), business clients, and travelers preparing to board cruises. There is a serviceable fitness centre and on-site spa service available. My room on the 22nd floor looks out onto the commercial harbor and the view of the water is soothing. It also includes access to the Signature Club Lounge. Throughout my stay I pop in for snacks, drinks and newspapers. On mornings I sip my coffee on the Signature Club Lounge terrace which affords a lofty view of the city and North Shore Mountains. Once, in the club lounge, I observed one of the attendants receiving a card from a single female traveler whom she had accompanied to Grouse Mountain (the guest had bemoaned having to visit alone). This is the first time I’ve ever seen this level of service (and it was not an aberration – when the attendants heard that my travel companion was under the weather they offered to bring a bowl of chicken noodle soup
to our room), and my experience at the Club Lounge is one of the most accommodating I’ve experienced. At another time I have a problem connecting to the free high speed Internet and telephoned for service. Within minutes I had a telephone call back and a service person come to my room. The staff followed up later to ensure my issue was resolved (turns out it was on my end). Service is paramount at the hotel, and this is apparent as I alternate dining between the New York-inspired Manhattan with staples like mac and cheese, pizza and sandwiches and Spencer’s Lounge for cocktails and a delicious pan seared Rossdown Farm chicken breast with wild mushroom and asparagus ragout, potato gnocchi, caper berry tarragon pan jus. My room is spacious with a desk and separate room for the bed, a large bathroom and every night I’m offered chocolates with my turndown service (appreciated treat as some luxury hotels have done away with chocolates). The hotel exemplifies conscientious service - when I had difficulty with my room card, an employee rushed down to reception to have it reactivated so that I would not be inconvenienced. The service is uncommonly attentive but not intrusive. 550 West Hastings Street (driveway off of Seymour Street); www.deltahotels.com
VANCOUVER TO OsOYOOs 398 km ■
VANCOUVER THE WATERMARK
Arguably North Vancouver’s most popular attraction, Grouse Mountain is like a slice of Banff in the city. I take the gondola up to the chalet (the peak is 1200 meters). Outside the mountain is shrouded in cool mist. The forested paths are lined with wood carvings of everything from moose to beetles. This is the forest of dreams and fairytales. In the Grizzly Bear Habitat I meet Grinder and Coola before taking in the Lumberjack show. Full of antics, role playing, skill and acrobatics the 30 minute show is entertaining and funny striking the right cord with visitors from around the world. I munch on Grouse Mountain Nachos at Altitudes near the fireplace with views of the river in the foreground with the city and sea beyond. For dessert Chef de Cuisine Carl Wilks impresses with a special sharing plate featuring hand foraged flowers. www.grousemountain.com
2. THE DRIVE 2012 HONDA PILOT
Accustomed to high mountainous terrain, the
IN THE VALLEY BELOW Clockwise from top left: Grouse Mountain chef de cuisine Carl Wilks; performers at the Lumberjack show at Grouse Mountain; the 2012 Honda Pilot; a pasta special at Watermark Beach Resort; inside the Watermark Beach Resort’s Wine Bar and Patio; the resort’s pool view and exterior.
DAY 9 AGENDA
1. PLAY GROUSE MOUNTAIN
drive now enters valleys - the slideable sunroof of the Pilot exposed to the sunshine (fun and oh so appropriate for a road trip). Mere hours from Vancouver I spot a brown bear crouched on a felled log near the highway. The vehicle brakes easily at my impromptu stop. The water is now mostly in the form of lakes and rivers and I delight in seeing the lakes appear blue on the GPS system. The vehicle can transport up to eight people and there is lots of room for my bags (bulging now) and many places to store drink containers I’ve accumulated on my travels. www.honda.ca
3. STAY WATERMARK BEACH RESORT
Driving into Oosoyos, I cannot miss the newly built, stunning and expansive resort. Sitting at the water’s edge, surrounded by vineyards it’s a natural setting for a wedding, which upon my arrival has just begun. Welcomed like family, after the six hour drive from Vancouver, I enjoy a glass of cool Sumac Ridge sparkling wine and fried calamari for lunch. Immediately, in my two bedroom suite, it feels like I am in my own private cabin complete with a water and vineyard view that rivals most. My suite is spacious and
feels more like a condo. The layout with a full kitchen and dining table, living room and washer and dryer is family friendly (the resort is also pet friendly). I could easily spend the entire summer here cooking when I want, eating on the outdoor patio and soaking in the sunshine. Later, I unwind with a self renewal massage at Illumination spa, a vegan and organic spa inspired by the element of fire from the sun. At True Fitness, guests can enjoy a full range of gym equipment while Breathe studio offers pilates and yoga classes. The community feeling that exists at this sophisticated resort is refreshing. For dinner at the Wine Bar patio, kids laugh and splash in the pool and waterslide while the smell of grilled food emanating from the large black barbecue permeates the air. The chef welcomes a regular couple by name. My pasta with arugula and roasted red pepper sauce is light, while the grilled corn just off the barbecue is summer at its best. For dessert, the luscious and rich chocolate crème brûlée with touches of cinnamon is surprisingly airy, while the chocolate gelato and lemon sorbetti cleanse the palate. I am sitting with a stunning view of blooming multicoloured flowers, trees with swooping branches, and it’s truly picturesque. www.watermarkbeachresort.com CSL citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 41
IN THIS CONTRASTING LANDSCAPE OF SEA AND DESERT KAILASH MAHARAJ AND SHIVANA MAHARAJ DISCOVER A PLACE THAT MEXICANS LAUD FOR ITS SMALL POPULATION AND QUIET WITH PLENT Y TO DO FOR THE ADVENTURE SEEKER. PHOTOGRAPHY BY K&S MEDIA
COURTESY: MARES, ROXY ECO SWIM, BLURB, LOREAL,
LOS CABOS Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos executive chef in charge of food and beverage Eduardo Frausto stands next to chef Mateo Lobillo at Arrecifes. Opposite: the vibrant exterior of the Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos.
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 43
Cactus growing at the Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos. David Alba and Sidi Mamane of Cabo Adventures. A lobster mille feuille at Arrecifes at the Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos. Opposite: Aura Spa at the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort.
OCALS IN LOS CABOS ARE QUICK TO NOTE what is unique here – the topography (desert) and small population (safety). Most have come from other parts of Mexico, and they too are surprised by the contrasts that typify these two towns linked by a highway corridor on the Baja Peninsula. There is of course the most apparent contrast - cactus and dead scrub with barely any greenery impossibly set against cerulean sea. Then there are the contrasting characters of the towns. San Jose del Cabo is a sleepy bohemian surf town predominated by big surf waves. Cabo San Lucas is bigger, louder, with more tourists and more bathing beaches and a proper town centre. Lured by these contrasts and desperate for a respite from a grinding work schedule, my sister and I set out for Los Cabos seeking adventure.
SHERATON Designed to transport you back in time and to enhance views of the Sea of Cortez, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos embodies Spanish colonial style. Part of Cabo del Sol complex which includes a golf course, meeting rooms and villas, the 270-room, 31 suite resort looks like an oasis near Chileno beach with plants and flowers growing amidst the foreboding desert landscape. Situated between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo on the corridor, with a private gated entrance, cobblestone streets, old wooden doors, talavera pottery, paintings, Gothic ironwork, massive pillar candles and candelabras the resort is steeped in artistry. Much of the secluded feel of the place is due to the emphatic architectural style – there is even a recurring theme of angels throughout the property. The rooms fuse rustic Puebla handcrafted design with modernity. On our first morning, we are impressed by the breakfast buffet spread at Tomatoes including chilaquiles, eggs, potatoes, pastries, and fruit. I linger over breakfast gazing toward the infinity pool with families and couples soaking in the sun. Meanwhile my sister takes a short stroll along the beach though signs about rip currents 44 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
dissuade her from entering the water. Another day we visit the gym, unusually for a hotel, it is flooded with sunshine, has lots of equipment, and lounging tables. It feels more like a downtown workout studio than a hotel gym. Later at the Cactus Spa which is small but well equipped I relax at the lounge before my excellent massage. Outside there is a Jacuzzi in the centre of an outdoor space with vines growing on a wooden trellis. One evening we dine beachside at De Cortez Restaurant. The menu is seafood and meat centric and I begin with lobster bisque, and my sister and I split the grilled lobster. “We try to show the best of Mexico with new techniques and the best produce here – fish, oysters, clams, seafood. On the grill we use good products it is not just about meat,” says executive chef Manuel De Luca the next day at the casual poolside Sirenas. I interrupt our conversation giddy about spotting a few whales breaching in the distant ocean. Having spent a year at the Sheraton, De Luca is used to the spectacle. Originally from Argentina his grandparents came from Sicily and Spain. “We talk a lot and love a lot,” he says speaking of the conviviality that, coupled with his skillful flavours, he hopes will solidify the Sheraton’s restaurants as the “best cuisine in Cabo.” What is certain right now is that the hotel is a cheery escape; never once do we need to leave for anything. It is easy to feel that we are away from it all. LORENZILLOS Lorenzillo’s exudes the sort of classic style that you can picture movie stars of the 1940’s enjoying– Caesar salad made tableside, a sizeable wine cave, a live lobster house with 18 different preparations to choose from, crepes suzette made with flourish and flame from a moving cart. There is dining outside on the marina at the Oyster Bar, and inside in the formal dining room and wraparound terrace (where smoking is allowed and the restaurant offers cigars). The restaurant has a second location in Cancun and owner Salvador Vidal has a predilection for all things nautical. The decor cleverly repurposes former ship’s steerage at the bar, a boat door serves as the entrance to the wine cave, and the Capitan’s table
Throughout our stay in Los Cabos we have been treated with an old world courtesy - a sort of intimate formality, care and consideration
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 45
46 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
The facade of Mi Casa restaurant; Cabo Expeditions captain with sea life; a reproduction of the statue of Saint Anthony of padua at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos. Opposite page clockwise from top left: Julia and Matilda at Aura Spa at Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort. An old cactus at Rancho San Cristobal. A sign for fresh seafood outside Mariscos Mocambo. The lighthouse restaurant at Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort. A chef inside Mariscos Mocambo smiles. A cocktail and appetizers at Me Cabo. The rustic and charming Spanish style at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos. Another enticing meal at Nikki beach restaurant at Me Cabo. The sharp white and wood at Nikki beach restaurant.
– a swanky private glass table – uses the original propeller of a boat as the base of the table. Chechen and Katalox wood from Mexico is used throughout, as is stained glass in rich hues and a colour scheme of blue and white gives the restaurant old world flair. The niceties here are refreshingly sweet – guests are given a goldfish as a companion if dining alone, there are heaters and blankets for cold winter months and glasses on hand for reading the menu. I am drawn to the stone crab from Campeche Mexico that I see paraded about the restaurant by waiters and they do not disappoint. My sister meanwhile chooses breaded and deepfried soft shell crab, Isla Mujeres – lobster bisque perfumed with Pernod and lobster with poblano chili pepper au gratin. We end with a dessert of Cozumel Macadamia cheese cake. As our dinner concludes the sun is setting, I survey the dining room with one thought in mind - this is a thoroughly romantic spot. CABO EXPEDITIONS Just steps from the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort lobby on Marina Boulevard, we await our zodiac boat at Cabo Expeditions, an adventure tour company that offers eco adventures ranging from kayaking, snuba, sea treks, parasailing and city tours. Together with a young couple from Texas, we jump into the small boat on the sea of Cortez. The choppy ocean sprays the salty cool ocean water onto my skin, a welcome relief from the hot sun. First, we stop at the famous El Arco, the ‘arches’ of Los Cabos, surrounded by crashing waves that cradle the small zodiac. We’re told that the water ebbs at low tide, morphing into a sandy cove called Lovers beach. Our next stop is Chileno Bay, a good spot for snorkeling if you can brave the cold and cloudy water. After a few minutes spotting a few small sergeant major fish, we head onto the shoreline, where, under the shade of an umbrella we can fully appreciate the view. The bay is busy with families having picnics, and couples tanning in the sun. After a quick stop at Cerritos Bay our last excursion is at Santa Maria Bay, the jagged rocks act like a protective cove, and despite the waving water, our captain dives down to the ocean floor, and brings up a round
fish for us to see, spouting water from its mouth and ears. The time flies by, as we spend a half hour at each pit stop and slowly ride back to home base. The boat tour is a nice way to spend the afternoon. WESTIN LOS CABOS With a bright salmon exterior, the 243 room Westin Los Cabos built into the rockface with a curved shape emphasizing its sleekness is an architectural nod to the famous arches of Los Cabos. From the Heavenly bath, in my superior ocean view room, and from my private balcony, I can peer right through to the idyllic sea of Cortez. As I gaze below, I can see a welcome sign in the sand for a group on a corporate retreat. The marble floors, Mexican furnishings and wood are throughout are modern and luxurious. One of the perks of my stay is the Royal Club lounge, where appetizers like ceviche, guacamole, crudites and cocktails greet me on my first afternoon. Later in the evening, I dine at Arrecifes where clever lighting is studded amidst the rocks and the rumbling sea crashes onto the sand. I start with a delicious mango margarita, the touch of grand marnier orange liquer smoothes out the sweetness of the mango. As Executive Chef at the Westin, Eduardo Frausto, explains the menu here is, “a mixture between Pacific Rim and Mexican, using fresh Mexican produce with a touch of Asian. The techniques we use here are quite different.” Chef Mateo Lobillo, originally from Spain, infuses touches of his home country in the menu, with dishes like “from my Spain”, a seafood paella, and the chicken ‘pitu’, a rice dish with brandy and saffron. I order the mille feuille of lobster and soft shell crab with pink pepper sauce and julienned vegetables, and my sister has the lamb loin with white wine sauce, creamy polenta and sautéed wild mushroom with miso. As a special treat, after turndown service, I am delighted to see a dessert tray lined with petit fours and a chocolate basket filled with Mexican bon bons. There’s even a Mayan mask, made entirely from chocolate. It’s a great surprise and an even better midnight snack. At breakfast the next morning at The Royal Club Lounge, I have a bird eye spectacular view of the superior landscaping on property, including the nine citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 47
With all the elements of an enchanted edifice â€“ bougainvillea growing over a thatched roof, hurricane lamps hanging from trees, frescoes in alcoves and brightly painted tables and chairs, the restaurant is a dazzling site.
48 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
The winding and vertigo inducing view from the lighthouse at Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort. A decorative bottle of tequila at Me Cabo. The exterior of Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort. Opposite page: An aerial view of the marina from Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort.
hole putting green. As I enjoy a hot cup of coffee and pastries, I notice that every inch of foliage is impeccably kept lush and green. There are mesmerizing patterns drawn into the landscaping at every turn, and I walk along one path that leads me to The Westin Spa which also houses the fitness centre. On the second floor, I wait for a few minutes before I enter the massage room, where the soft lighting and music set the tone of relaxation – a lovely touch. My all too brief head massage is soothing, and I am slowly lulled to sleep. Back in my room, I feel as though I am on my own private island. While the architecture here is marvelous, the hotel itself is just the place to recharge. MI CASA With all the elements of an enchanted edifice – bougainvillea growing over a thatched roof, hurricane lamps hanging from trees, frescoes in alcoves and brightly painted tables and chairs, the restaurant is a dazzling site. The entryway walls are strewn with crosses, Dia de los Muertos figures and other well-known colourful relics of Mexico. From there the restaurant is a maze of unique dining rooms – a grotto, a church like enclave, a nook centered around a wood burning fireplace – each connected by a reproduction of a street in Mexico complete with ladies selling flowers, clowns, performers and wandering musicians. But this restaurant is not all show. Executive chef Edgar Roman Chavez scoured the country to recreate old festival dishes and regional food. Chavez is interested in developing and tweaking the dishes on the menu not creating a vast array of dishes. “Here I honour my ancestors,” says Chavez of the menu which features authentic mole made with flowers and sweetened with fruits a specialty of Oxaca, chilpachole a spicy seafood soup from Veracruz, and damiana margarita (made from a local flower it was purportedly an original margarita ingredient). Our meal begins with la Sopa Fresca – rabbit (usually carnitas) slow cooked with homemade pasta in a sun dried chile and olive sauce. Instead of a beef or pork machaca (dried meat) we opt for ray. The las Almejas Rellenas are queen clams grilled in charcoal topped with oozing aged local cow’s milk
cheese and a background note of smokiness. Chavez tells us “with the micro climate and low populated ranches, the cheeses here are only local, everything is organic.” Next, we order three mole - El Mole Poblano comprising thirty five ingredients including dried ancho, mulato and pasilla peppers and chocolate smothering chicken in a deep brown sauce (the mole I am accustomed to); el Manchamanteles de Morelia a sweeter style mole that uses chile guajillo, chile ancho pepper, pineapple, and plantain; and finally a pale yellow mole enrobing shrimp. For dessert el flan al caramelo resembles a typical crème caramel. While the empanada stuffed with sweet beans reminds me of a Chinese sweet bun. It is evident that Chavez has spent years as a curator of recipes. “I once spent time with my family in Sierra San Ignacio. There was an old lady making tortillas on river stones. It was a field trip into the hills to see a community of people who make their own food.” This is food that celebrates the traditions and festivities that make Mexico so vibrant. WYNDHAM Throughout our stay in Los Cabos but particularly at the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort we have been treated with an old world courtesy. The sort of intimate formality, care and consideration that was once commonplace. Owned by a San Diego based group who have three other resorts in Mexico, the former Tesoro hotel which joined the Wyndham brand in February 2011, is in the process of undergoing a $10 million multi-year renovation to the guest rooms, hotel lobby, restaurants (the new food and beverage culture will include a focus on seafood, grill and local ingredients), bars and lounges as well as upgrades to the conference facilities, landscaping, elevators and pool. When complete in August 2012 the pool area will feature another restaurant, two jacuzzis, a kiddie pool, cocktail bar, business centre, and breakfast area. During my stay the guestrooms, and lobby had already been renovated but plans were underway to overhaul the dining program and pool area. The 286 room five-story resort’s greatest asset is undoubtedly its location on the marina. As the hub for a multitude of water based activities like sport citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 49
Executive chef Edgar Roman Chávez of Mi Casa. bottles of tequila amidst traditional tortillas making at Cabo Adventures. The lighthouse and marina at Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort. Opposite page: Riding a camel as the desert meets the sea of Cortez with Cabo Adventures.
fishing, sunset cruises, and scuba diving, the hotel caters mainly to sport fisherman, families, and adventure couples. I liked the Wyndham’s proximity to the boardwalk, mall, restaurants and bars. On evenings I was able to stroll comfortably to nearby restaurants saving money on taxis (there are at least 60 restaurants and bars ranging from upscale to rustic are within walking distance). Not only is the marina the epicenter of water based activities it is also the party centre of Cabo San Lucas and its cultural meeting point (nearby the cultural centre hosts shows and theatre productions). There is always something happening here and the energy is palpable at the hotel. One day at lunch, a server points out Pancho the sea lion who comes around the marina daily. It is this affable interaction that makes my experience at the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort memorable. Agave Azul Restaurant is housed inside a lighthouse structure that is vertiginous when ascended but provides unparallel view of the marina and Land’s End (just ask the wait staff to climb the winding staircase to the top). The unforgettable symbol of the resort, the lighthouse is where meals are served throughout the day. Offering classic Mexican fare and international classics, the restaurant’s setting above the marina gives meals here an added allure. When I am not exploring the marina, I spend my days relaxing at our double junior suite which includes a kitchenette - ideal for reheating quick snacks. The newly renovated suite also features the Be Well bed and looks onto the pool and marina beyond. One day, my sister and I decide to indulge in spa treatments at Aura Spa. The spa is in the old part of the hotel that has not yet undergone renovation. Though the spa is small (there are no change rooms) our massage therapists Julia and Matilda give an amazing deep tissue massage and facial respectively. The massage room is candlelit with a lovely water feature. Julia and Matilda are friendly and possess good technique. Aura Spa is fantastic because the people and service is excellent. My experience at the spa is representative of the resort itself – ideal for experiencing quintessential Cabo San Lucas.
50 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
CABO ADVENTURES The three year old camel that my sister and I are riding is a gentle giant. With a slight lilt, he gracefully and slowly walks through the sand with ease. The camel often nuzzles up to the face of the trainer that leads him. Referring to the camel as ‘his friend’ the trainer guides the camel along the edge of the sea. At a certain point, with the wind blowing in my face, there is only pale gold sand below me and azure sea before me. I had never thought of camel riding in Mexico and in my mind’s eye I can see this lonely caravan, a strangely discordant sight, if only because the sea ends the repetition of sand so abruptly. We had met our driver at the Cabo Dolphins centre along Bldv. Paseo de la Marina in Cabo San Lucas. On the twenty-five minute drive to Rancho San Cristobal, the cars on the road become sparser and the landscape dwindles from a hub of activity to barren land – nothing but sea, sand and cacti. We ease onto a dirt road, to “the Baja outback” where we meet David Alba, from Cabo Adventures, an athletic man with a raspy voice and exuberant energy. Our adventure guide for the afternoon, Alba, a native of Chihuhua Mexico, is rife with knowledge, pointing out a 200 year old cactus, dried out and darkened with the heat of the sun, estimated to weigh six to ten tons. Besides his anecdotes about the environment, Alba charms us with his numerous loud requests to the driver to go this way or that summarily ending with “por fa”, a colloquialism for the more formal (and longer) thank you. In our bright yellow former military unimog, we drive throughout the ranch eventually meeting Sidi Mamane, a tall man who wears a long bubu (a flowing wide sleeved robe) and Keffiyeh or head scarf. Originally from Niger, Mamane is an affable guide who assures us that we will have a good time on the camel. Afterward, we ceremoniously drink a cup of sweet Moroccan mint tea before taking in a selection of award winning tequila- from silver to anejo. We also sample fresh tortillas, handmade and pressed in front of our eyes and a selection of mole, rice, frijoles and picadillo. The entire excursion has been marvelous and memorable - suitably adapted to this unique landscape.
The three year old camel is a gentle giant. With a slight lilt, he gracefully and slowly walks through the sand with ease often nuzzling up to the face of the trainer that leads him. With the wind blowing in my face, there is only pale gold sand below me and azure sea before me.
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 51
52 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
The dining tables at Mi Casa. Executive chef Manuel De Luca beachside at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos. The iconic rock formations of Los Cabos with Cabo Expeditions. Opposite page clockwise from top left: The VIp area at Me Cabo; seafood ready to be cooked at Lorenzillo’s; local damiana liqueur at Mi Casa; a view of the sea of Cortez with Cabo Adventures; a grilled chicken and pineapple salad and margarita at the lighthouse and marina at Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort; the lobby at Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos; a street vendor’s delicious treats; seaside at Me Cabo; Ismael of Mariscos Mocambo.
ME CABO “This is the place to be, to see and to be seen. At ME Cabo, we are known for our parties and consider ourselves a party hotel,” says Guest Experience Manager and our personal concierge, Ricardo Ugalde, who immediately greets us in the lobby making us instantly feel like VIPs. As guests of “The Level”, we are privy to a personal concierge among other perks like access to ‘the living room’, a relaxing room that has Internet access, a plasma tv and on Fridays offers a complimentary cocktail. Ugalde’s upbeat, generous energy is infectious, and he takes us up to our petite suite where we have an enviable view of Nikki Beach and all the action below. Located on a beautiful stretch of Medano beach, a sort of protected cove, courtesy of el arco, that tempers the brash waves, ME Cabo is decidedly at the centre of the action. Here, the water is decidedly calmer, making it ideal for swimming and water sports of all kinds and though it is low season, rows of lounge chairs on the beach are filled with people tanning in the sun. We haven’t yet had breakfast, and head to Passion Club Restaurant, one of seven restaurants and bars on site. The buffet breakfast is a combination of Mexican specialties (chilaquiles with red and green sauce) and Continental fare and offers a plethora of delicious choices. Most of my days here are spent relaxing, sipping mojitos at The Main Bar and people watching. The pristine white, dark wood, blue and red décor throughout the hotel is undeniably sexy. “Thursday’s are when you really notice the music starting to get a little bit louder,” says Ugalde. There is no lack of things to do here from fashion shows and pool parties to guest DJ’s and Ladies Nights. Deciding to join the excitement, late one evening my sister and I dine at Nikki Beach Restaurant, famous for its spicy dragon sushi roll. I notice a table in front of me with a group of young men smiling excitedly at the long, snakelike sushi presented in a carved wooden boat. I order the duck crostini, sautéed sea bass, and my sister opts for Nikki’s pollo satay, Chicken Strips Sautéed in a satay sauce with Asian vegetables, served with white Jasmine rice. All of the flavours are dynamite, a harmonious blend of heat with Asian influences. For dessert, we order the mojito key lime
pie, shaped in a round mold and served with fresh strawberries. Amidst the hubbub, and in search for a touch of serenity, I book a Abhyanga massage at the boutique YHI spa, meaning to ‘touch with love.’ Rhythmical and deeply relaxing warm oil is used on my body, which I’m told removes stagnant energy. Though rooted in Asian massage techniques, one of the most unique treatments offered here is the temascal, an ancient Mayan sweat lodge, made from volcanic rock, and shaped like a dome where ceremonies are performed at certain times of the year, according to the moon. Outside, the iconic clean white tepee at Nikki Beach guides me back to my room. Ironically, for a ‘party hotel’, I have found that there are also countless ways to truly rest and rejuvenate here as well. MARISCOS MOCAMBO It’s a scorching day and we are in the mood for seafood, and so make our way to Mariscos Mocambo a favourite of locals, who bill it as one of the best seafood restaurants in Los Cabos. Specializing in Veracruz fare (a fusion of European, African and Mexican cultures), the restaurant features an open kitchen, with dozens of chefs busily working. It is a mesmerizing show. The restaurant, resembling a giant palapa is filled with locals - always a tell tale sign of authenticity. Ismael, our waiter has worked here for nine years and his knowledge regarding the provenance of each dish is impressive. He oversees the work of the other waiters who work in tandem to ensure that we are never without fresh plates, finger bowls, napkins or anything else. Their service is attentive without ever being overbearing. I eye the tequila cart, a specialty here, focusing on Herredura tequila. Ismael brings my drink in a small clay vessel, adding a touch of rustic charm to the margarita. As Mocambo specializes in seafood, brought in daily from fishermen, we order several plates, and soon our table is laden with succulent choices: ceviche seafood platter, chocolate clams with garlic butter, whole crab in a garlic sauce, among several other dishes that arrive one by one. I begin with a warm chilpachole - a soup made with a variety of seafood and epazote, a Mexican herb. This is the kind of soul warming dish that typifies Mocambo’s citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 53
A Hurricane cocktail at Hard Rock Cabo San Lucas. Day of the Dead ﬁgures at Mi Casa. Flaming crêpes Suzette at Lorenzillo’s. Opposite page: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos’ cactus spa.
appeal. Next, my adventurous side comes out as I try the minilla alvaradena - dehydrated sting ray with fresh herbs that reminds me of bacalao. The entire wait staff at Mariscos is gracious, and the seamless service rivals that in fine dining. For dessert, I finish with Cafe con la hoya con piloncillo, Mexican coffee with a sweetened block of cane sugar, paired with another Veracruz specialty, torta de elote, a filling but moist and sweet yellow cake made from corn. When I stop one of the waiters to ask the ingredients in the cake, he quickly rattles them off without hesitation or asking the kitchen. Judging from the sound of cracking shells and smiles from families that surround me, this is a restaurant that can’t be missed. HARD ROCK CAFÉ It’s Friday night and the boulevard marina is a buzz of activity espe-
cially near the street leading to the Hard Rock Café. Inside, each of the walls are plastered with classic rock posters, clothing (Rod Stewart striped pantsuit, anyone?), albums and a hard-to-miss 1950’s Cadillac jutting through the second floor window. I am thrilled to be seated next to a glass case with Beatles memorabilia. I sing along with tonight’s killer band, Miami Pharmacy, who play classic rock songs, while sipping my hurricane, the house cocktail – a combination of rum and fruit juice. With one hundred twenty plus restaurants worldwide, the menu here is classic American (burgers, ribs, and root beer floats), with touches of Mexican-American (fajitas, tacos, Santa Fe spring rolls). I order the shrimp fajitas that come to the table with warm tortillas served in a paper ‘hard rock’ bag, and garlic chicken wings. If good music, Americana and a great location are what you’re looking for, this is the place to visit. CSL
GUIDE TO LOS CABOS, MEXICO WHERE TO STAY The modern appeal and service at this hotel is matched by views of The Sea of Cortez. Built amidst the cliffs, you will enjoy a quiet solitude, a multitude of dining options and wonderful service. Westin Los Cabos Carretera Transpeninsular KM 22.5 Los Cabos, Baja California Sur 23400; www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview /index.html?propertyID=1087 ME Cabo This adult retreat for the party lover offers tailored service, wonderful dining and plenty of extras. Enviable beach views and non-stop music make it ideal for those wanting to see and be seen. Playa El Medano El Medano Ejidal, Auroras, 54 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
23410 Cabo, Baja California Sur; www.mecabo.com Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos The rustic charm feels like a historic colonial Spanish village. Exceptional breakfast buffet, and dining options, plus a fantastic spa and fully equipped gym. Corredor Turistico KM 10, Lote D, Cabo Del Sol Los Cabos www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overvie w/index.html?propertyID=1298 Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort This family friendly resort appeals to those interested in an active holiday. With a prime marina lo-
cation and within walking distance to restaurants, bars, and malls the resort is undergoing multi-million dollar renovations. Newly renovated guestrooms and suites. Boulevard Marina S N, Cabo San Lucas; www.wyndham.com/hotels/SJDTS/main.wnt WHAT TO DO Cabo Adventures/Cabo Dolphins Centre Swim and play with dolphins at the company’s location at the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Snorkeling, scuba diving, zip lining, whale watching (during the season) and camel tours also available. Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Cabo San Lucas Marina, Cabo San Lucas. www.cabo-adventures.com
â€œThis is the place to be, to see and to be seen. We are known for our parties and consider ourselves a party hotelâ€?
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 55
GUIDE TO LOS CABOS, MEXICO Cabo Expeditions Eco-conscious company providing swimming with whale sharks (during the season), underwater sea treks, parasailing, tour of Isla Espiritu Santo and other adventures. Cabo San Lucas Marina, Cabo San Lucas. www.caboexpeditions.com.mx WHERE TO EAT Mariscos Mocambo A local favourite for seafood and Veracruz specialties this restaurant is relaxed with excellent service. Leona Vicario and 20 de Noviembre, Cabo San Lucas; www.mariscosmocambo.com
Safe & Fun for the Whole Family
Hard Rock Café Cabo San Lucas Offering classic American fare and some Mexican classics, this kid-friendly restaurant celebrates the rock star in everyone. www.hardrock.com
Lorenzillo’s A romantic spot with dining space near the marina at the Oyster Bar, inside a well-appointed dining room or outside on a terrace. The live lobster house and range of preparations make this a delight. Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas, Cabo San Lucas; www.lorenzillos.com.mx Mi Casa Traditional Mexican specialties from Chef Edgar Roman Chavez and his team, amazing one of a kind ambience that used to be one of the first houses in Los Cabos. Great for large groups. Cabo San Lucas Avenue, corner Lazaro Cardenas. www.micasarestaurant.com.mx
RESOuRCE GuIDE Behind the Cover Page 7 L’OREAL www.lorealparis.ca Available at mass retailers; REVLON www.revlon.ca Available at mass retailers. Wrap It Up Page 11 NAMBE nambe.com Available through website and at The Bay, www.thebay.com; FACTOUwww.factou.com Available through website. BED BATH AND BEYOND www.bedbathandbeyond.ca Available through website and in store for a complete list of retail locations see website. Kitchenware Page 13 LODGE www.lodgemfg.comAvailable through website and Home Outfitters, amazon.ca, canadianoutdoorequipment.com XTREMA BY CERAMICOR www.ceramcor.com See website for list of online retailers. Need It Want It Page 15 EPICUREAL www.epicureal.com Available through website; RUBBERMAID www.rubbermaid.com Available at mass retailers for complete list see website; CORK POPS www.CorkPops.com For a complete list of retailers email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; AFFRESH affresh.ca Available at mass retailers; TRUDEAU www.trudeaucorp.com For a complete list of retailers see website; T-FAL www.t-fal.ca Available exclusively at Wal-Mart. Imbibe Page 16-18 ALL BRANDS Available at liquor stores. Prêt-à-Porter Page 22 M•A•C maccosmetics.com Available at all M•A•C locations; MARK’S www.marks.com For a complete list of retail locations see website; RAINBOW WATCH www.rainbowwatch.com Available in selected retail outlets across Canada and through website; SCOTT BARNES www.scottbarnes.com Available through website and at the following retail stores in Canada: Gee Beauty - Toronto, Jilly's - Alberta, Knockout Style - Saskatoon, Sara Lindsay Make-up Artistry - Regina, Saskatchewan, Beauty Bar Cosmetics - Vancouver, Upper Village Spa - Toronto. Helen of Troy Page 23 DANIEL THOMPSON BEAUTY, Available at Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu, 96 Avenue Road Toronto, Ontario; Select Bay Stores, Contact www.danielthompsonbeauty.com directly; GUERLAIN www.guerlain.com Available at department stores and all Guerlain counters across Canada; SISLEY www.sisley-cosmetics.com Available at Holt Renfrew; REVLON www.revlon.ca Available at mass retailers; SEPHORA www.sephora.com Available through website and in store for a complete list of retail locations see website; ALISON RAFFAELE www.alisonraffaele.com For a complete list of retail locations see website; COVERGIRL www.covergirl.ca Available at grocery, pharmacy and mass market retailers.
TO WIN PRIZES
Treasure Trove Page 24-25 LUSH www.lush.ca For complete list of retail locations see website; QUO Available at Shopper’s Drug Mart shoppersdrugmart.ca; LABORATOIRE DR RENAUD www.ldrenaud.com For complete list of locations see website; PHILIPS www.philips.ca Available at Shopper’s Drug Mart, London Drugs, Centre du Rasoir, Personal Edge and Bed, Bath and Beyond; ORIGINS www.origins.com Available through website and at The Bay www.thebay.com; OJON www.ojon.com Available through website and in store for complete list of retailers see website; L’OCCITANE ca.loccitane.com Available through website and in store for complete list of retail locations see website; MARIE NATIE marienatie.com Available online through website; TWEEZERMAN www.tweezerman.ca For a complete list of retail locations see website; THE BLUEBEARD’S REVENGE www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk For a complete list of retailers see website; CLEAR www.clearhaircare.com Available at mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets; ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP www.rockymountainsoap.com For a complete list of retail locations and retailers see website. Green With Envy Page 26-32 JONES NEW YORK Available at The Bay www.hbc.com; THE OUTNET www.theoutnet.com Available through website; PAYLESS www.payless.com For complete list of retail locations see website; Passport Page 34 MOBIADO www.mobiado.com For complete list of distributors see website.
56 | FALL 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
TODOS SANTOS A shop in the magical city near Los Cabos.
“The word humility (also human) is derived from the Latin, humus, meaning ‘the soil.’ perhaps this is not simply because it entails stooping and returning to earthly origins, but also because, as we are rooted in this earth of everyday life, we ﬁnd in it all the vitality and fertility unnoticed by people who merely tramp on across the surface, drawn by distant landscapes.” - piero Ferrucci
citystyleandliving.com | FALL 2012 | 57
Fighting Hunger Worldwide
Food, Fashion, Travel, British Columbia Road Trip, Los Cabos