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The annual Caribbean Tourism Organization Media Awards Luncheon, held on December 8, 2011 at the Novotel Toronto Centre drew a crowd of nearly 100 media, industry members, national tourism organization representatives and Caribbean dignitaries. The event serves to recognize Canadian-based media that have captured the essence of the Caribbean in their story telling. Two awards for their article ‘P Paradise Found’, which ran in the Fall 2010 issue of City Style and Living, were awarded to Kailash Maharaj and a team from City Style and Living magazine :
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Whether our readers can make the journey physically or not, it is the highest compliment to know that travels can be made simply by reading the pages herein. We were watching a show about comedy recently. Jerry Seinfeld explained the art form of stand-up comedy as the most intimate and trusting interaction that a performer could experience with an audience. Much like Seinfeld’s riff on his audience (albeit in a very different arena), the ultimate goal of CSL is a constant and immediate interplay between magazine and reader. City Style and Living recently won two prestigious awards for a travel article published in these pages. While receiving the awards for “Paradise Found” (a travel story about Grenada), a judge excitedly and exuberantly remarked, ‘I walked those steps with you, I have travelled to Grenada numerous times but when I read your article, I was there with you. I experienced those
adventures with you.” We heard this several times throughout the award ceremony. Though travel is a convergence of unparalleled memories and experiences, it is also a great privilege. Though one may not have the means to make these treks, the transportive qualities of the written word are sometimes just as powerful as the road travelled. To our loyal readers, our audience: thank you for trusting our writers to take you on those voyages near and far. Whether through your own jet set voyage or through the page, we hope that we were able to take you away. CSL — KAILASH AND SHIVANA
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Inspiration for this extensive article on Grenada came from a 2010 trip to the island. Kailash and Shivana, co-editors in chief of City Style and Living magazine said, “We are honoured and humbled by these two awards from the CTO. Grenada is an unparallel island not simply for the awe-inspiring views of Grand Anse, the lush tropical interior punctuated with cacao trees and nutmeg plantations, the convivial Gouyave ﬁsh fry and the world class splendour of Spice Island beach Resort, but because Grenada evokes an unmistakable rush that you can only discover when you visit.” The entire team at City Style and Living would like to thank you to the CTO and to all of our loyal supporters, readers and contributors from around the globe for this great honour.
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WHO? I Model Management’s new face Drewe WHERE? CSL’s Spring photoshoot took place at Azuridge just as snowﬂakes began to fall THE MOOD? The stylists took inspiration from the 1950’s and 1960’s and updated the look with crochet fabrics, colour and cropped lengths for today’s ﬂirty, sultry woman! Clairol Perfect 10 e range of colour choices is endless and will leave a nice sheen to your hair (also try Clairol Nice ‘n Easy). clairol.ca
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Azuridge Estate Hotel is just minutes from Calgary in Priddis, Alberta. Azuridge is a masterpiece of style and luxury for business, training, leisure, celebrations and weddings - for inspired gatherings with outstanding service. This Estate features three properties centered in 13 acres of parklike grounds, oﬀering breathtaking views of the mountains. Enjoy over 27,000 square feet of the Great Indoors – and outside, every pastime worth leaving the city for. This is a retreat where you leave behind distractions to make space for bluesky thinking. Meet without distraction by day; attentive service is always at hand. Azuridge oﬀers gem-inspired guest suites, a dining room, a Chef’s Table dining experience, a theatre, meeting rooms, gazebo, games room, indoor and outdoor lounge and bars, and more. Reservations: 403.931.0100; firstname.lastname@example.org. Azuridge.ca; TIERAN GREEN; COURTESY BIRKS; COURTESY AZURIDGE; COURTESY LANCOME; COURTESY CLARIOL
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A: “You can’t get better waves, bluer water or whiter sand than Cancun.”
TIERAN GREEN began his photographic journey graduating from the Professional Photography program at North Island College in 2009. Primarily based in Calgary, Tieran specializes in advertising and commercial photography (portraiture, food and beverage, hospitality, and architecture), but has always been intrigued by the world of fashion photography. He has a strong love for elaborate lighting and oﬀ-kilter angles, and is passionate about creating unique images that intertwine his skills, pushing the limits. He lives for the challenge of overcoming obstacles, while producing work that reaches a broader audience on an emotional level. www.tierangreen.com
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passion for cosmetics is divided into a few diﬀerent roles. Corporately she is the Specialist for Shiseido overseeing Calgary and area. Creatively she is hands-on with makeup application and hair styling for fashion print and bridal parties. And recently she has started sharing her knowledge and expertise by educating students on makeup application and theory. www.kristaholem.com
A: “Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon B.C. It’s a wellness hotel and spa that oﬀers all one would need to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.”
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Great events in and around Calgary
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UPCOMI NG EVENTS FROM ARO UND T H E C I T Y
Saturday, March 24, 2012 ~ 10am - 6pm Sunday, March 25, 2012 ~ 10am - 5pm BMO Centre (Roundup Centre), Stampede Park 20 Roundup Way. For more information 905-4772677 or 1-800-891-4859. Tickets, $8; Children 11 & under are free. www.outdooradventureshow.ca
bEING TH ERE: ON ExPEDITION WITH M ATTIAS KLuM Take an awe-inspiring journey around the world with Mattias Klum, one of the most important natural history photographers of our time. His dynamic storytelling and award-winning photographs and ﬁlm documentaries convey a resonant message, encouraging us to lighten our footprint on Earth and to consider the legacy we will leave to those who follow. Through Klum’s camera lens, you’ll get an up-to-date report on the state of our planet. And, you’ll marvel at the beauty of nature as captured in striking new photographs and high-deﬁnition video footage from his most recent expeditions to the world’s last wild places.
7:00pm, EPCOR CENTRE's Jack Singer Concert Hall. Tickets online at epcorcentre.org or by calling EPCOR CENTRE’s Box Office at 403-2949494. Tickets start at $19.99.
COMIC VISION national fundraising tour is back for another exciting year of laughter in support of the Foundation Fighting blindness (FFb). This year, the most anticipated popular stand-up comedy event of the season will make stops in Calgary on May 3, and feature some of Canada’s most recognized comedians including Steve Patterson (2011 best Male Stand-up, Canadian Comedy Awards), Pete zedlacher, Frank Spadone, Derek Edwards and Comic Vision co-founder Meg Soper. Last year, Comic Vision raised over $1 million for sightsaving research being conducted at hospitals and universities across the country.
TO WIN PRIZES FUN NY STUFF Comedian Graham Chittden, 2011 best Male Stand-up, Canadian Comedy Awards.
The Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park – Thursday, May 3, 2012. For more information: Call Arlene Willis at 1-800-461-3331 or 416-360-4200 x226 or email: email@example.com. Tickets, $100; www.comicvision.ca
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Safe & Fun for the Whole Family
THE OuTDOOR ADVENTuRE SHOW See It! Do It! Live It! The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, presented by G Adventures, returns to Stampede Park March 24 & 25. This event features hundreds of exhibits oﬀering amazing pre-season deals on outdoor gear, travel experiences, kayaking, canoeing, biking and more! your Adventure Starts Here! Visit.
Spring Cleaning W R A P I T U P : G R E AT F I N D S
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DID yOu KNOW? Matt and Erin Johnson started selling certiﬁed organic soapnuts, a plantderived detergent originating in the Indian subcontinent, at their local farmers market in 2007. “Our business has exploded in the past ﬁve years, especially after sealing a Dragons' Den deal with brett Wilson in Season 5,” says Johnson. Soapnuts are free of chemicals, enzymes, dyes, fragrances, phosphates, and SLS and are especially good for those with skin sensitivities, eczema, and psoriasis.
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VIM Powerpro Naturals; www.vim.ca. GREENER LIVING Org anic Laundry Deterg ent (Soap Nuts) 1kg , $39.99, www.buysoapnuts.com. GREENER LIVING Saﬁx Coconut Coir Fiber Scrub Pad (set of 2), $5.99; www.buysoapnuts.com. AIR WICK Colour Changing Candle in Apple Cinnamon (picture d), Vanilla Indulgence and Fresh Waters; $9.99, www.airwick.ca
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A RT I S T S A N D A RT I S A N S
Cobi Ladner at Kayben Farms
Open for Lunch and Dinner Farm fresh ingredients Woodstone oven pizza Full gourmet menu Fine wine Local beer Season opens April 26 On farm restaurant, Okotoks AB
How did Cobistyle evolve?
When I left [House and Home] in 2008 I really felt like I had a couple of things. I knew I had a following, mainly of women, who looked at me as a friendly hand to bring them into a world that can be quite intimidating – the world of decorating and design. That became very clear to me when I started to get letters from people saying ‘you've always made me feel like I could do this.’ On top of that, I felt that the whole world had gone very contemporary, very sleek, very urban, streamlined, neutral. The same ladies were telling me they were tired of that or they really didn't understand that for their suburban homes - like, ‘where's the pretty part?’ I kept thinking there's room for colour and pattern. There's just nobody representing that part of the world and that point of view.
Tell us about Cobistyle.
It's about personalizing your home. I really believe your personality should come out in your home. You should have confidence and create an environment that you love. People sometimes think I'm the colour girl. It's not so much that. It's more that colour is a great way to bring personality into your home. The first thing that catches our eye– and it’s a way to be personal in your space– is colour and pattern.
Why is this fulfilling for you?
I love the process of product development. I love bringing something together that has a look, where it all works together. It's really interesting to take something from a concept and have it come out the other end with the tangible goods. Many things happen along the way, sometimes it translates beautifully sometimes there are things wrong with it - it doesn't hit what I wanted, there are holes in it still that I know in my head I want to fill. I think I've made a good dent in it. It'll be interesting to see how it goes from here.
Who is your customer?
Definitely my customer has a home and is interested in home and decorating. Coming from the magazine business there was always a lot of demographic work done behind-the-scenes and I don't always buy into all of it. I don't really think people are vertical. I go to Costco and I go to Pusateri's. I shop at all. I want certain things at a price and there are other things I want to invest in. It's just that person who gets a buzz from their home. I don't care what age they are. CSL
Ladner amidst the colour and pattern she adores.
OF MY FAVE COBISTYLE PIECES
1. Chair ”I tended to buy all my stuff at antique stores and flea markets and get things reupholstered and cobble it together.” 2. Chopsticks ”I love Chinatown. I think [with this line] I can bring things together and make it more accessible.” 3. Lantern “There’s so much choice in the world that if you don’t have a clear vision yourself no one else will understand. That whole clarity is my main thing with [Cobistyle].”
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The design expert on her new line of global inspired home decor.
CITY STYLE AND LIVING
GOOD EATS Savarin Carrément Chocolat.
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Culinary Conversation:: Take a quiz to ﬁnd out what kind of grocery store customer you are
Need It Want It:: What food products to buy now
Scotch special plus a great tequila cocktail and Spanish wines
What’s new on shelves, a special birthday, two Canadian restaurants and much more
Must-try desserts from a master of pastry
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THE CUSTOMER: FRIEND OR FOE WHICH ARE YOU? Dave Rackham, author of Walk an Aisle in My Shoes, proposes a quiz to discover what kind of customer you are. The results may surprise you.
FTER WORKING more than twenty–five ceed down the aisle thinking hotdogs would be better for dinner. years in grocery stores you develop a pretty good sense for people. Nobody wants to be c) You check to see if any one was injured. Then you place your in a grocery store to start with. Then add to shopping cart over the spill and notify store personnel of the hazthe experience, high prices, lengthy checkard, while offering to pay for the broken jar. out lines and a feeling that you never really end up with what you wanted in the first 3. You are in the meat department looking at the price of ground place, eventually your true colours show. beef at $2.18/kg. Take this short test, answer honestly and find out what your store most likely thinks about you. a) You find the closest person that will listen and rant that you rememThe following questions are typical situations that could occur in your ber the days when you could buy ground beef for .99/lb. Then reneighbourhood store. For each scenario there are three answers. member you’re not making spaghetti sauce and go pick up your hotChoose the one that closest resembles how dogs. you would react. Be honest, no one else “Nobody wants to be in a grocery has to see your answers! Did not notice the price of ground beef store to start with. Add high b) prices, lengthy check out lines and as you are having hotdogs tonight. 1. You pull into the parking lot and a eventually your true colours prime spot up front has a shopping cart c) Realizing that $2.18/kg is .99/lb praise show.” left in it blocking you from parking. the store for keeping the prices down with the rising cost of energy. a) You nudge your car into the cart, pushing it forward enough so you Okay time to score the quiz. If you answered a) give yourself 0 points. can park but pinning it between the hood of your 1979 Cordoba Give yourself 5 points for every b) answer and 10 points for every c) and somebody’s 2012 BMW. No problem, if they can afford the answer. Beamer, they can afford to fix some minor body damage.
c) You get out of the car and return the shopping cart to the corral picking up two more on the way and then park your car. 2. You are shopping down the spaghetti sauce aisle and you reach for a jar of sauce knocking it onto the floor shattering the jar.
20-30 points – You’re a valuable customer and the store would love your business. 10-15 points – You’re a valuable customer and the store would love your business. 0-5 points – You’re a valuable customer and the store would love your business.
You now know the secret. Any customer is a valued customer. I used to tell my staff, “at the end of the day you can pile the money we got from happy customers and the money from cranky customers. You a) You proceed immediately to the customer service counter, with your lawyers number on your i-phone and an estimate for your dry can’t tell the difference.” So be the kind of customer you want to be. The stores will still take your money. I have faith that you are having cleaning. spaghetti tonight! CSL b) You heard a sound but believed it came from another aisle and pro-
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b) You continue on to the next store which always has better parking.
NEED IT WANT IT
The Mighty Five GREAT NEW PRODUCTS
What you should buy now.
by MARC DuNCAN
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1. CHOICE ORGANIC TEAS With names that conjure the Arabian Nights like Russian Caravan, Moroccan Mint Green Tea, and Oothu Garden Green, Choice Organic Teas oﬀers more than seventyﬁve varieties of teas and herbal infusions available in tea bags, tea pyramids, and loose leaf. While the exotic ﬂavours of the tea are delicious, we also loved that the company is committed to sustainable, and organic practices oﬀering Fair Trade Certiﬁed tea. (Choice Organic Teas Russian Caravan, pictured; $4.99 to $5.99 for one 16-count box; www.choiceorganicteas.com) 2. EPICUREAL AMARANTH Once a staple food of the Incas and Aztecs, amaranth has a mild, nutty ﬂavour. I enjoyed it puﬀed like popcorn and sweetened as an alternative to granola, cooked like rice beside a meat stew and ground into ﬂour as a soup thickener. Its tiny round grains are a glutenfree boon. (400g, $11.95, www.epicureal.com ) 3. CASTELANOTTI SINGLE ESTATE ARBEQUINA OLIVE OIL From eastern Andalusia, Spain comes this award-winning fruity, slightly bitter tasting olive oil. Much like the best wine, this olive oil comes from a single varietal – arbequina which lends a delicate almond ﬂavour to the oil. I dare not cook with this oil preferring to use it in salad dressings and for ﬁnishing dishes especially Spanish style tapas. (750 ml, $17.95, www.epicureal.com) 4. DROGHERIA SMOKED CYPRUS SEA SALT The convenient grinder makes it easy to add a subtle smokiness to dishes. As a marinade for ﬁsh or meat, sprinkled on roasted potatoes or as a pick-meup for eggs, it lends just the right amount of salty smokiness. With a more delicate ﬂavour than conventional salt, keep this in the pantry for making dishes extra special. (45g, $5.40, www.epicureal.com)
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5. LE CREUSET MINI COCCOTTES Known for its classic cast iron pots, Le Creuset also makes these four, mini 8-ounce high-ﬁred stoneware cocottes which are a departure from the original. With side handles, a knob on the lid and bright colour selection, the cocottes are ideal for preparing individual portions of soup, stew, bouillabaisse, macaroni and cheese and cakes. The enamel nonporous ﬁnish which resists odours and chipping is easy to clean in the dishwasher or by hand. (0.3L, $40, www.lecreuset.ca) CSL THE CSL GREEN TICKER
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Global Spirits News
WINE & SPIRITS
Scotch Whisky Special
WHAT’S NEW AND GREAT IN THE WORLD OF WINE AND SPIRITS
LAPHROAIG: FOR PEAT’S SAKE!
While reciting classic Scottish toasts brand Ambassador Simon brooking gives CSL the lowdown on the characteristically smoky single malt scotch whisky “My whisky is all about peat,” insists Simon brooking of the single malt Scotch from Islay with a characteristic smoky ﬂavor, “for a lot of folks who are trying Laphroaig for the ﬁrst time it’s ‘oh it’s like I licked a campﬁre and I think I liked it’. On second taste and third taste it grows on you. you start getting more of the vanillas and caramel from aging in bourbon barrels.” Employing a staﬀ of twenty seven, Laphroaig boasts a range of whiskies including the quarter cask. “It is a throwback to the early days of whisky making. I ﬁnd a lot of bourbon drinkers enjoy this. It doesn’t really hit you over the head with smoke that you get with the 10 year. I call it the approachable wild child.” Though peat is essential to Laphroaig so too is water. “We do a lot of things on land like cutting the peat but it’s not until you’re out there on a boat looking at the distillery - it really puts it into perspective how much the water is a big part of this distillery. Where the land meets
LEAPING LAPHROAIG The distillery. A bottle of the quarter Cask. Right: Simon brooking proudly shows oﬀ his single malt Scotch whisky.
the sea.” Islay is integral to Laphroaig and the company shares it with customers worldwide – literally. With a purchase customers can become a Friend of Laphroaig receiving a certiﬁcate for one square foot of land on Islay. “A gentleman had passed away the year earlier and he was a lifelong Friend of Laphroaig. One of his wishes was that his ashes be spread on his plot. To me that speaks to the passion for this brand.” www.laphroaig.com - K.M.
SLAINTE! LIDDESDALE 18
The third whisky in Adelphi’s limited edition single malt range
sherry and bourbon casks is a great introduction. It is easy to drink with orange, vanilla and coffee aromas, and fruitcake, cinnamon, and toffee on the palate. To open it up add a drop or two of water. The bottle bears the stag’s head a symbol of strength and valour
Mackenzie family by a Scottish ruler. As a fine example of a sherried whisky,
smoky nor too light, it is a well-rounded addition to your bar collection.
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One of only 2962 bottles (of batch 1) from an undisclosed Island distillery, it stays true to the Adelphi style of not chill filtering and leaving the natural colour and cask strength. Burnt crystalline sugar and mince pies with brandy butter on the nose. Sweet on the palate drying to waxy Seville orange peel in a long finish. Get Adelphi’s Lissedale 18 year old while they last because, as Alex Bruce, Sales & Marketing Director of Adelphi says, “they are unique and will never be the same again.” www.adelphidistillery.com — S.M.
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New to single malt whisky? The Da lmo r e 1 2-y ear - O l d, matured in
WHAT TO TRY NOW WINE
Spanish variety Tempranillo is the hot new grape and winemakers can’t get enough. So what makes this varietal so sought after? Made in Rioja Spain, these full bodied red wines can be enjoyed young, and pair easily with a variety of dishes. Fr u it Fo rw ar d bodegas Osborne Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon. Cherry red, this wine spent four months in American oak resulting in soft tannins. A great fruit forward wine with a touch of oak. Sp ic y bodegas Montecillo Crianza Tempranillo. Spain’s cool northern wine region of Rioja is home to this wine. Ripe fruit, intertwined with spices like licorice and the subtle oak make stews a fantastic pairing. Plums and Oak bodegas Osborne Solaz Tempranillo Shiraz. Vibrant, with a red-plum colour, this bottle is balanced with rich fruit (from the 50% Shiraz blend) and oak rounded out with a long finish. Great with grilled meat and mature cheese. www.osborne.es; www.osbornesolaz.com
EL JIMADOR REPOSADO COURTESY OSBORNE (3)COURTESY TEQUILA HERRADURA (2); COURTESY EL JIMADOR
Established in 1870, El Jimador honours the men who harvest the locally grown agave in Mexico. The Resposado is aged in wood barrels for two months, resulting in a smooth tequila great for sipping.
ORANGE AGAVE 2 oz el Jimador Blanco 3 oz Orange juice 1 oz Sprite® Splash of Rose's® Grenadine Orange wedge to garnish In highball glass, add the ﬁrst four ingredients. Squeeze and drop in the wedge of orange. Stir to mix.
“Sprite” is a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola company. www.eljimador.com
FOR GOOD LuCK Above, The Hacienda San Jose del Refugio. below, a bottle of Herradura Reposado.
HOORAY FOR HERREDURA TASTING
Taking home cases of wine is old school. Why not buy an entire barrel of tequila instead? Tequila Herradura Barrel Select Experience program gives tequila lovers the chance to order their very own Herradura Double Barrel Reposado. When bottled, each barrel yields approximately 240 bottles of specially crafted tequila that is rested in oak barrels for 11 months, then an additional month in another toasted oak barrel. As part of the program, buyers will have the opportunity to visit Herradura’s Hacienda San Jose del Refugio near Guadalajara, Mexico as they hand pick the barrel of their choice. The barrel itself is then varnished, branded and shipped with a framed certificate of ownership. Price per barrel is approximately $10,000. Not up for that kind of investment just yet? Herradura reposado is a sterling alternative. Aged in oak barrels for 11 months, it is light amber in colour with caramel, vanilla and cinnamon on the palate. www.herradura.com citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 17
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WHAT’S NEW AND GREAT IN THE WORLD OF FOOD
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! OREO TURNS 100
The “twist, lick and dunk” cookie was created in a bakery in Chelsea, New york in 1912. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the master bakers at Oreo have created a limited edition Oreo birthday Cake ﬂavour. Why not try it in the recipe below?
OREO BIRTHDAY CUPCAKES MAKES 24
1 4 1 6 2 1 2 10 24 24
pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped cup whipping cream pkg. (250 g) cream cheese, softened tablespoons (90 ml) unsalted butter, softened tablespoons (30 ml) milk teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla cups icing sugar Oreo Cookies, ﬁnely chopped (about 1 cup) maraschino cherries, drained Mini Oreo Cookies
► PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes; cool completely.
► MICROWAVE semi-sweet chocolate and
whipping cream in small microwaveable bowl on medium 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mix ture is well blended, stirring after 1 min. Dip tops of cupcakes in chocolate glaze. Refrigerate 10 min. or until ﬁrm. ► MEANWHILE, beat cream cheese and but ter in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add milk and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in sugar until well blended. Stir in chopped cookies. ► SPREAD tops of cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Top with cherries and mini cookies just before serving. ► Special Extra: Poke hole in top of each cup cake with handle of wooden spoon; ﬁll with some of the prepared frosting. Dip tops in chocolate glaze; refrigerate 10 min. or until ﬁrm. Spread with remaining frosting. Garnish as directed.
A STONES THROW
CELLAR-bRATE Chef Joel Smith in the wine cellar; The braised lamb. 18 | SPRING 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
“We wanted to bring a little bit of downtown into suburbia”, announces Executive Chef Joel Smith of Vintage Groups‘, Stonehill restaurant in Northwest Calgary. Taking the casual concept to the Northern part of the city has allowed the restaurant to maintain approachable price points for diners living outside of the downtown core. Modern wood interiors, private dining spaces a tavern and private sports bar are punctuated by a multilevel vertical wine cellar (Calgary’s tallest cellar) in the middle of the restaurant. Consisting of a large sixty five item menu, the former Vintage Chophouse Chef Smith has incorporated a diverse menu. “Everything we can possible make, we do it from scratch. It’s simple but we execute [the food] really well,” says Smith. Order the slow roasted lamb shank with a glass of spicy syrah- soft meat falls off the bone and is a hearty dinner shared or eaten alone. (9650 Harvest Hills Blvd; stonehillrestaurant.com). — S.M.
A delightful snack full of ﬂavour (and oh so good for you)
FIRECRACKER ALMONDS MAKES 8 SERVINGS
2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder 1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder 1 tsp (5 mL) garlic powder 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive or almond oil 2 cups (500 mL) toasted whole natural almonds 1/2 tsp (2 mL) hot pepper sauce, or to taste 1 tsp (5 mL) ground red pepper (cayenne), or to taste
► Combine chili powder, curry powder, ► ► ► ►
garlic powder and oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Heat until hot and bubbly. Stir in almonds, tossing until almonds are evenly coated and heated through, 34 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in pepper sauce and red pepper. Allow to cool fully before serving.
Recipe courtesy of Almond Board of California www.almondboard.com
COURTESY ALMOND BOARD OF CALIFORNIA; COURTESY OREO; K&S MEDIA (2)
Casual new North American cuisine takes centre stage
DELICATE DINING A Dungeness crab salad. Above: The busy kitchen at the restaurant.
K&SMEDIA (2); COURTESY NATURE’S PATH, KASHI, SIMPLY FOOD; COURTESY RIZZOLI
Headed to Toronto? Don’t miss one of the best restaurants in the city, George. Located on queen Street, George is set within an unassuming 55, 000 square feet space encompassing a women’s club and small boutique hotel. At the helm is Ex ecu ti ve C h ef L o r en zo L os eto. “The chef here is a genius. I think we probably have the most interesting food in the city. It‘s very diverse,” manager JP Potters proclaims. Chef Loseto does not disappoint, creating a double- faced tasting menu (two entirely different menus) including a vegetarian tasting on our visit. The details of each plate are remarkably complex, with uncharacteristic flavour combinations that make each bite more interesting than the last. The silky 24 hour cured steelhead trout salad with lentil confetti is luscious and light, while the Dungeness crab salad with pear dashi puree, grapefruit and avocado has a play of textures and a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness from the crab. The meal climaxes with dessert- a chocolate tasting plate and apple tasting plate showcasing each ingredient using several differing techniques. Service is razor sharp, with chic waiters marching to and from tables like trained soldiers. best of all, the open kitchen lends a sly view of the culinary team working in tandem to create a true gastronomic experience. www.georgeonqueen.com —S.M.
Simply Food Good for Life line offers more than 60 products for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking including Raisin Bran ($3.99; www.shoppersdrugmart.ca).
Kashi Pita Crisps Zesty Salsa light and crispy, these snacks come in two flavours and are made with natural ingredients ($3.49; www.kashi.ca ).
Cake Conﬁdential Author and pâtissière Karen Kresne studied pastry making at Le Cordon bleu in France, and worked in pastry kitchens in Europe and Mexico before opening Extraordinary Desserts, a dessert café in San Diego in 1988. Her foray into the cookbook world is just as successful. Ex tr a or d in ar y C a kes is divided into ‘seasons’, each of the thirty two cake recipes are accompanied by scintillating photography. We love the helpful decorating techniques, and flower suggestions (which also include seasonality). This stunning cookbook will give you the urge to make every single cake. $40.00, Published by Rizzoli, www.rizzoliusa.co; www.amazon.ca —S.M.
Nature’s Path Love Crunch comes in four flavours like Dark Chocolate and Red Berries for a satisfying snack or breakfast ($4.59 – $5.29 www.naturespath.com). citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 19
FROM MY KITCHEN TO YOURS
Pierre Hermé Pastries The King of pastry shows readers the ins and outs of signature desserts at French Pâtisserie. PHOTOGRAPHy LAuRENT FAu/COuRTESy STEWART, TAbORI AND CHANG/ MANDA GROuP
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Pâtissier Pierre Hermé is the king of the macaron, using clever flavour combinations like olive oil and vanilla. Known for his chocolate expertise, the chef, originally from Alsace, trained with Gaston Lenôtre and worked at Fauchon and Ladurée, before opening his namesake pâtisserie, Pierre Hermé Paris in 1998. The only pastry chef to be awarded the prestigious chevalier de la légion d’honneur, he has crafted a visually appetizing book divided into four sections: The doyens of pâtisserie, pâtisserie with terroir, multi storied pâtisserie, and la pâtisserie modern. The book focuses on French pastries and classic desserts like: crème brulée, crèpes, croissants, rum baba, king’s cake and blancmange along with Herme’s variations on the original recipes — Cream Puffs morph into Chou Infiniment Citron. Each of the four sec-
tions embarks with a brief history on the origins of the pastry. Though some recipes are daunting like the Carrément Chocolat (two page recipe), even
“ese desserts seem to have existed since the beginning of time, eﬀortlessly traversing borders and centuries.” lightweight home bakers can pick up tricks of the trade to try out for their next party. T h e standout with this title is the photography by Laurent Fau which makes you do exactly what was intended - salivate and get inspired to create these morsels for your own pleasure and for those lucky few around you.
KITCHEN (Opposite page):Macaron Indulgence; (right): Tarte Fine au Chocolat Noir Porcelana; black forest cake; Émotion Inﬁniment Vanille.
VANILLA MACARONS Preparation time 5 minutes (5 days in advance) plus about 1 hour (the night before) Cooking time About 12 minutes Resting time 30 minutes MAKES ABOUT 72 MACARONS
Macaron Shells 7½ egg whites (220 g) 2½ cups (300 g) confectioners’ sugar 3 cups (300 g) ground almonds 3 vanilla beans 5 Tbsp (75 g) still mineral water 1½ cups (300 g) superﬁne granulated sugar
► Five days in advance, separate the eggs and retain the whites in the refrigerator.
► The night before, make the macaron shells. Sift the confectioners’ sugar with the ground almonds. Split the vanilla beans in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add them to the mixture of confectioners’ sugar and almonds. Pour half the egg whites over them without mixing.
► In a saucepan, bring the still mineral water and superﬁne sugar to a boil and cook just to 244°F (118°C). As soon as the syrup reaches 239°F (115°C), begin to beat the other half of the egg whites into stiﬀ peaks.
► Pour the syrup boiled to 244°F (118°C) over the beaten egg whites. Keep beating the meringue until it has cooled to 122°F (50°C) before incorporating it into the confectioners’ sugar–almond mixture, allowing the paste to lose its volume. Transfer the paste to a piping bag ﬁtted with a plain #11 pastry tip.
► Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Pipe disks 1½ inches (3.5 cm) in diameter and ¾ inch (2 cm) apart on the lined baking sheets. Tap the baking sheets on a work surface covered with a clean towel to release trapped air. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow a crust to form. ► Preheat a convection oven to 325°F (165°C).
► Place the baking sheets in the oven. Bake the macarons for 12 minutes, turning the baking sheets halfway through.
► As soon as the macarons come out of the oven, stick the macaron halves together two by two. ► Refrigerate the macarons for 24 hours. Remove them from the refrigerator 2 hours before eating. Recipes and Photographs excerpted from Pierre Hermé Pastries (Stewart, Tabori & Chang/ Manda Group); $57.50; www.abramsbooks.com; www.mandagroup.com.
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RED WHITE AND bLACK Classic colour combinations always make a splash.
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Get a luminous look in 3 simple steps
Treasure Trove :
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Get ready for stylish swimwear, active wear and much more
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CSL Spring fashion editorial
Helen of Troy :
HELEN OF TROY “is luminous eﬀect is eﬀortless to create but very speciﬁc in the regime. Skipping any step will increase dullness and detract om the overall look. Skin needs to be bold not brash, perfectly glowing and totally esh!” - DANIEL THOMPSON
Dan’s favourites SKIN CARE
A model is polished and pretty at the Valentino Spring 2012 show.
Perfectly Polished & Luminous MAKEUP LESSON
This season make up is bolder and brighter with fresh eye popping palettes borrowed from the colours of Spring. With an invigorating splash of saturated hues, every aspect of the season sparkles. This intensity and array of bold colours makes maintaining perfectly polished skin even more important. This spring foundation takes a back seat to porcelain skin and perfect tonality.
CREATE THE LOOK: STEP BY STEP
COURTESY DANIEL THOMPSON(2); MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK; JAMES S. SINCLAIR
PREP. RETEXTURE THE SUR-
FACE SKIN This look is highly dependent upon how well your skin texture in maintained. With almost no reliance on foundation, this season, prepping the skin is more critical than ever. Though most use a good moisturizer regularly, this alone will not yield the intended results. Over-cleansing will cause the skin to dry out and look rough, so here are my suggestions for the season: a) Cleanse only once a day, in the evening. Remove the dirt, oil and make up from the day before bed. Using a cleanser with a built in exfoliator, like gluconolactone, is a
great idea. Avoid using a scrub every day. b) Moisturize. There are great all in one products on the market. I love these in the spring and summer seasons because they provide all the benefits of multiple skincare products with all the ease of an express treatment. Avoid any product with alcohol denat.(denatured alcohol), SD alcohol or petroleum bases. These will make the skin look flaky. c) Mask once a week, every week. This is the season where the sun will cause major evaporation and skin can quickly go from luminous to dull when water depletes. Using a hydrating masque will not only pre-
Designer: Daniel Thompson Cosmeceuticals The Cleanser ($84 for 150mL) Spa: Daniel Thompson Cosmeceuticals The Moisturizer ($112 for 50mL) (shown at left) Mass Retail: Sisley Masque Créme à la Rose Noire ($175 for 60mL) SKIN PERFECTOR:
Designer: Guerlain Météorites Voyage ($200 for 8g) Spa: Daniel Thompson beauty Mineral Corrector ($89 for 8g) Mass Retail: Lancôme Ageless Minéral Complex ($42 for 10g) ShIMMER PRODuCTS:
Designer: La Mer Illuminating Powder ($115 for 10g) Spa : Daniel Thompson beauty Mineral blush ($89 for 8g) Mass Ret ail: bobbi brown Shimmer brick ($47 for 10g) www.danielthompsonbeauty.com
DAN THOMPSON bEAuTy mineral blush (left), $89
vent the dehydration but also prolong the results of your other skin care products. POLISH. CONTROL SKIN TONE WITHOUT COVERAGE These polishing products offer the ability to correct skin tone irregularities without any coverage. The skin can look polished and even but there is never a trace of foundation, demarcation line, and absolutely no possibility of over-applying. Brush a skin perfecting powder across the face after moisturizing. In an instant the skin is completely flawless. Note: these products will not cover blemishes or pigmentation but will correct red, sallow and uneven skin
tones. SH IMMER AND PERFECT. SHINE Everything from eyeshadow to lip gloss is sparkling this season and it is important to hit the right spots with these high shine products. Balance in the key. More lip, less eye. More eye, less cheek. More cheek, less lip. Don't be afraid of shimmer. When applied in small doses and on the high points of the face (apples of cheeks, brow bone, lips) it look remarkable and creates a moist, light catching effect that screams Spring. Use a larger brush to apply and remember a little goes a long way.
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13 Great Products
LETS MAKE A DEAL
Products CSL loves, and you should try too.
by NATALIE FOx
1. TRUE LOVE
Embossed with hearts and bearing a stamp of love in the form of x’s and o’s Stila love at ﬁrst blush palette is a true nod to romance. $14, www.stilacosmetics.com
2. PRIMARY COLOURS
Looking for a daily shampoo for colour treated hair? Giovanni Colorﬂage Bra zenly Brunette Shamp oo will keep your color strong and fresh (also available in blonde, black, platinum, and red). $11.99, www.giovannicosmetics.com
3. EYE THOUGHT SO!
Women dread hyperpigmentation around the eyes. Why not ﬁght it with La Pra irie White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream? It targets the accumulation of melanin to leave eyes smooth and less puﬀy. 20 ml, $420, www.laprairie.com
4. DON’T GLOSS OVER THIS
Not only is this high-shine, long-lasting formula easy to apply, but the gorgeous colour will ensure you’re noticed. Nars Larger an L ife Lip Gloss in Norma, $28, www.narscosmetics.ca
5. SPRING CLEANSER
Spring cleaning can also include skin éclos Age-Def ying Facial Cleanser gently removes makeup and daily build up. is brand new line also uses plant stem cells from a rare Swiss apple to deliver anti-aging result. 200 ml, $12.99, shoppersdrugmart.ca
EDTIOR’S PI CK
THE CSL GREEN TICKER
Make sure to keep Burt’s Bees Cranberry and Pomegranate Sug ar Scrub on hand in the shower to polish away dead skin cells and leave skin feeling so and smelling sweet. 225g, $14.99, www.burtsbees.com
In stead of dry cleanin g, hand wash items or steam clothes by placing a damp towel in the dryer with items made of
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COURTESY:NARS; LA PRAIRIE; ECLOS; GIOVANNI; BURT’S BEES; STILA
6. NEW SKIN
7. KEEP AN EYE ON THINGS
We love that Guerlain Mascara Noir G is the ﬁrst reﬁllable mascara. e sleek design includes an integrated mirror – genius. $50, reﬁlls $28, www.guerlain.com
8. NOT SO JADED
We love the art deco inspired palette and wearable colours but best of all is that Quo Eye Shadow Trio contains vitamin E, jojoba seed oil and chamomile. $15, shoppersdrugmart.ca
9. NAILED IT
With 24 nail covers in 12 sizes Broadway Na ils imPR ESS Press-On Manicure will have you changing up your look. $7.99-$9.99, www.impressmanicure.com
10. TAKE A BITE OUT OF IT
Treat lips to a bit of exfoliating and conditioning with Bite Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub. A perfect way to buﬀ away the impurities of winter and get ready for spring. $18 USD, all BITE products can be purchase at www.sephora.com
11. EYE SPY
Using anti-oxidant rich blueberries Yes to Blueberries Brig htening Eye Roller helps refresh and reduce dark circles. 14g, $21.99; yestocarrots.com; www.shoppersdrugmart.ca COURTESY:YES TO CARROTS; BITE; GREEN BEAVER; VASELINE; GUERLAIN; QUO; BROADWAY NAILS.
12. STAYCATION IN A BOTTLE
Green Beaver Boreal Bath Oil is like taking a bath deep in the Canadian forest – best of all you’ll never have to leave home. $13.99, www.greenbeaver.com
13. NEW FOR MEN
Men need long-lasting moisturizing too. Enter Vaseline MEN Extra Strength Hydrating Body and Face Lotion a lightweight, non-greasy formula. 325 ml, $3.77-$6.99, www.Facebook.com/Vaseline
“Use this daily for a brighter 11. fabrics like silk or rayon until the towel is dry.
complextion under your eyes, plus its small enough to pack for travel.” - SHIVANA MAHARAJ fashion editor
/Apply the gel from leaves of the aloe vera plant to soothe sunburn and minor wounds. ›› citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 25
OH LA LA
Global Fashion News
WHAT’S NEW AND GREAT IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
RUN THE WORLD!
DO THE ECO WALK newSKy running shoe , $129
by NATALIE FOx
Get into shape this Spring, looking chic and sleek. Whether you are running, walking or doing yoga, these sporty yet fashionable products will have you looking the part.
CROPPED OFF Lululemon Relaxed Fit Crop II in heathered black, $86
Floral patterns were all over international runways this season. Add just a touch with this beautiful lingerie set.
EASy ADJuSTMENT Lululemon Adjust Me bra in acqua marine, $48
The latest innovation in eco chic? Using recycled materials to repurpose into clothing and household items. Such is the use in New Balance newSKY shoes. The upper area is made from a polyester manufactured from 95% PET plastic bottles, eight (count em) to be specific, while the minimus sole reduces manufacturing waste. Best of all for walkers and runners of all kinds, the ultra leighweight comfortable shoe comes in a sleek design and a cool pop of bright pink. www.newbalance.ca; www.lululemon.com.
WONDERbRA Chantilly two tone lace bra ($39) and panty ($20).
What’s hot for 2012? A vibrant, dewy and glowing complexion. Fresh skin and hair for Spring is easy with this selection of new products.
SUN KISSED GLOW
Super by Dr. Perricone Sun Kissed tinted moisturizer with spf 25 protects and soothes while minerals leave skin ﬂawless. 30 ml, $42, www.perriconemd.com 26 | SPRING 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
Add needed moisture to dull winter skin with Va seline Total Moisture™ Cocoa R ad iant leaving skin radiant and with a delightful chocolaty scent. 600 ml, $6-$9, www.vaseline.ca
ree ﬂowers immortelle, bellis perennis and garden nasturtium are included in L'Occitane Brightening Water to give a luminous complexion. 200 ml, $30, ca.loccitane.com
ALL TANGLED UP?
Get a handle on unruly hair with Oj on Super Sleek Smoothing Conditioner which smoothes and seals in moisture and protects against frizz. 250 ml, $28, www.ojon.com
COURTESY NEW BALANCE; LULULEMON; WONDERBRA; DR. PERRICONE; VASELINE; LOCCITANE; OJON
Not so sure what swimwear will ﬂatter your ﬁgure? CSL’s guide will have you feeling ready for the beach in no time.
Your Entire Body
WHY IT WORKS SEAFOLLY GODDESS BOYLEG MAILLOT IN INDIGO PROS Seeking the curves of a 1950s maillot? This one piece ultra feminine boyleg has ruching on the body and cups giving the illusion of curves where you want them. Plus, the ruching sucks you in like shapewear for your entire body. An adjustable halter has thick ties to balance proportions. Soft cups are great for swimming. This is a great piece for creating a flattering silhouette. I absolutely adored this easy to slip on suit and got quite a few compliments at the beach.
CONS It takes at least a full day to dry in the sun. www.seafolly.com
SEAFOLLY BIBA BUSTIER BRA AND T WIST BAND HIPSTER PROS This colourful two piece comes in a fantastic bright coral (the colour of the season). The ruffle detail adds a flirty twist to the classic bikini and the supportive molded cups and adjustable straps are comfortable. These details add fullness and lift for those who desire it. This bikini is great for beach activities or walks along the beach. It stays put, yet delivers on style.
Classic ﬂats are great for lounging. e Lily Ballet Flat in Cranberry; www.OKA-b.com
CONS It may be a tad revealing for some but we wish we could have one in every colour. www.seafolly.com
COURTESY VITAMIN A; ECOSWIM; SEAFOLLY (2)
Your Torso and Derriere
ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN ECOBASICSBOWSWIM DRESS PROS This lightweight halter swim dress defines flirty beachwear. It is literally like wearing a dress to the beach. Best of all the fabric, lining and trim and packaging are all made from recycled materials making this an eco-friendly and chic choice. Feminine details like a bow on the neckline, keyhole bust and ruffle trim on the skirt make this suit an excellent choice for those looking for coverage without skimping on style.
Add a da sh of cool to any outﬁt. Polarized Oakley Changeover - Nightfall Stripes; oakley.com
CON S The black and tan colour scheme though slimming is a bit demure for the beach. Wish there were more colour selection. www.ecoswim.com
VITAMIN A RUNWAY WRAP MAILLOT PROS The bright blue is a show stopper on the beach or by the pool. The sheen on the fabric catches the light beautifully and is sleek and sexy and a unique piece, making your feel like you are wearing an evening gown. We love the variety of colours that this piece is available in and the variety of ways that you can tie the suit. The best part of the suit is the high cut of the ‘behind’, making your derriere look fantastic. CONS Try not to stay out too long laying in the sun which may result in odd tan lines. www.vitaminaswim.com
SIR ALISTAIR RAI
Punch up your swim attire with a spla sh of pattern and brig ht colour. Ikat wrap- turqouise; siralistairrai.com citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 27
SHE’S A LADy THIS SEASON DESIGNERS FOCuSED ON MODERN FEMININITy;
A MIx OF THE 1950’S AND 60’S THIS SEASON SPEAKS TO DIFFERENT ExPRESSIONS OF WOMANLy DRESSING THROuGH A PASTEL PALATTE, PRINT, TExTuRE AND THE TIMELESS HOuRGLASS SILHOuETTE.
Photography by Tieran Green
PRETTY IN PASTEL
Punchy blue livens up a pastel lace skirt. BCBG Max Azria Jocelyn skirt, $202; BCBG Max Azria black bus*er, $154; BCBG Max Azria Muna collec*on earrings, $82; all www.bcbg.com. Le Chateau turquoise blazer, www.lechateau.com. Forever 21 black cuﬀ $12.80; Forever 21 cuﬀ, $6.80; both canada.forever21.com. 28 | SPRING 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
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Take 60s style into the new millennium with a crochet crop Forever 21 tube top, $5.80, canada.forever21.com. RW&Co knit top, www.rw6co.com. Old Navy skirt, www.oldnavy.ca. Lela Rose for Payless Clarendon wedge, $ 69.99, www.payless.com.
Make macrame modern with a sleek silhoue+e and emphasis on the hip Lela Rose for Payless Clarendon wedge, $ 69.99, www.payless.com. Banana Republic white peplum top, www.bananarepublic.ca. BCBG Max Azria orange belt, $106; BCBG Max Azria dress, $598, www.bcbg.com. French Connec*on wooden clutch, canada.frenchconnec*on.com. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 31
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A pencil skirt with peplum detail and a long sleeved sweater works well at work. Forever 21 coral sweater, $18.80; Forever 21 necklaces, $7.80; both canada.forever21.com. Banana Republic skirt, www.bananarepublic.ca. BCBG Max Azria peplum belt, $94; www.bcbg.com.
Sweet looks do not have to mean boring 7 add punches of colour blockin and contras*ng pa+ern BCBG Max Azria banded skirt, $190, www.bcbg.com. Banana Republic orange purse, $110, www.bananarepublic.ca. Forever 21 mul*coloured bangles, $6.80; Forever 21 green cuﬀs, $6.80; Forever 21 ﬂoral top, $16.80; Forever 21 crochet top, $15.80; Forever 21 headband with bow, $10.80; Forever 21 gold necklace, $4.80, all canada.forever21.com. Special thanks to staﬀ at Azuridge. Model, Drewe, I Model Mangement, www.imodelmanagement.ca; Makeup Krista Ho Lem, www.kristaholem.com; Styling and hair, K&S Media. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 33
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Global Travel News WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO AROuND THE WORLD
by AMbER ALENT
PUT IT ON THE MAP
BULGARI HOTEL AND RESIDENCES
Jewels not your thing? Why not try a jewel-inspired hotel. Bulgari Hotel and Residences will be opening in Spring 2012 in Knightsbridge London. e eighty ﬁve rooms and suites will feature details such as custom made silk curtains with patterns
inspired by classic Bulgari designs, and bedside table lamps inspired by Bulgari’s silver candlesticks. An Italian inspired Bar and Restaurant and spa spread over two ﬂoors and craed using onyx, teak and Vicenza stone round out the luxurious experience. Our
favourite feature of the hotel? e forty seven seat screening room with a collection of ﬁve hundred new and classic ﬁlms. Opening April 2012; www.bulgarihotels.com
what is it Ever wanted to pinpoint your favourite spot in Paris, the best meal you ate in New york or a great museum in Shanghai so that you could share it with friends later? AVENz A PD F MA PS A P P introduces waypoint importing and exporting which allows users the ability to share recorded specific map points of interest with others in minutes.
Getting Your 15 Minutes of Fame at Miami International Airport COURTESY: MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; BULGARI HOTELS; AVENZA
There will be more excitement at Miami International Airport (MIA) than usual in 2012. As an addition to seven other new original docu-series on the Travel Channel, “Miami International Airport” will look at the day to day lives of MIA employees, managing the challenges of serving 100 000 passengers a day as the United States second most busy airport. “This is a fantastic opportunity for national viewers to see some of our many hardworking and dedicated employees in action and the improvements we’re making for the traveling public,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Assistant Director Lauren Stover. The travel channel has also renewed its other series including No Reservations, Ghost adventures and Mysteries at the Museum. Maybe the series will finally shed light on where all those nabbed eyebrow tweezers go?! www.travelchannel.com THE CSL GREEN TICKER
how it works Say you’re navigating the streets of Rome and stumble upon a great trattoria – you can snap a picture link it with the map location, and then send it to friends via iTunes, Dropbox, email or weblink. With a growing database you can even look up historical maps and cross reference with modern locations - a great idea for a kids treasure hunt. www.avenza.com
Travel with direct ﬂights when possible. by driving 8 km slower than the speed limit you can save loads of emissions.
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The night lights of Tokyo.
“Clothes are the most immediate way to communicate to a perfect stranger across the room.”
SHENAE GRIMES TOUR GUIDE
Profession: Actress Homebase: Los Angeles
What is your favourite way to express yourself?
Through the way I dress. I've been into fashion since I was a kid. I've never thought about what other people would think when I got dressed in the morning because it wasn't about that. It was about what I felt like presenting that day and sometimes I'm a rocker chic and sometimes I'm a tomboy and sometimes I'm in my sweatpants and sometimes I want to be a pretty girlie girl. Clothes are the most immediate way to communicate that to a perfect stranger across the room.
What is your style?
Totally eclectic. Again it changes every day but super casual, I like to be comfortable. All of my clothes are comfy and cute but comfy comes first.
Shenae loves spaghetti bolognese
1. SHOP AND EAT “I love American Rag. It’s got a great cafe for lunch and an awesome store.”
2. FAVOuRITE RESTAuRANT “I like the Chateau Marmont it’s tried and true and even though it’s right in the middle of Hollywood it doesn't feel like you're in Hollywood. The spaghetti bolognese is amazing.”
Who are some of your style icons?
I've always loved Mary-Kate Olsen people can rag on her all they want but I think she's so cute because she doesn't care. I also like Sienna Miller, Steven Tyler is probably an icon. Jim Morrison is also a style inspiration. I feel sexier in leather pants than I do in anything else.
What's your favourite style city in the world?
Everybody is super chic in Paris you feel underdressed at the café having breakfast. It's very basic but it's very put together. It doesn't necessarily pop as much it’s tame, a very muted colour palette. But it's my style personally so I vibe with it. I don't know if I get inspiration from it. Tokyo is where I get my inspiration. Oh my god! I mean I would never have the balls to dress that way but you can take little pieces from it.
Tell us about your charity work.
I was in Japan when the major tsunami and earthquake happened on March 11 2011. I returned home safely two days later. I made it a priority of mine to help everybody that had nowhere else to escape to. I had spent 48 hours worrying about getting myself out safely and then when you are finally on the plane you're like 'I have somewhere to go to'. For everybody else this is their home. If this was Toronto my Mom would not be getting on a plane right now - this is it. I started this online initiative encouraging kids to pay attention to what's going on in the world and donate whatever allowance or spare change they have. Hopefully we raise money, we weren't really monitoring, it wasn't about that. It was just about spreading the word. All the news is on my website. officialshenaegrimes.com CSL 36 | SPRING 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
3. FAVOuRITE STORE “Reformation. It’s all reworked fabrics and vintage inspired styles but all contemporary cuts. ”
COURTESY: © ATOUT FRANCE/PASCAL GRÉBOVAL; THE CHATEAU MARMONT; REFORMATION; AMERICAN RAG; EXPRESS.TOKYO TOURISM BOARD; MCCAIN; K&S MEDIA
Grimes at a Calgary store opening for Express clothing. below: Paris, one of Grimes’ favourite cities. A hat from Express worn by Grimes.
her L.A. faves
A mere whiﬀ of these scents and you’re instantly transported somewhere else – all for less than the cost of a plane ticket. by AMbER ALENT
COURTESY: MAUI CVB; © ATOUT FRANCE/HERVÉ LE GAC; TOKYO TOURISM BOARD; KAI FRAGRANCE; BATHA ND BODY WORKS; GUERLAIN; AZZARO. . TAJ MAHAL: K&S MEDIA
KAI PERFUME OIL
BATH AND BODYWORKS PARIS AMOUR
Children playing in Maui, Hawaii. Le Tour Eiﬀel in Paris
NOTES Gardenia and white exotics make this perfume oil luscious and intoxicating. The soft scent is perfect for day or evening. D E S T I N AT I O N I N S P I R AT I O N Creator Gaye Straza spent her youth vacationing in the tropical paradise of Hawaii and this scent instantly transports to beaches lined with black volcanic rocks, big surf and women wearing frangipani in their hair. www.kaifragrance.com
NOTES French tulips, apple blossoms, and pink champagne are blended to create a gamine scent. Sweet and fruity with hints of musk, it is bursting with the fragrance of spring ﬂowers. DESTINATION INSPIRATION Reminiscent of a springtime stroll through the streets of the City of Light when magnolia trees are blossoming and romance is in the air. www.bathandbodyworks.com
SHALIMAR INITIAL L’EAU
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India
NOTES Rose and jasmine conjure the Garden of Shalimar in Lahore. Woody, citrusy and oriental, this is a seductive fragrance. D E S T I N AT I O N I N S P I R AT I O N Shalimar means abode of love, and while the original fragrance celebrated MumtazMahal for whom the Taj Mahal was built, Parfum Initial still conjures exotic lands. www.guerlain.com
AZZARO POUR HOMME L’EAU
The picturesque Mount Fuji behind Tokyo’s skyline.
FOR yOuR MAN NOTE S yuzu, lemon and grapefruit make this a refreshing and invigorating scent. While sandalwood, musk and patchouli give it a deﬁnitively masculine ﬂair. DESTINATION INSP IRATION The yuzu note evokes Japan and its clean, aesthetic cuisine and lifestyle. www.azzaroparis.com (available in May 2012)
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$100 A Day in ... Copan, Honduras PENNYWISE
Hieroglyphs, jungle and old town squares set the scene in this Central American country where youâ€™ll ďŹ nd bargains on food, snacks and lodging but expect to pay a little more to visit the famous site of Copan.
TExT AND PHOTOGRAPHy by JANET FISCHER
$25 Find yourself a lovely little hacienda for the night. Wander around the town square with the retired gauchos (complete with Stetsons and pistols) feeling like an extra in an old Western. Head off onto some side streets for a good explore, life is pretty basic around here, but the sights of family homes with laundry drying in the baking desert sun, and small children running around gives you an insight into a different world only 100 years removed from Calgary and the old west! $2.50 (for two) Get yourself some lunch at one of the local tiendas. I heartily recommend the banana milkshakes or as they are known locally: licuados. $2.50 Negotiate yourself a tuk-tuk to the ruins
COPAN CABANA: (clockwise from top) A brightly coloured reconstruction at the temple. Carving of an iguana. The main square of Copan.
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$15 Entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Maya Site of Copan including entrance to the museum. Entrance to the tunnels is a further $12. whc.unesco.org/en/list/129 $25 (per group) Hire a local guide to the ruins. This is absolutely essential if you want to understand anything about the complex temple structures and carvings. Ours was the grandson of the Mayan who guided the British and American archaeologists here. We learned to read some of the hieroglyphics, saw interesting sections of the temples that you would not be likely to find or think significant on your own and gleaned an excellent insight into Mayan culture. He even put up with the million questions we had. All government accredited guides have ID, and congregate just before the entrance to the ruins.
BEING GREEN: (clockwise
from top left) A giant tree. Landscape of Copan. Carved relief. Town Square. Guardian.
Work up an appetite by walking back to town along the little path, you’ll have a much better appreciation for how remote and difficult life can be here by walking past the farms and houses.
$0.25 Join all (and I mean all – even the mayor can be spotted here) of the locals in the queue for grilled corn-on-the-cob sold by the same family everyday from about 4:30pm on the SE corner of the main square. It’s delicious and very popular. Corn in hand it’s now time for a stroll around the main square again, this time to watch all of the young people practice their best flirting skills before being chased into their houses for din-
ner. Indulge in a spot of shopping (after all dinner is only going to be $15 with beer and you’ve still got $30 left). Local specialties include hammocks, Guanacaste wood bracelets, Mayan carvings, and very touristy resin moulds of Copan.
$15 Head to my favourite dining spot (not least of which because the owners got up at 4am to make us breakfast) in Copan: Picame, run by a lovely expat couple for delicious international/local food and cold beers on the same road as the bus station. Alternatively you could always try La Llama del Bosque two blocks west of the Central Square for more delicious food and local specials.
www.picamecopan.com Time for another wander around the central square (you should be recognizing a pattern here). Copan is a very small town that has built up around the tourist trade to the ruins and the local ranching community. What makes it worth a stop (besides the ruins) is that it has not become another Luxor – conceived entirely to host (and rip-off) the tourists that come to visit the monuments. Instead it offers a true glimpse into the daily lives of Hondurans, as they go about their lives in this arid and poor region of the world. CSL
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My Room At...
Fairmont Royal York The place for classic architecture, food and service. Eighty three years of history can’t be wrong
by KAILASH MAHARAJ
►WHY HERE WHY NOW The hotel has an array of unique experiences. Foodies will love the ‘shop with chef’excursion where guests meet with the Fairmont’s culinary team to peruse local shops for sustainable fish, meat and produce. Don’t miss Canada Blooms, the largest flower and garden show in March 2012, just 20 minutes away from the hotel.
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►THE SCENE The historic and luxurious hotel opened in 1929 as The Royal York. Our deluxe room was spacious and comfortable with views of Union Station. Those working on the road will appreciate the high speed internet access. Business travellers, families and girlfriend getaway guests flow through this large hotel (1365 rooms) which also houses nineteen shops, services and boutiques.
Clockwise from left: Inside Epic; A street view of the hotel; mosiac tile inside the hotel; A server at Library bar; Tandoori skewers at Library bar
WHO IT’S FOR History buffs, luxury lovers and those with a refined interested in Canadiana.
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100 Front Street West; www.fairmont.com/royalyork
WHEN TO GO The Winter season is magical while the largest flower and garden expo in Canada takes place here in early Spring.
x - FACTOR Connected to the PATH underground walkways, with access to Eaton Centre, and The Hockey Hall of Fame.
COURTESY: FAIRMONT HOTELS (3); FOOD AND PORTRAIT K&S MEDIA
►FOOD The hotel has five restaurants and four lounges. Featuring both a traditional buffet breakfast and brunch, we walked into a bustling EPIC on a Sunday morning. We enjoyed our made to order omelets, fruit and pastries. The use of Ocean Wise seafood, herbs picked from the rooftop garden and desserts sweetened with hand harvested rooftop honey make the restaurant shine. Later that evening we sipped author inspired cocktails and snacked on tandoori skewers, and a hearty lamb burger served with brie and tangy-sweet tomato chutney while sitting back in our leopard printed chairs, listening to the Spanish tinged guitar player. The Library Bar feels like an old gentleman’s club where one could spend an evening in comfort.
My Room At...
updated Victorian architecture, artistic ﬂair and Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel
TORONTO HERE WH Y NOW Guests will be
struck with the 1889 Victorian architecture. In 2000 the Zeidler family purchased and fully restored the Gladstone, though the bones of the hotel remain, the guestrooms feel European in style with modern artistic touches and art at every glance. Green goes far beyond colour at the hotel including a Green Roof, green living wall which greets guests as they enter the main lobby and the use of non toxic cleaning products resulting in a true eco-conscious property. ►FOOD Chef Marc Breton sticks to a local, organic and fair trade menu– try the fried whitefish and grilled calamari served with bright red beet puree and arugula and grapefruit salad. Vegans will love the avocado chocolate tart, while kids of all ages can munch on freshly baked cookies as a midnight snack. In 2006, Chef Breton and President Christina Zeidler created Harvest Wednesday’s - a series of farm to table culinary events to showcase produce from Chick a biddy acres, a community shared agriculture farm. The beautiful and historic Melody Bar features a wooden bar as the focal point.
COURTESY GLADSONTE HOTEL (4); FOOD K&S MEDIA
Clockwise from top: Dining room table at the restaurant; The Gladstone’s green roof; The exterior of the hotel; Grilled calamari at the restaurant; The antique elevator;
►THE SCENE The Gimme More rooms are the largest artist-designed rooms with four piece bath and/or kitchenette - ideal for business travellers. We stayed in #314 and #403. The Billio room (314), designed by Bruno Billio feels like a throwback to the original Victorian hotel. The first thing you are struck by is the bright red and sumptuous Italian fabric. The large armoire in the middle of the room is propped up by old books and houses a bar. The room feels authentically antique, but with modern conveniences like a plasma tv. #403 The big wood room feels like authentically modern Canadiana designed by Amy McLaughlin and Aleksandr Niestroj. (1214 Queen Street West; “Gimme More” Room om $195/ night; www.gladstonehotel.com)
WHO IT ’S FO R Urbanites, hipsters and those with an appreciation for architecture, art and design.
WHEN TO GO Avoid the busy Fall season when summer festivals are coming to a close and TIFF season approaches. Early Spring is ideal.
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My Room At...
Excellent food, wonderful service and an intimate feel by ROOKMIN MAHARAJ
►WHY HERE WHY NOW While it serves a mainly business crowd, touches such as a sauna, an indoor pool and rental car desk make the Intercontinental Yorkville a great choice hotel for leisure stays. Across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and University of Toronto in the cool, bustling neighbourhood of Yorkville, and minutes away from St. George subway station, the eight level hotel still feels intimate. On the day I visited, I had the fitness centre and lap pool on the penthouse floor all to myself. Spring is a great time to visit as the outdoor patio and courtyard are filled with flowers.
BODY OF PROOF
Clockwise from left: Proof bar sign; Executive Chef Christopher Perera; Chef Jo Rabba; jumbo spicy prawns; A guestroom at the hotel; Sleek and simple Proof bar.
►THE SCENE Couples and business people predominate the guests at the hotel while professionals and a younger crowd gather at Proof Vodka bar in the evening. The friendly staff hail from all over the world (my server was from Turkey and a manager from Tunisia) – a good representation of Toronto itself. 220 Bloor Street West; toronto.intercontinental.com
WHO IT’S FOR Hipsters will love its location in a trendy neighbourhood and business people will appreciate the amenities.
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WHEN TO GO When the patio is open and definitely check out the bar in the evening.
x - FACTOR Dining at the outdoor patio is an absolute standout.
COURTESY: INTERCONTINENTAL (2); FOOD,PORTRAIT AND BAR K&S MEDIA
►FOOD Unlike at some restaurants, the servers at Proof Vodka Bar know the food well like my server Kristin ready with applicable anecdotes about the dishes and cocktails. I only wish there were a few more tables as the ottoman style lounge chairs are tricky to eat from. In the spring, summer and early fall SkyLounge is marvellous for grabbing a bite – the lamb platter and seafood platter are unbelievable. On the night I visited, I had gargantuan shrimp prepared by Chef de cuisine Joseph Rabba and Executive Chef Christopher Perera who work expertly as a team neither one taking credit for the successful menu. More formal dining is available at Signatures restaurant.
BOOKCASE ON THE SHELF
Pack to Read New releases on our reading list.
by KAILASH MAHARAJ
“ If you’ve... ever wanted to get a sneak peek into the hidden world of Cuba. History seems ozen in time in this book.”
COURTESY: TASCHEN; RIZZOLI (2); ABRAMS BOOKS
If You’re... looking for inspiration from old world interiors and those tailored to contemporary Rea d... In side Asia needs. ( Taschen, $64.99, a maz on.c a; www.taschen.com) Because... of its luscious photographs of hotels, houses and temples that redeﬁne that the meaning of home and space. Prepare to discover the eastern aesthetic through captivating imagery, and brief essays. Indeed, no detail has been overlooked - the book is literally covered in the same colour fabric used for Thai monks’ robes and features a Garuda bird motif. Informed by Eastern philosophy these fortyeight interiors from India to Myanmar, Laos and Singapore balance the transformative powers of architecture and nature.
If You’re... into names such as Le Sereno, and Fireﬂy Plantation and heed the transporting allure of the tropics. Read... Caribbean hideaways (Rizzoli, $60, www.rizz oliusa .com) Bec ause... “Once the center of the world, the Caribbean islands were thriving international ports directing global commerce, exporting some of the most precious natural resources, and even encouraging territorial battles on a regular basis,” writes Chris Blackwell (Island Records), in the foreword. Growing up in Jamaica Blackwell ‘s depiction of the Antilles is a nostalgic look at the place he once called home. Author Meg Nolan van Reesema brings together a collection of Caribbean style and the photography by Jessica Antola brings the romance of the West Indies to life. You can almost taste the salt water air.
If You’re... wild about lavish design set against a backdrop of royal intrigue. Read... Versailles (Abrams Books, $45, amazon.ca; ww.abramsbooks.com) Because... the author is a curator of the chateau bringing an insider perspective to its pages. Exhaustive photographs and research of this one-of a kind palace that has awed visitors for centuries makes this a standout book. It is a visual traipse through Versailles – leaving nothing untouched. From its gardens, to its artwork, its royal apartments, to its opera, Versailles traces not only the history of the palace but also that of France.
If You’ve... ever wanted to get a sneak peek into the hidden world of Cuba. history seems frozen in time in this book. Read... The Splendor of Cuba (Rizzoli, $90, www.rizzoliusa.com) Because... Talk about happy accident. Searching for the Western route to the Far East, Columbus stumbled upon the Caribbean and Cuba and a lingering Spanish inﬂuence remained for centuries. This book is a brightly and beautifully photographed historyphotostory of jaw dropping residences and interiors. From the colonial Spanish details in lavish plantation houses of the 1700’s in havana which lent it the pseudonym, “city of palaces” to the teatro Tomas Terry a splendid example of European theaters of the 19th century, to Art deco inﬂuences at havana’s Bacardi building and the casa de Alfred von Chulthess a modern 20th century marvels, the book is a visual spectacle.
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Astrologer’s Guide to Scottsdale In the sweeping red rocks of Arizona, four friends with diﬀering personalities beg the question: Can they plan a girl’s getaway based on their respective astrological signs? By Kailash Maharaj and Shivana Maharaj
From Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association: left, Susan Dorety, centre, Luci Gaudreau (also owner of Golden Word books and Music), right, Amayra Hamilton. Opposite: A path at The Hermosa Inn.
ALWAYS GYPSIES AT HEART, TRAVELLING TO THE CORNERS OF THE GLOBE HAS BEEN AT THE CENTRE OF OUR FRIENDSHIP. Exchanging stories, comparing notes and even taking the odd travel adventure together has bonded our relationship through the years. One evening, the topic of conversation converged around our mutual admiration for Arizona, a place that we had all visited before, and all felt a special affinity, particularly for the healing quality of the area. Perhaps it was the vortex energy, the south-western charm or the short haul flight. Though we had all visited the healing centres of Scottsdale, Phoenix and Sedona, we had never done so together. Sure we had travelled along the ubiquitous route 66 and Pacific Coast Highway, and had a fine time in Vegas but feeling like we were all at a point of bewilderment in our lives, we opted for a more introspective, healing and contemplative journey. What better place for this, we thought. than the quiet of Arizona? For the four of us, astrology, particularly our zodiac signs was also key to this trip – in a way, a paint by numbers guide to ourselves that would help fine tune our visit – stopping at restaurants, accommodations and spas and meeting ‘healers’ that truly aligned with each one of our astrological personalities.
As the poster child for ‘earth’ signs, Virgo exudes the qualities of being grounded and close to the earth in every respect. In love with nature and healthy living, this astrological sign also prefers solitude and quiet rather than being extravagant and overt. Details are very important to the Virgo, no meticulous touch is overlooked by this sign and she is appreciative of small, fine tuned minutiae. As a result, the Virgo has discerning taste, and is analytical and critical, always expecting perfection. Simplicity is key for Virgos who prefer environments that are neat, tidy and spotless.
As an earthy nature loving Virgo, the peace and tranquility of the muddle bar: the Nectar Grande mojito, a perfectly balanced combination tucked away, luxurious The Hermosa Inn immediof 10 Cane Rum, Moet and Chandon champagne, sugar ately feels like home. Built in the 1930’s, the boutique cane, lime and mint. Chef Madrid’s cuisine is rooted in the address book hotel was originally the resting place of cowboy artist flavours of Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. As a ~ VIRGO ~ Lon Magargee. Everywhere I look in my deluxe caVirgo, the earthiness in each dish is heightened by the use sita, there are subtle cowboy accents like twentieth of chili peppers. Growing up in Chihuahua Mexico, century artwork, magazine covers, and wood chests – Madrid believes chilies are essential to his cooking. “We The Hermosa Inn all of which make for a sense of comfort that relaxes Luxury boutique hotel originally use chili peppers on everything. Pepper is one of those built in the 1930’s. A tucked me. My enormous bathroom is a continuation of the things that you use with respect for flavour. You don’t need away tranquil and peaceful cowboy throwback. A walk in shower, and silver a lot,” he explains. Every dish carefully uses a variety of Southwestern oasis. 5532 North Palo Cristi Road 1930’s style faucets are the backdrop to a stunning chili pepper with delicacy and restraint. My trio of ceviche Paradise Valley, AZ pedestal tub, the perfume of sage-citrus, the signature from Peruvian to traditional tuna tartare, millionaire tacos www.hermosainn.com scent at Hermosa, fills the air. On evenings, I notice a with lobster is so fresh and crisp I feel as if I am by the sea. charming cowboy dream quote with lavender chocoThe finale of my meal is a Cuban chocolate cigar, complete Lon’s Chef Jeremy Pacheco and his lates by the bedside table, a hint of one of the artists with sugar matches and a mini slender mug of dulce de culinary team present “artful most celebrated works. Outside, the cozy fireplace and leche ice cream. I talk recipes, ingredients and techniques American cuisine”using tradicourtyard patio terrace with green space beguile my tional methods such as smoking with Madrid until the restaurant is about to close. “I try to and wood grilling. senses. be creative with those very unique [Latin] ingredients and www.hermosainn.com For dinner later in the evening, I dine at Lon’s, the I think that makes the difference,” says Madrid. And I signature restaurant at the property, head by Executive agree, this has been one of my most memorable and unique True Food Kitchen Jeremy Pacheco. The space feels cozy, with chic rus- Global cuisine centered around culinary experiences. the principals of Dr. Weil. tic accents like wooden chairs studded with metal nails As a lover of healthy and nutritious fare, I am imFlavourful, inspired and and cowhide, horse saddles and wooden ceiling beams mediately drawn to the mere concept of a menu centered on nourishing. making me feel as if I’ve walked into a Ralph Lauren the teachings of Dr. Weil, health guru extraordinaire. At 2502 E Camelback Rd # 135 Phoenix, AZ campaign and Western Movie all in one fell swoop. True Food Kitchen I am surprised by the cross section of www.truefoodkitchen.com Lon’s also features a basement wine cave reminiscent diners with no sign of bell bottoms, or peace signs (take for of old world Europe available for private dining. I example the twelve hefty football player types who book a Deseo enjoy my dinner of truffle goat cheese macaroni, Hiprivate glass dining room). True Food Kitchen feels chic Stunning Latin American inmalayan salt seared Ahi tuna and roasted jidori and modern, appealing to a wide range of tastes. This is a spired cuisine. chicken with sweet onion jus, glazed baby carrots and place where burgers and pizza are not thought of as the 6902 East Greenway Parkway Scottsdale, AZ basil mashed potatoes. devil, but transformed into lighter incarnations such as www.kierlandresort.com/dinIn the morning, I retract the roof in the living space roasted eggplant pizza or grass fed bison burger. Touches of ing/deseo blessing it with abundant light. Maneuvering along the global cuisine are found throughout the menu including paths, I notice the small bridges and plethora of cactus Moroccan, Mediterranean and Asian twists and lots of vegvarieties embedded in small white pebbles that resemble flowing water. etarian and gluten free options. I make my way to Lon’s for breakfast, and order the all too addictive I start with a drink called the Medicine man made with Olivello juice brioche monkey bread. I am thoroughly embraced at Hermosa, and every (Sea buckthorn), pomegranate juice, cranberry juicy, black tea, soda detail at the property imitates the hospitality that only Magargee could water and pomegranate seeds. It tastes like a refreshing antioxidant shot have dreamed up. with a slight tangy edge. The Thai shrimp dumplings served with a soy, To say that the cuisine at Deseo is inspired would be an understate- ginger and jalapeno sauce are delicious. The Mediterranean salad plays ment. Tucked away in the Westin Kierland Resort, Chef de Cuisine on the textures of sweet toasted marcona almonds, and cucumbers, while Roberto Madrid and his culinary team execute a flawless Latin menu. the earthy quinoa eagerly soaks up the zesty lemon oregano vinaigrette The vibrant sounds of meringue tantalize my ears as I walk into the and comes together with creamy feta and salty olives. Announcing itself restaurant, first artist Nelson Garcia-Miranda, a former employee and in a waft of comforting perfume is my Penang chicken curry – a rich exiled Cuban immigrant whose talent was discovered accidentally. His and velvety coconut gravy soaking into the brown rice, and coating the paintings are proudly displayed throughout Deseo and he is on hand vegetables. For dessert, I dive into the banana chocolate tart with a nightly working at his art. mesquite flour crust and brazil nut dust. 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COURTESY: LONS (SALAD) ; TRUE FOOD KITCHEN (DRINKS)
Clockwise from above: A beautiful salad from Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn; Nelson Garcia Miranda, artist at Deseo; An outside ﬁreplace at The Hermosa Inn; Drinks at True Food Kitchen; A casita at The Hermosa Inn.
Clockwise from above: Wild striped bass at Il Terazzo at The Phoenician; The pools at The Phoenician; Joya Spaâ€™s night sky at Montelucia Resort and Spa; Making pizza at Humble Pie; Afternoon Tea at The Phoenician.
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COURTESY: MONTELUCIA (JOYA SPA)
A communication sign that loves nothing better than multitasking, Geminis are fast talking charmers. They crave variety and are often found flitting from one activity to the next. Life-long learners, Twins have a seemingly endless stream of facts memorized. Constant excitement keeps their minds working overtime while stimulating cultural experiences satisfy their quest for knowledge. It is easy to succumb to the thrill of myriad activities night. When we arrive the place is busy with couples, address book at the sprawling Phoenician. At every turn there is somebusiness people, and an after work crowd. Wooden tathing new – a koi pond emerging from across from one bles, a wood burning oven, local beers and a generous ~ GEMINI ~ of the hotel’s nine pools, a sleek entrance near the maswine list elevate this beyond a simple pizza joint. I order sive ballrooms, an ice cream parlour stocked with sweet the littleneck clam pizza - thin and crispy but not greasy. The Phoenician treats, 11 competitive tennis courts, shops selling everyI sneak some chili basil sauce and calamari from my Guestrooms, suites and presidential suites, three golfthing from clothing to wine (I even had a free wine and friend – it is amazing - not too spicy, with a hint of sweetcourses several dining options cheese tasting). Though for some getting around the 250 ness I could eat bottles of it on everything. With four loand numerous family activities acre resort can be overwhelming, I love that my busy cations, the restaurant serves a neighbourhood crowd and available. www.thephoenician.com Gemini mind is always active here (and you can always hold charity events including a Breast Cancer walk each call a golf cart to take you anywhere). I am able to roam year. Humble Pie’s got character and it’s got heart. Humble Pie the property observing all the details – orchids used as a There is an undeniable allure to Montelucia Resort Local gourmet pizzeria signature flower – pink on Il Terrazo restaurant’s tables, & Spa. Architecturally stunning with recessed arcades, featuring a wood burning oven and wine list. white on an art piece vanity; a Classic Joy CD near the courtyards fashioned after Andalusia and tiled fountains, humblepieusa.com bedside table to play; lip balm included in the room it is a sensual, sun-drenched escape. As a Gemini who amenities. loves to travel, it feels like a short jaunt to Europe. Then Montelucia Resort & Spa Venture outside and palm trees frame the red, sloping Resort featuring world class Joya there is the artistry of the place – Joya spa’s night sky southeast side of Camelback Mountain while the undu- spa, restaurants and wedding chapel. borrowed from Granada Spain, a leitmotif of flamenco, www.montelucia.com lating hills of the property’s three nine-hole golf courses a rare night blooming plant sourced to make the signacome into view. Each morning I stroll through the Cacture perfume, Joyambrosia. One day, I borrow a blue tus Garden - a two acre terraced path past an enormous bronze statue Schwinn bike from the front desk for free, weaving my way through a near the lobby. Along the trail there are diagrams explaining the animals wedding party. Given the setting and the private wedding chapel, and cacti (there are 250 varieties here from around the world) you can Castillo Lucena, on the property, sightings of brides and grooms are not see. Although the garden backs onto the rooms it is peaceful. There are uncommon. Later I pick up a gelato at Crave, a small eatery stocked two trails called desert and canyon – though I do not follow directions with food and goods. well and end up forsaking my map. The walk is easy as I make my way Joya Spa continues the lavish theme of southern Spain. There is a up past a golf course; I crisscross dedicated hiking locals only as I near wish fountain, soothing music, beds for lounging and a sun drenched the mountains off property. Everywhere else I am alone on the trails. terrace and pool overlooking Camelback Mountain. It is here that I meet Another day, I go for Afternoon Tea –a deliciously feminine indulgence Cindy Nichols, a practitioner of several ‘modalities’ including: hemiI do not expect in the Sonoran desert. The entire ceremony of tea is care- synch, walking and private meditation. “Depending on what the person fully and faithfully observed from the enormous porcelain teapots and is asking of me I try to draw from things that I’ve exposed myself to,” wares patterned in requisite floral to the little tea sandwiches with the she explains. I am drawn to Cindy’s simple, light yet profound way of crusts cut off to glasses of glorious Perrier Jouet. The waitress prods me approaching her work, which I liken to her philosophy on meditation. to have one of everything and the scones, petit fours, and various other “When people come here, I don’t want them to feel guilty if [whatever teatime nibbles are scrumptious. Beside me, a daughter holds her aged form of meditation] doesn’t fit with their own cosmology. Meditation mother’s hand until a cake is brought out and, impromptu, the whole can be as simple as walking your dog, or kissing your child to sleep.” room begins singing happy birthday. There are ladies, and youngsters Her polished intuitive style, enunciation and clear ability to explain deand the whole tea service has an almost giddy atmosphere that banishes tails to a novice like me, makes my numerology and tarot readings thorany thoughts of stuffiness. oughly insightful. I am quick to indulge my Gemini curiosity with audio sets available Of the several rituals at Joya Spa, my favourite is perhaps the most at reception for a self-guided tour of the hotel’s $25 million art collec- simple. In a small chest near the spa level entrance there are several diftion. Scattered throughout the property, the artwork ranges from bronze ferent types of gemstones. Each stone has a corresponding meaning. sculpture and modern art to European, Native American and Asian Guests can choose the one they want, or as I did, put their hand in blindly pieces. One evening I go for dinner at Il Terazzo, the hotel’s Ameri- and see what emerges. I urge my friends to do the same. It is puzzling, can-Italian restaurant. Over the course of four hours, the engaging, eru- but each of us picks the stone that most fits her circumstance. The odds dite Greg Tresner, Master Sommelier regales me with tales of, among of each of us picking a stone that so perfectly corresponds to our deepother things, El Bulli, Ribera del Duero, and Krug. Tresner defines my est desire, what we desperately need at this moment is nearly impossiexperience in Scottsdale - yes it is a mecca for chic living and it may ble. To me it is tremendously worthy metaphysically. I consider keeping have a reputation as a place suited for connoisseurs but every so often, my stone and imagine putting it on my desk as a daily reminder of my in true Gemini style, it surprises you as a down-to-earth delight. wish, but instead decide to let it go - the real trick is to surrender I tell Humble Pie is the sort of place you want to hang out at on a Friday myself and so I left it there. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 49
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Clockwise from above: Poolside at The Phoenician; A multi column walkway at Montelucia Resort and Spa; Greg Tresner of Il Terazzo at the Phoenician; The gondola ride at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Opposite: Chef Roberto Madrid of Deseo. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 51
Clockwise from above: A casita at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain; Overlooking the pool at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain; Sanctuary Spaâ€™s water featuers; Scallops with forbidden rice at Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain; A server with dessert at 5th and Wine.
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I’ve heard this sign described as someone who can spot a Louis Vuitton purse at one hundred paces. A status conscious yet earthly zodiac sign, Capricorns are goal-oriented workers with a high achieving rank, so it’s no wonder that this sign appreciates the finer places and things in life. Capricorn yearns for the familiar, opting for the comforts of home even while away. Ruled by Saturn, the planet marking the passage of time, Caps have interesting relationships with and to time – think vintage stamp collectors who love modern architecture.
I arrive late in the evening to my spacious the planetary alignments seem to be telling me that I am indeed address book Mountain Vista Suite at The Sanctuary on on the ‘right path’. As Tom puts it, “Doing something without Camelback Mountain. The absence of harsh out- ~ CAPRICORN ~ anything else interfering, I try to get people to do that in their door lighting makes star gazing incredible. Soft own lives.” I head back to my suite feeling recharged. The peace music, the smell of sweet incense and ultra sleek and the seamless integration of the environment here at the SancSanctuary on Camelback decor greet me immediately. A small tub with tuary on Camelback Mountain, make it the sort of place I want Mountain views of Sanctuary spa, Red Flower products, to stay for eternity. Luxury 53 acre retreat. 5700 East McDonald Drive lavender linen spray and access to daily fitness lesRuled by the planet Saturn, Caps have a close relationship Scottsdale, AZ sons all enhance my ability to truly unwind. The with and to time. So, on the recommendation of a local, I decide www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com signature lime green accents throughout my suite to get nostalgic and head to Cider Mill Gourmet Market and are chic and modern. A small kitchenette, fireplace Sandwich Shop in old town Scottsdale. Opened in 2009, the Elements and natural wood furnishings make me feel I could Uber chef Beau Macmillan and Seiter family, originally from Michigan, moved to their Scottseasily set up residence here. dale vacation home when the economy headed south. Chef and his team serves up farm fresh I wake up early the next day, with a stunning American cuisine with a touch of owner Victoria uses local, organic products on the menu, noting, Asian accents; view of Camelback Mountain, and decide to take a www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com “the food speaks for itself. Even the sandwiches are named after mile walk along one of several marked paths at the friends, family members.” The sodas on draft prepared on site 5th and Wine property. Feeling thoroughly exhilarated, I have a by brew master Scott Yarosh are made in stainless steel tanks, lavish and utterly delicious breakfast: an Asian Moderately priced wine bar and with natural ingredients and pure cane sugar. After sampling a restaurant. Live music. scramble breakfast wrap with rock shrimp, cabselection of sodas on tap (try the prickly pear and non alcoholic 7051 East 5th Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ bage, and charred scallion with a turkey sausage. cider), I opt for a turkey caesar sandwich and cold mug of root www.5thandwine.com Overlooking the mountains with palm trees in the beer, a nice blend of sassafras, anise and vanilla. It hits the spot distance sipping my morning coffee, this is a mes- Cider Mill Gourmet Market in today’s hot weather. The Cider Mill also owns the adjacent merizing way to rejuvenate my spirit. The landgourmet stocked with everything from olive oil to vintage candy. and Sandwich Shop scaped grounds have a rustic, tidy quality and the Family run old time cider and For dinner I walk into 5th and Wine feeling like I’ve discovsandwich shop. native plants throughout allow the accommodaered a secret hangout combining wine, music and amazing food. Street, Suite C-100 tions to mesh harmoniously. I even catch a glimpse 7240 E Main In the background I hear live music from Ivan Harshman who Scottsdale, AZ of several cottontail bunnies from my terrace and a performs here three times a month. Singing live with his guitar www.cidermillmarket.com beautiful emerald green hummingbird flying he has one of those soulful folk-like voices that you want to lisamidst the foliage. ten to on a rainy day - a cross between Billy Joel, Gavin DeGraw and Impressive views and great architecture compliment rather than Otis Redding. The wine centric restaurant is approachable, with thirty dominate the food at Elements. Chef Beau MacMillan best known as an plus selections by the glass, and wines for $5 or $20 a bottle (at certain Iron Chef America winner and Food Network star creates a menu of ap- times of day). “We thought it was the karmically correct thing to do esproachable food with exciting twists. “It’s American popular cuisine pecially at a time like this,” notes manager Scott Yanni. Working with with Asian influences. It’s what people around this area like to eat,” says local purveyors, Yanni’s mission is to find quality wines, like his current sous chef Aaron Rickels. “There are a lot items on there that we can’t favourite Byron pinot noir, that “have a start, middle and finish.” As a take off or people will flip out.” Standouts include the escargot and zodiac sign that craves familiarity, I opt for the Portobello burger and fries, mushroom pot pie and the scallops. and tomato and mozzarella Panini with sweet roasted tomatoes and a glass One afternoon, I book an astrology reading at The Spa at Sanctuary of chenin blanc-viognier. My burger eats like meat, juicy with caramelized with Astrologer Tom McMullan, a twenty year veteran. For this partic- onions, goat’s cheese, pesto aioli and a toasted brioche bun. I devour it far ular ‘treatment’, Tom uses astrology to facilitate my reading. “Astrol- too quickly. The ‘seasoned fries’ are the best I have ever tasted. Lemon ogy is a storytelling device. I go so deeply inside your story that I zest, parsley, chili flakes and pecorino anoint the crisp, potato strips revirtually become you.” He delves into the current age of Aquarius and sulting in a truly original burst of flavours. I end my meal with a warm my relation to it. Part past life history part parapsychology, McMullan chocolate brownie that takes up the larger portion of a saucer sized plate. I explains, “for me there is no such thing as prediction. I describe the en- sink into the rich dessert. Yanni sums up my experience here. “People come ergy and you tell me what you’re going to do with it.” I leave the ses- here and they feel comfortable, they feel welcome. There’s no median age sion feeling reassured. To a scientific Capricorn mind, it’s uncanny that either, there’s something for everybody here and I think that resonates.” citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2012 | 53
Notoriously secretive, with a penchant for transformation, Scorpios never forget. Powerful and magnetic they are renowned for their intense gaze. They are fierce competitors, passionate and loyal, though be forewarned this is not a sign to trifle with – their sting is deadly. Others may crave superficial pleasures Scorpios prefer the profound, and the prestigious.
From the entranceway, the Hyatt Regency address book family - that’s what got me to where I am today,” he says. Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch Fresh is the word to describe the food here. Authentic Mexican ~ SCORPIO ~ feels like a chalet hideaway with its wooden ingredients like dried chilies, house made ancho paste, mole, beams, massive stonework and weatherboarding salsa and Mexican spices fuse effortlessly. “It’s just like cooking (just the privacy I like). Enter the lobby though, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Re- at home…it’s a lot of Mexican food, but making it modern, with and from the enormous windows you see the Mc- sort and Spa at Gainey Ranch a twist makes it worth it, ” Velasquez explains. Dowell Mountains with the championship golf 27 acre resort oﬀering golf, business It’s a hot day and I decide on an Oaxacan shandy made with and leisure amenities. course in the foreground. It is a place of secret beer, pineapple juice and cilantro to pair with the chipotle 7500 E Doubletree Ranch scenes emerging mysteriously from all quarters. shrimp and corn ‘cheese strip’ and combination of a chicken Scottsdale, AZ scottsdale.hyatt.com As a Scorpio I like to be pampered and feel mole taco. The mole made with freshly toasted spices gives the special. The swank Paolo Soleri suite - with two dish a depth that feels like it has been stewing for hours. Blanco Tacos + Tequila bedrooms, three baths, a balcony, wet bar, flat At the persuasion of Velasquez, I have the caramel flan and the name suggests head here for Mexican chocolate cake for dessert. Each is made with finesse screen televisions, dining area and spa access in- Asgreat cocktails and Mexican included suits me perfectly. For added privacy, I and soul that you can taste at every bite and are the best desserts spired dishes. decide to opt for Regency Club access. Far away #601 6166 N Scottsdale Road I have in Scottsdale. Chef Velasquez’s food tastes like elevated Scottsdale, AZ from the hoi polloi it is a secluded, quiet room ofhome cooking and because of that, Blanco feels like a gathering foxrc.com/blanco.html fering snacks and treats all day long. Situated place you want to come back to again and again. near the pond with lily pads and reeds growing at My friends and I ultimately decide to trek to Sedona to meet Sedona Metaphysical its edge, the Club Access room is where I linger with three members of the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual AsSpiritual Association “Connects spiritual seekers in Se- sociation at the Golden Word Books and Music store, a hub for over my breakfast on mornings. dona to metaphysical spiritual pracNothing beats a dining session with a chef all things metaphysical. The store is owned by Luci Gaudreau, titioners.” cooking your meal directly in front of you. Such who recently moved from Massatcheucets with her husband. A sedonametaphysical.com is the ambiance at Wine Me Dine Me at SWB back room provides space for readings, and this is where we Other Resources (Southwest Bistro) it’s an interactive dinner expemeet Amayra Hamilton and Susan Dorety. Scientiﬁc Vortex Information by rience. Chef Jayson Lundberg, an alum of the Dorety, a soft spoken eloquent woman, is a certified medical Pete A. Sanders Jr. Scottsdale Cordon Bleu, prepares a four course hypnotherapist with HeartSong healing, practicing a combinadinner with tequila and wine pairings. Highlights Golden Word Books and Music tion of techniques including transpersonal psychology, and reiki www.goldenwordbooksandmusic.com of my meal include the flatbread pizza with to assist in ‘Heart-centered, integrative therapy’. “I believe all shrimp and roasted salmon with poblano rice, red the work that I do is connected with not only my higher self enHeartSong Healing www.heartsonghealing.com pepper cream sauce and ancho oil. ergy (always assisting us) …[but] these are different ways that This may be the desert but there is a recurring we learn to pay attention to our active centre, and what is our Angel Valley Sedona theme of water –ever flowing round a statue at truth,” Dorety reveals. She uses Robert Camp’s technique, comwww.angelvalley.org the spa (where I enjoy a pampering massage), gurgling from founbining my birth day, month and year in relation to a deck of playing tains, placid in pools, and, most unexpectedly, at the sandy beach. cards to help me gain understanding of the currents in my life. Though there are many families at the property, the Hyatt Regency Moving to Sedona from a former career as a teacher in Holland, Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch feels grown up with the Hamilton found her true home in Sedona. Today, almost serendipifloor to ceiling centre stage bar, adult pool with television in the catously, she is still teaching. Together with her partner, Hamilton owns banas and a lovely cactus garden featuring Native American bronze Angel Valley Sedona, a retreat for personal transformation, healing statues. and meditation. Hamilton uses Osho cards to answer a few of my Undoubtedly, the most iconic water feature is the gondola. There questions. “For me cards are a tool to bring out what you actually is a live band playing in the lobby as I leave to go for my gondola know about yourself. With quantum physics we know that like attracts ride. Reminiscent of Venice, the vintage seats are red velvet and my like; it’s the same with the cards. I act as a facilitator to make things gondolier, Anna Vivette, wears the stereotypical striped shirt. It is clearer,” Hamilton explains. Both women’s’ techniques allow me a nighttime and she sings soprano as we glide along the resort’s manbetter understanding of my situation. made lake. The notes disappear into the darkness leaving only a faint The end of my session is nearing, but not before I attract a final echo of Puccini in the Arizona air. card: the ‘awareness’ Osho. Ironically, my friends and I have come to For lunch, the following day I head to Blanco Tacos + Tequila the finale of our journey here in Sedona and Scottsdale. We set out on and meet Chef Saul Velasquez, a native of Phoenix. After opening something of a quest - a yearning for clearer understanding in our own several other Fox Restaurant Group restaurants, the opportunity to lives. What we ultimately received was inherent in this card - alertness take the reins at Blanco appealed to the chef. “Creating that atmosthrough the paths that we’ve taken and people that we’ve met on this phere of putting your heart and soul into something especially with journey. Consciousness that was perhaps simply reawakened. CSL 54 | SPRING 2012 | citystyleandliving.com
Clockwise from above: The water playground at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch; Near the cactus garden at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch; The interior of blanco; Lunch at blanco.
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CACTuS Prickly pear cactus at The Hermosa Inn.
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