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HOME COOKING

There’s no place like home and nothing like home cooking.

NE OF THE most interesting and thought provoking incidents that I’ve seen on television occurred during an episode of an Australian cooking show. Contestants had gathered in a large industrial kitchen to scale up their home recipes (two tablespoons became several cups). Once they had accomplished this, they would present their dish, tweaked for commercial proportions, to the judges who would evaluate its viability as a grocery store product. A judge who had worked in several fine dining restaurants in Europe was surveying the kitchen full of home cooks. Noting that one contestant was simply tearing pieces of dough from a large batch and rolling them by hand, he approached her. “Aren’t you going to weight that?” he asked out of concern for her accuracy. For commercial products, having dough that is exactly the same size for each serving is crucial. “Well, I’ve made them with my hands to fit in my palm, so I know they’re all the same,” she retorted with supreme confidence. The chef insisted and the contestant relented taking the formed dough from her hand and placing it on the scale. “48,” she said. Then she took another ball of dough and put it on the scale. “48.”The tempo now increased as she began transferring the dough more quickly from her hand to the scale and each time the number was the same, “48.” The judge was stunned and turned away. A skilled home cook had, through experience and repetition alone, made a product to exact measurements without the use of a machine.

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The scene revealed a slew of dichotomies: the skill of the chef which relies on gadgets contrasted the stern knowledge of the home cook, the exigency of the commercial kitchens contrasted the slower pace of home cooking, and the technical details the judges expected stood against years of experience. Most striking however, was the idea that machines, by their nature unfailingly accurate, can supplant years of experience. The machine can do what a home cook cannot. There is sometimes a reluctance on these television shows where professional chefs judge home cooks, to accept and learn from homespun experience. Home cooking is predicated on commonsense, often occurring without complicated implements and machines. Instead, ingredients are added by eye, adjusted by taste. Home cooks with years of experience pay attention to all 5 senses. Do I hear the spices popping? They will ask themselves. How brown is the meat? And, by this they will know when to flip it. It is an intuitive process guided by subjective taste and flavour. Often, tweaks are made over the years to please all or at least most members of the family. Just because the cooking is informal, however, does not mean it is not precise. Even without equipment, a home cook can replicate, in some instances, the precision of the professional kitchen. Cooking is an art not a science, intuition and experience are integral. CSL

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Healthy Living Ideas We Love

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by HEATHER bAIRD

In need of a lifestyle shake up, let us show you how

MAKE YOUR OWN NATURAL FACIAL

cup cornmeal teaspoons milk teaspoon honey egg white banana teaspoon avocado

Stir cornmeal and milk into a paste, then use to gently scrub skin. Rinse, pat dry. Mix honey and egg white until blended. Apply mask to face. Let dry then rinse. Mash banana and avocado together apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse one last time and finish with a layer of your regular moisturizer.

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TONE YOUR UPPER BACK AND SHOULDERS

begin in a plank position with a weight in each hand. Keep your hands and feet shoulder width apart. bend left arm, pulling the weight up and the elbow near your side. Lower arm with weight. Repeat with opposite arm. Do 15 repetitions.

WATERMELON STRAIGHT UP

Watermelon juice is not only refreshingly sweet and delicious but also extremely nutritious. While the juicy red flesh of watermelon is loaded with vitamin C and the carotenoid lycopene, the white part of the rind (which we typically don’t eat) contains an incredible amount of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids and more vitamin C. Juicing both the flesh and the white rind helps us get all those nutrients we normally might toss onto the compost pile. Makes about 
3 cups (750 ml) 1 watermelon, prepared for juicing (see Juice Guru’s Tip, below) 1. using a sharp knife, cut watermelon into pieces and remove outer skin, leaving the white rind intact (see Tip, below). 2. using a juicer, process watermelon. Whisk well and serve immediately. Juice Guru’s Tip To prepare a whole watermelon for juicing, cut off one of the ends, creating a flat surface so you can stand the melon upright. Carefully slice it in half lengthwise through the center, then cut each half in half again. Insert the knife between the skin and the rind and cut away the green skin, leaving the inner white rind intact. There is no need to discard the seeds. Courtesy of Juice Guru: Transform your Life with One Juice a Day by Steve Prussack & Julie Prussack © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

GET INSPIRED BY TOFINO SOAP COMPANY

The delightful pastel colours of Tofino Soap Company’s signature cleansing bar conjure seaside images befitting its b.C. origins. The handcrafted, organic line includes natural sponges, balms, candles, oils, scrubs and soap. We loved the sustainably harvested natural sea sponge and multipurpose calm balm (made with lavender and chamomile). With inspiring names like aloha, glow, love and peace, every product is a little reminder that beauty begins with attitude. Cleansing bars clockwise from top left: Aloha Hawaiian jasmine, papaya and hibiscus flowers, $10; Surf coconut, seaweed and mint, $10; Mermaid bergamot, basil and sea salt, $10. tofinosoapcompany.com

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USE A COOL MIST HUMIDIFIER

Think you only need a humidifier during the cold, dry winter months? Think again. In the spring and summer, a humidifier (on the cool mist setting) can provide moisture to the dry air of mountain climates, and relieve symptoms of the cold and allergies. If you use an air conditioner it can also help balance the moisture lost. Just be aware that because the air is warmer you need to run your humidifier less often. Homedics Warm and Cool Mist ultrasonic Tower Humidifier, homedics.com

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Stress Less Coloring Mandalas by Jim Gogarty (Adams Media, $16.99, adamsmediastore.com) Mandalas have traditionally been used for meditation – a perfect marriage with the colouring book craze. With more than 100 black-and-white drawings in this contemplative book, you can express your creativity and expand your focus.

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The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey (W. W. Norton, $38.95, amazon.ca) A convergence of history and botany, this is the story of plants through the ages. Mabey shows how plants have figured in the landscape of human experience. From the earliest depictions in caves, to 2 000 year old seeds, to backyard plants, this is a look at the secret life of plants.

Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World by Sam Droege and Laurence P acker (Voyageur Press, $28, quartoknows.com)The close-up photos of bee species from around the world allows for rarely seen details to be appreciated. The metallic green of the black-winged cuckoo orchid bee, the thin long-nosed sandlover only discovered in 2004, and the fuzzy black-and-orange-bumblebee, among many other species, all come to life in this delightful book.

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REQUIRED Reading From colouring for relaxation to the wonderful world of plants to incredible photos of bees from around the globe, we’ve got something for everyone by KAILASH MAHARAJ

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Childhood Memories: banana bread sponge, pop-corn cheesecake mousse, passionfruit caramel and salty popcorn from the Post Hotel in Alberta at the 2016 Pastry Chef Showcase.

Food

DESSERT Time


FUSION! by STEVEN buSCH

What We’re Toasting CHENIN BLANC

60 000

approximate hectares of Chenin blanc grown worldwide

The dry wine pairs well with creamy sauces, fish and pâté. As a dessert wine, pair chenin blanc with soft cheese, nuts and dried fruit.

PAIRINGS

white wine from the Loire valley of France although South Africa is now the world’s largest producer

EDITORS PICKS 3 OF OuR FAVES FOR THE SEASON

GO RAW Raisin crunch. Made with only four ingredients including sprouted buckwheat groats and flax seeds, $29.99; goraw.com

Lemon Thyme Spritzer 1 ½ 1 1

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refreshing fresh fruit (apricot and tangerine),light oak, $15.99; rupertwines.com

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2/DORRANCE KAMA

lightly oaked with nut, spice, butter and peach notes, dorrancewines.com

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3/ FOXEN 2013 OLD VINES almond, pears, spices with a hint of citrus, foxenvineyard.com

YOSHI Risotto Rice with Sriracha. The best of East and West: Italian Carnaroli rice infused with coconut milk and sriracha, 330g, $6.85; qualifirst.com

Non-alcoholic

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YOSHI black garlic. Long roasted garlic with a deep nutty flavour, add tp soup, marinade, or $5.31; qualifirst.com

cup water cup lemon juice cup sugar sprig thyme plus 1 tea spoon for garnish cups club soda or sparkling water lemon slices

To make a simple syrup, in a pan over high heat, stir water and sugar until mixture boils and sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add the sprig of thyme and let cool. Cover and chill, at least 2 hours. Once chilled, discard the thyme. Pour a half portion of simple syrup and a quarter portion of lemon juice into each glass, then fill to rim with club soda. Garnish with lemon slices and thyme.

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TASTE

This light-bodied wine is characterized by sweetness and acidity and has a multitude of expressions depending on where it is grown. In its homeland of France, although chenin blanc is made as a dry wine, noble rot (botrytis) leads to a highly prized sweet wine underscored by acidity. Well-known appellations include Vouvray and quarts de Chaume. In South Africa, the wine is made dry. Oaked chenin blanc from South Africa is gaining in popularity. Expect creamy, nutty flavours.


KITCHEN WHERE TO EAT AND WHAT PRODuCTS TO TRy

by AMbER ALENT

Breakfast Club 3 recipeideas for enjoying your start to the day

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MEXICAN BREAKFAST A hearty way to start the day, with just the right kick of heat Chilaquiles Serves 4-6 Tomato Salsa 1 can tomatoes ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped 1 serrano or jalapeño chile, stemmed and chopped

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small white onion, chopped garlic cloves bay leaf teaspoon thyme teaspoon salt teaspoon ground black pepper tablespoon vegetable oil

Fried Tortil las 10 corn tortillas, cut into strips lengthwise Oil for frying Salt to taste 4 ½

eggs cup crumbled queso fresco (or mild feta cheese)

Heat the oil in a pot over medium-high flame. Sauté the onions, garlic, and chile until

the onions are translucent. Add the can of tomatoes. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Add the bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper and simmer for an additional 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Lower the heat and add the cilantro. Taste the sauce and adjust salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat a pot with oil for frying. Place the corn tortillas in the oil in batches turning them occasionally. Fry until golden about two minutes. Remove from oil and place on kitchen towel to drain oil. Sprinkle with salt to taste. To the tomato salsa over medium heat, add the eggs, stirring into the mixture until it thickens. Once incorporated, add the fried tortillas being careful not to break them. Serve into portions and top with queso fresco.


QUICK BREAKFAST

Easy to whip up, these eggs are a flavourful way to start the morning. Substitute smoked salmon for smoked trout and top with caviar and crème fraîche for a simple appetizer or special brunch dish.

Scrambled Eggs, Cherry Tomatoes, and Smoked trout on Toast Serves 2-4 3 tablespoons chives, chopped 6 large eggs 3 tablespoons cream 1 teaspoon vegetable oil salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 4 large or 8 small slices sourdough, or whole wheat bread, toasted 4 oz. thinly sliced smoked trout ¼ cup cherry tomatoes ¼ avocado, sliced

Whisk chives, cream, and eggs in a large bowl. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add egg mixture and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to form soft gently set curds, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the trout. Meanwhile, season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Place toast on each place. Top with sliced avocado. Spoon over egg mixture and top with tomatoes.

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Master the basic recipe for quiche and you're all set to experiment with different fillings like ham and cheese (for the classic quiche Lorraine), leeks and bacon or roasted vegetables. If you're hosting a party make mini-quiches, by lining muffin tins with pastry, then adding the egg mixture.

Shrimp quiche Serves 4-6 1

prebaked 9-inch (23 cm) deep-dish pie shell 5 eggs ⅓ cup cream ⅓ cup milk ¼ teaspoon thyme ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) ground nutmeg Salt to taste Pepper to taste 1 red pepper, chopped 2 green onions, chopped 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated ⅓ cup cooked shrimp Whisk eggs, cream, milk and spices together until blended. Add shrimp, cheese,

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onions and pepper to mixture and combine. Pour ingredients into pie shell. Place on a baking sheet. bake in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven until a knife inserted in centre comes out clean, and the quiche is golden brown about 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

PREBAKE THEPIE SHELL To prebake pie shell, line the unbaked shell with parchment paper. Fill with raw rice or dried beans to minimize shrinkage. bake in preheated 450°F (230°C) oven until lightly browned at edges, about 10 minutes. Lift out parchment paper and rice or beans. Cool on wire rack.

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CITY STYLE AND LIVING

SPRING 2016

Spring takes on a pretty and classic direction, with the addition of bold accessories seen here at the Spring/Summer 2016 Dolce and Gabbana show COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

Fashion

Pretty Regal


HELEN OF TROY WH AT ’ S N EW I N TH E W O R LD O F S KI N, bE A u Ty, M A K Eu P A ND W E LL- b EI NG

The look for spring is bold – think red lips, blue eyeshadow and strobing. CSL’s guide straight from the runway.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2016

COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

GET THE LOOK


HELEN OF TROY

COURTESYSEPHORA; YSL; STILA; BURBERRY; BENEFIT; LAURA MERCIE; BOBBI BROWN; URBAN DECAY; NARS; WEBPORTALIS

Blue Eyeshadow

Stellar Strobing

Red Hot Lips

Marc Jacobs

Stella McCartney

Celine

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, $36, narscosmetics.com

bobbi brown Shimmer brick, $29, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $24, urbandecay.com

buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer, $35, buxomcosmetics.com

benefit Cosmetics Watt's up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter, $39, benefitcosmetics.com

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation $58, lauramercier.com

burberry Lip & Cheek bloom, $33, burberry.com

stila Lip Glaze, $29, stilacosmetics.com

yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Collection, $40, ysl.com

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SPRING UPDATE

HAIR

Accessories

From sporty ponytails to feminine ribbons and girly hair pins, hair accessories were everywhere on the Spring 2016 runways.

The key to the look? Texture. To create that effortless, ‘lived in’ hair, use a salt spray on dry hair, and curl random 1 ½ inch (4 cm) strands for a few seconds. Use a wide tooth comb to brush out sections. From there, you can amp up locks with a loose braid affixed with a black velvet ribbon (seen on the Oscar de la Renta runway), use an elastic band (a la Christopher Kane), or a pretty embellished barrette, seen at Rodarte. 22

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COURTESY NARS

YOUR LOOK


SPRING UPDATE

NAILS

Neutrals

For nails, everything from subtle nude tones, to pale pinks and peach are the way forward this spring.

COURTESY SALLY HANSEN

YOUR LOOK Remember the head-to-toe matching game you once played - coordinating your shoes to your bag and outfit? For spring, it’s all about matching makeup to nails. At Monique Lhuillier, graphic cerulean eyeliner was echoed in an updated French manicure complete with a green stripe on nail tips. Not as daring? Take inspiration from the look at Stella McCartney - a nude palette is the safe bet for the season with everything from pale pink, to gorgeous earth tones and dark mauve. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2016 | 23


HELEN OF TROY

STROBING A New Name for an Old Trick

I am not a fan of contouring unless you are being filmed, photographed or work on the stage. Contouring is never an appropriate technique for daily makeup. Seriously stop! (My alternative look, strobing, is below)

by DANIEL THOMPSON

OST PEOPLE USE CONTOURING TO create highlights and lowlights, give the illusion of shape and to define the natural angles on the face. What usually happens is a mask-like effect which, up close, looks like clown makeup. There is a better way to create glow, definition and shape – and it is the more appropriate technique for daily wear, street ready makeup. Strobing is really strategic highlighting. Think of it as the reverse contour. Highlighting creates lots of glow while accenting certain areas of the face. Strobing is a lot easier to achieve and requires fewer products. In fact it’s so easy to do it is almost foolproof.

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1 Prep the skin with moisturizer – make sure the skin is well hydrated before attempting to strobe. I like to apply moisturizer at least 10 minutes before I begin the strobe application. Ensuring the skin is well hydrated will prevent the effect from looking irregular and flat. This is the most important step in strobing!

3 Overlay a dusting of a matching setting powder, blending any hard lines of highlighter as the powder is distributed across the face. Don’t use the powder like a foundation - it’s not about creating coverage it’s about creating a contrast of matte against the light, an effect of dimension to make the strobe stand out. 24

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TO CREATE THIS EFFECT yOu ONLy NEED THESE

MOISTURIZER Daniel Thompson Beauty The Supreme Skin Oil, 30 ml; $198; danielthompsonbeauty.com

Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, 20 ml; $295

Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil, 20 ml; $185

HIGHLIGHTER Daniel Thompson Beauty Absolute Light, 2.3g ; $64 ;danielthompsonbeauty.com

MATTE SETTING POWDER Daniel Thompson Beauty Complexion, 13g; $78

By Terry Touche Veloutee, 2ml; $82

Burberry Nude Glow Powder, 8g; $70

Cle de Peau Luminizing Yves Saint Laurent Face Enhancer, 11g; Touche Eclat, 2ml; $50 $115

Great moisturizer – not optional because any dryness on the skin will detract from the strobe and create a dry dull patch in the overall effect.

Unfrosted highlighter. Make sure it is correct for your skin tone: fair skin– champagne tones; medium skin – pink tones; olive skin – bronze tones; deep skin – terracotta tones.

Matte finishing powder – in the same tone as the highlighter.

COURTESY MOROCCANOIL

2 Catch the light – apply the highlighter on the cheekbones, at the temples, down the bridge of the nose, under the arch of the brow, inside the inner corner of the eyes and in the cupid’s bow of the lip. These are the places the face naturally reflects light and applying highlighter here will enhance the face’s natural features. Concentrate the highlighter in these areas only – do not spread out, up or away from these areas. Strobing works only if the areas are highlighted – blending across the entire face just makes it look shiny and greasy.


PRET-A-PORTER!

NEW LOOKS FOR yOuR WARDRObE

PRETTY SPRING COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

This season brings colour, pattern, print and flashes of skin back to the forefront. Get ready to take on the new trends.


RALPH LAuREN

SANCTUARY CLOTHING Lace up Cafe, $79; sanctuaryclothing.com

SEA Off-shoulder shirt, $477.31; farfetch.com

CSL !

ZARA belted blazer Robe, $139; zara.com

ALDO Antoinette, $90; aldoshoes.com

The White Shirt

Whether it’s a classic button down, updated oxford, off-shoulder or pajama top with tie-front, this is one of the must-haves of the season.

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COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

STRATHBERRY The Strathberry Midi Tote Vanilla, L395; strathberry.com


RACHEL ZOE

TORY BURCH Mosaic tunic, $325; toryburch.com

NIALAYA Women's Wristband with Amethyst Lavender, Rose quartz and Gold buddha ($180 uSD), Skyfall Agate bangle, ($450uSD); nialaya.com

DEREK LAM Flare Pant, $687.69 dereklam.com

COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

New Boho

SOUKIE MODERN Soukie Foldover Clutch $425.00; soukiemodern.com

VINCE 'Solange' Platform Sandal, $537.38 shop.nordstrom.com

The 1970s are back in full force including everything from flares to platforms, fringe and patterned maxi dresses

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CARMEN MARC VALVO

PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Kailey top, $1,597.72; shopbop.com

THREE FLOOR Dahlia Dress, $334; threefloorfashion.com

CHLOE Drew Patchwork Suede Shoulder bag, Caramel, $2,290; neimanmarcus.com

ACNE STUDIOS Olej cream / orange, $880; acnestudios.com

Shoulder Baring

Nothing conjures sunny climes and longer days like the shoulder baring styles. Opt for cutouts, sleeveless, halters or off-shoulder styles.

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COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

TIBI Antonina Eyelet Off-theShoulder Top, $325; tibi.com


THOMAS WyLDE

FOR LOVE AND LEMONS Lucia Halter bralette, $131 uSD; shop.forloveandlemons.com

BANANA REPUBLIC V-Neck Lace Dress, $168; bananarepublic.gap.com

LOVER Arizona Strapless Dress, $695; loverthelabel.com

COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

Lace

REBECCA TAYLOR O Shoulder Diamond Lace Top ($325) and skirt ($375) ; rebeccataylor.com

SCHUTZ Studded lace-up suede sandals, $315; schutz-shoes.com

This sweet fabric is one of the most wearable trends for the season. Wear a dress under a structured blazer for the office, or a sexy dress for a night out

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MARISSA WEbb

STELLA MCCARTNEY Ingrid wool blazer $1,270; net-a-porter.com NIC + ZOE Cork Fringe Skirt, $198; thebay.com

LE SPECS Nefertit in blush $119.00; lespecs.com

TOM FORD Eye color quad in ‘lilac dream’, $80; tomford.com/beauty POUR LA VICTOIRE Dakota $325; pourlavictoire.com

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Rose Quartz

One of two colours of the moment (the other is serenity, a powder blue colour), this delicate and feminine tone is universally flattering.

COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

TIBI Esteban Twill belted Culottes, $350; tibi.com


CALVIN KLEIN

LACK OF COLOR AUS The Midnight Muse II; lackofcolor.com.au

ZARA V neck dress, $45.90; zara.com

TOPSHOP Column Strappy Maxi Dress, $160; thebay.com

COURTESY WEBPORTALIS

1990s Slipdress

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ANGLOMANIA Cotton-blend cardigan, $515; net-a-porter.com TODS Slip-on Sneakers in Suede; tods.com

Once, the go-to grunge trend of the 1990s, this comfy boudoir-meets-high fashion look can be both sexy or casual.

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STYLIST! HOW TO

HOW TO STyLE yOuR FAVOuRITE OuTFITS

Update Your Spring Closet

by NATALIE FOX

Stack em up! Stacking jewelry is key. Whether you add an ear crawler, or multiple bracelets or rings, this layering style easily updates your accessories. Eclipse pearl ring, $140 and Cross Over Ring in Gold (right), $150; nialaya.com

Polish your look with eye popping shades. These opalescent frames draw attention to your face, and add a touch of drama to a streamline look. Spektre Mon amour in pearl; SmartbuyGlasses.ca

Geo Lace Peplum Dress $178; bananarepublic.com

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Add interest with strappy beauties! Crisscross stiletto heels are a sexy update to any outďŹ t and the peek-a-boo cutouts lengthen legs. Stella, $69.95; solesociety.com

K&S MEDIA

Add lace detailing to your wardrobe Hands down one of the biggest trends for spring is lace. Although traditionally feminine and sweet, these perforated details get a modern update when worn with sporty shoes or an edgy unexpected cut.


CITY STYLE AND LIVING

SPRING 2016

K&S MEDIA

In the ultimate road trip traversing the iconic highway 1, we proďŹ le, the places, people and things that make this part of the uSA great. P.40

Travel

California Dreaming


PASSPORT! EDITORS PICKS

3 OF OuR FAVES FOR THE bEACH

1 BILLABONG Even if you aren’t an avid surfer girl, this comfortable and cool suit will have you feeling like hanging ten! Surf Capsule Salty Daze Springsuit, $90; ca.billabong.com

The Best Packing Tips WE’VE EVER HEARD

Packing for a jaunt can be daunting, even if you are a frequent flyer. CSL has put together our most favourite jet-setter tricks that will save you time and money! by AMbER ALENT your clothes takes up significantly less space? Tightly roll pieces so that you can fit more in your suitcase.

2/ VALUE YOUR VALUABLES Never pack jewelry in your checked bag. If your luggage ever gets lost, you can rest assured that your valuables will be safe if you pack them in your carry on.

TAKE THE CHILL OFF Always board planes with a scarf. They can double as a blanket - it gets cold at 30,000 feet!

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LE SPECS These directional thick frame sunglasses, with exaggerated angles, and blue mirror lens are perfect for the beach. Neo noir (milky tort) sunglasses, $59; lespecs.com/shop/women

3 VALENTINO A tribal pattern and ankle straps look stylish while walking around the sites. Ankle Strap Sandal, $90; shop.nordstrom.com

C SL GR EEN TIPS Seek out ecolodges. / Reuse hotel sheets and towels instead of changing them every day. / Use biodegradable sunscreen. ›› 34

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COURTESY BILLABONG; NORDSTROM; LE SPECS;K&S MEDIA

1/ STOP DROP AND ROLL Did you know that rolling

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Isn’t It ROMANTIC? K&S MEDIA

SEARCHING FOR A uNIquE WEDDING DESTINATION? LOOKING TO RENEW yOuR VOWS? OR JuST IN THE MOOD FOR A LITTLE ROMANCE? ST LuCIA WOOS WITH ITS ICONIC PITONS, WATERFALLS, WHITE AND bLACK SAND bEACHES, HOTELS, AND CARIbbEAN SEA. by DR. ROOKMIN MAHARAJ; PHOTOGRAPHy K&S MEDIA

Top row, left to right: A perfect location for a destination wedding; chocolate is ubiquitous on St. Lucia like these at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat; Celebrating at Royal St. Lucia by Rex Resorts; A view of the St. Lucia pitons. Bottom row, left to right: The relaxing pool at Royal St. Lucia by Rex Resorts; a floral display at St. Lucia’s wedding symposium; sunset at Reduit beach; a tower of cupcakes on display at St. Lucia’s wedding symposium.

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FOR BEACH LOVERS

Royal St. Lucia by Rex Resorts

Count on the best beach location in St. Lucia, delicious local and international cuisine and a friendly atmosphere LOCATION “We’re on the only white sand beach in St. Lucia,” says general manager Richard Michelin of the resort's location on Reduit Beach, undoubtedly the best on the island. On the northern end of St Lucia, overlooking Pigeon Island National Park and a short walk from the shops, restaurants and night life of Rodney Bay, the resort provides easy access to Rodney Bay Marina where boats depart for deep sea fishing, and Gros Islet known for its fish fry, a seafood street party. “Per square mile, this area of St. Lucia has the most tourists,” says Michelin, “this is where everyone wants to be.”

ROOMS An all-white décor punctuated by dark wood with a separate living room and luxurious bathroom, is the look at this recently renovated 95-suite resort. As the property has existed in Rodney Bay for decades, suites are large with balconies and patios for outdoor relaxation (some suites including the presidential are beachfront). DON’T MISS Take an evening swim and enjoy the spectacular sunsets on Reduit beach. 36

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“PEOPLE COME

HERE HAPPy, THEy ARE ON VACATION AND IT AFFECTS ” yOu POSITIVELy” THE VIBE There’s an international crowd of hedonists congregated around the swim-up bar and laying on the beach. From the airy reception to spa facilities, the beach pavilion and pool lounging chairs, “we keep bringing the standard up,” intones guest relations manager, Marie-Anne Johnny. ROMANCE FACTOR Romance comes in the form of large bathtubs, poolside cabanas and beach palapas. Flower covered beds, champagne, weddings on the beach are all available upon request. THE DETAILS Reduit Beach Ave, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia; (305) 4716170; rexresorts.com

DINING Although this is not an all-inclusive resort (a bed and breakfast option exists), expect some of the best local dining in the area. Chic serves finedining international cuisine and hosts a monthly supper club (a highlight the evening we dined was mahi mahi gently steamed in a saffron peppercorn crème with mango ash pasta, leek and watermelon caviar) while L'Epicure includes regional specialties like Jerk chicken, fish and Johnny cakes. German-Canadian chef Eike Lauff who has lived on the island for 5 years, makes everything from breakfast pastries to desserts in-house. “There are fresh, new ingredients that I had never seen before,” he says adding that integrating local ingredients with a North American spin like breadfruit tater tots, has been exciting. “People come here happy, they are on vacation and it affects you [positively].”


FOR A PRIVATE RETREAT

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat Wake up to majestic views of the Pitons, indulge in Caribbean luxury from a dedicated, handpicked staff, with a touch of cacao at every turn! Who says you can’t have your chocolate and eat it too?

LOCATION Set amidst Saint Lucia’s oldest cocoa plantation, Rabot Estate, a stay at Boucan would not be complete without a tree to bar chocolate experience. Walk through the cocoa groves with an experienced guide learning about the various types of cocoa where you can plant your own tree, see the fermenting and sun-drying station and finally make your own chocolate bar (trust us – the elbow grease is worth the final result!). ROOMS Wake up to chirping birds, views of the pitons, Caribbean Sea and fruit trees galore from a private verandah in one of eight 750 square foot luxe lodges (there are also six smaller lodges). Take extra long in the open-sky twin rainforest shower, or relax in the king size four poster bed. VIBE From its famed British chocolatier owners to its sleek milk chocolate décor, this is a hotel is built on chocolate. “You have to be down here to feel it,” explains Guest Relations and Quality Manager Judy Buckley, who along with her husband Phil was instrumental in constructing the five-year old property. “I’ve put my soul into this, but to see people’s live changed – kids of employees can go to school because of the constant salary – is amazing.”

“I LOVE WORKING

WITH CHOCOLATE. I LOVE GETTING uP AND COMING TO WORK. I SLEEP WORK, I DREAM AbOuT WORK – IT’S A bLESSING”

DINING “You name it, we get it,” says local head chef Germaine Mathurin who trained under Jon Bentham and ingeniously infuses cocoa into the dining experience. Sourcing ingredients from local farms, and using every part of the cocoa (including a cacoa nib grinder, placed right beside the salt and pepper on tables), the cocoa cuisine concept here is unique in the Caribbean. Begin with the Cacao Tortellini stuffed with goats cheese, and spinach and order the chocolate genesis for dessert, a delicious and ingenious story of chocolate from bean to bar on a plate. ”I love working with chocolate. I love getting up and coming to work. I sleep work, I dream about work – it’s a blessing,” exclaims Mathurin. SPA The plethora of beneficial antioxidant properties found in cocoa are infused into treatments at Cocoa Juvenate Spa. Take an indulgent massage, where therapists use cocoa oils (we loved the cacao-peppermint) or a cocoa facial.

ROMANCE FACTOR Want an uber stylish, bespoke wedding? Choose between several nature view locations throughout the 140-acre estate, for ceremonies. DON’T MISS Take a sunset cruise – sip rum cocktails and nibble hors d’oeuvres, try to spot dolphins and whales, all while admiring Pigeon Island, Marigot Bay, and of course the Pitons. THE DETAILS Boucan Hotel & Restaurant, Rabot Estate, 1 (800)757-7132 ; hotelchocolat.com/uk/boucan citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2016 | 37


FOR THE VIEWS

Anse Chastanet Resort

Set high atop the hillside, this 600 acre resort exudes Caribbean charm, with unbeatable views of the sea, nature activities and some of the best dining on the island.

“WITH A STELLAR

LOCATION Architect Nick Troubetzkoy created this 49-room beachfront resort in the southwest corner of the island, minutes from the Sulphur Springs, as a technology-free cocoon (no air conditioning, television, or telephones). With a stellar global reputation, it’s little wonder that local details are emphasized throughout the resort. Furniture is crafted from wood traditionally found in the region, bedspreads are made from Saint Lucia’s national cloth, madras (a pattern that resembles tartan) and local knowledge of nature is shared through bird watching, and plantation tours. ROOMS Our open concept Chastanet Piton Pool Suite, Casuarina, featured white coralline stone tile throughout, couples shower with rainfall shower heads and a walk-in closet. The piece de résistance though, is the 420 square-foot open patio with views of both the Caribbean Sea and Piton mountains, crowned by a private pool – perfect for a morning dip. DINING Choose from three restaurants on site, serving everything from modern Caribbean (Treehouse Restaurant ), East Indian-St.Lucia fusion (The Trou au Diable, Apsara menu) and vegetarian cuisine. For an extra special treat, dine on burgers and plantain chips at the black sand Anse Mamin beach from The Jungle Beach Grill. 38

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GLObAL REPuTATION, IT’S LITTLE WONDER THAT LOCAL DETAILS ARE EMPHASIZED THROuGHOuT THE RESORT.” DON’T MISS Tour Chastanet’s Emerald Farms, spotting everything from mangoes (brought to the island by Indian labourers in the 19th century) to peppers, aubergines, orchids and of course, cacao. If time permits, pop over to Jade Mountain to visit the chocolate lab and have a crab burger. SPA We enjoyed a quiet treatment at Kai Belte spa, where therapists use a variety of techniques for a soothing and relaxing massage. THE DETAILS Soufriere, St. Lucia; 1 (800) 223-1108; ansechastanet.com

VIBE With several restaurants, an art gallery, a spa, nature, and quiet, you can have it all here. Choose from plenty of activities on property including guided biking and walking, snorkeling, windsurfing , and paddle boarding. The jazzy sunset cruise is not to be missed- chat with the boat crew for stories about the island and while listening to the live jazz band. ROMANCE FACTOR Awe-inspiring 360 degree views, and a choice of several wedding locations throughout the property make it an ideal choice for intimate, or large group weddings. But don’t miss the romantic photo op at the old sugar mill at Anse Mamin Plantation.


FOR LUXURY

The Landings St. Lucia

TIE THE KNOT With ample views to frame your walk down the aisle, a relaxed vibe and many hotels making it easy to customize your special day, this the ideal location for a destination wedding.

With a unique private marina location perfect for saying “I Do” this upscale resort features large villas suites LOCATION Modern luxuries are standard at this resort overlooking a private marina in Rodney Bay. Highlights include beach activities, the spacious Soleil Spa and three restaurants. ROOMS A choice of one, two and three-bedroom villa suites or three-bedroom grand luxury suites makes this a great choice for wedding parties, honeymooners and families. With a full kitchen and laundry facilities, deep sea fishermen and those wanting to explore the lively market with its array of exotic fruits and vegetables will have all they need. VIBE Laid-back luxury is the theme at this resort. Three storey butter coloured buildings stand out against the azure ocean and surrounding palm trees. Expect a discerning business and wedding crowd mingling among the resort’s myriad facilities.

Get The Look using local, in season flowers (like these bird of paradise), are an excellent way to save money!

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UNIqUE WEDDING

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Jade Mountain Resort Saint Lucia Golf Club

At Sea

Traditional Colonial House

La Toraille Waterfall Pigeon Island beach

ROMANCE FACTOR A complete wedding package is available for destination weddings.

DID YOU KNOW?

St. Lucia garnered the nickname Helen of the West Indies because it was fought over by the French and British just as Helen of Troy was in Greek mythology.

DON’T MISS Butler service, the Landings Tennis Club and complimentary transport to the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club.

RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE AS MOST ROMANTIC ISLAND THE ‘M IN THE CARIbbEAN,’ SAINT LuCIA HAS A NATuRAL AMbIANCE FOR WEDDINGS AND ROMANCE

THE DETAILS Rodney Bay, Gros Islet; (758) 458-7300; landingsstlucia.com

Louis Lewis, director of tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist board; stlucianow.ca. MR. SELF PORTRAIT Guipure lace-trimmed appliquéd cotton-blend voile midi dress, $625; self-portrait-studio.com

BALENCIAGA beaded Lace Slippers, $1545; barneys.com

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C ROADRIP

ALIFORNIA

There’s no better way to see the state than a drive along highway 1. Beginning in San Francisco, CSL visits Napa, Sonoma, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Santa Barbara, Pasadena and Los Angeles. By Shivana Maharaj Photography by K&S Media

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Clockwise from top left: The Palace of Fine arts in San Francisco; Mediterranean style nibbles at Dirty Habit San Francisco at Hotel Zelos; Executive Chef Alvin Dela Cruz at The Conservatory at The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay; The ItalianFrench villa at Sunstone winery in Santa Barbara; A look at the luxurious and lush landscaping at Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara; Executive Chef Alberico Nunziata of Catch at Casa del Mar in Santa Monica; Spectacular views of the California coastline; Sunrise at butterfly beach at Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara; Crashing waves hit the coast near Big Sur. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2016 | 41


PIT STOPS SAN FRANCISCO: WHERE TO VISIT, WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO SEE AND MUCH MORE

Up and Down

Honorable Mention

The Legion of Honor houses some of the world's greatest art pieces. CSL used the GO San Francisco pass for entry. This is a great photo site with white columns, bronze statues and cupolas vying for attention; legionofhonor.org

Take advantage of City Pass San Francisco which offers discounted fares at numerous San Francisco attractions and best of all is the MUNI and cable car passport which allows you to get around the city with ease. Riding along, or simply watching the historic cable cars of San Francisco move up and down the impossibly steep street inclines - a must.

A Fine Palace

The Palace of Fine Arts theatre, constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, it feels as if it were transported from the old world to San Francisco; palaceoffinearts.org

Cool Science

A rare albino alligator at The California Academy of Sciences. The enormous reptile (over 7 feet long) was a sight to behold, just one of many animals on site. The four story Osher Rainforest is mesmerizing while the enormous Steinhart Aquarium is stunning. Informative, engaging and interactive- a must for adults and children; calacademy.org 42

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All the Colours of the Rainbow

The term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors, ‘painted ladies’ have become iconic and are located in several neighbourhoods throughout the city.


Under the Sea

The Aquarium of the Bay is a mesmerizing and educational experience, adjacent to Pier 39; aquariumofthebay.org

Along the Way



AMORINO GELATO This gelato not only looks beautiful (who could resist the flower?), but the flavours are on point - our faves: hazelnut, and pistacho. The friendly staff crafting the petals one by one makes the experience one to remember; amorino.com

All Aboard

View from aboard the Blue and Gold e he famous Golden Gate bridge. Guided commentary provides interesting anecdotes; blueandgoldfleet.com

Flower Power

Oh the magnolias in bloom - a sure sign of spring. We spotted these beauties at the San Francisco Botanical Garden located inside Golden Gate Park; sfbotanicalgarden.org

Beautiful dessert, a historic restaurant in Union Square and a masterful lunch in Half Moon Bay



JOHN’S GRILL A classic never goes out of style. Opened since 1908, dinner at historic seafood and steakhouse John’s Grill in San Francisco's Union Square is a must. Hosting presidents and states people it was associated with the novel, The Maltese Falcon. The oak paneling throughout the restaurant adds warmth to the multi-storey building. Order the classic jumbo prawn cocktail, followed by the Maine lobster ravioli (a favourite on this trip) and a bowl of delicious cioppino studded with tons of fresh seafood. Pictured here, the upstairs bar; johnsgrill.com



THE CONSERVATORY AT THE RITZ CARLTON HALF MOON BAY With a million dollar view of the Pacific ocean and Half Moon Bay golf links, it would be easy to spend hours here. With an incredible 'homegrown cocktail' menu and wine list, we settle for the modern mint julep to pair with a new dish from Executive Chef Alvin Dela Cruz - Spanish shrimp, fried quinoa, chili sauce and parsnip puree with a hint of truffle oil followed by a light seafood cioppino and lobster roll. Don't leave without ordering the carrot cake and cookie box to go; ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/HalfMoonBay citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2016 | 43


SAN FRANCISCO

On the fih floor of the hotel is the rooop chic-cool restaurant Dirty Habit (at Hotel Zelos), with its unique blend of living walls and warm roaring fireplace.

HOTEL ZELOS A comfortable and urbane boutique hotel in San Francisco’s downtown SOMA neighbourhood The striking pastel green façade is the first thing we notice at Hotel Zelos, housed in the Pacific building a stunning edifice designed in by Charles Whittlesey. The small but cozy lobby features wooden inlay floors, curved-back leather chairs and metallic chandeliers echoing the intricately decorated exterior. With a slew of international business clients (we heard French, German and British during our stay), and located near the Moscone Convention Center, the 202-room hotel is a great hub for exploring the city (Powell Street, BART and Union Square are nearby). Our comfortable double deluxe room had great views of San

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Francisco, and even better people watching. On the fifth floor of the hotel is the rooftop restaurant Dirty Habit (at Hotel Zelos), with its chic-cool blend of living walls and roaring fireplace. With a bar-centric menu from Chef David Bazirgan and Bar Manager Brian Means, we tasted a selection of tapas style bites like melt in the mouth lamb belly bao buns, vadouvan roasted carrots and labneh, and mushroom tart with fromage blanc. The restaurant has a stellar cocktail list with even cooler names (try the Iron First In A Velvet Glove) or choose from a variety of local craft beer (we recommend Westfalia red ale).

Clockwise: The beautiful exterior of the Pacific building; a look inside our room; delicious bites at Dirty Habit.

HOTEL LOWDOWN HOTEL ZELOS 12 Fourth Street, (415) 348-1111; hotelzelos.com


e rooop garden with its fountains, bar and beehives is spectacular.

FAIRMONT SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO

Historic hotel with modern luxuries and panoramic views of the City by the bay Clockwise: The lavish gilded lobby; A look at the elegant exterior of the hotel; A spicy Asian style clam broth was a highlight.

HOTEL LOWDOWN Fairmont San Francisco 950 Mason Street; (415) 772-5000; fairmont.com/san-francisco

Built in 1907 and located on Nob Hill, there are impeccable views of the city and bay from nearly every corner of this historic luxury hotel. Statesmen, royalty, and movie stars have all stayed at this 591 room, 62 suite hotel. Our deluxe room featured views of the San Francisco skyline and a large business desk complete with tablet for browsing daily newspapers and surfing the web. Rooms have been recently refurbished with a neutral, modern colour scheme and bathrooms feature marble tubs. With a history that includes hosting the draft meeting of the Charter for the United Nations, it’s no wonder that guests range from international travellers to businessmen and families. The lobby is a mix of animal prints, gold leaf and old world details. The rooftop garden with its fountains, bar and beehives (the honey is featured in the several of the hotel’s menu items and the house brand Honey Saison Beer) is spectacular. We dined at Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar for dinner. The San Francisco cioppino came loaded with seafood in a mild tomato broth. The amazing spicy steamed manila clams with all the flavours of Asia was a standout. Other dining options include the European-style Caffé Cento featuring Ghirardelli chocolate and the renowned tiki bar Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, which serves what is widely considered the best mai tai in the city. Don’t miss the cable cars which stop just a couple blocks from the hotel, making it easy to catch a ride to the city’s famous landmarks. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2016 | 45


CLIFT HOTEL SAN FRANCISCO

An uber stylish hotel, infused with touches of old world glamour and modern artistic flourishes

Clockwise: Peering into the velvet room from the lobby; our modern suite; the beautiful exterior facade of the hotel.

HOTEL LOWDOWN Clift hotel 495 Geary Street (415) 775-4700 clifthotel.com

e mix of old world glamour, and artgallery worthy pieces can only be found here.

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Most guests walk into the lobby and don’t realize that they are sitting next to a coffee table by Salvador Dali or gathering warmth from a thirty-five foot fireplace by Gérard Garouste, oh and did we mention the enormous photo-op worthy Charles Eames chair and living room designed by Ralph Lauren? The mix of old world glamour, and art-gallery worthy pieces can only be found here. The Velvet room is grand (think mahogany leather banquettes and hand-blown Murano glass lamps), and we enjoy breakfast here each morning, while the historic prohibition era Redwood Room is perfect for evening cocktails and small bites. Watch with childlike enthusiasm at the ever changing digital artwork hanging on the walls, and see the 'Italian soap opera' unfold. Centrally located with views of downtown San Francisco, Clift hotel stands out from the crowd with its surrealist decor. Inside our spacious 725 square foot suite, one of 372 rooms, a muted pastel purple and white palatte and custom designed Philippe Starck furniture is punctuated by chrome. Luxury touches like 300 thread-count bedding, Malin+Goetz bath amenities, and free bike rental do not go unnoticed byClift hotel's hip, trendy and worldly clientele.


FARMHOUSE INN SONOMA COUNTY

An oasis in Sonoma with welcoming luxury atmosphere, spa and incredible cuisine Clockwise: A view from our room at the quiet, peaceful inn in Forestville; lobster sausage served with lentils; a look inside our airy room.

HOTEL LOWDOWN Farmhouse Inn 7871 River Road 707-887-3300 farmhouseinn.com

At turndown service, we nibble on the best glutenee chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever tried.

Submerged in the countryside, Farmhouse Inn does nothing to dispel its surroundings. Here the abundance of farm life is celebrated. From the historic farmhouse, painted a soothing shade of butter yellow, and surrounded by rose bushes to the 25 rooms accessed via a cobblestone walkway past the heated pool, enclosed chicken house, lemon trees and stone walls this is a dream of country living. Our room, a large and airy king luxury barn room, one of 25 rooms on site, affords lovely views of the property and is decorated in chic white with a telescope, weather vane and books providing antique touches. Rooms are loaded with goodies – a wooden crate filled with apples, quinoa chips, chocolate and other local treats provide something to munch on while touring the nearby vineyards. At turndown service, we nibble on the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever tried. The indoor-outdoor fireplace, marble bath and giant four poster bed with European linens speaks to the inn's recent multi-million dollar renovation. Michelin chef Steve Litke offers a varied menu including a delicious and well executed lobster sausage, and 'Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit' a roasted rack of rabbit, confit of leg, yukon potato, and whole grain mustard cream sauce. Pastry chef Phil Ogiela's dessert creation, Comme l’Air, a cheesecake tart soufflé with lime gelée, huckleberry infused wild blueberries, chèvre cracker, and garden mint is a dessert we will not soon forget. We were told that breakfast was ‘an event’, and it did not disappoint. Each morning, we were presented with a 3 course meal, with the presentation, precision, creativity and care normally reserved for dinnertime. Take advantage of a relaxing massage in the rustic carriage house, and don't forget to meet Charlotte and Henry (the on-site farm cats) who will be sure to steal your heart. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2016 | 47


SILVERADO RESORT & SPA

Along the Way Fuel your tastebuds with these gems

A great base for exploring wine country, this 1200 acre resort is a home away from home HALL WINES We went for a private (group size is maintained below 15) Appellation Exploration at HALL Rutherford, the estate of Hall Wines. The gorgeous tasting room was built with bricks from the Austro-Hungarian empire, and centered on a stunning tree of life chandelier features amazing acoustics and art from around the world. The 90-min experience is $125 per person, hallwines.com

Whether you want to indulge in the plethora of on-site activities (like the pools, tennis courts, farmto-table dining, gardens, spa and championship golf courses) or explore the surrounding Napa Valley Wine Country, there’s no place better than this 1 200acre resort. Separated into four distinct neighborhoods, including Mansion Estates, Cottage Drive, The Grove and Oak Creek East, the resort feels like a residential community. Our premium cottage one bedroom suite included a wood burning fireplace, kitchen and dining room. We met golfers, wine tourists and families at this consistently busy resort. A private road and plenty of green space however, give it a quiet, low-key vibe. Check out the bocce courts or go for a hike on the property’s trails. With more time, bike the famed Silverado Trail through wine country. Expect sweeping views at the Grove with its gnarled oak trees and creek, or take in the massive Civil War era Silverado mansion set before the surrounding mountains. 48

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The golf resort, dotted with palms is private and relaxing.

ROYS AT PEBBLE BEACH With an open kitchen and Pacific Rim flavors this was a great spot for enjoying the signature tastes of chef Roy Yamaguchi. Don't skip dessert here: Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle; Mud Pie and Parfait are all excellent; roysrestaurant.com

NAPA VALLEY HOTEL LOWDOWN Silverado Resort and Spa 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, California; (707) 257-0200; silveradoresort.com

DOMAINE CARNEROS The imposing entrance to Domaine Carneros resembles that of a French chateaux. The Napa Valley winery is noted for its sparkling wines and pinot noir. Order the ‘grand tasting’ with the smoked salmon and cheese plate to emhance your experience ; domainecarneros.com


SENZA HOTEL

A luxurious, romantic retreat in the heart of wine country

LUCY AT BARDESSONO Lucy at Bardessono in Yountville, California provided one of the best meals of the entire trip. Expert wine pairings by sommelier Anani Lawson was a special treat, as was our chat throughout the evening. Executive Chef Nate Lindsay has a deft touch, focusing on clean, simple flavours that makes the local California produce shine. From the perfectly seared Ora King Salmon and diver scallops to the creamy and delicious parsnip and carrot soup, every bite was one to savour; bardessono.com

From its setting amidst a 2 acre vineyard, to its clever artwork, and power couple proprietors Kathryn and Craig Hall, who also own Hall winery, wine is seamlessly infused into this 41 room luxury hotel near Yountville. Our vineyard suite featured high ceilings, a gigantic gas-lit fireplace, and spacious spa-like bathroom with an enormous tub, heated floors and river rock details. A private patio overlooking the on-property vines was the perfect place to sip wine and

NAPA VALLEY

watch the sun set. Mingle with the hotel’s international crowd, invariably drawn to the finer pleasures of wine country, at the nightly wine and cheese pairing. At the hotel’s daily continental breakfast devour goodies from Bouchon Bakery while sitting in animal print chairs. Don’t miss the hotel’s amenities including a fitness center, hot tub, and outdoor swimming pool.

Clockwise: Hot air balloons over the vines at the hotel; Enjoying a soak in the tub in our vineyard suite; Modern and simple decor inside our suite.

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BOUCHON BISTRO A trip to the renown Thomas Keller restaurant in Yountville is a must. The Lyonaise style bistro and seasonal menu highlight the best California ingredients. Start with the salmon rilette and try a few fruits de mer from the raw bar; sommelier Erin is a master at pairing wine with food. Stop next door at Bouchon bakery to pick up some sweet treats; thomaskeller.com/bouchon-bistro-yountville

GLORIA FERRER CAVES AND VINEYARDS We learned about the history of the Ferrer family and estate before sipping a selection of sparkling wine with host and educator Samantha Williams for the ‘Bubbles and bites’ tasting. Our favourite? we couldn't help take more than a few sips of the Gloria Ferrer demi sec reserve cuvee and brut rose; gloriaferrer.com

Senza Hotel 4066 Howard Lane, Napa; (707) 253-0337; senzahotel.com

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L’AUBERGE CARMEL

A luxury boutique property in Carmel-bythe-Sea styled after a European hideaway

(Clockwise): A peek inside the salon; Relaxing outside of our room; European style shutters and lamps outside of the hotel.

HOTEL LOWDOWN L'Auberge Carmel Monte Verde St & 7th Ave 831-624-8578 laubergecarmel.com

Pit Stops A few musts along the drive

CARMEL-BYTHE-SEA

While the entire neighbourhood with its art galleries, shops and cafes draws reference from Europe, this Relais & Châteaux property on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a standout with its green shutters, plastered walls and cozy atmosphere. The property, built in the 1920s as an artist retreat is elegant and quiet despite the high-profile crowd it attracts. Our room (one of 20) with two queen beds, overlooks the charming courtyard, with trickling water fountain and wrought iron chairs reminiscent of a French country home. With a lavish inset tub and heated flooring inside our bathroom, rooms have the feel of self-contained cottages. Each night, turndown service consists of warm chocolate cookies and milk (we even got the recipe). Award winning Aubergine restaurant serves fare from esteemed Chef Justin Cogley and pastry chef Ron Mendoza. The highlight of the complimentary breakfast is the wonderful flaky pain au chocolat and croissants. The hotel is a sweet treat just like the handmade caramels (a cute and delicious pun) left tableside in guestrooms.



SUNSTONE WINERY Paired with our lunch (courtesy The Lucky Hen Larder) are the 2014 Rapsodie, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM) and the Blanc de Noir sparkling wine. The charming winery with its rustic-romantic stone exterior is set amidst rolling hills in the Santa Ynez mountains, that at times resemble France and Italy; sunstonewinery.com



HEARST CASTLE If you’ve ever wondered how multi-millionaire publishing tycoon W. R. Hearst lived, take a tour of this lavish property/ museum in San simeon, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and central California coast. Take the grand rooms tour for the crème de la crème of ostentatious luxury; hearstcastle.org



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SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN In the Mission Canyon The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden boasts a wide array of California native plants including its very own redwoods (planted in the early 20th century). Paths lead to among other delights, a Japanese garden, an old aqueduct and dam built by the Chumash Indians under the direction of the Spanish Franciscan padres and a mini-labyrinth for children of all ages; sbbg.org


FOUR SEASONS RESORT THE BILTMORE SANTA BARBARA SANTA BARBARA

An enchanted resort with great food, immaculate gardens, a lovely staff and welcoming atmosphere, it’s not a place you’ll soon forget

Clockwise: The poolside view at Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club; Enjoying a Mediterranean meal at Bella Vista restaurant; Warm green tones in a room at the hotel.

HOTEL LOWDOWN Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara, (805) 969-2261; fourseasons.com/santabarbara

immaculate gardens anchored by a massive 19th century Moreton Bay Fig tree are offset by views of neighbouring Butterfly beach

On our visit, this 22 acre resort owned by Ty Warner delivered the perfect stay. Landscape manager Ezequiel Gil’s immaculate gardens anchored by a massive 19th century Moreton Bay Fig tree are offset by views of neighbouring Butterfly beach. At Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club across the street, normally a members' only club (guests have access to this property) the quirky aquarium bar at Tydes Restaurant is a showstopper. It is the details though like handcrafted Italian ceramic tables, impeccable service and privacy that makes this one of the great California hotels. Like much of the area, Spanish colonial style dominates at this resort. Our grand premier room features a private terrace, green and white colour scheme, wooden furniture and a bathroom that while it stays true to the theme offers modern conveniences. Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini offers Italian-inspired California coastal cuisine at Bella Vista. Breakfast on the patio overlooking the ocean is a must. For dinner carrot Caprese features buffalo mozzarella flown in from Europe, while the pizzas and pasta are a delicious delight. The staff is well versed in the menu details and offer helpful advice and insight. Fountains and foliage decorate the path toward the spa where we enjoyed an excellent massage. Take time to relax in the second storey spa lounging area with some of the most impressive views on property. This is a peaceful resort that excels at providing the Santa Barbara lifestyle. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2016 | 51


Clockwise: A brilliant blue sky frames The Santa Barbara Mission; Bixby bridge in Big Sur is a postcard worthy stop; The French style courtyard at L’Auberge Carmel in Carmel by the sea; Fresh and healthy fare at Heritage Eats in Napa Valley; A beautiful sunset view from the pool at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica; The Pacific Coast boasts incredible views along the California coast; Dessert offerings from The Lang52 SPRING 2016 | citystyleandliving.com ham| Huntington Pasadena.


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LANGHAM HUNTINGTON PASADENA

The Langham Huntington continues the tradition of grand hotels with traditional tea, tennis courts, ballrooms, Japanese gardens, and pools set on 23 acres

(Clockwise): The grand staircase at the hotel; a look at the polished lobby; afternoon tea by Wedgewood is a must.

HOTEL LOWDOWN The Langham Huntington, Pasadena 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, (626) 568-3900; langhamhotels.com

Oozing elegance and grandeur, there is beauty in every corner of this storied hotel.

Oozing elegance and grandeur from the terra cotta faรงade, to the hotel lobby with elegant crystal chandelier to the Japanese garden, ballrooms and sweeping staircases there is beauty in every corner of this storied hotel. Our room, with views of the majestic San Gabriel mountains and 23-acre grounds is classically decorated. We especially love the abundance of Chuan spa amenities in our full Italian marble bathroom. The Langham Club level on the 8th floor offers guests concierge services, a selection of newspapers and magazines, as well as all-day refreshments. One of the highlights of our stay was indulging in afternoon tea by Wedgewood (including sparkling wine) where the quiet sound of piano wafted in the background, as we sipped earl grey tea and nibbled on intricate pastries and savory bites. Dinner at The Terrace (one of three restaurants at the hotel which includes a gorgeous steakhouse and bistro), is a veritable feast. We were delighted with the crispy Brussels sprouts, and smoked tomato soup. "We want to showcase the wonderful products of California," says executive chef Denis Depoitre. Award winning Chuan Spa offers a selection of signature treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine. One of the most intriguing rituals is figuring out your element through a questionnaire and using the corresponding oil in your massage. Try the hot stone massage which is ideal for the tired jet-lagged traveller. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2016 | 53


CASA DEL MAR

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LACMA Urban lights, the now iconic landmark stands as a beacon in front of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Take some time to explore the variety of exhibitions from modern art, Asian and American artists. Beware - there are plenty of ultra cool photo ops; lacma.org

SANTA MONICA

Casa del Mar feels transported from the Mediterranean - a world away in breezy, Santa Monica. The hotel, once a private beach club during the 1920s features grand views of the Pacific ocean, a stunning pool, immaculate tile flooring and grand lobby with soaring ceilings and a soft blue colour scheme. Every day, from inside our large 400 square foot premier ocean view room, we are greeted by ombre pink, orange and blue sunrises and sunsets bathing the Santa Monica pier and endless sandy beach. Complete with a dark wood four poster king size bed, and calming white Italian marble bathroom with hydrothermal massage tub, this room epitomized laid back California luxury. Superstars, models and movie stars regularly stay at this hotel (on our visit, we spotted a large retinue in several SUVs) so expect discreet service. For dining, Catch restaurant offers a gleaming array of freshly caught seafood elegantly displayed on ice and in glass cases. Italian Executive Chef Alberico Nunziata and his culinary team boast some of the freshest seafood in Los Angeles, simply prepared. We recommend the beautiful crispy King Crab Roll from the full sushi station. While, a hearty breakfast at Terrazza (order the eggs florentine and peanut butter smoothie), sets us up for a day of sightseeing. 54

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THE BROAD The newly opened contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and designed by is home to the 2,000 works of art. The 120,000-square-foot, Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space in the innovative “veil-and-vault” concept; thebroad.org

Top: a beachy vibe inside our ocean view room. Above: a crispy king crab roll at Catch restaurant.

HOTEL LOWDOWN Casa Del Mar 1910 Ocean Way Santa Monica (310) 581-5533 hotelcasadelmar.com



THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA) Located in three distinct venues in Los Angeles—MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center, MOCA engage audiences through an ambitious program of exhibitions, educational programs, and publishing; moca.org


THE DRIVE

The Route Could the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ traverse 1203 miles navigating metropolitan traffic, safely looping through steep coastal roads and endure downpours (a rarity in this drought-plagued region), scorching sand and a few wild encounters along the way? From San Francisco through wine country (Napa and Sonoma) to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Santa Barbara and finally to Pasadena and Santa Monica, the fuel efficient, smooth driving SUV, performed well without sacrificing modern conveniences. CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY

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The Look and Feel Though hefty, there was plenty of room to store our ever-expanding luggage, water bottles and coffee cups. With multiple USB ports and power outlets we kept our all of our devices charged while driving – a boon on this long road trip. The console acts as the technology and navigation hub with ample room for both driver and passenger. The sleek exterior is complimented by the built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi inside – perfect for uploading our photos of Bixby bridge to social media.

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The Drive California’s Highway 1 is one of the most iconic drives in the world. Beginning in San Francisco, with buses, cable cars and traffic whizzing by the Tahoe Apple CarPlay kept us on route. On the long expanses of Highway 1 where guardrails alone protect from steep cliff drop-offs, the lane assist feature helped us stay safe. As we neared Santa Barbara, the electrically assisted steering kicked in, helping us to descend from the Santa Ynez Mountains to the valley. chevrolet.com MAXIMUM TOWING CAPABILITY

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