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399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young by Nancy Linde (Workman, $23.95; workman.com) Keeping fit and young doesn’t just mean doing endless push-ups. Working your brain is important too. With puzzles, trivia, and games, this book helps boost cognitive functions such as long-term memory and attention to detail. Although some trivia skews toward an older crowd (What is the 1960s anti-war musical question?), with largely American references, the book is ideal for parties, family-game nights or just as a solitary leisure activity.

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Remember when vegan shoes meant a slim selection of espadrilles, canvas flats and rubNae Vegan, a Portuguese ber flip-flops? N brand, is changing that with a wide selection of vegan footwear and accessories for both men and women. With seasonal looks that come in a variety of modern styles and colours, the shoes are made from cork, ecological microfibers, pineapple leaves and recycled plastic bottles. We loved the selection of women’s heels, boots, and wedges for spring 2017 with their ballet-style details, earth tones and classic styles (think brogues for strutting about town). Forget the days of chunky, unflattering styles, these are footloose and leather-free. nae-vegan.com

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TRY EQUESTRIAN POSE FOR LEG FLEXIBILITY

This traditional hatha yoga pose begins by inhaling and bending forward. Move one leg back  with  your  knee  and  leg  touching  the ground  and  sole  pointing  upward.  Alternatively, bring the leg back keeping only the knee and toes to the floor and the sole perpendicular to the floor (the leg will not touch the floor). Keep the other leg bent with the knee and ankle in line and both palms flat on either side, touching the floor. The head should look forward.

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SLEEP LIKE A BABY WITH SPICED MILK

Spiced milk is a truly delicious treat that promotes sound, sweet sleep when drunk at night (especially when made with nutmeg). This is the only substance Ayurveda recommends consuming just before sleeping. you can also enjoy it anytime — in the morning for breakfast, or as a lunch or dinner meal substitute. When consumed during the day, it will give you energy and strength.

This special milk gives your mind a wonderful feeling of clarity, balance, and peacefulness, called sattva in Sanskrit. What’s more, according to Ayurveda, warm milk is the best aphrodisiac food, helps delay the aging process, reduces constipation (it has a mild laxative effect and hence is not recommended if you have diarrhea), and soothes your heart and bleeding conditions. I drink it daily. I’m officially in love with it. Note: Enjoy this recipe as a meal by itself, or at least 3 hours after your last meal. (Remember: milk is not compatible with meat, fish, lentils, fruits, or vegetables.) If you find cow’s milk too heavy, the best alternative is goat’s milk. However, many who are lactose intolerant find they can digest spiced milk. If your digestion is strong, you can simply warm 1 cup of milk; you don’t need to add water or reduce the mixture. Spiced Milk Serves 2 2  cups organic whole cow’s milk 8  cups water (optional; see note above) 4–6 saffron threads 4–6 crushed green cardamom pods ½  teaspoon turmeric powder ½  teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional) Pinch of dry ginger powder (optional) Pinch of nutmeg powder (optional; only at night) 2–4 teaspoons organic sugar (optional) 1.

Place the milk and water, if using, in a large pot over medium heat.

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Crush the saffron with your fingertips as you add it to the milk.

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Add the cardamom and turmeric, and the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, if using, and then increase the heat to high.

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When the milk starts boiling, reduce the heat slightly and stir periodically to make sure the  milk doesn’t boil over. If using water, cook until the mixture is reduced to 1 cup, about 45  minutes. If not using water, allow it to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and  strain if needed.

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Stir in the sugar, if using, and enjoy when sufficiently cooled.

Excerpted from The Ayurveda Way, © by Ananta Ripa Ajmera, photography by © Liz Daly, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

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Whether you’ve made the Pimm’s Cup many times or are unfamiliar with this cocktail, author Kat Odell gives you the ultimate recipe on the next page.  PHOTOGRAPHy by NICOLE FRANzEN

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FUSION! WHERE TO EAT AND WHAT PRODuCTS TO TRy TIP Spicy sriracha mayonaise balances the salty seaweed.

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FOOD TREND ALERT

Poke Power

ORIGIN

Hawaii, where poke means chunks of, in this case, raw fish (it is sometimes made with octopus or shellfish). Originally the fish was dipped in a simple sauce.

BACKGROUND I have a friend in Los Angeles who, one day after noticing a cocktail photo I had posted on Instagram, hashtagged “#drinkswithsnacks.” Perhaps it’s my affinity for food, but I love a good cocktail that comes with a snack. This recipe, a classic Pimm’s Cup, is the ultimate fruit salad in drink form. And what’s especially great about this drink, aside from its aesthetic appeal, is that it’s entirely customizable with whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand. Toss in some berries, grapes, or even cubed watermelon. Just don’t forget the cucumber! Pimm’s is an English herbal aperitif originally released in the mid-nineteenth century. There are actually six Pimm’s formulas, each based on a different spirit and flavors, which is where the “No.1” comes into play. The first of the Pimm’s— No. 1, appropriately—is based on gin and imbued with fruit peels and herbs like bitter quinine (the same flavoring used in tonic). Naren young’s take on the cocktail features an unusual star anise tincture. you don’t have to make the

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COMPONENTS

Today, poke bowls have evolved. Although recipes differ there are a few essentials: rice, seaweed, soy sauce, vegetables, and fish.

tincture, but it adds an intriguing, ineffable spice. And it’s very easy to make—you just need to plan ahead. 

RECIPE

From Naren young of Dante, New york City  Makes 1 1½ ounces Pimm’s No.1 ½ ounce floral gin, such as Hendrick’s ½ ounce dry curaçao, such as Pierre Ferrand ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice 5 drops Star Anise Tincture (recipe follows; optional) About 2 ounces ginger beer, such as Fever-Tree, chilled Thinly sliced cucumbers, mint sprigs, and assorted fresh fruit and veggies, such as raspberries, currants, and watermelon radish for garnish Combine the Pimm’s, gin, curaçao, lemon juice, and star anise tincture (if using) in a wineglass and stir to blend. Top with ginger beer. Garnish frivolously with seasonal fresh fruit and springs of mint. Cucumber is a must!

THE STAR

Fresh sushi grade tuna is essential. Then balance the salty flavours, cook the rice properly and add enough texture (try fried onions) to make a perfect poke bowl.

Star Anise Tincture Makes 6 ounces 6 ounces vodka 5 or 6 star anise pods Place the vodka in a glass jar or bottle, add the anise pods, and steep for 5 days. Strain out the anise pods and use a funnel to pour the tincture into a small bottle. use an eye dropper for easy measuring. The tincture will keep, covered in a cool, dry, dark place, indefinitely.

PRO TIPS • Sub in a splash of Champagne or sparkling wine for the ginger beer to make a Pimm’s Royale. • Naren says that during colder months he swaps a smoky Scotch for the gin to make a winter-friendly Pimm’s Cup.

Excerpted from Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow buzz by Kat Odell. Copyright © 2017. Photography by © Nicole Franzen. used with permission of Workman Publishing. Day Drinking is available May 16, 2017 where books are sold.

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TIP Tobiko (flying fish roe) adds pops of salty texture.


FUSION

FLOUR POWER

Amp up your baking with third generation Canadian milled flour

Grandma Nunweiler’s Pancake Recipe Makes 10 four-inch  pancakes To Make Pancakes 1. Place 1 cup Mix in bowl. 2. Add 1 cup milk, 1/8 tsp oil and 1 egg  (optional). Stir until blended. 3. Cook on preheated griddle (400ºF/200ºC). 4. Turn when bubbles start to form and edges appear dry.

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TIP Sift the pancake mix for a fluffier texture.

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y NOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT we should cut down on our consumption of refined products - focusing on whole grains instead. The trick is to incorporate whole grains into your diet so you don't miss any of your favourites.  Make Saturday morning pancakes even healthier with third Nungeneration, family-owned N weiler’s Flour Company's Grandma Nunweiler's old fashioned Whole Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix (see recipe below).  Canadian grown grain is milled at low temperatures, ensuring that there are more nutrients in the end product.  The result? A sweet almost nutty taste, that is both delicious and nutrient rich and perfect for everyday baking.  The beautifully packaged, certified organic flour is also available in several high protein, low gluten ancient grain varieties (including Kamut Khorasan, red fife, spelt) as well as dark rye, buckwheat, whole wheat and all purpose.  Several grain 'kernel' varieties are also available.  citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2017 | 13


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FUSION

Smoothies are an easy way to  get  your  daily  dose  of fruits and vegetables.

It’s little wonder that this company has become iconic for providing industrial strength blenders for home-use. The Vitamix Legacy Series 7500 delivers power to make an endless list of food possibilities from smoothies, nut butters and soups to pestos, marinades and frozen cocktails. best of all, it makes whipping up a meal quick and easy.

Top Tips for making the most of local produce

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PLAN, PRIORITIZE AND PREPARE

Planning ahead will help determine what produce you purchase. Search for seasonality charts in your region to get an idea of what items are at their peak, and design your menus accordingly.

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TREND ALERT

PESTO, SOUP AND FROZEN YOGURT

Pesto Nearly any fresh herb or green vegetable can become a delicious pestostyle sauce when combined with nuts, oil, garlic and grated cheese in a blender. Soup Roast seasonal vegetables with salt and black pepper. Then blend with stock to make a delicious soup. Frozen Yogurt Want a quick, healthy dessert? Freeze Greek yogurt with a touch of nut milk. Then blend with frozen fruit and honey.

THE GOLDEN RuLE Made by combining gold with a small amount of copper to impart a pink hue, gold cutlery is a major trend. Originating in the fashion world, it has officially crossed over into home ware, and we couldn’t be more pleased.  Here are a few ideas to add rustic-modernity to your table setting.

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CSL’s Guide to The Perfect Green Smoothie

Smoothies are a great, portable way to incorporate a multitude of produce like dark, leafy greens into your diet.

USE IT ALL UP

Remember that nearly all parts of produce are usable. Vegetables like beets, carrots, kohlrabi and turnips have attached greens that are edible. They make an excellent addition to your morning smoothie or stir fry.

1 Par t Vegetable or Fruit banana, apple, orange, pear, celery, carrot, beet 2 Par ts Leafy Greens kale, spinach, lettuce

1 Par t Liquid fresh juice, nut milk

Vitamix Legacy  Series 7500, $639.95;  Vitamix.ca

Easily add a touch of glamour  to  everyday dining with rose gold flatware.

SWEET SUCCULENTS Looking for a place setting that guests can take home? Pale green succulents in pots, are easy to transport and require little tending.

MODERN ART Adding a bouquet of tulips, roses or peonies adds a touch of romance. A ROSE by ANy OTHER NAME Towle  Living Wave Rose Gold Plated 20 Piece  Flatware Set, $180; lifetimebrands.com 14

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COURTESY TOWLE; VITAMIX

NEUTRAL TERRITORY Rose quartz and serenity (pale grey) were the colours of the year in 2016. Combine the two for a calming feel.


KITCHEN

Chili Head

The fruit of the capsicum plant lends its nuanced flavour (yes, it’s not just heat) to cuisines around the world from fiery Tex-Mex, to the sweet-savoury combinations of Morocco and a classic French dessert.

Original San Antonio Chili

RECIPES by JuDITH FINLAySON  PHOTOGRAPHy by COLIN ERRICSON

CSL GR EEN TIP S Place fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water for cleaning instead of rinsing. / Instead of paper or Styrofoam wares at a party opt for reusable. ››


Tagine  of  Chicken  with Apricots

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Chile-Spiked Chocolate Pots

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Tagine is the name for a type of earthenware vessel as well as the stew-like dishes that are cooked in it. They are popular throughout North Africa and differ among locales. This one is my own invention, but the addition of harissa gives it a Tunisian spin. I love the juxtaposition of hot and sweet flavors. It is easy enough to make for a weeknight meal, but with a tiny bit of dressing up, it is also perfect for guests (see Tips, below). Makes 6 servings Gluten-Free Friendly 2  3 

tbsp (30 mL) olive oil lbs (1.5 kg) bone-in skin-on chicken  pieces, cut into serving-size pieces  (breasts and large thighs halved) 2 onions, thinly sliced on the vertical 4 cloves garlic, minced 1  tbsp (15 mL) minced gingerroot ½ tsp (2 mL) sea salt ½ tsp (2 mL) cracked black peppercorns 2 bay leaves 1 piece (2 inches/5 cm long) cinnamon stick 1  cup (250 mL) chicken stock 1-2  tbsp (15 to 30 mL) harissa paste 1  tbsp (15 mL) liquid honey 12 dried apricots, halved ¼ cup (60 mL) finely chopped fresh  cilantro ¼ cup (60 mL) toasted pine nuts 1. In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken, skin side down, in batches if necessary, and lightly brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate as completed and set aside. 2. Add onions to pan and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves and cinnamon stick and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in stock, harissa to taste, and honey until blended. 3. Add apricots and chicken to sauce and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until juices run clear when chicken is pierced (see Tips, left), about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves. 4. Garnish with cilantro and pine nuts and serve immediately.

COOKING TIPS

≫ To make this tagine gluten-free, be sure to check the label on your harissa paste. Some contain wheat ingredients as fillers. ≫ For an impressive presentation, arrange  cooked couscous, millet or even New-World quinoa in a ring  around the edge of a deep serving platter and fill the center with the  chicken mixture. Then garnish with  the cilantro and pine nuts. 18

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≫  using an instant-read thermometer is the surest way to determine when your chicken is cooked. Inserted in the thickest part of the thigh, it should register 165°F (74°C ). ≫ If you prefer a more concentrated sauce, transfer the finished chicken to a platter and keep warm. boil the cooking liquid over high heat until reduced, about 4 minutes. Return  chicken to sauce before serving.

Original San Antonio Chili If you are looking for the ground beef chili your mother made for Friday night dinner, this isn’t it. If instead you want to taste what amounts to a fabulous, highly spiced beef stew, then I highly recommend this chili. Leftovers reheat well. Makes 6 servings Gluten-Free Friendly

each ancho and guajillo chiles,  
 reconstituted (see Tips, left) ½  cup (125 mL) fresh cilantro leaves  and tender stems 2  tbsp (30 mL) pure lard or oil 1  lb (500 g) each trimmed boneless  stewing beef and stewing pork, cut  into ½ -inch (1 cm) 
cubes and patted  dry (see Tips, left) 2 onions, thinly sliced on the vertical 6 cloves garlic, minced 1  tbsp (15 mL) each ground cumin and dried Mexican oregano Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, thinly 
 sliced (optional) 6 green onions (white and green  parts), very thinly sliced (optional) Crumbled Mexican cheese, 
such as soft cotija 2

1. Transfer reconstituted chiles with liquid to blender. Add cilantro and purée until smooth. Set aside. 2. Meanwhile, in Dutch oven, melt lard over medium-high heat. Add beef and pork, in batches, and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate as completed and set aside. Reduce heat to medium. 3. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Add sliced onions to pan and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Return beef and pork to pan. Add reserved ancho and guajillo chile mixture and stir well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. bring to a boil. Cover and transfer to preheated oven. bake until meat is very tender, about 2 hours. 4. Ladle into warm soup plates. Garnish with serrano pepper (if using) and green onions (if using). Sprinkle with cheese.

COOKING TIPS

≫ To reconstitute dried chiles, remove the stems and place in a heatproof bowl. Add 2 cups (500 mL) boiling beef stock and soak for 30 minutes, weighing the chiles down with a cup to ensure they remain submerged.

≫ If you want to make a version of this dish that is similar to the one made by former u.S. President Lyndon Johnson, substitute venison for the beef. you can also cube a beef chuck roast and use it in place of the stewing beef.

Chile-Spiked Chocolate Pots This is an updated version of classic French pots de crème. you won’t taste the chile, but it adds appealing depth to the flavor of the chocolate. Served with a big dollop of sweetened whipped cream, this dessert is a welcome indulgence. Makes 4 to 6 servings 3½ oz (105 g) bittersweet chocolate,  coarsely chopped ¾ cup (175 mL) heavy or whipping (35%)  cream ¾  cup (175 mL) whole milk ¼ cup (60 mL) granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 egg yolk 2  tbsp (30 mL) unsweetened cocoa  powder 1  tsp (5 mL) Aleppo pepper, divided ½ tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract Pinch salt Sweetened whipped cream 1. In a medium saucepan, combine chocolate and cream. Cook over low heat, stirring, until chocolate is melted. Add milk and sugar, whisking well to combine, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. 2. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, egg yolk, cocoa powder, 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) of the Aleppo pepper, vanilla and salt. Whisk in 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) of the chocolate mixture until well combined. Gradually whisk in remaining chocolate mixture until blended. 3. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Place fine-mesh sieve over measuring cup and strain chocolate mixture into cup. Pour into ramekins and sprinkle remaining Aleppo pepper over top. Cover ramekins tightly with foil. Set in roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. 4. Place pan in preheated oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 325°F (160°C). bake just until the centers of the custards quiver, about 25 minutes. 5. Remove ramekins from pan and let cool completely. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 4 hours. Serve each with a dollop of whipped cream. Courtesy of The Chile Pepper bible by Judith Finlayson © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.   Available where books are sold.

COUTESY PAUL KA

Tagine of Chicken with Apricots


CITY STYLE AND LIVING

COUTESY PAUL KA

Paule Ka, SS 2017

Fashion

Pretty in Pink

A tea length frock in blush pink is both ladylike and modern.


HELEN OFTROY W H A T ’ S   N E W  I N  T H E  W O R L D  O F   S K I N ,   b E A u T y ,   M A K E u P   A N D  W E L L - b E I N G

Spring ahead! CSL has got your whole makeup and hair looks covered with these unforgettable runway trends that bring earthy, minimalist style to the fore. 20

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Derek Lam

COURTESY MAYELLINE

GET THE LOOK


Sandy Liang

EASY

FLIRT Y LASHES

BURNISH

This season’s fresh, simple face calls for just a whisper of mascara on lids instead of a heavy thick coat. To carry off the entire polished look, groom brows with a brow powder or gel.

Tom Ford lip colour in sable smoke, $68; tomford.com

COURTESY NARS; ZAC POSEN SS17 HAIR BY ODILE GILBERT FOR MOROCCANOIL PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON CARTER RINALDI FOR MOROCCANOIL; MONIQUE LHUILLIER SS17 HAIR BY BOB RECINE FOR MOROCCANOIL PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON CARTER RINALDI FOR MOROCCANOIL ; COURTESY MAYBELLINE

Val Garland for Nars Cosmetics created a "tea stained, romantic eye,” by blending the same lipcolour onto lids, lips, and delicately brushing onto cheekbones for a modern burnish. Inspired by the 17th century wardrobe belonging to a lady in waiting to the wife of Charles 1 that was found in the North Sea, this version of romantic beauty was one part painting and one part modern minimalism. At Reem Acra, makeup artist Carole Colombani drew inspiration from Renaissance paintings. “I wanted to create this kind of beautiful – and not just flushed from a party face – but a super, freshly, romantically done look.” The key to the burnished look? Choose a delicate and soft colour that can be used all over the face. A copper tone works with all skin tones.

Erdem

rms beauty volumizing mascara, 0.23 oz/ 7 mL , $35; rmsbeauty.com

EtienneDeroeux

Monique Lhuillier

AlexanderWang

Zac Posen

TEXTURE ALL OVER

Reem Acra

Drawing inspiration from the ‘80s, models hair was crimped, teased and set with voluptuous curls. Not only was hair given texture but it was adorned with ribbons, hair combs and elastics to add interest to locks. Not to worry though, this season is all about controlled chaos rather than a literal replica of the hairstyles of yesteryear. Try putting wavy hair up into a ponytail, secured with a thick black ribbon for an all day look.

BARE

FACE

Maybe its pop culture’s fascination with revealing complexions sans makeup, but the clean face is here to stay. If the idea of revealing less-than-perfect skin scares you but want to embrace this trend, stick to covering only blemishes and imperfections with a small bit of concealer and stick to a neutral lipcolour. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2017 | 21


PhillipLim

SPRING UPDATE

MODERN Eyeliner

Blinc Mascara Amplified, $30. Givenchy Magic KajalEyePencil,$31.

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INSPIRATION “Modernizing the way we wear eyeliner, this season we played with the shape and left negative space on the eyes. Makeup is meant to look as though the girls danced the night away and their eyeliner stayed perfectly intact,” explains Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics. GET THE LOOK Prep skin with tinted moisturizer from the centre of the face outward. Use fingertips to apply concealer under eyes as need. Set complexion with powder. Tap eyeshadow to highlight nose and cheeks (an unusual but new use). Trace the upper lash line with eyeliner starting in the middle of the eye and working outward. Line the lower lash line similarly. Apply mascara.

COURTESY NARS;SEPHORA

At Phillip Lim, black rimmed eyes said it all, with a wink to Victoriana.


MarcJacobs

SPRING UPDATE

MAKEuP

Match

Matching your make-up to your hair and clothes is the newest trend on the runways according to Nars Cosmetics Founder and Creative Director François Nars.

COURTESY NARS

INSPIRATION At Marc Jacobs multicolour dreadlocks lent their hues to makeup that emphasized colour and shine. This is not the matchy-matchy looks of the 80s and 90s but a way to experiment with bold, vivid colour — the hallmark of spring. GET THE LOOK Apply matte concealer under eyes and on blemishes. Apply powder on the t-zone of the face. To lips, select a hue to match the hair before applying lip gloss. For the eyes brush eyeshadow in the same colour family as hair to the entire eyelid and underneath eyes and layer with a complimentary colour, working up toward the crease of the eyes. Then apply eyelash segments to the upper and lower lash line.

UrbanDecayNakedUltraNourishingLipgloss,$26. BuxomEyeshadowBarSingleEyeshadow,$15.

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MATTE The key to achieving this ladylike look is to finish with a matte top coat. It flatters a variety of looks from dressed up to casual.

FRENCH MANI TWIST Paint the entire nail in base colour. Then use a flat brush dipped in acetone to remove polish at the tip of nail before applying accent colour.

OMBRE Choose an acrylic, nude, almond shaped nail to complement soft pink brush strokes. To create a custom colour mix two shades together. Libertine

the trend upside-down by wearing it this spring to a wedding, shower or graduation.

really glossy shine to nails, top with gel setter top coat.

JennyPackham

MoniqueLhuillier

DEEP ROUGE Why save va-va voom nails for fall? Turn

SHEER Apply two coats of sheer nail polish. To get a

black line across the nail. Fill in with alternating black and white stripes at the tip of the nail and inside edge. 

NaeemKhan

fuss about precise lines. Instead swipe Inglot Nail Enamel 960 freehand over two coats of dark grey. 

BandofOutsiders

BajaEast

TWO-TONE GREY Grunge is the inspiration, so don’t

PALE PINK Apply a ridge filling base coat to clean fingernails. Next, apply two coats of essie hi maintenance. Finish with a top coat.

ASYMMETRY Apply two base coats. Paint a diagonal

RebeccaMinkoff

The spring agenda for nails: classic, unexpected and so-hotright-now graphic.

Saunders for essie calls mademoiselle the fail-safe colour choice for all skin tones.

Altuzarra

Look Great Nails

SUBTLE Classic, feminine and versatile, Michelle

Graphic ChristianSiriano

with a flower pattern dress to add modernity and edge. 

OscardelaRenta

rag&bone

BLACK POLISH Exude attitude with this dark shade. Pair

Nude

HANDCRAFTED Apply two coats of white polish. Fill in from the cuticle halfway down the nail in a contrasting colour. CND jazzed it up with tassels.

COURTESY KISS; ESSIE; INGLOT; CND;

Dark


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COURTESY ZOE ORGANICS; MOLTON BROWN; KALA STYLE; AURELIA SKINCARE; SUNDAY RILEY

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1. THE B(A)LM!

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Editors Fave PRODUCTS Products CSL loves, and you should try too

With a faint, sweet smell and soft texture, this balm feels luxurious. A small daub melts easily at body temperature. Then just slather it on from head-to-toe. It is made with a slew of natural moisturizing oils including sunflower oil, coconut oil and avocado oil, and ingredients that soothe and heal skin like calendula and plantain leaf. Hey, the doctor knows best! Zoe Organics Dr. Shannon’s Organic Skin Balm, 57 g, $25; zoeorganics.com

2. EARL-Y GREY

Although you can use this body wash at anytime, there’s nothing quite like a revitalizing shower in the morning. Citrus scents are known to boost your mood – so you can add pizzazz to your routine and start your day right with the fresh zing of orange and bergamot (which gives earl grey tea its unmistakable aroma and taste). All we have to say is hooray for a new day! Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Wash, 300 ml, $30 (USD); moltonbrown.com

3. EGG ON YOUR FACE (IN A GOOD WAY)

For centuries women have used egg white to purify and cleanse skin. This highly scented soap, made in Belgium draws on this age-old tradition. With the healing properties of chamomile and packaged in a cute blue box decorated with drawings, it gives new meaning to egg on your face! Kalastyle Eggwhite and Chamomile Flower Single Bar, $5 (USD); kalastyle.com

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4. DAYS OF THE WEEK Most makeup remover cloths are tossed after one use. These soft organic bamboo muslins are different. Exfoliate and cleanse your face day and night, then pop them in the washer. The pretty antibacterial cloths come in a little black box tied with pink ribbon – one for every day of the week. Aurelia Skincare Monday to Sunday Bamboo Muslins, $32 (USD); aureliaskincare.com

5. BARE IT ALL

Easy styles are the signature of spring – a dash of mascara, a swipe of lipstick and a smear of concealer is all you need. Make it easy to achieve your look by starting with a concealer that won’t dry out skin. bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, $26; bareescentuals.com

6. MOON LANDING

Roman goddesses have lent their names to everything from planets to trust companies. With this lustrous sapphiretinted oil, Luna is resurrected as a night-time oil. Calming ingredients like Blue Tansy and German Chamomile, help revitalize your skin overnight. Sweet dreams are made of this! Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $131; sephora.com

C SL GR EEN TIPS Mix equal parts honey and yogurt and apply to face to reduce age spots. / Choose cork, canvas or rubber shoes or espadrilles. ››

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PRET-A-PORTER!

FERRAGAMO

NEW LOOKS FOR yOuR WARDRObE 

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From throwbacks to the 1980s and 1990s to updates of last season’s favourites (read: off shoulder 2.0) and colour staples you need to own, you’re gonna have fun dressing up this spring!


SPRINGSTYLEGUIDE

ALEXIS MABILLE S/S 2017

ALEXIS MABILE S/S 2017

SPORTMAX S/S 2017

MAKE A STATEMENT WITH THE CHECK PATTERN. Once reserved for the picnic table, this grunge staple takes a turn with a feminine silhouette.

DO THE WAVE

SHIRT DRESSING JOHN GALLIANO S/S 2017

LOUIS VUITTON S/S 2017

CHECK PLEASE

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO S/S 2017

THIS SEASON'S RUFFLES ARE GIRLY BUT UNEXPECTED Think ruffled leather bags, shoes and random rows of ruffles on sweatshirts and Spanish inspired details. Olé!

MAISON MARGIELA S/S 2017

VERSACE S/S 2017

MULBERRY S/S 2017

CSL breaks down the top trends, and shows you how to easily update your closet

TAKE THIS STANDARD OFFICE STAPLE TO THE NEXT LEVEL Update the classic oxford shirt with new construction – bell sleeves, pockets, off shoulder, one shoulder, and layered over a dress are the way to go.

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RObERTO CAVALLI S/S 2017

FENDI S/S 2017

ONE PART BOHO, ONE PART MODERN TAPESTRY Vintage-inspired robe dresses adorned with oriental embroidery, rich velvet, tassels and vibrant hues are all go-tos this season.

PUMP IT UP! A nod to the puffy sleeves of the 1980s, this season's focus on the arms includes bell sleeves, oversize cuffs, and bubbly blousons. Balance all of this volume with skinny pants, or an abbreviated hem.

SAINT LAuRENT S/S 2017

GLOBAL TRIBE

CLAuDIA LI S/S 2017

STRIPES

SPORTMAx S/S 2017

VERSACE S/S 2017

GRAPHIC MEETS PERFORMANCE WEAR TO GET YOUR HEART RACING Graphic meets performance wear to get your heart racing. Zebra pants, dresses, jumpsuits and sports bras all came in elongating vertical stripes with a hint of athletic wear. While crop tops in primary hues sported horizontal stripes. Keep it modern with flatforms or sneakers.

LOuIS VuITTON S/S 2017

LOuIS VuITTON S/S 2017

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO S/S 2017

TRICK UP YOUR SLEEVE


MAX MARA S/S 2017

ALEXIS MABILE S/S 2017 VERSACE S/S 2017

NICHOLAS K S/S 2017

THE OFF SHOULDER TREND IS HERE TO STAY Showing off your shoulder(s) may just be the least obvious, but oh, so effective way to add a flirty touch to your wardrobe.

MILITARY GRADE

FIT AND FAB

FENDI S/S 2017

VERA WANG S/S 2017

COLD SHOULDER

SAINT LAURENT S/S 2017

MULBERRY S/S 2017

CLAUDIA LI S/S 2017

MARCH ONTO THE STREETS IN ARMY INSPIRED UTILITARIAN GEAR Think multi-pockets, animal prints, and an earthy colour palette. Accessorize with natural leather accents, and flat sandals.

ALL THE COOL GIRLS ARE WEARING IT– EVEN THE ONES WHO SKIP THE GYM Windbreakers, sneakers, and even a nod to the head-to-toe matching tracksuit (yes, it’s true!) were all over the catwalks. Show a little skin, keep the hair straight and makeup simple to give this look a go.

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

THIS FABULOUS SHADE IS A MOOD BOOSTER Yes, it is the new black. From rust to neon this is one of the most universally flattering colours. 30

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SPORTMAX S/S 2017

COMING UP ROSES

PRETT Y AS A PICTURE Whether fuchsia, dusty rose or delicate blush, get romantic this spring in shades of this forever feminine colour.

JOHN GALLIANO S/S 2017

MAX MARA S/S 2017

ROBERTO CAVALLI S/S 2017

YES, IT’S EASY BEING GREEN! Pantone colour of the year, greenery, is having its moment. Think rich emerald, jade and Amazonite - all equally eye catching and sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

FENDI S/S 2017

GREEN MACHINE

NICHOLAS K S/S 2017

VERSACE S/S 2017

MAX MARA S/S 2017

COLOUR REPORT

NEUTRAL GROUND

ANY THING BUT BASIC Off white and cream look fresh and modern when paired together. Think modern safari- khaki.


DRESS Lulus Magnolia Blooms Black Floral Print Maxi Dress lulus.com; NECKLACE Stella & Dot Trove tassel necklace stelladot.com

MAX MARA S/S 2017

ROMANTIC FLORAL FENDI S/S 2017

ROBERTO CAVALLI S/S 2017

RUNWAY INSPIRATION

Two Ways

Whether light and airy or dark and moody, floral prints were all over the runways. Style this pretty, statement with classic heels or edgy sneakers.

COURTESY K&S MEDIA(2); ALTAZZURA; GUCCI; APC; OPENING CEREMONY

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For a less formal look, opt for a mini dress worn with sneakers or slides and a spritz of feminine floral agrance. GET THE LOOK A.P.C. Atelier de Production et de Création Irene printed silk-twill mini dress, $470, usonline.apc.fr; Gucci bamboo limited edition eau de parfum, $125 (150ml); Opening Ceremony Eytys Mother Canvas Sneakers, $233.20, openingceremony.com

Want drama? We love the floral maxi dress with a leg slit worn with a chunky platform.

Choose a neutral colour to play up the pattern!

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Take a flirty rue top in bright red and pair with a graphic black and white stripe print skirt for a girly update on this classic colour combination. Wi nd sor Store Red salsa nights top, windsorstore.com ; Stella & Dot Trove tassel earrings, stelladot.com; Sam Edel man Yardley Lace-Up Heeled Sandal, $181.83, samedelman.com

TOP TRENDS 2 Ways

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A maxi dress with a sexy thigh high slit in punchy coral makes a bold and sexy statement. Lulus Simpatico rust orange maxi dress, lulus.com

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STYLIST!

HOW TO STYLE YOUR FAVOURITE OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES

#Obsessedwith SLIDES

Call them mules, slip-ons or slides, rocking these effortlessly chic backless shoes is a cinch!

Marc Fisher Ragina Flared High Heel Mule, $170; marcfisherfootwear.com

Sam Edelman Paris Slip-On Loafer, $130; samedelman.com

Isabel Marant Maesha suede mules, $690; net-a-porter.com

No. 21 Knotted satin mules, $590; net-a-porter.com

WEAR WITH... For the office pair a heeled mule with a head-to-toe suit, weekends were made for flat slides and the flirty kitten heel is ideal for date night.

NEVER HAS BEING ON TIME BEEN COOLER. THE CLASSIC LADYLIKE WATCH NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE, BUT THIS SEASON, UPDATE YOUR TICKER WITH A GLIMMER OF ROSE GOLD. Longines DolceVita steel and gold, longines.com

LEND ME YOUR EARS The 1980s bold earring is back in a big way. The two biggest trends you’ll want to try are the modern hoop and the tassel. COURTESY STELLA & DOR; MARC FISHER; SAM EDELMAN; NO 21; CHLOE

Small (Bag) Wonder

Saint Laurent

Cushnie et Ochs

STELLA AND DOT Trove tassel earrings, $49; stelladot.com

The bag of the moment is impossible not to take everywhere, not for least because of its diminutive size which will force you to carry only necessities- from mini bucket bags to teensy crossbody styles, there are so many choices to suit your fancy.

Chloe Nile minaudiere; $1550; chloe.com

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Update Your Spring Closet THE COOLEST KID ON THE BLOCK THIS SEASON? MOM JEANS. THE TWEAKS THIS SEASON ARE EDGIER WITH PATCHWORK DETAIL, ACID WASH AND ZIPPER DETAILS THAT WILL ADD INSTANT CHIC TO ANY OUTFIT

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P H I L L IP L IM S / S 2 01 7

TOP OF THE CROP

Love it or hate it, 1990s style is back with a vengeance, and this includes higher waisted, loose fitting, cropped denim. Think you can’t get away with this look? If you’re short, choose denim that is cropped just above the ankle, and pair with high heel mules, while tall girls can get away with most lengths. Have fun with the trend with a lighter acid wash, bra top and silk bomber (as seen at Phillip Lim, left), or for a more laid back approach, wear a patchwork style with a feminine off shoulder top (above). Any way you choose, you’ll be sure to look right on the money.


HOW TO DO...

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A LT U Z Z A R A S / S 2 0 1 7

This bold mix of print is accentuated by a touch of glam with a metallic belt and matching chunky earrings to create a polished yet quirky vibe.

BELTED

Add texture to a neutral, earthy palette with a monochromatic woven style belt worn higher on the waist and an oversize carryall.

Break up head to toe pattern with a classic medium thickness black belt, which grounds the look and creates a long silhouette.

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M AX M ARA S / S 2 01 7

THE FOCUS THIS SEASON IS ALL ABOUT THE WAIST – WHETHER DRAWING THE EYE IN THROUGH A CORSET, OR BARING THE MIDDRIFT. THE EASIEST WAY TO FOCUS ON YOUR MID-SECTION, IS BY WEARING A BELT. HERE ARE A FEW OF CSL’S FAVOURITES.

Cinch in the waist of an oversized boxy blazer with a fastener style belt that matches the same colour of your suit. Add a belt charm for a touch of interest.


CITY STYLE AND LIVING

K&S MEDIA

Travel


PASSPORT!

WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO AROUND THE WORLD

#OBS ESS ED

Cable FACE OFF

It’s one of the most notorious irritations in tech – the fraying lightning cable. CSL put two companies to the test to see if we could find a cable that would be long-lasting, flexible and durable.

MOSHI

USB Cable with Lightning Connector 3.3 ft, $24.95; moshi.com Simple, sophisticated, in house design. The length, thickness and flexibility of this cable all make it perfect for charging your device while working and moving around. A 1-year warranty, encased aluminium ends, and wide range of colours make it a great, vastly more durable option than cables included with the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. While the product is lightweight, it may be bulky to pack on the road.

One of the best features of this cable is its length, especially well suited for a home office.

VS

FUSE CHICKEN

Titan, $34.95 (USD); fusechicken.com

THE The toughest cable CLAIM on earth.

PROS

CON S

This cable is incredibly heavy duty withstanding the gnawing of pets, everyday wear and tear and the constant bending and twisting from regular plugging and charging. Great for adventure travel, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

While this cable is made of reinforced flexible steel, it lacks elasticity and give. When working on our device while charging it remains firm and unable to bend and contort to our needs.

The cable itself is BOTTOM made of high quality LINE material and is an optimal choice for those who leave their device alone while charging. It is especially useful for travel.

HOW TO PACK LIGHTER: A DOUBLE DUTY BAG

FEATHERWEIGHT Sol and Selene Trendsetter bag in teal (with vegan leather), $100; solandselene.com

With airline restrictions at an all time high, reducing the amount of excess items in your carry-on is an easy way to make the process less stressful. A double duty bag does the trick – large enough to hold everything you need at hand, yet small enough to be neatly tucked away when not in use.

Back to Nature

Travelling can take its toll. The fix? Visit a city park to recharge! Here are a few of CSL’s favourites to explore.

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN Phoenix, Arizona

ARMSTRONG REDWOODS STATE NATURAL RESERVE Sonoma, California

ANGEL OAK PARK Johns Island, South Carolina

MIRABELL PALACE AND GARDENS Salzburg, Austria

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G O O D FOOD

DRINKS

PEOPLE

MUSIC

UPBEAT, MYSTERIOUS, THIS MAGICAL CITY IS LIFE. CSL TAKES YOU ON A JOURNEY THROUGH NEW ORLEANS (AND BEYOND). HERE ARE JUST A FEW REASONS YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH THE BIG EASY. by KAILASH MAHARAJ &

SHIVANA MAHARAJ photography by K&S MEDIA


THE TROUBADOUR

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT e revitalized area is home to e Aquarium of the Americas, Harrah’s Casino, and shopping at Canal Place. Most of the city's hotels are located in the vicinity.

AUGUST

ABOUT Part of a wave of new hotels springing onto the New Orleans scene, the Troubadour is an artsy-cool, 184-room boutique property housed in a 17storey former office building in the central business district. Opened in January 2017, this hotel feels like part of the action, while maintaining a quiet sophistication and updated, non-cliché slice of the Big Easy. DÉCOR Grounded by local artwork throughout the property, design darlings will love the Art Deco meets 1970s vibe – a new age portrait of Erika Badu, gold framed mirrors, an earthy, greyblue colour scheme and bright orange packaged Jonathan Adler amenities.

Dark wood furnishings in the rooms add warmth to the space, while expansive windows look onto the city.

DINING Petit Lion, the hotel’s signature restaurant led by New Orleans native Chef Phillip Lopez, excels at bistro fare (think moules frites, steak au poivre, and foie gras torchon), with a chic French cafe ambiance and recurring Art Deco touches. Try a few of the incredible cocktails like the Gravier (a potent concoction of bourbon, old school liqueurs and bitters) from local connoisseur T. Cole Newton. Finish with a selection of exquisite desserts like the intricately infused citrus crema Catalana with bourbon honey sorbet, and candied citrus, or opt for the quirky Yorkie, a

combination of mint chocolate chip ice cream, minted milk, and chocolate “cocoa puffs.” The Monkey Board, the open-air rooftop bar named after the highest point on an oil rig and cleverly featuring a wall of psychedelic graffiti, is the place for food truck-inspired fare and views of the New Orleans skyline. CSL FAVE It's not often, after checking in to a city hotel, that we immediately bolt up to the rooftop in hopes of catching the sunset. But when a warm glow bathes the city skyline in a sea of sepia, drink in hand, we see what the fuss is about.

1111 Gravier St., jdvhotels.com

There are few names as linked to New Orleans as that of Chef John Besh. His flagship restaurant, August, located in a 19th century FrenchCreole edifice that boasts exposed brick walls, mahogany panelling and antique mirrors, elegantly effuses the tenets of Creole and Southern cuisine through a modern lens. On the night I dined, classic shrimp etouffe featured a soupçon of Asian ingredients like ginger and fermented pepper. Roasted grouper was served alongside tasso crab rice, and pepper roasted oyster while a Louisiana strawberries ‘n cream dessert combined savoury and sweet elements of yoghurt, fried biscuits, isot chili, and olive oil. Each element carefully presented on the plate playing on differing textures, and bold colours. Cocktails hit a high note with inventive combinations like gin, strawberry, Lillet Blanc, and sparkling wine in the Ponchatoula Swing. The most refreshing factor for the modern diner? Alongside the meat, fowl and game, farmers market vegetables are celebrated, culminating in an entire tasting menu revolving around them (roasted fennel with black trumpet mushroom, and winter truffle anyone?). restaurantaugust.com citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2017 | 39


LE MERIDIEN NEW ORLEANS

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

BARCADIA

Want to experience the best kind of mash up? Walk into this bar/ restaurant/ arcade and you'll be greeted with electric energy, up tempo music, brilliant cocktails and friends trying to outplay each other at giant jenga, or one of several other classic arcade games. Chef Brian Bajon has reflected the high energy atmosphere in a menu that elevates casual fare, fusing it with modern flavours. Southern deviled eggs are given a kick with sriracha, creamy mac ‘n cheese is given a New Orleans spin with the addition of crawfish, burgers and sandwiches fill your craving and chicken wings are the right kind of sticky, bathed in flavours like ghost pepper buffalo and sweet ‘n spicy honey sriricha. barcadianeworleans.com

MUST SEE CHECKLIST CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER

A 10,000-square-foot complex with cutting edge-artwork and an eclectic array of music, theatre and dance performances.

HOWLIN’ WOLF AND REPUBLIC Visit these live music venues to listen to legendary artists as well as new acts. JULIA STREET Home to more than 25 galleries.

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ABOUT After a $29 million renovation in 2015, the hotel has emerged as the epitome of European refinement retaining the spirit of New Orleans. That spirit, seen in spontaneous street parties that routinely break out in the city, is captured on a smaller scale with Le Méridien Hub, or the lobby. Reinterpreted as a social gathering space, it includes modern art, a signature soundtrack and even a master barista. A small outdoor courtyard with fire pits links the lobby to the street – a cozy way to spend an evening. THE ROOM My superior room, like the décor in general, takes a subtle sometimes subliminal approach to incorporating elements of New Orleans lore: a decorative steamer trunk represents

the ships that travelled along the Mississippi River; wallpaper depicts a street grid with population density during the Mardi Gras parade; a distorted fleur de lis pattern stamps the carpet. DINING LMNO, punctuated by hanging lamps, subway tile, light wood flooring, complete with a grey, cream and navy colour theme, conveys a sophisticated yet inviting ambience. Floor to ceiling windows allow light to stream into the room while photographs of New Orleans hang on the wall to create a sense of place. This is a great spot for people watching. The restaurant focuses on unconventional tweaks to local cuisine - like the BBQ shrimp and grits made with sharp cheddar and the braised short ribs served with a sweet potato mash, stewed tomatoes,

okra and crispy onion. Breakfast is delicious, with a large selection including hearty Gulf crab cake eggs Benedict with Creole hollandaise and fingerling potatoes. EXTRAS The outdoor rooftop pool is a quiet place to enjoy views of the city, or relax at one of the three sexy private poolside cabanas equipped with TVs. Bikes are free for Starwood Preferred guests to use - what better way to explore the French Quarter! I had a great conversation with bellman Ken, and the staff at the hotel is incredibly accommodating and courteous, making a point of ensuring your stay is truly memorable. 333 Poydras Street; lemeridienneworleanshotel.com


CENTRAL BUSINESS + WAREHOUSE DISTRICTS Known as the arts district, the area spans Poydras Street and ends at Calliope. A trendy area for restaurants, museums and galleries.

THE NATIONAL WW II MUSEUM

HYATT REGENCY NEW ORLEANS

From the minute you receive your dog tag, assigning you a real-life person whose story you follow throughout the museum, you feel fully immersed and invested in the personal stories of the men and women all over the world who were involved in WWII. The museum excels at re-creating every aspect of war, involving all your senses, from stepping foot on a train (synthesizing what actual soldiers would have boarded before deploying), to the concluding moments of the final mission of the USS Tang submarine experience with its sirens and simulated explosions. The pinnacle of the museum is

the 4D movie (read: CGI animation, multi-layered environments, special effects), Beyond All Boundaries, executive produced by Tom Hanks with creative direction by Phil Hettema. The film breaks down the history of the war from its inception to the final days, in succinct first-person accounts of the woes, pain and ultimate glory. The museum is a poignant reminder of this violent past, with a deep respect for veterans of war, and sends an even stronger message of gratitude and hope. nationalww2museum.org

ABOUT Enter the modern art deco lobby of the hotel and a jigsaw stained glass archway and polished marble floor leads to the showpiece – a collage of photographs in desaturated tones illustrating historic people, places and events in New Orleans. History runs deep in the city of Saints, and the palpable energy also courses through the hotel located on Poydras street.

behind much of the décor from Garden District wroughtiron fences artfully woven into plush carpets to photos of the city in hues of grey, and blue hanging on walls.

THE ROOM A luxurious yet approachable atmosphere pervades the hotel and its 285 newly renovated guestrooms, and 12 suites, amongst the largest in the city, with luxe amenities like Frette sheets and Chadsworth & Haig robes. My grand river view room, looks onto the Mississippi, as steamboats and cargo ships float by. The crescent city itself is the inspiration

DINING Café Adelaide, part of the Commander’s Palace Family of Restaurants, is inspired by the late Adelaide Brennan, part of the illustrious family that has been at the forefront of New Orleans cuisine for decades. Famous for being sophisticated and elegant as well as carefree and mischievous, Brennan’s spirit is captured in quirky furnishings, Warhol-style photographs, blue pin tucked banquettes and yellow cushions on chairs. Chef Meg Bickford focuses on playful Creole fare, like the breakfast for dinner menu. I enjoyed a rich foie gras and butternut squash spice roll; ultra-indulgent waffle

ABOUT & THE ROOM With a strategic location, next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center and Champions Square, this 1,193 room 95-suite hotel is popular with those who want to be close to these popular attractions. My Premium view room overlooking crescent city is comfortable, with a gold and ivory colour palette, and the irresistibly comfortable Hyatt Grand Bed. DINING With eight restaurants, choose from gourmet, hand-tossed, Neapolitan-style pizza, barbeque, and James Beard-nominated Louisiana seafood with Spanish influence at Borgne. Sushi at Vitascope Hall is top notch, the stuff late night dining was made for – try the Saint, a hefty portion of soft shell crab, shrimp tempura, and spicy crawfish topped with masago, sesame seeds, and served with ponzu, sriracha, and eel sauce. 601 Loyola Ave.; worleans.regency.hyatt.com

LOEWS NEW ORLEANS HOTEL

“nest”- a soft poached egg nestled in tender braised duck, warm allspice-blueberry waffle with whiskey spiked sugarcane syrup and Grand Mariner duck jus poured over the entire dish. Other standouts include the shrimp and tasso corndogs and blue crab pot de crème. For dessert, the brandy milk punch and white chocolate biscuit pudding are divine.

EXTRAS Order an Ella’s Old-Fashioned (made with Dewars whisky instead of bourbon) at Swizzle Stick Bar, a favourite of the grand dame of New Orleans restaurants (and Adelaide’s sister), Ella Brennan. Plus, some of the best beignets are found right here at the hotel for breakfast. 300 Poydras St; loewshotels.com/new-orleans citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2017 | 41


DAT DOG

THE GARDEN DISTRICT

Whether as an accompaniment to late night drinking, a late afternoon snack or full meal, Dat Dog has a dog for you - solid classic beef and pork dogs - along with creative twists: duck, crawfish, vegan dogs, grilled chicken, cod, and datburger. With four strategic locations, this local haunt has a philosophy of creativity and fun. We love the nod to poutine in the crawfish etouffe - fries are loaded with mud bugs and drenched in a rich gravy. The golden, crisp, beer battered cod in the sea dog special is stuffed with fresh onion, tomatoes and a homemade tartar sauce while the fried buffalo chicken dog, with blue cheese, celery and buffalo sauce is made for football games. Oh, and we dare you to try the alligator sausage. datdog.com

Impeccable gardens and Antebellum mansions pervade this district, along Charles Avenue to Magazine Street and om Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue.

MUST SEE CHECKLIST CARROLLTON AVENUE

Live oak trees line streets, just steps from Tulane and Loyola universities. MAGAZINE STREET

Visit these live music venues to listen to legendary artists as well as new acts. COMMANDER’S PALACE

Operating since 1880, this legendary restaurant serves classic New Orleans fare.

FAUBOURG MARIGNY/ BYWATER is neighbourhood has an infectious spirit and is the spot for great jazz music (especially on Frenchmen Street). Look for colourful shotgun houses and Creole cottages.

T2 STREETFOOD

If you're looking for a change from traditional fare, why not opt for a twist on Asian street food? Located in southern food hall St. Roch Market, owner and chef Tung Nguyen serves up Vietnamese staples (fresh spring rolls, pho, vermicelli bowls) alongside pretzel bun sliders, roti, and AsianAmerican fusion crab rangoon dip. Warm your soul with a huge steaming bowl of pho, available in three variations including 'the cure', a traditional beef broth with a choice of protein, and a vegan friendly version with vegan broth, tofu and mushrooms. The sweet, soft bao are addictive bites, packed with juicy roasted cage free chicken, slaw, green onions and sriracha aioli, while the crunchy banh mi with garlic aioli, cucumber pickled root vegetables and cilantro is as beautiful as it is delicious. facebook.com/T2StreetFood/ 42

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HOT TIN

See Crescent city glow at golden hour from the rooftop bar of the Pontchartrain Hotel, called Hot Tin, a nod to Tennessee Williams who once lived at the hotel. With views of the Mississippi river and downtown New Orleans, the bar serves up cool cocktails with witty names like the pontch de leon (pisco, allspice dram, cinnamon, lime, grapefruit and bitters), and Nova Lee (gin, galliano, luxardo, camomile, thyme and bitters) and effortlessly evokes the 1940s artist’s loft vibe of a bygone era. hottinbar.com

Take a Walk

A relaxing way to take in some esh air, and explore the natural beauty of the city

> Audubon Park

A beautiful setting for a picnic under ancient live oaks, the scenic park includes a jogging path, lagoon, and playground. A hotspot for more than a century, and a prime birding spot, there is also a golf course, and zoo located within the 350 acres. audubonnatureinstitute.org

> Crescent Park

Stroll this urban 1.4 mile, 20-acre park set in the French Market district and enjoy downtown views from the riverfront at Mandeville Wharf. Bikepaths and a dog run meander through native landscaping, with the striking Piety Street Bridge, a beautiful arched walkover located roughly halfway through the park. crescentparknola.org

> New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Located on Decatur Street, within Louis Armstrong Park, the centrepiece of the site is Perseverance Hall No. 4, built between 1819 and 1820 and was originally a Masonic lodge. nps.gov


THE FRENCH QUARTER Experience the verve and unmistakable architecture of this incredible neighbourhood.

HARD ROCK CAFE

SALON BY SUCRÉ

Located right in the heart of the French Quarter on famous Bourbon Street, the memorabilia at this music-infused restaurant is as varied as the neighbourhood itself - a harmonica owned by Bob Dylan, a signed photo of jazz vocalist Billie Holiday and a silver trumpet owned by legend Louis Armstrong. For dinner, try the bbq shimp (juicy and cider spiked) and grits, or the Bourbon Street jambalaya with chunks of smoked chicken, grilled shrimp and Andouille sausage blended with seasoned yellow rice and Creole seasonings. For dessert, opt for the boozy Irish kiss - Jameson Irish Whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream and Monin Spiced Brown Sugar, topped with whipped cream, chocolate morsels and chocolate syrup. Don't forget your grab and go cup to take your favourite beverage with you! hardrock.com/cafes/new-orleans

From the gleaming bar with mirrored panels, gold shelves and marble countertop, to the hardwood floors and exposed white brick walls, leather banquette seats and balcony overlooking the French Quarter, there are eye-catching French mid-century design elements at every turn. Not only is the decor flawless, but the cocktails (including my refreshing Elton) and food stand up in their own right. Crisp fried chicken draped with a thin slice of cheese, encased in two buttermilk waffles and served with maple syrup is a great brunch option. The roasted vegetable salad with eggplant, red pepper, zucchini, portobello and goat cheese is a hearty accompaniment. The enormous serving of chicken poutine is dressed with a creamy velouté, warm melted gruyère, shredded chicken and a dollop of fresh salsa to cut through all that richness. Order a selection of desserts to go, and be sure to come back another day for afternoon tea. restaurantsalon.com

ABOUT Unusually, for its prime French Quarter location, there is a real sense of privacy here, quietly tucked away on Chartres Street, the hotel feels like a hidden gem, with only 97 rooms.

DINING Walking to dinner at Sobu, an impromptu second line parade strolled past the hotel – these are the kinds of moments you could only experience here in the French Quarter. Inside, exposed brick, black and white checkerboard flooring and wooden furnishings make Sobu, created by the Commander's Palace Family of restaurants, feel like a cozy Creole tavern with a cocktail program led by Bar Chef Laura Bellucci. A menu centred on Louisiana street food small plates created by Executive Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Consulting Chef Tory McPhail include standouts like the herb roasted wild mushroom pate,

THE ROOM A funky modern art edge is the theme in my spacious room with its bright yellow walls, minimalist lines and agate artwork. But the real star here is the balcony. You can’t beat waking up, and staring down onto the magical French Quarter.

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THE PRESBYTÈRE

Part of the Louisiana State Museum and adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral, once the residence of capuchin monks, it is now home to two exceptional exhibits: Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond and Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana. PIRATE ALLEY

Two small alleyways located on either side of St. Louis cathedral once occupied by Andrew Jackson, Jean Lafitte and William Faulkner. LAFITTE'S BLACKSMITH SHOP BAR

One of the oldest bars in America (built in 1722), said to be the smuggling centre for pirate Jean Lafitte, it is allegedly haunted.

W FRENCH QUARTER

sweet potato beignets with foie gras and chicory ganache, and finger licking Louisiana shrimp al ajillo infused with confit garlic and citrus, served in a hot cast iron skillet with a hunk of crusty Leidenheimer bread. EXTRAS The hotel's courtyard is one of the prettiest in the citycomplete with sweeping staircase, large outdoor pool, brickwork and the focal point three tier iron water/ fire feature. The hotel flawlessly balances the vivacity of the French Quarter with tranquillity. wfrenchquarter.com

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THE MOXY

THE FRENCH QUARTER

DEANIE’S SEAFOOD

Follow locals who have frequented this seafood mecca for over 50 years, with a visit to the original French Quarter location. A quintessential New Orleans experience, the restaurant offers large portions of seafood prepared in different ways (boiled, broiled and fried). On a recent visit I enjoyed the deep, rich flavour of the crawfish bisque. Studded with juicy tail meat, it is made even heartier with a spoonful of rice. The charbroiled oysters have a smoky note and you'll undoubtedly use that chunk of French bread to sop up the delicious crustacean butter in the bottom of the skillet of the barbeque shrimp. You can't go wrong with the crab quartet – creamy and rich crabmeat au gratin, crisp and savoury crab balls, gently fried soft shell crab and a plethora of sweet, fried crab claws, each element able to sing in their own right, and together a triumphant symphony of seafood goodness. deanies.com

ABOUT In Crescent city, standing out is a must. The hipster sister of the Marriott brand, Moxy has a distinctive personality that sets it apart from the standard hotel in the city. It feels more like a social place to hang out, with a distinctive industrial-chic vibe complete with graffiti, eclectic artwork, polished concrete floors and a multitude of games scattered throughout the living room cum recroom lobby. The staff feel like friends that welcome you back again and again, not the least because check in takes place at the 24/7 full service bar that also serves grab and go bites. Plus, who doesn't like being 44

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THE ROOM There was thinking behind the dualpurpose design in guestrooms, and it shows. Additional (sometimes useless) closet space is eliminated and turned into extra storage space instead. Approximating a great room with a large bed (we love those ‘I woke up like this’ throw pillows) and chairs, the only door separates the bathroom. The earthy tones in the brown leather headboard, cozy grey heather blanket, and hardwood floors are accented with bright pops of turquoise and yellow, while the round rattan chairs, metal lamps and subway tiles in the bathroom add loft-

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EXTRAS This hotel is fun and inviting, with little touches that make you smile (I grabbed more than a few stashes of candy labelled ‘antidepressants’ from a glass jar at the bar). I loved the savoury breakfast naan (my personal fave was served with cream cheese, warm gooey egg and basil). Even the ‘caution wet floor’ sign is turned on its head, with a stick figure falling with ‘jazz hands.’

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CAFE MASPERO

There are countless New Orleans food icons including the muffaletta, jambalaya, po’ boy sandwich and red beans and rice. Try some of these classic dishes in a casual setting at Cafe Maspero located on busy Decatur Street. The veggie muffaletta, loaded with salty olive salad and melted Swiss cheese is addictive, and you can't go wrong with Louisiana oysters fried to a tawny gold, stuffed into a French bun and served with a mountain of French fries. cafemaspero.com


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AUCKLAND

SKY CIT Y GRAND

Auckland Views The 312-room luxury property is one of two hotels in the uber-trendy SkyCity entertainment complex, where everything from restaurants, spa, fitness centre, bars, casino and Sky Tower are an elevator ride away. Venture out of SkyCity, and the hotel’s downtown location makes it ideal for dining at many of Auckland’s award-winning eateries. My Premium Luxury Harbour View Room was airy with views of Waitemata harbour. Best of all? The complimentary pink macrons on offer at check-in.

THE SUGAR CLUB

Fusion Cuisine in a Beautiful Atmosphere When Chef Peter Gordon set about creating the latest iteration of his renowned Sugar Club restaurant, he chose the 53rd floor of one of Auckland best known landmarks, Sky Tower, with breathtaking views of the Hauraki Gulf and the Tasman Sea. A sleek Art Deco interior that references cinematic Italian décor with cerulean sofas, gold geometric private dining wall, and brass fittings opens onto panoramic views. Known as the godfather of fusion cuisine, Gordon has long been associated with the Sugar Club. The restaurant first opened in Wellington in the 1980s, quickly followed by two London iterations. Here, Gordon’s fusion cuisine, combines seasonal local produce with international flair.

MEREDITHS

Exceptional degustation menu from a talented chef “This neighbourhood has changed a lot,” says Michael Meredith of Mt. Eden where his pioneering degustation-only restaurant is quietly tucked away behind a frosted glass exterior. Then again the Samoan-born chef seems to be perpetually at the forefront of innovation. His intimate restaurant draws on local produce and modern techniques, expertly paired with wines. Every detail is exquisite beginning with the freshly baked bread (which I practically gorged with the spicy fresh NZ olive oil). Hinting at a South Pacific staple, local fish is cured ceviche-style with citrus. An earthy dish of roasted quail with caramelized persimmon, mushroom and coconut is followed by dehydrated strawberry, chocolate mousse, strawberry soup, basil oil, yoghurt.

On the night I dined, classic asparagus and spiced quail eggs got a Japanese touch with shiitake, miso and almonds while local revered ingredient paua (abalone) was served three ways alongside frybread. Keeping with the Asian inflection, laksa featured Kiwi staple whitebait and langoustine in a spiced shellfish coconut broth, with green tea noodles, and textural crispy shallots. Italian and New Zealand wines were expertly paired with each course. Dessert from the open pastry kitchen again traipsed through Asia with moromi miso caramel, paprika served with peanut butter parfait.

WAIHEKE ISLAND

Auckland’s activity filled island playground A thriving wine scene, plenty of art galleries and vistas galore have made the island a recreational escape for busy Aucklanders. With a mere 8 000 permanent residents and only a 35-minute ferry ride from the city, Waiheke boasts several picturesque coves and beaches including Onetangi Beach. I visited several vineyards on my day-trip, including tastings and lunch.

PONSONBY

AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS

Best in the wine industr y Chefs, winemakers and notable figures in the wine and food industry gathered at the 30th anniversary of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in 2016. This yearly event, organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, celebrates elite gold awards and trophy winners at a black-tie, red carpet gala event. My favourite part? Hearing from chefs and winemakers on stage while dining on their creations and sipping award-winning wine.

Trendy shopping and dining neighbourhood Ponsonby is to Auckland what the West Village is to New York, a hip neighbourhood with historic buildings, shopping, dining, and art galleries. In recent years the area has undergone significant gentrification, and one afternoon I wandered the streets peppered with pubs, fish markets, antique villas and clothing stores. As with other suburbs, Ponsonby enjoys great views toward downtown and the ocean.

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Clockwise from top left: Inside the Macon suite with its feature archway. A lounge chair sits on the deck of the wraparound balcony. The front exterior with its abundant flowers. A beautiful oval shaped bathtub in one of the suites. The hotel’s entranceway. Beautiful espalier detail in the hotel’s gardens. An antique credenza in the heritage hotel’s hallway. Breakfast at Mangapapa includes views of the manicured grounds. A look inside the dining room. Driving through an archway of trees leading to the hotel.

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CSL’S

HOTEL GEMS

When staying at the hotel near Havelock North seek out these three unique experiences.

 WINE CELLAR

MANGAPAPA HOTEL

A striking wall-toceiling wine library decorates the main foyer. Guests can even take an elevator down to the cellar to personally choose their own bottle.

When one of New Zealand’s heritage hotels, in the country’s oldest wine region, undergoes a $4.3 million upgrade – the result is an intimate idyll that celebrates hospitality. LOCATION Surrounded by 20 acres of lush orchards, sprawling gardens, mature trees and lawns dotted with grazing sheep, Mangapapa Hotel in Hawke’s Bay lives up to its Maori name meaning fertile land. A winding driveway flanked by silver birch trees leads to the cream coloured twostorey colonial building dominated by columns and a wraparound balcony. Originally built in 1885 as a homestead, it was most famously owned by Sir James Wattie whose canned food business was eventually sold to the H. J. Heinz Company. The region is known for its fruit farms, wineries, golf course and Art Deco capital of Napier and the boutique hotel is a tranquil oasis amidst all this activity.

DECOR & DESIGN A recent refurbishment has resulted in each of the dozen guest suites now boasting exquisite bespoke details that

play to the hotel’s past, hint at its Art Deco neighbours while also reflecting a modern aesthetic. Antique credenzas, chandeliers, the original staircase and chinoiserie wallpaper give opulence to common spaces. Suites, some of which take their names from European destinations (think Macon, Seefeld, Andorra, Bensheim and Veron), span the mezzanine of the homestead, and separate cottage buildings, with details like jade vanity, fireplace, cherry wood sleigh bed and marble tile. DINING The dining too has come of age with a wine cellar where choice bottles can fetch upward of $35 000, a daily degustation menu at Mangapapa restaurant and high tea served beside a work of Picasso. Breakfast is served in the conservatory overlooking the hotel’s grounds just past the bar, a gathering place

for pre-dinner drinks, craft beer and light fare from the lounge menu. Hawke’s Bay is the centre of a wine and food convergence that makes the fare at Mangapapa a rewarding (and tasty) showcase of the bounty from the kitchen garden and local producers. One evening I enjoy the five course set menu which can be tailored to meet every dietary restriction. Beginning with appetizers of oysters with mignonette, and salmon croquettes the menu draws its inspiration from the differing landscape of the region: from a seafood trio and tuna Carpaccio highlighting the re-

gion’s coastal position to roast beef or blackened chicken that reference executive chef Paul Condron’s paddock to plate philosophy drawn from Hawke’s Bay’s fertile grazing land. The meal ends with a dessert of chocolate parfait with strawberry sorbet, a nod to one of the star fruits of the fruit bowl of New Zealand. Robust servings, finesse presentation and a delicious menu have earned the restaurant the 2017 Lamb & Beef Excellence Award. AMENITIES While the spa, fitness centre, lawn tennis and meeting space provide

worthwhile indulgences an upgrade to the pool area would elevate all the amenities to the same luxury standard.

WHAT CSL LIKED BEST It didn’t take the latest 7.8 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand to convince us that Mangapapa Hotel was special. But, the dedicated attention of the staff assured us that this is more than just a hotel. Past midnight, Manager David Thompson personally drove guests to higher ground following tsunami warnings. Though this is an extraordinary circumstance, Thompson and his staff are also known for regularly aiding guests with a wide variety of requests that go beyond the norm. The entire staff is warm, conscientious and hospitable. The relaxed serene vibe that permeates the property is largely due to them.



HIGH TEA

Served every day of the week, this is a classic sweet and savoury offering decorated with flowers and presented on a tiered stand featuring white lattice work plates. Tea comes is served on traditional fine china.



ART  COLLECTION From a Tiffany lamp, Picasso painting and original stained glass, to gold-plated plumbing and original work by Marc Chagall there is something beautiful to see at every turn.

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HAWKES BAY

Clockwise from top left: A mosaic in downtown Napier. Te Mata peak in all its glory. Oceanside Spirit of Napier statue by Frank Szirmay on Marine Parade in Napier. One of the many sea wall murals throughout the city. The Art Deco style National Tobacco Company building. Gannets converge at Cape Kidnappers.

HOOTERS VINTAGE CLASSIC VEHICLE

Ride in style Sporting a 1920s uniform complete with double breasted jacket, chauffeur cap, breeches, gloves, and boots, it is easy to spot my chauffeur among the crowd as I depart my Air New Zealand plane in Napier. Navigating the city in a 1928 Hupmobile E4 Eight “Harry” (short for Harriet), stopping at vineyards and attractions before dropping me at my hotel, this is one sweet ride. The 7 seat antique sedan certainly fits the Art Deco vibe of the city. The rarest of the company’s fleet, the striking vehicle attracts the attention of curious bystanders eager to get a peek inside it.

PRINSY’S TOURS

Winer y tour, scenery and more! Spend an afternoon or full day, at up to five of Hawke’s Bay’s finest wineries. On a recent visit, I had a fun, immersive experience in the company of David, our guide and driver, and a few other guests. Oenophiles will appreciate tasting a range of varietals and styles that predominate in the area, while novices will welcome the mix of larger and boutique wineries. As golden hour approached, we stopped at the majestic local icon Te Mata Peak. From the fabulous scenery to the winery tastings, this tour highlights some of Hawke’s Bay’s greatest assets.

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SCOTT’S STRAWBERRY FARM

A favourite of chefs and gourmands ”Can you see his face?” asks Billy Scott, excitedly pointing to the outline of a Maori chief made by a nearby mountain, dubbed the sleeping giant. It is the same enthusiasm he applies to his family orchard on Te Aute Road, which grows a variety of berries, stone fruit and vegetables. The real star of his produce though is the strawberry, regularly featured on acclaimed chef’s menus throughout the country. He plants two main varieties albion, for its flavour and camarosa, for its hardiness. As I pick the red fruit from the fields, hands dyed red from the juice, I realize just where Scott’s infectious zeal emanates.


HAWKES BAY

HAWKES BAY

ELEPHANT HILL WINERY

TED AND ROBIN

Good from Scratch On my morning walk, near Mangapapa Hotel I noticed a camellia hedge, with a carpet of petals, in hues of fuchsia, red and white lying on the grass. I inched further to discover the most magnificent kaleidoscope of flowers - calendulas, peonies as large as saucers, roses, forget-me-not, irises, foxgloves, hydrangea, hollyhock, manuka, and much more. Birds were dancing here and there. Robin, owner of Belmarven orchard, spotted me and took me around his garden. He had lemon trees as large as baseballs, fruit draping down on the lawn with sweet fragrant flowers flecked among the trees. Robin’s kitchen garden was laden with cabbages, broccoli, onions and other vegetables. A large scarecrow fully clothed seemed out of place but Robin mentioned that his grandchildren insisted on having one. Robin also took me to meet his next door neighbour for over 50 years Ted Flanders. Owner of my favourite garden, he is slightly built, in his 80’s and full of gusto. Ted, Robin and I worked our way through lanes full of flowers, and past a coop with a family of quail. Ted is also a master carpenter who is currently whittling his way through chairs and tables and refurbishing furniture once deemed only good to throw out. This was a morning to remember – two men who shared their history, lives and time with me. I will always remember – as these encounters are what make New Zealand.

Family run winer y with sublime food and wine Andreas Weiss shows me a globe in his office – there’s just one thing – it’s upside down. “See, it’s a matter of perspective,” he says of the custom made piece where New Zealand floats above the other continents. It’s a fitting symbol for the family-run winery where unusual thinking and “love, passion, patience and control the whole chain.” From the restaurant where chef Ashley Jones creates intoxicating plates (and some of the best food I had in New Zealand) including homemade bread with estate olive oil (“my mother wanted to have it,” says Weiss), to winemaker Steve Skinner’s predilection for playing different genres of music in honour of the different stages of the winemaking process, this is a winery of handcrafting not just hand picking.

MICHAEL VAN DE DELZEN

Good from Scratch With a philosophy of “good from scratch” emphasizing quality local ingredients, simply prepared, Michael Van de Elzen, one of New Zealand’s celebrated television chefs created an al fresco Italian-inspired lunch paired with wines from Pask. As live music from Romanza string quartet played on the grounds of The Old Church, we dined on contemporary European dishes like charred broccoli tart, and walnut chilli pesto and slow braised lamb shoulder with whitebean, tomato sausage and eggplant.

GANNET SAFARIS OVERLAND

Spectacular bird-watchingwith knowledgeable guides “When we turn this corner I expect to hear ‘wow,’ ‘gee-whiz’”, informs David, our guide, in his usual fun-filled manner. The entire bus turns to obey, erupting in a chorus of wonderment. Up on a dirt plateau hundreds of gannet are squawking in shrill unison. Lined up in preposterously straight rows guarding their chicks, some take seaweed in their beak as a romantic offering. The tour had taken us through paddocks, past the cliffs that testify to the young Tahitian falsely assumed to have been kidnapped by Captain Cook that has given the area its name, and through the sanctuary home to a multitude of native species. This intimate view of the birds though is culmination.

FAWC FOOD AND WINE NAPIER

Biannual festival in Hawke’s Bay A giant pot filled with neon flowers and forks in the middle of main street Napier is just the kind of quirky, wink-and-a-nod announcement that typifies the spirit of this bi-annual food and wine festival. Now in its sixth year, chefs, winemakers, and producers host events around Hawke’s Bay that showcase the region’s fruit, vegetables, cheese, wine and meat. Think outof the box events with a sense of humour like Jazz-era wine dinners, yoga class and brunch, horseracing and barbecue. citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2017 | 51


THE COROMANDEL

MERCURY BAY WINERY

TRY THIS! DRIVING CREEK RAILWAY

Art, sanctuar y, ride and fun Winding our way through replanted native forest, with placards nailed to trunks variously spelling out names like kauri, rimu, and tanekaha, the driver abruptly leaves his seat – we are at one of the 5 reversing points on New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway. The brainchild of the late potter Barry Brickell, the railway was initially constructed to transport clay for his kiln. Over the years the operation grew to include bridges, tunnels, and a viaduct, transporting tourists in railcars and locomotives. Today, Brickell’s work and that of guest artists line the track, workshop and garden. The payoff is the view from Eyefull Tower. 52

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Vineyard, coastal views, Italian cuisine Simon and Veronica Ward have created the sort of idyllic vineyard surrounded by views of the bay that is made for languid, sunny days. The theme here is sharing - whether with the delicious Italianinspired food, conversation with its friendly owners or simply partaking of the enchanting views. When I arrive, I am given a list of wines from which to make a selection. My flight includes local offerings as well as a few Italian wines. Paired with a cheese and meat platter, Neapolitan pizza (the dough is handmade) and tiramisu, it is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.


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THE KINLOCH CLUB

The recently built luxury lodge woos golfers, hedonists and adventurers alike with the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in New Zealand, world-class dining, and panoramic views of Lake Taupo and beyond from its hilltop villas. LOCATION In the quiet village of Kinloch, on the North Island with its marina, mom-and-pop restaurants and summer homes, The Kinloch Club, comes as something of a modernist surprise. Chocolate villas and a mammoth white lodge are studded in the rolling hills above the on-site 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. It is the latest luxury lodge from multi-millionaire businessman John Sax (his nearby Treetops Lodge and Estate has been much lauded). A unique New Zealand phenomenon – luxury lodges are a destination unto themselves offering top tier accommodation in some of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. Here, the 254 hectare property with one-bedroom suites and luxurious two or three-bedroom villas enjoys commanding views of the links, Lake Taupo and the volcanic region beyond.

DECOR & DESIGN Interior designer Virginia Fisher (known for some of New Zealand’s choicest lodges) and famed local architect Andrew Patterson took a simple brief – pay homage to the original Kinloch, a medieval Scottish castle on the Isle of Rum – to spectacular heights. The schist stone clad lodge is the central hub of activity, welcoming guests and playing host in its many plush spaces from the den, bar, and great

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room, to the dining room and spa. Make no mistake this is impressive 21st century architecture with grand medieval flair. Translation: chainmail chandeliers, mother of pearl inlay dresser, courtyard with outdoor fireplace, floor to ceiling windows which frame verdant views, gold velvet seating, and goat-fur covered bar stools. Woven into this decor are several pieces of Maori art from the owner’s collection including the stunning hologram-like portrait of a young girl adorned with tā moko (tattoo) dubbed the Maori Mona Lisa. The Kinloch Club’s expansive villas meanwhile feature kitchens, ensuite bathrooms, fireplaces, oak floors and New Zealand-made rugs. Architect and designer compliment and allude to each other in many clever ways. While the exterior of the lodge is light, inside it is decorated in dark jewel tones and the converse is true of the villas. Playing on the visual distance cues of its natural surroundings, Patterson and Fisher distinguish the lodge from the villas with colour, form and décor. Foreground views of golden hued flora are echoed in the Lodge’s many adjoining stately rooms. Background views of the lake are reflected in villa interiors restrained tones of grey-blue, ochre and sand. AMENITIES While golfers have long flocked to the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course on property, the accom-

modation and dining has brought … and given them a reason to linger. The day spa and helicopter landing pad are ace. During my visit, the infinity pool, gym, tennis courts and kitchen garden were set to be completed. DINING Daily five course degustation dinners with pre-dinner drinks are a chance to mingle with other guests. The night I dine, the estate-to-plate philosophy comes to epicurean life in dishes like pan fried Canterbury quail breast, leg confit, puy lentils, blackberry gel, star anise jus and loin of merino lamb minted pea puree, white baby carrots, kumara fondant, rosemary jus. GUESTS When I stayed guests included a vacationing German couple, a group from Australia and an American businessman. Curious golfers and road trippers, unfamiliar with the new property also popped in for a tour.

WHAT CSL LIKED BEST This is a wow-factor property sure to take its place among the country’s top lodges.

This show-stopper property has many unique features, we’ve chosen three that may have you coming back again and again.





gOLF

DININg

OWNERSHIP

The 18-hole lakeside Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course with a par 72 rating, is regularly voted among the top fairways in the country.

Drawing on the owner’s 2 000 hectare farm to source ingredients, dining in the baronial lodge is a sublime experience (in-suite dining is also available).

Seduced by all the luxury? Villas are set to become available for ownership. 

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TREETOPS LODGE AND ESTATE

Part hunting and fishing lodge, part haute cabin sanctuary, this intimate retreat renovated in 2015 is ideal for nature lovers and active adventurers alike. LOCATION Approximately 20 minutes from Rotorua city centre, the 2,500 acres property, ecology inspired award-winning lodge sits nestled in this Maori rich, thermal-centric area. Proprietor, John Saxs' vision was to create an eco-park that had a minimal ecological footprint and preserved the wildlife and forest; in fact, 70,000 trees were hand planted to ensure Saxs vision. The result is a property where nature takes the reigns.

DECOR & DESIGN 8 villas, 4 lodge rooms and the Pheasant cottage are available to guests. My valley view villa is comfortably spacious at 1644ft², including a separate living room, and bedroom as well as large bathroom with separate shower, and tub. A mix of natural wood, stone and animal print convey an elegant upscale cabin charm and offers a respite of tranquillity to comfortable observe nature.

AMENITIES With vibrant yellow walls, accented with zebra

ON SITE ACTIVITIES

print cushions, dark wooden tables accented with pops of gold, and giant stone fireplaces, everything is centered on The Great Room in The Main Lodge. The games room and library add a gentlemans club feel, with luxurious pin tucked leather chairs, leather couches and antler chandeliers.

DINING Following with the renewed focus from diners on knowing the source of ingredients, Treetops focuses on an estate to plate philosophy, with many products gathered from the estate. Beginning with aperitifs and canapes served in the Great room, dinner consists of a four-course menu that changes according to the season. Breakfast in the conservatory is a lovely way to start the day; request the delicious proprietary Manuka honey on toast. Foodies will rejoice at The Chefs table experience, an intimate way to get the most of the dining experience where guests can interact with the Executive Chef for more personalized dining. A small vegetable and herb garden is located on site, allowing guests a

GUESTS Surrounded by rugged nature, with plenty to discover, this is the place for the discerning eco tourist. Many guests who visit the lodge are avid sportsmen and women and can choose from a variety of hunting and world class fly-fishing adventures. Couples will love the secluded natural waterfalls, while families can explore adventure several trails located at the estate on mountain bike or on foot, go on a guided horse trek, test their aim at archery or simply explore the lakes and 800 year old forest.

WHAT CSL LIKED BEST Hidden deep into the working estate, Treetops is ultra-secluded and a great place to recharge. In fact you probably wouldn't know anyone else way staying at the property if you didn't converge in The Main Lodge. Villas nestled neatly into the landscape are a sanctuary unto themselves, and a quiet place to gather your thoughts and appreciate ancient nature.

Up for adventure? Choose from several on-site experiences sure to reconnect you with nature.



The ‘Estate to Plate’ 4WD safari

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Treetops’ gamekeeper takes guests on a tour of the gardens, the manuka honey apiaries and finally to view wild deer, wapiti (elk), water buffalo, wild pig, sheep, and trout.



Wild Food Cooking Class Guests experience the 4WD safari, plus spend time with Treetops chef, indulge in an indigenous lunch with wine and learn Treetops recipes.


RESOURCE GUIDE NEW ZEALAND (NORTH ISLAND)

a poor growing area, in the former Ngaruroro riverbed, the area is now one of the prime wine growing areas in New Zealand. Acclaimed winemaker Kate Radburnd produces an array of awardwinning wines. 1133 Omahu Road Twyford Hastings, Hawke's Bay; +64 6 879 7906; pask.co.nz

Scott's Strawberry Farm Family farm growing strawberries, stone fruit, melons and more, owner Billy Scott is an enthusiastic ambassador of his produce. His strawberries have become well-known throughout the country as a favourite of chef Al Brown, often starring on his restaurant menus. Fruits and vegetables are sold at the farm, local stores and the farmer’s market. Open from October to March, +06 877 2895; 286 Te Aute Road, Havelock North

GETTING THERE

Air New Zealand Award-winning airline with long haul options including SkyCouch (three economy seats that become a flat space) premium economy, and Business Premier. Its extensive domestic network, links to several South Pacific destinations, lounges, Star Alliance membership and direct flights from Vancouver make it a great choice for Canadians. airnewzealand.ca HAWKE’S BAY

SEE Gannet Safaris Overland Spirited and witty guides provide a tour of the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers by vehicle. On the way ducks, herds of cattle, sheep and birds provide a glimpse into the native and non-native fauna of the area. With ample time for photo-ops and observing the gannets, this is a relaxing and informative way to see these striking birds and learn more about this unique area. +64 6 875 0888; gannetsafaris.co.nz The Old Church Restaurant & Bar With views of Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges, this restored 19th century church complex routinely plays host to wine and food events, and weddings. 199 Meeanee Road Napier, Hawke's Bay; +64 6 844 8866; theoldchurch.co.nz

DO F.A.W.C! Food & Wine Classic Bi-annual (summer and winter) food and wine event in Hawke’s Bay. Experiences range from masterclasses, degustation dinners, secret location lunches, wine tastings and seminars at locations

throughout the area. The event also prides itself on “quirky, fun-filled, and out-of-the-box” experiences. fawc.co.nz

Hooters Vintage & Classic Vehicle Hire Tour guides and chauffeurs bedecked in bespoke 1920s attire, take guests in vintage cars throughout Napier. A fun and unique ride, these customized tours fit the Art Deco vibe that characterizes the city. 68 Thames Street, Pandora, Napier, +06 835 1722; hooters-hire.co.nz Ar t Deco Tour Napier is known for its Art Deco architecture, the result of rebuilding after a massive earthquake destroyed the earlier city. Highlights of this tour include the National Tobacco Company Building, Marewa suburb, and Maori motifs incorporated in the 1930s style. 7 Tennyson St, Napier; artdeconapier.com

Prinsy’s Tours Provides a wide and diverse range of bus tours in Hawke’s Bay, including winery visits, fishing, and rural experiences. Our wine tour included hotel transfer, tastings at several local wineries, lunch and a jaw dropping panorama atop Te Mata Peak. +06 845 3703; prinsystours.co.nz Craggy Range Winer y In the shadow of Te Mata Peak, this 20-year old, family run winery boasts a restaurant, lodge, cottages and tasting room. 253 Waimarama Road, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay; craggyrange.com

Pask Winer y Famous for its wines, produced in the gravel soil of the area, the winery was responsible for launching the Gimblett Gravels wine district. Once considered

Elephant Hill Winer y Sleek, modern lines and a teal colour scheme meant to echo the nearby ocean, a culinary powerhouse restaurant and award winning wines including the spectacular reserve Syrah are the hallmarks of this winery. Owners, the Weiss family, seamlessly blend traditional winemaking and modern techniques. 86 Clifton Rd Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay, +64 6 873 0400; elephanthill.co.nz

EAT AND STAY Mangapapa Hotel Historical 12-room luxury boutique hotel set on a beautifully manicured estate. The property recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment. High tea and a daily tasting menu featuring local produce make it a standout culinary destination in the area. On site amenities include a pool, spa, gym and gardens. What makes this hotel special is the conscientious and committed staff and serene atmosphere. 466 Napier Road, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay, +64 6 878 3234; mangapapa.co.nz

AUCKL AND SEE Waiheke Island A short ride via the Waiheke Express Taxi (ferry) from Auckland, this island in the Hauraki Gulf is home to several vineyards, art galleries, beaches including Onetangi Beach and water sports. A great destination for a wine-tasting day-trip. waihekexpresstaxis.co.nz

DO Air New Zealand Wine Awards Air New Zealand is known for showcasing some of the finest wines produced in New Zealand on its flights. In this annual wine competition gold medals and trophies are awarded to the best producers in the country from among 1500 wine entries. 2016 marked the 30th year of the awards which include a black-tie gala featuring chefs, winemakers and notable New Zealanders. airnzwineawards.co.nz citystyleandliving.com | SPRING 2017 | 55


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RESOURCE GUIDE NEW ZEALAND (NORTH ISLAND) Villa Maria Winer y Auckland winery begun by George Fistonich in the 1960s, it has grown to include vineyards in both the North and South Islands. Tours and wine tastings underscore the winery’s sustainability program. 118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere, Auckland; villamaria.co.nz

EAT AND STAY The S ugar Club Renowned chef Peter Gordon made a name for himself with The Sugar Club and this incarnation at the Sky Tower offers gorgeous views of the Pacific, neighbouring islands and a lush Art Deco interior. Gordon’s signature fusion cuisine is evident in dishes like laksa with south island whitebait and zealong oolong panna cotta. Level 53, Sky Tower, +64 9 363 636; skycityauckland.co.nz/restaurants/the-sugar-club

SkyCity Grand Part of the massive SkyCity entertainment complex, this 312-room luxury property overlooks Auckland’s downtown and harbour. Also features modern décor, spa, pool and a wide-range of in-house and nearby restaurants. From $379, 90 Federal Street, Auckland, 0800 759 2489; skycityauckland.co.nz Merediths Restaurant Regularly awarded honours and accolades, this restaurant provides an immersive dining experience from acclaimed chef Michael Meredith. With degustation only menus, superb wine pairings, and an intimate dining room, it is a mustdo in Auckland. 365 Dominion Road Mount Eden, Auckland, (09) 623 3140; merediths.co.nz ROTORUA AND AREA

DO Rotorua Skyline Take in panoramic views of Rotorua while ascending Mt Ngongotaha in a gondola. An entertainment complex including luge, a winery, bicycle trails, zipline and more is situated at the top. Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar provides delicious buffet fare with something for everyone. skyline.co.nz/rotorua

EAT AND STAY Bistro Lago at the Hilton Lake Taupo Beautifully decorated restaurant serving classic French bistro fare and international classics. Also offers a nice selection of New Zealand

wines. 80-100 Napier Taupo, Taupo; +64 (07) 376 2319; bistrolago.co.nz

The Kinloch Club Recently built, this property boasts views of Lake Taupo, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, villa and suite accommodation, and a lodge. The restaurant features a multi-course set menu with all the flourishes of fine-dining. 261 Kinloch Rd, Acacia Bay, Kinloch 3377; +64 7-377 8482; thekinlochclub.com

Treetops Lodge and Estate Situated on 2500 secluded acres, in an area renowned for its trout fishing, amidst native forests, this lodge offers a range of accommodation including villas and a private cottage. Other amenities include helicopter adventures, a spa, and wilderness experiences. Don’t miss the estate’s manuka honey, and access to sister lodge the Kinloch Club’s golf course. 351 Kearoa Road, RD1 Horohoro, Rotorua; +64 7 333 2066; treetops.co.nz THE COROMANDEL

DO Driving Creek Railway and Potteries Begun by the late Barry Brickell as a way to facilitate his vocation in pottery, the narrow-gauge mountain railway has become one of the most popular attractions in New Zealand. Brickell and other artists’ pottery flank the track as the train winds its way through replanted native kauri forest. The one-hour journey culminates in magnificent views from Eyefull Tower. 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel; +64 7 866 8703; drivingcreekrailway.co.nz Mercury Bay Estate Vineyard Enjoy scenic views of rolling hills and vineyards leading to the bay while sipping local wines and food from Cellar Door restaurant which excels at pizzas and platters. Owners Simon and Veronica Ward are regularly on hand and provide homey hospitality. 761A Purangi Road Cooks Beach, RD1, Whitianga; 07 866 4066; mercurybayestate.co.nz


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