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LAND OF SMILES

Renown Belgian pastry chef Roger van Damme tours Northern ailand with Sven Van Coillie taking in the sights, tastes and sounds for the newest installment of his tv show. P. 52-55

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GARDENING Get glam whether you have lots of space or a small space

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HEALTHY LIVING Bike to work for your health, banish anxiety and more

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BOOKCASE A pioneer in the world of myth, garden tips and beauty advice

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COCONUT CRAZE 3 great products from the iconic palm

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HOME DÉCOR Bring all that you love from outdoor living inside

CSL FOOD   16 FUSION Some wonderful snacking ideas, a new pantry staple plus gluten-free crackers you’ll adore

CSL FASHION 29-35 HELEN OF TROY is season’s best tips for hair, skin and nails straight from the runway

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N MY LATEST TRIP TO ONE PARTICULAR PACIFIC seaside town, I was struck by how many gleaming, glass high rise condos, and new, multi-storey hotels had sprung up on the beachfront, for many kilometers in both directions, crowding out the natural landscape. Every other time that I had visited, I had seen baby turtles. With so much development I wondered if it would make them scarce. Scanning the whole stretch of beach, there was only one empty lot measuring a few metres wide with blades of straggly grass growing in the sand. Despite the encroaching buildings, it was here and here alone, that a few baby turtles struggled, amid the perils of life to make their way seaward. Of the many born, two managed to survive — broken shells and other debris attesting to their kin who had not been so lucky. How long this plot of land would remain as the lone nesting ground for the turtles, I cannot forecast, but I had been contemplating my experience with the ocean because of a new report published in Nature and conducted by the The Ocean Cleanup Foundation. It warned of the dire current and future state of earth’s oceans, much of it the consequence of human activity. The main culprit was plastic. In fact, a garbage pile twice the size of Texas (and growing daily) floats in the Pacific Ocean, and there are others floating in other oceans too. The plight of turtles seems an apt metaphor for the environmental degradation of our oceans – human activity while providing financial benefits and prosperity has similarly devastating consequences on wildlife and the environment. A couple of years ago I was speaking with a scientist in New Zealand who saw immense hope in technology. “I think the next generation will be able to innovate solutions for our current environmental problems,” the scientist purported. Intuitively, this assertion is fair and probable. That is, until I analyzed some recent examples that indicate otherwise. For instance, many countries banned incandescent bulbs which were deemed too wasteful of energy relative to the newly introduced LED and CFL bulbs. Everyone would win, less energy waste, longer lifespan for the bulbs and less stress on resources. There is however, a little reported downside – mercury. CFL bulbs contain

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HAPPY PEOPLE BIKE TO WORK

The happiest commuters are those who bicycle to work according to researchers at Clemson University, South Carolina. Compared to those whose commute involved driving (with or without passengers), biking, walking and using public transportation, cyclists were in the best mood. based on data from the American Time Use Survey, which surveyed more than 13,000 respondents, the 2014 study suggests that promoting bicycle trips in general is a good idea. “people are in the best mood while they're bicycling compared to any other way of getting around," said Dr. Eric Morris of Clemson University. So, the next time need to run an errand (not just get to work), grab your bike.

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BANISH ANXIETY

Dr. prakash Masand M.D., the founder of the Centers of psychiatric Excellence, offers ways to cope with anxiety: bottled emotions do not resolve and can cause immense stress. Establish a strong support network by talking with your family and friends about obstacles you struggle to overcome. Take time for yourself in solitude to find calm and see how you are coping with your life and circumstances. Make pivotal lifestyle changes by starting small with more sleep, healthier eating, and daily exercise. Anxiety can blossom from chaos in your environment —simplify your life including your workspace, digital world and home.  Take breaks and switch up usual routines in order to identify what may be amiss. 

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MAKE YOUR OWN SHIMMER BLUSH

It’s time to talk about your sweet cheeks (the ones upstairs, not your hindquarters). Using blush is a fabulous way to appear youthful and healthy, and this natural option rocks at rosying up your complexion. 1 tsp ½ tsp ¼ tsp pinch 3 to 5

(5 ml) finely ground beet root  powder, alkanet root powder  or hibiscus flower powder  (2 ml) arrowroot powder (1 ml) unsweetened cocoa  powder  gold mica powder drops lavender essential oil

1.  pour beet root powder into a small  bowl. Whisk in arrowroot powder and cocoa powder, a little at a time, until desired shade is achieved. Discard any remaining arrowroot powder and cocoa powder.  2.  Whisk in mica powder and lavender essential oil until well combined. pour into jar.  3. Sprinkle blush onto a fluffy blush brush and apply to cheeks. 4.  Store at room temperature for up to 6 months. 

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HOMEMADE BUG SPRAY

Lemony bugs-Away Spray This light-textured, rather mild repellent leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean and scented with a lingering, lemony aroma generally enjoyed by all.  2  cups witch hazel  1  teaspoon vegetable glycerin  20  drops citronella essential oil  20  drops lemongrass essential oil 16-ounce spritzer bottle or several smaller bottles  Combine the witch hazel, glycerin, citronella essential oil, and lemongrass essential oil in a 16ounce bottle. Shake vigorously to blend. Allow the solution to synergize for 1 hour. Decant into several smaller spritzer bottles if desired. Store at room temperature, away from heat and light; use within 1 year.  Application: Shake the bottle prior to each use. Apply liberally to skin as needed — you may need to reapply every 20 minutes. May stain light-colored fabrics.

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SLIM INNER THIGHS

Toning the inner thighs (adductor muscles) can be a challenge, but we have one easy move to help. Sit up straight at the edge of a chair with feet planted on the ground. Keep your hands on the arm rest of the chair for leverage. place a medicine ball between thighs. Grip the medicine ball while slowly raising and lowering legs. Do not use arm rests except for balance. Do 10 repetitions. best of all, this move can be done at work. In a pinch, use a towel instead of a medicine ball.

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GO LOCAL FOR FOOD DELIVERY

Love the produce from a farmers’ market but don’t always have the time to go? Totally customizable, a home delivery box is a great alternative. With Alberta owners, we liked the Organic box because of its focus on unique, local products (think Canadian purple daikon, Alberta lamb and bC halibut). When you choose a box, the names of organic and artisan farms and producers mostly in Canada (some from the US and elsewhere) are listed, making it feel like an introductory hello to local farmers. theorganicbox.ca

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ONE CHANGE FOR A BETTER NIGHT SLEEP

The Sleep Foundation recommends that you replace your pillow every two years. Trust us, if you haven’t changed your pillow in a while, now may just be the time. CSL searched for one that would contour to the curve of your neck and provide support while you sleep. Though heavier and larger than you may be used to and only able to face one way to avoid the gauge, a water pillow does the trick. We liked the softness and felt less neck strain in the morning.       

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Draws on ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of life), aromatherapy, crystal work and traditions from Rose’s Iranian upbringing to produce a stunning coffee table book. The soft pastel-hued tones of the photos adds to the sense of calm. Whole beauty: Daily Rituals and Natural Recipes for Lifelong beauty and Wellness by Shiva Rose, $39.95.

based on a documentary film, the book overlays episodes, anecdotes and examples from Campbell’s own life with his major work on the monomyth. The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work by Joseph Campbell and Stuart L. brown, $29.50; indigo.ca.

While this tome from one of britain’s most wellknown ethnobotanists is filled with beautiful, carefully styled photos, and ideas for better flavoured, home-grown produce based on carefully researched academic studies, it either repeats advice or splits it up confusingly. For example, a well researched and helpful tip to add salt water to tomato plants to make them grow  faster,  bigger  and  tastier  is  spread throughout several sections making it difficult to follow (referred to in one section, readers must visit another section to get the exact quantities to make the salt solution). The book is specific to UK growing conditions and posits that flavour is universally enhanced by sweetness, acid and aroma. Some varieties referenced  in  the  book  may  be  unavailable  or difficult to procure in Canada. Still, it provides interesting building blocks for at home horticulture, interspersed with recipes, flavour profiles and optimal growing conditions.  RHS Grow for Flavour: Tips & tricks to supercharge the flavour of homegrown harvests by James Wong, $33.34.

COURTESY INDIGO; PENGUIN RANDOMHOUSE; HARPER COLLINS

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COCONUT Everyone’s favourite tropical palm (right?) gets a new lease on life in some fabulous, if unexpected  products.

CRAZE

1 Healthy Buddha Organic Coconut Vinegar With the tang of traditional vinegar, background notes of nuttiness and sweetness, and a raw, organic and unpasteurized pedigree, this will be your new go-to for dressings, marinades and quick pickles. buddhabrandscompany.com 2 Cocofloss 4-Piece Gif t Set If you’re used to floss snapping or snagging say never again with this reinforced (strong and flexible), colourful thread infused with coconut oil made by two sisters, in attractive neon colours. cocofloss.com 3 Naked Coconuts Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce An innovative raw, organic gluten and soy-free substitute made from only two ingredients — coconut sap and sea salt — perfect for stir-fry, sauces and dips. nakedcoconuts.com

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MAKE IT LIT

Festive outdoor lights that line pathways and decorate awnings give a warm glow to parties. To set the tone for entertaining, opt for candlelight in sconces or hurricane lamps indoors (just keep a watchful eye on them).

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CREATE LIVING ARTWORK

Gazing at the garden while swinging in a hammock defines lazy summer days. An easy way to bring greenery in is setting up a peg wine rack that doubles as a living wall. It softens linear architecture and feels instantly lived-in.

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STACK UP THE PILLOWS

Part of the fun of relaxing in your backyard is the informal, comfortable seating. Pillows make it extra cozy. Bring patterned pillows inside for that year-round feeling.

USE RUGS TO DEFINE A SPACE

Anchoring a patio with a rug helps define an outdoor dining area. Plus, it invites you to take your shoes off. Inside use natural materials like sisal or silk.

TAKE ITOutside

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CITY STYLE AND LIVING

Food

Shrimp on the BARBIE

Toss together chopped herbs, lemon juice, salt and olive oil. Marinate shrimp in mix for a few minutes before placing on barbecue for mere minutes. Rustle up a salad and some toasted bread and it’s the quickest dinner!   citystyleandliving.com | SUMMER 2018 | 15


FUSION! WHERE TO EAT AND WHAT pRODUCTS TO TRy

pRODUCTS WE LOVE Summertime means grazing, quick meals and taking food outside. So we found snacks from the healthy to the gourmet, quick breakfast ideas and a just-add pasta sauce that’ll have you eating well in no time.   MAKE A QUICK BREAKFAST

BORROW AN ITALIAN GRANDMA

Sometimes tomato sauce can be, well, boringly acidic. This line of sauce comes from recipes passed down since 1861 and boasts classic flavours like tomato marsala, and tomato basil. Made from just a few ingredients, we like the umami imparted by anchovy and the mild, sweet tomato flavour. Pasta Jay’s is one of our new pantry staples. eatpastajays.com

YOUR FRIENDS WILL THANK YOU

With mills in Armstrong and Chilliwack, British Columbia, Rogers Food has long been a beloved Canadian brand. To make a quick breakfast with the Original Porridge Oats & Healthy Grains layer yogurt with granola and top with fresh fruit (optional). In a rush? Prepare and pop into the fridge overnight. rogersfoods.com

A true Canadian success story, Tutti Gourmet Crackers are made for everyone – gluten, soy, corn, salt, dairy and nut-free – and come in two variations, grape and coriander or tomato and pumpkin. Crisp and flavourful, these crackers have a noticeable sweetness which pairs nicely with salty cheese (blue is best) and oily fish (smoked salmon). tuttigourmet.com

How to Snack better 1/ The Romans are known for their bridges, armies and aqueducts but you may not know that it was lupini beans that sustained them. Brami (bramisnacks.com) has updated this snack with flavours like chilli and lime but retained the traditional pickling method. 2/ If you were expecting popcorn, Halfpops (halfpops.com) are not it. Instead, barely opened corn kernels with the crunch of corn come in a range of flavours. Great as a standalone snack, they also compliment trail mix, nuts and make a good bar snack too. 3/ You can taste the truffle in 3 flavours from Oolala Gourmet Potato Chips (natural-nectar.com) which makes them all the more luxurious. Other flavours nod to Italy and include porcini, rosemary and olive oil. With a glass of bubbly they are pure indulgence.

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Good Looking Fruit

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Lurid colours and  cloying sweetness are the typical hallmarks of dried fruit. Not so Fruit bliss sunhere! F dries fruit and lightly steams them for juiciness. Our faves?  Organic Turkish apricots, Deglet Nour dates and tart cherries.  fruitbliss.com


DINNER AVOCADO  TOAST WITH A TWIST Watch out Instagram, we just took avocado toast to a whole new level. By roasting grape or cherry tomatoes, mashing avocado with cilantro, lime and salt, toasting whole grain bread, and topping the whole thing with slivers of parmesan cheese and loads of black pepper we just upped our game. Really, 10 minutes is the time it takes for the tomatoes to roast. While this is happening you can prepare all the other components, grab a glass of wine and chill. Just remember to snap and upload before you devour!

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Roasting the tomatoes with a little olive oil and garlic concentrates the flavour and intensity, rendering the little gems sweet and juicy.

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WAYS TO THROW A BACKYARD

Summer Barbeque

CSL has got you covered this season. put a Mediterranean spin or go classic with your next barbeque. It’s fuss-free and fun! GO  MEDITERRANEAN THE MENU All your favourites are here just in a different form. Turn burgers into kofta, buns into pita, and fries into herb roasted potatoes. Add a quick salad with feta olives, tomatoes and onions and serve with grilled red and yellow peppers. 

THE KOFTA It’s all about the seasoning here. To 2 lbs (1 kg) ground beef or ground lamb, add ¼ cup (60 ml) each of sautéed onions, chopped parsley and chopped mint; 6 cloves of minced garlic; 2 tablespoons (30 ml) each of ground cumin, and ground coriander; ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) each of ground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground cayenne pepper; and salt and pepper to taste. Form into loose not compact meatballs. Cook on barbecue, about 2 minutes per side. 18

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THE pITA Whipping up the dough literally takes minutes. Use the dough attachment on your stand mixer to knead together 3 cups (750 ml) flour, 1 cup (250 ml) water, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) dry yeast, 1 cup (250 ml) warm water, and a pinch each of salt and sugar, about 810 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface, and use kneading motion to punch down. Divide into equal pieces and use a rolling pin to roll circles about ¼ inch (60 cm) thick. Drizzle with a little oil and cook on barbeque until bubbles form. Flip pita to ensure both sides cook evenly. Store in a kitchen towel to keep warm until ready to serve. 


GO  CLASSIC THE MENU Nothing says summer like burgers, fries and cocktails. The star has to be the burger, everything else is just the supporting cast.  THE MEAT Modern tastes mean you can choose from a patty made of chicken, beef or shrimp (pictured).  Chicken: A blackened Cajun chicken is the way to go on the barbecue. Lightly coat breast with oil. Cover with a spice mix of powdered onion, thyme, oregano, paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. beef: For the ultimate beef burger, opt for ground chuck seasoned simply with salt and pepper.  Shrimp: To really let the seafood flavour sing, forget breadcrumbs and process half of the shrimp in a food processor and keep half whole. Fold the two together along with Southeast Asian spices and herbs like lemongrass, chilli, ginger and garlic for extra punch. THE TOppINGS Even if you make different meat burgers, there’s just one sauce that will go with them all — sriracha mayo. Mix equal parts and add just a squeeze of lime. THE SIDES Fries that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside are achieved by double frying. Fry first for 3 minutes at 325 F (160  C). Then refry at 375  F (190  C) for 4 minutes until lightly golden. Want something lighter than mayobased coleslaw, but still craving the creaminess? Sliced avocado is the perfect swap.

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THE DRINKS Keep it simple by making large batch cocktails using crowd-pleasers like wine, gin and tequila. Get an assembly line going: prepare a range of garnishes by slicing up pineapple, lime, oranges. Open a jar of maraschino cherries, stack toothpicks and keep drink umbrellas at hand.   citystyleandliving.com | SUMMER 2018 | 19


▲ The oyster bar is often crowded with an admiring gaggle of viewers watching a master shuck oysters with ease and skill

SHUCK TIME

The plump oyster is always a  crowd pleasing favourite  

There are some culinary manoeuvres that are utterly mesmerizing — kneading dough, flawlessly icing a cookie, and shucking oysters are a few that spring to mind. The seemingly magical flick of the wrist that gently pries the little mollusk open to reveal its juicy, plump interior is a skill that is most often left to the professionals, but with a few easy-to-learn techniques you too can master the magnificent oyster!

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Mignonette– Oysters best friend

▲ Best Served Cold

As the mollusks will be served raw, the best way to preserve freshness is by keeping them on the half shell and lay out on a pewter tray with a thick bed of crushed ice.

Oyster Types

Gettoknow3Canadianfaves WEST COAST KUMAMOTO

Small, sweet and mildly briny often described as having a honeydew finish. ROYAL MIYAGI

Not everyone is head over heels eating raw oysters, but aided by a little lift of acidic pepper sauce, or a squeeze of lemon, their opinion can instantly change. Another choice is the classic mignonette — a blend of shallot, vinegar and S&P. Turn things up another notch with the addition of sambal olek, the Asian garlic and red chili peppers with a warming heat, or finely slice ginger and green apple with a squeeze of lemon.

These white or purple smooth shelled oysters are prized for their mild, creamy flavour. BEAUSOLEIL

Farmed on Canada’s east coast, these dark shelled oysters are clean and light in flavour.



Get a Hold on ‘Em

The narrow pointed blade of this knife carefully eases open oysters with tapered hinged edges. To open, grab a towel with your non-dominant hand with the oyster hinge toward you. Using the knife, gently move around the hinge. When you feel the knife inserted into the shell, reach for the muscle in one swoop until you hear a 'click'. Run the knife around the entire shell to cleanly open, presenting the half shell. Rinse with water.

Trudeau Oyster Knife, $11.99; bedbathandbeyond.ca

Havingagathering?Aneasypresentationtrickistoserveoysters onabedofsalt,whichpreventstheoystersfrom movingtoomuchon theservingtray.

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MOCKTAIL SpECIAL!

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WHAT’S NEW AND GREAT IN THE WORLD OF WINE AND SpIRITS AND DRINKS

YOUR DRINK FIX

Everyone can enjoy these refreshing bottles. big on taste and full of unusual flavour they are perfect on balmy summer days. Keeping hydrated just got a whole lot more fun!



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STRAWbERRy, CLOVER, AND MEADOWSWEET SHRUb Makes approximately 1 pint (500ml)

Sealable presentation bottle(s), with nonreactive lid(s), sterilized  

The sweetness of strawberries and red clover (Trifolium pratense) combined with the almond-y, honey flavor of meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) flowers and the aromatics of meadowsweet seeds make for a delicious shrub. Strawberries are well known for their vitamin C content and high antioxidant levels. The unfiltered apple cider vinegar is packed with potassium and live enzymes, and helps to promote youthful skin, regulate calcium metabolism, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, aid digestion, and reduce chronic fatigue. It can also aid weight control. Not bad results from one ingredient! Letting the shrub ferment gently over a few days means it can also improve your digestion and help colonize your gut with healthy bacteria. 

Strip the meadowsweet blossoms of stems and stalks, and set them aside in order to give the wildlife plenty of time to disperse. 

4  heads of meadowsweet blossoms, fully opened  2  cups (400g) chopped organic strawberries  ½  cup (about 15–20) red clover flowers  2  tsp meadowsweet seeds, if you have any from last year (optional)  1  cup (320g) raw, runny honey  1  cup (250ml) white balsamic vinegar  1  cup (250ml) organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar  1 quart (1-liter) wide-mouthed, sealable jar, with a nonreactive lid, sterilized  Wooden spoon or muddler  Fine-mesh strainer and muslin/ cheesecloth or coffee filter  22

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put the strawberries in the sterilized jar. Add the clover and meadowsweet flowers, and meadowsweet seeds (if using). Using the end of the wooden spoon or muddler, lightly crush the fruit, blossoms, and seeds.  Add the honey and vinegars, and stir thoroughly to combine. It is important that you cover the jar with a glass or plastic (i.e. nonreactive) lid. Alternatively, if you are using a canning jar that has a metal lid, put a piece of parchment or waxed paper between the vinegar and the lid, to prevent it from corroding. put the sealed jar in the refrigerator to infuse for 1 week, shaking gently every day.  Fine-strain the shrub into a wide-mouthed pitcher and funnel into the sterilized presentation bottle(s). Store in the refrigerator and consume within 6 months.  To create a delicious drink, simply mix ½–1oz (15–30ml) of the shrub with 8oz (240ml) sparkling water in an ice-filled highball glass. Excerpted from Wild Mocktails and Healthy Cocktails by Lottie Muir. Copyright © 2018. photographs by Kim Lightbody. Used with permission from CICO books.

JUST CRAFT SODA Made with fruit juice and bespoke flavour combos, they are excellent poured over ice. The pear and vanilla tastes like cream soda while peach and habanero has distinguishable, punchy, complimentary notes. This is soda reimagined. justcraftsoda.com

SEEDLIP An intriguing concoction, billed as the world's first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, this clear liquid is infused with herbs and botanicals. The flavour? Think gin without the alcohol. Available in two forms, spice and garden, less than a teaspoon transforms tonic or sparkling water. seedlipdrinks.com

DRY SPARKLIN G This is tricked-out sparkling water done right! Lightly sweetened with crisp bubbles but with a pleasant hit of fruit, vegetable or aromatic (think flavours like lavender, rainer cherry, Fuji apple and watermelon). Best of all, there are only four ingredients. drysoda.com


FAKE IT

Non alcoholic alternatives to two of your favourite tipples

Old Fashioned The trick to this drink is imitating the smoky, spicy and malty signature notes of whiskey. Our solution? The popular Caribbean non-alcoholic brewed malt soft-drink, Malta.  place ½ teaspoon ssmoked maple syrup and 2-3 dashes A Angostura bitters in an Old Fashioned glass. Add a Malta. large ice cube. Top with 2 oz. M orange twist. Garnish with o

(Imitation) Gin & Tonic Summertime in England always includes this crowd pleaser. Replicate the flavour of gin by infusing cucumber juice with herbs. Use a juicer to extract 2 ounces of liquid from a ccucumber. Meanwhile anise, and  place jjuniper, ccoriander, a cinnamon to taste in a small frying pan over medium heat and toast, shaking the pan occasionally, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Remove to a medium bowl and let cool. Add  orange and llemon peel. Add cucumber juice and let mixture infuse overnight. Strain and add 3 oz ttonic water. Serve over ice garnished with cucumber ribbon.

SHAVE ICE!

HEALTHY UPDATE Give fresh fruit a cool update! blend summer favourites like strawberries and watermelon or blueberries and lime with a touch of simple syrup. Freeze and scrape.  


KITCHEN Mexican-style egg tacos.

Finger FOOD

In Everyone Loves Tacos Felipe Fuentes Cruz and ben Fordham take on a perennial favourite pHOTOGRApHS by pETER CASSIDy CSL GRE EN TIPS Adjust your fridge temperature to between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius. / Make sure your fridge has plenty of airflow around it. ›› 24

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Shrimp Ceviche With Mango


Beef Brisket Barbacoa Tacos

EVERYONE LOVES TACOS Excerpted from Everyone Loves Tacos by Felipe Fuentes Cruz and ben Fordham. Copyright © 2018. photographs by peter Cassidy. Used with permission from Ryland peters & Small.


Mexican-style Egg Tacos / Tacos de huevos a la mexicana

For those who like spicy food, we have suggested serving with the Habanero & Red Onion Salsa, but the Roasted Tomatillo Salsa also works well with eggs and is a lot gentler on your tastebuds.

This is Mexican-style scrambled eggs, feauring the vibrant colours of the Mexican flag. This recipe’s use of simple, fresh ingredients creates a classic fusion of flavours that is very characteristic of Mexican cuisine.

Beef Brisket Barbacoa Tacos / Tacos de barbacoa de res

Scrambled Eggs Serves 3–4 6 eggs 2 tablespoons vegetable oil ¼ onion, finely chopped 1 large tomato, finely chopped 4 teaspoons finely chopped coriander/cilantro 2 serrano chillies/chiles, deseeded and finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt Serve with 6–8 flour or corn tortillas, warmed Habanero & Red Onion Salsa / Salsa de habanero y cebolla morada Serves 6–8 1 habanero chilli/chile, stalks removed and sliced ½ red onion, sliced Freshly squeezed juice of 2 limes A pinch of salt Avocado Salsa / Guacamole Serves 6–8 2–3 avocados 1 bunch of coriander/cilantro A pinch of sea salt A pinch of ground white pepper 1 tomato FOR THE EGGS Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk for about 30 seconds. Heat the oil in a saucepan, then sauté the onion, tomato, coriander/cilantro, chillies/chiles and salt for a few seconds. Add the eggs and cook over a low-medium heat for about 1-2 minutes, stirring slowly, until creamy. FOR THE SALSA Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir together until they are well mixed. FOR THE GUACAMOLE Cut the avocados in half, remove the stones and scoop the fl esh out into a bowl. Finely chop the coriander/cilantro and add to the bowl with the salt and pepper. Roughly mash with a fork. Finely chop the tomato and stir into the guacamole. TO SERVE While the eggs are cooking, heat the tortillas. Serve on the table with the eggs and salsas and let everyone help themselves.

Barbacoa is one of the most traditional and evocative meals of my childhood as it always meant a celebration! Often a whole sheep or goat would be used, but here we have gone for beef brisket. Serves 4 100 300 2 4 2 1

g (3½ oz) red onions g (10½ oz) large tomatoes kg (4½ lb) trimmed beef brisket tablespoons paprika teaspoons ground cumin tablespoon chopped chipotle chilli/chile 2 teaspoons avocado leaf powder (see Note) 3 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons rice vinegar Serve with 2 limes, cut into wedges 12 flour or corn tortillas, warmed 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and diced Chargrilled Salsa / Salsa tatemada Serves 6–8 250 g (9 oz) tomatoes 100 g (3½ oz) tomatillos (fresh if possible, but tinned/canned can also be used) 250 g (9 oz) large white onion 2–3 cloves of garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil 10 g (⅓ oz) dried chilli/chile de arbol, stem removed A pinch of salt, or to taste FOR THE MEAT Slice the red onions about 1 cm/½ inch thick. Slice the tomatoes into wedges. Cut the beef into big chunks and place in a large lidded saucepan. Pour 2 litres/quarts water into the pan and add the onions, tomatoes, paprika, cumin, chipotle chilli/chili, avocado leaf powder, salt, black pepper and rice vinegar. Mix together with a large spoon. Place the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil, then cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer gently for 3 hours, stirring occasionally and making sure the pan does not boil dry. Shred the meat inside the saucepan using tongs or a fork. Just before serving, squeeze one of the limes over the shredded meat. FOR THE SALSA If using tinned/canned tomatillos, leave them out of these first stages and simply add them in at the blender stage. Preheat the grill/broiler to a high heat. Cut the tomatoes and fresh tomatillos in half. Cut the onion into about 4 big pieces. Place the tomatoes, fresh tomatillos, onion pieces and the cloves of garlic on a baking tray and

grill/broil for about 5–10 minutes, or until they are gently charred. Set aside to cool. Put a non-stick frying pan/skillet over a medium heat, add the olive oil and sauté the chilli/chile de árbol for about 30 seconds. Then add 60 ml/¼ cup of water, remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Put all the ingredients apart from the salt into a blender, including the tinned/canned tomatillos if using. Blend for about 30 seconds until combined but slightly chunky. Transfer to a serving bowl and add salt to taste. TO SERVE Put the meat on a tortilla, add avocado, some Chargrilled Salsa and a squeeze of lime juice. Note: This is another family ingredient, this time farmed and produced by my brother Fernando. It has an aniseed flavor so if you can’t get hold of these, star anise or fennel seeds work instead.

Shrimp Ceviche With Mango/ Ceviche de camarón con mango The original ceviche has a citrus flavour as it is made with limes. I have recently moved to Baja California, where mangoes are in abundance during the months of June, July and August so we have used those here. The combination of mango and lemon adds a delicious sweet and sour touch to the ceviche. Serves 4–6 500 g (1 lb) raw, shell-on prawns/shrimp 1 cucumber A small bunch of fresh mint leaves Freshly squeezed juice of 3 lemons Pulp of ½ mango 1 red Thai chilli/chile ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ red onion, thinly sliced Peel and clean the prawns/shrimp, removing the head, shell and black strip from each. Cut them lengthwise (but not all the way through) to make a butterfly cut. Bring 500 ml/2 cups water to the boil in a saucepan, add the prawns/shrimp and cook for 2– 3 minutes or until opaque and cooked through, then drain and place in ice to cool. Peel and cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and cut three-quarters of it into half-moons. Reserve the remaining quarter, along with the seeds, for the sauce. Set aside 4–5 mint leaves for a garnish, then make the sauce by blending the remaining mint with the lemon juice, mango pulp, Thai chilli/chile, the remaining cucumber and the seeds, and salt and pepper. Place the prawns/shrimp on a platter, then drizzle over the sauce and add the slices of onion and halfmoons of cucumber. Put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. TO SERVE Garnish with the reserved mint leaves and serve on the platter or spoon on top of slices of toasted bread. CSL citystyleandliving.com | SUMMER 2018 | 27


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RED Alert

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Fashion


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COURTESY MAC

BLOOMIN’ PRETTY

As temperatures rise everything gets more colourful even your makeup! The easiest way to introduce colour is all in the eyes. Choose two complimentary tones and layer on top and bottom lids. For extra fun add a metallic cream shadow too.

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RED-ORANGE LIPS

Red lips can come off as a little too formal for summer. Why not lighten up with bright Bibhu Mohapatra lips in matte red-orange? If you need to do your makeup in a flash, choose a lip pencil which allows you to precisely fill in lips. To keep it from looking fake, use your finger to blend colour. Create a vibrant lip by layering colours to find the shade that’s perfect for Surratt beauty your skin tone. It’s the right Automatique Lip kind of pick-me-up. Crayon, $37.00

YOUR BEST

SUMMER HAIR

Softly teased hair, smooth with just enough volume is the effortless hallmark of summer. For bouncing, beautiful locks, in place of leave-in conditioner, use a treatment oil on dry hair before shampooing. Then apply shampoo to scalp only before wetting hair. Rinse and spray with a no-rinse detangler. Once dry, take a section of hair from the crown and hold it a few inches from the ends. Using a plastic comb, firmly stroke hair downward to get lift. Then gently smooth top layer of hair back. It’s a great way to add height and volume in just a few strokes. Conditioner can dull hair and weigh it down, so this routine ensures your style holds longer and looks shiner.

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Rachel Comey

Marchesa

Brock

GARNET Kith

FAKE A TAN

It’s hot outside so your makeup starts to feel heavy and air conditioning dries out your skin. The remedy? Choose a creamy shimmering bronzer and swipe in broad strokes along the top of cheekbones, arch of brows and tip of top lip for luminous glow. Glossy, tinted lips make for the perfect pout, just avoid pale, matte lips which can make you look washed-out. Finish your no-fuss makeup with cream blush for a natural flush. 30

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Eye Shadow, $22.00

Wallflowers need not apply! The newest dazzling shadows in fiery colours are the season’s statement look. Too keep it fresh and modern, opt for a pale tone on the entire lid, and then smudge colour on bottom lid. Blend an orange-red hue into the crease and dark red along the lash line.

COURTESY NARS (2), MOHAMED KHALIL FOR MOROCCANOIL, MAYBELLINE (3), JASON CARTER RINALDI FOR MOROCCANOIL

Kings Crown Handmade Comb and Leather Case, $29.50. Briogeo Rosarco Oil, $35.00. Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler, $29.00


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Jason wu

The New

From an uber-thick feline eye to a smudgy flick, eyeliner is your key to achieving the sultry look of summer.   YOUR LOOK That signature Bardot winged eye is sweet yet sensual. This season, while designers like Theyskens kept it classic, others updated the look from its 60s heyday with myriad new interpretations. At Oscar de la Renta twotones (think thin lines of black and ice blue) instead of one made for twice the fun, while double wings in classic black reigned at Monse, and a thick accentuated flick (halfway between a smoky eye and cat eye) made a splash at Jason Wu. For the timeless cat eye — sweep a bold stripe of liquid eyeliner along your upper lash line. From there you can experiment with the flick — adding colour, thickness (just use a brush and shadow to create a smudgy flick) or extra lines.

YOUR BOLD EYE TOOLKIT

Tarte Sex Kitten Liquid Liner, $24.00. Too Faced Glitter POP! Peel-Off Eyeliner, $24.00. Tom Ford Eye Shadow Blend Brush, $68.00. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles, $16.00.

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CATEYE

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Your Summer Beauty LOOKBOOK Effortless hair, golden skin and flawless nails for all your summer moods. 

Alexander Wang

MERMAID

WAVES

Playa Endless Summer Spray Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray Aerin Large Gold Comb

The easiest way to get quick waves straight from the shower is by using a texturizing shampoo, then spritzing a salt spray onto damp hair and finally braiding hair to set the product. When hair is dry, add hair oil or glossing spray to add back moisture and create a shiny finish. C SL GR EEN TIPS Make an at-home steam facial by adding herbs (mint, lavender, thyme) to boiling water. Place in a bowl and lean head covered with a towel over the bowl. ›› 32

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COURTESY NARS , PLAYA; DRYBAR; AERIN

Today's beach waves are smoother and shinier than a true surfer girl’s briny textured hair.


CND For The Blonds

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JENNIFER GRAYLOCK/ GETTY IMAGES FOR CND; SOLEIL TOUJOURS, GUERLAIN

The days of the overdone tan are over, instead celebs and makeup artists are opting for a more healthy, natural glow.  

If you want a longer lasting bronzed look, begin by thoroughly exfoliating skin and use a mousse or water-based self tanner over several days, allowing it to fade before reapplying which will help achieve a more even tan. To enhance your glow, and reflect the sunlight, use an illuminator which can be swept over the face for a pearlized finish. All over boosting drops can also be applied to moisturize and achieve a radiant finish. Soleil Toujours lip masque Guerlain bronzer

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FLAWESS

QUICK

NAILS

Michael Costello’s dreamlike secret garden draped in soft organza and flashes of sparkle evoked all the romance of the season. Julie Kandalec for essie played into his ethereal vision with blush colours accentuated with floral nail art. Start with a basecoat, then add two coasts of blush or skintone colour. Using a thin brush, draw on squiggly curved lines to mimic petals with a darker pink or metallic gold, grouping them slightly at the nailbed. Finish with a topcoat. 34

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Dior nail lacquer Sally Hansen nail polish

COURTESY ESSIE, DIOR, SALLY HANSEN

Mimic garden flowers with abstract, eye-catching painted lines on blush nails — perfect for weddings and work. 


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1. SALVATION!

As summer gets underway you may think it’s time to put your salve away. Don’t let the weather fool you. For small (sun)burns, cuts , scrapes or insect bites, there’s nothing better than the soothing relief this balm provides from ingredients such as tea tree, St John’s wort and Echinacea. Down Under to the rescue! Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm, antipodesnature.com

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Finding a lipstick made primarily of oils like sunflower, grapefruit peel, and jojoba is no small feat. With nine lovely shades that work on all skin tones, and long-lasting hydration, Clove and Hallow Lip Crème, it’s the perfect summer kiss. cloveandhallow.com

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Want to be reminded of days spent by the beach all year long? This inspired combination of masculine and feminine notes including cedar wood, coconut, lavender and balsam fir will certainly take you back. A few drops in a diffuser, mixed with a carrier oil and applied to skin or a bath will take you away. Tofino Soap Company Essential Oil Blend - The Waters, tofinosoapcompany.com

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A Canadian brand with simple, Quakerlike packaging uses age-old techniques of small batches and curing to produce a lush line of soap (the brand also produces candles and skincare). Nourishing oils (shea, olive and avocado) combine with pink clay in this pleasantly fragranced bar so you get gentle cleansing and hydration all in one. Woodlot Amour Soap Bar, shopwoodlot.com

5. BETTER BUTTER

Summertime means the pool, picnics and the park all of which can dry out your skin. Made from a range of well-known moisturizers such as shea butter, grape seed oil and olive oil, this mix has a soft, fluffly, whipped texture that glides easily on skin. Best of all it is a Canadian brand. Duckish Shea (Unscented) Body Butter, duckish.ca

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PRET-A-PORTER!

Shout Out For Chambray If it’s stylish enough to be seen on catwalks from Alexander Wang to Calvin Klein and Dior (pictured) it’s definitely cool and comfortable enough for you.

COURTESY DIOR

NEW LOOKS FOR yOUR WARDRObE 


Blue Jean Baby

The ubiquitous fabric revisits wide leg culottes of the 1970s, acid wash from the ’80s and 1990s dark denim

FURLA

JOE FRESH

Mughetto, $598; furla.com

Denim Web belt, $19; joefresh.com

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TIBI

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Raw Denim Jamie Skirt, $385; tibi.com

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Annabelle bow slide, $258;  toryburch.com

ALExANDER WANG

Available in every item from slippers to trench coats, this closet staple gets reinvented yet again

GAP

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STYLIST!

HOW TO STyLE yOUR FAVOURITE OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES

NIKE Nike Women's Free TR 6 training shoes, $99.99

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Textures (think leather, satin and embroidery) play a big part in fully achieving the Western vibe. Cap your outfit with a hat and gold accessories.

CAROLINE CONSTAS Clementine cotton shirt,  $420

VERSACE  S/S 2018

ELIZAbETH FRANCHI S/S 2017

B-LOW THE BELT bri bri belt, $148.00

Country Western gets a reboot with a mix of gaucho meets classic  Americana.    38

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MARC FISHER baily Stud Western boot,  $229

COURTESY ELIZABETH FRANCHI; VERSAVE; CALVIN KLEIN

How To Rock Urban Cowgirl

CALVIN KLEIN  S/S 2018

EDITORS PICKS

RALPH LAUREN beaded feather drop  earrings, $695


EDITORS PICKS

The New Florals

The go-to seasonal silhouette gets a makeover with athletic sneaks and ‘90s jean jacket

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Purchase a slightly distressed jean jacket one size larger than normal. Wear as an off shoulder cape to complete the effortless vibe

WE11DONE Denim jacket, $440

ZIMMERMANN Corsair ruffled printed crocheted lace-trimmed voile midi dress, $695

GANNI Tilden floral-print mesh wrap dress, $250

2 LOUIS VUITTON  

BOLD PATCHWORK PRINTS AND AN ABBREVIATED HEM ARE WHAT’S FRESH

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG patchwork-effect belted  cotton-twill midi dress, $450

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PUMA Muse En point, $120 

NIKE Women's Free TR 6 training shoes , $99.99

NEW BALANCE Lazr Sport Sneaker, $130 

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Fresh off THE RUNWAY

Sporty stripes and athleisure continues to be the go-to weekend look.

Mixing pattern is a fun way to turn up the volume on your blasé wardrobe!

Top Zara polka dot print top, $45.90, zara.com Dress Lisa Marie Fernandez Arden one-shoulder polka-dot cotton-voile maxi dress, $1,040; lisamariefernandez.com

Top Lacoste Unisex 85th Anniversary Limited Edition Jersey polo, $115.50; lacoste.com Skirt Tommy Hilfiger Multi Stripe pencil Skirt, $149.50; tommy.com Earrings Gorjana power Gemstone Lapis Studs, $38; gorjana.com

Top Equipment black star print slim signature silk shirt, $248; equipmentfr.com Skirt H&M Striped Skirt, $39.99; hm.com

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COURTESY DIOR; PHILIP LIM; MONSE

MONSE

A feminine pattern layered on top of itself (think a polka dot wrap over a polka dot dress) gives the eye a focal point.

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pattern play is on overdrive this season, and while florals are a great option, try mixing things up with polka dots, racing stripes and bold star prints


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C H AN E L

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FRINGE BENEFITS

b AL E N C I A GA

COURTESYTRUSSARDI; BALENCIAGA; CALVIN KLEIN; CHANEL; DIOR

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Ready, Set VACAy!


TO MARKET

This classic basket weave is the coolest street style trend to take over 

MAISON MICHEL Kiki grosgrain-trimmed straw boater $625; michel-paris.com

LOEFFLER RANDALL Circle pompom-embellished leather-trimmed straw tote, $295 TOM FORD Soleil blanc shimmering body oil, $100 ; tomford.com

MIGUELINA Ari off-the-shoulder crocheted cotton-voile top $350; miguelina.com

MICHAEL KORS

EDITOR’S PICK

EASY BREEZY JONATHAN SIMKHAI Lace-trimmed striped seersucker maxi skirt $445; jonathansimkhai.com

COURTESMICHAEL KORS

CHLOE Wool-blend shorts $1,280; chloe.com

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Malibu palm Embroidered Woven Straw Tote

STUART WEITZMAN The topical sandal, $495; stuartweitzman.ca

LOEWE basket bag, $610

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DENIM JACKETS

billowy 1990s era jean jackets worn off the shoulder are the latest statement

STELLA MCCARTNEY Oversized distressed denim jacket, $1,095 

EDITOR’S PICK

DESERT COOL TOPSHOP Seam Overstitch Denim Jacket $95

PRADA pussy-bow silk crepe de chine blouse, $920

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PROENZA SCHOULER Eyelet-embellished leather and suede pumps, $895

TODS

ZARA Collarless denim jacket, $49.90 

COURTESY TODS

H&M patterned Skirt, $69.99


SANDALS

These go-to flats will give a skip to your step

AQUAZZURA Mondaine two-tone knotted faille slippers, $575; aquazzura.com

H&M paper-bag pants, $19.99

CHLOE Lauren scalloped suede and textured-leather slides $670; chloe.com

CLERGERIE Idalie raffia platform slides $350; clergerieparis.com PARAVEL Stowaway collapsible leather-trimmed canvas suitcase, $425

ST. AGNI Henni leather and rattan slides, $130; st-agni.com

COURTESYPHILIP LIM

pHILIp LIM

EDITOR’S PICK

TOBI Simone Mint Tiered Ruffle Crop Top, tobi.com 

WINE COUNTRY CHIC

CARRIE FORBES Salma pompom-embellished woven faux raffia slides, $305;  carrieforbesinc.com citystyleandliving.com | SUMMER 2018 | 45


CULT GAIA Acrylic Lilleth Clutch, $406.88; cultgaia.com

CHANEL

ACCESSORIES REPORT

I SEE yOU

Lucite, transparent, pVC and acetate are all the rage  by NATALIE FOx

FENDI Cat-eye acetate sunglasses, $475; fendi.com

ALEXIS BITTAR Lucite Collar Necklace, $175; alexisbittar.com

ON POINT

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PASSPORT!

WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO AROUND THE WORLD by AMbER ALENT

Rest, Assured Any frequent flyer will tell you that one of the most important tenets of travel is getting a good night sleep.  yes, there are multiple factors you can't control (screaming child anyone?), but there are few things you can do to try and get some shut-eye.  

One of our favourite travel hacks is packing a sleep kit with a comfortable foldable pillow, a silky travel sheet misted with a calming lavender scent (known for promoting calmness) and boarding the plane wearing a chic set of pajamas (or changing into them after liftoff) and sturdy walking shoes. These little tweaks will go a long way to soothing your mental state the next time you jet off.

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

TRAVEL HACKS Wifi on The Road COURTESY BRAVE ERA; VIONIC; BLUEBELLA; SKYROAM

Travelling overseas with no wifi connection on your device? CSL tested the newest, portable hotspot —and, problem solved!

CSL tested the SkyRoam Solis in the Southern Caribbean (Solis can currently be used in 120+ countries). Pro: The super sleek SkyRoam has a powerbank lasts for as much as 16 hours (great for travellers on the go), there is no need for a SIM card and users can connect multiple devices. Small enough to fit in a purse or backpack, it is great to use as an on-the-go office, to respond to emails, check local news sites and ac-

cess maps. Options for renting a unit with daily 24 hour wifi are affordable enough for short travel stints especially for those that cannot bear being disconnected. Con: Though the company advertises Unlimited data with 4G LTE speed, be warned that if you are using to stream, for reading quantities of image-heavy emails, or medialoaded websites, the speed significantly decreases. skyroam.com/solis


SUSTAINAbLE TRAVEL

bruno Correa, founder bee + Hive, a not-for-profit global sustainable tourism association on 3 ways to reduce your footprint and giveback while vacationing

Use local suppliers By prioritizing and choosing local suppliers of services and products, you can ensure that the local community shares the economic benefits of tourism.

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Move around Walk or bike whenever possible to reduce the carbon footprint of your trip, and not miss details that make your local experience truly unique. Always ask the hotel how to go about it, and the no-go areas.

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Reduce plastic Whenever possible, take you own refillable cup instead of ordering plastic bottles every time you need a sip of water. At restaurants, order your drinks with no straws.


A TASTE OF PARADISE

MEXICAN ADVENTURE

W Punta de Mita

CHEVYCHERIA A thatched roof beach bar with a 1950s Chevrolet 3800 truck as the anchor-piece is where gourmands go to enjoy chefs preparing various Latin American-styles of ceviche. From Peruvian and Yucatan specialties to Punta de Mita’s coconut and spice-infused catch-of-the-day, it is an idyllic spot to watch the waves while munching on fresh fare.

LUSH GREEN JUNGLE, SURF-pERFECT WAVES AND HUICHOL CULTURE OFFER GUESTS A LAID bACK ESCApE

portrait and Text by Dr. Rookmin Maharaj

Above: An aerial view of the property; executive chef Juan Guizzo expert taste and talent is best enjoyed at Chevycheria, the property’s cevicheria-truckrestaurant.

THE VIBE A mix of native Huichol art and bohemian  surf  culture  is  effortlessly  blended throughout the property: WAVE Surf Shop offers guests lessons; a giant, colourful Day of the Dead figure stands near the lobby; and the showstopping mosaic walkways and natural wood equally contribute to an inviting, unpretentious, celebratory mood.   

THE ROOM Striking turquoise walls inside the spectacular jungle escape room are set-off by geometric tile floor and large windows that invite the outdoors in.  Mexican embroidered pillows,  handmade  baskets  and  bright  wicker chairs accent the modern space with pops of colour,  while  the  wall  mural  and  surfboard headboard  add  an  artistic,  bohemian  edge. Special touches like the glass-enclosed rainforest shower and freestanding soaking bathtub reinforce the tropical feel, as does morning coffee enjoyed on the polished wood balcony listening to the birds within the lush atmosphere.    THE SPA Enveloped by jungle greenery including  guardian  fig  trees  and  other  flora,  while surrounded  by  the  sound  of  flowing  water from a fountain, the 4 000 square foot AWAy Spa  is  designed  to  immediately  calms  the senses. Masseuse Elsie uses fragrant mint body butter for a 60 minute fuel massage — a relaxing and invigorating treatment.  wpuntademita.com

SPICE MARKET Expect South-east Asian street food elevated by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten in a luxurious space, with mirrored ceilings that sparkle at night. Order the grilled chicken satay with coconut peanut sauce, and the shrimp steamed bun with slaw, and for dessert the toasted coconut cake with pandan is fragrant and delicious.

Right, clockwise: Striking mosaic tile at the hotel; pastry Chef José Ernesto Farrera whose Pecan Baguette is the highlight of the breakfast spread; colourful rooms are a bohemian dream.

EXPLORE RIVIERA NAYARIT MESA1 Located at the centre of a spring-fed lake, this private dining setting with an enormous parota tree trunk table is breathtaking. For dinner, the seven course tasting menu includes a colourful beet salad with burrata, indulgent lobster risotto, and grilled sea bass, and ends with a refreshing raspberry sorbet, all savoured as the sun slowly sets.

Sayulita Stop for authentic, delicious street tacos at El Itacate (try the camarones, or shrimp) in this small village that sits on the pacific coast. Artisanal shops sell Huichol artwork, and the strong waves are the envy of surfers. sayulita.com San pancho/ San Francisco Against the backdrop of the Sierra Madre Mountains, this tiny, sleepy beach town, offers tasty food at the many mainstreet restaurants. After a meal, shop for souvenirs, or take a walk along the beach.  rivieranayarit.com 

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Clockwise from top left: Boiling eggs in the Thaweesin Hotspring; van Damme and a guest in the strawberry fields; a circular pool at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort; antique items recall the country’s past; northern-style dried shrimp; van Damme planting rice; Black Ivory Coffee, the rarest and most expensive in the world; van Damme at a night market.

GER THE RO ME  AM VAN D ICLES N CHRO

Edible Northern Thailand Dessert impresario Roger van Damme, winner of the world’s best pastry chef in 2017, sets off on a savory and sweet course through a country he loves for the second installment of this popular belgian tv series, to find great restaurants, delicious street food, and a new cooking technique or two.  Sven Van Coillie photography and Text by S

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THE REGION

GET THERE

There are no direct flights from Canada to Thailand. Fly to Bangkok from Canada via Thai Airways with connections in Asia.

STAY IN CHIANG MAI

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort An oasis of tranquillity located near the center of Chiang Mai, the resort is a hub of gastronomy regularly inviting top chefs including Roger van Damme for workshops or to cook for guests. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary, warm style and the hotel is an ideal starting point for various excursions in the area.

STAY IN CHIANG RAI

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort The exclusive resort enjoys a stunning location - perched on a ridge overlooking Myanmar, Thailand and Laos - every room opens a window to breath-taking views. It is a hotel where you can completely unwind and become one with nature.

DO

Do you want to visit the golden triangle in a truly unique way? Then book a stay at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. You only arrive here by boat and you will sleep in luxurious tents in the middle of the jungle. Not cheap, but an unforgettable experience!

The Northern part of Thailand is particularly known for its breath-taking nature with stunning green hills and endless rice fields. The cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai can easily compete with many Southern beach towns in terms of tourist activities. Together with the metropolis of Bangkok and the highlights in the South, this area makes Thailand one of the most exiting destinations in the world. Food wise, as with everywhere in Thailand, the region is a destination in its own right. Because of its proximity to Myanmar, Laos and China, North-Thailand has a specific cuisine with influences from neighbouring countries. The food here is spicy, but not as spicy as in the Southern part of Thailand. Dishes from the North typically have more tomatoes than in other parts of Thailand and vegetables abound. Sticky rice is the standard here and is used to dip the food. There are also strawberries around Chiang Mai (make sure to try the dried ones!), lots of pork dishes, and tea and coffee plantations. Some of the famous dishes (and musttries!) include Khao Soi, a sort of coconut curry soup with fried and boiled noodles; Krathong Thong, a deep fried rice pastry shell with minced chicken; and Khao Niew Mamuang, coconut sticky rice with mango. Larb, a spicy salad with minced pork or mushrooms, is very common too.

THE TRIP

Chef Roger van Damme – famous for his great restaurant Het Gebaar in Antwerp and recently crowned best pastry chef of the world – is a big fan of the Thai kitchen. The country is one of van Damme's favourite destinations for both (culinary) travel and of course, the delicious Thai cuisine. After the success of the first season of his television program, Culinair Thailand (produced by the Njam network in Belgium) chronicling his journey in the land of smiles and behind the (Thai) stove, van Damme returned to the country for season 2. In March 2018, we travelled to Thailand together with van Damme – this time to the beautiful North – for the shooting of the new series and a portion of (tasty) inspiration. An inspiring journey with an equally inspiring team! Here are some highlights:

CHIANG MAI

Chiang Mai is located about 700 kilometres north of Bangkok, nestled between some of the greenest and highest mountains in the country.

THE NIGHT MARKET Thailand is known for the countless great day and night markets. Especially in the big cities, these markets are a true experience and encounter with the local culture. In Chiang Mai, every Sunday from 4 pm, head to the Thapae Walking Street for a beautiful and extensive night market. You will find hundreds of dishes and ingredients, clothing, toys and numerous gift ideas. For Roger –

and actually every chef – it is a dream destination.

COOKING CLASS 'THAI BREAKFAST' Early in the morning is the best time to film. And what could be more fun to start filming than a nice Thai breakfast? Together with Thai Chef Thongparn of the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort at the edge of the Ping River, Roger prepared a kind of coconut pancake (kanom krok), a Thai omelet with fresh herbs, and 'Morning Glory' (a kind of spinach) in the wok with garlic, chili, oyster and soy sauce. Now that is waking up with a kick! STRAWBERRIES Chiang Mai Province is also known for its strawberries. The weather in this region is slightly cooler, which makes strawberries grow better. Today, the strawberry farms are a tourist attraction and the red berries eventually make their way to local markets, usually dried. These delicious delicacies are made by mixing sugar with fresh strawberries and letting them dry for two days. They are not too sweet with slightly acidic notes and a pleasantly sticky texture.

PLANTING YOUR OWN RICE At the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, you can enjoy a unique activity: cultivating rice. For this, you begin by dressing in a mor hom (a traditional Thai outfit). Then you actually plant the rice yourself: joining farmers to transplant sprouts from seedbeds to the rice fields. During the session, you learn how rice grows from soil to plate including how often it is harvested, how baby shoots are planned and propagated, and how the rice is threshed: an unforgettable and instructive session about one of the main ingredients in Thailand.

MAKING CRISPY PORK SKIN Crispy pork skin is a famous snack and side dish in Northern Thailand. It comes in different thicknesses and sizes. To make it, the pork skin is first burnt and cut and thereafter fried in lard (pig fat oil). It is fried three times: a first time around 40 minutes at 40 to 55 degrees Celsius. After that, a marinade and tempura flour are added and it is dried for 24 hours. After drying it is baked a second time for 10 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius. Finally, it is fried until crispy for only a few minutes at 160-180 degrees Celsius. Let them swell until they are nicely crisp and enjoy!

ON THE ROAD FROM CHIANG MAI TO CHIANG RAI

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, but it is actually much more fun to drive through the hills by car or bus where you’ll come across several interesting sights.

THAWEESIN HOTSPRING A natural geyser and hot spring where you can rest your feet in the warm water, or cook your own eggs. You buy small or large eggs from the locals and then cook them in small

wooden baskets in the hot spring. Top them off with soy, and enjoy!

WAT RONG KHUN (THE WHITE TEMPLE) A unique, completely white temple created by the Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. The project was initiated in 1997 but is far from finished! Make sure to take the time to discover the many beautiful forms and creatures in and around the temple.

CHIANG RAI AND THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

LOCAL MARKET IN CHIANG SAEN AND COOKING WITH THE LOCALS Once at the beautiful Golden Triangle, we headed to the local market immediately. In Chiang Saen, there is a colourful, permanent market in the morning and a nice night market. We visited the first one and bought ingredients to cook with a local family afterwards.

POTTERY Located in the green hills about 12 km north of Chiang Rai, Doy Din Dang Pottery is the work of famous Thai artist Doi Din Dang. The artist and his team produce original pieces that are both functional and decorative and adapt them to a contemporary lifestyle. It is a beautiful place where you can also buy the artwork. Our team even got the opportunity to dirty their hands and to make some ‘works of art’ themselves.

THE MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE IN THE WORLD In the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, you can sip a cup of the most expensive and rarest coffee in the world: Black Ivory Coffee. The wives of the mahouts (elephant caretakers) pick the best Thai Arabica coffee beans and use them as part of the food of the elephants. The elephants cannot digest these beans, but a sort of fermentation occurs during digestion. Afterward, the beans are excreted (yes, they have to be removed from the elephant poop). After washing (important!) and drying, a unique coffee is produced. We taste a floral aroma with notes of chocolate, nuts and berries - an accessible, not too bitter coffee with a unique flavour profile. Nice to know: this coffee is about as expensive as caviar!

COUNTRY HOPPING IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE The end of our trip to Northern Thailand actually took place in three countries at the same time: Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The Golden Triangle is an area of approximately 950,000 square kilometres located on the border of these three countries. In the past, the region was mainly known for its opium production, but, fortunately, this has changed considerably due to the Royal Project. Through this project, opium production was turned over to sustainable agriculture with the cultivation of vegetables, fruit, flowers and other crops, and thus a better lifestyle for the local population.

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FIVE GREAT RESTAURANTS IN NORTHERN THAILAND

RESTAURANT TONG TEM TOH Popular with tourists but definitely not a tourist trap, Tong Tem Toh is famous for its barbeque grill on the street. It’s only open for dinner but make sure to come on time! Due to its popularity, there are often queues but the food is worth the wait. Try the famous larb dish with minced pork, the northern style sausage or the northern appetizers with dipping sauces. Order a Thai beer and your experience is complete! (Nimman Soi 13, Chiang Mai)

KHAO RESTAURANT Chef Stéphane Cavet hails from France but there are few people who know the culinary history of Northern Thailand better than this talented and motivated chef. Cavet learned the magic of Thai cuisine through reading and experience. He brings together this history and flavour at his restaurant KHAO. Nestled amid beautiful rice fields and against a backdrop of mist-clad mountains, KHAO takes you on a journey with rice at its core. The word KHAO means rice and at the beginning of every meal, guests have the possibility to choose from diverse rice species like the Khao Glong Doi, delicate, tender and grown around Chiang Rai at high elevation it is comes courtesy of the famous Thai Royal Project. Afterward, choose dishes from the menu, which consists mainly of traditional, timeless Northern Thai 54

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dishes with Yunnanese as well as Burmese accents. (Four Seasons Hotel, Chiang Mai)

THE SERVICE 1921 RESTAURANT & BAR The beautiful Anantara Hotel — located right in the centre of Chiang Mai — has several interesting restaurants on offer. The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar references the resort’s colonial house that opened in 1921 as the British Consulate of Chiang Mai. The restaurant’s interior is designed to take you back to this colonial era with its cosy, warm and classic style. It even has a secret dining room (for you to discover). The perfect way to start your meal is with a cocktail. Expert mixologists combine sweetness, saltiness, bitterness and sourness – mimicking the flavours of many dishes in Thai cuisine. The food mixes the best of Asian and international kitchens: Indian-Peruvian fusion of Tandori scallop, Machi Tikka and Tandori prawn; Pla Tom Buay Mor Fai soup, with poached snow fish in plum broth, Chinese celery and freshly chopped chilli; Sar Jin, (very) spicy northern style beef tartare; Phad Kra Pao Si Krong Kae: wok fried lamb chops with roasted garlic and basil; mixed Thai dessert with coconut ice cream, prepared with liquid nitrogen. (Anantara Hotel Chiang Mai) HONG TAUW INN Although this restaurant is a little bit more upscale by Thai standards, it remains cheap. A great restaurant to sample northern Thai dishes: mixed Northern style

appetisers, Northern spicy sausage, fried soft-shell crab and delicious fried chicken. (Nimmanhemin Road, Chiang Mai)

DINING BY DESIGN AND SPICE SPOONS A stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is an experience in itself. The resort has an on-site elephant camp, designed as a traditional mahout village. Food-wise, guests can have lunch and dinner at one of the two restaurants at the hotel itself or at a location of your choice with Dining by Design. A truly unique dining concept! What’s your choice: dinner on the terrace overlooking the mighty Mekong River, lunch in the middle of green rice fields, or dinner at a private restaurant in the bamboo forests of the elephant camp? One of the restaurants, Spice Spoons offers private cooking classes and interactive immersion in Thailand’s gastronomy. Guests can enjoy a guided local market experience to purchase their ingredients and cook them themselves for lunch or dinner when they return to the resort. A delicious and instructive experience! (Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort)

Sven Van Coillie is the owner of Belgian Taste Buds, belgiantastebuds.com, facebook.com/Belgiantastebuds, instagram.com/belgiantastebuds and Wbpstars, wbpstars.com, facebook.com/wbpstars, instagram.com/wbpstars.


Opposite: A green dip made by hand in a mortar and pestle. This page, clockwise from top: Fragrant and aromatic herbs and spices await cooking in a woven basket; van Damme holds rice ready for planting; poolside at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort; Thai artist Doi Din Dang prepares a piece on his pottery wheel.

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“I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green. ” - NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE citystyleandliving.com | SUMMER 2018 | 57


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