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STYLE and LIVING

COVER STORIES

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CSL AROuND THE CITy

phire eyes, plus the best new beauty products

BOOKCASE 3 great new reads to add to your collection

PORTER 4 holiday party dress ideas

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HEALTHY LIVING Winter fitness wear, avocado hair mask recipe and more

Budget friendly holiday outfits and our editors faves

CSL FOOD

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19 FUSION

Tunisian olive oil, the spiralizer (the latest kitchen craze), and other new products to add to your pantry

20-24 KITCHEN 5 innovative and delicious recipes using pumpkin

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CSL FASHION 28-30 HELEN OF TROY CSL’s guide to creating oxblood lips and sap

CSL TRAVEL

What to Pack: two looks for adventure travel

52 3 ADVENTURES SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR A diverse group of bloggers share their favourites IN EVERy ISSuE

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57 FINAL THOUGHT

CS L GR EEN TIPS Try gardening in the fall and winter with cold frames and poly tunnels. / Make your own heating pad by filling an old sweater or jeans with rice. › 4

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EN YEARS AGO WE SET OUT TO MAKE A MAGAZINE. We’d like to say that there have been lessons or at least one lesson learned over the years that we could pass on to you, our loyal readers. Or, perhaps, as editors are given to do – we could trundle out some time-worn advice and platitudes. “Follow your passion,” being one of them, and then, through a series of examples we could demonstrate how to make it happen for you too “through hard work and determination.” But, to reduce these ten years into a few sentences, however wellcrafted and well-meaning is unrealistic. Work life, entrepreneurship, business, call it what you may, is more nuanced than a few sentences. Of course, we are grateful to the extraordinary individuals who have given their time, effort and energy to making City Style and Living magazine a success. The calibre of our contributors and their commitment to our message of “earth is a beautiful heaven,” is humbling. Ten years is a time for reflection. This means reflecting on the good and the bad. The arc of City Style and Living (CSL) has been excruciating, punctuated by the sort of pinch-me moments that make life (and work) bearable. In the early years, building a reputation and brand was a challenge. From the inception, we had a digital magazine. This was at a time when no one knew what that meant. We would go to meetings met with blank stares when we mentioned digital. Clients were accus-

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Maths on the Go 101 Fun Ways to Play with Maths By Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew (Random House Canada, $21.99; penguinrandomhouse.ca) When I was at school, the question children asked most, and teachers liked least was, “how is this ever going to be useful when we get older?” This book answers that question through a series of math games, making it a part of everyday life. Based on real-life examples, this is really a book for adults on how to use math to engage with children. Though many of the examples reflect English life and verbiage (for example, pence and pounds instead of dollars and cents, maths instead of math, take away instead of minus, from instead of subtract), the examples are easily adaptable to North America. Most significant, is the psychological bent of the book, advising parents how to act and speak with their children to elicit age-appropriate responses and build confidence. Although the book is aimed at children 4-14 years old, it is best suited for younger children. Most kids love games but hate math. This book provides a way to get children to love both.

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Hidden Treasures of London A Guide to the Capital's Best-kept Secrets By Michael McNay (Random House Canada, $63.95; penguinrandomhouse.ca ) Some London landmarks are so well known as to be iconic. In this fascinating book, McNay peers into lesser known but equally intriguing London haunts. This is the sort of voyage of discovery that travellers relish. In fact, using this book as a guidebook will take travellers to places that even locals may not know about. Even seasoned travellers will discover something new – from Trellick Tower in Kensington, and St Nicholas’s Chislehurst to the Foundling Museum and Eastbury Manor House. Divided by geographic areas of London, with useful maps plotting the location of the treasure, there is a kicker (introduction) that describes in a few words the treasure in question (“Ancient Egypt embraces the jazz age”). This book is a captivating treasure hunt around the capital for curious history-lovers and travellers alike.

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Far Afield Rare Food Encounters from Around the World By Shane Mitchell (Ten Speed Press, $54.00; crownpublishing.com) Photographer and author are both deeply inspired by humanity and it shows in this series of short travelogues followed by recipes from across the globe. The people portrayed in this book live mainly in inaccessible, marginalized or inhospitable lands, and so there is a natural juxtaposition of city life (or social community) and countryside (or village): “In the city there is not enough air… for people used to the Highlands the city is poison.” Even when Mitchell portrays the Jungle, the refugee enclave in Calais, France that shelters thousands of people desperate to get to the UK, there is a sense of hospitality that lingers despite the tough conditions. This though, is a book about food – taro in Hawaii, chapati in India, a sheep leitir (roundup) in Iceland. Though, if there is a thread in the narrative, it is that of death and loss, from a Quecha farmer’s tribute to his departed nephew, to a European immigrant in Uruguay whose son died at 23, to the loss of the author’s own sister. Food, of course, is a sacrifice and it subsists on life, but there is also feasting, celebration, and special occasions, that emphasize the joyful aspect of eating. Thus, Far Afield seems like half a book, awaiting a sequel, closer to home.

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begin in a seated position. Inhale as you bend the knees keeping the feet flat on the floor. bring your hands to the side of your thighs with your fingers pointed forward. Exhale as you lean back lifting your heels five centimetres off the floor. Ensure your spine is straight, your chest is open and shoulder blades pressed together. Slowly straighten and lift your legs straight up in front of you. Move your arms parallel to the floor, palms facing down. Hold for 2-5 breaths. To release, exhale and bend the knees, and return to sitting position.

Susan peirce Thompson, ph.D., a brain and cognitive scientist and author of bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin and Free (Hay House, March 2017) offers five key steps to manage holiday eating.

plan ahead. Don’t leave yourself to make decisions in the moment when you’re tired, hungry or overwhelmed by the crowd. Decide in advance what you will eat each day and when so you won’t be making food choices at times of day when your willpower is depleted. Eat regular meals. When regular meals become part of the scaffolding of your life, it takes the burden off of willpower. A schedule of eating three meals a day at regular mealtimes—breakfast, lunch, and dinner —not only helps eating the right things become automatic, but also passing up the wrong things in between.

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Reduce stress. Stress and the emotional regulation that go along with it taxes your willpower. So wherever possible, modify or avoid the things that tap your resources. Where it can’t be avoided just bringing awareness that an upcoming situation is going to deplete you -- such as that dreaded political conversation with your dad’s aunt -- can prevent your falling into the Willpower Gap. Get enough sleep. Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. Sleep is a powerful willpower replenisher. practice an attitude of gratitude. Research shows that something as simple as expressing gratitude will replenish willpower. Gratitude also helps shift the focus from what you want, or crave, to what you have.

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MONITOR BLOOD SUGAR The hardest part of jogging in winter is knowing what to wear. It’s a case of Goldilocks – too many layers and you end up being too hot, not enough layers and you’re too cold. To get it just right opt for fitting pieces made of moisture-wicking fabrics. MpG Sport Elliptical 2.0 Sports bra, $54; Valencia Layered Hoodie, $60; Jogger Mix Cuffed pant, $68; all mpgsport.com

Keeping tabs on your blood sugar levels is important and not just for those with diabetes. Testing over a period of time will give you insight on how your blood glucose levels change. use a machine to determine how your lifestyle, diet and medication affect blood sugar. Then, use the information to adjust your choices, change your diet, and get more exercise. One Touch Verio Iq blood Glucose Monitoring System, shoppersdrugmart.ca.

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TOTES Manual Mini Compact Umbrella, $25; totes-isotoner.ca


JULES DESTROOPER Belgian Chocolate Thins; jules-destrooper.com

ROBERT SIEGEL STUDIO Double Banded Scented Candle – Ocean Scent, $48 (USD); robertsiegelstudio.com

FURBISH STUDIO Navy Floral Pillow, $115.00(USD); furbishstudio.com

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PAPER SOURCE Washington D.C. Pen, $8.95; papersource.com

LILY GABRIELLA Infinitas Cuff with Sapphires, price upon request; lamaisoncouture.com

BY PAIGE Golden Scallop On Navy Needlepoint Loafer For Women, $230; taigan.com

FURBISH STUDIO Daya Ikat Quilt, $98.00 (USD); furbishstudio.com

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BLOOMINGDALE'S Champagne Bottle Ornament, $19.52; bloomingdales.com

AHA Marble Wall Clock, $270.00; ahalife.com

SQUIRREL BRAND Creme Brulee Almond Butter, $12.99; squirrelbrand.com

T3 Never Ending Waves Set, $350.00; sephora.com

KAUFMANN MERCANTILE Kentucky Stoneware Plates, $40.64; kaufmann-mercantile.com

LISA Q No Chill necklace, $35; shop.lisaq.ca

SIMÓN COLL Chocolate 50% Cacao 200g; spanishoponline.com

LAND OF NOD A Teepee to Call Your Own in Silver Metallic, $223.13; landofnod.com

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MICHAEL KORS Scout Medium Leather Camera Bag, $378; michaelkors.ca

BASTILLE 1789 Handcrafted Whiskey, bastillewhisky.com

BOSE QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones, $449.99; bose.com

DISNEY STORE Darth Vader Voice Changing Mask, $24.95; disneystore.com

TOM DIXON Plum copper-plated tray, $200; tomdixon.net

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Green Beaver is a Canadian brand started by a scientist couple making natural products including this multipurpose, organic cleaner redolent of fresh citrus. Versatile around the kitchen as dish soap, veggie wash, floor cleaner, and stovetop scrub this concentrated liquid soap can also be used as a body wash. With ingredients like sunflower oil and coconut oil it will do wonders for your skin as you clean! Zesty Orange Castile Liquid Soap, $12.99; greenbeaver.com

The arresting bumblebee-coloured packaging, stylized horse motif, and Tunisian origins of this organic extra virgin olive oil make for a dizzying combination. The taste is mildly fruity, perfect for salad dressing and marinades. The line includes infused oils. Extra Virgin Olive oil, 1l; $11.69; terradelyssa.com

Chocolate and caramel are a marriage made in heaven. Add in the crisp texture of a Leibniz cookie and the experience is sublime. Best of all, Bahlsen sources sustainable cocoa from West Africa for its products. Translation? This is a treat you can feel good about eating. us.bahlsen.com

Over the years we’ve seen beans in everything from chips and granola to cheese curls and cookies. But, this is the first time we’ve seen them make an appearance in cereal. As a healthy choice of protein and fibre, Love Grown’s blend of navy, lentil, and garbanzo beans are a nutritious way to begin the day. This gluten-free cereal is slightly coarser and less sweet than conventional cereal but with a handful of natural and pronounceable ingredients, this cereal has love written all over it. Power O's Honey, 283 g; $6.99; lovegrown.com

Endless chopping be done! Better still, make all kinds of inventive dishes with this four-blade vegetable slicer. In the mood for vegan? Spiralize some zucchini and top with a cashew and garlic sauce. Want easy prep for the game? Stuff accordion potatoes with cheese and bake. Need to whip up a salad in a jiffy? (You get the idea!) We also love the handy tray for the cut vegetables. 4 Blade Spiralizer, $ 65.41; amazon.ca

Dinner party time means lots of bottles, especially if you are pairing wine with courses. What to do with all those partly full bottles? With a slip of the wrist, the expandable stopper clicks into place at the neck of the wine bottle, while an inner band that expands to keep that precious syrah fresh and secure. The best part? Unlike some other wine stoppers, this elegant design looks simple and modern. Expandable Stopper, $12.99; trudeau.com

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KITCHEN WHERE TO EAT AND WHAT pRODuCTS TO TRy

Pumpkin King Versatile, in both desserts and savoury dishes, this vitamin rich vegetable (technically a fruit) is the king of winter dining.

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BABY BREAKFAST PUMPKINS Makes 4 servings 4 ½ 5 4 1 ley ½ ½ ½ 4

(1-pound) baking pumpkins pound bulk breakfast sausage eggs, divided slices stale bread, cut into 1⁄4-inch cubes tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsteaspoon dried sage teaspoon salt teaspoon freshly ground pepper teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Use a sharp knife to slice the top quarter off each pumpkin; remove the seeds and stringy pulp. In a medium frying pan, break up and fry the sausage until thoroughly cooked, 5– 6 minutes. Remove from heat, drain grease, and cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, whisk 1 egg until foamy. Add the sausage, bread cubes, parsley, sage, salt, and pepper; stir until well combined. Fill each pumpkin with the bread mixture to about 1 inch from the top; transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the pumpkins are fork tender, 40–45 minutes. Remove pan from oven and use a spoon to gently flatten the stuffing in each pumpkin. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. Crack 1 egg and gently pour it over the stuffing mixture for each pumpkin, being careful not to break the yolk; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon cheese. Cover the pumpkins lightly with foil, return to oven, and bake until eggs are set to desired doneness, 10–13 minutes.

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pumpkin purée 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1½ teaspoons seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 (14.5-ounce) cans cream-style corn 1½ pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined Finely chopped green onions, for garnish In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil and sauté the onion, garlic, and bell pepper until tender, 6–7 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin, broth, seafood seasoning, pepper, and corn; heat, stirring frequently, until mixture simmers. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes. Add shrimp, increase heat to medium, and cook until shrimp are pink and opaque, 4–7 minutes. Serve garnished with green onions.

cup pumpkin, and sour cream until heated; pour evenly over enchiladas. Cover with foil and bake until hot, 20–25 minutes. Top with the remaining 1⁄2 cup cheese and return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Serve garnished with green onions.

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cup vegetable oil (6-inch) corn tortillas cup finely chopped onion cup canned or cooked pumpkin purée, divided 3 cups chopped cooked turkey 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese, divided ¼ cup butter or margarine ¼ cup flour 2 cups chicken broth 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles ¾ cup sour cream Chopped green onions, for garnish Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Heat oil in a medium frying pan until it shimmers. Cook each tortilla just until softened, about 10 seconds; drain on paper towels. Pour out the oil but do not wipe out the pan. Return pan to heat and sauté the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 1⁄4 cup pumpkin and cook until heated through. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add the turkey and 1 1⁄2 cups cheese; stir until combined. Divide mixture evenly in the center of each tortilla. Roll tortillas around the filling and arrange seam-side down in the prepared baking dish. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Whisk in the broth, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Stir in the chiles, remaining 1⁄2

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(2-pound) cooked rotisserie chicken tablespoon olive oil large onion, chopped leek, white and pale-green parts only, sliced cups chicken broth (10-ounce) cans diced tomatoes and green chiles, with liquid cups vegetable juice, such as V-8 or tomato juice (15-ounce) can or 1 7⁄8 cups cooked pumpkin purée stalks celery, chopped cloves garlic, minced teaspoon salt teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (13-ounce) bag tortilla chips cup fresh cilantro leaves ounces grated Monterey Jack cheese

Remove the chicken meat from the bones and cut or tear into medium-size pieces; reserve. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; sauté the onions and leeks until tender, 6–7 minutes. Add the broth, tomatoes and chiles, juice, pumpkin, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Increase heat and cook until almost boiling; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour. Add the chicken and simmer for 15 more minutes. Divide the tortilla chips among 8 soup bowls and gently crush. Ladle the soup over the chips and garnish with cilantro and cheese.

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These pumpkin recipes are from Pumpkin It Up! (Gibbs Smith) by Eliza Cross. The vegetable is incredibly versatile and can be made into delicious meals from sweet to savoury.


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cup flour teaspoon baking powder teaspoon baking soda teaspoon pumpkin pie spice teaspoon salt cup sugar eggs cup canned or cooked pumpkin purée (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened tablespoons butter or margarine, softened cup powdered sugar, plus more for garnish teaspoon vanilla

preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 10 x 15-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper, prepare the paper with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and eggs and beat until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin and mix to combine. Fold in the flour mixture until combined. Spread the batter evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. bake for 13–15 minutes, until the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed. Remove cake from oven, run a spatula around the sides of the pan to loosen, and turn it out onto a clean dish towel; peel off parchment paper. Starting with the shorter end, carefully roll up the cake with the towel and place seam-side down on a wire rack; cool to room temperature.

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Fashion

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Escape The Cold pastel pink (rose quartz) is one of the most popular colours of the year. Worn during evening, adds a touch of feminine glamour

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HELEN OF TROY

GET THE LOOK

Beauty extremes take centre stage this season from the drama of oxblood lips, and colourful kholrimmed eyes to nude lips and barely-there makeup.

Maybelline for Sandy Liang

COURTESY MAYBELLINE

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The New Neutral

HELEN OF TROY

Compliment winter whites and jewel tones with a simple makeup look

COURTESY DAVID WEBBER FOR PAI-SHAU; MAYBELLINE(2)

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buXOM Eyeshadow bar Single Eyeshadow, $15; buxomcosmetics.com

GIVENCHy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow, $31; givenchy.com

MARC JACObS bEAuTy Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, $31; marcjacobs.com

DIOR Rouge Dior Lipstick in Delicate Matte, $43; dior.com

HuDA bEAuTy Liquid Matte Lipstick, $26; shophudabeauty.com

urban Decay Vice Lipstick in mauve-nude pink, $21; urbandecay.com

SEpHORA COLLECTION perfection Mist Airbrush blush, $31; sephora.com

bENEFIT COSMETICS Dandelion Dew baby-pink Liquid blush, $36; benefitcosmetics.com

WANDER bEAuTy On-The-Glow blush and Illuminator, $50; wanderbeauty.com

CSL GREE N TIPS Body scrub: add 2 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons carrier oil (olive oil or sweet almond oil), combine with 1 tablespoon baking soda, and 3 tablespoons sugar. ››


HELEN OF TROY

OXBLOOD Lips

A showstopper look perfect for the holidays and beyond. YOUR LOOK

“The makeup look is beautifully romantic, with a contrast of deep color,� says James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics at Rodarte. As this look is all about statement lips, leave the rest of the face fairly untouched. Begin by applying a moisturizer to face. Add a radiant concealer especially under the eyes and around the nose and loose powder. For the cheeks contour cheekbones with a deep rose blush. Apply a highlighting eyeshadow and line the lash line with a white eyeliner. For the lips apply a dark, deep red like NARS Liv Audacious Lipstick and Train Bleu Velvet Matte Pencil. 28

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SAppHIRE Eyes

The cat eye done right with colour.

YOUR LOOK At Anna K, Carole Colombani of Maybelline, took the cat eye to the next level for the “the full-ofenergy girl.� The key to this look is the unusual sapphire colour. Begin by applying foundation and concealer to the face. Add subtle colour to the cheekbones with blush. Then add a base layer of long lasting eyeshadow in a neutral metallic to the lids. Trace the eyes with a sapphire waterproof gel pencil, extending the line a few millimetres at the inner and outer corners. Apply a coat of mascara. For the lips opt for a neutral lip colour with a liquid over top for shine. citystyleandliving.com | WINTER 2016/17 | 29


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This Season’s It PRODUCTS Products CSL loves, and you should try too by NATALIE FOx

1. FINNISH LINE

The pure aesthetic of Finland meets EcoCert skincare. The result is a line beautiful enough to keep on your bathroom counter, and effective enough to use every day with a gentle foam and subtle fragrance. Mia Höytö Kaunis Facial Cleansing Gel, 150 ml, $56; miahoyto.us

2. THIS NUT RULES!

You may know it better as the star ingredient in a cream liqueur, but, marula (derived from the nuts of an African tree) is also revered for its moisturizing and anti-oxidant properties. Slather this on face and body for soft skin. Acure Marula Oil, 1oz, $15.99 (USD).

3. ZUZU RIOT (THROWBACK A BOTTLE) You’ve prob-

ably seen it all when it comes to lipstick. Zuzu Luxe Lipstick is vegan, gluten free, and made of simple ingredients in shades you’ll love. Plus, it keeps lips hydrated. Bet you haven’t seen that yet! $33.29; gabrielcosmeticsinc.com

4. SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN

Two titans in the botanic world, from two different continents meet in Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil and Neem Toothpaste (Mint) - neem, from India (known for its anti-inflammatory effect) and tea tree oil, from Australia (known as an antiseptic). Brush away! $10.49; desertessence.com

5. WINTER SUN

Want to add a little sunshine into your life on a cold winter’s day? Dab Dr. Hauschka Tinted Day Cream on your face for that sun-kissed look. Best of all, it won’t dry out your skin. $45; dr.hauschka.com

6. DRUNK AS AN ELEPHANT

Formulated with indian gooseberry (for firmness), liquorice (to brighten) and antioxidant rich virgin marula oil, Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum packs a punch to brighten tired, photo-aged skin. Use a few drops every morning before applying sunscreen, to prevent future damage to skin and to maintain even skin tone and to stimulate collagen synthesis. $80.00; drunkelephant.com

7. BRUSH UP!

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PRET-A-PORTER!

NEW LOOKS FOR yOuR WARDRObE

GET INTO THE SPIRIT Have some fun with your Holiday Party Dressing this season. Shake up the basic black dress or boring pantsuit and add a touch of festive punch with CSL’s top 4 updates.


> Stay warm, and look effortlessly cool with this combo. Layering pants under a ballroom skirt is key to this edg y-cool party look. Pick out 1990’s hoop earrings and a pair of mules to complete.

DINOSAUR DESIGNS Mineral Hoop gold-filled resin earring $110; dinosaurdesigns.com.au

THREE FLOOR Stretch Faille Lantern Sleeve Tunic, $569.; threefloorfashion.com

THREE FLOOR Carmilla skirt, $330; threefloorfashion.com

THREE FLOOR Overrule Trousers, $213; threefloorfashion.com

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TORY BURCH barton suede mules $525 ; toryburch.com


> Old world Hollywood Glamour never goes out of style, especially during the holidays. A touch of luxurious silk is all you need- try a simple silk tank and velvet trousers or for a bold look, try a full length maxi dress paired with a lariat necklace.

DOLCE & GABBANA Swarovski crystal-embellished textured-leather belt, $1,810

TEMPERLEY LONDON Julianna silk-satin gown $1,695; temperleylondon.com

Silk Gown

MARIA BLACK Aurore gold-plated necklace, $240; maria-black.com

LEE SAVAGE Space bubbles gold-plated box clutch, $1,895; leesavage.us.com

JIMMY CHOO Lance metallic leather sandals, $775; jimmychoo.com

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> A slipdress over a pair of leggings is an urban update to this 1990’s staple. To take this look a step further, throw on a cashmere turtleneck underneath- a great option for cool climes.

SOPHIE BUHAI Noguchi collar, $2,210; sophiebuhai.com

JUDITH & CHARLES Ellis Jacket, $525; .judithandcharles.com

JUDITH & CHARLES Ellis Jacket, $525; .judithandcharles.com

DORATEYMUR biturbo embellished patent-leather ankle boots, $525; dorateymur.com

TWIRL THIS WAY “Come dance with me,” she

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> Polished and reďŹ ned describes this holiday party classic. Instead of the paint by number head to toe tuxedo suit, add a pair of silk pajama style trousers and mary jane heels or slip on mules for a more relaxed approach. ERICKSON BEAMON Limelight silver-plated, Swarovski crystal and faux pearl earrings, $495; ericksonbeamon.com

JUDITH & CHARLES Ellis Jacket, $525; .judithandcharles.com

BURBERRY black poppy No. 299, $23; sephora.com

SCOTCH AND SODA Viscose pyjama Styled Trousers, $159; scotchsoda.com/ca

Velvet

NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Ciara glossed-leather Mary Jane pumps, $845; nicholaskirkwood.com

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STYLIST!

HOW TO STyLE yOuR FAVOuRITE OuTFITS AND ACCESSORIES

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Holiday Style Easy (& budget Friendly) Looks

Turn heads at the next soiree with these two on trend outfits, that won’t cost a fortune

TOp SHOp plisse Star Mesh Skater Dress, $90; thebay.com pubLIC DESIRE Chloe perspex Heeled Ankle boots in Silver Glitter, $49.99; publicdesire.comnudeskincare.com ALDO SHOES Game, $55; aldoshoes.com

is sheer dress in forest green immediately gets you in the holiday spirit, add metallic booties and a sparkly bag and get ready to party all night long.

H&M Crushed-velvet bustier, $49.99; hm.com GANNI Oakwood pants, 282.12; ganni.com KENDALL + KyLIE Essie Suede Mules $195.; kendall-kylie.com bANANA REpubLIC bow Metallic Clutch $68; bananarepublic.gap.com

Pair cool pin stripe cropped pants with a sexy velvet crop top for a masculine-feminine mix. Slip into a pair of bright mules and grab a metallic clutch. Cheers!

EDITORS FAVES: COZY STYLE

Get ready to relax, curl up by the fireplace and chill

Canadian Sweater Company Sweater 1056-2M, $435; canadiansweater.com

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Cire Trudon Abd el Kader scented candle, 270g, $95; trudon.com

Bodas Shadow Stripe Short Sleeve Nightshirt, $91.35; bodas.co.uk

Minnie Rose Cashmere pom pom slippers, $143; minnierose.com


WINTER 2016/17

Travel

A Tale of Romance Victoria’s Hatley castle and gardens are just one of the magical places to discover Victoria.

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PASSPORT!

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

ADVENTURE TRAVEL

What to Pack Travelling a long distance can be daunting- the key is to choose pieces that are versatile, chic and can transition easily from one activity to another. CSL’s travel editors have done the work for you, and chosen several of their favourite (and well tested) pieces.

RADEN The A22 Carry, $295, raden.com DKNy pure Cashmere Gilet Vest With Shawl Collar, $1,142.00, dkny.com LuLuLEMON Love Scoop Long Sleeve, $74, shop.lululemon.com ICEAbREAKER Vertex Leggings Icon Fairisle, $149.99, ca.icebreaker.com SOLE SOCIETy Aura Slide On Mules, solesociety.com, $89.95 38

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HERSCHEL SuppLy Abbott beanie$19.99, shop.herschelsupply.com FJALLRAVEN Kånken Laptop 13” $114, fjallravencanada.com COLuMbIA Women’s Teton Trail™ II Skinny Cargo pant, $65, and Women's Simply put™ II Flannel Shirt, $45, columbia.com ICEAbREAKER Women's Ski + ultra Light Over the Calf Icon Fairisle, $29.99, ca.icebreaker.com FJALLRAVEN Kånken Laptop 13” $114, fjallravencanada.com SOREL Women’s Joanie™ Sweater boot, $280, sorelfootwear.ca


SIPPING THE BC WINE TRAIL

(and eating)

THE OKANAGAN Head to Canada’s westerly wine region and discover why you need to visit this region now. By Dr. Rookmin Maharaj

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Spierhead Winery

Mission Hill Winery

Manteo Resort

KELOWNA DAY 1 Tantalus Vineyards Known as the oldest continuously producing vineyard in British Columbia, proprietor Eric Savics established Tantalus in 2004, with the winery's first 2005 vintage garnering national and international attention as one of Canada's best riesling producers. Tantalus single vineyard wines including pinot noir and chardonnay have also been recognized consistently. Step into the sleek Leed Certified winery, evokes an art gallery style tasting room with works from Canada's most ac-

Ann Sperling, winemaker at Sperling Vineyards

claimed artists; Tantalus.ca The Salted Brick Billed as a premiere charcuterie shop, chef owner Jason Leizert specializes in everything meat. Smoked tongue, beef carpaccio, duck prosciutto and other cured items round out the uber local menu. The impressive 16-hour roasted brisket sandwich served in a crusty baguette alongside a salad and house pickles is a crowd pleaser; saltedbrick.com

Mission Hill Winery This architectural gem is requisite when visiting Kelowna. The magnificent scale of the property, with modern sculptures, blossoming roses and spectacular views of Lake Okanagan are worth the visit. Dinner at Terrace restaurant is truly memorable, with the use of local and sustainable produce (much of this being provided by the estate Varietal Garden), combined with a modern approach to Canadian cuisine, paired with world class wine; missionhillwinery.com

DAY 2 Spierhead Winery The bright yellow winery in south east Kelowna, produces a concise portfolio of pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and riesling. This focus has been rewarded. The winery and winemaker Bill Pierson have received several distinctions including the top prize at the 2016 BC Wine awards for their 2014 pinot noir cuvee and several awards at the National Wine Awards of Canada. The estate vineyard, Gentleman Farmer, was first planted with vines in 2008, with four acres of Pinot Noir from


Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Dijon clones; spierheadwinery.com Sperling Vineyards Harvesting the first vintage in 2008, was a full circle moment for the Casorzo family who had been working the land as agriculturalists in the Okanagan, since immigrating from Italy in the late 1880s. Today, the 45 acre Sperling vineyard boasts a 45– year old planting of Merechal Foch, and winemaker Ann Sperling has been awarded several honours including the prestigious 2015 Grand Gold at Mondial des Pinots in Switzerland for Sperling's pinot blanc icewine 2013 VQA. Sperling produces several sparkling wines, as well as chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, gewurtztraminer, and pinot noir; sperlingvineyards.com Summerhill Pyramid Winery As one of Canada's most visited wineries, there is certainly palpable energy at this organic and biodynamic vineyard. Perhaps it is the fact that the International award winning wine (like the brilliant Cipes Brut) are finished in the famous Pyramid cellar, that according to Summerhill founder and proprietor Stephen Cipes is,"built with precision Sacred Geometry and aligned to the stars to create a structure of stillness and harmony." The Kelowna vineyard was purchased by

STAY Manteo Resort Set amidst the shores of Lake Okanagan, check into the 102–room property and wake up early to catch the spectacular sunrise. This hotel blends homey rooms with relaxing private paitos. Dine at popular restaurant, aptly named Smack DAB, literally right in the heart of Kelowna's waterfront district; manteo.com The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort Award-winning hotel in downtown Kelowna, with 36,000 square feet of event space and on–site restaurant OAK+CRU Social Kitchen; marriott.com/YLWOK Tourism Kelowna tourismkelowna.com Wines of British Columbia WineBC.com

Cipes in 1986, originally hand planting grape clones from France, and has since gone on to produce a vast array of styles, from aromatic ehrenfelser, riesling and gewürztraminer to merlot, pinot noir syrah as well as sparkling wine and icewine. Executive Chef Alex Lavroff elegantly adds hints of South East Asia (togarashi chickpeas, Summerhill Ramen) to the regional and seasonal menu at the on–site restaurant, Sunset Bistro; summerhill.bc.ca

Painted Rock Estate Winery

PENTICTON & SUMMERLAND DAY 3 Okanagan Crush Pad Winery Home to flagship wines Haywire and Narrative, the custom winemaking facility was designed as a collaborative space for winemakers to work side by side and share ideas. The all–encompassing concept allows small winemakers to take product from field to market including branding, marketing, communications and distribution and sales. The 7,750 square foot Okanagan Crush Pad Winery (Switchback vineyard) is located on a 10-acre property in Summerland, BC; okanagancrushpad.com

Painted Rock Estate Winery Owners John and Trish Skinner's purchased the 60 acre bench, 'The Black Hawk', on Skaha Lake Penticton in 2004, a former orchard. The landscape, vineyards and architecture of the uber modern tasting room come together as one of the most beautiful in the region. Though a relatively young winery, Painted Rock produce wine beyond its years. Each estate wine has a distinctive expression; the 2013 syrah’s permeated with white pepper notes and bold tannin, while the 2014 cabernet franc (CSL's personal favourite) delivers chocolate, dark fruit and spice with a balanced smoky quality; paintedrock.ca

Chef Alex Lavroff, Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Tantalus Vineyards


Poplar Grove Winery

DAY 4 Poplar Grove Winery Founded in 1993, this winery, owned by Tony and Barbara Holler, was one of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench and uses exclusively estate grown grapes to focus on a core of six wines: chardonnay, pinot gris, merlot, cabernet franc, syrah and a signature blend, The Legacy. Winemaker Stefan Arnason excels at perfecting the barrel ageing to produce easy–to–drink wines. Red wines are barrel aged in French Oak for 18-30 months while whites are released the year after harvest. Lunch or dinner at elegant Vanilla Pod restaurant is requisite. The sweeping views of the Okanagan Valley will make you swoon, while the Mediterranean infused menu (think prawns and chorizo and paella) from Chef Bruno Terroso will make you a return visitor; poplargrove.ca; thevanillapod.ca

Jim and Leslie D’Andrea, Noble Ridge Vineyards

TOUR Experience Wine Tours Owner and host Matt Wentzell, has over a decade of experience in hospitality industry, with intimate knowledge of the wines and wineries of the Okanagan Valley. He also holds a Sommelier Diploma certification through the International Sommelier Guild; experiencewinetours.ca

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

STAY Penticton Lakeside Resort Resort, conference centre and casino is ideally located on Lake Okanagan; pentictonlakesideresort.com

OKANAGAN FALLS, OLIVER & OSOOYOS

Noble Ridge Vineyards With a name derived from the noble varieties of grapes grown and the east- west ridge that divides the property, owners Jim and Leslie D’Andrea began their winery in 2001 in the northern tip of the Okanagan desert, producing their first vintages of pinot noir and meritage in 2003. Today, the winery has 22 acres of planted vines producing: pinot noir, chardonnay, malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc. Visitors can sip a glass of wine, enjoy a picnic and take in the beauty of Vaseux Lake; nobleridge.com DAY 5 Bartier Bros. Vineyard & Winery Over the course of thirty years, award winning winemaker Michael and brother Don Bartier have bolstered a philosophy to produce wine that express Okanagan Valley's geography, history and people without a need to mimic the styles of other wine regions around the world. Being from the Okanagan Valley has been a driving force for the pair, describing their wines as 'an expression of the Valley.' Their straightforward approach has earned Bartier Bros. two Canadian White Wine of the Year titles and several consecutive Lieutenant Governors’ awards for red wines. The winery produces three white styles: Gewurztraminer, Semillon and Chardonnay and three red styles: Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah as well as The Goal, (a Cabernet Franc Merlot blend); bartierbros.com C.C. Jentsch Cellars Known as BC's first sub-appellation, 'The Golden Mile Bench' in Oliver, is home to viticulturist and owners Chris and Betty Jentschs' winery, C.C. Jentsch Cellars. The Jentsch family, originally fruit farmers since 1929, made the progression into grape growing in 2002, when owner Chris planted 63 acres of vinifera and opened the cellar and

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CSL GREE N TIPS Pack quick-dry natural fabrics. / Recycle packaging before packing. / Turn off electronic devices and power bars before leaving home. ››


tasting room in 2012. Head winemaker Amber Pratt crafts the estate grown fruit into premium wine, with a portfolio that includes: viognier, The Quest, cabernet merlot, syrah, ‘The Dance’ (rose), `The Chase`(a Bordeaux style blend) and a limited release small lot series from select varietals. Branding and names of each wine reflect deep reverence for his wife, 'The Chase', and 'The Dance' (a rosé) and The Quest are, according to Jentsch, "all themes coming the pursuit of, and desire for the one woman I have loved for so many years. And one day I am going to catch her." ccjentschcellars.com . Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort and Nk’Mip cellars The Adobe style resort hotel developed and owned by the The Osoyoos Indian Band, seamlessly blends into the landscape of desert sage, rolling vineyards and Anarchist Mountain. Featuring 226 fully-equipped 1, 2, and 3– bedroom condo suites which are spacious (starting at 595 sq ft) with private balcony, soaker tub, full kitchen, dining and living room, rooms mimic the earthy colour palate of the natural surroundings. Mica restaurant serves both breakfast and dinner, with a focus on BC produce (think smoked steelhead trout, salmon and mussels), with exceptionally bold flavour and creativity. Nk’Mip Cellars is the first Aboriginal– owned and operated winery in North America, designed by Penticton based architect, Robert MacKenzie. Offering a wide selection from riesling icewine, chardonnay and pinot gris to premium table wines (Qwam Qwmt) and Meritage blend (Mer’r’iym) merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and malbec, Nk'Mip has been consistently awarded dozens of honours at National and International Wine competitions. The seasonal Patio restaurant serves farm-to-table fare using traditional Aboriginal techniques and with a landscape backdrop that resembles a painting; spiritridge.ca, nkmipcellars.com

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DAY 6 Culmina Family Estate Winery Donald Triggs was first drawn to the Okanagan because of the potential of producing high quality Bordeaux style reds. Formerly the chief executive officer of Vincor International Ltd, and one half of Jackson-Triggs wine, this latest venture is a true labour of love that involves Donald's wife Elaine and one of his three daughters, Sara. Steadfast in producing the highest quality wine (hence the latin name Culmina, meaning peak), Triggs consulted with Bordeaux based Alain Sutre to determine the ideal lo-

C.C. Jentsch Cellars

Donald Triggs, Culmina Family Estate Winery

cation for the vineyard, testing soil samples and taking temperature readings, ultimately settling on an area of 54 acres in the South Okanagan Valley in the Golden Mile Bench consisting of 43 micro blocks or three vineyards: Arise, Stan’s Bench (in honour Elaine's father) and Margaret’s Bench (in honour of Donald's mother, and which at 600 metres is the highest in the region). The lower and warmer vineyard produces reds: merlot, syrah, malbec, cabernet franc, and cabernet sauvignon, while the higher two produce mostly white varietals with some malbec ad petit verdot. The gravity flow winery is guided by organic farming methods, one of Triggs major tenets. This includes solar panels to measure soil moisture, a ‘ranch’ irrigation system, and the use of electric cars on property. Education is another integral component at Culmina, where personalized sit down tastings, involve in depth discussions about terroir, viticulture, and the philosophy of the winery. Wine enthusiasts will be keen to learn that Culmina is the first winery in the Okanagan currently producing the cult Austrian grape gruner veltliner for their 2015 Unicus. Partly fermented in concrete to add roundness, this wine has signature crisp acidity with subtle bursts of herbaciousness and citrus. The 2014 Dilemma is a classic and elegant chardonnay with subtle French oak and mid–palate minerality, while the 2012

Patio restaurant at Nk’mip cellars Bartier Bros. Vineyard and Winery

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WALNUT BEACH RESORT

The Room Separated into three categories: white (one bedroom), red (two bedrooms), and penthouse suites, the all- suite resort on the shores of Osoyoos Lake feels unpretentious despite its gorgeous setting and amenities. Families spending extended time in the area will appreciate the full kitchen, and the large living room with fireplace that leads to the patio overlooking the lake. Amenities Outside, the expansive Sun Arbour pool terrace and hot tub is a popular space to soak up the sun, and the stainless steel barbecues are another family friendly feature. Vying for attention is the landscaping around the property with a plethora of rose bushes and local plants. The private beach with neatly lined up lounge chairs and sand coloured palapas sits against the gentle lapping water of beautiful Lake Osoyoos. Vista Point Grill restaurant is located on premises.

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Location Picturesque is an apt description of this property. Majestic rolling hills, the lake and rugged landscape will ensure lasting memories. For sports enthusiasts, there are several championship golf courses within a 30 minute drive in the area, opened from March to November.


CSL’S WINE TRAIL FAVOURITES

Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2015

Crowsnest Vineyards

Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek

Hypothesis is the pinnacle of Culmina's portfolio. Made from selected micro blocks from the Golden mile bench estate, the blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc come together to produce an intensely structured red wine with a controlled balance of spice, deep red fruit and toasted oak. A true culmination; culmina.ca Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek You'll feel as if you've been transported to the Mediterranean: creeping vines, red and pink roses, and lavender grow beside wrought iron tables and chairs. Owner Edwin Huber and staff create a convivial, familial vibe at the restaurant. BC Native, and head chef Jenna Pillon focuses on exceptional flavours. The roasted depth of cauliflower saffron soup, the charred richness of roasted root vegetable salad and requisite potato and truffle pizza–all are worthy of several visits alone. The smoky chicken panzanella and prawn and lentil

CC Jentsch Cellars Syrah 2014

SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY

Summerhill Cipes Brut

Spierhead Winery 2015 Pinot Noir

galette with cherry tomatoes and chipotle aioli are simplicity at its best; terrafinarestaurant.com

DAY 7 Crowsnest Vineyards You'll feel like you've walked into a German chalet at this Similkameen winery. A true family affair, winemaker Ann Heineke focuses on producing Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose, and Dessert wine. Crowsnest also has a restaurant and wood fired oven bakery on–site serving European fare; crowsnestvineyards.com

CSL !

Painted Rock Rose 2015

Culmina Hypothesis 2012

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CSL Insiders

QUICK ESCAPE Vibrant Vancouver & Victoria

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NATURE PIT STOPS

DR. SAT YUEN SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PARK

Escape the city to the peace and serenity of recreated 5th Century Ming Dynasty China. The gardens were built in 1985-86 by 52 master craftsmen from China, using techniques that were used during the Ming dynasty (ie. halls and walkways were constructed with precise joinery and without the use of nails, screws or glue). The design of the garden are meant to encapsulate the harmony of four elements where each corner of the garden reveals another magical landscape. vancouverchinesegarden.com

Nestled among pine trees, the 140 – metre long and 70 metre high Capilano suspension bridge – swaying with the weight of dozens of tourists is the main attraction of this activity compound. There are also several mini-attractions included in admission: Treetops Adventure (a labyrinth of pathways and bridges in the treetops), history from BC’s First Nations at Kia’palano (including gorgeous totem poles), and the heart pumping cliff walk (besides the fear factor, the panoramic views of nature are spectacular). capbridge.com

GARDENS

THE LODEN VANCOUVER

ABOUT The Loden hotel is tucked away on quiet Melville Street, . Boutique charm abounds and it is difficult to overlook the lobby with an inviting air of lightness and glamour, punctuated with mirrored glass and splashes of colour. The Loden spa, business and Befit studio fitness centre (well equipped and spacious) are all located on the garden terrace level and have enviable views of the rooftop patio and garden.

THE ROOM My signature king room is luxurious and contemporary with an earth tone colour palette, dark wood accents and sleek furnishings. The moveable wall that opens onto the spacious bathroom is a unique feature as is the floor to ceiling glass wall behind the bed that opens up the space and floods it with light. The dark marble in the bathroom adds modernity, while the soaker tub with waterfall feature and separate rainfall shower are deluxe touches that are ideal for the frequent traveller.

EXTRAS One of the coolest features at Loden are the bikes that are loaned to guests (check out Stanley Park). Gourmands will have more than a few cups of Nespresso or other refreshments available in the lobby throughout the day. For dining, the adjacent Tableau Bar Bistro offers French classics and we had a wonderful service from Martin Turpin. 1177 Melville Street; theloden.com

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LUNCH & DINNER

GREAT EATS FOR

THE SHANGRI-LA VANCOUVER

GASTOWN

"Our chef is classically trained�, says Bambudda owner Ray Loy at the small hip restaurant located in Vancouver's Gastown that draws on the addictive flavours of East and West. The result is surprising combinationscrisp fried lobster and shrimp dumplings artfully presented with dots of rust coloured chipotle mango mayo, and muted green cilantro pesto. The XO prawns with caramelized onions, celery and peppers are earthy and satisfying while the house made ramen in a truffle broth effortlessly melds Italian flavour profiles (truffle and cream) with Asian ingredients. Don't miss an outstanding and original cocktail list crafted by Tarquin Melnyk and Dylan Williams with equally creative names (suffering bastard, babmaloozer, koi pond). bambudda.ca

GRANVILLE ISLAND

When you've shopped till you've dropped at the Granville Island Public Market, stop in at Edible Canada for a bite. While the shop in the front specializes in an assortment of gourmet Canadian made products (barrel aged maple syrup anyone?), the bistro serves up casual faves like mussels and fries, sashimi salad and 14 hour beef shin poutine. Try the West Coast Bahn mi with ginger aioli, pickled vegetables and crisp fish paired with an ice cold local beer. ediblecanada.com/bistro 48

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ABOUT The 119 room and suite hotel is best described as having an understated elegance, with contemporary Asian touches and hues of gold and muted grey throughout. The hotel feels like a private sanctuary with relaxing spaces, like the outdoor pool and cabanas on the 5th floor, that are the perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon. THE ROOM The floor to ceiling windows in our deluxe room, offer spectacular views of the city, while the latte tones is soothing, and dark wood with sleek B&B Italia furniture are indulgent. Our favourite feature? The large marble bathrooms with granite vanity,

soaker tub and separate enclosed glass shower.

DINING With a seafood–focused menu, there are Asian touches throughout like the lightly seared Haida Gwaii Sablefish dressed with a mild chili compote perfumed with Thai basil, and the Crispy Soft Shell Crab Risotto which combines Lemon Thai Basil, and braised fennel. Executive Chef Ken Nakano has ensured the use of local BC, Ocean Wise ingredients where possible like albacore tuna, Lois Lake steelhead trout, and Haida Gwaii sablefish. For breakfast, try the dim sum with a selection of dumplings and buns served in warm bamboo basket.

SPA Indulge in a signature treatment at Chi Spa in an all-inclusive treatment suite. The signature Aroma Vitality Massage treatment commences with a relaxing footbath and tea service proceeded by an aromatic steam. The massage combines fragrant essential oils with a combination of Swedish, Shiatsu and lymphatic drainage techniques. The 5,000 square foot fitness centre, overlooking Georgia Street is one of the best in the city with a juice bar to quench your thirst after a workout.

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THE FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER

ABOUT The castle in the city as it is colloquially known is centrally located on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. Expect the traditional and historic decor Fairmont is renowned for, but experienced through a modern prism like lighting fixtures resembling feathers, and large airy walkways. Guest rooms will be getting a refresh through May 2017. THE ROOM From our deluxe room, we watch as storm clouds circle, though not enough to dampen the sparkle of the city lights. The spacious, 500 square foot modern room is accented by chrome light fixtures, and muted

tones of puce and pale teal.

DINING Hotel food can be bland and forgetful. Not here, one of the best updates to this property is Notch 8 restaurant. Paying homage to 1930s travel (complete with banquettes, nods to art deco and gold flourishes), including Fairmont's ties to Canadian Pacific Railway, the restaurant excels at West Coast cool. The menu ranges from casual choices (scotch egg, cured olives, oysters on the half shell) to updated classics (dungeness mac and cheese, beef wellington with sauce bordelaise), and artful modern fare (herb roasted cauliflower with cashew basil cream, B.C. hot pot). Don't leave without ordering a round

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WEST COAST COOL Known for their love of outdoor adventure, and all things active, Vancouverites are amongst Canada’s most stylish. Here are a key few pieces to blend in with the locals.

of prohibition style cocktails at the glittering bar like the citrusy, floral lavender corpse reviver, or the refreshing vodka based moneypenny's vesper. End your meal with a slice of chocolate torte. EXTRAS Love shopping? You don't even have to leave the premises to find those slick black tie Dior sunglasses, or swanky wonderland ranger boots at Louis Vuitton with these two stand alone stores located within the hotel. Animal lovers will be keen to learn that the hotel has canine pet ambassadors to welcome guests.

LEAH ALEXANDRA Wing pink ear climbers, $175, .leahalexandra.com GRANTED CLOTHING Foxy forest hand knit sweater, $435, grantedclothing.com HERSCHEL SuppLy Hanson backpack, $59.99, herschelsupply.com OAK + FORT Dress GA10, $98, oakandfort.ca JOHN FLEuVOG britney, uevog.com, $459

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This 20th century Edwardian style castle, designed by architect Samuel Maclure and set upon 565 oceanfront acres was the retirement home of James and Laura Dunsmuir. Inside, a blend of Elizabethan, Art Nouveau and Greek and Tudor Revival style reveal an understated yet opulent family home later used as the base for Royal Roads Military College. Today, the Italian, Rose and Japanese gardens at Hatley Park Castle and Gardens are impeccably upkept, with surprises around every turn including a protected migratory bird sanctuary; a historic First Nations' site; and a spectacular view of the Juan de Fuca Strait. hatleypark.ca

THE FAIRMONT EMPRESS

ABOUT This iconic edifice of pure Canadiana glows in front of Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour. There are historical elements throughout the property– mail chutes in hallways, antique elevators with wood panels and luxurious classic rooms like the crystal ballroom and library room – all of which evoke the legacy of Fairmont Hotels. A renovation project is set to be completed in Spring 2017. THE ROOM The 464 guest room and suite hotel features updated, modern touches and views of the harbour, city and garden. The muted palate of silver, white and grey-blue is inspired by Vancouver Islands’ natural landscape, are understated and elegant and with 400 square feet of space and have a residential style. DINING Afternoon tea at The Empress is tradition, 50

and a quintessentially Victoria experience. Choose from twenty one loose leafs teas (and a glass of champagne) to pair with your delicate scones, sandwiches, pastries and clotted cream. The hotel restaurant, Q at The Empress (one of the most storied rooms in Victoria), with its regal hints of modern purple decor and portraits of Queen Victoria on the walls, offers Pacific Northwest cuisine based on regional ingredients. Seafood is a must. Order the chilled Dungeness crab legs, served with a mildly smoky sesamenori mayo, followed by the outstanding rosemary roasted lamb loin with creamy farro, olives, buttered baby turnips and carrots. Order the Q 1908 cocktail, a refreshing combination of empress tea, egg white, lemon and vodka infused with butterfly pea flowers, imparting a shocking purple-blue hue. 721 Government St, Victoria, BC; fairmont.com/empress-victoria

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Long known as one of the world’s premier floral show gardens, Butchart Gardens began as a home to Robert Pim Butchart and Jennie Butchart, pioneers in the cement industry. The couple built their family home close to the quarry, where Jennie first began pursuing something of beauty in an exhausted limestome pit. This beautification eventually became the centerpiece at Butchart Gardens, The Sunken Garden. Today, there are several additional awe inspiring gardens and a lawn walk to explore, each with thousands of colourful plants and flowers to admire, year round. butchartgardens.com


OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL

ABOUT The original Oak Bay Beach Hotel was built in 1927 but destroyed by fire in 1930. Paying homage to the English Manor House style, the hotel was rebuilt and reopened in 2012. Today, the one hundred room luxury waterfront resort includes three dining options, a full service spa and the David Foster Foundation Theatre. THE ROOM The unparalleled view of the Pacific ocean, illuminates our spacious 500 square foot room in the morning, and lulls us to sleep in the evening. Dark wood, teal and white decor echo the blue sky meeting the ocean, while a galley kitchen is ideal for guests with families. The spacious bathroom with double sinks, heated floors and sunken tub with french shutters that peer into the ocean are all details that add charm to the room. Evenings, curled up by the fireplace, or on the private balcony sipping a glass of wine and watching the sun set is one of the pleasure of this hotel. DINING Choose from three dining options on site: The Dining Room, The Snug Pub and Kates Cafe. While The Snug Pub serves up a seafood centric menu like saffron mussels, fried calamari, and po' boy sandwiches (great with a pint), The Dining Room excels at refined cuisine, such as Olive Dusted Halibut, Pumpkin Ravioli and Herb Roast Rack of Lamb with an array of classic desserts to match (read: Okanagan Peach Tart, and sticky toffee pudding). Don't skip breakfast. Order the smoked salmon Benny with two perfectly poached eggs, and wild sockeye salmon on a toasted english muffin, gently coated with a hollandaise and served with house potatoes. For a lighter option the delicious local greek yogurt, berries and granola hotel extends warmth and old world glamour will set up your day, perfectly. (think oak panelling, rich fabrics and classic furnishings), without pretention. Spend an SPA evening walking to the small cove just beyond As Victoria's only oceanfront spa, Boathouse the spa, laze on a piece of driftwood, and watch spa and baths includes three hot outdoor minthe tide gently wash atop the pebbles ashore. eral baths, a steam sauna, manicure and pediOne of the most unique features at the property cure rooms, three individual massage rooms is the luxury theatre, where movies are played and one couples massage room. We had a reju- weekly, and dinner and show events, and special venating relaxation massage, using Swedish performances are shown throughout the year techniques. with a portion of proceeds going toward the David Foster foundation. LOCATION AND AMBIANCE 1175 Beach Dr, Victoria; oakbaybeachhotel.com Located in quiet Oak Bay, the five star luxury citystyleandliving.com | WINTER 2016/17 | 51


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ADVENTURES A GROUP OF InTREPID BLOGGERS REVEAL THEIR TAkE On A GREAT ESCAPE. WHETHER yOU’RE HEADInG SOUTH FOR SUnnIER CLIMES, PLAnnInG A TRIP AROUnD CUISInE OR LOOkInG FOR InSIDER TIPS, HERE’S yOUR HAnDBOOk TO ADVEnTURE.

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COURTESY ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURIST OFFICE; SVEN VAN COILLIE; MARION PAYEN

From left: A couple in the Tobago Cays, St Vincent & The Grenadines; a llama starkly contrasts the surrounding Atacama Desert; The seaside charms of Paraty, Brazil, with its multi-coloured boats.


Canadian born and bred Jodi, met Mexican born Diana on the Eastern Caribbean island. Instagram @midstofit

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DIAnA AnCOnA AnD JODI CAIRnS OF THE BLOG MIDST OF IT SHARE A LOVE OF FITnESS, TRAVELInG, AnD FOOD. THEy LET US In On FAVES FROM THEIR ISLAnD HOME.

When Jodi Cairns and Diana Ancona met on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, they bonded immediately over a shared interest in nutrition, fitness and travel. Cairns, had earned an athletic scholarship before an injury stymied her degree and had moved to the island after a stint in Queensland, Australia. Ancona, meanwhile, had studied nutrition in Mexico City and Scotland, and “needed a change and to get away from the city life, at least for a little while.” Their blog was the result. “We have worked day and night on our blog to keep our readers happy and entertained. It feels great to connect with people all over the world in a way that can inspire them to make positive changes, and help them enjoy living this thing called "LIFE."

yatching the coral-luscious Tobago Cays.

COURTESY ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURIST OFFICE; MIDSTOFIT

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the hidden gem of the Eastern Caribbean. not nearly as touristy as its neighbours Barbados and St. Lucia, this island and its many sights come as a pleasant surprise! nestled away in the 32 Grenadine islands that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Tobago Cays, a protected marine park, is a must-see. It is best to visit while sailing to expe rience the feeling of "un-

plugging" from the technological world and being a part of nature. On almost any night of the week, a beach bonfire can be organized under the stars with the locals from Union Island, a Grenadine Island close to the Cays. They provide a fantastic buffet-style meal with fresh-of-the-day catches, including lobster, when it is in season, and local vegetables and ground provisions from neighboring islands. All this while digging your toes into

The pair jogging on the beach in St. Vincent.

the sand and sipping a cold Hairoun (the local beer of St. Vincent and the Grenadines). La Soufriere Volcano is another highlight, an active volcano that last erupted in 1979. The hike up the windward side of the volcano feels like you are in a different universe. The coastal drive towards the base of the volcano complete with banana plantations and palm trees scattered everywhere is just the beginning. From here, lush rainforest vegetation surrounds the trail as you hike your way to the top, which offers spectacular views of the island and crater. Getting to the top of this hard hike is an amazing feeling. On a clear day, you can see for miles over the ocean and the serenity at the top reminds you how beautiful nature is. Walliabou Bay is where Captain Jack Sparrow first

started breaking hearts! not many know that scenes from the first movie (The Curse of the Black Pearl) in the Pirates

Indian Bay Beach, St Vincent

DIET Planning a trip but fear you will gain weight? Being healthy and fit is all about balance and portion sizes. 1 Eat a small breakfast and include local fruits rather than processed juices packed with sugar. 2 Consider yourself the most important food critic in the world, having a tasting session. Order local dishes that you can share with everyone at the table. 3 Try local foods that are baked, fresh and, avoid fried foods (packed with naughty calories). 4 Alcohol does not provide any nutritional benefits. Save those calories to try local flavors that will stay in your memory forever. 5 Decide which meal will be your biggest of the day and be mindful of the other two, as-

of the Caribbean series were filmed here on the leeward coast of St. Vincent. now, there is a restaurant right next to the beach and jetty. St. Vincent has beautiful mountain fed waterfalls that allow you to cool down from the warm sunshine. They are the perfect place to have a picnic and enjoy the day with friends and family. Our favorites are Dark View Falls and Chain Spout.

suring not to go over your recommended daily calorie intake. EXERCISE Walk everywhere, it is the only way to see a new place, engage with the culture, and mingle with locals while keeping active and getting your daily cardio. Swim! In places like St. Vincent & The Grenadines, enjoy the ocean! Go swimming, snorkeling, diving or on a sailing adventure. These are great ways to stay active and burn off calories while sailing from island to island. you would be surprised how much fantastic exercise you get from sailing. Hike! This is our go-to form of exercise while traveling. not only do you get to experience nature and beautiful views, you can work up quite a sweat in the process. Sightseeing while staying fit, it’s a win. citystyleandliving.com | WINTER 2016/17 | 53


SOUTH AMERICA

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BACkPACkInG BLOGGER MARIOn PAyEn OF HIBISCUS AnD nOMADA On BRAzIL, THE COUnTRy THAT InSPIRED HER OnLInE JOURnEy AnD HOW IT CAn InSPIRE yOU TOO.

Growing up between France, Canada, Mexico and USA, Marion Payen has travelled the world since the age of four, ending up in London in 2014 for work. “I would catch a late Friday night plane ticket to any destination in Europe and spend holidays in the furthest and cheapest destination on the map.” The polyglot came up with the idea for Hibiscus and Nomada, an online travel guide for backpackers, while on a trip to Brazil. “The name came from a combination of the flower that I’ve encountered in many tropical countries (and is also one of my tattoos) and nomada Spanish for nomad.” Often accompanied by her favourite travel buddy, brother, Julian, Payen “always finds a way to swim, hike and make time for jokes with locals and other backpackers!” while abroad. View of Leblon Beach from Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro.

DAY 1-6 RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil is so big that if you have to pick a region, start with Rio de Janeiro state. In 15 days you have plenty of time to discover the most beautiful, not-to-miss places. Go early to Copacabana Beach as it gets busier during the day, especially on weekends. Locals come prepared with chairs and a picnic. Watch multiple generations play soccer whilst vendors sell bikinis, caipirinha, hats and all sorts of other things. Walk to the end of Copacabana Beach where fishermen sell the catch of the day. Passing a park, you will get to Ipanema Beach. next to the Arpoador viewpoint, surfers wait for the perfect wave. Stay here until sunset for a stunning view over the city as the last rays pass be-

Tw o hind Dois Irmãos (T Brothers Mountains). There are two stops at Sugarloaf Mountain and both offer absolutely breathtaking views of the city. Compare this with the completely different view of Rio from Christ the Redeemer. (Get here by train, or, for those brave enough walk up). Tourists and locals can’t decide which view they prefer, each is a unique experience. Take the metro to Lapa/Santa Teresa visiting the Selaron Stairs, Carioca shops and The Carioca Aqueduct (Lapa arches). At night, Lapa is joyful and animated with the best nightlife. I had a great time, far from the tourist pub crawls of Copacabana, with live local music and an atmosphere you would not get anywhere else.

DAYS 7-9 ILHA GRANDE One of the most incredible islands you will see, it has everything from jungle, rainforests, and mountains, to crystal clear water, snorkelling, beaches, and hiking! Head to Lopes Mendes Beach, a two-hour hike crossing forest, and turquoise beaches. This is a beautiful, wide beach where surfers, footballers and volley players are in heaven. If you are too tired to walk back, there are taxi boats until sunset. Another day, take a Meia Volta boat tour, for an unforgettable journey where you and nature become one. The boat stops at different beaches where you will be able to snorkel, swim, have

A boat near Ilha Grande.

Colourful architcture in Paraty. lunch, drink beer and soak up the sun. Many tourists join the boat for the day so you'll certainly meet new friends. One of my favourite days of the whole trip! For an adventure, hike from Vila do Abraão to Praia Dos Rios (7 hours round trip!). The hike is even better if it starts raining, as the river becomes orange. you’ll be starving when you arrive at the beach, but Dona Teresa will welcome you and cook fried fish with coconut rice and back beans, all made with love. She will hug you at the end of your lunch. This was my best meal of the trip and I left filled with love and humanity. Afterward, spend time exploring the old Candido Mendes prison which is quiet and untouched.

DAY 10-11 PARATY Paraty is a colonial town far from Rio's craziness. If you are an early bird, watch the sun rise, and spend the day, relaxing, swimming, reading, snapping photos of the colonial houses or buying crafts from local artisans. For a day trip, rent a boat and enjoy the sunset over the bay. At night, Paraty gets lively with restaurants and bars playing live Brazilian music. DAY 12-15 BUZIOS Búzios is calm and peaceful. Walk along the coastline or visit its picturesque centre. The icing on the cake is watching the sun set from the port (it changes colour every night). The night market is a great place to shop for souvenirs!

3 TOP TIPS FOR yOUR nEXT TRIP 1 Do not plan everything in advance. Have an idea of where you want to go and do but do not book any flights, trains, buses or hostels (unless you really have to). The best way to enjoy backpacking is to go with the flow, stay longer than planned in one place and book a hostel or restaurant only after it is recommended by other backpackers. 2 Don’t be shy! you will meet lots of other backpackers who have been there too. Ask questions about where to go where to stay but also, ask if you can join the table for a drink or a meal (no point staying in the corner with your own food). you will meet people in hostels or on a bus and the whole idea of backpacking is to meet locals and people like you to share the best experience in one country. 3 My favourite websites when abroad are Skyscanner to book my flight, rom2rio to find out how to get from one point

to another, hostelworld to book a hostel and le routard, for french speakers to find out the best season to visit a country.

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A rocky shoreline in Búzios


SOUTH AMERICA

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FOOD AND TRAVEL bLOGGER SVEN VAN COILLIE OF bELGIAN TASTE buDS TELL uS WHy CHILE IS THE NEXT bIG THING ON THE CuLINARy MAp.

Belgium-based Sven van Coillie regularly documents his culinary travels, offering an inside view of luxury restaurants and hotels. One destination that surprised the frequent traveller was Chile. “It is quite an understated country in terms of gastronomy and ingredients. While its neighbours Peru and Argentina get all the credit from the gastronomy world, the Chilean government is making a move to change this perception.” In fact, the country already produces a plethora of ingredients. “The country is exceptionally rich in terms of ingredients. Did you know that Chile is the world’s biggest exporter of blueberries, grapes, plums, trout, pacific salmon and mussels?”

Apart from his own blog, van Coillie also writes for Wbpstars.com

SANTIAGO One of the most important restaurants in the Chilean gastronomy movement is boragó, where Chef

Sea biscuit at boragó. Rodolfo Guzman cooks exclusively with Chilean ingredients, incorporating recipes and preparations from ancient Chilean history as well as modern techniques and products. Guzmán gets endless inspiration from his environment and diversified ecosystems: venison crudo from patagonia; a salad of wild

plants from the Andes; rica rica (herb) from the Atacama desert; fruits that only grow at 3,000 meters altitude; wild plants that only exist two weeks per year in the desert. The uniqueness of this produce, and the preparation techniques used, guarantee an experience you have never had before. At Restaurant 99 Chef Kurt Schmidt (who previously worked at boragó) serves a creative interpretation of Chilean cuisine in a trendy, no-nonsense atmosphere. Schmidt often goes to the Mercado Central himself to select fresh ingredients. His focus on the essence of the product is the strength of his cuisine with dishes like smoked deer tartar with oxalis leaves, textures of mushrooms with powder of dark pine mushroom, confit lamb tongue with cauliflower purée, plums and caramel, and duck with pickled onions and pear. pastry Chef, Gustavo Sáez, is one of the

NOT TO MISS 1 Valparaíso, known for its San Francisco-like hills and traditional, colourful houses, has a more South-American feel than Santiago. 2 Atacama Desert. One of the top activities in Chile, this otherworldly terrain boasts several interesting sites: areas can be the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat) and the El Tatio geyser field. The town of San pedro de Atacama (which lies at

CHILE

most talented in Chile with tasteful creations based on only a few ingredients like carrot sorbet with coconut foam and caramelised peanuts. El quillay is a local restaurant specializing in Chilean Empanadas, stuffed pastries with a filling of cheese, beef or other ingredients. They are traditionally prepared in a clay oven, giving the pastry a crisp, solid structure. A visit to Chile is not complete without a visit to one of the hundreds of vineyard, spread across the country. Emiliana winery, located in the Casablanca valley is the biggest organic vineyard in the world. The company’s philosophy is based on two essential principles: care for the environment and respect for our workers and community. Osaka, a Nikkei (fusion Japanase-peruvian) restaurant at the W hotel in the business area of Santiago, creates a perfect synergy between sweet, sour bitter and umami flavours, the trademark of executive Chef Ciro Watanabe. The Chef’s signature dishes are the tiradito ceviche in which raw fish sashimi is flavoured with

2000 m) makes a good base for visiting the sights. LOCAL bITES Visit the local markets to sample local specialities: terremote (earthquake), made of pipeño (a type of sweet fermented wine) with pineapple ice-cream served in a one-litre glass; local Sangria; and mote con huesillo, cooked dried peaches and stewed corn served as a drink.

Above: The vineyards at Emiliana winery. Tiradito ceviche at Osaka restaurant.

spicy sauces. With the Tiradito Mi peru he serves the best scallops from Tongoy in Chile with sweet potato tempura and coriander oil. With a dynamic team managed by Carolina bazán and Rosario Onetto, Ambrosia serves comfort food with intense flavours. From the outside, a residential house hardly hints at the bustling restaurant inside. The cuisine is obviously influenced by chef bazán’s travels: fresh home-made

pasta from Italy; pure and intense dishes with a French background; locally influenced dishes like ceviche and seasonings from all around the world. Just like bazán’s dreadlocks and striking tattoos, her food is alternative and cosmopolitan, but delicious and fresh. and cosmopolitan, but delicious and fresh. CSL

The otherworldly Atacama Desert.


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