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WELCOME FROM THE EDITORS
IN LOVE WITH COLOUR
A colourful spectacle in India.
“Colour is essential for life,” writes Frank H. Mahnke, the environmental designer who has studied colour since 1973. We at City Style and Living (CSL) try to celebrate colour in every issue - from the exuberance of travel and the quiet simplicity of monochromatic fashion to the tantalizing brilliance of food. We strive to celebrate the kaleidoscope that is life. Colour is emotional and there is a hue that fits every mood. “The romance of colour exists for everyone…colour is first a sensory event. Colours are true sensations not abstractions or ideas,” Linda Holtzschue in Understanding Color.
In essence, colour is about light (direct and reflected) and perception – we are able to differentiate objects by their colour. “The beginning of every color experience is a physiological response to a stimulus of light…Color is light alone, but it is experienced so directly and powerfully that we think of it as a physical entity,” adds Holtzschue. Colours stand out from the relatively mundane black, white and grey. It is often said that there is nothing more important in a woman’s closet than her little black dress. Yet the dresses that make an impression on our psyche and in popular culture seem to be those of colour. Consider Nicole Kidman’s mustard cheongsam inspired sheath at the 1997 Oscars, or Scarlett O’Hara’s emerald curtain dress or Marilyn Monroe’s shocking pink robe as she sang diamonds are a girl's best friend. We do like black and white for that matter, but to become embedded in the public consciousness it takes colour. Black and white are dramatic, evocative even, but colour is bold and in and of itself communicates non-verbally a plethora of signal and emotions.
At this time of year with gardens flourishing we are able to detect the daring of nature through colour. A backdrop of verdant leaves and foliage offsets a rainbow of flowers, insects and butterflies. Colour gives interest and excitement to a garden – a sense of easily detectable beauty. This is perhaps ever more perceptible while travelling abroad as our senses are heightened and the unfamiliar makes us more observant. Then too we see adobo buildings, fresco walls, or simply recognize a red front door amidst an otherwise unremarkable house. Even in the kitchen colour becomes vital. Chefs cap off dishes with micro herbs and flowers less for flavour than intriguing colour. Modern plating has become the equivalent of an artists’ palette and achieving a balance of colour is as important as flavour in today’s top restaurants. Why do we love colour so? French designer Jean Paul Gaultier perhaps said it best, “colour is life.” CSL
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WHO? Tessa L WHERE? Telus Spark, Calgary THE MOOD? Denim is back in a big way. From sophisticated suits to laid back overalls, and available in dark indigo to pale baby blue, this season is all about the jean.
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TO A BETTER GARDEN CHALLENGE you want to plant nonGMO heritage varieties of a range of vegetables. That way you can let some plants go to seed and collect them year after year. SpECS $69.95, bridensolutions.ca
Big Bag Bed Fabric Raised Bed
CHALLENGE you want to garden anywhere (an apartment, rooftop, or in tough soil) with the ﬂexibility of a lightweight container in a porous material (that regulates heat and water). SpECS The Original, $39.95; The Jr, $24.95; The Mini, $14.95 (also available in purple), bigbagbed.com
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CHALLENGE keeping your lovely ﬂowering trees pruned, with better blooms and in healthy shape. you want a heavy-duty but easy-to-use tool. SpECS $53.39, coronatoolsusa.com
CHALLENGE Find an easy to lift and move, soft-sided, fabric container that takes the guess work out of growing trees, vegetables or ﬂowers. SpECS $7.95 each, smartpots.publishpath.com
Uncommon Goods Collapsible Utility Bucket
CHALLENGE Storing all of your garden tools and equipment is overwhelming. you want a 1 bucket that can lock into three diﬀerent volumes (up to 7.5 litres) and then collapses to a mere 5 cm. SpECS $30, uncommongoods.com
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5 Healthy Living Ideas We Love OPI AT J MENDEL
bb, CC, and now DD creams ﬁrst gained popularity in korea, and have made similar waves stateside. but what do all those letters stand for, and what do these creams actually do? Dr. Rebecca baxt a board certiﬁed NyC dermatologist states that, “bb, CC, or any alphabet soup creams can be excellent all in one products for some women, but for many companies, the labels are just marketing. Check the active ingredients. Does it have a sunscreen? What is the SpF? Is it at least a 20 or 30 SpF? If your bb, CC, or any other over the counter cream is not working for you, seek help with a great board Certiﬁed Dermatologist to solve your skin issues. They may be more complicated than just the AbC's!”
DRINK YOUR VEGGIES
purple Lemonade A big star in the kale family, the purple kale in this juice has beneﬁcial antho-cyanin phytonutrient properties, which protect against the oxidative stress of various toxins. A great addition to your cleanse! SERVES 1 1 head purple cauliﬂower, cut into chunks 4 purple kale leaves 1 cucumber, cut into chunks ½ lemon After juicing: Stevia, to taste
Juice the cauliﬂower. Roll the kale leaves into a ball, and juice them along with the cucumber and lemon. pour into a glass, and add stevia. Reprinted with permission from The Rainbow Juice Cleanse © 2015 by Dr. Ginger Southall, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.
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GET BEACH BODY-READY WITH NEW APP Fitness apps are becoming increasingly popular with everything from heart rate monitoring while jogging, daily step counts and biorhythms. Enter the newest generation – concierge health and ﬁtness platforms. “We designed the you plus platform to sort fact from ﬁction and educate anyone who wants to lose weight, sleep better, and live a happier and more fulﬁlling life. The reason it works is because it is based on mainstream, peer-reviewed science in conjunction with demonstrated clinical techniques,” says Steven Willey MD of the app he and his colleagues designed. Many apps including you plus come with advice on how get beach body ready. Now that’s making technology work for you.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY AGING
In their new book, paths to Healthy Aging husband and wife, Doctors Mehrdad (Mike) Ayati and Arezou (Hope) Azarani, dispel age-related myths and provide the tools necessary to create a healthy, joyful and energetic lifestyle SkIp THE VITAMINS AND SUppLEMENTS If you eat a balanced diet are in good health and do not have a medical condition, you do not need vitamin and mineral supplements. Marketing campaigns entice us to take over-thecounter vitamins and supplements—currently a $68 billion global market—despite the absence of evidence as to their beneﬁts. These unregulated substances can interact with prescription medications with serious consequences to health. Only take vitamins and supplements under the close supervision of your doctor (if your doctor decides that you need them after running blood tests).
OpT FOR MODERATE EXERCISE Americans spend $2.6 billion per year on gym memberships. While only 8% actually show up at the gym. We are commercially inﬂuenced to exercise, not moderately (which is healthy), but excessively and obsessively, which can be both unrealistic and dangerous for aging bodies. However, healthy physical ﬁtness can be achieved by moderate exercise, which could be performed outside of a gym and without purchasing expensive exercise equipment (walking in the park, gardening, yoga, and tai chi). Engaging in moderate exercise is not only important for staying ﬁt and healthy but it is also crucial for maintaining and improving mental health and cognitive functions.
HOMEMADE SUN BLOCK
100 ml coconut butter 100 ml shea butter 200 ml almond oil 200 ml walnut oil 200 ml ﬂax oil 200 ml olive oil 3 capsules (400 IU) vitamin E 1 -2 leaves aloe vera 4 bags of chamomile tea Melt coconut butter and shea butter in a pot over low heat. Add the bags of chamomile tea and ﬁnely chopped aloe vera leaves. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes (be careful not to overheat to smoking point). Strain and let cool then add mixture to olive oil. Combine with walnut, almond and ﬂax oils. Open vitamin E capsules and add. bottle the mixture and shake well before using.
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BOOKCASE Passion for Pizza by Craig Whitson and Tore Gjesteland (Agate, agatepublishing.com) A decidedly Norwegian perspective (who knew they were the world’s largest consumers of frozen pizza) informs this take on pizza in America and Italy which includes dough basics, profiles of famous producers and restaurateurs. Where the book shines is in the recipes with everything from margherita and calzone to sfincione and pecan pie pizza.
Nothing Like Love By Sabrina Ramnanan (Doubleday Canada, penguinrandomhouse.ca) Mirroring the gossip filled atmosphere typical of Trinidad and Tobago and playing out like an island soap opera, this book is full of forbidden love, intrigue and secrets. Though at times the characters and plot feel like abstractions, the breathless, staccato pace, and island vernacular make it a fun, sassy read.
GREAT NEW READS
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There is much to read about the garden from thrifty tips to designing your backyard paradise, not forgetting the fascinating world of palms. Looking for a beach read? We have that covered too. And, if you’re in the mood for a great summer dish look no further than pizza.
Mar tius: The Book of Palms By H. Walter Lack (Taschen, taschen.com) Perhaps no tree on earth is as evocative as the palm. In northern climes palms signify exoticism. In southern climes palms are a source of food, clothing, and shelter. Based on the work of 19th century European explorer Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius’ travels to Brazil, this book reproduces the coloured plates that captivated royalty, philosophers including Goethe and the general public.
The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage by David L. Culp (Timber Press, timberpress.com) A layered garden means many things – colour, texture and seasonality along with the passage of time – each “taking center stage at different times.” Luscious pictures from Brandywine Cottage, the author’s 1790s Pennsylvania farmhouse, give gardeners and novices something to dream about.
GREAT RESOURCE FOR GARDENERS Thrifty Gardening From the Ground Up by Marjorie Harris (House of Anansi press, houseofanansi.com) Tips for frugal gardeners ﬁll this resource book (just do not expect loads of colourful photography or sketches). The chapter on propagating is useful for any gardener who truly wants to save money and keep their plants (year round). With a clear bullet point style and no matter the type of gardener you are (or would like to become) there’s helpful ideas and advice for you.
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Easy Supper SO FRESH
Summer is all about bright ﬂavours and lighter options like CSL’s variations on delicious hummus and ﬁsh and chips.
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WHERE TO EAT AND WHAT pRODUCTS TO TRy by AMbER ALENT
FLOUR MARKET GLUTEN FREE
Give these gluten free alternatives a try
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GLUTEN FREE FLOUR Clockwise from top left: Cuisine Soleil Coconut Flour, cuisinesoleil.com; Jk Gourmet almond ďŹ&#x201A;our, 5 lbs, $70.75, jkgourmet.ca; Authentic Foods Multi-blend Flour, $11.65 USD, authenticfoods.com; Cuisine Soleil Millet Flour, cuisinesoleil.com; Chickpea Flour. citystyleandliving.com | SUMMER 2015 | 15
CsL gUiDe tO 5 DeLiCiOUs gLUteN Free FLOUrs
Makes 4 ¼ cup (60 ml) dark chocolate, chopped ¼ cup (60 ml) milk chocolate, chopped 1 tablespoon (15 ml) butter 2 eggs 2 tablespoons (30 ml) granulated sugar 1 tablespoon (15 ml) almond ﬂour Preheat oven to 350 F (178 C). grease 4 small ramekins and set aside. Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler until thick and glossy. Meanwhile stir together eggs and sugar. add egg mixture to chocolate and stir until incorporated. add almond ﬂour until incorporated. Pour into each of the 4 ramekins. Bake for 8 minutes or until top is cooked but centre is gooey. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 24 1 cup (250 ml) brown sugar 1 cup (250 ml) crunchy peanut butter ½ cup (125 ml) butter, softened 1 egg ¾ cup (190 ml) millet ﬂour ¼ cup (60 ml) arrowroot powder 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) baking powder ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) baking soda ½ cup (125 ml) chocolate chips ¼ teaspoon salt Peanuts for decoration Preheat oven to 350 F (178 C). Cream together the sugar, and butter until light and ﬂuﬀy. add the egg and beat until incorporated. add the peanut butter and vanilla until incorporated. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, whisk together the ﬂour, arrowroot powder, baking soda, baking
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powder and salt. add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend until combined. stir in chocolate chips. Place dough with an ice cream scoop on a greased cookie sheet. Decorate with peanuts. Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). grease a ﬂat cookie sheet. set aside. in a large mixing bowl, combine authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt. Cut the butter into the ﬂour mixture until butter is the size of peas and mixture resembles breadcrumbs. alternatively, using an electric mixer, slowly add the butter to the ﬂour. Mix about 3-4 minutes, until the mixture has a course crumb consistency. gradually stir in the milk, and water until dough comes together to form a ball. turn out mixture on a ﬂoured surface and roll until 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Cut out biscuits with a cutter / QUICK TIP and place on the ¾ cup (185 ml) Authentic greased cookie Foods Multi-Blend Flour is equal sheet. Bake for 10to 1 cup (250ml) wheat flour. Best 15 minutes until of all there is no need to add xangolden brown. than gum and when making
adapted from authentic Foods
What Made from tiny grains of the sorghum plant it comes in three varieties white, black and red taste slight corn ﬂavour Use as it contains little gluten, combine the ﬂour with arrowroot powder, corn starch or tapioca starch before use. in its grain form, use as a rice or couscous substitute
CHICKPEA/ GARBANZO BEAN FLOUR
What Made from ground chickpeas taste slightly nutty Use savoury preparations like fritters, falafel or pancakes (think French socca) though many indian and Middle eastern recipes use it in sweets
BROWN RICE FLOUR
southern style Biscuits
Makes 10 – 12 1 ½ cups (375 ml) authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour 3 ½ teaspoons (17 ml) baking powder 2 teaspoons (10 ml) granulated sugar ½ teaspoon (2 ml) salt 1/3 cup (85 ml) butter 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk or buttermilk 2 tablespoons (30ml) water
What almond Meal is made from whole almonds (no skin removed), while almond Flour is made of blanched almonds taste Neutral tasting Use as breading, as a thickener in soups or as ﬁller in ﬁshcakes or meatballs. generally, for baking (cakes, muﬃns, pancakes, fondant, cookies) substitute almond ﬂour for wheat ﬂour adding slightly more raising agent
What Made of ground brown rice it contains the bran, the outer layer of the rice grain, full of vital nutrients taste Mildly nutty Use everything from breading, thickening and baking to making noodles. Use ½ cup (125 ml) of brown rice ﬂour when the recipe calls for 1 cup (250 ml) of wheat ﬂour
What Made from the ground seeds of buckwheat a member of the rhubarb family taste Nutty, in its seed form it has an appealing crunch Use Pancakes, soba noodles, porridge, as a thickener, and in baking
bread, the mix will rise just like wheat dough!
Organize your fridge by the ﬁ-fo (ﬁrst in ﬁrst out) system so that earliest use-by dates are at the front and later ones are toward back.
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Pop! Gourmet Foods
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EDITOR’S pI Ck SRIRACHA HOT CHILI SAUCE POPCORN One
of the planet’s most popular condiments is now available in the form of popcorn! Like the best kind of wolf in sheep’s clothing, it begins deceptively sweet, but after a few handfuls the crunchy kernels slowly warm the throat to deliver that signature Huy Fong Foods sriracha kick. This tasty snack food is the real thing. 99g; popgourmetpopcorn.com
CHUTNEY SWEET ONION JAM Tangy, sweet and oh so, delicious this jam makes a great accompaniment to a cheese board. Why not slather it on a sandwich, burger or use in place of relish on a hot dog? It also makes a great dipping sauce for samosas and Asian shrimp cakes. $9.99, gourmetduvillage.com
SPATULART Add colour and excitement to your kitchen with these cute rubber scrapers. Available in a wide range of designs including ﬂowers, smiley faces, and holiday themes, they are a great way to get kids involved in cooking. Hibiscus Spatula, Monster Spatula, and Ladybug Spatula (pictured), tovolo.com
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What you should buy now
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ORGANIC COCOA NIBS Try replacing half the chocolate chips in a cookie recipe with these crunchy, crushed cacao beans from peru. With the ﬂavour of unsweetened chocolate these cocoa nibs also make a great addition to homemade granola or an alternative to nuts in brownies. Coated with dark chocolate, they supercharge the ﬂavour of one of the world’s favourite foods. 60g, $6.14; qualiﬁrst.com
GOURMET PUMPKIN SEEDS A great way to incorporate zinc, protein and iron into your diet, these pumpkin seeds come in a variety of ﬂavours from coco joe and tomato italiano to curious curry and somewhat spicy. Our personal favourite was the maple sugar and sea salt. superseedz.com
3 IN 1 FOLDABLE SPLATTER SCREEN This is the
sort of product we wish someone had invented long ago. It folds easily for storage or transport (take it to the cabin) and can be used as a trivet, strainer and pot screen. Made of heat resistant silicone up to 428° F – 220°C it is a go-to product perfect for the modern kitchen. $24.99, trudeaucorp.com
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CHIPS FISH AND
Crisp, light and a great Summer classic, this golden ďŹ sh with twice cooked chips served with crunchy coleslaw will make you crave another cold beer from the fridge! Recipe by k&S Media
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Make the batter ahead of time and allow to rest before coating the fish. Ensure you purchase fresh fish, and leave at room temperature before cooking.
Experiment with different styles of beer, from light lagers to hoppy IPA your batter will differ slightly in taste. No beer on hand? Use sparkling water or club soda instead.
bATTER AND FISH In a mixing bowl, combine 1 ½ cups (375 ml) all purpose ﬂour, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground pepper, 1 cup (250 ml) beer, ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) paprika. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Let mixture stand for 15-20 minutes.
FRIES Slice 4-5 washed and cleaned potatoes into strips approximately 3-5 inches (7-12 cm) long. place sliced potatoes in a bowl of cold water. preheat 3 cups (750 ml) vegetable oil in a large pot to 248 degrees F (120 degrees C). Fry the sliced potatoes in the hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels to soak up excess oil. Fry the potatoes again for 1 to 2 minutes at 350 F (175 C).
Cut ﬁsh ﬁlets into long strips. Dip the ﬁsh in the batter, one piece at a time. Meanwhile, heat 3 cups (750 ml) of vegetable oil in a large pot over high heat. place battered ﬁsh in oil and fry until the ﬁsh is golden brown. If necessary, increase the heat to maintain the 350 F (175 C) temperature. Drain on paper towels.
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HADDOCK A white fish, similar to cod, with a firm flesh and delicate flavour. Commonly sold fresh, or frozen.
3 The crunch of the cabbage with a tart, creamy dressing of the coleslaw counters the richness of the fish and chips. Alternatively, go English and serve with mushy peas. COLESLAW Thinly slice ½ head of cabbage, ½ red onion thinly sliced (optional) and grate 2 medium carrots. Meanwhile whisk together ½ cup (125 ml) vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) black pepper, ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Dijon mustard, cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice, cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar, ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) smoked paprika. Gently combine coleslaw dressing with cabbage, carrot and onion 10-15 minutes before serving.
PIKE PERCH Mild freshwater fish found in Europe and North America.
HAKE Member of the cod family. Sweet, white meat with a medium flake and mild in flavour.
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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to whip up a batch of this delicious and healthy chickpea dip for lunch or as a snack. Recipe by K&S Media
ORIGINAL HUMMUS Ingredients 2 cups (500 ml) chickpeas 3 cups (750 ml) water ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground cumin 3 tablespoons (45 ml) tahini (sesame) paste 4 garlic cloves ½ cup (125 ml) olive oil 3 tablespoons (45 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt ½ Water as needed
3 Handy Spices SUMAC Just sprinkle your hummus with this tart, fruity, citrusy flavoured spice to give a zing and for added colour. CUMIN The earthiness of cumin also makes a great topper for hummus – just use sparingly.
1. Cover chickpeas in cold water and soak overnight. 2. Strain water from chickpeas. Fill with fresh water, careful to cover chickpeas. Boil until soft, about 1hour to 1 hour and a half (see alternative methods below).
ZATAR An blend of herbs and spices like oregano, thyme, and savoury , sesame seeds, dried sumac, and salt this makes a great garnish for hummus. ($17.26, qualifirst.com)
3. Place the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini paste, cumin, salt and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until combined. If too thick, add a tablespoon at a time of warm water to loosen the mixture and until desired consistency is achieved.
The Easiest Way to Cook Chickpeas At Home Think boiling or using canned chickpeas are the only way to go. CSL shows you an even quicker method, that with a little preparation will cook up in no time.
1. Soak 2 cups (500 ml) of chickpeas in 4 cups (1000 ml) of water or until it covers chickpeas. Soak for at least 8 hours preferably overnight. Chickpeas will double in size. 2. Drain water. Place in a pressure cooker and cover with 8 cups (2 litres) of water. Place lid on pressure cooker according to instruction manual over high heat. When the pressure cooker begins to release steam reduce heat to medium. Allow the pressure cooker to cool down and release pressure. Open once all the pressure is released consult instruction manual for details. (this method can be used for any beans and reduces the cooking time generally by one quarter). 3. The chickpeas are ready to be pulsed into hummus or can be ﬂavoured to make other dishes.
TWEAKS A few easy variations on the classic hummus
SQUASH AND CINNAMON HUMMUS Place a sliced and peeled butternut squash on a sheet tray and sprinkle with cinnamon and salt. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the flesh is tender. Pulse squash with original hummus recipe. PESTO HUMMUS WITH ROASTED CARROTS Combine 2 cups (500 ml) fresh basil, ¼ cup (60ml) pine nuts, ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil, ¼ cup (60ml) freshly grated parmesan cheese or pecorino, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt in a blender or food processor, and blend with original hummus. Meanwhile bake 2-3 carrots cut lengthwise and drizzled with olive oil and ½ tsp. (2.5ml) of dried ginger on a sheet pan until soft and golden brown. Serve as garnish. CILANTRO LIME AND COCONUT CREAM HUMMUS Instead of warm water, pour ¼ can of coconut milk when blending the chickpeas in the original hummus recipe. Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) curry powder. Combine with ½ cup (125 ml) cilantro, ½ of a freshly squeezed lime and pulse for a zingy variation. (not pictured)
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HELEN OF TROY
W H AT ’ S N E W I N T H E W O R L D O F S k I N , b E A U T y , M A k E U p A N D W E L L - b E I N G
COURTESY MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK
GET THE LOOK
OPI at Reem Acra: New York Fashion Week SS 2015
From pastel to bright shades, and pattern, CSL fills you in on what’s new in nails, plus how to achieve a fishtail braid bun with beauty blogger Angela Lanter
Easy to recreate nail looks from the runway
CND nail art pressed daisies, and shellac in sage scarf; cnd.com
Simple nails rocked the runway #ooTD
OPI Cosmo-not Tonight Honey and Up Front and Personal
Opening Cerem ony
LOVE THAT SHADE HELEN OF TROY
essie lacquer in licorice, and blanc, $8.50; essie.com
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FISHTAIL BRAID BUN How To
1 Start oﬀ by using one of your smaller wefts of hair (clip-in extension) and ﬁshtail braid it. Be sure to pull the braid to give it a very "messy" appearance. Secure the braid with a clear elastic band.
2 Put your hair up into a bun. I prefer a messier bun, but a classic ballerina bun works just as well. Secure your bun in place using hairpins or bobby pins. 3 Taking your braided clip-in, clip the extension in the back of the bun being careful to hide the base of the extension as much as possible. wrap the braid around the base of the bun and cover the clips. Secure in place with bobby pins.
“I randomly created the fishtail braid bun style one afternoon while playing around with my clip-in extensions. I created a messy fishtail braid and thought, what can I do with this? So the fishtail braid bun was born! It's a simple hairstyle but very chic. Quick, easy and so cute! The perfect hairstyle for your upcoming summer events,” says the beauty blogger and founder of Hello Gorgeous!
COURTESY ANGELA LANTER ; IMAGENET; RUDSACK; OPENING CEREMONY; ESSIE; CND
5This Season’s It PRODUCTS TREASURE TROVE
Products CSL loves, and you should try too
by NATALIE FOx
1. UP NORTH
CC creams are the newest beauty offering. Combining non-synthetic sunscreen, antiaging formula and moisture, Nordic Beauty Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream is non-greasy skincare perfect for Canadian beauties. $110; nordicbeauty.com
2. FATED ATTRACTION
Here’s a brew to tempt your (future) beau Tata Harper Skincare Love Potion: one part floral including jasmine, one part spicy with frankincense and one part citrus with grapefruit. The heady scent is made completely of aphrodisiac essential oils. 10ml (0.32 fl. oz.), tataharperskincare.com
3. DELICIOUS DÉLICES
Forbidden apple? Not quite. Think strawberry candy for this limited edition from famed designer Nina Ricci. With notes of citrus and caramel it has all the sweetness of a summer’s day. Les délices de Nina, 75ml, $86; ninaricci.com
4. FLOWER POWER
COURTESY FLOWER; TATA HARPER; NORDIC BEAUTY; CLINIQUE; NINA RICCI;
What’s a girl to do when everything is coming up roses? Why not take the inspiration from your favourite flower and apply it to your lipcolour. Flower Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color in Cactus Flower does just that (and at an affordable price). $7.98, walmart.ca
5. LASH AND SHOUT
ThE CSL grEEN TICkEr
Only buy clothing that you will wear m u l ti pl e ( m o re th an 2 0) tim es.
Mascara for volume does not get better than this. The dome tip makes application easy and the extreme black formula gives instant wow. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, $23; clinique.com
/ reduce your wardrobe by ten per cent. ››
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beautiful soap packaging is just the invitation you need to begin a luxurious bath or shower. best of all once you unwrap these beauties youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in for unbelievably gorgeous scents. 26 | SUMMER 2015 | citystyleandliving.com
JAMES S. SINCLAIR
GRAHAM & BROWN Aurora beige / Gold Wallpaper, $27.20 (USD) a roll; grahambrown.com Clockwise from top left: MUDLARK Solo boxed primrose Hill Soap quadruplemilled in the French tradition and made in the USA, $7.50 USD; parksidepapers.com OLIVINA Napa Valley pear Oatmeal bar French Milled Soap, $8.00; olivina.com LUCIA Triple Milled 100% Organic Shea butter soap No2 (Olive blossom & Laurel) by a Canadian brand and packaged by hand, $10; pureliving.ca HAND IN HAND Lavender bar Soap. pressed, milled and packaged in Vermont. For every bar soap purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap & one month of clean water to a child in the developing world. $ 18 2-pack, handinhandsoap.com OLIVINA Meyer Lemon bath Soap, $7.00; olivina.com
HELEN OF TROY
BURBERRY BEAUTY Lip & Cheek bloom; us.burberry.com
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Surf Infusion spray; bumbleandbumble.com
ZAC POSEN bibi sunglasses, $190; zacposen.com
COURTESY TRIANGL; LHW; LANDS END; GAP’ MAINSTREAM; ZAC POSEN; BURBERRY BEAUTY; BUMBLE AND BUMBLE; K& S MEDIA
TRIANGL Ollie penny Wanderlust, $79; triangl.com
LANDS END Stripe straw spectator hat, $61.91; landsend.com
THE HOTEL FASANO
Grab your shades, and pack your two piece – we’ve got summer vacay on the brain!
GAP 1969 Tencel® denim tulip-back tank, $49.95 and Chambray scalloped summer shorts, $39.95; gap.com
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Make Up Wedding season is upon us. Many articles will be dispensing advice on the type of makeup brides should wear but there is never any practical advice for guests. Like so many things, a wedding guest needs to prepare a makeup look that is appropriate and considerate. Here are the top tips for a wedding guest by yours truly by DANIEL THOMpSON
Respect the bride’s colour palette. If possible, match makeup looks to suit the bride’s wedding colours – this shows respect, but also allows for some fun with makeup. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like pink. If the bride does, 5 find a way to incorporate some pink into your makeup. Inquire of the bride’s maid of honour as to what the colour scheme is and ensure your makeup matches the bride’s perfect day. When in doubt go neutral. By using soft neutral makeup, you will never run the risk of having inappropriate makeup at a wedding. Neutrals work with every colour palette and do not draw attention away from the bride. Simply remember you are not to outshine the bride – she is the princess for the day. 28 | SUMMER 2015 | citystyleandliving.com
6 2 GREAT MAKEUP CHOICES FOR BRIDAL SEASON 2015 “Soft metallic eyeshadows in ‘washes’ of colour – nothing opaque. Lip glosses that are transparent. Highlighters instead of blushers.”
POPULAR BRIDAL THEME COLOURS FOR 2015 “Crimson and plum. Cream and blush. periwinkle and peach.”
MY FAVOURITE NEUTRAL PRODUCTS OF BRIDAL SEASON 1 Daniel Thompson beauty Mineral Moisturizer, danielthompsonbeauty.com; 2 bobbi brown Shimmer brick bronze; 3 Nars Lipstick belle du Jour.
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS 4 Daniel Thompson beauty Celestial Shadow Cosmos #5; 5 Chanel Coco Shine #76; 6 burberry Fresh Glow blush pink peony.
COURTESY DANIEL THOMPSON(3); BURBERRY; BOBBI BROWN; CHANEL; NARS;
Never outshine the bride. It is critical that every female guest remember that the bride is the most beautiful person at the wedding. Guests’ makeup should never compete for attention, so, no red lipstick, no glitter, no false lashes, and no dramatic effects of any kind.
PRET-A-PORTER! NEw LooKS FoR YoUR wARDRoBE
COURTESY MERCEDES BENZ FAHION WEEK/ATELIER VERSACE
All about simplicity, comfort and keeping cool
Atelier Versace SS15
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Summer is all about the little white dress or LWD (it's sometimes also referred to as the lace white dress). Spotted at Coachella, the LWD oozes the relaxed feeling of the groovy music festival. paired with an assortment of gold accessories, a simple bag with a pop of colour and ďŹ&#x201A;ats, the LWD will be your go-to for weddings, date night or a casual barbeque.
The IT Dress of
PRET A PORTER A room at the Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland; thechedi-andermatt.com/en/press/
GOLD ACCESSORIES Make a statement with delicate jewelry in rose and yellow gold accents.
SELF-PORTRAIT Graciella paneled ﬂoral-lace and mesh mini dress $520, self-portrait-studio.com
BAUBLE BAR Chain Link Ring, $28; baublebar.com
BAUBLE BAR Draco Ear CrawlersChampagne/Rose Gold, $34; baublebar.com
MELINDA MARIA Keke Cuﬀ Gold Rainbow Moonstone White, $168; melindamaria.com
THE GLADIATOR SANDAL These sexy flats will draw major attention to your gams–don’t be afraid to wear them from day to night. ERDEM Breeson cotton-blend dress, $1,630; mytheresa.com
CALL IT SPRING Huller sandal, $59.99; callitspring.com
COURTESY MY THERESA; TIBI ; CALL IT SPRING; SELF PORTRAIT; MELINDA MARIA; BAUBLE BAR
CSL ! TIBI Riko Eyelet Origami Dress, $485; tibi.com
TIBI Camilo sandals, $425; tibi.com
THE WHITE DRESS White is back. Instead of a cutesy Easter frock, the updated white dress include sexy laser cutouts, body skimming lace and a boho chic vibe.
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YOUR SUMMER DENIM
A linen and cotton blend makes this blazer light and cool!
WARDROBE From distressed to embellished, cropped to ﬂare, CSL has our top picks for summer’s most iconic clothing item – jeans and what to wear with them!
2 Denim culottes are the look of the moment. Wear with sky high wedges or platforms.
3 WALK ON BY Anchor your denim look with sexy black sandals
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4 ALDO Aelalla, $85; aldoshoes.com
LANDS’ END Women's Amalia Ankle Strap Sandals, $116.19; landsend.com
CLARKS Jaelyn Fog Sandal, $130; clarkscanada.com
COURTESY LANDS END; CLARKS; ALDO; MICHAEL KORS; TORY BURCH; NET A PORTER; GAP
1. GAp Linen blazer, $88.00; gap.com 2. MIH Jeans The kin stretch-denim culottes, $215; net-a-porter.com 3. TORy bURCH Ren smocked dress, $295; toryburch.com 4. MICHAEL kORS Channing Gold-Tone Acetate Watch, $275; michaelkors.com
Best All White
CRISP AND CHIC, WHITE JEANS LOOK OH SO GOOD WITH A TUNIC, BLAZER OR SEXY TANK!
Made with 8% Cotton, and 2% Spandex these babies are ultra stretchy and great for warm weather!
COURTESY MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK;TOM FORD; CHLOE; VIDAL SASSOON; DARRELL; PAPYRUS; MARC JACOBS; CUSHNIE ET OCHS;
J BRAND High rise ﬂare, $200; jbrandjeans.com
PAIGE Skyline ankle peg in optic white, $179; paige.com
The subtle wider base of these 1970s style jeans balance wide hips. Pair with heels or a wedge to get the ‘legs for days’ look.
KORAL LOS ANGELES Flared jeans,$354.28; korallosangeles.com
CITIZENS OF HUMANITY Avedon Ultra Skinny Jean,$357.654; farfetch.com
Who doesn’t love a little rock and roll? This stretchy and ultra comfortable pair have zippers on the hip to add a touch of edge. PAIGE Edgemont Kensington, $219 paige.com
COOLEST DEBUT From the provocative ad campaign, you know that designer Alexander Wang wanted to make a statement with his denim debut. Launched in late 2014, Wang has introduced three cuts in three washes (with style nods to the early 1990s).
Don’t think that distressed equals disheveled. Pair with a simple white silk button down with ankle strap chunky heels for an update to these shorts.
DENIM X ALEXANDER WANG Wang 001 slim ﬁt, $265 alexanderwang.com
FRAME DENIM Distressed denim shorts $303.16; frame-denim.com
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How To STYLE YOUR DENIM OVERALLS Channel the cool vibe of this retro style with these updates from casual to dressy
HALSTON HERITAGE Leather shoulder bag, $247.50; theoutnet.com
ELIZABETH AND JAMES Emmanuelle striped gauze shirt, $295; elizabethandjames.us
BOTTEGA VENETA Intrecciato Small Crossbody bag, $1910.53; bottegaveneta.com
ARMANI EXCHANGE Textured Overlay Tank $89.50; armaniexchange.com
MORE WAYS TO WEAR THE TREND 1/ WITH A DENIM
TANK Carry forward
this huge trend (denim on denim), pair a denim tank or button down shirt
WITH A CROP
Wear a bandeau or crop top under your overalls and flats for a weekend casual look
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3/ WITH A POLO
This preppy semicasual look is comfortable and great for travel
TODS Leather slippers; tods.com
CALL IT SPRING Reagh wedges, $59.99; callitspring.com
COURTESY CALL IT SPRING; TODS; ARMANI EXCHANGE; BOTTEGA VENNETA; MICHAEL KORS; K&S MEDIA
PRET A PORTER | STYLIST
THREE’SCOMPANY Instant updates that will take you through the summer
“Short, sweet and tailored, this cut is flattering on most body types.” - SHIVANA MAHARAJ Fashion Editor
Brunello Cucinelli Monili Crisscross High-Heel Sandal, Graphite $2190
Armani Exchange Printed poplin romper, $150; armaniexchange.com
“Give your stilettos a
COURTESY ARMANI EXCHANGE; BRUNELLO CUCINELLI; CHLOE
“The bucket bag is back!
Chloe Gala Small Leather Bucket Bag, $1,728.42
Update the classic with perforated leather, or a bold colour like this subdued pastel!”
mini-vacation, this season is all about the chunky heel. Great to wear with maxi dresses, shorts or cropped culottes, I love the extra support of these beauties.” - NATALIE FOX Fashion assistant
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Model at John Galliano SS 2015
Continue the boho look by choosing large necklaces, and multiple bangles, or a chunky cuﬀ.
Opt for lighter fabrics for an ethereal look like you are ﬂoating on air.
Choose the size of print according to your frame–small sizes should go with small ﬂorals, while fuller ﬁgures may want to choose larger pattern.
This should be in balance with your height– taller gals may want to try a midi length while petite frames look taller with a ﬂoor length maxi. 36 | SUMMER 2015 | citystyleandliving.com
Welcome back 1970s bohemian goddess! This easy to wear style is breezy, comfortable and takes all day wear to another level.
COURTESY BEAUTY PRESS
HOW TO WEAR A
MAXI DRESS TOOLBOX
PRET A PORTER
Let CSL guide you with this simple checklist to get the most out of this easy summer classic
COURTESY STEPHANIE KANTIS; ALEXIS BITTAR; MAX MARA; LACK OF COLOUR; LOLE; VINCE CAMUTO; ANCIENT GREEK SANDAS; VINCE; TORY BURCH; MICHAEL KORS; VALENTINO; ZARA; BILLABONG
NET A PORTER Floral-print cotton-poplin maxi dress, $2895; net-a-porter.com
MAX MARA WEEKEND Striped Cotton Maxi Dress, $650; weekendmaxmara.com
ZARA printed dress, $129; zara.com
Resort Cool Girl
Understated and Elegant
BILLABONG Dream escape maxi dress, $79.95; ca.billabong.com
Surf loving boho chic
TH E bAGS
MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Selma Saﬃano Leather Mini Messenger, $178; michaelkors.com
LACOSTE Nelly medium tote, $200; lacoste.com
VALENTINO Floral-print Covered Clutch bag, $3,145; bergdorfgoodman.com
LOLË Mona Leather Espadrilles, $75; lolewomen.com
ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS Ellie Sandals; €150; ancient-greek-sandals.com
VINCE CAMUTO Sheree, $175; vincecamuto.com
VINCE Olivia Metallic Leather Slide, $195; vince.com
STEPHANIE KANTIS Goddess Cuﬀ, $445; stephaniekantis.com
ALEXIS BITTAR Moonlight Vine Drop Earring, $195; alexisbittar.com
WEEKEND MAX MARA Ginevra ethnic necklace, weekendmaxmara.com
LACK OF COLOUR Montana Mirage, lackofcolor.com.au
TORY BURCH Crescent printed Small Cross-body, $550; toryburch.com
TH E SHOES
E TC .
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(JEAN)IUS It’s the easiest most wearable trend of the season and so easy to recreate. Jeans strutted down the catwalks and now you can try this one on for size too. Hey, it’s all in the jeans. PHOTOGRAPHY K&S Media
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MIRROR MIRROR (Previous Page) Whites and jeans are a match made in heaven. Wide leg trousers with a jean jacket is an excellent match. Equipment top, $196; 1 State High Waist Wide Leg Trouser, $130; DKNY Jean Jacket, $98.50; all Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com
ZIPPED UP Pair down a denim dress with sneakers and a boho bag.
Jill Stuart denim dress, ShopBop, shopbop.com; Steve Madden fringe bag, Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com
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OVER ALL SUCCESS Dress up overalls with a see through lace embellished top and a ‘70s style wedge.
Madewell overalls $185, ShopBop, shopbop.com; 424 fifth fan floral top $89 Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com 42 | SUMMER 2015 | citystyleandliving.com
ON THE EDGE For a casual weekend outfit wear classic stripes with denim.
Vero Moda in Bluestriped blazer, $59; Chap Monday denim dress, $70 both Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay, thebay.com citystyleandliving.com | SUMMER 2015 | 43
WEST WARD LEANING Jean squared! Pair a lace crop with a blazer and pencil skirt for a dressed up but playful look. BCBG Max Azria denim blazer; Rebecca Taylor crop top, $39, Fossil belt, $54; 1. State denim skirt, $98; all Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay, thebay.com.
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Near the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó on Mexico’s baja California coast, a man totes a traditional musical instrument. 46 | SUMMER 2015 | citystyleandliving.com
PASSPORT Travel News
WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO AROUND THE WORLD
CSL’S TRAVEL FAVES By AMBER ALENT
GADGET GO-TO Travel friendly tech toys
We’ve got the tote for you whether you’re oﬀ to a beach holiday or a quiet country retreat
ASUS TRANSFORMER BOOK T 300 CHI Seriously thin, deadly quiet, and with a large, bright display, it quickly transforms from laptop to tablet. Coming in at 1.06kg (when docked) it’s a breeze to tuck into carryon luggage. If you are looking to zone out with headphones on a flight the micro port can be fiddly and you’ll need to recharge the Bluetooth keyboard separately. Starting at $799, asus.com/ca-en
1 Great to Pack for...
THE BEACH TYLT SILICONE BAND REPLACEMENT
Look down at your ticker only to find that the strap has gotten snagged on something? This comfortable silicone band replacement, designed for the Motorola Moto 360 watch is durable and water resistant and comes in multiple colours. tylt.com
WHAT A large tote to carry towels, water toys, sunscreen and snacks! BEST FOR Beach vacation with the family.
Great to Pack for... A WEEKEND GETAWAY
WHAT A classic weekender with button down sides and leather details. BEST FOR A quick trip to the California redwoods.
HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. Ryder Duﬄe in Navy, $74.99; herschelsupply.ca
GAP Canvas satchel, $39.95; gap.com
COURTESY ASUS TYLT, ASUS; K&S MEDIA; GAP; HERSCHEL SUPPLY
STOP FOR A BITE AT CORSO TORONTO
We always get impeccable service at this eatery at Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 3). Must try? The margharita pizza and the calamari. Deﬁnitely one of the chicest places to relax with a glass of wine, an ipad and watch the planes go by. otgmanagement.com
THE CSL GREEN TICkER
Bri ng a trash b ag wi th y o u when you travel locally so that you can pick up litter or organize a local travel cleanup.
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Loreto Mexico Spectacular views of the sea of Cortez, endless outdoor adventures, and boundless nature. What’s not to love about baja California’s ﬁrst million star resort, Villa del palmar at the Islands of Loreto? by Shivana Maharaj photography k&S Media
Opposite: Hiking trails surround Villa Del Palmar Loreto like this one with a view of the resort. Clockwise from top left: taking a stroll by the pool; a look at Misi贸n de Nuestra Se帽ora de Loreto Conch贸; views of the sea of Cortez; Luis offers a mango margarita; serene morning at the poolside cabana.
stay & relax CHILL OUT AND ENJOy THE VIEW The welcome ceremony at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a hand cleansing ceremony to alleviate stress, preparing me for a truly relaxing stay. The Mexican resort is set amidst 4,447 acres that include a soon-to-be-opened Rees Jones designed golf course, tennis courts, and hiking trails with views of Danzante Bay and the Sea of Cortez. The panoramic view includes sea, desert and mountains. My spacious one-bedroom suite includes a kitchenette, living room, and king size bed, where early mornings are spent on the balcony, sipping coffee and admiring the hotels tortoise shell embossed pools. The coolest feature? A seaside glamping tent complete with modern amenities so you can quietly enjoy the million star view of the sky. INDULGE IN A SpA TREATMENT Sabila spa is a 39,000square-foot oasis. I indulge in a twenty five minute teaser massage that submerges me into a deeper state of relaxation. Sabila Spa also features aromatherapy, reflexology and hydrotherapy treatments as well as sauna, relaxing spa tubs, and cold water plunge wet areas.
Clockwise from top left: The glamping tent at Villa Del Palmar Loreto enjoys sea and mountain views; the intricate doors at Sabila Spa; enjoying a drink by the pool.
The magical view from Coronado island; pelicans perched on a rock at sea; paddling in glass bottom ocean kayaks to one of the small islands near the resort.
see & do GO FOR A WINE AND CHEESE SUNSET CRUISE I set sail late one afternoon against a backdrop of brilliant pink ombré sky, sipping crisp sauvignon blanc and munching cheese as I watch humpback whales spouting in the distant ocean. The sun melts away behind the Sierra de la Giganta as the journey ends. HIkE THE SIERRA DE LA GIGANTA With my enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide Carlos Velasco, who spouts handy survival advice and points out various plant and animal species, our brisk morning hike reveals spectacular views. CORONADO ISLAND, DEL CARMEN ISLAND AND DANZANTE ISLAND I hop onboard with Daniel who points out grey, blue and humpback whales. The wildlife does not stop there we spot blue footed boobies, a colony of barking sea lions and giant manta rays jumping out of the water. Another day, Frank takes me to Danzante island, describing what is found in the Loreto Bay National Marine park including the varying rock formations – nature’s modernist sculptures.
pADDLE A GLASS bOTTOM OCEAN kAyAk One morning, I take a glass bottom kayak from Villa Del Palmar Loreto to an offshore island. Paddling with gusto in the water, I reach the island in less time than I’d imagined, welcomed by a beach laden with starfish, bright red rock crab and seashells.
Sunset dinner overlooking Danzante bay; a delcious Mexican breakfast including fried and stuffed poblano and refried beans; mixologist David creates a tequila sampler.
dine & sip CASA MIA After a dip in the ocean, I chat with Luis at the bar of Casa Mia while I nibble the addictive local Loreto chocolate clams, baked with Monterrey cheese, chipotle, garlic and butter before ordering a crisp wood fired seafood pizza, and fish tacos with creamy guacamole and pico de gallo. DANZANTE RESTAURANT For dinner, I am welcomed by two trees entwined with twinkling white lights dazzling in the night sky on the terrace overlooking Danzante Bay. Executive Chef Alfonso Peregrina has prepared a scintillating taste of Mexico for dinner that begins with poached shrimp and jalapeno, followed by a luscious and silky poblano cream soup with hints of mint, and then a perfectly seared fish fillet served over delicate risotto. He finishes with cherries jubilee prepared tableside. DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T MISS Mixologist David Ortiz creates deliciously smooth cocktails during my stay here (the tamarind margarita and cucumber and chili margarita become my faves), while sommelier (and tequila expert) Cesar Sanchez treats me to an impromptu tequila tasting where I learn the ropes of Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature drink. villadelpalmarloreto.com
THE ISLANDS AND WILDLIFE Go whale watching (winter months), bird watching or look out for dolphins, sea lions and stingrays within a United Nations protected Marine Park comprising five islands (Coronado, Del Carmen, Danzante, Monserrat and Santa Catalina islands). GREAT OUTDOORS 155 miles of coastline on the eastern Baja Peninsula makes for great diving, fishing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling paddle boarding and sunset or day cruises. While inland the Sierra de la La Giganta house indigenous cave paintings.
DOWNTOWN Quiet town center with colourful touches including hedges (pictured above). Restaurants and shops line the main square.
WESTJET Seasonal nonstop service between Calgary and Loreto on the Baja California peninsula of Mexico.
Take a day trip and walk around in downton Loreto, it’s worth it!
La Mision The Church of Our Lady of Loreto was built in 1697
The malecón or seaside esplanade offers view of the sea of Cortez
Stay In Town
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