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WINTER  2013/14 | V O L u M E   7   I S S u E   1   | C O N T E N T S  

STYLE and LIVING

BUTTER ME UP!

The perfect banana bread and maple butter. p. 32 26-28 IMBIBE Pairing holiday dinner with wine, Sherry, beer 10STyLE SECRETS FOR SpRING  p. 38-45 EVENTS for the holidays and whisky for every taste Great things to do in and around Calgary 29-41 KITCHEN 11-19 CSL ANNUAL GIFT GUIDE Ideas for carrots, a warming corn soup, plus Gis for everyone on your list visit cookie heaven

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20 FITNESS Fitness moves from celebrity trainer Andy O'Brien

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CSL FOOD  

CSL editors choose their favourites of the season

25 MOTHER NATURE

Our top 6 picks for healthy living products

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44 TREASURE TROVE e best new beauty products

27 ToasttheNewYear:Champagne 47-52 Shine For the Holidays 56-61 Tokyo Japan CSL TRAVEL

54 PASSPORT Travel news and products from around the globe

55 TOUR GUIDE Fashion icon Jeanne Beker IN EVERy ISSuE

5 FROM THE EDITORS 7 BEHIND THE COVER 63 FINAL THOUGHT

45-46 COVET Black boots, lingerie, parkas and more to keep you looking stylish

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I remember once interviewing a chef at a premiere restaurant. It was a fun, memorable day and I left feeling good. Usually, when I finish an interview all I have to evaluate the experience are my feelings – it went well or it didn’t. Fortunately, and unexpectedly, a year or so later I found out that the chef had written a blog post and our interview figured prominently in his account of the day. It is always interesting, if a little unnerving, to read what someone else makes of you (especially when you are generally the one writing about others). Though most of what was written matched what I thought, some of it was editorialized opinion. In particular, one passage read something to the effect that, “I knew she was green because of how enthusiastic and excited she was.” Rather than being offended or put off, it struck me as a revealing comment on many levels. First, at the time of our interview I was not a “green” interviewer, I had 10 years of experience. Second, and most importantly, the chef mistook my excitement and enthusiasm for naiveté. Perhaps, the chef expected a hardened, cynical interviewer, assuming that veterans legitimized their work through seriousness. It made me think about the various attitudes toward work. Not long after I heard a fisherman say, “This is the best job in the world. It is healthy and rewarding.” When fishing, you do not know what you will get when you pull up the nets or pots. Unlike farming cows or tomatoes it is a surprise. I had always thought of fishing as a tough vo-

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cation, but this fisherman saw otherwise. It was the same response I heard from a vegetable farmer who, when asked why he didn’t sell his prime wine growing land, retorted, “It’s not about the money. It’s about the lifestyle.” Happiness in your job has been consistently cited as a predictor of long life. Technology has chained us to computers so we no longer work outside in nature and many jobs are monotonous, a contrast to the fisherman and farmer’s job fulfillment. The chef did not, could not know then, but one of the values which guide my life is innocence. Certainly not naiveté – no, that is ignoring reality. By innocence, I mean that which knows and sees this world as it is (both ferocious and beautiful) and yet chooses a peaceful happiness that cannot be thwarted by anyone or anything. A wise woman summed it up perfectly for me one day, “do all you can to make yourself as happy as possible each day.” In life and in work. CSL

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At The Winter 2013/14 Cover Shoot BEHIND THE COVER

WHO? Numa Life Management Group W WHERE? Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame  THE MOOD? Cool, sophisticated, minimalist and sporty

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CANON EOS 70D CSL shot the cover and the fashion editorial using this user friendly DSLR camera. If you are familiar with the previous EOS models the learning curve is easy.  The touch screen makes it simple to choose functions and menu options.  This camera really excels at low light photography.  Most of the shots were lit with only natural or available light. www.canon.ca

CANADA’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at Canada Olympic park is open from 10AM-5pM, Tuesday to Sunday and on all holiday Mondays. Come enjoy 40,000 square foot international award-winning facility, 12  galleries and over 50 hands on interactive exhibits including shadow boxing with Lennox Lewis, 3D goalie and back-catcher experiences, sport challenges, rowing, wheelchair racing and more. Some of the items on display include Terry Fox’s shoe, a hockey stick with Wayne Gretzky’s name misspelled as “Gretsky” and the Calgary #1 torch which was used to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies at the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary.  www.sportshall.ca

MAC Divine night Cremesheen glass in ‘private party’, $25;  www.maccosmetics.com

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CANADA’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME, K&S MEDIA; CANON; FILIPPA K; MAC

FROM THE SHOOT “This emerald blazer is a sumptuouscolourfortheseason. Pairwith slim leather leggings and black patent booties for an edgy cool party look. ” - kAILASH  MAHARAJ Editor in Chief

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1 Choose a focus feature whether it be a natural eye with a dark matte, 1990s burgundy lip or a ruby rose blush to amplify a flushed cheek. 1960's inspired, monochromatic, black and white makeup has also made its way back this season with heavy rimmed cat eyeliner,  lashes, a strong full brow and a nude matte lip! 2 Skin is less dewy with a ssemi-full coverage  velvet finish. play up the 3 For a more sultry, glamorous look, p eyes with a smokey eye using jewel tone colours such as royal blues, plums, warm golds or silvers in a metallic texture.  pair it with a classic red lip.

- JAIMIE RANkIN Makeup Artist

THE COVER LOOK

MODEL: Vicki, Numa Life  Management Group; www.numalife.com PHOTOGRAPHER: k&S Media,  www.citystyleandliving.com HAIR AND MAKEUP: Jaimie Rankin, Numa Life Management Group, www.numalife.com LOCATION: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame,  Calgary; www.sportshall.ca  COVER: Filippa k Joey Jacket in Emerald, www.filippa-k.com. Topshop paillette sweater, $84; thebay.com/topshop.

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Makeup Artist, Jaimie Rankin is making a name amongst the top local artists in the industry.  A passionate  artist  for  14  years,  specializing  in beauty, editorial, runway, and bridal makeup, she has been a key artist for designer fashion shows,  including  Louis  Vuitton,  studied Makeup  Artistry  at  blanche  MacDonald,  and worked for companies like MAC and Sephora where  she  is  knowledgeable  in  skincare  and cosmetics. Currently, she is the head Instructor for Numa International Institute of Makeup Design in Calgary.

A former resident of Montreal and New york, Hon currently lives in Calgary and works in the real estate development industry. He is an avid traveller and photographer, publishing much of his work on his personal blog and on social media. 

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Great events in and around Calgary

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CSL Annual Gift Guide: For everyone on your list

Fitness::

Stay healthy this holiday with moves from trainer Andy O’brien

CITY PRETTY

K&S MEDIA

THE CALGARy SkyLINE IN WINTER.  MORE EVENTS AROuND CALGARy p. 10

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DECEMBER HILLHuRST SuNNySIDE HOLIDAy CRAFT MARkET Featuring special treats, the feel-good sounds of DJ Carl Cassidy, decorations, vendors, free entry, free hot chocolate, and a free photo booth this is a special opportunity for community members to shop and celebrate the holiday season together.  Attendees  can  expect  a  warm  and welcoming atmosphere, fun activities, and great gifts available for purchase. As a craft market, priority is given to vendors selling handmade goods they were involved in creating (crafts, gifts, baking and more).

WRITING LAYOUT

BRAND MARKETING

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Free entry 7-10pm; 1320 5th Avenue NW; For more information call 403.283.0553 ext. 223; http://hillhurstsunnyside.org/markets/holiday-craftmarket

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JANUARY

6.0:  HOW  HEAp  AND  pEbb LE  TOOk  ON  THE WORLD AND  WON is taking the stage as part of the  2013  High  performance  Rodeo.  Valentina Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare bring the story of two ice skaters trying to make a comeback after 5 long years. There’s just one problem – thanks to global  warming–  no  more  ice!  Their  stubborn pursuit of perfection in an imperfect world, complete with breathtaking physicality, is a celebration of the human spirit!

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K&S Media kandsmedia@gmail.com www.citystyleandliving.com/k-s-media

FEBRUARY

MOTIONbALL CALGARy GALA Guests, local celebrities and Special Olympics athletes help raise funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation at Flames Central. The black and white affair features live music, a luxury silent auction, a packed dance floor thanks to DJ Skratch bastid and a complimentary bar.  Flames Central. Tickets are $150. For tickets, visit www.motionball.com.

COURTESY: HILLHURST SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY; LUNCHBOX THEATRE; MOTIONBALL

Monday to Saturday at 12:10 pm, Fridays at 6:10 pm and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30,- for adults $28,- for students and seniors, available at the Lunchbox Theatre box office, by phone at 403-265-4292 x 0 email: boxoffice@lunchboxtheatre.com or at www.lunchboxtheatre.com


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AMAZING GIFT GIVING FOR GIFT GUIDE EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY

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Want to add that signature holiday walkthrough-the-forest scent to your living room?  A combo of white pine, fir balsam and birchwood over a base of rich musk and amber makes it possible.  birchwood pine classic candle, 230g, $34; nestfragrances.com

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Display treats and nibbles in these terra cotta dipping bow ls. Dips, and salsa never looked better. Terracotta bowls, $14.99; www.sobeys.com

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Spend  the  holidays arch iving  h and  w ritten recipes  and  ph oto  albums  with  this  portable scanner.    keep  pr ecious heirlooms  without  ripping pages from books. IRIScan book Executive 3, $129; www.staples.ca

BED BATH AND BEYOND

Small enough for your  at-home office, keeps the air around you moist. HoMedics® Day or Night ultrasonic Humidifier, $34.99; www.bedbathandbeyond.ca

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ELECTROLUX

JAMIE OLIVER

STAPLES

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T-FAL

Ironing and steaming clothing is a snap w ith this lightweight, heavy duty iron.  plus, i t’s anti-calcium so it doesn’t get cl ogged, and holds 1.7L of water.  Take a load off your dry cleaning bill! Express Steam Station, $289.99; www.t-fal.ca

JABRA

Want to pump up your playlist for a holiday dinner party?  These small wireless speakers pack a punch of high quality sound. The sleek little speaker is portable, lightw eight and easily connects w ith bluetooth or NFC. Solemate Mini Speaker, $99; www.jabra.ca

It weighs only six pounds but can tackle multiple surfaces from countertops to  upholstery.  best of all, the brushroll Clean Technology™ removes pet hair. ErgoRapido® brushroll Clean, $149.99;  www.electrolux.ca

ALBERTA GUIDE DOG SERVICES

Give the gi ft of a puppy for Chri stmas with an Alberta Guide Dog Services, puppy Sponsorship.  Help support life-changing dogs!   Call toll-free 1.877.258.0819 or  email: info@albertaguidedog.com

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FRUITS & PASSION

This hand soap, hand cream and dish detergent set makes a wonderful hostess gift. Cucina Trio in Rosemary and Cardamom, $44.50;  www.fruits-passion.ca

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Makes a beautiful display near kitchen sinks.

stocking STUFFERS

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Need  t  o  store all the clothing gifts from the holidays?    Th ese  beautiful  hangers are perfect for storing extra heavy winter coats in a jiffy.   www.neatfreak.com

COURTESY NEST; T-FAL; JABRA; SOBEYS; STAPLES; AB GUIDE DOG SERVICES; ELECTROLUX; BED BATH AND BEYOND; FRUITS AND PASSION; NEATFREAK

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GOURMET Epicurean

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COURTESY BROWNE RETAIL; ROWE POTTERY WORKS; STARBUCKS; LES GALETS; REPUBLIC OF TEA; K&S MEDIA; FOLGERS ;BLIS GOURMET; PURDY’S

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Open the exotic box with a Fatma’s hand decoration to discover delicious, authentic nut pastries (like baklava) from Tunisia. Enjoy these not too sweet treats with after dinner coffee or give them as gifts. Hazy Hazelnuts, $65.00; patisserielesgalets.com

FOLGERS

Flavours including new Mocha Swirl are oh so lovely to wake u p to. Gourmet Selections KCup® pack,, $8.99 for a pack of 12, $11.99 for a pack of 18; www.folgers.ca

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This handcrafted set is sure to wow guests at your holiday table. Avignon Chip & Dip Set, $59.95; www.rowepottery.com

A beech wood handle and slick glazed inside surface make poundi ng ingredients a breeze. Mortar & Pestle in ‘cerise’, $49.99; www.browneretail.com

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THE REPUBLIC OF TEA

Perfumed Italian bergamot orange, native to Southern Italy, combines with Ceylon black tea from Sri Lanka for a classic flavour profile. Earl Greyer (50 Tea Bags), $11.00; www.republicoftea.com

Our new est obsession at CSL – just enough mint and chocolatey goodness to warm your soul when opening gifts. Plus we love this year’s red cup. VIA® Peppermint Mocha, $7.95; www.starbucksstore.ca

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THE SPICE TRADER

These organi c spices in del icate and air tight metal tins make an eye catching display for a home pantry. We love the clean pure fresh taste of the spices, and range of selection. www.thespicetrader.ca

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BLIS Pancakes have never

tasted as indulgent. This 100 per cent pure maple syrup is a luscious dark amber colour , the result of ageing i n bourbon casks. The result? Complex, caramel, vanilla and oak notes i n every bi te. Bourbon Barrel Matured Pure Maple Syrup; blisgourmet.com

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Break off a piece of thi s delicious whi te chocolate bark , packed with tons of crunchy, chewy bits. We dare you to stop at just one bite. Pistachio cranberry bark, 300g $15.95; www.purdys.com

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WÜRKIN STIFFS

Crazy cute cuff links add verve to any corporate suit.   Cuff Links Rusted Robots, $85.00, Amazon.com and  www.WurkinStiffs.com

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BLUNDSTONE

Waterproof, durabl e, warm and stylish for our Canadian w eather these boots feature sheepskin Thi nsulate insoles.  Walk in a winter wonderland! #584 The Winter in Rustic brown; www.blundstone.ca

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WISER’S

Just 250 cases of this limited-edition, super-premium Canadian whisky inspired by John phili p Wiser’s original 1857 Red Letter Rye recipe are available. He should be so lucky! J.p. Wiser’s Red Letter Whisky, $99.95; www.wisers.ca

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Woodsy and leathery in scent, it transports to mountai nous terrain. Eau De Toilette, 90ml, $110.00;  www.bottegaveneta.com

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Intensive moisturi zing that comes in a cool  aluminum box. Hemp Head-To-Toe body Care, 90ml, $45;  www.thebodyshop.ca

Pair this soft sweater with a stiff white shirt, bow tie and slim navy pants for a casual but put together party look! KILLIGREW

Gorgeous one hund red per cent peruvian baby Al paca makes this both stylish and comfortable. This i s old school luxury! Gabriel burgundy Houndstooth, $262; www.killigrewfashion.com

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SCHICK

Shaving just got easier wi th this gift pack i ncluding a Hydro 5 razor, a multicompartment shave bag,  and a Wilkinson Sword shave brush and soap.  He’ ll be waiting under the mistletoe. Hydro 5 Holiday pack, $14.99; www.schick.com/ca

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ALDO SOCkS

Czaplicki socks, $20;  www.aldoshoes.com/ca-ENG

COURTESY WURKIN STIFFS; BOTTEGA VENETA; BLUNDSTONE; WISER’S; THE BODY SHOP; SCHICK; KILLIGREW; ALDO

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These raw gemstones make a statement. Pair with a simple black dress or try a beaded full length gown for extra drama.

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ROBERTO CAVALLI

Inside this beautiful bottle is a scent of vanilla, orchid and  wood.  Captivati ng scent. Nero Assoluto Eau De parfum, 75 ml, $107.00,  www.robertocavalli.com

MAGELLAN’S

UNCOMMON GOODS

punch up drab sweaters with a touch of raw jewels.  We love these edgy but beautiful pi eces by  Emilie Shapiro. Raw gemstone necklace (peruvian opal), $130.57  and raw gemstone earrings $174.10; www.uncommongoods.com

Even if you’re not  travelling to warm locales, thi s sleep gown wil l keep you at the perfect temperature near the firepl ace or when the furnace kicks off. perfect for openi ng presents! Lauren 38" Nightgown in cranberry, $90.00, www.magellans.com

COURTESY UNCOMMON GOODS; MAGELLAN’S; GREEN ND BLACK’S ; ROBERTO CAVALLI; PHILOSOPHY; THE LITTLE BRA COMPANY; DAVID JONES; LUSH

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PHILOSOPHY

Imagine a gingerbread house made of peppermint stick li p shi ne, peppermint bark shower gel and other delights. The gingerbread house, $54;  www.philosophy.com

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GREEN & bLACk’S

Organic burnt Toffee  bar is an addictive mix  of yorkshire toffee, and  dark 60% chocolate.  www.greenandblacks.com

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Thi s sexy stunner is comfortable, sleek and hugs al l of your curves. Lucia slip chemise, $85, thelittlebracompany.com

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LUSH

This surpri se package is filled with best-sellers and limited editions.  Surprise, $67.95; www.lush.com

DAVID JONES

Give the gift she’ll take with her everywhere this year. Structured satchel, $90, www.holiday.ca

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RENOVA

BUILD A BEAR

printed with cuddly animals this 2-ply toilet paper is soft and absorbent.  Cute stocking stuffer.  kids Toilet paper, www.myrenova.ca

For every bearemy’s kennel pals® furry fri end purchased, $1 is donated to domestic pet programs,  including local animal shelters.  Each pup comes with its own collar and ID tag to help make sure they never go astray.   We also couldn’t resist the cuddly “Star Wars”  yoda,  to embrace your child’s inner superhero. bearemy’s kennel pals® pug, $27; “Star Wars” yoda $19, light saber, $7.50, www.buildabear.ca

CLEK

buckle up your child in styl e with this brightly coloured and fun printed seat. tokidoki for Clek Foonf child passenger seat, from $549.99; www.clekinc.ca

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HALLMARK

THE HONEST COMPANY

Maybe you can’t be home for the holidays but your voice will be there reading your kids their favourite bedtime story.  Holiday Recordable Storybooks, $29.95; www.hallmark.ca

Mad e without harsh chemicals,  cruelty free and organic, this line of kid and adult friendly products makes an ideal gift for new parents.  Strawberry toothpaste, $5.95; Healing balm, $12.95; www.honest.com

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Imagine the fun your little ones will have mixing thei r ow n marker colours.  Hours of fun.   Marker Maker, $26.99 (includes 16 markers, three bottles of ink, a mixing guide, marker labels and two marker storage boxes); www.crayola.ca

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SWADDLE DESIGNS

keep your little one protected with this luxurious blanket.  better yet, get your cherub’s name embroidered for only $5 more.   Stroller blanket plush Dot with baby Velvet; $64, www.swaddledesigns.com

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THE BODY SHOP

Fi ve fun flavoured moisturizing lip balms in a fun lollipop container is a great surprise  for the burgeoning fashionista in your fami ly. born Lippy Fruity Lip balms, $20;  www.thebodyshop.ca

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Store your little ones things in these  collapsible, mesh top cubes. packing Cubes3pc Set, $29.99, www.ebags.com

COURTESY RENOVA; CLEK; BUILD-A-BEAR; CRAYOLA; HALLMARK; THE BODY SHOP; EBAGS; THE HONEST COMPANY; SWADDLE DESIGNS

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RAL -B ORAL

SAMSUNG

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COURTESY SAMSUNG; NOKIA; ORAL-B; FUJIFILM/ MOTOROLA

Crisp, clear screen, thin and light with  good  battery  power  this laptop is a delight. useful Samsung apps including HomeSync, Skype, and Adobe photoshop Elements.  

The  touchscreen  leads  to  endless  cleaning  because  of  how many visible fingerprints accumulate quickly on screen. With only two uSb ports it is difficult to  have  several  devices  connected or charging.

A  workhorse  that  does  not skimp on niceties.  Truly a pleasure to use.

Featuring 5 modes for the type of  clean  you  want  (including whitening, massage, sensitive). Rechargeable, with a variety of Oralb  refill  heads.  Timer  helps ensure you actually brush for the correct amount of time.

The display is relatively cumbersome as a separate unit. The machine is somewhat noisy.  

Delivers a great clean, is portable (you can travel with it) and battery life is greatly improved over competition models.

Small,  compact  and  light  this camera goes anywhere.  It works well  in  low  light  settings  even without a traditional flash.  There are loads of built-in features to improve your photos including red  eye  reduction  and  filters making it simple to experiment.    

The  placement  of  the  video record button near the shutterrelease button makes it too easy to accidentally switch on. There is no eye view finder.

Great portable digital camera for capturing  family,  vacations  or daily life.

With a large screen, Windows 8 operating  system  and  catchy yellow  colour,  this  phone screams cool. picture quality and screen resolution is great.  It has office and Xbox integration and is durable and water resistant.

There  is  sometimes  a  lag  time from vertical to horizontal view or  for  screen  buttons  to  slide. Camera goes off too easily. The phone turns on to charge which can drain the battery if you forget to turn it off. 

This  is  a  standout  phone  with great functionality and superior performance.  Great resolution and voice quality for video playback.  

Clear resolution, taking amazing video  and  still  photos  even  in low lighting without graininess. Lots  of  Google  (parent  company)  enabled  apps  like  Drive, Google+ and Gmail.  Easy to use voice command.  

Storage space is limited and the screen is not as big as competitors. Sometimes phone has trouble waking up.

For  all  essential  functions  like phone  calls,  camera  and  internet, this is your phone. It is just missing the wow factor.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite, $829.99; www.samsung.com

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46 Fujifilm X-M1 and XC16-50mm; www.fujifilm.ca

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Nokia Lumia 1020; www.nokia.com/ca-en

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“There are two categories: First, anything that my son Adam has ever made for me – there’s a couple of Christmas ornaments and a makeshift Christmas card. It’s adorable. The other was a gift that my father, Jim Denis, gave me. He was a great pianist, so I said to him, one day, ‘what I’d like you to do is record all of the music that you play.’ In the living room, on the baby grand piano, he recorded on cassette tape all the pieces I remember as a kid. That to me is a gift. I pop a CD in the car, and I listen to it and I go — ‘Oh! there’s my dad.’ ”

• MARILYN DENIS

(The Marilyn Denis Show) The third annual “10 Days of Giveaways” returns to The Marilyn Denis Show beginning Dec. 2 and runs to Dec. 13 on CTV.

“Aside from my children, one of my favorite gifts is a Tag Heuer Diamond dial Diamond Bezel watch from my husband. While I can’t deny that I love diamonds, the watch represents much more to me— how we have grown together, and how, we are now at a point that we can invest in pieces that we can cherish.”

BEST GIFT EVER GIVEN

“A miter saw for my husband! He was so excited about the gift and started doing wicked projects around the house—win-win situation!”

FOR THE HOLIDAYS CSL ASKED SOME OF CANADA’S FAVOURITE PERSONALITIES...

What is the best gift you’ve ever received and the best gift you’ve ever given?

BEST GIFT RECEIVED

“My son Noah who was born just after Christmas in 2005.”

BEST GIFT EVER GIVEN

“One of the many items in the World Vision gift catalogue including medical supplies, school supplies, or livestock for families.”

RICK CAMPANELLI (ET Canada, Global)

GIFT CARDS

CSL LOVES

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Erica Ehm

(Yummy Mummy Club)

BEST GIFT RECEIVED

“My daughter made me a book for my birthday—each page was a different work of art using a different media, each piece titled with an explanation of how that art reflects our mother daughter relationship. It's incredible and meaningful.”

BEST GIFT EVER GIVEN

“For my birthday, I bought myself a MEDCAN Executive Physical- where I was given every medical test in one day - nothing better than the gift of good health.” SUBWAY HOLIDAY CASH CARD PROMOTION

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If you purchase or reload any SUBWAY® Cash Card with $25 or more, you will receive a FREE 6 inch sandwich to enjoy immediately; www.subway.ca

COURTESY SUBWAY; ET CANADA (2); YUMMY MUMMY CLUB; CTV

BEST GIFT RECEIVED

“Every year on the The Marilyn Denis Show it’s the Ten Days of Giveaways. That’s over half a million dollars worth of prizing. I give thousands of gifts over ten days, that’s my favourite thing to do. Personally, I really focus on my son, Adam, who is now 25. I like giving him experience gifts—when he was a little boy, he had tickets to go to an NHL hockey game with me. He loved that.”

SANGITA PATEL

(ET Canada, Global)

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“For my birthday my husband gave me a day of dog sledding. It’s something I would’ve never tried and it was so much fun!”

BEST GIFT EVER GIVEN

“For my mom’s 50th birthday we took a girls’ trip to L.A. to celebrate with a bunch of her girlfriends.”

KRIS REYES

(The Morning Show, Global)

LIZA FROMER

“My engagement ring; I just love it! My husband searched and searched before getting it and I adore it.”

“From my great-aunt who gave me a pair of my (The Morning Show, Global) great-grandfathers cufflinks. They have such sentimental value and I love having the connection to the past. I wanted to keep these with me so I turned them into a necklace that I could wear.”

BEST GIFT RECEIVED “My husband and I just moved to Toronto from Vancouver and bought our very first house! It's an old house, almost 90 years old. A friend of mine managed to find a Toronto city archival photo of our house from 1924. The outside is still the same and there’s an old vintage car parked outside. The photograph is a real treasure, an antique. ”

“A friend of mine is a big fan of the movie Sister Act 2. For her wedding, we organised a re-enactment of one of her favourite numbers from the movie (Oh Happy Day) with all of us, her closest friends, acting out parts from the film. We shot the scene, edited it, and surprised her at the reception by playing it on a projection screen.”

BEST GIFT EVER GIVEN

“A Mac computer for my husband. I surprised him with it at Christmas. He is a magnificent writer, I wanted to make sure he didn’t miss a moment. The second best, was a trip for my parents to Dallas. They don't travel a lot so it was a great surprise for them.” COURTESY CTV; ET CANADAA; SHAW GLOBAL;

CHERYL HICKEY (ET Canada, Global)

Roz Weston (ET Canada, Global)

BEST GIFT RECEIVED

“Growing up as a kid in the 80s all I ever wanted was a cool rock ‘n’ roll leather jacket. They were expensive and just not in my parents’ budget. In 1986 I convinced them I could get a cheap one in Buffalo, at an outlet mall for $98 (USD). I found the coolest, most rock ‘n’ roll leather jacket and brought it home. My mom informed me it was a ladies jacket (they guy at the mall told me it was a ‘European cut’). I wore the hell out of that ladies jacket for years!”

BEST GIFT EVER GIVEN

“Years before the movie reboots and superhero blockbusters I found a cheap copy of SpiderMan #2 and gave it to my brother, who's a huge comic nerd. It's worth 20 times more today. He loved it, although he STILL reminds me that if, back in the day, I had spent that money on Mac stock instead of a ‘stupid comic book’, we'd both be retired today.”

LAINEY LUI

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“When I was in high school I bought my parents a brass hat rack for Christmas. I thought it was such a sophisticated gift. After I brought it home I realized that it came in pieces and spent the day putting it together for them. My parents really appreciated the effort I put into it.”

Coffee lover on your list? This card is irresistible. We love the covetable limited edition Christmas reindeer mug filled with Holiday Blend from Second Cup® , a medium dark roast and50% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee; www.secondcup.com

CANADAHELPS.ORG

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This charitable gift card is a great way to participate in Giving Tuesday on December 3, 2013. With 85,000 registered charities in Canada, giving back has never been easier; CanadaHelps.org

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Easy Ways to Keep Fit

Reebok ambassador, president of HumanDynamix Health and Wellness, and Sidney Crosby’s personal Andy O’brien shows CSL 3 moves to maintain your fitness routine during the holidays  trainer A photography k&S MEDIA

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dumbells in each hand for added resistance.

REVERSE LUNGE WITH MEDICINE BALL

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This exercise involves the quadriceps, shoulders, triceps, and upper back, allowing you to involve your lower body, upper body and core simultaneously.

Begin with feet together, step backwards while keeping your weight on the front leg. As you step, press the medicine ball directly overhead. Return to center position and return medicine ball to chest. (7 repetitions each side)

MEDICINE BALL RAINBOW

SINGLE LEG RDL

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This is one of the most deadly glute exercises you will find. It also involves your hamstrings, and is great for balance and stability.

Begin with feet together, hip forward and touch the ground with both hands. Maintain a slightly bent knee on the front leg. Keep the back leg high and extended at the hip. Keep your hips square and prevent rotating. (7 repetitions each side)

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One of the most overlooked aspects of core training is rotation. This is a simple rotational core exercise, which also involves shoulders, and lower body for stability.

Sit into an athletic squat position and remain stable in the lower body (prevent the hips from turning). Swing the medicine ball from one hip, overhead, and to the other hip. Continue quickly from side to side. Keep the arms straight and turn the shoulders as you swing from side to side. (10 repetitions each side)

IN STORE: REEBOK FITHUB

LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER Whether you prefer high  intensity workouts like crossfit, strength training, and running or low intensity yoga, these pieces will put a spring in your step, ready to work out 

NEW BALANCE The Fabulous Framer II sports bra in purple cactus flower with purplehaze, $41.99; www.newbalance.ca

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REEBOK Women's RealFlex Flight 2.0, $120; www.reebok.ca

LULULEMON In the flow crop II in heathered deep zinfandel, $78; lululemon.com

COURTESY NEW BALANCE, REEBOK (2); LULULEMON

Just opened at CrossIron Mills–Canada’s first-ever Reebok FitHub retail concept store.   Inspired by elements found in fitness studios and CrossFit boxes around the country, the retail space feels like a gym.  Coolest of all, Reebok will also be offering a range of inclusive sessions led by health and fitness experts from within the Reebok community.  We love the layout of the space, with a helpful staff and lots of choice for men and women no matter your sport.  www.reebok.com


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A Canadian chocolatier, holiday baking essentials and more

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New products to reboot your lifestyle

Imbibe:

Whisky 3 ways, pairing holiday dinner and wine plus winter cocktails

29-41 Kitchen:

The perfect banana bread, a warm and comforting corn soup in 3 easy steps, plus cookie heaven

HOLIDAY BAKING

Cookie ideAs All from oNe greAT dough, P. 34

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FUSION Global Food WHERE TO EAT AND WHAT pRODuCTS TO TRy by AMbER ALENT

COCOA CRAzE

Owner Brett Roy inside his store; Roy puts the final touches on some chocolates. Top right: raspberry noir and pure nacional chocolates.

$50 South Street Burger and $50 New York Fries gift vouchers. To enter, like us on Facebook, or follow us on twitter: @citystylemag; facebook.com/citystyleandliving

Holiday Bread Why not amp up French toast for the Ace  bakery cranberry holidays?  Try A focaccia, a golden loaf studded with raisins and dried cranberries, topped with  turbinado  sugar.  Dip  slices  in egg batter (2 eggs, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. of sugar) and gently cook in a saucepan with 1 tbsp of butter. This is what chilly winter mornings were made for.  www.acebakery.com 22 | WINTER 2013/14 | citystyleandliving.com

BURGER AND FRIES 2.0

S O U T H S T R E E T B U R G E R R e c e n t l y l a u n c h e d fo u r n e w b ur g er s (The True North burger, The Mushroom and Swiss, The  Hawaiian  and  The   Nacho), ma de f rom A lb e rt a’ s ow n S p r i n g C r e e k R a n c h a n g u s b e e f a n d f r e e o f h o rm o n e s a n d a n ti b i o ti c s . W e t r i e d o ur s on a g l ut e n f r e e b u n , p a c ke d w i t h s w e e t m a p l e o n i o n s , c h e e s e a n d s i g n a t u r e sa uc e . We a lso love d th e top p ing ba r, w he re din er s ca n c u st om ize th e ir b u r g e r w it h c h o ic e s in c lud in g v ege tables, mayonnaises, guacamole,  p ulled pork and cheese.  w w w. so uthst bu rg er . co m

CSL ! NE W YO RK FR I ES (N YF) Rem em be r h ea d ing to th e ma ll, str aight tow ard the sme ll of fre sh frie s at NYF ? Well, things h a v e g o t t e n e v e n m o re C a n a di a n , w i t h N e w Y o r k F r i e s ne w p r e m i u m p o u t i ne s : P u l l e d P o r k , B r a i s e d B e e f a n d Butte r Ch ic ke n. Thoug h you ca n op t for c la ssic p out ine , we trie d the bu tte r ch ick e n– a mild a nd c re a my c omb ina tio n of sp ice s an d c h unks of c hic ke n b re a st w ith Qu eb e c c h e e s e c u r d s . W e l ov e d d i g g i ng i n w h i l e p e op l e wa tc hin g o n b usy shop p ing d a ys. ww w .n ew yo rk fr ie s. co m

COURTESY NEW YORK FRIES (2); ACE BAKERY; SWEET LOLLAPALOOZA

WIN!

Life is more than a box of chocolates for Alberta chocolatier Brett Roy of Sweet Lollapalooza, who picked up two prestigious silver medals at The International Chocolate Awards in London in October 2013 with his ‘Pure Nacional’ and ‘Raspberry Noir dark’ chocolate bonbons, beating out more than 800 entries from around the world. Roy’s inspiration? “From classic confections and cocktails to the tastes we experience in vibrant cities around the world. My career in the culinary arts has given me the tools to experiment with flavour pairings without losing the essence of the chocolates I work with. I regularly train with some of the best chocolatiers in the world to keep myself open to new ideas and new techniques.” We are over the moon about Lollapalooza delicious fruity and buttery caramels; toasted coconut chocolate disks, and eye catching double layer of mixed chocolates in a beautiful silvery teal box. www.sweetlollapalooza.com


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“This rolling pin is a delight to

use helping keep pastry cool and smooth. It’s a cinch– like having a mini pastry kitchen of your own.”

WHOLESOME SWEETENERS ORGANIC COCONUT PALM SUGAR use this rich sugar as a one-toone substitute for brown sugar in recipes.  The unrefined flavour is natural and, best of all, the company is committed to sustainable organic agriculture; www.wholesomesweeteners.com

HOLIDAY BAKING ESSENTIALS

CUISIPRO® STAY COOL ROLLING PIN The secret to crisp, golden pastry?  A cool dough.  That’s where this rolling pin is a saviour.  pour cool water into the handle of the stainless steel pin for smooth dough that doesn’t stick and keeps chilled. $42.99; www.browneretail.com

These products are indispensable to any pantry 

ARAYUMA Spices are key to making cookies and cakes ‘pop’ with interesting flavour.  We love this potent organic and fair trade ground nutmeg – add to your pecan pie for a kick of earthy spice; arayuma.com

“These freeze dried fruit powders are a boon to macarons – adding colour and bright flavour.” FRESH-ASº pure, freeze dried blueberry,  strawberry  and raspberry  powders    have  no additives,  and  can  be  added to  everything  from  icing  to panna cotta. 40g, fresh-as.com

WILTON CANDY THERMOMETER precise measuring for hard candy, nougat and chocolate  tempering  is  made easy  with  a  candy  thermometer; www.wilton.com

WHOLESOME SWEETENERS FAIRTRADE ORGANIC RAW BLUE AGAVE Naturally sweeter than sugar, this liquid  is  low  on  the  glycemic  index, making  it  a  great  topper  for  pancakes and waffles, and ideal for stirring in to cakes, brownies and cookie doughs; www.wholesomesweeteners.com

The best baking tips we’ve ever heard

J. R. WATKINS PURE VANILLA EXTRACT One of the most widely used flavourings in baking, this Madagascar vanilla compliments most recipes.   www.jrwatkins.com

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GET ORGANIZED

Trying to impress friends and family by attempting a multilayer cake?  plan to make frostings and fillings a few days ahead.  That way you can assemble the entire cake are the last moment, and take special care to perfect your creation.

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MAKE SURE TO READ THE RECIPE

Think adding a little bit less baking powder is no big deal? Wrong.  This is the mistake many amateur bakers make.  before starting, read through the recipe, and make sure that you have enough of each ingredient.

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RELAX

Don’t add unwanted stress to holiday baking.  Run out of an ingredient? Don’t fuss. Either run out to the grocery store or farmers market early in the morning, when lines are short and your head is clear or seek substitutions you have on hand.  Remember, baking should be fun!

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The Paris Gourmet by Trish Deseine (Flammarion, www.groupe-flammarion.com) Irish television host Trish Deseine who has lived in France for 25 years opens her little black book of addresses including markets, restaurants, shops, websites and gourmet tours in Paris. Much like a website, this book lists places to dine with pictures, address and description. The layout is charming and inviting. Bring it as a guide book on your next trip to the city of lights.

Hollyhock by Moreka Jolar, Heidi Scheifley and the Hollyhock Cooks (New Society Publishers, www.newsociety.com) The book is full of recipes from Hollyhock, a biodynamic farm and learning centre on Cortes Island in British Columbia. The recipes are, for the most part, uncomplicated, with few ingredients, showcasing the modern way of eating – borrowing influences from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. The only thing missing are pictures of the food. Still, the book, like Hollyhock itself strives to provide true nourishment.

GREAT NEW READS

UNABASHED Bookworm

From the Wood-Fired Oven by Richard Miscovich (Chelsea Green, www.chelseagreen.com) This is a highly technical book for serious bakers which, at the same time, does not alienate home cooks. Based on the trial and error of Miscovich, every aspect of bread making from water temperature to dividing the dough to the carbon footprint of wood burning (it’s neutral) is examined. While home cooks may not construct wood fired ovens, there are tips aplenty to help improve home baked loaves: intricately detailed instructions for bread; and recipes for everything else that tastes better in a wood fired oven from vegetables, to crab cakes and pizza. At times, the book elevates the discussion on bread to philosophical heights, “[a starter] becomes populated with the local culture of its current home. This is not something to lament – it is a change not a passing.”

MORE IN THE KITCHEN

Baking By Hand by Andy and Jackie King (Page Street Publishing, www.pagestreetpublishing.com) It was the staff of life that bonded Andie and Jackie King (they even gave each other the exact same baking book as a present). The couple eventually opened their own bakery in Salem, Massachusetts. The bakery serves as inspiration for this book which presents approachable recipes for home cooks. Interspersed with the savoury and sweet recipes for everything from tarts to buns and white bread, is helpful visual technique. In addition each recipe gives enough detail for home cooks to properly shape and mix dough with special instructions for baking.

The pepperpot Club by Jonathan phang (Hardie Grant books, www.amazon.ca) A book even more than a photograph distills a moment in time – capturing for posterity the landscape, thoughts and currents that would be lost otherwise.  Drawing from his Guyanese heritage, phang recounts through recipes and family stories how food can express the pain of love, the past, and the personality of a bygone generation of cooks.  It is like being invited into phang’s gregarious home and into the bonds of friendship which, over time, were mutually sustaining, tinged with a sense of nostalgia for a way of life that has disappeared, sentimentality for flavours and wistfulness for the dishes and tastes of those who have departed.  Most of the recipes eulogize family members and friends from the Caribbean and tell of the immigrant experience not only in London but in Australia and other parts of the world where friends settled.  Food is at the centre of the immigrant experience – an important cultural touchstone. Just as laughter, food, family and friends are a part of life so too longing, missing and even our passage from this world to the next.   24 | WINTER 2013/14 | citystyleandliving.com

COURTESY RIZZOLI; NEW SOCIETY PUBLISHERS; PAGE STREET PUBLISHING; CHELSEA GREEN

Curl up by the fire with these five gourmet themed books 


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Top 6 Healthy Living Products We Love Lifestyle redux: our top health products for winter

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LITTLE OIL ON THE PRAIRIE

COURTESY THREE FARMERS (2); AMORE; SILK; GRASSROOTS STORE; TEH BAR;

E STREET PUBLISHING; CHELSEA GREEN

Three farmers in the fields of Saskatchewan.

Founded in 2010 by a group of farmers in Three Farmers was the first to Saskatchewan, T introduce camelina culinary oil to Canada. Grown with non-GMO seeds, and chemical free processing, the cold pressed oil is high in Omega 3, and Vitamin E. Derived from the camelina sativa plant which is native to Central Asia and Northern Europe, it was popular until the 16th century, before falling out of fashion. With a fresh pea smell and grassy flavour the oil can be heated to high temperatures– great for everyday cooking. Available in three flavours: roasted onion and basil; roasted garlic and chili and traditional in 250ml and 500 ml. Over the holiday season, 100ml three packs will be available. threefarmers.ca

THE CSL GrEEN TICkEr

STIR IT UP

AM OR E The almond and dairy combo contains 50 per cent more calcium per serving than milk. We love the creamy rich texture, and mild almond flavour. We added to mashed potatoes with ultra smooth results. Available in original and vanilla. amoredairy.com SIL K True Almond unsweetened original is one of the more creamy almond milks on the market. Great for kids’ breakfast porridge and cereals. We love the long shelf life and mere 30 calories per serving; silk.com

Clean With Water Kitchen and Bath Scrubber, Available in two sizes, $8.59; www.grassrootsstore.com.

JUST ADD WATER

With a little elbow grease you can clean the whole kitchen (countertops, cabinets, floors and sinks) with the Clean With Water Kitchen and Bath Scrubber microfiber cloth. Best of all it pops right it into the washer.

TĒH A DRINK WITH JAM AND BREAD

Started in 2009 as an original concept, promoting a healthy lifestyle through tea, where customers purchase loose leaf tea by weight, Tëh bar even introduced a full service– you guessed it – tea bar. We were impressed with the bold fruity flavour of the earl grey supreme, a blend of black tea, bergamot and flower petals (100g metal tin, $14) and the tingling, spicy, peppermint blast, great to settle an upset stomach (50g metal tin, $7.50). www.tehbar.com

SUPER POWER

Power foods are everywhere. But what exactly are they? “Antioxidantrich, anti-aging foods available anyPeruvian Power Foods where,” asserts P (HCI, www.hcibooks.com) which looks at some well-known (quinoa, avocado) and some unknown (savi seeds, camu camu) power foods from Peru. Native Peruvian and registered dietician Manuel Villacorta and writer Jamie Shaw scoured the country from family homes to Amazonian markets looking for these power foods. Nutritional information and food description for each of the 18 power foods is followed by recipes. The book is a good resource for how to incorporate these healthy foods into your diet. The recipes are fun and approachable ranging from cocktails to desserts and smoothies.

Scour antique or garage sales for old copper-bottom pans or cast-iron pots which heat up faster and hold heat longer respectively.

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

From creamy to refined, there’s a whisky for every taste  THE BALVENIE DOUBLE WOOD SINGLE MALT SCOTCH, AGED 12 YEARS

LOOK Golden colour. TASTE Halfway during the maturation process, this whisky is transferred from a traditional oak cask to a European oak sherry cask, resulting in a lingering sweetness mixed with spices like cinnamon and clove. BEST FOR Sipping straight or with a drop of water. www.thebalvenie.com

SORTILÈGE MAPLE CREAM

LOOK Creamy, pale brown. TASTE Farm fresh dairy, blended with maple syrup and Canadian whisky result in an indulgent after dinner drink that is silky smooth on the palate, with a hint of warmth. BEST FOR This Canadian made product makes a perfect gift. Sip on the rocks, or as an ingredient in a Canadian-Irish coffee. www.sortilegewhisky.com

SPICEBOX PUMPKIN SPICED WHISKY

LOOK A soft orange colour gives way to intense spice. TASTE Lingering on the tongue are notes of holiday spice: cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla and butterscotch. BEST FOR This whisky is well suited to winter cocktails, or for use in holiday baking - think pumpkin pie crème carmel. spiceboxwhisky.com

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Italian Stallion

This Italian Sangiovese pairs beautifully with roasted meats, and Christmas spices WH AT I S I T? Fossacolle Rosso di Montalcino (DOC) 2011 WH ER E I T’ S FR OM A 4-hectare vineyard in Tavernelle in the south of Montalcino, Italy. Handpicked grapes are pressed and fermented then aged in French barriques in the Fossacolle cellar where the roundness of the Montalcino is allowed to develop. WH AT IT ’S MA DE WI TH 100 per cent Sangiovese grosso grapes, which are food friendly with cherry, and tea notes. TASTE The dark ruby red gives way to a fruity but earthy wine with toasty spice and woodsmoke. The acidity is balanced with rounded tannins, and spicy plum. PAI RING Roast game birds, such as a seared duck breast with fragrant five spice. www.fossacolle.it

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In the little medieval village of Tavernelle, the Fossacolle estate consists of four hectares, two and a half of which fall within the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG zone.

BEER FOR THE HOLIDAYS Two of our new fave beers

MILL STREET BREWERY VANILLA PORTER

Vanilla extract i s added to this dark beer before filtration. Creamy chocolate notes go well with dessert or try w ith root beer ice cream for an adult twist on  a classic float. millstreetbrewery.com

KRONENBOURG 1664 BLANC

A pale lager, and the number one selling premium lager in France.  Fresh, fruity and  light this is best suited to serve with appetizers at a New year’s party. www.kronenbourg1664.com

COURTESY THE BALVENIE; SORTILEGE; SPICEBOX; FOSSACOLLE; MILL STREET BREWERY; KRONENBOURG

WHISKY 3 WAYS

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Nothing chimes in the New year quite like a glass of champagne.   Here are what we’re toasting with this year

The Niagara vineyard.

All glasses, Riedel; www.riedel.com

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Taittinger Want to impress guests?  T Nocturne is just the thing.  This sec style  champagne,  (created  by adding  a  small  dosage  of  cane sugar during maturation process), is  made  from  a  blend  of  30  crus from different harvests.  The floral bouquet hints at peaches and apricots, while on the palate, a smooth and creamy finish is reminiscent of raisins steeped in syrup.  Nocturne is an amazing accompaniment to dessert courses.  www.taittinger.com

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Founded in 1811 by husband and wife duo pierre-Nicolas-Marie perrier  and  Adele  Jouët,  and  known for the signature flowers depicted perrieron the label by Emile Gallé. p Jouët  Grand brut is a fruit forward champagne, with ripe peach and apple characteristics, balanced by sharp lemon and crisp minerality and softness from vanilla and subtle spice.  This makes a great pairing with holiday appetizers like raw oysters, scallops and delicate foie gras. www.perrier-jouet.com

SPIRIT LESSON: SHERRY

3 A relative new comer to the world of champagne (2005), but with a long  history  in  the  world  of  bordeaux, barons de Rothschild is not to  be  overlooked.  Champagne barons  d e  Rothsc hild   brut  NV is made of 60 per cent chardonnay grapes grown primarily on Grand Cru  vineyards  in  the  Côte  de blancs. Toasted hazelnut and pear permeate  with  hints  of  floral  on the  nose,  while  brilliant  pale golden  and  fine  bubbles  fill  the glass with continuous foam.  www.champagne-bdr.com

METHOD

COURTESY TAITTINGER; PERRIER JOUET; BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD; OSBORNE; FIELDING WINERY (2)

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HARVEST

DECANT YOUR BIG, BOLD REDS By pouring your full-bodied reds like a Cabernet-Syrah into a decanter, you are allowing the wine to breathe and release its aromas and enhance its flavour. If you are pouring a wine that has been aged, decanting will also allow you to separate any sediment that has settled on the bottom of the bottle.

White palomino grapes grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain are picked and fermented. These base wines are then fortified with a grape eau de vie to increase the alcohol content.

AGING PROCESS

This wine is then aged in barrels, to develop a layer of ‘flor’ or yeast growth that protects the wine from over oxidation. However, Oloroso sherry does not develop the ‘flor’ and is fortified to reach an alcohol content of 17% or higher, thus creating a darker colour and sweeter taste.

GREAT PAIRINGS

Almonds are great with the dry style fino sherry, as a light aperitif THE CSL GREEN TICkER

Salty and earthy olive tapenade pairs beautifully with a crisp manzanilla sherry

Heidi Fielding, Director of Hospitality Fielding Estate  and Marketing at F Winery in Niagara talks holiday  feasting and wine tips

HOLIDAY DINNER Serve a light white blend while the appetizer plates are being passed around. Provide several options for your guests during the main course (white wines: Riesling or Gewürztraminer match nicely with turkey; red wines: Pinot Noir or a cool climate Cabernet-Syrah ).

This Spanish fortified wine made primarily from the palomino grape is a great start or finish to your holiday party

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WE ASKED

A bottle of Osborne Santa Maria Sherry

Rich, aged, sweet pedro Ximénez makes an ideal pairing with dark  chocolate

KNOW YOUR TEMPERATURES Lighter white wines like a Pinot Gris are best served around fridge temperature. The bolder the wine, the warmer the ideal serving temperature, particularly for reds. Slightly cooler than room temperature is ideal. You can help warm up a chilled red by decanting it. POUR THE RIGHT AMOUNT Aim to fill about a third of the wine glass. It allows space to swirl the wine in the glass and release the aromas that enhance the flavour.

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Festive, gorgeous and sure to put a smile on the faces of your guests.

pEppERMINT HOT  CHOCOLATE

Serves 8. In a pitcher combine ¼ cup (60 ml) Grenadine and 1 cup (250 ml) cranberry juice. Pour mixture evenly among eight champagne glasses. Top each glass with Champagne or sparkling wine.

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Ah! The refreshing flavour of childhood candy cane turns grown up with a little something extra.

CRANbERRy bELLINI

WINTER COCKTAIL heaven!

Drink and be merry with these seasonal classics and some new ideas for holiday cheer

MuLLED WINE

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A warming, fragrant brew, with all the spices reminiscent of holiday’s past.

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Serves 8. Separate 4 eggs. In a large bowl beat 4 egg yolks gradually adding ¼ cup (60 ml) of sugar until pale yellow and thick. Meanwhile combine 1 ½ cup (375 ml) milk with ½ cup (125 ml) cream 2 whole cloves and a pinch of cinnamon. Beat into egg mixture with a whisk. Add ½ cup (125 ml) bourbon, 1 cup rum (250 ml), ½ cup (125 ml) cognac, stirring constantly. Beat 4 egg whites to stiff peaks gradually adding ¼ cup ( 60 ml) of sugar. Fold into milk mixture. Ladle into serving glass. Whip ½ cup (125 ml) whipping cream to stiff peaks. Top serving glasses with whipped cream and grated nutmeg.

EGGNOG

Serves 4. Peel a large orange in one strip. Pour one bottle (3 cups) of red wine in a saucepan. Add orange peel, 2 crushed cardamom pods, 6 whole cloves, 6 allspice berries, 6 whole black peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick, 5 tablespoons (75 ml) agave nectar, and ¼ cup (60ml) brandy. Set over medium heat for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low allowing flavours to infuse about 25 minutes. Strain through a sieve. Serve with candied orange peel or glass rimmed with sugared fennel if desired.

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K&S MEDIA

The classic drink of the season, no holiday table should be without it.

Serves 6. In a saucepan over medium heat add 5 ounces (140 g) good quality dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces, and 4 cups (1 litre) milk. Stir until chocolate has fully melted. Add ½ cup (125 ml) peppermint schnapps, 2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract and 3 drops of peppermint extract and whisk. Remove from heat when mixture is hot. Pour into cups. Garnish with candy cane.


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KITCHEN! To Market To Market Heirloom vegetables are all the rage, with a sweeter more pronounced flavour and heartiness than traditional varieties, these beauties are a celebration in themselves HOW TO SERVE

Though the variation in colour doesn’t result in a difference in taste, these carrots stand out on a dinner table with their vibrant gemlike colour and crispness.  Heirloom  baby  carrots  are  great  for presentation– leave half of an inch of the green stalks for a restaurant worthy look on the plate. These carrots are also great for children to dip into hummus for a healthy snack.

2 WAYS TO ENJOY Roasted and Glazed

Serve as a side dish with your roast dinner. Guests will  not  be  able  to  get  enough  of  these  ultra sweet and syrupy carrots. 1

lb (450 g) carrots, halved or quartered  lengthways 2  tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil 2  tablespoons (30 ml) agave nectar 1  tablespoon (15 ml) red wine or cider  vinegar 1  tablespoon (15 ml)  of rosemary 1  tablespoon (15 ml) chopped or grated  ginger pinch of salt Whisk  together  all  ingredients  except  carrots. pour over carrots and toss making sure carrots are coated with mixture.  place on a baking tray and roast  in  180ºF  (350ºC)  oven  for  30-40  minutes until golden and sticky.

Simple Moroccan Salad 1

lb (450 g) carrots, halved or quartered  lengthways ¼  cup (60 ml) vegetable oil 3  tablespoons (45 ml) fresh lemon juice  ¼  cup (60 ml) chopped fresh cilantro 2  cloves garlic, minced  ½  teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground cumin pinch of salt  ½  teaspoon (2.5 ml) harissa (Northwest African chili paste) Feta cheese (optional) COURTESY K&S MEDIA

Heat vegetable oil, add garlic, harissa and cumin stirring constantly to prevent burning.  Add carrots  and  sprinkle  with  salt.    Gently  sauté  over medium  heat  about  10  minutes,  to  maintain  a crunch. Remove from heat and top with lemon juice, cilantro and feta cheese.

HOW TO STORE

If you are purchasing from an organic or farmers market, leave carrot greens attached until ready to use. Place carrots in a paper bag to wick away any moisture and store in your fridge.

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1-2-3... CORN Easy 

SOUP

This is a fragrant, comforting and truly special soup. Serve as an appetizer or main course during the holidays.  Recipe by k&S Media


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COMBINE

Browning: Begin by browning the vegetables, this adds depth of flavour to the soup.

Creaminess: For added creaminess we used coconut milk, you can substitute cream.

Eggs: Curdling the eggs is similar to a Chinese egg soup, they can be beaten and dropped in for a ribbon like texture.

Serves 4. Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil in saucepan. Saute half a medium onion, diced; half a green pepper, diced; ½ cup broccoli (125 ml), diced; ½ cup (125 ml) mushrooms, diced. When vegetables are soft, add ½ tablespoon (8 ml) ginger grated,  cup (30 ml) chopped cilantro, ½ tablespoon (8 ml) thyme,½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt, teaspoon (1 ml) paprika,  teaspoon (1 ml) black pepper, 3 cloves garlic grated and 2-3 bay leaves.

Take 4 corn off the cob (or 2 medium sized tins of cream of corn) and blitz in blender with half the milk of 1 coconut (about 1 cup or 250 ml). Add to sautéed vegetables. Add 1 pack noodle soup and stir constantly. Add 5 kaffir lime leaves, julienned.

Add 2 eggs and stir into soup until incorporated. Add half the milk of 1 coconut (about 1 cup or 250 ml). Add  cup (30 ml) chopped cilantro and half a bundle green chives chopped on the bias.

GET A  DIFFERENT FLAVOuR vary the  protein

Meanwhile, season 1 pound medium or large sized shrimp with ½ tablespoon (8 ml) ginger grated, ½ tablespoon (8 ml) thyme,½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt, teaspoon paprika (1 ml),  teaspoon (1 ml) black pepper, 2 cloves garlic grated. Add shrimp and stir into soup mixture until they turn pink.

SCALLOPS Top the soup with seared scallops (as they will overcook in the soup). Simply season with salt and brown in butter in a hot pan.

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SHREDDED ROTISSERIE CHICKEN Shred homemade or store bought rotisserie chicken and place in soup 5 minutes before serving.

To choose a good coconut, shake it and lisspotting on the outside which is a sign of spoilage.

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PERFECT... BANANA

The 

BREAD

When served warm this bread will disappear in minutes.   Recipe by k&S Media


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Banana Bread

This quick bread tastes delicious warm from the oven and will last up to a week in a cool, dry place.  cup (80 ml) shortening ½ cup (120 ml) sugar 2 eggs 1¾ cups (430 ml) sifted all purpose flour 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt 1 cup (250 ml) mashed ripe banana ½ cup (120 ml) chopped walnuts ¼ cup (60 ml) desiccated coconut ¼ cup (60 ml) chocolate chips ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) cinnamon ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) nutmeg Pre-heat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Cream together shortening and sugar until pale in colour and fluffy; add eggs beating well after each addition. Sift together dry ingredients and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with banana, blending well after each addition. Stir in nuts, desiccated coconut and chocolate chips. Pour into well-greased 9x5x3 inch (23 x 13 x 6-centimeter) loaf pan. Bake in oven 45 to 50 minutes or till done. Remove from pan; cool on rack.

Maple Butter

This butter will keep refrigerated for up to a week. 2

cups (500 ml) heavy cream or whipping cream ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) salt ¼ cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Pinch of ground cinnamon Put cream into a food processor, stand mixer or blender and process for 10 minutes, or until the butter separates from liquid. Strain to remove liquid. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat maple syrup, salt and cinnamon over high heat until boiling. Remove from heat and add to butter in mixer, beating until mixture is light and creamy about 7-10 minutes. Pour into a jar or ramekin and refrigerate. CSL

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HEAVEN 5 GREAT RECIpES ALL MADE FROM SIMpLE TO WHIp up COOkIE DOuGH  RECIpES by STEVEN buSCH  pHOTOGRApHy by JAMES S. SINCLAIR

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MEXICAN  WEDDING 

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Ingredients 1 cup (240 ml) all-purpose flour, plus a few tablespoons for rolling ¼ teaspoon (1.2ml) baking powder  cup (80ml) unsalted butter, room temperature ½ cup (120ml) granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract Decorations ½ cup (120 ml) icing sugar 2 tablespoon (10ml) water Food colouring 1 Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). In a mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and light. Add egg and vanilla and incorporate. In a separate bowl, combine flour, and baking powder. Gradually add the flour to the egg and butter mixture until it comes together into a ball. Form dough into a flat disk, and place into the fridge for at least 30 minutes until firm. 2 Roll out dough to ¼ inch (0.6 cm) thick on floured surface, or between two sheets of parchment paper. Dip cookie cutters in flour and cut out desired shares. Transfer cut outs with a metal spatula onto baking sheets. 3 Bake cookies until golden, about 12 minutes. Cool before decorating. 4 Mix icing sugar and water together until a thick paste consistency is achieved. Transfer icing to a pastry bag fit with a thin nozzle, or use a plastic storage bag, and cut a small hole to ice cookies. Decorate before letting icing harden, 20-25 minutes.

CHOCOLATE SuGAR COOkIE DOuGH

Makes 16

Ingredients 1 cup (240 ml) all-purpose flour, plus a few tablespoons for rolling  cup (80 ml) unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon (1ml) baking powder  cup (80 ml) unsalted butter ½ cup (120 ml) granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract

4 Take 1 tbsp of dough, and form into a ball. Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool.

2 Roll dough into a cylindrical shape, and roll in caster sugar.

5 Toss cookies in powdered sugar and serve.

3 Refrigerate dough for half hour. 4 Slice dough into slices and bake cookies 8-12 minutes. Cool.

Ingredients ½ cup (120 ml) melted dark chocolate

CINNAMON SLICES

Makes 20-30 (depending size of ‘roll’ and thickness of slices) Ingredients ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon (10ml) flour 2 tablespoon (10ml) butter ¼ cup (60ml) brown sugar

3 Paste cinnamon mixture on top of square of dough, leaving a thin ¼ inch area around the perimeter of the dough.

3 Dip cookies in chocolate and cool on baking rack.

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4 Roll into a tight log, and refrigerate for 1 hour. 5 Cut chilled dough into slices, and bake at 180 ºF (350 ºC) until golden.

MEXICAN WEDDING COOkIES

Makes 15-20 cookies

Ingredients 1 cup (250 ml) all-purpose flour ½ cup (120 ml) mixed walnuts and pecans, finely chopped 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract ½ cup (120 ml) butter at roo m temperature 1 cup (250 ml) powdered sugar plus ½ cup to coat cookies 1 Preheat oven to 180 ºF (350 ºC). Mix butter until fluffy. 2 Add powdered sugar and vanilla until well mixed. 3 Mix in flour and nuts and form mixture into a dough. Chill for 30 minutes.

1 Follow steps 1-3 for Mexican wedding cookie dough from above. 2 Form 1 tablespoon of dough into crescent shapes. Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool.

1 Mix ingredients together to form a paste. 2 Use sugar cookie dough recipe, and roll out a square roughly 10 inches X 10 (25 cm by 25 cm) inches.

CRESCENT MOON DIppED IN CHOCOLATE

TIPS:

ies will hold their shape, and not spread too much during baking. 2 Make s ure butter is at room temperature, but not overly soft. A melted butter texture will result in ultra thin cookies.

TRY THIS:

Have gluten free diners in your house? Try substituting regular  all purpose flour with an organic gluten free all purpose mix (with guar gum and xanthan gum), for an easy one to one swap out.  We tried local fave Highwood Crossing organic gluten free all purpose mix. www.highwoodcrossing.com

SuGAR COOkIE DOuGH

Makes 16 Total preparation and baking time1.5- 2 hours

1 Follow steps 1-2 for basic sugar cookie dough from above, adding cocoa to dry ingredients.

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CSL editors’ favourite picks 

45-46 Covet::

Treasure Trove::

Great new beauty products 

CANADIAN HOCKEY

ON THE ICE IN SpORTSWEAR A NATuRAL FIT. p. 47 42 | WINTER 2013/14 | citystyleandliving.com

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Lingerie, unbelievably warm parkas, and much more 


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EDITORS’ NOTES

NIP + FAB Add an extra glow to winter skin with this triple action scrub with glycolic and salicylic acid which sheds, exfoliates and resurfaces skin for a smooth finish, and even minimizes the look of pores. Glycolic scrub fix, $10.95, 75ml; www.nipandfab.com

“Delicate lace and a shot of

blush colour wakes you up during dreary, long winter days.” - SHIVANA MAHARAJ, beauty editor

COURTESY NIP + FAB; GIOVANNI COSMETICS; STELLA MCCARTNEY; UNCOMMON GOODS; ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP COMPANY; MUSTELA; REVLON; NEST; THE BODY SHOP; BATH AND BODYWORKS

GIOVANNI ECO CHIC COSMETICS Make sure your holiday hair stays in place all night long. Adds volume, texture and shine to locks, all with a  natural formulation. Natural mousse hair styling foam; www.giovannicosmetics.com

“This Mary Steratore handmade necklace is a boost of confidence for the new year.” - SHIVANA MAHARAJ,

EDITORS’ NOTES

Things that our editorial team are crazy about

beauty editor

REVLON Liven up any basic black dress with a shot of bright red lipstick.  We love the moisturizing properties of this stunner.   Super lustrous lipstick in ‘ravish me red’, $9.50; www.revlon.ca

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP COMPANY Soak in these scented salts when you want a quick escape. blossom berry bath salt, $5; www.rockymountainsoap.com

UNCOMMON GOODS based on the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote ‘the road not taken’ this necklace features: green tourmaline which promotes creativity; smoky quartz which calms to clear the psyche; and a silver bar which represents your path. The path necklace, $60.29; www.uncommongoods.com

CSL’s Top Holiday Fragrance Picks

CSL !

STELLA MCCARTNEY We couldn’t resi st this adorabl e combo– sweet lace and a girly colour.  “Giselle charming" underwire bra and bikini brief; www.stellamccartney.com

NEST FRAGRANCES Amazon lily blends floral, citrus and bergamot with notes of Galapagos driftwood and white musk; 50ml, Eau De Parfum Spray flacon for $65; www.nestfragrances.com

MUSTELA An ultra soft and gentle  shampoo, perfect for babies or those with sensitive skin.     Foam Shampoo for Newborns, $19, 5.7 fl. oz.; www.mustela.com

THE BODY SHOP This vanity counter standout scented with Japanese cherry blossom also adds shimmer to face and hair. Special edition The sparkler in enchanting gold, $24;

www.thebodyshop.ca

BATH AND BODYWORKS Plum Nectar, midnight jasmine and vanilla orchid with a touch of caramel; Forever Midnight Eau de Parfum, $45, 2.5oz; www.bathandbodyworks.com

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7 Great Products

THE

CSL

TREASURE TROVE

GIFT GUIDE

LETS MAKE A DEAL

products CSL loves, and you should try too

HOLIDAY SPECIAL

by NATALIE FOX

CSL !

1. SUGAR, AH, HONEY, HONEY

Lovely lips with hydration, and colour all in one? It’s a snap with Sugar Cherr y Tinted Lip Treatment, $26; www.fresh.com

2. BRUSH UP!

Want a makeup artist’s secret? Brushes! Used to blend, even skin tone, highlight and contour, Make Up For Ever's Ar tisan Brush Collection helps you create different looks. Pictured, MAKE UP FOR EVER Powder Flat Kabuki Brush #132, $55; www.makeupforever.com Available at sephora.ca

PRODUCT ROADTEST

“ We like the subtle iridescence of this kohl pencil and its soft texture. Plus, it goes on opaque for long lasting coverage. Give ‘em the look! ”

3. AMAZING GRACE

- SHIVANA MAHARAJ,

Got sensitive skin and need a gentle cleanser? Fragrance free Antip odes Grace Cream Cleanser with avocado oil and marigold flower is just the thing. www.antipodesnature.com

beauty editor MAC Mystery intense black with green pearl Kohl pencil, $21; www.maccosmetics.com

Maybe you’ve heard of Argan oil and its wondrous properties for hair and skin? Pamper your locks with Herb al Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo, $4.29 for 300 ml; ca.herbalessences.com

5. FESTIVE COLOUR

Give your holiday look pizzazz with Revlon nail enamel in Seductive (245). It is a bold, unexpected colour perfect for holiday parties! www.revlon.ca

“Congratulations to Laboratoire Dr Renaud which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! ” - SHIVANA MAHARAJ, beauty editor

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6. CALL THE DOCTOR

You’ve heard it before – take care of your skin. This gift box corrects wrinkles and lines and improves skin texture. Laboratoire Dr Renaud Youth Gif t Box face and neck (Contains 1 Pure Expression - 15 ml, 1 Pure Lifting - 30 ml Pure Anti-Ageing Neck & Décolleté - 50 ml $ 170 total value, $235 with Pashmina); ldrenaud.com

COURTESY REVLON; ANTIPODES, HERBAL ESSENCES ; DR RENAUD, MAKEUP FOREVER SUGAR, MAC.

4. BEAUTIFUL TRESSES


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MEET THE NEW MERCHANDISE MANAGER AT REITMANS BRIGITTE MARTIN What should women keep in mind when choosing an outfit for holiday parties?  It's a special time of the year and your look can really reflect that. For a very dressy party, you can wear a decorated top with sequins or beads.  For a casual party you can wear a very cozy "ski-chalet" look. At any other time, you might not be able to pull off  those looks appropriately.   What are the staple pieces for holiday dressing?  A decorated top, which can be a pretty sweater with details or a sequined and beaded top; a pair of soft pants; and a great blazer to make a statement. How can women balance dressing for the weather and being stylish? Smart layers! you can still be stylish in cold weather by layering and by keeping your look updated with a fresh colour palette. This year that would mean that you could layer pieces in pastel ballerina-inspired colours or in neutral grays with bold accents of active-inspired brights. Either way, you will keep warm by layering a top with a cardigan or vest, and of course, add a scarf as an accent. COURTESY REITMANS (4); SOREL; KEEN; EL NATURALISTA ; PLEASURE STATE; STELLA MCCARTNEY; ELLE MCPHERSON INTIMATES

HER FAVOURITE PIECES

TUXEDO BLAZER “It makes a statement while being versatile.”$65, www.reitmans.com

COVET

Black BOOTS

From everyday street wear to the office and parties, you’ll be stylish and warm in these

CSL ! SOREL

WHy WE LIkE IT The thick rubber sole and slight wedge keeps feet cozily above the snow. Thankfully this boot is waterproof – perfect when HOW TO snow turns to slush. H WEAR IT The faux fur accent is uber stylish and looks cool with dressy event outfits (think sparkly sweater dresses or edgy leather pants). 

Joan of Arctic Wedge Ankle $250.00, sorel.com

El NATURALISTA

WHy WE LIkE IT Comfortable, with a manageable heel for walking, these shoes will accommodate thick winter socks. Don’t miss the sundial carved into the bottom of the shoe (hence the name Solar).  HOW TO WEAR IT Every day wear at the office especially opaque tights and an above the knee skirt.

N873 Solar. www.elnaturalista.ca

LINGERIE WE LOVE

KEEN

WHy WE LIkE IT Offering great cold weather protection, amazing grip traction on slippery roads and a fun shearling  lining these are durable winter boots. HOW TO WEAR IT Think casual weekend wear like black leggings, jeans and long knit skirts.

Bailey High Boot, $190, www.keenfootwear.com

SLIP INTO SOMETHING SEXY AND ELEGANT

SOFT PANT “It's a nice change from a legging and looks great with all your holiday tops.” $40, www.reitmans.com

EMBELLISHED TOP “You can dress it up with a pencil skirt or dress it down with jeans. ” $36, www.reitmans.com

THE CSL GREEN TICkER

STELLA MCCARTNEY

PLEASURE STATE COUTURE

A laser cut lace effect on thi s duo is perfect for everyday wear.   "Rachel shopping" balconnet contour bra in black. www.stellamccartney.com

The outstanding teal colour, wi de straps for extra support, and briefs make thi s an ad orable combo! "Luce mia" contour plunge bra, and briefs. www.pleasurestate.com.au

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We love the cheeky bottoms of this lingerie set.  The royal blue is set off by the cream lace trim. "Lush bloom” bra and panty. www.ellemacphersonintimates.com

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Canada Goose Parka

Celebrating more than half a century, the Canadian brand proves that warmth, comfort and style are something to celebrate

LANGFORD PARKA AND LODGE MITTS

Why I Love my ... The removable coyote fur around the hood provides extra warmth and wind protection.

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usually parkas are bulky and heavy and, even in frigid 25C weather, they are the last thing I want to wear. I was Canada Goose parka is surprised by how lightweight the C - the long length kept my entire body warm, and the deep set hood kept wind away from my face. This coat zips right up to my face so no there was no need for a scarf (I don’t like them anyway) during my long walks to and from transit stations.  My favourite feature was the thick heavy duty zippers which ensured a snug fit though on some mornings, when I was in a rush, I opted for the Velcro closure instead.  Like  their  parka  counterpart  the  Canada  Goose Lodge mitts are incredibly lightweight. Filled with signature  down  feathers,  they  are  insulated  with  a  soft polyurethane lining, and my hands were toasty warm. It’s cold most of the year in Canada and this parka delivers the kind of warmth I need and crave. www.canada-goose.com

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Think the season of the t-shirt is over? Think again! Here are 3 for your guy to try

bEST FOR TRAVEL Magell an’s EveryWear Crew T-Shi rt in Steel  blue A hidden pocket, moisture wicking technology and light fabric makes this one to pack. $36.50; www.magellans.com

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All Canada Goose products are made in Canada – so they know cold weather. The company has developed the Thermal Experience Index (TEI), a scale to measure warmth. 1 is lightweight and 5 means extreme (keeping you warm for temperatures up to -30°C). How do they do it? Coats are insulated with Hutterite down, the lightest but most effective to retain heat.

KENSINGTON PARKA AND CAMP MITTS

Why I Love my ...

With  temperatures  dropping  and  snow  on  the ground, I was thrilled with the performance of my kensington parka.  The slim fit silhouette looks sharp in  our  urban  environment  and  the  Niagara  Grape colour is a standout in a sea of black winter coats brightening  my  spirit  during  months  of  chill  and gloomy days. The first thing I notice is recessed rib knit cuffs barring the chilly wind from sweeping inside of my sleeves, while military style buttons add a fashionable edge to the parka. The fleece lining in the hood added warmth around my face and felt like a pillow.  Four sets of pockets provide ample storage for accessories like my keys, and gloves. The details of the kensington are exacting: an attractive fur trim; snap vents in the back; and adjustable cinch waist straps. I love that this parka marries style and comfort. www.canada-goose.com 46 | WINTER 2013/14 | citystyleandliving.com

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bEST FOR WORkING OuT Lulul emon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve Here’s why it deserves a place in your gym bag: breathable fabric, mesh venting and no seams. $64.00; lululemon.com

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bEST FOR LAyERING Ri bbed Tee CrossOver Tee V-Neck White This cotton undershirt fits close to the body and is the perfect length under bulky sweaters.  $24; ribbedtee.com

COURTESY CANADA GOOSE; RIBBER TEE; LULULEMON; MAGELLANS

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WHAT A THIS  SEASON  DESIGNERS  TOOk  INSpIRATION FROM THE upCOMING OLyMpIC GAMES. HERE ARE 5 SpORTy LOOkS FOR CASuAL GATHERINGS OR JuST TO pLAy up yOuR INNER SpORTS FAN.      pHOTOGRApHy AND STyLING k&S MEDIA


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A li%le bit of leather and the go1 to item of the season2 the sweater2 make a comeback. Topshop sweater, $48; Topshop necklace, $30; Topshop faux leather shorts, $56; all thebay.com/topshop. Nine West Clusive, $135.00; Available online at www.ninewest.ca and in Nine West stores across Canada. 3Previous Page4 Sportswear mixed with casual wear gives an ou$it a modern feel. Danier jacket, $349.00; www.danier.com. Topshop skirt, $60; thebay.com/topshop. Nike Pro Women's Sports Bra, $35; www.nike.com/ca. Spanx Well Heeled! Sweater Knee Socks, Bold Chevron, $18.00; www.spanx.com


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Layering pieces gives an ou$it dimen1 sion and texture. Topshop pants, $80; Topshop vest $50; Topshop sweater, $64; thebay.com/top1 shop.

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SHEER DELIGHT Sheer panels add interest to even the simplest dress. Add edge with leather gloves. Danier fingerless gloves, $39.00; www.danier.com. Topshop dress, $72; thebay.com/topshop.

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Surprise colour and neckline with silky loose fi&ng pants are du jour. Nike Pro Elite Knit Women's Tank Top, $85; www.nike.com/ca. Filippa K pants, $225; www.filippa1k.com

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Secret Caribbean beaches, dining at Toronto pearson International airport and more

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COURTESY ERNEST HON

TOKYO EXPRESS

Fashion icon Jeanne beker

NEED 25 REASONS TO VISIT? WE’VE GOT THEM, buT yOu REALLy JuST NEED ONE TO GO. p. 56 citystyleandliving.com | WINTER 2013/14 | 53


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PASSPORT Travel News

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

TOP 3 SECRET CARIBBEAN BEACHES

They’re probably not on your list yet but trust us, you’ll want to make the trip!

KEEP THE SECRET On the quiet northwest of the island, the beach is far from the crowds. WHY IT’S WORTH IT The sun shimmers on the sand like glass. There is good snorkeling along the length of the beach and excellent wreck diving offshore. GETTING THERE Near Gambier village, there is no clear public access.  Stay as a guest at Compass point beach Resort or look for a path near the pull-off at West bay Street. 

Paradise Beach, Carriacou

KEEP THE SECRET On weekdays enjoy a  secluded beach, protected by a barrier reef. WHY IT’S WORTH IT panoramic view – lush volcanic peaks of St Vincent’s union Island, endless azure water with Sandy island in the distance. GETTING THERE Connect via regular ferry service from Grenada; Lauriston Airport (from Grenada, barbados and Saint Vincent).  Ten minutes from the capital of Hillsborough.

What A Wonderful World

KEEP THE SECRET Although this offshore sandbar is one of the twin islands’ most visited sites, it is only accessible by boat. Go in low season (April to November) and you’ll have the gentle waters and amazing visibility all to yourself. WHY IT’S WORTH IT No waves, blue shallow waters, and a sandy bottom make it ideal for sun worshippers who want to relax in the ocean.   GETTING THERE Catch a boat from pigeon point.     

Fetta Panini Bar, Terminal 1

AIRPORT REPORT

YYZ Dining

Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World reminds us through vivid photographs that we live in one beautiful place. All of us. It creates a sense of place through iconic images of destinations on every continent. Now this is armchair travel. shop.lonelyplanet.com

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Nylon Pool, Tobago

A slew of new restaurants have opened in Canada’s busiest airport, Toronto pearson International. The chef-driven, fresh market concepts for Terminals 1 and 3 include Nobel burger bar from Mark McEwan, Corso offering Italian fare and Apropos for cocktails and light meals.  With Apple ipads available to guests to order, check flight information and browse the web, this brings airport dining to new culinary heights.   www.anotgexperience.com

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JEANNE BEKER

Fashion icon Jeanne Beker.

“ Don’t be afraid

and never give up.” HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE FEELING GOOD?

CSL about her The fashion icon and television host chats with C travel faves, how to feel good on the inside and outside this  season and how losing a friend has made her passionate about vaccine preventable diseases

“ I usually travel in a pair

of black leggings with a lot of stretch in it.”

Despite whatever fabulous fashion we want to strut, if we’re not really taking care of ourselves — our sleep patterns, our nutrition and doing the most in terms of preventative medicine — we’re not going to be looking good at all. I’ve had a wakeup call [she lost a friend due to complications of pneumonia] and want to inspire other people across the country to do the same. It’s not so much just taking care of ourselves but also all those women in our lives.  

The brilliant architecture of Istanbul, Turkey

WHAT DO YOU DO TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF IN WINTER MONTHS? Getting

COURTESY THE MERRION HOTEL; NORDSTROM; ISTANBUL CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU; RELAIS ST. GERMAIN; HBC

the flu shot last year was one of the best things that I did.  I avoided doing that for years and I would get sick every year.  This past winter I got the flu shot and I sailed through the winter without getting sick. It was amazing especially because of the hectic travel schedule I have. 

WHAT THREE ITEMS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR LUGGAGE? (11) A big, gorgeous Elsa peretti de-

signed silver wrist cuff from Tiffany & Co. My “Wonder Woman cuff,” I call it. I got it at a very special time in my life and it always empowers 2) Nude fishnet stockings — I find them me.  (2 the sexiest. They look good all year round, they are very elegant, and, if I’m going to an event, I usually wear my nude fishnets. Guys love them.   3) Even though I travel with big handbags, I al(3 ways make sure I have a wonderful clutch for the evening. I have a collection of old evening bags from the past. I still have the evening bag I carried to my sweet sixteen.  I always carry a dressier clutch so when I go out at night I don’t have to lug that big cumbersome purse with me.

FAVOURITE HOTEL IN THE WORLD? I have two real special favourites because they’re in two of my favourite cities in the world. The first one is Relais Saint-Germain in paris and the second one is the The Merrion Hotel in Dublin.  I absolutely love them and always feel like I’m in my home away from home when I’m there. They are charming and the staff is beyond amazing.

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Alexander McQueen Crystal-Embroidered Punk Skull Clutch Bag, Gold

MOST MEMORABLE TRAVEL MOMENT? Too many so I would just go to the last fabulous travel moment I had. I’m teaching a course at Ryerson university on the future of fashion journalism. I took four of the top students to Istanbul. None of us had been there before. To see the disparity between East and West — it’s kind of Europe it’s kind of Asia— you feel like you’re in the eye of the storm. It’s incredibly sophisticated. The fashion is incredible but then the antiquity of the old culture and the level of magic and mysticism — it’s such a rich place.   

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED? I’d go back to my Dad’s motto of don’t be afraid and never give up.  be fearless, be tenacious.  Also someone once told me early on in my broadcasting career never to take myself too seriously. I still do sometimes. I try to laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously because that can be really dangerous. CSL

Relais Saint-Germain in Paris, France

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MORI ART MUSEUM

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1 MORI ART MuSEuM 

Get oriented with the layout of Tokyo from one of the most spectacular observation decks in the city. Atop the 54-storey, 781-foot high Roppongi Hills Mori Tower is the Mori Arts Museum (53F 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo; www.mori.art.museum/eng) that houses a continually changing retinue of cutting edge contemporary art. The Roppongi Hills complex is one of Tokyo's newest and most ambitious urban development projects, encompassing residential, office, retail, and arts space. It's virtually a city within a city, and a glimpse of Tokyo’s spin on comprehensive urban planning.  At Tokyo International forum.

2 TOkyO  INTERNATIONAL FORuM 

3 SHIbuyA CROSSING Often compared to Times Square, the crossing in Shibuya is the most famous and busiest pedestrian scramble crossing in Tokyo, if not the world. As the Japanese do not jaywalk (nor should you while

in Japan), hundreds of pedestrians on all corners of the intersection accumulate until the synchronized pedestrian signal triggers an organized chaos of people from all directions. The best way to observe this is from the second story windows of the Starbucks on the corner: this is Tokyo street theater at its finest. (Metro: JR yamanote Shibuya Station, Hachiko exit). Shibuya crossing at night.

Not only a meeting point for business travellers to the city, the Tokyo International Forum is also a must-see destination for aficionados of modern architecture with its breathtaking 210m-long oval glass atrium. Designed by Rafael Viñoly and

completed in 1996, the Forum abuts the railway tracks in the heart of the Marunouchi business district. Don’t miss the hanging trussed walkways that criss-cross its enormous volume. The forum’s courtyard hosts the OEDO market – one of the largest open-air antiques fairs in Japan – on the first and third Sunday of every month, an excellent spot for picking up various Japaneilia. (3 Chome –5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo).

Japan has an illustrious reputation for making some of the finest knives in the world, a heritage drawn from the craft of making katana, the samurai sword. Coveted  by  chefs  around

If you love sushi, a pilgrimage to the Tsukiji Fish Market must be made. It is the largest

4 TSukIJI FISH MARkET

wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, and any fish you eat  in  the  city  will  have  likely passed  through  its  doors.  As  a working fish market, visitors can observe  the  market  in  the  early morning  where  fishermen,  fishmongers,  and  restaurateurs gather to bring the freshest catch to a culture that virtually worships seafood. For a lucky 120 spectators,  Tsukiji  also  hosts  the  daily Tuna auction where the catch of bluefin tuna is displayed and sold by a chanting auctioneer. The first auction  of  the  year  routinely breaks  price  records;  2013’s record-setting  fish  fetched  over $1.75 million. While entry to the auction is free, showing up before 4:30AM is essential to get a spot amongst  the  120  spectators  for the day. Afterwards, wander the public section of the fish market and order breakfast at one of the several  excellent  sushi  restaurants. (5 Chome –2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo;  www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm)

the  world,  these  knives  are  produced in the famed knife-making cities  of  Seki  and  Sakai  and  are forged in myriad steels, shapes, and sizes. One of the best places to find an excellent Japanese blade is the kitchenware  town,  kappabashi, that  specializes  in  kitchen  and restaurant equipment. There you’ll find  everything  from  enormous tuna knives to lithe boning knives, as  well  as  paraphernalia  such  as Japanese  waterstones.  For  machine-forged brand name knives, try TDI. For hand-forged Japanese-style knives,  kama-asa  or  kamata  both carry a wide selection of craft blades. (Metro:  Ginza  Line,  Tawaramachi Station;  kamata:  2–12-6  Matsugaya,Taito-ku, Tokyo; kama-asa: 2–241 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo)

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Yokohama’s Osanbashi pier.

Leaving Tokyo for the port city of Yokohama hardly feels like a trip at all: the two cities have well-connected public transportation and are con-urbanized such that many make this trip part of their daily commute. In yokohama you’ll find the largest Chinatown in Asia, a remnant of the city’s history as an important trade port between China and Japan. One of the most delightful gems of yokohama is Osanbashi pier, the main terminal for passenger ferries and cruise ships. Designed by Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro zaera-polo, the pier is a result of an international design competition and is crafted from rolling hills of green grass and planks of sun-bleached wood. From the pier, catch the stunning panorama of the yokohama harbor. (Osanbashi pier: 1-1-4 kaigan-dori, yokohama-Shi).

7  SHOppING FOR DESIGN AND FuRNITuRE

For the design cognoscenti, the neighborhood of Meguro is the place to be for furniture and design objects. Most of the shops line Meguro-Dori, some here stock the finest vintage Danish furniture found outside of museums. your best bet to navigate this neighborhood is to take a taxi and start your journey from the Claska Hotel, a delightful design-oriented boutique hotel with a stunning lobby and café (Claska Hotel -1-3-18 Chuocho, Meguro, Tokyo).

8  SHOp ON TOkyO’S up-AND-COMING FASHION DISTRICTS 

Along the Meguro River’s, cherry-tree lined canal southwest of central Tokyo, shops have recently been sprouting to form one of the city’s hippest areas for shopping. The area still retains much of its sleepy residential character, so a little patience and sharp eye is necessary to find the often-inconspicuous boutiques and restaurants nestled between mid-century Tokyo housing. Don’t miss 1LDk for minimalist Japanese clothes and home accessories or General Research for hip contemporary street wear (1LDk: #1A 1-8-28, kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo; General Research: 1-14-11 aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo).

Gate at Yoyogi park.

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9 RAMEN

Ramen at Warito.

These wavy yellow alkaline water noodles have made great inroads in the North American food scene in the past decade, managing to slowly shake off its instant noodle reputation. In Tokyo, it’s a delightful and cheap meal to be slurped up loudly in tiny, packed noodle bars, especially during the cold winter months. It’s virtually impossible to determine where to find the best ramen in the city, as there are over 4000 ramen shops in Tokyo alone. A hidden gem in the neighborhood of Nakameguro is Warito (3-7-10, Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo), where locals line up outside its non-descript door for a spot at its tiny (less than 15 person) counter. It specializes in Tsukemen, where an especially rich broth is provided in a separate bowl for dipping. After all the noodles are finished, the chef will provide you with a searing hot stone to put in the dipping broth to reheat it for drinking. Like most ramen shops in the country, ordering and payment is done at the entrance by machine, which prints out a stub, that is then handed over to wait staff before you are served.  58 | WINTER 2013/14 | citystyleandliving.com

After a few days exploring the seemingly endless concrete jungle of central Tokyo, you might be yearning for some open space. yoyogi park (2-1 yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo) and the adjacent Meiji Shrine form one of the largest parks in the city, with verdant landscaping ranging from towering evergreen forests to grassy recreational fields. The park is especially animated on afternoon weekends, when it becomes the de facto gathering place for Tokyo’s youth.


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11 SHINJuku FROM AbOVE

Stare at the high-rise architecture of Shinjuku from one of the tower’s observation decks. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building (2-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo; www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/TMG/observat.htm) houses the city’s administrative offices for the entire metropolitan area in a split 48-floor tower designed by pritzker prize winning Japanese architect kenzo Tange. The unmistakable Tokyo skyline is particularly stunning at night, when red beacon lights flash from all high rise buildings. best of all, entry to the deck is free. 

Shinjuku at sunset.

12  LIVE IN LuXuRy AT THE pARk HyATT HOTEL

It’s impossible to write a guide of Tokyo without mentioning its best-known hotel, the Park Hyatt. Spanning floors 39-52 in the seventh tallest building in the city, this five-star hotel offers impeccable service, breathtaking views, and a rooftop pool. yes, this is the park Hyatt (3-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo; www.tokyo.park.hyatt.com) from the movie Lost in Translation. 

Omotesando Kof fee.

14 GET CAFFEINATED  

Japanese people are fanatical about quality in their chosen craft, and this certainly applies to their coffee. The cafés here rank amongst the best in the world, with dedicated baristas that can serve up espresso, pour-over, and even siphon-brewed. Caffeine hounds must seek out Omotesando koffee (4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo), a Japanese minimalist shop complete with tatami mats and zen garden on the ground floor of a house in the trendy Omotesando area. Another great option is the Tokyo branch of the Norwegian coffee shop Fuglen (1-16-11 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo), where the café is a showcase for Norwegian mid-century design.

13  A NIGHT IN A CApSuLE HOTEL

With some of the most expensive real estate in the world, the capsule hotel arose to provide the Japanese salaryman a place to stay in the city center if they had missed their last train home after a long day of work or a night out at the bars. Capsule hotels are cheap, around $20-40 per night, and contain hundreds of stacked sleeping capsules in large dormitory rooms. Sleeping capsules often contain a small television and reading light, and the shared washroom facilities have razors and toothbrushes so guests do not need to pack anything for a night’s stay. Try this truly Japanese experience at Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 ( 2-40-1, kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo), a modest and conveniently located hotel in the center of the Shinjuku business district. 

15 TAkE A RIDE ON TOkyO’S  SubWAyS AND  buLLET TRAIN  

A train waiting to depar t. With over 35 million people calling the Greater Tokyo Area home, mass transit is one of the most important and impressive pieces of the urban puzzle. The  subways  are  incredibly clean, efficient, and fast – it will be one of the things you will greatly envy about the city after you return home.  If  you  are  a  little  more  ambitious  and  plan  on  exploring outside of the city, the Shinkansen – also known as the bullet train – provides a network of high-speed rail to most other cities on the islands of Honshu and kyushu. While regular ticket prices are moderately expensive, nonresidents can purchase a JR pass that allows for unlimited travel  on  the  JR  train  network,  making  exploring  Japan  affordable and easy.  citystyleandliving.com | WINTER 2013/14 | 59


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A plate of Tonkatsu.

16 GET OVER yOuR JET LAG IN A kARAOkE bOX

A night in a karaoke box remains a popular way to spend the evening in Japan. Rooms are usually rentable by the half-hour and are often open 24 hours a day. Enjoy this iconic Japanese pastime in one of the many multi-story karaoke centers in Shibuya: it is certainly one of the best ways to spend a jet-lagged night in Tokyo. (karaoke kan: 30-8 udagawa-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo).

Kaiseki prepared dish.

17 SAMpLE SOME OF JApAN’S FINEST  CuISINE

With all of the delicious categories of Japanese cuisine (sushi, yakitori, ramen) it’s easy to overlook the most elevated form of the meal: Kaiseki. Among the 323 Michelin stars awarded to Tokyo restaurants, many of them are kaiseki restaurants that pay obsessive attention to detail in preparation, ingredients, and presentation. kaiseki descended from the royal courts and deliver a multi-course tasting menu that is often prepared right in front of your eyes. One of the best in the city is found at Jushu (1 Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo), a 2-Michelin star restaurant with only a dozen seats. Its chef-owner Senzaki-san prepares his seasonal omakase course with a close eye on his guests – choice of preparation and pace is set by their reaction.  

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18 TRy AN ICONIC JApANESE DISH, TONkATSu Tonkatsu, delicious deep fried pork cutlets with delicate panko breadcrumb crusts, is elevated to an art form at Mai-sen. Now a chain across Tokyo, the undisputed location to visit is the main shop in Jinggumae, just a few blocks behind the Omotesando Hills shopping complex. Here you’ll find locals queuing up all times of the day to eat at this chicly renovated World War II era bathhouse.   (48-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo). Akihabara is the undisputed destination for fans of anime, manga, and video games. Along Chuo-dori are the city’s best anime and manga stores that stock a sprawling selection of print, DVDs, and figures. Within a few city blocks are highrise arcade palaces filled with machines ranging from vintage pinball to cutting edge immersive video simulators. Try your luck on the games here and prepare to be humbled by some of the world’s best pro players. One of the most visible is the Club Sega tower (1-10-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Toyko) , located just outside the west entrance of the Akihabara station. 

Akhiabara at nightfall.

19 ARCADE GAMES AT  AkIHAbARA 

For a truly unique nightlife experience, visit the micro-district Golden Gai in Shinjuku. This is one of the few areas preserved from development in the latter part of the 20th century and retains its dense network of alleyways and tiny 2-storey buildings – more shanty town than city. Squeezed into this area are several hundred tiny bars with unique themes like cats (for feline lovers) or punk rock music. One good choice here is La Jetee (1-1-8 kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo), a tiny room on the second floor behind a nondescript door. Its walls are decorated with movie posters and the owner is an aficionado of classic French cinema. The surrounding area of Shinjuku is no less animated as one of Tokyo’s hottest nightlife districts.  

Shinjuku with its neon lights.

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21 JApANESE WHISky

The Japanese have been distilling whisky for almost 150 years in a style that closely resembles scotch. The two best known are Suntory and Nikka, these brands are widely distributed and well respected amongst connoisseurs around the world. For a greater sampling of what Japan has to offer, visit zoetrope (3F, 7-10-14 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo), an intimate bar on a back street of Nishi-Shinjuku that stocks several hundred varieties behind the bar. 

22 LuXuRy bRAND SHOppING IN AOyAMA 

23 TOkyO SkyTREE 

Aoyama luxur y shopping.

Tokyo Skytree rises in the skyline.

A quiet moment in Ginza.

The tony neighborhood of Aoyama is the best place in the city to find luxury goods, where many of the global brands have purchased a slice of the pricey real estate here to build their flagship stores. Windowshopping in Aoyama is almost as rewarding as the real thing; many of these stores are also architectural gems worthy of a visit. The most distinctive is the Herzog & de Meuron designed prada building (5-2-6 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo), with its distinctive bulging diamond-shaped glass windows. 

At 2,080 feet tall, the Tokyo Skytree is the second tallest structure in the world (after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai) and serves the primary purpose of radio and television broadcasting. On a clear day, from the 450m high observation deck, you can get a spectacular panoramic view of the entire kanto plain including the snow-topped Mount Fuji almost 100 km away. (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo; www.tokyoskytree.jp/en)

The Sony Building sits at the most prominent corner of Ginza shopping district. Entrance to the seven-storey building is free to the public and showcases the newest technologies and electronic gadgets from one of the world’s most famous brands. Surrounding the Sony building (5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo), the Ginza district is one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the city and its dense street grid houses many of Tokyo’s high end department stores and restaurants. 

25 EXpERIENCE A  JApANESE pHOTO bOOTH 

24 THE SONy  buILDING IN GINzA 

Using a photo booth.

Looking for that perfect little piece of memorabilia to take back home with you? Hop in one of the ubiquitous photo booths in the city: these aren’t the simple smile-flash-and wait machines, but instead allow you time to edit and add hundreds of digital effects before printing. practice your perfect kawaii!

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CSL ANNUAL GIFT GUIDE Pages 11- 19 NEST www.nestfragrances.com Developed exclusively for Sephora; FRUITS AND PASSION www.fruits-passion.ca For complete list of retail locations see website; JAMIE OLIVER www.sobeys.com Available at Sobeys; JABRA www.jabra.ca For complete list of retailers see website; BED BATH AND BEYOND www.bedbathandbeyond.ca For complete list of retail locations see website; ELECTROLUX www.electrolux.ca Available for purchase at Costco, Target and through local Independent Dealer Chanel; T-FAL www.t-fal.ca Available online through website, and in mass, department and specialty stores across Canada; ALBERTA GUIDE DOG SERVICES Please call toll-free 1.877.258.0819 or email: info@albertaguidedog.com; NEATFREAK www.neatfreak.com Available at Loblaws, Kent and Binz; LES GALETS patisserielesgalets.com Available online through website; STARBUCKS www.starbucksstore.com Available online through website or in store; PURDY’S www.purdys.com For complete list of retail locations see website; BLIS blisgourmet.com Available online through website; GREEN AND BLACKS www.greenandblacks.com/ca and www.facebook.com/GreenandBlacksCanada Available at select major retailers across Canada as well as in specialty food, natural health, and organic food stores; FOLGERS www.folgers.ca Available at most grocery stores and big box retailers across Canada including Sobey’s, Metro and Walmart; ROWE POTTERY www.rowepottery.com Available online through website; EMILE HENRY browneretail.com For complete list of retailers see website; THE REPUBLIC OF TEA republicoftea.com Available online through website and by calling 1-800-298-4TEA (4832); SPICE TRADER www.thespicetrader.ca Available online through website or in store at 877 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario; KILLIGREW www.killigrewfashion.com available online through website and at select stores across Ontario; WISER’S www.wisers.ca Available at fine liquor stores; THE BODY SHOP www.thebodyshop.ca For complete list of retail locations see website; BLUNDSTONE www.blundstone.ca For complete list of retailers see website; ALDO www.aldoshoes.com For complete list of retail locations see website; BOTTEGA VENETA www.bottegaveneta.com Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew locations across Canada; SCHICK www.schick.com/ca Available at mass retailers, grocery and drug stores across Canada; WURKIN STIFFS www.WurkinStiffs.com Available at retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada and online at Amazon.com and through website; UNCOMMON GOODS www.uncommongoods.com Available online through website; THE LITTLE BRA COMPANY www.thelittlebracompany.com Available online through website, for complete list of retailers including online see website; PHILOSOPHY www.philosophy.com Available at Sephora; LUSH www.lush.ca For complete list of retail locations see website; MAGELLAN’S www.magellans.com Available online through website; ROBERTO CAVALLI www.robertocavalli.com Available across Canada at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutou and London Drugs; DAVID JONES www.holiday.ca Available at Sears and independent stores; THE HONEST COMPANY www.honest.com Available online through website; RENOVA www.myrenova.ca Available in Canac, Loblaws, Metro and Walmart stores across the country; HALLMARK www.hallmark.com Available in Hallmark Gold Crown stores; CRAYOLA www.crayola.ca Available at mass retailers across Canada; SWADDLE DESIGNS www.swaddledesigns.com Available online through website; CLEK www.clekinc.ca For complete list of retailers see website; THE BODY SHOP www.thebodyshop.ca For complete list of retail locations see website; BUILD A BEAR www.buildabear.com For complete list of retail locations see website; EBAGS www.ebags.com Available online through website; SAMSUNG www.samsung.com/ca For complete list of retailers see website; ORAL-B www.oralb.com/en-CA Available at department, retail and specialty stores nationwide; FUJIFILM www.fujifilm.com For complete list of retailers see website; NOKIA www.nokia.com For complete list of retailers see website; MOTOROLA www.motorola.com For complete list of retailers see website; SUBWAY www.subway.ca For complete list of retail locations see website; SECOND CUP www.secondcup.com For complete list of retail locations see website; CANADA HELPS www.canadahelps.org Available online through website. FITNESS Page 20 REEBOK www.reebok.ca Reebok Fit Hub at Cross Iron Mills; NEW BALANCE www.newbalance.ca Available online through website LULULEMON www.lululemon.com For complete list of retail locations see website. FUSION Pages 22-24 CUISIPRO browneretail.com For complete list of retailers see website; WHOLESOME SWEETENERS www.wholesomesweeteners.com Available online through website; FRESH-AS freshas.com Available online through website and at qualifirst.com; WILTON www.wilton.com Available online through website, for complete list of retail locations see website; JR WATKINS www.jrwatkins.com Available online through website, for complete list of retail locations see website. MOTHER NATURE Pages 25 THREE FARMERS threefarmers.ca Available online through website, for complete list of retail locations see website; GRASSROOTS STORE www.grassrootsstore.com Available online through website, for complete list of retail locations see website; TEH TEA www.tehbar.com Available online through website. IMBIBE Pages: 26- 29 ALL BRANDS Available at liquor stores; EDITORS NOTES Page: 43 NIP AND FAB www.nipandfab.com Available at Shoppers Drug Mart; GIOVANNI giovanni cosmetics.com For A COMPLETE list of retailers see website; STELLA MCCARTNEY www.stellamccartney.com For a complete list of retailers see website; REVLON www.revlon.ca Available at department and mass retailers; MUSTELA www.mustela.com Available at Sephora, for a complete list of retailers see website; ROCKY MOUNTIAN SOAP COMPANY www.rockymountainsoap.com For a complete list of locations see website; UNCOMMON GOODS www.uncommongoods.com Available online through website; NEST FRAGRANCES www.nestfragrances.com Available at Sephora; THE BODY SHOP www.thebodyshop.ca For a complete list of locations see website; BATH AND BODY WORKS www.bathandbodyworks.com For a complete list of locations see website; TREASURE TROVE Page: 44 REVLON www.revlon.ca Available at department and mass retailers; MAC www.maccosmetics.com Available at Department stores, for a complete list of locations see website; SUGAR www.fresh.com Available at Sephora; ANTIPODES antipodesnature.com For a complete list of locations see website; MAKEUP FOREVER www.makeupforever.com Available at Sephora; LABORATOIRE DR RENAUD ldrenaud.com For a complete list of locations see website; HERBAL ESSENCES www.herbalessences.com Available at mass retailers. COVET Page: 45-46 SOREL www.sorel.com For a complete list of locations see website; EL NATURALISTA www.elnaturalista.ca Available through website; KEEN www.keenfootwear.com For a complete list of locations see website; REITMANS www.reitmans.com For a complete list of locations see website; ELLE MCPHERSON INTIMATES ellemacphersonintimates.com For a complete list of locations see website; STELLA MCCARTNEY www.stellamccartney.com For a complete list of locations see website; PLEASURE STATE COUTURE www.pleasurestate.com.au For a complete list of locations see website; CANADA GOOSE www.canadagoose.com For a complete list of locations see website; MAGELLANS Available through website; LULULEMON www.lululemon.com Available in store; RIBBED TEE ribbedtee.com Available through website.


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