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FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE 7 VOLUME 2
BIG EVENTS, TINY DETAILS IT TAKES A SMALL ARMY OF DEDICATED PEOPLE TO MAKE THAT SPECIAL DAY TURN OUT PERFECT
SILLY LOVE SONGS? MUSIC FOR THE LOVERS OR THOSE ALL OUT OF LOVE
REGINA’S NICE GUY WITH READY-TO-WEAR FASHIONS
THE VEGAN BURGER NO MEAT IS NO PROBLEM AT WOODFIRE GRILL
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When it was finally my time to get married (I am the last among my brother and two sisters to do so), I started thinking of all the people who’d been such a big part of my life—my family, my friends, those living close to me and those far away—and all they’d shared with my fiancée and I over the years. I went over the list of invitees—people from my past and present, family and friends alike—and I thought of so many times spent sharing, talking, eating, laughing and comforting each other too. The tables at the reception brought together people from a dozen countries and suddenly all linked together in one important way. In traditional Ukrainian fashion, the wedding featured plenty to eat and drink, and there at the reception my best man, Mert Duran, quoted from one of his native languages, Turkish, to say how in life you get to know people best when eating
and travelling with them. It was a toast to things that we seldom consider as meaningful yet reveal much about who we are and how we get along in unfamiliar places. This month’s feature focusses on weddings, but not only: professionals in various walks of life consider the bigger picture in their industry. Big events such as fundraising galas, concerts, masquerade balls, birthdays and fashion shows bring us together. It takes myriad people to pull them off and they all have a story to tell about how we should approach the events that shape our lives. We consider in this month’s issue the caterer, the musician, the atelier, the event planner, the cake maker, the stylist, the service provider—the people that create lasting memories by contributing the sum of their parts. Also this month: Regina-born designer Dean Renwick sets the spring in motion with his latest collection; eye-liner advice from an industry expert who’s not afraid to admit past mistakes; dive into one tasty vegan and gluten-free falafel burger from Chef Matt Schryer of Woodfire Grill on 2nd Avenue downtown; and take in everything there is to do this month, from Ice Cycle 2014 on February 1 to the Saskatoon Blues Festival starting February 24 and everything in between! Show your love for each other this month; let go of pent up feelings and let your best ideas and plans take shape. Just remember to stop and smell the roses along the way.
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contents ONE YOU
SO MANY POSSIBILITIES
MAKING IT GOOD ON YOUR BIG DAY
When it comes to big plans, it’s about attention to details Photo of Bernard Callebaut chocolates by Mark Tiu
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HAD ENOUGH OF LOVE SONGS? Find the music you need to enhance the mood
By Rebecca Windjack
ISSUE 7 VOLUME 2
CLASSIC SPRING REVIVAL Regina’s Dean Renwick on your new wardrobe BIG EVENTS, TINY DETAILS IT TAKES A SMALL ARMY OF DEDICATED PEOPLE TO MAKE THAT SPECIAL DAY TURN OUT PERFECT
SILLY LOVE SONGS?
MUSIC FOR THE LOVERS OR THOSE ALL OUT OF LOVE
By Mandy Pravda
REGINA’S NICE GUY WITH READY-TO-WEAR FASHIONS
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Romantic By Nature
7:30pm; tickets from $18; saskatoonsymphony.org For a romantic evening fitting the Valentine’s theme, guest conductor Maestro Gilles Auger of Quebec joins with cellist Denise Djokic (pictured) and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra to perform some of the most moving pieces in the classical repertoire: Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme op. 33 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’. TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306-975-7799)
We Were Lovers
10pm; tickets $12; amigos25.ca The dynamic pop duo host a Valentine’s Day concert in this iconic Broadway haunt. Expect lots of songs from their full-length studio album “Pyramids” as part of their repertoire. Amigo’s Cantina (608 Dufferin Ave., 306-652-4912)
2pm, 7:30pm; tickets $30; amatiquartet. usask.ca Marla Cole (violin), Rudolf Sternadel (violin), Geoff Cole (viola) and Terence Sturge (cello) return to the city’s beloved concert hall to play on the historic Amati classical instrument collection. The acclaimed quartet will perform works by Haydn (String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1), Mozart (String Quartet No. 21 in D major, KV 575) and Dvorak (String Quartet No. 5 in F minor, Op. 9). Rush seating only. Third Avenue Centre (402 3rd Ave. North)
5th Annual Chef’s Gala Showcase 5:30pm reception, 7pm dinner; tickets $155/table of 8 $1,500; Picatic.com/chefsgala A variety of local musicians, performers and local chefs extraordinaires highlight this celebration by the Saskatchewan Chefs’ Association. Take in a sumptuous, six-course gourmet dinner with live opera by Little Opera On the Prairie (LOOP), live theatre by the LiveFive independent theatre troupe and live music by the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival. A night to indulge and celebrate the city’s “finest eats & cultural treats.” Prairieland Park (Hall E, 503 Ruth St. West)
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“You’d think that people would’ve had enough of silly love songs. But I look around me and I see it isn’t so.” – Paul McCartney For some, love sucks. And there’s nothing like a choice anti-love ballad to help you express feelings akin to disgust for this annual event. But for the others, love rocks! There are so many unforgettable tunes that heighten the sense of affection we have for someone during a special moment. From slightly quirky love songs to deeply moving ballads, McCartney was right: there is undoubtedly a lyric or melody out there to hit your emotional bull’s eye. I caught up in Regina with multi-award winning composer Jason Cullimore, who is also a developer and instructor in Music Psychology at the University of Regina. He shared a few insights as to why we feel love the way we do when we listen to music. “There is a long history of experimentation with melody, harmony and instrumentation that aims to establish how to use music to achieve particular emotional effects,” Cullimore says. One theory suggests that the patterns of tension and relaxation we experience in our everchanging state of emotions is mirrored by changes that composers introduce into their works, like rhythm, tempo, crescendo/decrescendo. “The mirroring allows the music to represent and invoke emotion,” Cullimore says. While there is no specific formula when it comes to writing the perfect love song, many artists come very close to that, he adds. “A well-written song hits the listener in the heart,” achieving an effect that acts as a love potion. “Everybody responds to a given piece of music in a unique way,” Cullimore says, making it hard to predict specific emotional reactions. What works for one person will not work for another. Many scholars believe that music evolved as a cultural response specifically designed to increase the strength of our social bonds with one another, he says. And what greater bond is there than love? Listen to a selection of Saskatchewan’s finest music dedicated to being in (or out of) love and this year make your own emotional connection with Valentine’s playlists at www.saskmusic.org. SaskMusic (www.saskmusic.org) represents, promotes and develops the commercial music industry of our province with programming including career advice, artist listings, workshops, marketing, networking opportunities and more. Our artists and music professionals hail from across the province, and work in pretty much every genre you can imagine.
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7:30pm; tickets from $29.50; tcutickets.ca Get your co’boots and co’boy hat on! The Canadian country-singing superstar and heart throb arrives for a one-off show to promote songs off his CCMA award-winning 2012 album “Dirt”. TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306-975-7799)
A Tribe Called Red
9pm; tickets $25 in advance/$30 at the door; theodeon.ca These respected Winnipeg hip-hoppers with their hard-hitting lyrics arrive to emcee this party with Jackson 2Bears and other guests. O’Brians Event Centre (211 2nd Ave. South, 306-651-1000)
Fri21 Bryan Adams
7:30pm; tickets from $55; tcutickets.ca Bryan Adams has come a long way from Chilliwack, BC, and his first big hit, Cuts Like a Knife. He’s hit #1 in more than 40 countries. He holds the record for the longest-running #1 hit in the UK charts (16 weeks), he has four #1 singles, Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, a Grammy, several Juno Awards, plus ASCAP awards. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and you don’t have tickets to his concert yet? Get on it. TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306-975-7799) January 24 to March 30, 2014
Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
Trace Nelson: Walls of Intrigue and Cabinets of Curiosity Organized by Open Space.
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Saskatoon Blues Festival
Various venues, times and ticket prices; Saskatoonbluesociety.ca If your Valentine has broken your heart, console yourself with a week of blues, blues and nothing but the blues: lonesome homesick blues, every day I have the blues blues and all the rest. Dozens of musicians will hit the stage at the Electric Cabaret in the O’Brians Event Centre (211 2nd Ave. South) and the Acoustic Stage in the Park Town Hotel (924 Spadina Cres. East), plus other free stages in venues across the downtown.
Ice Cycle 2014
La chambre blanche (The White Room)
Starts at 4:30pm; icecycle.ca The local advocacy group Saskatoon Cycles encourages all cyclists to join in “the coolest bicycle ride on the planet!” After going for a half-hour spin about the town, return to the market for a small nip at the cash bar and live entertainment featuring Phoenix Lauren and The Maier Sisters. Meet outside the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (19th St. West and Ave. A)
Various showtimes; tickets $20; latroupedujour.ca A Canadian citizen travelling to Egypt has been seized at the airport by security. His name is on a no-fly list. But how is that possible? Bruce McKay and Paul Fruteau de Laclos star in this daring drama about the War on Terror, the creeping loss of freedom and mistaken identity. La Troupe du Jour (914 20th St. West, 306-667-1221)
The Lost World
1pm and 7:30pm; tickets from $25 In their lastest “Silence is Golden” silent film series, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Bill Rowson will perform the score live for another classic, this time the 1925 sci-fi thriller, The Lost World. The Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. West, 306-955-8642)
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Various photos from the archives of the Local History Room at the main library showcase the history of rail transportation and travel in the city. Free admission. Frances Morrison Library Gallery (311 23rd St. East, 306-975-7558; saskatoonlibrary.ca/thegallery)
Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave., 306-652-6556) Through Feb. 2: Ignorance (8pm; tickets $23; persephonetheatre.org). Where did happiness come from and where did it go? In a world of technological marvels there’s a nagging sense of dissatisfaction—did we lose our way somewhere way back in our history as a species? The world-renowned Old Trout Puppet Workshop explores the evolution of happiness in this highly inventive puppet documentary.
Persephone Theatre (Remai Arts Centre; 100 Spadina Cres. East, 306-384-7727) Through Feb. 9: Strawberries in January (various showtimes, tickets from $30; persephonetheatre.org). In this complex love story woven by Evelyne de la Cheneliere, coincidence, seduction and dysfunction collide with charming, if
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LIVE MUSIC (CLASSICAL)
Convocation Hall (U of S campus;
107 Administration Place) Feb. 2: Elixir Ensemble (2:30pm; tickets $25; elixirensemble.com). Violin, viola, cello and piano bring forth Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in A major. Tickets available through Picatic.com. Roxy Theatre (304 20th St. West, 306-955-8642; rainbowcinemas.ca) Feb. 28: Jon Kimura Parker (7:30pm; $50; Thirdavecentre.org). Renowned pianist Parker will open with his own transcription of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and conclude with Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. (JAZZ, BLUES)
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From Wed12 Feb. 1: Jan Janovsky Sextet (8pm; tickets $23/members $17) Feb. 6-7: Outside the Wall (Feb. 6 8pm, Feb. 7 9pm; $23/$17) Feb. 8: The Pianomen: David Fong, Don Griffith, Kim Salkeld and Ray Stephanson (8pm; $20/$15) Feb. 14: JP Cormier (9pm; $23/$17) Feb. 15: Brett Balon and the Something Else Quintet (8pm; $20/$15) Feb. 21: JJ Guy, James Steele and Celeste Smith (9pm; $23/17) Feb. 22: The Amina Figarova Sextet (New York) (8pm; $25/20) Feb. 28: Broadway Unplugged feat. The Saskatoon Summer Players (9pm; $20/$15) (ROCK/FOLK/POP/ALT) Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave., 306-652-4912; amigos25.ca) All shows at 10pm and tickets $12 unless otherwise noted. Feb. 1: All Mighty Voice w/ Gunner
and Smith, The Dead South Feb. 4: Kool Keith w/ Snow Goons, Ka Lil and Mic Flont Feb. 7: Lou Reed Tribute Night feat. Maybe Smith and Ride ’til Dawn Feb. 8: Les Hay Babies w/ Mario Lepage Feb. 21: Factor w/ Def 3 Feb. 22: Omfest 3 Feb. 28: Friends of Foes w/ Silent Sea O’Brians Event Centre (211 2nd Ave. South, 306-651-1000; theodeon.ca) Feb. 1: We The Artists (6:30pm; $25) Feb. 2: Down With Webster w/ SonReal and D Pryde (6:30pm; $39.75) Feb. 14: Passa Passa Valentine’s Day (10pm; tickets at the door)
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Ave.; Broadwaytheatre.ca) Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. West) Feb. 7: At Middleton (romance; US) Feb. 14: 7 Boxes (thriller; US)
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With dancy beats, swirling atmospheric guitars and dynamic synth pop, We Were Lovers consists of Elsa Gebremichael on vocals and keyboard with Ash Lamothe on guitar. Their first full-length studio album is “Pyramids”, which features their debut single Islands. Ash is wearing a denim Oxford by Kollar and Elsa a strapless black leather dress from Lipsy London, a black leather blazer by Michael Kors and black suede riding boots by Colcci Girls, all provided by Mint Fashion Company. Treat your Valentine to delicious, fresh-baked pizza, wine by the glass and service with a smile at Christie’s Il Secondo, where you’ll also find artisan breads, pastries, sandwiches and more for lunch or to go all baked fresh daily. To complete Ash’s clean, rocking look, Broadway Shoe Repair fitted him with a pair of easy wearing, low-cut leather Desert Boots in beeswax by Clarks., one of many fine labels in stock. Fresh flower bouquets such as for Valentine’s Day, including the one Ash is holding, are great for any occasion and can always be found at Bill’s House of Flowers.
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7 People Who Make it Happen:
Your Big Day Like life, weddings have layers and people that accent them; together they become part of an event we will recall for a lifetime with a sigh, a smile, a laugh, a tear. Take a closer look at the professionals whose work often goes into making weddings memorable: the caterer, the atelier,
Celeste Lemieux Positive Passions Health and wellness in all aspects of one’s life makes for healthier relationships: with the self, with others and especially with those you love, says
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the cake maker, the event planner, the musician, the stylist and the relationship consultant. After the wedding is over, life goes on. There are other formal events to attend, celebrations to make, ways of communicating joy in life. These are the people behind it all.
Celeste Lemieux, a locally based relationship consultant. “There are no absolutes in this space,” she says of Positive Passions in downtown Saskatoon. Celeste finds that many of her older clients come to her wishing to re-establish intimacy, communicating from a position “of truth and wholeness”, and bring balance to their sexuality, whatever that means. Many of her younger clients, including young couples come to her wanting to deepen their relationship and openly explore their utmost feelings. “We look at exploring a person’s relationship to the self, on positive sexuality and then towards others,” says Celeste, who since 1999 has been helping people explore different ways of communicating and becoming intimate. “A lot of what I do simply involves helping people use the five senses. So-called ‘New Age’
practices are basic: If you stare in total silence into your partner’s eyes for five minutes, you will be more connected and feel closer towards that person. From simple observations she says come expressions of needs, feelings, requests and other subtle forms of communication. Many people fear such close scrutiny, she says, “because we project our worst fears onto the other’s thoughts.” To Celeste, love is much more than skin deep: it is non-judgmental, nondenominational, non-violent and very often non-verbal. “There’s a growing popularity on the internet of positive sexuality, but not on a personal level,” she says. “It’s geared towards sex and the orgasm, not ‘How do you create more intimacy?’. (Positive Passions) is about making sexuality more comfortable, healthier and part of health and wellness in all aspects of life.”
Janalyn Mehler Soul Salons Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day. But why not start looking like that every day and feeling your best starting now? Start fresh. “Clean food, clean hair, clean thoughts, clean out your closet, breathe clean air,” says Janalyn Mehler, the owner of Soul Salons. To be you on your wedding day, start by reducing the chemicals you put into your body and onto it. Janalyn eats lots of whole foods, drinks lots of water and runs a salon that emphasizes doing less to achieve healthier hair, using products with fewer ingredients and carrying only two types of shampoo: regular and a treatment for damaged skin. In the dry local climate, hydration and keeping the head free of tight-fitting caps is important, Janalyn says. Healthy hair cannot be achieved the day before a big event, or even a week prior. A person wanting to look their best should start making active changes right now. “Go natural, go easy on your body, go easy on the environment,” she says. “Hair should be clean because it’s hard to put lasting curl or bounce in hair that’s just not healthy.”
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Kajoo Kamal Klassique Designs Clothing should fit properly, says Kajoo Kamal of Klassique Designs. To her, custom fitting and alterations take an outfit to the next level. Honesty plays a major role in her business since she works one-on-one with clients, often over months and even years, to build their wardrobe. That implies honesty, not self-criticism, when it comes to the body they have, who they are and how they want to feel or look. “A little guidance from experienced clothiers when making wardrobe choices can be of great advantage for young women,” Kajoo says. “Many current styles are not as flattering or as structured as items for wardrobe building should be. Once the basics are in place, there’s room to interpret one’s individuality and personal style, she says. “A solid wardrobe, like a solid building, begins with a strong foundation,” she says. “I often hear from event organizers, employers and even brides how disappointed they are with what people wear. What is worn for a casual shopping afternoon is not the same as what would be worn for a formal event,” Kajoo says. “It is important to learn to make the distinctions for what is appropriate and where.” “There’s also a big discrepancy between what people see on the rack and how they really want to look,” says Kajoo, who encourages her customers to buy fewer clothes and to buy quality. Kajoo is also a proponent of “investment shopping”: The better quality the garment, the longer it will last. It comes down to better fabric, better finishing and better design elements. “To look good on any given day is a combination of fitness, esthetics, confidence and, of course, the right wardrobe choices,” she says.
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Nicola Lawson PickNic’s Catering In the food business, tasting is believing, and Nicola Lawson of PickNic’s Catering believes in it heart and soul. “You prepare a few samples for them to try—you don’t charge for stuff like that—and it helps make a believer out of
people,” she says. Food takes up a huge part of most wedding budgets and at events large and small it makes the largest difference as regards overall customer satisfaction, Nicola says. After years in the restaurant industry, PickNic’s caters to all manner of events. Dietary trends
such as gluten-free and vegetarian make up an increasing portion of her sales, and that means finding recipes that work in terms of ease of preparation, scalability and, of course, taste. Food and big celebrations go hand-in-hand for Nicola, whose family grew up sharing meals together at the dinner table virtually every night and not just on special occasions. That said, on any given Saturday in the summer Nicola could be preparing back-to-back dinners for 250 people but she always makes time for family. “After all, I want the best for my children and my family,” she says. “They deserve it.”
feature Marla Cole Saskatoon String Ensemble From the concert stage to a farmer’s field, violinist Marla Cole has known many performance venues. An accomplished musician (she’s a member of the renowned Amati Quartet), she helped found the Saskatoon String Ensemble three years ago to something that grew out of their status and reputation as performers. Requests from friends and family to play special occasions, weddings and other events multiplied. “It brings an element of the unique,” Marla says of the ensemble, which can feature as few as one or as many as twelve
Crystal Anderson MacLeod RSVP Event Design Whether planning the annual Mayor’s Gala or a retirement party for a few dozen people, Crystal Anderson MacLeod of RSVP Event Design knows to ask lots of questions. She also knows the ins and outs of literally hundreds of venues across the city and beyond (who charges for cake cutting, which hotels have room changeover fees, etc.) She also puts so much time into planning big celebrations that she
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develops deeper connections with her customers. Crystal will often work up to a year in advance to plan bigger events such as weddings and fundraising galas. At an Indian wedding last year, Crystal had to plan a three-day event for 800 guests. TCU Place was one of the only venues that could host such a celebration, which also included a parade with horses and specialized catering. The result was such that she’s now considered an “honorary member” of Saskatoon’s Indian community.
“You become so invested in their lives that you want to go that extra mile for them,” Crystal says. She feels very moved when she sees a newly wedded couple at their reception, when everything has been done so perfectly that her clients get their photo taken with her so they can share their joy. “I’ve got a pretty cool job,” Crystal says, “when I’m at a beautiful wedding and I have time to stop and consider that ‘I’m at the office!”
musicians playing for an event. It’s classy (though they can also dress down) and the music is whatever the customer wants (classical, adult contemporary, even the theme music from Star Wars). Because of their flexibility and the fact that they are, she says, the ultimate “unplugged” form of music, they can go anywhere and fit into any space with minimal set up time or even advance notice. Marla fondly recalls waiting to play in the sacristy of a local church for a gentleman who’d persuaded his girlfriend to return with him there to look for a pair of lost gloves. “The girlfriend saw the rose petals strewn about and thought they were about to interrupt something,” Marla says, whereupon the man convinced her to enter a room lit by hundreds of candles. Together with the other members of a string quarter, Marla began to play as the young woman opened the door. He got down on one knee and proposed to her. She accepted, saying “Yes!” over and over again with tears streaming down her face. “It was just so romantic!” Marla says, recalling that she could hardly play with the tears streaming down her face. “This young man thought ‘What could I do that was so spectacularly special for her?’ and that was it!”
Jen Salzsauler Cakes by Jen It started as a hobby for Jen Salzsauler, the owner and founder of cake decorator Cakes by Jen. Her original idea was to decorate for fun and be able to have her kids around to work. That idea was soon changed as she got referral after referral from friends and family for her highly artistic designs and attention to detail. In what seemed like no time Jen suddenly found herself baking a dozen cakes per day and looking for a professional kitchen in which to do it all. Shortly afterwards, Jen launched her Facebook presence and quickly developed a reputation for a willingness to try new things, no matter how intricate or bizarre. Camouflage is big this summer she says (she’s already agreed to do two camo cakes for weddings in 2014), and they will be among the most intricate jobs she’s ever agreed to do. Multiple layers of icing, various colours that have to dry at different times—it’s a job that requires a different skillset than even she has. “I have a painter who works for me,” Jen says, adding that it helps having an MFA student from the U of S to do odd jobs like these. “We use a lot of painting and sculpting tools in this business,” Jen says, “I can go to a hardware store and find things that will help me decorate.” An opinion on cakes? Jen has a few. After her first full year in business she explains to many customers the time it takes to create a cake— and therefore the costs involved, whether for a wedding, birthday party or other special event. On one weekend in August this summer she’ll deliver seven cakes. Order early and be patient, she advises. “A lot of people don’t realize the number of hours that go into making a great cake,” Jen says. “All that stuff in the wedding guides about ordering three months in advance? Think six.”
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Fashionâ€™s Nice Guy on His Latest Collection With spring just around the corner (yes I said it!) it is time to start brainstorming what you are going to be rocking on the pavement. To aid in spring trends and ideas, we spoke to Dean Renwick, a fashion designer from Regina, SK, who has almost two decades of experience in the industry. He has opened his look book for us and given a sneak peek at what we will see on the runways this spring. Dean trained at the seminal Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles and has since been honoured to design clothing for the previous two Lieutenant Governors of Saskatchewan as well as international film and music stars, private couture clients and the fashion house of Azar-Woods. He understands not just the process of and the detail behind creating beautiful clothing, but also the psychology of design and the effect that custom clothing has on the wearer. This year Deanâ€™s ready-to-wear line is geared towards a more style-conscious woman who understands trends but does not overdo them: she buys smart and timeless pieces that are classics
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For more on Dean Renwick, visit Deanrenwickdesignstudio.com. And for upcoming Saskatoon fashion shows, check out Saskfashion.com. in their own right but with a nod towards present trends. His spring collection can be coordinated with various coloured items or head to toe all in one hue, with each element ready to be mixed with an existing wardrobe so it’s not about wearing one designer all the way through, though still allowing women to find their own individual style. On the runways this season, expect to see longer skirts with pleats (keep the mini in the closet for now!), and the crop top is back, but since few women can wear one well, approach with caution! Lose the old big hobo bag and switch to a more minimalist one that doesn’t look like an overnighter. Overall, expect beautiful, clean lines from Dean in 2014 featuring red, camel, ivory and navy. The fabrics are a mix of medium weight suiting with stretch and a Brazilian knit for comfort and sexiness in the drape, and all the pieces are cut with seam allowances that can be tailored for a custom fit. “The ‘Jesus’ pic and black and purple gown are from my 2012 couture line, which was inspired by a recent trip to Europe. The two places that really
had an impact on me were Spain and the Vatican. I love religious iconography and all the artistry that goes into the images, and throughout Europe it plays to their history and cultural rituals. “I just had the pleasure of spending a month in Spain just this past September. I was hired to make a wedding gown for a very close family friend and really got to soak up the culture and the spirit of the people. They really know how to live and enjoy life! The fact that they can stop and have a wonderful siesta in the middle of the day goes to show how they take care of themselves physically and emotionally. How could you not love that?!” Known for his warmth and candor, Dean is an admired and dedicated activist for projects that impact the community such as Dress for Success and Power of Pink. He is also a founding member of the Regina Fashion Collective and an established designer at Saskatchewan Fashion Week. His current collection can be found at Dean Renwick Design Studio in Regina and in Saskatoon at Argyle Boutique off Attridge Drive.
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I’ve come a long way since my unfortunate first encounter with make-up, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite tips and tricks when it comes to eyeliner
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I started experimenting with make-up when I was in Grade 7. My daily beauty regime consisted of a very-orange foundation, purple frost eye shadow and black pencil liner. Except I was really bad at lining my lid, so I lined underneath my eye instead—a nice thick (I mean thiiiiiiiick) line. Just so everyone would know I was wearing eyeliner. I’ve come a long way since my unfortunate first encounter with make-up. I also know that applying eyeliner is a frustrating endeavour for many ladies, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite tips and tricks when it comes to eyeliner. Pencil Liner vs. Liquid Liner vs. Gel Liner: Ladies always ask me which of the three is “best”. It really all depends on what type of look you are trying to achieve. Pencil liners blend out nicely for a soft, smoky line and are easiest to use. However, depending on the product and even the type of event you will attend, pencil liners don’t always have the best staying power. Be sure to sharpen your pencil to a fine point for the best control of your line. Liquid liners are great for a sharp bold look but can be difficult to apply. The trick is in the right brush. Many applicators that come with the liner spread the product poorly. Investing in a great eyeliner brush will make applying liner much easier. Gel liner is similar to liquid liner but thicker and usually sold in a jar. Because the product is thicker, it is easier to work with than a liquid liner, but again using a good brush is recommended.
So what’s a “good” brush? Choose a brush with bristles that retain their shape, and the thinner the brush, the better. It’s a lot easier to build your line up rather than try to remove excess product if it ends up too thick. On that note, it’s important to cleanse your brush after each use. Dried old product will make the brush nearly impossible to use (and dirty brushes are just gross). Where to start? Start in the inner corner of your eyelid with short, gentle pencil/brush strokes against the upper lash line, continuing all the way across to the outer corner of your eye. Go back over the line to smooth out any bumps or to enhance the thickness. Allow the liner a few seconds to dry. Specializing in • Grads • Bridal • Special occasions • Professional events
Oops (what if...) If you make a mistake, try gently rubbing the area to be fixed with a Q-tip to remove the liner. If the Q-tip alone doesn’t do the job, dab it in a bit of makeup remover then try again. After fixing the area, you may need to touch up your eye makeup as well as your liner.
To create a smoky eye, line underneath the eye with a pencil liner and blend out the line with a Q-tip.
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Winged line Winged liner is when you add an extra flick or wing to the outer edge of your eye. This can be as subtle or bold as you choose. It’s important to make sure that both wings are evenly placed or your eyes will appear off balance. If you’re having difficulty with this, try marking where you would like the wings to end with a dot and checking the balance of the dots before drawing the wing.
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Filling in the waterline This is when you apply liner to the ridge of skin between your lash line and your eyeball. Do it right and it can really make your eyes pop and finish off a look. You should only use a pencil to do this, avoiding any that have glitter in them. Tightlining Consider this if you want to enhance your lash line with an “invisible” liner. Apply the product between your eyelash gaps by lifting your lashes and wiggling the brush in the spaces. It takes some practice but makes for a beautiful, more natural look.
food+drink 1 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 small onion, roughly chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves 1⁄2 tsp salt 1 tbsp lemon juice
Text by Paul Miazga Photos by Greer Frances
with Beetroot and Parsnip Chips by Matt Schryer Self-taught Chef Matt Schryer of Elliot Lake, ON, has a thing for root vegetables. Their sweetness, taste, versatility and health benefits (they’re packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene and antioxidants) make them indispensable in his kitchen. At Woodfire Grill on 2nd Avenue South downtown, Schryer constantly works to find new ways of incorporating parsnips, beets, sweet potatoes and other earthy flavours into his 100-percent original and gluten-free menu. “Our sweet potato soup has been one of our most popular dishes since we opened,” Schryer says, adding that if his varied employees all give the thumbs up to something he’s created, it goes on the menu and invariably does well. While most things on his menu are cooked on a wood-fired grill (it’s the same technique that made he and his brother successful in the specialty food truck business), Schryer was careful to consider
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how to create a non-meat alternative for vegetarians that wouldn’t result in any cross-contamination; he’s diligent when it comes to dietary sensitivities. It comes from the customer service training he received years ago while stocking produce shelves at Safeway and due to the fact that his mother was diagnosed as a celiac just a few years ago. “We get asked a lot of questions about our menu and we want to be sure that we adhere to a strict regimen with food preparation,” Schryer says. As a result, his house-made falafel burger, like his house-made beetroot and parsnip chips, are deep-fried so that they don’t come into any contact with meat or animal products. As deep-fried foods go, it’s a healthier alternative than consuming processed foods or ingredients that don’t need to be there, Schryer says. “It’s about taking the usual and kicking it up a notch.”
1 small handful of parsley, chopped 2 tbsp rice flour 2 tbsp sunflower oil 2 beets, peeled and thinly sliced 2 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced 2 cups + 1 tsp sunflower oil (for frying) Zest of one lemon and one lime Add the chickpeas to a food processor and pulse to a thick, chunky paste. Transfer to a stainless steel mixing bowl and add onions, the garlic and dry spices, mixing thoroughly. Add lemon juice then work with hands to incorporate all ingredients before adding fresh parsley. Mix well, adding rice flour in small amounts until the mixture thickens and a patty can be easily formed (using hands or a form). Place the patties in hot oil and deep fry for a few minutes until just golden brown all around. Fry the chips afterwards, again for a few minutes until crisp. Drain all on paper towels. Make the gremolata by mixing together the lemon and lime zest with 1 tsp of the oil until combined. Season to taste. Place the falafel burger patty on a toasted gluten-free bun, top with gremolata and fresh greens and serve with the beetroot and parsnip chips on the side.
Text by Mike Tory
Thoughts on the Origins of
St. Valentine’s Day
I had no idea that the original Saint Valentine was Italian—Roman, to be precise.
The connections make perfect sense, with Italy’s abundance of beautiful wines and sumptuous foods. More importantly, my discovery makes me speculate that the legend of the original Lothario might have been built on his success at pairing food and wine, and not, as modern tradition would have it, by the number of roses and size of his card! Few among us wouldn’t be seduced by a cheeky chianti and a bowl of truffled linguini! After all, isn’t the seduction what it’s all about!? So, having established that there could be a direct link between Valentine’s legacy and the drinks you share with your “guest”, I thought it would be fun to look deeper into which Valentine’s Day customs around the world might include, or at least justify a drink selection! Here are a few suggestions (I am sure there are many more)... In Slovenia, St. Valentine was one of the saints of Spring. February 14th is celebrated as the day when the first work commences in the vineyards and in the fields. I couldn’t find any Slovenian wine available here in Saskatchewan, but their most famous drink is cherry brandy, so those of you hitting the pubs may want to toast your love with a shot of McGuinnes or Meaghers, available on most bar shelves!
Most sources suggest that the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK. The great poet of the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer (as seen in “A Knight’s Tale”), is credited as the first to associate V-day with “romantic” love. A perfect reason to grab a pint of Fullers London Pride from the gang at Winston’s English Pub downtown! For the anti-Valentine’s crowd, consider Brazil, where the Dia dos Namorados (“Lovers’ Day”, or “Boyfriends/Girlfriends Day”) is celebrated on June 12. And February 14 usually falls too soon before or after the Brazilian Carnival. Apparently, Brazil in February is the place to be for Western singles wanting to avoid the love-fest at home. If you can’t get away there, your next best option is to pick up some Cachaca (Brazilian cane rum), sugar syrup and a bag of limes from the local store. Mix up some Capirinhas and lose yourself in the sunshine with a couple! My personal preference… sharing a glass of pink bubbles from Billecart Salmon (available at Ingredients), a kiss and a hug (available everywhere), oh, and chocolate! Mike Tory is a professional sommelier and the Ingredients Artisan Market wine guy. He has previously written for Wine Spectator and CellarTracker.com. email@example.com
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food+drink CAFÉS & DINERS Café Noir 157 2nd Ave. North, 306-249-2554; on
Facebook. Refreshingly cheery and prompt service. Good nibbles too. Open Mon–Sat 7am–5pm. $
Christie’s Il Secondo 802C Broadway Ave., 306-3840506; on Facebook: Christies-Il-Secondo. Sit by the windows and tuck into pizza or panini while watching the world go by. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm. $$
City Perks 801 7th Ave. North, 306-664-2060; cityperks.
ca. Tastefully lit, great coffee and a top spot for weekend brunch. Open Mon–Fri 7:30am–6pm, Sat–Sun 10am–6pm. $
Collective Coffee 220B 20th St. West; collectivecoffee. com. Inside the 220 co-work space, it’s the place to see and be seen in Riversdale. Open Mon–Wed 8am–6pm, Thu–Fri 8am–10pm, Sat–Sun 10am–6pm. $
d’Lish by Tish Café 702A 14th St. East, 306-652-
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Earth Bound Bakery & Deli 220-1820 8th St.
Afghan Kabob & Donair 3-100 2nd Ave. South, 306-477-
East, 306-955-2184; earthboundbakery.blogspot.ca. A top city bakery with dine-in sammys and soups. Open Tue–Sat 9am–5pm. $$
2255. The full menus is worth a sit-down meal, though the kebabs are always nice. Open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. $
3385; thegriffintakeaway.com. Snap up gluten-free baked goods or lunches, including vegan options. Open Mon–Sat 10am–7pm. $$
shrimp and mash, plus the aptly named Big Messy. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$
JaKe’s on 21st 307 21st St. East, 306-373-8383;
244-1188. Filipino arroz caldo (chicken soup with rice), kare kare (peanut stew with beef) and more at this unassuming spot. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–5pm. $
Poached Breakfast Bistro 259 2nd Ave. South, 306-6512255. Stuffed French toast, maple pecan bacon and other sumptuous breakfasts. Open daily 8am–2pm. $$
Konga Café 204 Ave. H North, 306-244-7867;
Bon Temps Café 223 2nd Ave. South, 306-242-6617. The Griffin Takeaway 10-33118th St. East, 306-933- Seafood creole, chicken and sausage Jambalaya, BBQ
jakeson21st.ca. A busy downtown lunch spot with numerous dessert options. Open Mon–Fri 8am–5pm. $$
Underground Café 430 20th St. West, 306-370-7963. Tasty panini and lots of space to just hang out. Open Mon–Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $
5483; on Facebook: livingdlish. A sublime hideaway in Wanuskewin Restaurant Wanuskewin Heritage the Broadway district with its cozy nooks and deliciously Park, 306-931-6767; wanuskewin.com. Enjoy the fresh food. Open daily 8am–10pm. $ surroundings and “First Nations cuisine with a modern flair.” Open daily 9am–4:30pm, holidays 11am–4:30pm. $ Museo Coffee Two locations: 950 Spadina Cres. East; 730A Broadway Ave., 306-651-3933; museocoffee. com. European styling and service in the Mendel Art SEAFOOD Gallery and on Broadway. Open daily 8am–6pm. $ Gibson’s Fish and Chips 1501 8th St. East, 306Mystic Java Two locations: 128 4th Ave. South, 374-1411. Perfect English-style fish and chips (with 306-954-2404; 3929 8th St. East, 306-374-5282. Dark, brown vinegar) for more than 30 years. Open Mon woodsy space with loose-leaf teas desserts and music. 11:30am–7:30pm, Tue–Sat 11am–8pm. $$ Open Mon–Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 8am–6pm. $ Joey’s Two loations: 101-2100 8th St. East, 306-343Park Café 512 20th St. West, 306-652-6781; parkcafe. 5639; 3 Worobetz Pl., 306-955-5858; joeys.ca. Weekly ca. As classic a diner experience as it gets. Open daily AYCE specials on fish and shrimp. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun noon–8pm. $$ 8am–4pm. $
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Cesar’s Cakes & Cafe 11-3000 Diefenbaker Dr., 306-
kongacafe.com. The place to go for classic Jamaican jerk chicken or banana fritters. Open Tue–Sat 11am– 9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm. $
Lebanese Kitchen 1206 Emerson Ave., 306-242-
8892. Fast and friendly service, great kebabs, falafels, hummus, tabbouleh and more. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $
Leyda’s 112 20th St. West, 306-244-0707; on Facebook:
leydas. Gluten- and nut-free “experiential” cooking. Flowing, open kitchen design. Health-positive choices on their simple menu. Open Tue–Sat 11am–10pm. $$
Mardi Gras Grill 239 Idylwyld Dr. South, 306-382-
1795; on Facebook: mardigrasgrillrestaurant. Cajun and creole po’ boys (gator!), seafood etouffé and more. Open Tue–Wed noon–9pm, Thu–Sun 11am–10pm. $$
Saba’s African Cuisine 901 22nd St. West, 306-933-
4447. Use the bread, called injera, and with your hands scoop up spicy servings of delicious Ethiopian/ Eritrean food. Open Tue–Sun 4:30–10:30pm. $$
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SE ASIAN Ding Dong 105 21st St. East, 306-664-2232. Cheap
FINE/FUSION DINING LOUNGES/PUBS 12 Grill At Greenbryre (0.5km south of Boychuk Drive and 2nd Avenue Bar & Grill 123 2nd Ave. South, 306-
and authentic pan-Asian cuisine at this friendly spot in Hwy 16), 306-373-7600; twelvegrill.com. Regal dining in the country with chaffeured limo service too. Open Mon–Sat the Canada Building. Open Mon–Sat 11am–8pm. $ Golden Pagoda 411 2nd Ave. North, 306-668-9114; 10:30am–2pm and from 5pm, Sun 10am–2pm. $$$ Bliss Fine Food 1002 Broadway Ave., 306-477-2077 goldenpagoda.ca. While the green tea salad is truly blissfinefood.com. Appetizers, salads and mains with a touch unique, the coconut chicken soup is what to order. of elegance. Open Tue–Sat 11am–2pm and from 5pm. $$$ Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, Mon–Sat 5–9pm. $$ Congress Beer House 215 2nd Ave. South, 306Keo’s 1013 Broadway Ave., 306-652-2533. Feast on 974-6717; on Facebook: Congress-Beer-House. Chef Lao, Thai and Cambodian mainstays in one locale. Cole Dobranski knows how to impress. Good beer Open Sun–Mon 4:30–10pm, Tue–Sat 11am–2pm, selections too. Open daily 11am–2am. $$ 4:30–9pm. $$ The Hollows 334 Ave. C South, 306-652-1505; Lien Thanh 311 Ave. A South, 306-933-4299. A charming old couple serve up homecooked meals at thehollows.ca. An eclectic eatery presenting local foods in novel ways. Open Wed–Thu 3–10pm, Fri–Sat this hole in the wall. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm. $ 11am–3pm, 5–11pm, Sun 11am–2pm. $$$ Noodle King & Ice Cream Queen 803 2nd Ave. The Ivy Dining & Lounge 301 Ontario Ave., 306-384North, 306-979-4233; noodleking.ca. An unlikely combo: noodle shop (where they hand-pull the noodles) 4444; ivydiningandlounge.com. Upscale dining and service to match. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, 4–11pm; Sat 4pm– and gelateria, but it works. Open daily 11am–9pm. $ midnight; Sun 5–9pm. $$$ Royal Thai 2-325 3rd Ave. North, 306-244-8424; come. John’s Victorian Steakhouse 2033 Ave. B North, to/RoyalThai. Unbeatable Thai curries, noodle dishes and beyond. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 4–9pm. $ 306-664-2313; johnsvictorian.com. Found in the city’s north end, this spot attracts the well-heeled. Open Saskatoon Asian 136 2nd Ave. South, 306-665-5959. Mon–Sat 4:30–9:30pm. $$$ Serving pan-Asian cuisine in a sunny upstairs dining Prairie Harvest Café 2917 Early Dr., 306-242-2928; space. Open Mon-Sat 11am–2:30pm, 4:30–9pm. $$ prairieharvestcafe.com. Recently ranked among the top Sawadee Bistro 101-129 2nd Ave. North, 306-652100 restaurants in Canada. Open Tue–Thu 11am–9pm, 5367. Spice to take your breath away. Open Tue–Fri Fri–Sat 11am–10pm. $$ 11:30am–2:30pm, 4:30–9:30pm, Sat 11:30am–9pm. $$ Rembrandt’s 243 21st St. East, 306-244 8555; rembrandts.ca. Spicy Garden 1501 8th St. East, 306-373-8585; Edwardian décor, attentive service, creative entrées and the city’s spicygarden.ca. Top eats in this busy strip mall. Open deepest wine list. Open Mon–Thu 7am–11pm, Fri 7am–midnight, Sun, Tue–Thu 11am–8pm, Fri–Sat 11am–9pm. $ Sat 8am–midnight, Sun 10am–2pm. $$$
244-9899; 2ndavegrill.com. A downtown favourite for 5 o’clock drinks. Open Mon–Sat from 11am. $$
6Twelve Lounge 612 Spadina Cres. East (in the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel), 306-652-6770; 6twelve.ca. Original cocktails and atmosphere. Open daily from 11am. $$$
Flint Saloon 259 2nd Ave. South, 306-651-2255; flintsaloon.com. Martinis and charcuterie platters. Open daily from 4pm. $$$
The Hub 101 Pacific Ave., 306-986-5000. Ideal for
food or drinks before or after an event at TCU Place. In the Holiday Inn. Open daily 6:30am–11pm. $$
The James Hotel Lobby Bar 620 Spadina Cres. East,
306-244-6446; thejameshotel.ca. Upscale decadence in this iconic little hideaway. Open daily from 4pm. $$$
Spadina Freehouse 608 Spadina Cres. East, 306-6681000; thefreehouse.com. Always buzzing with live music and good eats. Open Mon–Sat from 11am. $$
Winston’s English Pub 243 21st St. East, 306-374-
7468; winstonspub.ca. The most beers on tap in the city, plenty of Old World charm. Open daily from 11am. $$
The Woods Ale House 148 2nd Ave. North, 306-
652-5883; woodsalehouse.com. Craft beers from micro-brewery Paddock Wood, food and music. Open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11am–2am. $$ The Yard & Flagon 718 Broadway Ave., 306-653-8883; yardandflagon.ca. It’s the place to go for a pint with a burger on Broadway. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from noon. $$
Testing Weekday Brunch/Breakfast Options
I don’t believe in saving brunch and breakfast as treats for the weekend. Skip the takeaway coffee and a doughnut and try some tastier options. There are two spots I often go when it comes to morning nourishment Monday through Friday—Poached Bistro and City Perks. These are places where you can watch the sun rise and satisfy your egg and latté cravings mid-week. Want quick and simple selections or an eclectic space in which to indulge in a little more of everything? Many think City Perks (801 7th Avenue North) is just a café but it is so much more. This homey neighbourhood café starts early (7 a.m. Mon–Fri) and serves quick breakfast option during the week. It’s fast, light and tending to the nutritious side, making it ideal before work. Recently renovated, this café has a more European feel that calls to mind some of my favourite spots in Montreal: the tables are close together, the coffee is so rich it’s almost buttery, and the repurposed décor fits right into the City Park area north of the downtown. I like City Perks as a place to pick up a breakfast sandwich and a coffee to go or sit in with the same along the back wall under the beautiful mirror that lights the place up. You can be in and out in less than 30 minutes without feeling rushed. City Perks is one of two places in the city known for its quiche [Two Gun Quiche House]. They often offer up to four mouth-wa-
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tering choices, from mixed vegetables to bacon and cheese, but when I went back recently they only offered one, and the sweet potatodill creation was too bland for my taste. Last Tuesday, I opted for one of their breakfast sandwiches, the Green Goddess. I loved the name but I fell for the description: two fluffy scrambled eggs, tomato, cheddar cheese and avocado (a little of which was mashed underneath the egg—not good for this avocado lover; more slices would be preferred here). The sandwich came with a fruit garnish, so a bit of Vitamin C to start the day off. For the less peckish, there’s oatmeal, plus scones (sweet and savoury) and even a glutenfree quinoa muffin. Personal bonus: they use 49th Parallel coffee from Vancouver, and like most reputable cafés in town they offer non-dairy creamers including almond, hemp and soy milks. Really personable service here and the food comes at a reasonable price: my mom and I enjoyed a light breakfast for under $15. Get here early as the best stuff sells out before they stop serving breakfast at 11 a.m. Breakfast bistro by day, Poached (259 2nd Avenue South) is also open bright and early (from 8 a.m.) and I like to get there to enjoy the sunshine through the large garage door window. That’s my spot at Poached (which be-
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comes upscale urban martini bar Flint by night) and inspired during my last visit, I dreamt up travel plans while sipping my double espresso. I often go for one of their heartier dishes to get me through the workday. One of my current favourites is the cherry tomato and asparagus Eggs Benedict: crisp but not overly toasted English muffins and the eggs cooked, as requested, with just a bit of yoke (which oozed out on my first bite and dripped out of harm’s way onto my plate). As breakfast sides go, the green salad with citrus vinaigrette is rather unusual but really balances the richness of the egg and Hollandaise sauce. There’s a lot to choose from at Poached, including maple syrup bacon rolls-ups, and my breakfast partner last Wednesday took the fluffy Omelette Peperonata, which was very good but just lacked a kick of something (just ask for the Tabasco sauce). The service at Poached is generally very good, but it is a small space that gets very busy during peak hours, weekday or weekend; wait times to be seated can be long (they don’t take reservations either). Poached is not for those looking for a heaping plate of food with bottomless coffee (refills on the Americano are not free here). But if you like your breakfast with a side of sophistication, it’s one of the best spots downtown to start the morning.
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EUROPEAN Aroma 405 20th St. East (Radisson Hotel), 306-667-
2358. Wood oven-fired pizzas, steaks and Mediterraneaninspired dishes, with vegan and gluten-free menu options. Open daily 6:30am–2pm and 4:30–10pm. $$
Ayden Kitchen & Bar 265 3rd Ave. South, 306-954-
2950. Former Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay opens his latest upscale creation. Open Mon–Fri 11:30am –3:30pm, 5:30–11pm, Sat 5:30–11pm. $$$
David’s Restaurant 294 Venture Cres., 306-664-1133.
Hearty? Try the Kasseler Rippenspeer (smoked pork loin) or the German platter (consisting of spatzle, bratwurst, pork schnitzel, red cabbage and sauerkraut). Open daily 6am–2pm, 5–8pm. $$
Duck Duck Goose Tapas Bar 616 10th St. East, 306-
239 Idywyld Dr. South, 306.382.1795 Tuesday–Wednesday 12pm-9pm Thursday–Saturday 12pm-10pm mardigrasgrillrestaurant
649-3825; duckduckgoosetapas.com. The only place in town to get Spanish tapas. And some smashing cocktails. Open Mon–Fri 4pm–midnight, Sat 11am–midnight. $$
German Cultural Club 160 Cartwright St. (Lorne Ave.
South), 306-244-6869; saskatoongermanculturalcentre.ca. Schnitzel, sausages, struedel and German beers. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 11am–2pm. $$
Mediterranno 119 3rd Ave. South, 306-244-4777;
mediterranno.com. Beautifully restored restaurant in the 100-year-old Drinkle Building offering two-for-one pizzas Thursday nights, plus superb Greek and French mains. Open Mon–Thu 11am–9pm; Fri 11am–10pm; Sat 4–10pm. $$
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Touch of Ukraine 2401D 22nd St. West, 306-382-
7774. Hearty Ukrainian standards at the buffet table (perogies, cabbage rolls, etc.) Open Wed–Fri 11:45–2pm, 4:30am–7:30pm. $
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St. Tropez Bistro 238 2nd Ave. South, 306-652-1250;
sainttropezbistro.ca. Simple, refined and attentive to detail, this quaint bistro presents regional influences in its cuisine, plus house-grown herbs, vegetables and flowers. Open Wed–Sun 4–11pm. $$$
Truffles Bistro 230 21st St. East, 306-373-7779;
trufflesbistro.ca. Parisian charm, superb brunches and three-course Table d’hôte, plus impeccable service create one of Saskatoon’s most beloved restaurants. Open Mon–Fri 11:30am–3pm; Mon–Sat from 5pm; Sat 10am–2:30pm, Sun 10:30am–2pm. $$$
ITALIAN Bottega Trattoria 110 2nd Ave. North, 306-954-2932; on Facebook: BottegaTrattoria. Master Chef Amedeo Vallati presents his take on authentic Italian dining using fresh, simple ingredients. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 11am–9pm. $$
Il Salici Ristorante 382 Cartwright St., 306-956-1100;
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willowsgolf.com. Rustic Italian fare in a delightful setting at the Willow’s Golf Course. Open Mon–Sat 11am–2pm, 5–10pm, Sun 10am–2pm. $$
Taverna 219 21st St. East, 306-652-6366
A staple for Italian dining in the city centre for decades, Taverna offers a taste of Italy at reasonable prices. Daily specials on the wipeboard outside. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat–Sun 5–10pm. $$
Two Gun Quiche House 35 20th St. West, 306-380-5209; on Facebook: Two-Gun-Quiche-House The story behind the name is as true as Red Seal Chef Bill Mathews’ food. Quiche is the dish; try it with the house-made Italian pork sausage and roasted peppers. Open Tue–Sat 8am–4pm. $
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2. Best Western Harvest Inn
(E6; 1715 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-244-5552)
3. Colonial Square Inn & Suites
(I8; 1-1301 8th St. East, 306-343-1676)
4. Comfort Inn
(D7; 2155 Northridge Dr., 306-934-1122)
5. Comfort Suites Saskatoon
(A5; 203 Bill Hunter Ave. 306-955-6565)
6. Confederation Inn
(H3; 3330 Fairlight Dr., 306-384-2882)
7. Country Inn & Suites
The Bark & Howl Home-Based Pet Day Care
No kennels. Lots of attention. Your buddy stays happy all day. (306) 978-0360 email@example.com
(D6; 617 Cynthia St., 306-934-3900)
8. Days Inn Saskatoon
(E7; 2000 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-242-3297)
9. Four Points Sheraton Hotel
(K8; 103 Stonebridge Blvd., 306-933-9889)
10. Heritage Inn
(E5; 102 Cardinal Cres., 306-665-8121)
11. Motel 6 Saskatoon (A5; 231 Marquis Dr., 306-665-6688) 12. Northgate Motor Inn
(G7; 706 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-664-4414)
13. Northwoods Inn & Suites
(G7; 610 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-244-2901)
14. Ramada Hotel
(F7; 806 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-665-6500)
15. Sandman Hotel Saskatoon
(D6; 310 Circle Dr. West, 306-477-4844)
16. Saskatoon Inn Hotel
(E6; 2002 Airport Dr., 306-242-1440)
17. Super 8 Saskatoon
(D7; 706 Circle Dr. East, 306-384-8989)
18. Super 8 Saskatoon West
(G5; 1414 22nd St. West, 306-974-2900)
19. Thriftlodge Saskatoon
(E6; 1825 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-244-2191)
20. Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon
(D6; 106 Circle Dr. West, 306-242-8881)
21. Westgate Motor Inn
(H5; 2501 22nd St. West, 306-382-3722)
00 Accommodations (central) 1. Delta Bessborough Hotel
(E6; 601 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-5521)
2. Hilton Garden Inn
(C4; 90 22nd St. East, 306-244-2311)
3. Holiday Inn Saskatoon
(C3; 101 Pacific Ave., 306-986-5000)
4. Holiday Inn Express
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(D4; 315 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-384-8844)
5. The James Hotel
(E7; 620 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-6446)
6. Obasa Suites* (3 locations)
(map 2: B4, B6; map 3: B2; Obasasuites.com)
7. Park Town Hotel
(B7; 924 Spadina Cres. East, 1-800-667-3999)
8. Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
(E5; 405 20th St. East, 306-665-3322)
9. Hotel Senator
(D4; 243 21st St. East, 306-244-6141)
10. Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
(D5; 612 Spadina Cres. East, 306-652-6770)
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star…
Text by Lisa Patrick Photo by Mark Tiu
Ever walked or biked along the Meewasin Valley Trail near the bottom of the Broadway Bridge or the University Bridge and thought you’d seen a twinkle in your eye? If you have, there’s a reason for that. It remains a bit of a mystery how dozens of little mirrors came to be suspended in the branches of a few select trees in both spots, but there they dangle, illuminated during the day by the sun and at night by powerful floodlights. Who in the community might know something about these beautiful little decorations? Few if any, or maybe even none. After speaking with local artists and artisans, sculptors, poets, writers and other city residents with a sense of whimsy, it seems no one really knows who put the mirrors there. As near as anyone can tell they’ve been there for a decade, perhaps longer. The person who may have placed them there could well have been a transient too, never to return here but having left an indelible mark.
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There are subtle hints of genius at work in this artist’s work: the mirrors are tied at opposite ends of a long, sturdy piece of string so that when they were thrown into the trees (the most likely way of reaching the highest branches, which are four metres above the ground) they would counterbalance each other when dangling and not easily slip off. They were placed to take full advantage of the nighttime lighting, which washes over the lowest arches of each bridge from the downtown side. As importantly, the lights are best seen up close, such as on foot or bike—there’s an intimacy that links you to the artist each time you stop by the side of the trail and take them in. What we cannot say for certain about the artist we can say this about the art: it creates a sparkle in your eye and makes for a very pleasant (even romantic) walk along the majestic South Saskatchewan.
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