York Life Markham Jan/Feb 2018

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in every issue 7

Living well News, tips and fun facts

66 One last thing Best of the Blues hEALTH

28 Designer Tip Advice for creating a successful

design plan

29 Home Work HGTV star Jo Alcorn shares

how she turned a crammed room in Newmarket into a streamlined, masculine office

15 Healthy New Year Four habits to make 2018 your


18 Split Decisions Can divorce have a happy ending?

healthiest year yet

This new Stouffville service thinks so

TRAVEL 47 travel smarts How to book the cheapest flights 48 Vacay: Colorado Rocky Mountain High FEATURES 53 Bridal Beauty

34 Home-Cooked Comfort Four recipes that nourish

39 The Great Indoors Feel like going out, but not crazy

58 What’s New in Nuptials Here’s what’s trending in

deep down

20 Watching Your Waste Why reducing food waste should

about the wintry weather? Check out our roundup of six York Region hot spots, perfect for escaping the cold


43 in the kitchen with... Terre Rouge, where you can taste

be one of your health goals

24 Suite Life How the pros turned a

mismatched master into a chic retreat

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France while in Markham

Glowing skin, perfect makeup, flattering hair and plenty of professional advice for your big day

weddings this season

62 Portrait of Achievement From tennis to sports reporting,

Thornhill’s Mia Gordon gives her all to succeed at what matters to her

York Life

editor’s note

Publisher Dana Robbins Regional General Manager Shaun Sauve

Ring in the New Year

Editor Jacqueline Kovacs copy editor Deanna Dority

When it’s as cold as it’s been this winter, we all need something to warm our hearts and cast our minds toward the milder days to come. That’s why we are pleased to present our first wedding special package. From our pretty cover to hot bridal beauty tips, in this issue you’ll find lots of inspiration for your wedding or that of someone you know. Best of all, the gorgeous wedding dress and the professional advice all come from York Region (see below). No nuptials in the air? Then beat the chilly winter doldrums by heading out to one of York Region’s increasing number of top-notch pubs, cafés and restaurants. Read about great local dining and see our roundup of six fabulous hot spots, perfect for enjoying some good company and your drink of choice while staying warm. If hibernation is more your style (and we’re not judging!), you’ll find hearty comfort food recipes in this issue, too. Nourish yourself deep down, then relax and get inspired by our look at local homes. If this is the year for your big reno, you’ll find professional advice from local experts to start you on the right track. Ski lovers, meanwhile, can read about taking on the slopes in Colorado, and all of us can benefit from adopting some healthy habits to make the most of 2018. Happy New Year!

Jacqueline Kovacs

Contributors Liz Bruckner, Jim Craigmyle, Naomi Hiltz, Sue Kanhai, Michelle Jaelin, Andrea Karr, Joann MacDonald, Rachel Naud, Karen Robock, Kasie Savage, Kinjal Dagli Shah, Julia Suppa, Angela Wallace, Doug Wallace Director of Advertising Amanda Smug Advertising Manager Mara Sepe Advertising Sales Amanda Andolina, Pam Burgess, Dawn Chaykowsky, Joelle Hawley, Tony Segreti, Judy Starr, Willen Tam Regional Director, Production and Creative Services Katherine Porcheron Editorial Design Brenda Boon, Nick Bornino, LuAnne Turner, Jennifer Dallman, Emily Ayranto, Karl Strasser Director of Business Administration Phil Sheehan Director of Distribution Mike Banville

About our cover Shot by photographer Jim Craigmyle, our cover features an Allure Bridals wedding gown (No. 9417) made from figure-hugging crepe and accented with Swarovski crystals. It’s available for $1,700 at Elmwood Brides, Aurora (elmwoodbrides.com). Hair and makeup were styled by Justyna of Vaughan-based Fancy Face Inc. (fancyface.ca), a luxury on-site hair and makeup team specializing in bridal and event beauty services in both the GTA and Vancouver.

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living well

Perk Up! Sleep disruptor, nerve jangler, growth stunter, heart-health menace. Coffee has had a bad rap over the years. But according to the Mayo Clinic, it’s time to give your brew a second look. One to two cups a day can help protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, including liver cancer. It’s also linked to improved cognitive function and decreased risk of depression. Want an easy way to boost those benefits? Grab a friend and head out to a local coffee shop. A recent study in Psychology Today found that socializing boosts brain function and feelings of well-being, and lowers the risk of dementia. A few local places to try: • The Roost Cafe, 12974 Keele Street, King City • Covernotes, 222 Main Street, Newmarket • Elaine’s Black River Coffee, 126 High Street, Georgina • Funky Munky Cafe, 9275 Markham Road, Unit 7

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living well | Health

“I hurt my back shoveling snow. What can I do to get some relief?” Apply ice to the area for 15 to 20 minutes, then do some gentle stretching. A good stretch would be to lie on your back and pull your knees into your chest one at a time. Try to stay moderately active, because if you lie on the couch, your body might tighten up even more. Minor strains will improve within a few hours with some ice and stretching. If pain persists, it’s time to call your chiropractor. If you experience any cardiovascular symptoms like light-headedness, chest pain or tightness, or shortness of breath, it’s worth a trip to the emergency room. To prevent injury, take lots of breaks and shovel in shifts as the snow is falling, rather than waiting until the snowfall has finished. Use a lightweight, ergonomic shovel, bend your knees, not your back, and when lifting, move your feet instead of twisting your spine to dump the snow. — Dr. Craig Dingman, chiropractor at Elevate Chiropractic in Aurora


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Parents often lament all the sleep they’ve lost, but have you ever wondered how big your rest debt really is? A new sleep loss calculator tool can help you tally up all those nights you missed out on dreamland and it could add up to years. It’s a fun way to highlight how much sleep matters and maybe remind you to get to bed on time tonight, if the kids will allow it! hillarys. co.uk/static/loss-sleep-calculatorfor-parents — Karen Robock

Hands up!

Between dry indoor air and frigid temperatures outside, hands can take a beating this time of year. Luckily, these ultra-rich creams are designed to treat winter skin. — K.R.

This delicately scented cream is a cult favourite among celebrities and beauty experts. The secret is in the main ingredient, lanolin, which mimics human skin lipids. Lano Rose Hand Cream Intense, $19, Sephora.ca

Get in gear Snowy, slippery roads can be a route to disaster, even for seasoned drivers. “Temperature, snow and ice all affect grip level in different ways, and people seriously underestimate the importance of just slowing down,” says Carl Nadeau, driving expert and former pro race car driver. We asked Nadeau for his top three winter driving tips. 1. Invest in high-quality tires. “They’re your vehicle’s only contact with the road and compromises should never be made with them,” Nadeau says. 2. Look ahead. When facing an icy patch, or a vehicle coming to a quick stop ahead of you, look where you want to go. “You will naturally steer towards where you are looking,” he says. And be sure to be watching traffic ahead on the road, not just the bumper in front of you. That way, you’ll be less likely to be surprised by problems on the road. 3. Don’t pump the brakes. When you need to stop fast, let the ABS do the work. “Cars have anti-lock braking systems designed to maintain tractive contact with the road surface,” Nadeau says. Apply steady pressure on the pedal and let the system do the work for you. “It’s what it was designed for!” — K.R. 8 | York Life January February 2018

Hit snooze

A concentration of 25 per cent shea butter provides intense nourishment to dry, cracked hands. L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, $44 for 150 mL, ca.loccitane. com

living well | Home


Think Spring

Who doesn’t look forward to spring, especially when it seems that winter will never end? What we don’t love to see, though, is the mud and wet shoes that come with the big thaw. But don’t fret. Patti Wilson, owner of Patti Wilson Interior Design in Newmarket, has a solution to those soggy blues. “Storage solutions designed for your lifestyle help to decrease the transfer of mess and clutter throughout your home,” she says. “Incorporating natural materials and soft finishes helps to create a family-friendly space.” When organizing your things, take advantage of every square inch. “Use wall hooks to hang your jackets and bulky items,” Wilson says. “Overhead storage baskets make a nice home for sun glasses and hats, while those dirty boots and drippy umbrellas can dry behind closed doors in a floorto-ceiling coat closet.” — Rachel Naud Tip: Add a hit of trendy jewel tones with a practical piece of furniture.

Creative Journaling

Is the New Scrapbooking

Time to Vent This February, show your dryer some love. Be sure to clean the duct that connects the back of your dryer to outside vents to clear out any debris, and any small animals (eek!) that may have made a cozy home there. Not only can this debris decrease your dryer’s efficiency and up your utility bills, but it can also cause a fire. While a leaf blower can sometimes be used to suck lint and debris from ducts, it’s always wise to call in a pro. According to realtor.com, the average duct cleaner will charge from $92 to $162, but in addition to services, they can also offer some sound advice about proper dryer placement. — R.N.

Room With a Bloom

Whether you want to capture and commemorate past moments or create a dream journal about great things to come, the Too Good General Store in Markham has you covered. Head on over on to the Main Street store on March 7 to learn about lettering techniques, embellishments and more. The workshop is led by Nicki Traikos from @lifeidesign. The $65 fee includes all materials and a $15 credit to spend in store that night. toogoodgeneralstore.ca — R.N.

Sick of looking outside and seeing ice and snow? Bring some spring in with an amaryllis plant. All you need is an amaryllis bulb, a container (the bulb only needs about an inch of space around) and a bright window — the plant thrives in the sun. Tip: Turn your pot regularly, as the flower stalk will lean toward the light. — R.N.

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living well | Food & Drink

Stroke of genius


Take your coffee date to the next level at Paintlounge in Markham. If you still haven’t tried the social painting café, now’s the time to grab a friend and get in touch with your inner Monet. Sip a cup of herbal tea or coffee as you work on your very own masterpiece. Newbie painter? Not a problem. The staff is happy to help — no experience necessary. Find out more at paintlounge.ca. — K.R. Copper is one of the hottest finishes this winter, in everything from dinnerware to appliances. To keep yours sparkling, try this clever kitchen hack: Apply a thin coat of ketchup and rub off with a clean rag to remove smudges and tarnishing. We love: This copper colander. It does the job and looks gorgeous hung from a pot rack or on an open shelf. $99.95, WilliamsSonoma.ca. — Karen Robock

Say Cheese! Up your mac and cheese game with this protein-packed Canadian cheese. Allégro is also lactose-free, low fat and a great source of calcium. We’ll be grating it into casseroles, savoury muffins and more this winter. Need some recipe inspiration? Check out myallegro.ca. We recommend trying the Macaroni Celebration with Allégro 9% Jalapeno cheese. It’s premium cold-weather comfort food. — K.R.

The buzz on responsible

hydration HoneyWater is a delicious way to enjoy some of the finest Canadian honey — and stay hydrated at home or on the go. We love that a portion of the profits from each bottle sold goes to programs promoting honeybee research, health and educational outreach. $2.49 for 355 mL. — K.R.

Berry Good Why wait until June? Ontario greenhouse strawberries from DelFrescoPure have all the rich colour and juicy flavour of this favourite summer berry, but now they’re available all winter long. And what a difference that makes for berry lovers who have had to consume California varieties off-season. Locally grown strawberries, unlike the imported ones, are grown for eating, not for long-distance trucking, so they’re fresher and sweeter. They’re a healthy choice, too: According to registered culinary dietitian Carol Harrison, “Strawberries provide a whopping dose of vitamin C — a powerful antioxidant — and 4 grams of fibre per cup, all for just 50 tasty little calories.” Excellent inspiration for whipping up a bright, delicious strawberry salsa at your next winter dinner party. — K.R. 10 | York Life January February 2018

living well | Travel

Stopover: Maui, Hawaii While Canadians don’t really need anyone to sell them on Hawaii, they don’t often think of it as a stop along the way. But you should: Maui, for example, makes an excellent place for a weekend road trip, before you carry on to Australia, Japan, Singapore and beyond. Haleakala National Park sports the island’s highest volcanic peak, plus the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, reached via the Hana Highway. And nearly 50 kilometres of Maui beach will absolutely peel away the stress, so you can carry on with the rest of your trip already refreshed. Visit gohawaii.com/ islands/maui. — Doug Wallace


Rank of Canadians in terms of worldwide tourism spending. SOURCE: World Tourism Organization, 2016.

Essential :

The Quartermaster Imagine if you took the old-world glamour of the steamer trunk and transformed it into a carry-on. You’d have the luxury, leather-trimmed Quartermaster by Ebby Rane, made for the styleconscious frequent traveller. Packing is a no-brainer thanks to multiple interior carryalls that fit together like a puzzle (two versions — men’s and women’s). Dimensions: 21" x 14" x 9" (53.3 x 35.5 x 22.8 cm). Weight: 3.2 kg. From $1,125. Wing Man valise, $450. Visit ebbyrane.com. — D.W.

Turndown: Quebec Ice Hotel The enchanting Hôtel de Glace, rebuilt each year entirely of snow and ice, is one of the most romantic winter spots in the country. Just a few kilometres north of Quebec City in the Village Vacances Valcartier, the hotel is open this year until March 25. Guests can enjoy cocktails served in a glass made of ice, relax in the outdoor hot tubs, then spend the night in one of 44 rooms and suites — where the temp is a balmy -4°C — curled up on comfortable mattresses in cozy sleeping bags. It’s like your own private igloo. From $220. Visit hoteldeglace-canada.com. — D.W. York Life January February 2018 | 11

living well | Beauty

Trend Alert: Fresh Skin Courtesy of Nars Cosmetics

It’s time to wave goodbye to the heavy contouring and caked-on foundation popular on Instagram, because spring 2018 is all about soft, natural skin. Take extra time for skin care and prep with hydrating masks, facial mists and moisturizers, then follow the mantra “less is more” when it comes to makeup. Only apply foundation and concealer where you really need them — like areas prone to redness — and let your skin breathe a sigh of relief. This season, skin is in! — Andrea Karr

Special Delivery There’s nothing like a day at the spa to help beat the winter blahs, but who wants to head out into the cold? That’s where Deelux Mobile Spa (DMS) comes in. The Bradford-based company delivers spa treatments to homes (and businesses) in Simcoe County and York Region, so you don’t have to go anywhere. “It’s all about in-home and corporate wellness,” DMS founder Diana D’Amato says. It’s also wellness that is customized. DMS will bring massages, hand and feet treatments and facials to groups of two and up. So you and your significant other, for example, can enjoy the ultimate date night — at home. Or invite friends over and have a girls’ night in, enjoying a spa circuit along with your wine and hors d’oeuvres. DMS also works with businesses to create pop-up spas in boardrooms so employees can take a wellness break during the work day. Whatever your spa needs, D’Amato will customize a relaxing package for you. deeluxmobilespa.com.

Cool Find

Pimp your pedi! These spa slippers open up to slide on without smearing your polish. A cozy backing holds the moisture in your treated heels, and the non-slip bottom keeps you steady. Bonus: They’re machine washable. $11.99, deeluxmobilespa.com/product/ ultimate-pedicure-slipper.

Pop Art

“I am obsessed with makeup almost as much as I’m obsessed with clothing,” says Toronto fashion designer Hayley Elsaesser, who has adorned celebs such as Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus in her quirky, colourful prints. Now the creative talent has partnered with Annabelle to design a collection of six bold lipsticks with cream and shimmer finishes and tubes bedecked in signature Elsaesser prints — think pink poodles, cacti and wide open mouths. The lippies are sure to become collectibles for tweens and grown women alike when they launch at the end of February. Annabelle x Hayley Elsaesser The Outrageous Collection lipsticks, $9 each, annabelle.com. — A.K.

Natural Beauty

Best known for its simple and natural cleansers, moisturizers and lip balms, Burt’s Bees now offers eight essential makeup must-haves — liquid and powder foundation, blush, glossy lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner and brow colour — for women who love a fresh, classic look. Each item has between 98.9 and 100 per cent natural ingredients, and is free of beauty no-nos and fillers such as parabens, phthalates, talc, silicones and synthetic fragrances. Nearly all contain nourishing oils, shea butter or honey, so you can feel good about layering them on your skin. Burt’s Bees Beauty, products from $10 to $20 each, burtsbees.ca. — A.K. 12 | York Life January February 2018


Before applying bright lipstick, buff away rough skin with a mixture of sugar and olive oil.


Saving Face Has dry, itchy, tight skin got you running for cover? Tatiana Demidenko, head aesthetician and ambassador at Newmarket’s Sanctuary Day Spas, isn’t surprised. “It’s winter, and outside the cold and wind can dry your face,” she says. “Inside, hot, dry air does the same.” Here’s how to fight back — beautifully. • Clean doesn’t mean parched. Demidenko recommends using a creamy cleanser for your face and avoiding soap. “When you shower,” she says, “keep the water lukewarm — not hot — and always follow with a rich moisturizer.” To help moisturizers better penetrate your face, sweep away dead skin with a gentle enzyme exfoliant a couple of times a week. • Remember to protect your complexion. “Don’t forget your sunblock, especially if you’re skiing, hiking or just walking the dog,” she says. “The UV rays are still there, even on cloudy days.” • And Demidenko’s favourite tip: “If you’re working in an office and you feel like your face is feeling dry, use a hydrating spray — right over your makeup. Your makeup will look refreshed and you and your skin will feel better.” sanctuarydayspas.com

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Healthy New Year

Want to make 2018 your healthiest year yet? Here are four habits worth adopting to put you on the right path By Rachel Naud


hen the clock strikes midnight and the new year begins, it’s as if the world takes your slate chock-full of ups, downs, achievements and failures and wipes it clean. January 1 brings inspiration and opportunity to start anew. But this year, instead of making unrealistic goals (after all, is anyone really going to give up bread?), focus on making small changes that are achievable and will set your mind and body on the right path. Don’t know how to start? We’ve got four habits that you can make part of your daily routine, helping you have the healthiest year yet.

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health | Good Habits


Eat more plant-based food

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Skipping the burgers and opting for more greens is not only a great way to manage your weight, but also reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Want to up your veggie game? When filling your plate, make half the space vegetables, says Sandra Edwards, a registered dietitian and health coach at Sandra Edwards & Associates in Markham. One-quarter of your plate should be a starchy vegetable or whole grain and the last quarter should be your meat or meat alternative.

Another great way to eat more veggies is to get them ready for cooking or eating all at once so they are handy throughout the week. “Prep your vegetables shortly after you purchase them to make it easier on a weeknight to include them,” Edwards says. “For example, cut up some peppers, carrot sticks, broccoli and cauliflower — this way they could be steamed, roasted, eaten raw with a dip or even made into a healthy vegetable-based soup.”




Do you get the hankering for a sweet treat at 2 p.m. and a salty snack by 3? When the cravings come calling, shut them down by bringing healthy snacks to work and keeping them at your desk. “Including a vegetable or fruit in your snack helps you to get more antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre for the day; plus, it helps to reduce the sodium, salt and added sugar from processed foods,” Edwards says. If an apple isn’t enough or sounds boring, she suggests adding some pumpkin seeds for a magnesium boost. If yogurt isn’t quite cutting it, add some ground flaxseeds or chia seeds for additional fibre. If cut-up raw veggies aren’t appealing, add interest and nutrients by including sour cream or a homemade dip such as salsa or hummus.

While it may be convenient to grab a takeout lunch or dinner on the way home, eating out can be hard on your wallet and your waistline. Restaurants often serve portions made for two, and meals that are laden in salt and fat. To keep yourself from falling into the takeout trap, plan your meals for several days, Edwards says. “This helps you to normalize your portions, reduce your intake of sodium and fat and save you money,” she says. To get into the habit, she suggests setting aside some time each week to make your meal plans. Choosing what to eat a week at a time can be daunting, so Edwards suggests starting small and aiming for two days at a time. But, as is frequently the case, even the best-made plans can go awry — especially when dealing with families where everyone has different tastes. “Don’t expect it to be perfect,” she says. “Involve family members in your plan. You’ll all end up eating better and finding new foods that you like.”

Fibre is our friend. It helps reduce bad cholesterol levels and the glycemic index of a meal, helps keep us regular and eliminates waste and toxins from our bodies. “Make it a habit by adding chickpeas or lentils to your soup recipe instead of meat,” says Edwards, who also advises eating one meatless meal per week. Look for recipes that use canned legumes or nuts and seeds instead. “You can also use a healthy eating app like Cookspiration, a Dietitians of Canada app for recipe ideas.”

Fight your cravings

Save fat and money

Pump up your fibre

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Naomi Hiltz

feature | Business Profile

Split decisions By Kinjal Dagli Shah

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Zahir Ratanshi (foreground) with his wife, Taz, and brother, Ali.


fter 23 years of marriage, Karl Simmons* was facing a divorce. The 47-year-old wasn’t sure how the process worked when a flyer changed his life. “I received a flyer at my door about a service called Split Happens. I called them and they found me a good lawyer who was close to my home, easy to work with and capable of helping me with my divorce process,” Simmons says. “It made it easier in that I only had to call one number and the rest was taken care of.” That is exactly the aim of Split Happens, a growing business in Stouffville. The brainchild of husband and wife Zahir and Taz Ratanshi, the company aims to take the logistical stress out of a divorce by connecting couples with the experts they need, like family lawyers, counsellors, estate planners or mortgage brokers. The idea for the business happened, oddly enough, during the *Name changed on request.

“Life can be complex. We like to lend a bipartisan ear to people going through a tough time”

couple’s 10th year of marriage, when they saw several friends and relatives endure long and stressful divorces. “No one enters into a marriage expecting it to fail. But sometimes, ‘split happens,’” says Zahir, originally a healthcare strategy consultant. “In most cases, the couple are confused and scared because the divorce market is too vast. Most people have no contacts or experience with the service providers needed in a divorce. Our company acts as the conduit and simplifies the process.” It also helps ease some of the stress associated with divorce and separation, which, according to Zahir’s research, continue to be on the rise. He explains that the first business Monday after Christmas is “Divorce Day,” when family lawyers typically see a spike in inquiries about ending relationships. “I began talking to people about this idea and received a fantastic response. Those who had been through a divorce wished there had been something like this during their time, while others said it would definitely make their life easier if they ever had to go through a separation.” When he formally launched his one-stop shop in December 2016, Zahir took on the role of president of the company and brought on board Taz and his brother, Ali, both of whom have business backgrounds. “With their business expertise combined, we have the right elements to help other families find strength and peace in a difficult time.” Zahir paid extra attention to the tagline for his start-up. “We call ourselves ‘the Right Partner in Divorce.’ We all look for the right partner to marry, so it makes sense that we also have the right partner in divorce.”

He is quick to clarify that the company is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. “The business model is based on referrals. Split Happens connects individuals and couples with service providers at no cost to the clients. In return, the service providers pay us a fee,” he says. Once the company connects a client with a particular service, and a working relationship is established, the client signs a contract with the service provider. Taz, a mother of two, understands the emotional costs involved in a separation, especially when children are involved. “The focus changed from business to support very quickly, because we are not looking to profit from an unhappy situation,” she says. “Life can be complex, and we’d like to lend a bipartisan ear to people going through a tough time. However, if a client is on the fence about a divorce and there is a possibility to save the marriage, we refer him or her to a counsellor.” Presently working out of their Stouffville home, the couple is trying to set up retail locations where clients can walk in and meet in person. “Some people don’t want their lives discussed on the phone,” Zahir says. “In that case, we meet them at a coffee shop or a restaurant until we set up our locations.” They are also working on expanding the service to include divorce announcements and post-divorce parties. “Our support doesn’t end once the divorce is completed. We will help couples craft the best way to announce their divorce and organize get-togethers to help clients adjust to their new lives,” Zahir says. “People don’t have to be stuck in the divorce stage for the rest of their lives.” As they say, everyone deserves a happy ending. York Life January February 2018 | 19

health | Environment

Watching Your Waste Why reducing food waste should be one of your health goals for 2018 By Michelle Jaelin

When garbage day rolls around in your part of York Region, how full is your green bin? In 2016, the Regional Municipality of York put 97,000 tonnes of waste into the organic bin. Indeed, with 91 per cent of all garbage recycled, York Region is more environmentally

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friendly than many other regions. The problem is, much of the stuff we toss into those little compostable bags need not be there. It all adds to an increasing environmental problem — food waste, edible food that ends up in the garbage or organics bin.

Nearly one-third of food produced in the world is lost or wasted simply through production before it even reaches the consumer. Add to that the rubbery celery, half-eaten apple or rice past its best-before date tossed in the organics bin, and that’s a whole lot of food being thrown away. What’s the issue? Food production and waste have a massive impact on the environment — from water and pesticides used in production to preservation and transportation to the collecting of the organic waste at the other end. Making changes in our own backyards can potentially eliminate 53,200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The environment is not the only factor to consider. You lose money on what you throw away, probably more than you think. York Region’s Food Waste Reduction Strategy Report, which sets long-term environmental goals for the region, estimates that York households lost $378 million from wasting food — about $1,125 per household per year. Topping the list of what we toss: vegetables and fruit, with their short shelf lives. Packaged foods with best-before dates often get trashed much earlier than they should, too. Michael Von Massow, a professor at the University of Guelph and co-director of the Guelph Food Waste Project, says that 55 per cent of food

waste is avoidable, and awareness and food literacy (understanding how your food choices impact your health and the environment) is needed to make the most of your grocery shopping. With that in mind, here’s how to make 2018 a less wasteful, more environmentally friendly and more economical year. Don’t let “best before” fool you: “Best-before dates are not expiry dates,” von Massow says. “This is a huge contributor to food we throw away at the household level.” When a food is past the best-before date, it’s not harmful to consume. There may be change in its flavour and texture, but otherwise the food is safe to eat. Keep this in mind the next time you’re tempted to toss that unopened bag of shredded cheese five days after its best-before date. Learn how to store your produce: With the exception of leafy greens, fresh fruits and veggies have a natural protective coating and should not be washed before storing. Keep in perforated bags (poke holes in your produce bags) before placing in the fridge. Bananas, citrus fruit and tomatoes should be left on the countertop for best flavour and texture.

in an apple crisp or be made into applesauce. Lingering bits of vegetables, odds and ends of carrots, broccoli stems and onion skins can be frozen and saved for a homemade soup or vegetable stock. Think ahead: Plan meals, make a grocery list and stick to it to avoid buying food you don’t need. Shop after a meal or a snack — nothing adds unnecessary items to a grocery cart more than shopping on a rumbling stomach. Know when “good enough” cooking will do: There can be a stigma in not knowing how to cook, causing people with good intentions to neglect fresh ingredients in the fridge and order takeout. Cooking doesn’t need to be extravagant or Instagram-worthy. Learn three or four recipes made with simple ingredients to ensure you use fresh foods to feed your family. Become “waste aware.” According to von Massow, “Those who are aware of their waste, waste less.” Being conscious of what you throw away will force you to throw away less and help create a greener York Region.

Repurpose less-fresh produce: Apples that have become slightly brown and bruised may not be good for eating raw, but could go well

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Seeing Red The forecast for the home in 2018 is officially radiant, at least according to Benjamin Moore. The paint giant recently announced its colour of the year — Caliente AF-290, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red. “Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence,’” says Ellen O’Neill, director of strategic design intelligence for Benjamin Moore. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads, signalling purpose and adventure.” How can you easily incorporate this vibrant hue into your home if red walls aren’t your thing? Michelle Major, owner of Aurora’s Foxglove Design, has some low-commitment suggestions. “Buy accent cushions or an area rug in that colour,” she says. “Or paint wood candlesticks in the shade. You can also try faux flowers with lots of greenery, and get both colour and texture.” Because this red is so strong, though, Major cautions not to use too much, and to have the shade subtly flow through your home. If you have it in an area rug in your living room, for example, maybe it’s also on an accent plate in your kitchen. foxglovedesign.ca

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home | Room Tour

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he master bedroom in Linda and Evan Porter’s Thornhill home was hardly a calming retreat. What commonly happens with busy families is that their master bedroom becomes a bit of a dumping ground, says Shima Yazdan, vice-president of operations with Niche Decor. Mismatched furniture migrates in. Before you know it, chaos has taken over. “It’s often a room you don’t even think about because you’re too busy with life and the kids,” Yazdan says. “Your own bedroom just gets totally left behind.” That was certainly the case for the Porters'. “It was definitely a mismatch,” Linda says. “Whatever wasn’t being used in the house, I brought it in here. I hated this room before. It was terrible. I didn’t want to be in here at all.” Where the mother of three did want to be was in a calm, sophisticated master retreat. The couple loves to travel and stay in chic hotels. Spending time in such spaces gave Linda a number of design cues, which provided the Niche Decor team with the direction it needed to make her vision a reality. The bedroom is large with generously sized windows that let in lots of natural light. The

first step was building out what would become the feature wall. It would showcase the bed and allow floor-to-ceiling mirrors to be inset on either side. The mirrors were the idea of Jean Bisnaire, Niche Decor’s owner and designer. They add grandness, depth and sparkle, bounce light around the room and create interesting views — reflecting the mature trees outside, the blue sky and sunlight, even other corners of the room, each exquisitely decorated. Linda also specifically asked for texture on the walls. “We did a beautiful wallpaper, without it being a bold print, because, just like in a hotel, there shouldn’t be anything offensive or distracting,” Yazdan says. “The look is very subtle. We inset the mirrors, the wallpaper went up and the room just kept transforming.” That transformation continued as Niche Decor provided the furnishings, bedding and draperies. The white leather headboard is custom made, as are the two-toned door fronts of the side tables. Yazdan made full use of the space, tucking a comfy club chair into a previously underused corner of the bedroom, and it quickly became Linda’s favourite place to sit. All the furniture is Canadian-made. The

process was surprisingly smooth, taking just eight weeks to complete. Linda’s wish of having a room she could relax and enjoy spending time in has come true. The finished product is warm and inviting, luxe but comfortable and not at all finicky. There is now an expansive and unobstructed view of their resort-like backyard, which includes a pool and a play area for their children. “This is totally the definition of hotel chic,” Yazdan says. “You feel as if you’ve gone away — and you don’t have to pay for the space every night.” For Linda, the transformation has been a game changer. “It’s my favourite room, honestly,” she says. “It’s so comfortable. After a long day, as soon as I open the door, it’s like a breath of fresh air. It feels like I’m on holidays — it re-energizes me. I would say the one downfall is, I don’t want to leave.” Indeed, on a recent trip to Los Angeles, Linda and Evan stayed in a glamorous fivestar hotel in Beverly Hills. But she was underwhelmed by the room, which, as it turned out, just could not compare with her own at home. Mission accomplished.

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The comfy club chair in the corner has become Linda Porter’s favourite place to sit, and the full-length mirror is perfect for checking her outfits. Niche Decor provided all the furnishings, bedding and draperies. The white leather headboard is custom-made.

- luxe hotel feel - elegant and classy - clean look, streamlined - contemporary style - texture on the walls - new bedding - mirrors - an “escape”

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home | Designer Tip


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space Has the new year got you thinking about a full-scale renovation or maybe just a simple room refresher? Catherine-Lucie Horber, principal designer at Stouffville’s Royal Interior Design, shares her advice on how to create a successful design plan.

it, has been bugging you. Well, in my mind, there is no better time than now to revisit those thoughts and wish lists. But to make it happen, you need to create a solid, strong action plan. Here’s how to do just that. a budget. This is the crux of 1. Establish it all, so be realistic. How much can you currently allocate to each project without feeling overly stretched. What financial resources — savings, lines of credit — are available to you?

in line with to avoid friction and added stress. Who will make most decisions or be the point person? Establish this ahead of time. it enjoyable. Any changes, reno5. Make vation or design transformations can cause stress, especially if not properly planned and prepared for. Find a way to make it exciting — focus on the end result and the reasons for the changes. It is an investment and something you should try to make a fun experience.

with a professional. As many priorities. Take a big-picture look 2. Set 6. Work ideas and good intentions as you at your home. What areas are causing the most difficulties or need the most improvement from an aesthetic or functional standpoint?

I love the new year, as it truly feels like a fresh start. It’s a time when I probably feel the strongest, most motivated and fully energized to make plans and actually follow through with them. I guess that’s why so many of us make those resolutions every January 1. And that includes for our homes. Maybe your house, or just one area of

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the timing. When would be 3. Determine the best time to get started with the project and deal with changes? When would be the most inconvenient time? How long do you anticipate the project will take? a boss. Who will be in charge 4. Choose of managing your project? It is something you and your partner want to be

might have, often a lack of time, resources or even confidence may make you uncertain about your design plan. An experienced designer can answer your questions and share advice that can make all the difference in a successful new space. At our company, for example, we can help you create a space you love — either from A to Z or just a consultation to help you make a plan for your own DIY. Whatever your preference, a designer will help you kick off the new year on the right foot.

home | Home Office

Home Work Designer and HGTV star Jo Alcorn shares how she took a crammed room in a Newmarket house and turned it into a streamlined, masculine home office


have worked on many office spaces, but was especially excited to tackle this one, as it was more male-oriented and a completely different space than what I’m accustomed to working with. This room was the place where “things went to die,” as my client said — old furniture, boxes, books and anything else they couldn’t let go of. In the end, I was overjoyed with the results of this clean, masculine office.

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First things first, I wanted to create a dramatic wall treatment. This is a large room and I wanted it to feel cozy and warm. I used MDF ship-lap by Metrie to cover almost all the walls. The existing door casing was built out with a back band to ensure a proper edge with the shiplap. We added dramatic baseboards from its Pretty Simple Collection to really finish off the room. Then we painted all the trim with Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White. The only wall that we did not add trim to was the one at the back, where we installed a stunning open bookshelf. I made this a feature wall by adding a dark colour — Benjamin Moore’s Wolf Gray. Next, it was time to choose the furniture. Here I really wanted to go custom and manly. I worked with Vaughan’s Harkel Office with its new West Elm Workspace line, produced exclusively with Inscape. This allowed me to customize everything to suit this client — from choosing The dramatic wall treatment included an open bookshelf on a feature wall painted in Benjamin Moore’s Wolf Gray to contrast with the white. Manly, custom furniture gives the space a distinct character. The small ceiling light was swapped out for an artistic piece from Harkel Office, with remote control and dimmer.

Personalized artwork is a great touch in an office!

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home | Home Office among many different patterns for the chair and sofa upholstery to the finish on the bookshelves. In today’s world, an office TV is a must. For this space, I chose a Sharp 55-inch HD Roku TV, which is built for streaming. It has a great remote control, but it also has a mobile app so you can control it from your smartphone, and even enjoy music, photos and videos on the big screen. An office has to also be equipped for function, so I installed the new Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi system, which blankets an entire home or office with Wi-Fi, no matter the size or shape. It can easily be incorporated right into the decor. I love to include personalized artwork into offices, and for this space I went with Posterjack, a company that turns your own images into large pieces of art. I uploaded personal photos from the client’s recent vacations, fun memories from their cottage and even photos of the family pooch. I took advantage of Posterjack’s different options, including its canvas minis, lacquer frames and woodstand prints. The result is a great diversity of photo art in this space. Proper lighting can set off a room and create a focal point, so in this space I swapped out the small ceiling light for a stunning, artistic piece from Harkel Office. It has a dimmer option, so it’s adjustable, depending on the natural light coming in from the large windows behind the desk. Finally, the wow factor — my favourite part of any design project. I had so much fun shopping at HomeSense, and my budget went a long way in finding a wide assortment of masculine accessories to enhance this space. I had a huge bookshelf to work with, and had tons of fun searching for the perfect manly items to fill it, including great bookends, globes and greenery. Topped off with the perfect cushions and curtains that were made for this space, and this office is definitely working.

MDF ship-lap by Metrie on almost every wall creates a dramatic yet warm and cozy feeling

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food & drink

Sweet Switch Forget the wine and roses. This Valentine’s Day, say “I love you” with world-class chocolate and beer. That’s right: For centuries, beer and chocolate have been a match made in heaven. Taste buds were sent into overdrive at a recent event where gourmet Belgian chocolate maker Callebaut collaborated with top local chefs, who showcased how to use the treat in cuisine — both savoury and sweet — all while pairing it with your favourite brew. When pairing your own chocolate dishes with beer, consider the complexities and similarities in flavour. A chocolate-infused meat dish may pair nicely with a dark stout or amber ale, while a dessert may work best with a lighter, fruitier blend. As in most relationships, it’s not a bad thing to go with the flow, so to speak. Try different combinations and see which you like best. — Julia Suppa

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food & drink | Comfort Food

There’s nothing like coming in from the cold to enjoy a hearty meal or snack that satisfies and nourishes deep down. Here are four such recipes to enjoy in your cozy home By Angela Wallace

Slow-Cooked Veggie Stew 3 cups yellow split peas 8 cups fresh spinach 1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 8 cups vegetable broth 3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed 4 celery stalks, chopped 2 cups white mushrooms, halved 2 tsp dried rosemary 2 bay leaves salt and black pepper, to taste

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Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours. Taste throughout and adjust seasoning as needed. Makes 8 servings.

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food & drink | Comfort Food

Carrot and Date Muffins 1½ cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ¼ cup ground flaxseed 2 tsp cinnamon 2 eggs ¼ cup vegetable oil ½ cup plain Greek or Skyr yogurt 2 cups shredded carrots 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 cup dates, finely chopped ½ cup chopped pecans (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line muffin pan with muffin papers. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, flaxseed and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, vegetable oil, yogurt, carrots, maple syrup and dates. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients and combine well. Note: The mixture will be a thick batter. Fold in pecans. Scoop into prepared muffin pan. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 muffins.

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Spinach Pomegranate Salad 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (or 1 large) 1 to 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp dried thyme 2 tbsp tahini 1 /3 cup balsamic or apple cider vinegar salt and black pepper, to taste 1 to 2 tbsp honey 1 clove garlic, minced 6 cups fresh spinach 1½ cups pomegranate seeds 1½ cups canned lentils (drained and rinsed well) ½ cup crumbled goat cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Chop sweet potato into small cubes. Combine oil and thyme in a bowl. Add sweet potato and toss until evenly coated. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until sweet potato is soft. Remove from oven and let cool. In a small bowl, mix together tahini, vinegar, salt, pepper, honey and garlic. Set dressing aside. In a large serving bowl, mix together

spinach, roasted sweet potato, pomegranate seeds, lentils and goat cheese. Pour in dressing, toss and serve. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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food & drink | Comfort Food

Butternut Squash and Zucchini Soup 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 sweet onion, chopped 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 butternut squash, cubed 2 medium zucchinis, chopped ½ to 1 tsp ground nutmeg salt and black pepper, to taste 8 to 10 cups vegetable broth ½ cup coconut or other milk (optional) roasted pumpkin seeds (garnish) Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add potatoes, squash and zucchinis, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes; during this time, add

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nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add broth. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 40 minutes. Remove from heat and purée with a hand blender. For a creamier soup, add milk. Serve topped with roasted pumpkin seeds. Makes 12 servings. Angela Wallace from Eat Right Feel Right is a registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and family food expert who specializes in women’s and children’s nutrition and fitness. eatrightfeelright.ca

food & drink | Hot Spots


Great I ndoors

Don’t let the cold get to you this season. Instead, fight off those winter blahs and mosey on over to one of York Region’s coziest, most charming and cheerful local restaurants and pubs. In order to make our list, these fabulous finds had to exude character and ambience, serve up great food and boast a loyal clientele. Enjoy! By Kasie Savage York Life January February 2018 | 39

food & drink | Hot Spots

Filly & Co., Aurora Located in the heart of Olde Aurora, Filly & Co. oozes the type of warm, friendly atmosphere you’d typically sees on a television sitcom. Boasting a devout group of regulars on various nights of the week, Filly & Co. bustles in a laid-back style that attracts everyone from retirees to families to men’s league recreational hockey teams. If there’s an important game on TV, a group of friends looking to share some pints, or even a much-deserved date night, Filly & Co. is the place to be. Hot tip: Ask for table number 15 — the teal-coloured velour bistro booth is half-moon shaped, giving everyone a clear, elevated view of the TVs and all the action. Must try: The fish and chips (on special for $13 on Thursdays), or Kumar’s chicken curry. Daily specials posted inside. Psst! Don’t miss out on Tuesday’s $5 gourmet taco night. 14888 Yonge Street, Aurora (905) 727-4271 | fillyandcopub.com

Anna Maria Trattoria, Vaughan Tucked into a small plaza in the heart of Vaughan lies one of the area’s best-known secrets for authentic Italian cuisine, served up with plenty of warmth, charm and Tuscan-influenced decor. And yes, there really is an Anna Maria — the owner — who may greet you upon arrival. Since 2011, locals have been filling the tables of this family-owned restaurant, and non-residents have been driving the distance to experience the incredible value and service, something manager Danielle Mollo is proud of. Hot tip: Be sure to contact Mollo if you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion, and she will personally ensure that all the details are looked after. Must try: Mollo recommends the fried calamari, fettuccine mare mondo and their zuppe de pesce. 2900 Langstaff Road, Vaughan (905) 532-0004 | annamariatrattoria.com

Unionville Arms, Markham If you love great pub fare and history, then look no further than Unionville Arms. The building itself dates back to 1870 and once housed York Region’s first movie theatre. Previously a blacksmith shop, auto repair shop and finally a playhouse, it was purchased in 1989 by owner Tom Vasilovsky and became known as Unionville Arms. Located smackdab in the middle of Unionville’s historic Main Street, “the Arms,” as it’s dubbed by locals, is arguably the neighbourhood’s most iconic spot. It features a quaint atmosphere, booths aplenty, cheerful lighting and great seating options near the front windows — perfect for people watching. Hot tip: Dress for the outdoors and plan on a stroll along Unionville’s charming Main Street to walk off the generous portions, post-meal. Must try: The self-described (and rightfully so) “Best Wings in Town,” or dig into a hearty serving of pub pie, made fresh daily with a heaping side of mashed potatoes. 189 Main Street, Unionville (905) 470-8831 | unionvillearms.ca

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The Goulash House, Newmarket Nothing says cozy like a charming European restaurant where authentic recipes from the old country are brought to life via a passion for flavourful traditional fare. Here’s the good news: no airplane required. You need only to hop in your car and head to Newmarket’s Main Street to find the Goulash House. This corner restaurant’s menu has all the rich, warm, saucy succulence you could want, made in true Hungarian style. From cabbage rolls to schnitzel, everything in this award-winning restaurant, with near-perfect customer ratings, is made from scratch. Hot tip: Call ahead and reserve the window table. Watch the world pass you by while you stay warm inside. Must try: Everything! But if you have to choose, try the soup with smoked hocks, Debreziner sausage and little dumplings bathed in a rich tomato-based broth. 200 Main Street South, Newmarket (905) 235-7122 | thegoulashhouse.com

The Earl of Whitchurch, Whitchurch-Stouffville “The quintessential neighbourhood pub” — that’s how owner George Bigelow describes his restaurant, the Earl of Whitchurch, located in the heart of Stouffville. Behind the doors of this large Victorian heritage building you’ll find the pulse of a community. With its live music and authentic British pub decor (think red velvet seats, ornately patterned carpet and dark varnished woods), this place has a loyal following for good reason: daily happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m., live music nights, 19 beers on tap, plus plenty of microbrewery offerings. Hot tip: Speak with customer-favourite server Crystal to see if she can set you up by the window next to the fireplace. She can also lend you one of the pub’s classic board games to play — another reason to linger. Must try: Hankering for a great brunch? Try its famous eggs benedict poutine, made with homefries, cheese curds, gravy, diced peameal bacon and a fried egg smothered in hollandaise sauce. 6204 Main Street, Stouffville (905) 642-3275 | earlpub.com

The Hunt Pub, Hogan’s Restaurant Historic charm, fireplace, 18 beers on tap — it’s hard to beat the Hunt Pub. Located just down the stairs from Hogan’s Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in King City, this quaint and comfortable pub still has the original stone walls from 1851, manager Anna Elder says. More up to date, though, is the menu which boasts everything from braised short rib poutine to beef carpaccio and arugula pear salad. Bonus: Enjoy live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Hot tip: Nab a seat by the fireplace — “It’s so cozy and nice there,” Elder says. Must try: You can’t go wrong with a pub fave like fish and chips or chicken wings. But Elder also recommends the steamed mussels and grilled or fried calamari. If you’re in the mood for sea bass, rack of lamb or Cornish hen, no problem: you can also order from the upstairs Hogan’s Restaurant menu. 12998 Keele Street, King City (905) 883-5311 | hogansrestaurant.com

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food & drink | In the Kitchen

In the kitchen with…

Terre Rouge

This husband-and-wife team brings passion, skill and a love of local ingredients to their new French-inspired restaurant By Julia Suppa


t’s all about passion, fire, sacrifice.” That’s how Forrest Liu describes his journey as a chef and restaurateur. Together with his wife, Karan Tsoi, the 27-year-old wants to introduce Markham to a different style of dining. The couple have teamed up to launch Terre Rouge, a new restaurant in downtown Markham. French-inspired Terre Rouge pays homage to Liu’s

first introduction to cuisine. Born in Hong Kong, he became a trainee of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at his high-end Shanghai restaurant when he was 17 years old. “As soon as I stepped into the kitchen, I thought, this is what I want to do,” Liu says. Years later, he moved to Canada and enrolled in the George Brown Culinary Arts program. There he met his

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future wife, Markham native Tsoi. “It was the smartest move I ever made,” he says. Together, they learned the ins and outs of kitchen management and the restaurant business, working at Toronto giants Canoe, Lee, Fring’s and One, but it was always their dream to open their own place. Liu and Tsoi travelled the world seeking culinary inspiration for their new venture, and when they returned to Toronto, they decided on a location — Markham. “It’s a very up-and-coming spot,” Tsoi says. “We’ve been working on this project for over a year and it’s finally come together, so we’re really happy. Markham is also one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, and they need good places to eat. People don’t want to travel downtown all the time.” Liu and Tsoi pride themselves on using quality ingredients to create the dishes for Terre Rouge. Every ingredient is sourced within 100 kilometres of the restaurant. “Good food should be local,” Liu says, “no matter what style of cuisine you’re cooking.” Besides the resulting layered and diverse flavours served up, Terre Rouge patrons can expect to be wowed; with the exquisite plating and presentation, precision and workmanship are evident in every dish. Combine that with French table-side service, wine pairings as selected by Tsoi, who is assistant manager and sommelier, and an intimate downtown feel overlooking a winter ice rink and year-round carousel, and Terre Rouge has truly done it — brought nouvelle cuisine to the burbs. 162 Enterprise Blvd., Markham (905) 597-5668, terrerougetoronto.com

F ive Questions w it h execut ive chef Forres t Liu When did you start cooking? When I was nine years old. I would make breakfast for my family; it wasn’t always successful, though. One day, I was making chocolate milk and I put in tons of sugar. When my parents tasted it, they spat it out. I’d used salt instead of sugar. Who is your favourite chef? That’s a tough one. Jean-Georges [Vongerichten] is the reason I’m cooking. Cooking should not be limited by any cuisine or region. He is the master of using different ingredients. What do you think is the most common mistake people make when cooking? I believe they don’t taste food properly. If you’re cooking something, and you drink something sweet, for example, it’s going to affect your cooking. You’re drinking something sweet while making something savoury. Your brain is going to tell you it’s not salty enough. To clean your palate, drink sparkling water while cooking. What is your signature dish? It’s the marinated miso black cod with spinach purée risotto topped with bonito flakes. It’s one of the most popular dishes on the menu. The cod stands alone — it’s the star of the dish. The miso adds an Asian element, and then I thought, what would complement it? Risotto. A light risotto. What is your favourite thing to order when you dine out? That’s really tricky. We dine out a lot. It’s not usually fancy — pretty homestyle. A bottle of wine and some oysters. We used to go to Bar Isabel [in Toronto] for their deep-fried chicken, but they don’t serve it anymore because the chef moved. Chef Forrest Liu and his wife and partner, Karen Tsoi, specifically chose Markham for their French-inspired restaurant. “It’s a very up-and-coming spot,” Tsoi says.

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Heirloom Carrots & Beets Salad With Maple Tarragon Dressing (recipe shared by chef Forrest Liu at Terre Rouge) Assemble in 4 steps. Carrots & Beets 2 yellow beets 2 red beets 1 bunch of heirloom carrots (orange, red, yellow, purple) 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 6 sprigs of thyme, destemmed 6 bay leaves

Preheat oven to 350°F. Clean beets and carrots. Peel beet skins only. Separate each by colour. Cut beets into eight; cut carrots in 1-inch diagonals. For each colour grouping of beets and carrots, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and one sprig of thyme. Wrap in tinfoil with 1 bay leaf each. Repeat for each colour of carrots and beets. Roast in oven for one hour. Unwrap and place on a tray to cool down. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Maple Tarragon Dressing 1 sprig of tarragon, chopped 1 tbsp canola oil 3 tbsp sherry vinegar 1 tbsp maple syrup salt and pepper, to taste

the mixture and toast until quinoa puffs and sugar is caramelized. Set aside.

Whisk all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

Toss carrots and beets in the maple tarragon dressing. On 4 separate plates, stack carrots and beets against each other to form small pyramids. Distribute 2 teaspoons of goat cheese throughout the stacks per plate. Sprinkle candied quinoa on top.

Candied Quinoa 1/8 cup quinoa 1/8 cup sugar 1/8 cup water Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat. Add teaspoons of

Building the Salad 8 tsp goat cheese

Makes 4 servings.

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Disney on a Discount If you’ve been putting off taking the family for that big trip to Walt Disney World in Florida (or Disneyland Resort in California) because of the cost, it may be time to rethink that. Until February 10, Canadian residents can save 20 per cent on Disney World tickets, and 25 per cent on Disneyland tickets until February 28. Best of all? Tickets can be used any time throughout 2018. “We believe this special offer will help our Canadian guests in planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort,” says Marlie Morrison, managing director, Disney Parks Canada. Experience perennial favourites, such as Space Mountain, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Expedition Everest and Toy Story Midway Mania, or take in new attractions, such as Pandora — The World of Avatar. It’s sure to be a landmark trip for you all. Find out more at disneyworld.ca/tickets or disneyland.ca/tickets.

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How to Book the Cheapest Flights Don’t let post-holiday debt keep you from escaping the cold By Doug Wallace When should I book? What day should I fly? How do I get the lowest price? When you’re looking for a budget-friendly getaway, the same questions crop up time and again, and sometimes it seems like a moving target out there when it comes to booking a flight. Here are a few words of travel wisdom: 1. First, let’s look at price jumps. Airlines employ something called “dynamic pricing,” a practice of setting prices based on the demand of the seats. They don’t just price flights according to the time of day or their popularity, but on how interested you yourself seem to be in a particular flight when you’re shopping online. They know this via the cookies stored in your browser that keep track of your browsing behaviour — little files of data created by a website. Cookies are helpful because websites you visit regularly remember your name and address, so you don’t have to keep filling things in. Cookies are unhelpful because they give away your eagerness to book that

certain flight. To avoid this, you need to disable the cookies (via the privacy tab in your browser preferences), use your friend’s laptop or visit either Skyscanner. net or Momondo.com, two sites that don’t hike prices in this way. 2. With regard to when to shop, it’s best to book on the weekends, because online traffic drops way down as the business world stops searching for cheap last-minute fares. As well, airlines post their best deals on the weekend, because they know that’s when the bargainhunters are hunting. Tuesday is also not a bad day to book, because that’s the day airlines try to offload seats that they didn’t manage to sell on the weekend. 3. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are still the cheapest days to actually fly. This is related to the volume of business traffic on all the other days of the week. Maybe your long weekend away is Saturday to Tuesday? Being flexible in this way saves money, and the difference

in cost can sometimes be enough to warrant spending an extra night in a hotel. 4. Even in this digital age, there’s no substitute for a good travel agent. They have access to information you don’t, much of it last-minute deals that will never appear on the internet. Travel agents are also perfect for figuring out cost-effective ways to plan an itinerary that involves multiple cities and group bookings. They, of course, also save you the research time. 5. Wondering how far in advance to buy? The number of days varies from expert to expert, but the nice people at Frommer’s suggest these below as a benchmark: • 57 days for domestic flights • 77 Caribbean • 90 Americas • 140 Europe • 160 Asia Last-minutey people: Change your wasteful ways and start saving.

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Rocky Mountain High Colorado has some of the freshest air you will ever taste – however thin By DOUG WALLACE


ison or buffalo? Same diff, right? With a 10-ounce slab of whatever-itwas prime rib staring me in the face, I had been served my first challenge my first night in Colorado. No problem, as it turned out. Bison burgers, bison sausage, pulled pork, elk tenderloin — I am a master at meat and potatoes. But Colorado has so much more on the menu, especially when you bring your skis. Though Aspen has the cachet and Vale has the celebrities, you can do better — in the remote little village of Steamboat Springs. This is a town where they took a poll to help name a new bridge and ended up with the James Brown Soul Center of the

Universe Bridge. That’s wacky stuff. At 7,000 feet above sea level, population 12,000, this town is so named because the bubbling of the nearby natural hot springs resembled the sound of a steamboat coming down the river back when settlers first arrived. And while half a million people visit the incredible ski resort that sits just at the edge of town every year, tourism hasn’t overwhelmed the flavour of this tiny canyon community. And what a mountain! With 165 runs spread over almost 3,000 acres, what’s not to like? My challenges on the hills were overcome with the help of a great ski instructor. Take a lesson; it will

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do you a world of good. And while I’m doling out tips, get out the humidifier that is more than likely in your hotel room closet. This air is as dry as it is fresh. To soothe moaning muscles after a day of skiing, we packed towels from the hotel and took a winding 15-minute drive into the woods to rustic Strawberry Park Hot Springs, where bathers doff their clothes in a teepee and “take the waters.” Clothing is optional after dark, as there is no electricity, but luckily, I had a wee light strapped to my forehead (always pointed to the ground). Surrounded by Texans, Australians and Japanese, mine was a truly international experience, and the trick is to try not to be shy even if you are. Steamboat has actually produced more Olympians per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., almost 70 and counting. One of them is community legend Ray Heid, who participated in the 1960 Olympics. He’s also been renting out horses since he was a boy. He spirited us away to snowy Triangle 3 Ranch, just 20 minutes or so outside of town, where we saddled up a few of the 40 easygoing horses and headed out on the snowy canyon trails. The good thing about riding horses in the snow is that they can’t go very fast. The bad thing is that you will be up to your waist in snow if you drop a mitt and have to alight from your horse to fetch it. A few days later, a jaunt south back to the interstate left me at the foot of Copper Mountain, home to a fabulous 140-plus runs and 23 lifts, and the only full-length, earlyseason training venue in the world, the U.S. Olympic Ski Team Speed Center. Sundry hangers-on from various other countries hit the slopes here, too, as well as the Woodward Copper Barn facility, an indoor year-round training ground with Olympic-grade trampolines, foam pits, skate bowl, ramps, jumps — the works. The 2,500 acres of pristine slopes steepen naturally from west to east, with the elevation topping out at 12,000 feet (with a 2,600-foot vertical drop). Despite the calibre of skiing that goes on there, you still find green runs at the top of the mountain, allowing for groups of varying skill to actually spend the day together; the experienced don’t have to say goodbye to the beginners at the bottom of the hill. Expect breathtaking views and perfectly groomed runs. With one million guests a year, this resort 50 | York Life January February 2018

Post-ski, soothe your muscles at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, where clothing is optional after dark. plays host to all crowds, international and local — family, college and otherwise. A quaint and manageable centre village is full of après-ski fun in the form of skating, zip lining, big drinks and tiny doughnuts. And after the ski hill does you in, an hour (or two) on the four-lane tubing hill will bring out your inner child, and make beer time all the more rewarding. There’s only one hiccup of being up in the clouds so high: It’s all fun and games until somebody gets altitude sickness. Common after 8,000 feet above sea level, this ailment leaves you feeling as if you have the flu or a hangover, or both. Apparently, it takes one day to acclimatize to 1,000 feet. Someone abandoned their ski pants in the lobby of our Copper lodge, with a note citing “age and altitude” as the reason for packing in the skiing. No chutzpah, I say. (Sadly, they didn’t fit me.) Two litres of water before noon is almost mandatory, and we threw in the odd Gatorade to help us feel sporty. Speaking of drinks, you will also notice that one vodka can actually feel more like two vodkas. Bonus! You’re a cheaper date than you thought. And no, it’s not because of the beloved American free-pour. Altitude again, messing with your head. Best to skip the now legal pot altogether. But back to my stomach and the buffalo. Who would have thought? All North American buffalo are actually bison, buffalo being rather a misnomer on this continent. It’s actually Africa and Asia where the buffalo roam. Somebody better give that song a rewrite.

Gravity-defying action at the Copper halfpipe.

S team b oat essentials • The Steamboat Grand (steamboatgrand.com) is the biggest game mountain-side, the ski lifts within walking distance. There are plenty of smaller spots, near and far, as well as condos to rent if you’re travelling with a group. Rabbit Ears Motel (rabbitearsmotel.com) is named after the mountain pass, not the TV antannae. The Old Town Hot Springs is right across the street.

Ray Heid from Triangle 3 Ranch is a former Olympian.

• Ore House at the Pine Grove (orehouse.com) has been serving steaks in a 110-year-old barn since 1971. Small plates shine at Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails (thelaundryrestaurant.com), perfect for the after-ski crowd or dinner out. These people really get into their menu, and it pays off. Deeply delicious cocktails, including a spicy margarita. We saw not one but two wedding couples eloping on the same day at Truffle Pig (trufflepigrestaurant.com), which has a stick-to-your-ribs burger with truffle fries. Hit the intimate Café Diva (cafediva.com) for the best meal in town. Head straight for the tenderloin. • Après-ski, the Right-O-Way run concludes with a long, almost flat ski-out to the village, known to the ski instructors as “Fifth Avenue.” It passes by several small watering holes, but you should stop at slope-side gem TBar at Steamboat. Wherever you end up, keep an eye out for craft beers Mahogany Ridge, Breckenridge Avalanche and Fat Tire Amber. • Gear up in town with western duds from F.M. Light & Sons (fmlight.com), “outfittin’ the West for over 100 years.” Across the street, stick your head in Cowboys and Indians (cowboysandindiansonline.com) for gifts, jewellery, antiques and crafts. Check out steamboat.com for more.

C ompulsor y C opper Put horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies on your bucket list.

• Copper Mountain Ski Resort has a sort of communal reception for accommodations, where they then mete you out to the various lodges surrounding the centre village, each with underground parking. Chalet-type furnishings (log lamps, Murphy beds) are comfortable and cool. Each lodge is equipped with a large outdoor hot tub, but sadly no time machine. • The aforementioned bison sausage is neck and neck with the rack of lamb for top honours at C.B. Grille. And while you can’t throw a stone and not hit a drink of something in this place, the college kids favour Mulligans Irish Pub, because it stays open late, as does the On the Rockies Whiskey Bar. • It’s worth a visit to the indoor Woodward Copper, located in an old barn, if only to watch the cool kids do their thing on mountain bikes and skateboards, or see aerialists practise their jumps. An intro session will see you on the trampoline for a couple of hours with a coach. As always, keep an eye out for Olympians, who come for the world-class facilities, but stay for the vibe. Visit coppercolorado.com for more.

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Your wedding is the biggest beauty day of your life. So, we’ve rounded up top products, along with advice from the pros on skin care, makeup, hair and even fragrance to help you be your most radiant By Andrea Karr

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Prep School

Circle it in your calendar: Four to six months before the wedding is the ideal time to start a bridal skincare regimen that targets blemishes, pigmentation and dehydration. Consider adding these potent goodies into rotation to get glowing on your big day.

For discoloration

For redness

Target dark spots, uneven or dull skin tone and large pores with a mix of hydroxy acids to exfoliate and a peptide called GenoWhite to lighten pigmentation. NeoStrata Brightening Peel Solution, $78 at major drugstores.

Reduce the three main types of redness — flushing, general inflammation caused by a weakened skin barrier and visible, dilated blood vessels — with this comforting cream. Lierac Rosilogie Redness Correction Neutralizing Cream, $40, lierac.ca.

For lips Smooth, plump and hydrate your pout for flawless lipstick application with these easy-to-apply lip masks beloved by Kim Kardashian West. Rodial Dragon’s Blood Lip Masks, $45/8 at Murale.

For dehydration Increase your hyaluronic acid levels by 30 per cent and reveal plumper, more hydrated skin by massaging this serum all over your face, both morning and night. SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier, $120, skinceuticals.ca.

For oiliness and blemishes Apply this non-drying clay mask once or twice a week to remove impurities, balance the skin and reveal a soft, refreshed complexion. Clarins SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask, $34, clarins.com.

Major Leagues Looking for that wow factor? It’s time to bring in the pros. Dr. Diane Wong, founder and medical director of Glow Medi Spa, which recently opened its flagship location in Markham, lists her favourite pre-wedding treatments.

2. Botox: “Many women notice frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes in their photos or videos and then worry about their wedding pictures,” Wong says. “A little bit of Botox can relax the muscles on the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes to soften your look and make your eyes brighter.” It takes several days to kick in, so book an 54 | York Life January February 2018

appointment for at least two weeks before your wedding day. 3. OxyGeneo: “My favourite treatment for first-time clients, OxyGeneo oxygenates, exfoliates and infuses ingredients into the skin for a glowy look, even after only one visit,” Wong says. If you need a quick fix, this super facial is for you. 4. Intense Pulsed Light: For any bride looking to minimize dark spots and redness, this light-based therapy can make a big difference. “It’s one of those wow treatments,” Wong says. “It really changes the surface of the skin.” You’ll likely need several sessions spaced a few weeks apart to get full results.

Model photo: Jim Craigmyle

1. Facials and/or peels: The entry point for brides looking for a refresh, customized facials with medical-grade products can cleanse, brighten and hydrate the skin. But if your face needs something stronger, try a chemical peel instead. Ideally, you’ll book four to six spa visits in the months before you walk down the aisle.

GLOW Up Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2018 — photo courtesy Redken

Your step-by-step guide to luminous skin, with tips from makeup artist and Vaughan-based Fancy Face founder Brittany Gray. Prep your canvas: “I can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of your skin,” Gray says. She recommends booking a few professional facials in the months leading up to the wedding, and moisturizing on the big day with a hydrating cream.

your skin tone for blemishes or dark spots.

Get primed: Massage a primer into your skin to increase makeup longevity and mask texture concerns such as dryness (a hydrating primer will help), excess oil (try a mattifying formula) or large pores.

Get cheeky: Again with a synthetic brush or damp sponge, dab a peach or pink cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks; berry also works well for deep skin tones.

Ace your base: “Stipple a luminous liquid foundation onto your skin with a damp sponge and work it in until you can’t see any lines,” Gray says. Start with a sheer wash, then build up another layer for more coverage where needed. Hide your problems: If you have dark circles under your eyes, gently pat a peach or salmon-toned concealer on the area. Match

Here to Stay “I find the majority of longwear matte lipsticks extremely drying, but Kat Von D has a great liquid lip that is hydrating and lasts forever. Plus, the colour range is beautiful.” Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Melancholia, $24, sephora.ca.

Add a sun-kissed glow: Using a large synthetic brush, apply cream bronzer to the top of your forehead, temples, hollows of the cheeks, under the chin and across the nose.

Lighten up: Give your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and brow bones a touch of light with a cream illuminator. Set it and forget it: “Anything with a cream base needs to be set with powder,” Gray says. “Otherwise, it will shift around the face.” Stipple a translucent powder under your eyes and onto the T-zone (though you may want to avoid this area if your skin is dry) with a damp sponge.

Ensure your makeup lasts until the wee hours with some of Brittany Gray’s favourite products.

“A lot of brides love Stila glitter eye shadows. There are three colours that work for all skin tones: Kitten Karma, Gold Goddess and Bronzed Bell.” Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell, $31, beautyboutique. ca. “Stash a translucent blotting powder in your purse, but make sure it won’t have flashback (meaning it will make you look washed out in flash photos). BareMinerals has one that’s really finely milled.” bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo, $42, sephora.ca. York Life January February 2018 | 55

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Mane Mission

Find a wedding hairstyle you love with inspiration straight from New York’s bridal shows.


Tie One On

A white or black ribbon knotted in a bow adds a playful, feminine detail to a lowkey wedding coif. Loop it around a low ponytail; place it at the back of a messy half-up, half-down ’do; or even tie it around your head with the bow off to the side to suit any style. Image credit: Marchesa Couture Spring 2018

Photos courtesy of Moroccanoil, except Lela Rose Fall 2018 (courtesy of Glamsquad) and Monique Lhuillier Spring 2018 (courtesy of Redken)



On Pointe

If you’ve always dreamed of being a ballerina — or looking like one — a knot at the nape of the neck is a classic hairstyle that complements both elaborate and simple gowns alike. Rake your fingers through your locks for a bit of texture and set with hairspray. Image credit: Monique Lhuillier Spring 2018

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Faking It

For brides craving a retro vibe, a wavy faux bob is just the thing. Add volumizing mousse to strands before blow-drying, then shape ringlets with a one-inch curling iron. Brush out curls, secure hair ends with an elastic, then roll the tail under into a bob and pin. Image credit: Marchesa Couture Fall 2018


Crowning Glory

Braids offer a touch of bohemian romance to any hairstyle. Wrap a thick braid around your head to mimic a crown or simply integrate plaits into your bridal updo for added visual interest. Apply a styling cream before blow-drying hair, then spritz dry texture spray to add grip before braiding. Image credit: Marchesa Notte Spring 2018


Sweet Blooms

Whether you choose silk flowers or the real deal, floral accents add a little something extra to bridal hair — and they’re huge for 2018. Soft white blossoms are classic, but you can also match the colours in your bouquet for a touch of whimsy. Image credit: Lela Rose Fall 2018


Beach Bum

If your wedding is a casual outdoor affair in the countryside or on a beach, it’s easy to get away with loose, wavy locks. Spray your mane all over with dry texture spray, then part it in the middle and create twists with a 1¼-inch curling iron, alternating directions as you go. Image credit: Monique Lhuillier Bliss Fall 2018


Tool Kit These must-have products will see you through to the honeymoon. For pre-wedding prep: Apply this lotion-serum to midlengths and ends to nourish and strengthen dry, brittle strands. Over time, your hair will look healthier and feel softer, so use it daily in the months leading up to game day to reap the benefits. Moroccanoil Mending Fusion, $37, moroccanoil.com.

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For day-of styling: To maintain your wedding hairstyle from morning to night, set it with a maximum-hold hairspray such as Redken Triple Take 32. It dries quickly, protects against humidity and will hold your ’do in place for 24 hours. Redken Triple Take 32, $22, redken.ca. For the honeymoon: A mini version of Batiste’s Dry Shampoo in Blush (“floral and flirty”) is perfect for travel. Mist it on your roots and rub it in to soak up oil so you can skip washing your mane for an extra day or two. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush, $5/50 mL at mass-market retailers.

Poppin’ Bottles Unwrap a fresh spritz for your big day and make scent memories to last a lifetime.

My Fair Lady

Garden Variety

Femme Fatale

You’re a modern woman and your scent should reflect your impeccable taste, flawless manners and sweet demeanor. Your perfect match, My Burberry Blush, opens with bright pomegranate and lemon, gives way to geranium, apple and rose, and finishes on jasmine and wisteria. My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum, $98/50 mL, sephora.ca.

Gucci Bloom is for the woman who loves dreamy floral fragrances. This one smells of a secret garden with a concentrated blend of natural tuberose absolute, natural jasmine absolute and powdery Rangoon Creeper — an ingredient new to the perfume world. Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, $114/50 mL, beautyboutique.ca.

A rich, heady floral scent, La Femme Prada Intense unleashes tuberose, ylang-ylang and patchouli to make an unforgettable statement. Spritz it on your neck and wrists if you’re all grown up and want a super-luxe grown-up perfume to match. La Femme Prada Intense Eau de Parfum, $125/50 mL, thebay.com.

Something Sweet

Power Play

Laid Bare

Playful and flirty, Michael Kors’ latest fragrance offers a hit of fruity raspberry and apricot, followed by feminine rose, Indian jasmine sambac and cashmere woods. If you have a touch of a sweet tooth and like youthful scents, you’ll love this jewel. Michael Kors Sexy Ruby Eau de Parfum, $135/100 mL, michaelkors.com.

Designed to evoke strength and softness, Woman by Ralph Lauren contrasts both masculine and feminine elements. Blackcurrant, pear and rhubarb mix with a floral heart (tuberose, orange flower and Turkish rose) and a woody base. Woman by Ralph Lauren Eau de Parfum, $148/100 mL, thebay.com.

If you’d describe your style as simplicity itself, Philosophy’s new addition to the Pure Grace family will hit all the right notes with its soft blend of rose, greens, neroli and orange flower tempered by warm cedarwood and musk. Bonus: The price tag won’t derail your budget. Philosophy Pure Grace Nude Rose Eau de Toilette, $60/60 mL, sephora.ca in February. York Life January February 2018 | 57

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From the ceremony to the reception, here’s what’s trending in weddings this season By rebecca reid


hen it comes to planning a wedding, there are some triedand-true traditions that many couples continue to incorporate into their special day. A bride looking radiant in a long white gown, the exchange of rings to symbolize forever love, and guests watching the newlyweds share their first dance are just as popular today as they were generations ago.

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While following tradition works for some elements of a wedding, there may be other aspects that a couple will want to be modern and reflective of their personalities and individual love story. Craig Gruzd, owner of DT Floral & Decor Inc. in Vaughan, has been helping couples bring their wedding visions to life since 2001, and here he shares some of this year’s hottest wedding decor trends.

Flowers and Greenery Whether used to add beauty and sophistication to your wedding party attire, or ceremony and reception venues, flowers are the most versatile of all wedding decor. But colours, arrangements and varieties do change. Here is what’s in vogue this season: • • •

a flower to give to each female guest a flower cart for the bridal party and others to wrap their flowers to take home cascading bouquets — single mixed peonies, mixed textures, lots of greenery or just greenery large faux trees used between guest tables or as part of a backdrop (white or pink cherry blossoms or white bougainvillea)

“Florals chosen by couples are reflective of their personalities,” Gruzd says. “We’ve had a mix of floral types this season, including an all-white wedding that incorporated a variety of types of orchids, hydrangeas, peonies, spray roses and leis.” He’s also seeing flowers used in tall, round centrepieces, on rectangular boards and as hanging arrangements. “Recently, we had a bride and groom who loved greenery more than actual flowers, so we created a rustic garden wedding by adding greenery to an arch backdrop and filling centrepieces with greenery with a touch of white florals. The bride’s bouquet also had a wide variety of greenery.”

Flooring No longer just an ordinary place to walk, fashionable flooring has become one of today’s biggest wedding decor trends. Some creative ideas include: • • • •

vinyl or illuminated dance floors monograms of the bride and groom creative patterns using different colours of vinyl and textures twinkle lights

“Vinyl flooring is popular because couples are able to personalize their dance floor, which gives an added element to the event,” Gruzd says. “We’ve had couples decorate the floor with their wedding invitation logo, initials and wedding date, and, most recently, customdesign patterns and photos — everything from generic shapes and gold lines to even a full dance floor of rose petals.” York Life January February 2018 | 59

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Table Settings Guests spend a lot of time at their table during the reception, so table appearance is almost as important as the food being served. From place settings to linens, here’s what’s popular this season: • • • • •

gold cutlery gold-trimmed glassware mixed charger plates lace overlays linens in coral, blush, black and white

“Our latest trend has been mix-and-match seating,” Gruzd says. “We bring in two or three different types of chairs, and mix them in the tables to create an added layer and change the landscape of what the room looks like.” Gold continues to be popular, with little additions such as cutlery, and larger pieces like charger plates. Black-and-white is also in. “We’ve seen couples incorporate it into everything from table numbers to charger plates,” he says. “It’s amazing to see how much table settings can bring a room together.”

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Furniture Depending on your venue, tables, chairs and various accent pieces may be provided, or you may need to bring them in from a rental store. Regardless, there are many decorating options you can choose from to add a personal touch. This year’s biggest trends in wedding furniture include: • • • • •

vintage modern and eclectic furniture canopies above the head table chandeliers in gazebos 3-D backdrops Plexiglas tables and bars, with different-themed decals or logos including the bride and groom’s names and initials mirrored dining tables

“Backdrops can be customized according to each couple’s wants and needs,” Gruzd says. “Many of our most recent backdrops have been floral related. We’ve done everything from touches of pinks and purples to an all-white floral backdrop, even full greenery with hints of cherry blossoms.” Backdrops are also often used for the head table or for photo opportunities.

other creative forms of entertainment, such as:


“Live entertainment can truly change an event,” Gruzd says. “We’ve even had clients who have brought in singers and dancers from Los Angeles and New York to perform at their weddings, and guests love it. It is a big hit when you surprise your guests with something they haven’t seen before, and the experience leaves a lasting impression.”

Nothing will set the mood at your wedding more than music. Traditionally, this has meant a church pianist or organist at the ceremony and a DJ spinning Top 40 hits at the reception. While some couples still choose these options, today’s trend includes wowing guests with a broader spectrum of live music and

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bongo drummers and other instrumentalists electric violinists handwriting analysts face readers magicians artists painting the bride and groom

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Portrait of Achievement

From tennis to sports reporting, Thornhill’s Mia Gordon gives her all to succeed at what matters to her By David Li | Photo by Stephen Gordon


hen Mia Gordon reports on some of the world’s top athletes, she does so not only with passion, but also with a deep knowledge. After all, the 28-year-old Thornhill native spent much of her childhood perfecting her tennis game, winding up as the secondranked doubles tennis player in Canada, and number 8 in the national singles rankings. Recently chosen to join the new Sportsnet Radio team in Vancouver, Gordon is bringing that same hard work and dedication to the competitive broadcasting industry — and her star is rapidly rising as a result. Where does her work ethic come from? Gordon is quick to credit her father, Stephen, an award-winning commercial director, cinematographer and photographer.

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“My dad came to Thornhill with my mom, Sharan, from South Africa with almost nothing — just to give his family a better life and more opportunities,” Gordon says. “I don’t think there’s been anyone who’s influenced my life as much as he has.” Her father’s work has been recognized around the world, including at Cannes, the London International Advertising Show and the New York Art Directors Show. “Growing up, I was always on set with him, and I got to see what the industry was like,” she says. “Through his success, I just learned that to achieve anything you really want, you have to be fully committed.” The first true opportunity to apply the important lessons learned through her father came on the tennis court.

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Ruben, Gordon’s half-brother, “is 13 years older than I am, and growing up, we weren’t necessarily the closest, but he loved tennis, so I decided to get into tennis also,” she says, “and I found a passion in the sport right away.” She threw herself into the sport, waking up at 5 a.m. for practice and then returning to the tennis court after the school day to hone her skills.

international tournament, Gordon, then 17, suffered a serious shoulder injury that put her out of action for several months. During her recovery, she re-evaluated the decision to pursue professional tennis as a career and decided instead to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, after being offered a full tennis scholarship, and chose to major in media and

News, I also got involved in the ingame hosting for the Toronto Rock, and that’s when I first fell in love with lacrosse,” she says. That love saw Gordon take the role of lead reporter for the National Lacrosse League. “Lacrosse is so exciting and fast-paced, and it’s just so incredible. I’m grateful to have an opportunity to share the experience of the game with the viewers and to help bring

Gordon also had a great training partner on the court in none other than Milos Raonic, Canada’s highest-ranked tennis player. “I still remember carpooling with him to practice” By her teens, Gordon had achieved her incredible standing in tennis. “Mia really loved the game and always gave it her all,” her father says. “She was fully committed and dedicated to the game and worked really hard to get better each day.” Besides having a great role model in her dad, Gordon says she also had a great training partner on the tennis court in none other than Milos Raonic, currently Canada’s highest-ranked tennis player. “I still remember carpooling with him to tennis practice, where his mom would drive us there early in the morning,” Gordon says. With the goal of playing tennis professionally, she made the difficult decision to relocate from Thornhill to Florida at age 16, where she trained with tennis Hall of Famer and 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert. However, during an

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broadcasting. “I envisioned that it would one day lead me to a career where I could combine my love of sports and the media,” Gordon says. “I also liked the creative aspect and the fact that there’s an element of storytelling when you work in the industry, which is something that was inspired by my dad.” After graduating, Gordon landed her first job at an NBC affiliate in Texas as its videographer. “I was basically shooting and editing all my own stuff and reporting on news stories, and that was a great learning experience,” she says. A year later, Gordon decided that it was time to return home. She accepted a job as a weekend videographer at CHCH news in Hamilton, covering local news stories. From there, Gordon became the national news reporter for Sun News Network, covering breaking stories. “While I was working at Sun

exposure to the sport.” Now, as part of the Sportsnet team, Gordon is sharing her love of sports as a full-time job — and she couldn’t be happier. “I’ve always wanted to expand my experiences, knowledge, and be involved in the sports world as much as possible, so it’s great that when Sportsnet was launching here, they decided to bring me on board,” she says. “It’s an amazing team and a great learning experience. I’m able to pick up so many new skills — from producing to putting together a show to anchoring.” Despite her current success in the competitive media industry, Gordon isn’t resting on her laurels. Instead, she remains committed to perfecting her craft. “I’m just grateful to be doing something I’m passionate about and to have the opportunity to grow and get better at it each and every day.”

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