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ON OUR RADAR
A collection of our favourite things
There may or may not be snow on the ground this winter, but you can create your wonderland indoors with shimmering chandeliers and soft greys.
TOUCHES OF ICE 1. Go for an elegant glow with this dazzling Harlow Crystal chandelier (restorationhardware.com, from $1,610) 2. This Frozen Suspended Lamp of matte nickel metal and transparent crystal bows is handmade in Florence by Patrizia Garganti (spencerinteriors.ca, from $7,392) 3. Add a hint of winter whimsy with this TorreTagus dotted white bird from Parc Modern ($24) 4. This Pirete Carbon cushion from local designer Iván Meade comes in faux suede with 100% silk piping ($185) 5. Lounge on this pewter-hued velvet Camille chaise from Chintz and Co. ($999)
A TASTE OF THE COWICHAN The Cowichan is becoming the gin capital of B.C. At De Vine Vineyards, it’s the grapes that make their Vin Gin and New Tom gins so divine, along with the added local organic, wild-gathered botanicals that create a smooth West Coast taste. The region is also becoming a cheese capital. The organic, hand-crafted, small-batch cheeses from The Happy Goat — the Cowichan’s home to 109 goats (and counting) — are receiving rave reviews. Mandolin cheese from The Happy Goat is like a “savoury, herbal, baked cheesecake.” Try it with light marmalade, stuffed into large Manzanilla olives or blended with lemon zest and nettles as ravioli filling.
Evergreen Swizzler YAM
• 1 1/2 oz local gin • 1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse • Pine liqueur to taste • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice • 1/2 oz simple syrup Shake with ice and strain over crushed ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with rosemary or Douglas fir sprig.
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