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CONTENTS VOLUME 10 | ISSUE 9

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HOLIDAY 2022

HOME & GARDEN Seasonal Sparkle Holiday Decorating Ideas

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COMMUNITY The Spirit of Ukraine & How to Help Ukraine Community Events

SHOP LOCAL Look Local's Holiday Gift Guide

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FAMILY

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JUST FOR FUN

Heirloom Jewellery

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FOOD & DRINK

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Local Recipe: The Sweetest Thing's Mint Chocolate Sammies

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Cocktail Recipe: Flourish & Bask's Maple Orange Old Fashioned

Ode to the Humble Potato

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

OAKVILLE & BURLINGTON

Welcome to the 2022 Holiday Edition of Look Local! We hope you enjoy our stories, the information and ads from local businesses, and the suggestions about things to do and places to shop locally this holiday season. It has been our pleasure to work with the Burlington Downtown Business Association and their members again this year to produce their annual Holiday Guide. You will find the guide in the centre of this issue. Make sure you visit and discover all that Downtown Burlington has to offer this holiday season. We recognize that Oakville and Burlington are culturally rich and diverse towns. Irrespective of your cultural background, we hope that you find time to relax and enjoy this season with friends and family. It is always a very special time of year. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and healthy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

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Beth Walder EDITOR

Anneliese Lawton CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright, Erin Pepler, Denise Davy, Lisa Evans ART DIRECTORS

Sarah Noble Jennifer Brewster Vanessa Chong For Advertising or General Inquiries 905.845.8732 info@looklocalmagazine.com Look Local Magazine is published 10 times per year and is distributed for free at over 550 locations in Oakville, Burlington and surrounding areas. Copies are also distributed to select neighbourhoods using direct mail. Look Local Magazine is owned and published by Novavita Publishing Limited 1464 Cornwall Road # 8, Oakville, Ontario L6J 7W5 Copyright: All rights reserved. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission from the Publisher is strictly prohibited. Editorial contributions: Look Local encourages contributions of articles, recipes, photographs and other creative materials from the community. Please email info@looklocalmagazine.com or mail to 1464 Cornwall Road # 8, Oakville, Ontario L6J 7W5. We reserve the right to edit materials received and can assume no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Select photos courtesy of Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation Disclaimer: Advertisements published in Look Local Magazine are supplied solely by the advertiser and the Publisher accepts no responsibility for opinions expressed in advertisements or for copyright issues with respect to them.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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hen we start planning our holiday issue, the Look Local team gets giddy with anticipation. We thoughtfully curate the editorial, hand-pick the items in our Shop Local, and seek the most scrumptious recipe for your devourment. I hope the festive spirit of our Holiday Issue fills you with the same excitement my kids exude (bright and early) on Christmas morning. Let’s dive in! Are you looking for the perfect side for your holiday breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner – you can’t go wrong with a potato. Bite into our Food feature for great inspo. Plus, check out our bubbly Wine feature for meal pairings. Whether you’re leaving a stocking by the chimney for Santa, a wooden shoe out for Sinterklaas, or celebrating one of the many other holidays at this time of year, you can never go wrong with adding a sweet treat. Explore tasty recommendations in our Just for Fun Feature. One of the things I love most about the holidays is unpacking seasonal décor, especially the heirloom ornaments from great-grandparents and handmade ornaments by our children. Our Home & Garden feature has some great suggestions for adding special decorations to your collection. If you happen to uncover a piece of grandma’s jewellery while unpacking dusty boxes, our Family feature will guide you through regifting, repurposing, and reselling heirloom jewellery. When it comes to magic, no one does it like the Burlington Downtown Business Association. We are honoured to include their Holiday Guide as our Special Feature. During the holidays, we want to remember members of our community that can use additional love and support. This year, our Community feature highlights a special couple and how their Oakville-based Ukrainian vodka company rose to success, along with ways to support Ukrainian refugees, individuals, and families both in Canada and back home. Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays,

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Sparkle SEASONAL

Unique decorating ideas for your home by ERIN PEPLER

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he holiday season is here, and it's time to dust off that box of festive decor and create a little winter magic inside your home. It's also a great excuse to go shopping for high-quality, locally-made holiday décor — after all, these pieces often become family heirlooms that bring back memories year after year. So, don't be a Scrooge — shop local, build your own collection of sentimental pieces and let your home sparkle with holiday joy. Here are some suggestions to help get you started.

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family-friendly cloth ornaments, religious symbols, or something that complements your home's colour palette. Anything goes — let yourself explore and find out what you're drawn to. Your Christmas tree doesn't necessarily need to look like it belongs on the cover of a magazine — it just has to feel right. We recommend starting at a local shop like The Handmade House (with locations in Burlington and Dundas), Rustic Daisy's in Waterdown, and The Artisanville, located inside Burlington Centre. They offer a wide selection of unique, handmade ornaments that make perfect gifts for anyone on your list (including yourself).

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M AG I C O N T H E M A N T L E If you're lucky enough to have a classic fireplace mantle, make the most of it! And if not, mimic the same look using a console table, the top of an upright piano, or even a floating shelf. Consider using some greenery like garland from Centro Garden in Burlington, along with some candles, festive table top accessories, and olive wood accents. Centro also carries beautiful barware, textiles, and more items that are functional as well as stylish. You can also shop for festive mantle pieces at Lakeside Livin' in Bronte, which has a great selection of beautiful stockings, adorable gnomes, and elegant ornaments.

S P R U C E U P YO U R G L A S S WA R E A holiday cocktail tastes even better in gorgeous glassware, and Hue La La — a by-appointment boutique in Burlington — has some excellent choices. Look for beveled, smoked, coloured, or even novelty glassware that brings you joy while impressing any guest. A decanter will look beautiful on your table and make any wine taste just that much better (even if it came from a box). Add some pottery mugs from the Art Gallery of Burlington for those booze-infused evening

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ADD A FESTIVE T O U C H T O YO U R B AT H R O O M The best play to spread holiday cheer is by sprinkling it everywhere – even in the bathroom, which is really one of the best spaces in your home to make the festive season fun. Lakeside Livin’ carries novelty items like Santa-themed toilet paper, along with the muchloved holiday scent Frasier Fir (available in candles, incense, soaps, and varieties). At Rustic Daisy’s, where everything is made in Canada, you can find winter-scented soaps, holiday candles, and even holidaythemed tea towels to add a special touch. While Santa toilet paper may not become a holiday heirloom like a hand-made ornament, it may just become a family tradition. You never know what will be passed down for generations.

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he spirit of Ukraine is truly present in the vodka business that Katherine Vellinga runs from her home in Oakville. Katherine and her husband, John, are co-founders of Zirkova Vodka, an ultra-premium vodka made in Ukraine that first made its way onto the shelves of LCBO stores across Ontario in 2005. Keeping those shelves stocked hasn’t been easy, and their story is one of persistence and resilience.

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“I was always the kid who wanted to bring people together, and vodka has always been part of our Ukrainian culture,” said Vellinga, the company’s CEO. Vellinga lucked out when she found a distillery in the Cherkasy region of Ukraine, the birthplace of vodka, that dated back to 1895 and was close to an artesian mineral water source, an essential component for high-quality vodka. “You can bring grain there, but you can’t move the water,” said Vellinga. The vodka was made in the old traditional classical method, with the first batch being launched in 2004. It appeared on the LCBO shelves in 2005. Vellinga described it as the “ultimate sipping vodka.” In short order, Zirkova vodka was ranked fourth among top-shelf vodkas, in the over $30 price range, which is the highest quality. They then came up with Zirkova Together, which is made for mixing with cocktails.

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When the pandemic hit, like many small businesses, they were forced to pivot. “There were times (during the pandemic) when we couldn’t even go into the stores. The whole industry was impacted. But we managed to hold on and were looking forward to being able to get out and interact with people again,” said Vellinga. Then in February this year, just as they were rebounding, came the devastating news - Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. “We’d had a couple of trying years with the pandemic, then we were coming out of it when the invasion appeared. It was so heartbreaking,” says Casey Kiekebelt, Chief Marketing Officer. Vellinga says she cried for the country and for the people she loved so much. But she was also worried about their business. They had trucks full of vodka shipments that were supposed to leave Ukraine on the day of the invasion (which didn’t make it out), and they only had a limited amount of inventory with the LCBO.

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Still, there were zero thoughts of giving up. “I thought, we have to keep going for them. We have to find a way.” She was buoyed by the images of bravery coming across the TV screen. “The world was seeing what I’d loved and appreciated for so long - the spirit of Ukrainians.” There was much discussion about what to do. They agreed they would bring their Master distiller over from Ukraine and start producing a new brand of vodka in Ontario. “We wanted to make sure we preserved Ukrainian vodka making and continued what we’d discovered,” said Vellinga.

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We’re stronger because of what we’ve been through They took all of the things they knew from working in Ukraine and created a third brand called Zirkova Unity, which was on the shelves by July 2022. To show their love and support for Ukraine, 100 percent of profits from sales of Zirkova Unity goes toward humanitarian aid there.

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They recently expanded Zirkova Unity into Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In Ukraine, production isn’t quite back to 100 percent, but they’re slowly getting there. “We will survive this together,” says Vellinga. “You have these extraordinary people who are still working and keeping the economy going and doing all that they can to contribute to the war effort. They’re all unique and extraordinary and purposeful and resilient.”

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elebrating the holidays with family and friends is often an overlooked privilege. It usually isn’t until we experience hardship – whether through our own eyes or someone else’s – that we’re reminded to slow down and savour what we have. While reflecting on heavy circumstances isn’t magical or merry, these circumstances are a reality in our community and our world. A reality the people of Ukraine know all too well. There are many people and causes to support at this time of year, all of them deserving. But this year, we want to draw some attention to one of our community's most visible examples of strife and suffering. All Ukrainian people are directly impacted by the war overseas, whether they have family living there or not. Their people are displaced, disrupted, and dying at the hands of an unforgiving war. We spoke with Pastor Fr. Zenon Walnyckyj of Holy Protection Ukrainian Catholic Church on Pearl Street in Burlington to get his input on how we can locally support Ukraine. Sometimes, giving back can be as simple as a prayer, and Pastor Fr. Walnyckyj hopes Canadians will keep Ukrainians in their thoughts and prayers during this time of turmoil and war. “Such spiritual/ moral support flowing out from a freedom and peace-loving nation

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like Canada is very important to all who go through strife and the horror of war,” he said. “The feeling of loneliness and abandonment in itself creates a lot of pain. Knowing people around the world support Ukrainians offers a healing balm for their spirit.” The Holy Protection Parish is accepting new or gently used winter clothing, shoes, bedding, and other items for newcomers. Anything that does not find a home here will be sent to Ukraine. The church is also collecting financial donations. Newcomers from Ukraine are also in need of affordable housing and employment. Any proposals for assistance can be sent through Holy Protection.

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Handmade jewelry at its finest. Elegant and handcrafted in Nova Scotia, these Pewter necklaces make the perfect gift. Many designs to choose from, plus Christmas tree ornaments and picture frames. Prices start at $29.95.

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Making the perfect winter warmer couldn’t be easier with this Mulled Drink Kit. Made in Canada with no additives or preservatives, this kit contains the perfect spice blend for mulling wine or apple cider. It also includes enough to garnish six drinks.

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Crafted from wood with sleek, simple lines, these modern Nordic natural wood trees are perfect for a fireplace or tabletop display. Available in small and large.

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FAIRHOME INTERIORS BURLINGTON

This floral Emma Bridgewater Rosehip & Ivy Medium Straight Jug with its rosehip and ivy illustrations is perfect for adding extra charm to your dining table as well as for pouring sauces from. Available online or in person at Fairhome Interiors

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Step into style (and comfort) with the Highland walking shoe from Bos & Co. Comfy like a sneaker with a Gore-tex membrane to keep feet dry in any weather. A removable insole makes this shoe orthotic-friendly. Available in half sizes and wide.

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“…It’s the most wonderful time of the year” The winter holiday season is nearly upon us and our downtown business community has transformed into a winter wonderland. The spirit of the season can be found in every corner of our downtown with festive holiday lights and animations designed to help you and your family make new holiday memories this year. Join us to kick off the season with the Santa Claus Parade, stay for the Bright Nights at Promenade West and stroll through the Festival of Lights all December long. What better way to find a one-of-a-kind gift as unique as the people on your Christmas list than from one of Downtown’s specialty shops and services? Whether it is your first time downtown, or you are getting reacquainted, you are sure to find a hidden treasure this season. Let the Look Local Holiday Guide be your map to awardwinning restaurants, distinctive shoppes and services or to craft that custom find for that someone special on your list. From our downtown family to yours, we wish you best of the season and we thank you for supporting local.

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Warm up your vocal cords and bundle up your babies for a festive night in Civic Square. The holiday season will kick off with Burlington Downtown’s Candlelit Stroll, featuring a visit with Santa, music, nibbles, giveaways, and carols. Presented by Lisa-Marie Winning, Winning & Associates IG Private Wealth Management

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The National Ballet Theatre of Ukraine returns to Burlington to dazzle audiences with this timeless Christmas classic. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music, the entire family will love this magical experience filled with charming sets and stunning costumes.

Discover the best holiday hot chocolate Some of the best moments come with crisp snow under your feet and a warm drink between your mittens. Whether it’s gingerbread, peppermint, or egg nog– nothing compliments a winter walk quite like a festive drink. Lola Choco Bar And Sweet House, Kelly’s Bake Shop, Tamp Coffee Co, Lakeshore Coffee House, The Sunshine Doughnut Co, Coffee Culture, Starbucks, and Tim Horton’s bring their own take on seasonal bevvies (often delivered in adorable seasonal cups).

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Sparkles and yuletide joy are hitting the BPAC Lobby for the 6th Annual Festival of Trees. Unique and classic trends will drape nearly a dozen Christmas Trees (generously donated by Canadian Tire and sponsored by local businesses). If you see something you like, place your bid! Trees are up for grabs through a silent auction and available to take home just before Christmas.

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Save the date, after a two-year hiatus, the Santa Claus Parade is back! Colourful floats, marching bands, and the Big Man in Red are anxiously waiting to visit their favourite city once again.

Peruse wintery window displays. Enchanting window displays certainly add a special touch to the holidays. With oneof-a-kind boutiques, shops, and services, Burlington Downtown offers a little something for everyone on your list.

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Shop the European-style Holiday Market V I L L A G E S Q U A R E | D E C E M B E R 8 T H TO 1 1 T H

This European-style Christmas market infused with Canadiana flair promises to deliver a unique and immersive experience. Shop vendors while enjoying food, drink, and music. This holiday wonderland has something to excite all ages.

Skate beside Lake Ontario at Rotary Centennial Pond. Lace up your skates! During the winter, the Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond offers free recreational skating with no need to reserve a spot in advance, weather permitting.

Explore local arts and culture. Whether you have big kids or little kids (or you’re dragging your teen kids out of the house), Joseph Brant Museum, Burlington Performing Art Centre, and Art Gallery of Burlington are hosting exhibits, events, and activities all winter long (you can even view the festival of lights from the rooftop of Joseph Brant Museum).

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Lounge Around Looking for a one-stop shop this New Year? SB Prime covers it. This small, casual restaurant and lounge carries over 200 types of Gin and an extensive drink menu (word on the street, their martinis are divine). Renowned for its steaks and apps, it’s a perfect spot for an elegant dinner that can turn into evening drinks with friends.

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Dress Up and Eat Out! If you happen to score a babysitter and want to enjoy an elegant night out, there are a number of stunning restaurants to choose from. Spencer’s at the Waterfront is often a top choice for its breathtaking views and fabulous food. Spencer’s offers a unique food concept, featuring market-fresh fish, exceptional seafood, and mouth-watering Craft Cut Steak. Guests can enjoy the sparkling lake view from inside the glass-walled dining room. Located in central downtown, you’ll find Culaccino Bar + Kitchen, an eclectic Italian gastropub serving freshly made pasta, pizza, apps, and imported Italian beer (with over 100 Ontario beers, too). Their mid-century retro-style dining room is open concept, with soaring ceilings and beautiful big windows. The interior setting and food are certainly Intsa-worthy for your New Year’s celebrations.

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Let your friends and family know 'tis the season to be merry in this cute and cozy sweatshirt.

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Cozy, stylish and super giftable, these fleece-lined cable-knit mittens are sure to please whoever is on your list!

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These animal themed toques by Goorin Bros are really hot sellers (they also make the greatest mesh back trucker hats).

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Cozy up with a warm drink in your new favourite mug, under the cutest waffle knit throw, and get to solve your new puzzle! Included in this bundle is a mug that has been artistically glazed in neutral contrasting colours, a 1000-piece puzzle featuring an exquisite botanical illustration from the renowned Australian artist Edith Rewa, and finally a throw which is the perfect thickness for those chilly evenings at home - sure to bring warmth to your living space!

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Looking for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers that will make every sip an experience - and a stylish one? Check out these cocktail, wine and sparkling glasses from Corkcicle.

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Discover a huge selection of hand-made and one-of-a-kind gifts at the Art Gallery of Burlington Shop, such as these artist made glass ornaments by Kingston Glass Studios.

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Who wouldn’t love to receive a fully loaded charcuterie board from The Block Co, heaped with fine meats and cheeses from around the world, plus fruit, nuts and other delicacies? Perfect for sharing with friends and family over the holidays.

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Premium from thread to toe! Quality requires experience - that's why all Cole + Parker socks are knitted by expert Turkish and Italian artisans using only premium materials. The perfect choice for any occasion!

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This Christmas, give your dog the gift of a healthy gut! Find these and other healthy treats at the Downtown Pet Shop.

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Hand-crafted by Barely There Skincare in Oakville, this candle is made from 100% natural vegan soy wax, and scented with decadent chocolate with a hint of vanilla cream. Free from endocrine disrupting chemicals. Comes in a reusable glass mug for continuous use.

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For the passionate knitter in your family, why not give them this Introduction to Dyeing Kit? The kit contains all the dye and yarn for up to 4kg of fibre, plus instructions and a colour wheel to help your loved one create their own beautiful hand dyed yarns!

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If you're not in the Christmas spirit yet, you need to step into Centro Garden. Find all kinds of unique decor, including these glass Christmas trees.

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Centro Garden carries a unique line of small-batch, infused popcorn, perfect for sprucing up a grown-up’s stocking. There’s Whiskey on the Pops, an air-popped whole-grain popcorn coated in rich, smooth, and subtly sweet Scotch whisky-infused caramel with smoky and peaty notes, and Poppin Rose All Day, with a crisp candied covering infused with rose wine…. slightly fizzy and tart with notes of watermelon and strawberry. For something a little more savoury, The Block Co. on John Street creates unique and beautiful charcuterie boards featuring the finest meats and cheese. For those with a busy holiday schedule, a pre-ordered board makes a great hostess gift or easy appetizer for a holiday party. You can also purchase pantry items like jellies, mustards, vinegar, block boards, and crackers as stocking stuffers.

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Coffee lovers will rejoice when they find locally-roasted beans from Tamp Coffee Co. in their stocking. While the grill master (who, let’s be real, grills all year long) will be “fired up” to discover The North Coal Kitchen & Bar’s Steeltown and Bobcajun seasonings, perfect for meat and veg. Add some Steel City hot sauce and flavoured finishing salts from The Handmade House Burlington, and you’ll be sure to please both aspiring and seasoned chefs (pun totally intended). FOR CELEBRATING Supporting a beloved Downtown eatery is a gift for all. As you enjoy a delicious meal, local chefs sauté spinach with an extra pep in their step. It’s a win-win. Many Downtown restaurants offer takeout – parents, treat yourselves to something other than nuggets after the kids are in bed. And during the holidays, there are always new dishes with seasonal flavours and ingredients to explore.

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Joints like the Coop Wicked Chicken, Joe Dog's Gasbar Grill, and The Dickens craft mouth-watering comfort food, perfect for casual nights in. While, finer-dining restaurants like The Carriage House Restaurant, Paradiso Restaurant, and The Martini House also offer take-out, they’re great options for date night or booking your holiday party. If you’re able to score a babysitter, it’s worth making the trip Downtown to eat in. The holiday ambiance is second-to-none. At The Dickens, you’ll find live music on Saturdays, while The Martini House has a vast martini menu worth exploring with friends. And while, yes, it’s cold and its winter, you should still grab some dessert at one of three gelato shops (because we believe there are no rules when it comes to ice cream). Whether you’re a homebody, a hibernator, or hitting the streets – there are endless ways to celebrate food and festivities this holiday season.

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A Spa Session It’s probably not in your best interest to gift an upper lip wax, but you can never go wrong with a mani, pedi, or even a facial. Specializing in skincare (and body sugaring), one of our newest spas, Downtown Beauty Loft, promises relaxation and results. You’ll also find Water’s Edge Salon, Malgosia Spa, Spa in the Village, and a number of other wonderful options.

Build Your Own…Roti? If there’s a foodie on your list, you can’t go wrong with…well, food, and new business My Roti Place/My Dosa Place brings their A-game. Treat your colleague, assistant, boss, or new relationship to a fun (and seriously) delicious meal. My Roti Place gives you the flexibility to make your roti the way you like – so while you may not know your lunch buddy too well, their choice of curry may just add a little extra spice to your relationship.

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Something That Sparkles There’s a way to gift jewellery without making it a romantic gesture – and it lies within your selection. Monogram initial pendants are always a safe bet, but Burlington Downtown‘s newest jeweller, Millennium Jewellers, has some other adorable options, too: unique and fun estate jewellery, colourful earrings, and even a poodle pendant (though, we can’t promise it will stick around for long). Millennium Jewellers receives new items frequently, so keep your eye on their Facebook page. There are also a number of veteran jewellers, including (but not limited to) Jockheck and Modern Love, each offering unique pieces to discover, or custom pieces to create.

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The most important part of regifting a piece of jewellery is acquiring an updated appraisal (the person receiving it should know exactly what its worth). If you haven’t had the piece appraised in a while, it is also important to note that the value may have changed over time depending on the material, popularity, and supply/demand. S. Taylor Jewellery Appraisal & Consultation is a local Burlington business specializing in all proper documentation needs for a professional and accurate appraisal by Certified Gemologist Appraiser, Sherrie Taylor. With in-person, private appointments, Taylor has invested in specific tools that allow their clients to see their gems and jewellery up close and personal.

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Sometimes the memory of the piece is just too precious, or maybe the value of the raw material is high, and you want to remake the piece into something that suits your style more. In this case, The Diamond Boutique, Oakville Jewellery, and Laura Tedesco Jewellery Design are all great options. With over 35 years experience, John Akcan relocated his Toronto 905.662.6922 Dundas Square store to Lakeshore Road in Oakville. 7 King Street E. Stoney Creek His new location Oakville fc TheDiamondBoutiqueInc Jewellery features a state-ofthe-art workshop equipped Version 1 with a 3D printer, laser 10.9_TheDiamondBoutique_QP.indd 1 2022-11-10 welder, lapping machine and Member Parliament, Burlington more. This allows them to Member ofofParliament, Burlington Member Burlington create virtually any design a Your Voiceto inHelp Ottawa Here customer wants, and provide 3D proofs before creating You’re Invited to my Annual Member Burlington Member of Parliament, Burlington the pieces on site. In the New Years Levee on January 8th Voice inHelp Ottawa heart of Stoney Creek, you Visit Your my website to to learn more and RSVP. Here will find sisters Sandra and Julia Karan at The Diamond Boutique, with over 14 years of experience in the jewellery industry. This family-run shop specializes in custom engagement rings and jewellery designs, and can help you turn your vision into karinagouldmp.ca beautiful custom-designed karinagouldmp.ca karinagouldmp.ca pieces. Also in Hamilton, karinagouldmp.ca

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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF CUSTOM LEATHERWORK

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Finally, if your jewellery has surpassed the first two options, you are most likely ready to completely let go of your pieces. Au Jewelry Exchange Lab is located in the heart of Downtown Burlington and offers a oneof-a-kind experience when it comes to reselling your precious metals. From honest and educational evaluations right in the privacy of the lab to in-home Gold Party and Lab on Location events, AU prides itself in making the experience about you. Their transparent approach differs from what we’re used to when we think of selling our gold for cash. One of the other factors that sets them apart is their emphasis on recycling the majority of the products they buy. AU Jewelry Exchange Lab uses local refiners to melt down their metals and recycle them back to be repurposed. So, if your jewellery has reached its final destination, allow it to do something good for the planet…and for your wallet! AU pays out their evaluations on the spot. Complimentary evaluations are available.

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And if that’s even too much, The Sweetest Thing in Oakville creates holiday cookie decorating kits. Each kit contains six cookies, two piping bags of icing, and two sprinkle pods.

Something to Sip On Whether you’re at home or out on the town, hot chocolate – with a festive twist – seems to be the drink of choice this time of year. Lola Choco Bar and Sweethouse in Downtown Burlington is famous for its drinking chocolate. Made with coconut and 100% dark Ecuadorian chocolate, this smooth, warm chocolate drink is a local favourite. Back at home, hot chocolate bombs are all the rage. Filled with cocoa mix, marshmallows, sprinkles, and other edible baubles, they are a truly overthe-top way to level up your cocoa game. Once plopped inside a mug full of warm milk, the bombs open up, revealing the goodies inside and creating a decadent cup of hot cocoa once stirred together. Grab a box of seasonal flavours at Sweet! Bakery Oakville in Bronte.

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Let Them Have Cake The Yule Log, Chocolate Swiss Roll, and Fruit Cake all peak during the holiday season, but other cultures bring a little something extra to the dessert table. Sweet potato pie and coconut pie are traditional desserts at this time of year TH AT P for our friends celebrating Kwanzaa. That Pie IE PLACE Place in Burlington has a large selection of both fresh and frozen savoury and fruit pies. They can also accommodate customizations. And if you’re not completely set on cake, why not try a beautifully decorated gingerbread house from Molly Cake? Available in small, medium, and large, these gingerbread houses make a beautiful hostess gift or dinner party centrepiece. The large house even comes with plug-in lights that shine through several delicious poured sugar window panes. However you’re celebrating this time of year, we hope you create some sweet memories.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

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Community Events

Bronte 26 Historical Society Art Show and Sale NOV

Enjoy the historic Sovereign House and the amazing works created by the artists of Sovereign House. Paintings, pottery, sculpture, fabric arts, jewellery, clothing, decorations, cards – all lovingly handmade by local artists who have filled Sovereign House with their artwork all year. Sovereign House 7 West River Street Brontehistoricalsociety.ca

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Soup Bowl

The AGB's beloved soup bowl is back! This year’s event will feature oneof-a-kind, hand-made ceramic soup bowls, along with gourmet appetizers and soup shots, live musical entertainment, a short film screening, an amazing silent auction, and so much more! Guests take home their own ceramic bowl, along with a goodie bag of artisanal dry soup mix, recipe cards, and an invitation to an exclusive on-line chef-led cooking class! Art Gallery of Burlington 1333 Lakeshore Road Agb.life

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Spend the evening sampling seasonal foods prepared on the hearth and woodstove while you tour the Museum. Sip local wine and craft beer along the way. Tickets are $55 and must be purchased in advance. This event is 19+ Ireland House Museum 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington Museumsofburlington.ca

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Burlington Comedy Festival

Two nights of laughout-loud comedy right here in Burlington! Enjoy some of your favourite Canadian stand-up comics, with different headliners each night. Tickets available at Burlingtoncomedy.com. Art Gallery of Burlington 1333 Lakeshore Road Burlingtoncomedy.com

Thursdays Until DEC

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Lights from the Rooftop of Joseph Brant Museum

Enjoy the Burlington Festival of Lights from the rooftop at Joseph Brant Museum. Beginning November 25th, during the Candlelit Stroll and every Thursday evening in December. There will be free hot chocolate and popcorn. Museum admission is not required for rooftop access. Joseph Brant Museum 1240 North Shore Boulevard East Museumsofburlington.ca

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Explore the streets of Downtown Oakville on an Augmented Reality scavenger hunt for your chance to win $1000. Visit Downtownoakville.com for more information. Downtown Oakville Oakvilledowntown.com

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Winter Wonders

Explore Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive lights, new interactive light-tosound installations, and magical displays that celebrate the winter season. Enjoy festive music while indulging in the warm tastes and fragrances of the holiday season. Timed tickets are required. Royal Botanical Gardens 680 Plains Road West, Burlington RBG.ca

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It’s the 28th annual Kerr Village Christmas Tree Lighting! Drop by and enjoy the Holiday PopUp Market and live musical entertainment. Featuring a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, and various characters. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Westwood Park 173 Kerr Street, Oakville Kerr-village.ca

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leading up to Christmas, discover festive events in Waterdown! December 3rd will feature wagon rides, entertainment, gift wrapping, and free pop-up refreshments. December 10th is for the kids with a magic show, photos with Santa, treats and crafts. And on December 17th, you’ll find in-store specials for food and beverage businesses, along with a gift basket draw and entertainment in the Village. Waterdown Village Waterdownvillage.ca

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The Handmade House Outdoor Market

Meet makers and support local as your fill your stockings with handmade goodies! Enjoy a full day of artisan shopping at this one-day-only outdoor Holiday Market. Handmade House 460 Pearl Street, Burlington thehandmadehouse.ca

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Oakville Museum Christmas Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the elegant Erchless Estate, beautifully decorated for the holiday season, and a feature exhibit with a focus on typewriters and sewing machines. Delight in nostalgic toys and historic reproduction ornaments. Tickets are at Oakville.ca/museum. Erchless Estate 8 Navy Street, Oakville Oakville.ca/museum

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Corontion Park Toy Drive

Looking for twinkling lights? The Oakville Professional Firefighters Association has partnered with the Town of Oakville to host a drive-thru donation event at Coronation Park on Friday, December 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. Oakville residents are encouraged to bring a gift card, unwrapped toy, and/or non-perishable food donation item to the event, which will feature a holiday light display, Santa waving from his sleigh, and other festive guests. Coronation Park 1426 Lakeshore Road West

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Carols in Centennial Square

Check out Centennial Square for free carols the evening of December 24th, all are welcome! Non-perishable food items will be collected in support of Kerr Street Mission. Centennial Square 120 Navy Street Chartwellchurch.com

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Craft and Tour at the Oakville Museum

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HUMBLE POTATO The Perfect Side for Every Holiday Meal BY LISA EVANS

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Potatoes are Canadians' favourite side dish

M AC A R O N S

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t's hard to find a more versatile vegetable than the potato. It can be fried, scalloped, roasted, mashed, or hashed. Potatoes are gluten-free and pair well with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Not only is the potato versatile, but they're also affordable, accessible, and delicious any way you dig 'em. Potatoes have played an important role in the planet's food security. Historians have traced the history of the potato back to Ancient Peru. It's believed the potato was first introduced to Europe by the Spanish explorers of the "New World." Some credit the potato with ending the famine in Northern Europe. Potatoes were first grown by settlers in New Brunswick as early as the mid-1600s and have been a staple in Canadian homes ever since.

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Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Peel the potatoes and cut into even sized chunks. Soak the potatoes in cold water for 5 minutes and drain to remove excess starch. Whilst the potatoes are soaking, spray a large baking tray evenly with cooking spray and add your fat – olive oil, butter or duck fat (in order of glutinousness). Place baking tray into the oven. Tip potatoes into a large pot, cover with lukewarm salted water. Add teaspoon of baking soda which helps to create fluffy edges. Parboil for 10 minutes, or until a fork can readily puncture each chunk, then drain in a colander. Leave to steam dry in the colander for 3 minutes and give it a shake until the potatoes form fluffy edges – this will help to make them super-crisp later on.

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INGREDIENTS

1.5 kg russet potatoes (serves about 6) Duck fat or unsalted butter or olive oil (enough to form thin layer across your baking tray) 5 or 6 garlic cloves 1 bunch of fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon of baking soda Cooking spray (optional)

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Tip the potatoes into the now hot tray in one layer. Season well with salt and black pepper. Toss the potatoes in the fat, then roast for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden. Now’s the time for a key step. Gently squash each potato with a potato masher or spatula to increase the surface area – the more of your potato that’s in contact with the pan, the crispier it will be. Add rosemary, unpeeled garlic cloves and 1 good lug of oil to a small bowl. Mix until garlic and rosemary are evenly coated. Evenly distribute rosemary and garlic mixture with the potatoes and give the pan a good shake. Flip and gently squash each potato again, then pop back in the hot oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until crispy and delicious.

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Potatoes are Canadians' favourite side dish, complementing any main meal. Add roasted potatoes to a chicken dish, french fries to a burger, hash browns to eggs, and have you ever been to a barbeque that didn't have potato salad? Potatoes are also good for your health and pack a nutritious punch. Cooked potatoes with the skin are a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Potatoes are mainly comprised of carbs but contain almost no fat, so they can keep us full for longer.

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POTATO TIPS How to Make the Perfect Potato

1 - CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPUD. • Potatoes come in many forms, but some varieties are better suited for some purposes than others. • Russet potatoes have low water content and are high in starch, making this the preferred potato for baking, frying, mashing, and roasting. • Red potatoes have lower starch and higher water content and are ideal for soups, stews, and salads. • Yellow potatoes are all-purpose potatoes with a buttery taste and a rich, creamy texture.

2 - STORE YOUR POTATOES IN THE RIGHT LOCATION Sunlight will cause your potatoes to release a chemical called solanine, which can be toxic. A cool, dark location, like a root cellar, is the best place to store potatoes. Avoid placing potatoes in the fridge. Fridge temperatures convert the starch to sugar which can change the taste of the potatoes.

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3 - ADD POTATOES TO COLD WATER FIRST To get silky smooth mashed potatoes, start potatoes in cold, salted water, then bring the pot to boil. When they're nearly ready to be mashed, heat your butter and milk in a small saucepan rather than adding them straight from the cold fridge.

4 - SALT THE WATER, NOT THE POTATOES Adding salt to water causes the potatoes' starch to cook more, giving it a rich, creamy texture, while cooking potatoes in unsalted water results in a bland taste. Similarly, placing potatoes on a baking sheet without salt can cause them to get overcooked. The salt helps ensure the potatoes cook evenly. One little vegetable with so much potential. Three cheers for the potato!

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C H O C O L AT E C O O K I E INGREDIENTS

COOKIE METHOD 1

∙ 2 cups all-purpose flour ∙ 6 Tbsp cocoa powder ∙ 1 tsp baking soda ∙ 1/2 tsp salt ∙ 110g bittersweet chocolate,

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melted and cooled ∙ ¾ cup unsalted butter ∙ 1½ cup granulated sugar ∙ 2 large eggs

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∙ 2 tsp vanilla extract

MINT BUTTERCREAM INGREDIENTS

∙ 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature ∙ 1 Tbsp vanilla extract ∙ 3 ½ cups powdered sugar ∙ 1-2 Tbsp cream ∙ 1/2 tsp mint extract

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Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and add eggs, one at a time, mixing until each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next. Mix in vanilla. Pour in lukewarm cooled chocolate and mix on low speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl well, until batter is uniform in color. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Scoop tablespoon sized balls of dough and place on a parchment lined sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes at 350 or until just set in the middle Let cookies cool, and fill with Mint Buttercream. Drizzle melted chocolate over top and garnish with festive sprinkles!

1 Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Gradually add in the cream until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.

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• 2 oz quality bourbon or Canadian Whisky • 1 oz Kinsip Whisky Barrel Aged Maple Syrup • 2 dashes Sullivan Luxury Orange Bitters GARNISH

• Sullivan Luxury Candied Orange Slice • Sullivan Luxury Maraschino Cherries MEHTOD 1 Place a candied orange slice into the bottom of a mixing glass and gently muddle for a few seconds to release flavour. Add all ingredients and top with ice. Stir gently for at least 25 rotations.

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here is a reason why the Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail has remained a favourite on the drinks scene for almost 200 years. It is the cocktail equivalent of comfort food. Your holiday guests will love this version of the traditional drink. Replacing the sugar or simple syrup with Kinsip’s Whisky Barrel Aged Maple Syrup adds depth to the flavour and gives it a Canadian spin. Just as good ingredients are key to this drink, so are the garnishes. In this version we swap the traditional orange peel for a Sullivan Luxury Candied Orange slice and two maraschino cherries. Perfect flavours for sipping by the fire, or while wrapping presents.

2 Add a 2” square ice cube to a lowball or Old Fashioned glass. Strain cocktail over ice. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherries.

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hether they're for gifting, toasting, or sacredly sipping, sparkling wines add a special touch to the holiday season. The demand for sparkling wine has grown (thanks to affordable Prosecco), and many are home grown in Ontario. With a vast selection to suit every taste and budget, these expertrecommended bottles will certainly add a little extra “sparkle” to your holiday events.

For a tasty and reliable everyday bubbly, try the Jackson Triggs Sparkling Reserve VQA ($16.95 at LCBO). Fresh in flavour with floral and fruity notes, it's the perfect bubbly to pull out when friends drop by. To make a light and fun cocktail, mix in some juice.

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For ultra-convenience, try the Outset sparkling wine in a 250ml can ($4.95 at the LCBO). This tiny bottle makes a great stocking stuffer or a cute addition to a charcuterie board. Since it's only a single serving, it's perfect on those nights when you don't want to open a whole bottle. For a traditional bottle, try the Henry of Pelham Cuvee

Catherine Brut ($32.95 at the LCBO). This fermented sparkling wine uses classic champagne varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, offering the same flavour of champagne for a much lower price.

If you are a Chardonnay fan, you'll love

the Cloudsley Twenty Mile Bench Chardonnay ($35 from the farm). Cloudsley is a small lot terroirdriven family-owned winery. Order straight from their website, and they'll deliver a case to your door.

Domaine Queylus makes a beautiful Bordeaux-

style blend called Droite ($44.95 from the farm). Aged in French oak barrels, this blend of Cabernet and Merlot is full of flavour. Try it with grilled steaks. Droite is available on the Domaine Queylus website.

Peller Family Vineyards Rose is a safe bet

for most pallets and a real crowd-pleaser. It comes in a 1500ml size ($17.95) or a 1-litre tetra pack ($12.95) ( which is super convenient when you have a crowd). This off-dry bubbly is slightly sweet, with hints of rose petals and tropical fruit. Perfect with soda water if you enjoy a refreshing spritzer. Pop a bottle and celebrate! The holidays are here!

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