April 1st, 2013
Sure cold-pressed juice cleanses are all the rage, but who has time to chop all those veggies?
Sources tell us the next big thing is the Milkshake Cleanse — and we’ve got an exclusive recipe (courtesy of a well-known celebrity nutritionist) to get you started. Drink 3-4 today for maximum results.
3 cups whole milk (chocolate milk can be substituted)
2 scoops of ice cream
1 generous dollop of artificially flavoured syrup
1 non-organic banana
3 heaping tablespoons of white sugar
Blend for a minute and serve in a tall glass.
Happy April Fool’s Day from the VitaminDaily.com team!
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March 29th, 2013
Jimmy Stewart of Vancouver's HousexGuest restaurant shares a classic Easter Sunday dinner of Maple and Cola Roasted Ham with Pomme Dauphinoise, Snap Peas and English Mustard. With minimal prep required, you can spend more time on the centerpieces, like these in-bloom flowers in hollowed out eggshells (courtesy of our other favourite Stewart, Martha.)
1 (4 1/4 to 4 1/2-pound) bone in ham
1 onion, peeled, cut in 1/2
1 liter bottle of cola
½ cup of maple syrup
1 heaping tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons English mustard powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Pre-heat oven to 325
1. Score the entire ham in diamond patterns and pour the maple syrup all over the ham. Coat the ham in the mustard powder and brown sugar, cut the onion in half and place all of it in a dutch oven or roasting pan.
2. After approx. 20 minutes add the cola to the pan, stir with a spoon to ‘deglaze’ the bottom of the pan and baste the ham with the mixture. Do this every 10 minutes until the ham reads 160F on a thermometer. Once this temperature is reached, remove the ham from the oven and cover with aluminum foil. The ham will continue to cook for another few minutes so just let it sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it.
Jimmy says… "Cooking ham with maple and cola is a tradition of my fathers that I feel is the best way to have ham cooked. It’s sweet, salty, juicy and straight up delicious."
See the recipes for pomme dauphinoise and snap peas on our Editors' Diary.
March 29th, 2013
Halfway through Easter weekend and still not started decorating eggs? If you’re the type of home that doesn’t have a preschool’s worth of craft supplies in the cupboard, here are a few options that only require basic household goods. And eggs of course, lots of eggs.
Almost everyone has a Sharpie pen lying around, so these gorgeous doodle eggs will be a cinch. From Alisa Burke.
These bumblebees require a few steps, but don’t require many supplies: coffee filters, tape, markers, glue, fishing line, and egg dye (use Kool-Aid or food colouring as alternatives). The pipe cleaner tail can be optional, if you don’t have any handy. From Homemade Serenity.
Create these beautiful striped eggs using only elastic bands and egg dye. From Better Homes and Gardens.
Dig some thread out of your sewing kit and create these lovely thread-wrapped Easter eggs. If you’re short on time, skip the dyeing, use a few different colours of thread on a white egg and voila! Rainbow thread eggs. From Martha Stewart.
If pastels aren’t your thing, then try making these rainbow eggs using food colouring and vinegar. They did say brights were back in fashion for spring, right? From No. 2 Pencil.
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
March 28th, 2013
With its black sand beaches, lush rainforest and natural hot springs, it’s no wonder we’re crushing on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. We took a trip to the “sleepy south” and found laid back resorts, natural beauty, and plenty of local flavour.
At Anse Chastanet no two rooms are alike but all include local art and a breezy Caribbean vibe. Ask for 14B, which has a tree growing through the rainfall shower (pictured). The hotel has four restaurants - including one that’s exclusively vegetarian - and two beaches with oceanside service. Make the trek over to Anse Mamin, the hotel’s more remote beach, for a Caribbean spice burger tucked between a Jonny Cake, a local bread grilled fresh to order. www.ansechastanet.com
Hotel Chocolat grows 10 per cent of the island’s cocoa. Tour the hotel’s Rabot Estate cocoa groves, pluck a pod, and craft your own dark bar with the Tree to Bar experience. Afterwards, reward yourself with a fresh cacao martini in the hotel bar. http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/home
Locals swear by the healing power of the sulphur springs, part of your entrance fee the Caribbean’s only “drive-in” volcano. Bring a dark swimsuit, cover yourself in volcanic mud, then dip into the natural (45 degree!) hot springs. http://soufrierefoundation.org
Guests at Jade Mountain benefit from more than just in-suite infinity pools and unobstructed views of the Pitons. At the Kai en Cielis spa the chocolate body wrap is good enough to eat but it’s the hotel’s own handmade chocolates, given at the end of the treatment, that really sweeten the experience. www.jademountain.com
Every Friday the town of Anse La Raye plays host to a fish fry dance party. Choose from snapper, mahi mahi, shrimp, box fish or spiny lobster then watch as your plate is piled high with homemade rice and peas, mac and cheese and coleslaw. (Sorry about the lack of photo, but were were too busy eating!)—Shannon Heth Vergette
March 27th, 2013
We've been known to down a few cream-filled eggs in our day. The way we see it, sweet treats are what make Easter the hoppiest day of the year.
Camino's fair trade and organic certified milk chocolate bunnies are widely available at grocery stores (see stockists here), making them a welcome (and Canadian) cocoa option. Let's just say this little guy's ears won't last long. $4.99, www.lasiembra.com/camino/en
For a no-fuss Sunday brunch, stop into the Bel Café for some fresh hot cross buns (4 for $11.20), best served with a generous swipe of beurre. Order in advance at 604-673-7000, these doughy delights go fast. 801 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, 604-673-7000, www.belcafe.com
BETA5's chocolates look almost too good to eat (key word being almost). These modern eggs, filled with treats like marshmallow chicks and Marcona almonds, are wrapped in bright and shiny foil, which would make for a very cool Easter egg hunt. $25 for 6, 413 Industrial Ave., Vancouver, www.beta5chocolates.com
March 26th, 2013
There’s a new reason to shop in Le Château, and no, it’s not to reminisce about the prom dress we bought there in high school.
They’ve just launched a new collection, Le Château Studio, and the clean lines and simple cuts are a great reason to shop at this well-known Canadian retailer. Think skinny acetate trousers ($79.95), botanical printed t-shirt dresses ($89.95, pictured) and sporty silk tops ($69.95) that will take you from the office to cocktail stylishly and effortlessly.
Since we’re the kind of girls who like to dress high and low, these clean cut looks could nicely complement some great Jil Sander and Stella McCartney pieces or our mix-and-match go-to, J. Crew. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Available at Le Chateau in Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, 604-439-9415, www.lechateau.com
March 25th, 2013
It doesn’t have a sign out front.
Nor does it have a website. In fact, it doesn’t even have an official name yet, but a new store at Main and 8th might just have the distinction of being the biggest clothing boutique on Main Street. Stocked with trendy animal-print tank tops, sleeveless denim button-ups and boho dresses that belong in the desert, it carries cheap and cheerful men’s and womenswear. Our favourite feature? The change room tents.
No name, but plenty of game. —Kelsey Dundon
Boutique at Main and 8th, 2403 Main St., Vancouver.
March 22nd, 2013
Reason #8,356 we're addicted to our latest gadget: library downloads.
Since we discovered Vancouver Public Library's huge eBook selection, available with the download of an app, we've been hooked on this free and convenient service. You'll need your library card number and PIN (hint: try the last four digits of your phone number) to log in, and you can browse hundreds of eBooks, audiobooks, plus download samples and place holds (you'll be notified by email when your title is available). And no walking around with overdue books: when the lending period is up, the title is pulled from your virtual bookshelf.
All that's missing is a librarian to shush us, just for old times' sake.
For instructions visit http://guides.vpl.ca/ebooks_audiobooks
March 22nd, 2013
Cheap chocolate is one thing, but what if the Easter Bunny left something lighter for your little egg-hunter?
Like, say, a White Rabbit of England lamp. Made in Britain of bone china, this little creature’s friendly shape would make for a very hoppy Easter. And the glow it casts would make for very peaceful nights.
It’s perfect for somebunny special. —Kelsey Dundon
$120 at Leuie.com
March 21st, 2013
While the “world’s greatest freakshow” still entices tourists to Venice Beach, we prefer to explore the the spots where laid back cool belies some serious sophistication. What’s the heart of Venice Beach these days? The action has shifted to Rose Avenue, a few blocks over, where rents are cheaper, the stores more eclectic and you can breathe in the potential of a neighbourhood that is about to become the new “it.” Get there before the others do.
333 ½ Rose Avenue, an eco-luxe vacation rental remodelled by a local architect, is spacious and private, and close enough to the beach, restaurants and shops. Park the car, rent a cruiser bike, a.k.a. Venice’s de-facto wheels and you will slip into local mode instantly. www.vacationrentals.com
Oscar’s Cerveteca (pictured) is the neighbourhood joint for all occasions, but brunch is a standout with wild salmon tacos that arrive in steaming tortillas; beer battered waffles with caramelized peaches and applewood bacon; and (for those with lighter tastes,) a tasty breakfast salad with greens, avocado and grapefruit. 523 Rose Ave. Venice, CA, www.cervetecala.com
Located in the Archstone, a new Platinum Leed Certified building that cemented Rose Avenue’s gentrification, Café Gratitude’s Venice outpost features the San Francisco-based organic, vegan chain’s signature juices, elixirs, smoothies and delicious southwest inspired vegan cuisine that will entice you no matter what your eating preferences may be. The raw desserts are exceptional. 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA, www.cafegratitudevenice.com
Over at Moon Juice (pictured), try the Goodness Greens for a morning boost and a pure ginger shot with raw honey if you need some more immune boosting zing for your California Glow at this cold-pressed organic juice bar flocked by cleansing devotees. 507 Rose Ave., Venice, CA, www.moonjuiceshop.com
Venice Beach Wines is where you go for your post sunset glass of prosecco, or perhaps a crisp Belgian ale. The tiny patio is also perfect for a post dinner conversation over a bottle of that hard to find zinfandel from Mendocino. Venice Beach Wines, 529 Rose Ave. www.venicebeachwines.com
Yes, Rose Avenue also has the requisite artsy coffee/ breakfast hangout. That would be Flake. Come for the coffee, stay for the decadent Acai bowls with heapings of fresh fruit and granola. 513 Rose Ave., Venice, CA, www.veniceflake.com
Eclectic lifestyle store The Golden State pays a nostalgia-meets-today homage to Southern California culture. Browse one of a kind art prints by local artists, find a vintage inspired one-piece by cult swimwear lines Salt or Cali Dreaming, and pick up a hand thrown platter by Venice’s own potters Luna Garcia. 564 Rose Ave., Venice, CA, www.thegoldenstatestore.com
Founded by a botanist who views plants as the ultimate art, the Big Red Sun is a dreamy emporium filled with things you will want both inside and outside your “perfect” home. It also moonlights as a setting for invite-only pop up dinners. Leaf through a coffee table book on design diva Vera; covet a vintage French linen upholstered armchair; or lose yourself in the inviting garden out back. If you stay long enough, you may snag an invite to dinner. 560 Rose Ave. Venice, CA, www.bigredsun.com