Vancouver - Editors' Diary
December 5th, 2013
We celebrated all things sparkly at the opening of DeBeers first Vancouver store.
Diamonds for breakfast - what can be better than that?
1088 Alberni Street Vancouver. http://www.debeers.com/
Photos by Johann Wall
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December 5th, 2013
Campagnolo on Main St. is turning 5 years old today! And if you pop in with a friend or two, you could be handed a complimentary Crispy Ceci! And if you don't, here is the recipe:
Crispy Ceci Recipe (feeds 6):
1½c dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in water
2c baby arugula
1c baby spinach
¼c fresh mint, torn into small pieces
2 scallions, sliced thin on a bias
¼c Italian parsley, leaves sliced thin
1½tsp chili flakes 1 lemon, zested and juiced
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil Salt
6c canola oil
Directions: Take the soaked chickpeas and cook them in fresh water until very tender. Season with salt at the end of the cooking process. The cooking time (45 to 60 minutes) will vary according to the age of the chickpeas. Once cooked, they can be kept in the fridge for up to two days.
In a pot that can hold at least 12c (the more the better) bring the canola oil to a temperature of 375F. Drain the chickpeas, dry them on paper towels and then slowly pour them into the hot oil. While they are cooking, add to a large bowl the arugula, spinach, scallion, mint and parsley. After about four minutes of frying, remove the chickpeas and drain well. While they are still very hot, add them to the bowl of greens. Season everything with salt, chilies, lemon zest, juice and, finally, the extra virgin olive oil. Toss very well and check for seasoning. Add more of anything you like, divide among six warm bowls and serve.
Campagnolo Restaurant - 1020 Main St. www.campagnolorestaurant.ca
December 2nd, 2013
Guess what - we figured out where babies come from.. Olive Fertility Clinic! See our tour of the spa-like facility (and get to see a real-time egg fertilization) below.
November 28th, 2013
This season, the holidays look a little different at the Shangri-La.
The hotel has transformed into 1,001 Nights, an Arabian paradise in the middle of the city running from November 26 to January 5.
In lieu of a traditional tree draped in ornaments and lights, there's a souq market instead, selling Middle Eastern wares each afternoon, from Ayoub's nuts and dried fruits to traditional jewellery and gorgeous Persian rugs. For those searching for a different kind of gift to give this year, it's the very place to look and barter.
Xi Shi Lounge has revamped their menu into cold and hot mezze offerings — we suggest going with the hummus and lamb kibbeh (tip: spread the former on the latter). The tomato-slices-on-fried halloumi were another unexpected but delicious Lebanese culinary combination (we've been craving it every day since).
The best end to an Arabian night? Live music, baklava and belly dancing, of course, all of which go on in the lounge during the week nights and weekends.
If only there were magic carpet rides, too.
* Photo credits: Dan Poh and May Globus
November 26th, 2013
We sat down with the experts at Olive Fertility and they shared the most common myths about getting pregnant. Watch this short video for the scoop on baby making - you'll be as surprised as we were!
Tune in next week for a tour of the clinic.
November 20th, 2013
The first time a Snackbox landed on the Vitamin Daily doorstep, our Editor-in-chief, Sarah Bancroft, was working the midnight oil and got first crack at it (we heard raves about the chocolate-covered kale…).
So it became clear, when the Snackbox arrives, only one rule applies: you snooze, you lose. With a monthly shipment stocked with favourites and tasty new treats, “dibs” has become an important word around the office. This month, this is what we are digging (and digging into).
Kind Bars: We love how easy-to-find and tasty these bars are (and we’re in good company – Gwyneth Paltrow has raved about them as well! This month’s selection is dark chocolate cherry cashew (a definite anti-oxidant booster). Like all of its bars, this is all natural, gluten-free, non-GMO and packed with protein and fibre.
King Island Coconut Milk: Our managing editor Maria is a coconut water fiend, and this takes it to the next level. Combing the rehydration benefits of young green cocnut with the delicious, dairy-free milk from brown coconuts, this is an afternoon treat that hits the sweet tooth spot.
GimMe Organic Seaweed Snack: Our Western Sales Manager Samira was first to the box, and first to get her mitts on the Gimme Organic Seaweed Snack. Grown in a protected bay in Korea, this brand has 50+ years of organic certification.
Mary’s Gone Crackers Chocolate Chip Cookie: Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free. That’s what we call a guilt-free trip to Cookietown.
Home Free Chocolate Chip Cookies: A girl can never have too many cookies, especially when they are all natural, kosher and made with gluten free oat flour.
Brothers All-Natural Pear Fruit Crisps: Just because our fruit dehydrator is tucked back (ok, way back) in the cupboard doesn’t mean we love dried fruit any less. This baby packs 1 ½ pears in every package, just throw it in your purse and go!
Nature’s Path Q’ia Superfood Cereal – Cranberry Vanilla: This super cereal is packed with superfoods like chia, hemp and buckwheat (which makes for a super morning). Just 2 tablespoons of cereal added to your smoothie or stirred into your breakfast yogurt pack a powerful punch.
Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit: A little bit of chocolate a day is just dandy – especially when it’s smooth dark chocolate and covers a fruit juice piece made with acaia, blueberry and other select fruit juices. It would be downright irresponsible not to eat them.
Rocket Food Appleberry Oatmeal: Oatmeal does a body good, but not when it’s loaded with sugars. That’s why we love this wholesome snack that’s free from the top 10 allergens. The most important meal of the day, done.
Dan-D Pak Macadamia Sea Salt: The crunchy, salty taste of macadamia nuts is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. And the fact that these little ones are full of brain boosting essential fatty acids makes snacking on them pretty smart.
Angie’s Kettle Corn: If you want to get your co-workers in to your office, and quickly, open a bag of kettle corn. Bring it out at the next meeting and you’ll have everyone’s full attention.
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November 15th, 2013
We didn't think it was possible, but The Cross has gotten bigger and better. The newly expanded and renovated space opened last week, and it is a feast for the eyes. With different departments for beds, kitchens, furniture, art, jewelry, paper, and more - the new space has everything you need to ensure that your living space is absolutely gorgeous. We are warning you now, it is very difficult to leave empty handed, and impossible to exit the store without a thousand great ideas for your home.
Dress and house your little ones in style, in the baby and kids section.
Give yourself a few more reasons to have a long bath after shopping in the bath department.
Dream of sweeter dreams in the bedding boutique.
Make your house smell as good as it looks from the candle room.
Decorate your living space in the furniture gallery.
Visit the jewelry boutique to adorn yourself.
Educate your mind (and pleasure your eyes) in the library.
Wrap, write, and make note in the paper shop.
Buy some beautiful local prints from the salon wall.
Dress your dining space in the table shop.
And lastly, visit styling services for big projects, or small - like having a professional decorate your Christmas tree.
The Cross, 1198 Homer Street, Vancouver, 604-689-2900, www.thecrossdesign.com.
November 15th, 2013
Like the old story goes: small town girl is discovered in a mall in her hometown of Nebraska and grows up to be on of the most successful models... ever.
Well, maybe we don't all know that story, but in the case of Ashley Graham, it's all true.
For the first time ever, this gorgeous femme has teamed up with Canadian brand Addition Elle and created a 14-piece lingerie collection.
“I was looking to create pieces that I would want to see in my own closet. More of my style, vintage, luxurious. Whether it was the size of the bow or the type of crystal - every little detail was selected carefully and thoughtfully”
The collaboration has been in the works for over a year now (did you know there are 16 separate pieces that make up a bra?) and there will be two more capsule collections to look forward to!
We love how Addition Elle has created an inclusive environment across their 123 Canadian retail stores (that are more like one-stop-shop mini department stores). Emphasizing the importance of the customer experience and feeling comfortable (and sexy) in her lingerie.
So comfortable in fact, one woman was comfortable enough to walk through the store in just her bra and comfortable enough to be filmed by Ashley’s husband! (Don't be alarmed, he's a director of photography.)
Ashley, a long-time lingerie model, shared a few of her fit tips.
Tips for fits:
- You want to use the first claps and move it back as the bra wears
- If you’re spilling over go down a size in the band and up in the cut
- To test your bra fit, place two fingers at the back of your bra and pull. if it goes beyond 2 inches its too big
Follow Ashley on Twitter @theashleygraham and shop her lingerie collection at Addition Elle now.
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November 15th, 2013
The Isabel Marant for H&M collection is finally here and, when it comes to shopping this hot designer collaboration, the competition is extreme. Here are a few tips to avoid walking away empty handed:
#1 Grab First, Think Later
After lining up in the cold and earning my numbered wristband (#124, despite having arrived at the 7pm pre-shop event for 6:45pm), I felt seriously motivated to lay down my credit card. What's worse, I spent the 45 minute wait surrounded by women hoping to scoop the very same leather pants and oversized coats as me - according to overheard conversation, that is - so as I neared the front of the line, panic set in. Groups of 30 were permitted to shop the designated racks together and as I made my way, suddenly I found myself grabbing pants in multiple sizes, boxes of jewelry without even seeing the contents, and novelty items that I wasn't even in the market for.
When it comes to shopping, the competitive beast comes out, but everyone else is doing it, so snatch what you can and then find reason in a dark corner of the men's section once you've been dismissed from your 10 minute allotment amongst the Marant. There's also zero shame in buying and returning.
#2 Look Outside Your Designation
Speaking of the men's section, that happens to be where I scooped up a great sweater. And then I hit up the kids section and found a fiddler cap. What? I have a small head and like my knits oversized, so why not benefit from the two designated sections that were still rich with merchandise rather than fight the quick fingers and cut-eye in womenswear?
#3 Scope Out The Cash Register
My favourite item came to me as I was pulling out my wallet and a sales associate walked out from behind the register holding a rack's worth of discarded merch. Many shoppers intend to purchase with single price tags in mind, but once those items add up, the total requires a rethink. As a result, pieces pile up behind the cash desk, waiting to be run back on to the floor and it's fair game to get in there and see what's for grabs.—Laura Lanktree
November 7th, 2013
Down on the corner of Bay and Wellington, there's a man smashing desks with a sledge hammer. No need to sound the alarm, however: Toronto-based artist Justin Broadbent is deconstructing the office staple to promote Microsoft's new Office 365 platform.
In order to push the software's "work from anywhere" cloud features, the tech company commissioned Broadbent to bring his hands-on approach to their #ditchthedesk campaign. As a multi-disciplinary artist whose breadth of work runs from creating Metric's Juno Award winning album art to curating AGO's Massive party two years running, Broadbent is perhaps best known for his freestyle installation pieces.
Familiar elements like spray paint, cats, and the number 81 are peppered throughout the orange Office 365 platform, but the artist's main intention is to tear down used office desks and transform the wood and parts into sculptures. Not without a touch of irony, Broadbent is doing what he does best by poking fun at the idea of an artist taking over white collar run Bay Street. A spray painted "Bank -> see" points to the towering RBC building behind the installation, while "Oooh Gary you make some fine art" decorates the opposing wall.
Is it time for the suits to embrace an artist lifestyle and get up out of their desk chairs, then? Judging by the crowds gathered to see Broadbent bounce around with a paint brush, the idea certainly seems intriguing.
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