When it comes to fashion we appreciate the bold prints from Proenza Schouler, the strategically placed ruffles from Phillip Lim and the whimsical inspiration behind Lanvin that is Alber Elbaz. And when it comes to our desserts, we feel the same. Sure, we’re happy to have our cake and eat it too, but give us something unexpectedly sweet, and you’ll have us saying, “more please!”
The Spring Roll
The after-work hangout Supermarket is the place to be for drinks and Asian-inspired fusion food. Meet friends for tapas-style fare made with Kensington market fresh ingredients.
While their dishes are created for sharing, you will want to keep the dessert spring rolls all to yourself. Dipped in chocolate sauce, the banana spring rolls come with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. For drinks and dessert fun, this resto-lounge has it all.
Banana spring rolls are amazing. They taste better than this image looks. Trust us.
We never thought we would outgrow our cupcake phase, but then we tried cake balls from Dessert Divas. These sweet bite-sized treats are made fresh to order by sister baking duo Erin and Sheri. Covered in icing and topped with sprinkles and specialty designs, these cake-filled pops are made in chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, banana, cherry, lemon and butter pecan flavours. Order a minimum of two dozen, and Dessert Divas will create a cake ball arrangement fit for any event from fun to elegant.
The custard shop serves up chocolate, vanilla and a daily specialty flavour that can be topped off with a variety of gourmet toppings such as Skor bits, Oreo crumbs, gummy bears, hot fudge and other flavoured syrups.
For the ultimate caffeine buzz, try the vanilla custard affogato, which combines one scoop of custard with two shots of espresso. Made with extra egg yolk and less sugar, Jedd’s custard is one cool snack.
Yum. Now, excuse us while we run out to get something to satisfy our sweet tooth.
With twobrides-to-be on the fourth floor, we’re counting down the days until the 10th annual Wedding Show, taking place at the Carlu from Friday, January 14 to Sunday, January 16. Unlike typical trade variety wedding shows, this boutique style show highlights ONLY the classiest and most original vendors in the city (selected by a jury, no less!). Founder and creative director of the show, Catherine Lash, has been in the biz for more than 15 years, having worked as a wedding photographer before launching The Wedding Show.
The wide spread of vendors highlight the upcoming trends for 2011. One such vendor is Henkaa, creator of the convertible bridesmaid dress. The dress is one-size-fits-all (really!) and can be worn countless ways. Perfect for all the different shapes and sizes your bridesmaids come in.
The elaborate sweet table is a huge trend of weddings in 2011. Bobbette and Belle have gorgeous alternatives to the traditional wedding cake, with their gorgeous and tasty macaron towers.
The show will also feature an elaborate art installation called The Crane Chandelier Project to celebrate its “tin” anniversary. The project is made from more than 11,000 origami cranes that were made, signed and donated by engaged and newlywed couples from around the world.
For each crane donated, The Wedding Co. will give 50 cents to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (for a donation totalling $6,500). Cranes includes the name of the couple, their wedding date and their location.
Join Lash on opening night at 6:30 p.m. for a champagne and cake toast and the unveiling of The Crane Chandelier projects.
Last week, we made your holiday shopping easy with our festive gift guide. Today, we’re about to make it even easier, with a second edition of the best gift ideas from our clients.
For the Eco-Conscious Fashionista: Neko Shoulder Bag by Matt & Nat, $150 at Shopgirls Gallery Boutique
Made from blue vegan leather with purple lining, this Neko Shoulder Bag by Matt & Nat is the right statement piece for the eco-conscious fashion devotee’s wardrobe. Each bag is made in a socially responsible way, and uses an average of 21 bottles for its lining. For the chicest in eco-fashion gifts, buy this tone-on-tone stitched Neko bag at Shopgirls Gallery Boutique (1342 Queen Street West) or online.
For the Jewellery Buff who Loves to Shine: Tiddlers, $835 to $1,065 at Made You Look Jewellery Studio and Gallery
Based off a doodle from the designer’s high school days, jewellery wearers won’t be able to resist Made You Look’s Tiddler collection by Lara H.I. Created as a figure without gender or religion, each Tiddler can be customized to your accessory lover’s taste. For a special touch, the pendant can hold a personalized symbol, such as a horoscope sign, a musical note or individual initials.The Tiddler collection is available at Made You Look Jewellery Studio and Gallery (1338 Queen Street West) and online.
For the Bride-To-Be: The Wedding Show, $20 from The Wedding Co.
Say “I do” to tickets to The Wedding Show. From Friday, January 14 to Sunday, January 16 at The Carlu (444 Yonge Street), The Wedding Show offers newly engaged couples access to 125 hand-selected exhibitors representing the most original and elite vendors. Purchase tickets to this one-stop-shop for the latest in wedding trends online for your bride-to-be.
For the Wine Connoisseur: Under-Counter Wine Cooler, $1,699 from Electrolux
Looking to make a splash with a gift this season? This high-end wine cooler will dazzle that special someone, and make it onto their “best gifts ever” list. It comes loaded with innovative features, like LED lighting to let them view their lovely bottles, a UV-filtered glass door to protect wines from harmful rays, and even Perfect Set temperature control – set a temperature anywhere between 45°F and 65°F, and the wine cooler will hold the temperature to keep wine perfectly chilled. It’s sleek and simple design will look great. Available at Sears, The Brick, Leon’s, The Bay and additional select major appliance locations.
For the Spa Girl: Body BlitzArgan Oil Face Serum, $65 from Body Blitz Spa
Let the luxury lover experience the spa in the comfort of her own bathroom. From the most tranquil spa in town comes a new line of Body Blitz natural products. Made of more than 75 per cent organic, extra virgin, cold-pressed argan oil, organic aloe vera, rose damask and organic lavender, the Argan Oil Face Serum naturally hydrates skin. Like she could really say no to the world’s richest natural source of vitamin E. Available at Body Blitz Spa (471 Adelaide Street West) or online.
For the Handsome Man in Your Life: Lookout Coat in Otter Charcoal, $670 from Oliver Spencer
Keep him warm and dashing in this lovely coat by top British menswear designer, Oliver Spencer. He’ll be as dapper as Don Draper in the classic, yet stylish coat, which features dark brown football buttons, clean lines and a cozy black cotton lining. Bonus? There are “lovers pockets” in the back for you to slip your hands in on a cold day. Brilliant! Toronto is the third retail location, joining London and New York. Drop in at 962 Queen Street West.
For the Fitness Buff Who Needs More: Pilates membership at Body Harmonics Pilates, various prices
Have a loved one who’s seen and done it all when it comes to fitness? Test their stamina with Body Harmonics. These renowned Pilates studios in Toronto (at 672 Dupont Street and 488 Eglinton Avenue West) are known for their tough and effective classes. And it’s not just about building muscle or gentle stretches. The studios aim to teach all participants about why they’re doing the movements, leading to a true understanding of Pilates, their bodies and a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle. That’s a gift that keeps on giving. Please find more information here.
For the Irish Pub Lover: Gift Certificate to Quinn’s Steakhouse and Irish Bar, various prices
There are Irish pubs all over the world and with good reason; they’re always fun, cheery and cozy, with great beer and good food. Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar is no exception. Owned byIreland native Gavin Quinn, the pub boasts delicious steaks, excellent service and a wicked whiskey collection. Executive chef Paul Pisa regularly creates tempting special menus, full of unique and delicious items (like the wild mushroom and Irish whiskey on Brie, only until tomorrow!). Give your mates a cool pint this holiday season, or really spoil them and treat them to a whole evening out. Gift certificates available at 96 Richmond Street West in the Sheraton Centre.
For Someone Who Wants to Look 10 Years Younger in 40 Seconds: Nanoblur Correction Cream, $19 at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Rexall and PharmaPlus
Seriously. This topical correction cream will create the appearance of poreless skin, while reducing lines, textural damage and even unwanted pigmentation. It was originally developed to address the concern of high-definition cameras showing skin imperfections of Hollywood’s brightest stars. The photos above are NOT retouched. It even comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee. Also available online.
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