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sumptuous design aboard uniworld’s ss catherine

uniworld-ship If there are two things I love, it’s travel and design. I recently experienced the most perfect blend of both on a river cruise when I sailed on Uniworld’s SS Catherine (christened by Catherine Deneuve) this past summer, traveling for eight days from Avignon to Lyon. River cruising is quickly becoming one of the hottest trends in travel, attracting an increasingly more diverse group of travelers. And when I stepped aboard the SS Catherine, I knew I was in for a treat! Unlike other river cruise companies whose ships are typically identical one to the next, Uniworld’s focus on unique decor and design on each ship is obvious. Want to take a virtual tour of this spectacular ship? Let’s go!
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places to go, people to see: toronto food and wine festival

Summer may be over, but outdoor festival season (yes, that’s a thing!) isn’t over just yet. Tomorrow through Sunday, the first Toronto Food & Wine Festival will be held at Evergreen Brickworks. If the event’s trendy locale and inviting name aren’t intriguing enough, allow me to name drop: Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes, Gail Simmons, Curtis Stone, Tyler Florence, Antonio Park, Roger Mooking – these celebrity chefs and many more will showcase their skills and divulge expect tricks during live demonstrations. And when you’re positively salivating, taste your way through the 130 booths to sample some of the city’s best eats and bevvies. Here’s a glance of what’s in store.

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Buttermilk biscuit with egg by Brad Long of Café Belong.

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casual dining in newfoundland

Can’t believe it’s already mid-septmeber and with temperature reaching almost 30C this week,  I am ready to soak up as much warmth and sun as possible before the leaves turn color! Speaking about an extended patio season, I miss my summer vacation at Newfoundland and the delicious treats from French pastries to super fresh seafood.

Eat in Newfoundland

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shop in newfoundland ~ part one

I had an amazing time in Newfoundland a couple of weeks ago touring around the island for some whale watching, iceburg spotting, and of course treasure hunting.  Today, I want to share with you one of my favourite shops in St. John’s: Home on Water Street.

shop in newfoundland

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10 best gifts for your summer hosts

Summer’s the time for weekend getaways, visiting out-of-town family and friends and taking trips to the cottage. Here’s a round up of fun gifts to give to the host with the most.

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places to go, people to see: one of a kind spring show

Ah, what a fine Saturday morning it is. So bright and full of opportunity. What to do with this beautiful day, you ask? Head down to the One of a Kind Spring Show, of course! On until tomorrow, the exhibit boasts unique handmade wares from 450 Canadian artisans. Here are a few of my favourite things, starting with Senay Studio!

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cure the winter blues with beautiful design

When the temperature outside feels like -30, I can’t help but dream of leaving this frigid weather and escaping to a gorgeous, sunny destination. If heading south is your go-to solution to cure the winter blues, or finding warm weather decor inspiration helps to remind you spring and summer are on their way, you’ll definitely want to check out the newly reenvisioned guestrooms at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Designed by famed designer Jonathan Adler, the guestrooms reflect a truly vibrant and authentic Palm Beach destination experience.


Check out more stunning photos below. Who knows, this resort might just make your list of must-visit style destinations or inspire a redesign of your own.

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places to go, people to see: union station holiday market

Calling all commuters. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who pass through Toronto’s Union Station, you’re in luck. The busy train station’s picturesque great hall will house a holiday market all through next week (December 1 through 7). Hosted by Toronto Market Co., the event will showcase artisanal pieces from 22 vendors. Grab the perfect gift for that hard-to-please person on my holiday shopping list on my way to the office? Don’t mind if I do! Here are a few favourites that I’m coveting.

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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

It’s time to face the jingle: Christmas is fast approaching. I’m always the last in the office to get in the festive spirit, too busy mourning the passing of fall, but if you’re an early shopper looking for unique presents, hit up the gift shop at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next week. Starting on Tuesday, November 18 and running through Friday the 21st, the shop will play host to a variety of trunk shows. On Tuesday, Israel-based Oshra Tishbi will present its wide range of wine-and-fruit preserves (think: passionfruit-champagne and fig-cabernet) – an ideal pairing to cheese and a great hostess gift. Wednesday’s highlight is Carole Tanenbaum’s dazzling collection of vintage-inspired costume jewellery. The fashionista on your list will thank you, whether you opt for a piece in the $100 range or a show-stopping $2,500 choker necklace. The sweet tooth in your life will gladly devour a token by JAB Chocolate, an artisanal small-batch chocolatier (on site on both Wednesday and Thursday), but your nationalistic buddy will be doubly pleased with a box of My Favourite Fudge. The Caledon, Ont.-based fudge maker has something for every taste, offering 60 flavours, including Canadian Shield and Algonquin Trail. These and other unique brands will strut their stuff, but even if you don’t make it to AGO’s store next week, here are five reasons you it should be on your holiday shopping itinerary – if it isn’t already.


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places to go, people to see: montreal restaurant week

Now in its third year, MTL à Table (a.k.a. Montreal Restaurant Week), returns on October 30. Running through November 9, the event offers prix fix menus in 140 restaurants throughout the city. Priced at $19, $29 and $39 the set three-course meals allow patrons to hit up their go-to spot for less or try a new place at an affordable price point. It’s the perfect excuse to plan a date night or to catch up with friends. Check out a few mouth-watering dishes from a couple of choice restos below.


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