This cold weather has me craving comfort foods, and this banana bread with nutella swirls is just what I need. Add a cup of hot coffee and great book and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect winter morning!
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The streets are filled with twinkling lights, the office Christmas tree is on display and you’re still looking at your fall home decor accessories. With December only a few days away, it’s time to ditch autumn and unpack your Christmas decorations for a festive fix-up around your home. Red plaid is always a good holiday decorating idea – whether you’re adorning a table with a tartan runner or adding to your winter wardrobe.
With the germiest season upon us, it seems like a fitting occasion to introduce you to my favourite winter cocktail (for the daytime, at least): a healthy smoothie. A smoothie is my breakfast of choice for so many reasons, the most important one being that it just makes me feel really great! Here’s one of my favourite recipes for warding off winter chills. Plus, I’ll let you in on the best blender in the business to get the job done.
Cheese? Good. Melted? Excellent. Served over roasted potatoes with a side of pickles?! Droooool.
That was my thought process when I stepped into Roast, a lunch and to-go early dinner hotspot in the brand new Victoria Public Market at the Hudson. Acclaimed chef George Szasz (who comes from a long line of cured-meat makers) has built his menu around meat and his recipes around a rotisserie, but what stood out to me was the raclette cheese apparatus in the centre of the store.
When the mercury drops, there’s nothing better than cosying up at home with a warm blanket, a hot drink, snuggly pajamas and a good book. As we head into winter, here are six cold weather essentials to keep you toasty warm all season long!
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I love brunch! It is by far my favourite ‘meal’ and I often plan for some sort of brunch outing on the weekends. Give me french toast or 2 eggs any style with a side of bacon and I’m a happy camper! The Drake General Store is full of great gift ideas this season, including this Toronto Brunch Map. Created by local artist Lindsay Zier-Vogel, this map is becoming a best seller and outlines classics like The Senator, Lady Marmalade and Fanny Chadwich’s. It covers many different areas of the city, so you’re sure to find a hot spot close to you. Go get your brunch on!
Toronto Brunch Map, Drake General Store, $12
Reformed wild child Nicole Richie, known for her boho chic fashion sense, has curated a selection of home decor faves for flash sale site Joss & Main. While I’m surprised by a lot of more traditional pieces being included in the mix, there are still some eclectic finds that mirror the aesthetic of her House of Harlow 1960 line, such as this metallic gold Moroccan pouf.
The craft section in the November 2013 issue is the perfect example of this. Showcasing the brilliantly differing personas of our design team and presenting wonderfully unique DIY projects. This year I fell in love with our DIY wreath designs for their twist on tradition, and great use of colour and materials.
Check out all four wreaths and click their titles to find out how you can make them, too!
There is no hiding my love for certain modern classic pieces, especially my love for the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair. This chair brings together some of my favourite decor elements: white, natural woods, and clean shapes. We’ve seen these in the magazine before many times, but that just goes to show how easily these chairs can be incorporated into different decor styles.
Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with Dowel Base, available through Herman Miller.