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Editors’ Picks: Best Boutique Hotels

December 31st, 2009

DECEMBER 31ST, 2009

Editors’ Picks: Best Boutique Hotels

Sometimes charm trumps square footage. Herewith, our favourite boutique hotels.

With gold-leaf mahogany beds, French tapestries and Louis XV-glam, it’s impossible not to get the lovey doveys at Auberge Pierre du Calvet. Built in 1725, celeb fans include Aidan Quinn and Benjamin Franklin. From $295, www.pierreducalvet.ca
Marianne W ...

Editors’ Picks: Best Sippers

December 30th, 2009

DECEMBER 30TH, 2009

Editors’ Picks: Best Sippers

If you missed the swine flu but think you may have a case of the wine flu, take a dose of these winning bottles picked by our staff and you’ll be better in no time.

This sparkling wine from France’s Loire Valley comes in metallic navy blue packaging with gold script lettering, meaning it looks (and tastes) tres cher, but isn’t. We alw ...

Editors’ Picks: Best Winter Reads

December 29th, 2009

DECEMBER 29TH, 2009

Editors’ Picks: Best Winter Reads

Grab a glass of wine and a spot by the fireplace—these are winter reads worth staying in for.

 

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Comedian Chelsea Handler’s star has risen this year, and her hilarious and outrageous collection of personal essays has her deadpan delivery of intelligence, wit and bawdiness— ...

Editors’ Picks: Best Documentaries

December 28th, 2009

DECEMBER 28TH, 2009

Editors’ Picks: Best Documentaries

Sometimes reel life is stranger than fiction. Herewith, our top doc picks.

American Teen
Like The Breakfast Club brought to life, the film follows five teens in their final year of high school. All the usual suspects—jock, nerd, princess, rebel and heartthrob—are present to reminisce about in this spirited Sundance w ...

It’s Cool To Carol

December 24th, 2009

DECEMBER 24TH, 2009

It’s Cool To Carol

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring… who are we kidding, we’ll be wrapping presents well past midnight.

And to make the last minute hubbub brighter, Zaac Pick, a friend and singer-songwriter (his tunes recently appeared on episodes of One Tree Hill and The Ghost Whisperer) has given us a free ...

Boxing Day at Obakki

December 24th, 2009

Boxing Day at Obakki

Boxing Day at Obakki

Boxing Day has come early at Obakki. Shop chic pieces, adored by celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson, and help spread the gift of warmth. From December 24–January 3, save up to 50 per cent on select items in store only, plus Obakki will donate a blanket or coat to a shelter for every purchase made. 44 Water St., Vancouver, www.obakki.com

 

Wear Else - Wear it Well

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Gin Dandy

December 23rd, 2009

DECEMBER 23RD, 2009

Gin Dandy

Spiked soup? We like the sound of that.

At a private tasting of new dishes by Rob Feenie, Food Concept Architect for Cactus Club, we had the best tomato soup we’ve ever slurped—one that’s mixed with gin and topped with crème fraiche and parmesan tuille. And though it has yet to debut at the restaurant, we procured the delectable recipe to share with our ...

Savoir Fair

December 22nd, 2009

DECEMBER 22ND, 2009

Savoir Fair

Tact can’t be taught and style can’t be bought, but pretty frocks can be sought at The Fair.

The shop, which started as a strictly virtual venture, has broken ground in Gastown. Inside, owners Tammy Joe and Jennifer Nosek stock Academie, their own line of limited edition silk dresses ($270) and one-of-a-kind repurposed vintage pieces, alongside cool ...

Gift of the Grape

December 21st, 2009

Hemispheres Wine Guild

Gift of the Grape

For the holiday gift that keeps on swilling, buy or upgrade a Hemispheres Wine Guild membership before December 31 and get a free case of vino for 2010! Hemispheres delivers international varietals (not available in stores) right to wine lovers' doorsteps all year long. For details visit www.hemisphereswine.ca


Sisters Secret

Sister Act

What's the secret behind qu ...

Podium Pretty

December 21st, 2009

DECEMBER 21ST, 2009

Podium Pretty

If Ross Rebagliati is going to run for office, then we think we'll compete for Olympic gold. But is it cheating if we’ve already got the whole podium in a palette?

Made especially for the upcoming games, Vasanti’s “Go Canada!” eye and lip palette features three metallic shadows—gold, silver and bronze—with a snow-white highlighter and sheer red li ...

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