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Gastronomy in Gairloch Gardens

By Kelly Putter  Superlative event coordinators, stellar party planners and to-die-for promoters know the devil is always in the details. They may fret over the finer points, but you’re not likely to see them sweat the small stuff. And that’s largely because they not only embrace it, but somehow manage …

Backyard Oasis, part two – inspirations for outdoor living

By Kristy Elik Easy, Breezy Summer Space When a local family approached renowned landscape design and construction firm Ian McClelland Associates Ltd., their goal was crystal clear: to completely revamp their outdoor space to maximize the enjoyment of our all-too-short summers. “We completely gutted the existing landscaping so that we …

Weekender: Muskoka Girls’ Getaway at Deerhurst

By Shannon Mastaler Muskoka — known as Ontario’s  ‘Hamptons’ — is a prime summer destination. With hundreds of lakes, rustic appeal, beaches, great shopping and dining, golf, boating and fireside evenings, it’s no wonder Muskoka is the destination of choice for cottagers, campers and summer vacationers. This summer, why not …

Mozambique’s White Pearl Resort

By Barbara Ramsay Orr I stood on the terrace outside the villa at White Pearl and watched sunrise gild the quiet bay in front of me. Birds called from nearby branches, monkeys chattered in the distant Casuarina trees and waves rolled with a soothing regularity onto the wide white beach. Even this …

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Blown Glass Beauty

By Allie Murray When at a crossroads in life, inspiration can come from anywhere. For Courtney Downman, this moment arrived while studying art fundamentals at Sheridan College, where she felt unsure about what to do when she finished the one-year portfolio-building certificate. It was then that a classroom across the …

Wild Mushroom Carnaroli Risotto with Truffle Oil

Ingredients: 1 cup Carnaroli rice 4 cups vegetable stock 1/2 cup white wine (something dry and drinkable) 300 g mixed mushrooms 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 3 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 shallot, small dice 1 tbsp mascarpone cheese 2 tbsp Parmigiano cheese 1 tbsp cold butter Balsamic glaze Truffle …

Boudoir and beauty photography with Tanya Smith

By Melanie Hennessey They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Such is the case for Tanya Smith, who has harnessed her creative passion and turned it into a business that makes women look and feel their best. Smith is the woman …