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Watermelon: The perfect, juicy treat to cool down with this summer

Watermelon Green Tea A caffeinated take on infused water, this tea is perfect for brunch or an afternoon pick me up. Ingredients 2 cups (500 mL) green tea, homemade or pre-made, store-bought 1 cup (250 mL) watermelon, cubed and frozen Honey, to taste Fresh mint leaves Ice (optional) Instructions Add …

Cottage Cocktails

By Carmelo Giardina Imagine: you’re at the cottage seated comfortably in your Muskoka chair, enjoying the summer sun, shoes off.  (Substitute your own backyard paradise if no cottage is available.) Everything is perfect. Well, almost perfect. You’re missing something. Obviously you need the right beverage to go with those cool …

Swimming in Style

Hot looks for the beach Lise Charmel ‘Ajourage Couture’ royal blue one-piece swimsuit, $350; Maryan Mehlhorn bathing suit cover, $395. Available at Goodnight Goodmorning, 100 Bronte Rd., unit 3, Oakville. Eric Javits striped sun hat, $155; Seafolly French blue mandala patterned one-piece swimsuit, $234. Available at Bocana Boutique, 435 Pearl …

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 …

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Enter to win a Dolce & Gabbana Electric Kettle

  Enter for your chance to win a $1,000 Smeg Dolce and Gabbana electric kettle! This fabulous prize is courtesy of ECS Coffee. Part of the Sicily Is My Love collection, this kettle brings water to the perfect temperature quickly for all of your hot beverages while also adding a …

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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 …

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 …

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 …