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GO! The Grand Soirée

In partnership with Canada’s Design Museum and Flare Magazine, Grand Marnier® will be hosting a series of Thursday night events throughout the duration of the  much anticipated Christian Louboutin exhibition themed Grand Soirée. We’d love for you to join us and indulge in the luxury of signature Grand Marnier® cocktails created by guest mixologists, and snack on delicious canapés from Parts & Labour throughout the nights.

The Grand Soirées kick off this Thursday June 27th at 5pm at the Design Exchange!

(Photography: Peter Chatterton)

During each Grand Soirée, there will be incredible prizes to be won, including a grand prize draw that includes the following:

►      A $5,000 shopping experience equipped with your very own personal shopper at Sherway Gardens

►      A $1,000 gift pack from Shu Uemura

►      A pair of Christian Louboutin shoes

(Photography: George Pimentel)

When: June 27th, July 18th, August 15th and September 12th

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Where: The Design Exchange, 234 Bay St, Toronto, ON

Ticket price: $22

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

GO! Over The Rainbow’s Annual Father’s Day Charity BBQ

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Fire up the grill! It’s Over The Rainbow's Annual Father’s Day Charity BBQ coming up Saturday June 15th, 2013.

They will be hosting our yearly tradition of cooking up burgers and hot dogs all in the name of charity. Food will be provided by HERO Burger and all proceeds collected during the BBQ as well as in-store donations will be donated to Over the Rainbow’s Team for Walk Now for Autism Speaks happening the following day.

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During the event, make sure you fill out a ballot to win one of the following prize packs:

Grand Prize: A Day Out with Dad prize pack featuring 2 Toronto FC tickets, passes to Rinx & giftcard to Fieramosca Trattoria
2nd Prize: $400 Scotch & Soda shopping spree in store
3rd Prize: A pair of Toronto Blue Jays tickets for you and dad
Winners of the prizes will be drawn on Monday June 17th, 2013.

We hear there are lots of events happening in Yorkville that weekend, so make sure you drop by and grab some grub while enjoying the weekend with Dad!

GO! Los Angeles

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1. West Hollywood shopping: Melrose place. We love this leafy strip with top shops like Isabel Marant, Chloe, APC and Helmut Lang!

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2. For the foodies: Try this sandwich take out shop called Ink Sack owned by Michael Voltaggio, winner of the sixth season of Top Chef on Bravo. Our favourite part? You can order any sandwich in lettuce wrap form.

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3. More Shopping: The Malibu Market. First of all, Zuma beach in Malibu is gorgeous, and on top of that, the drive from West Hollywood to Malibu is breathtaking. Second of all, the shopping is unbelievable. Stores include; Missoni, Lanvin, Oliver Peoples, Intermix, James Perse and Kitson.

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4. Socialize: We stopped by the Soho House, West Hollywood. With its unbelievable view of the city and even better view of the celebs it is a must. This is the best place to have a filling kale salad with 50 Cent.

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5. Great stop: We obviously had to stop at the Ted Baker London store in central Hollywood area. Conveniently located right beside the Chanel store.

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6. Hungry again? Sushi Park is for the authentic Japanese food lover. This place is know for their Omakase style, which is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you.” They even tell you what sushi you’re not allowed to put soya sauce on.

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7. A night out: Chateau Marmont. You may recognize this hotel from a Sofia Coppola film or from a Lindsay Lohan drama. However, its also the ideal atmosphere for dinner and drinks (try the spaghetti bolognese). Or maybe even a hotel room after party?image

GO! Top Ten Must-Sees at IDS13

Get ready for design madness to take over the city! The annual Interior Design Show (IDS13) is returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this week, from January 24th to 27th.

300+ exhibitors and new, exciting features can make navigating the show floor quite a daunting task. Here’s our TOP TEN TO SEE AT IDS13 to get you started:

1. WORK.SPACE by National Bank - Booth #1328

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Left: National Bank Flagship Branch, Toronto, ON. Designed by Ruscio Studios. Images right: Corus Entertainment, Toronto, ON. Designed by Quadrangle

This year’s presenting sponsor, National Bankis hosting a contemporary exhibit based on the IDS13 concept space, How Do You Work?, exploring global innovative offices. Under the notion that inspired spaces lead to inspired work, National Bank has partnered with cool curator and website, Trend, alongside respected designer, Jentry Chin.  Visitors are treated to an inside look at worldwide workspaces, Saatchi and Saatchi, Microsoft and Lego.

2. Studio North & Prototype

 

Back for its 11th year, Studio North is a IDS’ show-within-a-show that was originally used to showcase Canada’s independent design scene, from coast to coast. The gallery-like booth now features an array of custom collections ranging from furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles from 60 Canadian and international designers. Among them, we’re excited to see Chris Stevenson’s desk with PROJECTOR Design (above). 

3. Andrew Richard Designs - Booth #1322

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Luxury outdoor furniture brand Andrew Richard Designs will debut its latest collection of nautical-inspired outdoor furniture in a stunning, sophisticated booth reminiscent of European coasts. Showcasing NEW designs that highlight 2013 outdoor living trends, including mix-and-match patterns, textures, and materials like teak and the company’s signature Solartex weave, the seaside-like booth will be complete with a custom painting by a local Toronto artist. 

4. designboom mart

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Recognized as the first ever design bazaar, designboom mart is taking over the show floor with over 200 objects available for purchase (the first time ever at IDS!). Unique, affordable items – ranging from household products to jewelry, lighting to small furniture – will be sold by the young, international designers themselves.

5. How Do You Work? - Booth #2328

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Montreal-based branding and interior design firm Igloodgn (run by co-founders Anna Abbruzzo and Alain Courchesne) is one of five design teams that will be featured in IDS13’s concept exhibit, How Do You Work? Challenged to produce a space inspired by an office setting within a 160 foot shipping container, Igloodgn presents THE GREEN HOUSE, an irreverent botanist’s dynamic working environment. The space will feature renowned brands Cassina, CeramicaBardelli, xilo1934, and Nemo lighting

6. International Guest of Honour, Oki Sato presented by Caesarstone

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Toronto-born, world-renowned Japanese minimalist designer, Oki Sato, joins IDS13 as the second International Guest of Honour. Sato, who heads up design firm Nendo – meaning free-form clay in Japanese – collaborated with Caesarstone to create a mesmerizing installation with the company’s surface materials, titled Stone Garden: a cluster of ‘table-like’ surfaces that form a seemingly floating landscape. Guests, get ready to be fooled.

 7. Ciot’s Mosaic Maestro - Booth #1518

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Founded in 1950, Ciot is a leading importer, distributor, retailer and cutter of marble, quartz, onyx, ceramic tile and stone for residential and commercial markets. Ciot will be showcasing its new made-to-measure mosaics created by Italian Mosaic Maestro Igor Marziali.  Joining the IDS13 floor, Igor will be creating these artistic mosaics on-site in Ciot’s Burdifilek-designed for guests to experience his creative process.

 8. High Low Design with Jill Greaves presented by National Bank

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Interior designer Jill Greaves will be presenting a seminar on Saturday, discussing the top five items to consider before embarking on any renovation project. Touching upon budgeting, space planning, and value for the future, Jill Greaves will discuss were to save and splurge for every room of the house. 

SEMINAR SCHEDULE

 9. Modern Kid

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Great design isn’t just for adults. Visit over 8 exhibits presenting what’s new in contemporary designs for children’s rooms, nurseries, kids rooms, playrooms and more. We’re excited to see what’s new at Gautier Kids and to check out Magic Pony and Three Pears’ spaces.

10. Globe Style Saturday

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On Saturday at 2pm, Canadian design visionary Douglas Coupland will take the main stage to discuss his new body of work and ongoing take on high and low culture, technology, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies. We worked with Coupland in November at the Design Exchange’s annual fundraising gala – he was selected as the inaugural DX Intersection Gamechanger. We can’t wait to hear what his next interdisciplinary move will be…


GO! Miami: Delectable Delights

Miami… we can’t get enough of the sun-soaked beaches, chic hotel bars, trendy stores and gourmet eats. Although we can’t reveal all our favourite hotspots, here are a few to arouse your taste buds and get temperatures rising!

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The Michelin starred Hakkasan at the ultra-chic Fontainebleau Hotel and Resort in Miami Beach has set the standard for Cantonese cuisine and haute Chinois interior design. Carved teak walls and turquoise hues infuse the décor of the space, creating a seductive enclave of rich textures and private niches. Serving modern Cantonese cuisine customised to make the best use of fresh local ingredients, Hakkasan also offers a fantastic dim sum lunch menu, New World wines and sake.

FAV DISH: Crispy Duck Salad

ZUMA brings Chef Rainer Becker’s internationally acclaimed Japanese cuisine to The Epic Hotel in the heart of Downtown Miami. Rooted in a philosophy of authentic dishes with intense flavours, the Zuma experience is complemented by an informal Japanese dining style called ‘izakaya.’ This swanky resto is no stranger to celebs like Quentin Tarantino, who often parks his yacht right outside.

FAV DISH: Kinoko no kama meshi (rice hotpot with wild mushrooms and Japanese vegetables & tuna tartar)

WATCH ZUMA VIDEO HERE.

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Asia Di Cuba unites the best of Asian and Latin cuisines, delivering exotic signature dishes in the backdrop of the architecturally stunning Mandarin Oriental Hotel designed by Marcel Wanters. Offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami, this is one sexy spot to be taking in a sunset while enjoying delectable delights from the restaurant’s Ceviche & Raw Bar.

FAV DISH: Pan Seared Ahi Tuna. 

GO: Viva Tastings

This year, Faulhaber wanted to do something different to celebrate the holidays. With an office full of self-proclaimed foodies, and just a bunch of girls who love food, we headed downtown Toronto for an expert cooking class at Viva Tastings. Owned by Cordon Bleu trained chef, artist and caterer Karen, Viva-Haynes and assisted by Anne Hynes, also Cordon Bleu trained, Viva offers full service catering, cooking classes, and corporate team building.

Although some of us questioned how enjoyable cooking with your co-workers would be, we had a delicious experience! It was BYO wine for the three hour cooking class, which we enjoyed with some hors d’oeuvres before we got started. We divided and conquered to tackle the 7 course meal that included filo wrapped chicken with brie, fennel soup and molten lava chocolate cakes. The highlight dish? Arctic char dip. In one word – MMM! While we whipped up our culinary creations in Viva’s state-of-the-art kitchen, we took the time to get to know each other a little better.

Luckily, you aren’t expected to be a culinary genius, so chef Karen and sous-chef Anne rotated amongst us to ensure we would actually want to eat what we were cooking, and to give us helpful tips. They made it seem so easy! As an added bonus, our meal was not only tasty, but it was also healthy! Viva offers locally sourced, fresh, artisan, and sustainable food.

We were surprised at how quickly, through team work and a LOT of help from Karen and Anne, we had prepared our team feast! We each served our slaved over dishes, and sat around the kitchen to enjoy the fruits of our labour as a team. In addition to being a treat for our taste buds. Karen also uses the cooking experience to facilitate a corporate growing experience – how delicious! While We took time to go around the room and share something new we had learned about our partner, and we reflected on the past year as a team and what we’ve accomplished.

We laughed, we cried, we feasted. Oh, did we feast. Aside from a few over-zealous chocolate lava cakes, our delicacies turned out flawlessly (in our opinion anyways)! Karen and Anne were beyond fabulous, and we strongly recommend a visit to Viva Tastings as an alternative for your typical office party!

Fun Fact: Karen also owns and runs 6 Degrees, an underground kitchen dinner party. How chic! Visit Viva Tastings for more information on how to get your invite or to book your next event!

You can also find Viva Tastings at St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market every Saturday Morning.

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TWEET: @vivatastings