1. There’s a new boutique for baubles and bling: Cupido has arrived at tony Bayview Village, branching out from its original location at Vaughan Mills. Partners Jeff Karadjian and Haigo Derian offer a carefully curated selection of goods at their brightly lit jewellery box. The focus is on lines from designers with stories behind their pieces and items that benefit charities, though luxury brands such as Hermès and Dolce & Gabbana also share the case space. Noted Swiss watchmaker Ernst Benz’s timepieces are exclusively carried here, while rings by Italian brand DeMaria are finger ornamentation with a conscience: text from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is engraved on select silver or gold pieces, and proceeds from each are donated to Amnesty International. Open daily. Bayview Village, 2901 Bayview Ave., 647-346-2176; Vaughan Mills, 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., 905-669-8522.
2. The recipe for a successful cookbook? Take a lot of ready-to-go ingredients like ketchup, bread crumbs and Ritz crackers. Sprinkle liberally with good humour—cheeky photos of plastic sumo wrestlers hoisting pieces of cake or Vegas showgirls wearing crowns of spoons. Add a pinch of pop culture with songs to cook to—Frank Sinatra’s “The Lady is a Tramp” is recommended—and quotes from the likes of Oscar Wilde and Austin Powers. Finally, stir in some practical tips like how to buy fish or soften cream cheese, and advice on what gadgets to forego and what to keep close at hand. This is the winning recipe for Bite Me ($29.95 from Indigo), a new cookbook by saucy sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat. Without taking food too seriously, the Toronto-based siblings have cooked up a collection of 175 foolproof recipes that will make anyone look like a star in the kitchen.
3. Snow is inevitable at this time of year—we’re in Canada, after all. But you don’t have to forego style just because there’s a flurry—or a blizzard—of the white stuff. Put your best foot forward with these weather beaters.
>> Tall Mount Holly boots in burnished brown leather, $220, Timberland.
>> Converse Chuck Taylor boots in red woolrich plaid, $140, Little Burgundy.
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