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Hot Shopping: Editors Pick – Top 5 Gourmand Go-To’s

Korean-BBQTravelling foodsters know that the way into the heart of a city is through its stomach. And while eating on vacation can be memorable, gourmet items you can take home help recreate those experiences.

If you’ve tried one of the hottest dining trends, Korean BBQ, head to Bosch Kitchen Appliance Centre to pick up a plug-in electric Korean BBQ of your own (pictured). Set the bar with an interactive dinner party your guests won’t forget! 105-2800 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-2617

Sticking to a regime while on the road is tough, which makes the availability of everyday organic at specialty spot Organza a blessing. Stock up on local products such as Whiteshell Dairy cheese, or start the day right at its in-house juice bar. 230 Osborne St #2A 204-453-6266

Cooking at home may not yield Top Chef results, if the kitchen is full of clutter! For Space Sake carries a wide variety of kitchen organizers that are functional and eye catching. 1824 Grant Ave,
204-488-2633

Local Meats and Frozen Treats is passionate about gourmet gleans. It stocks everything from local sausages to flavoured creamed honey. Manitoba’s best products line the shelves and freezer walls. 1604 St Mary’s Rd, 204-255-2172

Before catching a flight or hitting the road, stop by Humboldt’s Legacy to pick up some last minute travel snacks. Locally made Gorp Energy Bars taste great and pack a nutritional punch. 887 Westminster Ave, (204) 772-140

3 Unique Spa Experiences in Ottawa

To keep you looking and feeling good all year, we round up a trio of local spas that offer something out of the ordinary.

The outdoor baths at Le Nordik are especially romantic on winter evenings.

OUTDOOR OASIS
The main draw at Le Nordik Scandinavian Spa is the outdoor baths. With a combination of temperate, hot, and cold pools, plus sauna, steam bath, and relaxation stations all nestled in a rural atmosphere, a visit here offers total relaxation and rejuvenation. And while it’s a go-to destination year-round, it’s especially romantic in winter. 16 Chemin Nordik, Old Chelsea, 819-827-1111. (more…)

9 of the Best Organic Canadian Brews from Coast to Coast

By MERLE ROSENSTEIN

Draught menu at La Barberie. Photo by Stan Hieronymus.

At tailgate parties, at barbecues and in pubs across Canada, six packs are paired with pizza, burgers and poutine. But these days beer has outgrown snack food and sports and has gone artisanal. Craft brewers are combining top-quality ingredients and producing unusual, signature brews, while beer lovers flock to festivals to learn the art of food pairing with lager, ale and stout. (more…)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Windsor, Ontario

Taloola Café

By Waheeda Harris

Breakfast

Bring your appetite to The Lumberjack, a friendly spot tempting diners with country breakfasts, omelettes, sweet offerings from the Sugar Shack or the make no decisions option with the specials – the Timber Special offers a bite of everything – eggs, bacon or ham, flapjacks or French toast, home fries and toast. With a bottomless cup of coffee, a stop here will make a morning even better.

The Lumberjack, 475 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor ON 519-254-5538

Lunch

Healthy, organic, fair trade and tasty – these words are the mantra of Taloola Café, located near the historic Walkerville neighbourhood. Whether it’s one of the hearty grilled sandwiches, rice bowls, or small  plates featuring a mini antipasti selections of cheese, dip and raw veggies, from ominivore to vegan, anyone can find several options to satisfy midday cravings on this comprehensive menu. And if gluten, sugar or dairy are diet enemies, not to worry there are sweet options made just for you too.

Taloola Café, 396 Devonshire Road, Windsor ON 519-254-6652

Dinner

Locals will encourage a visit to Via Italia, a Windsor nabe dedicated to all things Italian. Indulge in antipasti, primi and secondi with Nico Chefs Nick Politi and Joseph Graziano who focus on culinary traditions from Calabria and Sicily. Selected imported ingredients and several house specialities are must haves, such as grilled squid with arugula, radicchio and mixed greens or house-made gnocchi with ricotta, asiago, mozzarella and parmesan cream  – bellisimo!

Nico Ristorante, 851 Windsor Street, East Windsor ON 519-255-7428

Hot Dining: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Photo: Communications Nova Scotia

Beloved by the Hali-famous, The Wooden Monkey counts local-girl-made-good Ellen Page among its legions of fans. The Grafton Street bistro gets raves for its unreserved championing of organic, macrobiotic, and locally grown flavours. The Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder is unforgettable; the Sweet Apple Salad is a unique showcase of a provincial specialty.

Aromatic Cures

Spa Products from Mountain Wellness Day Spa

Mountain Wellness Day Spa’s Kirsten Boisvert hand blends organic aromatherapy oils in 12 formulations. Some scents help with mental and physical ailments, while others promote harmony and balance. These fragrant oils are used during the spa’s massage and facial treatments, and can be purchased ($15.50, $18.50). At home, add drops to your bath, dab on the skin or mix with coconut oil ($18.50) to make a massage blend. You heat the oil in a diffuser ($21.50) to scent a room.