What’s Cooking at Café Boulud

Something is cooking at Café Boulud.

The Yorkville gem, nestled within the Four Seasons Hotel, is undergoing renovations spearheaded by renowned designer, Martin Brudnizki. The new interior will have a wrap-around bar and an intimate seating arrangement, that will have the utmost comfort and relaxed energy while encompassing the French inspired brasserie.

“There is something strong yet simple about mid-century design that creates harmony in an interior. We wanted to build on this balance with Café Boulud, to design a space that displays a modernist playfulness yet feels comfortably current,” said Brudnizki.

Along with Chef Daniel Boulud, the project is headed by Chef De Cuisine Sylvain Assié and together, the pair have collaborated on a menu inspired by Boulud’s Lyonnais roots filled with food for the soul, such as Quenelles de Brochet, tableside Handcut Tartares, Niçoise Salad and Escargots Persillade, as well as Boulud favourites such as Crispy Calamari and the Frenchie. The new café will also feature a rotisserie, with fine meats, fish and poultry, slowly turning over an open flame.

“The menu will be based on the way my family gathered for a meal in Lyon,” explained Boulud. “It will feature classic French dishes as well as a selection of unexpected items inspired by my curiosity and love for travel. There will be a real focus on generosity. We are really getting to the heart of the French culinary DNA.”

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Café Boulud is set to open early September, just in time for the Toronto International Film Festival. To keep a close eye on the jaw-dropping renovations and for the official re-opening date, follow @CafeBouludTO #thenewboulud.

All photographs courtesy of Ryan Emberley.

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SHOP ALL WEEKEND: SANDALS GALORE

With the sun still out and shining bright, summer is still around. At times it may not feel like it, with all the rainy days we’ve been having but do not fret, it’s just Mother Nature’s way of cooling us off. But when she does decide to give us a little light and heat, you want to look your utmost best from your head, all the way down to your toes. And what better way to kick off a bright sunny day, then to strut in the most fashionable summer sandals on the market. Here is a list of some summer must have sandals that will finish off your outfit with a bang.

Gladiator Sandal 

Photo Credit: Steve Madden
Photo Credit: Steve Madden

These sandals are taking us back to the time of the Romans. Slip on a pair and you will be looking like a Greek goddess yourself. Gladiator sandals come in a variety of lengths and look best with either a pair of shorts or some cute skinny jeans. The Steve Madden ‘Hercules’ Gladiator Sandal from Nordstrom comes in either black leather or metallic gold. If you get the chance to snag a pair, take full advantage of these flashy sandals while summer is still around.

Where To Buy: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/gladiator-sandals

Birkenstock

Photo Credit: Birkenstock
Photo Credit: Birkenstock

Ever have those lazy days where you don’t feel like dressing up?  Instead, you just want to throw your hair in a bun and jump right into a comfy pair of sweats? Well no matter how you feel or what you wear, a pair of Birkenstock sandals can go with absolutely any quick outfit you put together. Not only do they look comfortable, but they ARE also comfortable. They are a perfect pair of sandals to take a nice afternoon stroll in, with their soft cushioned insole. So grab yourself a bright colourful pair that will have your feet feeling like they are in heaven.

Where To Buy: http://www.shoeme.ca/collections/birkenstock

Sandal Wedges

Photo Credit: Michael Kors
Photo Credit: Michael Kors

If you are having a night out with the girls, or going on a fancy date, of course you want to dress to impress. So slip on a chunky, but comfy, pair of sandal wedges. Sandal wedges can easily be dressed up or dressed down. The Michael Kors Posey Espadrille Wedge Sandal is a perfect fit for any occasion. Even with the subtle colours of the shoe, I’m sure you will still have all eyes on you and your feet.

Where To Buy: http://shop.nordstrom.com

Low Heeled Sandal

Photo Credit: JollyChic
Photo Credit: JollyChic

Some women aren’t huge fans of the high heel so they may opt out of wearing a sandal wedge. But that doesn’t mean your sandal can’t have a little height to it. Try going for a low-heeled sandal like these ones from jollychic.com. Not only are these sandals dressy, but they are also accompanied with a nice height heel. By the end of your date, your feet won’t be throbbing and sore even though you kept your shoes on for the entire night.

Where To Buy:  www.jollychic.com

Peace Collective

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Photo Credit: Peace Collective

Philanthropy and the fashion world don’t usually mix. New and upcoming brands are always more worried about paying bills, marketing their brand and squeezing every penny from that last sale than to even think about helping others that are in need. As the world of fashion continues with it’s democratization, we are now beginning to see a wider variety of brands, whose goals are not just to chase the almighty dollar. Leading the charge to better other lives who are in need, while also dropping worthy merchandise, is Toronto’s own Peace Collective.

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Photo Credit: Peace Collective

The Toronto based Peace Collective, which was founded by Yanal Dhaileh, is offering men’s and women’s basics, while trying to feed children who are in need of school meals. By partnering up with World Food Program, every piece of Peace Collective apparel that is purchased, gives a child from the developing world a month’s worth of school meals. The goal of Peace Collective is to help keep kids in school, allowing the youth of today to further their education for tomorrow.

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Photo Credit: Peace Collective

While the good intentions of Peace Collective is already a good enough reason to purchase their line of men’s and women’s apparel, the collectives line of clothing should not be overlooked if you’re proud to represent the city of Toronto. The collection includes letterman jackets, sweatshirts, pocket t-shirts, five panel hats and snapbacks all with slogans that praise the city of Toronto.

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Photo Credit: Peace Collective

 For more information, please visit the Peace Collective Webshop.

Kollar Clothing Essential Collection Pop-up Shop

Kollar Clothing’s Essential Collection is a modern interpretation of the time honoured basic t-shirt.

Kollar Clothing is a high-end contemporary street wear brand that has stayed true to their local roots while growing at an exponential rate in the international market. In February, Kollar Clothing increased their presence to over 40 retailers globally at the Liberty Fairs tradeshow and is planning to double by the end of 2015.

The Essentials collection was created to solve the issue of ill-fitting basic t-shirts currently offered in the market. In addition, each piece is constructed using a distinct cut and sew method which has become the brands signature. The collection at its core is comprised of basic t-shirts with subtle silhouette changes, including scooped bottoms, side cuts, high low hems, zippers and button side closures – offered in four tone on tone color ways.

The pop-up shop will open its doors this weekend from July 3rd-4th at the infamous Get Fresh Co located at 498 Queen Street West in the heart of Toronto’s fashion district. The event will run from 12PM to 10pm on both days.

Novellahoods: Amanda’s Guide to the Beaches

For a west-ender like me, the Beaches are a beautiful little escape from the crunched-up downtown areas. It has a slight Niagara-on-the-Lake feel, making it a quaint spot to for a refreshing walk, bike ride or picnic, and it’s home to an abundance of local business that keep residents looking and feeling sharp.

Wunderland in the Beaches
Wunderland in the Beaches

STYLE: Parlour Salon East

I can personally attest that this place is the bomb. If you’re thinking about putting pastel in your hair (or making any other dramatic colour-related change to your locks), come here and ask for Megan, who often brings her tiny but well-behaved chihuahua Olive to work. The bright, sunny salon is a fun place to be while you undergo your little makeover.

CAFFEINATE: Wunderland Gallery & Espresso Bar

There’s never been a more romantic love affair than that between art and coffee, right? Immerse yourself in both at Wunderland, where you can soak in locally made art and sip on a latte at the same time. Heaven.

LISTEN: Beaches Jazz Festival

Ah, a summertime classic. The Beaches Jazz Festival is happening this July 10 — 26, so bring your dance moves because it’s going to be a hoot.

EXPLORE: Kew Gardens

Making the Beaches even more nature-centric is this busy 6.5 hectare park that stretches from Queen St. East to Lakeshore Blvd. It’s the perfect spot to curl up on a picnic blanket with a book, but if you’re up for more adventure, go for a jaunt to check out the wading pool, tennis courts, trails, playgrounds and other fun stuff.

EXPLORE: R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

This is more for you history buffs, or you CanLit lovers: This famous plant played a big role in Michael Ondaatje’s Toronto-based novel In the Skin of a Lion. The landmark is definitely worth a visit, if only to take in the opulent grounds, which are now open to the public.

SNACK: Ed’s Real Scoop

A must. All the treats here are inspired by Ed’s mom’s homemade candies, and the results are breathtaking. Stop here for a sweet escape from the heat and a sugary pick-me-up.