The days are getting longer, the sun is shining, and spring is officially here. Regardless of the white stuff on the ground (and probably another few days of cold), it’s never too early to start thinking about refreshing your makeup bag. More >>
West Edmonton Mall is featuring the hottest Spring and Summer trends this Friday night during our Fashion Showcase at Western Canada Fashion Week at the Transalta Arts Barns. Get excited about outfits from Simons, Miss Sixty/Energie, JACOB, Hudson’s Bay, XXI Forever, bebe, HUGO BOSS and many more.
For tickets, visit the Transalta Arts Barns online or call Tix On the Square at 780-420-1757. Gather up a few friends for a night of fashion and fun and remember for all the behind the scenes coverage, fashion tips and the insider scoop on all the best sales, follow @WEMFashion.
Friday, March 22, 2013
8 p.m., Doors at 7 p.m.
Transalta Arts Barns 10330 – 84 Avenue Edmonton, AB
Don’t be caught without the green on Sunday for St. Patrick’s day! However you celebrate, make sure to dress in your finest and funnest green duds so you don’t get pinched.
1. Simons : Twik Shirt, $48. 2. Simons : Earrings, $12. 3. Old Navy : Tee, $7.00. 4. Pandora: See in-store. 5. Roots Canada : Bag, $81. 6. Dr. Martens : $349.99. 7. Old Navy : Socks, $9.94. 8. Old Navy : Boxers, $10. 9. American Apparel : Watch, $28.
Have no plans yet for St. Patrick’s Day?
Hudsons Canadian Taphouse
Start early and stay late at Hudson’s. Take in some green beer while you munch on their special St. Patrick’s Day Menu.
On Tuesday, we showcased some of the glitziest grad dresses that you’ll see this season. Today, we’re showcasing two more great trends – Trumpet and Ballgown style.
Grads are going all out and they are getting more glamourous and elegant as the years go by. Can’t wait to see it all this Spring!
The Class of 2013 will transition out of high school in just a few short months and what a better way to celebrate this milestone than to step into one of these beautifully sparkling graduation gowns.
All of these beautiful glitter gowns can be found right here at WEM, so if you still need a glamorous gown, hurry in soon! Plus, stay tuned for more grad dress trends to be featured right here this week!
1. The Bridal Boutique: Blush Prom, $599, 2. Lustre Studio: Jenner Terani dress, $715, 3. Sara’s Fashion:$649, 4. Style America: Showtime Collection, $649.95, 5. Style America, Sherry Hill: $699.95, 6. Lustre Studio: $390 (plus 25% off!)
Friday, March 8, 2013
Noon to 9 p.m., Centre Stage
Western Canada Fashion Week, Phabrik Magazine, and West Edmonton Mall host an art and design event featuring emerging designers from Edmonton. Designers showcase their full-length gowns that were constructed with anything but fabric. The celebrity judging panel will take place at 7 p.m.
If you were one of the billions of people watching the 85th Annual Academy Awards last night, then you saw Jennifer Lawrence trip on her Dior as she accepted her Best Actress Award, Daniel Day-Lewis comment on Meryl Streep and on being Lincoln as he accepted Best Actor, and Ben Affleck thanking Canada during his acceptance speech when Argo won Best Picture. You also probably saw the many musical numbers that Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, dazzled the crowd with.
Let’s rewind back to the beginning of the night when stars made their way down the red carpet of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Who do you think took Best Dressed for the evening?
On February 18th, The Running Room officially opens its doors in West Edmonton Mall. And following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a Family Day Fun Run will be held in support of the Edmonton Food Bank.
The Running Room’s Founder and CEO John Stanton will be on hand to present medals to each participant.
The Running Room has come a long way since its inception in 1984. It was thirty-two years ago that Stanton realized he had to change his lifestyle and make his health a priority.
Stanton’s first store, which initially served as a meeting place for runners, consisted of an 8 x 10 foot room in an old house in Edmonton. He then went on to run over 60 marathons.
Today, there are more than 100 Running Room stores in Canada and the United States. Stanton is a best-selling author of eight books on running and walking and was most recently inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame.
We were curious to know more about the man behind the empire, so we asked for an interview with Stanton and here’s what he had to say:
Q: Before you started running you had poor eating habits and smoked cigarettes. What made you want to make a change and get serious about your health?
A: Fear was the big factor. My two young sons had challenged me to run a 5K fun run. This was a true awakening for me when I realized how out of shape I had let myself become. Like so many people I had placed my efforts and focus on my family, business and community activities but neglected my own health.
Q: The first store initially served as a meeting place for runners back in 1984. How has the running community changed since then?
A: We are now across Canada and parts of the USA, rather than a single location, but we are still a meeting place and resource centre for runners and walkers.
Q: How does The Running Room become a part of someone’s everyday life?
A: Running becomes a lifestyle and with it we meet some positive minded people who share our vision and lifestyle. Because we care about ourselves we also care about other people. We are more than just a retail outlet we truly build a sense of community, provide knowledge and create many fun and fundraising events in these communities.
Q: Why has running become so popular?
A: The free run groups and clinics build a sense of community during a time when our world needs more community, support and positive lifestyle changes necessary.
Q: What advice do you have for beginners who want to take up running?
A: Listen to your body, be gentle enough to stay injury free but challenge yourself so you see improvement, as you improve you will get stronger and faster with time. The key is to stay injury free, I also highly encourage people to join a group for the positive peer pressure and support, and the group will help keep you committed.
Q: You run in all types of weather. What sort of gear do runners need for bracing cold Canadian winters?
A: 1. Wear three layers: base layer, insulating layer and windproof shell. Some clothing is quite efficient, such as Fit-Wear, and if you have this then two layers will suffice.
2. Do not expose too much skin. Keep all extremities covered, i.e., ears, hands, wrists, ankles and neck. Your respiratory area (nose and mouth) will stay warm because of the natural breathing going on while you exercise.
3. Apply Bodyglide or another type of body lubricant to any exposed skin to help protect it from the wind and drying effects of the cold.
4. Run in small loops close to your home base. Then, if you find it is getting unbearable, you will not be too far away from shelter.
5. Bring cab fare, cell phone and I.D.
6. Tell someone where you are going (route map) and give that person an idea of your approximate time of arrival.
7. If you start to detect frostbite, seek shelter immediately and warm up. Do not stay out any longer.
Q: Why was it important to add a new location in West Edmonton Mall?
A: West Edmonton Mall is truly a special place and one for our maturing brand to extend a presence. Shopping areas and centres often have a local, regional draw but in the case of WEM, it’s an international draw. Consumers of our brand will be able to shop in a Running Room brand experience within the Mall. The Mall is a destination for Western Canada and the Edmonton international visitor. In addition to the shopping experience of our retail outlet the Running Room brand will be elevated to an international scope as part of WEM.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: For the Running Room to continue to grow our brand for the next generation of customers. For me personally to continue to run each day to celebrate the joy of my good health and expand by circle of likeminded friends, who enjoy the sport of running and walking.
Find The Running Room on Level One, Phase III, near Entrance 50.
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many couples will be looking for ideas on planning that perfect romantic dinner.
There are a few things to consider when planning your romantic night in. Selecting a time when you know you two won’t be disturbed at home makes the most sense. And keeping the mood light with soft music and a few lit candles adds that extra touch. Oh, and you’ll want to make sure there’s some wine on hand to add to your decadent meal.
But what does it take to craft this elegant meal for your sweetheart? We went straight to an expert for an answer.
Fantasyland Hotel and L2 Grill’s Executive Chef Ganesh Subra says it’s a smart idea to plan a meal that consists of all food groups, with a perfect combination of colour, temperature and texture.
Chef Ganesh suggests cooking beef tenderloin for the occasion, complete with garlic puree, roasted bouquetiere of veg served with Brandy champignon jus. If you’re not much for cooking, it could sound a little complicated, but Chef Ganesh says it’s a friendly version for those who like to cook. And if you are a beginner he recommends following the procedures correctly and accurately, ensuring it is cooked perfectly and tastes right.
This meal does however involve a little prep work. Chef Ganesh says get your grocery shopping done in advance along with cutting your vegetables and peeling the potatoes for the puree. He also suggests portioning the tenderloin and having a red wine picked out in advance so on the big day all you have to do is cook the meat and veggies.
When choosing appetizers, the chef thinks a mini Alaskan crab cake with a touch a lemon aioli, or a hearty salad with artisan greens, red wine poached pear, goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette would work perfectly with this meal.
And nothing finishes off a meal like a little dessert (especially if you did all the cooking!)
Chef Ganesh suggests a nice chocolate and hazelnut torte with a Bailey’s anglaise would be a perfect way to finish off your romantic meal.
Now you have an idea, so get shopping and let the romantic dinner begin.
And be sure to check out Chef Ganesh in action at L2 Grill where you’ll soon see new menu items!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
AAA ALBERTA BEEF TOURNADOES, WITH GARLIC PUREE , ROASTED BOUQUETIERE OF VEG SERVED WITH BRANDY CHAMPIGNON JUS
8 oz. Tournedos or Tenderloin of beef (slow cooked in hot water bath)
Brandy champignon jus
Roasted garlic puree
Truffle mash/ Roquefort mash
Bouquetiere of vegetables
Trim excess fat from the tournedos of beef if required. Season the meat and vacuum pack it with duck fat & thyme with the help of vacuum pack machine or use an air tight bag. Make sure no air remains inside the packet. Place the meat in a water bath and set the temperature as per the desired degree of doneness. In the sous vide or slow style of cooking the meat cooks uniformly and is very tender. Sear the meat on a hot pan just before serving which gives a nice caramelised colour on the outside and top with freshly crushed peppercorn from the peppermill.
BRANDY CHAMPIGNON JUS (Yield .5 litre)
2 large Shallots finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves finely chopped
1 sprig Thyme
3 white Peppercorns crushed
30 ml Brandy
1 litre Veal stock or Beef stock
50 ml Cream
50 ml Red wine
200 g Mushrooms (assorted)
• In a large pan sweat down the shallots, garlic and aromatics until just golden
• De-glaze with red wine and reduce by 3/4
• Add the brandy and again reduce by ¾
• Add all the stock and reduce down to a flavourful sauce
• Finish with cream.
4 Garlic cloves
1 sprig Thyme
25 ml Milk
• Roast the garlic with thyme, oil and seasoning
• Cool it a bit and blend it.
• Add a little milk to get a nice consistency
Pommes de puree (Truffle/ Roquefort cheese)
Make a nice creamy mashed potato with milk, cream and butter. Add Truffle oil for Truffle mash and Roquefort cheese for Roquefort cheese mash as requested.
Bouquetiere of vegetables
2 pcs Baby carrots
2 pcs Brocollini
2 pcs Cauliflower
Put one table spoon of garlic puree on the plate and stretch with the back of the spoon. Put another spoon of beef glaze beside it & make a tadpole out of it. A nice quenelle of mashed potato in between accompanied with buttered vegetables. Place the steak slanted on the potato drizzled with some champignon jus and serve the rest in a sauce boat on side. Garnish with watercress or fresh micro greens.