3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men

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They come from three distinct corners of the world. Michael Bonacini grew up as part of an Italian family in Wales, Massimo Capra first tied on an apron in his mother’s kitchen in Cremona, and Jason Parsons got his first job in a roadhouse in Southwestern Ontario. All three have since established their reputations as imaginative and masterly cooks. And when they get together, whether in the kitchen, on TV, or at table, there is energy and excitement. Finally, these three top chefs have collaborated to produce a cookbook that accurately reflects the sense of fun and adventure that makes them such a great team.

In 3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men, Michael, Massimo, and Jason combine their best recipes to create a cornucopia of tasty meals. Bursting with international inspiration, complemented with stories of growing up and learning to cook— this personal collection of recipes will delight and entertain.

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Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home

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Remodelista.com is the go-to, undisputed authority for home design enthusiasts, remodelers, architects, and designers. Unlike sites that cater to all tastes, Remodelista has a singular and clearly defined aesthetic: classic pieces trump designs that are trendy and transient, and well-edited spaces take precedence over cluttered environments.

High and low mix seamlessly here, and getting the look need not be expensive (think Design Within Reach meets Ikea). Remodelista decodes the secrets to achieving this aesthetic, with in-depth tours and lessons from 12 enviable homes; a recipe-like breakdown of the hardest-working kitchens and baths; dozens of do-it-yourself projects; “The Remodelista 100,” a guide to the best everyday household objects; and an in-depth look at the ins and outs of the remodeling process. In a world of design confusion, Remodelista takes the guesswork out of the process.

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Rob Rainford’s Born to Grill

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Chef Rob Rainford takes grilling to a whole new level–with over 100 recipes and 20 complete menus, all designed for your backyard barbeque.

For Rob, grilling is about entertaining. It’s about gathering friends and family together and spending time cooking and eating outdoors. It’s also about pushing the boundaries of what you think you can do on the grill. Born to Grill takes you where no other barbecue book has gone before …

– 20 international menus, suitable for both charcoal and gas grilling
– Over 100 diverse recipes designed to mix and match
– Unique flavors and dishes from around the world
– Great for novices and grill masters alike

Born to Grill includes advice on the tools and equipment you’ll need to grill like a pro. It also unveils the Rainford Method–a set of techniques designed to take your barbecuing to the next level. Born to Grill gives you all you need to master your grill, embrace the outdoor cooking experience and wow your friends and family with delicious dishes from around the globe–all in your own backyard.

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Great Gift Idea: Designer Bags on Wheels

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Perfect for the professional businesswoman, traveller, college girl and grandmother. The retractable handle and in-line wheels allows easy rolling capability and storage when not in use.

This is a wonderfully practical and stylis laptop bag. It has a pull-up handle so you can wheel it as a carry-on. It’s chic enough to take with you to the next home show or on a weekend trip.

Featured Image: The Ashley Set, CA$299
Distinctive elegance in an Alligator embossed tote.

For more information or to purchase a bag, visit: Designer Bags on Wheels

Dabble Digs: Stylish Sleep

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This fall it’s all about pops of colour, says Lisa Canning. Dabble’s stylish shopper has handpicked a bright and colourful selection of design, travel and food related items perfect for autumn.

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Catch some zzz’s in comfort with this contoured eye mask.

Eye mask, CA$5, Real Canadian Superstore

Read the entire article ‘Dabble Digs’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

Dabble Digs the Lumix GF3X

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In every issue of Dabble, we celebrate photographers in the column, Infusion, where we pick products and Benjamin Moore paint colours inspired by a photo. We recently came across the Lumix GF3X camera by Panasonic and love how easy it is to use. Toronto photographer Jennifer Pearson is sharing tips so that you too can take flawless photos using the Lumix GF3X.

Jennifer’s Tip:
One of the easiest ways to give your shots a professional look and feel is to follow the ‘rule of thirds’. This approach breaks your photo down into thirds or a grid system (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have nine parts. By placing items of importance, like a child’s eyes, in the intersections or along the lines, your photo instantly becomes more interesting.

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Be aware of your light source — where is it coming from? Where are the shadows? A common trick used by most photographers is shooting in open shade — a technique where you place your subject (person or object) in the shade but just on the cusp of the light with the sun positioned over your shoulder. This removes harsh shadows and awkward squinting, while placing a lovely light in their eyes.