Thursday, September 18, 2008

Marlon Durrant

There’s nothing quite as luxurious as having something custom-made. It’s designed to the specifications of one person, and no one else.

From the initial consultation to the final fitting, a Marlon Durrant client is guaranteed a shirt that will fit their body type, and will appeal to their sense of style. They take great care with the details: cuffs, collars, and monogram styles are talked over with the owner to suit his personal needs.

There is an endless selection of colours, textures, and patterns to choose from. The fabrics range from two-ply cotton and linen, to silk and voile imported from Italy.

Every step of the way, the client is consulted in order to create something that is one-of-a-kind - that is true luxury.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mink Chocolates

Canada’s cold is nothing new, but when looking for a place to escape it, there is definitely a new player in town. Even in Vancouver, where the concept of “cold” is laughed at by the rest of nation, there is still a need to run into the closest shop to get in out of the rain. The new chocolate cafĂ©, Mink, is a perfect gathering spot for downtown dwellers who aren’t interested in the multitude of coffee shops that populate every corner.

Mink offers up hand crafted chocolates that serve as canvasses for original works of art. There is also an eclectic collection of chocolate bars that include flavours such as pistachio, chai, peanut butter with a hint of “j”, and ginger, to name a few. Looking for something more substantial? Try their toasted Belgian waffles drizzled in chocolate and your choice of whip cream or fresh fruits. Then for dessert, order a round of their chocolate fondue. There’s even a mini hibachi so you can roast marshmallows!

Can Mink claim to have the best hot chocolate in the city? With “high cocoa content,” customers get a choice of either dark or milk chocolate to help warm up their tummies. For an extra treat, get one laced with “Peppermink,” their pet name for organic peppermint. Their hot chocolate is guaranteed to slide down one’s throat smoother than silk, while satisfying the chocoholic in all of us.

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