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Published on: October 27, 2014 | By NKPR

Toronto Fashion Week: NKPR’s Top SS15 Picks

Oh Toronto Fashion Week…that glorious time of year when the city dives deep into the fashion world and comes out a little more polished and way more fab! As usual NKPR was wrapped up in fashion all week long, whether in the audience at Christopher Bates, backstage with Mikhael Kale or on the runway with Rudsak. Even though Toronto Fashion Week is over, we’ve still got the fashion fever!

We’ve rounded up some of our top looks from our favourite designers that rocked the runway last week at David Pecault Square…

Christopher Bates

Contemporary menswear designer, Christopher Bates, showcased his Spring/Summer 2015 collection on the runway at the Fashion Week last Wednesday. Pulling inspiration from The English Patient, the collection featured whites, khakis and sand hues reminiscent of the desert landscapes seen in the film. The collection is bright yet sophisticated and edgy, capturing a safari-resort vibe that will no doubt have people planning their next retreat down south.

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Rudsak

Rudsak unveiled it’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, the new era of cool, last week at Toronto Fashion Week. Entering it’s 21st year, Rudsak paired the brand’s notorious rocker leather pieces with sport chic-inspired street-wear, creating an innovative and edgy look, perfectly embodying all that is cool. The collection, comprised primarily of Rudsak’s traditional black pieces, featured accents of oranges, reds and whites that, along with the athletic accessories, perfectly brought the collection together.

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Mikhael Kale

As one of the most highly-anticipated shows at Toronto Fashion Week, Mikhael Kale’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection was nothing short of amazing. The unique, dynamic collection featured pieces with provocative cutouts, hand-dyed organza, crystal beading and clear latex showcasing Kale’s unique ability to highlight the female form. Kale’s inventive and inspiring designs wrapped up Fashion Week on the ultimate high note and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

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What was your favourite runway show from Toronto Fashion Week? Tweet us your thoughts at @natashakpr!

Published on: October 20, 2014 | By NKPR

The Ultimate Comfort Foods

 

If there’s one good thing that comes from the cold, grey months of fall-winter, it’s the delicious comfort-foods filled with rich, hearty ingredients that bring us back to our childhoods with warm fireplaces and bustling dinner tables.

There’s no secret about it… pasta is absolutely an NKPR favourite. In honour of the Italian staple, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite recipes from a variety of restaurants around Toronto featuring different types of Barilla pasta.

Cue the mouth-watering now…

Cibo Wine Bar (part of Liberty Group)

Orecchiette with Sausage and Rapini – Recipe by Chef Saverio Macri  

150g Barilla Orecchiette Pasta
Rapini – ½ a bunch
1 Whole Spicy Sausage
50g Fontina Cheese
2 cloves Garlic
Extra Virgin olive oil to taste
Parmesan & Fontina Cheese

– Put pasta in boiling water for 10-12 minutes and the rapini for 5-7 minutes (until fork tender)
– In the meantime, get a pan and add olive oil and brown some sausage.
- Next, throw in the garlic and let brown together.
- Toss in the cooked Orecchiette and rapini, and finish it with parmesan and fontina cheese.
Serves 2

Did you know? “Orecchiette” means little ears in Italian – and that’s because the pasta is shaped like little ears.

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Aria Ristorante

Federico Fellini Farfalle alla Bolognese – Recipe by Chef Eron Novalski

500 g Barilla Farfalle Pasta
2.5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1.5 tbsp butter
1/2 carrot, finely, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 rib celery, finely diced
1/2 pound veal, ground
1/2 pound fresh pork sausage
1/4 pound pancetta or slab bacon, ground
1/2 tube tomato paste
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup dry white wine
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmigiano-Reggiano, for grating

– In a 6 to 8-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots and sweat over medium heat until the vegetables are translucent and soft but not browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the veal, pork, and pancetta and stir into the vegetables.
- Add the meat over high heat, stirring to keep the meat from sticking together until browned.
– Add the tomato paste, milk, and wine and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and remove from the heat.
- When ready to use, the cooked Barilla Farfalle pasta should be added to a saucepan with the appropriate amount of hot ragu Bolognese, and tossed so that the pasta is evenly coated by the ragu.
Serves 4

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Vertical Restaurant

Rigatoni “Alla Carbonara” Recipe by Chef Giacomo Pasquini

1lb Rigatoni Barilla Pasta
2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper
1 cup guanciale (pancetta) cut in lardons
Pregiato Black Truffle

– Cook the Guanciale in a fry pan with the oil until crispy and set aside
– Mix the egg, yolks, pecorino and the black pepper together in a bowl and set aside
– Cook the pasta. When it is nice and al “dente” drain it and pour it in the fry pan with the crispy guanciale.
- Turn the heat on, add some pasta water and leave it a bit moist than usual. Turn heat off. Add the eggs and cheese mix, sauté off heat until nice and smooth.
- Add extra black pepper and truffle
Serves 6 – 8

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**NKPR Tip: We recommend our favourite Zwilling cookwares to prepare this dish. Pasta cooks beautifully in the Zwilling Prime pots while offering guests parmesan cheese in these ramekins.

 

Sfizio Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Cut Ziti with Arugula Pesto *Vegetarian – Recipe by Chef Paolo Marabello,

400 g Cut Ziti Barilla Pasta
1 cup Basil leaves
2 cup Arugula salad
1/2 cup Pinenuts
1 Garlic clove
1/2 cup of Pecorino Chese
1/3 cup of Parmesan
1 cup cherry tomatoes – cut in half
1/2 cup of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

– Put basil, arugula, garlic, pinenuts, pecorino cheese and extra virgin olive oil in the mixer and blend well for a one minute.

Meanwhile:
- cook the pasta until al dente
- Sauté cherry tomatoes with a little olive oil
- Drain Pasta, but keep 2 spoonfuls of cooking water.
- Mix the pasta with cherry tomatoes and pesto sauce. Add the 2 spoonfuls of cooking water.
- Serve with shaved parmesan cheese and buon appetite!
Serves 4 people

 

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What’s your favourite pasta dish? Tell us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: October 16, 2014 | By NKPR

Inside NKPR’s Fashion Week Survival Kit

Here at NKPR, Toronto Fashion Week is one of our favourite times of year. From the exceptional runways to the impeccable street style, it’s a time of sartorial inspirations and ultimate fashion moments.

As the kick-off approaches, we’ve rounded up a list of our must-have items to help you not only survive, but thrive in and out of the tents…

Saje Natural Wellness – Pocket Pharmacy

This portable kit fits perfectly into your purse and includes five of Saje Natural Wellness’ therapeutic roll-on remedies – Peppermint Halo, Stress Release, Pain Release, Immune and Eater’s Digest.

Never miss a show with Immune which helps fight germs & viruses, while a few applications of Pain Release will help those sore feet and keep you dancing until dawn.

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Sophisticated nail shades are the perfect accessory for Fashion Week. As Essie Weingarten says, “fabulous colour is always in style.”

Rita Remark, essie Canada’s lead nail artist, will be specially designing nail art for the models in shows like Rudsak and Michael Kale using a variety of essie’s iconic shades and nail care products.

To prep for the show, try a few coats of essie’s Blanc or add a pop of colour with Butler, Please and you’ll look like you should be the one walking the runway.

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OGX – Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil – Weightless Healing Oil

With a photo-opp around every corner, it’s important to make sure you keep your luscious locks looking, well, luscious. Unfortunately, the endless amounts of styling, teasing and highlighting takes a toll on your hair.

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Oil is just what you need to stay camera-ready all day long and well into the night. Just a few spritzes of this nourishing formula instantly restores moisture and heals any split-ends.

After one application, hair feels healthy, looks shiny and leaves you ready for your close-up! (Inside scoop: now available online at Walmart Canada)

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Tweezerman – Mini Brow Rescue Kit

Tweezerman’s Mini Brow Rescue Kit is a no brainer – everything you need for on-the-go eyebrow maintenance, perfectly packaged into a convenient travel-size case.

This kit includes Tweezerman’s Mini Slant, Mini Browmousse, Mini Brow Brush and Mini eyehance Brow Highlighter and fits into any makeup bag. Perfect for quick touch-ups anytime, anywhere. Cara Delevingne, eat your heart out!

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bottlegreen – Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé

Staying hydrated during Fashion Week is essential. For a delicious thirst quencher, try bottlegreen’s Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé.

This delightfully refreshing drink is made with cold pressed ingredients blended with spring water sourced from the Cotswolds in England. It comes in an elegant glass bottle that suits any high-profile Fashion Week occasion.

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Racinne – Ultimate Hydra Perfection Contour Brightening Eye Care

Long days and late nights can leave you not looking your best, which is why Racinne’s Contour Brightening Eye Care should be in your purse at all times during Fashion Week.

This lightweight cream contains natural antioxidants and renewal properties to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. It instantly hydrates the skin for a firmer and visibly brighter look, keeping you fresh, well-rested!

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Eat Nākd Bars

Eating healthy is crucial to surviving during fashion week, but can be a tad difficult when you’re on the go. Luckily, Eat Nākd bars pack all of the protein, nutrients and natural ingredients that you need to tide you over until your next meal.

Eat Nākd bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts and are available in four flavours – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight. On top of that, they are wheat-, dairy-, and gluten-free and contain no added sugars. So while you’re running around during fashion week, remember to Eat Nākd…you’re stomach will thank you.

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OURS by Cheryl Hickey – 24-hour Face Cream

Ever wonder how those models keep their skin looking so fresh and bright? We’ll let you in on a little secret…it takes some serious moisture power!

The 24 Hour Face Cream from OURS is meticulously designed to last all day and is safe to use from head to toe. This gentle moisturizer is free of parabens, fragrance and most common allergens so your skin looks healthy, silky and dewy.

Plus, if you’ve ever seen Cheryl Hickey, you know the girl’s got some seriously enviable skin…

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What must-have survival item gets you through Fashion Week? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: October 8, 2014 | By NKPR

Our New Obsession: Your Tea Detoxifying Blends

 

Inside NKPR, we’re all about living active, healthy lifestyles. Lately, there’s something new that has peaked our health interests…NKPR’s New York office is obsessively buzzing about Your Tea.

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Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Your Tea has discovered delicious blends that actually assist in weight loss, digestion, energy levels and relaxation. TCM actually encourages people to be proactive with their health to avoid future health problems.

Their most popular tea, Tiny Tea, is absolutely incredible. Not only does this 14 and 28-day “teatox” increase your energy, it also clears your skin, improves your mood, and promotes weight loss. Did we mention it also comes in a gluten-free formula – what more can you ask for?!

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So, what makes Tiny Tea so special? Unlike many other detox teas on the market, Tiny Tea follows the Traditional Chinese Medicine practices ensuring every ingredient does exactly what it’s supposed to in your body and uses only organic herbs without any laxatives.

Some of our other Your Tea favourites include:

Anti-C Tea

This tea aims at shifting unwanted cellulite with thorough cleanse that rids any toxins and impurities from the body that contribute to cellulite. The best part – it actually works!

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Her Tea

Bloating, mood swings, lethargy and problem skin – there’s a tea for that. This delicious blend is specially designed for daily consumption by females keeping these common problems under control.

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For more information on Your Tea (and we definitely recommend looking it it) check out their website: www.yourtea.com

Tell us which Your Tea is your favourite…Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: October 2, 2014 | By NKPR

Fall Fashion: The Great Camel Comeback

 

As we say goodbye to summer’s colourful sundresses and flowy skirts, we welcome the return of fall and most importantly… jacket weather! Jackets and coats are an accessorizer’s dream, from bold prints to traditional neutrals we’re loving this season’s take on old classics.

One of our favourites: The Camel Coat. No longer just your grandmother’s go-to, this classic staple is a fall fashion must-have.

We break down this season’s hottest trend with help from Jones New York taking this look runway to realway. Introducing The Great Camel Comeback

 

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Published on: September 15, 2014 | By NKPR

Film Festival: Top 5 Favourites

As the Film Festival came to a close this past weekend, we took a look back at all the incredible films that have premiered in our city.

The Toronto International Film Festival introduces some of the best movies across the globe and attracts some of the biggest names in Hollywood. This year is certainly no exception with appearances from Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Kristen Wiig, Bill Murray and more.

From thought-provoking social media to sci-fi musicals, we’ve rounded up our top five favourites (in alphabetical order) from TIFF 2014…

Bang Bang Baby

A small town teenager in the 1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into a nightmare. (Jane Levy, Peter Stormare, Justin Chatwin)

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Maps To The Stars

From director David Cronenberg, this film takes you on a tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. (Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon)

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Men, Women & Children

This comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman takes a look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world. (Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner)

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St. Vincent

A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. (Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy)

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Whiplash

This film tells the story of a young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer while attending the best music schools in the country under the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz. (Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons)

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Tell us your favourite TIFF 14 film at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: September 11, 2014 | By NKPR

Artists for Peace and Justice Gala 2014 – A recap

On Sunday September 7, Artists for Peace and Justice hosted their annual benefit sponsored by Bovet 1822 at the historic Casa Loma. The organization, founded by Oscar-winning director/producer Paul Haggis, supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare and dignity through the arts.

The night was co-hosted by Pascal Raffy of Bovet 1822, Madeleine Stowe, and George Stromboulopoulos and co-chaired by dedicated humanitarian, Sylvia Mantella, and APJ board member (and NKPR President!) Natasha Koifman.

In one night, we were able to raise 1.5 million dollars! This incredible generosity will dramatically change the lives of Haitian children with 100% of the money going directly towards empowering local communities and fostering economic growth through education.

From red-carpet moments to inspiring speeches…see some of the highlights from the Artists for Peace and Justice Film Festival Gala 2014.

For the full gallery of pictures, click here.

Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg

Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg

APJ Board Members

APJ Board Members

Director Jason Reitman

Director Jason Reitman

Property Brother's Jonathan and Drew Scott

Property Brother’s Jonathan and Drew Scott

Published on: September 11, 2014 | By NKPR

NKPR’s Top Film Festival Cocktails

Although we near the end of Film Festival, the city is still bustling with movie screenings, classy after-parties and high-profile events. One of our favourite parts of Film Festival is the specially curated menus and cocktail lists made specifically for sophisticated, celeb-inspired taste buds.

From the highest rooftop to the heart of of the Entertainment District, we’ve rounded up our Top 3 Film Festival cocktails (plus a non-alcoholic option!)…

The Toronto Sunset

(an original cocktail created by Robin Kaufman, Toronto Temperance Society)
1oz bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial
1.5oz Tequila Tromba Blanco
0.5oz fresh lime juice
0.25oz fresh grapefruit juice
Grapefruit zest

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Thompson Toronto’s Strawberry Fields

1oz Gin
1/2oz Maraschino Liquer
1/2oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Champagne
Mix in a chilled shaker, pour into a champagne flute, and garnish with strawberries.

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Montecito’s The Beekeeper

1.5 oz Irish Pot Whiskey
.75 oz Rosewood Honey syrup
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
House Floral Bitters

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Non-Alcoholic Refreshments

bottlegreen Sparkling Pressés

Elderflower: The fresh, clear taste of hand-picked elderflowers blended with pure, sparkling spring water. Serve over ice.

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Elderflower & Pomegranate: Hand-picked elderflowers are combined with fruity pomegranate for a refreshingly exotic fusion of east meets west. Serve over ice.

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Published on: September 2, 2014 | By NKPR

TIFF 14 Hot Spot: Montecito Restaurant

Last week we had an amazing opportunity to discover Montecito, a new restaurant partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman, world-renowned New York chef Jonathan Waxman, and local restauranteurs Tom and Jordan Bitove from Innov8 Hospitality.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District and just steps away from film festival headquarters, Montecito’s decor (inspired by Reitman’s expert eye) combines a casual elegance with effortless sophistication. The menu, which changes daily, marries the simplicity of California cuisine (that Waxman pioneered) with ingredients that pay homage to the best of Canada coast-to-coast.

Montecito welcomed 50 of Toronto’s top foodies to sample a specially curated menu with some of the best signature dishes served family-style from Jonathan Waxman and exec chef Matt Robertson.

From cocktails to homemade pizza, see our favourite moments from the night here.

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Published on: August 22, 2014 | By NKPR

Festival Countdown – A Recap

Wednesday night we kicked off the Toronto film festival with our annual Festival Countdown event. Along with Canadian fashion line RUDSAK, who showcased their 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection, we inspired guests to get into the film festival spirit! Despite the rain, we partied poolside while dining on film-inspired comfort foods and custom cocktails.

Some of the irresistible eats included charcuterie boards from Vertical Restaurant, fresh Portside Shucker oysters, Fancy Franks gourmet hot dogs and Yogurty’s frozen yogurt! To toast the Fest, guests were treated to bottlegreen Sparkling pressés in Elderflower and Pomegranate & Elderflower (official sparkling beverage of the IT Lounge), Pommies Dry Cider, a selection of beers from Stiegl and FIJI Water.

After a fun-filled night, guests left with our Know-IT-All guide giving them a sneak-peek at the upcoming film festival events and film critic Richard Crouse’s top 10 films to see!

Here are some of our favourite highlights as we rang in film festival season in true NKPR style…

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RUDSAK 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection

RUDSAK 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection

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Jill Godin & Natasha Koifman

Jill Godin & Natasha Koifman

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