Celebrating the Month of Love Part One: It’s a Date!

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February is here and NKPR is jumping on the Love Train. Stay tuned all month as we help you get in the mood with the perfect gifts, date ideas and yummy treats to share with the one you love. 

The 14th might be a mandatory date night for those who are attached, but it shouldn’t be the only time of the year to woo your significant other. The NKPR team has put together some activities for you to enjoy with anyone near and dear.

Valentine’s TLC











Who wouldn’t want to spend the day in a bathrobe getting pampered? Treat your plus one to a rejuvenating spa retreat catered to couples that includes massage therapy, a hot steam and lunch at this amazing spa in Bloor-Yorkville! www.sitamaa.com

Dîner Pour Deux












Maybe you can’t take your love to Paris for a romantic getaway, but you can always take them to La Société for a French-inspired meal. We suggest ordering the Grand Tower – a three-tiered seafood feast that is sure to make a memorable Valentine’s date. www.lasociete.ca

Pass the Popcorn








Get together with your fellow cinephiles and head over to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a silver screen escape. From February 10-16 the Academy Awards nominated films for Best Live Action and Best Animated Short will be playing back-to-back so you can choose wisely in your office Oscar pool. www.Tiff.net

Alone Time










The We-Vibe 3 is a great place to start for anyone looking to plan an intimate night in. It’s made for couples and features six vibration patterns, a remote control and a waterproof design. Cue up a Marvin Gaye CD and you’ve got yourself a sexy Valentine’s Day party for two. www. We-Vibe.com

-Daniela DiStefano

Tweet us @natashankpr and tell us how you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day!

The IT List: Jan 27

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Looking for some warm comfort on a cold, snowy day? The new Noble Glass Travel Thermos from DAVIDsTEA features a bamboo lid, tea leaf strainer and double paned glass to keep your favourite tea toasty hot!  [Toronto Star]

The hottest makeup trend this spring is a colourful smokey eye! Stila’s Global Director of Artistry, Sarah Lucero shares her expert tips to create this sexy look with a Stila Smudge Crayon in Midnight Blue! [Elle Quebec]

Have you been using the wrong hairbrush for your hair type? Goody offers an amazing selection of brushes so you can achieve the look you want with the proper tool! Don’t forget to follow these tips from Toronto hair stylist Paul Pereira of Solo Bace! [The Kit]


Guy Talk: Kim & Kourtney Take New York

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NKPR’s token male takes on office favourite, Kim & Kourtney Take New York, tackling issues such as Kim’s short-lived marriage, Kourtney’s ridiculous antics (oil-based enemas anyone?) and why the Humph isn’t such a bad guy after all. 


This year I got caught up in the whole Keeping up with the Kardashians craze. It always seems to be a hot topic of conversation in the office, after a weekend spent unwinding, going out and evidently, keeping up with the Kardashians.

Like most guys who dare to admit that they’ve tuned in to the past season of Kourtney and Kim take New York, I initially got caught up in the excitement of Kim Kardashian’s serendipitous phony romance with New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries. True, K2 had only known each other for a few months, but come on- his name starts with a K, the same as ALL the Kardashian sisters! With that kind of foundation, surely this love would be 4-eva! I’m sure that’s what Kim’s brand managers were thinking when they approached her with a  72-day wedding-for-profit scheme dating opportunity. Okay I’ll admit it, I’m just speculating.

But I digress, because a polarizing family like the Kardashians will and has drawn in much more intense criticism than I am willing to get into here. So instead, here are my highlights of Kourtney and Kim take New York season 2:

Episode 1:

– Kim and Kris, and Kourtney, Scott, and their son Mason move in together.

– Kourtney gets an oil enema and then proceeds to leak on Kim’s bed.

– Kris shaves Scott’s armpits. (yea, so what?)

– Scott gets drunk. (Apparently a no-no in the Kardashian household)

– Scott moves out.

Kourtney hires an in-house naked male yoga instructor for the girls. (Not weird at all!)

– Kris moves to Minnesota.


Episode 2:


– Kourtney, Khloe, and Mason go to the Hamptons.

– Kim calls Khloe a “dumb evil little effing troll” via text.

– Kim visits Kris in Minnesota. (In K&KGTNY, Minnesota is a place where dreams go to die)

– Kim convinces Kris to come back to New York.

– Kourtney throws out Scott’s mom’s “ugly” stuff.



Episode 3:

– Kardashian matriarch “the other Kris” arrives.

– Scott watches porn

– Kim and Kris eat lunch on an outdoor patio.

– Kris says he could throw Kim over the edge.

– Kim asks Kris if he’s ready to have a baby, Kris smirks… (Actually, he always smirks)

– Kim and Kris fight.

I’m going to stop right there because the rest of the season pretty much revolves around making Kris Humphries look like a complete asshole. A very sleazy shrewd move made by the Kardashian Empire. To me, “The Humph” really isn’t such a bad guy. He’s just the only dude in the history of Keeping up with the Kardashians who has managed to maintain some level of dignity in the face of such blatant female bullying and male groveling (ahem… Scott Disick… Bruce Jenner). So pretty much, he just got himself mixed up in an extremely sticky (and gold-plated) spider web that has made him the center of attention on the court in the tabloids.

With that said, after watching an entire season of “Kourtney and Kim take New York”, Kim will undoubtedly become a permanent figure on my “least favourite people” list. Because I, like, find it amazing that, like, a woman as, like, successful as her is not, like, capable of putting together, like, a proper sentence.  But hey, apparently that doesn’t matter these days.

In all fairness, this is just a TV show, and Ryan Seacrest can portray his “characters” in any way he chooses. The only accomplishment here is that millions of teeny-bopping girls who aspire to be just as, like, glamorous as Kim Kardashian will go on bashing Kris Humphries.  And that’s okay with me as long as he helps win me my fantasy basketball championship. He should just be thankful he got out before the Kreepy Kardashian Kristmas Kard photo was taken.

– Justin


 We must admit, he does bring up a few good points… But the real question is, can we convince him to tune in for the next season of Khloe & Lamar? 

Are you a fan of the Kardashians? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @natashankpr! 

Office Chatter: NKPR’s Favourite NYC Eats

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My staff tends to travel to New York a lot! Whether for business or a weekend getaway, one of our favourite things to do in the city (or anywhere really) is eat! New York has some of the best food in the world and asking everyone to choose their favourite restaurant and meal was no easy task! In fact, I still refuse to pick just one! (Right now I LOVE Lure and Peasent!)

From food trucks to local eateries and world-class institutions, check out my staff’s New York City restaurant recommendations!








Aimee’s Pick – Handmade Cavatelli & Braised Short Ribs at David Burke Townhouse
“You can’t beat fall-off-the-bone meat and truffle mousse!”









Sarah’s Pick – Steak Tartare at Balthazar
“The perfect lunch on a day of shopping in Soho.”








Erica’s Pick – Lamb & Chicken Combo at 53rd and 6th Halal Cart
“Out of all the celebrity restaurants and fine New York food I’ve tasted, nothing compares to this little tin of heaven. I can’t explain why it’s so delicious but I will tell you I’ve waited in line for 2 hours in the middle of winter just to eat here. That’s commitment!” 








Bunmi’s Pick – Griddle Special at Bubby’s (Tribeca)
“I LOVED the GRIDDLE SPECIAL: Two sour cream or sourdough pancakes, two eggs any style, housemade sausage, house-cured heritage bacon or scrapple. I had this with a side of grits and cheese! Just sensational!! What breakfast should be!”









Justin’s Pick – Mexican-style Corn on the Cob at Cafe Habana 
“Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it, Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban revolution, this place has the best “mexican-style” corn you will ever eat in your entire life. Not to mention the rest of the menu, which might be the best Cuban you can get in NYC!!”











Rebecca’s Pick – Fried Chicken and Waffles at David Burke Kitchen
“I went with a group who shared a variety of jars and starters. For my main, I ordered the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles which is my #1 guiltiest pleasure and had the peanut butter chocolate cake for dessert.”











Kaley’s Pick – The Grand Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 
“The 23K edible gold leaf really sells it for me…rent well spent :)” We think she’s joking…. right?

What’s your favourite meal in New York City? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us @natashankpr!