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Monegasque yacht builder Dynamiq has joined forces with Studio F.A. Porsche to create an exclusive series of all-aluminium superyachts imbued with Porsche DNA. The world famous industrial and transport design studio, lead by Managing Director Roland Heiler (a Member of the Board at Porsche Design Group) has created both the exterior and interior styling of the entire range. The first 35-metre Dynamiq GTT 115 Hybrid is already under construction in Viareggio, Italy, while 100- and 85-foot models are in development and will be presented later this year.
“Taking the spirit of high-performance sportscar styling to the high seas, the Dynamiq GTT 115 is designed to appeal to car lovers and forward-thinking yacht owners who appreciate the advantages of speed, style and our philosophy of intelligent performance,” says Roland Heiler.
The sporty exterior design by Studio F.A. Porsche matches the yacht’s noteworthy performance, and the name says it all: GTT stands for Grand Turismo Transatlantic. Two world leaders in hydrodynamics, both from the Netherlands, were commissioned to create efficient hulls for the new series. Vripack developed the hull lines of the GTT 115, while Van Oossanen is responsible for the naval architecture of the GTT 100 and GTT 85 models.
The GTT 115, the first in the series, features a round bilge aluminum hull and a specially engineered stabilization system from Humphree with four electric fins and interceptors. Powered by twin 1213kW MAN engines paired with the latest Fortjes 5000 pods, the versatile superyacht can exceed a maximum speed of 21 knots and is capable of crossing the Atlantic with a range of 3,400nm. With a shallow draft of just 1.45 metres (less than 5 feet), the yacht is ideal for the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Southeast Asia.
An optional hybrid power system has been chosen for the first GTT 115 and is available via the exclusive Dynamiq Configurator. Other notable technical features include two technical compartments or engine rooms, with twin 45kW Fischer Panda variable-speed generators located in the bow. This smart layout ensures a silent ambiance at night and avoids smoke and fumes at anchor while the owner and guests are swimming or sunbathing on the aft platform.
Available in the signature Porsche Carrara white, Rhodium Silver, Chalk or custom Monte- Carlo Blue exterior colours, the GTT 115 boasts refined lines with signature Porsche elements, such as the Targa-style mullions or the transom design that echoes the Mission E concept. The deck cushions feature fabric centres with a classic Pepita houndstooth pattern, similar to the latest 991 R edition.
On the inside, the sporty yet refined interior features three or four luxury cabins with Saddle brown and Luxor beige leather with carbon fibre details, and expansive surfaces of Sahara Noir marble. The furniture and decoration were developed in association with the Italian designer brand Minotti.
“When we talk about comfort and top service, the ideal for this size of yacht is six guests in three cabins served by a 1:1 ratio of six crew for genuinely exclusive onboard service,” says Dynamiq CEO Sergei Dobroserdov. “We also designed the interior ceiling heights to more than 2.15 metres (7 feet), even in the lower deck cabins: that’s real luxury on a 35- metre yacht.” In fact, Dynamiq yachts bring the comfort and luxury of much larger superyachts to a smaller segment of the market. They are aimed at a discerning clientele that appreciates the builder’s rational approach to creating more manageable yachts.
“Our target clients might include those who are looking to downsize from larger 50- or 60- metre yachts,” continues Dobroserdov. “They are already accustomed to the highest standards but are ready to leave behind the hassle and huge costs of owning large vessels so they can enjoy the fun side of yacht ownership. The Dynamiq GTT 115 is the perfect realization of utmost comfort and a sporty lifestyle in a practical and relatively compact package.”
What truly sets Dynamiq apart as a builder is the ability for clients to configure their purchase online to their own specific requirements, all within a short delivery time. The GTT 115 is no exception and can be customized via Dynamiq’s unique Configurator, which allows the client to personalize every aspect of the yacht, from paint colours to interiors and electronics, and automatically track the total cost in real time. This easy-to-use innovation brings complete transparency to the yacht-buying process – just one way that Dynamiq is seeking to bring about a paradigm shift in the yachting industry.
A limited edition of just seven GTT 115 yachts will be manufactured, making the model a truly unique collector’s edition. Prices for the GTT 115 start from €11,900,000, with a short delivery time of 15 months from the date of order.
The first GTT 115 by Studio F.A. Porsche is available for sale with delivery in September 2017. Her world debut will take place at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show and the yacht will attend subsequent international events. bedynamiq.com
Most Canadians, like myself, start their day with a hot cup of joe, in fact, more than 67% of Canadians rely on a cup of coffee to kick start their day. Whether you’ve had a restful nights’ sleep and woke up ready to take on the world or had a late night preparing a presentation for work and hit snooze on the alarm ten times, nothing compares to starting the day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
The morning hustle to get out the door and battle rush hour traffic can be a daunting task, the lack of time to sit and enjoy a freshly brewed beverage is not always possible given the busyness of life. So, we often rely on the speed and convenience of quickly brewed coffee made at home.
With more than half of our population drinking coffee to start their day and drive-thru coffee shops being lined up around the block, we have seen major growth with the single-serve coffee pods which make home brewing more convenient. Single-serve coffee has grown exponentially over the last few years, 38% of Canadians own a single-cup brewer. For real coffee lovers, the single-cup solution is ideal given the demands of their schedule, however, it often disappoints when it comes to flavour.
Most coffee connoisseurs will agree that the single-cup brew is super convenient but the taste is often compromised due to the coffee beans already being ground.
Compromise Flavour No More…
I have been using a single-cup brewer at home for several years, and have tried many flavoured pods and brands from Dark Roast to French Vanilla Cappuccino, the benefits of being able to quickly brew a cup of coffee is great but I have never truly been satisfied with the taste. Recently I discovered a brand that is changing the game when it comes to single-serve convenience, Nespresso.
Enter the world of Nespresso, a company that continues to revolutionize the world of coffee, focused on delivering a quickly brewed cup of coffee and an extraordinary experience for your taste buds. A socially responsible brand that is committed to sustaining the environment, maintaining a long-term relationship with farmers and ensuring the best quality of coffee. They carefully select the best raw materials, because only the best beginning holds the promise of an incredible cup of coffee. They start at origin with fine specialty grade coffees that meet stringent physical criteria and specific taste profiles, necessary to create their distinctive Grands Crus.
Nespresso is committed to carefully selecting the finest blends from around the world bringing you the highest quality available in a single cup serving. Nespresso recently released a collection of rare and exceptional coffees. The new collection, named Explorations 1, is comprised of exceptionally rare coffees from incredible terroirs that are all considered ‘hidden gems’ by the Nespresso coffee experts due to their remarkable taste profiles. Explorations 1 which comprises two limited edition coffees – Laos Bolaven Plateau and Kenya Peaberry. These two coffees have been specially created and paired in a duo-pack due to their contrasting hidden stories and end-cup tastes. Both coffees are Pure Origins meaning that the coffee has been sourced from a single farm or a group of farms in a precise region.
Every Cup Tells A Story - Nespresso Explorations 1
Due to its terroir and vast varieties, Kenya is known affectionately in the coffee industry as the ‘King of Coffees ‘whilst the peaberry’ is considered to be a prized bean with special fruity, almost jam-like flavours. Unlike typical coffee beans, the peaberry is round in shape due to a natural mutation in which only one side of the bean develops, accounting for approximately 5% of the world’s coffee. Peaberries also roast particularly well as their round shape allows heat to evenly penetrate the bean.
Using peaberries which were carefully picked by hand, the Nespresso experts developed a roast profile and split roasting technique that expresses of all the elegance of Kenya’s fine acidity and fruity notes. This aromatic espresso will surprise you with notes reminiscent of a variety of candied fruits such as apples, raisins, blackberries, and currants.
Laos Bolaven Plateau
Situated at 1,100-1,350m above sea level, the Bolaven Plateau of Southern Laos is a region that benefits from high rainfall, volcanic soil and a distinct humidity; the perfect environment for growing coffee with delicious cereal notes and huge sensorial qualities.
Recognizing the incredible potential in such a terroir, the Nespresso experts opted to source 100% washed Arabica from the region and then used their blending and roasting skills in order to maximize the cereal notes but without any astringency.
The result is an espresso with golden wheat and green vegetal notes. Round and balanced with a hint of acidity, Laos Bolaven Plateau is reminiscent of cereal grains and herbs.
The Nespresso Explorations 1 collection which features a rare coffee Laos Bolaven Plateau is one my absolute favourite blends, exceptional flavor, aroma, smoothness and is brewed to perfection in under 45 seconds, watch the video here
If you want more than a caffeine fix and appreciate the experience of a freshly brewed coffee that doesn’t compromise flavour then Nespresso coffee and espresso collection is the ultimate fit for your taste. Accessing the finest blends in the world does come with a higher price tag that is well worth it. Convenience, brewing quality, smoothness, and aroma that comes with every cup, truly is priceless.
Nespresso is set to release another Exploration collection of exceptional and rare coffees in the fall of 2017. Nespresso also offers an exclusive club for coffee lovers, featuring access to coffee experts 24/7 to help with coffee selection, easy ordering and convenient delivery to your home. Giving you access to the finest blends available worldwide. To learn more visit Nespresso
Photo Credit: Peter Heeling
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As a professional and a passionate chef, I am always trying to one up dishes on our menus. Different this, different that, in order to continually tweak and improve the dish. However, eventually a routine will set in because we will execute that dish hundreds of times often using the same proteins (There are only so many ways to serve beef, chicken etc) so I was intrigued a few years back when venison, bison and game finally came out of the closet!!!
Sure, it’s been around forever and hunters anxiously wait for hunting season in the fall, but the general interest wasn’t there. It was almost a “where’s Waldo” to find venison, bison or game in the bigger cities…
Today of course the tables have turned.
From sliders to Bourguignon, tartar to confit, chili and now even sausages, it’s clear our affair with gamier meats has just begun and the beauty of it is that there is something for everybody. Gourmet grocers and trendy restaurants alike proudly feature what is probably thought to be the healthiest cut of meat out there.
Your local chain grocer stocks the flesh and bones of beef, pork, lamb, chicken,—some of which are raised free of chemicals and confinement and are nearly as free to romp and roam as bison or deer. Yet despite all of this, many consumers choose game like venison or bison while they fuss over recipes like brides planning a wedding and with good reason.
Some of the best chefs in Canada have come to understand and market the connection between venison, bison, game, the wild places where they live, and the dish for all its positive attributes. Richer and heavier recipes such as Venison Osso Bucco are probably enjoyed more during winter months, while game such as duck and quail find their place on the menu or at your table more often in the warmer months.
The taming of the wild or how we learned to love game…
Aside from the incredible quality of the meat, venison, bison or smaller game are also very practical as they can be prepared many diffrent ways which also affects the cost. For instance, cubed venison or bison from the shoulder area will be a lot cheaper than filet from the hind. Yet you are still buying a high quality product. Then of course there is the the high content of minerals. In a world obsessed with health, youth and looks, Bambi and friends are a no brainer. Why? Because it is low in fat, because of its low waste ratio to consumable product, because it is free of growth hormones, antibiotics, and antifungal fed or injected into commercial livestock,because eating from the wild resonates with the current slow-food and regional cuisine movement and it is relatively cheap to obtain.
A little history…
The first European explorers to the New World were astonished by the numbers of “stag” that they met upon their arrival. It was lead versus flesh (guess who won?) as early pilgrims, pioneers, priests and trappers lined up for what was to become an endless buffet at the first Thanksgiving. Saved from starvation, our newly arrived ancestors quickly realized the potential of our four legged friends. New World quests for freedom and riches were fueled by the demand for the flesh of whitetail deer and all the possibilities its fur could provide. This Fur trade endeavor would eventually grow to become quite the industry and possibly Bay Street’s ancestor.
While it is common practice to place everybody under one hoof, it should
be noted that there is a significant difference between bison and venison. Taste for one is very different. Venison ( deer) for one is much gamier with very pronounced tanins in the flesh whereas bison is more like the Ferrari of beef. Not so much a pronounced flavour but a very very lean cut of meat with much less fat. Color on the other hand will resemble a little more with venison leaning towards a dark Burgundy.
The gamier flavor and stronger tannins permit you to pair with sauces with bolder flavors which in turn invite wines with more body and substance. Obvious pairing will be with red vaterials. Depending on the dish (sauce) varieties such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some older Merlot are a safe choice.
Venison Tartare Recipe:
25 ml of balsamic vinegar
15 ml of scotch.
1 french shallot cut in small brunoise
40 g of mustard seeds
15 g of ginger diced very small with sharp knife 10 pieces of chive
15 ml of walnut oil
15 ml of truffle oil
20 ml of olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
250g of venison (filet) diced very small with sharp knife 1⁄2 green apple cut in small brunoise
Using a very cold metal bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients in the order they appear
With the use of a whisk, slowly stir in the oils as if to make vinaigrette (dressing)
Salt and pepper to taste
Gently mix in venison and green apple brunoise
Combine and mix thoroughly, then place in a metal ring for immediate use Serve with grilled / toasted baguette or croutons
Important: Raw meat should not be left at room temperature
With demand now firmly in place, it’s no surprise that farms have popped up around the country. One of the first pioneers noteworthy of mention because of its consistent quality is : Le Cerf de BOILEAU in Quebec. It is the largest red deer farm in North America, maintains a herd of approximately 2500 head of red deer on a farm of over 1000 acres.
Interestingly, you can also visit the farm in St-André-Avellin just 60 mins out of Ottawa on the way to Mont-Tremblant.Read More »
Sometimes, when the Universe is in sync, and the stars are aligned, everything you do just falls into place. And sometimes, you need to work hard to attain perfection!
When the principals of UrbanQuest, Toronto’s most iconic and creative boutique real estate developers first saw the site of THE ROSE CLUB, on Roselawn, just a few blocks from Toronto’s most desirable location of Yonge and Eglinton, they fell in love with the possibilities it presented them.
Glenmorris Cohen, (Urban), an internationally acclaimed architect from South Africa and his partner Vivienne Ziner (most definitely “Quest!), who grew up in this desirable area known as North Toronto, knew they wanted to create an incredible “community-in-a–neighbourhood” … and that this property was the perfect location to do so.
And now, here it is.
One block away from Yonge, two blocks away from Avenue Road, THE ROSE CLUB presents the best of all worlds, a private and exclusive enclave of serenity situated mere minutes from the bustle of the cosmopolitan hub of Yonge and Eglinton, bursting with shops, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.
Having just completed their revolutionary development at College and Shaw, where they created two highly desirable developments on one site, DeZine at 456 Shaw and The Jaedon Mews, Ziner and Cohen knew they wanted to create something extraordinary and world class.
And they have!
Taking the best elements of their College and Shaw development, where they divided the property into four quadrants, UrbanQuest has once again divided the twelve magnificent homes at THE ROSE CLUB into four quadrants. Doing so, allows for eight of the homes to become semis, as opposed to just a row of townhomes. This allows for even more light and further privacy.
THE ROSE CLUB has situated these quadrants around a private community courtyard, taking the best elements of Europe and finessing it into an easy Canadian life style. The Rose Garden Courtyard allows for neighbours to have a place to “meet and greet”, children to ride their bikes in a safe and private area and a “community –in-a- neighborhood” vibe to emerge.
And while we’re on the subject of exercise, biking and sports, just a few seconds away is the huge and spectacular Eglinton Park, with its fully equipped Community Centre (swimming pools, classes and ice rinks included!) where soccer clubs, exercise classes and other clubs abound.
THE ROSE CLUB has three different styles, as defined by their location: CLUB EAST, CLUB WEST and CLUB NORTH. CLUB EAST has wide/shallows (20 feet wide), CLUB WEST (also 20 feet wide) are the largest homes and overlook the lovely gardens on Roselawn, and CLUB NORTH is located on Roselawn Avenue. In addition, there is one “anomaly” home which is double width and is over 3000 feet! All homes are freehold, with a small common element fee to cover communal expenses, (the garage area, the courtyard, the paths and “valet” garbage service!) and they are all three storey plus basement and range in size from 2300 to 3000 square feet. Some homes can also accommodate elevators.
The elevation of THE ROSE CLUB is spectacular! Dramatic, exciting, contemporary yet warm, the materials include huge glazed aluminum windows and sliding doors, beautiful imported phenolic wood panels that are virtually maintenance free, striking black equitone fibre cladding panels and modern light coloured masonry.
Each home has access to the private Rose Garden Courtyard, and features its own private enclosed garden, terrace and balcony. Furthermore, each home has been designed with its own unique Glass Box in the Garden Room on its main floor! UrbanQuest has always been THE innovative boutique developer in Canada. When asked about what differentiates them from others, the UrbanQuest response is: “What differentiates UrbanQuest? Our desire to achieve excellence in everything we create, Innovative and beautiful designs, Creative and exceptional materials, Exciting and dramatic homes, Bespoke attention to detail and a commitment to those who trust us to deliver their dream home. That is UrbanQuest.
Qualities that are Uniquely UrbanQuest include the Master Penthouse Playground (TM pending), designed as the ultimate “getaway/ staycation”. A magnificent master bedroom, private living room/study, walk in closets, a private balcony and the famous UrbanQuest “En Spa “(TM pending) with a gorgeous stand-alone bathtub, imported designer vanities, huge separate shower- and a private enclosed toilet. Some homes are designed to have a Master Suite that starts on the second floor- giving the space and feeling of a sophisticated loft.
There are homes that have been designed to have their Master Penthouse Playground available on the second floor as well. Or, the other choice is for the second floor to have two beautiful bedrooms, a full bathroom, an outdoor terrace -and some even have their laundry here.
The main floor is designed for maximum lifestyle- magnificent finishes, easy and comfortable design, low maintenance- the ultimate recipe for fabulous living!
Spectacular and sleek kitchens, Eco- friendly and imported from Italy, top-of- the-line imported appliances, (such as Liebherr 36” refrigerators), exquisite quartz counter tops with matching backsplashes are just the tip of all that UrbanQuest provides as Standard.
The main floor is designed to highlight an incredible hearth featuring a “slick and sexy” ethanol fireplace that serves as the home’s exceptional focal point. Premium quality materials like high grade, extra thick engineered hardwood flooring, a plethora of square LED spotlights, state-of the art oversized tiles and ten foot ceilings all contribute to a unique and iconic home.
At THE ROSE CLUB, even the basement levels have high ceilings, light wells and living spaces. Each home comes with its own parking spot and additional parking is a possibility.
Vivienne Ziner and Glen Cohen worked relentlessly to ensure that their vision, the integrity of this truly exceptional development, another spectacular “urban community” by UrbanQuest, came to fruition.
“THE ROSE CLUB is named for my mother, Rose Ziner. She was an incredible woman. She was beautiful, powerful, impressive and elegant. This development, THE ROSE CLUB does her honour.” says Vivienne Ziner.
They fought to ensure the creation of this iconic and timeless development – and now it is happening.
That says it all…
This years visit to the Victoria Whisky Festival began with Canadian Whisky and Spirits. Just after arriving, I received a phone call from Davin asking if I would like to join him and a few others on a distillery visit. So we were off to visit de Vine Wines & Spirits. Looking around at the landscape with Mt. Baker in Washington State, and the Gulf and San Juan Islands in the distance, one could help but admire the beauty. Purchased back in 2007 and farmed organically since then, the vineyard was to see their Certified Organic status in 2016. Around 2012, Ken Winchester signed on as Wine Maker and Master Distiller. While speaking with Ken, I was fascinated to learn that he had spent some time honing host craft at the Bruichladdich distillery – Chip Tate, founder, and formerly of the highly-Awarded Balcones Distilling had done the same – some great results out there. I’ll see if I can provide some more information in the future on this program.
The distillery began making a strawberry vodka in 2015 using solely organic Saanich Peninsula strawberries, forward just under a year and de Vine Spirits has created ten unique products which includes Vin Gin, New Tom, Genever, Moderna-Bittersweet Vermouth, Honey Shine, Black Bear, Pomme, and Black Ram. A 650-litre German Pot Still which has been named Brunhilde carries out the workload in the production of the spirit. One of the spirits we tasted was The Glen Saanich (45% abv) aged for about 12-18 months, with a nose of pine forest and nutty, there was a bit of spice together with some caramel and tropical fruit in the back. It was an enjoyable time in the tasting room with all the various sample which I was distracted by. A fine example of the craft movement in Victoria and can’t wait to see how the spirits develop further next year.
At the Canadian press preview, we were treated to the forthcoming limited edition whiskeys from the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillieries Master Blender, Dr. Don Livermore. The whiskeys will be from a collection called the Northern Border Collection with a release later this year in the fall. The collection includes: Lot No 40, 12 year old Cask Strength (53.1% abv); Gooderham & Worts Little Trinity, 17 year old Three Grain Blend (45% abv); Pike Creek, 21 year old Single Malt Cask Finish; J.P. Wiser’s, 35 year old (50% ABV).
The following evening began with a great speech from Lew Bryson and ended with Masterson’s 10 Batch PSA3 being named the 2017 Canadian
Whisky of the Year. I asked Davin De Kergommeaux founder of the awards for a comment on the awards and Canadian Whisky:
The Canadian Whisky Awards bring the industry together for an evening to celebrate all that is great about Canadian whisky. Each year more new connoisseur whiskies are entered and each year the competition is very tight. The growing success of the Canadian Whisky Awards is very gratifying; this year we had more entries than ever. It is encouraging to see the quality of Canadian whisky overall increasing at the high end. In Canada’s 150th year, the future looks bright, as Canadian whisky is recognized more and more globally as one of the premiere whisky styles. Many of the brands are releasing new whiskies to celebrate Canada 150. At the same time, it is important to remember that Canadians have been making whisky since long before Canada was a country, so we can say Canada 150, whisky 200+.
The festival, which sells out every year, and its Master Classes together with the main event did not disappoint. As I commented last year, the range of whiskeys that are available out west are phenomenal and hopefully if the LCBO will open the market for whiskey they do not wish to stock to be done so by private establishments. It would be phenomenal to be able to purchase Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles in Toronto.
The Laphroaig Select (40% abv) is the latest entry to come out of the Laphroaig distillery. It is said that the casks selected are from the core rage – the Quarter Cask, Px Cask, Triple Wood and the Ten Year Old – with a final maturation in new American Oak casks. When I first smelled I did not get the usual Lagphroaig smell that you would get in the 10 year old, It seemed lighter, you get a hint of banana The taste was of a light peat (smokiness) a little cleaner, a bit of salt but overall there was a sort of sweetness mixed together with a light spice (nice peppery note) well into the finish. (LBCO $77.95)
The Glenmorangie Bacalta (46% abv) is the eighth in it’s Private Editiion for 2017. It is stated that it has been created from Glenmorangie first matured in former bourbon casks, then extra-matured in bespoke casks baked under the sun which once contained Malmsey Madeira. There’s no denying that I’m a fan of this release, coming to Ontario as early as May, with it’s sweet and honey notes on the nose with apricot and a chocolate note. The taste had the honey continue to my tongue with baked deeper fruits now, some tanginess, caramelized orange, creamy rich chocolate (fudge) a hint of mint at the back all leading into the finish. (LCBO estimated at $180.00).
The Angels’ Portion – A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative (351 Pages) is the first of two books (the second is Volume II) by Reverend Christopher I. Thoma. Yes, my first review of a book and this one reviews whiskeys in its own unique way. The preface details the approach, one that uses various characters some are biblical referenced, some fictional and others appear to involve situations that have occurred. One of my favorites is when his three year old daughter, Evelyn, asks him to “play the Tintobell song.” He does not have the song, but after a bit of back and forth and convinced he does, what is Evelyn to do but sing … “Tintobell’s in the paradise city where the gwass is gween and the nose is runny. O wone you pwease take me home, yeah.” Although this is just a bit of the review, what followed was just as funny and lead into his recollection of a review of the Bunnahabhain 12 year old and then the proper way to pronounce it, apparently the Scots pronounce it “Ben-arvin.” I can’t wait to read Volume II. I was lucky to find these books, actually through twitter since Reverend Thoma sent them to me for being his 1,000th follower and I am grateful for the gesture but more so for the stories he shared. After all, I’ve said it before that “whisky is a social thing” and without people and without stories, it’s not fun. This has made it a bit more fun reminiscing about whiskeys I’ve tried. Read More »
Everyone wants to feel like a standup guy. There is nothing better than to have the respect of the people you respect. Especially the person you’re sharing your life with. The truth is that there’s hell to pay when you aren’t. You could be killing it at work and everywhere else – but having chaos with your partner sucks the joy out of every part of your life. In the past 27 years of my relationship (and the 25 years of helping people with their relationships) I’ve found several things that make a huge difference. Here are four that I know will make you walk taller and happier in yours.
“Common sense isn’t that common.” The truth is that, what’s common sense to you may be totally different than what your partner thinks it is. So, don’t assume that people know what you’re talking about or asking for. THEY DON’T!! Everybody’s got their own set of filters they use to navigate life; and whatever they grow up with seems totally normal and right to them. One example is, the couple where in the wife’s family the man was in charge of emptying the garbage, and in the husband’s family the woman was in charge of looking after the kitchen. While she waits for him to take out the trash and he waits for her to, the kitchen garbage is overflowing and the two of them are always pissed off. They each assume that their partner would “just use common sense” and get with the program. A simple discussion and some clarity would totally change their relationship.
I’m a huge believer in two things: Being Specific, and Being Explicit. If you make your communication and agreements this way, you cut through all the stuff you have floating through your mind at any given moment and get right to what each of you needs. It’s also a great idea to double check that you are both on the same page. Repeat what you think you heard – just like someone taking your order at the drive through. You can also ask them what they heard to make sure your message is coming across clearly. If it’s improved, then write it down so neither of you forget.
Once you have an agreement then KEEP IT!! Nothing causes doubt and stress in a relationship like broken agreements. If you can’t keep your agreement, then let the other person know as soon as you realize there’s going to be a problem. By the way, there is no agreement too small to honor. This goes for being on time or remembering to pick up milk at the store. It doesn’t matter if you promised to drop off her dry cleaning or if you say you will be home at 6:00, there’s a huge difference between 5:55 and 6:05.
Some people still have the old beliefs that saying sorry makes you look weak. This is the exact opposite from the truth. People respect people who have the backbone to take responsibility for their actions, and how those actions affect others. You look weak and scared (or arrogant and stubborn) when you DON’T apologize appropriately. This makes you very hard to get along with. If I step on your toes while trying to give you a gift, my intention is to do something nice – but the result is that I hurt you. That deserves an apology even if I didn’t mean to do it.
The thing about giving a great apology is that timing is everything. A lot of people try to explain what happened while they apologize (or worse, INSTEAD of apologizing). This comes across like you’re justifying it or trying to weasel your way out of taking responsibility. (And DEFINITELY don’t try to make it their fault! Then you look like a complete jerk.) The point of apologizing is to acknowledge that your actions hurt the other person in some way and taking responsibility for that. If they ask for more information, then it’s ok to give it. Or you can explain things later (with their permission). But in most cases, just say “I’m so sorry for hurting you ….” And then SHUT UP!
Life’s too short to hold a grudge. Especially toward someone you’re supposed to be in love with. No one enters a relationship so they can be miserable (or to make the other person miserable). But a lot of times that’s exactly what ends up happening because you can’t or won’t forgive. Everyone makes mistakes and, even in healthy relationships, people hurt each other (mostly by accident). Remembering this and forgiving as soon as you can takes YOU off the hook of having to haul around all that resentment. You will enjoy your relationship more and you and your partner will feel closer.
Of course, you’re human. Sometimes the hurt is so deep you can’t get to a place of forgiveness. Even if you can forgive, in some cases your partner’s actions have impacted the overall health of the relationship (especially if the same thing keeps happening). With either scenario, you need to call it for what it is and have the balls to pull the plug. It can be hard and even scary, but you’ll be doing yourself and your partner a huge favor. Don’t torture yourself by staying in a relationship where you’re resentful or don’t respect the other person. Give yourself (and them) the chance to be happy by yourself or with someone new.
For more relationship and other advice from Dr. Ganz Ferrance, visit his website Read More »
A life in entertainment
If life’s reality is in black and white, Fabio Gesufatto’s reality is in colour. As founder and CEO of Blu Stella Entertainment Group Inc., Fabio understands that commitment is the driving force behind success, something that was instilled in him by his late father. Engagement, enthusiasm, unity, these are words that motivate this man who grows with each of his celebrated endeavors, and his achievements are prolific. Fabio has a personable gift enabling him to encourage others to collaborate with him in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, resulting in new realms of entertainment and event enterprise.
Fabio has a portfolio highlighting two decades of entertainment and bringing people together through a plethora of inspiring local, national and international customized concerts and galas, political, social and sporting events, music productions and promotions, talent searching, and more!
“This industry requires you to always keep your finger on the pulse not only with the latest trends in music and entertainment but also what’s up and coming. It’s exciting, it’s dynamic and invigorating” says Fabio Gesufatto.
Some notable gigs by Fabio & Blu Stella Group include: producing the exclusive Canadian date for internationally acclaimed and award-winning singer Laura Pausini, the North American premiere of the Italian mob-pick Black Souls (Anime Nere), directed by Francesco Munzi, at the Toronto International Film Festival, and organizing Academy Award winner Roberto Benigni’s (Life is Beautiful) attendance at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) in Toronto.
Adding to his success, Fabio is forever aiming for higher pursuits and was commissioned to organize the entertainment for the Prime Minister of Canada’s State Dinner. Furthermore, Fabio is the Executive Event Producer at Toronto’s historical Casa Loma – Italian National Day, the largest celebration of Italian National Day in the world, outside of Italy. This remarkable yearly event has been hosted by Italian National Day co-founders: Toronto’s Consul General of Italy Giuseppe Pastorelli and Nick Di Donato.
Fabio’s inspiration comes from his personal philosophy about life. “The most important thing we have in life is our relationships.” Fabio also shared, “My passion is creating an atmosphere where people can escape the stressors of daily life and enjoy themselves with entertainment while connecting with friends, family, colleagues and community. In today’s fast paced culture, we all need to slow down and take pleasure in our leisure time which is essential
to your overall health and well-being. Having the perfect atmosphere for your function is crucial to creating that timeless event that you and your guests will always remember and cherish!”
Just as one of the most memorable song created by the band “The Beatles,” which is called “Sgt. Peppers” Lonely Hearts Club Band, talked about the mark of 20 years ago; so, had the glamour of the lights, camera & action, coming from the entertainment world capture Fabio’s passion. Starting with his brief modelling days over 20 years ago, Fabio has cultivated an indispensable network of friends and industry colleagues, propelling him to ensconce a pivotal role in his numerous business commitments. From that junction in his life, Fabio had an inner calling propelling him to be a part of this world. Yet, like in any dream or goal in life, nothing comes overnight.
Fabio learned the skills of discipline, focus and thinking big at a young age. It was Fabio’s track & field athletic talent that sent him into notoriety. During high school, he was approached by the head coach of York University and had the incredible opportunity to train with Canada’s National Olympic Team.
In 2015, Fabio was bestowed the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for his unyielding services to the Canadian community for the past 15 years by the Premier of Ontario, Honourable Kathleen Wynne, and by the Minister of Transportation, Honourable Steven Del Duca. Fabio was also presented with the 2015 City of Vaughan Volunteer Recognition Award by Mayor Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua. In addition, Fabio was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The Italian National State Police Association (Associazione Nazionale Carabinieri).
With such accolades under his belt, it’s no wonder Fabio was sought after by JO LEE Magazine, with a global circulation of approximately 40-million, to be their top strategist and Political Editor.
Blu Stella Group guarantees an unparalleled experience for you and your guests, all within your desired budget. Blu Stella Group works with acclaimed artists to deliver above and beyond your expectations and impress even your most scrupulous of guests. Keep an eye open as Fabio takes entertainment to the international platform in the years to come.
After 25 years of cooking throughout Italy, Japan and South Korea, internationally acclaimed Chef and restauranteur Walter Ginevri aka “Don Ciccio” has not only been serving up heavenly pasta and delectable entrees, but is passionate about every dish he creates. Ginevri who is famously known for his inventive yet approachable Italian cuisine never ceases to amaze the palates of all food lovers.
Founder of Nero Di Seppia, located in the exclusive district of Miramar in famed Havana, Cuba, Walter enhances his dishes with Italian delicacies combined with local products from Cuban farmers and artisans. His passion for quality cuisine and exceptional dining experience are his primary focus. Nero Di Seppia, is a stunning, mansion-like building, featuring a spacious courtyard that has attracted the likes of the super elite, entertainers, business professionals, diplomats and head of state.
Nero Di Seppia is the most sought after Italian eatery in Havana, travelers from all over the world have expressed rave reviews of the cuisine, atmosphere and exceptional service. Here are some verified reviews we discovered on tripadvisor.ca
“We were fortunate to have a recommendation from our Airbnb host for this outstanding Italian restaurant. We went there the first night, and during our five-day visit to Havana, ate there three times! The quality of food was outstanding: home-made pasta, huge fresh salad, yummy mojitos. Carla, our favorite server, was charming and patient as she translated and explained the menu options” – Kathleen B
“We loved this little neighborhood restaurant. The food was high quality and delicious, the drinks were great, and the service put it over the top for us–very friendly and engaging! It was clean, with a lovely and casual ambiance, and the prices were very reasonable. We went back time and again!” -Carolyn M (Michigan)
“Great restaurant with great food.
We had great time. The food, the atmosphere and the staff were just great. And we also had amazing opera singers during the dinner. Highly recommend. Special thanks to Gretty, one of the pretty cameras that served very professional our table.”
-Luis S (Portugal)
Next time you are in Havana, be sure to stop in for an extraordinary dining experience.
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Kelly Derrickson’s music packs power. You might expect that from a singer whose father is Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson. He is a famous tribal leader who has been elected chief of the Westbank First Nation six times, and is also a successful entrepreneur. She credits him as a best friend and soulmate, characterizing him as a fountain of knowledge and, “…everything a man should be”. She goes on to describe both him and herself as coming from a long bloodline of activists, concerned for the rights of Canada’s indigenous peoples and the land that they come from.
She describes her newest album I AM as controversial, one that will no doubt, “…piss a few people off”. But that’s ok, she adds, as “… it wouldn’t be the first time” for that.
The songs of I AM are indeed heavy with emotional content. I AM (Mother Nature) is a celebration of both womanhood and nature in ideal form, when not sullied by the greed, lies and pollution of others. Suicide Song is another example, exploring the lonely despair of young individual native men and women, but ends with, “take my hand…let’s circle around the fire”. Suicide Song was co-written with her father, Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson.
Photographer: Suzanne Le Stage Photography
When asked about her greatest victory as an artist, she answered with a story of a suicidal man who contacted her on Facebook. He cited his experience viewing a video of Idle No More as a turning point, helping him to change his mind about ending his own life. While she has won accolades and awards from a variety of country music and Native American music associations, she takes pride in connecting with people. “What is the point…” she asks, “…if I’m not helping my people?”
While the lyrics and sheer delivery do convey raw emotion, the music itself is a warm, folksy cadence of classically feminine country music. Kelly is a country artist and cites many influences, first and foremost her father. Other influences include Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Shania Twain. Her music celebrates land and nature, and also portrays the realities of life in broken families and abusive relationships. If good country music connects through cinematic energy and authenticity of experience, devoted fans would agree that her work is authentic.
But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself at www.kellyderrickson.com