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Classic Sugar Cookies

Dec 23, 2015

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Host the holidays with delicious Classic Sugar Cookies! They make the perfect homemade gift wrapped and packaged in our charming copper Baking Tins! Need more gift ideas? Find more classic holiday gifts like the Abila Measuring Set shown above on our website.

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup (175 ml) butter, softened
1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
2-1/2 cups (625 ml) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp (2 ml) baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) walnuts

 

Preparation
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions.

 

Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Let stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll out, about 15 minutes.

 

Between waxed paper or on lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. With metal Cookie Cutters, cut out classic holiday shapes. Using spatula, place cookies, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined or greased baking sheets, add walnuts for a traditional decorative touch.

 

Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 375°F (190°C) oven until pale golden on bottoms and edges, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 1 minute on pans on racks; transfer to racks and let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in our copper Baking Tins for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

 

Recipe from Canadian Living.

EQ3 City Guide; Toronto

Nov 30, 2015

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Next up on our list of amazing cities is Toronto, Ontario, home to two of our retail locations, both located in the heart of the GTA.

 

Best Pizza: Terroni

 

With plenty of locations to choose from, Terroni has perfected authentic Italian pizza. On any one of our visits to Toronto, a stop at this classic eatery is a must. Plus, the Queen Street West location has the most ideal back patio that easily garners our number two best patio spot.

 

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Via On the fourth floor

 

Best Date Spot: Mr. Flamingo

New(ish) to the Dundas West area, Mr. Flamingo is tucked away from the street, situated in a very vibrant, yet cozy resto-bar. The ambience and the menu will definitely impress your date (especially the burrata), and you can conveniently go downstairs to Bambi’s (which is under the same ownership of Mikey Apples) to continue your date!

 

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Via Toronto Life

 

Best Outdoor Market: Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market

Easily do all of your grocery shopping in this one-stop shop filled with local farmers, bakers, fresh produce, jams, honey and fresh flowers.

 

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Via She does the City

 

Best running route:  High Park

More of a park than a running route, High Park’s beautifully landscaped gardens and greenery does contain unpaved pathways making it the perfect spot for running, while experiencing Toronto at its best.   

 

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Best coffee shop: Sam James

With five coffee bars now open in the best parts of Toronto, Sam James keeps to the basics with simple store designs and the most amazing coffee.

 

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Best Brunch: Saving Grace

Serving everything from sweet and savory staples, along with seasonally inspired specials, the (very) long Saturday and Sunday line is worth every minute.

 

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Via Not just lettuce blog

 

Best Architectural Building:  Bar Raval

As one the newest, most talked about restaurants in Toronto, Bar Raval quite literally bars none. Its recent list of acknowledgments includes The Design Exchange Emerging Designer Award, Architect Magazine’s R+D award, and The Restaurant & Bar Design Award. Needless to say, its oiled mahogany millwork makes it the most beautiful bar in Toronto.

 

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Via Architect Magazine

 

Best music venue: Massey Hall

One of Toronto’s oldest music venues, Massey Hall has hosted everyone from Aretha Franklin to Justin Bieber. The amazing acoustics make even the furthest seats in the highest balcony feel as if they’re right on stage.

 

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Best cocktail bar: The Black Hoof cocktail bar

With ‘30s and ‘40s jazz music always on, the relaxed speakeasy vibe, and vintage-made cocktails, Black Hoof Cocktail bar is the best place for a manhattan…or two.

 

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Via Flickr

 

Best Patio: Drake hotel

A Toronto staple, the Drake Hotel Queen Street patio offers the best people-watching, as you never know who you will spot checking in or out of the hotel!

 

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Via Before last call

Szechwan Carrot Soup

Nov 10, 2015

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Soup

 

INGREDIENTS

1 medium onion, chopped

1 celery rib, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch piece

3/4-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and sliced thin

1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1-1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

1 cup milk

Garnish: Cilantro & Crushed Peanuts

 

PREPARATION

In a large heavy saucepan cook onion, celery, and garlic in oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until onion is softened. Add carrots, gingerroot, red pepper flakes, and broth and simmer, covered, until carrots are very tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and in a blender purée mixture in batches (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return soup to pan and heat over low heat until hot, being careful not to let boil. Serve with crushed peanuts and a small sprig of cilantro. Enjoy!

Spiced Vanilla Tea

Nov 2, 2015

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Now that the weather is getting colder, I’m frequently drinking warm beverages. Why not drink a warm beverage that will also warm you up!?

 

Start with a vanilla flavoured Earl Grey teabag – or add a small dash of vanilla extract to your mug or teapot, and use regular Earl Grey. For each cup of tea your brewing, add the following directly to your teapot or mug:

 

½ oz Spiced Rum
¼ oz Grand Marnier, or orange liqueur
1 t honey

 

Drop in the teabag(s) and add boiling water. Steep, stir, sip, toasty!

 

Shown: Saapaivakirja Mug 2.5dLSaapaivakira Teapot 7dL

EQ3 City Guide; Winnipeg

Oct 30, 2015

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In honour of the 12 amazing cities that play host to our retail locations across North America, we would like to share with you our first ever EQ3 City Guide.

 

Each month we will feature a new city and a list of the best of the best.

 

First off is Winnipeg, Manitoba, home to our factory that manufactures all of our own upholstery pieces, our head office, and our retail store conveniently located beside our favorite mall, Polo Park.

 

Best Pizza: Vera Pizzeria

 

Located in South Osborne, Vera Pizza is a small pizzeria with an authentic Neapolitan taste. The pizza is beyond delicious and the intimate size of the restaurant feels like eating at home with friends. Plus our very own Merchandising/Store Planning Designer, Ben Borley built their wooden benches and chairs.

 

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Via Yelp

 

Best Date spot The Palm Lounge in the Fort Gary Hotel

 

The Palm Lounge (known by Winnipeggers as The Palm room) is the cozy, oval shaped lounge in the back of the historic chateau-inspired Fort Gary Hotel. Filled with giant armchairs, dark wood tables, a glittering chandelier and a live jazz pianist make it the perfect spot to bring a first date.

 

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Best outdoor market St Norbert Farmers Market

 

Open from May long weekend to the end of October, The St. Norbert Farmers Market is filled with locally grown produce, delicious fresh baking, homemade jams, crafts, jewelry, flowers and much more.

 

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Via Food Matters Manitoba

 

Best running route: Wellington crescent / Wolseley loop

 

Run through Wellington Crescent to Assiniboine Park, or through to Armstrong Point/Wolseley for the most picturesque views of Winnipeg.

 

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Best Coffee Shop: Parlour Coffee

 

Located in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, Parlour Coffee serves and sells several of North America’s leading micro coffee roasters, with fresh baked goods delivered daily. Double plus the owner Nils Vik, is a former EQ3 Designer and product developer, having designed our still favorite Burrows Bedroom Collection.

 

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Best brunch Park Café

 

The Park Café is the spacious restaurant situated in Assiniboine Park. Along with serving delicious Sunday brunch, this made our best of list for its beautiful architectural building. The café’s soaring windows from floor to ceiling make it the perfect spot to gaze into the park on a warm weekend.

 

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Best Architectural Building:  The Wag

 

With its unusual triangular shape and Tyndall stone exterior, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is one of the most beautifully crafted architectural buildings in Winnipeg.

 

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Best music venue Burton Cummings Theater  

 

Named after Winnipeg musician, Burton Cummings, the Burton Cummings Theater is a Winnipeg staple and has hosted some of the greatest musical acts.

 

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Best Cocktail bar martinis at Rae and Jerry’s

 

The décor in Rae and Jerry’s is a total time warp with its dark wood paneling, red velvet walls, red vinyl booths, red oversized swivel chairs and red carpeting. The restaurant that has been around since 1957 has not changed a bit, which is why this is our favorite spot for a classic martini.

 

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Best Patio Black Rabbit

 

Black Rabbit’s patio is tucked away behind their restaurant, filled with lush greenery, cascading vines, flowers and suspended lighting, making it the perfect spot day and night.

 

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