November 24, 2011

proof rum, let the shopping begin, Vol. 61

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the US! We are dedicating the last Thursday in November's cranberry recipe to your special holiday. If you happen to be home sick from work today (wink wink), don’t forget to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! They just do every occasion right, don’t they? And tomorrow Christmas shopping kicks off with Black Friday. Why not hop on a Porter flight to NYC – the airline’s offering some great deals. Like us on Facebook and Twitter to get last minute updates on tastings, parties & events.

cranberry mojito 1/2 cup sugar • 1 cup fresh mint leaves • 1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice • 1 3/4 cups proof rum • One 257 ml Ocean Spray frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed • 2 cans club soda
Muddle mint with sugar in bottom of a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add proof rum and lime juice, stirring to dissolve sugar. Mix in thawed cranberry juice concentrate and water. Add in 6 cups ice. (you will need to mix this in a large punch bowl or 2 pitchers, as it makes a lot with ice) Serve in ice-filled glasses and garnish with mint.

We had a very busy, but enjoyable weekend. Both the TUM and Club Monaco events were amazing.

If you are in need of a great men’s gift for that special guy in your life, don’t forget to check out the new Men’s Shop at the Club Monaco on Bloor Street – it’s stunning. The re-opening party on Saturday was AWESOME. Aaron Levine, men's design director of Club Monaco and Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean were hosting the event. The store offered a selection of locally-sourced specialty men’s services such as free haircuts from Garrison barber shop and shoe shines from The Klein Shine.

Here is what the National Post said:
The Men’s Den Club Monaco has given the historic Lillian Massey building at the corner of Bloor and Avenue Road (157 Bloor St. W., clubmonaco. com) another facelift and the newly renovated 5,000square-foot store is unveiled this weekend. The architecturally important 1908 building and one-time Department of Household Science is now a temple to the sartorial sciences, particularly thanks to the debut of a menswear concept shop on the lower level. The new space stocks select other brands (Wolverine, and a staggering selection of retrofitted vintage watches).

Bloor Street redux is also the only Club Monaco store in Canada stocking A Continuous Lean X Club Monaco, a collection project with Michael Williams of the popular style blog A Continuous Lean (; the only other location is New York's Fifth Avenue flagship Flatiron building. The ACL collab includes shirts, suiting and ties and, as fits the blogger's interest in heritage menswear and its provenance, all the items are manufactured in the U.S. (the shirts made in Ashland, Pa.; the suits crafted in Westminster, Md.). To celebrate the opening in style, Club Monaco is offering guests complimentary local men's specialty services such as off-the-rack tailoring tips from Green Shag Bespoke, The Klein Shine shoeshine, proof Canadian whisky tastings and Garrison barber shop services (Saturday Nov. 19, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.). by Nathalie Atkinson

These are the post’s top picks from the new men's department.
1. Wolverine boots, $415
2. Made in the USA shirts, $139.50
3. Wool Snorkel coat, $389
4. Slim fit chino, $69.50
5. Nate Shawl Cardigan, $189.50

 Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 12 degrees.
Sunday: Light rain and a high of 10 degrees.

Happy Shopping!

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