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    CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES TIFF2011

    THE OFFICIAL BERRY OF THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Great tasting and available now at grocery stores across Canada!

    You may not be hitting the red carpet with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars – but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the excitement of The Toronto International Film Festival. Whether you are a helpless romantic, a fan of comedies or love drama, you can create the below recipes to celebrate your love for movies and create the perfect red carpet festivity at home.

    Red Carpet Recipe:

    Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza

    Recipe and image courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission

    • 2 tsp.kosher salt
    • 1 tbsp.olive oil
    • 3 tbsp.white balsamic vinegar
    • 3 tbsp.extra virgin olive oil
    • ¼ cup aged balsamic vinegar
    • ½ (4 ounces) cup softened goat cheese
    • ¼ cup (2 ounces)crumbled goat cheese
    • Coarsely ground black pepper
    • Baby arugula or other mixed greens
    • 1 pkg.prepared pizza dough

    Strawberry Tostada

    Directions

    To make white balsamic vinaigrette: simmer white balsamic vinegar until reduced to 1 1/2 tbsp. Whisk in extra virgin olive oil. To make aged balsamic reduction: simmer aged balsamic vinegar until reduced to about 4 tsp.

    Heat oven to 400°F. On lightly floured surface, divide pizza dough into four pieces. Roll each piece of pizza dough into an 8-inch circle. Place on a baking sheet; bake in oven 10 minutes or until firm and slightly brown.

    Spread pizzas with softened goat cheese. Toss strawberries with white balsamic vinaigrette; arrange strawberries evenly on goat cheese. Bake 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; scatter crumbled goat cheese on top. Drizzle with aged balsamic reduction; sprinkle with black pepper. Garnish pizzas with a few leaves of arugula or mixed greens.

    Makes four 8-inch pizzas

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    (T.O.) A toast to YOU

    “… a quality, great tasting and affordable wine that brings fun and enjoyment to people from all around the world on any occassion.”-John Casella
    John and I

    A couple days ago I attended an intimate wine tasting event, hosted by Yellowtail Wine and Harbinger Ideas. There was tonnes of food and of course LOTS of wine…GOOD wine. Managing Director John Casella of Casella Wines, was there to give us some background info on Yellowtail wines, and he also treated us to some interesting and touching stories.

    “By combining the passion of his Italian winemaking heritage with a relaxed Australian attitude, John produces great wines that are extremely accessible and appeal to all people.”-Harbinger Ideas. 
    So what’s the deal with Yellowtail? Well John grew up at the family winery in a small-town in Australia, he then pursued his wine-making education, worked as winery manager for Riverina Estate Wines, and finally joined the family business becoming Managing Director of Casella Wines. This is when the highly successful yellow tail brand came to life! 
    John says he prefers not to give wine pairing advice as he believes Yellowtail wines are perfect for any dish and any occasion. I love that! I believe you should be able to pour yourself a glass and just enjoy it without worrying about all the other stuff…However, if you REALLY want some wine pairing advice, he’s more than happy to give it to you!
    Renowned sommelier Zoltan Szabo (far right) was there to show his support for Yellowtail Wines.

    Even though I couldn’t eat it, that didn’t stop me from admiring the food with my camera 🙂
    Yellowtail wines have won numerous awards, and they continue to become a favorite with wine lovers everywhere… I totally understand why. I’m not a big wine drinker, but I drank me some wine on this day!
    Yellowtail wines are easy and so enjoyable to drink; I usually prefer white wines, but this time around the Yellowtail Reserve Shiraz (Fruit flavours of cherry, some dark chocolate, spice and a hint of cracked pepper *yummy*) was my favorite, with the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon following closely behind. 
    “From humble beginnings as a family winery to one of the world’s most recognisable wine brands, we haven’t lost sight of where we came from.”-Yellowtail Wines
    It was an afternoon of good talks, an abundance of shared wine knowledge, and of course GREAT wine. For my wine lovers, I have some good video footage, and will upload them as soon as possible for your viewing pleasure.

    For more info on yellowtail wines, go here!
    peace and love
    ♥Bella♥
    ps: I totally recommend Yellowtail wines, whether you’re new to wine, or are an avid wine drinker I’m certain you will find a wine that more than suits your fancy 🙂
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    Malibu by U

    Malibu found three up-and-coming Toronto artists and asked them to create unique designs using Malibu by U bottles. Check out the making of their designs here.
    Visit www.malibu-rum.com/byu to create your own virtual Malibu by U bottle and to view a gallery of real and virtual designs

    *HeyDoYou is for the cute, clever and connected*
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    Name this Flavour!

    Ben & Jerry’s is calling on Canadians to help name their newest ice cream creation! Temporarily named We are Waffling, we’d love for you to help spread the word – or even come up with a creative name yourself for this delicious chunk-filled pint!

    *HeyDoYou is for the cute, clever and connected*
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    Dove Pomegranate x Lemon

    Have been a huge Dove user since their campaign for Real Beauty, then the cucumber body wash and now this! Oooo can’t wait to try it! Thanks Harbinger PR for the heads up!

    *HeyDoYou is for the cute, clever and connected*

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    e.l.f Beauty

    Santa came early this year and the great people over at Harbinger sent me a little surprise!  e.l.f cosmetics is for beauty for all ages! e.l.f stands for eyes, lips and face – now that’s a no-brainer! Cute packaging and a great starter kit for those who are ready to experiment with new looks and colors. As Michelle Phan says, you get what you pay for. She is not a fan.

    overall, i give the e.l.f palette
    packaging: 4 | 10
    pigment/color payoff: 5 |10
    ingredients: 2 | 10

    + there are products as cheap as $1 and it’s great for beginners to experiment with
    + they have a great instructions on how to create looks
    + i recommend this for people who are just starting to play with makeup

    but… for all ya pros out there – go to Sephora and skip the Wal-Mart makeup xoxo