Friday, 27 June 2014


Enjoy the weekend with friends and family. 

And if you are in the mood for a uniquely Canadian drink, enjoy a Caesar (or two). One of SukasaStyle faves is the Devil's Caesar at St. Louis. But there's also a newly released Caesars cocktail book with over 75 recipes. 

Share some of your fave variations of the Classic Caesar with us in the comments section. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Great lunch spot to try if you're on Church St

HANKS RESTAURANT - 9-1/2 Church Street, Toronto

If you haven't been down the Esplanade lately, mainly due to the road work and construction going on there, then you're like me. But if have a chance to be there in the area for lunch, try Hanks Restaurant. Along with a long list of sandwich options and salads, you can also enjoy and all day breakfast. I had the Peameal & Brie sandwich and give it 4/5 Sukasa Stars

Friday, 20 June 2014

Decor Inspiration for telling your own story

Your home is an expression of the way you change and develop in response to life experience: you get a job, perhaps change jobs; you may meet a partner; you may have kids; you may decide to live alone. Your narrative is always evolving, and a thoughtful approach to design can help you adapt and change too.

How you organize your home and its functions can help provide structure for your own story – especially when it comes to integrating life and work. With a little care (and some clever design tips), you can bring the two together visually and build practical boundaries at the same time.


In any good story, relationships are key. One thing we’ve learned over the years is that developing a meaningful relationship with your stuff is essential. What you collect throws some light on your interests and passions, but it’s how you organize and edit your things that really tells the tale. 
INSPIRATIONS FROM COVET GARDEN HOME, a special print edition that showcases some of favourite stories from past issues. Peek into the homes of people who have decorated their own space with imagination and ingenuity. 


Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a book blog: T: @SukasaReads)

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Whiskey is the way to Dad's heart

Father's Day is this Sunday, so it's a fitting time to post a couple of recommendations courtesy of our LCBO consultant. He's a dad too, and he's dropping a few hints...

1792 Ridgemount Reserve Barrel Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

+208918 – $49.95

This Kentucky “Straight Bourbon” has been aged far more than the minimum 2 years in charred oak barrels revealing a delightful, caramel, butterscotch, marmalade and smoke…Delightfully smooth & rich.

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey 

 +357139- $54

Another superior, affordable whiskey that’s a great gift for Dad. The Teeling family purchased select whishies from several different Irish distilleries and blended them together in rum casks for a remarkably fruity, rich and delicate whiskey that is perfect for Dad’s “quiet place” time.


We also recommend this fabulous book by DK: MICHAEL JACKSON WHISKEY. From grain to glass, Whiskey tells you everything and anything you'll ever want to know about whiskey, from storing and serving whiskey, whiskey cocktails, to pairing whiskey with food. Whether interested in the story behind aromas and flavours, what makes certain distilleries unique or how weather and environment influence taste, this is the most fascinating examination of whiskey on the market. 

Whiskey aromas create a complex alchemy that enhances the aromatic profile of a meal. The success of the pairings is in the balance of the flavours. One must not overwhelm the other. 

Shellfish: Seafood dishes combine very well with sweet, light, vanilla-tinged malts matured in bourbon casks. 

Basil: Grassy malts shine through better when the dish contains herbs, such as basil, tarragon, mint, or thyme. 

If you drink a highly medicinal single malt -- say a Laphroaig -- along with an apple crumble, you will not appreciate either the whiskey or the dessert. Matching requires following some simple but essential rules. 


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Can't send Foodie Dad to BC? Here's the next best thing...

From the award-winning restaurant, SoBo, comes a cookbook that celebrates the best in West Coast cuisine, and showcases the beauty of the remote, magnetic town of Tofino, British Columbia.

Lynn Crawford (chef/owner of Ruby Watchco) calls SoBo one of her favourite places to visit and cook. 

Vikram Vij (author and chef) calls the book an inspiration. 

SOBO started out in 2003 as a purple food truck in the parking lot behind a surf shop, way before food trucks were cool. Despite its remoteness, it attracted rave reviews from media across Canada and the U.S., with Saveur magazine calling it "perhaps the most exciting lunch in North America". 

SOBO, now a destination restaurant on the west coast of Vancouver Island, focuses on locally sourced, seasonally inspired ingredients from family-owned producers. Those producers are profiled throughout the book, as is the town of Tofino itself, to give a true sense of how it takes a village to create a restaurant success like SoBo.

Try the SoBo Biscuits or my favourite Killer Fish Tacos features in the picture above. And, if Dad is in the mood for a thirst-quenching alcoholic beverage, with a hint of tequila, try the SoBo Margarita

Along with the recipes, the book features beautiful photography of the area bringing you one step closer to this magical, unspoiled part of the world, and to the warmth of the restaurant at the end of the Canadian road. 


4.5 out of 5 Sukasa Stars

The SoBo CookBook is published by Appetite By Random House, a division of Random House of Canada, a Penguin Random House Company.

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)

Monday, 9 June 2014

This Father's Day give Dad the gift of time travel

Does your Dad love sci-fi? 

Here are some Father's Day gift ideas that if timed right may just get you loads of brownie points. 

Travel through the past century and a half with The Time Traveller's Almanac. Starting from the nascent beginning of genre itself, in a way this book can be seen as a cultural almanac. Charting how we've used this infinitely malleable tool of time travel to engage with the changing landscape around us is a tempting method for mapping our recent history.

The stories in this edition are classics. Great stories by great storytellers. From Well's The Time Machine to Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder, this book edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, give you all the beloved stories in one book. It's a nice feeling to be able to go back in time and experience these stories again for the first time.

The book is by far the most definitive collection of time stories that I have ever come across. It's a treasure of stories all in one great volume, a reference book to proudly display in your library.

Travel through time with Dad!

Also, here's another great book for the Sci-Fi Dad:

What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton.

Engaging, provocative, opinionated. Science fiction dissected. 

From the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Among Others, comes a book ironically called What Makes This Book So Great. Jo Walton’s collection of brilliant reassessments of the classics and forgotten gems – of modern fantasy and Sci-Fi.

For other great book ideas visit