Tuesday, December 7, 2010



Last night Tommy Hilfiger unveiled the 2011 Spring collection from their TOMMY line at the west-end gallery Thrush Holmes Empire.  It's a great, raw space in a trendy neighbourhood; perfect for these clothes and this audience.

While it was a bit weird to be celebrating the bright colours and snappy patterns of Spring on a filthy-rotten December night, it was also refreshing.  Toqued and parka'd trendsters sipped prosecco and admired the new clothes, displayed like artwork on the walls.  Their easy and casual, no fuss whatsoever.  In the best way.  Everything looks like that great piece you forgot you had at the back of the closet.  Timeless and familiar, a blend of the current and the vintage.





















After the event, the lovely Tommy Team took a few of us for dinner at one of the city's great restaurants.  The Harbord Room has a terrific reputation, in large part due to its dreamy and talented executive chef, Cory Vitiello.  His food is fairly traditional, just like I like.  I had veal meatballs with polenta, a warm stewy slew of comfort in a bowl.  

A NOTE ON THE LIQUOR I'm a gin drinker.  If it's Hendrick's or Tanqueray 10, I like it on the rocks.  If it's something less-desirable, it needs to be cut with some tonic.  My friend Brady introduced me to Victoria Gin, Canada's first premium one, just the other day - and it's delicious.  More floral than most, and smooth.  This could make gin-haters like gin.  And it's made a convert out of me.  ALSO Jesse is big into the fancy cocktails, and it should be noted that the Lavendar Sidecar (one of HR's signature drinks) is fantastic.  Brandy, orange liqueur, lemon juice, lavender honey syrup and orange bitters make what we deemed Tang: For Grownups. Mmm.

Back to the food.  I was flanked on either side by a Giddings Boy.  (Gosh, I don't know how that happened!)  Jesse had a beautiful plate of venison (pictured, horrifically with flash, below), and Curtis had the aged ribeye. The table rounded-out with some risotto, a couple of their famed burgers, the smoked 'n poached char, and the requisite steak frites.  Everyone was deeply satisfied when we finally pulled ourselves away from the table close to midnight.  












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7 comments:

  1. gin is so delicious- if you can, try 209. a gin made in san francisco. it's tasty and on par with hendricks and boodles.

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  2. Good God, what a collection of lookers you guys are.

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  3. Look how cute you are! You definitely steal the stage with your appearance in this post.

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  4. Mmm... gin. Mmm... beautiful people. Mmm...

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  5. Ha!. you are in a giddings sandwich. great shots.

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  6. For the first time in over a decade, I own Tommy Hilfiger clothes now because of your blog! So I say, DAMN YOU, Jason, for having good taste and alerting me to Tommy's new look, which I'm all in favor of.

    In other news, everybody you know is annoyingly good-looking and well dressed.

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  7. The Harbord Room! Cory! I'm putting it all together.

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