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Mother’s Day

Hot Dates: Celebrating Mother’s Day in Vancouver

Treat mom with tea at The Urban Tea Merchant

Treat mom with tea at The Urban Tea Merchant

May 12, 2013

Mom may have appreciated gifts crafted out of macaroni and glitter at some point, but now? Trust us: she’d prefer a fragrance from the new L’Occitane Collection de Grasse, launching this month at L’Occitane en Provence, or a bangle from Frey Wille. And she shouldn’t have to cook: treat her to a Mother’s Day tea service, complete with sandwiches, savouries and sweets, May 10 to 12 at The Urban Tea Merchant. If she’s not the hot-tea type, she can order a tea-infused cocktail. And please, leave the macaroni art at home.—Sheri Radford

Mothers Day Dining: 5 Fabulous Toronto Restaurants for Mom

BY CRAIG MOY

Mothers Day Dining Toronto Restaurants Brunch

The Drake Hotel features a Mother’s Day prix fixe and more (photo: Connie Tsang)

It’s likely that your mom has cooked you more meals than you (or she) can count. Return the favour by treating her to a fabulous Mother’s Day dining experience at one of these great Toronto restaurants.

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6 Mother’s Day Brunch Destinations in Calgary

Dine in luxury at Teatro in the heart of downtown Calgary. Photo: courtesy Teatro.

Dine in luxury at Teatro in the heart of downtown Calgary. (Photo: courtesy Teatro)

Calgary’s many brunch spots feature long lineups on Mothers’ Day. We’ve found six elegant, kid-friendly and casual venues, which are still open for bookings.

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Exhibition: Mother’s Day Plant Sale

May 13. Beautiful blooms from peonies to roses to savoury herbs are up for grabs at the 23rd annual Mother’s Day plant sale. 9 am to 4 pm. Canadian Mennonite University-North Campus, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd., gymnasium. 204-895-4560 or gardensmanitoba.com.

Hot Shopping: Mother’s Day Gifts from Lush

Mother's Day gift set from Lush

Before Mother’s Day (May 13) rolls around, purchase some sweet-smelling goodies for the woman of the hour. This collectible tin from Lush comes packed with fresh bath bombs, a body scrub and the famous Dream Cream—and it’s selling out quickly. Website orders must be placed by May 10 at noon, but you can try your luck in-store, too.—Jennifer Patterson

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for May 11 to 13

Friday, May 11
Join a talented group of vocalists as they sing hits from iconic musicals Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. Do You Hear The People Sing is put on by the NAC Orchestra and runs Thursday through Saturday. The Ottawa Festival Chorus is among the many performers.

Kaya 2 by Shannon Kaya of Teomae Designs, who will be exhibiting at the Glamour in the Glebe Jewellery Show

Over 30 jewellers will be present for this Friday’s Glamour in the Glebe event, which features a jewellery fashion show and refreshments. Pick something up for yourself, or grab a gift for mom from one of the many vendors.

Saturday, May 12
If you’re searching for great local food, look no further than the Locavore Artisan Food Fair. Over 20 local vendors will be present, and a silent auction will take place with proceeds going to the School Breakfast Program (an Ottawa initiative).

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Travel-Lovin’ Mamas

By SHANNON KELLY

A dozen ideas for moms who travel this Mother’s Day—no matter what her style! (more…)

Hot Dining: Mother’s Day Brunches in Vancouver

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Mom’s the word on May 13, which is Mother’s Day in North America. It also happens to be one of the most popular days of the year to go for brunch, so reserve ahead. Treat your marvellous mama to a delicious spread at Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge, Coast Restaurant, Fleuri, Horizons Restaurant or Raincity Grill. She’ll love it almost as much as she loves you.—Kristina Urquhart

Editor’s Picks: Best Choices for Mother’s Day 2012

Victoria Conservatory of Music Garden (Photo: Maureen Flynn-Burhoe)

Victoria

Mother’s Day Paint-In
At this arts and crafts fair at Hatley Park National Historic Site, browse the works of local artists, purchase plants and locally made jewellery, food items or beauty products and more. Other diversions include bands, face-painting for kids and tours of the historic Hatley Castle and gardens.
Hatley Park, 2005 Sooke Rd., 250-391-2666; May 13, 10–4; May 12 and 13, 10–4; free. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Bejewelled

Arm bling from Tiffany & Co.

The quintessential Mother’s Day (May 8) gift? Jewellery. Tiffany & Co. highlights the timeless appeal of glittery baubles with the new Tiffany Twist collection. Each gold or sterling silver bangle ($225 to $1,950, pictured), pendant or pair of hoop earrings has a unique spiral design inspired by the age-old method of hand-twisting wire. Other high-end jewellery shops with something memorable for Mom: Birks and Cartier.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dining: Happy Mother’s Day

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It’s just plain wrong for Mom to do any cooking on May 8, which means pretty much every restaurant in town is holding a special brunch, buffet, tea or dinner. Popular brunch destinations for Mom include Fleuri Restaurant, Oru, Italian Kitchen, Market by Jean-Georges and Bacchus Restaurant. To avoid maternal disappointment, make your reservation early—and don’t forget the flowers.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Happy Mother’s Day

Pretty pendants from Tiffany & Co.

Do your well-intended Mother’s Day (May 9) gifts tend to fall flat? Make your way into Tiffany & Co. to find a gift that’s destined to be unforgettable. New for May is the filigree heart, a lace-like design that uses the popular Tiffany keys and bejewelled flower petals. Available in white or rose gold or sterling silver, the pendant is sure to make up for all those macaroni hearts and drugstore perfumes Mom received in the past.—Jennifer Patterson