July 8th, 2017

Need to Fix a Cracked Makeup Palette? We Take Care of That.

Have you ever dropped your favourite makeup compact, only to have it smash to pieces before your eyes? Don’t throw it away just yet. Here’s a quick and easy solution to fix a broken makeup palette like a blush, eyeshadow, or bronzer.

  1. Grab a pencil, pen, or end of a makeup brush.
  2. Smush it into tiny pieces until it becomes a powder.
  3. Smush, smush, smush.
  4. Grab some rubbing alcohol.
  5. Add a couple of capfuls to the powder.
  6. Mix it all up to become a consistency like cake frosting.
  7. Grab a piece of tissue and a coin.
  8. Press gently, holding for a few seconds.
  9. Allow to dry.
  10. Place a cotton pad inside to prevent further cracking – voila!

Find all of your beauty and makeup needs from London Drugs in-store and online, and know that we’ve got you covered with our #LDSolutions videos.

Need other great tips and tricks to make life easier? Check out more of our helpful LD Solutions Videos on YouTube or individually here on the LD Blog:

How to De-Wrinkle a Shirt in a Jiffy

How to Remove a Ring Stuck on Your Finger

How to Easily Remove a Stripped Screw

How to Peel Potatoes without a Peeler

How to Remove Nail Polish from Your Skin

How to Cure Bootflop

How to Make a Heartfelt Gift for a Family Member

How to Deep Clean Your Blender

How to Vitamin-Charge Your Morning Smoothie

How to Clean Your Microwave with a Lemon



July 7th, 2017

10 Patio Recipes to Help You Sail into Summer

Summer is in full swing, and people are emerging into the sunshine after a long winter of hibernation. With the warm weather rolling in, you might be dreaming of sun-soaked afternoons and evenings spent lounging on a plush patio with all of your favourite people. And what better way to coax those folks into stepping outside than with totally tantalizing dishes? You won’t want to plan your warm-weather outdoor dining experiences without these top 10 patio recipes.

1. Watermelon Brie Bites

Watermelon Brie Bites Outdoor Patio Recipe on the London Drugs blog

These refreshing appetizers are so easy to make, will add a pop of colour to your table spread, and have the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavours. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar over top for added flair.

[Find the recipe from My Suburban Kitchen]

2. Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken

Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken Outdoor Patio Recipe from London Drugs blog

A triumphant main dish for any al fresco dining experience. Grilled chicken and pineapple compliment each other perfectly with a delicious marinade.

[Find the recipe from Carlsbad Cravings]

3. Creamy Lemon Garlic Salmon Piccata

Creamy Lemon Salmon Outdoor Patio Recipe on the London Drugs blog

This classic recipe is so easy to make. Salmon with a creamy lemon caper sauce is a perfect main dish to serve alongside grilled veggies.

[Find the recipe at Cafe Delites]

4. Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears Outdoor Patio Recipe on the London Drugs blog

Jazz up your standard cheese platter by adding fruit and wrapping it all up in salty prosciutto. Fresh fruit and cheese were just meant to be eaten together.

[Find the recipe at Recipe Runner]

5. Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad Outdoor Patio Recipes on the London Drugs blog

This fresh salad can come together in a pinch. With a handful of raw veggies, some cubed feta cheese, and a deliciously light vinaigrette dressing, it’s a quick and delicious no-fuss dish.

[Find the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling]

6. Pomegranate Berry Fizz

Berry Fizz Mocktail Recipe for Patio on the London Drugs Blog

The colour of this mocktail alone makes it a perfect choice to add to your patio recipes arsenal this season. Pomegranate seeds and berries make a lovely garnish, and it will keep you and your guests refreshed on those long summer days.

[Find the recipe from Meatified]

7. Goat Cheese and Apricot Crostini With Pistachios and Mint

Goat Cheese and Apricot Crostini Outdoor Patio Recipe on the London Drugs blog

These appies pack an explosive flavour punch. With just five ingredients, you’ll be able to throw these together in no time and impress everyone with tasty and colourful treats.

[Find the recipe from Stuck on Sweet]

8. Grilled Veggie Skewers with Creamer Potatoes

Grilled Veggie Potato Skewer Outdoor Patio Recipe on the London Drugs blog

Veggie skewers are a must for any patio party. With a little assembly and prep time, you can add tons of colour and flavour to your dishes.

[Find the recipe from I Love Vegan]

9. Tropical Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Non alcoholic sangria recipe on the London Drugs blog

Possibly the most quintessential summer cocktail, sangria is perfect for entertaining. You won’t even miss the wine in this tasty recipe! Mix this fruity and bubbly concoction up in your favourite pitcher with some citrus slices and kick back.

[Find the recipe on Simple Vegan Blog]

10. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms With Spinach and Cheese

Grilled Portobella Mushroom Outdoor Patio Recipe on the London Drugs blog

These make a great entrée if you’re looking to feed the vegetarians in your life. Portobello mushrooms are the perfect base for this delicious spinach and cheese filling.

[Find the recipe from Rachel Cooks]



July 7th, 2017

July Book of the Month

The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Anil is the cherished eldest son of a large family from an Indian village, expected to inherit the role of leader of his clan and arbiter of its disputes. Leena is his closest companion, a fiercely brave girl who loves nothing more than the wild terrain they inhabit and her dear parents. As childhood friends, they are inseparable, with one of those rare relationships that transcends circumstance and the inequalities of life. But with the pressures and complications of adulthood, their paths begin to diverge. Anil journeys to America to pursue his dream of becoming a medical doctor, finding both temptation and trial at a gritty urban hospital in Dallas, Texas. In India, Leena leaves her beloved home to join her new husband in a distant village, only to discover her new family has unexpected complications.
Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart. Many years later, their lives intersect once again. Altered by their choices and experiences, these two old friends are reunited when they need each other most. A tender and bittersweet story of friendship and family, The Golden Son illuminates the decisions we must make to find our true selves.

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July 5th, 2017

London Drugs supports VPD Foundation with Kops’ Shades for Kids fundraiser

Show Your Support for the VPD… and Look Good Doing It

From Wednesday, July 5 to Monday, July 31, London Drugs locations across the city of Vancouver will support the Vancouver Police Foundation and its Kops’ Shades for Kids campaign. The VPD Aviator Sunglasses will raise funds to support community outreach programs for vulnerable youth. Since its inception, the program has raised over $400,000 for programs in the community it serves.

London Drugs will be selling the glasses in eleven Vancouver stores for $25. 100% of the proceeds are donated back to the Foundation to continue its community work. The programs keep kids engaged, active and away from high risk activities.

When you purchase a pair of glasses, you’re helping the VPD and Foundation build safer neighbourhoods that continue to make Vancouver a better city for all.

Show your support by sharing an image of yourself and your aviators along with the hashtag #VPDPartners. VPD Aviator Sunglasses are available at the below locations.



June 29th, 2017

An Ode to Quintessentially Canadian Snacks

As Canadians, we are pretty darn proud of our culinary contributions to the world. We’re the nation that created poutine, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, and maple syrup, so yeah, we take our food pretty seriously. Snacking is no different. What follows is an ode to these Quintessentially Canadian Snacks. Happy Canada Day!

  1. Old Dutch Ketchup Chips

    Is there anything more satisfying than polishing off a mini (or standard) bag of these almost too-red chips? Bonus, the stains on your fingers last for as long as the memory of that undefinably zingy and salty faux-ketchup taste.

  2. Hawkins Cheezies

    A texture unlike any other cheez-infused snack food on the market. A bold, in-your-face flavour that says: “I dare you to question my origin”. A crunch that can be heard for miles. Hawkins Cheezies are one of a kind and quintessentially Canadian.

  3. Smarties

    The hard candy shell on a Smarties offering is superior to the candy shell on an M&Ms. Phew. Someone finally said it. These truly snackable treats are ideal constituents of a homemade, not very healthy trail mix.

  4. Ruffles All-Dressed Chips

    The existence of these chips demonstrates the principle that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. And greater, it is. The tang and zip of these vibrantly orange ridged chips keep Canadians coming back for just one more handful, until the bag holds nothing but fond, salty memories.

  5. Nestle Coffee Crisp Chocolate Bar

    Lighter-than-air wafer surrounded by a cloud of coffee-flavoured cream makes the Coffee Crisp a delight to eat. Pro tip, for the best chocolate-to-filling ratio, go for the fun size.

  6. Crispers

    A very hard, but somehow also crumbly biscuit base cut into a unique geometric form that can only be described as a wavy square. These Christie brand crackers offer a pleasurable snap when eating, and come in quintessentially Canadian chip flavours like Ketchup, All-Dressed, and Salt & Vinegar.

As you prepare to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, consider adding a quintessentially Canadian snack food to your barbecue spread, and remember that part of what makes Canada great is how strange we all are. Happy Canada Day!



June 28th, 2017

9 Canadian Recipes to Celebrate Canada 150

When we think of Canadian cuisine, there are staple dishes–both sweet and savoury–that immediately come to mind.

While Canada is known for creating the poutine and Hawaiian pizza (among other delicacies), not everyone has grown up with these familiar local flavours. So whether the following dishes bring back fond childhood memories or this is your first ever time trying them out, these recipes are bound to have you brimming with Canadian pride this July 1st. Bring them to a Canada Day barbecue, share them with your coworkers and classmates, or simply whip up a batch to enjoy yourself.

1. The Famous Canadian Butter Tarts

Canadian Recipes - Butter Tart

The butter tart may be taken for granted as a regular dessert choice in Canadian households, but for some it is a sweet and flaky treat that may be overlooked. Everyone should experience this luxurious–and simple to make–national dessert that is popular year-round, and enjoyed by all.

[Find the recipe at Cooking the Globe]

2. Bannock

Canadian Recipes - Bannock

Bannock–a traditional Aboriginal bread–is made up of flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, and can be made savoury or sweet depending on your tastebuds.

[Find the recipe at Family Feedbag]

3. Classic Canadian Maple Syrup Pie

Canadian Recipes - Maple Pie

Maple is the spotlight of our nation’s flag, and is used as a natural sweetener in many dishes and as a popular condiment across the country. This sugar pie recipe truly makes maple syrup the star, and will be loved by anyone with a sweet tooth.

[Find the recipe at Seasons & Suppers]

4. Authentic Canadian Poutine

Canadian Recipes - Poutine

Of course, you can’t talk about Canadian cuisine without bringing up poutine. Originating in Quebec, the extremely satisfying combination of fries, cheese curds, and gravy can now be enjoyed across the globe.

[Find the recipe at Half Baked Harvest]

5. No-Bake Nanaimo Bars

Canadian Recipes - Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo bars are the intensely sweet and creamy dessert named after the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia. Although they may appear complex, these no-bake bars can be whipped up quickly (and devoured just as fast).

[Find the recipe at Liv for Cake]

6. Tourtiere (Quebecois Meat Pie)

Canadian Recipes - Tourtiere

While tourtiere is a traditional Quebecois savoury pie filled with pork, veal, and beef, this recipe can also be tweaked to cater to curious vegetarians. Whether you keep the meat or not, this classic French pie is sure to appease your appetite.

[Find the recipe at Saveur]

7. Chocolate & Toasted Coconut Donut Holes (DIY Timbits)

Canadian Recipes - DIY Timbits

Timbits (bite-sized donut holes made by Tim Hortons) are a staple in many a Canadian diet, and if not–or at least a guilty pleasure. Thankfully, you no longer have to hide the Timmy’s box from coworkers and friends–you can now make them in the privacy of your home!

[Find the recipe at Port and Fin]

8. Canadian Bacon Pineapple Pizza

Canadian Recipes - Hawaiian Pizza

Despite its name, Hawaiian pizza (ham and pineapple) was actually created by a Canadian back in the ‘60s, making this exotic-sounding pizza a true Canadian classic. Really amp up the Canadian spirit by substituting the ham for Canadian bacon.

[Find the recipe at Eat In Eat Out]

9. Grilled Nova Scotia Lobster Rolls

Canadian Recipes - Nova Scotia Lobster Rolls

If you’re lucky enough to have lived or visited the East Coast, you’ll understand the hype around lobster rolls. This recipe is simple, traditional, and can even be made with frozen or canned lobster if you can’t get your hands on a fresh Nova Scotian crustacean.

[Find the recipe at Food Gypsy]

 



June 28th, 2017

Instant Pot

With the introduction of the Instant Pot to my kitchen, making meals for my family has gotten so much quicker and more efficient! I’d been hearing about the Instant Pot and its miraculous time-saving ways, and there is no better time to try one of these fantastic tools out than the summer. Not only does this amazing cooker save time and energy, but it also helps keep your kitchen cool with its super-efficient insulated cooking system – no more sweating over a steaming pot on the stovetop or turning your kitchen into a sauna by roasting dinner in the oven on a hot day! As an added bonus, less heat lost into the air in your kitchen means less energy needed to cook your meal perfectly, helping to minimize your energy footprint for a greener kitchen.

The Instant Pot’s myriad functions make this multifunctional cooker more than worthy of its counterspace footprint – with pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sautéing, and warming functions, this handy package can replace multiple old, worn-out appliances in your kitchen – even down to your yogurt maker, with pre-calculated programs for cooking soups, meats and stews, beans and chilis, poultry, white rice, multigrain, and porridges, to take the guesswork out of preparing these staple dishes.

While I was skeptical at first that the Instant Pot, with its wide range of uses, would measure up to appliances that focused only on a single utility, I was blown away by how well it performs all its functions. In a head-to-head with my rice cooker, the Instant Pot managed to cook rice perfectly in half the time! I was equally impressed by the ease with which it cooked lentils (only 30 minutes from dry!), soup (tasted like it had been simmering all day after only 45 minutes!), and beef (falling-apart-tender in under an hour!) – all-in-all, this multifunction miracle won me over quickly and completely.

London Drugs carries two models of the Instant Pot – the IP-DUO60 V2 and the IP-DUO80, and I’ve tested them both to help you choose which model is the best fit for your kitchen. The two models are almost identical except for their size, boasting the same great rundown of features – multicooker capability, easy steam-release valve, automatic stay-warm function, heavy-duty stainless steel inner pot, included steam/roasting rack and utensils, detachable power cord for easy storage, and more.

The primary difference is in the size, with the DUO60 having a 6-quart (roughly 5.7-litre) maximum capacity, and the DUO80 holding up to 8 quarts (approximately 7.6 litres). This difference adds up to roughly two inches of difference in diameter and another two inches in height, which sounds minimal, but when seen side-by-side, the DUO80 is a very clearly a much larger appliance (it consequently also takes slightly longer to come to temp or full pressure). If you’re cooking for a large family or like to make large batches of meals to freeze, I would definitely recommend the DUO80 for its extra capacity, but if your kitchen space is limited and you don’t need to feed crowds, the DUO60 is the way to go. If you’re not sure which model will work best in your kitchen, I definitely recommend looking at the product at your local London Drugs – as the Instant Pots are packaged very efficiently, just looking at the box gives you a fairly accurate idea of how much space it will take up in your kitchen.

All in all, using the Instant Pot has been an absolute pleasure, and I expect I’ll be using it many times a week long into the future. If you’re looking to invest in a new cooking appliance or replacing an old one that’s seen better days, I can’t recommend this product highly enough!

Korean-Fusion Style Burritos, makes 6-10 servings. Recipe time: 1 hour (not including burrito assembly)

Ingredients for kalbi-inspired shredded beef:

  • 1-2 kg large chunks of braising or stewing beef (2 kg will fit in the DUO80, but may not fit in the DUO60)
  • ½ cup rice wine
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Asian pear, grated
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ large white or sweet onion, grated
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped

Ingredients for burritos:

  • 6-10 large burrito-sized tortillas
  • 3-5 cups prepared white or brown rice (approx. ½ cup or more prepared rice per burrito)
  • 1-2 cups seasoned rice vinegar (or plain rice vinegar with 2 tablespoons each of sugar and salt whisked in, per ½ cup vinegar)
  • Chopped kimchi (approx. ½ cup or more per burrito, to taste)
  • Chopped raw cabbage or other greens
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped green onions
  • Sriracha (optional)

Mix all ingredients so that the meat is well-coated (this may be done inside the Instant Pot to minimize dirty dishes).

Place the beef in the Instant Pot, and pour in remaining mixture on top. Close Instant Pot lid firmly, and select the Meat/Stew function with the High Pressure option for 50 minutes.

While the meat cooks, cook your rice in a second Instant Pot, rice cooker, or on the stove (you can also wait until the meat is done and cook it in the Instant Pot your beef is currently cooking in, though you’ll have to wash the pot in between – if you do this, recipe will take an additional 20 minutes, approximately). When rice is cooked, allow to cool slightly, and sprinkle with ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar per cup of prepared rice before mixing gently to distribute the vinegar evenly.

Chop kimchi, raw cabbage or other greens, cilantro, and green onions.

When the Instant Pot is finished cooking, remove the beef to a clean bowl. Meat should fall apart easily – shred it using two forks before serving.

Allow each diner to assemble their burrito to their own tastes.

(The liquid left in your Instant Pot will be highly flavourful, and can be used as a great beef soup base after straining out any remaining solids and skimming off the fat.)



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