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The Hunt for the Great Hot Chocolate: The Rocket

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ST. JOHN’S, NL – With the snow coming down and Christmas snapping at our heels, there are always a few wintery traditions everyone looks forward to despite the temperatures.

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5 best places to get a coffee in St. John’s

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There is no shortage of coffee houses in our fair city, but which one has the best tasting coffee? We sent our reporter on a mission to rank the top 5. 5. Cafe Ole, Mount Pearl – This little food stand in Mount Pearl Square has some of the best coffee around. Well worth the drive. 4. Coffee Matters, Military Road – A popular place to get all kinds of coffee, lattes and everything in between. Save yourself a bit of cash and skip the fancy drinks and get their house blend. 3. Rocket Bakery, Water Street – Well known for their bakery and hipster vibe, The Rocket also serves a great variety of delicious coffees. Elbow your way past…

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Shopping local: Baby Products

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I love baby showers. I love watching soon to be moms discover their babies for the first time through other people’s support. Their eyes light up when they grasp the tiniest pair of shoes. Sometimes I think to myself “they have no freaking idea what is about to go down and it’s going to be awesome.” Because there is no way to prepare anyone for becoming a parent, but the baby shower is small sign of support to let the mom and dad know, they got this, they are not alone and it’s going to be the best thing ever. Plus look how small those socks are? There is no need to break the bank and hit up Toys R…

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Snack Attack: Food for art

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There is nothing better than a good feed of your favourite snack. St.John’s native, Ashley Smallwood knows exactly how to get to the heart of the stomach and nostalgia with a paint brush. Smallwood is the founder and creator of Snack Paintings- pictures of childhood snacks and traditional Newfoundland staples. The artist grew up in St. John’s and surrounding area and moved to Toronto over eight years ago. No matter where she roamed, she was always involved with art. “I’ve painted my entire life. Growing up I always said I wanted to be an artist. I’ve used many different mediums but watercolor stole my heart. It’s actually quite difficult getting the perfect colours and if you mess the wash up,…

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Tval: soap so good you want to eat it

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Do not go into Tval on Water Street if you are feeling hungry. The skin care company is filled with delicious scents and small extremely realistic cupcakes sit on a stand, tantalizing all your taste buds. Soaps, cleansers, creams and more are all prepared fresh at the store. Tval opened in February of 2004 and was started by Anna Hellqvist, a Swedish biologist and chemist and her husband Jason Bailey, a Newfoundland biologist. The two met in Sweden when they were completing their PhD’s.  They moved to the rock where Anna started Tval as a hobby shop on Duckworth Street at the time. “Anna had been making products on her own since childhood. She had always been interested in skincare…

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