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On the cover Model Nicole Metlewsky in the living room of our feature home at Paradise Estates. Hair and makeup by Nikola Syhatheb using Mac Cosmetics and Evo Hair Care. Photo by Darren Hull
24 PARADISE FOUND
46 TACO PARTY
Stunning homes built for
Festive, flavourful and fun
the Okanagan lifestyle
By Chef Heidi Fink
By Darcy Nybo
56 GO TO SEED
36 LUSCIOUS LAVENDER
benefits of pumpkin seeds
By Pamela Durkin
Relaxing, aromatic and
By Darcy Nybo
40 THE NEW HUES
Fall in love with new
colours for autumn
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22 70 CONTENTS
DEPARTMENTS 8 OUR CONTRIBUTORS 14 EDITOR’S LETTER
A good way to pass
By Susan Lundy
16 INSPIRED STYLE
By Lia Crowe
By Justin O’Connor
22 INSPIRED CHEFS
66 FRONT ROW
What’s on this month
Liquidity Wines Bistro
By Brenda Giesbrecht
By Susan Lundy
70 SECRETS AND LIVES
32 TALKING WITH TOBY
At Your Service
Call of Construction:
By Darcy Nybo
By Toby Tannas 74 OUTTAKE
60 TRAVEL NEAR
Pampered in the
Penthouse: A Sooke
By Lia Crowe
By Susan Lundy
L I F E AT I T S F I N E S T
STYLIST: THE NEW HUES
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“Boulevard readers are going to love this fashion story, the location was stunning. You will be able to feel the romance of the fall air.” Her work has been featured in many publications, and seen on the red carpet at The Junos and The Daytime Emmys.
“In producing this issue of Boulevard, I revelled in the rich sensory experience of the Okanagan. During the fashion shoot at Paynter’s market, I ate the best peach of my life; at the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm I enjoyed the most luxurious scents; photographing Andreza at BIA BORO, I saw a splendour of fashion, and at Liquidity Bistro, Chef Simon Bouchard prepared a divine, heirloom tomato salad. “Lia Crowe is a stylist, creative director, photographer and writer.
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“I first fell in love with pumpkin seeds while living in Austria. They grow a particular breed of pumpkin there that is harvested solely for its deep green seeds that are chock-full of beneficial phyto-nutrients. Nutrition aside, the taste was sublime and I became an ‘addict.’ I was delighted to share this love with Boulevard readers.” Pamela is a freelance health writer and nutritional consultant whose work has appeared in numerous magazines.
“Big thanks to the ‘hand models’ (i.e. friends) on the homemade tortilla photo shoot — they were great sports about it, while we bossed and micromanaged them And I’m glad we were all able to sit down for a true taco party at the end!” Heidi Fink is a chef, food writer and culinary instructor, specializing in local foods and ethnic cuisines.
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LIFE AT ITS FINEST
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“Autumn is my favourite time of year, when the days cool down and the frenetic activity of summer gives way to a more relaxed time. The summer concert season is winding down, but there is still a lot to do. Take in a few (or more) of the Fall Wine Festival events, make a date with friends to listen to some hot jazz or fine symphonic music, or plan your costumes for Kelowna’s biggest Hallowe’en party.” Brenda has been writing for many years, in addition to doing graphic design, book production and fibre arts.
“Shooting the fall magazine on an incredibly hot day in the Okanagan at the iconic Paynter’s market was as inspiring as it was sweltering. Perfect day for an ice-cream in between takes. And what an mazing team!” Jenny is a Kelowna-based makeup artist.
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“Sunshine, bees buzzing, and the relaxing scent of lavender permeated every frayed nerve in my body. I visited a new community at Predator Ridge, the Quails’ Gate winery, and the Okanagan Lavender Farm to get the full of lavender experience.” Darcy Nybo is a freelance writer, writing instructor, book editor and author. She is a selfprofessed word nerd who believes everyone has an interesting story to tell.
“I was happy to shoot a lot in West Kelowna for this issue of Boulevard. It’s where I call home, and love to showcase what it has to offer. The fashion story was shot at Paynters Market, which is where I get all of my fruit and vegetables. Another fun issue with te team!” Darren is an editorial and commercial photographer and has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s top image makers with work informed by a strong sense of storyline.
PAGE 32 “Getting back to nature is my way of pushing the pause button. When I toured the home in this issue’s Inspired Interiors, it felt almost as good as being back at the ranch.” Justin is the top Sales Associate in Kelowna for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada and has recently taken over the reins as President for the Canadian Home Builder’s Association Central Okanagan.
“I was excited to get inside the head of Les Bellamy. The award winning designer/ builder constructs amazing, cutting-edge homes. I enjoyed getting to know the man behind the image, his plans for the future and how he’s carefully crafting his legacy.” Toby is a former TV News Anchor. She now focuses on running her small fashion business, freelance media work and her beautiful family.
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was suffering financially and Uncle Bill’s gift would make all the difference in the world. He also slipped $10,000 to the clerk who sold him the ticket. In the 15 years since his win, Uncle Bill and Shirley have travelled the world. They live comfortably but not ostentatiously. In my home, I have an “Uncle Bill bathroom,” built with the gift he gave me. There may not be any lottery winners in this edition of Boulevard but there are definitely people living out their dreams and passions. Meet Dave Keeler, whose passion for the hospitality biz turns out to be in his genes; Les Bellamy, who builds homes — and legacies — and Chef Simon Bouchard, who’s living the dream creating divine flavours at Liquidity Wines and Bistro. Speaking of dreams, join me on a journey to an uber exclusive penthouse suite in Sooke, near Victoria, and feast your eyes on the colours of fall fashion. Andreza Servilha Momtazian, co-owner of BIA BORO, talks style with Boulevard’s Lia Crowe, and Front Row writer Brenda Giesbrecht offers up some of the best in upcoming Okanagan entertainment. Enjoy a taco party and discover the healthy qualities of pumpkin seeds. Several stories in this issue of Boulevard touch on “living the life” in the Okanagan. In Luscious Lavender, we look at the calming and health-boosting properties of lavender. The concept behind the design of the beautiful house featured in Inspired Interiors is to merge the outdoor environment with indoor living space. And our stunning feature property at Paradise Estates is constructed around the concept of embracing Okanagan lifestyles. We hope you enjoy reading this edition of Boulevard as much as we enjoyed creating it. And in the meantime, there are several morals to my uncle’s story, starting with the lasting joy of giving and helping people in need, as well as the fun of bringing family together in a positive setting. But let’s not forget this one: always consider turning to a woman to find your winning number. PHOTO BY LIA CROWE
BOUT 15 YEARS AGO, my uncle was flipping through TV stations when the Lotto 649 numbers flashed on the screen. The numbers looked familiar. In fact, they look darned familiar. Ever since he was a boy choosing sports jerseys, Uncle Bill always picked out numbers heavy in fours and ones. He had been using a four and one combination on lotto tickets for years, but this particular week, he asked his wife, Shirley, for her lucky number and inserted a 20 for his usual 11. Holding his breath, he waited another 15 minutes for the numbers to flash on again. Then he went upstairs and said to Shirley, “I think we may have just won a substantial amount of money.” That night he and Shirley slept with the ticket under the mattress. They rose early to start their journey to the lotto centre and claim their $2.4 million prize. On a recent holiday weekend, I travelled to my uncle’s hometown on the coast for a visit. I hadn’t seen him in years, and sadly, his health is failing. As we drove down the main street of his town, he pointed out the store where he bought his winning ticket, and I was reminded all over again of his amazing generosity. Winning the lottery is the stuff of fantasy — many of us dream about divvying up the bucks of a big win, perhaps envisioning a life of leisure or travel. I like what my uncle did with his winnings and not only because a nice sum came my way. Immediately upon collecting his cheque, he walked into several Lower Mainland banks and paid off the mortgages of his three children, who were all in their 30s at the time. He gave them a little fun money as well, but the bulk of their gain comes from the $1.5 million he invested with plans to live off the interest. They will inherit that money. For himself… not so much. He bought a few things, like a new set of golf clubs. But he handed out a big chunk of it at a huge family gathering to people I’d come accustomed to seeing mostly at funerals. This was a much more joyous occasion! None of us had any idea how much our cheques would be, and most were dumbstruck by the amount. (In a wicked, older sibling moment, I looked at my brother’s cheque — which matched mine precisely — and said, “Yikes, you only got that much?”) My uncle received a teary phone call from his elderly aunt, whom most of us assumed was wealthy. But it turned out she
THAT NIGHT HE AND SHIRLEY SLEPT WITH THE TICKET UNDER THE MATTRESS.
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“GOOD STYLE IS BEING CREATIVE AND PLAYFUL WITH YOUR WARDROBE, WHILE ULTIMATELY RESPECTING THE SHAPE OF YOUR BODY. I WOULD RATHER TAKE RISKS AND BE WRONG THAN BE TOO SCARED TO TRY.”
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MET ANDREZA AT BIA BORO in downtown Kelowna and was immediately transfixed by this stunning woman, as she swept around the boutique in a beautiful floor-length skirt like a fabulous butterfly. Taking care of small hair and makeup touches, she simultaneously helped the women shopping in the store, and all the while reassuring me in her smooth Brazilian accent that she was almost ready. I quickly saw that she has an innate and inspiring sense of style totally unique to herself. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Andreza studied fashion design. After graduating, she opened her own boutique and designed clothing lines for high-end retailers. It was there, in her boutique in Sao Paulo, that she met the love of her life. “He came into my boutique to buy clothing for BIA BORO. When I first laid eyes on him, I really wanted him to ask me out, but there was a bit of a language barrier, and I didn’t want to ask him myself. After he was finished shopping, and we were getting ready to pack his order, I told him I didn’t have any boxes to pack with, which was a lie, and that I was going out that evening and I would drop off his items at his hotel. That night he joined me for a night out in Sao Paulo. Two days later, he was heading back to Canada. I offered him a ride to the airport, but my car ran out of gas and he missed his flight, and ended up spending another week with me. After that trip we had a long distance relationship for two years, I decided to close down my boutique and move to Canada to be with him. The first BIA BORO Boutique was in Nelson, BC and was opened with his brother and sister. After a few years working at the store in Nelson, we decided to open a second location in Kelowna.” Asked what she loves about her work, she says, “I simply love fashion and I love to style individuals. My goal is ultimately to have my guests leave the store feeling confident and beautiful inside and out. That makes me happy. Outside of work, I’m passionate about my daughter, my partner, travelling, good food and great sex.” And what is her best life lesson? “Live in the present moment, as life often brings you what you need, when you need it.”
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INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES MERGE IN STUNNING LAKE VIEW HOME BY JUSTIN O’CONNOR
N OUR PURSUIT of fabulous Okanagan interiors, we travelled to the top of Wilden — one of Kelowna’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Once a wild piece of land flanked by Okanagan Lake, Wilden has become one of the largest master-planned real estate developments in the Okanagan Valley, offering captivating lake views and nature-inspired living. There are few places left in this world where you can live among the peace and tranquility of a natural setting with all the desired amenities only minutes away. In a world increasingly filled with urgency and discord, I wanted to share an interior design that reflects balance and harmony — a design that offsets the stress and commotion of our daily routines.
PHOTOS BY LIA CROWE
Created by interior designers Carl Scholl (Carl Scholl Design Inc.) and Al Truss (Fountainhead Group Consulting Ltd.), the chromatic conformity between the various elements of this interior promotes a sense of relaxation and calmness. A wall of glass opens to a central courtyard, creating a seamless transition between the interior and outdoor space. The U-shape design that surrounds the pool provides the utmost in privacy. As we toured this architectural masterpiece, I was captivated by the peaceful haven the owners have created by blurring the lines between the interior and outside area. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow the many “Zen-like” gardens to appear as though they are part of the interior space. The visual continuity between 19
“WE TRAVELLED TO BALI, JAPAN AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THE YEAR WE WERE WORKING WITH THE ARCHITECTS. THE DESIGN OF OUR HOME WAS INSPIRED BY THESE TRIPS. THE STYLE WAS DRIVEN BY OUR EFFORT TO BLUR THE LINES BETWEEN INDOORS AND OUTDOORS.” the walls and floors grants a purity of lines and induces a sense of relaxation and calmness.
HOMEOWNERS’ INTENT: “We love the outdoors and wanted to build a home that lets us feel like we are part of nature during all the seasons,” explained homeowners Richard and Eva Stephure. “We also wanted to use natural materials to create a comfortable, uncluttered and modern home where friends and family would feel welcome.” They added, “We love nature and moved to Kelowna to enjoy the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley while still feeling a part of a community. “We wanted a space that had a lot of natural elements — like stone, natural wood, concrete and glass — that combined to create a modern yet comfortable place for friends and family to enjoy. Separate guest rooms downstairs allow for visitors to enjoy their time when they come to visit, without feeling like they are intruding in our space. “We designed the U-shape of the house with a courtyard to allow us privacy while giving us access to the pool and the stunning views of the lake from the main level. “Carl Scholl and Al Truss were integral in making our vision come alive.” 20
DESIGNERS’ CONCEPT: To create modern clean lines, using natural materials and colours inspired by nature. STYLE OF DESIGN: “We travelled to Bali, Japan and Southern California the year we were working with the architects. The design of our home was inspired by these trips. The style was driven by our effort to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. All materials (flooring, ceilings, soffits, rock and glass) and colours were chosen to achieve the look of seamless transition.” COLOUR SCHEME: Monochromatic, natural/neutral colours with pops of green and white. The outside colours primarily come through the windows throughout the year. STANDOUT FEATURES: Access to lake views from every room on the main floor; the large “floating” fireplace surrounded by glass (stunning in the winter); floor-to-ceiling glass throughout; large, wooden, pivot front door.
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Chef Simon Bouchard prepares an heirloom tomato salad.
• Born and raised in a Montreal suburb. • Trained at the Institut de tourisme et d’hotellerie du Quebec (ITHQ) in Montreal. “I did a three-year course in kitchen management.” • At Liquidity since the end of the summer 2016. • Prior to that, worked at Vineyard Kitchen at Black Hills Winery, Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler and Mission Hill Winery. “Before that I worked all around the province of Quebec (Montreal, Charlevoix, Bas-St-Laurent, etc.).”
WHAT ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR AS A CHEF? I am a very calm person. Being able to stay focused and calm when the pressure is high is a key to success. Smile!
WHAT ARE THE 10 OR SO MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS IN YOUR PANTRY? I love to cook with seasonal ingredients. I usually go to the market every day and pick out the freshest and nicest products available. During the fall season, I love working with nice crisp apples, freshly picked, different varieties of winter squash and root vegetables like parsnip, parsley roots, sunchoke (Jerusalem artichokes) and beets, etc. Basics are also very important: a good olive oil, nice vinegar, fleur de sel… And of course, I always keep a bottle of maple syrup close to me.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DISH TO COOK AND EAT ON A WARM, FALL DAY? A simple grilled fish on the barbecue, corn on the cub with butter and a salad. Simple is best!
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO ITEM WHEN SAMPLING OTHER CHEFS’ FARE? When I eat out, I love to try new ingredients, techniques or flavour combinations. It could be fine dining or a small food truck; I will pick something I’ve never tried before to get inspiration and new ideas.
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PARADISE FOUND A COMMUNITY BUILT FOR THE OKANAGAN LIFESTYLE BY DARCY NYBO
PHOTOS BY DARREN HULL
PHOTO CAROLINE IRVINE
Quick Facts Number of bedrooms: 3 Number of bathrooms: 2 and 1 powder room Square Feet: 3,811 Two-door garage Rooftop patio, community pool, community fireplace, rock and water features, putting green, sandy beach and docks with boat slips.
AL NICHOLS, OWNER OF Gasland Properties in Edmonton, loved the land which is now Paradise Estates the moment he laid eyes on it. “When I was introduced to this beautiful piece of property, I knew we could build something special that fit into the gorgeous setting of Okanagan Lake.” Their first step was to assemble a highly skilled team, with people who could draw on their experience and resources to put together a one-of-a-kind strata housing development. Cal’s son, Ken Nichols, CEO of Gasland’s group of companies, helped recruit the team. They engaged Thomas Jobb as architect and Norm Anton as jobs superintendent. Both have worked on numerous quality
developments throughout Western Canada. Then they brought in Sarah De Angelis of Magpie Interiors for her ability to create an Okanagan aesthetic with a touch of global influence. Located on the west side of Okanagan Lake, Paradise Estates truly reflects the Okanagan culture and lifestyle. All 21 homes have beach access and a boat slip. A central courtyard provides a relaxing space among four waterfall features on man-made mountains. A private vineyard with 16,600 vines sits adjacent to the property. Homeowners can swim in the pool, practice putting on the green, or just sit around the community fireplace and watch the stars at night. “Around the fire pit are Muskoka style rockers and we’ve put Muskoka style chairs down by the dock as well,” said De Angelis. “They are a nice classic lake chair and we were able to source them locally [from Wicker Land Patio Kelowna].” Then there are the homes. All are built to exacting standards with steel frames on concrete pads, steel joists and steel studs throughout. The exterior is finished with acrylic stucco and natural stone, aiming to reflect the colours of the Okanagan. As I stepped through the beautifully crafted, wood and glass front door of the development’s show home, I could tell it was created at a uniquely high level. Italian ceramic tiles bordered by river rock around the foyer and down both sides of the hallway evoke a beach-like atmosphere. 25
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A stream of light emanates from above and I realized there’s a one-by-11-foot ribbon of glass in the ceiling. On the second floor, another glass ribbon allows natural light from the upper floors to flow throughout the home. It’s just one of the many intriguing extra touches in these beautiful houses.
in Kelowna and has used it in various finishes on a variety of surfaces throughout the homes, including the kitchen countertops, great room fireplace and shower surrounds. “Our mandate was to do things differently in every way possible, whether that meant bringing in a new cutting-edge material like Neolith or having a true artisan create the plaster walls.” As you look around these homes, you see counters and walls in a different light. “We used Onyx Neolith in the master shower surround,” said Sarah. “It’s not only beautiful but also functional because there are virtually no grout lines. The slabs were large enough that pieces were cut to size, which means cleaning and maintenance are simple.” On the main level, the great room fireplace and hearth are clad in Iron Corten Neolith, which simulates the warm look of rust-toned corten steel. The feature above the fireplace is done with Calcutta Neolith, bringing in the classic look of polished Calcutta marble without the need for maintenance. The kitchens at Paradise Estates are perfect for family gatherings with their beautiful custom walnut cabinetry, highend Wolfe and Sub-zero appliances and a gorgeous hammered copper vent hood. A live edge bar top on the kitchen island, created by Eternal Timber and Design, also adds to the “wow”
“WHEN I WAS INTRODUCED TO THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF PROPERTY, I KNEW WE COULD BUILD SOMETHING SPECIAL THAT FIT INTO THE GORGEOUS SETTING OF OKANAGAN LAKE.”
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factor. It’s made from a solid piece of maple finished with a specialized oxidized treatment and covered in resin to make it perfectly smooth and durable. Complementing the chef’s kitchen, an adjacent butler’s pantry is stocked with a second fridge, microwave and enough counter surface to accommodate caterers. There’s also storage for coats and boots, and the exit door leads to the large garage for easy access in and out of the home.
STYLISH MASTER SUITE My absolute favourite room in the house is the master suite, where, to start, you find beautiful oak floors, walnut millwork, an electric fireplace and that gorgeous lime plaster wall finish. A king-sized headboard alcove incorporates custom pendant lighting and room for bedside storage. A walk-through closet provides ample built-in storage with natural light and views. Then there’s the cosy sitting area with room for a table and two comfy chairs, complete with a wet bar, including fridge and 28
freezer drawers. The multi-slide Marvin windows look out into the community and the lake beyond. Just make yourself a coffee and sit back to enjoy the views. Simply walking into the en suite is relaxing. Designed to provide a spa-like experience, it has teak cabinets, beautiful feature tile work, Onyx Neolith tub, stand-up shower surround and a private toilet area.
MUST HAVES FOR AN OKANAGAN LIFESTYLE The rooftop patios at Paradise Estates offer a perfect, four seasons getaway opportunity. Take the floating stairs or the elevator to the third level. The vaulted ceiling gives way to an exterior patio with an outdoor shower, built-in misting system, seven-person hot tub, wet bar with fridge/freezer and storage drawers, and wall mounted TV. There’s even a heater in the ceiling of the covered area for those crisp Okanagan nights. Beyond all that is a large seating area perfect for entertaining, or merely enjoying the view of Okanagan Lake.
All units are available with packages that include commercial grade designer outdoor patio furniture. There’s also a 48-foot hammered copper fire table included from Wicker Land Patio Kelowna. Back on the main floor, the wine room calls you into its cool depths. Inspired by old-world wine cellars, it has a beautiful barrel-curved ceiling and wall-mounted bottle storage affixed to natural stone-clad walls. Walnut cabinetry, in-floor lighting and open shelving complete this gorgeous space. Two multi-slide Marvin windows off the living and dining area seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor environment. Down at the beach you’ll find the community boat dock, built with steel piles, timber and covered in composite wood. It can withstand high water levels, over two feet above the decking. All the slips are 10 feet wide to accommodate a 36-foot boat lift.
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“WE GOT MARRIED ON OUR BIKES, WE LEFT THE CHURCH ON OUR BIKES, WE USED TO DO EVERYTHING ON OUR BIKES.” Photographed at Monashee Manufacturing Corporation Ltd. in Kelowna.
CALL OF CONSTRUCTION LES BELLAMY BUILDS STUNNING HOMES — AND A LEGACY BY TOBY TANNAS
ES BELLAMY IS AT THE HELM of one of Kelowna’s most prestigious homebuilding companies. He’s collected numerous awards and accolades as the owner and principal designer of Bellamy Homes, but he had never fully acknowledged the level of his success until a recent encounter with another Kelowna builder he’s long looked up to. “Kevin (Edgecombe) turns to me and says, where did you come from? You were like this little builder guy trying to eek out a living and now everyone is talking about you,” Bellamy recalls with a chuckle. “That’s when I went ‘okay, I think I’ve arrived.’” It was a moment he could have only dreamed about when he started Bellamy Homes almost 20 years ago. Bellamy has engineered a steady climb to the upper echelons of Kelowna’s building industry, but as a young man a construction career wasn’t even on his radar. Bellamy was focused on being a musician in the early ‘90s. He needed a day job so he could play gigs at night. (Bellamy is the co-founder of the hugely popular Kelowna band, The Zamboni Brothers.) “I got a job as a clean-up boy on a commercial construction site. It was just supposed to be a gap filler, but I just instantly fell in love with it,” says Bellamy. Bellamy quickly shed the clean-up duties and advanced to framing carpenter, all the while absorbing as much information as he could. “I would spend my coffee break and lunch hour sitting with the old guys, picking their brains; I’d work on the weekends when no one else wanted to work; I’d hang out with the boss and do whatever extra stuff he wanted because I wanted to figure stuff out quickly.”
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Within four years of first stepping foot on a construction site, Bellamy started his own foundation and framing company. The evolution of what’s now a true design/build firm started when Bellamy and his wife, Pat, decided it was time to have their own home built. “I decided I would draw the plans for our own house,” says Bellamy. “The builder looked at the plans and said, ‘this is a great design, you should do this more often’ and I said, ‘well how about I draw your plans?’ He said sure.” Other builders soon took notice of Bellamy’s unique designs. At one point, he considered putting his focus exclusively on designing, but the call of the construction site was too strong. He knew he needed both and Bellamy Homes was born. “This year we will probably build 12 homes, where traditionally it’s been around seven or eight,” explains Bellamy. In the midst of the current construction boom in the Okanagan, Bellamy is committed to not over extending himself or his trades. “Right now, we can’t take any new clients until the spring of 2019. Most of my competitors will just keep taking the jobs and find the manpower to do it later. I don’t want to expand my company. I know what my limitations are.” An admitted control freak, with more than a touch of OCD, Bellamy has kept his core team small at just three. He designs each home himself and is committed to working personally with clients from the moment they walk into the homey office environment he’s created. “I’m designing and building their home,” says Bellamy. “It’s not just a project for me, it’s their home and I really try to get inside of their heads, find out who they are and 33
what their lifestyle is, creating a true bond.” Bellamy is known for designing and building spectacular homes. He considers himself a trendsetter when it comes to the now hugely popular modern style that’s popping up all over Kelowna. “I was the first builder here to put up a contemporary show home,” says Bellamy. “Everybody thought I was nuts.” Bellamy says he had been watching trends on the coast and was willing to bet with his bank account that “West Coast Contemporary” would be the next big thing here. Turns out he was absolutely right. “The year after we put that [house] up, my sales increased by 400 per cent.” So where is home design in Kelowna headed next? “I think the next thing that’s coming is more modern,” predicts Bellamy. “West Coast Contemporary is a soft modern, it still feels homey but with the clean lines of contemporary. It’s just a matter of you getting your feet wet and I think it’s going to be the real modern looks that come next.” Many of Bellamy’s home designs are intricate, requiring more time on the design, budgeting and building fronts. He spends 13 hours in the office most days. He’s thankful for a tolerant wife but knows more balance needs to be on the horizon. “I won’t retire,” the 48-year-old is quick to say, “but I do need to have a five year plan to get the company to a point where I bring a successor in and still be the ‘Colonel Sanders’ of the company.” Bellamy’s plan is to groom someone to Les Bellamy in his handle the budget and business end of the Kelowna office. operation, while he retains all the creative duties and still works closely with the client. “I could probably do all of that at the volumes we’re doing now in two to three hours a day and then “The way I see it,” says Bellamy, “it’s so awesome to have enjoy my wife’s retirement with her.” women in trades. They pay way more attention to detail. There’s For Bellamy that may mean more time on his Harley way less ego; I like that.” Davidson. Motorcycles have always been a passion, one he He sees his role in construction education as an important shares with his wife. one — to eventually eliminate the stigma that if you don’t have “We got married on our bikes, we left the church on our an education you can always get a job in construction. bikes, we used to do everything on our bikes.” “That’s horrible,” says Bellamy. “It takes a lot of skill and Another passion for Bellamy is charity, or giving back to the ability to be in construction and we need to have more community. He sponsors a golf tournament each year to raise recognition of that.” funds and awareness for a future Children’s Hospice & Respite By promoting construction as a positive and rewarding career House in Kelowna. option Bellamy sees an opportunity to create something of a “I’ve always had a soft spot for stuff for kids,” he says. legacy. Bellamy Homes also provides financial support to the He hopes to perhaps inspire a young person, who like him, Okanagan Trades College and is a huge proponent of the didn’t necessarily grow up with the dream of becoming a builder Women in Trades program. but has the potential to evolve into an industry leader. 34
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“THE LAVENDER FARM IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN TURN OFF YOUR PHONE, RELAX AND LET YOUR SOUL CATCH UP TO YOU IN THE MOMENT.”
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AVENDER —JUST SAYING THE WORD conjures up a sense of relaxation. It’s been used for centuries as a stress reliever and antiseptic, as well as for its anti-inflammatory properties. With spritz on your pillow, sleep comes easier. Add a drop or two of lavender oil to your bath and it emulates a spa. It’s used in shampoos, beauty products, jams, jellies and even wines. Such is the power of lavender. Lavender originated in North Africa and regions of the Mediterranean. Today it thrives in the Okanagan, and over 60 varieties of the 400-plus types of lavender grown worldwide can be found in the Okanagan Valley. Predator Ridge, a development near Vernon, has joined forces with UBC Okanagan to create a 3.5-acre park with over 2,300 lavender plants. The lavender surrounds a walkway that leads up to a yoga platform from The Commonage — the newest
neighbourhood at Predator Ridge. Here, residents have 27 acres of dedicated park space on their doorstep, anchored by a park and the lavender field. Breanne Tripp, landscape manager at Predator Ridge, commandeered a golf cart to tour me around The Commonage Lavender Meadow. We headed up the hill and stopped at the end of the trail, where a large, multi-use yoga platform offers stunning views in all directions, including the lavender field. One can imagine breathing in the fresh aroma of lavender here and releasing the tensions of the day with a yoga class or a glass of wine. While hikers and yoga practitioners benefit from the lavenderscented breezes, UBC Okanagan students also benefit by having this as their outdoor laboratory. Dr. Soheil Mahmoud, an associate professor of biology at 37
UBC Okanagan campus, noted, “We’re seeking to observe if The Commonage plants produce different essential oils than we’re used to seeing in the region. There could be some novel applications for these oils that have an authentic, local signature unique to The Commonage community.” According to Breanne, the lavender fields aren’t the only place you’ll find lavender at Predator Ridge. “As you walk through the community, you see lavendercoloured bird houses. There are dozens of them,” she said. “We put them up to help protect the native birds of the area.” Lavender was also the theme at a recent Lavender and Lanterns Dinner at Predator Ridge, where award-winning, Executive Chef Jeremy Luypen created lavender and honey vinaigrette, lavender and mint soft polenta, and lavender honey cheesecake. Accompanying one of the dishes was a lavenderinspired wine, aptly named Lanata (a lavender varietal) and specifically produced for The Commonage. “It’s a crisp white blend of Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer made exclusively for Predator Ridge by Ex Nihilo,” Breanne said. “It pairs well with all things Okanagan and is sold only at The Commonage Market at Predator Ridge.” Farther south, located in Kelowna, sits the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm. It’s immediately apparent why it was chosen as the 2017 Canadian Garden Destination of the Year. There’s lavender as far as the eye can see and the aroma that wafts up from the fields is intoxicating. Andrea and Dave McFadden inherited the land from Andrea’s father, Dick Stewart, and planted their first quarter-acre test block of lavender in 1994. Today, they have over six acres
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oils. It’s all distilled here on the farm. We make lavender jelly, dozens of hydrosols and floral waters as well as other pampering products. In our shoulder season, we have a blending bar where people can come in and make their own hydrosol blends to be used as skin toners.” The farm doesn’t cater to tour buses. “We’ll take large groups by appointment only,” Andrea said. “The Lavender Farm is a place where you can turn off your phone, relax and let your soul catch up to you in the moment.” Over in West Kelowna, at Quails’ Gate Winery, the lavender theme continued, as Aman Dosanj showed me around the grounds, where lavender grows in most of the borders and accent areas. “Our landscape designers worked with Andrea at Okanagan Lavender to plant both early and late-blooming lavender at the winery,” she explained. “We also carry Okanagan Lavender products in the wine shop and use them at our lakefront accommodations: The Lake House and The Nest. When guests stay here we want to make sure they feel pampered with their essential oils, bath salts and other products.” There’s nothing like calming lavender combined with a glass of wine and a view of the lake to create a truly tranquil Okanagan experience. Photographed at the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm with owner Andrea McFadden. 39
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Fall in love with the new colours for autumn. Find rich and bold cobalt blue, kelly green and canary yellow at one end of the colour spectrum, and soft, muted khaki, silver and saffron at the other. Whether you’re in the mood for saturated or desaturated, Kodachrome or monochrome, fall for fashion that reflects your true colours.
On Nicole: blue jumper ($55) by Dex from Man + Woman; vintage boots ($250) by Miu Miu from Gypsy Soul; necklace ($150) by Thomas Sabo. On Charles: blue tee ($19.99) by Perry Ellis from Hudson’s Bay; blue over shirt ($89.95) by Levi’s from Hudson’s Bay; jeans ($157) by Neuw Denim from Man + Woman. 41
On Nicole: moss coloured jumper ($78) by Design Lab, exclusive for Hudsonâ€™s Bay; sweater ($283) by Line Knitwear from Man + Woman; necklace ($150), online from Tangerine Designs.
On Charles: green jacket ($70) by Chaps from Hudson’s Bay; jeans ($157) by Neuw Denim from Man + Woman; grey shirt ($39.95) by Levi’s from Hudson’s Bay. On Nicole: black jeans ( $157) by Neuw Denim from Man + Woman.
On Nicole: white cashmere sweater ($159) by Lord and Taylor from Hudson’s Bay; yellow vest ($159) by Design Lab, exclusive for Hudson’s Bay; jeans ($157) by OneTeaspoon from Man + Woman. On Charles: yellow plaid shirt ($60) by Chaps from Hudson’s Bay; grey pants ($167) from Man + Woman.
On Nicole: turtleneck ($145) and black jeans ($157) by OneTeaspoon from Man + Woman. On Charles: black jacket ($157) and jeans ($168 ) by Neuw Denim from Man + Woman.
Makeup and Hair: Jenny McKinney. Models: Nicole Metlewsky and Charles Oduro, both represented by Deja Vu Model Management .0 Photographed on location on the farm of Paynterâ€™s Fruit Market. A huge thank to everyone at Paynterâ€™s Market for graciously hosting our crew for the day.
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A SELECTION OF AT LEAST THREE TACO FILLINGS, TWO OR THREE SALSAS AND ALL OF THE CONDIMENTS WILL FEEL LIKE A FEAST OF ABUNDANCE.
S WE HEAD INTO FALL, we often want to hold on to the tastes of summer: dinners on the patio, casual meals on a warm evening, an abundance of market-fresh produce. Enter the homegrown taco party â€” the easiest way to bring back the taste and feel of a summer meal. Festive, flavourful and fun, tacos are the kind of food made to bring people together. What could be more enticing at any time of year than a shared meal of sundrenched foods: spicy salsas, juicy grilled meats and vegetables, warm, seasoned beans and sweet corn tortillas? Tacos are at once homey and festive: easy to eat, casual and still special enough for a party. Every person at the table can tailor his or her own tacos to suit individual tastes, mixing and matching fillings with salsas and condiments to create a personal version of taco heaven. To make a basic taco meal, choose at least one filling, two salsas and several condiments. To make a full-on fiesta in your own kitchen, invite friends who love to cook, and have every person bring something different to the meal. A selection of at least three taco fillings, two or three salsas and all of the condiments will feel like a feast of abundance. Below are some of my favourite recipes for fillings and salsas. Try any or all of these, with or without your regular taco time favourites. But for spectacular results no matter what, try your hand at homemade corn tortillas. I love them so much and find them so easy to make, I pull out my tortilla press even during a busy weeknight. Homemade corn tortillas are the definitive sign that a taco meal has turned into a full on taco party, no matter how small the meal. 47
HOMEMADE CORN TORTILLAS Makes about 12 soft tortillas Homemade tortillas are easy to make and have an incomparable flavour and texture. They are made with a special corn flour called masa harina, which can be purchased at various grocery stores in town. 2 cups masa harina 1½ cups tepid water Equipment: tortilla press, cast iron or stainless steel skillet
Combine masa and water in a medium-sized bowl and mix with a fork or your hands until evenly blended. Let dough rest for 5 minutes. Form dough into golf-ball-sized pieces. Roll each into a ball and flatten slightly. Preheat a cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Place a flattened dough ball in the centre of a plasticlined tortilla press (I use a large freezer lock bag, cut open), close and press firmly. Open and gently remove tortilla. Immediately place in the preheated skillet to cook while you press the next tortilla. Cook in the skillet for about one minute; flip and cook for about 40 seconds on the second side. Remove to a plate and cover with a clean dish towel. Repeat with remaining dough. Serve tortillas immediately, or let cool and wrap in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge. Reheat by wrapping the stack in foil and placing in a warm oven for 10 minutes.
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SALSA FRESCA Makes 2 cups The proportions of this salsa are not set in stone. You’re looking for a happy blending of flavours, which depends on the sweetness of the tomatoes, the sharpness of the onion, the acidity of the lime and the heat of the chili. Taste as you go, and feel free to make adjustments. ½ small white onion, cut in quarters 2 jalapeños or serranos (seed them if you want the salsa to be less spicy) 1 clove garlic, pressed ¼ to ⅓ cup fresh cilantro ½ tsp salt, more to taste 2 to 3 tsp fresh lime juice 4 large ripe tomatoes, cut in large pieces Combine the onion pieces, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro and lime juice in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the tomatoes and the salt and pulse until tomatoes are chopped and everything is well mixed. Pour into a bowl and taste to adjust for seasonings. TOMATILLO SALSA
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FRIJOLES NEGROS Makes 2 to 3 cups frijoles Homemade black beans are far superior to the canned ones! 1 cup dried black beans ½ tsp salt 1 bay leaf 1 clove garlic, crushed ½ tsp dried epazote (optional) ¼ tsp ground cumin ¼ tsp ancho chili powder ¼ tsp dried Mexican oregano 2 to 3 Tbsp olive oil, bacon fat or lard ½ onion, minced 1 additional clove garlic, minced Coarsely chopped cilantro leaves (optional) Crumbled goat feta (optional) Pick over beans to remove any that are broken, discoloured or moldy. Rinse well and drain. Place in a large pot with 8 cups of fresh water. Add the salt and bring to a boil. While boiling the beans for 1 minute, skim any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the bay leaf, crushed garlic, epazote, cumin, ancho and oregano. Simmer the beans gently for 2 to 3 hours, until very tender, adding water to keep the level just above the surface of the beans. Remove from heat, and let the beans cool in their own broth. Drain the beans, reserving the cooking liquid. Remove bay leaf. Place all but one half a cup of beans in the work bowl of a food processor. Add one half to three quarters cup of the reserved cooking liquid and process until beans are puréed.
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Heat a cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil or fat and heat until shimmering. Add the onion and sauté, stirring frequently, until onion is cooked through and browning. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Now add the puréed beans to the pan and stir everything together. Add some reserved bean-cooking liquid, if necessary, to keep the beans from splattering too much. Heat thoroughly and add the remaining halfcup whole beans. Cook for 10 minutes until all the flavours are melded together, adding more bean cooking liquid as the beans get thicker. You will probably use up all the liquid. Taste the beans for salt, scrape into a bowl, sprinkle with cilantro and cheese, if desired, and serve immediately. SPICED FLANK STEAK FILLING FOR TACOS
Makes 12 tacos, serving 4 to 6. Spice Paste 3 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped 2 medium scallions, roughly chopped (about ¼ cup) 1 jalapeños or serrano chili, seeded 1 chipotle chili, canned in adobo sauce 1 tsp smoked sweet paprika 1 tsp ancho chile powder 1 tsp toasted ground cumin 1½ tsp salt 1 tsp brown sugar 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, or a bit more, if necessary 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Steak 1 flank steak (approx. 1 pound) ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp white sugar FOR THE SPICE PASTE: Pulse garlic, scallions, chili and spices in food processor or mini-chopper until finely chopped. Add oil and process until mixture is smooth and resembles pesto, about 15 seconds. Use more oil if needed to help the paste purée better. Transfer 1 Tbsp of the spice paste to medium-sized bowl, whisk in lime juice and set aside. FOR THE STEAK: Trim the steak of excess fat. Cut it crosswise in half; cut each half lengthwise (with the grain) into 2 equal pieces, making 4 pieces of steak in total. Use a dinner fork or skewer to poke each piece of steak 10 to 12 times on each side. Place in a large baking dish; rub all sides of steak pieces evenly with the spice paste that does not have lime juice in it. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. TO COOK AND FINISH THE FILLING: Heat a gas or charcoal grill to a medium-high heat. Scrape paste off steak and sprinkle all sides of steak pieces evenly with salt and sugar. Scrape grill and heat until very hot. Place steaks on grill and sear, about 3 minutes. Flip steaks and grill for about 3 minutes. Reduce grill heat and cook until steaks are rare, registering 125 to 130 degrees F (52 degrees C) on an instant-read thermometer, about 3 minutes more. Transfer steak to a platter and let rest 5 minutes. Transfer the steak to a clean cutting board. Using a sharp chef’s knife or carving knife, slice steak pieces across the grain into thin slices (1/8 inch thick or less). Transfer sliced steak to bowl with spice paste-lime juice mixture and toss to coat. Serve filling immediately, sprinkling each flank steak taco with chopped onion, avocado, salted cabbage, chopped tomato, salsa or crumbled cheese. 52
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Makes enough filling for about 12 tacos A traditional Mexican filling of plain meat paired with spicy, salty and crunchy condiments, this is a not-to-be-missed taco combination. Chicken: 3 large or 4 smaller full chicken legs (thigh and drumstick) 1 onion, cut into eights 2 bay leaves, broken in half 3 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into quarters ¾ tsp salt 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro stems Cabbage: ¼ head of green cabbage ½ tsp salt Salsa Fresca (recipe above) To make chicken: Rinse the chicken legs well and pat dry. Cut along the joint of each leg to separate the thighs from the drumsticks. Place all the thighs and drumsticks in a medium pot with the salt. Add water until chicken is covered by a generous inch of water. Place pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, skimming off any scum or foam that floats to the surface. Immediately add the onion, bay leaves, garlic and cilantro stems. Add more water, if necessary, to make sure everything is covered by one inch. Bring to a boil again, reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover and simmer gently until chicken is tender — 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let
chicken cool in its broth until cool enough to handle. While chicken is cooking, make cabbage: remove the core from the cabbage. Use a sharp knife to finely shred the cabbage. Place cabbage in a medium bowl and add the salt. Toss cabbage and salt together to coat cabbage evenly with the salt. Let salted cabbage sit, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the salt is starting to draw out the juice. Dump salted cabbage into a strainer and suspend over a bowl or sink. Place a small plate inside the strainer, covering the cabbage. Place a heavy weight, such as a can of beans, on top of the plate so that the cabbage is being pressed. This will force as much liquid from the cabbage as possible. Press and drain the cabbage for about 30 minutes. Remove the can and plate. Rinse the cabbage well under a stream of cool water. Shake strainer to get rid of as much excess water as possible. Squeeze cabbage by the handful, transferring it to a clean bowl, repeating until all the cabbage is done. Remove cool chicken from the broth, remove skins and pull meat from the bones, discarding any fat and sinew, shredding the meat into small pieces with your fingers. Set meat aside. To assemble and serve tacos: chicken can be warm or room temperature. To warm the chicken, place the shredded meat in a pan with a few tablespoons of its cooking broth. Heat over medium heat, stirring gently from time to time, until chicken is heated through. Cabbage and salsa are both served at room temperature. Fold prepared corn masa tortilla into a U-shape. Place two tablespoons of chicken in the fold, top with one tablespoon of salted cabbage and one or two tablespoons of Salsa Fresca. Have napkins ready! Enjoy!
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VERY OCTOBER, WHETHER WE’RE baking traditional Thanksgiving pies or carving spooky Jack-OLanterns, pumpkins take centre stage in our festivities. But there’s something many of us discard from inside the hallowed gourd that deserves the same star-billing as the squash’s orange flesh — the nutrient-dense seeds. If you’re guilty of ignoring these valuable little gems, you may want to rethink your habits. Scientists have discovered that the flavourful seeds contain a bevy of nutrients — some in almost unrivalled amounts — that can enhance your health in several ways.
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While pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of vitamins and essential omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, their unparalleled “payload of minerals” is what really has nutritionists gushing. A mere quarter cup of the nutty kernels provides 73 per cent of the recommended daily amount for manganese, 47.7 per cent for magnesium, 16.8 per cent for zinc and 15.7 percent for iron. Compelling research indicates this plethora of “mineral wealth” may help you sidestep Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, immune dysfunction and osteoporosis.
Protein is part of every cell in the body and pumpkin seeds are one of the plant world’s best sources of this essential macronutrient. Surprisingly, one ounce of these super-seeds contains more protein than an ounce of beef or a cup of milk. What’s more, preliminary animal studies suggest that the protein in pumpkin seeds potentially holds unique liverprotective properties. It’s just one of the features of the jade-colored super-seeds that impresses naturopathic physician Dr. Kevin Jackson. “Pumpkin seeds play host to an array of health-enhancing nutrients,” he enthuses. “But their impressive protein content is particularly beneficial for vegetarians and vegans, who may have trouble meeting their protein needs.”
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Studies suggest one of the phytosterols abundant in pumpkin seeds — beta-sitosterol — has also been shown to help lower cholesterol and help alleviate symptoms of prostatitis. Clearly, instead of tossing out these nutritional superstars, we should be incorporating them regularly into our snacks and meals. Here’s tasty recipe that uses pumpkin seed. Hearty Fall Stew with Ground Pumpkin Seeds In Africa, ground pumpkin seeds have long been added to soups and stews. The practice is a wise one since the seeds give these dishes extra body as well as providing a healthy alternative to less salubrious toppings like dumplings and cheese. 1 Tbsp olive oil 4 herb tofu sausages, chopped (carnivores can use their favorite variety of sausage) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 or 3 small garlic cloves, peeled and chopped (let individual preference be your guide) 1 leek, well scrubbed and diced, use only the white and very light green parts 2 small cans low-sodium chopped tomatoes (should be a generous 1.5 cups in total) 3 Tbsp tomato purée 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried basil 1 ¼ cup low-sodium chicken stock or veggie broth 1 large yam, peeled and chopped
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1 ½ cups canned borlotti beans, drained and rinsed well salt and pepper to taste 1 ½ cups kale, rinsed well and shredded ¼ cup ground pumpkin seeds (hulled) Heat the olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the tofu sausage. Cook the sausage until lightly browned and slightly crispy. Remove the sausage and set aside. Add the onion, garlic and leek to the skillet and reduce the heat, and stir-fry until onions are softened — about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, purée , spices and stock and bring to a boil. Add the chopped yam and beans, and season with salt and freshly grated black pepper to taste. Reduce the heat again, cover the pot and simmer until the yams are almost tender. Stir in the kale and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When yams and kale are both nice and soft, ladle the stew into bowls and top each with some of the ground pumpkin seeds — serve immediately. Serves 4.
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Roasted pumpkin seeds are readily available in most supermarkets, but it’s a snap to roast them yourself. This allows you to control the time and temperature involved, avoiding any deleterious effects that may be incurred by over-roasting. A recent study suggests roasting the seeds beyond the 20-minute mark can bring unwanted changes to their healthy fat structure. To roast at home: • Remove the seeds from the pumpkin’s inner cavity and
wipe them dry with a paper towel to remove any excess pulp. • Spread them out evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet and let them dry out overnight. • Once ready to roast, simply pop them into a pre-heated 200 ºF oven for 15-20 minutes. • Allow to cool and then squeeze the kernels out of the hull. Although edible, the hull can be tough and stringy. • Alternatively, you can buy the seeds raw and dry fry them in a heated skillet on the stovetop until lightly golden. Use medium heat and keep a close watch while roasting — do not let the seeds burn!
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Of course, it isn’t necessary to roast pumpkin seeds at all — they’re equally delicious and most nutritious, in their raw, unadulterated state. Although they’re great eaten out of hand, there are myriad ways to enjoy them. Some suggestions include: • Incorporate them into your cookie, muffin, quick bread and granola recipes — they lend an intriguing texture as well as their sweet, nutty taste. • Serve them on top of your morning yogurt or hot cereal bowl (great with quinoa porridge). • Grind them finely and adding to stews, soups and pasta dishes or use them to create a crispy coating for tofu, fish filets and more. To avoid exposure to pesticides, always purchase organic pumpkin seeds. Store roasted or raw pumpkin seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They retain peak freshness for up to two months.
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A ROUNDUP OF ARTSY AND DELICIOUS HAPPENINGS, TAKING PLACE SOON IN THE OKANAGAN. ENJOY A COLLECTION OF GREAT MUSIC, SPECTACULAR WINE ... AND EVEN SOME WILD THINGS.
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Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
VANCOUVER SYMPHONY KICKS OFF OSO SEASON OKANAGAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA KELOWNA, SEPT. 29; PENTICTON, SEPT 30; VERNON, OCT 1
HE OKANAGAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WILL OPEN its 58th season with a truly special set of evenings as they play host to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Bramwell Tovey. VSO is touring the BC Interior in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, and will include Tovey’s new composition “Ancestral Voices.” Mezzo-Soprano Marion Newman will accompany the orchestra during that piece. The repertoire will also include Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 64, E minor. Tovey has been described as the very model of a modern orchestral maestro, and one of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world. This will be a rare opportunity to see Tovey at work with VSO, as his contract concludes at the end of this season. A special feature of the Masterworks Series is the Maestra Chats. Join OSO’s Rosemary Thompson one hour before the performance for an in-depth look at the music of that evening.
HOT JAZZ IN VERNON VERNON JAZZ CLUB SEPT. 23, OCT. 7, OCT. 21 As the nights cool down in autumn, consider taking in some hot jazz to warm your toes. The Vernon Jazz Club has some great music in its fall line-up. Brazilian singer Fernanda Cunha will be on stage September 23. A rising international jazz performer, Cunha will pay tribute to Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, accompanied by Reg Schwager on guitar and Okanagan musicians Bernie Addington on bass with Scott Gamble on drums. The Ketchum and Sample Quintet perform on October 7. Vocalist Darlene Ketchum and pianist Bill Sample are Vancouver jazz pros who compose their own version of jazz, soul, funk and R&B. Ketchum and Sample have been working together since 2011 and are directors of the Marcus Mosely Choral. They are joined by Rene Worst on bass, Buff Allen on drums and Bill Runge on saxophone. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne rounds out this session with a show on October 21. Raised in New Orleans but now calling Kelowna home, Wayne is a multi-award winning blues, boogiewoogie and jazz pianist. His proclaimed mission is to return the piano to the forefront of contemporary blues. He has headlined many international concerts and festivals with his easygoing elegance and stylist presentation. 67
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The BC Wine Awards takes place at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna on September 28.
BC WINE AWARDS FALL OKANAGAN WINE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 8 Kick off the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival with a celebration of excellence. The British Columbia Wine Awards and Reception honours the best in the industry. This is an intimate event held at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna on September 28, where individual wineries host tables for the awards ceremony. A broad selection of the award-winning wines will be enjoyed alongside local artisan foods. The Fall Festival has a vast array of events taking place throughout the Central and South Okanagan — visit thewinefestivals.com for a complete listing and to buy tickets. Meanwhile, here are a few that might tempt you. Gray Monk Estate Winery in Lake Country is hosting O Canada — An Anniversary Celebration on September 30. The evening features a five-course meal of Canadian culinary specialities carefully paired with Gray Monk’s award-winning wines. Take in a Working Viticulture Class and Harvest Lunch at Quail’s Gate Winery in West Kelowna on October 1. Learn about the history and practices in the vineyard, and then enjoy the fruits of the labour with lunch in the private dining room. As the Festival Society states, “The Okanagan Wine Festivals are an experience for all who love fabulous wine accompanied by great food, unique events and a breathtaking setting.”
CABARET KELOWNA ACTORS STUDIO OCTOBER 11-29 “What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play ...” Yes, come to the Cabaret when Kelowna Actors Studio brings the Kit Kat Club to the stage this October. Cabaret, one of the darlings of Broadway, is in its 51st year, but the message is still relevant: the temptations of nationalism and prejudice can sneak up on you when you’re having fun, and suddenly you’re in a very scary world. 68
The story takes place in Berlin during the early 1930s, the last gasp of the permissive, decadent Weimar Republic. The Nazis are gaining control but no one is paying attention, lost in the pursuit of pleasure. Cliff Bradshaw is a young American writer who is becoming aware of the situation, when he gets involved with Sally Bowles, a young cabaret artist of little talent but much charm. Based on the true-life experiences of Christopher Isherwood, the play written by John Van Druten came to the world stage on Broadway in 1966 under the direction of Harold Prince. Though it has gone through many interpretations throughout the decades, the story still holds its power. Theatre-goers have the option of attending just the show, or making it a dinner theatre event.
RCA GETS HAUNTED ROTARY CENTRE FOR THE ARTS OCTOBER 28 Kelowna has settled down after another busy summer season, but don’t get too relaxed — there’s a big event on the horizon. The Rotary Centre for the Arts is hosting the city’s biggest Hallowe’en party and you’re invited. “We’re located in the heart of the Cultural District,” said Mary Deason, marketing co-ordinator for the Centre. “The building’s modern architecture juxtaposed with its rich, wood beams conjures inspiration at every turn. It’s no wonder hundreds of creatively dressed party-goers from all over the Okanagan attend this one-of-a-kind event.” Vancouver-based band Redeye Empire will be headlining this year’s bash, and the atrium will be transformed into a dance floor that will vibrate with the band’s high energy combination of reggae, rock, ska and hip-hop. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the atrium overlook the Arts Common, and that’s where Kelowna’s own Kinshira Performance Troupe will perform an intense and daring fire show. The troupe’s unique blend of music, acrobatics, theatre and fire juggling is sure to thrill and make the event a night to remember. Food and drink will be available and Okanagan Photostar will be in the house with its photo booth to help you capture some of the night’s fun. Just a reminder that this is a 19+ event.
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Wine and Wild Things Gala takes place at Sparkling Hill Resort.
WINE & WILD THINGS GALA SPARKLING HILL RESORT SEPTEMBER 23 You’re probably sure of a good thing when it’s a 16th anniversary. The Wine and Wild Things Gala in support of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre is surely one of those good things. Held in the spectacular ballroom at Sparkling Hill Resort, the gala is an “amazing evening of hors d’oeuvres, live animals and much more.” As with any fundraiser, there are live and silent auctions, good wine and food. What makes this event stand out from others is the Wild Things. Come meet some of the stars of The Raptors up close and personal, including an owl, a hawk and a falcon. Stuart Brown of The Bug Guys will also be in attendance along with his impressive reptile collection. And you can capture your moment with the Wild Things via a photo courtesy of Image Studios. Kinshira Fire Troupe of Kelowna will present a stunning performance on the terrace, adding more magic to an unforgettable night. Tickets are limited so don’t delay. Ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities can be found at abnc.ca. Help the Allan Brooks Nature Centre maintain its success in nature interpretation, environmental education and habitat conservation. This year’s funds will support the Keeping Nature in Our Future initiative.
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“REMEMBER, THIS IS THE GRAND BALLET. IT’S SHOW TIME. YOU ARE HERE TO GIVE PEOPLE AN EXPERIENCE.”
S OFTEN HAPPENS, PROBLEMS give rise to new and greater ventures. This rings true for Dave Keeler and his company, Vintage Hospitality. He founded Vintage Hospitality as a management and consulting firm in 2007. As the company grew, he created a niche business that solved problems for wineries and resorts by taking over their restaurant operations. Today, his business is the culmination of a lifelong trek in the hospitality industry. “I started in Vancouver at Victoria Station Restaurant by the Burrard Street Bridge,” he explained. “My buddy was the dishwasher and got promoted to the salad bar. I got his job. I was only 13 and I spent six years washing dishes. When I turned 19, I realized bartenders met more girls, so I took a bartending course.” Life took a sharp turn when Keeler’s mom moved back to the UK and was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “I ended up going to stay with her for a bit and got a pub job in Oxford. A year later, she passed away and I moved to a little village called Nether Wasdale in Cumbria. My godmother had a pub there. It was one of two pubs surrounded by sheep farms. That was it — pubs and sheep. I worked the summers running the pub and spent the winters on the sheep farms.” Soon Dave met a young lady. “She’d come up with her family to the Lake District in spring and summer and we hit it off, so I moved to Reading to be near her. I got a job at the first ever Ramada in the UK. Starting in room service, I worked my way up to running the pub. As for the girl, it didn’t work out, so I figured it was time to move back to Canada.” It was the mid-1980s and Vancouver was about to experience a boom, when Keeler landed a job as a service bartender at
Cristal Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. “I was tucked away in a little bar in the kitchen. By the time Expo ’86 came around, Cristal was the restaurant to go to.” Keeler moved up the ranks and became a junior waiter. “I was on a team with an older Italian fellow named Silvio and another waiter, Robert Gagne, better known as Frenchy. He was the most professional server I ever worked with in my life. Frenchy is now in the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame and was maître d’ at Joe Fortes for 20 years. Our sommelier at the time was Mark Taylor who later opened up Cru and then Sienna. That was the foundation of my career. Frenchy used to say to me, ‘Remember, this is the grand ballet. It’s show time. You are here to give people an experience.’” Keeler worked hard developing his management skills with The Spectra Group of Restaurants in Vancouver opening numerous new restaurants. After 20 years, he decided to head back to the UK, where he was hired to open a Seattle Coffee Company franchise. “After a year I told them I wanted some equity in the business. They told me they couldn’t at the time, but to wait a year or so more. I was young and impatient, and I left to open a sports bar in a soccer stadium. The coffee company went on to open 30 more locations in the UK, and in 1998 Starbucks bought them all out. That was an important lesson in patience.” In the UK, Keeler worked on other projects including opening a Cheers-themed dining restaurant near Piccadilly Circus. He also got married and the two decided to take a year “off” as ski bums at Whistler. For Keeler, taking time off meant working part time at Hy’s Steakhouse — and within a year was manager. Six years later, he moved his growing family to the Okanagan. With Vintage Hospitality, he decided to try something different. 71
“I HAD TOLD MYSELF I WOULD ALWAYS TAKE MY TIME AND BE PATIENT, BUT I WASN’T, AND I NEEDED TO CHANGE THAT.”
Dave Keeler at Liquidity Winery.
“My first project was to take the restaurant at Quails’ Gate from construction to operations. From there I designed and built Bonfire Grill at the Cove Lakeside Resort.” While still operating Bonfire Grill, Keeler heard the restaurant at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery was available. He took on the job of operating a turnkey restaurant. It was a move that changed Vintage from a consulting firm to an operating firm. Over the next few years Vintage took on the restaurant at Spirit Ridge and was then approached by Apex Resort to run the Gunbarrel Saloon. “Just as Mica at Spirit Ridge was closing, we took on Liquidity Bistro out in Okanagan Falls. We had three restaurants, and I realized I had to take a step back and really look at what we were doing.” Keeler paused as he remembered the moment it all solidified for him. “It brought me back to the time when I was with the coffee company and I made a rushed decision. I had told myself I would always take my time and be patient, but I wasn’t, and I needed to change that. Around that time — at age 47 — I had a heart attack. It stopped me in my tracks.” Keeler has recovered well from his heart attack and his business is stronger than ever. “We’ve put a lot of work into our culture and core values. Now we approach every property we go into as an opportunity to enhance the bigger picture. For Liquidity, we took the time to
learn the vision and culture and what they wanted in the way of a food and beverage operation. Our goal is to make it a seamless experience for guests. We are not focused on numbers, we are focused on creating vintage experiences.” He paused and smiled, saying, “That’s what we do now…we take the headache out of operating food and beverage. Hospitality is all about taking care of people.” Keeler believes the hospitality business is “contagious” and he found out some time ago that it might be in his genes. “I was adopted, as was my sister. She had tracked down her birth parents. So, years ago, when I was living in the UK, I decided to track mine down. I wasn’t so pressed to meet the parents, but I wanted to know my background.” Although, he thought he was English, it turned out he was wrong. “I found my birth mother in England and learned that both she and my birth father were 100 per cent Scottish. Then I found out that both my grandfather and my great grandfather had owned and operated up to four pubs in Glasgow at one point.” Keeler leaned back in his chair, and paused as if recalling a wonderful memory. “You know, one of the most unbelievable experiences in my life was being in a pub that my family had owned in Glasgow, enjoying a beer there while looking at a photo of my grandfather behind the bar.” His focus shifted and he smiled. “I guess you could say Vintage Hospitality is in my blood.”
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