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Inspiring Renovations That Bring New Life to Vintage Homes


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One to Watch

Vancouver Island’s Powell Floral is a business in bloom.


Shopping + Openings

Smoky side tables, colour-block carpets and more hot home decor.



Great Spaces


Take a little inspiration from the industriallush design of Vancouver’s M8 restaurant.

Flooring We Love

Organic forms and graphic shapes are appearing underfoot.

“They’re not looking to mimic the past, they’re looking to contrast it.” –Clinton Cuddington






Restaurant openings, wine picks and other food news to chew on.


Winner, Winner


Next-level recipes breathe new life into chicken dinner.

This Vancouver home is a balancing act of history and contemporary design.


Preservation in Measure



The Local

Collector’s Peace

How will an American-style boutique hotel fare in Calgary? Pretty darn well, we bet.


The Renaissance of Los Cabos Has Begun

A closed-off 1940s bungalow is redesigned with soaring ceilings and storage galore.

In With the Old

A Calgary restaurateur converts a heritage factory loft into a dream home.


Half a decade after a devastating hurricane, the area is awash in luxury hotels.



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Q& A This month we asked our contributors, If money was no object: what would you renovate in your home? Kait Kucy “In with the Old” page 49 My 1911 apartment has a small kitchen that deserves a timeless upgrade. Being able to pursue my love of cooking among Carrara marble countertops, a white farm sink and state-of-the-art appliances would be a dream. And, of course, I’d add in modern conveniences like a dishwasher to bring it fully into the 21st century.

Kyoko Fierro “Winner, Winner” page 6 1 My kitchen would be like a bistro walled with classic tiles. It would have huge solarium panel windows with black frames and brass handles, all appliances kept on one wall, an island in the centre for a quick glass of wine—and an in-floor heating system because I am often barefoot.


Photographer Kyoko Fierro’s puppy, Ruby, was on set for our food shoot this month (“Winner, Winner,” page 61). And though she isn’t allowed table scraps, you can see from her tongue that she was certainly ready should a stray piece of chicken come within her reach.


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It’s hard to imagine a time before we knew the phrase “spark joy,” isn’t it? While I haven’t yet watched the Netflix series that had everyone at our water cooler buzzing, I did read Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up a couple of years ago and that “does it spark joy?” mantra she advances really does have some resonance. Last month I shared with you that I’d tackled a reset of my living room, and the shouldit-stay-or-should-it-go decisions were made a little easier with some version of those words ringing in my head. (More like: “When was the last time I actually chose to file my nails in front of the TV, and therefore why do I have an emery board in my remote-storage box?” The emery board went.) It’s possible Clinton Cuddington, the architect behind “Preservation in Measure” (page 28), has his own spark-joy-like mantra, too. His team at Measured renovated a 1930s home on Vancouver’s west side, and as we chatted about their work, he brought up the classic debate: when do you renovate a home, and when is it time to move on? What he doesn’t subscribe to, he says, is the “endangered species” approach to conserving older homes. The fabric of a neighbourhood doesn’t fall apart because we didn’t keep a home looking how it always has. His approach, then, is to bring contemporary design into these older homes, while drawing inspiration from the past. To open up those interior walls and create kitchens that are more than galleys; to bring in wall-to-ceiling glazing instead of the tiny punch windows that were once the norm; but also to celebrate the elaborate mouldings and adorned fireplaces that were the mainstay of 1930s design. That home has become a joy-filled experience for its new owners, no doubt. And, I hope, it will provide some inspiration for whatever life-changing magic you have planned in your own future.

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Early Bloomer Ali Louwe, owner and lead designer, Powell Floral

Louwe uses ethically and locally sourced plants to craft one-ofa-kind designs that illustrate Vancouver Island’s natural beauty.

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When Ali Louwe spent six months teaching yoga in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest in 2015, she fell in love with the lush ferns, salals and other greenery she encountered daily. So when she returned to her home base of Victoria—eager to learn the floristry trade—and discovered that many big-box florists source their blooms from outside B.C., an idea blossomed. “I started Powell Floral as a revolt against how flower shops are traditionally run,” says Louwe. “But also because I wanted to experiment: ‘Is it possible to use all local products year-round?’” The answer, as it turns out, is yes. By ethically foraging and forming relationships with local flower farmers, the designer produces stunning bouquets, tablescapes and “floral therapy” workshops that showcase Vancouver Island’s best bounty. Think delicate foxgloves, hellebores and vibrant parrot tulips, plus peonies, eucalyptus and roses—all thoughtfully arranged in a way that defies fleeting (and unsustainable) trends. “It’s about looking at the big picture of plants,” notes Louwe, “and not just looking at flowers.”—Lucy Lau

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Soft Smoke

Anicka’s Pick Sphere cat bed

$299, available at tuftandpaw.com While my cat would be just as happy with a paper bag as a hidey-hole in my living room, this Sphere bed from Vancouver-based Tuft and Paw is decidedly more attractive. A yarn cocoon is supported by a metal frame with tapered beechwood legs—and inside that circular door, my Zoe will find a cozy cotton cushion. Do they make them big enough for humans? Asking for a friend.

In smoky brown tempered glass, the Verre square coffee table ($599) isn’t going to block your living room’s visual flow—plus the cross base adds a nice geometric contrast to soft sofas. eq3.com

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Family Drama

The Party ceramic wall sconces (from $824 each), designed by Kranen/ Gille, take Moooi’s signature quirk to a whole new level. Each animated lamp is a family member with a colourful life story: Glenn is the good son “searching for clarity through ideology and order,” Coco is the self-made matriarch, and the Mayor is the pompous, secret father of twins Glenn and Ted. lightform.ca

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Ferm Living’s Orb watering can ($119) brings a punchy dose of bold geometry to indoor gardens. fermliving.com

Power Play

With its externally positioned lightbronze feet and outer leather shell, the Tape 2 sofa (from $10,060) from Minotti is furniture deconstructed— and yet the experiment is nothing but iconic. livingspace.com

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Peanut Gallery Green with Envy

Ikea’s blocky and asymmetrical staircase rug (officially dubbed the Kongstrup, $90) is a note-perfect graphic accent in green on blue. ikea.ca

Prepare to see domed iterations of the vintage-inspired Tosca bookcase ($899) everywhere. What’s more, the glass shelves, mirror panels and concealed LED lighting take a museum-level approach to showcasing fine possessions. cb2.ca




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Calgary Magenta Home One-of-a-kind, handcrafted items are the bread and butter of Magenta Home, a home-decor biz you may recognize from pop-ups around town. They’re now permanently settled into the bustling (and also relatively new) Avenida Food Hall and Fresh Market in Lake Bonavista. Husband-and-wife owners Ian and Cindy Shurville capitalize on their creative talents— woodworking and interior design, respectively—with a selection of reclaimed-timber tables, trays and frames, decorative pillows and on-site consultation services for your next ambitious reno. magentahome.ca

Touch Points

The angular steel rods on Kazuhiro Yamanaka’s Pallucco Graffiti lamp ($6,500) are adjustable, so you can draw your own design-forward “graffiti,” creating a one-ofa-kind wall sculpture. robertsweep.com

Out of the Woods

Vancouver-based leatherworkers Brand and Iron enter the candle game with a line of delicate West Coast-inspired fragrances; look out for mixes of oak and moss, spruce and amber or rose and citrus in their simply branded votives (from $30). walrushome.com

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A literal twist on convention, the Parrot ottoman (price on request) is an icecream-smooth modern seat that would make a statement in any home. roche-bobois.com

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No Place Like Home

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World-renowned Italian ceramicist Rina Menardi makes her moody, nature-inspired stoneware, like this Oblo black vase ($720), entirely by hand. providehome.com

Vancouver Neighbour Objects The third addition to the Gastownbased Neighbour family, Neighbour Objects defies restrictive labelling as a home for a rotating cast of pop-up shops, with any given month showcasing apothecary goods, seasonal homewares or print publications. Previously featured, um, objects have included hand-blown glassware from Japan’s Studio Prepa, multicoloured pepper mills by lifestyle brand Dimes and scallop-edged plates from Vancouver’s own Nathalee Paolinelli, plus modernist furnishings crafted by the New York City-based Green River Project LLC. Opening hours are sporadic, so call before you head out on your next shopping spree. shopneighbour.com

Edmonton Gift Shop at the RAM There’s a lot to see at the relocated Royal Alberta Museum, which settled into a new, 419,000-square-foot downtown space in October, but it’s the gift shop that’s caught our attention. Open also to non-museum-goers, the boutique carries a beautiful selection of regionally produced knickknacks. Think handmade ceramics by Medalta, leather-andwood keychains from Brickbubble and peppermintsage shampoos by the Indigenous-owned Mother Earth Essentials. And, for that extra boost of local spirit, all proceeds go right to the RAM to support its programming. royalalbertamuseum.ca/visit/museum-shop



M8’s urban-tropical vibe finds the sweet spot between two worlds.

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High Contrast

The existing bar was clad with stone, a modern counterpart to all the natural wood detailing.

Hit the Lights

Sculptor Randy Zimmer crafted pendant lights out of alabaster, glowing half-moons that jut out from brass rods.

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“This is not fusion,” warns M8’s website. It’s a dated term, to be sure, but even looking beyond the Vancouver restaurant’s pan-Asian offerings, it’s hard to deny the blending of worlds happening. Located in a primo waterfront location beneath the Burrard Bridge, this Indonesian-jungle-meets-downtown-cool, uh, mash-up is the work of Space Harmony’s Negar Reihani. “We wanted to create a representation of both worlds—Asian and Western—and didn’t want anything that was completely one or the other,” the designer explains. So Reihani took on the renovation with eclecticism in mind, polishing the original concrete floors and then warming up the space by bringing in natural wood. Greenery hanging from above the bar infuses the space with a tropical feel. East meets West, nature meets city. High-backed banquette seating lines one wall; across the room, a cozy bench topped with relaxed velvet cushions faces the seawall views. Both are upholstered in a beautiful aquamarine. Deep blue felt too formal, Reihani explains, so she sourced a special distressed velvet in aqua hues. Wicker chairs round out the seating options, set around stone or wood two-tops or flanking a long, familystyle raw-edge table in the centre of the room. The rest of the walls were finished with Venetian plaster to add a hit of texture. Of course, you may miss these details after catching a glimpse of the custom wallpaper mural by graphic designer Amy Kang: a drawing of a Chinese opera warrior who has been updated with the cheeky addition of vegetables as armour—a stem of broccolini held like a spear, a big round beet instead of a face mask. “We wanted a ‘what the hell’ element,” laughs Reihani. “We wanted to say, ‘We’re serious about the food, but we’re a little bit crazy, too.’”—Stacey McLachlan

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Black Magic

From soft and subtle to big and bold, a range of organic forms and graphic shapes—coral reefs, green peas, striated stone, bright abstracts—is appearing underfoot.

It looks like dark and mercurial marble, but the exotic feel of Sahara Noir ($26 per square foot)—a new slab series in the Infinito 2.0 collection by Italian company Fondovalle—is all porcelain (read: less expensive). aeonstonetile.com

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Designed by Patricia Urquiola for CC-Tapis, the Visioni rug ($14,304) is hand-knotted from Himalayan wool in Nepal, where Tibetan artisans put an ancient spin on this modern abstract art in funky colours. informinteriors.com

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Water Works

Underwater life is brought to the surface in the Oceania Coral rug (from $900). Designed by Naja Utzon Popov for Carl Hansen, it’s a moody meditation on coral reefs refracted through hand-tufted wool, beech-tree fibre and seaworthy hues. informinteriors.com

Peas Full

A woven canvas of soft texture and wool felt balls, the Peas carpet (from $1,000) is synonymous with subtle Scandi style. And now this modern classic of Danish design house Hay comes in on-trend dark green. shop.vanspecial.com

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Lay Bare

Divine Flooring’s Cosmopolitan line of hardwood is an au naturel yet polished base upon which to layer decor. Go Naked ($10 per square foot), as in this white oak with a natural-oil finish. divinefloor.com

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Cementitious terrazzo, a precast material composed of marble chipping bonded with white cement and pigments (from $16 per square foot), marbletrend.com

“We’re currently doing a bathroom renovation in our home, using these terrazzo tiles in 24-by-24-inch on the floor and walls. Our office has been obsessing over terrazzo for well over a year now… I almost hate to give this source away but it’s too good not to share.” Kyla Bidgood of Bidgood and Co., Victoria, bidgood.co

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Tailored Beauty “What is the role of the architect?” asks Measured Architecture’s Clinton Cuddington. “Well, we define ourselves as tailors.” In homes like this 1930s-era space in Vancouver, his team worked with the client to create a very personal update to the home—while saving it from the landfill. For more on this space, turn the page.

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Kid Zone

The top floor of the home has become the boys’ bedroom. New sisal carpet, a sweet spot to read by the window—plus those amazing floor cushions—and it’s a great place to hang out.

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Preservation in Measure The renovation of this vintage home on Vancouver’s west side is a master class in designing a space that’s both contemporary, and a celebration of its history. by anicka quin // photographs by ema peter

Vintage Modern

This 1930s home had poor connection to the outdoors, and limited natural light. Architect Clinton Cuddington worked with the homeowner to both enhance the interior design with millwork and moulding that were of the era, and bring in the light, as with the sliding Eclipse doors off the living room.

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hen vintage houses like this come on the market in the heritage-light city of Vancouver, one question inevitably arises: is it important to save them? Architect Clinton Cuddington is no stranger to the preservation discussion. He spent years on the Shaughnessy design advisory council, discussing the value of older homes. His argument? Each should be assessed by its true assets rather than by its birthdate. “There’s another, more hysterical approach to conservation,” he says, “which is the ‘endangered species’ approach. That we must save all predates because we’re losing the fabric of our neighbourhood. I don’t subscribe to that.” Instead, Cuddington and his firm, Measured Architecture, look at predate homes like the one here, and figure out what’s worth saving, and what isn’t. “It allows

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Bright Basement

Cuddington had the lowest level excavated another 18 inches down, creating a more livable space. It’s now a playroom for the kids and movie-night hangout, and there’s a guest bedroom on this level as well.

for a grafting and alteration of the home, which is clearly contemporary, but drawing inspiration from the past,” he explains. In a lot of ways, it’s a very old-world approach—to modernize a space while respecting its past—which made Measured the right fit for the U.K. transplants who purchased the home. “That’s the condition in London,” says Cuddington. “They’re not looking to mimic the past, they’re looking to contrast it—to preserve it while adding contemporary flourishes to the structure.” Ground zero for the reno really was ground level (or just below it). Rather than adding an extension to the home, the team was able to expand the usable square footage in the house by digging out the basement, and creating proper height on its lowest level. The space now

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“We adorned it in a way that was a bit whimsical, drawing from a number of styles. It’s a real mash-up.”

Classic Kitchen

The kitchen features custom millwork with brass pulls on the doors and drawers, along with a polished brass faucet. Light switches look like historic punch switches, but are actually new from Rejuvenation Hardware. The sage green throughout is intentionally soft and easy on the eye, but historic in colour. “Whether it’s a mash-up of a restoration or a new build, colour is one of those great unifiers,” says Cuddington. 3 2   a p r i l 2 0 1 9 / westernliving.ca

To Dine For

The dining area is a great example of the kind of mash-up design that Cuddington talks about. The chairs are modern Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs, while the chandelier is original. The millwork on the walls is new, but feels like it’s always been there.

leads out to the backyard, and provides a play area for the kids, along with a guest bedroom. And the second, equally important focus of the reno was access to light, says Cuddington. Older buildings tend to have smaller windows, to compensate for how inefficient single glazing was: big windows equalled big heat loss. “For these projects, we’re always looking for space to rip the skin apart, to find those moments where we can increase connectivity to the landscape and beyond,” says Cuddington. “We really focused on opening up the back side of the living room.” A new Eclipse door system folds open to a new outdoor balcony when the weather warms, the deck itself lined with trellis hoops for vines to grow up along. Upstairs, the team restructured the upper floor so that the master bedroom received an updated balcony, too, and its adjoining master bathroom was given extra attention. Rather than finishing the shower with a classic tile, they opted for something a little more unusual: hand-finished westernliving.ca / a p r i l

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Master Design

Cuddington’s team restructured the building so there could be an upper-level balcony off of the master bedroom (above). The family bathroom (below) features a marble tub that’s large enough for all of the kids—there are three of them—to pile into, a request of the homeowners.

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Venetian plaster. “We’re always looking for an opportunity to work with local artisans,” says Cuddington. “In this case, we worked with a true Venetian plasterer, who splits his time between Italy and Vancouver.” Throughout, the home is furnished with an eclectic blend of new classics, like the Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs in the dining room, and refurbished antiques scouted on 1st Dibs online. (The homeowners collaborated on the design of the interior, says Cuddington, and were great sleuths in finding many of the final pieces.) Soft colours were selected for the walls throughout. “All of them were meant to be easy on the eyes, with a lot of pastels and more historic, traditional colours,” says Cuddington. “There was a goal to bring colours through in a manner that was not accent, but to bring weight to the rooms.” The crown moulding, wainscotting and fireplace surrounds were brought into the new design as well. “The original 1930s home was quite modest,” he notes. “We adorned it in a way that was a bit whimsical, drawing from a number of styles. It’s a real mash-up.” Renovation complete, the formerly humble space is now a home that’s both a celebration of the modern and a reclamation of the best of its history—a design that might surprise followers of Measured’s other work. “People trailappliances.com know us to be that contemporary firm,” says Cuddington. “They’re always surprised this when this comes off of the end of our paintbrush.”


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hether you’re in a condo or heritage home, having a TV in your living room can present a design challenge: the unit needs to be on full view without dominating the entire room. You don’t want a screen to be the first thing you see or the only object you notice when you walk into a space. For Karen Sellers, having just the right design for her living space was crucial, given that she was updating her family’s heritage Quilchena home—her forever home. Sellers’s interior designer, Joanna Eng, introduced her to California Closets design consultant Zainub Malik, the two having successfully worked together on several projects in the past. Malik brought forward ideas for a customized media centre that would finish off the living room perfectly. To realize Sellers’s wish for an open, airy space, she designed a floating unit with clean, crisp lines that allow the eye to travel. No visible wires, no hardware, and a simple colour scheme pairing flat white and Adriatic mist with a contrasting Cashmere counter: the media centre isn’t just a functional wall unit; it’s a stunning design element. “It’s so well-balanced,” Malik says. “I still can’t believe there is a 75-inch TV sitting so gracefully inside the components. It makes the room feel bigger and increases that open, airy feeling.” While installing a standard media centre often involves struggling to get objects to fit, California Closets is able to customize such a unit for any type of dwelling, whether it’s a studio or a full family home. For Sellers’s residence, Malik created a unit with unique, distinct spaces to house important electronics, display artful décor, and accommodate new ottomans so they fit right underneath.

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“Working with a designer means you’re not constricted to standard sizes,” Malik says. “We can go as custom as 1/8 of an inch to make sure a media centre perfectly fits the space. “Each cabinet section can be wider, taller, or shorter depending on the size of the wall,” she explains. “It’s about building for the items you love, not creating generic storage to hide clutter.” California Closets design consultants meet with clients in their home for an in-depth assessment. They work closely with interior designers, developers, tradespeople, and clients in a collaborative approach, translating ideas into a 3D CAD program on the spot. This allows people to see their thoughts come to life in a scale-accurate rendering. “Our designed-in-house software allows us to see exactly how storage components will appear,” Malik says. “We can get as precise as what different hinges will look like or how far a waist-length shirt will hang.” Design consultants can finetune ideas to come up with a winning solution that transforms a space. Malik worked closely with Eng and Sellers for an easy, enjoyable experience. “It’s safe to say they got exactly what we discussed,” Malik says. “The process can really be stress-free for the client. It was seamless.”

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COLLECTOR’S PEACE Once a closed-off, 1940s bungalow, this Vancouver home now soars—and has plenty of room for its owners’ quirky collections. by Anicka Quin // photographs by Sama Jim Canzian

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Modern Remake

The original 1940s bungalow featured a traditional, closed-off interior with no real connection to the landscape (below and right). Nigel Parish of Splyce Design converted the space into the lofted design it is now (above left and opposite), complete with a cantilevered living room (left) and new upper level, with open-tread stairs (above right).

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Cook’s Corner

The couple’s daughter, Kelly, sits in the newly renovated kitchen. In any modern design, good storage is essential. “It goes all the way up to the ceiling,” says homeowner Sara McCracken, “and it’s not even full yet. We actually look like we’re organized.”


rian Cunningham and Sara McCracken might be modernists, but they’re not minimalists. “We do have a life-sized stormtrooper in our media room,” laughs McCracken. The couple had lived in their 1940s West Vancouver bungalow for about 12 years, but as their two children started to grow, the pair began talking about a need for more elbow room—and space for Cunningham’s film memorabilia. (He’s a concept illustrator for the industry, she’s in the collectibles-free field of tax law.) It was either find a new place or renovate—and they opted for plan B, with the help of their old high-school acquaintance, Nigel Parish of Splyce Design. “I told Nigel we need a media room where we can put movie collectibles and not have them in my living

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“It’s that natural flow between the spaces, the connection to the outdoors.”

Open Flow

“That sloped ceiling creates a huge vaulted space now,” says Parish of the living room (above) and kitchen (left). “That subtle tip of the roof creates so much volume.”

room anymore,” says McCracken. Cunningham nods along. “Nigel asked me, ‘I can’t tell if you’re serious or if you’re kidding about this stuff,’ and I said, ‘It just has to have a place somewhere!’” The couple had long tracked Parish’s career and admired his work. “It was exactly our style—clean lines, very purposeful design,” says McCracken. The designer showed the pair how they could keep the original footprint of the home, but go up a half-storey to create room for a master suite and a home office. On the main floor, they’d open up the warren of rooms that was so common to ’40s design to create better flow between the living room and kitchen, and cantilever the living room out a couple of feet over the front yard to gain a little more square footage. And they’d create better access to the surrounding landscape with multi-slide doors that open the kitchen to the backyard. (In another high-school throwback for this home, the couple hired a second former classmate to help out as their builder: Dave Adair from Blackfish Homes.) The addition of the half-storey results in a dramatic new roofline for the home, and a vaulted ceiling for the entry and main floor. “That subtle tip of the roof creates 4 2   a p r i l 2 0 1 9 / westernliving.ca

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Parish opted for a simple palette of black porcelain flooring paired with white lacquer cabinets in the master bath. “It’s really hearty and functional,” he says. “Nothing is overly trendy or overly fussy.” There’s a bit of a glow on the floor—that’s from a skylight that was added in the reno.

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so much volume,” notes Parish. A new stairway up to the master suite is free of risers, allowing more light to penetrate down through the stairs to the lower level. A simple materials palette throughout—white oak millwork and flooring, white lacquer cabinetry—keeps the rest of the space light and bright, too. Nothing is overly fussy, yet it’s perfectly designed for this family of four. “The improvement, you can really see it looking from the living room to the kitchen,” says Parish. “It’s that natural flow between the spaces, the connection to the outdoors.” “One of the great things about designing with Nigel,” says Cunningham, “is that our kids are now at the age where it’s great for them to have their own space, and he worked with that.” Dylan and Kelly, now 13 and 11 respectively, have their bedrooms on the lower level with that much-needed 4 6   a p r i l 2 0 1 9 / westernliving.ca

media room for their toys (and for dad’s). And the parents have their own spaces, too. The topfloor office is Cunningham’s favourite room in the house. “It’s a little purpose-built office for my work, when I need to be in kind of a dark area,” he explains. “It’s a little oasis up there when everything is chaotic and the kids have friends in.” For McCracken, her personal retreat is the command central that Parish set up for her in the kitchen—a little nook where she can sit with her laptop as the kids cruise in and out or study at the nearby island. “In the summer, you can open the doors out to the backyard—I love it.” “I think that’s what has worked so well with the design we settled on,” continues Cunningham. “We do have that big, open entertaining space, yet designed into the house is everyone’s retreat area. It just works.”

Light and Bright

Millwork throughout the home is lightly stained, rift-cut white oak: a consistent palette that’s a trademark of modern design. The couple had chosen Parish after tracking his body of work over several years. “It was exactly our style—clean lines, very purposeful design,” says McCracken.

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For large appliances, “end-of-life” doesn’t mean an end to usefulness. You might not know it, but many large appliances can actually be recycled once you’re done with them. In fact, 99.9% of large appliances have a lifespan of around 10 to 20 years, so you’ll probably have a few of your own that need to be recycled.

Not only does recycling ensure refrigerants are handled by experts, but it also means that recyclable materials go back into the manufacturing cycle. 98% of metal from large appliances can be recycled by processors, who can then resell the scrap metal for reuse. This reduces the need to mine more raw materials from the Earth.

THAT’S WHERE WE COME IN The Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable (MARR) is a not-for-profit stewardship agency responsible for managing end-of-life large household appliances in British Columbia. MARR works on behalf of large appliance producers to meet BC Recycling Regulations, making it an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program.

WHAT THE INDUSTRY IS DOING It’s not just people like you who can help. Over the past twenty years, large appliance manufacturers have become more environmentally-conscious. Many now incorporate ‘Design for the Environment’ principles into their manufacturing processes: they’re always looking for new ways to reduce the amount of manufacturing material, increase energy and water efficiency and incorporate innovative low-to-no Global Warming Potential refrigerant technology.

The Return-It Large Appliance program operates on behalf of MARR in BC. The large appliance stewardship plan is focused on enhancing the performance and transparency of BC’s existing system of collecting and recycling major household appliances. There are 272 drop-off sites that accept major appliances in BC, many of which are free. Above and beyond those sites there are pick-up services offered by retailers and even some municipalities. For a full list of free drop-off sites, visit return-it.ca/large-appliances/locations. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Many large appliances are used for cooling or freezing. These appliances use chemical refrigerants that as a group are classified as ozonedepleting substances. Ozone-depleting substances are harmful to the environment so it’s important they’re handled and disposed of carefully by licensed professionals.

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IN WITH THE OLD A heritage factory loft in Calgary’s Victoria Park gets a restorative reno inspired by its restaurateur owner. by Kait Kucy photographs by Sue Moodie

Historic Digs

Homeowner Jeff Hines—of Calgary’s Anejo and Blanco restaurants—wasn’t looking to buy when he discovered this loft, but couldn’t pass it up. Here, he installed a Murphy bed so that his home office can double as a guest room.

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eff Hines knows how to create a mood. For seven years now, the restaurateur has been serving up sunny and quirky Mexican taquerias—with a side of top-shelf tequila—to Calgarians with his Beltline restaurants Anejo and Blanco (and soon-to-open Reposado). Hines, a tequila aficionado who moonlights as a hobby surfer in Sayulita, Mexico, is intent on bringing the laid-back vibe of his home-away-from-home to Calgary. Whether it’s the exposed brick and colourful feature wall of Mexican rosaries and crosses at Anejo or the moody, neon sign-lined surf-shack walls of Blanco, Hines has a knack for transforming heritage spaces into something memorable. He was able to express those talents again when he purchased a 1929 warehouse loft in Victoria Park in the fall of 2017—though, at the time, he wasn’t even in the real estate game. His girlfriend, realtor Ann Stranges, spotted the unusual listing: “When Ann sent me the listing, I knew it was a unique piece of Calgary’s history that I wanted to leave my mark on,” says Hines, who shares the space with his catahoula leopard pup, Sadie. Until 1961 the loft had been the Imperial Tobacco Company, but was now in foreclosure and had been gutted from top to bottom. “With the 14-foot ceilings, large factory windows, exposed brick and the fact that it is the only unit in the entire building with a 550-square-foot, exclusive-use patio, how could I walk away?” Recruiting Korr Design, the interior design firm responsible for the aesthetics of Hines’s restaurants, he asked the team to strip the loft back to its factory origins and create a modern, relaxed space to suit his needs. When Kasey Sterling, principal designer at Korr Design, took hold of the project, she quickly realized the team was going to need to rework the entire space, from piping to duct work. “While we were starting with a blank canvas, the previous renovations

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Chill Zone

Hines is a hobby surfer who splits his time between Sayulita, Mexico, and Calgary— and he wanted to bring the laid-back vibe of the former to his loft. The sofa and occasional chair are from Article, the floor lamp from Wayfair.

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“I knew it was a unique piece of Calgary’s history that I wanted to leave my mark on.”

Great Shot

As the proprietor of three Mexican restaurants in Calgary, Hines owns an extensive tequila collection. Reclaimed Douglas fir shelves host about 100 of his favourites (top).

had left the 1,432-square-foot space feeling very residential and closed off, with drop ceilings that accommodated piping and other elements that covered up the exquisite character of the building,” says Sterling. “We really pulled back the layers and revealed the original brick walls, flooring and 14-foot ceilings of the historic factory space.” The standout feature of the loft is the transformation of the original concreteencased freight elevator shaft into an open concept kitchen, with custom Ikea cabinetry, slab stone and butcher block countertops, and KitchenAid appliances. Made for entertaining and influenced by the restaurant world, the kitchen also features a sky-high wine “cellar” with racking tucked above the cabinetry. A full-length ladder, stored nearby in Hines’s bedroom, is used to access the many vintages in his collection. The real showstopper is a custom tequila wall on the exterior of the concrete shaft. “With Anejo and Blanco, tequila is the focus, so we wanted to create an homage to Jeff’s passion for his collection,” shares Sterling. “Five reclaimed Douglas fir shelves host about 100 bottles of my private tequila collection,” adds Hines. “This was probably the largest influence that restaurant design has had on my home, positioning my tequila collection as a centrepiece of the home, like a work of art.” Around the corner from the kitchen, the master bedroom was expanded by acquiring an unused corridor behind the unit. By working with the condo board, Hines was able to find another 120 square feet for the bedroom, including an original red brick wall that would become a feature in the room. Wall-to-wall mirrored storage flanks the brick, reflecting the factory windows and a set of restored iron-and-wood doors to the back patio. A four-poster bed from CB2 adds an

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Industrial Revolution

The kitchen is within the original concrete freight elevator shaft, and was built with Ikea cabinets and a restaurant-inspired stainless steel backsplash (opposite, left). Jeff Hines and his pup Sadie hang out in his bedroom (opposite, bottom right), where he now has a brick feature wall thanks to the reno.

architectural element, while the muted textiles and rug soften the space. “The cherry on top of this renovation was acquiring this unused space behind my loft,” explains Hines. “Plus, gaining access through the old loading dock extended the length of my one-of-a-kind patio by about 170 square feet. I now have this beautiful red brick and a second entrance to my patio.” The remainder of the renovation was about creating livable, multi-use spaces throughout: the office doubles as a guest room; the live edge wood-topped desk is easily moved out of the way to accomodate a pop-down Murphy bed from Wayfair. Sterling made a few cosmetic updates to modernize the space as well. European cast iron-style radiators from Hudson Reed keep the heritage integrity of the loft intact while literally warming it up. With the ability to move plumbing and piping thanks to the building permits they acquired, the bathrooms, a guest bath and ensuite were stacked side-by-side and designed with a clean, monochromatic black and white palette. Sterling kept the ensuite simple with white tile, black accents and a chunky, lacquered-front floating vanity from Art Bath, while the guest bath mimics it with a pedestal sink, narrow black mirror and small shower. The Imperial loft renovation was a labour of love for Hines, where he explored the nuance and beauty of imperfections in a space that was not originally intended to be a residence. Taken from the past and brought well into the next century, the loft aptly feels like a beautiful extension of and retreat from his busy professional life in the culinary world. An ideal spot to unwind and connect with friends over a tipple from the revered tequila wall, Hines’s home evokes the same modern bohemian spirit of his beloved restaurants.

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Whip It Good The quickest way to feel fancy? Start calling your toast “tartines.” Although when breakfast looks as pretty as this recipe from the new Let Me Feed You cookbook by Butter Baked Goods’ Rosie Daykin, you’ve levelled up the meal no matter what you want to call it. Turn the page to get Daykin’s steps for light-as-air whipped ricotta and an effortlessly elegant way to start your day.

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Daykin topped whipped ricotta with figs and hazelnuts here, but this recipe is infinitely customizable: add something fruity and something crunchy, and you’re good to go. Recipe on page 59.

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Who Berit Ertz and Thorsten Hoefling, a pair of German ex-pats with a passion for roasts from their home country. Why we’re excited Can we be honest? As much as we can appreciate a good pour-over, our fave coffee haunts are more about atmosphere than bean origin. So new café Saint Cecelia has the advantage right out the gate thanks to an art-deco atmosphere courtesy of local design darling Kyla Bidgood—and the stellar flat whites are just icing on the cake. instagram.com/saintceciliavictoria

Who The retro-dining enthusiasts behind Rumpus Room, the Narrow Lounge and Emerald Supper Club. Why we’re excited What looks like a plain-Jane accounting office in Mount Pleasant is actually a front for something much more interesting: a swinging ’70s speakeasy, complete with tacky wall murals, dark wood panelling and delightfully old-school cocktails (Cherry Paralyzer, anyone?). Leave your tax forms at home. keyparty.ca

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Who Local foodie stalwarts Jamie and Jesse Owens (Hide and Seek Coffee) and Susannah Ruth Bryan (Ruth and Dean). Why we’re excited French food can sometimes feel highfalutin’, but under the guidance of the Owenses and Bryan, it’s downright chill. Expect West Coast takes on classics like croque madame and brouillade aux champignons. sundayschild.ca


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12445 Lake Fraser Dr. SE, Calgary Who Chef Duncan Ly of Foreign Concept has opened this outpost in Avenida Mall. Why we’re excited The original room in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood pulled in awards and nominations for its take on pan-Asian dishes and craft cocktails; a second location at Avenida Mall just means twice as many opportunities to snack on that chili lemongrass roasted eggplant. foreignconcept.ca

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101–300 Old Canmore Rd., Canmore Who Chef Tracy Little, former executive chef at Milton Lake Lodge. Why we’re excited It’s a two-in-one deal, with a bonus of killer Rocky Mountain views: Sensory is culinarily focused, serving comfort food made from Bow Valley-foraged ingredients, while the cozy accompanying Wit Bar focuses on craft cocktails and share plates.

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A few millennia ago, wine was created when the natural sugars in grape juice met the wild yeast from the grapes’ skins (among other sources), and the yeast turned that sugar into alcohol. Over several dozen centuries, winemakers discovered that waiting for nature’s magic to happen was for suckers, so they developed commercial yeast strains that ensured the fermentation was as smooth and dependable as possible. But there’s a growing legion of vintners who eschew smooth and dependable and do it the old-fashioned way—with the endemic yeast of their vineyards and winery. These are the so-called “wild ferments” and from a business perspective, they’re a terrible idea. A zillion things can go wrong, from incomplete or “stuck” fermentation to seriously off notes in the wine. But when they work—like in Little Farm’s Riesling, Orofino’s Wild Ferment Syrah or Free Form’s Cabernet Franc— the wine has a vitality and freshness that’ll have you ditching your laptop to plough your fields with an ox and celebrate how great antiquarian ways can be.


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¼ cup hazelnuts ½ cup whipped ricotta (see below) 4 thick slices whole grain or sourdough bread, lightly toasted and buttered 8 fresh figs, quartered ¼ cup honey ¼ cup microgreens (optional) Preheat oven to 300˚F. Spread hazelnuts on a cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, until lightly coloured and fragrant. Remove from oven and wrap in a clean tea towel to steam for about 5 minutes. Rub nuts with the tea towel to remove most of the skins, but don’t fret if some remain. Use a large knife to roughly chop the hazelnuts, and set aside. Thickly spread ricotta across tops of the prepared pieces of toast. Evenly spread fig pieces across the ricotta and then drizzle them with honey. Now sprinkle with the hazelnuts and top with the microgreens. Makes 4 open-faced sandwiches.

Whipped Ricotta 2 cups full-fat ricotta 3 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice Zest of 1 lemon ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 1 tbsp thyme leaves Place all ingredients except thyme leaves in a blender or food processor and blend on high until ricotta is smooth and creamy (3 to 4 minutes). Transfer to a small bowl and fold in the thyme leaves. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes about 1½ cups. Excerpted from let me feed you by rosie daykin. Copyright 2019.

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Chicken en Papillote, see recipe on page 63

WINNER, WINNER Chicken Night just got interesting: bold tandoori seasoning, parchment-paper parcels and next-level schnitzel take the weeknight staple from plain-Jane protein to dinner-party power player. recipes and styling by Lawren moneta // photographs by kyoko fierro

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Roasted Tandoori Chicken with Herb Yogurt Sauce, see recipe on page 63

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Chicken en Papillote

Roasted Tandoori Chicken



Cooking en papillote is a technique in which food is wrapped in a parchment or foil parcel and baked. A star ingredient in this recipe is za’atar, a fragrant Middle Eastern spice blend generally consisting of thyme, sesame seeds and sumac. Any extra za’atar is perfect for seasoning everything from vegetables to seafood to dips. For guaranteed oohs and aahs let diners cut open the parcels themselves, as half the fun is revealing the beautifully cooked contents at the table. (Tie them off with twine for added rustic charm)

Take your roast chicken to another level with this recipe. If you have the time, allow the spice paste to marinate the chicken for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours. However, this family favourite roast is still delicious if cooked up right away. Flattening or spatchcocking a chicken is an easy technique to master and cuts the cooking time, which means dinner can hit the table faster. Great additions for rounding out the meal include roasted vegetables and some warm naan.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp za’atar ¼ tsp sea salt, plus extra for seasoning ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves 20 to 24 thin asparagus spears, trimmed 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half 16 green olives, pitted 8 marinated artichoke hearts, cut in half or quarters 8 basil leaves, torn, for garnish Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a small bowl whisk together mustard, lemon juice, za’atar, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk while slowly drizzling olive oil in until emulsified. Set dressing aside. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper and thyme. Set aside. Cut 4 pieces of parchment paper into 20- to 25-inch pieces. Fold each sheet in half lengthwise, then open and place on clean work surface. To make parcels, divide asparagus among the parchments, placing on the left side of the fold near the crease, centred evenly between top and bottom of the paper. Place a chicken breast on top of each bed of asparagus. Drizzle with about 1 tbsp dressing. Top chicken breasts with tomatoes, olives and artichokes. Drizzle each with another 1 tbsp dressing. Working with one parcel at a time, fold right half of one parchment paper over contents and, starting with the top right corner, form a halfmoon packet, making small but tight pleats all the way around to seal completely. Repeat process with remaining packets. Transfer packets to rimmed baking sheets and cook until chicken is cooked through (about 25 to 30 minutes). To serve, place one packet directly on each serving plate and use scissors to open packets at the table. Garnish with torn basil leaves, if desired.

Roast chicken 1 whole chicken (about 3 to 4 lbs) 1 small red onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger 2 tsp ground coriander 1½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground turmeric powder 1 tbsp garam masala 1 tsp hot red chili flakes (optional) ¼ cup plain yogurt 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1½ tsp sea salt 1 tsp ground black pepper

Herb yogurt sauce 1 cup plain yogurt 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice ½ cup finely chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley, mint, cilantro or chives Sea salt, to taste Preheat oven to 400˚F. For tandoori chicken, start by making a spice paste. In a small food processor or a blender, combine onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric, garam masala, chili flakes, yogurt, lime juice, salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside. Place chicken breast-side-down on a clean work surface. Starting at the thigh end and next to the tail, cut along one side of the backbone with heavy-duty kitchen scissors or poultry shears. Cut along the other side of the backbone and remove. Backbone can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer and used later for stock. Turn chicken breast-side-up and press firmly on the breastbone to flatten. Rub entire chicken with spice paste before placing in a baking dish large enough to accommodate it. Roast chicken for about 40 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 170˚F. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving. While chicken rests, make herb yogurt sauce by stirring together yogurt, minced garlic, lime juice and herbs. Season to taste with salt. Serve alongside roasted tandoori chicken.

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Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Schnitzel with Cauliflower Tabbouleh, see recipe on page 67

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Peanut Chicken Wings and Rice Noodle Salad, see recipe on page 67

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Peanut Chicken Wings and Rice Noodle Salad SERVES 4

This dish perfectly illustrates how two different recipes can deliciously be more than the sum of their parts. While the sticky peanut chicken wings and fresh noodle salad are good separately, serving them together makes for a wonderfully tasty experience. If you can, try to source whole chicken wings. This will maximize the amount of savoury, peanuty glaze and crispy chicken skin that ends up on your plate.

Peanut chicken wings 3 lbs chicken wings 1 tbsp vegetable oil ⅓ cup sweet chili sauce 3 tbsp smooth natural peanut butter 1½ tsp low-sodium soy sauce 1½ tsp fish sauce 1½ tsp red curry paste 1 garlic clove, minced ¼ cup water

Rice noodle salad

To make the rice noodle salad, in a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, garlic, green onion, lime zest, sesame oil and pepper flakes until well combined. Set aside. Cook rice noodles according to package directions, drain and place in a large bowl. Add bean sprouts, carrots and cucumber before drizzling with half the dressing and tossing all together. Drizzle over remaining dressing before scattering cilantro and peanuts over top. Set aside while finishing chicken wings. In a large bowl, toss chicken wings with peanut butter glaze. Place on a foil-lined baking tray in a single layer and broil until golden brown and sticky (about 2 to 3 minutes). Watch wings closely as they can burn easily. To serve, divide salad among plates or shallow bowls. Top each salad with chicken wings and garnish with additional chopped peanuts and a couple of lime wedges, if desired.

Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Schnitzel SERVES 4

1 package rice noodles ½ cup seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, minced 1 green onion, trimmed and thinly sliced into rounds 1 tsp finely grated lime zest 1 tsp toasted sesame oil ¼ tsp hot red pepper flakes 2 cups bean sprouts 1 large carrot, spiralized or julienned ½ English cucumber, spiralized or julienned ¼ cup packed cilantro leaves ½ cup coarsely chopped roasted peanuts 1 lime, cut into wedges

A homemade spice rub is a wonderful way to jazz up a simple chicken breast. In this cross cultural mash-up we use dukkah, an Egyptian nut and spice blend. You might be able to source it in gourmet grocery stores, but it’s just as easy to make at home. Plus, you can customize it using different nuts (pistachios work well) or spices (fennel seeds and hot pepper flakes are great additions) as you like. Extra dukkah is delicious as a dip. Simply dip bread or vegetables in some extravirgin olive oil or yogurt before rolling in dukkah and enjoying.

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper.

Dukkah chicken schnitzel

Place chicken wings on prepared baking tray and toss with oil. Arrange in a single layer and bake until cooked through and crispy (about 1 hour for full wings, which include the wing tips, or about 40 minutes for trimmed wings and drummettes). Once cooked, remove from oven and set oven to broil. While chicken wings are baking, make peanut butter glaze. In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, stir together sweet chili sauce, peanut butter, soy sauce, fish sauce, curry paste, garlic and water. Bring to a boil and let cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, halved horizontally 2 tbsp coriander seeds 2 tbsp cumin seeds ½ cup skinned almonds ⅓ cup skinned hazelnuts ½ cup sesame seeds 1 tsp ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning 1 tsp sea salt, plus extra for seasoning ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 large eggs ¼ cup milk ½ cup panko breadcrumbs ¼ cup grapeseed oil or vegetable oil, plus extra as needed

Cauliflower tabbouleh ½ medium head cauliflower, coarsely chopped 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 cups fresh flat leaf parsley leaves 1 cup fresh mint leaves 2 green onions, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds 1 garlic clove, minced 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tsp kosher salt, plus extra to taste ¼ tsp hot red pepper flakes 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped To make dukkah, start by toasting coriander and cumin seeds in a frying pan over medium heat until fragrant (about 2 minutes). Transfer spices to spice grinder or mortar and pestle and allow to cool completely before finely grinding. Meanwhile, toast almonds and hazelnuts in same frying pan as spices, stirring often, until lightly browned (about 5 minutes). Transfer to cutting board and finely chop before placing in a bowl. Add sesame seeds to frying pan and toast until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Add toasted sesame seeds to bowl with chopped nuts along with ground spices, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined. Set aside. In a food processor fitted with steel blade attachment, chop cauliflower until rice-like in texture. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat and add grated cauliflower. Cook, stirring often, until warmed through (about 4 minutes). Transfer cooked cauliflower to a rimmed baking tray and let cool to room temperature. Wipe out food processor and pulse together parsley, mint, green onions, garlic, lemon juice, salt and remaining 4 tbsp oil until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in pepper flakes. Add cooled cauliflower and tomatoes and gently toss everything together. Season to taste with additional salt and set aside while making schnitzel. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and a good pinch of salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In a third bowl, combine together ¾ cup dukkah and panko. Preheat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Working with one chicken breast at a time, first coat it in flour, dusting off any excess, then dip into egg mixture and press into dukkah crumb mixture to coat. Fry schnitzels in batches until golden brown and cooked through (about 3 minutes per side). Add additional oil to the frying pan as needed. Serve while warm alongside cauliflower tabbouleh.

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Dream Weaver There’s modern and then there’s the new Viceroy in Cabo. Architect Miguel Angel Aragonés created an oceanside ode to minimalism that’s right in historic San Jose del Cabo. Every room was designed in conjunction with Italian furniture company Poliform, who took the less-is-more ethos and ran with it, creating an ethereal escape that’s unlike any other in Baja. See what else is hopping in Cabo on page 72.—Neal McLennan

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A rare break from the minimal is Nido restaurant, a woven, open-air wonder that also happens to have one of the best bars in the region. (As long as it’s not raining.)

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Calgary’s East Village gets another must-visit destination courtesy of some well-known locals. Canadians have a unique talent for botching American ideas when we bring them to our fair shores. Target in Canada! What could go wrong? So when a young company—from Quebec, no less—announced it was building an American-style boutique hotel in Calgary, there were all kinds of ways it could have gone wrong. That was 10 years ago, the hotel was Le Germain and, far from being a cautionary tale, it kick-started a new wave of smaller, hipper lodging options across the West. Key to the hotel’s success was recruiting two local chefs, who had been working in great rooms around the world but were anxious to create something at home. Those chefs were John Jackson and Connie DeSousa, the restaurant was Charcut, 7 0   a p r i l 2 0 1 9 / westernliving.ca

and it helped transform Le Germain into the buzziest lobby in town (while also upping Calgary’s culinary game). This spring sees the cast of creatives trying to do it again, with Le Germain opening its Alt Hotel in Calgary’s East Village. As befitting the young, hopping neighbourhood, the hotel is more casual (and affordable) than its downtown big brother, and Jackson and De Sousa have been recruited again—this time drumming up excitement with their CHIX Eggshop, a genre-bending, ingredients-focused take on diner food that will morph from healthy breakfast spot to casual lunch spot to craft cocktail emporium as the day advances. Let the (second) revolution begin.

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For someone who wants a full sit-down meal, John Jackson and Connie DeSousa’s Charbar is right across the street. But for a quick and more casual lunch (like that sweet sammy, above) or breakfast (or late afternoon pint) the new spot should be right on the money in the buzzy East Village neighbourhood.


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HURRICANE IS NEVER A POSITIVE. But strolling the wide vistas that connect the tourist meccas of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, it’s possible to at least glean a silver lining from the destructive path that Hurricane Odile visited upon this area in September 2014. Before that time Cabo was one of a handful of interchangeable Mexican destinations that serviced the desperately-in-need-of-sun-and-margs crowd. Sure, there were some beautiful properties—Palmilla, Esperanza jump out—but the bread and butter was package tourists at all-inclusives sucking back Coronas by the dozen and searching for a Señor Frog’s. What a difference a half-decade makes. Forget competing with Cancun; these days it’s high-end Punta Mita that’s in Cabo’s sights. The area is awash in luxury as new property after new property continue to open, each trying to out-luxe the other. We spent a week sussing them out, and separating the golden wheat from the diamond-encrusted chaff.

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The Cape was one of the first of the new wave to open and its near-perfect siting and sleek interiors helped usher in the new Cabo cool.

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The Montage epitomizes refined style: more the O.C. and less downtown L.A. hipsters. The huge rooms are done up in muted taupes and natural stone and the interaction with the ocean is key to the entire resort’s design.

Taupe is the new black Vibe: Another SoCal import, the MONTAGE skews a little more adult than the Viceroy. James Perse-clad families amble about the low-slung resort (there are only 122 rooms on 39 acres), done up in muted, elegant shades of cream and beige (that’s both the resort and the guests). The rooms feature a warm modernism—think more restoration hardware than B&B Italia. The 40,000-squarefoot spa is a stunner, the biggest around. Clientele: Jeff Bezos has a house here—that pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? Beach Time: It doesn’t get better. The Montage has one of the few completely swimmable (and snorkel-able) beaches in the region.

Insider’s Tip: There’s a good-sized outpost of Eclectic Array here, which is the best place for high-end, design-driven crafts (like beaded cow skulls). 7 6   a p r i l 2 0 1 9 / westernliving.ca

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Eating and Drinking: High-end comfort food, which is great if you’re staying here, but not worth a separate visit if you’re not.



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Urban Farmer

Acre started out as a restaurant and bar but has morphed into an eclectic treehouse hotel (is there any other kind?) as well as a soonto-launch property development for those who want to live back to the land on a more permanent basis. It’s a magnet for the hipster set.

rural idyll Vibe: We’re not in Kansas anymore—or are we, because people seem seriously interested in farming around here. ACRE is the brainchild of Vancouverites Cameron Watt (the Keefer Bar) and partner Stuart McPherson and it’s a serious case of if you farm-to-table build it, they will come. Set in a lush valley a few kilometres from the ocean, Acre has a boho-agrarian vibe (its original genesis was as a restaurant), with most everything you need being harvested nearby. Their newly opened treehouses are rustic (as in no A/C) but Instagrammable to a hipster fault. Cool-kids central.

Eating and Drinking: The restaurant that started this all is still one of the vibey-est places in Baja, and dining al fresco under the hanging lights one feels two to three notches cooler. The food is as local as it gets, the drinks excellent. The prices are solidly bourgeois, though. Insider’s Tip: Acre is not that far from San Jose, but the road can get a little wonky and Google Maps can get seriously confused, so be careful driving at night.

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Clientele: Do you know those people you see at Coachella who wear overly creased straw cowboy hats and aviators way down on the brim of their nose? Them.

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local attraction Vibe: Wow. If there’s a property that captures Mexican modern better than the SOLAZ, we’ve not seen it. Designed by Mexico City’s acclaimed Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, the property feels expansive and airy—even underbuilt, given that it’s situated on 34 waterfront acres but only has 147 rooms. The property is also dotted with private nooks that you can have to yourself. Clientele: The hotel’s owners are a very wealthy Sinaloa family, and a large portion of who you see here are wealthy Mexican nationals to go with the wealthy Americans and Canadians.

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Of all the news spots, Solaz may best combine architectural awe with a sense of place— this is Baja writ large with organic flow.

Eating and Drinking: All very low key—La Deriva Cucina is one of the better Italian options in Baja, but seems to fly under the radar. Expansive Mexican wine selection. Beach Time: This is all oceanfront and the beach is often swimmable (there are lifeguards on duty), which is no small measure in Cabo. Insider’s Tip: Even the basic rooms are huge—1,000 square feet is the norm, making for a perfect family spot, and there are full kitchens in most suites in case you want to stay in (or at least do breakfast at your own pace). Also, there’s a small but interesting museum on site that chronicles the exploration and landscape of Baja.

high drama Vibe: Modern doesn’t even come close. “It looks like a prison,” says our driver in reference to the sheer expanse of white that marks the VICEROY’s street-side facade. But once inside, the interior—designed by famed Mexican architect Miguel Angel Aragonés—opens to a beachfront cross between Venice (there are reflecting pools everywhere) and Richard Meier’s Miami. The nicest gym in Baja is on a subterranean level, as is a very large screening room/movie theatre that can be privately booked. And the rooms all face out with walls of glass, so people-watching is definitely a sport here.

Stark white cut with jolts of natural wood all set on water: this design is like nothing else in Cabo. Love it or hate it—you won’t forget it.

Clientele: Given Viceroy’s SoCal pedigree, there are a lot of beautiful young Angelenos milling around, with a liberal dose of celebs. Not the first choice for families. Beach Time: It’s on the water and most rooms have views of the ocean, but you have to follow a series of tunnels to actually get to the beach. Marginally swimmable. Eating and Drinking: Nido, the resort’s signature room, is a giant, open-air bird’s nest that serves high-end sushi and very serious cocktails—try something with pox, the new mezcal. It’s worth a visit even if you’re not staying here. Insider’s Tip: It’s right in San Jose so it’s the only new resort where you wouldn’t need a car.

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Turn-of-the-century homes aren’t exactly known for their plentiful storage, so when the new homeowners moved into this Point Grey two-and-a-half-storey character house with an extensive book collection in tow, they knew some updates were in order. RUFproject’s Sean Barrington Pearson came to the rescue with his renovation, installing an entire wall of shelving around an oversized window. It’s a feature that acts as a gradient between the historic entryway and the modern kitchen, blending elements of both styles: the crisp storage grid mixes mod white laminate with warm oak, and offers ample room for stowing both reading material and favourite toys. “The bookshelf is furniture, storage and a connective element linking the dining space with the kitchen,” says Pearson. “We love making everything we do work as hard as possible.”

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