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When summer rolls around, many of us just can’t wait to get out of town. Cottages and road trips beckon us away from the city’s heat. This summer, however, I’ll be sticking around. My plan is to take a vacation in my own backyard. I’m not talking about pitching a tent on the lawn and inviting my kids to sleep out under the stars — though, that’s fun too! I’m talking about discovering what the Lower Mainland has to offer. Beaches. Hiking. Cycling. Outdoor concerts. They’re all right here. And they’re ours for exploring. For our feature story More to Explore, writers Niki Hope and Michelle Hopkins have uncovered the best of our region — whether it’s a Sunday afternoon pedal or an evening of music in the park. We also asked local experts and enthusiasts to share with us their favourites. Turn to page 7 to see our summer roundup. For our cover story, Culinary Capers, writer Jessica Barrett spent the day with savvy shoppers Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic, stars of W Network’s Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag, to sleuth out the dynamic duo’s favourite food haunts. If gardening is more to your liking, turn to Natural Attraction to discover how attracting wildlife to your garden can bring out the best blooms. And lighten your summer wardrobe with one or two fresh looks from our fashion feature Free Wheelin’. Happy exploring!

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there are no waves and speedboats to look out for. White Rock is a favourite destination for residents and visitors alike. East Beach is the quieter side of White Rock and has wonderful ambience that appeals to the young and old alike. Crescent Beach is more rural with a gravelled seaside promenade, quaint oceanside homes and a variety of bistros. It’s a favourite spot for strolling the promenades, beachcombing, crab fishing, sunbathing, swimming, crab fishing, kayaking and sailing. — Michelle Hopkins

Kayakers enjoy an easy paddle in the calm waters of Deep Cove. Low tide at Crescent Beach top invites hours of wading and beachcombing in the sun. The White Rock Pier left is the perfect spot for a sunset stroll.

Surf, sand and sun are all in a day’s work for Leah Allinger. The beach volleyball player and 2012 Olympic hopeful is training to compete for Canada on the world tour at the end of the summer. When she’s not spiking it to her opponents or volunteering her time coaching youth, you might catch this queen of the beach in her colourful Vivvos beachwear, holding court at one of these sandy spots.

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A unique mash of sunbathers, beach volleyball players, pickup basketball games, family picnics and joggers. Urban vibe in a natural setting. This one’s hard to beat!

Quiet and away from the city, this beach is a dream. Grab a bike and ride the path up to UBC for a truly spectacular view. Panorama Beach Deep Cove

The sparkling waters and beautiful scenery make you feel like you’ve stepped outside the city into a little private paradise. Try kayaking in the cove for a fun and unique experience. This White Rock location offers charm that can’t be beat. Walk the ocean path, dine at local restaurants and bistros or take an evening stroll along the promenade.

Barnet Marine Park Burnaby

A favourite with an unbelievable view of Burrard Inlet. Hang out on the sandy beach, jump in a canoe, pack a picnic or find a game of frisbee to join. There is something for everyone. White Pine Beach, Sasamat Lake near belcarra in port moody

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Our province boasts some of the best beaches and waterways in the country, so grab your sunscreen and head out for a fun day in the sun. In Burnaby, Barnet Marine Park is a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking or sailing. If you’re more the fishing sort, this is also a good place to go crabbing. There’s also a large sandy beach with a clearly marked swimming section. For those who want to enjoy a leisurely boat ride, head over to Deer Lake Park. This is a great spot to launch your own canoe, sailboat or rowboat, or sunbathe on the beach at the lake’s east end. The North Shore is renowned for everything water. Grab your kayak or canoe and head for Deep Cove. This is a very scenic spot to spend an afternoon exploring the waters off this quaint little village snuggled at the entrance to Indian Arm, off Burrard Inlet. Or head west of Horseshoe Bay to Whytecliff Park. This is a popular scuba-diving spot where seals and other marine life can be spotted. There is a swimming beach, which is great fun for kids when the ferry waves come ashore. You’ll also find a playground, picnic spots and tennis courts in the expansive park. Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park features a water park that promises hours of fun for young and old alike. Bring a blanket for a picnic or grab an ice cream and cool down while the little ones frolic in the water. Meanwhile, White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake is said to be the perfect spot for nonmotorized boats and water toys because




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From the invigorating to the relaxing, there are plenty of trails in Metro Vancouver to make tracks on this summer. Buntzen Lake offers a bit of everything for the outdoor enthusiast. The recreation area just north of Port Moody features a man-made lake maintained by BC Hydro, and the surrounding forests, beach areas and Buntzen Lake Trail offer the perfect escape for whatever mood you’re in. The popular trails attract hikers with all degrees of experience. Minnekhada Regional Park is a 175-hectare park located in the northeast corner of Coquitlam featuring trails, picnic facilities, rock knolls, lots of cedar and fir trees, birds and other wildlife. The North Shore is famous for its hiking trails. Best known among them is the 2.9-kilometre Grouse Grind, aka “God’s Stairmaster,” at Grouse Mountain. This aptly named grind is best suited for those who are prepared to get their heart pumping on the uphill climb. Also on the North Shore: Baden-Powell Trail, Cypress Provincial Park, Howe Sound Crest Trail, Capilano River and Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. For a great website, with lots of North Shore hiking hot spots, visit Recreation/vcm/nshore/hiking/index.asp. In Vancouver, the Point Grey Foreshore, which goes from Spanish Banks to Wreck Beach, is a scenic walk where you can taste the salty sea air. The 10kilometre walk is a pet-friendly stroll on the north edge of Vancouver’s West Side, with ocean views gorgeous enough to justify Metro Vancouver real estate prices. For a more laid-back stroll, Burnaby has a bounty of parks and places to set out on foot, including the Barnet Marine Park, Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park, Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park, Central Park, Robert Burnaby Park and Deer Lake Park. In New Westminster, enjoy a walk along the Fraser River on the Queensborough Perimeter Trail. The walk, which offers a rural feel, starts at the Port Royal boardwalk (at the end of Furness Street) in Queensborough. It’s estimated to take oneand-a-half hours to make the full loop, but it might be longer if you’re stopping to soak in the scenery. Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest on 24th Avenue and 144th Street in Surrey is a stunning forest situated in the thick of the urban centre. The second-growth forest is about four kilometres and offers an easy, roughly one-hour walk for nature lovers. The best way to enjoy the mountains, water and lush greenery that’s near us, is to walk among it. — Niki Hope The Grouse Grind top is a challenging hike straight up Grouse Mountain but the view from the top is worth it. Burnaby’s Barnet Marine Park above offers spectacular views of Burrard Inlet.






Cori Creed is an avid outdoorswoman who sees the natural world through an artist’s eyes. Through bold and sensuous brush strokes she captures the energy of the West Coast in paint on canvas. “Our local coast provides a magnificent vehicle for exploring the surface and colour of paint on canvas,” she enthuses. The artist grew up and lives in West Vancouver and now shares her passion for the great outdoors with two young sons. Here are her favourite hikes. Killarney Lake Bowen Island

A fun day trip. After a sunny 20-minute ferry ride, walk to the trailhead and choose to make a beeline to the picnic area, or my recommendation — make a counter-clockwise circuit of lovely Killarney Lake. Stop for lunch on a small pebbly beach just before the end and the picnic area. If you run out of chocolate on the way back, bribe your little hikers with ice cream from the shops near the ferry terminal. Mount Cheam Fraser Valley

On a clear day you can see the ocean from Chilliwack. A 4x4 is necessary to reach the trailhead for this hike. The trail winds through one of the most beautiful alpine meadows I have seen and leads to an amazing view of the Fraser Valley and mountains behind. Lighthouse Park West Vancouver

So accessible and with the wealth of trails to choose from, you can walk directly to your picnic on sun-baked rocks or meander through salal, sword ferns and the humbling trees on the Valley of the Giants trail. Quarry Rock Deep Cove

One of my favourites with the boys. With its stairs, bridges, ups and downs, this beautiful trail keeps children interested. There is a lofty view of Indian Arm from the rock, which has sheer cliffs. Some lunch or chocolate usually keeps kids close and away from the edge. Pitt Addington Marsh Pitt Meadows

Huge dragonflies ride your shoulders along the network of dykes and trails. Beavers, bears, frogs, cranes, eagles, songbirds, marsh, wetlands, mudflats...

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Riding a two-wheeler is one of the best ways to drink in scenery. And there’s no shortage of ways to quench the thirst for picturesque places to ride. Riders who want to take the scenic route can check out Port Moody’s Shoreline Trail, a threekilometre horseshoe-shaped trail that follows the inlet between Rocky Point Park pier and Old Orchard. There are two parallel trails: a dirt trail for walkers and a paved pathway for cyclists, and anything else on wheels. To learn more, visit In North Vancouver, check out the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, where riders can cycle through the old-growth forest and the gateway to many of the North Shore’s best trails for cross-country and downhill rides. From road riding to mountain biking, there is a range of terrain. To learn more about mountain biking on the North Shore, which attracts riders from all over the world, visit For a family outing, ride the Traboulay PoCo Trail in Port Coquitlam, a 25-kilometre cycling trail of flat terrain that follows parts of the Coquitlam River through Colony Farm Regional Park eventually encircling the community of Port Coquitlam. The route follows DeBoville Slough, the Pitt and Fraser Rivers through wetlands and agricultural land. To see a map, visit the City of Port Coquitlam’s website at and look under the Parks and Recreation section. There are also concrete options for urban riders. The Central Valley Greenway, a 24-kilometre path that links Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster on mostly flat terrain, is a friend to both commuters and weekend riders. The route follows a shallow valley, running from Vancouver’s False Creek through Burnaby and south to the Fraser River in New Westminster. The greenway passes destinations such as Burnaby Lake Regional Park, the Quay and Telus World of Science. The line also links up with the SkyTrain. For a unique urban ride, check out some of New Westminster’s charming heritage homes on a cruise through the Rotary Crosstown Greenway, which goes from 20th Street and Seventh Avenue, through Moody Park, follows Seventh Avenue down to McBride and ends up at Hume Park in historic Sapperton. Stop for a water break at Grimston Park and enjoy the view. >


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The Slow Food Cycle Tour above right is a family-friendly pedal along country roads with leisurely visits to Fraser Valley farms to sample local fare. The Central Valley Greenway links Burnaby and New Westminster with Vancouver’s False Creek right.







Glen Hobbis is part of a cycling dynasty. His father was Cap, who founded the original Cap’s Bicycles location in 1932 on Columbia Street in New Westminster. Today, Hobbis and his wife Kelly own Cap’s Westwood Cycle locations in both Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Family members also own other Cap’s stores in the Lower Mainland. The lifelong cycling enthusiast shares his top spots for riding. Poco Trail

A more than two-hour pleasure ride that follows the dykes along the western shore of Pitt River. Trans-Canada Trail

Meander through farmland and along quiet roads from Coquitlam Centre to Pitt Meadows airport. Central Valley Greenway

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Concerts As the summer draws near, the heat can put you in the mood to dance. Get into the groove as a wave of outdoor concert series warm up right along with the weather, offering music that ranges from rock to blues to pop and bhangra. This year, there’s a whole host of talent about to grace outdoor stages across the Lower Mainland. Slap on the sunscreen and lug the lawn chair down to Port Moody’s waterfront playground for Summer Sundays Concerts in Rocky Point Park. Local musicians belt out jazz, folk and soul at 2 p.m. every Sunday afternoon in July and August. Stanley Park’s outdoor theatre Malkin Bowl plays host to its Concerts in the Park series offering a lineup of live acts that include Metric, Vampire Weekend, The National and K’naan, whose single Wavin’ Flag is burning up the airwaves as the Coca-Cola anthem for this month’s FIFA World Cup. Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park is home to the premier summer concert series, the 11th Annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival on Aug. 14 with headliners Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Little Miss Higgins and Serena Ryder. North Vancouver celebrates summer with the outdoor concert series Evenings in Edgemont, Concerts in the Cove and Live in Lynn Valley. On July 24 Edgemont hosts its inaugural family street dance, with Backbeat for tunes. Spread your picnic blanket at West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park and enjoy a little dinner music at sunset. The 20th annual Harmony Arts Festival returns to the West Van waterfront July 30-Aug. 8. Surrey’s Canada Day celebration happens July 1 at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street and 64th Avenue. The concerts are free to the public. This year’s main stage features headliners 54-40 and Bif Naked and many more. — Michelle Hopkins The Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival above right returns to Deer Lake Park in August for one hard-rocking blues-soaked afternoon into evening.

LOOK asked a trio of local musicians for their favourite SUMMER TRACKS:

Richmond’s Fraser Walters of the Canadian Tenors – the quartet David Foster dubbed “Canada’s national treasure” Ryan Adams So Alive Stevie Wonder All in Love is Fair Nick Drake Cello Song Renee Fleming (anything Strauss) Dave Matthews Two Step

Vancouver’s legendary blues musician and actor Jim Byrnes


>Those looking for an unhurried cruise outside of the city and off of the trails, can check out the Slow Food Vancouver Cycle Tour in Agassiz on Aug. 21 and Chilliwack on Aug. 22. Ride along country roads, on a self-guided tour, while visiting farmers on this family-oriented, food-centred event. The routes are around 25 km and relatively flat, and kids under 12 can take part free of charge. See slowfoodvancouver. com for details. While there are plenty of places to get out and pedal, riding a bike almost anywhere — even if it’s just to the end of the block — provides a great escape. — Niki Hope

Martha and the Vandellas (not, I repeat, not David Bowie and Mick Jagger) Dancing in the Streets Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Summertime Howling Wolf Sitting on Top of the World Los Lobos Kiko and the Lavender Moon Barbara Mason Yes I’m Ready “The fave in my car CD right now is I Learned The Hard Way by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings.”

Surrey’s Punjabi pop sensation, singer Dal Hothi “Top five songs on my iPod off my current playlist, which changes quite often.” Classic Bollywood song Kabhi Kabhi, lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi Imran Khan’s song Amplifier    54-40 Baby Ran Kesha Blah Blah Blah Fireflies Owl City — Compiled by Michelle Hopkins


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nce the sun starts shining and you have a date night, grad function, wedding or some patio hopping to do, you will be glad to grab that perfect little printed dress out of your closet. Not only are dresses for the most part fairly economical, they are easy and comfortable! Just think, one item of clothing, add your shoes, toss on your accessories and you are good to go. Usually the shoes and the accessories determine whether it is a night on the town or just going casual. But one dress can do both! When shopping for a dress, it is important to go to a clothing store that you trust. Dresses are a lot like jeans, you have to try on a few before you find the right fit. Let the sales people know what you are looking for, and ask them for some advice on what dresses might work best on your body type. You may think you don’t like a certain colour, print or style, but may be pleasantly surprised once you get it on. So step out of your comfort zone a bit and let the professionals work their magic.

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he Pepper Pot Food and Spice Co. in Lonsdale Quay Market is a dizzying array of culinary delights. Bottles of brightly coloured sauces stand shoulder-to-shoulder on well-stocked shelves with orderly rows of pungent spices casting their aroma throughout the stall. It’s a selection that would whet the appetite of any food lover, even if most wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what to do with half the ingredients on display, much less ensure they were getting the best in price and quality. Not so for Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic. As the two former TV journalists, real-life friends and on-air co-hosts navigate the obscure ingredients, you get the impression there are few things they haven’t encountered in the world of culinary consumerism. “Oh, cloud’s ear, remember that?” says Wallner to Matisic, picking up a plastic packet of dried fungus. “And piri piri, what did we use that for again?” Perhaps better known as the Shopping Bags after their popular product-testing series on the W Network in Canada and Fine Living in the United States, Matisic, 41, and Wallner, 40, are Canada’s consummate savvy shoppers. After seven successful seasons of The Shopping Bags






the pair launched their first spinoff, Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag — a culinary adventure that puts cookbooks, ingredients and local chefs’ palates to the test — on Canadian and international airwaves in 2008. With the show’s third season about to start filming, Matisic and Wallner have hit the market to stock up on ingredients for this week’s test dishes: steamed fish and homemade ginger beer, recipes from Lucinda’s Authentic Jamaican Cooking. They haven’t had any luck finding elusive Scotch bonnet peppers anywhere in the Lower Mainland, including here, but happily the Pepper Pot meets their exacting standards in other respects. “If you take a whiff you can smell the spices and you can tell it’s got high turnover. When it comes to spices, you have to make sure you buy from some place that has high turnover, because they do lose their potency,” Wallner advises with the poise of a practiced TV personality. Naturally, a shopping trip with these two is an experience rife with their trademark tips and tricks. After meeting as reporters for Global TV news in the mid-’90s, Wallner, a Toronto transplant, and Matisic, who grew up on

Vancouver’s West Side, quickly hit it off. They decided to strike out on their own in 1999 after realizing they shared a passion for consumer reporting. “We decided we wanted to work for ourselves, so we put our heads together and said, ‘Well, what do we know?’ Well, we know journalism and research and what do we love? Well, we love smart shopping and product testing and getting the most for our money. So we put all that together and came up with the concept for The Shopping Bags,” says Wallner. Three series later (fashion-themed Beauty Call debuted in fall 2009) the two have proved they not only possess smart consumer skills, but a keen business sense that has stood the test of time. “I just think today, and it was the same when we started, there are just so many products on the market that it’s mindboggling for consumers — what’s best, what’s worth spending more on, what isn’t,” says Matisic. “We just love finding out what the best product in a certain category is and doing the work so that people don’t have to.” Of their three projects the pair agree Grocery Bag is their favourite so far, and to hear them talk about their passion for food

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Favourite recipe or flop? Canada’s consummate shoppers Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic await a chef’s critique in the test kitchen for their culinary adventure show Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag.

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it’s no surprise why. Both count good eating among life’s most prized pleasures and are bewildered by people who consider food nothing more than the fuel for the body. “We’ve had people say that and we still talk about it and it was years ago,” says an incredulous Matisic. “We know that that’s not a person we would be friends with,” adds Wallner. Though it’s all about food on the Grocery Bag set, the hosts are loath to lump themselves in with the Foodie set, focusing less on trends and more on their personal relationship with food and food products. “I love to eat,” Matisic says. “And I don’t want to waste a single meal on something that’s not — I won’t say perfect — but pretty darn good. When I get even a bad sandwich for lunch that upsets me because I could have had a better one and it was a wasted opportunity.” There’s a sense of camaraderie with everyday, at-home cooks that comes with tackling the complicated recipes and uncommon ingredients they often use on the show, she says. “Everybody has that experience so anybody can relate. And everybody makes mistakes.” The two have had their fair share of culinary disasters, both on air and off, like the time they started a small fire after neglecting to soak wooden skewers before making kebabs — an incident Matisic sheepishly admits has happened more than once in her own kitchen. But the cooking mishaps and their coping mechanisms for them are actually the show’s secret ingredient, she says. “A big part of the success is we’re relatable — our relationship is relatable. We’re not afraid to make mistakes and not look perfect in front of the cameras.” In fact, when it comes to the actual cooking, Wallner says she’s still learning from Matisic how to handle the heat in the kitchen. “Kristina’s teaching me to not be so uptight about the size of the diced carrots,” she says with a laugh, noting she prefers the show’s investigative segments that delve into where and how to find the best quality ingredients. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the show, and it’s something my mother always taught me too, it’s that you have to start with the absolute best ingredients; you have to cook what’s in season and don’t try to put a square peg into a round hole when it comes to cooking and ingredients that are available to you.” The pair will stop at nothing to get the absolute freshest ingredients, even if it means taking the show on the road >






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>to Savannah, Ga., where they’ll take in the peach festival and film an upcoming episode on southern cooking. Closer to home, the Lower Mainland boasts a bevy of producers that Matisic and Wallner count among their favourites, many of which have appeared on the show. Wallner includes take-home dishes from Vij’s and Rangoli, available at some grocery stores, in her weekday staples, while Matisic has a soft spot for Vancouver Island goat cheese. And they both reserve a special place for the delicacies of Thomas Haas. After filming Beauty Call and Grocery Bag consecutively over the past year, Wallner and Matisic are looking forward to their summer break from shooting, though they admit they really never stop working and are constantly browsing stores for story ideas. Both like to get off the beaten path for some real R ’n’ R, says Wallner, who unwinds in the super natural province by hiking in the North Shore mountains or road biking. This summer, she’s even forgoing her usual jaunt to Europe for a vacation planned at Qualicum Beach. Matisic, meanwhile, says she spends her quiet moments strolling around Kits with her dog, Ruby, “which means I can’t shop and walk anymore,” or lying out in the park with a good book. This summer though, she’ll be headed across the pond for her annual trip to visit family in Croatia. “My mother’s family has a house on an island,” she says. “There’s really not a lot to do there, which is why I love it.” Except relax, and maybe, eat.l






Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic put an assortment of spatulas to the test by flipping flapjacks at a commercial griddle for an episode of Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag.

Kits dog beach This patch of pooch paradise next to the Maritime Museum in Kitsilano is where dogs can frolic without worrying about spraying human bathers and getting sandy paw prints all over pristine beach towels. The Rex Dog hotel, Terminal Avenue When I’m out of town, my (spoiled) pooch Ruby goes to this two-storey multi-room pooch pad. Small and big dogs are separated. They have a water park to play in and a human spends the overnight to ensure things don’t get too rowdy. Seriously.     Richmond Dyke When it’s drizzling in town, I escape to nearby drier climes and walk Ruby along the Richmond dyke trail system. It’s scenic and flat for me, and full of fresh scents for her.   Barking Babies, Yaletown This doggy boutique is my go-to spot when Ruby needs a new whatever, like a skull and bones leather dog collar or a camouflage rain jacket.   Ambleside Dog Park Not sure who it’s a bigger social scene for, the dogs or their humans!

Savary Island Pie Co in West Vancouver The. Best. Pies. Ever. The soda bread makes me only too happy to tackle the Lions Gate Bridge in traffic. Les Amis du Frommage For all my cheese needs (locations in and around Vancouver). These ladies know everything there is to know about cheese, and then some. Don’t miss the butter from France.   Armando’s Meats, Granville Island Tell him I sent you and you won’t be disappointed.   Cioffi’s Meat Market and Deli, Burnaby A wonderful market for all your Italian needs.   and... The stretch of independent produce markets along West Broadway in Kits is the best budget-friendly place to shop for fresh produce year-round. It’s also a great place to wander while stocking up on your veggies!


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Prawn Marinade

Cilantro Pesto makes about 1¼ cup

Ingredients ¼ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lemon, juiced 1 orange, juiced 1 tsp chopped cilantro, or to taste 1 tbsp tequila 15 B.C. spot prawns, peeled and deveined

1 bunch fresh cilantro, rinsed and dried (approximately 3 cups, loosely packed) ½ tbsp Dijon mustard ½ cup roasted pine nuts or macadamia nuts 2 cloves garlic 1 tbsp lime juice ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp sea salt or to taste

In a bowl, mix together olive oil, mustard, garlic, lemon juice, orange juice, cilantro and tequila. Add prawns, and stir to coat. Cover, and let marinate for 1 hour. Heat an outdoor grill to high heat. Thread prawns onto skewers or grill individually for 3 to 5 minutes, turning once, until pink.

Strip cilantro leaves from stems and set aside. Coarsely chop stems and place in food processor or blender. Add pine nuts, garlic, lime juice, oil and salt. Process to a uniform consistency. Add cilantro leaves and process until coarsely chopped. Spoon pesto over grilled prawns and serve accompanied with your favourite beer or cold beverage. Joel Green Executive Chef

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Bring home the birds and the bees for beautiful blooms in your garden. words Niamh Scallon


othing makes a garden more inviting than the music of songbirds twittering on a hot summer day. This season, bring the joys of nature home and discover the enormous benefits of wildlife for your garden. Hummingbirds, songbirds and other winged visitors are welcome guests in the backyard garden. Not only are they pleasant company, they also make themselves useful in helping trees, plants and flowers flourish. Many birds prevent the need for toxic pesticides by eating insects and weeds. Beautiful and intriguing, hummingbirds feast on nectar and pollinate plants. Honeybees also help to pollinate plants and maintain lush gardens throughout the summer months. Some Lower Mainland municipalities now allow hobby beekeeping to encourage the pollination of plants and trees in residential and public areas. Lianne Shyry’s North Vancouver garden is abuzz with two active honey beehives. Neighbours have noticed a profusion of blooms and boosted vegetable yields since Shyry began beekeeping in her backyard. “Fresh honey is also a sweet little bonus,” she adds. Horticulturalist Alan Reid is employed at GardenWorks, a garden centre with locations in North Vancouver, Burnaby and on Vancouver Island. For Reid, the most successful gardens embrace the environment by using an array of plants and flowers to attract birds and insects. “We can always attract more nature in the garden by realizing that we should have gardens that are natural,” Reid says. His gardening mantra: no pesticides, more flowers and diversity. Catherine Dale, master gardener at Burnaby’s Eagle Estate Heritage Garden, points to three simple ways to invite wildlife to your backyard refuge: food, shelter and water. “These are the basic things that critters in your garden need.” Water is essential to the summer survival of birds and butterflies. In his Gardening for Wildlife Guide (Whitecap Books, $20), author and nature lover Bill Merilees suggests installing small birdbaths in shaded areas to keep wildlife satisfied. Baths can be purchased at garden centres or created out of concrete slabs. According to Merilees, the best birdbaths are shallow, gently sloping

and made out of non-slip material. Baths should be emptied and refilled several times a week to avoid bacteria and mosquitoes. Planting a variety of flowers, trees and shrubs helps to provide food for summer birds and insects. A diverse garden that bears fruits, berries, nectar and seeds will keep wildlife satisfied throughout the summer months. Reid recommends plants with large, brightly coloured blooms like those of red upright lobelia, bee balm and hibiscus to most effectively attract bees, birds and insects. Sheltered areas make your garden more inviting to birds, butterflies and other insects. Large plants, trees and even piled rocks in your garden can help protect wildlife from predators. They also provide wildlife with a comfortable place to rest and recuperate in the summer heat. For urban gardeners with smaller spaces, the benefits of the natural world are easily reached. Planting large, vibrant flowers, providing clean water and installing a small birdhouse, for example, increases urban gardenersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chances of attracting birds and bees. l

Attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to your backyard refuge. GardenWorks horticulturalist Alan Reid likes these summer blooms: Monarda didyma bee balm Aquilegia spp columbine Hibiscus syriacus rose of sharon Salvia spp sage Antirrhinum majus snapdragon Lobelia cardinalis red upright lobelia Phaseolus coccineus scarlet runner bean Penstemon spp beardtongue Ipomoea multifida cardinal vine Alcea rosea hollyhock

Aromatic herbs such as lavender, heather, rosemary, thyme, sage, bee balm, hyssop, anise-hyssop, basil and marjoram. Wild herbs such as motherwort, catnip and purple loosestrife. Bitter herbs such as southernwood, wormwood and rue. Nectar-rich herbs such as clover and alfalfa. P H O T O G R A P H Y M I K E W A K EFIELD

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t last year’s red-carpet première for New Moon, North Vancouver actress Kirsten Prout got a taste of what it’s like to be part of the Twilight phenomenon. “That was definitely a different experience,” Prout says about the Los Angeles première. “I got out of the limo; I felt like I was hit by a wall of energy. You see a stage, and no one had told me about the stage. My hands were shaking (I thought), ‘God, help me.’” The nervous 19-year-old was led to the platform, where someone was waiting to interview her in front of the frenzied crowd. “You are thinking, ‘Does anyone know who I am?’” she says. Prout was brought into the Twilight universe through her role in the third Twilight movie, Eclipse, set for release on June 30. In the film, she plays Lucy, one of the vamps responsible for Jasper becoming a vampire. Lucy is a departure from the good-girl character Prout played on the TV series Kyle XY. “To play something dark, this holy evil, was fun for me,” says Prout. “Always, as an actor, you want to play a character you can understand, but that’s nothing like you.” Lucy is one of the vampires that causes Jasper, played by Jackson Rathbone, to be turned during his military career. The villainous role wasn’t the first Eclipse character she auditioned for. “I read for a different vampire, named Bree, who is a brunette with short, short hair and is 13 years old — completely not me, but a casting director suggested I audition for the part,” she says. Instead, she landed the role of Lucy, who was older and paler. “I went in, did one audition and a week later, I got a call to show up on set,” she explains. Prout’s basically grown up in the film industry, but nothing could have prepared the actress for the notoriety that comes with being part of the vampire franchise. On a recent inconspicuous outing in L.A., which she currently calls home, Prout was recognized for her Twilight role. “The day I moved down to L.A., it was the strangest experience. I went into the Gap to buy a hoodie, and the lady behind the counter said ‘Lucy!’ I thought she had mistaken me for her friend,” Prout says. “I’m thinking, the movie hasn’t even come out — definitely a different breed of fans.” — Niki Hope













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La Stella Winery principal Saeedah Salem and CTV anchor Pamela Martin fronted United Way’s Women in Philanthropy at Leone. The shopping spree raised $20,000 for disadvantaged kids.

Diamond Ball boosters Jen Daerendinger and Jana Maclagan helped raise money for cancer research at one of Vanhattan’s premier galas. The Spanish-inspired soirée collected $600,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Olé!

Grape Juice organizer Sarah McNeil welcomed 300 oenophiles, including Realtor Barret DeMaere, to the Big Sisters benefit. Partygoers raised $53,000 to facilitate the matching of young girls on the Big Sisters wait list.

BFFs Julia Kim left and Michelle Rupp welcomed 450 revellers to the Minerva Foundation’s signature All About Girlfriends shindig in support of the non-profit agency’s leadership programs for women.

Keg Restaurant kingpin David Aisenstat and Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels hosted a Venetian-inspired ball in support of the VAG. The $225-a-ticket Masquerade Ball netted $200,000 for future exhibitions and programs.

Legend of late night Jay Leno headlined chair Rhoda Rizkalla’s Cabriolet Gala, at Beamer mogul Brian Jessel’s dealership, raising a reported $250,000 for Arts Umbrella, Canadian Autism Network, and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

At Shine Gala in New West, Burnaby firefighters Harp Samra and Randy Delmonico and two-time cancer survivor CBC weather broadcaster Claire Martin helped net $200,000 for Royal Columbian Hospital Breast Health Centre.





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Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CEO Linda Morris and West Van Police Const. David Noon welcomed gala-goers to Capilano Golf & Country Club for Nite of Hope. The Walk of Stars-themed dinner and fashion show raised about $75,000.


CTV’s Renu Bakshi and yours truly co-hosted the Giovanni Bastone Foundation’s Shine Gala in Vancouver. The disco-themed affair hustled $60,000 for childhood cancer research.


Get ready to rock! Vancouver Music Industry presents its fifth VMI Award Gala & Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds to support the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Program and Music BC.

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