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A leatherback turtle on the beach at Matura, Trinidad.

T IS NEARLY 9 P.M. WHEN WE ARRIVE in Matura. On some stretches of road there are no street lights to illuminate the way but we eventually veer toward the outpost where the only thing visible in the darkness is the silhouette of thick black jungle. Several maxis (bus taxis) full of people returning home and a few private cars are parked. We pay for the permits and at last step out of the vehicle. Immediately, a breeze blows, redolent of salt water. By now a guide, Kadisha, has joined us and warns us not to put on any lights for the short walk to the beach. She checks with her supervisors before directing us to a location where the leatherback turtles have been spotted. The entire scene is like an artist’s painting in grisaille – as we walk near the shoreline which is lit by the full moon, the sand, the ocean, and the turtles all appear in varying shades of grey, giving the entire scene a sense of energetic timelessness. The moon is intermittently covered by cloud and absolute darkness alternates with glimmering silver light – the sea a mirror. Finally, we arrive near another group of visitors, a red light shining at their centre, enabling them to observe the birth without endangering it. Turtles cannot see red or orange but if she sees a white light she is apt to return to the sea and the cycle of birth interrupted. We amble to another leatherback turtle nearby that has made her trademark tractorlike trail from the sea and begins scraping the sand with her front flippers which are large



and skilled. Little by little she creates a hole a quarter of a metre deep into which she will conceal her eggs. At times, the enchantment of watching this 500 pound creature dig is interrupted – perhaps a glint of moonlight steers our gaze toward the seashore or someone in the group, incredulous, points and whispers – and a large object emerges, barely discernible from the black sea engulfing it. The leatherback turtles have voyaged from the frigid waters of Canada here to the warm Caribbean to spend less energy regulating their temperature. By now, all around us, there are leatherback turtles in every stage of laying eggs. One begins the ritual of digging. Meanwhile, we accompany another toward the sea, flippers and tail trailing, leaving the trademark tractor marks. Others, though, come ashore only to return to the ocean because they do not find the perfect spot to lay their eggs – a strange fussiness from this gigantic creature, that leaves telltale u-shaped marks on the sand. Now, there are four leatherback turtles visible to us on one small stretch of beach. This area, on the eastern side of the island of Trinidad, is a world-renowned viewing place for this most rare of births, but to be present at this intimate moment with so many leatherback turtles converging at once, is an incredible honour. Once the hole is dug, we wait as she repositions herself comfortably. She is in a trance when she lays her eggs, clear liquid oozing from her eyes – as she eats mainly jellyfish she has no other way of excreting the substance. Then, she begins laying baseball-

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sized yolk filled eggs that drop down into the hole that she has dug and that will hatch in 60-70 days. We are able to touch the turtle’s soft shell. She is injured – a piece of her shell has been severed near the tail – Kadisha conjectures that a whale or shark may have broken it or that it occurred in mating. She has large pink spots on her forehead, and like fingerprints, no two are alike. Next, she begins laying smaller eggs the size of chicken’s eggs that will not hatch but provide air pockets for the other eggs and hatchlings. She begins to use her back flippers to fill the hole with sand which flies about, whizzing past our faces. The force of her flippers could break a rib and she takes 15 minutes to compact the hole, ensuring it is covered using her entire body weight. But if she sees a light, it may take 45 minutes. On this coconut fringed beach it begins to drizzle, and then to pour and we take shelter under a thatch hut. The only other group that had been viewing turtles nearby left shortly after we arrived. For most of the night we are alone. She can hear us speak but her hearing is not acute. When the rain stops she is still compacting sand undeterred. It has rained once, and will again, so we decide to leave. On the walk along the beach we see three more leatherbacks. But for me, as miraculous as the laying of the eggs, perhaps even more so, is the sight of these giant ancients emerging from the sea following a natural calling back to the shore where they were once hatchlings too. CSL



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The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook: Artisanal Baking from Around the World by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez and Julia Turshen (Clarkson Potter, $35.56; Gluten free diet be damned – this book is a celebration of bread from around the world. Affectionately dubbed the United Nations of bread, the Hot Bread Kitchen in New York has served as a place of employment and given a sense of community to immigrant women looking for meaningful work. Think Mexican conchas, Jewish challah, German stollen, and Chilean empanadas. Alongside these recipes are helpful lessons on deepening the flavour of bread with a pâte fermentée (a pre-fermented dough) and other tips to improve and enhance your bread making repertoire.

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At Home in the Garden by Carolyn Roehm (Potter Style, $68.97; A garden is like love. This theme is weaved into the narrative and photography of this book based on Roehm’s beloved 59 acre property in Connecticut, Weatherstone. Inspired by her grandmother’s garden in Missouri, Roehm has created a series of outdoor spaces to suit her taste including a cutting garden, orchard and parterre. The oversize book draws on her love of flowers and beauty, with advice and tips on how she created her garden over the course of decades. Roehm’s view of love, like her garden, is eternally optimistic, and that is the greatest source of inspiration in this delightful book.

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Einkorn: Recipes for Nature's Original Wheat by Carla Bartolucci (Clarkson Potter, $21.86; Einkorn is an ancient species of wheat, first planted in the Fertile Crescent at the advent of agriculture. “All wheat is a descendant of wild einkorn,” contends Bartolucci, though its high protein content gives it “extreme stickiness and reduced elasticity.” The benefit is that because it lacks certain gluten forming proteins einkorn can be enjoyed by many people with wheat sensitivity. Based on her many years growing and experimenting with einkorn, Bartolucci offers recipes for bread, cake and pastry. While the book is a laudable resource for cooking with this healthy grain, it remains a niche work due to the cost and availability of einkorn.

Ultimate Travelist (Lonely Planet; Does a case of wanderlust have you seeking an adventure? With 500 of the best places to visit on the planet – you’ll be sure to find more than a few that will pique your interest. From well-known architectural marvels to museums, state parks and wonders of the world, to places you’ve never heard of, leafing through the pages will almost certainly have you playing a fun game of ‘been there done that.’ The best part is discovering how many places you’ve been to and which ones are next on the list!

Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine by Tal Ronnen (Artisan, $23.37; This is sexy vegan food from a practicing vegan chef presented in a modern style. Apart from a few recipes with fava beans, lentils and hummus, however, the book contains few plantbased protein sources and, as a result, reads like a collection of side dishes rather than substantial meals. While the names of many recipes from “béarnaise,”and “hearts of palm calamari,” to “vegetable bouillabaisse rouille” reference meat-based dishes to give hesitant readers a sense of the familiar, Ronnen misses the opportunity to create a truly innovative vegan culinary lexicon. Still, regardless of diet, everyone will get ideas from this book.




Shoes Engagement Calendar 2016, Workman Publishing, $17.99,


Patisserie Maison: Simple Pastries and Desserts to Make at Home by Richard Bertinet (Ebury Press, $60.64; From the behind-the-scenes photos to the simple plating and section on baking basics (including meringue, jam, pastry, curd) the book makes creating French patisserie at home a realistic goal. French classics like macarons, fraisier and éclairs are broken down into easy steps. Indeed, the entire book from the presentation to the instructions is approachable. It is as if the reader is attending one of the cooking classes from Bertinet’s UK cooking school. These recipes serve as a foundation from which to play and experiment.


Yogavataranam: The Translation of Yoga by Zoë Slatoff-Ponté, North Point Press, $37.95,


Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford, Laurence King Publishing, $18.86,





2 ounces shea butter 1 ounce cocoa butter 1 ounce peanut oil 1 ounce sweet almond oil A few drops of essential oil


pour essential oil using an eyedropper into almond oil. In a bowl mix with remaining ingredients.


Stand with feet parallel hip width apart. Inhale when straightening and exhale when bending. Hold medicine ball overhead and twist upper body to the right. bring the ball down between the legs toward the left ankle. The motion should be like chopping wood. Return to standing position. Alternate movement with right ankle. Repeat 6-8.



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Aromatherapy, the use of essential oils for wellbeing is centuries old. Clinical studies at the university of Leicester in the uk found that lavender put elderly patients to sleep as effectively as sleeping aids. In a 2005 study at Wesleyan university in Connecticut, participants who smelled lavender before bedtime had increased deep sleep and felt more vigorous in the morning. To get these benefits at home, add a few drops of lavender oil to a diffuser or pillow, add a few drops to a bath or spray lavender eau de parfum on pulse points before bedtime. Eco bella Lavender Eau De parfum,


Z iergerkase This cheese originated in Germany. It may be eaten fresh or aged for several weeks. yield: About 1 pound 2 gallons fresh whey, no more than 3 hours old 1 quart whole milk, for increased yield (optional) ¼ cup vinegar (I like apple cider) 1 quart water 1 quart red wine ¼ cup cheese salt Herbs (optional) 1 pour the whey into a large pot. Add the milk, if desired. Heat the mixture to 200°F. 2 Slowly add the vinegar. Turn off the heat. 3 Allow the mixture to set for 10 minutes. you will see white flakes of protein floating in it. 4 Carefully pour the mixture into a colander lined with butter muslin and allow it to drain. 5 When the muslin is cool enough to handle, tie the corners into a knot and hang the bag over the sink to drain for several hours, or until the curds stop dripping whey. Allow the curds to cool. 6 Line a 1-pound cheese mold with butter muslin. Add the curds and press at 20 pounds of pressure for 24 hours. 7 Remove the cheese from the press and gently peel away the cheesecloth. 8 In a large bowl, combine the water, wine, and salt; add the herbs, if desired. Add the cheese and cover. place the bowl in the refrigerator for 4 days and turn the cheese twice a day. 9 Remove the cheese from the soaking liquid. Drain on paper towels and cover with cheese wrap. The cheese may be eaten fresh or aged for several weeks in the refrigerator before serving. It will keep for 3–4 weeks.



Excerpted from Home Cheesemaking. © Ricki Carroll. used with permission of Storey publishing.

This is a classic formula for treating colds, flus, and fevers. Variations of it can be found in health food stores and markets today. 2 2 1 1

parts catnip leaf parts elder blossom part echinacea root part peppermint leaf

1 Mix the herbs and store in an airtight con tainer until ready to use. 2 To prepare, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of the mixture and let steep, cov ered, for 1 hour. 3 Administer every 30 minutes, following the dosage guidelines beginning on page 92. Excerpted from Herbs for Childrens Health. © Rosemary Gladstar. used with permission of Storey publishing.



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Celebration Time Easy to make recipes that will impress guests.

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Mulled Marsala Marsala is fortified Italian wine. Not only is it the colour of 2015, but marsala’s rich tone and deep flavour hold up to strong spices with tons of flavour. The preferred tipple in tiramisu, zabaglione and as an accompaniment to cheese, it is aged in oak barrels. This combination of a gin fizz and mulled wine is great for festive get-togethers. 1 1/2 oz. (44ml) Marsala (Florio Marsala Vecchio Dolce ) 1 ½ oz. (44ml) Campari 1 ½ oz. (44ml) Gin 1 egg white Squeeze of lemon pinch of cinnamon



program your dishwasher for after midnight or another off-peak energy time. Opt for kitchen gadgets that work on manual power.

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1. pour the gin, and egg white into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 2. Shake vigorously 3. Strain into a chilled highball glass with ice cubes. 4. Garnish with zest of an orange.

OYSTERS 5 WAYS These beauties from the ocean are as easy to eat as they are to prepare!

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These hors d’oeuvres pack an almighty punch of flavour in one small bite.

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER WITH A TWIST Decadent and rich, these beauties are the way to start the night out right


SOUTHERN FRIED OYSTERS Crispy, buttery and decadent, try to eat just one


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pepper to taste 1.

preheat oven to 375 degrees.


Over medium heat, in a small pan, melt butter. Add shallots. Stir in flour and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add Herbsait or pernod and garlic and stir to combine. Add heavy cream and let cook 1 minute. Stir in spinach and tarragon. Cook until mixture thickens, 3 to 5 minutes. If mixture is too thick, add a little bit of water or heavy cream to thin. Season with salt and pepper.

Crisp and juicy oysters are best served with a creamy aioli or bitter greens. Makes 6 to 8 servings 1½ cups (190g) all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp (3.75g) salt ½ tsp (2.5g) paprika ½ tsp (2.5g) garlic powder 1 tbsp (15g) dried mustard 1 tbsp (15g) dried thyme 2 tbsp (15g) baking powder ½ cup sparkling water 5 cups (1185ml) vegetable oil (for frying) 20 medium-size fresh oysters, shucked and dusted with flour Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Slowly add sparkling water to make a thin batter and reserve.


Heat a pot with oil over high heat for 1 minute until it reaches to 375°F.


Dip each oyster into the batter until coated. Wait until the oil is smoking and gently lower oysters into oil. Fry five oysters at a time until light brown, about 3 minutes. Remove oysters, drain over paper towels.

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER WITH SPINACH Though the debate still reins as to if the original recipe contained spinach, or a mixture of herbs, this classic New Orleans dish is always a celebratory meal. For the record, this recipe is a twist on the classic.

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small to medium oysters, washed and shucked, reserving the shells cup (113g) unsalted butter medium shallots, peeled and finely diced tsp (2.5g) salt cup (96g) all-purpose flour cup (60ml) Herbsaint or pernod cloves garlic, grated or finely diced cup (118ml) heavy cream lb (2 cups) baby spinach or watercress stemmed, washed, and chopped sprig fresh tarragon, chopped (optional) cup (50g) freshly grated parmesan cheese cup (25g) toasted panko lemon cut into wedges | WINTER 2015/16 |


Spoon 1 heaped tablespoon spinach mixture into each of the empty oyster shells and top each with a whole oyster. Top with more of the spinach mixture and sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture. Transfer to oven and bake until oysters are warm to the touch, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.


Mover oysters directly under the broiler to brown, approximately 1 minute. Take out of oven and serve with lemon.


SMOKED OYSTER SALAD Canned oysters provide an easy short-cut to this recipe. Serves 6 1 tin of smoked oysters in oil Hot sauce to taste ¼ cup (32g) diced onion ¼ cup (32g) chopped cilantro 2 tbsp (30ml) ketchup 1 tbsp (15ml) sriracha 1 tsp (5ml) sweet chili sauce 2 tbsp (30ml) freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice 1.

Combine hot sauce, onion, cilantro, ketchup, sriracha, sweet chili sauce and fresh lemon or lime juice in a bowl. Add the smoked oysters and mix to coat.


Serve on crackers, garnished with watercress leaves.


Take advantage of the briny taste of the ocean by pairing with a touch of zingy acidity. Makes about ½ cup 1

tsp (7g) ground black peppercorns (or to taste) ½ cup (236ml) red wine vinegar 2 tbsp (30g) finely chopped shallots or sweet onions Salt to taste 1.

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In a medium bowl, mix together cheese, panko, and breadcrumbs. Set aside.

Combine all of the herbs and butter in a large bowl. Cool in fridge overnight until ready to use.

Combine all ingredients and chill. prepare a layer of ice on a serving platter and arrange chilled oysters on the half shell on top.

HERB BUTTER Great to pat on oysters destined for the grill or outdoor barbecue, this butter also pairs well with pasta, fish and poultry. Makes 1 cup 1 1

cup (128g) chopped herbs (parsley or thyme) cup (227g) unsalted butter, room temperature

Step 1 place oyster inside of a kitchen towel, with hinge facing out and the cup side down. Wiggle an oyster knife into the hinge, prying open with pressure until you feel the seal pop. Step 2 Work the knife around the shell, until open all the way around. Sever the muscle attaching the top of the shell to the oyster meat. Step 3 Take knife and use it to free the oyster from the bottom muscle and shell.








Winter Blush

The romantic colour is ideal for warming the complexion and stands out in a sea of black, grey and jewel tones.

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Festive cherry adds dramatic flair to an evening dress Ralph and Russo Fall/Winter 2015


W H AT ’ S N E W I N T H E W O R L D O F S k I N , b E A u T y , M A k E u p A N D W E L L - b E I N G


Do the Perfect Cat Eye For Dolce & Gabbana, elaborate, tailored headpieces covering knots and buns rivaled the makeup for attention. but a precise cat eye still stole the show.

Get Groomed Luxe Lashes

Try an Unexpected Pout

’s look for Creatures of the Wind was inspired by Americana and icons like Anjelica Huston and Sissy Spacek.

At Nanette Lepore, Maybelline New york Makeup Artist Grace Lee, echoed the inspiration for the collection: posh, rebel school girl.


Blinc Mascara Amplified, $30.00



Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $24.00. Ardency Inn Modster Easy Ride Supercharged Liquid Liner in Deep Black, $23.00

Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler, $27.00

YOUR LOOK Trace dots above the upper lash line using an eye pencil. Then use a liquid liner to make regular dots on this line beginning at the inner corner of the eye. Join the dots together in one stroke. Create a tail by flicking the line out and upward near the end of the eye. COURTESY


YOUR LOOK Begin with matte skin and bare eyelids. Curl eyelashes and apply several coats of mascara to only the outer half of the top and bottom lashes. To finish the no-makeup look, brush eyebrows and add gloss.

Choose eco-friendly linen for your bedroom.


Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Heartbreaker Glossy, $15.50; Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in sheer white tint, $35.00

YOUR LOOK To get a long-lasting, edgy magenta lip colour, begin by applying a loose powder on lips using a brush. Then apply lip colour to the middle of the lips moving to the corners. Finish with gloss for extra shine.

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GLITTER & Shine The most important trend for the holiday season is glitter eye shadow. This look is perfect for formal parties and is very pretty in its effect. It does take some time to apply and requires a little patience, but once done it amps up the overall look for the party season.


This whole look will take upwards of 20 minutes to do well or longer if not experienced with false lashes. The perfect glitter eye shadow, however, is so intensely beautiful it is very much worth the effort.

2 Apply medium brown shadow across the crease creating a point at the outer corner of the eye


3 Intensify the outer corner of the eye with black shadow cutting the darker colour into the crease – this creates an outline for applying the glitter

A really good concealer/highlighter. Daniel Thompson Beauty Absolute Light, $62,

4 Across the mobile lid apply a thin layer of makeup adhesive – do not apply too thick a layer as it will gum up and be difficult to work with 5 Carefully layer the loose glitter on top of the adhesive. Pay attention to glitter falling under the eye. It is better to apply in small sections than try to apply all at once to the entire area 6 Define the eye with a cat eye style application of the liquid liner, paying attention to the shape created with the black eye shadow 7 Apply lashes to the finished effect for the fullest drama 22

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A medium brown matte eyeshadow. Daniel Thompson Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow CME01, $24.


A deep black matte eyeshdow. Daniel Thompson Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow CME19, $24. A black liquid eyeliner. Daniel Thompson Beauty The Liquid Liner #1, $42.

Glitter adhesive. Urban Decay Bondage, $20.

Glitter. MAC Glitter Gold, $26.

Fantasy Lashes. Shu Uemura Fanstasy Lash Set, $500.


1 Prepare the entire area under the eye and the eyelid by evening out with the concealer highlighter




PARTY DRESSING Got an invite to a holiday party, but you don’t know what to wear? CSL has four party ready looks that will have you turning heads!


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RALpH AND RuSSO Fall/Winter 2015

With the release of the new James Bond film, Spectre, gold is the colour du jour. This season there are differing tones of gold. From earthy green to rich yellow. This colour screams holiday and looks good on every skin tone.

The double ‘v’ (neckline and side slit) is a huge trend for holiday. Instead of pairing with jewellry, keep this look simple and elegant.

LANVIN Devoré-chiffon gown $6,064;

SAINT LAURENT Monogramme small leopard-print calf hair and leather shoulder bag $2,697;


GIVENCHY Chain-embellished sandals in black leather; $1,473;


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ATELIER VERSACE Fall/Winter 2015

BOHEMIAN NIGHTS Fairytales and snow princesses (à la Elsa from Disney’s Frozen) are all the rage. Fluid, transparent fabric, bohemian floral headbands and floral details are all integral to achieving this look.

KENNETH JAY LANE Gold-tone earrings; $30;

LANVIN pleated silk-chiffon maxi dress $9,502;

STyLIST TI p For cold winter nights, wear with a pastel wool coat

JENNIFER BEHR Adeline silver-tone Swarovski crystal headband; $625;

AQUAZZURA Tango Curvy Lace-up Sandal, biscotto; $775.00;

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VIkTOR AND ROLF Fall/Winter 2015


This combination of office-meets-cool-girl chic is an effortless way to be comfortable and stylish for a holiday party. The silk pussybow blouse and sexy side slit skirt are anchored with the shoe of the season, the loafer.

GUCCI pussy-bow silk-georgette top; $1,316;

SOPHIE BILLE BRAHE Sophie bille brahe 14-karat gold pearl earring; $1,215;

DION LEE paneled tech-jersey and chiffon midi skirt; $1,468;

Loafers don’t have to be boring. Try different textures like faux crocodile, horsehair and patent leather.


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NEWBARK Melanie lizard-effect leather loafers; $1,070;

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The new little black dress is all about the details. Anything with luxurious textures like velvet, lace or leather.

An off the shoulder silhouette adds a subtle sexy touch, while balancing out hips

KATE SPADE Caution to the wind polar bear on ice clutch; $398;

BODEN Leather pant; $598;

STyLIST TIp Top with a mysterious black hat to add an edge

TIBI Adeline silver-tone Swarovski crystal headband; $625;

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Troopista' Almond Toe Ankle boot; $1,946.53; COURTESY | WINTER 2015/16 | 27

BLACK VELVET IF YOU PLEASE A sumptuous velvet dress layered with lace top balances naughty and nice.

Plus Flocked Velvet A-Line Dress, $169, Calvin Klein,


othic REVIVAL Winter is all about Victoriana with an edge: think rich velvet, sexy lace and tailored blazers. When combined, the look is dramatic and strong. For a more subtle touch of Goth, add one or two pieces to your wardrobe and pair with colour.

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Tie-Neck Shirt Dress, $195, Cece by Cynthia Steffe,


TIED UP A silk shirtdress is relaxed dressing at its best and a silk scarf is the accessory of the season.

WRAP IT UP Enveloped in the soft embrace of a sweater, she is at one with nature. Aritzia Babaton Merino wool sweater,, 1state dress,


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QUEEN FOR A DAY Peek a boo lace in a lovely shade of gem-like ruby topped off with a edgy black tiara is reminiscent of a Victorian queen. Lace Fit-and-Flare Dress, $190, Top Shop


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Beach Comber

bulls Island, one of Myrtle beach’s many natural wonders and a fun spot for shell collecting.


THE CSL GREEN TICkER Reduce the amount of luggage you pack and try to travel with only carryon. pack your own biodegradable soap.


the road to Langdon Hall A secret garden, a rising star chef and an historic estate. Could small town Cambridge Ontario be home to Canada’s own Downton Abbey?

T BEGINS WITH A WARM EMBRACE – a silky, earthy chicken mousse with a backdrop of brandy and long. crisp parsnip chips that transform the act of double dipping from taboo to must-do. I’m dining at the restaurant at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, lead by Executive Chef Jason Bangerter whose impressive resume includes work at Auberge du Pommier, Hotel Le Meridian Montparnasse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten Vong, and many years with renowned Swiss chef Anton Mosimann in Europe. His tenure at Langdon Hall began in 2013, and in the intervening years, the restaurant has garnered much acclaim.


Text and photography by Shivana Maharaj

The summer home of Eugene Langdon Wilks, a wealthy American real estate and fur trade heir, and his wife Pauline Kingsmill, Langdon Hall could be Canada’s answer to Downton Abbey with odes to both Britain and American Federal Revival styles. The 75 acre property is situated in Cambridge, Ontario, a small city an hour’s drive (with no traffic) from Toronto. The main house comes into view suddenly along a meandering driveway. The warm cast of a golden sunset on the brick and brilliant white façade speaks to old world elegance, but the surrounding woods are assuredly Canadian. There are old servant bells hidden in a present day coat room, an antique bar and several formal private dining rooms with unique décor. Each corner of the property beckons to be explored, from the dozen kilometres of woodland trails surrounding the hotel, to the chic pool and elaborate gardens. “You have to really want to be here – there’s not much around,” adds Bangerter of the property so quietly tucked away from the road, that it is difficult to guess that there’s a whole world behind here. Most of the staff hails from the surrounding areas of Cambridge and Milton and there is a deep sense of pride, and true service. When I visit the 38

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“There is thought behind each dish, cleverly crafted through a clear understanding of flavour, without a need to be trend driven, and confidently plated without an incongruous use of modernist techniques.” spa for a facial, my attendant recalls her time growing up in the town with fondness, as does a waiter at dinner, who moved back home, after working in the fast pace of Toronto for years. My loft suite, one of 52 rooms and suites on the property, has subtle equestrian touches, a comfortable feather bed, warm fireplace and spacious living area with a pullout day bed. My classic black and white bathroom is cozy and relaxing, with a deep soaking tub and walk-in shower with a decent size wardrobe. Undergoing an expansion set to be completed in early 2016, Langdon Hall will soon include several additional rooms, a state-of-the-art spa, and additional event space. As dinner continues in the rotunda shaped dining room that overlook the grounds, several tables fill with regular guests, business executives and Relais &

Châteaux members from abroad. The tasting menu is a slowly building progression. It begins with delicate compressed cucumber marinated with citrusy marigold, and an herb puree followed by a salad of foraged herbs found on the premises – bold punches of flavour from what are otherwise innocuous looking plants – hints of anise, pepper, bitter notes, and citrus, are rounded out with a creamy buttermilk sorbet hidden below interlocking leaves. Perhaps it’s Bangerter’s rustic Canadian childhood in Milton, Ontario that brought out his passion for food. “My family has always been great cooks. My mom’s side of the family is from the East coast, so every summer we would spend on the beach. My dad’s side of the family is from Parry Sound, Ontario and did a lot of hunting and fishing. Those things end up on the plate.” There is thought behind each dish, clev-


The easiest way to get there is by car. Take the 401 W from Toronto. 1 Langdon Drive, Cambridge, ON, Canada, 519-740-2100,

Opposite Page: Chef Bangerter picks fresh vegetables from the garden; a stunning plate entitled 'Taste of terroir.' This page, clockwise from top left: Sitting for afternoon tea in the conservatory; loft suite bathroom; a lion door knocker is one of many old world charms at the hotel; freshly foraged flowers ready for plating; a plate of silky and delicious chicken liver mousse with parsnip chips.

erly crafted through a clear understanding of flavour, without a need to be trend driven, and confidently plated without an incongruous use of modernist techniques. A crab dish is topped with shaved frozen foie gras torchon to add richness, and dusted with a hint of mouth puckering sumac for acidity, while lamb tartare mimics the flavours of a cooked loin, through the use of a bold jus and pops of peppery mustard seeds, black radish and lamb aioli. The cheese course? Local Monforte blue cheese is plated alongside duck fat fried sourdough, maple sugar, candied walnut and paired with a cold glass of (what else?), Canadian maple water. “Coming here was a way to reinvent myself – it was important to think outside the box,” explains Bangerter who received the

2015 Relais & Châteaux rising chef trophy. “We want to make [Langdon Hall] a destination experience.” This experiential approach has a lot to do with gathering ingredients from the Langdon Hall property. Bangerter pulls out his phone with a photo of an enormous powder puff mushroom that he found by the pool the previous summer. “This place is magical – I swear all of the best stuff comes from on property,” Bangerter boasts with an energetic enthusiasm that makes it easy to ride along – culinary shotgun style. So the following day, I tag along, foraging for nearly one hour, spotting wild ramps, bright red raspberries, brilliant blue borage flowers and marigold leaves along the way, each ingredient an opportunity for the chef to recite a new recipe idea. Finally, Bangerter

takes me inside the piece de resistance – the garden. Inside, a kaleidoscopic dream of heirloom vegetables, herbs and even a small orchard unfold in front of my eyes. It’s easy to recall how bountiful Langdon Hall is as I sit in the conservatory for afternoon tea. Pastry Chef Rachel Nicholson and her team deliver evocative bites inspired by the seasons – like the gently spiced pumpkin cheesecake, juicy turkey rillette on pumpernickel crostini and delicate heritage egg salad served on a buttery croissant. As I sip the last drop of tea, I think, Langdon Hall is the sort of hidden treasure that I’d like to guard for myself. The problem is that it’s simply too good not to be shared. That’s more in keeping with its Canadian soul, after all. CSL | WINTER 2015/16 | 39


4 Ways to Experience

Clockwise from top left: A bartender prepares cocktails at La Copa bar at Banyan Tree Mayakoba; morning swimming at one of the crystal clear cenotes at Hacienda Tres Rios; incredible architectural features at the main entrance at Banyan Tree Mayakoba; Zen restaurant boasts dramatic decor and Asian cuisine at Hard Rock Riviera Maya; the tranquil pool overlooks the ocean at Hacienda Tres Rios; breakfast time at Oriente at Banyan Tree Mayakoba; an early morning walk along a dock at The Viceroy Riviera Maya.


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Banyan Tree Mayakoba


For the Luxe Tra

Luxury and nature come together seamlessly throughout the hotel located inside the Mayakoba complex, where the Yucatan Peninsula meets the Caribbean Sea.

The stunning architecture on property at The banyan Tree Mayakoba is a treat for the eyes.



D ET A I L S Listen for the sound of a blowing conch shell, and lookout at 6p.m. every night for the Mayan ritual. Two warriors decked out in full Mayan costume sail a boat toward the lower level reception. They dock at the central banyan tree (a local variety). Don’t forget to get a photo later when the warriors make their way to the lobby.

DINING The sun gently sets over the calm mangrove as I begin dinner at Saffron. Chef Renu Homsombat’s contemporary Thai menu begins with plate of ceviche, papaya salad and satay chicken with peanut sauce, followed by a spicy and sour lemongrass Tom Yum Goong, with straw mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, coriander and shrimp. The meal ends with a trio of refreshing ice cream: lemongrass, sesame and ginger. Breakfast dreams are made of the spread at Oriente. Full of traditional Mexican fare and conventional breakfast staples. My order from the quesadilla station includes chicken tinga, Oaxaca cheese, pico de gallo and crema, quickly devoured alongside warm atole (a traditional Mayan drink) served in a ceramic vessel. Colourful popcles at Reflections pool bar

SPA From the rainforest trail that incorporates eight different hydrothermal therapies, to the extensive treatment menu and relaxing atmosphere, it’s little wonder that the Banyan Tree Spa Mayakoba has won multiple World’s best spa awards. The unique Melipona Honey Bliss treatment using honey oil gathered from Mexican bees known for its detoxifying and healing properties, combines a cleansing ritual, followed by a thorough massage and finishes with a steam bath to ease muscle tension. Not only is it one of the best massages I’ve had, but the full treatment leaves my skin feeling as soft as a rose petal. PLAY Why not rent a bike to get around property? Spot alligators wading in the water by the golf course, opt for an archery lesson (a must for competitive spirits), or go for an early morning kayak around the meandering waters of the mangrove. The educational way to explore the property is an eco tour with guide Paola Rubio, who eagerly points out the multitude of flora, fauna and conservation efforts of Mayakoba.

VIBE With 2,755.5 square feet of space, the subtle modern Asian touches in my three bedroom golf view residence are as zen as they are luxurious. An open kitchen, spacious living area and large bathtub in the master bedroom. My afternoons are spent on the roof deck lounge, dipping in the private pool overlooking the spectacular Greg Norman-designed El Camale golf course or star gazing at the brilliant night sky.

SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM Imagine sitting by the Reflections Pool Bar – deliberating over several delicious chocolate coated ice cream popsicle options. But, these beauties are not just for kids. From green and pink mini meringues to toasted coconut and fresh fruit, the masterful sweet treats are a grownup dessert unto themselves. | WINTER 2015/16 | 41

For Adults

(Left) queso fundito at Frida; Lounging in a cabana watching the ombre sunset.

The Hard Rock Riviera Maya Get lost in the life of a rockstar! See and be-seen at the resort tailored for those who want to be in with the crowd. VILLA Separated into heaven, an adult guest only area, and the rest of the hotel, the resort excels at Rockstar chic. My Sky terrace room features a second-floor open-air terrace with excellent views of the ocean and grounds. Goodies like liquor dispensers in fully stocked free mini bar and roomy soaking tub in the bedroom, not to mention oversize silver headboard are indulgent features that allow me to feel fully immersed in the rock star

lifestyle. Siestas (another treat) are a must on the outdoor hammock, just like my own private cabana. DINING With a plethora of restaurants on site, it is easy to seek out a favourite. Standouts include: Frida, the Mexican restaurant where the queso fundito and tortilla soup are both musts; Zen where an enormous Buddha head contrasts with a striking electric blue floor and lively teppanyaki tables

provide for people watching, while nibbling on sushi and spring rolls. EXTRAS Music runs deep at this hotel. Complimentary streaming music is available in rooms, as are drum sets. Music memorabilia displayed throughout is incredibly inspiring – we loved spotting Jimi Hendrix’s vest, and cool black leather pants worn by legendary rocker Janice Joplin.


For the Adventure

Hacienda Tres Rios Completely surrounded by nature, this eco friendly property is perfect for adventurous families and lovers of the great outdoors.

THE VIBE A family friendly sustainable eco retreat, surrounded by a 326-acre pristine nature park. Nature is inescapable here – from the three freshwater rivers, to ten cenotes, and a variety of plants and animals. Tres Rios also sits at the convergence of three ecosystems: jungle, mangrove forest, and coastal dunes. From the balcony of our ceiba junior suite, we are surrounded by treetops, kissed with the raindrops of a recent downpour. Don’t be surprised if a casual coatimundi (raccoon like animal), walks past you while dining al fresco at Il Forno, and after a rainfall be sure to look for a host of native birds near the banks of the river. 42

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(Left) Tropical plants abound throughout the nature park; morning snorkeling at a cenote

of wooden paths is relaxing, informative and engaging. Don’t miss out on the SenseAdventure – an immersive experience in nature where all of your senses will come alive and you will truly feel at one with nature. ACTIVITIES There are endless activities on site like river kayaking, snorkeling in the cenotes, and interpretive nature tours through the rainforest. A bicycle tour through a series

DINING There are a variety of restaurants to choose from, but Haceienda Tres Rios flagship restaurant, El Alebrije mixes regional specialties from Jalisco, Puebla, and Michoacán. Desserts like chipotle crème brulee are inspired.

For Privacy

TheViceroy Riviera Maya


A few suggestions for what you need for a tropical Mexican vacation!

Located 10 miles north of Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, this hotel feels secluded, quiet yet maintains a luxurious tropical rainforest vibe. SUNDAY SOMEWHERE Soelae - Metal #2 , $290;

COOLIBAR Featherweight Bucket Hat; $36; KATE SOMERVILLE Daily Deflector™ Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Anti-Aging Sunscreen, $63;

MARYSIA SWIM Venice Maillot, $343;

Strolling by the pool during late afternoon

THE VIBE Greeted with a Mayan welcome blessing I’m immediately put at ease. My luxury villa, with thatched roof and turquoise and white décor is equipped with a heated private plunge pool and outdoor rain shower and hammock make me feel like I am in a private hideaway. DINING Overlooking the glistening Caribbean water, the breeze off the ocean at Coral Grill offers a laid back atmosphere to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Order a mango margarita to sip by the pool. For dinner at La Marea restaurant, Chef Jorge Ildefonso offers gourmet Mexican cuisine that fuses tradition with innovative techniques. SPA The dim, candle lit spa offers a variety of services using ancient Maya traditions, and Mexican herbs to heal the body and mind. Change into the lightweight council robe and opt for the ‘inner peace’ massage to recharge.

ERIC JAVITS Squishee® II' Tote, $647.50;

ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS Alethea Flat Sandals, $220;

ANTHROPOLOGIE HD in Paris, Montmartre Peasant Top, $59.95;

FAITHFULL THE BRAND Fleetwood jumpsuit story stripes,$130;

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Clockwise from top left: A beach scene at Myrtle Beach State Park; A wooden path leads to the pier at Myrtle Beach State Park; Sous Chef John Campbell at Sea Captain's House restaurant; seafood pasta at CafĂŠ Amalfi; at Hobcaw Barony; the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel; Captain Wil Christenson (right) and first mate Nick Johnson (left) of Coastal Expeditions; an art-deco style hotel on Ocean boulevard.

With confident flash, this 60-mile stretch of white sand beach boasts everything great trips are made of and a few surprises too



ESSONS LEARNED. DON’T EVER ROW a tandem kayak unless you’re intent on disagreement or divorce. Instead of gliding along the salt marshes of the Lowcountry, we scrape the oyster bed floor with paddles, push off from embankments where spartina grass grows, straining to hear our guide, Mandy, recite tales of pirates and birds. Occasionally, by some providential grace, we manage to coordinate our efforts just enough to see a pair of bald eagles circle the air or watch oyster catchers wade or simply dip our hands in the water. Here, near Murrells Inlet, as part of Black River Outdoors Kayak Eco Tour, Mandy dares the group to experience firsthand the black, sticky plough mud (pronounced pluff), that farmers once used to fertilize their soil. The lone, brave kayaker who obliged, is sunken into the viscous mud, which seems to pull her deeper with every move. Unable to turn, she finally extricates herself by a combination of will and brute force, laughing the entire time. This is the South Carolina of Archibald Rutledge, the state’s first poet laureate and a native son. If Charleston is a rarefied museum, Myrtle Beach is the popular playground. Choices abound, a merry-go-round of restaurants, shopping, nightlife, water sports and of course, golf – as if life without a multitude of choices were not just boring but inconceivable. The greater Myrtle Beach area with 60 miles of white sand beach extends all the way from North Myrtle Beach to George-

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town in the south. This collection of 12 communities is known as the Grand Strand, among them: Pawley’s Island with its historic architecture, Murrells Inlet with its gorgeous boardwalk, and Atlantic Beach where African-American families historically vacationed. The Grand Strand lies cradled by the Waccamaw River and the Intracoastal Waterway on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Though each community has its own vibe, Myrtle Beach is the epicenter of activity, with ample amenities. A mere one-and-ahalf hour flight from Toronto, the retirement city is surrounded by swaths of oceanic forest, salt marshes, and barrier islands. A perplexing upside down building, mini-golf complexes, a King Kong replica, and massive crab buffets instantly seize your gaze along highway 17, but take one of the residential streets to Ocean boulevard and a small enclave of Art Deco-style buildings (a miniSouth Beach, Miami) skirts a beach that defies the laws of perspective. Go south and a hidden landscape explodes into astonishing biodiversity. Alligators, sting rays, birds, snakes and shellfish abound. Partly attributable to wealthy northern philanthropists who bought former rice plantations and turned them into winter homes beginning after the Civil War, the sheer natural abundance is also the result of four refuges that make up the South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex. From Myrtle Beach State Park through Huntington Beach State park all the way to Francis Marion National Forest, protected parks, refuges and reserves make for an outdoor adventure paradise.

Opposite: a fisherman at Huntington Beach State Park. This page, clockwise from top left: Heidi Vukov, owner of Croissants Bistro and Bakery; the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade; Current owners of Hopsewee Plantation Raejean and Frank Beattie; The calm salt marshes of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

Left: Kayaking along the salt marshes with Black River Outdoors. Right: Ann Malys Wilson shows off a fresh catch at the Myrtle Beach State Park pier.

Today, the greater Myrtle Beach area is a booming tourist mecca whose city population of 300 000 welcomes 17 million visitors a year. It’s clear to see why. From the family friendly Waterworks where kids can explore interactive science exhibits to Duplin Winery’s tasting room, and museums of every persuasion, Myrtle Beach caters to you – if there is a need to be fulfilled, it is done so, and in the charming manners of the South. Epicurean life centers on King’s Highway which began as a Native American trail. It gained prominence as a link between the colonies, decreed by Charles II of England. Though the current highway was moved from its original colonial location, its length is scattered with restaurants, including Aspen Grille. The former steakhouse was purchased by North Carolina native, Curry Martin, in 2009. The restaurant now serves Carolina cuisine, seafood and local produce, though its steakhouse past is resurrected in a selection of charbroiled steaks, comfort-food sides and classic salads. “I loved restaurants and went to Johnson & Wales in Charleston,” says the chef who worked in the wine business, before returning to restaurants. “In the South grandmothers cook and the women were inside cooking and the men outside grilling,” he elaborates about how his upbringing has influenced his cooking style. “We had Southern family gatherings with roast pork and all would bring something.” Aspen Grille has a retinue of friendly staff whose strolling wooden carts enable tableside service. Alongside staples like shrimp and grits, Duroc pork chops and fried green tomatoes, Martin has concocted a menu that draws from around the world. A gorgeous seared yellow fin tuna sits atop Asian slaw and wasabi cream, lamb rack is served with a fanciful feta orzo cake and house made bread pudding is punctuated with blueberries. There is a flurry of places to stay on the beach but the location of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, quietly removed from the hubbub of downtown, near a large shopping and entertainment complex remains attractive to a discerning crowd of golfers, business people, wedding parties and couples. The Intracoastal Waterway in its backyard reinforces the Venetian-style architecture as does its colour palette of earth tones. Guestrooms invariably look out onto the outdoor pool area, waterway or the marina from private balconies. Black and white photos of Myrtle Beach in the 1960s decorate common areas and, on mornings, a library stocked with newspapers makes for a cozy place to sip coffee. While there are several dining choices ranging from the casual Reflections to Anchor Café with its beautiful views, Waterscapes, the restaurant offering local, sustainable and fresh ingredients is a good choice for elegant fare. Executive Chef Julien Lancrerot, a native of France, has cooked for heads of state and pop stars but retains a commitment to ingredient-driven cuisine. “What matters to me is passion, and making people happy through food,” he insists. 48

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As the days pass, a clear itinerary, informed by Myrtle Beach's easygoing nature and the plethora of activities on offer, comes into being: mornings on the water, and dinner and a show in lit up Myrtle Beach in the evening. Days of contrasts – the sort that typify Myrtle Beach – are all too simple to enjoy in a place that packs so much activity into such a small geographical space. Fishing boats loaded with supplies lurch forth from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, meeting place for the ferry ride to Bulls Island with Coastal Expeditions. Plenty of families and a few couples pile onto the boat for the short ride to the 66 287-acre uninhabited barrier island. Clapper rails hide in the cord grass of the salt marsh while spray from the boat lands on giggling faces. As we near the dock, Captain Wil Christenson spots dolphins and points to a hazy Charleston on the horizon. Some long unconscious instinct draws the entire group to the beach, unimpeded by a lack of concrete directions. An armada of mosquitoes – a rarity this season, but meriting a warning from Christenson – covers umbrellas used as shields, turning the white cloth black in an instant. Street signs, incongruous in this near wilderness, serve as markers for the directionally challenged, and picnic tables make for rest stops. In the span of a mere mile, live oaks and cypress give way to marshland that hides alligators, and elsewhere, red wolves. Mammoth butterflies flit as if to guide the way, until eventually muddy soil becomes sand. Boneyard beach, the group’s ultimate destination, is barren but not lifeless, defined by negative space rather than fullness. Over time, the sea has encroached on the forest leaving only the sculptural curves of tree branches. It is as if Poseidon’s relentlessly pounding waves served the greater cause of his artistry. Felled palmettos, horseshoe crab shells, silver dollars, and turtle eggs dot this otherworldly landscape. Back in downtown Myrtle Beach, Sea Captain’s House is set in a 1930s cottage. Like a comfortable beachside home with checkerboards and dominoes sitting on large wooden tables, hardwood floors and dormer windows, the family-run restaurant has an extensive menu with an emphasis on classic southern food, and seafood. Although dinnertime has yet to officially begin, the restaurant is full and the staff move briskly, while managers stop by tables to chat. The Captain's Seafood Muddle, a hearty soup with sautéed shrimp, scallops, fish, clams, mussels, bacon, potatoes and celery in a saffron tomato broth, and | WINTER 2015/16 | 49

Take one of the residential streets to Ocean boulevard and a small enclave of Art Deco-style buildings skirts a beach that defies the laws of perspective.

succulent lobster tail with a side of hush puppies play to the restaurant’s expertise. It seems, though, that every table has ordered the delicious she-crab soup. As dazzling neon lights take the place of the sun, Myrtle Beach’s flair for entertainment comes to the fore. The Carolina Opry which has been running for 30 years is one of the best choices. Country classics, new songs, comedy and dance are performed in a theatre that seats thousands. Different shows cater to varying demographics though the productions are consistently outstanding. Myrtle Beach is a place too where at least one person in the crowd is celebrating something – an anniversary, wedding, birthday. The atmosphere at shows, on the beaches and in restaurants is therefore convivial and celebratory. At Legends in Concert, another of the Strand’s popular shows, the audience sings along to wellknown hits, including one of the best Elvis impersonators I’ve heard. Walk a mere five minutes along the 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk and Myrtle Beach’s carnival atmosphere comes to life. The whole Grand Strand appears laid out in unending beauty with peo50

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ple incontrovertibly drawn to the ocean. There are bungee rides, arcades, restaurants, and gift shops, the hum of people enjoying the last days of vacation. Though a relative newcomer, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, a 187-foot tall ferris wheel, with 42 enclosed gondolas has already become iconic. The observation wheel rotates several times stopping at the apex to give enough time for selfies, aerial photos of the beach, and to locate now familiar landmarks. There are excellent local haunts spread throughout Myrtle Beach. Thoroughbreds, where locals off from work gather at the bar, contains countless horse racing themed rooms. A fireplace in one makes for a warming spot to enjoy bouillabaisse from the Seabiscuit portion of the menu and a generous sea scallop ramekin from the Starting Gate menu. Creative chef John Thomas Tapper II has modernized the menu at the long established local restaurant. Cypress Room at Island Vista is a family-friendly hotel on the beach. Seared scallops and risotto and Low Country Bouillabaisse continue the coastal seafood theme but nighttime cocktails are a standout.

Left: The sun sets on the white sand beach in downtown Myrtle Beach. Right: Golden sunset at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

Days of contrasts – the sort that typify Myrtle Beach – are all too easy to enjoy in a place that packs so much activity into such a small geographical space.

N A THREE-STOREY BUILDING WITH SUNNY awnings, Heidi Vukov has transplanted a slice of Europe with her Croissants Bakery and Bistro. Southern food and Americana with French flourishes – ambrosia served beside crab Benedict, Pennsylvania Dutch style pancakes with their crisp exterior and fluffy interior served in a cast iron skillet and some of the best shrimp and grits in the area – quickly garnered the selfproclaimed cake decorator a loyal local clientele and, by 2007, she had moved to her current, larger location. “In 2008 the economy tanked, so we added dinner and hired a chef,” she says of the costly and counter intuitive moves which, she credits with enabling her to reach her milestone twentieth anniversary in business. A native of the northeast, Vukov was fascinated by the cakes she had seen as a child in her father’s native Germany, and opened the restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, soon after moving to Myrtle Beach. Today, display cases are filled with tiered cakes, cookies, and pastries and there is a friendly, familiar air to the restaurant. Vukov is open and generous: even before I sit down she has invited me back for brunch on the weekend, and insists that I taste one of her favourites, affogato. A simple dish of house-made gelato and espresso, it is a revelation. It could have been made easier with outsourced ingredients, but instead, speaks to the conscientiousness of the restaurant. “It’s a very close community [in Myrtle Beach]. All we have is hospitality,” explains Vukov. On the beach at Huntington Beach State Park, fishermen catch whiting, pompano, mackerel and sea bass while couples laze on lounge chairs, books plopped carelessly on chests. Unlike beaches in other parts of the country, the wide expanse of white sand is mainly uncluttered. No need here to hurriedly stake out a tract of sand early in the morning guarding it with all tenacity of a first time mother. There’s too much undisturbed beach for that. The park’s unexpected world of creeks, lagoons, salt marshes, and Atlantic Ocean is barely hinted at by a pedestrian and vehicle causeway offering freshwater and marsh views. Trails lead to optimal birding opportunities and lookout huts offer close-ups of alligators sunbathing on a



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Clockwise from top left: George Clark at Cafe Amalfi at The Hilton Myrtle Beach; bronze sculpture of The Young Diana by Anna Hyatt Huntington at Brookgreen Gardens; Myrtle Beach pier; a performer at the Carolina Opry.

sandy spit. An asphalt path scattered with cypress trees, leads inevitably to the relic of Atalaya, the former home of wealthy Archer Huntington and his sculptor wife Anna Hyatt whose property included what is now neighbouring Brookgreen Gardens. A Moorish style mansion and National Historic Landmark, Atalaya’s brick interior lays empty though its grounds are well cared for by a group of friendly volunteers who are eager to answer questions or simply chat. Across the road from Huntington Beach State Park a pair of aluminum horses rearing up, hurtling a rider to the ground while another struggles to stay astride, mark the entrance to Brookgreen Gardens. This kinetic dynamism, of one force against another, gives way to multiple iterations throughout the park – at times plants compete with statues for attention, or abandoned rice fields slowly succumb to natural forces of destruction or again, in the ultimate duel, a solitary labyrinth dares us to confront ourselves. Divided informally into sculpture gardens, a Lowcountry trail and zoo, the 9 000 acre property was once four rice estates and has been rated among the top ten gardens in America. Paths lead to fountains where marble statues ponder their reflection, bronze fawns peek from behind hydrangea, and Spanish moss cloak live oak trees while thousands of caladiums gather at their trunks. In a wooded area like a tree house, slave cabins and interactive displays give a glimpse into the distinctive Gullah culture. With its mild climate and tidal rivers, the Lowcountry proved an optimal rice growing area. Slaves from West Africa were brought to plant the preferred Carolina Gold rice variety, and their basket weaving, dialect and storytelling engendered a culture that continues to this day. To imagine the days of rice growing takes little effort at Hopsewee Plantation. The 70 acre plantation has been owned by only 5 families since being built between 1733 and 1740 and little substantive changes have been made at the main house. As a boy, Frank Beattie admired Hopsewee and in 2001, on the brink of being sold to developers, he, along with his wife Raejean purchased the property where Thomas Lynch Jr., signatory of the Declaration of Independence once lived. | WINTER 2015/16 | 53

From top: Sunset view from aboard the Barefoot Princess riverboat; Curry Martin of Aspen Grille; the exterior of Thoroughbreds restaurant.


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Since then, the couple has added River Oak Cottage Tea Room that grew from the word-of-mouth success of a Red Hat Society tea service. Savoury and sweet bites, scones, tea sandwiches, and Lowcountry special with pulled pork, collard greens, and pirleau (a rice pilaf) are served on floral china alongside tea. At Hopsewee Plantation, personal and national history intertwines. Photos of Mr. Beattie as a boy hang beside books about the revolutionary war; an old carriage step is spied from an upstairs window, and a gun that belonged to Raejean’s great-grandfather sits near a flat screen television. “Ah,” says Raejean as we finally enter the upstairs back porch on the banks of the Santee River her eyes brimming with tears, “this is the best place in the world to have coffee in the morning. God was in [this purchase].” For those looking for seafood, the menu at Café Amalfi at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, features dishes like crab stuffed flounder, fresh seafood chowder, and spicy crab and clam spaghetti. With artful and subtle international touches like a hint of tamarind in the green tomato and sweet corn relish that accompanies the pretzel crusted crab cake, the food balances classic tastes with just enough of the new. In the fading sun, floor-to-ceiling windows peer out onto locals enjoying the beach. Waiter George Clark is a legend at the restaurant having worked here for decades. His guiding touch and care have garnered him praise from, among others, the local Chamber of Commerce. A couple from Hilton Head, regulars at the restaurant, has an easy rapport with him. It is his attention, along with that of Chef Sean Villanueva, that makes my evening here special. Although razzle-dazzle and showmanship keep Myrtle Beach buzzing (and fun), venture to its fringes and an equally riveting natural world comes alive. “Do you want to tag monarch butterflies?” asks Ann Malys Wilson, Interpretive Ranger at Myrtle Beach State Park as she sprints, net in hand, from the interpretative centre. We end up chasing Gulf Fritillary on more than one occasion, which, to me are a doppelgänger for the monarch, but to Wilson’s trained eyes are clearly dissimilar. At one point she picks up a piece of garbage lodged beneath the boardwalk, and steps later stops to explain how saltwater winds have bent trees as if leaning to hear a whisper from the sea, though it is not until we encounter a group of fisherman at the pier where sharks circle underneath, that her environmental conscience becomes clear. She convinces a fisherman to throw back a croacker instead of using it for bait and nearly skips for joy at her victory. Someone nearby retorts, “You can’t save them all.” “It made a difference to that one,” she whispers. Her belief that one small act makes a difference evident in her actions. Further down the highway, nearly obscured by trees, Hobcaw Barony is another of the area’s famous former rice plantations. The 16 000 acre property on Waccamaw Neck was purchased by wealthy financier Bernard Baruch of New York in the early twentieth century. Eventually, it became the home of his daughter Belle W., an accomplished equestrian, aviator and sportswoman. It is her legacy that permeates and has enabled scientific and educational programs to continue through an eponymous nonprofit organization. A bus drive through restored longleaf pine woods, once nearly pillaged to extinction because of its utility as naval stores (including masts) leads to the slave village called Friendfield with its minute cabins, until finally we arrive at the house. “Close your eyes and imagine nothing else here,” says my guide motioning to a highway and industrial sites in the distance, as if this gesture would erase their presence. “At one time you had to take a boat to get here,” he explains to further illustrate his point. The 16-bedroom house hosted notable guests including Winston Churchill and even, somewhat scandalously, a secret rendez-vous between president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his mistress. A sepia photo depicting hundreds of ducks shot in a single outing piled high, speaks to the bounty of the area. With Baruch’s well-connected network some of the duck were destined for the White House after smoking. Returning to Myrtle Beach, the three-deck Barefoot Princess riverboat plies the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. The colours of the American flag appear in bunting while a musician plays familiar tunes. Two wedding couples take to the dance floor after dinner. Although mansions (including Jimmy Buffet’s) flank both sides of the waterway with a major roadway just beyond, the boat glides gently along as if nothing but the water existed. In the pink sky, migratory birds soar past the bow as colour begins to fade to black. At the same time neon lights are being switched on elsewhere. That’s the beauty of Myrtle Beach. It is an easy place to love with in all its forms. A panoply of enjoyment no matter what you’re into. CSL


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Atalaya at Huntington Beach State Park Moorish-style former winter home of Archer Huntington, a philanthropist and his wife Anna Hyatt Huntington a renowned sculptor. 16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet; (843) 237-4440; Legends In Concert Myr tle Beach Seasonal lineup of tribute artists perform a live show at Broadway at The Beach entertainment complex. 2925 Hollywood Dr, Myrtle Beach; (843) 238-7827; The Carolina Opry Fun, live entertainment show featuring music, comedy and dance performed in a state-of-theart theatre. 8901 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (800) 843-6779;

Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade Stroll the 1.2 mile long beachfront where festivals, events, an amusement park and pier vie for attention with the natural surroundings.

Myrtle Beach State Park One of the last remaining stretches of maritime forest in the United States, the park offers fishing, camping, nature trails and rental cabins. Excellent wildlife spotting opportunities. 4401 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 238-5325; DO Black River Outdoors Guided kayak tours including the Huntington Beach Salt Marsh tour. See a range of flora and fauna, learn about pirate secrets and paddle along the banks of placid waterways. Pawleys Island, SC; (843) 546-4840; Coastal Expeditions Take the ferry from Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to Bulls Island, enroute naturalists navigate the estuary while giving historical and ecological tidbits about the area. The 5 000 acre uninhabited island boasts a variety of wildlife (bobcats, alligators, and birds), trails, picnic areas, and boneyard beach where the skeletons of cedar and oaks create a sculptural landscape. (843) 881-4582;

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Myrtle Beach from this rotating, enclosed Ferris wheel situated near the oceanfront boardwalk and promenade (perfect for selfies and aerial photos). 1110 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach; (843) 839-9200;

Brookgreen Gardens This National Historic Landmark is a spectacular garden and open-air sculpture exhibition that prominently features, among other artists, the oeuvre of former owner, Anna Huntington. America’s first public sculpture garden, the 9 000 acre site also includes animal exhibits, a restau-

rant, boat rides, and the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve including an interactive display on Gullah culture. Best of all, admission is good for seven days. 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet; (843) 235-6000;

Hobcaw Barony Guided tour of parts of the 16 000-acre wildlife refuge and research reserve situated on the Waccamaw Neck. Native American lore, remains of slave cabins, and the mansion of Wall Street millionaire and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch all figure in the tale of this historic rice plantation. 22 Hobcaw Rd, Georgetown; (843) 546-4623;

Hopsewee Plantation A former rice plantation and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, this private residence is open for tours, and offers traditional English tea at River Oak Cottage Tea Room. 494 Hop Sewee Rd, Georgetown; (843) 546-7891;

The Barefoot Princess Riverboat Offers dinner and a unique boat ride on the Intracoastal Waterway. (843) 272-6796;

Wonderworks Interactive exhibits combine science with entertainment in six ‘wonder zones’, perfect for families. 1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach;

The Rice Museum Dioramas, maps, artifacts and other exhibits including the impressive Browns Ferry Vessel built in the 1700s, display the history of the rice crop. (843)546-7423; | WINTER 2015/16 | 55


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EAT AND STAY The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes Multi-storey luxury hotel near the Intracoastal Waterway with private balconies, pools and casual and upscale dining options from executive Chef Julien Lancrerot. Conference space, access to the resort's grand clubhouse, eco-options (for example, resort credits for opting out of housekeeping) and a location near shopping centers, activities, and golf course make this an ideal hub in Myrtle Beach. 8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach; (843) 913-1333; Croissants Bistro & Bakery Owner Heidi Vukov serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch at her 20 year old establishment. With a selection of cakes, gelato, pies and savoury dishes (including wonderful shrimp and grits), al fresco dining options on the outdoor patio, and a welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant remains a local and visitor favourite. 3751 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 448-225;

Thoroughbreds Restaurant Specializing in beef and seafood, this local restaurant features racing themed rooms and table-side service since 1988. 9706 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 497-2636; Sea Captain's House Dating from 1930, with a beautiful ocean view, this restaurant on popular Ocean Boulevard specializes in seafood dishes. Don’t miss the she-crab soup. 3002 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach; (843) 448-8082;

The Cypress Room at Island Vista Resor t Located on the beach, the restaurant’s diverse cuisine includes Lowcountry and casual dining and an excellent bar. 6000 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach; (843) 449-6406;

Café Amalfi Oceanfront casual fine dining with an inventive menu with a focus on seafood. Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, 10000 Beach Club Dr; (843) 449-5000;

Aspen Grille Chef and owner Curry Martin's seasonal menu of traditional Southern fare includes classics like shrimp and grits, crab cakes and bread pudding along with international touches like seared yellow fin tuna with Asian slaw, wasabi cream, and soy sauce. 5101 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 449-9191;

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LOOk INTO My EyES A lizard stares at one of the bronze statues at brookfield Gardens in Myrtle beach.

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