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The Art of Cultivating Simple Pleasures and Living Well

Style and comfort

in outdoor spaces


It’s difficult to resist an opportunity to spend a little time outside. It’s refreshing to step out of the confines of the inside and breath in the fresh air, take in a little sun, and simply sit back and relax. We love the way the outdoors makes us feel, and with good reason: studies indicate that regular exposure to fresh air and sunshine has a measurable positive effect on us. The sounds, smells, and sights of the great outdoors, or even the slightly smaller spaces celebrating nature we create in our backyards, on our front porches, or under covered patios make us feel happier, healthier, and more energized. Comfortable outdoor spaces are an open invitation to spend as much time as possible outside, especially during the sun-splashed months of the year. Continued on page 10.

New twists on old fashioned favorites yield delicious foods for backyard parties. Recipes on page 14.

Creative outdoor living spaces range from the simple to the luxurious. Turning a yard, patio, porch or other outdoor area into a functional living space is a rewarding task, and will enhance your home and your life. With the right setup, you can spend more time in the sunshine and fresh air, and host events al fresco for family and friends. 1] Encircling the motto “Carpe Diem,” this intimate garden room extends a welcoming invitation to family and friends to enjoy the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future. The well-considered space includes tastefully appointed wicker chairs topped with custom cushions and pillows for extra comfort, in a striking, yet calming mix of stripes and solids, a vintage iron bench finished with a custom bolster, and a charming use of sculpture with the strategic placement of two bronze children peeking over the tall, ivy-laden brick garden wall. Custom cushions and pillows by A&M Superior Upholstery. 2] A wooden farmhouse style table, with chairs and casual benches topped with cushions, is protected from the elements on the south veranda of this historic home. The chandelier, decked with greenery and blossoms for a touch of whimsy, provides ample light for relaxing soirées. For additional views of this beautiful home, see “On The Porch,” page 6. 3] What had been merely a nondescript patio just off the living room was jaw-droppingly transformed into a spacious, largely enclosed, mixed-use grand veranda that leads back into the living room. Comfortably furnished with wicker chairs, a television, and a fireplace, one area encourages relaxation, and the other, memorable dining and celebrations with a view. A tongue-and-groove wood ceiling, crown molding, a stamped-concrete floor, and area rugs unify the spaces. Remodeled by Kitchen & Bath Gallery, and furnished by Design Studio, Ltd.

number 16 2 Peaceable Kingdom: tiny birds delight with stunning aerodynamics 2 Shades of Green: aviation takes new flight with solar energy 4 Noteworthy: local authors give insight to global animal issues 6 On The Porch: an historic home displays a reserved sense of style 8 A La Carte: restaurants of note and blocks of salt in the pantry 13 Quiet Spaces: a secluded garden frames the quiet beauty of nature

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A Peaceable Kingdom

Sparkling Acrobats With its sheer, awesome energy and acrobatic ability, the hummingbird is one of nature’s miracles.


Distinctive textiles were key to creating this elegant, serene space. An exquisite antique French Aubusson textile was mounted in a decorative antique giltwood frame and placed above a custom designed headboard finished in raw silk and topped with carved gold finished finials. Floral linen and striped silk pillows accent the luxurious matelassé bedspread. Stop by the showroom and browse our ever-changing collections of home furnishings, textiles, and decorative accessories. Be sure to shop our fabulous lamp room!

Residential and Business Interiors Pat Wormhoudt • Lizanne Guthrie 2820 East Central, Wichita, Kansas 67214 • 316.682.6612

ot only is it the only bird in the world that can fly backwards, but it can also fly up, down, left, right, and even upside down. The hummingbird family, found only in the Americas, is composed of 319 of the smallest birds in the world. Fifteen species occur in the United States, and most of those are in the Southwest. There are only two species that can be seen in Kansas with any regularity—the ruby-throated and the rufous. The rufous is Ruby-throated hummingbird. Photoseen only during the graph by Julie Sanford. fall migration, but the ruby-throated hummingbird nests in wooded areas throughout the state, and can be seen from April to October. Magnificent, iridescent color is the trademark of the hummingbird, particularly in the jewel-like throat feathers that distinguish the males. This brilliance is not due to pigment, but is structural, as in a rainbow or a drop of oil on wet pavement. The light must be shinning from directly behind the observer and toward the bird for the vivid colors to take life. Power is often conceived in terms of size, but this tiny creature has the highest energy output per unit of weight of any animal in the world. This little bundle of energy needs fuel every ten to fifteen minutes, mostly in the form Continued on page 4

Shades of Green

Across America in a Solar Airplane Solar Impulse sets historic first as prototype plane completes Across America Mission powered only by solar energy.


n July 6, 2013, Solar Impulse—the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg—successfully landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Setting a new milestone in the history of aviation: for the first time a plane capable of flying day and night powered exclusively by solar energy has crossed the USA from the West to the East Coasts without using a single drop of fuel.

Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg at the arrival of Solar Impulse at JFK setting a new milestone in aviation history. Photography © Solar Impulse, Merz,

“Flying coast-to-coast has always been a mythical milestone full of challenges for aviation pioneers. During this journey, we had to find solutions for a lot of unforeseen situations, which obliged us to develop new skills and strategies. In doing so, we also pushed the boundaries of clean technologies and renewable energies to unprecedented levels,” said Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Initiator, Chairman and pilot. From the initial hops on a tarmac in Dübendorf to the first ever night flight on solar power in 2010; from the first international flights to Belgium and France in 2011 to the first intercontinental crossing from Europe to Morocco in 2012; from the crossing of the USA in 2013 to the ultimate goal of flying around the world in 2015, Solar Impulse has Continued on page 7. 2

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Timeless luxury that outshines the rest is only the beginning of what’s in store at Burnell’s Creative Gold Wichita’s premiere fine-jewelry store offers its customers the most amazing and visionary jewelry experience around.


hen it comes to luxury, there’s no place that appreciates the classic beauty of truly fine jewelry quite like Jerry Burnell. As soon as you step inside his store you can tell the difference. Exceptional jewelry and exquisite gemstones are a passion here. That’s why you’ll find jewelry that would never be seen in this region were it not for the special efforts of Burnell’s Creative Gold to bring it to Wichita. Burnell and his staff are on a mission. They’re focused on ensuring that this world-class fine-jewelry store is as celebrated for its extraordinary jewelry as it is for its friendly presence and unparalleled customer service. Burnell’s has enjoyed an unmatched reputation for carrying the widest range of dazzling lines of jewelry designs by dozens of award winning designers from around the world. One such example is the line of extraordinary rose gold and pavé diamond bracelets, earrings, and pendants. Regardless of your budget, the occasion, or who you are buying for, Burnell’s will help you select the jewelry that’s perfect for you. For over thirty years customers from as close as just down the street to those that have traveled from around the world have discovered that this family-owned store has built a gold-standard reputation for trust, as well as for carrying—and creating—the widest range of impressive and artistic jewelry designs around. Burnell’s has also become well-known

as a customer-oriented, full-service store; you can stop by, for example, to have your watch battery changed or your rings cleaned and restored to their sparkling original condition, whether you buy any more jewelry or not. The ambience is warm and personal, in part From simple elegance to ornately beautiful, rose gold and pavé diamonds are the essence of because a marvelous series of color photographs, all award-winning images taken by luxurious jewelry. Burnell himself that are periodically changed out, graces the walls. While this store’s top-of-the-line, ready-made jewelry is always exquisite, Burnell’s to our customers so together we can design a piece that completely represents them. We’re Creative Gold is consistently acclaimed for extraordinary jewelry wholly designed and always pleased to say that people looking for fine jewelry need look no further than our made by Burnell and his staff of three in-house master jewelers. They’ve won more than store, right here in Wichita,” Burnell says, smiling. To find the most spectacular fine jewelry around go to Burnell’s Creative Gold in the Mill fifty-five state and national jewelry design awards by creating some of the most innovative and dazzling jewelry in the country. “We believe some of that success is because we listen Creek Shopping Center, 550 N. Rock Road, 634.2822, or visit

With the thoughtful design of a new addition Kitchen & Bath Gallery essentially created an entirely new upstairs and downstairs. From conception to completion, Kitchen & Bath Gallery’s expertise brought a superior level of service and quality to this major home addition.


fter an extensive search for a new house, these homeowners realized they loved their neighborhood, and their home’s charm. It was just too small, especially the kitchen. Initially they considered remodeling, but when they met with Mark Combs, co-owner of Kitchen & Bath Gallery, they realized the benefits they could achieve with an addition. They soon realized that Mark’s experience of thinking outside of the box was a tremendous advantage. Initially they thought they would move their family room into the new space which would make room for expanding the existing kitchen. “But when Mark suggested moving the kitchen from where the dining room now is, to the new addition,” one of the homeowners explained, “we knew right away that was the way to go. In the end, it was his insight on that decision that gave us exactly what we wanted.”

Following the lines of the existing architecture, this addition appears as though it was original to the home. But thanks to the creative know-how of Kitchen & Bath Gallery, the homeowners are now enjoying an expansive new upstairs, complete with a stunning gourmet kitchen, and adjacent hearth room and dining area, plus a spacious new downstairs, with plenty of room for a shuffleboard, a large-screen television, and a custom bar, featuring knotty alder wood cabinetry and a Mombassa granite countertop. Large paneled wainscotting lends additional warmth to this inviting space.

Kitchen & Bath Gallery’s approach to custom home remodels is one of unparalleled craftsmanship. They use only the best materials and are passionate about creating an environment of trust where the customers’ hopes, dreams, and ideas have an opportunity to come to life. As these homeowners say, “This was a large project, but we felt very comfortable working with the whole crew. And, a very important plus to us was that Mark did a great job of giving us a realistic budget to begin with.”

A cohesive look is achieved with the use of stained knotty alder for all of the cabinetry, upstairs and down. In the kitchen the island buffet is maple wood with a custom paint and glaze finish. The perimeter countertop and desk are Giallo Beach granite. A chiseled edge on the island lends additional character.

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By rearranging the rooms, Kitchen & Bath Gallery successfully opened up what were once cramped spaces and greatly improved the flow. The new amenities upstairs, such as the appliances, island, desk, and the hidden pantry that came with the completely new kitchen, with its stunning box beam ceiling, together with the new expanded downstairs, customized for fun and relaxation for the whole family, more than built upon these homeowners original concepts—it exceeded their expectations. Learn how Kitchen & Bath Gallery can transform your dreams into a reality, stop by their showroom at 2823 E. Douglas, call 686.7938, or view more projects on their website at 3

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Noteworthy: Tales to change the world Young people of today are going to be facing daunting environmental challenges.


heir generation will need leaders and citizens who can think ecologically, understand—and appreciate—the interconnectedness of all life on this planet. They are also going to need the tools and courage to take the necessary steps to resolve complex issues. Thanks to two Wichita women, DJ Burk and Caitlyne Lopez, there is now an endearing and valuable resource to help ready them for the tasks that lie ahead. A collection of informational children’s picture books, appropriately named, “Wise Owl Tales, Stories of a Shared Planet.” Educators and parents are beginning to prepare students for the environmental challenges that lie ahead. In the process, they are also discovering that the guidance for living abundantly on a finite Burk and Lopez are also available to go to planet lies, quite literally, within us. Each schools and share their stories. of us has the power to make a difference A story of travel from here to there, in the world. A young armadillo who goes everywhere. Burk and Lopez agree, and it’s what —Armando: An Adventurous inspired them to create this bold new colNine-Banded Armadillo Tale.” lection that focuses on change and hope. These former fifth grade school teach- lies with giving young people all the reers share a life long passion for animal sources they need to meet the challenges welfare and the environment. They also they are going to be facing. And while they understand firsthand share the belief that the key to change the importance of education, they also know it’s not enough to learn facts. Students need to be engaged in realistic discussions about the world’s resources and the conditions that affect the lives of so many people, places, and animals. “Young people don’t connect as well to information when it’s in a text book format. We want to get them excited about these issues in ways that they can enjoy and understand,” says Burk. That’s why she and Lopez chose a unique style and design for their books. The rhyming text and realistic illustrations, coupled with educational activities, make these books perfect for the classroom. But Burk and Lopez also hope that parents will find them just as engaging and that they will find the stories told— inspired by nature and told from the point of view of the animals—are only a starting point for conversations with their children about the world we share. To that end these are far more than Poster art is available for all of the titles. simple children’s stories. Each book has a Shown here is artwork from “Gamba: glossary of terms about the subject matter An Optimistic Mountain Gorilla Tale.” covered that extends beyond the words A story of hope after despair, An orphaned gorilla receives loving care.

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Nelson Designs makes it easy to create a beautiful home

From designing an entire house to a simple makeover of a single room, Nelson Designs will reveal your special look.


ne of the many benefits of working with Nelson Designs is that you have an entire team of professionals who are dedicated to helping you realize your style. They begin by asking the right questions to help draw out your thoughts and ideas. Then they listen so they can best help you define your space with the look and feel you want. “When clients visit our store after their initial consultation,” says Sharon Nelson, co-owner and lead interior designer, “we show them the different options and help them make decisions.” In their new, much larger, location in the Tallgrass Center they’re much better able to show their tile and wood flooring selections as well as their new furniture lines. “We are committed to make everything from redesigning to remodeling even easier by having more of the elements in one place,” says Nelson. We believe it’s much easier

to determine what you want when you can see the different pieces, sit in the chairs, and touch the fabrics,” says Nelson Making it easy is what Nelson Designs is all about. They take the pressure off of making decisions and create designs that will work for you. “The whole idea is to give each client as much or as little as they choose within their time frame and budget,” says Nelson. And to that end, they specialize in pieces you won’t find elsewhere. Many of their exclusive lines are the result of visiting markets far and wide, which appeals to their growing base of customers from Wichita and beyond. Stop in the new Nelson Designs showroom, in The Shops at Tallgrass, 21st and Rock Road, 613.3450, and see the wonderful selections that can bring new life to your rooms. Meet with their designers and set up a consulting appointment today, or visit

A Peaceable Kingdom, continued from page 2. of nectar from flowers, plus a considerable number of small spiders and insects. The constant need for nourishment would pose a serious problem while the birds sleep, but to conserve energy they regularly become torpid at night. Their body temperature drops to that of the surrounding air and the rate of energy burned drops to one-fifteenth of the day-time norm. Hummingbirds prefer the colors of red and orange and can be attracted to backyards with a variety of flowers, but artificial feeders can also be used to attract the birds. If you didn’t get your feeder out in the spring, July is a good time to attract them as their nesting activities are completed. You’ll soon discover that the little effort required to entice hummingbirds as neighbors is an investment with immeasurable dividends. Learn more about attracting hummingbirds at Backyard Nature Center, in The Shops at Tallgrass, 8336 E 21st, Ste 500, 683.2121, or online at

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he Gutter Cover of Wichita is a locally owned and operated family business established in 2002. The Gutter Cover Professionals is a nationwide manufacturer that produces the strongest gauge Gutter Cover on the market and uses a unique internal bracket system that adds to the appearance and durability of the installed product. Mike and Lori Clasen provide professional services at affordable prices throughout the greater Wichita region. Mike handles each job himself, and truly cares about your satisfaction. They take great pride in the quality service they provide their customers and appreciate the opportunity to share this great quality product with you! Unique nose forward design extends past the front edge, so there are no gaps or openings for debris to enter or collect on top. Attractive sleek, low profile design gives a clean, finished look between the roof and gutter line, enhancing your home’s appearance. gives you the best protection for your investment. The design is the result of years of experience and thousands of installations in the gutter cover industry.


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Kitchen Tune-Up® wins award for adding new, wow-factor to home This growing business continues to expand on its successes by delivering fresh new looks without the hassles of typical remodeling jobs.


his rambling ranch in Andover had a tired, dated kitchen, so the homeowners asked Kitchen TuneUp if they could create a new space that would be beautiful and functional. The experienced design team at Kitchen Tune-Up was more than up to the challenge. Combining the rustic elegance of all new Mission style knotty alder cabinets in a natural finish, with contrasting black maple cabinets that highlight the dark finish on the blown glass lighting fixtures and backsplash gave the kitchen just the look the homeowners were looking for. The Kitchen Tune-Up makeover included a host of custom amenities from a beautiful lighted beverage center, and full height pantries, to travertine floors, a vented custom hood, a farmhouse sink, and custom angled drawers for the corners instead of a traditional Lazy Susan. Another musthave in the renovation was the use of fine quality custom cabinetry, featuring soft-close doors and drawers, solid wood construction, dovetailed corners, as well as undercabinet and in-cabinet lighting. The brick colored ceiling and walls, along with two coordinating granites, make the natural finished cabinets pop, while removing the peninsula, and replacing it with a large island, created an open space ready for entertaining.


A cozy island-high fireplace on the opposite wall makes this new kitchen the perfect place for these homeowners to relax and enjoy a glass of wine and great conversation while they create their next gourmet dinner. To schedule a free in-home consultation, or an appointment in the new office and design studio at 3963 N. Woodlawn Ct, Ste 4, call 316.558.8888 or e-mail To learn more about Kitchen Tune-Up’s numerous services, including bath remodeling, visit their website,

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Since starting the local franchise of Kitchen Tune-Up, Jim and Arlene Phillips, now joined by Adam and Rachel Phillips, have won numerous Customer Service Awards, and a prestigious National Project of the Year Award. This stunning makeover won their 13th Project of the Month Award.

Noteworthy: Tales to change the world, continued from page 4. used in the story, thereby providing more information for greater in-depth discussions. But what has garnered the most feedback from educators and parents are the questions Burk and Lopez wrote at the end of each tale. Referred to as “Wise Owl Wonders,” these questions gently nudge the readers to take the ideas in the book to another level. Avoiding questions with definite right or wrong answers, they are designed to help The Wise Owl Tales point the way to a get children thinking and talking about the way of thinking that can forever change lives. Here, and around the world. Above: complexity of these important issues. Some of the books are not necessar- Artwork from “Mali, A Rescued Asian ily about endangered species, but are still Elephant Tale.” stories that Burk and Lopez believe need to be told, such as, “Frank the Tank: An Adopted Dog Tale,” that encourages adopting animals from shelters, “Footprints: A Beach Tale,” that opens the way to discussing the health of our oceans, as well as sharing space with others, and “Armando: An Adventurous Nine-Banded Armadillo Tale,” that reveals the plight of animals due to ever-expanding suburban neighborhoods. When asked how they chose which animals or environments to write about, Burk explains, “We had to decide where to start. So far we have eight. There are so many endangered animals it’s impossible to write about them all.” “But we’ll keep writing about as many animals as we can,” says Lopez. “We believe that one person can make a difference. And perhaps that person will be a child reading one of these books today,” she adds with a smile. To learn more about the Wise Owl Tales, the availability of Burk and Lopez for special school events, or to purchase any of the titles, visit Copies of the books are also available at fine shops and bookstores. Summer 2013


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On The Porch: A stately Wichita home continues a history of distinction


n 1921 Warren E. Brown’s construction of one of the most costly homes in the neighborhood did not go unnoticed. A successful oilman from Augusta, Brown let it be known that his twenty six-room, 12,000 square foot mansion was designed by Keene and Simpson of Kansas City at a cost of $72,000. It had taken 2 years to build 1921-1922. Arches and colonnades, frame the loggia on the right that leads to the porte-cochère, or coach gate, designed for a horse and carriage, or motor vehicle, to stop to let its passengers alight under cover. A short wall encompasses the patio that continues across the front of the home to the south veranda, which provides a casual setting for morning breakfasts, or evening gatherings. This beautiful residence was the first home chosen to be a Wichita Symphony Showhouse, in 1979, and had the distinction of being the only one ever revisited as a Showhouse, when it was chosen again in 2003. The current homeowners consider it a privilege to care for this lovely home, and also recently opened it to the public for Project Beauty’s Holiday House Tour in 2012.

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The Art of Cultivating Simple Pleasures and Living Well

Welcome to The Front Porch Wichita! We invite you to join us as we share ideas for homes and gardens, swap some recipes, meet some interesting people, and chat a little about this and that. And if you happen to have a front porch that you’d like us to see, please write or call us. We’ll be more than happy to stop by, and maybe even sit a spell. To view on-line, please visit Support your local businesses whenever possible. Please let participants know you saw them in The Front Porch Wichita! Editor: Kathy D. Heaton Copy Editor: Jo Bowman Contributing Graphic Designer: Hai Tran Publisher: Patrick D. Wherritt Contents copyright ©2013 by Daniels Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing may be reprinted or reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. The Front Porch Wichita is a registered trademark of Daniels Publishing, Inc. The Front Porch Wichita is designed to showcase area businesses and professionals. Space is paid for by the advertisers and is an opportunity for them to let you know more about them and their businesses.


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Shades of Green: Solar Flight, from page 2. been attracting a lot of interest, and its achievements have been enjoying continuous worldwide media coverage. And that is no wonder because this featherlight, slender and silent “bird” is making history—and not just aviation history. As one of its founders often likes to say, “Solar Impulse was not built to carry passengers, but messages!” André Borschberg, Solar Solar Impulse in flight. Impulse Co-founder and CEO, Merz, landed Solar Impulse at JFK completing the final leg of the mission which started on May 3rd in San Francisco, California. The journey took a total of 105h 41min and 3511 miles flown at an average speed of 28.8 knots. Before reaching

Photography ©  Solar Impulse,

The pioneering spirit is less about thinking up new ideas, as ridding ourselves of dogmas and habits that hold us captive in old ways of thinking and acting. —Bertrand Piccard

New York, Piccard and Borschberg alternately flew Solar Impulse to Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Washington D.C. The plane stopped over in each of these cities giving the opportunity to the team to organize public viewings Solar Impulse engine run-up before take-off on the final leg of and political meetings with the mssion from Washington D.C to New York. Photography high level representatives ©  Solar Impulse, Ackermann, such as Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, to promote clean technologies, energy efficiency and renewable energies. The Across America mission provided incredible experience for the challenging round-the-world flight planned for 2015, but for these pioneers, this is only the beginning. The ultimate goals of Solar Impulse creators are “to make new discoveries, with the aim of improving the quality of life on our planet. . . . to place dreams and emotions back at the heart of scientific adventure. By going beyond the question of energy, Solar Impulse would also like to encourage each and every one of us to become pioneers in our own lives, in our ways of thinking and behaving.” To view videos of this historic mission and to learn about the latest developments for the 2015 global flight, visit and Summer 2013


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HANA CAFE and Sushi Bar

Unique Asian Fare Drawing upon a background of more than twenty years’ experience in running successful sushi bars in New York and Boston, Jay and Eunice Kim serve a unique blend of Japanese and Korean cuisine in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

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GARDEN GRILL CAFE is gourmet dining in downtown Wichita. Featuring delicious vegan meals from the world’s finest cuisines, Chef Miguel Larcher brings his innovative talents to create unique pastas, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and pizzas that bring joy to your palate, comfort to your soul, and health to your body. GARDEN GRILL CAFE also features freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, delectable desserts, and a savory array of Chef’s always flavor-filled, internationally inspired entrée du jour.

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Stylishly Tasteful AIDA’S Coffee House is the perfect place to take a break—and shop a little, too—any time of day. Lunch features ham, turkey, and tuna sandwiches, homemade soups like California medley and broccoli-cheese, a daily vegetarian special, and creative salads and quiches. And AIDA’S desserts, including her signature carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, are to die for.

Award-winning specialty pizzas featuring innovative toppings, as well as unique entrée salads, delicious panini-style sandwiches, and savory baked pastas, have made IL VICINO a perennial neighborhood favorite. IL VICINO IN COLLEGE HILL 4817 E Douglas Ave 612.7085

Chinese Cuisine with an Artful Flair For more than twenty years Shu Tai and Robert Liao have been serving the finest Asian foods to grateful Wichitans. It’s no surprise that their loyal following has grown dramatically with the opening of OH YEAH! CHINA BISTRO. This fine-dining Chinese restaurant reaches far beyond the ordinary with authentic gourmet Chinese cuisine. At OH YEAH! CHINA BISTRO, every meal is prepared to order, and their delicious sauces are all made from scratch. The menu features all the traditional Asian favorites, plantbased or meat proteins, and steamed or stir-fried dishes—and they are more than happy to accommodate special requests.

Since opening in 1996, HANA CAFE has steadily gained favor with those who appreciate ultrafresh sushi and other artfully prepared-from-scratch Asian food.

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The Pantry: A new way to salt There’s a new tool in the kitchen, and it’s elementary.


alt is essential to life. Sea salt has long been praised for its flavor, as well as for the many nutrients it provides. But Himalayan salt—the product of over 200 million years of pressure deep within the earth—is the diamond of salts. This precious mineral has taken the culinary scene by storm, in part for its abundance of trace minerals, and the subtle flavors it imparts, but also because of the pure excitement and pleasure of cooking, curing, chilling, and serving all things edible with stunning slabs of salt, or salt blocks. What are salt blocks, where do they come from, and how do you use them? The answer to these questions and much more about the nuances that can be achieved with this fundamental seasoning can be found in this latest book by the most recognized name in salt—Mark Bitterman. Guided by an obsession with a cook’s most important ingredient, this James Beard Award-winning author pioneers uncharted culinary terrain in Salt Block Cooking: 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing, and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks (Andrews McMeel Publishing, May 28, 2013). A follow up to his award-winning Salted (2010), Bitterman’s Salt Block Cooking is the definitive text on Himalayan salt blocks. Bitterman guides readers through innovative techniques for grilling, baking, serving appetizers, sipping cocktails, and even curing a slice of watermelon into a savory delight. In addition to the 70 surprising recipes— including Salt Block Smashed Potatoes, Salt-Seared Pineapple Steaks with Curried Agave Drizzle, and Salt Crust Cardomom Naan—Bitterman provides the first and only how to-guide for this amazing and versatile kitchen tool. “Salt blocks may not be the most high-tech piece of cooking equipment in your kitchen, but they can transform food unlike anything else,” he says. “With a few easyto-remember principles in hand, you can bend all the mind-blowing power of salt blocks to your every whim.” Beginners will benefit from helpful information on shopping for a block, maintenance, heating, cooling, handling, serving, and everything in between (even “Fifteen Ways to Celebrate a Broken Salt Block”), while more advanced salt block cooks will be armed with new tips, techniques, and recipes. Whether you want to quick-cure vegetables or add fresh excitement to your summer


grilling, Salt Block Cooking is the most comprehensive cookbook available for those curious about cooking and entertaining with Himalayan salt blocks. As Bitterman says: “Enough with salting your food—now it’s time to food your salt!” Salt Block Cooking is available in all fine bookstores or at The Meadow, where you can also obtain premium Himalayan salt blocks, with a provenance that ensures a standard of quality and a production process that has benefited the local communities where they are mined, as well as artisan finishing salts, and gourmet chocolates. Cntact The Meadow at 888-388-4633, or shop online Summer 2013

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Style and comfort in outdoor spaces, continued from cover


e all have at least one fond memory of a gloriously joyful, sun-drenched summer day we would like to capture in a bottle to reverently bring out and savor on a particularly cold winter’s night. And while there are also those hot, sultry days that seem to preclude comfortably passing time outdoors for any length of time, we have managed to excel at creating livable outdoor spaces that supply a place to enjoy the summer sun, yet also include ample shade, comfort, and all the indoor creature comforts we might desire. Outdoor spaces come in all shapes and sizes, from small, secluded nooks for quiet moments of contemplation to large, expansive yards complete with gourmet kitchens, swimming pools, and high-tech entertainment systems. Whether it’s the ultimate out-of-doors experience you’re looking for, or the classic, age-old lure of simply soaking up a little sunshine, the key to creating the perfect outdoor living space is to use your space effectively. Continued on page 12.

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. —Edith Wharton

Enhanced Concrete


hen it comes to designing a decorative, but affordable, concrete surface you can transform a plain, drab gray surface into almost anything you can imagine. Stamped or patterned concrete can be designed to look like brick, flagstone, slate, or other patterns. Staining and engraving concrete is ecologically-friendly, and the color possibilities are endless. For a stylish space ready for entertaining call Concrete Colorscapes at 519.1822.

Outdoor Connoisseur


ooking outside is meant to be fun, but with a gourmet kitchen it’s inspiring. This full outfitted kitchen includes a stainless steel sink, faucet, garbage disposal, and high performance Viking outdoor appliances— the undercounter refrigerator, outdoor undercounter ice maker, grill with side burner, and ceramic cooking capsule. The custom outdoor (waterproof) stainless


culpture is the classic art form for both the garden and the outdoor room. Above: This lifelike, natural posed bronze embodies all the beauty of a summer afternoon.

steel cabinetry has a brushed satin nickel finish. The interiors have “dust lips” and are comparable to indoor kitchens with roll-out shelves and drawer storage with a pull-out trash receptacle in one and a sliding towel rack at the sink on the island. The TV cabinet features bi-fold upswing doors. To top things off, the countertops, island top/eating bar, and backsplash are granite, and the walls are limestone. Distinctively designed by The Kitchen Place, 7732 E. Central, 682.2268,

Tranquil Oasis


n impressive cedar pergola creates a stunning frame for the new focal point of this yard—a rock waterfall and an unusually deep pool—and provides just enough overhead coverage to filter the sun to the outdoor room below. This extraordinary outdoor addition included a new driveway, complete with wood gates and a new garage; a new cedar and stone fence, featuring an arbored gate; and a stone wall that doubles as a planter. Sconces and overhead lights create an inviting, flickering glow, while artfully placed Koi appear to swim playfully in the shadows on the pool’s steps, trimmed with glass mosaic tiles. Transformed by Guthridge/ Nighswonger, 1702 S. Laura, 264.7900, View additional outdoor spaces on page 11, and page 12. 10

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Music Alfresco


njoying great music, all the time is easy with Bowers & Wilkins weather-proof AM-1 speakers. When combined with the Sonance Landscape Series outdoor speakers, discreetly positioned around the perimeter of the yard, this complete audio system offers a unique combination of high-quality sound and supreme flexibility. These all-weather speakers deliver all the performance you want. Gear up with systems designed for the outdoors, as well as complete home systems, at Living Sound, 9747 E 21st St. North, Ste. 115, 634.0333, or online at

Visual Dimensions


shimmering poolside is created with a Weave Montage of Moroccan Blend Glass tiles made by renowned Walker Zanger. Each color is finished with an iridescent patina, giving the surface of the glass a visual dimension that shifts endlessly with the play of light and shadows. Realize your vision with tiles from Designers Expo, 1409 E. Douglas, 267.1982.

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Style and comfort in outdoor spaces, continued from page 10 That’s where employing the creative talents of those with experience in designing and finishing outdoor spaces comes into play. Using professionals will mean you are going to be able to use your new outdoor space to its fullest potential, and even if your current plans don’t include putting your home on the market, you’ll be best served if you treat any outdoor projects as seriously as you treat remodeling or putting on an addition. A good design, and experienced professionals, will surely guarantee a higher level of style and comfort for your outdoor enjoyment.

Perfect Harmony


his backyard was completely redone from the ground up. With a project of this scale, it was especially important that the homeowners used professionals to design and plan the space. Design Studio, Ltd., assisted in the selection of the color of the pool decking, coping and tile, as well as the selection and layout of the Lane Venture pool furniture and selection of fabrics, ensuring that all the elements blend harmoniously with each other, and with the beautiful landscaping, as well as the stone work, kitchen, deck, and pool, created by Green Meadows Lawn & Landscaping of Derby, KS. This attention to detail created an outdoor space that flows seamlessly for a beautiful, relaxing, and cohesive look from every angle. For professional design guidance and advice for both interior and exterior projects, big or small, contact Design Studio, Ltd., 2820 E. Central, 682.6612.

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For 66 years, The Kitchen Place has emphasized long-standing relationships, with a process that revolves around our customers as we tailor-fit each step to every remodeling or new construction need.—Pat Lang, President/Owner

Quiet Spaces Upon entering this secluded garden a sense of calm and quietude begins to reclaim the rushed and hurried spirit.


carved wooden monk silently welcomes visitors into the secret pathways that follow the streams of water and lead from one serene corner to another. Surrounded by the soft murmuring of flowing waters and within the cooling shade provided from a leafy canopy overhead each private space extends an invitation to pause and fall under the spell of the quiet beauty of nature.

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Natural Delicious Food for Backyard Fun There is a “good food” movement afoot across America.


hat began in the 1960s in dusty co-ops hidden in offbeat alleyways has now become a burgeoning billion-dollar natural food industry. In every segment of America’s food chain—from organic farms, to natural food markets, to menus in restaurants from Maine to California—there is a significant attempt on all fronts to make food healthier, purer, and tastier than ever before. In part, this movement has meant a return to simpler food preparation and the greater use of whole, unprocessed foods, and in part this turn of events has meant that more people than ever before are eating less meat or avoiding meat altogether, for health or moral reasons. And with very little effort, people are discovering that cooking with whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables can be a delicious and natural way to celebrate the goodness of America.

Pink Lemonade

By Kathy Heaton Photography by Patrick Wherritt

Homemade Chips Chips are America’s favorite accompaniment to burgers, and making them from scratch using russets, sweet potatoes, and beets, then adding seasoned salts, and spices opens up a whole new world of flavor possibilities. Try sprinkling chile powder on the sweet potatoes, and for a vinegar chip, try soaking some of the sliced potatoes in a balsamic vinegar. These are surprisingly simple to prepare and a great deal of fun to eat. 2 pounds total of russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beets 1 pint peanut oil, divided use salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 cup sugar 5 1/2 cups water, divided use 1 generous cup frozen thawed or fresh strawberries, caps removed 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (perhaps a dozen lemons) lemon slices for garnish additional whole strawberries for garnish

Mix together the sugar and one-half cup of the water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon, for approximately five minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Strain the mixture into a lidded glass jar or similar container, let it cool, cover, and refrigerate. Puree the strawberries in a blender, strain through a sieve, then mix with the remaining five cups of water and one and one-half cups of lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add approximately one-third cup of the syrup or more to taste; reserve any remaining syrup for another batch of lemonade. Stir all well and pour over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with lemon slices and additional whole strawberries. Serves 4.

Peel and slice the vegetables, preferably with a mandolin, into one-sixteenth-inch thick slices; add them to cold water as they are sliced. Drain the slices, replace the water, and rinse and drain again. Turn them out onto paper towels and pat very dry to ensure that the oil does not spatter. Heat one inch or so of the oil in a large heavy skillet until very hot and deep-fry handfuls of the slices, taking care not to overcrowd them, for two to four minutes, turning once until they are crisp and golden or done. Remove them with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain in single layers. Just as they begin to cool, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Repeat until all the slices have been fried, adding oil to the skillet beforehand and bringing it up to temperature as necessary. Serves 4.

Lemon Coconut Bundt with Fresh Blueberries Using fresh lemon juice and zest makes this cake delicious, and the olive oil makes it incredibly moist.

Cake 3 cups unbleached flour 2 teaspoons baking powder

Mushroom Burgers This backyard classic takes a terrific turn for the better in terms of health and flavor with burgers made from a delicious Portobello and button mushroom duxelle mixed with brown rice and spices. For best results, prepare ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to cook. But be forewarned: as the advertisements for a popular prepared vegetable burger claim, they will make “meat-eaters salivate and vegetarians celebrate.” In fact, be certain to make plenty, since it is a well-known fact among vegetarians that whenever a group of people is offered meat and vegetarian versions of a dish at a gathering, the vegetarian dish is always finished first—sometimes to the dismay of the vegetarian last in line.

For the rice 1 cup organic short-grain brown rice 2 1/4 cups water

Rinse the rice and add to water. In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil and boil over high heat, uncovered, for ten minutes. Cover the rice, reduce the heat to a low simmer, and cook for forty minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand for ten to fifteen minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork. This will make enough rice for four more burgers, or refrigerate for another use. Continued on page 15.

1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar (or granulated sugar) 2/3 cup olive oil 1 can low-fat coconut milk (approximately 14 ounces) 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 cup lemon zest 1 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Lemon Topping 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 pint fresh organic blueberries, washed

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 10-inch Bundt pan, or if you are making mini-Bundts, prepare 12 pans. In a small bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk together the sugar, oil, coconut milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet about a cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in the lemon zest and coconut. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan(s), being careful to not fill more than two-thirds of the way. Bake the full-sized Bundt for approximately 45-55 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. The edges will just be starting to pull away from the pan. The mini-Bundts will bake in approximately 25 minutes, but keep an eye on them depending on your oven. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan completely. When cool, place a serving plate over the pan, gently flip it over and carefully slip the cake out of the pan.Can be prepared up to this point a day ahead. Simply cover lightly and let rest in a cool spot, no need to refrigerate. To prepare the topping whisk the fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar together, and let sit for a few minutes. Adjust as necessary adding additional lemon juice or powdered sugar to taste. The lemon juice topping can also be made ahead of time, but wait to drizzle it over the cake just before serving. Garnish with a generous spoonful of blueberries and enjoy! Serves 8 to 12.


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Mushroom Burgers, continued from page 14. For the mushroom duxelle 1 large shallot, finely chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use 1 pound Portobello mushrooms, washed, stems removed, and finely chopped 1/2 pound button mushrooms, washed, stems removed, and finely chopped 1/2 cup minced carrot 1 cup cooked organic short-grain brown rice 4 cloves roasted garlic 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/4 bunch Italian parsley, washed, stems removed, and finely chopped 2 cups fresh bread crumbs 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté the shallot in one tablespoon of the olive oil until it is translucent. Add the mushrooms and carrot and sauté for ten to fifteen minutes, until most of the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated. Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer it to a large bowl. Add the cooked rice, the roasted garlic, and the oats and blend well; mix in the parsley, the bread crumbs, the white balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. If the spoon being used does not stand up in the mixture, it is too moist; in that case, add more bread crumbs.

For The Burgers Prepared mushroom duxelle Olive oil 4 whole-grain burger buns 4 lettuce leaves for garnish 4 red onion slices for garnish 4 tomato slices for garnish 4 dill pickles for garnish Condiments: Dijon mustard and non-dairy mayonaise, such as Follow Your Heart Vegenaise®

Shape the mushroom mixture into four burgers and chill between sheets of waxed paper. When ready to cook, brush the burgers lightly with olive oil and grill for four to six minutes on each side, or until done. Using a grill pan makes these super easy to cook. In the meantime warm the buns. Assemble the burgers, then garnish with the lettuce, onion, tomato, and pickles, and serve with condiments. Serves 4.

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A room addition yields ample space and a year ’round garden view These homeowners wanted to add a room that would provide a panoramic view of their lovely garden, while affording abundant comfort, luxury, and style.


pproaching a major project such as this requires a team that understands design, has a commitment to meticulous craftsmanship, and is able to deliver impeccable service. Everything that makes a difference, and everything that defines Guthridge/Nighswonger.

In intriguing contrast, the mantel of the wood-burning fireplace is made of solid limestone, and it features a dramatic unsupported frontal cantilever. Guthridge/Nighswonger worked closely with the client to make their concept of an outside-room-brought-inside—or viceversa—a reality. The result: A breathtaking room addition with style, casual elegance, and Their experienced team skillfully worked with the homeowner and virtually effortless physical and visual access to the garden. created an addition that exhibits an ambience reminiscent of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Guthridge/Nighswonger’s talented craftsmen hand-distressed the ceiling’s massive cedar beams, as well as the flooring, and these features frame the soaring floor-to-ceiling casement French doors— from Pella’s Architect Series—encircling the room and crowned by graceful transoms. These not only exhibit the beauty and natural 1802 S Laura, 264.7900 warmth of wood, they also are unrelentingly energy efficient.

I f y o u c a n d r e a m i t , w e c a n b u i l d i t . E x c e p t i o n a l a n d d e p e n d a b l e w o r k m a n s h i p , i n t e g r i t y, a n d q u a l i t y.

Discover the fine art of the ultimate floor décor and exceptional service at Rug Studio It may sound like a cliché to say a company excels in service and selection, but that’s exactly what Rug Studio’s customers say time and again.


n fact, with Philip and Noelle’s very personalized service, you’ll find every detail of choosing a rug for your home or business is sure to be a pleasurable, memorable, and satisfying experience. They begin by listening. “We want to know what people really want,” says Noelle. “Then we help interpret that into what their best options might be.” Philip and Noelle have a deep appreciation for the intricacies of the manufacturing process, and a clear understanding of the needs of homeowners and designers. If you haven’t looked at area rugs lately, then you’re probably missing out on plenty. “There is so much happening in this area of home décor,” says Philip. “Everything is new. New color combinations, new designs, new textures and new fabrics.” Although traditional designs will always be a mainstay in home furnishings, they have also undergone change, offering new colors and new textures. “The biggest happening in traditional rug design is what some refer to as the ‘new traditional,’ or the Europeaninspired, borderless designs,” says Philip. “What we like about them is that the patterns are more open than traditional Persian designs so they work in a variety of settings from old world to sleek contemporary.” It’s the transitional rug category that’s shown the most innovation, and Rug Studio finds these new designs to be the most exciting changes in area rugs. “They range from the very simplistic to the very bold,” says Noelle.


Whatever you need in rugs, Philip and Noelle will help guide you through Rug Studio’s endless possibilities.

Somewhere in the middle of this spectrum is a bit of what Philip calls, “a traditional re-deux. This sort of rug design is based on a motif or portion of a motif from a traditional Persian design, but the scale is increased or modified so it’s transformed into a totally transitional, bordering on a contemporary look,” says Philip. Rugs with more simple designs or even no design have been increasingly popular. “To add interest, many plain rug options feature interesting textures in lieu of a welldefined pattern. Today’s rug designers create simple patterns and contrasts using texture from a variety of fabrics and weaving techniques such as combining loop and cut pile along with other techniques. It has become a real mixed media approach to rug design by combining wool with silk, rayon, cotton, hemp, jute, bamboo,” Noelle says. “And the list goes on,” she adds with a smile. Selecting a rug for your home should be considered as artwork for your floor rather than simply a utilitarian floor covering. With so much innovation there is something for just about everyone’s taste, and the latest technology makes it possible for Rug Studio to offer a wide range of prices, while still delivering quality, which makes this a good time for area rug shoppers. To find the rug of your dreams, stop in the Rug Studio at 8336 E 21st St., Ste. 600, The Shops at Tallgrass, 682.0033, or visit online at

“We are thrilled to announce that our client, Laurie Gwyn, has won the Kalaty Rug national photo contest. The winning photograph featured Kalaty’s Twilight from their Derbyshire Collection—a European-inspired, borderless design, crafted with premium handspun wool for a soft, luxurious feel. Laurie selected this beautiful hand knotted rug to coordinate with her other rugs from Rug Studio. “— Philip and Noelle

Winning photograph by Pat Wherritt

Philip Holmes presenting Laurie Gwyn with her prize, a new iPad. Photograph courtesy of East Wichita News.

“My rugs from Rug Studio are simply fabulous! I love the style, quality, and the way their neutral tones compliment my other décor elements. And with three kids and a Saint Bernard, these rugs have proven to be very durable and easy to take care of. My experience at Rug Studio was wonderful. Philip and Noelle’s customer service is exceptional. I would recommend Rug Studio to anyone looking for a great rug. “ — Laurie Gwyn

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