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10 |12 In the Crowd Glenn Howard Charity Golf Classic savour simcoe

designer’s home looks like?

14 We Like It!

Designer Dream Home: Inside the home of a local builder & interior designer

The Man Cave


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Spacious Luxury

Designer Picks

Renovating to provide a functional and practical kitchen area

Local experts share their favourite colours for around the house


56 Person of Interest Paul Larche

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In the Kitchen Gourmet@Home with Coos uylenbroek of The Crazy Fox

Local farmers share favourite harvest recipes

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72 In the

Kitchen with the Explorers Café

28 Luxury Concours D’elegance

The finest in restored classic cars come to Georgian Bay

30 Outdoor Spaces

35 Cape Cod Style

with Carson Arthur

on Georgian Bay

Making the most out of your space for maximium enjoyment

Cape Cod inspiration leads to a stunning cottage


87 Gourmet

83 Great Food

& Wine Pairings

Achieve a higher fusion on your palate



Three local food shops bring the best to consumers

106 Paradise


Near Sunset Point Inside a local landmark

122 Portfolio

103 Transform

The Images studio Tour

Your Space

Freshening up a space doesn’t have to be a major undertaking

Barrie artist: Roy Hickling


Midland artist: sherilyn Edwards

97 Contrast,

Colour & Character

The latest trends in home fashion

116 Events september & October events around simcoe County

128 Travel The Antarctic dream

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One of the things I look forward to when I visit my sister-in-law is seeing the progression of her latest home improvement projects. Her and her handy husband have replaced or refinished almost everything inside and outside of their south-end Barrie home. The long list includes new flooring, countertops and backsplashes. The couple removed tired, oak railings and replaced them with glass, instantly creating a more open-concept feel. On my last visit, I came face-to-face with the power of paint. Instead of embarking on a complete renovation of their lower-level bathroom, they decided to do a temporary, quick fix. By adding a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore (OC14 – Natural Cream) over the existing cool medium grey, a simple, stylish light fixture and a large abstract print, the result was amazing. This transformation became the inspiration for our “Designer Picks” on page 47. In this two-part series, Sue Kay and Cynthia Grassing – two popular local paint experts and designers – offer the perfect palette to create stunning results in your own home with colour choices for virtually every room. Throughout this issue, you will find home décor ideas, including small changes you can make in your space for big impact, as well as industry trends from local experts. When a builder and interior designer get together to build your home, they incorporate your ideas for a beautiful space. When they get together to build their home, it’s creativity, talent and experience combined to create breathtaking results. This month’s feature home tour located in Innisfil is that and more. Inside you will also find an impressive estate home with the perfect balance of striking architecture and impeccable design with nothing overlooked. To the west, we visit an exquisite landmark in Collingwood. You will remember the abundance of porches at this gorgeous home, overlooking Sunset Point. Inside, you will see what bold punches of colour with an almost all-white palette can do. This issue, we also extend a warm welcome to readers in the Midland area. To make them feel at home, we have included a fabulous waterfront cottage just outside of town on Georgian Bay. In addition to this local paradise, we also visit the Explorers Café on page 72. With an intriguing interior, an extensive wine list and a locally sourced menu, we discover why this culinary find is considered among the best places to eat in Canada. We also have more of our popular recipes sought out by food writer Katherine Elphick, who has toured Simcoe County looking to make the most of fall flavours with the help of our farmers. Finally, don’t miss our local events, a special Images Art Tour, wine picks from Gordon Stimmell, exploring Antarctic and more in this packed fall edition of Goodlife. Enjoy the Goodlife!

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Golfers enjoyed some beautiful summer 19 weather Friday, august 16 while participating in the Glenn howard charity Golf classic at midland Golf & country club. The event raised approximately $25,000 for the wSouthern Georgian Bay Physician recruitment committee.


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Savour Simcoe is an event like no other in Simcoe County and has just recently been named as a finalist in the “Best Event” category in the Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards. Now in its 6th year, the event pairs local farmers and chefs who come up with unique taste offerings showcasing the quality food grown and produced in our region. It’s an event where guests have an opportunity to talk face-to-face with those who grow and prepare our food, who are eager to share their knowledge and talents. Along with the delicious food, area wine makers, craft brewers and cider makers are invited to compliment the event and entice guests with a wide variety of unique flavours of our terrior. The Simcoe County Museum’s outdoor pioneer village is set as the backdrop for this event, where event goers can casually stroll the grounds and learn about the artifacts that lend themselves to the rich agricultural heritage of the County. 12 | GoodLife Barrie Edition - September October 2013 ■

1. Muskoka & District Chef’s Association featured ice cream with Coffin Ridge Winery


2. Sheldon Creek Dairy Bar - a guest enjoying some samples 3. Lynda VanCasteren from Nicholyn Farms enjoying the day

7. Local Foods Mart chef Vince featured crepes with Barrie Hills Farm produce. 8. Foodies enjoying the abundance of local dishes 9. Chef Ivars Rassa cooking up Dosas with Say Cheese locally made cheese melting inside on an outdoor grill!

10. 4. Nottawasaga Resort’s lamb slider with a honey apple component from Dickey Bee 11. Honey & Avalon Orchards 5. Nicholyn Farm’s medley of local produce available at their store.

Bulgogi lettuce wraps by Holly’s Sweets & Eats with Ficklewood Farm Innovative new take home Savour Simcoe souvenir plates that held a wine glass were a huge hit. Free hands for eating!

6. Cravings Fine Food Market 12. Chef Daniel Clements from & Catering getting ready for Georgian College with his the crowds. culinary students




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en enjoy the finer things in life as much as women so with that in mind we ask our local retailers for a few items to either adorn the man cave or spruce up the built-in bar.

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Cocktail Shaker and flask

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Water bottle and glass

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Upon entering their residence through the heavy beaten dark maple wood door, the all-stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace is immediately the focal point.

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Nested within lush greenery, steps from Lake Simcoe, Cole Leibel of Big East Construction Inc. and interior designer wife Kristylynn Leibel designed their Innisfil home with the highest level of perfection. Being experts in their fields, they describe the task as a blast rather than a challenge. Using the outdoors as their inspiration, they designed their 4,300-square-foot bungalow in a horseshoe-shaped layout stretched on a 5.5-acre lot. Upon entering their residence through the heavy beaten dark maple wood door, the all-stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace

is immediately the focal point. The height of it takes your eyes to the rustic ceiling finished with reclaimed grey barn boards, which Cole had to carefully dissemble from an old barn they bought. Turn to the left and you cannot miss the elegant all white kitchen by Bateman Custom Furniture & Cabinetry. The light stained wood on the sides of the island adds a French country style to the kitchen. With four backless stools tucked underneath the bar area, the spacious granite surface is great for prepping food or entertaining. Above that hangs an an-


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Once outside, there’s another seating area around the exterior side of the great room’s fireplace. unlike the indoor side, the exterior one is not gas. It’s a wood fireplace for a romance campfire style.

tique pot rack. It’s definitely a statement piece in the area. The spaciousness and openness to the rest of the main floor allows Kristylynn and Cole to comfortably work in the kitchen together. They both love to cook and entertain. “It’s also perfect for the baking Christmas party that I host every year,” says Kristylynn. That’s the time when she gathers 10 or more of her girlfriends and they bake all kinds of yummy treats for the holidays. The beige Versaille patterned tumble marble floor in the kitchen blends easily with the light stained maple floors in the rest of the great room. Despite the popularity of dark wood flooring, light to medium-tone hardwood stains will be the new, up-and-coming trend, says Kristylynn. Not only is it perfect when used with neutral shades, but it’s also a lot easier to maintain, especially for homeowners with pets, she says. “We wanted to make the house feel like it was part of the land”, says Kristylynn. This is why a modern rustic style with lots of natural material was most fitting. The neutral tones of crème and grey throughout the house bring a natural elegance into the space. “I wanted it to be busy with layers of texture rather than colour,” says Kristylynn. Aminal print throw pillows on the sofas mixed with the aged wood coffee table are used as accents to add a classic touch with a clean modern »



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The beige Versaille patterned tumble marble floor in the kitchen blends easily with the light stained maple floors in the rest of the great room.

The spacious granite surface is great for prepping food or entertaining.

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“We took the same natural stone used on the outside of the house and cut it into stone veneer to bring an outside-indoor look,” cole says.

style. “It creates visual interest but it won’t date with a few minor updates,” she adds. In the powder room, stone-like wallpaper is used. It looks and feels like stone to touch. “Elegant textures and patterns in wallpaper are definitely making a comeback,” says Kristlynn. But that’s not it for natural texture. To bring the outdoor atmosphere into the house, the walls facing the backyard are all stone mirrored from the outside. “We took the same natural stone used on the outside of the house and cut it into stone veneer to bring an outside-indoor look,” Cole says. This look, around their salvaged wood Restoration Hardware dinning table, gives an elegant patio feel to the space. The table comfortably seats 12, which is perfect for the couple’s love for entertaining. To light up the space, two rewired antique chandeliers are installed right above the dinning table. They’re among many well-aged pieces of décor found in this home. Once outside, there’s another seating area around the exterior side of the great room’s fire-

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place. Unlike the indoor side, the exterior one is not gas. It’s a wood fireplace for a romance campfire style. It’s also perfect for roasting marshmallows when they have friends over, says Kristylynn. Above the fireplace there’s a television in addition to the other two in the great room and the dinning room. When we have the guys over, it’s fun for Cole to have the game playing in every room and even outside, says Kristylynn with a giggle. Back inside through one of the 12 exterior French doors, the couple’s master retreat awaits. Tucked away on the other end of the bungalow, their master bedroom is comparable to a luxurious suite in a high-end European hotel. Across from the bed, the classic-designed fireplace is again the focal point. The drywall compound fireplace was inspired by a look they found in a magazine. “It was a fraction of the cost of limestone, but it was finished to look just like limestone,” says Kristylynn. Down the hall, passing a couple more French doors, there’s the ensuite bathroom. With a freestanding double-ended soaker tub and spacious shower with a rain showerhead, the space is comparable to a lavish spa. In the middle of the bathroom, a rug-like graphic design is done using mosaic tiles. The same pattern is seen again in the shower. This brings enough colour and elegance into the area without the need for bath accessories. Connecting to the ensuite bathroom is the couple’s dressing room. Farther down the hall are two other rooms. One is a guest room decorated in white and accents of earth tones. The theme creates a calming atmosphere in the room. The other is Kristylynn’s office. Connecting these two rooms is a Jack and Jill bathroom. In there, it’s easy to realize just how much the two considered every small detail in designing this home. They thought about little things such as using grey grout between the marble tiles to match the two grey cloverleaf framed mirrors above the double sinks. Back in the hallway, puddled beige draperies cover some of the French doors, creating an interesting casual look. The subtle French country touch throughout the home keeps the space casual yet creates an elegant ambiance. To bring out more of their playful personalities, the couple added a number of authentic

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home to u r - I n n i s fi L • vintage advertising posters throughout their home. Many of these were brought back from their favourite vacationing destination, Key West, Florida. It’s another form of antiques they enjoy collecting. They’ve picked out the right amount of antique pieces to mix with their modern style to help create a sophisticated, chic European look. Downstairs along the black brass railing, which aged as a fence centuries ago, is the couple’s ultimate entertaining hub. Two rows of three theatre-like reclining black leather chairs face the large screen in their very own enclosed home theatre. With the back row raised higher and the sidewalls

adorned with framed movie posters, this space imitates a real movie theatre, yet in the convenience of their home. And with the vintage-looking popcorn machine right outside, this space is set for the movie to roll. But that’s not it of technology. Cole has the entire house wired with a surround system controlled through their wireless devices, such as their iPhones and iPads. It’s perfect for throwing house parties. With all the perfections in this home, it only took six months for Cole and his crew to build this gem. Working well together with Kristylynn was key in achieving the look they wanted. Having done so many times before, this task was quite simple. “We communicate very well together and that’s key between a builder and an interior designer,” Kristylynn says. Because they’re so passionate about their work, design is often the forefront of their conversations, she added. They’ve had enough opportunities to learn about what they love and prefer in every aspect of exterior and interior home design. Their new home is a canvas of their favourite style.

With the back row raised higher and the sidewalls adorned with framed movie posters, this space imitates a real movie theatre, yet in the convenience of their home.

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“If ever there was a Pebble Beach of the north, this is it. Breathtaking scenery, wonderful countryside, and close to home,” says steve Plunkett, renowned car collector, organizer of Canada’s largest car show, and special advisor to Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. elite league of judges and auto-collectors in presenting this rare opportunity to view the finest examples of automotive beauty and ingenuity hand-selected from private collections across North America. Competitors include 103-year-old long-time car collector and restorer Margaret Dunning from Plymouth, Massachusetts with her trademark 1930 Packard 740 roadster, a rare appearance from the famous 1949 Cadillac concept Coupe de Ville, four Rolls-Royces from the 1930s and the 1934 Pierce Arrow, awarded Best in Show at Pebble Beach, winning 100 points. After thirty years outside the country, the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance also marks the homecoming of the 1978 Ferrari 312T3 F1 that won Gilles Villeneuve his first Formula One Grand Prix. Proceeds raised by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will go to Sunnybrook Foundation to fund a state-of-the-art helipad on the rooftop of the Toronto hospital.

“I am pleased to be involved in bringing a car event of this stature to Canada. The Sunnybrook helipad is an important cause, and one that is very close to my heart,” says Jason Priestley. Cobble Beach Links and Resort is nestled in the Bruce Peninsula on 1.6 KM of private shoreline with unparalleled views of the Georgian Bluffs. A 260 ft. dock can accommodate yachts up to 120 ft., making Cobble Beach the perfect day-trip destination for Georgian Bay boaters. Guests of the Cobble Beach inn and residences enjoy gourmet dining at the award-winning Sweetwater Restaurant and first-rate treatments at the five-star Vichy Spa. Residences at Cobble Beach are available for purchase and offer yearround activity for the entire family. Tickets for this perfect late summer day on the lake are $25 with VIP packages available starting at $250. For more information on the Concours d’Elegance visit: cobblebeachconcours.com.

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It’s an affair fit for Great Gatsby himself. On September 14, Georgian Bay transforms into a playground for luxury enthusiasts from across the country. Over a hundred of North America’s finest restored classic cars will show at Cobble Beach Golf Resort as Georgian Bay becomes the newest site of the international concours d’elegance. The concours d’elegance is a tradition dating back to 17th century high-society, a celebration of extravagance that has transformed into the most admired display of antique and classic automobiles in the world. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings the elite exhibition to Canada for the first time- on par with the top concours from around the world including Lake Como Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Esta and Monterey California’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, events that draw thousands of spectators each year and make even the world’s most critical car enthusiasts swoon. It’s a celebration of the North American love affair with the automobile, a showcase of over a hundred pristinely restored classic automobiles. The lush fairways and windswept shoreline of the award-winning golf course will transform into a Gatsby-esque late summer lawn party. Honourary co-chair Jason Priestley joins an


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Spending time outside can be fun, relaxing and enjoyable, but it can be difficult and frustrating to make the most of our outdoor spaces. In rural areas, it’s the stunning trademark of the Canadian landscape – rugged, wooded grounds everywhere – that creates this lovehate relationship. We’re privileged to have the phenomenal views, but these are often difficult grounds on which to live and play. In the city, most of us are limited to small back and front yards that require quite a bit of creativity to yield maximum enjoyment. Despite this, as a landscape designer, I’m always telling clients to create usable space outside their homes to make the most of their land. At a recent speaking engagement, I asked the audience if they understood what I mean by ‘usable space’. Much to my surprise, one person put up his hand and suggested that the lawn was a good example of usable space. Good answer, but, like this person, many people tell me they use their lawns only for their kids to play. Usable space, to me, is an area that can serve many purposes. I prefer spots that can hold furniture. Whether it’s a deck or patio, I want an outdoor space that allows me to accommodate friends and family, with the flexibility to change and rearrange it to meet my needs. If you’re lucky enough to live in a lush wooded area, you probably want something that lets you maintain the natural beauty of your property while allowing for space to entertain. This spring/summer, I decided to maximize my usable space by building a deck. I wanted something versatile that complemented the existing landscape on my property. Here are some tips for creating an outdoor space you can enjoy: »

About Carson Arthur When not digging in the dirt with his eco-friendly landscape design company, Carson stays busy building, planting, writing or designing as a featured guest on CityLine, Steven and Chris, and as a contributing writer for an upcoming retail magazine.

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This deck is made with MicroPro Sienna, a new technology pressure-retreated wood that looks like cedar wood (but without the cost of real cedar). It’s a great choice for city deck and cottage deck building as it can be used anywhere from deck surfacing, to in-ground and even in-water for docks.

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WORk WITH THE TERRAIn As a seasoned landscape designer, I’ve built a lot of decks. Building on a nice, flat surface is no problem. Build on a hill or rugged terrain, on the other hand, and the art of deck building becomes an uphill battle – pun intended. I’m committed to maintaining the natural beauty of any space I build on. Rather than altering the terrain – leveling off hilly areas or building concrete retaining walls – I try to work with the land. I’ve fallen down and probably even up hills at the hands of Mother Nature. If you’re building on a hill, remember that the height of the deck at the furthest point away from your home can be very deceiving. Between digging postholes, carrying supplies, and hanging joists and ledgers, working on uneven surfaces becomes a two-person job. If you’re lucky enough you’ll be able to enlist a neighbour to help in exchange for a few cold drinks and a burger.

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BuILD WITH PRODuCTs THAT WEATHER ALL CAnADIAn sEAsOns For my own deck I focused on a few specific criteria: The deck should be as low-maintenance as possible. This space is for enjoyment and relaxation, so the less work the better. Make environmentally friendly choices – minimize your ecological impact to keep the land beautiful. Total cost is important, so have a budget and try and stick to it. After careful research, I went with a new wood product called MicroPro Sienna for my own deck. Here’s why: MicroPro Sienna uses a treatment process that leaves the wood looking just like the more expensive option – cedar. The treatment process repels fungal decay, termite damage and just about anything the harsh climate can throw at it. The wood naturally fades over time into a beautiful driftwood grey colour. That means that if I don’t want to treat it or stain it, then I don’t have to. I also love the fact that it has received several environmental accreditations. It’s safe for children and won’t bleed toxins into lakes or nearby water. Most importantly, this product is one of the most economical woods available… it’s the same price as the green stuff.


BuILD FOR yOuR nEEDs How do you want to use your outdoor space? Yards provide you with more than just a place for your kids to play, and decks can serve as so much more than an outdoor dining space. Think about features that add utility. If you have a clearing, free of overhanging branches, why not build a fire pit? On my deck, I built a wooden frame with the same materials I used for my deck. I then created a platform out of four cement blocks and poured in gravel to diffuse heat. Now I can cozy up with friends and family on crisp Canadian evenings and enjoy the warmth and crackling of a beautiful fire. Ask yourself what space on your property could be better used. Your outdoor space can become a playground for your whole family, rather than just an empty yard for your kids to play. I built a stunning deck that looks like cedar, is safe for both my family and the environment, and I came in under budget. You too can enjoy your outdoor space no matter where you are or what you have to work with.

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Celebrating 2 years in Barrie Rawlicious caters to the green, the health conscious, the adventurous, and anyone dealing with food sensitivities. Rawlicious R Ra Looking good and feeling good starts with taking care of yourself and Jessica Valiant, owner of Rawlicious on Dunlop Street, is celebrating her second anniversary of providing Barrie residents with a way to feel better through the tastes and benefits of eating raw food. “We serve food that gives energy instead of taking it away,” said Valiant, who is a registered holistic nutritionist. Raw food is hand-crafted in-house from nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables and is never cooked above 115° Fahrenheit since enzymes, vitamins and minerals start to degrade at higher temperatures. “It’s about serving life-giving food.” As the only restaurant in Barrie to serve a fresh, entirely raw, and vegan menu,

Rawlicious caters to the green, the health conscious and the adventurous – the menu goes well beyond veggies and dip. It includes pizza, wraps, smoothies, salads, brownies, and even ice cream. The diehard meat and potato lover will still find something on the menu they love, such as the Pasta Bolognese with ‘neat balls,’ a vegan/raw take on the classic spaghetti. Since it is also gluten, dairy and wheat free, this boutique dining experience is one of the rare restaurants that can accommodate those dealing with food sensitivities. Part of what Rawlicious offers is the Raw Food Challenge. Available every six to eight weeks at a cost of $225 per person, they prepare an all organic and raw breakfast, lunch and dinner, one snack and one dessert each day for five days. It’s all take-out and people pick up their meals twice during the week. “For people with

busy lives, it’s a great way to experience raw food,” said Valiant, who follows the raw food lifestyle as does her staff. For those who are interested in learning how to cook for themselves, Rawlicious offers Un-Cooking classes from September through May and participants come away with a selection of new raw recipes. “It’s about re-learning how food is prepared. We have lost the understanding that good food takes time.” To celebrate their anniversary, Rawlicious is offering their popular smoothies half price all day on Sunday, October 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Valiant encourages anyone who is curious to come on out. “The most important thing I say to people is to just come in and try it.” Dine-in or take-out, LLBO.

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Another definite focal point in this area is the floor-to-ceiling stone wood-burning fireplace to the right with the handcrafted sailboat on the mantel. Wooden bookcases on both sides of the fireplace tie in the wormy maple dinning table on the other end of the great room.

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It took the couple eight years just to find their perfect property west of Midland. “We wanted pristine water with a west facing view,” said Cathy Tait, who describes this area as the perfect place to watch the sunset. The one thing that made designing and building this beach home enjoyable for the couple is the fact they took their time. In addition to the extended period they spent shopping for the property, the designing phase took a year and a half with architect Brian Lee of The Ideal Environment in Toronto. After meeting Lee and his interior design wife Marilyn at the Cottage Life Show, the couple knew that the team would be the best for the job. “Brian was the most comprehensive of all the architects we interviewed,” said Tait. Part of Lee’s design planning stage involved having the homeowners answer a workbook of questions about their lifestyle and other preferences. In turn, this allows him to customize the space according to the homeowners’ needs. When Brian refined the drawings of this cottage, he ended up with maybe 50 pages of details, Tait said. “We were one of the few who had a good experience with this whole designing and building process because we took our time,” she added.

Getting the craftsmanship done with the same high level of precision while keeping it aligned with the Taits’ vision was vital to the success of the design. This is why the couple contracted Gilkon Construction of Penetanguishene, which Lee had worked with on more than 20 projects prior to their cottage. Since the spectacular view was a significant priority, the cottage had to be built to emphasize the scenery. From the moment you walk toward the front door, you can see the blue water on the other end of the house through the glass in the door. When the door opens, the hallway by the staircase takes you straight to the living room. In there, the beach colour palette was inspired by the outside view, which is easily visible through the floor to ceiling window. To complement it all, a large, stunning mixedmedia painting hangs on the wall directly opposite the window. It’s an abstract of a beach with the same tones found in the room. “It was so perfect for this space, many people think the artist saw the view outside before creating this piece,” Tait said. Another definite focal point in this area is the floor-to-ceiling stone wood-burning fireplace to the right with the handcrafted sailboat on the »




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The octagonal all-season sunroom is a cozy calm space perfect for the couple to have a quiet dinner with a fabulous view.

“We call it the Ralph Lauren room because all the upholstery was done using the designer’s fabrics” mantel. Wooden bookcases on both sides of the fireplace tie in the wormy maple dinning table on the other end of the great room. Once outside through the glass sliding doors by the dining space, a resort-like beach awaits. The water looks amazing enough to be mistaken for the ocean. The couple had people visit from the Caribbean in denial that it’s fresh water until they tasted it, said Tait. The outdoor retreat has been designed and updated throughout the past five years by Kelly’s Northern Landscapes. Stonework is used to divide up the area over a number of levels. And some flagstones lead the way down to the lake,

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making it the perfect space for entertaining a large number of people. This past summer, they hosted the wedding ceremony and reception for one of their relatives right by their private beach. “It was a wonderful event,” Tait said. Because they truly enjoy hosting and entertaining, their beach home was definitely built to accommodate and the couple can comfortably have 18 overnight guests. But it’s not all about get-togethers and party time. The cottage is a great space for Ian and Cathy to relax by the beach. Whether indoors

or out, the serenity is felt throughout. The octagonal all-season sunroom is a cozy, calm space perfect for the couple to have a quiet dinner with a fabulous view. And with the addition of a gas fireplace, the area is also great for enjoying a cup of tea while reading during the colder months. “We call it the Ralph Lauren room because all the upholstery was done using the designer’s fabrics,” Tait said. The refreshing cedar scent in this room comes from the beautifully reclaimed cedar wood used on the ceiling. “It was taken from the old cottage that existed on this property,” »

he Barrie Lasik Centre opened in 2007 and has been T providing leading vision correction procedures to an increasing number of patients throughout Barrie and Northern

Ontario ever since. Dr. Tayfour, who originally founded the Windsor Laser Eye Institute (WLEI), saw the need for high-level eye services north of the GTA and chose Barrie as the optimal place to provide the kind of quality patient care he had already provided in over 50,000 eye surgeries throughout his career. “Barrie has the infrastructure of high quality eye care professionals including optometrists and ophthalmologists so that patients receive the entire cycle of care within Barrie. They no longer need to travel to Toronto,” said Dr. Tayfour. His Co-Management Program with optometrists throughout Ontario allows patients to have pre- and post-operation care with their own eye care professional. The care provided includes an initial complimentary, noobligation consultation with Barrie Lasik, pre- and postoperation care with their existing eye care professional, and the highest level of care available in the industry. Dr. Tayfour draws patients from throughout North America based on his reputation as a leading-edge laser surgeon and his drive to stay on the forefront of laser technology and the many benefits it provides to his patients. “The base laser technology has been around for some time but it keeps changing,” said Dr. Tayfour. “It is important to stay on the forefront of the technology to provide the best care and results for my patients.” Once at the Centre, the entire vision correction process takes between 60-90 minutes and has patients resuming normal activities the following day. Patients who currently wear glasses no longer require them the day after their operation. Dr. Tayfour and his caring, professional staff make the entire process from initial consultation to post-operative care easy and comfortable. They are committed to providing the highest quality of care and understand the experience of their patients and are there to provide them with whatever they need. Barrie Lasik has brought a level of vision correction and consultation to Barrie that rivals services anywhere else in North America. Many ophthalmologists and optometrists believe WLEI and Barrie Lasik set the standard for eye care in North America. Barrie Lasik provides the best services and procedures that can be found anywhere and is located on Quarry Ridge Road with easy access to Highway 400. For more information on Barrie Lasik and how to book a complimentary consultation see www.barrielasik.com.

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she said. Also, the cedar shake siding used on the exterior is seen inside the sunroom. Cathy and Ian wanted this room to be totally screened in but also easily part of the outside. Having the windows disappear into the foundation was an interesting feature suggested by Lee. “It’s great for not letting anything obstruct the view, not even the windows,” she said. Next to the antique Peter canoe bookcase that was originally crafted by the Peterborough Canoe Company, a French door leads back into the kitchen and dinning area. “Being Italian, I love to cook, so the kitchen design was extremely important,” Tait said. To come up with a unique yet functional design for their kitchen, they hired designer Jhanvi Desai of Jhanvi Design. And that’s when they decided to use Brazilian Barricato granite for the countertops and as inspiration for the rest of the kitchen. “Because we didn’t have any walls to hang paintings in here, it was like having the colour palette laid out on the counter,” she said. The warm tones in the countertops are complemented with an Asian hardwood bar on the island. “We chose to have a wooden bar rather

An inspiration for the rest of the kitchen lays in the Brazilian Barricato granite countertops.

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than granite because it’s more comfortable for sitting around and it feels more like a table,” Tait said. And despite having white cabinets around the kitchen, the island was done in a dark brown stain. “We wanted light cabinetry with an accent colour for the island to act as an anchoring piece”. The same Barricato granite is seen again in the powder room adjacent to the kitchen, as well as in the laundry room that connects back to the foyer. And right next to that is the enclosed mudroom. They needed it to be as efficient and organized as possible for storing their coats and shoes as well as their guests’. “This space took a very long time to design despite how small it is,” she said. Floors were the next big palette to choose. They decided to go with medium stained antique rock elm after Cathy personally tested its durability with her own high heels in the store. Despite using a range of different shades of wood, they all blend together, but don’t disappear, she said. Past the staircase on the other end of the main floor, there’s the library and media room.


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Designed to fulfill a very northern cottage atmosphere by Cabin Boy in Midland, the space is perfect for a number of activities. Six kiln-dried tree trunks are in the centre of the room. When gathered together, they serve as a multi-leveled coffee table. When separated, each piece is a great ottoman. The same stunning Barricato granite and a dark wood mantel surround the gas fireplace. The space is also equipped with excellent technology. The high-end speakers and large television are great for movie night. In fact, Solutions A/V of Toronto integrated a complex surround sound throughout the cottage, offering the option of playing something different in every room. On the wall facing the fireplace, they hung an antique mirrored door gifted to their museum curator daughter by the Royal Ontario Museum. And down a short hallway leading to the couple’s getaway suite, a number of Native artwork adorn the wall. Enclosed away from the rest of the beach house with the best view of the water, is Cathy and Ian’s master retreat. The master ensuite bathroom includes a shower and freestand-

ing tub along with double sinks surrounded by Labradorite quartz. “We liked it because it gave a three-dimensional feel to the counter,” she said. Their bedroom is secluded from the entertaining end of the cottage yet conveniently footsteps from the built-in hot tub on the outside deck facing the lake. Another abstract beach painting hangs above the headboard. It was again an inspiration for the tones used to decorate their bedroom, she said. Upstairs past the full wall built-in bookcase are three bedrooms. One of these rooms is for guests while the other two are decorated to meet their son and daughter’s tastes. In the guest bedroom, there’s a queen bed along with a trundle daybed. The room is spacious enough to sleep four their guests. The hand-painted tree branch mural on ceiling adds an interesting artistic touch to the room. However, this is not the only room with an attractive ceiling. It is Lee’s signature to create a different architectural ceiling design for every room in the house while making them all work together. Their son’s room is decorated for his love of »



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music and surfing. A stunning Bob Marley painting hangs across from the decorative surfboard above the large window. On the waterfront side of the second floor is their daughter’s room,. With a view almost as incredible as the master suite, this nautical-style bedroom is their daughter’s getaway. In addition to various accessorizing around the cottage, this space was also decorated by Cabin Boy. And in between the two bedrooms there’s a bathroom with a shower tub separate from the toilet and sink. Its light blue and white tones emphasize the beach feel that’s found throughout. This outstanding cottage is a fine example of how much it pays off to plan before your start. Cathy and Ian were very particular about the finishing touches and details that make their space work for them. They knew what they wanted and they definitely got it. And now they have to do nothing more than enjoy it.

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ince its inception as Dr. Martin’s Vein and Medical Aesthetics Clinic 15 years ago, Martin’s Rejuvenation Centre has been at the forefront of rejuvenation medicine. Dr. Deborah Martin and her team have helped thousands of women overcome the embarrassment of varicose and spider veins, clear frown lines from foreheads, rid themselves of age spots, lift and tighten their faces and achieve an improved version of themselves by continually studying and adapting the newest procedures in the industry. “We want our clients to look and feel great for their age,” said Dr. Martin who has worked 25 years as an emergency room physician. “Our final result is natural and relaxed and we will

actually discourage clients from doing any procedures when we feel the results will look too extreme.” Doing what is right for each client is what has established Martin as the trusted advisor that she is to many women. “My job is to look at an individual and see where I can help.” That help has changed over time and now incorporates botox and fillers, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, sclerotherapy, bioidentical hormones and a long list of leading edge treatments. The Centre has proven its ability, time and again, to make clients look and feel better, and true to her ongoing commitment to bringing the best to her clients, Dr. Martin now provides testing to not only help people enhance the outside of their bodies but also the inside. “Our health futures are no longer predetermined,” said Martin. “We can do something about the family we’re born into.”

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Dr. Martin is referring to the field of “genomics” which is based on the idea that existing pre-dispositions in our genes can be influenced by our environment. For example, if we have a family history of heart disease then a change in nutrition, exercise and stress levels can alter our future health prognosis. In addition, we can now measure progress and improvements over time by testing teleomere length. “Telomeres are the DNA caps on chromosomes. They are the best predictors of biological age,” said Martin. Telomeres shorten over time, but by adjusting behaviours and environmental exposure those predictions can be changed. “Some people think beauty is only external but the real exciting part is internal,” said Dr. Martin. After being

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According to interior designers, real estate experts and home improvement specialists, the absolute biggest bang for your home décor buck is paint. With each company releasing its own seasonal trends combined with the infinite number of possibilities on the colour wheel, the question is where do you start? GoodLife asked two local interior design and paint experts for specific recommendations that would work in virtually any space and remove some of the guesswork. Sue Kay of Allandale Decorating (Sue@Home), and Cynthia Grassing, décor consultant and long-time decorator for Pratt Homes in

Barrie, offer tips for rooms that set the tone for the rest of the home. They suggest neutrals that work in any room, kitchen colours to complement both dark and white cabinets, spa bathroom colours and great ideas for decorating children’s spaces. »

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Today’s open-concept layouts can pose a problem for the amateur decorator as one colour often moves from the front foyer right to the door to the master bedroom. Finding a colour that complements the rest of the rooms in the house is key. Thankfully, neutral is no longer synonymous with beige. Grey tones have maintained their popularity in shades such as Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter and Pratt & Lambert’s Silver Mink were suggested by our designers.

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Our designers recommend framing white kitchen cabinets in warm neutrals, such as Benjamin Moore’s Halo or Simply White. White cabinets offer the opportunity to be bold so Dill Pickle, Acorn and Whythe House Blue-Green should also be considered.


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Luxurious yet somewhat subtle colours, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral by Para Paints and Pratt & Lambert’s Hare, can be used to turn your bathroom into a spa. For those looking for a bit more colour, our designers get a little blue with Pavanne and Astrachan, both by Pratt & Lambert.


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Finding the perfect colour to complement dark kitchen cabinets can be challenging. In an effort to keep the room bright, we can choose something like Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee. Our designers have also selected bold colours with Benjamin Moore’s Red Point Sand and Beeswax.


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Designers were inspired by colours just outside your son’s bedroom window when they offered ideas for this room. The soft blues in Mountain Stream create the perfect backdrop for a young boy’s bedroom, while Kittery Point Green and Riverside Rock bring us down to earth with subtle browns and greys.

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The kitchen is one area where you likely spend most of your day. Whether it’s prepping food or entertaining guests, this space needs to be functional and practical. When the homeowners decided their kitchen was due for uplift, they knew exactly what they needed to make it a more comfortable - more space. Not sure exactly where to start or what to get done first, the project seemed huge. So they decided to get help from the pros. Many of their friends recommended Designers Plus, so that’s where they went. There, they met designer Elke Bradford.


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With Bradford’s easy personality and upfront approach, they felt comfortable enough to hand her this extensive project. And she definitely delivered. “We wanted to open up the kitchen and get more natural light,” said the homeowner. Bradford decided to remove the main wall separating the kitchen from the eating area to allow for a more open concept feel. To bring in even more light, the entrance to the family room was widened to allow both spaces to better flow together. This also brought in more natural light from the family room’s windows.

After doubling the size of the kitchen, there was plenty of space to add an island. For years, they did not have enough counter space to do much in the kitchen. The five-foot by nine-foot granite-topped island is now not only spacious for getting meals ready, but also the perfect space for getting work done or reading. A cooktop range is built into the island on the side closest to the sink. The stainless steel appliances are all brand new from Miele. “It’s great to finally have a dishwasher,” said the owners. The white granite countertops blend very well with the grey cabinets. The fancy name for

this stunning colour is Oyster Concrete. There’s lots of storage space within all four sides of the island, a luxury the kitchen lacked before. Adjacent to the island is the under mount kitchen sink with the high arch brushed stainless faucet. It sits right below the window peaking out to their lush green backyard. An interesting colour combination of mosaic tiles wrap around the window. The glossiness of these tiles makes a great focal point that immediately pull the eyes straight to the outside view. “I had no working area before but now this is perfect,” said the homeowner, who doesn’t feel like she’s in a boxed kitchen isolated from the

rest of the main floor anymore. While in the kitchen, the television across from the island provides great entertainment. It’s also convenient for watching food shows while cooking. The TV unit was designed by Bradford to fit the available space. Painted in the same colour as the cabinets, the unit blends within the kitchen, making it seem part of the room. This helps widen the area even more. It was installed on the outside wall of the powder room, which is another area that got quite the uplift. Similar to the kitchen, the powder room was also lacking space. To get more room without »

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The biggest challenge in design was working out an elegant modern style that still flowed well with the exposed rustic wood in the area. It was about mixing modern with country and keeping it chic, all at the same time.

compromising the newly expanded kitchen, Bradford eliminated the front closet and took the space into the powder room. She then added wall cabinets around the toilet. These custom cabinets are great because they make use of space that may otherwise be wasted and it ensures the couple still has the storage space they need. There’s also more space in the vanity cabinets. Bradford used the same grey tone for the bathroom cabinets as the ones in the kitchen. This helps blend the same style throughout the main floor. Also, this shade complements the stain of the exposed beams quite well. The area was literally renovated from floor to ceiling. The floors were all ripped out and replaced with porcelain tile. And to add modern looking pot lights, the ceiling had to be dropped to allow for wirings. Starting an extensive renovation project such as this usually never ends with what you originally plan. They decided to also paint more

walls around the house and update the basement carpet. The stairs to their basement were also redone. In the end, their entire renovation project involved a 700 square feet worth of newly improved space. Twenty years ago, this house was built with posts and beams from an old barn. The biggest challenge in design was working out an elegant modern style that still flowed well with the exposed rustic wood in the area. It was about mixing modern with country and keeping it chic, all at the same time. It took three months for the whole project to be complete. During that time the couple had to cook using only their barbecue and microwave. “We would do the dishes outside under a hose,” said the homeowner. There’s no denying they’re excited to finally have a functional space that’s a better fit for them.

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Larche Communications operates two local radio stations 104.1 the Dock and KICX 106 plus stations in Owen Sound and Sudbury. as its president, Paul Larche has used that reach into the community as a platform for on-going fundraising campaigns, including radio for radiology and kicx for kids, and extensive community involvement. he took a few moments from his busy life to discuss his start in broadcasting and where his strong belief in philanthropy originated.

1.THE ROCk The centre of my universe is my family. My wife, Lawrene, and I have five kids that range in age 10 to 30, so we have a lot of different balls in the air. All but one are still living at home and we enjoy each other’s company and have a lot of fun together. That’s really what keeps me grounded.

2. THE WORk My work is probably the second biggest thing in my life. It gets me out of bed every morning and I can’t believe how fast some days go by. I started in broadcasting at age 15 and have always loved it. I have surrounded myself with like-minded people who have a good attitude and a passion to be the best at what they do. We also have a lot of fun, which I believe is critical for a successful work environment.

3. THE sOuRCE My passion for broadcasting comes from my love of music. I play guitar and still have a small recording studio in my basement. I have a collection of 15 guitars, electric and acoustic, and I still like to putz around with friends. I like all kinds: rock, country and jazz so radio was a natural fit for me. My preference is for classic rock

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from the 70’s that I grew up with, particularly the Eagles. I play for the fun of it and for anyone who will listen.

4. THE DIFFEREnCE I get a lot of joy out of making a difference (through fundraising campaigns at the radio station). It’s part of the culture of the company and part of my culture. My father, John Larche, was a role model for me and taught me about setting goals and working hard. He enjoyed giving back and I wanted to experience that for myself. There are different types of happiness and one of the most profound and long lasting is if you feel that you’re helping other people.

school and enjoy the whole process of not just taking the picture, but developing it and seeing the vision come to reality. It is also somewhere I can go to get my head out of everything else. I do mainly landscape and portrait and I’m a big fan of Ansel Adams. I recently attended a workshop by Greg Gorman in California, which was like a fantasy camp for me.

7. THE sAnITy I’ve always exercised at least three times a week and find it very therapeutic. We have an in-house gym and I used to do more running, but right now I’m into road biking. I like to go out late in the day, around 6 or 7 p.m., when the traffic calms down.



For my downtime we have a cottage on Gloucester Pool. It’s all season and I always can’t wait to get there. As soon as you arrive your stress level drops. We fish, water ski and enjoy the water. I enjoy fishing but I’m not that good at it. It’s like golf, to which I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate.

One of my interests is I study cosmological theories and physic and how the universe came to be. It is constantly evolving and always changing and there’s been a lot of amazing discoveries lately. We still don’t know so much. My favourites are probably Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Brian Green.

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By Katherine Elphick Photography by Ellie Kistemaker For the past 28 years, Crazy Fox Bistro’s Coos Uylenbroek has treated local diners to gourmet fare. Recently, this Goodlife reporter sat down with the Dutch-born chef at his 70-seat restaurant in downtown Barrie. Having just completed the lunch shift, the 62-year-old seasoned restauranteur looked relaxed in his jeans and long-sleeved white linen shirt as he chatted about various topics, including his international culinary training, what it takes to succeed in the restaurant industry and why he enjoys breathing new life into his menu. »

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It’s just so healthy and unbelievably tasty ...

I understand you decided to become a chef at a young age.

One of our mainstays is the Boston pear salad (made with caramelized warm pear, pistachios, and poppy seed walnut oil dressing). It’s been on the menu for 27 years, and I doubt we’ll ever take it off. People just love it.

CU: As a 12-year-old growing up in Holland, I was given a career aptitude test by a child psychologist that determined I should become a chef. It seemed like an interesting idea so I pursued it. Say what you want about these tests, but it certainly worked for me. After 28 years at the Crazy Fox, what’s your favourite part of the job? CU: I love creating new dishes and changing our menu. You have to redesign menus otherwise they will become stagnant and uninteresting -- for diners and for me. I overhaul our menu at least once a year, with several tweaks along the way. Sounds like you take pride in switching it up. CU: Creating new menus enhances and revives my passion for cooking. Starting a new menu gets my blood flowing and makes me look forward to being in the kitchen. You seem very enthusiastic about your work. CU: I like what I do. I love to serve and I’m very passionate about this job. Truth is, I don’t recall ever having a day that I really didn’t want to come into work. Working with my wife Lawna is also very important to me, as well as,

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the success of our business. She’s great at running the front of the house. Her people skills are amazing. What about your culinary training? CU: I did a cooking apprenticeship in Holland before my compulsory service in the marines. Back then, first and second born boys in a family were required to serve 18 months. I did some basic training as a chef and was sent to Curacao (a Caribbean island) to work as a chef in an educational centre operated by the marines. Why immigrate to Canada? CU: I travelled a bit after finishing my service. I ended up in Canada, after touring around Bermuda, England, and the United States. I quickly fell in love with this country and decided to immigrate. Back then, I was living near Ajax, Ontario. What did you love about Canada? CU: The freedom. The freedom to be able to do anything and everything. I had grown up in a very socialistic environment, and had a strict Catholic upbringing. I just thought it was great that you could walk around on Sundays in a tee-shirt and shorts.

Is that when you met Lawna? CU: We met when I was working at the Toronto Airport Holiday Inn. I worked there for 10 years before moving to the United States to work in a small boutique hotel restaurant in Stamford, Connecticut. The work was exciting and I really got to hone my culinary skills, but the hours were terrible. After two years, I thought if I have to work weekends and nights I wanted to be with my wife. I didn’t want to have two separate lives. The life of a chef isn’t always good for families, and I wanted to spend more time with my wife and sons. We moved to Barrie because Lawna had family in this area. We took over the Crazy Fox, first at the corner of Tiffin and Bradford Streets (currently the site of the Farmhouse Restaurant)) and stayed there for 15 years. Then we moved to our current site on Bayfield Street 13 years ago. Why move locations? CU: It was twofold. One the building was falling apart. Two, we wanted to step down a bit and have more time off and freedom. Downscaling in size was a conscious effort. Any dishes you can’t take off the menu? CU: We’ve tried to take several items off, but sometimes diners simply won’t let us. One of our mainstays is the Boston pear salad (made with caramelized warm pear, pistachios, and poppy seed walnut oil dressing). It’s been on the menu for 27 years, and I doubt we’ll ever take it off. People just love it. We’ve also tried to take off our sushi tuna (served three ways - cocoa seared, crusted pepper seared and sesame seared), but diners begged us to put it back on. The same goes for our grilled filet mignon (which is bacon wrapped and served with rosemary fingerling potatoes and a shallot jus reduction). Constructing a new menu while maintaining the crowd pleasers must be difficult. CU: It’s both challenging and fun. It’s all about trying to find the right pieces for the puzzle to cater to every body. Before this interview I conducted an informal survey with friends about your bistro. Everyone agreed that you serve fabulous fish. CU: I enjoy cooking fish more than anything else because of its natural flavour. It’s just so »

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND BELGIAN WHITE CHOCOLATE SOUP This fabulous fall recipe, which also features pears and parsnips is courtesy of Coos Uylenbroek of the Crazy Fox Bistro. “It’s a healthy, uncomplicated, gluten and dairy free soup which can be made in 35 minutes,” explains the local chef. 8 cups chicken stock 454 grams (1 pound) cleaned and diced butternut squash 224 grams (8 oz) parsnips (about 2 medium-sized), peeled and diced 1 very large ripe pear, cored and peeled 1/5 tsp Chinese 5 Spice 42 grams (1.5 oz) white Belgian chocolate salt and pepper PREPARATION: 1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, combine chicken stock, squash, parsnips, pear, and Chinese 5 spice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 30 minutes or until ingredients are all very soft. Remove from heat. 2. Gradually place soup in a blender or use a hand blender, and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved. 3. Return to pot and bring to a boil, while stirring. When soup is hot, stir in Belgian chocolate. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 6 to 8.

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healthy and unbelievably tasty and I could eat it 10 days in a row and never get tired of it. One of my favourite meals is a fish fry shared with friends or family at the cottage or on a fishing trip.

Why work in a glass kitchen? CU: We opted for a glass kitchen because we wanted to show people that we have nothing to hide. It’s important for diners to see where real food comes from.

What three course dinner would you recommend? CU: To start, I would suggest bacon wrapped scallops on a red rice risotto cake with bocconcini and a red pepper coulis. Next, order the gorgeous fillet of Arctic char topped with praline butter pecans and beurre blanc served with jasmine rice and vegetables. For dessert, our famous pillars of chocolate (cappuccino ice rolled in chocolate brownie and covered with toasted almonds) is a must. For wine, I would suggest a light sauvignon blanc.

How do you cater to diners with dietary restrictions? CU: Meal adjustments are easy for us because we make everything to order.

Describe your cooking style. CU: It’s really a combination of classical and contemporary cuisine. My training is classical, so I always go back to my roots. I also incorporate modern culinary trends and techniques into the menu.

Any advice for someone looking to run a successful business? CU: Just remember that money isn’t the most important thing in life. Because no matter how much money you make, if your marriage breaks up and your family breaks up -- money makes no difference. For me, it’s about enjoying my life and family while balancing my work life.

What’s your favourite kind of food? CU: I’m not pretentious at all when it comes to food. I’ve always had the philosophy that if somebody makes me a peanut butter sandwich with love, then I will love it. That’s the way it should be. Where do you find culinary inspiration? CU: Extensive travel and I always keep my ear to the ground for new ideas. Furthermore, an open mind is crucial to avoid being stagnant. I’m always on the lookout for interesting food when I’m out and about. I can find innovative ideas at hamburger joints, sandwich shops or fine dining establishments. Observing with a positive attitude is very important. I always take the good out of any experience and leave the negative behind. It’s more important to observe than to criticize. Can you give me an example? CU: Bang bang shrimp is a very popular dish for us. It’s a staple menu item down south, and while dining out in Florida I kept thinking about executing this dish in a different or better way. After returning from vacation, I came up with my own version and diners love it.

You’re an award-winning chef. Let’s hear the details. CU: Working as a Holiday Inn chef, I entered several world renowned culinary competitions in New York and Chicago. I got first place every time I entered. It was a fun thing to do at the time.

You’ve got the ear of thousands of area diners, anything you’d like to add? CU: We’re currently working on an exciting new menu for the fall. I should also mention that we do private parties and weddings for up to 70 people. After 28 years, how long do you plan to keep cooking at the Crazy Fox? CU: As long as my wife and my health will allow me, I guess. I’m too young to just garden (he says with a smile).

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PUMPKIN OREO CHEESECAKE BARS This recipe is sure to please. “It’s one of my personal favourites,” says Ward.

FERnWOOD FARMs & MARkET 7865 Hwy 26, stayner (open daily May until Christmas) 705-428-3171 www.ruralroutes.com/ fernwoodfarms COuRTEsy OF kRIsTA WARD OF FERnWOOD FARMs AnD MARkET. Local food lovers are in for a treat at Fernwood Farms and Market, especially during harvest season. “We are famous for our pumpkin pyramid,” admits Krista Ward who owns and operates the Stayner-area 110 acre farm and farm market with business partner Kevin Ward. “It’s so cool to see over 600 pumpkins light up the night sky!” Beyond pumpkins, the red-roofed farm market proudly carries 90 per cent local, Ontario and Canadian products. Shelves are lined with harvest fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bakery items (including gluten-free choices), meats, local milk, ice cream, preserves and a variety of gourmet and giftware items. “We even sell honey from our hives,” says the local farmer. “Visitors also love our old

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style donuts that we make in the store on weekends, and our famous ‘pie baked in a bag.’” During the growing season, the farm also offers U-pick crops of strawberries, multicoloured raspberries, blueberries, currents, blackberries and pumpkins (call ahead for picking times and dates). The market also carries a wide variety of Georgian Bay apples from local growers. This year’s pumpkin pyramid lighting is Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Night wagon rides to the corn maze and Pumpkinland to follow the pyramid lighting. Pumpkinland features wagon rides, a corn maze, games, mini putt, pumpkin hunt, pick your-ownpumpkins, play area and animals. It’s open October weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHAT YOU NEED: 1 lb (454 grams) package Oreo cookies 4 Tbsps (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted 3 packages (225 grams each) cream cheese, at room temperature 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup pure pumpkin, room temperature 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/2 tsp salt 3 large eggs, at room temperature

PREPARATION: 1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with foil, leaving a two-inch overhang on two sides. Spray with cooking spray. 2. For the crust: Place 28 Oreos in a food processor and process until finely ground. Pour into a large bowl, add the melted butter, and stir with a flexible spatula until all crumbs are moistened. Place the cookie-crumb mixture in the lined pan and, using your fingers, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom. 3. Bake 10 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack (leave the oven on) while you make the filling. Snap the remaining Oreos in half, put them in the food processor, and turn on and off quickly a few times, just until the cookies are roughly chopped (set aside). 4. For the filling: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until well blended, about two minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a flexible spatula and beat again until uniform. Beat in pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Scrape down the bowl and mix again. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. After beating in the last egg, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat one more time, to make sure the mixture is fully combined. Stir in chopped Oreos with the same spatula. 5. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the baked cookie crust, smooth the top with the spatula and bake for 40 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center when you gently shake the pan. Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, about one hour. When cool, cover it with foil and refrigerate until well chilled, at least three hours or overnight. 6. To cut, use the foil overhang to lift the cheesecake out of the pan and place on a large cutting board. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the cheesecake into bars, rinsing off the knife with hot water and wiping it dry between each cut. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Serves 10 to 12 people. »

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Gardeners and local food lovers can’t miss a visit to Garrett’s. Owned and operated for 33 years by the Garrett family, the country market sells a wide range of farm-fresh wholesome foods, including fruits and vegetables, organics, fresh baking, specialty cheese, eggs, jams and more. Four greenhouses showcase the latest in flowering, veggie and perennial delights. Garrett’s also sells at the Barrie Farmers‘ Market every Saturday morning (May to October). Owner Jeanette Garrett says she’s particularly fond of the harvest season. “I love the smell of the apples and the colours of freshly picked vegetables — the reds, the oranges and the greens.” The local farmer is also sweet on fall weather. “There is less humidity and the mornings are fresh and cooler. It’s like an envelope of closure to the hot summer months that we’ve worked through.” With respect to managing the bounty of the harvest, Garrett advises leaving some canning until the winter months. “If you don’t have time to make jams and jellies during the growing season, just freeze the fruit and make your jam on a cold snowy wintery day in January. It warms up the kitchen and the wonderful smell of the jam cooking will remind you of summer.”

“It’s a family favourite, and I get wonderful compliments every time I serve these muffins,” says the local green thumb. “The recipe is time consuming, but the results are well worth it,” says Garrett, who recommends doubling the recipes because these muffins freeze well.

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1 cup buttermilk (substitute 3/4 cup milk mixed with 1/4 cup lemon juice)

1 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla FLOuR MIxTuRE 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups peeled, diced apples 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans (optional)

PREPARATION: Topping: preheat oven to 325F. Grease and flour muffin tins (or use muffin cups). In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients (brown sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon) and mix until crumbly; set aside. Batter: (MIx A) in a separate medium bowl mix together brown sugar, oil and egg; set aside. (MIx B) In separate medium bowl mix together buttermilk, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Blend flour into MIx A alternatively with MIx B; stir until just combined. Fold in apples and pecans. Divide the batter among the muffin tins until threequarters full; spoon on topping mixture. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Makes 15.

Farm fresh goodness is on offer at Barrie Hill Farms. “We are southern Ontario’s leading farm destination for excellent berry picking, farm fresh food, and fun family outings,” says Morris Gervais of Barrie Hill Farms. Along with picking fields loaded with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkins and more -- Barrie Hill Farms showcases a 3,600-square-foot farm market. You can enjoy fresh country air and peaceful scenery while shopping for seasonal berries, fresh

local produce, homemade pies (fresh or frozen), maple syrup and various field crops. “We also grow our own tomatoes, cantaloupes, melons, peppers, flowers, squash and pumpkins, to name a few,” says the local farmer, whose family has been operating the farm for the past 40 years. But the crop Gervais is most excited about is his patch of pink pumpkins. “It’s a new crop for us, so I’m really hoping it will be a success,” says the farmer enthusiastically. A portion of each pink pumpkin sold will go di- »

rectly to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation www.pinkpumpkinpatch.org , an organization created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Farm visitors can also look forward to exciting new products and crops, including frozen Barrie Hill Farms berries, hardy Ontario kiwis, fall raspberries and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. The local farmer is also considering growing apples. “One of the wonderful things about living in southern Ontario is having access to such a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables,” explains Gervais.

Once considered a summer treat, raspberries are now available during fall months. This easy dessert, courtesy of Morris Gervais of Barrie Hill Farms, makes great use of the autumn crop harvested at his farm.

TOPPInG: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup large-flake rolled oats 1/2 cup butter (melted) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

FILLInG: 4 cups raspberries - fresh, Barrie Hill Farms 3/4 cup, plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp lemon juice



Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 2L baking dish with butter. Topping: In a small bowl, combine flour, oats, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. stir together until crumbly. set aside. Filling: In a medium bowl, stir together raspberries, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Pour into a greased baking dish. spread topping evenly over berry mixture. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, uncovered, or until fruit is bubbly and top is golden brown. If desired, serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. serves four to six. »

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recipe is courtesy of Trevor Hewitt of Hewitt’s Farm Market and Bakery. “This versatile relish is easy to make and very popular with our customers,” says Hewitt.

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AUTUMN RELISH During the farming season, folks don’t have to drive far before coming across a Hewitt’s Sweet Corn produce and baking stand. “Along with our main farm market and scratch bakery, we have over 13 retail stand locations,” says Trevor Hewitt, whose family has been operating Hewitt’s Farm in Coldwater for nearly 40 years. “It started with one stand, and just kind of grew from there.” Along with garden fresh Ontario produce, freshly baked pies, cookies, breads, local honey, maple syrup, homemade jams and preserves — Hewitt’s Farm Market and stands offer up Hewitt’s famous sweet corn and signature butter tarts. “Our goal is to provide convenient access to farm fresh produce and baking,” Hewitt explains. Located right at Hewitt’s farm, the main market and on-site scratch bakery

(open most of the year) offers an expanded selection of locally sourced grocery, produce, meat, bakery and dairy items. The seasonal stands are as far south as Barrie, as far north as Bracebridge, west to Midland and east to Orillia. According to Hewitt, the first farm stand started with his dad’s sweet corn and his mother’s butter tarts. “It’s my grandmother’s butter tart recipe,” he explains. “My mother tweaked it a bit and we have run with it ever since.” What’s new for this fall? “Along with offering up more jams and preserves, we are showcasing more harvest activities at the farm,” explains Hewitt. Starting the first weekend in October, Hewitt’s Farm Market and Bakery will feature a corn maze, play area, pick-yourown pumpkin patch and farm animals.

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A Culinary Adventure in Midland

Jen and Rob Reader opened Explorers Cafe in May of 2006 and look back every day — it forms their foundation for their restaurant on a daily basis. Rob is a historian and Jenn has worked in the industry for years. In fact, they met in Antarctica on a Russian research vessel in 1996 and, two years later, were married in the presence of 5,000 Gentoo penguins with a ship’s Captain presiding over the ceremony — all in Russian. The Explorers Cafe is a celebration of exploration in all its forms ­— geographic, scientific, musical, artistic and culinary. The cozy restaurant with an artisan atmosphere, set down a quiet alley, showcases artifacts from their many years of travel from several countries with a focus on Antarctica, and Buenos Aires. This, paired with the flavourful food and phenomenal wine list, have brought them close to seven years of mouth-watering success. Why did you decide to open a restaurant? Explorers: “Largely just to have a place to showcase all the stuff, our artwork and artifacts we have collected around the world over the years. It was cluttering up our house.” Rob jokes. He’s quite the character with a wealth of knowledge. If he’s at the restaurant chat with him, you’ll leave with a new love for history. “We loved entertaining at home and I’d been in the industry for years on the ships as the hotel manager on board,” , Jenn says with her always smiling face. “We used to rock to sleep and talk about our future plans and even had the name of the restaurant picked for years. It was just timing.” How would you classify your cuisine? Explorers: “We try to stay as authentic as we can to the certain cultures we’re profiling. If we’re making a curry it’s a specific type of curry »

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They also rate the heat level of the curries upon ordering. The curry of that day was a six out of 10, so it gives the customer an idea of how hot the dish is. to a region. We don’t consider ourselves fine dining,” Rob says. “We encourage the people to bring their children, we want you to come dressed as you are from the boat or the beach. We want you to laugh out loud.” How did you develop your knowledge about food and wine? Explorers: “I spent five years studying food and wine as an historian would. I wanted to understand food and what people eat not just in terms of recipes and techniques, but also in terms of all the factors that affect culture like geography, climate, region, migration, war and trade. It’s the story behind the food that gives it life and authenticity.” How many wines do you have on your list? Explorers: “We presently have in the neighbourhood of 260 titles on it. They’re not necessarily different wines but different vintages. We have in the neighbourhood of 2,000 bottles on the premises.” 74 | GoodLife Barrie Edition - September October 2013 ■

A gorgeous wine room stands to the side of the bar housing about 1,400 bottles, representing 21 different nations around the world. “We wanted a lot of variety because we wanted to make sure for our non-traditional dishes we would have pairings with them. It’s fun to have interesting Gewürztraminers that go with Southeast Asian cuisine and Carmeneres to pair with spicier dishes.” The other focus of their wine program is to make great wines available in the restaurant at reasonable prices. The list boasts over 50 wines under $40 so diners have access to a variety to taste, but wine lovers can revel in the fact you can purchase wines from a Grand Cru, a Brunello or sip Solai. There are too many to mention. Local wines are also represented from over 30 regions including near Collingwood from Coffin Ridge Winery and Georgian Hills Vineyard. Your tasting dinners have become quite the event. Can you explain them?

Explorers: “We hold tasting dinners once a month, generally every third Thursday of the month. It’s a five or six-course menu. Each course is a traditional dish from a specific culture. I explain why I chose that dish and why it’s culturally significant, be it for religious regions, how the techniques came to be or how the ingredients came to be. We discuss the dish and then I discuss the pairing for it. Then we all taste the dish together.” How do people book the tasting dinners and what’s the cost? Explorers: “They’re a fixed price, ranging from $50, for just the food courses to approximately $80 for the food and wine together.“ The price varies depending on the culture they’ve chosen. “We put out an email with a proposed menu and wine pairings with prices about 10 days before the dinner for our repeat customers and then we release it to the public.” »

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The other focus of their wine program is to make great wines available in the restaurant at reasonable prices. The list boasts over 50 wines under $40 so diners have access to a variety to taste, but wine lovers can revel in the fact you can purchase wines from a Grand Cru, a Brunello or sip Solai.

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The dining room features unique artifacts from friends including a Mayan calendar and shark carving hanging over the bar. Customers are given the menu to see if it’s to their liking before they book a reservation, however they often have a waiting list and have 60 spots available. “We have a following of people coming up from the city for it and many Barrie regulars.” Does your staff get involved? Explorers: “There’s what we call, an added value sometimes” Jenn says, “when we have entertainment like a flamenco guitar or a skit.” Rob laughs, “We once did a Roman bacchanalia from Julia Ceaser with the staff, ketchup squirting out of bottles and costumes with four scenes. I forgot my soliloquy, but it was a blast.” Do you find certain regions are more popular than others? Explorers: “It’s interesting that certain destinations just sell out immediately, like Tuscany, Burgundy, Spain. But the ones we have the most fun with is often Japan or Malaysia though it’s more difficult to get people excited about them, even though it’s supposed to be an exploration theme.” They’ve held over 50 tasting dinners over six years and have been very successful. How would you classify your menu? Explorers: “There’s a misconceptions that our food is spicy. A lot of our dishes have a lot of spices in them but we differentiate from spicy and hot and we also do have some pretty main stream dishes in here. Our white fish has a mushroom sauce on it,” Jen explains. They also rate the heat level of the curries upon ordering. The curry of that day was a six out of 10, so it gives the customer an idea of how hot the dish is. Keeping on top of dietary restrictions, they cater to a lot of vegetarians and celiacs. “We have lots »

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of options and we make everything in-house including our desserts so we know what ingredients are in each dish,” Jen tells us. “We have a healthy kids menu, too. Our chicken fingers are pieces of chicken, a small fish with crisp veggies or raw if they like. Our children, 9 and 13, eat here five days a week, so we have to make sure there’s something healthy for them to eat,” Rob jokes. You’re members of Simcoe County Farm Fresh Marketing Association. Where and how do you source the local ingredients? Explorers: Rob says, “We prioritize sustainable seafood. You won’t find us using big eye tuna, marlin or swordfish — that’s why we have things like sardines on our menu.” They source foods from farms in Simcoe County, such as Williams Farm, Jardin du Village and coffee from Karma Marketplace. There are too many to mention. The “other” 100-mile Meal — Can Con (canard confit) — sourced from King Cole and the potatoes from right in Lafontaine is a huge hit. Can you explain some of these amazing artifacts and where you got them? Explorers: “They’re mostly from our travels. This is a very cool artifact. It’s a copy of the ship the Bounty Captain Blythe that was taken from him from Fletcher Christian in 1780. Andrew Christian one of the great-great decedents carved it out of the Bounty,” Rob boasts proudly. “I went diving off the Bounty,” Jen says. “Well, where the ruins are.” There’s a unique Mayan calendar made by friends in Mexico and a stunning quilt made by Rob’s aunt for a wedding present.

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throughout the main floor including the great room and kitchen area that has plenty of natural light due to the extensive windows. A floorto-cathedral ceiling stone fireplace in the center of the main living area encompasses the grandeur of the home both outside and in. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms including a complete nanny or in-law suite. The main floor master bedroom has a stone fireplace, a walkout to the balcony, and a six-piece ensuite. The lower level is a family and games room with ceramic floors and a stone fireplace that makes it great for entertaining both indoors and out. A walkout to the pool area and a covered outdoor kitchen create a unique space where guests can enjoy the pool while surrounded by the natural beauty of the property. A detached oversized single garage provides additional space and storage. In one of the premier locations in the Barrie area, this home provides the unique combination of grand, lakeside living within minutes of Barrie and all its amenities. Listed with Sotheby’s International Realty Ltd. at $5,950,000.












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Wine is meant to go with food. The best matchups become classics because they consistently sing together. This kind of harmony can make dining a sublime experience.




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Oysters Rockefeller and New Zealand sauvignon blanc. The fresh shucked oysters are topped with a mix of bread crumbs, spinach and bacon bits, put on a bed or coarse salt and broiled until brown. A NZ sauvignon has green elements such as gooseberry to fuse with the spinach and a spicy saltiness to enhance the oysters. The bacon? Who knows? Best choices are Cloudy Bay S.B. or any from Kim Crawford for the best hedonistic fusion.


Sauternes from France with pan seared foie gras. I gently put some grape halves into the reduction at the last moment or have a wild berry reduction on the side. Sauternes is a region in Bordeaux with very sweet whites where the grape sugar is intensified by noble rot. Often Barsac, a tiny region within Sauternes, has less pricey versions. The LCBO never has enough Sauternes on shelves, but an Ontario late harvest, such as Henry of Pelham Late Harvest Vidal, works amazingly well too. »

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Freshwater fish with Ontario Rieslings. In summer, I live in a boat and catch trophy smallmouth bass. Every few days my wife demands a fish dinner and I go out and bring two or three back, usually 12 to 15 inches long (I release the monsters) and after I fillet them, she dips the bass in egg-washed breadcrumbs and pan fries them. Dozens of Niagara Rieslings are first class now. Try Tawse Sketches of Niagara Riesling, which gloves with the lemon wedges and flaky fresh caught bass. Pickerel is a fab species too!


Lamb with Spanish tempranillo. The Rioja region is the top producer of tempranillo and the best are amazing. Usually aged mostly in American oak, the classic aromas show lots of mint, coconut, sandalwood incense and sumptuous black cherry elegance. So mint is the food bridge, whether you prefer mint jelly or piquant mint sauce. Want to create something sublime? Get a crown of lamb and use fresh mint leaves (one tiny leaf variety tastes like mint chocolate) to infuse the stuffing, which goes into the middle of the crown. The fusion of the Rioja red with the mint touches is astoundingly delicious.


Pan seared scallops with Aligoté. About 90 per cent of great white Burgundies are chardonnay cloaked by village names. The region also makes aligoté and mostly keep it for themselves. Why undersell $140 whites? Fortunately Paul Bosc of Chateau des Charmes pioneered bringing in aligoté cuttings and growing it in Niagara. Try this with scallops (make sure you do not overcook the scallops, they are not supposed to bounce like rubber), as it cuts cleanly through the richness and cleanses the palate. Another unknown Burgundy white, Melon, is grown by Norm Hardie in Prince Edward County. It too is killer.


Asian cuisine with gewürztraminer. This grape is intensely floral, reminiscent of rose petals, violets, honeysuckle, lychee nuts and tangerine blossoms. It finds its perfect mate with Chinese and Thai dishes, including orange or lemon chicken, pad thai and many more. My favourite fusion is Thai duck curry in coconut milk that also has lychees floating in it. For great Alsatian sweet edge gewurz, look to Alsace, but Niagara also produces a few of these spicy fragrant whites too, usually in a drier, less viscous style. Fielding 2010 Gewurztraminer is a very nice local choice.


Chocolate dipped strawberries with red Ontario icewines. Yes, a raft of Ontario producers make icewines from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot grapes. If you make a semi sweet chocolate glaze and dip fresh Ontario strawberries in it, serving a half bottle of one of these red icewines is a transcendent taste explosion on your palate. Inniskillin 2012 Cabernet Franc Icewine is very elegant. A grand summer dessert pairing.

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G O U R M E T FARE THREE LOCAL FOOD sHOPs BRInG THE BEsT TO COnsuMERs By Katherine elphiCK PHOTOGRAPHy By ellie KistemaKer | nat Kay | meaGan younG

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It’s good to be a foodie these days. Thanks to a growing number of gourmet, locally sourced and sustainable food marts popping up around the region, small scale grocery shops have become far more delicious these days. here are three fabulous food destinations worth visiting.

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3088 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Phelpston (705)737-4498 www.nicholyn.com Year-round veggies and greens harvested from an on-site garden will soon be a reality at Nicholyn Farms. “Imagine biting into a fresh tomato right off the vine in January,” beams Lynda Van Casteren of Nicholyn Farms. The ability to grow fresh produce 12 months a year is courtesy of Nicholyn Farms’ new geodesic dome greenhouse. Located next to the farm’s outdoor two-acre fruit and vegetable garden, the dome looks something like a futuristic space ship and is made from wood struts, metal hubs and covered by polycarbonate glazing panels. “It’s great for hardy climates and offers the best in solar greenhouse technology,” explains the local farmer, as she tours a reporter around the structure. “It’s completely off the grid. Now that’s what I call green gardening.” High-tech jargon aside, the dome means Nicholyn Farms will be able to line shelves year-round with its very own garden fresh produce. “We plan on growing onions, peppers, patty pan, zucchini, tomatoes, peas, potatoes, some edible flowers, spinach, kale and mixed greens in the dome,” explains Van Casteren, whose family has been operating Nicholyn Farms for the past 31 years. The local farmer is aware of only one similar dome in Ontario. Why build a solar powered greenhouse? “The idea is so cool and cutting edge,” admits the farmer. “We just couldn’t resist.” Similar domes are being used as far north as Alaska to provide year-round solar-powered greenhouses for food production.

Flooring TRENDS The country market also grows various other vegetables, fruits and flowers in its traditional outdoor garden. This year’s crop even includes artichokes and hardy kiwi. “We are basically a one-stop shopping experience for locally produced food, certified organic and traditionally raised products,” says Van Casteren, who sells edible items from their own farm and more than 70 other local farms and producers. Along with meats, dairy products, garden fresh produce, eggs, honey, preserves and prepared foods, grocery items and scooped ice cream, Nicholyn Farms has an onsite bakery and cafe. The local meat options are endless at Nicholyn. Year-round, a variety of local meats are on offer including pork, beef, chicken, lamb, veal, turkey, elk, buffalo, venison, game birds, rabbit and duck. Even Ontario fish is available. All meats are sold frozen. Apart from great taste, why opt for local food? “By supporting local agriculture, you are helping to sustain our food economy, preserve our farmland and keep dollars within our community,” she explains. “It’s also the greener option because it creates a smaller transportation carbon footprint.” New greenhouse aside, Nicholyn Farms has a few other new items up its sleeve. “We have some great new barbecue sauces (made in house) and we are also doing ready to grill baby potatoes and vegetables in olive oil and herbs.” Open year-round, seven days a week. »

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THE 100 MILE STORE 176 Mill street, Creemore (705)466-3514, www.100milestore.ca Located in a charming red brick building in historic Creemore, the 100 Mile Store is a small-scale, full-service food shop specializing in locally grown and produced food. “We’re a mini grocery store with plenty of personality,” explains Jackie Durnford, who owns the five-year-old business with Sandra Lackie. Featuring beautifully displayed edible items, the store’s main philosophy is to provide local food, with a preference for organic or naturally grown. Most products are sourced with in a 100-mile radius, and many items list the distance from producer to store. “It’s unique because the shop literally allows you to support your neighbours and local food,” she explains. Shelves at the Creemore shop are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables ranging from asparagus to zucchini. Meats, cheeses, baked goods (including gluten- free), gro90 | GoodLife Barrie Edition - September October 2013 ■

cery items, prepared meals, fish, maple syrup and locally made gift and beauty items are all on offer. “You can even order your fresh naturallyraised turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas from us,” explains the shop owner. While local goods are key, the products must meet specific standards. “Sandra and myself are both foodies and we buy strictly for taste and quality,” explains Durnford. “Furthermore, everything must fit within our philosophy of supporting small sustainable farms.” The store’s main mission is to support small to midsize natural and organic farms, artisanal and fair trade producers by offering fair compensation and providing a larger market presence, combined with increased consumer accessibility to this group and their products, she adds. During the harvest season every day is an exciting day at the 100 Mile Store. “We never know what’s going to show up,” says Dunford. “The local farmers are becoming much more innovative and are constantly trying new things.” Examples include hearty kiwi from Barrie Hill Farms, multi-colour carrots and beets or new varieties of kale. Along with fresh fruit and produce, popular sellers at the 100 Mile Store include fresh duck eggs, Mad River Ice Cream (birch syrup ice cream is exclusive to the store), various locally made homemade pies and Normandy apple bread from Spirit Tree Cidery. “On Saturday mornings, we sell fresh maple cinnamon rascals made by Heath Needles. Her husband Dan Needles (the playwright behind the popular Wingfield Series) delivers them and that’s pretty cool.” Store hours vary. Open seven days a week in the summer, and Wednesday to Sunday after Thanksgiving. »


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LOCAL F O O D S M A RT 123 Dunlop street East, Barrie (705)812-2469 www.localfoodsmart.ca Packed with flavour and variety, Local Foods Mart is a boutique grocery store located on Dunlop Street in downtown Barrie. “We carry products sourced mainly within 100 miles of our doorstep,” says Julian Daniel who coowns the business with his wife Chan Ju Park. Along with shelves, fridges and freezers stocked to the brim with gourmet delights the one-year-old shop offers up architectural character with exposed brick walls, and a decorative antique tin ceiling. “Our goal is to provide the best foods from our region in one central place that’s walking distance for most of the residents of downtown Barrie - and an inexpensive delivery service for nearby homes, condos, apartments, and the boat docks,” says Daniel. Items on offer include fresh greens, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, cheeses, various grocery items, and bakery goods. “We have a little bit of everything,” explains sales clerk Laoise (Leesha) Hadley. An impressive selection of gluten-free products can also be found at the shop. Various desserts and treats are also available including Sweet Oven butter tarts and Belly Ice Cream, which is handcrafted in Muskoka. Local Foods Mart even has its own chef, Vince Galati. Along with preparing various salads, sandwiches and sushi; the in-house chef stocks the fridges and freezers with various prepared meals, dips, soups, gravies, stocks, pestos and more -- all made with ingredients found within the store. Co-owner Chan Ju Park even prepares kimchi, a Korean fermented cabbage dish. “It’s super popular,” says Hadley. “Tons of people buy it.” Local Foods Mart is also home to other notable items including 40 day dry-aged fresh beef tenderloin from Donato Artisan Farm in Schomburg; Ontario peanut butter and peanuts; locally roasted coffee from Grounded Coffee Company in Midland; locally milled flours (including gluten-free varieties); Meredith’s Ginger Syrups; milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy; and plenty of quinoa -- to name a few. As for the store’s most interesting product? “Hmmm, that’s a tough one,” contemplates Hadley who settles on a line of gourmet chocolate bars made by Toronto’s ChocoSol. “Not only do they taste great, but they use bicycle power to grind up the beans.” Open seven days a week until 8 pm.

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Creek Ravine by Colleen Winter

If location is everything then this cedar home located on Cox Mill Road near Kempenfelt Bay has it all. As a country-like estate lot in the middle of the city it offers an unparalleled quality of life. The 3143 square foot home is situated on a ¾ acre lot that is beautifully landscaped and has plenty of mature trees, an extensive perennial garden and an abundance of birds and wildlife. The open concept home is surrounded by a natural wooded area and backs onto the Lover’s Creek ravine and environmentally protected lands with easy access to plenty of walking trails. A metal and canvas gazebo is located out near the ravine and provides the perfect secluded location to enjoy the peace and beauty of the backyard and forest.  Kempenfelt Bay and the Brentwood Marina are only steps away for any boat lovers looking for easy access to their boat and the open waters of Lake Simcoe. It is located next to Sheppard’s Park that is great for children and there are multiple parks and beaches within easy walking distance for variety in their day to day routine. The design of the house makes good use of the surrounding landscape

with the living room/great room overlooking the back yard with plenty of windows and a walk-out to the back deck from the all-white kitchen. High cathedral ceilings are throughout the living area making for a light and easy feel to the space with two skylights adding that extra punch of light and sky. A lookout from the loft area continues the sense of openness with a view of the expansive great room area below. A gas fireplace in the living room keeps things cosy in the winter. The home has four bedrooms and 2 ½ baths with the master suite having a walkout to the screened in sunroom. Hardwood flooring is installed throughout and the house has been freshly painted in neutral colours to extend the calm sense of place. The finished basement has an extra bedroom and plenty of storage space. With easy access to the local parks and beaches plus the abundance of green space, this property brings the best of country living to the city. It is listed with Christine Woods, Century 21 B.J. Roth Realty Ltd. at $729,900.

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Remember to add character to the kitchen by selecting decorative pieces to help make the space truly yours Let’s start with the space that’s almost always a focal zone in every home – the kitchen. It’s the area where you likely spend most of your day. Whether you’re getting a meal ready, entertaining guests or just reading, it’s likely happening in or around the kitchen. White kitchens are almost always in style. They have been for at least five years and are still as popular as ever. “People are loving the white and we’re still getting lots of requests for it,” said Tammy Skrabek of Rockwood Kitchens in Barrie. But people are always looking for something new. And the newer trend is the move towards grey tones. “It has been here for a while but it’s starting to catch on as a trend just now,” said Skrabek. An interesting colour to mix within a gunmetal grey kitchen is navy blue. It can add some sophisticated elegance to your kitchen, said Skrabek. You can bring in the navy by painting an accent wall or through accessorizing your kitchen. But it’s not all just about colour. You can add 98 | GoodLife Barrie Edition - September October 2013 ■

more visual interest by using texture in your backsplash, cabinet doors or even the flooring. You can also enhance the look by adding crown moulding to your ceiling cabinets, corbels beneath your island counter and a couple glass cabinets. Another trendy addition is adding a darker island. The contrast makes it stand out on its own, almost highlighting it as a dining space within the kitchen, she said. “We are constantly designing larger islands with seating and more cabinet space.” Skrabek also advises adding angles or curves to the island design to create more visual interest in the space. “It’s always more attractive than having a square island,” she said. Also remember to add character to the kitchen by selecting decorative pieces to help make the space truly yours. The next area you’d probably want to give some attention to is your bathroom. When people renovate their kitchen, they usually consider doing the bathrooms as well. In many cases you may be using the same

material and even the same contractors. So it’s smart to get it done at the same time, if your budget makes that an option. Since your powder room is usually close to the kitchen, the same decorating style will create a sense of flow. In a way, they should somehow relate to each other. “Right now similar to kitchens, grey cabinetry in the bathrooms is also very popular,” said Glen Prairie of Total Living Concepts in Barrie. Mix a beige and taupe palette with the greys and you’ve got a nature-inspired bathroom. That’s definitely a trend in bathrooms – people want a clean and natural look, said Prairie. To get a sophisticated spa feel, you should opt for natural material such as stone floors and glass tiles on the walls. Comparable to the kitchen, it’s important to have some texture in your bathroom. Do this by mixing a variety of materials throughout the space. It’s very trendy to see tiles used to create geometric border designs around mirrors in the bathroom, he said. You can also repeat the design on the floor to create an artistic rug to help »

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The perfect combination of elegance and earthy blend the look throughout. “More people want a good quality customized look, rather than a copy of what you see at local lumber stores,” he said. To achieve a customized look, he suggest hiring a professional company. “Don’t try to make this a DIY project, it’s not worth the risk,” he added. The natural look trend is also true for flooring anywhere in the house. In regards to hardwood flooring, it’s more popular to have a matte finish instead of a glossy one, said Brian Turk of Barrie Carpet and Hardwood. “We now use an oil finish instead of shellac to proof the wood while keeping the rustic feel,” he added. Many people want to bring outside indoors. And because most people like to see the variegated look in wood, oak remains the most popular choice in hardwood, he said. Those who prefer a less grainy look would likely opt for maple. Lighter stains are gaining more popularity because they make the space look larger, are more forgiving for dust and scratches, and are easy to maintain, said Turk. Many choose to have hardwood throughout the main floor, even in the kitchen. It’s warmer on the feet and can help make the entire place easily blend together, he added. This is a cost-


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effective alternative to heated flooring which can be expensive to install and operate. Another even more economical substitute perfect for bedrooms is sculptured or Berber carpets. With a variety of colours and textures this popular choice of carpet can offer a bolder look in any space. Natural stone is also often seen in kitchens and bathrooms. To maintain the natural look, a flat finish is usually used, said Turk. Earth tone tumbled marble can add true elegance to any home. Whether your home is traditional, modern or rustic, with the right layout selection tumbled marble can fit in perfectly. By now your base is set and it’s time to go shopping for furniture. In many homes, just one piece of furniture may inspire the style in the rest of the space. Choosing the right items can be quite the investment. When shopping for living room furniture, remember a good quality sofa should last you about 10 years. As styles change, however, you’ll likely want to update colours in your space. “In order to make it simple, choose neutral colours for your sofas and bring in colour or texture through smaller pieces such as ottomans or throw pillows,” said Kristylynn Leibel of KL Interior Design.



A lighter stain makes hardwood flooring easier to maintain. It is also more popular to choose a matte finish instead of glossy.

Once you’ve ordered the furniture you love, grab some fabric swatches and start thinking about paint colours. Remember earth tones are not only really in right now, but they’re also hard to get bored of, said Leibel. Soft greys, muted pinks and taupe can magically freshen up any room. And you don’t always have to do an accent wall to make a statement; a depth wall can be just as effective. This technique involves using the same colour tone, just darker in value, on one of your walls. It helps create a subtle yet interesting depth to the space, she said. Wallpaper is also making quite the comeback, said Leibel. And it’s a great way of adding pattern or texture to any space. The variety of colours and designs is limitless, making room for more inspirations around your home. Colourful drapery can dress your windows as a statement piece or a subtle addition to your décor if done in a more natural and neutral fabric, said Leibel. Because of the unlimited selection of colours and fabrics, it’s wise to keep your curtain choices to the very end of their decorating journey. Whether used for privacy or blocking some sunrays, window treatments are definitely worth taking some time to consider. Because of

our dark climate, most people want to bring in as much lighting as possible while maintaining their privacy, said Judy Salnek, window fashion specialist and owner of Salnek’s Barrie. Every home requires a different style depending on the homeowners’ lifestyle and other interiors. So there isn’t a one-fits-all here. But when asked which blind she often recommends, Salnek chose the Pirouette by Hunter Douglas without hesitation. “It’s comparable to a soft shutter look, and offers great flexibility for larger windows in contemporary homes,” said Salnek. Although it comes in a variety of colours, she suggests neutral shades to last a long time. To make things even more practical, motorized blinds are a popular option. Lots of clients come in looking for practicality, she said. “We can pretty much motorize any blinds we carry,” she added. Blinds can be operated by an iPad or iPhone. People are either integrating these systems while renovating or simply running them on batteries. Knowing what trends the experts are seeing may make it easier for you to make decisions when you start exploring the numerous possibilities and options available to design your own space. Have fun!

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Fortunately, freshening up a space doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. There are plenty of small fixes and updates that can transform a space from one we can no longer look at to one that provides a small pick me up each day. It should go without saying that no matter what the budget, the first order of business is to clear the clutter and lighten the load. “It’s important to clear the space,” said Deborah Stephenson of Impressive Interiors. “We have to edit and we have to take out.” Once some of the clutter has been removed the focus can switch to the small but important details that are part of working with a small budget. “One of the easiest ways to update a space is to create a focal wall with a can of paint in a funky accent colour or a couple of rolls of a bold geometric print wallpaper,” said Kimberly Wright of Wright at Home Interiors. The addition of a few throw cushions in the same accent colour or pattern will tie the look together. Lighting is also an economical way to transform any room. There often isn’t enough and adding an overhead fixture or stylish floor lamp can expand and change the entire feel of a room. Imitation candles are a good way to provide softer illumination without the smoke or wax issues. “It’s often daunting for people to re-do a whole room,” said Stephenson. “So start small. That will begin to pull it together and give it some life.” An often overlooked area of improvement is to re-purpose existing items. A re-

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When considering a room that isn’t working, a good question to ask is what is it that bothers you? If you can’t get comfortable, a new chair might be in order. If the clutter seems to have a life of its own, storage might be a good place to begin. “You often don’t have to spend as much as you think,” said Stephenson. “It’s important to think out of the box and get that impressive item that identifies you.” That item could be a sculpture, stylish light, wall unit or unique piece of furniture. One possibility is to add a punch of colour with a graphic rug or a textured feel with a flokati rug. “Buy some inexpensive bookcases, arrange them together and add crown moulding and trim to make them look like built-ins,” said Wright. “Books, interesting objects from your travels, garage sale ceramic figures spray-painted the same colour as the rug and pictures in black frames can all be arranged in simple asymmetrical patterns on each shelf.” If you’re completely lost on where to start, a one hour consultation with a designer can provide you with a direction and help you make the most of the money you have to spend.



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This prime Georgian Bay location, built by Patrick B. Coulter & Associates Inc., features 4,400 square feet of true luxury. To the right of the entrance, double doors open to Derek’s office. The view of the water from this room is as clear as the outside. But the room’s focal point is a blue and purple abstract painting of Whistler Mountain. A lover of hand-painted artwork, Sue has a variety of pieces she collected throughout their travels. Past the double French doors on the opposite side of the foyer, shades of white are offset by bursts of bright colours courtesy of more paintings found in the living and dining areas of the main floor. “I was inspired by an amazing condo in Singapore on the 70th floor that was all white with vibrant art,” said Sue. As a collector of authentic paintings, Sue has a variety of different styles hanging on almost every wall. Their home can be described as an elegant art gallery. Passionate about her collection, Sue can talk about every painting as if it was only purchased yesterday. She remembers artist’s names and the conversations she had with each one of them. The throw pillows on the white couches in the living room were bought in Delhi, India. The red, pink and orange shades in these pillows inspired the colour theme on the main floor. It’s interesting to see warm colours mixed with white to create an elegant look. An abstract painting of a tree that Sue commissioned from an Australian artist fits perfectly over the television, adding more reds and oranges to the living room. With the living room open to above, the area feels very spacious yet cozy. The dining table is large enough to host a sit-down diner for 10. At the other end of the great room, the window seat beneath the floor-to-ceiling windows is perfect for reading while enjoying the view. The natural stain of cherry wood flooring blends well with the white shades and subtle browns within the furniture throughout the rest of the space, creating a break between the two. Adjacent to that is the open-concept, allwhite kitchen. It’s spacious yet all the stainless steel appliances have been placed within reach of one another. With a bar right by the dining table, this granite countertop space is perfect for placing appetizers and drinks when having company over. »

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Left: The natural stain of cherry wood flooring blends well with the white shades and subtle browns within the furniture. Top Right: Throw pillows bought in Delhi, India inspired the red, pink and orange colour theme on the main floor. Bottom Right: An abstract painting of a tree fits perfectly over the television and adds more reds and oranges to the living room.

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Tara Just off the kitchen there’s the laundry closet. And adjacent to that the powder room has two doors – one from the kitchen and the other to the hallway leading back to Derek’s office. The powder room has floor-to-ceiling mirrors that make the small two-piece bathroom appear wider. From the dining area, exterior glass doors lead to their very private yard. Outside, there’s a fountain surrounded by extensive greenery and landscaping. There’s also a hot tub surrounded by wooden benches. What a perfect place to enjoy some quiet time outdoors, with soft music playing through the home’s surround sound system. Back inside and up one flight of stairs, sits the master ensuite. The couple decided to convert this space from a master bedroom into a family room with a large television and comfortable sofas. The double closets in there are great for extra storage space. The ensuite bathroom is part of this suite. In there, they’ve got double sinks, a soaker tub and a steam shower. “The steam really helps Derek’s asthma so we’ve got another steam shower in the basement bathroom,” said Sue. Up another flight of stairs and there’s more bedrooms. Since Derek and Sue live alone, they decided to use two of the rooms upstairs for alone time. Call it his and hers areas. In Derek’s day room, he’s got his cycling exercise bike as well as a comfy reclining chair to watch television. Across the hall, in Sue’s room, she’s got a mahogany sleigh day bed with pink bedding and a classic wing chair to match. In the corner, there’s a vintage mahogany desk. Nestled between these two rooms is Derek and Sue’s bedroom. “It’s big enough for sleeping time,” said Sue. The colour theme in here is beige and spa blue, a calming palette perfect when it’s time to relax. Further down the hall white shelves line the length of the two walls facing the loft’s railing. Because this space is open to below, the shelves can be easily seen from the main floor. This library space holds their wide selection of books and international decorative pieces. This loft is also Sue’s workspace. She likes the »

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openness of the area and the view of the great room below. In addition to the full home theatre they have in their basement, the space down stairs is a perfect for their guests to stay over. There’s a fully furnished guest bedroom dressed in calm white and beige shades inspired by the forest painting above the bed. There’s also a three-piece bathroom that includes a steam shower and a kitchenette in the rec room equipped with a toaster, microwave and a fridge. With this much luxury, their guests are easily spoiled during their stay. Having worked in office design in the past, decorating this home was never a challenge for Sue, rather it was joyful, she said. But in order to take better care of her developing business, the Silver Springs Retreat in Flesherton, they have to move. The couple has listed this gorgeous home, knowing another family will love it as much as they did.



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Comedians hit the stage for a night of laugh-out-loud entertainment. This is a 19-plus event. www.gayethytheatre.com

same Time, next year follows the love affair between Doris and George, who while married to others, rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers, as life gives and takes away, and the changing world spins around them. www.theatrecollingwood.com

Innisfil Celtic Festival Sept. 14 Innisfil Beach Park Celebrate everything Celtic. Games, music, food and a tug of war. Event runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.innisfilcelticfest.com

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Sept. 17-27 Orillia Opera House All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes. An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. www.orilliaoperahouse.ca

A Day in the Life Sept. 18 Midland Cultural Centre The speaking series A Day in the Life welcomes Justice Michael Moldaver of the supreme Court. www.midlandculturalcentre.com

Russell Peters Sept. 19-20 Casino Rama After selling out arenas around the world with his notorious World Tour, global comedy rock-star Russell Peters returns to Casino Rama. The show features all new material from the notorious World Tour. www.casinorama.com

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Barrie International Comedy Festival Sept. 19-21 Various venues in Barrie The big show is set for sept. 19 at the Georgian College Theatre and will feature sandra shamas, Andrea Murray, national Theatre of the World and Colin Mochrie. On sept. 20 enjoy the Best of second City at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts. sept. 21 includes musical comedy trio Buddy Wassisname and Other Fellers. www.tift.ca

Great Northern Exhibition Sept. 20-22 Collingwood Agricultural Society fairgrounds Join the fun at Collingwood’s 158th annual Fall Fair. With a hoedown, craft show, animals, rides and activities, competitions and much more, this is the perfect event for the whole family. www.greatnorthernex.com

Orillia Beatles Celebration Sept. 20-21 Downtown Orillia A jam-packed festival celebrating the world’s greatest rock and roll band. Beatles tribute artists, Beatles vendors, films, outdoor stages, street dance and more. 705-325-4283

Simcoe County Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair Sept. 20-22 simcoe County Museum This event is a showcase of heritage crafts from throughout the region. There will be quilting, embroidery, spinning, handweaving and rug hooking items on display, handcrafted by guild members. Admission is $6. www.museum.simcoe.ca

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september Lonely Boy, Put your Head on My shoulder and for penning hits My Way and she’s a Lady. He is currently enjoying the success of his top 10 new york Times Bestseller My Way and his new duets album. www.casinorama.com

Culture Days Sept. 27-29 Various venues


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Heritage Park, Barrie Funds raised from the event go towards improving the watershed and fishing areas in Essa Township. www.essasalmonderby.com.

Great Canadian Beaver Race and Festival Sept. 22 Heritage Park

Franco-Ontarian Day Sept. 25 Saint-Marie among the Hurons, Midland Celebrate French culture and heritage in Ontario with special displays and activities. www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca

This annual event, hosted by the kempenfelt Rotary Club, is a celebration of being Canadian with a focus on the iconic beaver. Beaver Lane is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a display of exhibitors, artisans and vendors representative of all things Canadian. www.barriebeaverfestival.com

Colours of Music Sept. 27 – Oct. 6 Various venues

Coronation Street Stories Sept. 24 Georgian College Theatre

The Rotary Club of Barrie hosts a traditional German celebration with authentic food and entertainment. Canada’s king of Polka, Walter Ostanek, returns to headline the entertainment. The event runs from 4 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. www.barrierotary.com

Coronation st. TV stars Eileen and Paul kershaw, played by sue Cleaver and Tony Hirst, will be stopping in Barrie as they tour southern Ontario this september. Get the inside scoop on some of the most dramatic storylines from two folks who live and work in Weatherfield. During a hosted stage show join the fun from the Cobbles when Eileen and Paul chat about Corrie life, love, loss and laughs. www.barrie.ca or 705-739-4228

Wonderful music performed by talented artists from across Canada and around the world. www.coloursofmusic.ca

Barrie Oktoberfest Sept. 27-28 Eastview Arena

Paul Anka Sept. 27-28 Casino Rama Back by popular demand, this legendary singer, songwriter and actor is best known for hits Diana,

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Check out Barrie’s arts and culture scene and participate in hands-on and behind-thescenes activities in unique venues throughout the city, including the MacLaren Art Centre. www.culturedays.ca

North Sea Gas Sept. 28 Mady Centre for the Performing Arts Going for more than 30 years and stronger than ever! One of scotland’s most popular bands, north sea Gas entertains with guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, banjo, and great vocals featuring three-part harmonies. www.barrie.ca or 705-739-4228

Arts Ce Soir Sept. 28 Lakeshore Mews This all-night contemporary art event is a tribute to the nuit Blanche phenomena. Artists will transform Lakeshore Mews into an engaging place of art, whether it be visual, musical, theatrical or literature. www.lakeshoremews.com

October Lionel Richie Oct. 2 Casino Rama This Oscar winner, five-time Grammy winner, 16-time American Music Award winner and Golden Globe winner is best known for hits All night Long, My Love, Dancing on the Ceiling, Hello, Endless Love and say you, say Me. www.casinorama.com

John Pinette Oct. 3 Casino Rama Back by popular demand, John Pinette has been entertaining audiences around the world for more than 20 years. He has enjoyed a long career in stand-up, television, film and stage. www.casinorama.com

Penn and Teller Oct. 4 Casino Rama Edgy, provocative and hilarious, Vegas icons Penn and Teller’s live show on any given night can involve knives, fire, and more. known as the Bad Boys of Magic, for supposedly revealing the secrets to their tricks, they may show you how it’s done, but they still manage to leave you startled. www.casinorama.com

Hawk Oct. 2 Mady Centre for the Performing Arts Talk Is Free Theatre presents Hawk, which explores the intersection of geography, culture and identity, and the effect that leaving home has on one’s social, cultural, linguistic and spiritual identity. www.tift.ca or 705-792-1949


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Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour Oct. 11-14 Barrie, Orillia and Oro-Medonte This artist-run, juried event is one of Ontario’s finest and longest running studio tours. More than 30 artists and crafts people will exhibit their work over four days at 16 different studios. www.images-studio-tour.com

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Thanksgiving Harvest Festival Oct. 12-13 Sainte-Marie among the Hurons Celebrate the colourful fall season with sainteMarie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts show and sale. A family favourite, the event features pumpkin decorating, seasonal displays, and more than 40 exceptional artisans. www.saintemarieamongthehurons. on.ca

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september With eight albums to her credit, she blends elements of rock, jazz, tango, film noir, French chanson and swing. By Devine Right got its start in the 1990s. Rooted with the psychedelic songwriting of Jose Contreras, By Divine Right’s lineup was ever evolving. The band recently completed its ninth album, Organized Accidents. www.gayetytheatre.com

The Real Mr. D Comedy Tour Oct. 19 Orillia Opera House Comedian Gerry Dee will touch on marriage, fatherhood and his years as a teacher. He is a comedian you don’t want to miss and will provide you with a night of laughter you will never forget. www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.

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Travis Tritt Oct. 17 Casino Rama This Grammy award-winning artist and actor, whose multi-platinum albums have included numerous top 10 hits, is best known for chart-topping songs such as: Foolish Pride, Can I Trust you With My Heart and Best of Intentions. www.casinorama.com

Orillia Jazz Festival Oct. 18 Orillia Opera House The festival features great live music along with great food by local, award-winning chefs. Alex Pangman, known as Canada’s sweetheart of swing, will perform with her band the Alleycats. www.orilliaoperahouse.ca

Barrie Film Festival Oct. 18 to 27 Uptown Theatre and various venues The festival is back this fall, featuring a selection of more than 25 of the finest films from Canada and around the world. Also returning this year is the popular Director’s Brunch, short Film Competition showcase, guest Q&As and receptions. www.barriefilmfestival.ca

Last Blast Oct. 19 Simcoe County Museum This event showcases vintage construction equipment, tractors and classic trucks. A familyfriendly event, the day includes wagon rides and other activities for the young and old. www.museum.simcoe.ca or 705-728-3721

Lily Frost and By Devine Right Oct. 19 Gayety Theatre, Collingwood singer-songwriter Lily Frost occupies a very special place on the Canadian music landscape. 120 | GoodLife Barrie Edition - September October 2013 ■

Class of ’59 Oct. 22 Georgian Theatre Imagine Buddy Holly on guitar, Jerry Lee Lewis on piano, and the Big Bopper on string bass – together with Elvis, Johnny Cash and Connie Francis dropping by to participate. This tribute show lets you experience the early days of rock ‘n roll when the music was raw, pure, and simple – and played the way it’s supposed to be played. www.barrie.ca or 705-739-4228

Amanda Marshall Oct. 24 Casino Rama The platinum-selling Canadian singer/songwriter, whose hits include: Everybody’s Got A story, sunday Morning After, Dark Horse, If I Didn’t Have you and Let It Rain, returns to Casino Rama. www.casinorama.com

Haunted Harbour Oct. 24-26 Discovery Harbour This spooky family-friendly event features a candlelit walk,

October costumed staff, haunted house, creepy crafts and more. www.discoveryharbour.on.ca

Tony Bennett Oct. 25 Casino Rama Having sold more than 50 million albums to date, this legendary performer is equally beloved by both the public and his fellow musicians. He is best known for hits: I Left My Heart in san Francisco, Fly Me to the Moon and Rags to Riches. www.casinorama.com

Red Green Oct. 26 Casino Rama Popular CBC star Red Green returns with his beloved flannel shirts and trusty duct tape in a brand new show, where he shares his thoughts on “how to do everything.” www.casinorama.com

Matthew Good Oct. 28 Georgian Theatre Two decades. Thirteen albums. Four Juno Awards. A million CDs sold worldwide. Matthew Good is one of Canada’s most recognizable and relevant recording artists. Also known as an avid blogger and activist, Good is passionate and outspoken about many topics. www.insidethemusic.ca

Ghost Tours Oct. 30 Meaford Museum Enjoy an eerie haunted evening at the Meaford Museum. Learn about the ghosts who are said to inhabit the building and what we know or don’t know about them. Admission is by donation. www.visitmeaford.ca

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The Images Studio Tour, an artist-run, juried event, is one of Ontario’s finest and longest running studio tours. More than 30 outstanding artists and crafts people will exhibit their work from Oct. 11 to 14 at 16 different studios around Barrie, Oro-Medonte and Orillia. The tour is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit images-studio-tour.com

Born in Winnipeg in 1939, Beckett began his art education at age 13 with a Toronto artist. In 1954 he began a career in advertising sales and marketing, a successful career that was to continue until 1979. After much soul-searching he traded his briefcase for an easel and a box of pastels, and a new life he has never regretted. In 1986 he relocated to his present home and studio near Orillia where he works and conducts workshops. His works have been featured in major art publications in Canada and abroad. Beckett has been recognized for his work by the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and the Pastel Society of Canada (PSC). His work is included in government, corporate and private collections in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Coffee Time, an original pastel painting was selected for the 2008 Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio.


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Bianco has been expressing himself as a full time artist since age 20. His work displays a love for life, nature, and for communicating emotion visually. Early in his career, Bianco began to experiment with plein-air painting that is, working directly from the subject, on location. He embarked upon a study of working from life, in the landscape, throughout all seasons, striving for honesty and clarity in his style. Since 2000, he has traveled with his family across Canada, painting a series of works depicting our National Parks. This collection of over 120 paintings, entitled a Portrait of Canada, has traveled and exhibited in a number of museums and galleries, and continues to do so. He was chosen by the Royal Canadian Mint to design the Canadian millennium two-dollar coin. Since that time, he has designed a number of coins for the Mint, including the 2006 two dollar coin, the Georgian Bay $20 silver proof coin, a $100 gold coin, a $50 silver coin and two hologram Olympic coins for the 2010 Canada winter games.

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Brunetta sculpts in wire and designs stained glass and jewellery art pieces. In all mediums she incorporates recycled materials whenever possible, as an extension of her personal reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy. Brunetta’s approach bridges the divide between art and craft and blurs the distinction between the two. To create her sculptures she stitches, weaves and twists wire, using techniques from sewing, weaving, knitting and basket making. Her jewellery pieces are often small sculptures. Her stained glass creations are conceptual and three-dimensional. Brunetta frequently combines language and visuals to make social commentary with many layers of meaning. A recurring theme in her work is the combination of numerous smaller components to make a larger, more powerful entity.



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Tour Stop Q - 179 Lakeshore Road West, Oro Station Shelswell is a self-taught mixed media artist who loves to experiment with texture. Intuitively guided, she designs unique abstract work using a diverse combination of materials.  The mixtures of various media generate unique tactile sensations – like pliable leather yielding to unforgiving stone or metal.  Some wall pieces can be rotated and displayed as the viewer is so inclined, and it is intriguing to see how this changes the energy and visual interpretation. As well as her mixed media work, Shelswell gets a kick out of making funky garden sculpture and stained glass designs.


Jan Wheeler

Tour Stop H - 3657 Line 7 N., north of Horseshoe Valley Road. Wheeler works in her studio in the century farm she and her husband call home. Wheeler has enjoyed exhibiting her work in many cities around the world including New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Nashville, Jeddah and Vancouver. Wheeler’s current work explores fluid movement in landscape. The artist holds a diploma in Design Arts from Seneca College of Art in Toronto, Ontario. She studied conceptual art at Byam Shaw School in London, UK and life drawing at Lorenzo d’Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy. In Japan, while working as a young designer and lecturer she was able to study calligraphy at a professional calligraphy studio. In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia she exhibited a body of work Impressions of the Middle East painted during a year-long stay. Extensive time in the UK and Europe gave the artist access to great art galleries and museums, driving her forward to find her own voice for her work.

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Hickling does it all By leiGh blenKhorn

RoYHICKLING Barrie’s Roy Hickling is a busy guy. He’s not only a working farmer he’s also a sculptor, painter and musician. “My main artistic focus is in rusted metal sculpture with a series of globes scrolls and waves often including plasma cut runic patterns. I also paint abstracts and expressionistic portraits in acrylic on canvas,” he said. “My singing and song writing is lyric driven. It’s progressive folk that touches on a wide variety of subjects. There is some thematic crossover to the artwork with space imagery and metaphors often coming up.” Hickling is a seventh-generation farmer who

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has lives in the Barrie area his whole life. “My ancestors originally settled in OroMedonte in 1819 before moving to Springwater in the late 1800s,” he said. “We will be returning to Oro-Medonte shortly and plan to develop art and music retreats that take advantage of the natural beauty of Sand Forest Farm. I find that as I am less actively involved in agriculture that it enters my song writing, exploring my personal history and transition.” Hickling took an interest in art while studying agriculture at the University of Guelph. “I used to walk through the arts building to check out what was on the walls,” he said. “I

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www.galinajohnston.com started in drawing classes at Georgian College and the MacLaren in the early 1990s. Curating the Fafard Field Project for the MacLaren in 1997 increased my focus on my own work and lead to my first exhibition in 2000.” Hickling is mainly self-taught, aside from a couple of weekend courses, “My 2-D work developed primarily through experimentation and my 3-D work is selftaught,” he said. “My welding began through farm repairs and I saved metal from parts and repairs for years before integrating them into sculptures.” While he usually heads into the studio or metal shop with an idea, Hickling said he hardly ever ends up with what he planned. “New ideas will pop into my head as I’m trying to solve a structural or assembly problem. By the time I finish a piece I often have ideas for two or three more in a related series,” he said. “The paintings are usually done quickly with no pre-concepts. I occasionally write with a subject in mind but for the most part my song writing is intuitive. I sense that I am writing something from the first few notes and I recognize it as it surfaces, the odd time even in dreams.” While each of the mediums presents its own challenges, Hickling said by having more than one outlet, he’s always being creative. “Having different disciplines allows for breaks without interrupting a general creative flow.” Hickling is currently working on his second album, which will be released sometime in 2014. Hickling shows his work regularly at Gallery 111 in Barrie, Ridgewest Gallery in OroMedonte and Double Door Studios and Gallery in Anten Mills. For more information, visit royhickling.com


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Sherilyn Edwards

Sherilyn Edwards has been drawing for as long as she could hold a pencil. The 20-year-old North Simcoe native recalls the joy she felt just sitting around and doodling as a kid. “I was always content just to sit and doodle. Drawing was always really enjoyable,” she said, adding she became serious about it around Grade 3. “I really wanted to draw things from real life and capture their essence, everything from people and animals to objects.” Over time, University of Waterloo Fine Arts Studio Practice, Honours student found herself falling in love with portraiture, however, has recently begun working more with acrylic paints. “After taking two acrylic painting courses over the last year and learning to use and manipulate the paint, the transition felt pretty natural,” she said, adding because acrylic tends to dry faster it allows her to paint over anything she’s unhappy with without having to wait hours. “(It’s) perfect for me because I love to tinker and alter things as I go.” Although only in her third year of university Edwards has already seen a change in herself as an artist, crediting her professors for encouraging her to push her limits and try things outside of her comfort zone. “Since high school I have become much more experimental. My eye for observation is quite good and I like to have a lot of control over my work, but now I am learning to loosen my grip and explore the possibilities of the medium and to be more gestural.” Spending most of her life on Georgian Bay 126 | GoodLife Barrie Edition - September October 2013 ■

has had a definite impact on her art, she admitted, noting the area offers artists with unique landscapes and historical sites that greatly influences art within the region. “Growing up on and around the water, hearing the stories and experiencing the history of the Penetanguishene / Midland area has shaped me and rooted me to my home. Georgian Bay,’ she said, adding she’s currently working on a series of landscapes of the Southern Georgian Bay area from photographs she took over the last few years. “After leaving an art gallery I always feel really creative and energized. Wandering art galleries and looking at what other artists are doing motivates me to continue to do art.” Her many portfolios are jammed full of sketches and drawings in pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel, and ink, she said, adding she recently made a five-foot tall ketchup bottle out of Styrofoam plaster. As for her process, Edwards makes a concerted effort to build her own stretcher frames and stretch her own canvas in a variety of sizes, so as to ensure she has what she needs on hand when inspiration strikes. “The majority of my artwork is created from photographs that I have taken at home or on trips. Generally, I will break the photo down to its basic elements such as the primary sky or water colour and apply a base colour.” From there she adds the larger details like washes and waves and then finally the small details that include highlights, shadows and silhouettes. “I want to share the experience of what can

be seen at my home with the viewer. When doing portraits, I also work from images that have been provided for me on commission or from my own findings,” she said. “When I am just trying something new, I enjoy experimenting with colour combinations, mixing new colours and finding different ways to apply them … Recently, I invested in a modeling-paste which allows me to create interesting textures. Combining these new techniques and mediums is what creates really fascinating artwork.” She also finds inspiration in the work of other artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Mark Rothko. “(Rauschenberg’s) assemblage of works are really interesting and he has a knack for creating controversy,” she said, adding she adores Rothko and his colour field paintings. “They are so bold and were so innovative for their time. My dream is to have as much of an impact on the art world as both of these artists.” Given her age, Edwards has yet to exhibit her work publicly, with the majority of her sales occurring via her website and social media pages, but said she’s currently working on an exhibition proposal and was talking with a few cafés and a gallery to have her artwork on display by this fall. For more information on Sherilyn Edwards, visit www.sherilynedwards.com or her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sherilynedwardsart.


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as a travel editor i love every aspect of travelling. from the moment a trip first comes together to the moment i am back home after a long adventure, i love all of it. some people won’t believe me, but preparing for an adventure is one of my favourite parts. each trip is unique and requires a different amount of preparation and planning. early this year i was offered the experience of a lifetime; a 10-day expedition to antarctica aboard the antarctic dream. needless to say i jumped at the opportunity. 


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I have visited six continents; Antarctica would be my seventh and final continent. After committing to the expedition I began researching, an important step in order to know what to expect and what to pack. The first item on my agenda was to research the ship. I had heard that the Antarctic Dream was an incredible ship, but knowing what I do about the sometimes-harrowing seas of the Drake Passage, I decided to investigate a little further, just to be sure. No one wants to go to Antarctica without feeling safe. I discovered that the Antarctic Dream was built in Holland in 1961 for the Chilean navy. Her original name was Piloto Pardo, named after the officer who sailed with his ship Yelcho with Shackleton on board to Elephant Island to rescue Shackleton's men who had been there for four-and-a-half months. When the Yelcho was decommissioned, the Piloto Pardo replaced her, servicing as a logistics ship to the Chilean stations. Five years ago, the present Chilean owners bought the ship and refurbished her as a passenger ship for the polar regions. She takes a maximum of 84 passengers, five expedition staff, 13 hotel staff and 20 nautical crew members. At 81-metres long and 12-metres wide, she has a draft of 4.6 metres. The next step was to figure out what to pack. Even after all of my travels I still always manage to overpack – this trip was no different. A trip to Antarctica is no ordinary trip, it requires preparation for the unexpected; warm clothes for those frigid days and lighter ones for inbetween. Through my research I discovered the Canada Goose Expedition Parka, and I am 130 | GoodLife Barrie Edition - September October 2013 ■

thankful I did. The Expedition Parka was first developed in none other than Antarctica and has been used by scientists there for more than 20 years. Designed to withstand the most frigid of temperatures, the Expedition Parka is durable, well insulated and surprisingly lightweight. The Expedition Parka also boasts a multitude of external pockets, ideal for day trips. The ship will supply jackets, but if you want to ensure comfort and warmth I would highly recommend Canada Goose. The next thing I needed was a good camera man. Although I do all of my own photography, this particular trip called for someone who knew their way around a video camera. I called my old friend Bill Maycock from Bermuda. Not only would Bill be a great cameraman but he would also appreciate a trip like this. After weeks of preparation, the trip was finally upon us. From Toronto we flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina. After three days in Argentina we caught the flight to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, where we spent the night in a hotel, got up early the following morning and boarded the ship. One of the first things I do when I board a ship is look around to see who else is on board. I always find the demographics interesting. On this specific trip, I was surprised to find so many women. I had mistakenly and perhaps being slightly “old fashioned” assumed it was a more masculine adventure. As I have mentioned in previous articles, I have been sailing for more than 40 years and have heard numerous stories about what it is like to cross the Drake Passage. On any given day, the Drake Passage can go from calm seas to huge swells. I knew once we got across we would be in another world and that it would »

Antarctic Dream provides first-class travel for a maximum of 84 passengers and has five expedition staff, 13 hotel staff as well as 20 nautical crew members.

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be worth it. The Drake Passage definitely lived up to its reputation. The two-day passage was made that much more comfortable by the fantastic staff aboard the Antarctic Dream. On our third day at sea we finally reached the South Shetland Islands and the beginning of our passage through the Nelson Straight. Almost immediately we found ourselves surrounded by humpback whales. The clear, almost calm conditions provided ideal viewing from the bow. The ship slowed to a snail’s pace and everyone, including our captain, had an opportunity for a photo. Our next destination was the Aitcho Islands Group and Deception Island. We boarded the zodiacs and were soon standing on solid ground. It was an amazing feeling to know that I was one of only a small number of people who had ever stood at this spot. When you set foot on Antarctica, it is an amazing feeling. My mind was thinking of what it would have been like for Shackleton. Compared to my first class adventure, what was he thinking when he first stepped onto solid ground? Was he having similar thoughts? The Aitcho Islands, a dramatic mix of snow and moss covered cliffs, was often dotted with nesting penguins. We spent the next few hours exploring the nearby shores, being careful not to disturb penguins and seals. The penguins were breathtaking, crowding the shore in the thousands; it was hard to stop myself from picking one up for a quick cuddle. When our time was up we headed back to the zodiacs and it was off to our next destination, Deception Island. Many

passengers braved the chill of the deck in order to watch our progress through Neptune’s Bellows and into Whalers Bay. As we departed the ship, I couldn’t help but think the rugged and often extreme landscape is defined by its stark contrasts. Deception Island is volcanic, resulting in black beaches offset by blindingly white glaciers. The view was absolutely breathtaking. The remains of old whaling stations and wooden boat frames just add to the history and intrigue that is Antartica. For the wildlife enthusiasts, Antarctica is a prime location to view all sorts of rare and exotic species. In addition to the humpback whales, we were lucky enough to see killer whales, chin-strap penguins, gentoo penguins, fur seals, leopard seals and a variety of albatross species. For those who enjoy dramatic scenery, there is nothing to match the colour, light and sheer power of ice fields filled with the abstract forms of icebergs. For me, the combination of wildlife and scenery made an unforgettable memory. After an amazing and fulfilling adventure, it was back to Argentina and then onto Toronto. My experience aboard the Antarctic Dream fulfilled a lifelong goal and was the experience of a lifetime. The expedition group and crew were amazing. Sharing the experience with my good friend Bill made it that much more remarkable. For more information on the Antarctic: www.adventure-life.com For more information on Canada Goose: www.canada-goose.com To travel with Bart call or email: (905) 2511258 or bartcard@rogers.com.

The Aitcho Islands, a dramatic mix of snow and moss covered cliffs, are often dotted with nesting penguins. The trip involved exploring the shores for a few hours, being careful not to disturb the penguins and seals.

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Liberty North, is more than just a deli for people who need to grab a quick meal. While the business offers a fresh selection for lunch and dinner to go from Monday to Friday, LN to go also offers a catering service at your doorstep anytime. Intimate private dinners – where a LN Executive Chef prepares the meal at your home – are becoming just as popular as the on-site service. The Executive Chef can customize any meal for your guests. Feeding a hungry crowd for special occasions like anniversaries or weddings is also not a problem, no matter where you live. If you are pinched for time but still want fresh, spectacular food, call LN to go.

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teas. Enjoy these with one of our freshly baked pastries. Come for lunch and enjoy a delicious grilled cheese with a homemade bowl of soup. 181 livingstone street east, barrie 705-719-2400 www.cafefromagerie.com

fantastic small plate menu and terrific wines by the glass or bottle from an unpretentious, approachable wine list. Stop by “The Hall” you will be glad you did, and so will we! 17 Clapperton St, 705-797-8844 www.paintershall.ca


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Old world charm meets great tasting cuisine! Spectacular view of the lake!! Relax and enjoy fine Italian Cuisine with a casual attitude. Enjoy vintage wine from our carefully selected wine list. Appetizers, Desserts, Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Steak, Tapas/ small plates and Vegetarian.

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NTERTAiNmENT il buco risToraNTe Old world charm meets great tasting cuisine! Spectacular view of the lake!! Relax and enjoy fine Italian Cuisine with a casual attitude. Enjoy vintage wine from our carefully selected wine list. Appetizers, Desserts, Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Steak, Tapas/small plates and Vegetarian. 31 Dunlop Street East, Downtown Barrie 705.735.9595

sPice iNdiaN NePalese cuisiNe & WiNe bar At Spice, we provide a comfortable setting that is intimate and dynamic, serving delicious Indian Cuisine and a wide selection of pairing beverages. Staff will offer first Olympia class service and a modern approach to your fine dining Who says you can’t please everyone? experience. Our mission is to make the ‘Spice’ restaurant Join us at the Olympia Restaurant and Bar for lunch, dinner , cocktails and mouthwatering the one of choice for lunch and dinner in Barrie and appetizers, you won’tarea. be disappointed! the surrounding Enjoy our Lunch buffet for $9.95. We delightSte. you with 16will Dunlop E. a variety of exquisite Mediterranean favorites, a house specialty!! All705-734-2544 of our recipes are only made with the freshest ingredients and the finest certified angus beef. www.spiceforme.com The Olympia owned and operated by Chef Louis Poulias has been voted a top restaurant in Canada since 1995 – and voted a local Readers’ Choice favorite !!

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oscars seaFood & oysTer bar Chef Randy Feltis, City Line TV Chef, brings his passion for food to his recently updated restaurant, offering a menu that stands out from the rest. Four different kinds of oysters and sticking with Oscars Canadian and local theme, local Pickerel Fish and Chips, Crispy Canadian Lake Trout, along with other various fish and seafood items. “If you like seafood, Oscars is the place to go.” If seafood is not to your palate, a selection of fabulous poultry, beef or pork dishes are there to choose from. 52B Bayfield Street, Downtown Barrie 705.737.0522 www.oscarsrestaurant.ca

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Crock & Block has been serving Barrie and area since 1972 with home-style food at affordable prices in a casual atmosphere. Friendly faces and fantastic price for portions has regulars returning time and time again. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch features a fantastic all you can eat buffet. The diverse menu includes signature dishes - prime rib, steaks, stir fry, and the $19.50 steak and lobster special. Groups, holidays, special occasions, and reservations always welcome. Enjoy the outside patio or comfortable booth seating throughout the dining room. Crock & Block is a tradition where friends and families have been gathering for good times for 40 years!

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Barrie‘s best kept secret! Behind an unassuming doorway on Clapperton Street, just up from the five points in downtown Barrie, those in the know gather throughout the week at a little gem named Painters Hall Bistro. A long hallway showcasing many of Barrie‘s best artists affords two options. Candlelight mellows the refined rustic front dining room while the back lounge buzzes, offering a fantastic small plate menu and terrific wines by the glass or bottle from an unpretentious, approachable wine list. Stop by “The Hall” you will be glad you did, and so will we!

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