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Many shoppers have already discovered that Aboda Decor is the top decorator store in Simcoe County. At you will find a long list of Canada’s top manufacturers of solid wood furniture, and top quality leather upholstery. Visit their Barrie south end location and you will be pleasantly surprised at their 10,000 square foot showroom. Aboda Decor has its own unique, spectacular mix of household furnishings for every room in your home. They have an extremely knowledgeable and friendly support staff who will help you find your personal taste. They will guide you through their showroom which hosts many decorating styles

such as traditional, transitional, modern, international style and mid-century modern. These selections seem almost endless with so many leather and fabric choices. They also offer a variety of solid woods and finishes. Their staff is there to help you custom decorate and offer an aggressive pricing strategy. Time with family and friends is well spent when you have a welcoming place to come home to. Aboda Decor strives to be the best source for decorating in the furniture business. With a dedication to customer service you will find shopping for furniture at Aboda Decor an affordable and enjoyable experience.

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14 38 Living the dream 26 49 In the Kitchen Wildly Civilized

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67 56 Portfolio 67 74 Events Vintage Selections 82 86 Craft Beer 88 DIY Chris Palmer Travel 92 Food Trends 2016 Cheerful and sustainable eating

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A correctly adjusted bike is the difference between an exhilarating ride or an achy back and the revolutionary Guru Dynamic Fit Unit is guaranteed to find your sweet spot. Bike Zone, at 90 Anne Street South in Barrie, is honoured to have the exclusive regional rights to the innovative Guru Fit System—one of only three machines in the province— and they have two U.S. trained certified Guru fitters on staff to put you aboard. Exclusive! The Guru Fit System! The futuristic-looking computerized bike gathers a cyclist’s anatomical data and analyzes the body’s angles to help Bike Zone’s mechanics optimize and retrofit your existing bike’s setup to perfection… but that’s not all. The Guru’s computer, which has a Bike Finder option, contains the specs on over a thousand bike models and dozens of different brands, permitting cyclists to take a virtual ride before choosing their new bike from any available in store stock or order your custom dream bike from a vast selection and we’ll take care of the rest. With real time on the fly adjustments of handle bar position, pedal and saddle height and angle, the Guru tweaks and fine-tunes each precision correction to find the perfect fit for comfort, ease and efficiency while simulating inclines and declines, and all without ever dismounting. It is the world’s most advanced fitting system, and this technology is available to every customer who walks through the doors of Bike Zone’s impressive 7500 square foot showroom of pure biking heaven. Massive 7500 square foot showroom stocked wall to wall. A leading bike shop in Barrie for twelve years now, Bike Zone occupied the massive storefront on Anne Street two and a half years ago and stocked it to the rafters. “We believe we have more stock than anyone else in the region,” says owner Joe Connell. Adult bikes start at $400 and can range upwards to $12,000 plus, but the sales staff are just as happy to show customers their collection of BMX and kids bikes, scooters, fat bikes, kids trailers or cycling electronics and hydration packs.

Family friendly atmosphere. “The atmosphere here is relaxed,” says Connell, who has staffed his shop solely with experts who love cycling. “No one is on commission and no customer is ever pressured.” From enthusiasts and dedicated cyclists to novice riders and children, all browsers are welcome. Catering to every cyclist. “We really cater to everyone in your family to the dedicated cyclist. It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, male, female, beginner or enthusiast, you’ll get the same expert service and we stock what you need.” says Connell proudly. “From shoes to clothing to bikes, helmets, gloves, saddles. Everything you can buy for a man you can now get for a woman and we stock it. Women are treated exactly the same as male customers. High performance selection! Bike Zone’s huge selection of tires, seats, and cycling apparel includes high performance after market parts as well, like Brooks from England and Chris King Precision Components. They also now stock hot premium brands like the Santa Cruz bikes from California , and they have just expanded their road cycling section with BMC bikes from Switzerland and the Canadian brand Argon 18 (both exclusives!) Also in their stocked lineup, the Swiss clothing brand ASSOS (exclusive to Bike Zone in Simcoe County), which is the pinnacle of cycling attire. “We’re proud to have exclusive rights to this label,” says Connell. “The quality and innovation is second to none.”Factory-certified mechanics. At the end of the adventure a well-ridden bike requires regular tune-ups and occasional repairs and Bike Zone’s factory-certified mechanics can service them all. “We do tons of repair work,” says owner Connell. “Our mechanics are factory certified by dozens of companies to ensure your bike is serviced correctly.” Parking lot demos and events. Be sure to follow them on facebook to stay in the loop on all the fun and keep an eye out for regular announcements on Bike Zone’s frequent parking lot demos and special events in their expansive front parking lot at 90 Anne Street South.

editors note March is the official month of “getting stuff done”. At least it is in my home. This issue of GoodLife is full of inspiration and ideas to add to your list. For further ideas, we invite you to visit our Spring Home Show, presented by our sister company MBM Shows, taking place at the Molson Centre the first weekend in April.


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I love learning new things. After assembling this edition of GoodLife, I have been thinking a lot about pulses.



“Pulses will be huge this year,” Day predicts in our article on food trends. In fact, 2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses.

If your home protects are complete, then explore the Spring Art Tour taking place April 23-24 in Barrie. Check out the Art and Soul of Barrie in our profiles of participating artists on page 67.

Always wanting to know more, I Googled pulses and found Pulse Canada – a site by the national industry association that represents growers, processors and traders of pulse crops in Canada. Even though this is all new to me, Pulse Canada was created in 1997.

In addition to home and art, we have lots of fabulous recipes focused on food trends for 2016. Welcome Spring!

I hope you too learn something new in this edition of GoodLife.

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This month’s food section is full of tasty tales, including a trip to downtown Barrie’s ripe Juicery to learn about the delicious benefits of organic cold pressed juices. Moving on, several local chefs and food producers revealed the latest food trends for 2016. watch out for pulses, sustainable fish and more local food to name a few.



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In this issue, local chefs shared their forecast for the upcoming food trends for 2016. It seems like getting your greens and enjoying root vegetables are what’s hot. Adding lots of colour to your diet is never a bad idea so dive into these delicious recipes and enjoy a healthier new you.

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I’m not talking about a heartbeat. Pulses is a term that foodies, like executive sous chef James Day of the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and Conference Centre, use to describe dried seeds. Dried peas, edible beans, lentils and chickpeas are the most common varieties of pulses. They are very high in protein and fibre, and are low in fat.

originally made solely from malted barley, scotch whisky must be made in a particular manner, specified by law, in order to be called scotch whisky”. “we started our day at GlenGrant, then made our way over to cardhu and finished the day at the Glenlivet distillery. Although most scotch whisky is made in a similar fashion it was wonderful to visit distilleries that ranged in size and location.

how extraordinary it is, the simple secrets a structure can reveal about its occupants. Like the need for minimalism and order, a passion for recreation, or the deep love of the natural world, which is the case for the residents of 4072 second Line in schomberg. In this executive log home, filled with artifacts of field and fowl, even the windows are etched with images of the wildlife that populate the home’s woodsy property.


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t’s midday and a pair of wild turkeys struts across Glenhuron Drive without

a care in the world. They disappear into the woods of the Carson Ridge Estates in Midhurst, a small enclave of fine homes they have made their nesting grounds. This is the perfect habitat for wildlife. Spacious lots, quiet forested properties and only a short distance to farmer’s fields means there’s plenty of room to roam unprovoked. » | 15

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Proximity to nature is always a highly prized attribute for upscale neighbourhoods and the Springwater area has it in spades. Naturally, it would be a prime location for custom builders Dendor Fine Homes to erect their latest showpiece. 84 Glenhuron Drive sits on .86 of an acre in the prestigious Carson Ridge Estates. Behind the home, a thicket of mixed hardwood trees and evergreens edge the partially forested back yard. It’s a verdant backdrop for outdoor dining from the spacious raised deck off the kitchen. “All our homes are designed for the lot,” says builder Mark Jackson. “You normally don’t want to drown the property with the house, but at the end of the day the decision lies with the homeowner because each house is custom built to their needs.” 16 | GoodLife Barrie Edition March April 2016 ■

This new residence stands out from the others on the ridge due to its distinctive tumbled red and black Hanson brick with flush mortar joints. Three cedar-shake dormers atop the dark shingled roof are trimmed in black and promise to age to a silver patina. Inside, the home is clean and modern with occasional rustic flourishes that elevate the overall design. Awash in contemporary greys and whites with accents of barn board and raw beams, this executive bungalow possesses three spacious bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths and 2,461 finished square feet of sophisticated functionality. Dendor Fine Homes is a fourth generational family company that is now into its second decade of constructing luxury estates in Simcoe County.



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2 pounds of Roma or cherry tomatoes rough chop 2 green bell peppers sliced 1 large red onion rough chop 3-4 garlic cloves 2 tbsp Baklouti Green Chilli Fused Olive Oil 1 tbsp Neapolitan Herb Balsamic 2 tbsp lime juice Pinch sea salt (The company bears the name of the late patriarch and matriarch of the clan, Denis and Doreen Jackson.) All members of the close-knit Jackson family, from youngest to eldest, work together as a cohesive builder/design team with an eye towards functionality, beauty and comfort. “We build like we are building for ourselves,” says eldest son Mark Jackson. “The quality is always the same. Consistent throughout. We’re top-notch. A true custom builder who stands by their build.” Eight-foot high interior shaker doors that are a solid inch-and-three-quarters thick welcome you into the residence’s roomy vestibule that divides the foyer from the main living area. Double closets on either side ensure space enough for both homeowners and guests’ overcoats. These inner doors each have three windows that flood light » into the spacious great room beyond.

On large baking sheet lined with parchment paper Add all veggies tossed in Baklouti Green Chili Fused Olive Oil and Neapolitan Herb Balsamic and sea salt 400 oven for 20-25 minutes until done Add to food processor with fresh lime juice Purée to desired consistency Serve with pasta or tortilla chips All Oils and Balsamics are available at Barrie OIive Oil

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First of the many dramatic focal points in the home – a barn wood fireplace surround that travels all the way to the nine-foot ceiling. A hefty barn beam acts as the hearth.

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The North Restaurant offers new and world cuisine with a contemporary global influence. This original two story Victorian building brings warm touches that blend perfectly with the sophisticated décor. It is licensed for 140 people, including the patio. The restaurant was flooded with catering requests which led us to offer The North Catering. Award winning Chef Marco and his team offer their signature dishes to make your event a memorable experience that will quickly become a tradition.

There, your eyes land instantly on the first of the many dramatic focal points in the home – a barn wood fireplace surround that travels all the way to the nine-foot ceiling. A hefty barn beam acts as the hearth. Stretch out before the roaring fire on the suede sofa and your eyes are treated to the home’s second fine detail, the elegant deep waffle tray ceiling with crown moulding and recessed embedded lighting. “We’re always looking to do something different – something distinctive,” says Mark. “We take pride in everything we do.” From the vantage of the great room you can see through to the open concept kitchen and bistro dining area. The home’s third interior detail – mighty rough-hewn barn beams – frame the entrance to the room. The kitchen is where you’ll find the fourth of many more fine features in this home, the bas-relief three-toned staggered limestone backsplash, which although impressive in photographs, is ever more so in person. “It creates a shadow effect relief,” says Mark. “The stones are all different lengths.” Below the backsplash rests gleaming grey and white Caesar stone kitchen counters that provide ample food prep space. This comfortable kitchen is designed for cooking with a 36-inch induction Ancona electric range and convection oven, a Panasonic inverter microwave and metal cooled Samsung Showcase refrigerator. A Teco double sink with pullout faucet and roomy Samsung dishwasher reside inside the perfectly sized, eight-by-four foot walnut island, which also sports a breakfast bar on the opposite side. Contemporary leather chrome stools slip right under the overhang. Astro kitchens did the custom woodwork here. The cabinetry reaches floor to ceiling, with a decorative vent hood, under valance countertop lighting, glass uppers, pot drawers and pantry with tray storage. “Drawers and doors are all soft close and there’s a deep built-in liquor cabinet,” says design as» sociate Helen Jackson.




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The home’s third interior detail – mighty rough-hewn barn beams – frame the entrance to the room.”

The kitchen is where you’ll find the fourth of many more fine features in this home, the bas-relief three-toned staggered limestone backsplash, which although impressive in photographs, is ever more so in person. “It creates a shadow effect relief,” says Mark. “The stones are all different lengths.”

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Double pendulum lamps from the Glass Lighting Gallery, who provided lighting throughout the home, dangle over the island. From the kitchen you have full view of the rear yard, and direct access to the raised 14-foot-square exterior deck (no stairs to climb down to access the BBQ.) Off the kitchen on the east side is the quiet dining room, with coffered ceiling surprisingly inlaid with hardwood that replicates the engineered hickory hardwood floor in the room. A barn board accent wall and bright transom-topped Dashwood windows, installed throughout the home, finish the room. Swing back through to the kitchen and off to south wing and you’ll find the airy master bedroom with coffered ceiling. It looks onto the raised deck and also contains sidelight windows on either side of the upholstered headboard. The home’s grey colour scheme carries through to paisley linens here and even to the immense faux fur dog bed in the corner. The stunning adjacent master bath en suite is wood panelled, with Regal series heated porcelain flooring that has been inlaid with striking seashell mosaic detailing. “They’re real seashells,” says Helen. Dual vessel sinks sit above the stone-topped custom vanity, which has space for towel storage beneath. A freestanding post-minimalist MAAX soaker tub (Jazz F model) surrounded by oversized windows on two sides invites residents to turn down the lights, fire up the scented candles and luxuriate in a midnight bath while gazing up at the sparkling stars. The shower stall is separate, with rain head, pebble floor and mother of pearl mosaic detailing, accomplishing the total spa experience. Continue down the hall and you will find the powder room with its twinkling diamond lighting fixture, then a handy mid-hall mud room with cubbies, hooks and bench (and direct access to the drywalled three-car garage.) Then, onward to the laundry room, supplied with folding table, dry rod and more cabinetry. The north wing, off the great room, is the location of two more generous bedrooms with grey shag carpeting. These two bedrooms share a lovely bath with Mirolin tub and rain head shower and very blingy crystal-embedded accents in the tiling. »

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The stunning adjacent master bath en suite is wood panelled, with Regal series heated porcelain flooring that has been inlaid with striking seashell mosaic detailing. “They’re real seashells,” says Helen.”

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The lower level of the residence is above grade but remains unfinished, awaiting the new owner’s decisions. Sliding glass doors here lead out to a landscaped yard and covered eating area. This level is already roughed in for a bar and games room and contains space enough for two large bedrooms with standard-sized windows: the perfect spot to house those rambunctious teenagers. With ski hills, golf courses and shopping amenities so close by, this very livable home has ticked all the boxes on the Dendor Fine Homes quality meter. “I have to be able to sleep at night,” says Mark. “So I


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By dAWN RItChIE | PhoToGrAPhy By OVERStREEt mEdIA PROdUCtIONS Many indulge in the romantic notion of one day living in a log cabin in the woods. The dream is often dashed however by the reality of the seclusion of remote locations. 4072 Second Line in Schomberg is neither ‘a cabin,’ nor is it remote. This handcrafted executive log home possesses all the benefits of a private forested property but in a prime locale close to every amenity. “You can see our soldier trees from the 400,” says owner Thomas Giffin, who is referencing the immense towering white pines that stand true at the foot of his driveway. “They are well over 100 years old. One was blasted apart by lightning, and then just grew again, strong as ever.” With a constitution like that it’s no wonder white pines have a lifespan of 400 years,

and isn’t it fortunate that this superb home has been constructed from just such a timber. Giffin has always been partial to living in a country setting. His family has lived on farm properties for decades and bought here because the land simulated the tranquility of a farm. “The peace, the quiet and the wildlife are the main draws,” says Giffin. “There are more dog walkers than there are vehicles that come up here, which is great.” But working in Toronto also required immediate access to the main corridors into the city and the mere minutes to 400’s Newmarket exit was the clincher. “The proximity to Highway 400 and Highway 9 is unparalleled. This close to the highway and as quiet as can be.” » | 27

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The main section of the home is all magnificent hand hewn white pine logs, with mortar chinking outside and in.”

A small streambed runs across the northeast corner of the property and runs down the eastern boundary. “It’s a perpetual stream. Runs all year long. In the winter, it’s just a gentle trickle but it never dries up.” Which accounts for the deer, fox, and various animals that are frequent visitors to his land. Built in 1991, the residence was constructed on a severance lot from the Mills Farm. “It wasn’t usable farm land due to the slope,” says Giffin. The severance took place in the mid-‘80s but the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority didn’t approve construction until July 10, 1989. Giffin, who works in the metal fabrication and combustion business, pores over the original ‘as built’ drawings for the property he deeply respects. “I really appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of the home. The full log construction, hand hewn beams. This is not a post and beam home. There’s no wood siding. No drywall in the interior, other than the ceilings. The main section of the home is all magnificent hand hewn white pine logs, 28 | GoodLife Barrie Edition March April 2016 ■


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Soaring vaulted ceilings are the first impression, but it isn’t a vacant hollow effect as some cathedral ceilings can impart, instead it’s warm and comforting, like you are being held in the embrace of nature.”

with mortar chinking outside and in.” The home indeed strikes an imposing figure on the crest of the hill. Ensconced by beech, white pine, hemlock and shagbark hickory trees, you can almost feel the presence of the dwelling as you drive up the extended driveway onto the property. There is a discernable energy and hospitality in those grand wood beams. It is like the soul of the forest remains alive in the very structure. At the base of the stairs that climb to the main entrance, a great red granite millstone embedded

once inside the doors, you step onto handsome spanish mission red terracotta tile flooring that winds through the foyer all the way into the powder room and then on to the kitchen and dining room.

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in the asphalt driveway is your welcome mat. “It came from a mill in Belfountain,” explains Giffin. Flagstone steps take you up a level to the cedar wraparound deck that leads to the front door – the perfect spot for an evening nightcap when the tree canopy is lit. State-of-the-art, environmentally friendly landscape lighting was installed on the trees. “They’re on photocells that trigger on when it gets dark. It’s a peaceful, easy feeling. People have actually stopped to say, ‘I can’t believe the lighting you have here. It’s magical.’” Once inside the doors, you step onto handsome Spanish mission red terracotta tile flooring that winds through the foyer all the way into the powder room and then on to the kitchen and dining room. Quiet music plays gently in the background as you drink in the calming atmosphere. Soaring vaulted ceilings are the first impression, but it isn’t a vacant hollow effect as some cathedral ceilings


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can impart, instead it’s warm and comforting, like you are being held in the embrace of nature. Industrial pendant lights hang from the peak for evening light, but are not needed during daylight hours. Premium European Sikora windows that both tilt open from the top or alternatively swing open from the side are installed throughout the home on all levels. Two even sport decorative etchings of wild geese and blue jays in the transoms above. They complement the wildlife art pieces Giffin has sprinkled throughout his home, like the exquisite Walter Ruch bird carvings of Baltimore oriels, Canada geese and blue jays. “My mother and father collected them over many years. He was a famous artist from Muskoka.” There are also numerous taxidermy pieces throughout the home, including a red-tailed hawk in mid-flight attack atop an antique armoire. “There’s a story behind that piece. The hawk was in hot pursuit of a mourning dove and the dove took a sharp left and the hawk did not. It flew right into the sliding

glass door, killing itself instantly.” Red-tailed hawks are a protected species, so Giffin took the bird to Ministry of Natural Resources in Aurora where it is was determined by a conservation officer that he had indeed not killed it, and it was so tagged allowing him to have it mounted. “I mounted it in a testament to the way it died, in attack mode. The taxidermist had to go to a game farm to acquire a pheasant as its prey because doves are also a protected species.” Moving onward through the home, the floor plan unfolds in a series of cozy nooks and crannies. The living room, tucked behind the fireplace, is filled with captivating antiques, like two unique dough boxes for bread making that act as side tables. A wood-burning cast iron fireplace implanted in the brick fireplace surround that reaches to the vaulted ceiling provides warmth and atmosphere. “You light that and it heats this home unbelievably fast. There’s also a high-efficiency propane furnace and air conditioning, of course.” The white dining room set and light grey


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kitchen behind with Jenn Air stainless steel appliances, black granite counters and island bring a perfect break from all the wood. The range is electric and convection with centre downdraft exhaust. The sink has a garburator and RO (reverse osmosis) water due to the home’s location in the Oak Ridges Moraine. “We spent nearly $25,000 on our water filtration treatment system. There’s UV sterilization, a mechanical strainer filter, tannin filter, watersoftening system, a very deep high capacity

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drilled well and a brand new constant pressure VFD (variable frequency drive) pumping system, which means the pressure will never fluctuate. But I know what’s coming out of the tap. When I go the office and smell the city water, it smells like a pool.” Around the corner from the kitchen, you’ll find the lovely wallpapered powder room with vessel sink and granite counters as well as the generous master bedroom and en suite with California shutters. Double vessel sinks rest on a black granite countertop and the tempered glass spa shower with dark porcelain tiling holds a rain head shower. Down a level and you’re in the recreation level that is both tile and laminate floored. A spacious living area with walkout is roughed in for a fireplace. Two more bedrooms with an above grade window in one and the laundry room are on this level. As is a three-piece Jacuzzi bathroom with onyx-styled vanity countertop and mosaic tiling, which lives directly next door to a second bathroom with spacious walk-in shower. “It was converted from a sauna

room to a shower by previous owners.” The well-loved open loft on the second level is the location of the home office and main reading area. Overhead fans spin above the oak-pegged hardwood floors, dressed with an elegant Indo Tabriz rug in understated grey and rose tones. Valuable antique stone picture chairs and a carved leaf table here delight the eyes. The doweling in the beams is visible from this angle and the immense windows at either end of the loft along with two dormers provide tremendous views of the forest beyond. “You can see the whole world from those chairs,” says Giffin, who tells the story of how his forest fills with thousands of blue jays for two weeks every year when the beechnuts ripen. “It’s something to witness. They clean out the forest and then they’re gone.” 4072 Second Line is currently listed with the Faris Team Royal LePage First Contact Realty. MLS#1509727

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master suite has a double door entry, two walk-in closets, corner gas fireplace, five-piece ensuite with separate shower and double vanity. There is even a walk-out to the terrace that has tempered glass panels to allow unobstructed views. Other notables include a convenient powder room, hardwood, ceramic and marble flooring, California “knock down” ceiling finishes, three walkouts to the terrace, pot lights, crown mouldings, rounded corners, high ceilings, in-suite laundry and central vacuum. You also have two owned indoor parking spots, a storage locker and full building security, of course. This is a very exclusive development with only eight impeccable suites, lushly landscaped and beautifully maintained grounds, including an outdoor patio area and private sandy beach. This luxurious suite is presented by Todd & Lynn Guergis, Sales Representatives at Royal LePage First Contact Realty, Brokerage and is shown by appointment only.



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Steps away, down the hall, another special feature of the master wing is found – a private wet bar, equipped for coffee and nightcaps. “For those Do Not Disturb moments,” says Coulter. The generous master also possesses a private covered exterior terrace constructed with Brazilian IPE decking. “It sparks when it’s cut,” says Coulter, due to the high iron content. The panorama through the trees to Georgian Bay is the perfect setting to relish that morning java in solitude before the crash and bang of family activity intrudes on a couple’s reverie. These little considerations can have a great impact on relationships, delivering stress relief and supporting depth of intimacy. Each aspect of this residence’s layout has been given this kind of forethought. The exterior of the home was designed for both visual impact and ease of workload. Low maintenance landscaping with native plantings, along with 15-year prefinished wood siding, a striking black steel

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The master en suite has two ‘his and hers’ vanities and two water closets situated at opposite ends of the uniquely laid out bathroom. A large central shower stall, accessible from both ends, divides the two areas.

A special feature of the master wing is found steps away from the bedroom – a private wet bar, equipped for coffee and nightcaps.

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Enter the open concept kitchen, dining area and great room and you are visually treated to an expanse of vaulted and coffered ceilings enveloped by windows that turn the bountiful views of Georgian Bay into the home’s art gallery. Eye-catching narrow strips of Brenlo poplar wood are inlaid into the ceiling, harmonizing with the hardwood flooring below. “It adds a texture and dimension to the space if you don’t use the same material on the upper and lower,” says Coulter. The gourmet kitchen, with cabinetry by Greg Andrews of Clearview Woodworking, is supplied with two separate islands, a main cooking countertop and an extensive coffee bar. All four are bedecked in exotic Kosmus granite, which falls into the same tonal group as the stone fireplace in the great room. “It’s all the same vista,” says Coulter.

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espite blustery conditions outside, RIPE Juicery in downtown Barrie busily serves up a steady stream of customers on a cold and snowy January day. “We thought it would be a bit slow today,” observes Meghan Attwater, 29, who runs the local business with Lindsay Haley, 27, as she welcomes a visiting GoodLife reporter into the shop. “But we have been hopping today. People will trek out in any weather for juice.”

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After a brief tour and menu rundown, I sit down with Attwater over energy balls and Yoga Warrior smoothies to hear the story of the raw, organic, cold pressed juicery, which opened in May 2015. “We believe in getting a day’s worth of fruits and vegetables in one glass,” says the young entrepreneur with a smile. »

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The fresh juice and smoothie market is very hot right now, so the timing was perfect.”

What led you and Lindsay (who was busy at the counter serving customers during the interview) to open RIPE? Meghan Attwater: We opened RIPE to make healthy eating really accessible. Before we opened, it was really difficult to get raw, organic, cold pressed juice in this area. Lindsay and I have been good friends for years, and have been raw juicing for a long time. We felt it was time to open the business because the market was ready. The fresh juice and smoothie market is very hot right now, so the timing was perfect. Why Barrie? MA: We love Barrie. We have worked in this area for years and both grew up nearby in Collingwood. We also have friends and family in this area. What’s on offer? MA: Along with raw, organic, and unpasteurized cold pressed juices, we serve smoothies, salad bowls, fresh soups, energy balls, parfaits, acai bowls, flavoured nut milks and elixirs. We also specialize in juice cleanses. We make everything on-site from scratch, and all items are gluten-free. We are a fresh, raw, healthy, grab and go alternative to fast food.

What’s your culinary background? MA: Along with having a love for raw food, we have both worked within the restaurant industry for years. I’m also currently a parttime addictions councillor at Royal Victoria

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The interior has a great vibe. I love the exposed brick wall, the white tin ceiling, the living wall, the chalkboards, the reclaimed barn wood accents, and the fridges filled with colourful glass bottles of juice. Can you tell me about the design process? MA: It’s a really cool space. My fiancé owns a construction company and helped us do everything from scratch. With respect to the design, we were going for a rustic, cottage country vibe. Lindsay and I both grew up in the country and both love Muskoka, so we wanted that to be reflected in the interior.

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in the kitchen|RIPE Juicery Regional Health Centre. Prior to RIPE, Lindsay owned a yoga company, specializing in private yoga classes and standup paddleboard yoga. Why is your juice different from what’s available at the grocery store? MA: Most juices at grocery stores are flash-pasteurized to reduce pathogens. This method heats the juice to high temperatures, which sterilizes the juice, destroying live enzymes and nutrients, and minimizing flavour. At RIPE, we use a hydraulic cold press juicer which leaves all the vital nutrients and enzymes intact, allowing your body to absorb them efficiently. Our juice remains stable with all nutrients and enzymes alive for 72 hours when kept properly refrigerated. The shelf life is four to five days, but it is best to drink RIPE juice within 72 hours for the full effect. Why are cold pressed juices and smoothies so popular these days? MA: I think people are starting to understand the negatives of the chemicals and preservatives that are in so many foods and drinks. For example, it’s a little unsettling when you read a label with 17 ingredients and only know what two of the ingredients actually are. When you read our labels, it will say something like carrot, orange, turmeric and ginger, and that’s it! And people like that. There’s also the nutritional component, as well. In a 16-oz bottle of our juice, there is between three to five pounds of produce per bottle. That’s a ton of nutritional value in one beverage!

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What are your most popular juices? MA: Friendship and Fuel are two of our best-selling juices. Friendship is very green and is made from kale, cucumber, apple, parsley, celery, spinach, lemon and ginger, but it’s very easy to drink because it has apple in it. It’s called Friendship because it’s the very first juice that Lindsay and I made together. Fuel is made from carrot, orange, turmeric and ginger. We sell a lot of Fuel because it tastes amazing and 52 | GoodLife Barrie Edition March April 2016 ■

because turmeric is very anti-inflammatory. Our customers who are fighting colds, flus or muscle aches love how anti-inflammatory Fuel is. While those are two of our most popular juices, the reality is that all of our juices are popular because we sell out of everything we make on a daily basis. Your ingredient list ranges from fresh apples and charcoal to wheatgrass, with various fruits, greens and veggies in between. How many ingredients are on offer? MA: Hundreds! We base our menu around ingredients that are easy to grow organically year-round. So you will see lots of kale, apples, citrus, carrots and beets. Along with our mainstays, we change our menu seasonally to take advantage of fresh local fruits and veggies. Right now, cranberries are really big so we have a cranberry juice on offer. But in the summer you will see lots of berries, watermelon and so on. Our smoothie flavours also change with the seasons. You also serve salads? MA: We just added a brand new salad bar and our salad bowls with grains are stunning! We also make all of our dressings from scratch. You can either eat them here, or get them as take-out. We introduced salads to the menu because our customers kept asking for them. What about the kids’ menu? MA: We added a kids’ line because we wanted to make RIPE accessible for families. Our kid-friendly smoothies and juices are very popular. Parents also like them because nothing in our shop contains sugar. Any recommendations for a first time visitor who doesn’t know much about cold pressed juicing? MA: For juices, I would recommend either Friendship or Fuel. For smoothies, I would recommend our Yoga Warrior (peanut butter, banana, oats, chocolate protein, maca and in-house made almond milk), or Matcha Ninja (matcha,


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CLASSIC ACAI BOWL “This is our recipe for a classic acai bowl,” says Meghan Attwater of RIPE Juicery. “It’s one of our best-selling items in all seasons.” 1 cube Acai 2 to 3 frozen strawberries 2 oz blueberries 1 frozen banana 2 oz fresh pressed orange juice 4 oz alkaline water TOPPING: 4 oz granola of your choice 1/2 fresh banana, thinly sliced 2 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced


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Beyond RIPE, what’s your favourite local food destination? MA: We absolutely love J’adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate (jadorefinecheese. com.) It’s a great place and I think we have sampled every cheese there [laughs]. For local dining, we really like Groovy Tuesdays ( Beyond great food, we both really admire these local establishments because they are small, offer great food, and treat their customers like friends and family. What about the future? MA: We’ve got lots of great plans in the works. In coming months, we will be offering a delivery service. We’re also going to make our summer Muskoka location (in Minet) bigger and offer more products.

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This recipe is a perfect example of the growing trend to source local products. “Here at the resort we will continue with our focus of using fresh local ingredients when it comes to our menus,” says executive sous chef James Day. ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH & 
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The latest

food trends for


Local chefs and food producers make their predictions on what will be hot. By Katherine Elphick | Photography by Ellie Kistemaker


hat foods are trending for 2016?

To get the sizzling scoop, we turned to local chefs and food producers to find out what’s hot. “Cheap and cheerful will be a big theme because everything – from fresh produce to meat – is just getting so crazy expensive these days,” says celebrity chef Randy Feltis of PIE Wood Fired Pizza and The Farmhouse in Barrie. Grains will also take center stage. “Some of the cool ancient grains like quinoa, buckwheat and kasha will continue to show up on menus as a form of protein,” predicts Feltis. Adding that, Meatless Mondays and smaller meat portions will continue to grow in popularity. “Rather than 10-oz steaks, you will see more 3-oz steaks,” he says. “The trend will be to buy something really nice and split it with your partner.” Sustainable seafood will also be big for 2016. “Consuming seafood wisely is good for oceans and for you. If we don’t smarten up, there will be no more fish left.” To learn more about consuming seafood wisely, visit

And there are some really interesting farm-raised seafood products hitting the market, he explains. “Ontario is now getting into shrimp farming, and some farmers have actually converted their pig farms into shrimp farms. I mean … how cool is that!” Rather than getting frozen shrimp flown in from Thailand or Vietnam, we will now have it in our own backyard, he explains. “It’s super expensive right now, but the prices will go down once it really gets rolling.” Feltis says additional trends will include healthy entrée salads, and a continued interest in sprouts, turmeric (known for antioxidant properties) and sustainable local food. Chef Daniel Clements agrees that the continued interest in sourcing local ingredients is a big trend. “As the cost of importing foods continues to rise, our own local products will become a less expensive option. People will begin to seek out the wisdom of our grandparents’ generation, and start to look at how we get our food and where it comes from,” says Clements, chef technician at Georgian College and member of the Simcoe County board of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association. Clements also predicts even more ‘hyper local’ sourcing with restaurants and foodservice establishments

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feature|Food Trends 2016 ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH & 


Recipe courtesy of Nottawasaga Resort & Conference Centre executive sous chef James Day

(recipe and photo courtesy of

For the Salad:

This yummy bread pudding makes great use of several local ingredients and has maple syrup as the sole sweetener.

For the Dressing:

1 Butternut Squash

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup Pumpkin Seeds 1Tbsp canola oil

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 red sweet pepper, diced

1/2 small shallot, chopped

4 cups winter greens

1/4 tsp minced garlic

1 cup goat cheese

1/4 tsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper

3/4 cups canola oil salt and pepper


Preparation Time: 20 minutes 
 | Slow-Cooking Time: 4 hours 
 | Serves: 8 Apple Topping 8 cups (2 L) slightly dry bread cubes 3 cups (750 mL) chopped peeled Ontario Apples (such as Empire, Golden Delicious, Cortland) 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried cranberries or raisins 4 Ontario eggs 3 cups (750 mL) 2% Ontario Milk 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) Ontario maple syrup 3/4 cup (175 mL) chopped walnuts or pecans

1. Preheat oven to 300F. 2. Peel and seed the squash, then cut into 1-inchx1-inch cubes. 3. Toss the squash cubes in oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and slow roast for 20 minutes or until the cubes are soft. Remove from the oven and cool down. 4. Turn the oven up to 350F, toss the pumpkin seeds in 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt pepper. Place on the baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring them half way through. Remove from oven and let cool. 5. For the Dressing: In a medium bowl, combine the vinegar, maple syrup, shallot, garlic and mustard. Using a wire whisk slowly start to add the oil (the slower you add the oil the thicker your dressing will be). 6. Once you have added 1/3 of the oil you can begin to add the remaining oil faster until all the oil is in the dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 7. Building the Salad: In a large bowl, mix the winter greens with the dressing. 8. Place the mixed greens in 4 salad plates and top with squash cubes, diced red peppers, toasted pumpkin seeds and crumbled goat cheese. 9. Makes a generous sized salad, that pairs well with poached fish, baked chicken or grilled steak. Serves 4. NOTTAWASAGA INN RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE 6015 Highway 89, Alliston 705-435-5501 58 | GoodLife Barrie Edition March April 2016 ■

PREPARATATION: 1. Place bread cubes in slow cooker. Mix in apples and cranberries.  In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and 3/4 cup (175 mL) of maple syrup; pour over bread cubes, making sure bread is moistened. 2. Cook on Low for about 4 hours or until set in centre, sprinkling walnuts over top in last 30 minutes. 3. To serve, spoon into bowls, drizzle each with 1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup.

as they develop in house gardens and increase farmer/chef partnerships. “With this, I hope to see a renewed interest and support for our local farmers’ markets and Simcoe County food producers.” And chefs enjoy incorporating local ingredients into their menus. “Using fresh local ingredients not only promotes the community and local farmers, but inspires us as a culinary team to achieve that through our food,” says executive sous chef, James Day of the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and Conference Centre in Alliston. “Pulses will also be huge this year,” says Clements. Pulses are dried beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils that provide protein, fibre, B vitamins and iron. Just how big will pulses be? Big! The International Year of Pulses 2016 has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly. “The Food and Agriculture Or-

ganization of the United Nations wants to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as an integral part of sustainable food production aimed towards global food security and nutrition,” says Clements. Authentic ethnic flavours will also continue to be all the rage for 2016. “People want food to be more than just fuel,” says Clements. “They are looking for that same thrill of adventure you get from travelling, without having to leave home.” Look for an increase in more exotic dishes on local menus to reflect to this trend. According to local vegetable and greens farmer John Williams of Williams Farm, the demand for local produce continues to grow. “Colourful vegetables like candy cane beets and multicoloured carrots are more popular than ever,” says the Wyebridge farmer. And while kale continues to be hot, watch for an increased interest in

vegetables, such as squash and pumpkins, that are easy to grow in a Canadian climate. “There is also a tremendous interest in pickling and preserving local fruits and vegetables — even my niece who is 23 is into it,” says Williams. Some farmers like Morris Gervais of Barrie Hill Farms has made locally grown fruits and vegetables more widely available by freezing them. For example, Barrie Hill Farms sells its own frozen strawberries, blueberries and asparagus year-round at various local shops, including Nicholyn Farms and Local Foods Mart. On a local note, Williams who also produces maple syrup on his farm says, “maple syrup continues to grow in popularity as a natural sweetener.” This reflects the continued movement away from processed foods and refined sugar. On the nutritional front, a tablespoon of pure maple syrup is 54 calories and contains significant anti-oxidants and minerals. Furthermore, the do it yourself (DYI) movement continues to trend for 2016. “You’d be surprised at how many people are into home maple syrup production,” says Williams. “Every year it gets more popular, and we get lots of backyard tappers buying supplies from us.” For more information, visit williamsfarm. ca. Nutrition will also continue to be in vogue this year, according to Horseshoe Resort executive chef Dylan Tulloch. “Diners are looking for fresh ingredients, lots of vegetables and simply treated proteins without heavy sauces. They also want more vegetarian items.” Tulloch is also hearing about seaweed salads, cold coffees and of course, squash and pumpkin. “While popular for a while, the gluten-free trend seems to be continuing, big-time!,” he notes. But there are some trends that Tulloch is ready to retire. “I’m so over pulled pork,” he laughs. “But I could never take it off the menu because it’s one of our top dishes.” Additional food trends predicted for 2016 include fried chicken, gourmet toast and vegetable spirals.







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“This is a beautiful, fresh, affordable and sustainable dish, with simple flavours and a straight forward presentation,” says chef Randy Feltis. “Please don’t overcook the fish and everything will be perfect.”

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OCEAN WISE RAINBOW TROUT WITH ROASTED BEETS & SPROUT SALAD Recipe courtesy of chef Randy Feltis of the Farmhouse Restaurant

Serves: 4 Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 75 min Special tools: baking tray, large cast iron pan 4-8oz fillets ocean wise trout 6 large heirloom beets 2 handfuls sprouts and greens 1 cup cucumber, diced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced 1/2 cup olive oil Nub of butter (about 1-1/2 tsp) salt and pepper 1 lemon Pinch of fresh mint 2 tsp red wine vinegar 1/2 cup kosher salt for roasting PREPARATION: 1. Preheat oven to 400F. On a large baking sheet make 6 dollops of kosher salt. Top with beets and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes. Remove, let cool, peel and wedge. Toss in a bowl with 3 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper and chopped fresh mint. 2. Trout: Make sure all pin bones are removed, cut into two equal pieces, season with salt and pepper. Heat large cast iron pan to medium high heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil and a nub of butter. Sear skin down (don’t crowd the pan, use two pans if needed) crisp skin for at least 2 minutes, turn cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the flesh has pulled away from skin. Remove from heat. Drizzle with lemon juice 3. Sprouts: Add all salad ingredients into medium bowl, drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and plate in a jar. 4. To plate, simply stack two fillets just off each other, place a large spoon full of the roasted beets behind and tuck in the jared salad! THE FARMHOUSE 268 Bradford Street, Barrie (705)737-0522

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4 leeks, white and light green parts only

Recipe courtesy of chef Daniel Clements, Georgian College

1 Tbsp olive oil

“This is a hearty and satisfying soup to warm you up on a cold winter night,” says Daniel Clements, chef technician at Georgian College and member of the Simcoe County board of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association. “It’s also a great way to enjoy pulses!”

1 bunch kale 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained chopped 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into a 1/2-inch dice 1/2 cup lentils (brown or substitute red or green) 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 2 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 12 fresh basil leaves (optional)

PREPARATION: 1. Slice each leek in half lengthwise, slice each half into 1/4-inchthick half-moons (about 2 cups). Place in a large bowl of cold water and swish to remove any grit. Drain and pat dry. 2. Remove the stems from the kale. Stack the leaves on top of one another and slice them crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips; you’ll need 3 cups. 3. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, breaking them up with a spoon, for 5 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Stir in kale, sweet potatoes, lentils, thyme, salt, pepper, and basil (if using). 4. Simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Spoon into individual bowls. 5. Sprinkle with the Parmesan (if using).

1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan (optional)

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SQUASH AND SAGE RISOTTO Recipe courtesy of Dylan Tulloch, executive chef at Horseshoe Resort

“Risotto is one of those dishes that I really love to make,” explains Tulloch. “It works well on its own as an entrée, or as an accompaniment for a nicely braised lamb or veal shank. Risotto can seem intimidating, but it’s really all about technique and proper ingredients. Try this recipe out for your family and friends.”

Risotto is a labour of love, adds the local chef. “it takes about 45 minutes to complete, so enjoy the process because the end result is worth it.” This recipe features also squash, the predicted trendy vegetable for 2016. 1.5 l (about 6 1/2 cups) chicken stock or broth 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow onion (finely chopped) 1 tsp minced garlic 1 cup arborio or carnaroli rice 1 Tbsp butter 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 4 Tbsp fresh sage (chopped) 2 cups diced butternut squash, blanched until tender Sea salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup fresh baby arugula (for garnish) 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (for garnish) PREPARATION: 1. in medium sauce pan, bring the chicken stock to a simmer and keep warm. 2. in a separate large sauce pan over medium heat, add olive oil and onion, cook until softened. Add garlic and rice and stir until rice is coated with oil, about two minutes. while constantly stirring, start adding the stock a half cup at a time. wait until stock is absorbed into the rice before adding the next half cup of stock. continue this process, stirring constantly, until you have used up most of the stock. 3. when the rice is creamy and al dente stop adding stock (you may have some leftover). Remove the risotto from the heat, and stir in the butter, parmesan cheese, sage and diced squash. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. Divide the risotto into 6 dishes and garnish with parmesan cheese and baby arugula leaves. Serves 6 as a side dish or as a starter.

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Spring ARt Tour portfolio|Spring Art Tour Jo Appleby Appleby is a local artist who enjoys depicting different subject matter using a variety of materials and mediums. “I like my work to stay fresh and exciting so changing my approach and media keeps it that way,” she said. A common thread of her work might include reflections, particularly water reflections and the interplay of light and shadow. “I am drawn by certain colours or colour combination particularly in abstracts, and along with the drama,” she said. “I try to have at least one quiet area in my painting.” Her subjects range from traditional to abstract. “If I am working on a more realistic subject or one of my illustrative pieces, I take great care with the planning, the base is the most important, then everything else seems to follow. My approach with abstracts is slightly different. I still aim for good structure and composition but it’s more fluid and things can change on the fly. A lot of happy accidents can lead to something totally different.”

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Mary Lynne Atkinson Atkinson is a professional artist living near Barrie. Her love of colour is evident in her diverse art practice. Atkinson holds a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and a graduate diploma in Studio Process Advancement [Cum Laude] from the Haliburton School of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely in Europe, notably in the Carousel du Louvre, Paris, 2012 and 2013. She was awarded a Bronze Medal, Paris, June 2014, by the Sociéte des Arts, Lettres, Sciences. Her paintings were exhibited in numerous curated shows including the Miami Art Basel and S Space Gallery, New York, NY. Atkinson has exhibited extensively in Ontario including the John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. Her paintings are collected nationally and internationally.

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Cook loves to paint. Even as a child she had a great passion for art. She trained at Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology where she worked alongside Dave Patterson and other artists. Working with John Anderson, Marion Broom, Mark Hope, Douglas Purdon and Derrick Wicks has given Cook a growing passion to expand her skills and technique. Cook tries to create a sense of emotion with colour and energy in her paintings. She has had a showing at Ridge West Gallery, Oro-Medonte, and The Edge Gallery in Barrie. Vibrant colours excite the artist and make her explore different technics and mediums whether it is realism or going towards the abstract, when pouring the colours and watching them evolve as she turns and twists the canvas she can hardly wait for the finish. She works in acrylics, oils as well as string, netting dried moss and even tissue paper. “I also use paint skins which lets your imagination go to different levels. You use a running medium with your paints and you move the board around while it’s running to get the effect you want, then you let it cure for a week,” she said. “You need to let your imagination play before you cut the skins, which are very sticky. As you lay them out on the canvas, your painting evolves. It is a slow process but worth the effort.” She is showing some of her artwork in the United States, Germany and Thailand.

There is always a painting in progress on Ritchie’s easel as she works from her home studio in Barrie. She is also an avid on location painter in the local area or while travelling. Panoramic landscapes, backyard birds and animals, still life settings and people are all subjects she enjoys capturing. Ritchie is best known for her soft pastels, watercolour and oils. She has recently added acrylics to this list and now includes instruction in this medium when teaching workshops and classes. Ritchie is a signature member of Pastel Artists Canada and an active member of the Barrie Art Club. Each year she enjoys exhibiting in juried, group and solo exhibitions. Several of Ritchies’s paintings have earned awards and her work has been collected across Canada as well as in other countries.

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It’s maple season

The maple will be flowing over the next few weeks and a number of annual festivals are scheduled to celebrate the sweet stuff:

The Annual Sweetwater Harvest Festival runs March 19 and 20, with all day activities happening throughout the Wye Marsh in Midland. See how maple syrup is made, roast bannock on the fire or enjoy a pancake breakfast. Think you can tell the difference between real and fake maple syrup? The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket are $10 each and $30 for a family. For more information, visit

The Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival

The Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival takes over the town April 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

runs April 9 and 10 at the Tiffin Conservation Area in Essa Township.

Vendors line the streets with offerings of maple syrup, food galore, book sales, collectible sales among other country treasures.

Start with a pancake and sausage breakfast, complete with maple syrup made at Tiffin, then explore and enjoy live music, a horse-drawn wagon ride and an animal show, plus lots more.

There is the pancake-eating contest. Can you beat firefighter favourite, James Doan, who has won this event seven of the past 10 years, smashing all previous records?

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Don’t miss the Sugar Shack at the east end of town where you can get information, directions and tickets for the bus to the sugar bush tours. For more information, visit

Hit the road along the Tap Into Maple route. Local businesses have gathered to make your Tap into Maple experience one that you won’t forget. From producers to restaurants, cafes to museums, there is something for everyone. Visit participating businesses and purchase local items, or create memories by taking part in their activities. By having fun along the sweetest route, you’ll gain a stamp on your Tap into Maple passport. Collect at least three stamps and submit your passport to win an overnight stay at Forks in the Trail Bed and Breakfast or other delicious prizes. For more information, visit 74 | GoodLife Barrie Edition March April 2016 ■

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THINGS TO DO in Barrie and surrounding areas






Be serenaded. Boyz ii Men hits casino Rama March. 18. The group is best known for i’ll Make love To You, end of the Road and Motownphilly. Tickets start at $40.


Get to know new host. The Daily Show host rides into casino Rama March 19. Noah’s provocative brand of stand-up comedy pushes boundaries and spares no one, himself included. Tickets start at $30.

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taste something sweet. The Annual Sweetwater Harvest Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, with all-day activities happening throughout the wye Marsh in Midland. See how maple syrup is made, roast bannock on the fire or enjoy a pancake breakfast. Tickets are $10.


spend time with some sharp dressed men. ZZ Top hit casino Rama March 24 as part of the band’s Hell Raisers Tour. The band is best known for Sharp Dressed Man, la grange and gimme All Your lovin. Tickets start at $55.


Go to the dark side. casino Rama welcomes Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd March 26. The show covers music from the band’s 1965 debut right up to their brand new album The endless River. Hear performances for Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. Tickets start at $32.


even more Floyd. The Midland cultural centre welcomes Floyd Factor March 26 at 8 p.m. This canadian tribute to the rock band features authentic vintageera equipment and note-for-note detail.


Find your sanctuary. The cult hit the casino Rama stage March 31. The band is best known for She Sells Sanctuary, Saints Are Down and from their new album Deeply Ordered chaos and Dark energy. Tickets start at $37.


It’s a voodoo thing. colin James hits casino Rama April 1. The musician is best known for Just came Back, keep on loving Me Baby, Five long Years and voodoo Thing. Tickets start at $32.


Be rocked. Simply Queen, a tribute to Queen is at the Midland Cultural Centre April 2. This tribute features all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time. Tickets start at $30.


Celebrate choral music. Choralfest, a collaboration of King Edward Choir, Lyrica Chamber Choir, Bravado Show Choir, Huronia Symphony Orchestra and the City of Barrie, presents Carmen on April 2. With themes of sexuality, betrayal, mortality and power, Carmen is one of opera’s most celebrated works. Choralfest is at 7:30 p.m. at W.A. Fisher Auditorium.


Roll in the aisles. Get ready to laugh when comedian Bill Burr hits Casino Rama on April 2. The American stand-up comedian, actor, and host of The Monday Morning Podcast, is known for his envelope-pushing and politically incorrect material. Tickets start at $50.




Go on a musical adventure. Carnival of the Animals hits Georgian Theatre April 2 at 2 p.m. The story will take you on a fabulous musical journey where Octave and Mandoline will guide you through a magical universe where lions, kangaroos, turtles and many more animals come to life through remarkable marionettes that will surprise and captivate. Tickets are $20.


Get all shook up. South Simcoe Theatre presents All Shook Up April 7 to 24 at the South Simcoe Theatre in Cookstown. This American jukebox musical, inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, takes place in a small Midwestern town in 1955, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious, leatherjacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll.

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Get the blues. Midland Cultural Centre welcomes Guy Davis, An Ambassador of the Blues on April 7. Tickets start at $30.

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See a legend. Diana Ross takes over Casino Rama April 7 and 8. She is best known for I’m Coming Out, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Upside Down. Tickets start at $55.

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Go to the Deeps. Men of the Deeps, a choir of working and retired coal miners from cape Breton, hit georgian Theatre April 8 at 7:30 p.m. The musical repertoire of the Men of the Deeps is gathered from mining communities around the world. Many of the group’s songs are “homegrown” - composed by contemporary cape Breton bards, or traditional songs which trace their roots to their celtic forebearers in the bold country. Tickets are $48.50.


Get decorating tips. The 24th Annual Spring Home Show takes over the Barrie Molson centre April 9 and 10. exhibitors will include home renovation ideas, new kitchens, fall gardening tips, update your floors, hot bathroom trends, energy efficient windows, home décor, colour consultations and more.

enjoy a day in the life. The Midland cultural centre’s A Day in The life series welcomes gertie Beaucage, First Nations cultural knowledge consultant April 14. Beaucage provides cross-cultural First Nations awareness training for teachers, social service providers, health providers and others engaging with First Nations families. Tickets are $20.


Catch a country star. Terry clark hits casino Rama April 15. She is best known for her hits girls lie Too, i wanna Do it All, i Just wanna Be Mad and when Boy Meets girl. Tickets start at $30.


Be serenaded. The Devin cuddy Band hits the Midland cultural centre April 15. cuddy, the son of Blue Rodeo front man Jim cuddy, is influenced by honky tonk, jazz and rock. Tickets start at $22.


Hear the truth. casino Rama welcomes Rodney carrington on his Here comes the Truth Tour April 16. A comedian, actor and country performer, audiences can expect his show to combine his signature brand of down home humour and original songs.


Have a smooth evening. Santana returns to the casino Rama stage April 22. He’s best known for Black Magic woman, Smooth and Oye como va. Tickets start at $70.


see a stand-up guy. Ron James hits casino Rama April 23. Ron James is known across the country for his legendary live performances. with a comedian’s eye for satire and a poet’s ear for language, Ron cuts a wide swath through contemporary culture with a razor sharp wit and machine-gun delivery, making him a stand-out among stand-up performers. Tickets start at $25.


see martin and martin. Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their show An evening You will Forget For The Rest Of Your life April 9. The show includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will be joined by the grammy-winning Steep canyon Rangers – the bluegrass band Martin frequently performs with. Tickets start at $67.


mmmmmaple. The Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival runs April 9 and 10 at the Tiffin conservation Area in essa Township. Start with a pancake and sausage breakfast, complete with maple syrup made at Tiffin, then explore and enjoy live music, a horse-drawn wagon ride and an animal show, plus lots more.

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Walk the Line. Walk The Line, a tribute to Johnny Cash, is at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts April 23. The concert is a musical tribute covering Cash’s entire musical career from the 1950s at Sun Records to 2003 with the American Recordings label. Tickets are $29.

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Be a dancing queen. The ABBA Story hits the Midland Cultural Centre April 23. The ABBA Story is a retelling of the rise of four young Swedes from relative obscurity in their homeland to the top of the music world. Tickets start at $25.

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Make it feel like the first time. Casino Rama welcomes Foreigner April 29 at 30. The band is best known for I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold as Ice, Urgent, Waiting for a Girl Like You, Feels Like The First Time and Juke Box Hero. Tickets start at $40.

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enjoy a real entertainer. Jason Derulo hits casino Rama May 6. He is best known for Talk Dirty, want To want Me and in My Head. Tickets start at $55.


let the night roll. country star Justin Moore is at casino Rama May 7. His hits include Small Town uSA, lettin’ The Night Roll and Till My last Day. Tickets start at $32.


live like a Gipsy. The gipsy kings ride into casino Rama May 13. The grammy-winning band behind Bamboléo celebrate 25plus years of flamenco, salsa, and pop fusion perfection in the party-starting spirit of the south of France. Tickets start at $40.




enjoy everything maple. The elmvale Maple Syrup Festival takes over the town April 30. vendors line the streets with offerings of maple syrup, food galore, book sales, collectible sales among other country treasures. Don’t miss the Sugar Shack at the east end of town where you can get information, directions, tickets for the bus to the sugarbush tours.


see stars shine. The Stars come Out 2016 is set for May 2 at the georgian Theatre. Stars come Out is a show packed with song, music and dance performed by the biggest stars. Previous years have included performances by Ramin karimloo, colm wilkinson, the canadian Tenors, the casts of The Jersey Boys, Hairspray, les Miserables, chicago and STOMP. Tickets start at $24.13.


Be a darling. Talk is Free Theatre presents Darling of the Day May 5 to 14 at the Mady centre for the Performing Arts. 80 | GoodLife Barrie Edition March April 2016 ■

From the author of The wizard of Oz, Darling of the Day is a lost musical gem. Priam Farll is a brilliant unconventional artist who offended Queen victoria and was exiled to the South Pacific. Now it’s 1905 and Farll returns to london. Tickets start at $31.


take a stairway to Heaven. classic Album’s live presents led Zeppelin iv May 6 at the georgian Theatre. Released in 1971, the album features some of Zep’s best-known tracks including Black Dog, Rock And Roll and Stairway To Heaven. writers and critics have regularly cited it as one of rock’s greatest albums. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $45.64.


Be enchanted. king edward choir presents An enchanted evening May 7. Hear songs from your favourite musicals at collier Street united church at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

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Get personal. Talk is Free Theatre’s illuminating conversations series welcomes Stella gan to the Mady centre for the Performing Arts Stage May 9 at 7:30 p.m. A multi-faceted, trilingual entrepreneur and energetic volunteer, gan has an extensive background in hotel sales. She is part-owner and director of sales and Marketing with liberty North, gan shares her skills with many philanthropic organizations in Barrie. Tickets are $17.50.



see the Jiggle Queen. Suzanne Somers hits casino Rama May 14. known for her selfdeprecating, witty jokes that include referring to her character on Three’s company as America’s Jiggle Queen, this show is loaded with huge laughs, great music and you’ll leave thinking she did the show just for you.


Feel the joy. The Huronia Symphony Orchestra presents Joyous celebration May 15 at 3:30 p.m. at collier Street united church. The show features ex

pressive Canadian works followed by the glittering brilliance of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with a Canadian soloist. We complete this gorgeous program with Brahms’ resplendent First Symphony. Tickets are $25 for adults.



Live from Vegas. Donny and Marie take over the Casino Rama stage May 19 and 20. Chronicling five decades, the uperstar siblings will perform some of their chart-topping hits, including: Puppy Love, Paper Roses, I’m Leavin’ it (All) Up To You and Soldier of Love. Tickets start at $60.


Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. Alice Cooper hits Casino Rama May 21. The rocker is best known for School’s Out, Poison and No More Mr. Nice Guy. Tickets start at $45.


Celebrate the waterfront. The 12th Annual Barrie Waterfront Festival features live entertainment, street buskers, a midway, face painting, street vendors, food and much more. The event runs May 27 to 29 in downtown Barrie.


Step back in time. Casino Rama welcomes Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash – the number one tribute to that famous night in Memphis in 1965 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry lee Lewis and Johnny Cash all jammed together at the legendary Sun Studios. Showtime is 8 p.m. on May 28. Tickets start at $22.


Leave an impression. Lyrica Chamber Choir presents Nordic Impressions May 28 at Burton Avenue United Church. The final concert of the 16th season will feature choral works by Scandinavian composers including Ola Gjeilo’s stunning sequel to Dark Night of the Soul, Luminous Night of the Soul, works by Erik Esenvalds including The Heavens’ Flock and The Earthly Rose. Tickets are $17 and showtime is 7:30 p.m.

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Experience Beatlemania. Beatlemania Revisited, a unique Canadianbased musical and theatrical international touring show, hits the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts May 28. The show features talented European and North American cast members recreating the look, sound and excitement of the Fab Four’s live performances. Tickets start at $40.55.


Have a daydream. The Monkees’ Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour is at Casino Rama is June 3. Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will perform many of the bands classic hits including Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer and Daydream Believer. Tickets start at $25.

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Havens 2014 Chardonnay $22.95 (uSA) lcBO#: 454587 i’m not a big chardonnay-lover, so when i find a good one i like to crow about it. This one is rich and buttery, with toasty and caramel notes, but there’s also some delicious green apple and vanilla cream to round it off, balanced with great acidity. ¬¬¬¬É

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he days are getting a little longer and the temperature is, bit by bit, getting a little warmer. In this particular season I like to have a beer that strikes the balance of containing dark, warming notes of caramel and roasted malts to fight the cold, along with a lighter body to refresh during the warm moments. In such cases as this, bocks are my go-to spring beer. Originally brewed as an ale in the town of Einbeck, Germany in the 14th Century, bocks were later adopted by Munich brewers and altered as a lager. There are several theories on how the bock style – which translates to “Billy Goat” – received its name. Many believe that the Bavarian dialect altered the name of the beer’s place of origin so “Einbeck” was

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pronounced “Ein Bock.” Another theory is that it was due to the beer being primarily brewed in the winter months, ruled by the star sign of Capricorn. Whatever the origin, bocks – as well as their offshoots – have been a staple for festivals and are unquestionably the traditional beverage to celebrate the coming of spring. With that, it’s a good thing that Ontario has both local and international options to help bring in the season properly. Robin LeBlanc is an award-winning Beer Writer and owner of She is also the coauthor of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, which will be hitting shelves May 15, 2016.

CELEBRATOR DOPPELBOCK Ayinger Brewery ABV: 6.9% LCBO#: 254656 This Bavarian brewery has been operating since 1877 and has been making this award-winning, world class beer for about as long. A Dopplebock literally means “Double Bock,” which means it tends to pack a punch flavour-wise, and boy, Celebrator does that. Molasses, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and berries dance together in a creamy mouth feel with a light-bodied, dark chocolate finish. CAPTIVATOR DOPPELBOCK Tree Brewing Co. ABV: 8% LCBO#: 288951 Since 1996 this Kelowna, BC brewery has been delivering fantastic beers and, by making frequent appearances on LCBO seasonal shelves, have become very familiar to Ontario residents. The Captivator Doppelbock is a boozy tribute to the bock’s monastic history, where it was a substantial meal substitute during lent. The beer pours a coppery brown and contains sweet bready aromas and distinct flavour notes of plum, fig, and caramel with an earth-like, biscuity finish. BOCK ME GENTLY Big Rig Brewery ABV: 7.2% LCBO#: 443408 Ottawa’s own award-winning Big Rig Brewery is one of the city’s fastest growing breweries in thanks to the infamy of its cofounder, Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris “Big Rig” Phillips, and the talent of brewmaster Lon Ladell. While originally brought in during the winter months, local LCBOs and Beer Stores have been carrying this beer well into the spring. Called a Copper Bock because of its distinct copper colour, Bock Me Gently has beautiful sweet, bready flavours with toffee, and roasted malt, paired with a light, earthy mouth feel and a crisp finish.



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Let’s face it, when the warmer weather hits, our backyard becomes a ‘one-size-fits-all’ for the entire family. It’s no longer a chunk of grass, it’s an extension of your home that wears many hats – an outdoor dining room to host friends, a playroom for your kids or simply a backyard workshop (if you’re anything like me!)

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And while we may retreat into hibernation during the harsh winters, once spring arrives there’s an urge to spend every possible moment outdoors while we can. So why not create a space that we can use for any occasion? Here are three tips to create the ultimate multifunctional backyard retreat that will help you save pennies and space!

Stick to one surface material Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying your backyard should look boring! Far from it. However, if your yard has multifunctional spaces, using one material will help create a cohesive aesthetic. This can be especially helpful if you’re dealing with a small yard, as a single colour can create the illusion of a bigger space. Plus, creating a unified surface gives you a blank canvas to play with, and al-

lows you to change up the look of your backyard at a moment’s notice. Instead, get creative with your backyard accessories, incorporating items such as upcycled furniture to add a personal touch. If you’re sticking with one building material, I’m a big fan of MicroPro Sienna (pictured) as the wood of choice for outdoor projects. It’s a pressure treated wood that is environmentally-friendly and certified low VOC that comes readyto-build in a beautiful brown tone, without initial staining. Plus, Sienna can be used above or below ground and in fresh water, giving you that versatility to use it on a variety of projects. It’s great for big projects like decks or docks. It’s also a great option for fun side projects like raised planters or even children’s play sets. Whatever’s on your DIY bucket list this season, don’t be afraid to think a little ‘outside the (wooden) box’!

WHAT IS THIS? Choose outdoor furniture with versatility Multipurpose outdoor furniture is not only fun to experiment with; it maximizes your space. I’m a big advocate for getting the most function out of every piece, especially those you can make yourself! Luckily, my DIY go-to is the perfect addition to your yard – a multi-function raised planter box that can be used in three ways – a planter, bench and storage box! The beauty of this DIY piece is that it allows you to easily switch up its utility based on your mood or activity. With yards getting smaller, planters are increasingly becoming the go-to alternative for gardening enthusiasts short on space. I love building with MicroPro Sienna – it’s certified as an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) making it a better choice for urban gardening. Instead of taking up unnecessary space, this planter easily transforms into a bench, giving you additional seating for outdoor entertaining. Your guests will thank you!



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Instead of taking up unnecessary space, this planter easily transforms into a bench, giving you additional seating for outdoor entertaining. Your guests will thank you!”

I’m also a huge fan of hidden storage. While yards were made to get messy, too much clutter can take away from the natural setting! If you’re hosting a last–minute barbecue for friends, an outdoor storage box allows you to stash those toys or gardening tools at a moment’s notice. Plus, it’s a great place to keep blankets for those cooler summer evenings spent lounging on the deck.

INvEST IN SIMPlE PIECES You wouldn’t skimp on a bed or dining room table inside your house, so don’t pinch the pennies for those important purchases for you yard either! Just like a good quality couch, certain staple pieces can anchor your outdoor space while creating a multitude of possibilities at the same time. I can’t stress this enough – simplicity is key when selecting those anchor items. Invest in a harvest table, for example, and you’ll automatically inject some versatility. Its look can be elevated to a host formal dinner party

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with a nice table runner and some quality dishware or used as a buffet table serving up veggies platters and mini-burgers for your child’s birthday party. Moving from dining to lounging, a good outdoor living room set can go far, especially with the increasingly popular “chat and chill” model of furniture. You can get the best bang from your buck by investing in furniture with a variety of configurations – comfy lounge chairs and sectional pieces that can be grouped with ottomans, coffee tables or side tables or separated off into intimate vignettes. Ultimately, your backyard is the most coveted ‘room’ of your house once the warm weather hits, so don’t let the space go to waste! Invest in simple anchor pieces and materials that can be complemented by multifunctional items and the clever use of accessories. This will help boost the functionality of your outdoor space and open up its potential year after year.

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n August of last year, my only daughter, of six children, got married. True to her character, she opted out of a big wedding at home and decided instead to get married in the Highlands of Scotland with a selection of close family and friends. For any father, the wedding of a daughter is a wonderful and very special affair. In this case, it was also a great opportunity for a wonderful family vacation.

After months of watching her plan, my wife and I travelled on Air Transat to Glasgow where we started our trip. I had never flown Air Transat

before – we flew Business class there and Option Plus on the way home, the seats offered plenty of room and the service was excellent. I will certainly be flying with them again soon. On the majority of my trips I am spoiled by not needing to plan or arrange anything myself. My transportation, accommodation and activities are all planned for me. I am given an itinerary and off I go. On this trip, I was in charge of my own transportation. I took this as a challenge to find the best and most affordable rental car I could find. After lots of research, I ended up going with Ken Arnold. My wife and I arrived in Glasgow and picked up our rental car, without any issue. From there, we made our way to Edinburgh to spend a day with my daughter and future son-in-law, before heading on to our final destination, Nairn.

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Above: Geddes House is a traditional Georgian family mansion, sitting on a 1,000-acre Highland estate. The stone home with its eclectic blue doors sleeps up to 17 people and is situated on a working family farm.

Since we were in Edinburgh for such a short period of time, we decided to start the day with a delicious full Scottish breakfast at the Edinburgh Larder, followed by window and real shopping on the Royal Mile. As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is as full of history as it is beauty. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the new and old towns of Edinburg offer stunning architecture and a rich culture that radiates through the winding cobblestone streets. Both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo were on while we were visiting, making our day of exploring

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all that much more exciting and colorful. The next day we made the four-hour drive to the town of Nairn, a small town approximately 10 minutes east of Inverness. As a historical fishing port and market town, Nairn has a rich history and is surrounded by beautiful country estates. One such estate is Geddes House, our home for the next week. With the help of Johanna from Scotland Tourism Solutions, my daughter found Geddes House on Large Holiday Houses – a website providing quality, self-catering holiday homes throughout Scotland. Geddes House is a


The next day was Sunday so we decided to spend it at Culloden Moor and the gardens of Cawdor Castle – a late 14th century castle made famous by Shakespeare’s Macbeth.”

traditional Georgian family mansion, sitting on a 1,000-acre Highland estate. The stone home with its eclectic blue doors sleeps up to 17 people and is situated on a working family farm. Before our arrival, I arranged with the owner, Elizabeth, to have farm fresh eggs and meat delivered. Both were waiting in the refrigerator when we arrived. Although we left Edinburgh at the same time as my daughter, I made sure that my wife and I were the first to arrive at Geddes. I quickly assessed rooms and made recommendations as guests started arriving. Prior to our departure, my daughter had sent out a detailed itinerary. First thing on the agenda was an evening of cocktails in the billiards room. Surrounded by family, we spent a wonderful evening eating, drinking and just enjoying each other’s company. The next day was Sunday so we decided to spend it at Culloden Moor and the gardens of Cawdor Castle – a late 14th century castle made famous by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. On April 16, 1746, the Battle of Culloden was fought to reclaim the throne of Britain. The site is now home to a state-of-the-art interactive visitors centre that allows visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of Culloden before venturing out onto the moor. Although I had been to Culloden in the past, the vastness of the moor and the newly constructed visitors centre made it well worth another trip. After a lovely lunch at the Culloden visitors centre, we made our way to Cawdor Castle and a walk in the infamous gardens. Cawdor has three distinct gardens: the Walled Garden, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden. The oldest of these, the Walled Garden, dates from 1600 and later became a kitchen garden. Since our trip was in early August, the gardens were in full bloom and beautifully tended, allowing for some wonderful family photographs.





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Trave travel|Scotland Leaving my family to enjoy the gardens a little longer, I headed back to Geddes House in order to start the afternoon meal. There were a few birthdays during the week while we were there so I acted as chef for the night and cooked a wonderful roast, straight from the pastures of Geddes. After dinner, it was early to bed in preparation for the whisky tour the next day. Originally made solely from malted barley, Scotch whisky must be made in a particular manner, specified by law, in order to be called Scotch whisky. To help us get through the day, my wife and daughter were up early making pancakes before the coach arrived. Prior to arriving in Scotland, my daughter hired a coach and tour guide from Inverness Tours. As soon as we were on the coach, we knew it was going to be a wonderful day. Our tour guide, George, was charismatic, knowledgeable and passionate. He even spent some time babysitting my six-monthold grandson so that his mother and father could enjoy a few of the distilleries. We started our day at GlenGrant, then made our way over to Cardhu and finished the day at the Glenlivet distillery. Although most Scotch whisky is made in a similar fashion, it was wonderful to visit distilleries that ranged in size and location. Needless to say, the family greatly enjoyed the tasting portion of each tour and everyone arrived home happy and tired. That evening we opted for an easy meal at a local Indian restaurant in Nairn. With the wedding just two days away, we spent the next day’s experiencing the

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Travel local attractions, including Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Fort George and a ride on the historic Strathspey steam train through Cairngorms National Park. The afternoon before the ceremony one of my sons and my daughter’s best friend organized a miniHighland games on the lawns of Geddes House. We played versions of caber toss, hammer throw and weight throw. That evening, along with a few guests who came in for the ceremony, we enjoyed a relaxed rehearsal dinner in the main dining room. My daughter’s wedding planning consisted of booking a photographer, piper, officiant and caterer, and organized the rental of chairs and tables. In her mind, anything else that needed to be organized could fall into place once we were in Scotland. I thought she was a little crazy and was likely setting herself up to be very stressed during the week before the wedding. As usual though, she was right. We woke up on the morning of the ceremony to blue skies and perfect temperatures. Following a breakfast of mimosas, bagels and smoked salmon, the men and women separated into their respective wings of the house in order to begin preparations. Instead of travelling to another destination for the ceremony and wedding lunch, my daughter and (soon to be) son-inlaw decided to keep it simple and have the ceremony in the beautiful walled gardens at Geddes House, followed by canapes on the lawns and the wedding lunch in the dining room. The photographer arrived early and began documenting. Always having had a flair for the dramatic, I opted to not let anyone see me in my attire before the ceremony. So, an hour before we were to head out to the gardens, I hid away in my room to begin getting ready. A piper, in full regalia, played as my daughter and I made our way, arm in arm, down the treed path to the walled garden. Chairs had been set up under a weeping willow and we watched with tears in our eyes as the ceremony took place. My youngest son’s partner made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres and floral arrangements out of flowers and thistles she found on the property. The officiant performed a ceremonial hand fastening as my daughter and son-in-law read aloud their individual vows.

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After the ceremony, the wedding party went to have photos taken and the rest of the guests enjoyed canapes on the lawns, my grandson played on a tartan blanket with the piper in the background. ”

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Travel After the ceremony, the wedding party went to have photos taken and the rest of the guests enjoyed canapes on the lawns, my grandson played on a tartan blanket with the piper in the background. We made our way in for lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying wonderful food, speeches and music. The entire day went off without a hitch. The photographer, piper, officiant and caterer were all punctual and professional. Our last full day as a family in Scotland was spent relaxing and enjoying Geddes House and the surrounding area. Some went golfing, while others went on walking tours of the estate. My wife, daughter, son-in-law and I stayed in Nairn for an extra two nights so that we could take in the Nairn Highland Games. My wife and I stayed at a local bed and breakfast called Cawdor House. I am not used to staying at bed and breakfasts, so it was a lovely surprise to finish our trip in such a fantastic and well-run establishment. The thought of travelling with family, especially so many big personalities in one house, can often be stressful and overwhelming. This trip proved that it is possible. So much so, that we have already planned our trip for 2016. Bart Card is a food and travel writer. (905) 251-1258 or Air Transat – Scotland Tourism Solutions – Geddes House - Caterer – Donnie Macleod Event Catering Photographer – Graham Braid Photography Piper –


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When it comes to real estate and advanced cardiac care – location is everything Location… Location…Location. Just ask Don Gordon. He’s pretty sure if he had his heart attack at home, he might not be planning his ski trip to Switzerland. In fact, he’s pretty sure he wouldn’t be planning anything. The 70-year-old retiree lives on a rural property located between Midland and Barrie and while there’s a hospital in each town, only minutes away from him, neither is able to offer advanced cardiac care. “So, basically when I had my heart attack, it wouldn’t have mattered which hospital I went to. All either hospital could have done is stabilize me and send me south,” says Gordon. “The chances of me making it would have been low.”

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As luck would have it, Gordon did not have his heart attack at home, but instead in downtown Toronto and a mere five minutes from an Advanced Cardiac Centre. His left main artery was completely blocked, a condition known as the ‘Widow Maker’ - so time was not on his side. “If I was at home it would be a different story. First I’m still alive, which I’m pretty sure would not have been the case. I know our area is grossly underserviced when it comes to advanced cardiac care. Sometimes you get a little warning and you can get to a centre within the 90 minute window, but that is not always the case,” says Gordon. “My heart attack was completely unexpected. I didn’t see it coming.” The reality is, if you have a heart attack in Muskoka, Collingwood, Midland or Orillia - basically anywhere north of Barrie - you will be stabilized and given “clot-busting” medication in your home hospital and then transported to a cardiac centre, a standard of care referred to as “drip and ship”. Currently, North Simcoe Muskoka is the only region in the province without an Advanced Cardiac Centre. This means every year more than 3,600 heart patients must travel to centres outside the region for lifesaving heart procedures. But that’s going to change. Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) has government approval to develop an advanced cardiac program, scheduled to open in early 2017. RVH’s advanced cardiac program will then provide heart diagnostics and interventions such as angiograms and angioplasty, giving patients access to faster treatment, a shorter hospital stay and less travel time. “Our advanced cardiac program will be a game changer for heart patients in our region,” says Janice Skot, president and CEO, RVH. “Soon North Simcoe Muskoka residents will have the same gold standard of heart care as those in the rest of the province - treatment within 90 minutes of a heart attack. That’s critically important because when it comes to the heart, time is muscle.” So what does Don Gordon think about the news? “I’m a huge fan of that idea. This program will give the people of Simcoe Muskoka great peace of mind. I would guess most people don’t realize advanced cardiac care is not available here - until they need it.”

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At Scarpaccio‘s Ristorante we bring you a simplistic and inspired approach to old world Mediterranean Cuisine blended with new world Continental Cuisine. Come and relax! Savour a meal without being rushed. Spend some quality time in a warm and inviting setting, where every meal is made fresh and prepared to order. Scarpaccio‘s Ristorante Grill & Wine Bar offers a genuine experience in casual dining, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Open year round. Monday to Saturday 6:00 am till 11:00 pm and Sunday, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm; seating up to 50 people.

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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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KoHyang House is Barrie‘s First Korean Cuisine restaurant. Original Furusato owner Anna Kim is now at KoHyang House. It offers Korean cuisine as well as Japanese cuisine. It is located on Bayfield Street, just north of the Five Points. We recommend the Dolsot Bi Bim Bap, a dish of mixed vegetables and a choice of chicken, beef or tofu, served on a bed of rice. It is Korea‘s signature dish. The restaurant has dishes from other parts of Asia as well. There are teriyaki and tempura choices and a sushi bar, along with bento box combinations. Check us out on our website!

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TARA AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE Delighted to be considered Barrie’s finest, Chef Brothers Yar and Nur Mohammad have committed 25 years tantalizing the palates of their customers. Their culinary prowess makes Tara a most unique “palatal experience. Open seven days-a-week the alluring aroma will bring you in. Lunch Buffet available for $10.99.

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DANNY’S FISH AND CHIPS We make the extra effort to hand-cut our chips and fillet our fish daily! Our Fresh Alaskan Halibut and chips is hand sliced fresh, just minutes before it reaches your plate. Our English style fish and chips are made from an old secret recipe (thinly battered) and passed down through generations and served alongside our famous home-cut fries. Just one bite and you’ll be hooked! We don‘t just claim to be the best, we prove it through honest workmanship and genuine caring. Voted “Your Favourite Fish & Chip Restaurant” in Barrie and celebrating 40 years this September!

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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


LN to go by 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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Barnstormer Brewing Co. is Barrie’s Original Brewpub. At the core of its operation is a small-batch microbrewery that is pumping out some of the finest all-natural, unfiltered craft ale in the province. The latest news is that their Flight Delay IPA will making its appearance on LCBO and Beer Store shelves by April.. and joining the spotlight late this winter will be their 400 Blonde and BIlly Bishop Brown Ale. The on-site restaurant boasts an equally ambitious selection of naturally crafted recipes that pair well with the premium beer their patrons have come to expect. Artisan pizza made from spent-grains in the brewery add depth to every dough and propel this aviation-themed wonder to new heights. With nightly events that expel beer unto the masses and a bottle shop that stays open well beyond the operating hours of The Beer Store, we expect great things in the future by Barnstormer Brewing Co. Welcome, everyone, aboard a new class of beer.

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THE FARMHOUSE The Farmhouse is a fun, fresh and family ready new restaurant, that is a must eat! At the Farmhouse we use only sustainable fish and the freshest meats and vegetables. We are animal lovers and tree huggers. Open for Lunch & Dinner 7 Days BREAKFAST Now Open Sat & Sun 8:30 am HAPPY HOUR Everyday 4-6 Spectacular view of Kempenfelt Bay Private rooms – Catering – Perfect for Weddings

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SCRATCH ITALIAN EATERY & CORDINO’S FINE MEATS & DELI So much news! The original Cordino’s Fine Meats and Deli is moving April 2016 to their new location at Bayview & Little Ave. Their 2nd restaurant SCRATCH is NOW OPEN in downtown Barrie beside the Uptown Theatre! Michael and Nancy are thrilled to provide you with the same great family recipes made from SCRATCH that you’ve grown to trust and love from Cordino’s! They continue to be inspired by old world charm and believe in delivering local, sustainable and premium fresh food! Offering dine in, catering and modern meat cutting practices that are cut in-house with a commitment to quality and freshness for your family’s table! All of their products are prepared with quality and freshness and old fashion service. A Certified Chef is on site daily, with over 20 years of culinary experience!

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Barrie Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Mayor’s Luncheon It was a sold-out crowd at the Barrie Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayor’s Luncheon on Jan. 20. Many from the business community attended to hear Mayor Jeff Lehman’s outlook on the year ahead.

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1. David Brohpy from CIBC, Joanne McPhail from Barriston Law and Jeff Bayley from Recover Water Tech

2. Rebecca Truax from the RVH Foundation and











Tracey Baker, owner of ZuZu Fashion Boutique.

3. Melisa Djebbari from Bell and Todd Tuckey from Tamarco Contracting.

4. Arkady Spivak, artistic producer of Talk is Free Theatre, and Lori Martin, editor, Metroland.

5. Craig Stevens from the Downtown Barrie

Business Association (BIA), Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard and BIA chairperson Wayne Hay.

6. Craig Busch from Busch Systems, Sarah Ingram from the RVH Foundation and Ward 8 Coun. Arif Khan

7. Stella Millis, president of the Barrie Chamber

of Commerce, with chamber CEO Rod Jackson, Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood and Insp. Paul McGarry.

8. Drew Leicester from CIBC, Michele Craig from BookSmarts, Greg Norris from Liquid Capital, and Dane Pilon from CIBC.

9. Keith Strachan from Sell to the Public Sector and Laura Tattersall from Barrie-SpringwaterOro-Medonte MP Alex Nuttall’s office.

10. Carla Ladd, Barrie CAO and United Way of

Greater Simcoe County and Steve Loftus from Innovative Automation

11. Derek Tierney from OLG, real Mark Faris from


The Mark Faris Team and Terri Seymour from OLG

12. Marc Graham from BDO, Adam Promoli from RBC and Tim Taylor from BDO

13. Doug Jones, Steve Jones, Kerri Graham and Joe Hilton, all of BDO.

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