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12 Around the Bend 24 The Making of a Mudroom 36 Local Design Shops 40 52 In the Kitchen to Keep Your 61 How Resolutions Equestrian Élan

Groundbreaking new agrihoods embracing the farm to fork movement shakes up the housing industry.

Living on the shores of past cannon fire.

The Mudroom – a space that can transform chaos into organized bliss.


Finding rare gifts and home accessories that you won’t find at a big box store.

With Jean Bevan of English & Miller.

What’s the secret to keeping your resolution to shape up and eat better?

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Family Jewels

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General Manager

As we turn the page on a new year, there is always a tendency to re-evaluate and take stock of where we are and where we want to be.

Often, when I accompany GoodLife writer Dawn Ritchie on a “virtual” home tour, I find myself wandering through these magnificent homes, sentence by sentence, as Dawn uncovers and describes the beauty within.

even though Jan. 1 is just another day on the calendar, there is a real feeling that we have a chance at a fresh start. In 2015, I decided to embrace a new activity; to feel better, look better and enjoy some time investing in myself. This activity was hot yoga. With persistence, I finished the year in the hot room, quite proud of the commitment I had made to myself. This, to me, was a true resolution realized.

This issue’s journey through Braestone, Georgian International’s flagship development – a 229-home residential development in Oro-Medonte – left me imagining the plethora of outdoor activities around which residents of this equestriancentered neighbourhood will live. It sounds like heaven.



I challenge each of you to take advantage of this fresh start to commit to some form of self-improvement. If you want 2016 to be your year, this really is the best way to ensure it is. GoodLife writer Katherine elphick spoke with local dietitians and fitness studios to research the best advice on keeping resolutions and getting on track to a better you. She also includes some delicious, and low-cal recipes to kick-start your success.

The land on which the homes will be built boast horse paddocks, a modern barn and even a Christmas tree farm. There is also an on-site skating rink, fishing pond, baseball diamond, children’s campsite, celestial outdoor observatory, toboggan hill (with an eighth-of-a-mile incline) and an extensive hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trail system that winds through a majestic red pine forest.

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Now that the holiday chocolates and festive goodies have been consumed, healthy eating and exercise is a hot topic issue days. to tackle this topic, my “Battling the January Bulge” story offers various healthy eating and fitness tips from local experts. Low calories recipes are also included. Moving on, my next article showcases downtown Barrie’s English & Miller, a British tearoom and gift shop. high tea anyone?

“Fancy a cuppa?” that’s a phrase that any Coronation Street viewer knows well. If you were looking for the best place in Barrie to grab a spot of tea, a fantastic suggestion would be English and Miller located right here in downtown Barrie. this British tea room has it all. great sweets, fun lunches and of course, tea. Pop ‘round to check out their gift shop too. you won’t be disappointed.

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Braestone encompasses everything I would associate with a good life. Make sure you join Dawn on this home tour.

“Every article I have every read concerning this beautiful destination makes reference to grenada as “Spice Island” and yes, the smell of nutmeg does hang in the air, grenada is the world’s second-largest nutmeg producer, but aside from the spices, grenada is so much more. Perhaps one of the finest resorts in grenada is Laluna hotel, where the manager will introduce you to this exclusive, Italian-owned romantic hideaway in Morne rouge.”

If you haven’t heard the term “agrihood” yet, you soon will, because it’s one of the newest developments trending in the housing market. Upscale communities built around working farms and urban vegetable gardens are popping up across North america and they’re growing in desirability. In this issue we visit Braestone, a new agrihood under construction in oroMedonte that will especially appeal to the horsy set. It doesn’t disappoint.

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This month’s Braestone photo-shoot was both a pleasure and a challenge. The houses themselves were beautiful. elegantly decorated and beautiful architecture make for great shooting conditions. The outside however was the challenge with 60km winds and construction equipment for backgrounds. however, what a beautiful location and setting, especially if you’re a horse lover. Once complete, a very picturesque setting indeed.

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Equestrian Élan By Dawn Ritchie | Photography by Mike Guilbault

Luxury residential developments have dotted golf courses for decades, but a groundbreaking new trend embracing the farm-to-fork movement is shaking up the housing industry. They’re called agrihoods – planned communities built around a working farm – and they are redefining neighbourhoods.


he latest to appear on the map is in Davis, California. Incorporating a seven-and-ahalf-acre urban farm into its public space, The Cannery offers residents community gardening plots, solar energy and edible landscaping (a fruit or nut tree in every front yard). The demand for this new way of going

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The Morgan • three-bedroom loft ranch bungalow • 2,658 square-feet • Sitting on nearly an acre of land

back to the land without ever leaving the convenience of suburban life has spawned agrihoods from Hawaii to Colorado to Illinois, and now, finally, Ontario has its own. Braestone is Georgian International’s flagship development and they have taken a truly inspired approach in their luxury “Down Home, Up Country” 229-home residential development in Oro-Medonte by integrating a robust recreational component into the plan. The working farm at Braestone will demand none of the chores from residents but they will reap all of the rewards of fresh berries, apples, pumpkins, honey, corn, wine and the maple syrup that the property produces. Braestone’s resident farmers will handle all the heavy lifting, allowing homeowners to focus instead on the abundant recreational perks at their disposal. Travel down Horseshoe Valley Road, dipping through the hills and valleys of the bucolic countryside, and turn south at the 9th Line and you enter a length of tree-canopied roadway that leads to this full square mile of nirvana. The acres of black equestrian fencing that define the

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downtownbarrie.ca In 2012 The North moved into its existing larger two-storey Victorian building with private party rooms for catering and special events.

A deep, elongated window seat with deluxe padded cushion that is grand enough for an extended catnap.

property remind you that you are in horse country. The land on which the homes will be built boast horse paddocks, a modern barn and even a Christmas tree farm where residents will collect their annual noble fir. There is also an on-site skating rink, fishing pond, baseball diamond, children’s campsite, celestial outdoor observatory, toboggan hill (with an eighth-of-a-mile incline) and an extensive hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trail system that winds through a majestic red pine forest. And it is all purposefully there for the pleasure of Braestone residents. While Braestone harkens back to the simple country joys of the past, the chic residences with a refined design style are set firmly in the present. Home models are dubbed with equestrian names since this development will most likely draw the horsy set. Award-winning architect William Hicks was brought in to achieve this dream and create “a sense of place and belonging” that is Braestone’s mission statement. Interior design elements were executed to perfection by the dynamic Redman Watson design duo and the theme throughout is decidedly equestrian. Before construction even began, the homes began selling like hotcakes. Today, there are two stunning country estate models to tour and we have all the delicious details.

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the games room is equipped for play with a sturdy Brunswick Kicker Foosball table.

The Morgan three-bedroom loft bungalow is a 2,658 square-foot ranch sitting on nearly an acre of land and it is a tour de force of pure light. Windows are the prominent feature of this residence, allowing stunning views of the horse paddocks, orchard, vineyard and a stately tree line that is hundreds of years old. The warm Ralph Lauren style that Redman Watson has employed is in evidence as you enter the Morgan’s foyer and find a cowhide rug under foot. To the left, a HolsteinFriesian pouf is the spot to rest your laurels while kicking off the riding boots. Veer right off the foyer and you enter the open concept living area where the kitchen, dining area and great room are surrounded by windows that extend to the towering 18-foot ceiling. Dual walkouts off the dining section lead to the sizeable covered porch at the front of the house (built with B.C. fir) and conversely to the rear terrace at the back. Five-inch-

Garden doors with sidelights lead out to the terrace on the north allowing for morning coffee”

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aBoVE: the sleek kitchen is supplied with raywal cabinetry and feature spacious 39-inch uppers and nifty two-tiered kidney-shaped LeMans pullouts for blind cupboards below. Cabinets are tobacco finish and the sizeable island, which sports handy power outlets, is in a handsome linen finish. It’s all topped with luxurious Cashmere Cream granite that hides potential stains

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wide engineered wood plank flooring allows an uninterrupted visual flow from kitchen through to living room. The sleek kitchen is supplied with Raywal cabinetry and feature spacious 39-inch uppers and nifty two-tiered kidney-shaped LeMans pullouts for blind cupboards below. Cabinets are tobacco finish and the sizeable island, which sports handy power outlets, is in a handsome linen finish. It’s all topped with luxurious Cashmere Cream granite that hides potential stains. An open pantry is situated on the south wall for extra storage. All appliances here are GE with a fiveburner range, professional refrigeration unit and dishwasher that get the job done. A deep, double undermount stainless steel sink with Koehler faucet and pullout vegetable sprayer is backed with a ceramic subway tile backsplash in soft taupe. In addition to the eight full-sized windows that stream in light from the upper storey, the kitchen is illuminated by recessed lighting and an industrial-styled Clemson Classic pendant lamp from Restoration Hardware that is suspended over the island. But with all the natural light available, it is unlikely to be needed until well after sunset. This entire space is so generous in size (36 feet x 17 feet) that there is none of the usual crammed-in feeling you can get in open concept living spaces. There’s room enough for a seven-foot Cortona dining table from Pottery Barn. The Seagrass chairs also have plenty of district to move freely in and out from the table without concern of bumping into the island’s leather Manchester barstools behind. The dining table also resides a respectable distance from the main living area. There, a plush dark grey Barnaby sofa from Elte is where the crowd will gather to unwind while a fabulous chandelier from Currey’s (the Bella Luna) dangles above. The mantel over the stone-faced gas fireplace is simply stunning in its raw simplicity. Constructed of a distressed wood beam, it gives the room that extra punch of country and offsets the orderly built-in shelving on the left side of the fireplace. While the fireplace is conveniently gasfired, Braestone is one of the few remaining developments that do allow for a woodburning upgrade. As you continue through to the master bedroom in the east wing, you pass a deep,

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The sylvan Printmaker’s desk is the spot where business responsibilities are accomplished but the cheerful equine art on the walls reminds of the rewards that follow.”

elongated window seat with deluxe padded cushion that is grand enough for an extended catnap. The master suite is secluded from the action in the quieter rear of the property, away from road traffic. Clean yet rustic finishes fill this space, including the leather club chair in the corner and the unusual Diego leather suitcase bedside tables that appear like they could have travelled on the Pony Express. The 11-foot vaulted ceiling will relax the gaze while reclining on the tufted upholstered Chesterfield king-sized bed. Above, a stunning orb chandelier (the Rondeau from Currey’s) is brightly poised. Ahead, garden doors with sidelights lead out to the terrace on the north allowing for morning coffee. At the foot of the bed, two

distressed sitting stools hold a breakfast tray at the ready. The adjoining master’s en suite is tiled in porcelain and enjoys an oversized Mirolin soaker tub, frameless glass shower, Koehler fixtures and an architectural sink. The commode is by Gerber. Travel back down the hall and a gallery of charming sketches of hounds will lead you into the main floor office. A leather Jenkins bookshelf from Elte that holds books and treasures greets you. The sylvan Printmaker’s desk is the spot where business responsibilities are accomplished but the cheerful equine art on the walls (from Artful Solutions) reminds of the rewards that follow. Back through the front foyer, you will find the west wing’s guest bedroom with its lovely

The Thoroughbred • Two-storey four-bedroom • Over 3,100 square-feet

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Pottery Barn ‘Addison’ headboard carved with dentils. Etchings of sparrows flit above it to gentle the night. Navy and cream is the colour palette used by Redman Watson here with paisley blue and cream curtains custommade by Salnek, which provided all of the window coverings throughout both model homes. The chandelier in this room is from Currey’s Marcello line with Nero Oro Antico frame. The west wing’s three-piece bathroom offers yet another large shower. Grey porcelain flooring carries through to the laundry room situated next to it, which is serviced by an LG steam washer and dryer and deep stainless steel laundry sink. A side entrance here provides access to the detached garage. While all rooms on the main floor enjoy a minimum of nine-foot ceilings, the loft on the second level still has plenty of headroom with an eight-foot height as standard. The games room there is equipped for play with a sturdy Brunswick Kicker Foosball table from Sanders Recreational in Barrie. Open to the floor below, the games room is the fortunate




The two-storey four-bedroom Thoroughbred model next door is even larger at well over 3,100 square feet. Like The Morgan, you are welcomed to the residence by handcrafted gas-fired copper coach lanterns at the front door (from Legendary Lighting.) The front porch is poured concrete that has been tiled with non-slip tiles. The spacious main-floor master bedroom is found directly off the foyer with a fourpiece en suite and walk-in closet that has a window inside for natural light. A mahogany king-sized sleigh bed is the focal point here with colour-matched dresser and gorgeous leather chest bedside tables from Elte. A second smaller master bedroom with a threepiece ensuite is found on the second level (dressed as a children’s playroom in this model), which means this is a home where residents can age in place. If stairs ever become challenging, there is a fully equipped master conveniently on both floors.



recipient of views that are miles long through the eight upper windows in the great room, which are now magnificently set at eye level. The distant outline of Bass Lake is visible from here. The loft also contains an extra bedroom with twin beds and yet another designer bathroom with spacious shower.

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In the centre of the second storey, a balcony overlooks the great room below to keep an eye on family activities.

a laundry room with Lg trueSteam appliances doubles as the boot room with an exit to the rear of the property where the detached garage/coach house is located. Seating is provided with cubbies and hooks to hold barn jackets.

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Our fashion advisors are here to help. Like the Morgan, the Thoroughbred uses an open concept design for kitchen, dining and great room which spans a fulsome 36 foot x 15 1/2 foot with vaulted ceiling. White upgraded Raywal cabinetry in the kitchen, with the au courant painted look, extends right to the ceiling where lighted glass uppers provide extra storage. Appliances here are from the ‘ultra-premium’ professional Brigade line by Viking with a six-burner range, built-in wine fridge and microwave. The dishwasher is concealed inside the cabinetry below a double window that lets you gaze out at the cantering horses during clean up. There’s ample counter space for culinary exploration in the Thoroughbred and the high-gloss, three-inch subway tile backing the granite countertops will deter stains. The generous island has a warm, contrasting coffee finish with architectural moulding and extended seating posts that permit the Decker distressed leather barstools (Pottery Barn) to slip under the granite overhang. The overall effect is country sophistication, but it’s really the extra touches – like the fabulous Restoration Hardware Industrial Pulley Double Pendant over the island that make the design choices distinctive.

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this extravagant shared bath features a stand alone Mirolin soaker tub, double sinks set in dark grey cabinetry and a round buttoned velvet pouf for seating. an oversized frameless glass shower with rain head and large porcelain wall tile complete the modern look.

Steps away, in the dining area, an acacia Monastery dining table set for dinner accommodates a comfortable six on Belgian linen French Round chairs. Over the table, the delicate Trademark chandelier in classic bell shape provides dining ambience with six andelabra lights. The adjacent living area, with cozy sea green sofa and armless casual seating, enjoys a direct vent gas fireplace (by Superior.) The firebox is flanked with built-in shelving and storage on both sides. This area is lit by the Blythwood Chandelier, a two-tiered umber rust wrought iron 22 | GoodLife Barrie Edition January February 2016 â–

candelabra with classic Empire styling that demonstrates just how essential high-quality lighting fixtures are to the overall look of a home. The west wing of the house is where you’ll find the home office with its unique sawhorse desk with glass top and matching bookshelf (Elte) and an inimitable desk chair constructed from reclaimed wood. Around the corner, the main floor laundry room with LG TrueSteam appliances doubles as the boot room with an exit to the rear of the property, where the detached garage/coach house is located. Seating is provided with cubbies and hooks

to hold barn jackets. On the second level, we find the children’s play room (or second master with three-piece ensuite) and a spacious children’s bedroom with twin beds that share a nightstand in the pretty princess-pink colour scheme. A festive glass chandelier overhead is situated between the beds so that naughty children jumping on mattresses won’t bonk their heads. A roomy window seat in pink and green plaid fabric is the place to read stories and wish on stars. A third airy adult bedroom resides on this level as well. This bedroom also includes an oversized window seat that provides forest views. The colour scheme is restful blues and greys with a blue linen wingback chair and Belgium linen Warner upholstered queen bed with nail heads from Restoration Hardware. In the centre of the second storey, a balcony overlooks the great room below to keep an eye on family activities. The extravagant shared bath for this floor is found directly behind with a stand-alone Mirolin soaker tub, double sinks set in dark grey cabinetry and a round buttoned velvet pouf for seating. An oversized frameless glass shower with rain head and large porcelain wall tile complete the modern look. Oak stairs lead to the carpeted recreation room on the lower level, which is supplied with deep window wells landscaped with stone to provide ample light and emergency egress, (permitting extra bedrooms to code). Another three-piece bathroom is available here with shower, quartz counters and a very blingy flush-mount light that resembles little diamonds. The media room on this level is pre-wired with receptacles at eye level to hide cords on those coveted flat screen TVs. The main recreation area has space enough for a full-sized billiards table and the bar area has been preplumbed, leaving no luxury stone unturned. Indeed, the agrihood has truly come of age at Braestone. While urbanites may dash from subway to office to condo without ever venturing outdoors, this is the place for those who relish an evening ski with friends through a pine forest followed by a bonfire and glass of wine that was bottled from their own vineyard. It is the place for the special few who seek a deeper connection to nature while still savouring the finer things in life.



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Cannon fire once rang out on the shores of the property Michelle and Rick Seip call home. At a gentle bend in the Nottawasaga River, overlooking the Nancy Island Historical Site, a significant battle in the War of 1812 was fought.

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found cannonballs on the beach,” reports Michelle Seip, a busy Wasaga Beach realtor who takes pride in the

history of her land. The H.M.S. Nancy was sunk here and the hull of the ship was raised from the depths in 1934. Now housed in the island’s museum and amphitheater, this thrilling piece of history is all within direct view of the kitchen window of the Seips’ 4,800-square-foot dream home. “At that time, the only roadway was the beach,” says Michelle Seip. “Historic photographs show horses and wagons traveling down the sand.” The Seips fell in love with this parcel of land back in 1999 when the property was being utilized as a four-season resort. It housed five cottages at that time, which still stand high on the banks to this day. The Seips decided to leave the cottages intact and spent the next few years dreaming and planning out their future structure. “We wanted to get a feel of the location – the angles and

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We wanted to get a feel of the location — the angles and shapes of the land so we could design the house for the land and maximize the views,” says Michelle. “It was a real labor of love.”

shapes of the land – so we could design the house for the land and maximize the views. It was a real labour of love. “Michelle’s husband and realty partner, Rick, designed and drew the plans. They broke ground in 2003, deciding on a slab on-grade structure with in-floor radiant heating. They first built the east wing of the house, used now as their real estate office, and lived there for a year while the rest of the house was constructed. The final result was a ranch-style home with a two-tiered

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tower inspired by the work of famed architect Andrés Duany, renowned for his New Urbanism development in Seaside Florida. “We call it our coastal beach room.” The couple originally planned a single-level tower to be used as a media room, but once erected, decided to go up another level to take advantage of the expansive 360-degree vistas the additional height would afford. A Celestron telescope sits at the ready for stargazing there. In the summer months, the Seips live in the treetops in their third floor tower, fittingly painted in a Benjamin Moore “Turret” tint. Come autumn, once the leaves drop, their reward is a majestic view around the river bend, all the way to the distant ski hills of Devil’s Glen. “It’s a perfect space for five o’clock cocktails.” This bend in the river was used to great effect by Rick. Each room on the main floor moves with the waterway, taking on a slightly different bearing. As you journey through the open concept living room, through the kitchen to the dining room, you are left with the distinct impression of uniquely defined separations despite the fact there are no walls constricting the spaces. In the living room, you are greeted with a Rumsford wood-burning fireplace, surrounded by quarried Wiarton grey limestone and a hand-hammered iron screen by Northern Iron. Rick cut every stone. Everything in



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The home has five fireplaces in all. “We really use our fireplaces,” says Michelle Seip.

Gracing the downstairs kitchen countertop, an arresting bronze sculpture by R.J. Moore of a cowboy rescuing a lost calf on horseback is evidence of Michelle’s deep love of all things equine

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the house is custom – the stonework, art from local artisans, and all the millwork, cabinetry and furnishings from tables to beds to shelving and kitchen islands, which were custom designed by Bruce Bateman Kitchens and Cabinetry. The home has five fireplaces in all. “We really use our fireplaces. We keep our kindling in that old firebox we got at The Royal Winter Fair.” In addition to the wood-burning Rumsford, there are four other gas-fired fireplaces – one in the upstairs tower coastal beach room, two more in the master bedroom and the office and a waisthigh fireplace in the dining room, which supplies ambience and warmth while dining. “We eat in our dining room every night. It’s so cozy. We really use every room in our home. Not one is for show.” The room’s large wooden table is another Bruce Bateman creation, lit by a


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We sit outside a lot,” says Michelle Seip. “The wild geese migration is always a sight to see.

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continuity to the design. The range is flanked on either side by attractive stone columns and next to them, full-sized, built-in Viking refrigerator and freezers. Functionality was key to this well-though-out kitchen. Standing five-feet two-and-three-quarters-inches tall, Michelle knows the challenges of working in a kitchen with cabinetry designed for a man of average height. To solve this common problem, they brought all of the cabinetry down to counter level, ensuring that everything would be equally accessible by a person of shorter stature. Pots and pans are tucked away in deep pot drawers. Ceiling-level cabinets with in-cabinet lighting were left for decorative items. “There’s so much accent lighting. It’s just

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Ipsustrud te dolor se modionulput iure dolorem vent autat. Ut aliquam adit ut ut aci blam iriurer aessendrer Ad et adipit lore feum venibh elis dolorerci tio consequam dolenim ip ea augiamcon henim iuscilisl ing estrud met stunning at night.” It’s clear the home is richly decorated with artistic touches and mementos of their adventures. In the tower sitting room, styled in a bleached beach house chic, a large glass vase of seashells hand-collected by the couple from the Sea of Cortez reminds of a treasured escape from their productive and abundantly exciting lives. Gracing the downstairs kitchen countertop, an arresting bronze sculpture by R.J. Moore of a cowboy rescuing a lost calf on horseback is evidence of Michelle’s deep love of all things equine. Sometime between the War of 1812 and the property’s future incarnation as a cottage resort, 66 River Avenue Crescent enjoyed a

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The home is awash in equine imagery, from artwork to sculptures to lovely silk-screened cushions

stint as a horse farm. This perhaps speaks to one reason why the home is awash in equine imagery, from artwork to sculptures to lovely silk-screened cushions. Michelle sometimes wonders if the “energy of place” is responsible for stimulating her sudden passion for horses, which apparently arose only after she moved into this dream house. Today she is an accomplished ‘reiner’, who shows and competes with her horses in Florida numerous times each year. Twice annually she also hits the dusty trail in Alberta for an old-fashioned cattle drive with real life cowboys. For Rick, the passion for horsepower is focused on camshafts and pistons. His enthusiasm for old cars and Harleys is evident by the massive 1,450-square-foot five-car garage, complete with a tricked-out mechanic’s workbench and heavy-duty car hoist. En route to that dream garage you pass through a spacious anteroom the Seips call their gallery. Their collection of prints and acrylics by Sheila Fox and Sue Tupy, as well as an amusing dinosaur bird sculpture by Valerie Tennant feed the spirit here. To the left is the master bedroom with its grand spa bathroom featuring an Azurra freestanding spa tub and roomy adjoining walk-in closet. Guest rooms are on the opposite side, all prepped for visitors with baskets of plush towels and pocket doors that offer total privacy in their own wing. Despite the charm and comfort of the interior, the Seips venture outside often to enjoy their exterior location. Patios are accessible from bedroom to dining room all along the riverside. “We sit outside a lot. The wild geese migration is always a sight to see. They flock all along here. You should see it when they land and take off. It’s like a highway.”



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Brewing up a storm in Barrie

We are a dream destination for craft beer lovers

By: Katherine Elphick

Established in 2013, Barnstormer Brewery Company is Barrie’s first brew pub. “We are a dream destination ffor craft beer lovers,” says founder and artisan brewer, Dustin Norlund. All a beers are made in-house with the finest hand selected natural ingredients. Complimenting the cold beer, a 100-seat aviation-themed restaurant specializing in gourmet pizzas, wings, burgers and sandwiches is integrated into the brewhouse. “Everything in our kitchen is made from scratch and super ffrresh,” he explains. “We even hand make our own burgers in house, and m specialize in using local and seasonal iingredients on our menu.” Inside the local brew pub, various handcrafted suds are ready for sipping. “We currently have 14 brews on tap,” says Norlund, age 41, who will appear on this season of Dragon’s Den promoting his suds. “I can’t tell you the outcome, yet,” he teases. The brewery’s three core brews include Flight 400 Blond Ale, Flight Delay IPA and Billy Bishop Brown. To D keep up with production, Barnstormer is k currently expanding brewing operations in Barrie. “We are doubling our square footage to about 5,000 square feet and

adding a new brewing system that is triple the size of the old one,” he explains. “As it stands, we can barely keep up with the beer demands of our own restaurant.” Later this winter the Beer Store will carry Flight Delay IPA, Billy Bishop Brown and 400 Blonde Ale. And Flight Delay IPA will be on LCBO shelves this spring. “The LCBO is the largest consumer of beer, wine and spirits in the world, so getting our craft beer in would increase our sales dramatically,” he explains. Barnstormer had to expand its operations to line LCBO and Beer Store shelves with its craft suds along with increased demand to supply other restaurants. The suds are also currently on tap at various local Ontario establishments in the GTA and beyond. Bottles, cans, kegs and growlers are also available at Barnstormer Brewery’s on-site retail shop. “We even offer takeout beer,” he notes. “All you have to do is fly by with your growler (a beer pail) and we will fill it up for you. You can buy a bottle, a case, a growler, or a keg — anything you want.” Since craft beer drinkers are known to enjoy merch, Barnstormer themed tee-shirts, glassware, openers, hats, sweat shirts, growlers and more are sold on-site. Gift baskets are also available.

15 ALL NATURAL BEER STYLES ON TAP The retail shop p is open p daily y from 11 am to 11 pm. p “We are open later than the Beer Store,” Norlund explains. The local artisan brewer says Californian craft beers have influenced Barnstormer’s flavour profiles. “I was living in southern California when it experienced a craft beer boom, so those flavours are in my genes.” As for the Barnstormer theme? “I’ve always had a passion for aviation, and a soft spot for Barnstormers because theyweresuchtrailblazers,”confesses Norlund, who is also an engineer and trained pilot. “Before getting into the craft beer business, I worked in aviation engineering.” Barnstormers were stunt pilots who performed flying tricks during the 1920s. Along with great beer and tasty fare, the local brew pub showcases live music on Friday and Saturday evenings along with various weekly theme nights. “We offer movies on Mondays, Trivia on Wednesdays and rock, paper, scissors on Thursdays to make the week more eventful for our clients,” he explains. “There’s always something somethin g fun fun going goin g on on here. here.”

Speaking p g of trivia,, local rresidents might find it interesting that the majority of the wood used in the brew pub’s interior was reclaimed from the former Kempview Bowl on Blake Street. Barnstormer visitors can also look into the brew house “to see the nectar being made.” Free tours and tastings are also available. For in formation on times and reserving space, check out the Barnstormer website. “We even have a live camera in our brew house, so you can see what we are brewing 24-hours a day,” he smiles. Barnstormer Brewery Company is located at 384 Yonge Street Unit 3, Barrie. For more information call 705481-1701 or visit barnstormerbrewing. com. You can also follow Barnstormer on Facebook and Twitter @Barnstormerbeer. For franchising information opportunities and more information on selling Barnstormer on tap at your bar or restaurant please email sales@ barnstormerbrewing.com.


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feature|The Makings of a Mudroom

this large mudroom with its recently added entrance offers practical storage solutions for a family of five—individual cubbies, large drawers and a deep closet for cleaning appliances and hockey bags. contractor/design: Do It Wright Renos

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he mudroom. Such a plain old, dirty name of a room, but, done right, it’s a space that can transform chaos into organized bliss. Mudrooms come in every size — from small entries with a few strategic hooks to large, dedicated rooms complete with lockers, laundry and pantry storage. But they share a common goal: to organize, centralize, simplify and declutter. Here are a few tips and tricks to create a functional and practical mudroom or entryway for your home.

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Determine the details of your project before getting your hammer out. the more thought and consideration you put into the plan, the happier you will be with the outcome, says designer Michelle Major of Foxglove Design Inc. here are some questions to get you thinking about the specifics of how you want to use your mudroom or entranceway and what you need to make it work for you. who… … will be using this space? Adults, children or both? Your pets? what… … will you be storing in your mudroom? Coats? Shoes? Backpacks? Cleaning supplies? Sports equipment? Pantry items? Ironing board? … challenges do these items present? Children can’t reach high shelves. Tall boots don’t fit on small shelves. Hockey sticks and pads are bulky. Keys, phones and other small stuff are easily lost. … is the budget?

wheRe… … is the laundry going to be? Can it go somewhere else in the home? Can it be stacked or moved to a closet to save space? Where will you store supplies, and sort and fold your laundry? … will you stash everyday items like mail, keys, coats and hand bags? … will you sit to put on your shoes? … will your family calendar and daily reminders go? In the mudroom or elsewhere in the home? how… … will you organize your stuff? Built-in cabinets and closets or hooks? Shelves, cubbies and drawers? Lockers or a repurposed dresser? Benches and baskets? ... will you add a little fun to this otherwise functional space? Colourful area rugs? Framed kids’ art or family pictures? A chalk or bulletin board for reminders and friendly messages?

Replace with Edited copy Stacking the washer and dryer and removing an old washing basin gave this family space to add a bench with built-in drawers and cubbies and a lot of hooks for kids’ coats. contractor/design: Do It Wright Renos


Maximize every inch of space for storage and function. an otherwise bare wall was given purpose with two rows of hooks – handy for backpacks, guest coats, umbrellas and dog leashes.

take some advice from the experts Contemporary builtin cabinets keep this mudroom neat and clean. a modern stainless steel sink and countertop make this a functional space for doing laundry. Design: Spruce Street Projects contractor: Penryn Construction cabinets: Home Hardware, Aurora

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Contractors Darren Wright and Jay Moore of Do It Wright Renos, offer practical suggestions for this practical space: 1. Pick durable finishes. the mudroom is a high-traffic area and has to stand up to snow, rain, dirt, mud and familiies. 2. Use a washable and durable paint so surfaces can be cleaned easily. Stay away

from ultra-light colours that will show fingerprints and dirt. 3. go with porcelain tile on the floor; unlike hardwood, will hold up against sand, salt and scratches. 4. real wood cabinetry will hold up better to wear and tear than laminate or plastic and can always be repainted if needed. If water is a concern, mount cabinets on the wall, off the floor.

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By Dawn Ritchie | PhotograhPy By Mike Guilbault

ooking for rare gifts and home accessories that you won’t find at every big box store? Then Red Fox Kitsune is your next port of call. Directly across from Barrie’s City Hall on Collier Street, this hidden little gem is the perfect afternoon browse following your Saturday morning visit to the Farmer’s Market at Barrie City Hall. Owner, Akiko Currie, who has a knack for finding the whimsical and the useful, seeks objets d’art for her design boutique that embellish your home and raise your entertaining game. Like the handmade serving dishes from award-winning Cambridge potter Nancy Hilborn that go happily from oven to table to dishwasher without a care. Or the rustic Chalet line of placemats and coasters made from cut branches that bring an earthy tone to your table. There are also spanking new vintage-styled bread boxes, an array of mysterious air plants that live in ethereal hanging terrariums, a slim minimalist Koncept standing lamp with an embedded USB port that charges your cell phone or iPad and a dizzying assortment of other goodies. Including the rolling Freedom Saddle ergonomic task stool from New York’s Humanscale or the backpacks and totes from Baggu that originate from Brooklyn. “They just wear so well,” says sales clerk Kenzie Churchward, “Mine has lasted forever. They have a really cool design. I love the Baggus.” “Right now what’s really bringing them in the doors is the Chalk Paint,” says Currie, who has the distinction of being an accredited architect by trade. Red Fox Kitsune is the only local carrier of Annie’s Sloan’s coveted and trademarked

Chalk Paint. Buyers from Huntsville and Muskoka come all the way just to get it. Chalk paint is not to be confused with chalkboard paint. It’s a specialty paint, most often used on furniture, that requires no prep before painting – hence the value to refinishers. “We have a designer on staff who does workshops,” says Currie. Take your time in this eclectic boutique and you will discover it’s an embarrassment of riches. There are quilts and clocks, upcycled lamps, unique dining suites, birch candlesticks, children’s Mini Toes (fanciful handmade leather shoes for babies), Fairy Tooth pouches, Plus Plus children’s toys from Denmark, cribs, adult Brunelli bedding and the lovely Lotus Natural Living line of body sprays, scrubs and lotions from registered aromatherapist Denise Sutherland. But it’s not all seriousness at Kitsune. Owners Currie and husband Keith wanted a little fun as well. “There’s a sense of humour in the store,” says Currie. “It’s one of the things we wanted.” Kitsune may stock the serious photography of Julinda Morrow, but there is also a mirthful limited edition collection of art illustrations from the UK’s Ashley Percival and crispy toast-shaped coasters for that Mimosa brunch. There’s even a selection of humorous ‘get well’ cards specifically for cancer patients, designed by a cancer survivor herself, who understands just the level of humour that is appropriate and appreciated. “We like well-designed objects which can be anything from furniture to home décor,” says Currie. “They have to be unique and current. One-of-a-kind sort of things.”

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n the hunt for a Gurgle Pot – those enchanting fish-shaped pitchers that go “glug, glug, glug” as you pour? Inhabit is where you’ll find them. What about an orange leatherette recliner for that extra pop of colour in your family room? The Mendoza glider from Dutailer is available here as well. Got the winter blues? Then a soy candle from the P.F. Candle Company that smells just like freshly cut grass is your little bit of spring in the depths of the February freeze … it’s all here waiting for you at Inhabit. Yes, downtown Barrie is coming of age design-wise with the arrival of the trendy Inhabit on Dunlop Street. It’s a one-stop shop for furnishings, lighting, art, linens, home accessories and even, believe it or not, kitchen cabinetry. The 100-inch metal blimp hanging at the shop’s entrance should be fair warning that you aren’t in Kansas anymore. “I actually love 42 | GoodLife Barrie Edition January February 2016 ■

it. It’s a conversation piece,” says owner and designer Samantha Thomas, who moved her storefront of contemporary stylings from Bryne Drive to the downtown core 18 months ago. “It’s a different demographic here,” says Thomas, who believes this location was hungry for her kind of business. “I love being downtown.” One of the reasons is the older structure the store is housed in. With it comes bare brick walls, exposed wood and wide plank flooring that is warm and inviting. “For me, it’s bringing the space together and creating that feeling that everyone wants in their home. I like a natural modern earthiness. I’m about finding the right pieces that suit the customers.” With that mission in mind, Inhabit carries the trendy Gus Modern sofa line, Jaipur rugs and Annie Selke’s wonderful Dash and Albert, Fresh American and Pine Comb Hill

co-ordinated collection of textiles and floor coverings. In 2016, Thomas will also carry children’s designer bedding and a crib line that switches to a toddler bed and then to a twin bed. “It’s hard to find nice things,” says Thomas. “There’s cheap and cheerful but I think ‘baby and designer’ is fantastic.” Design services, located in the rear of the store, is where you’ll find stocked samples of Cambria Silestone and different finishes for cabinetry fronts. “I’m in business with North Shore Finishes,” says Thomas. “They specialize in stain and paint finishes for kitchens and cabinet doors. We do design/builds from scratch and refinishing.” Thomas also believes in supporting local artists and has a large collection of items that reflect that commitment. “I’m always looking for things that are a little bit different so people don’t have to go down to Toronto to shop,” she says. »

feature|Unique and Chic “I’m a big stickler about quality and presentation. You can’t expect to sell a sofa every day. The small stuff is fun. Not intimidating.” So here you will find effervescent bath bombs from the Canadian Bath Bomb Company. Just toss them in your tub and watch them sizzle while adding essential oils and scent to your daily soak. There are also handmade lotions and body butters from Wilderness Soap Company, Pendleton blankets and towels, Danica Studio shower curtains, throw cushions, and seaweed, avocado and coffee soaps. “The grinds are a really good exfoliant and what better aroma to wake up to,” says Ashley Mayer, part of the sales staff. “My Nest candles are by far my favourite thing,” adds Thomas. “I’m a bit of a candle addict. They are soy based with a premium essential oil in them. They burn beautifully and smell amazing. Classic looking.” WHERE: 120 Dunlop Street East Barrie 705-734-1212 HOURS: Monday Closed Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 7 pm Saturday 10 am – 6 pm Sunday 11 am – 5



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alf of the fun of Horseshoe Valley Trading Company is discovering it along the roadside on your way up north, but it’s no secret to the locals who have been coming here for years for the homemade fudge, jams and unrivalled fruit and savoury pies made by the hands of Laura Ryan, the mayor of Mono. The history of the Horseshoe Valley Trading Company’s origins remains a little uncertain. According to lore, which is all anyone has to go on, this historic log structure is 160 years old and may or may not have been built by a railway employee and moved to this location in two sections, which could account for the strangely divided roof structure. Whatever its roots, this trading company has had a few differ-

ent incarnations in its lifespan, including a more recent life as a souvenir shop. It switched hands again 12 years ago and began its next transformation into a design and specialty shop under the guidance of new owner Brenda Laurin, who says the Horseshoe Valley Trading Company is still evolving, now into a clothing and jewelry store. “We’re just here for our customers,” says Laurin. “Where the market pushes, we go. I couldn’t sell a purse five years ago. Now, I can’t keep them in stock. One year I barely sold a scarf, then I sold 5,000.” Despite the sudden surge in fashion sales, (they sell a line of perfect raw cotton handmade clothes from the U.S.) »

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Horseshoe Valley Trading has held to its roots with a wide-ranging collection of dry goods and home décor accessories. This is the spot where you can still find an oval braided rug for the kitchen or pick up a garden wind chime or those fun signs for the cottage. Elegant Lampes Berger from Paris that cleanse the air are found here, as are quality makeup mirrors, pretty toile tea towels, wine glass shades, teapots, trays and amusing children’s clocks. And now, there’s a specialty wellness room with yoga supplies, herbal specialty teas and Belle de Provence soaps. The first floor is where you’ll find their new interchangeable sterling silver Kameleon jewelry line and the clothing that is their biggest seller. But it’s worth the time to wander up to the second floor with a mouth full of creamy fudge to graze over the collection of handblown Friendship Balls, artful little hooks, placemats and nightlights or dip into the freezer to grab one of those homemade peach or tourtière pies from Laura’s Luscious Desserts. “We buy stuff that we believe in and we like,” says Laurin. “My staff is very honest and will put you in clothing that looks great on you.”

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he hottest Hollywood celebrities wear hip Mother Denim and Current/Elliot labels. You can too if you stop in at Catherine Staples’ showroom at the Eagle Ridge Shopping Centre on Huronia between Mapleview and Big Bay Point. “We’ve branched out into women’s fashions,” says Staples, the undisputed local doyenne of interior design with three Best of Houzz Design awards for decorating in 2013, 2014 and 2015. “It’s a destination shop, not just for fashion for the home but also for women.” Sifting through the racks of designer garments, it’s rapidly apparent comfort and style need not be in opposition. Fabulous down-filled coats with fur collars from SAM New York and upmarket casual wear from the Los Angeles-based Velvet collection by Graham and Spencer are just two of the designer labels Staples decided to carry in her Novuhl ladies’ fashions section. “Quality is important to us,” says sales staffer Sarah Keith. “Making sure everything we bring in is consistent. We have really soft fabrics, whether cashmere, denim or faux fur. Cozy statement pieces you can dress up or down. It’s versatile.”

This “simple elegance” philosophy is the mandate of Staples’ residential design business as well. “I design around functionality first,” she says. “Then I make it pretty.” Staples’ showroom is chockablock with those high quality, “I must have that” furnishings that make you reach for the cheque book. An eye-catching Caracole chair with Bobbin stool in mahoganylegged finish scream ‘simple elegance.’ Behind it, a black console with dual Yak horns and large horse print says, “we have money and style but we’re not precious”. Pine Cone Hill and CR Laine upholstery fabrics line the wall awaiting your choices. There are luxury specialty linen lines here like the Bella Notte collection, plush Portofino towels from Portugal, Graybill & Downs candles, Curations Limited slipcovered dining chairs, Hesperos Nesting Tables and a gorgeous white and beige Hide Nor Hair chair with brass arm tips that have a linen Logo honeybee pillow tossed casually across it. “It’s all dependent on the client,” says Staples. “There are so many elements in design. There seems to be a trend towards finishing basements right now.” Which

may be why her Rafaello Putty slipcovered sofa is washable In addition to the residential and commercial design work the Staples Design Group performs, dental and medical design is also in Staples’ wheelhouse. It’s a profession that runs in the family and this designer knows exactly the sort of amenities needed to run such a facility at optimum efficiency.

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esolution Physiotherapy & IMS Clinic Specializes in Acute and Chronic Pain Relief The team of certified Physiotherapists at Resolution Physiotherapy & IMS Clinic in Barrie have one goal – to effectively use hands on advanced manual therapy and Gunn IMS (intramuscular stimulation) treatments to get clients better faster. “Your success is our finish line,” says Mandi Hayes,who holds a Master of Advanced Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy and founded the welcoming waterfront clinic at 11 Victoria Street in 2010.“Our success leads to our clients’ success and to the significant results we get as a clinic. Many clinics need to see clients two or three times a week.We only need to see our clients once a week at the beginning, and far less after that.We need to see them less often because of the quality of the care we give in every appointment.” Those results include rapid relief from acute injury and underlying chronic pain, and significantly improved muscle and joint mobility. An exceptional team of five Physiotherapists, whose high level of training is constantly upgraded through learning new therapies and techniques, provides the clinic’s results-oriented physiotherapy and IMS treatments. “We hire Physiotherapists with a minimum of level three post-graduate manual therapy,” says Hayes, whose clients range from babies to people in their 90s from all over southern and central Ontario. “That means they must complete a lot of post-graduate training before they can work here.We have two level three Physiotherapists and two level four Physiotherapists who, after they complete level five, will receive their diploma of advanced manual and manipulative physiotherapy. Once a Physiotherapist has this diploma, like myself, they are probably in the top three per cent of Physiotherapists in private practice in this country.This means within the next year,we will

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have three Physiotherapists in our clinic who are the top in Canada.” Unique to Resolution Physiotherapy & IMS clinic is their Physiotherapist’s ability to identify and resolve long-term chronic pain that has been plaguing clients for years. Weekend warriors and athletes who come in for treatment of an acute injury are always surprised at how well the Physiotherapists at Resolution also fix older chronic injuries as well. The teams’ ability to identify chronic injuries underlying acute problems comes from their advanced clinical reasoning and allows the Physiotherapists to have success when other therapies have failed. “We have advanced clinical reasoning skills that allow us to see things that other Physiotherapistsdon’tnecessarilysee,”explains Hayes. “We look beyond what is apparent and deal with all those pains that people think are just normal parts of aging or cannot be fixed. Our therapists focus on individual clients by scheduling only two 30-minute appointments per hour.Other clinics routinely schedule three or four appointments. The entire appointment is one-on-one with the Physiotherapist. The first appointment is always an hour allowing us to do a complete assessment of a client’s acute and chronic problems, as well as provide treatment immediately.” Treatment includes lots of hands on manual therapy to get joints and muscles moving and release fascia. Exercise programs are clientspecific. Each client is digitally videotaped doing their exercises and emailed a copy to give them an accurate record of the exercises and how to effectively perform them. When clients understand how to do their exercises, they recover faster and fulfill the clinic’s goal of making the client autonomous as soon as possible. IMS is a unique pain-relief and physiotherapy treatment offered at Resolution Physiotherapy. Acupuncture needles are gently used in


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tight muscles to treat neuropathic pain – pain caused by an unhealthy nerve in a muscle group. The needle releases the muscles served by the nerve and allows nourishment to flow to the nerve and heal it. “When a nerve becomes unhealthy or angry,it tells the body to tighten up in ways that will not allow it to let go,” explains Hayes, who has been a Physiotherapist for 16 years. “If you have long time pain from, for example, a disc herniation or bone spurs in your low back, there’s a good chance the nerve in that areahasbeensqueezedenough that the outer covering of the nerve is a bit crushed. The ability of nutritional fluid to flow to that nerve is compromised, like a kink in a garden hose. The nerve becomes malnourished, which is also called ‘neuropathic’. A neuropathic nerve tells muscles it supplies to tighten up which further compresses the nerve. Neuropathic pain causes constant muscle tension, which limits your ability to move and increases your risk for further injury. Massage or chiropractic adjustments help short term but the muscle is unable to let go permanently because the nerve is unhealthy. IMS focuses on the nerve. We treat and release the tight muscles with an acupuncture needle in a specific way after a detailed neuropathic assessment.” When a nerve is healthy, a needle slips in and out without any result. If a nerve is unhealthy and neuropathic, causing muscles to be tight, the needle causes the muscle to cramp and then immediately after relax fully. Every muscle in the group supplied by the impacted nerve experiences the relaxation. “Afterwards, it is awesome,” smiles Hayes. “ We see dramatic changes. People who come in unable to bend over and reach their knees can touch the floor. When we make the

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nerve healthy, we get significant increases in range of motion. When the nerve is healthy, our client’s stretches, massage and manual therapy work better and we get faster,more permanent results. People leave here very happy.” MS is effective therapy for chronic sports related injuries and conditions like arthritis, low back pain, headaches, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder) and fibromyalgia. One of Hayes’ favourite stories is of a client with debilitating fibromyalgia who was able to walk without a cane after a few treatments and has remained pain-free for years with only a few visits to the clinic annually. Such success is usual for the clinic’s clients. “As a clinic, we expect our clients to see a significant change by the third appointment at the latest,” says Hayes. “If we don’t see change, we work together as a team using clinical reasoning to figure out where to go with the client’s treatment. However, usually after the first treatment people say wow, this is awesome.” Resolution Physiotherapy & IMS Clinic is located on the second floor of 11 Victoria Street, overlooking Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie with easy access from the highway. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 705-252-5200.

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“Fancy a spot of tea?” asked Jean Bevan of English & Miller when this GoodLife reporter stopped in to do a story on the British gift and tearoom. “Just relax on the (Union Jack) couch and I’ll be right over with a fresh pot.” And that’s how our conversation about the delightful 30-seat downtown Barrie business began. Over Earl Grey Tea served in vintage china cups, Bevan (wearing a grey sweater with red double decker buses on the pockets) shared the story of their three-year-old establishment and why she and her husband, Neil, wanted to bring a taste of Britain to Barrie.

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What led you to open a British gift shop and tearoom? Jean Bevan: When we moved to Barrie from the UK four years ago, we thought it would be fun to open a business that offered a British experience. When you go into any shop in England, there is always a place to have a cup of tea and we wanted to bring that same enjoyable experience to Barrie. We picked Barrie because we loved the community and liked that it was close to Toronto. We also have two boys, aged 11 and 12, and we saw it as a family adventure. How do you describe the atmosphere of English & Miller? Bevan: I always describe it as more Jamie Oliver than Queen Victoria [laughs]. We were going for a modern tearoom look, rather than a Victorian lace tablecloth kind of place. But we do have vintage china, which people love. The atmosphere is quite cozy with wooden floors, barn board accents, exposed brick walls, a fireplace and large bay windows that overlook Kempenfelt Bay. The view of the lake is stunning. Is that why you chose this location? Bevan: Absolutely! The view here was definitely a deal breaker. I mean, isn’t this a gorgeous place to sit down and have a cup

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of tea [as she points to the view]? Having said that, we had to do major renovations to get the space ready. It was a very outdated office space from the 1970s, so we stripped it right down and started at the beginning. We did all the work ourselves. Neil (a marine pilot by trade) is extremely handy and also has a home-building company in Wales. I have a graphic design background, so we have experience in renovation, building and design.

Even though English & Miller is on Dunlop Street (on the southeast corner of Memorial Square), it’s still a little hard to find. Do you struggle with that? Bevan: We are definitely a little hidden, so we don’t always get the walk by traffic. But once people finally find us, they always seem to come back.

What’s on the menu? Bevan: Our menu is based upon a traditional British tearoom with simple, freshly prepared food. Items include soups,

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sandwiches, a ploughman’s lunch, baked potatoes, desserts, cakes, scones, high tea and more. It’s very much a lunch place. We open at 10 a.m. and start serving lunch at 11 a.m. What’s your food philosophy? Bevan: We believe in making simple food with high-quality ingredients. It’s not complicated or complex. And our customers seem to like that. When people come in for a cream tea, for example, they are just looking for a raisin or plain scone with Devon cream and proper jam imported from England. »



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in the kitchen|English & Miller We focus on making it an authentic British experience. Is everything made from scratch? Bevan: We have a tiny kitchen, but we do manage to produce our own scones, shortbreads, flapjacks, tarts, brownies, carrot cake and rocky road. We also do other treats and specials depending upon where our fancy takes us. We also make a fresh soup every day from scratch and our sandwiches and other lunch items are made fresh to order. We use fabulous ingredients to make our food simple, but tasty. We have two staff members, Kristen Bauer and Jessie Reid, and they do all of the baking and cooking. What are some of your most popular items? Bevan: Everything is popular, but our customers particularly enjoy our soups, ploughman’s lunch and cream tea. The cream tea is a baked scone, jam and Devon cream with a pot of tea of your choice. You don’t need a reservation for cream tea, but if you are coming in with a group of six or more, we recommend you call ahead. Let’s hear about high tea. Bevan: High tea or afternoon tea was originally served between lunch and dinner at around 4 p.m. We serve it at any time, just a day’s notice is fine as we prepare each one fresh. We serve our high tea on vintage china with a three-tiered platter. The bottom tier has a selection of small finger sandwiches, a home-baked scone with jam and thick Devon cream on the middle tier with cakes and

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I always describe it as more Jamie Oliver than Queen Victoria. We were going for a modern tearoom look, rather than a Victorian lace tablecloth kind of place.”

biscuits on the top tier. We serve it all with a pot of tea. The cost is $22.50 per person, which is pretty good value compared to the cost of a high tea in London. Have the people of Barrie and beyond embraced high tea? Bevan: Yes! People love the British experience. We have a very committed group of customers who come here all the time for high tea. Some of them are from British heritage, but many aren’t. It’s just a fun thing to do. I should mention that we do a whole Mother’s Day weekend of high tea only and it is really popular. We do lots of lovely decorating for it. It’s like a garden party at Buckingham Palace [smiles]. How many teas do you have? Bevan: We have about 25, but we change them around from time to time. The most popular ones are Everyday Tea, Earl Grey, Cream of Earl Grey, Lemon and Ginger, and Tropical Green. Let’s hear about your 12-seat party room. Bevan: We have hosted baby showers, birthday parties and groups who want to get together for a special treat. You need to book it ahead of time with a reservation, and it’s free as long as you order food. It’s a lovely spot to host a group high tea. Do you have coffee? Bevan: Yes! We have fabulous Fair Trade coffee from Ashanti in Thornbury. We also have a decaffeinated version. How do you cater to diners with special dietary needs? Bevan: Our soup is almost always glutenfree and can be served with a salad. Our baked potatoes with various toppings are a great gluten-free lunch option. We also make fantastic gluten-free brownies. What’s on offer in the gift shop? Bevan: We have a unique selection of curated items that are designed, sold or made in Britain. Our shelves are lined with teas, jam, biscuits, Marks and Spencer products, Doctor Who merchandise, Jamie Oliver books, various tea towels, tea cozies, knickknacks with London images, toys, teapots, mugs, kids’ books, candy, jewelry, blankets, Beatles stuff and more. We try to have gifts »

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in the kitchen|english & Miller for everyone, but the core goal is to keep it British. I particularly like your jewelry. Let’s hear more about it. Bevan: We have just brought in the Downton Abbey line, which is just stunning. We also have some lovely, colourful pieces that have been made from vintage teacups. Do you buy everything in Britain? Bevan: I’m back and forth all the time to source items for the store. We still have a home-building business in Wales, so we are always travelling over the Atlantic. Tell me about your online business. Bevan: Everything that we have in the shop is also available online. Besides English & Miller, what’s your favourite foodie destination? Bevan: My favourite place for tea in Britain is Liberty London (liberty.co.uk). It’s a wonderful shop with the most fantastic tearoom. Liberty London is the grandmother of everything I would like to be here. Locally, we really like Bohemia in downtown Barrie (bohemiabarrie.com). What about specials? Bevan: We run a WagJag twice a year. Any interesting future plans? Bevan: We are planning a second location, which will probably be in Collingwood. Along with expansion, we are also working on creating our own tearoom merchandise line with English & Miller branding. You’ve got the ear of thousands of local diners, is there anything you’d like to add? Bevan: Come and have a cup of tea. The kettle is always on [smiles].

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This shortbread is inspired by a Jamie Oliver recipe and it’s a popular treat at downtown Barrie’s English & Miller.

inGReDientS: 1-1/3 cup (200 g) all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (55 g) caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup, plus 1 tbsp (125 g) unsalted butter, softened PRePaRation: 1. Preheat oven to 325F. 2. In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir in butter. Form into a dough ball. Don’t knead it. 3. remove dough and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Push or roll it until it is about 1-cm thick. once it’s in the shape you like, feel free to thumb or pinch the edges. (Note from writer Katherine Elphick: When testing this recipe I used a nine-inch round springform pan with a removable bottom and it worked well). 4. If you want to score lines on the shortbread so that you can break the biscuits off into pieces later, you can. Sprinkle some caster sugar on top. 5. Place baking sheet into the oven and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the shortbread has a nice light golden colour. remove from oven. Let cool in pan on rack for five minutes. Cut through score lines. Let cool completely. Enjoy!



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BY KATHERINE ELPHICK Let’s face it. Despite the best of intentions, most health-oriented New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside long before February rolls around. So, what’s the secret to keeping your resolution to shape up and eat better? To find the answer, we sought some expert advice from local personal trainers, nutrition consultants and dietitians. Here’s what they had to say about battling the January bulge and keeping those fitness, nutrition and weight loss resolutions on track. “First and foremost, don’t set super high goals,” says Lynn Augustino, a registered dietitian with the Barrie and Community Family Health Team. “It has been well-documented that unrealistically high goals almost guarantee failure. Rather than an ‘all or nothing’ approach, focus on small, achievable goals to gain motivation.” For example, instead of completely overhauling your current lifestyle with promises to exercise for an hour every day, go on a low-calorie diet, stop consuming sugar and alcohol and committing to losing five pounds a week – be realistic. “One change versus an entire makeover is the message,” she explains. Take smaller, more attainable steps such as avoiding sugar, getting extra exercise or even committing to maintaining your weight rather than gaining extra pounds. “Successful weight loss is like a combination lock,” explains Augustino. “As you make little changes, something clicks and it starts working for you.” Studies have shown that just two weeks into a new year, 30 per cent of people who resolved to change their lifestyle have throw in the towel. And despite good intentions, only about 8-per-cent succeed in achieving their resolution. The local dietitian also advises you not to focus on the scale. “Focus on behaviour, instead.” Some of her tips include sitting less, getting more sleep, eating more vegetables, eating breakfast, eating less processed food, preparing and eating home cooked meals, no meal skipping, eating at the table, never eating in front of the TV, always eating earlier than 8 p.m. and using smaller plates. »

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feature|Resolutions APPS, WEBSITES AND MORE TO HELP KEEP RESOLUTIONS ON TRACK there are plenty of apps, websites, books and more to help with weight loss, fitness and healthy eating.

Here are some suggestions to check out: EatRight Ontario eatrightontario.ca along with healthy eating tips, recipes and more, this website also gives you free access to registered dietitians. or you can call 1-877-510-5102.

eaTipster eatipster.com this free mobile app created by Dietitians of Canada makes it a little easier for you to eat healthy. Dietitians serve up a trusted new tip for you each and every day.

myfitnesspal.com My Fitness Pal (also recommended by this reporter) this is a great free app that gives you access to the world’s largest nutrition and calorie database. “We recommend this app all the time. It’s great because a lot of the fitness trackers (FitBit, garmin, etc.) will link to it,” says augustino. “It’s also helpful because it offers cyber support because you can connect with friends on it.”

Lose It! loseit.com another free streamlined weight loss app for the iPhone or web.

Endomondo endomondo.com this is another free app and website that makes fitness fun and helps you stay motivated.

Eat Slower is a free app that teaches you to eat slower. Eating slower has been shown to enhance meal enjoyment, boost satiety and result in naturally eating less. Simply set your pace, from 20 seconds to three minutes, press start, savour your food, and don’t take another bite until the interval has ended and the ‘bite’ bell goes off. Cookbooks by Jamie oliver (jamieoliver.com) and Michael Smith (chefmichaelsmith.com) are great sources for healthy recipes. “Both of these celebrity chefs also feature great recipes on their websites,” says augustino. “and any cookbook by the Dietitians of Canada is also very helpful.” The Barrie and Community Family Health Team barriefht.ca the Barrie and Community Family health team offers free nutrition counselling and healthy eating programs to anyone whose family physician is part of this organization.

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to dieting is starting a diet in the first place”

“There was actually a study done that proved people will eat less and lose weight if their plates are smaller,” explains Augustino. “It makes sense, because today’s dinner plates tend to be oversized.” She adds: “Eighty per cent of healthy weight loss is behaviour change.”

What about fad diets?

“While they can be a temporary fix, most of them are too restrictive and not sustainable,” she explains. And she offers up stats to back up the point. According to the National Weight Loss Registry, 75 per cent of people start and stop their diet in less than a year, and 97 per cent of people regain their lost weight over five years, and only 3-per-cent are able to keep a 10-per-cent or more weight loss over five years. Rather than a restrictive diet that focuses on numbers, opt for an all-encompassing healthy lifestyle change, she advises. This message is part of the current Health at Every Size (HAES) movement (haescommunity.org). Very simply, it acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. HAES equates success and happiness to decreasing your risk of disease, rather than focusing on the scale. “For example, for most people, all it takes is a 5-per-cent drop in weight loss to achieve benefits to your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.” Sleep is also a big part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“Lack of sleep plays a huge role with respect to weight gain,” she explains. “If you are sleep-deprived, you will crave foods that are higher in energy and sugar to help you stay awake. And that’s a problem for many people because we live in a sleep deprived society.” Sleep is so important to maintaining a healthy weight that some studies have shown that a sleep-deprived person should choose extra ZZZs over squeezing in some exercise. “One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to dieting is starting a diet in the first place,” says Jody Dawson, a Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit public health dietitian. “There is no one diet that works. It’s not the diet that works. It’s you. Another mistake is forgetting to be active.” Dawson believes healthy eating is a way of life. Instead of focusing exclusively on weight loss, focus on preventative healthy outcomes like reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and more. “Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight also helps you to feel good about yourself and gives you more energy to enjoy life!” Healthy eating also means getting back to basics, says Lesley McMullin, also a public health dietitian at Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. She tells people to eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and whole grains, along with more high-fibre meat alternatives like nuts, seeds, lentils and legumes. “Whole foods such as these are naturally satiating whereas processed foods tend to be higher in tasty sugar and sodium that can trick us into eating more than we need,” she explains. Be a mindful eater. “Pay attention to your body and hunger signals,” advises McMullin. “Eat when you’re hungry and not because someone is offering food to you, such as samples at stores or friends offering food when you visit.” Avoid skipping meals, especially if you are heading to a party. “If you’re going to make New Year’s resolutions, make sure they are motivating and don’t leave you feeling deprived,” says McMullin. “Focus on making small changes, such as enjoying more fresh fruit and vegetables, always make time to destress and re-energize with physical activity.” And, Dawson says, get outside and enjoy the snow while being active with family and friends.


KEEP RESOLUTIONS ON TRACK Thanks to the excesses of the holidays, it’s no secret that fitness, along with healthy eating, takes a top spot on the ‘battling the January bulge’ resolution list. For anyone interested in burning off those pesky extra calories consumed thanks to festive chocolates, seasonal desserts, holiday feasts and extra glasses of wine, be sure to check out these handy tips (in no particular order) courtesy of two local fitness experts. Tips by personal trainer and nutrition consultant Michelle Hannan of the Training Studio in Barrie:

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Before starting any exercise program, set long and short-term goals for yourself. Schedule exercise in your calendar to make fitness a part of your daily routine. Try thinking of it as a part-time job that you have to show up for.


Be social and work out with a friend or family member. And don’t be a bailer. Attend planned workouts, even if you don’t feel like it. Once you get there, you’ll probably never regret going.


Vary workouts to eliminate boredom. From weight training to salsa dancing, adding variety to your exercise program helps to keep you motivated and interested.


Rather than a chore, view exercise as a lifestyle and remember, getting fit takes patience, consistency and time. Nothing will happen overnight, so give yourself time to fulfill your goals. Tips by Tami Doll-Reeves, a personal trainer and nutrition consultant in Horseshoe Valley:


Start with an exercise protocol that will work long term. If three days a week works and will fit your lifestyle, don’t start with six days. Be realistic for long-term gain.


Keep your goals achievable, measurable and sustainable. Resolutions shouldn’t be a quick fix, but a lifestyle embrace. Your mindset is the foundation, so set yourself up to succeed.


Keep it simple, fun and healthy. Finding exercise programs you enjoy is key. If you enjoy being social, try something new like joining a tennis club or attending a group yoga class. When you are enjoying yourself, you’ll be more motivated to increase the time, duration and intensity, rather than the opposite.


Avoid choosing a fitness resolution that you’ve been unsuccessful at achieving year after year. This will only set you up for failure, frustration and disappointment. For example, rather than setting your sights on losing 25 pounds, commit to eating healthier and increasing your daily exercise.


Think Outside the Box. Exercise doesn’t always have to equate to a trip to the gym or committing to a Tuesday night running class. If simply being more active is your goal, then grab a pedometer or try checking out the latest free fitness and nutrition apps (see app section in this story) that help you track your steps, and then try beating your own record.

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To keep those resolutions on track, here are three delicious recipes that are all under 300 calories. Enjoy!

CITRUSY QUINOA COATED TURKEY FILLETS Recipe and photo courtesy of Ontario Turkey makeitsuper.ca Looking for something different for dinner? This recipe will be perfect! The quinoa crisps up while roasting in the oven while keeping the turkey moist and juicy. The fresh tomato salsa gives it a lift in flavour and colour too. Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes 1/2 cup (125 mL) quinoa, rinsed 1/2 tsp (2 mL) chili powder 1/2 cup (125 mL) turkey or vegetable broth 1/2 cup (125 mL) orange juice 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 2 pkgs (215 g each) Ontario turkey breast fillets 2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour 1 egg, lightly beaten Grape Tomato Salsa: 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup (50 mL) diced red onion 1 clove garlic, minced Half jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh cilantro 1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt PREPARATION: 1. In saucepan, combine quinoa, chili powder, broth, juice and half of the salt; bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat; cook for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Using fork, fluff quinoa into shallow dish.

Citrusy Quinoa Coated Turkey Fillets Per serving: About 270 cal, 28 g pro, 5 g total fat (1 g sat fat), 27 g carb, 3 g fibre, 99 mg chol, 433 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 28%, calcium 5%, vit A 7%, vit C 62%

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2. Combine remaining salt with flour and dredge turkey fillets in mixture, shaking off excess. Dip into egg letting excess drip off. Press turkey into quinoa turning to coat well, patting to help it stick on turkey. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast in 425°F (220°C) oven for about 15 minutes or until quinoa is golden brown and turkey is no longer pink inside. 3. Meanwhile, in bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, vinegar and salt; stir to combine. Serve with turkey fillets. {Makes 4 servings}

Tip: To make your own turkey fillets, simply slice a boneless skinless turkey breast into about 4 equal lengthwise pieces.

1 tbsp (15 mL) butter 1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh cilantro


1. In large bowl, whisk together yogurt, ginger, almonds, garam masala, cumin, cinnamon and cloves. Stir in turkey to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. 2. In large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat and cook onion, garlic and cayenne for about 4 minutes or until softened. Add tomatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil and stir in turkey mixture and cilantro. Cook, stirring for about 12 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink inside. Makes 8 servings.

3. Tip: Garam masala is a blend of ground spices that has an intense flavour for this recipe. It can include a variety of peppercorns, cloves, mace, cumin, cardamom and nutmeg to name a few. It has a great blend of sweet and savoury spices to create warmth in the dish.

4. Ground almond substitution: You can substitute fine dry breadcrumbs or allpurpose flour for the almonds if there is a nut allergy. The almonds help thicken the sauce. 5. Freezer Friendly: Feel free to freeze any leftovers for up to 2 weeks in individual containers to warm up for an easy dinner or lunch.

Per serving: About 216 cal, 29 g pro, 5 g total fat (2 g sat fat), 13 g carb, 3 g fibre, 65 mg chol, 222 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 21%, calcium 8%, vit A 5%, vit C 20%

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feature|Resolutions ONTARIO VEAL AND ROOT VEGETABLE STEW Recipe and photo courtesy of Ontario Veal Appeal ontariovealappeal.ca This simple stew is bursting with the sweet flavour of root vegetables, complemented by the mild taste of tender Ontario veal. The late addition of the carrots, parsnips and turnips allows them to retain their fresh flavour and form. Serve with crusty whole grain bread and a glass of your favourite red wine. 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt and fresh cracked pepper, divided 1 lb (500 g) stewing Ontario veal 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 2 cups (500 mL) chopped onion 1 cup (250 mL) chopped celery 1 cup (250mL) chopped leeks 2 cloves garlic, smashed 2 bay leaves 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 sprig rosemary 1 cup (250 mL) dry red wine 2 cups (500 mL) veal or chicken broth 2 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 parsnips, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup (250 mL) turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley PREPARATION: 1. Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C). 2. In bowl or resealable bag, toss flour and half the salt and pepper with veal until completely coated. 3. In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown veal on all sides, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer veal to plate. Stir in onion, celery and leeks, cooking until vegetables are tender and starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic, remaining salt and pepper, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Deglaze pan with wine, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in broth and return veal to pan. Bring to simmer. 4. Cover and transfer to oven for one hour. Add carrots, parsnips and turnip, stirring to combine. Cover and return to oven until vegetables are tender and veal is fork tender, about 1 hour. 5. Serve with a green salad and crusty whole grain bread to soak up the yummy sauce. {Makes 4 to 6 servings.} Nutritional Information: Per serving: about 260 cal, 18 g pro, 7 g total fat (1.5 g sat fat) 23 g carb, 5 g fibre, 65 mg chol, 700 mg sodium, 1 mcg B12, 2 mg iron, 3 mg zinc. %RDI: iron 10%, calcium 8%, vit A 100%, vit C 45%, B12 18%, zinc 20%

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This open-faced hot sandwich, served up with a mixed greens salad is perfect to serve guests at lunch or for a light dinner. Enjoy the ease of quick cooking scaloppini in a new way with some great mediterranean flavours.







Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 12 Minutes 3 Tbsp (45 ml) all purpose flour


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1. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, thyme and pepper. Dredge both sides of scaloppini into flour mixture letting excess fall off.

1/4 Tsp (1 ml) freshly ground pepper 4 Ontario veal scaloppini (about 10 oz/300 g) 1 Tbsp (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil 1 Cup (250 ml) halved grape tomatoes 1 Tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh italian parsley 1 Clove garlic, minced 1 Tbsp (15 ml) aged balsamic vinegar 1/4 Cup (60 ml) crumbled ontario goat cheese 2 Ciabatta buns, halved and toasted

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2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat and brown veal on both sides. Place on parchment or foil lined baking sheet; set aside. 3. In a bowl, stir together tomatoes, parsley, garlic and vinegar. Spoon evenly over top of scaloppini. Sprinkle with goat cheese and broil about 6 inches (15 cm) from broiler for about 3 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and serve on ciabatta halves. Yield/servings: 4 sandwiches

Tips: • For the rounded half of the bun, trim some of it to ensure it lies flat when serving. • Look for aged balsamic vinegar in your grocery store, it has a more syrupy consistency. You could also use balsamic glaze for this recipe for a sweet hit of balsamic flavour.

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here are certain things most women who are fortunate enough to reach the age of 40 have in their possession – quality skin care products, at least one really good pair of shoes and a jewelry box full of memories. When I last took inventory of my jewelry, I realized that even though each piece had its own story or triggered a memory of a person, place or time in my life, there were few I would consider wearing. As far as accessories go, I am a creature of habit – wearing diamond stud earrings every day, a diamond and gold pendant necklace, and my grandmother’s wedding band on my left thumb. Although valuable and valued, the rest of my jewelry lies hidden. And I also know, as the mother of a son, passing my treasures on to the next generation is not a reality. That is how I came to the realization that I wanted to create something new out of something old so I decided to speak to a jeweller about my options. What could we create? My hope was I would be able to take the best of these pieces and create one I would actually want to have on every day, while honouring the memory of the original jewelry.

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Pinterest inspiration Melissa at Bill LeBoeuf Jewellers knew exactly what to do. For our first meeting, I gathered the pieces I wanted to include in my creation, along with some images I found on Pinterest of rings that appealed to me. She weighed the gold and gave me a ticket with the promise to have some sketches to me within the next few days. I was impressed by the first CAD images I saw and was thrilled to see this idea becoming a real ring. Through our conversations and the examples I had gathered to explain my concept to Melissa, we landed on a beautiful concept that pays tribute to the four decades of living I had done before embarking on this project. Instead of having a box filled with memories, I have a functional piece of jewelry I wear every day that pays tribute to those I have treasured.

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the process begins with designer Melissa from Bill LeBoeuf takes inventory of useable stones that could be incorporated in a variety of designs. rough sketches as shown are used to decide on a direction to start in. the colour of gold is selected and the process continues.

once approved, the design is submitted to a CaD artist for virtual rendering. Shown is the first CaD version of the ring. at this point, the designer works with the CaD artist to refine and incorporate more details.

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illfair Village in Cookstown offers a picture perfect family lifestyle in a safe, quiet community set in the heart of an historic village in a scenic region of meadows and farmland. Millfair Village, a development of the award-winning North Star Homes, is a community of all-detached new homes in Cookstown located minutes west of Hwy 400 on Highway 89. Millfair Village’s location in Cookstown offers a wholesome lifestyle with plenty of activities and facilities. Brimming with friendly small town atmosphere, the community’s local amenities include an excellent community centre, churches, drug stores, coffee shops, services, family restaurants and salons, as well as modern outlet malls, box and grocery stores. The fortunate families who will live in Millfair Village will enjoy beautiful, spacious new homes up to 4,767 square feet set on generous 50 foot lots with two and even three-car garages for the same price as much smaller homes in the GTA. At Millfair in Cookstown, new homes brim with features The remarkable bungalow and two-storey

home designs are loaded with the fine features and finishes that buyers have come to expect from award-winning North Star Homes. The wonderful home designs of Millfair Village are everything that new home dreams are made of. The extraordinary bungalow and twostorey home designs are bursting with fine features including grand curved oak staircases, coffered and vaulted ceilings, and oversized great rooms and living/dining areas. Spacious gourmet kitchens feature island with a breakfast bar, large eating area and sunny sliding doors to the backyard. The adjoining family room even features a cozy fireplace. Upstairs, sumptuous master bedrooms offer a walk-in closet and spa-like ensuite with oval soaker tub and separate shower. And lower level areas are conveniently finished for family use from the day you move in. Millfair Village homes start in the upper $500s. For more information, visit northstarhomesinc.com. GoodLifeMagazine.ca | 75

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I loved to draw for hours – that was my passion.”

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work can be found in homes in the United States, Germany, Thailand, New Zealand as well as in Canada,” she said. Cook, a painter, has had a love of art since she was a child. “I loved to draw for hours – that was my passion.” Cook enjoys blending acrylics and watercolours to achieve different effects in her work. She works with acrylics and 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.” Inspiration can strike her at any time. “Inspiration can come from anything I see; a sunrise, a child playing, a landscape or just from my imagination,” she said. “Other times my fingers just want to sketch and from that a painting will emerge.” Cook trained in Fine Arts at Georgian College and studied with David Patterson, John Anderson, Marion Broom, Douglas Purdon, Mark Hope, Barb Ritchie, Brian Smith, Deb Grise and Derrick Wicks. She has had showings at Ridge West Gallery in Oro-Medonte, the Barrie Art Club Gallery, The Edge Gallery, Quest Gallery in Midland and Formagerie Restaurant, Barrie. Cook is a member of the Barrie Art Club, Springwater Guild Artists and Artisans, the Quest Gallery in Midland and a member of the Spring Art Tour planning committee. She also teaches an abstract class at the Barrie Art Club once a month.

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baRRie’S winteRFeSt this year’s festival runs Feb. 6 and 7 in heritage Park and throughout barrie’s downtown. grab your camera and some hot chocolate and explore the downtown and waterfront. as well as ice and snow sculptures, there is plenty to capture the attention of your eyes and ears as you walk through heritage Park and Memorial Square. watch lumberjacks make something beautiful out of chunks of wood or catch live bands and musicians. the annual Polar bear Dip is held on the Sunday at noon at Centennial Beach (near the washrooms). Pretend it’s summer and dive in or just watch those who are adventurous enough to brave the bay when it’s frozen. there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, dog-sled rides, helicopter rides, dog cart rides and snowshoe and fat bike demos. take a walk through the ice maze or admire the ice and snow sculptures. there is even a mini-tubing hill for the little ones. For more information on Winterfest, visit barrie.ca.

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Learn the art of drumming. Drum tao, the Martial art of Drumming is at Casino rama for three shows Jan. 23 and 24. this Japanese drum and dance ensemble has performed for more than six-million spectators worldwide. Combining music and dance to reflect Japanese tradition, but also incorporating Korean, Maori, and Indonesian influences, songs feature both traditional and modern compositions created by members of the troupe. casinorama.com


Eat something delicious. Barrielicious returns from Jan. 22 to Feb. 7. Diners can try a wide array of culinary experiences. a prix fixe menu between $15 and $25 per person will be offered at each location. barrielicious.com



Be inspired. the Midland Cultural Centre’s a Day in the Life Series welcomes shark attack survivor Nicole Moore and author Peter Jennings on Jan. 26. the duo co-wrote the book Shark Assault – An Amazing Story of Survival after Moore was attacked by a shark at a Cancun beach in 2011. midlandculturalcentre.com


Spend time with George. talk is Free theatre presents Sunday in the Park with george Jan. 28 to Feb. 6 at the Mady Centre for the Performing arts. a Stephen Sondheim musical that looks at the nature of genius itself. It is inspired by george Seurat’s magnificent painting, a Sunday afternoon on the Island of La grande Jatte. tickets start at $31. tift.ca


See an idol. Scotty McCreery rolls into Casino rama Jan. 29. the former american Idol contestant will perform his hits See you tonight, I Love you this Big and the trouble with girls. tickets start at $32. Showtime is 9 a.m. casinorama.com


Get folky. the tiffin Bay Folk Club welcomes garnet rogers to the Midland Cultural Centre Jan. 29. garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. his music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. tickets start at $20. midlandculturalcentre.com


Get a little country. Casino rama welcomes tanya tucker Jan. 30. the country star is best

known for Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend and Would you Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone). tickets start at $22. Showtime is 8 p.m. casinorama.com


Dance the night away. the Midland Cultural Centre presents Buddy holly rockin’ Dance Party Jan. 30. this fun-filled interactive theatrical presentation stars international tribute artist Jeff giles. tickets start at $30. midlandculturalcentre.com


Be illuminated. talk is Free theatre’s Illuminating Conversations series welcomes Kathi Kelly Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Kelly is the family support coordinator at hospice Simcoe, group support facilitator at Seasons Centre for grieving Children, a social worker, chaplain and occupational therapist. as an end-of-life guide or Death Midwife, GoodLifeMagazine.ca | 83

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Kelly provides respectful, compassionate, client-determined support for those who are dying and their families. tickets are $17.50. tift.ca


Beat the blues. the annual February Blues festival hits Barrie Feb. 4 to 7. Blues and jazz musicians from across Canada perform at local venues. barriejazzbluesfest.com


Spend time at the theatre. South Simcoe theatre presents Weekend Comedy Feb. 4 to 21 at the South Simcoe theatre. the play focuses on the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower, but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. southsimcoetheatre.com


Get Reel. the Barrie Film Festival presents its annual reel Stories festival from Feb. 5 to 7. the festival features thought-provoking documentary and feature films from Canada and around the world that are inspired by real people. barriefilmfestival.ca


Be a dancing queen. arrival the Music of aBBa hits Casino rama Feb. 5 and 6. this aBBa tribute band is the only band with exclusive rights to the aBBa name and songs. they will perform Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, take a Chance on Me, Waterloo and many more. tickets start at $20. casinorama.com


Celebrate winter. the City of Barrie’s annual Winterfest takes over heritage Park and Downtown Barrie Feb. 6 to 7. horse-drawn wagon rides, dogsled rides, a mini-tube run, lumberjack shows and more are all part of the fun. barrie.ca

youth program members playing in a live performance with the orchestra. the show includes rossini’s overture to William tell and Peter and the Wolf with a local narrator. Showtime is 3:30 p.m. tickets are $25 for adults. huroniasymphony.ca


It’ssupercalifragilisticex pialidocious! the Kempenfelt Community Players bring everyone’s favourite nanny to the georgian theatre Stage Feb. 11 to 21. Catch Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical featuring songs from the Disney classic and much more. tickets are $25 for adults. barrie.ca





Scream like a teen girl. Il Vole, the critically acclaimed Italian teen pop opera trio, hits Casino rama Feb. 7. the trio combines traditional opera, pop and classical symphonic music with worldwide success. tickets start at $47. casinorama.com

Hear a tale. huronia Symphony orchestra presents tales and Legends Feb. 7 at Collier Street United Church. the orchestra presents a family concert featuring the

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Relive Beatlemania. the Midland Cultural Centre hosts the Beatlemaniacs Feb. 13. the Beatlemaniacs have been rocking international audiences worldwide in theatres and concert halls everywhere. tickets start at $40. midlandculturalcentre.com

Hear from Juno Award winners. tafelmusik Baroque orchestra presents J.S. Bach: the Circle of Creation at the Midland Cultural Centre Feb. 18. this allBach programme is performed by

tafelmusik musicians entirely from memory. tickets start at $43.54. midlandculturalcentre.com


Catch someone with talent. america’s got talent winner Paul Zerdin hits Casino rama Feb. 19 fresh from his headlining show at Planet hollywood in Las Vegas. this all-new show features his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets. Join Paul, cheeky pre-adolescent Sam, belligerent oaP albert and the precocious Baby for an evening of hilarious ventriloquism and highjinks. tickets start at $20. casinorama.com


See community theatre. the huronia Players Community theatre presents Perils of Persephone at the Midland Cultural Centre starting Feb. 19. reeve Currie sounds the alarm the night a nuclear waste truck crashes into the swamp on his dairy farm. as the plot becomes more convoluted, the Minister of the Environment and his political ‘fixer’ have to organize a desperate cover-up. midlandculturalcentre.com

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Celebrate a legend. a tribute to Bob Marley hits the Mady Centre for the Performing arts as part of Black history Month celebrations on Feb. 19. Juno award winner/top reggae performer Lazo exudes a “feel-good” vibe through his combination of reggae riddims, beautiful melodies, conscious lyrics and his uncanny ability to connect with his audience. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.


Step back in time. Casino rama welcomes Four By Four, a retrospective featuring classic songs made famous by legendary artists – the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Bee gees plus the soul music that became known as Motown. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Feb. 20. tickets start at $22. casinorama.com


enjoy folk music. the tiffin Bay Folk Club welcomes anne Lederman and Ian Bell to the Midland Cultural Centre Feb. 21. the duo brings you songs, tunes and stories from every corner of Canada. the music is old and new and everything in between. the duo performs on fiddle, button accordion, guitar, mandolin, concertina, harmonica, bones, jaw harp and feet. tickets start at $23. midlandculturalcentre.com






Laugh out loud. SNL and 30 rock alumni tracy Morgan hits Casino rama Feb. 27 as part of his Picking Up the Pieces tour. this show is for mature audiences. tickets start at $37 and showtime is 8 p.m. casinorama.com



Spend time with country. the Eli young band rolls into Casino rama Feb. 26. the band is best known for Crazy girl, Drunk Last Night and Dust. tickets start at $20. Showtime is 8 p.m. casinorama.com


Get saxxy. a tribute to the Masters of tenor Saxophone hits the Mady Centre for the Performing arts Feb. 26. award winning and critically acclaimed saxophonists Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald will perform a historic overview of the evolution of the tenor saxophone in jazz. admission is $25. 705-7394228.

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Stand up with Derek Edwards. Comedian Derek Edwards hits the georgian theatre in Barrie Feb. 28. Baloney and Wine is an uproarious romp through the increasingly strange quirks of our daily routines. tickets start at $43.26. 705-739-4228.


Get a room. talk is Free theatre presents this hotel on the Mady Centre for the Performing arts stage March 3 to 12. after Lester finds his wife in the arms of

another man, he checks into this hotel. a shape-shifting bellhop escorts him on a whirlwind tour of long corridors and provocative rooms inhabited by the tenants of Lester’s subconscious. tickets start at $31.tift.ca


You can’t fight the moonlight. Casino rama welcomes country star Leann rimes March 4. She is best known for Can’t Fight the Moonlight, how Do I Live and Blue. tickets start at $30 and showtime is 9 p.m.casinorama.com


Be tricked. Britain’s got talent illusionist Darcy oake hits Casino rama March 5. From sleight of hand to death-defying escapades, this master magician is ushering in an exciting new era of an ageold art form. tickets start at $37. casinorama.com


Get the blues. the Steve Strongman Band hits the Midland Cultural Centre March 5. hamiltonbased bluesman and JUNo Winner is making waves internationally and in Canada. tickets start at $25. midlandculturalcentre.com


Splashin’. Splash ‘n Boots, one of Canada’s top acts for children, returns to Barrie for a show at the georgian theatre March 5. they have been voted Canadian Children’s group of the year, have six award-winning albums and have been nominated for two JUNo awards for Children’s album of the year. treehouse tV will be welcoming them to their regular programming schedule premiering in February 2016. tickets are $20. barrie.ca


Be inspired. talk is Free theatre’s Illuminating Conversations series welcomes Maya Burhanpurkar to the Mady Centre for the Performing arts on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Named one of Canada’s top 20 under 20, a passionate scientist, inventor, discoverer, entrepreneur and environmentalist, Burhanpurkar is the only Canadian chosen to intern at a US observatory to track near-earth asteroids and has received major awards for her broadly diverse scientific work. tickets are $17.50. tift.ca


Get fancy with Francey. the Barrie Folk Society welcomes Juno award winner David Francey to the MacLaren art Centre March 10. Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers.” tickets start at $25. barriefolk.com


Go for a Soda. Canadian rockers Kim Mitchell and David Wilcox hit the stage at Casino rama March 11. Mitchell is best known for Patio Lanterns, go For a Soda and all We are. Wilcox’s hits include riverboat Fantasy, Layin Pipe and Do the Bearcat. tickets start at $22. casinorama.com


Be amazed. Casino rama once again welcomes Lonestar to the stage on March 12. the country stars are best known for amazed, I’m already there, Mr. Mom and My Front Porch Looking In. tickets start at $35. casinorama.com


Hear Your Song. the incredible musicians of Classic albums Live bring to the georgian theatre stage one of the biggest-selling hits compilations of all time, Elton John’s greatest hits. It includes so many classic cuts: Bennie & the Jets, your Song, Crocodile rock, and rocket Man. this will be a incredible night of music for all Elton fans. the show is March 12 at 8 p.m. tickets are $45.64. barrie.ca


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. casinorama.com


Get to know new host. Daily Show host trevor Noah 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. casinorama.com

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.casinorama.com


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 in which lions, kangaroos, turtles and many more animals come to life through remarkable marionettes that will surprise and captivate. tickets are $20. barrie.ca


Go to the Deeps. Men of the Deeps, a choir of working and retired coalminers 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 that trace their roots to their Celtic fore bearers in the bold country. tickets are $48.50. barrie.ca


Be a darling. talk is Free theatre presents Darling of the Day May 5 to 14 at the Mady Centre for the Performing arts. 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. tift.ca


Take a Stairway to Heaven. Classic albums 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.


Spend time with some sharp dressed men. ZZ top hits 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. casinorama.com


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 its brand new album The Endless River. hear performances for Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. tickets start at $32. casinorama.com


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By baRt caRD | hotEL PhotoS CoUrtESy oF laluna hotel

s a native Bermudian, I’ve certainly experienced my fair share of the Caribbean. I’ve criss-crossed the islands, in fact; spending time between Bermuda, Barbados, Jamaica and all points in between. Yet the nation state of Grenada, in the West Indies, has remained a tiny parcel of the Caribbean I had yet to relish the opportunity to fully explore. Yes, I do recall a quick stint in Grenada once – a stay that lasted all of one day. As a passenger on a Holland American Line Cruise some 20 years ago, we dropped anchor and took a tender into St. George, the island capital. A submerged volcanic crater forms St. George’s naturally deep harbour. One of the most picturesque in the region, it is a port of call for several cruise lines, yachts, ferries, cargo and other boats. I do, of course, remember this as if

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it were present day because I have the scar on the bottom of my right foot to prove it. As other passengers dashed off the Holland American to conduct their shopping and a trip to the local market, my eye caught a glimpse of the brilliant white, hot sand of the Grand Anse Beach. The two-mile beach was to become my first Grenada experience. I couldn’t wait to stroll along Grand Anse and enjoy a dip in the cool blue waters before joining my fellow passengers shopping. Yet my agenda was quickly cut short as I suffered a slight injury – something sliced my foot and I knew in an instant that it couldn’t be the work of a seashell. Looking down, I noticed a discharged and shredded 50-calibre shell casing.

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This is a hotel with atmosphere and charm; a hotel made for romance.” Upon further inspection, of both my bloodied foot and the shell casing, my mind raced back to 1983 and 1984, when a military faction within Maurice Bishop’s New Jewel Movement took control of Grenada. As a former solider in the British Army, I’m always fascinated with wartime activities. The turmoil and purported threat to the United States medical students stranded on the island served as the catalyst for the famed rescue mission by U.S. forces a short time later. The overwhelming support for the action by the Grenadine population was evident from the start and has not subsided today. Grenada is one of the best-kept secrets of the Caribbean. The three-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean is the most southerly of the Windward Islands, located between St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the north, and Trinidad and Tobago to the south. Once the homes to Arawaks, Ciboneys and Caribs, it was sighted by Christopher Columbus on his third voyage in 1498. Following colonial wars in the 18th century, when France and Britain traded the island back and forth, it became solely under British control in 1783, and achieved independence in 1974. This time around, however, there was no rush for me to head to the Grenada beaches for I was prepared to spend a relaxing week on the island soaking up the sun in addition to Grenada’s rich history, fine food and accommodations. View from the sea of the Laluna Hotel

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Divers can easily do two dives a day for a week without exhausting Grenada’s dive sites.”

I quickly settled in for the majority of my stay at the Secret Harbour Resort. This tremendous facility has all the ingredients for a perfect tropical getaway, offering superb vistas of the sea from every deluxe suite. The Old World Mediterranean ambiance is felt in sweeping patio arches and sunny, tiled terraces bordered with bougainvillea. This is a hotel with atmosphere and charm; a hotel made for romance. Close by is The Moorings, where people fly in from across the world to this spectacular marina and board their yachts for outstanding sailing. Sailors find themselves drawn by the picturesque harbours lined with sundrenched beaches, waterfalls cascading amidst lofty mountains perfumed by fragrant spices. It is here at The Moorings you sense the pastoral country life of the people – an easy-going spirit that greets your first step on these sparkling sands. Grenada is one of the few Caribbean destinations where ecotourism is a main attraction. Every article I have every read concerning this beautiful destination makes reference to Grenada as “Spice Island” and yes, the smell of nutmeg does hang in the air. Grenada is the world’s second-largest nutmeg producer, but aside from the spices, Grenada is so much more. It is the friendliness of the locals and the popular activities, ranging from savouring the local cuisine to the resounding sound of steel bands. A pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses surrounds St. George’s harbour, while the Carenage on the waterfront has duty-free shops that offer great bargains. Other stops to note

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Enjoy a nice couples massage at the Laluna spa.

include the Concord Waterfall, Dougaldston Spice Boucan, Leaper’s Hill, Morne Fendue Plantation House, the Levera National Park and the River Antoine Rum Distillery. You mustn’t forget to drop by Camerhogne Park on the Grand Anse Beach for “First Impressions” whale and dolphin tour. And if diving is more your style, the underwater scenery in Grenada is every bit as breathtaking as it is above the waves. From lazy drift dives over coral gardens to an eerie and challenging exploration of the wrecks of the Bianca C, these waters are captivating more and more visitors each year. The farthest site is around Kick ’em Jenny and Isle de Rhonde, where the underwater visibility is unparalleled and the sea life magnificent. Divers can easily do two dives a day for a week without exhausting Grenada’s dive sites. Perhaps one of the finest resorts in Grenada is Laluna Hotel, where the manager will introduce you to this exclusive, Italianowned romantic hideaway in Morne Rouge. Featuring 16 one and two-bedroom cottages, they combine Indonesian elements with open-style Italian architecture. Bedrooms with king-sized beds open onto large verandahs, creating unique indoor/outdoor living rooms. If enjoying the exclusive handmade soaps and lotions from a monastery in the Italian Alps haven’t kept you from venturing out, partake in a special dinner in the intimate environment of the thatched roof dining room. Situated directly on the beach,

the restaurant offers a great experience, with tempting dishes prepared by the hotel’s European chef, popular Italian wines and romantic views of the bay. Laluna has recently expanded their accommodation options by adding luxury villas. Laluna Estates adjoins the original Laluna Resorts. Back home in Ontario recalling my Grenada adventures, I smile to myself as I sit in front of my laptop. Out of the corner of my eye I can see 50-calibre shell casing I stepped on years ago. From its original home on the Grand Anse Beach, the Grenada souvenir is now housed on my office bookcase. I guess I have come full circle, where Grenada is concerned. I’m just content to share my pleasant memories of this beautiful Caribbean Island instead of my first, more painful recollection. Air Canada Vacations (ACV) Winter Program offers weekly direct flights. ACV holidays include round trip air transportation, accommodation and land transfers between airport and hotel, while ACV offers a selection of eight resorts in Grenada. Bart Card is a food and travel writer. (905) 251-1258 or bartcard@rogers.com For more information on Grenada, visit www.grenadagrenadines.com www.secretharbour.com www.laluna.com

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THE NORTH RESTAURANT AND WEST EVENT CENTRE In 2012 The North moved into its existing larger two-storey Victorian building with private party rooms for catering and special events. For large scale catering Chef Marco has opened The West Event Centre, suitable for any event or corporate function for up to 250+ people. Still offering his signature dishes in banquet style menus, Marco and his team assure the highest quality of food, awesome presentation, and impeccable service. The West is ideal for baptisms, Christmas parties, Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, and any special occasion.

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Diamond Sushi has been voted Barrie’s Best Japanese Restaurant 5 years running and is your healthy choice for dining in, takeout and delivery. We offer a huge variety of fresh authentic Sushi, Maki, Sashimi , special hand rolls and more! We also offer a delicious variety of meat, fish and vegetarian noodle and rice dishes for you to choose from. We make it easy for you to order your authentic dishes and individual items from our handy ipads provided at your table! Enjoy our ALL YOU CAN EAT lunch or dinner buffets in addition to our regular menu 7 days a week. Call us to book a catered event or corporate party this holiday season! 516 Bryne Drive Barrie, Unit A | 705-739-0888



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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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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TOWN & COUNTRY STEAKHOUSE Located in the heart of downtown Barrie, the Town and Country Steakhouse has continued to bring a traditional steakhouse experience to residents and visitors for over 40 years. From a delicious range of appetizers to our hand selected steaks and seafood or our famous Chateaubriand cooked tableside pared with a complementing wine, we have something to please every diner. We can accommodate private functions or meetings with WIFI and direct internet access including easily accessible free on-site parking. 76 Dunlop St. W. Barrie | 705.726.5241 | www.townandcountrysteakhouse.com

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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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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