Lifestyle Magazine: November - December 2016

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Homestyle Merry and bright Festive décor trends

LHSF lottery home A dreamy abode for the whole family

Beach home rebirth Dolphin House rises from the waves

Awarding excellence ACE awards recognize London’s best

Bestlife Holiday entertaining NOLA-style New Orleans-inspired fare adds flair

Healthy holidays

brighten up the holidays!

Beat stress and keep on track

Present tense For those who have everything

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The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s burdens, easing others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.

– W. C. JONeS


his is many people’s favourite time of year, with joyous music filling stores and homes, colourful decorations displayed nearly everywhere, lush menus offered at parties, donning one’s finest raiment and greeting guests or finding just the right present to present to a loved one. To others it is the bane of their existences. With people rushing and pushing, being hostile and greedy and the stresses of life exponentially heightened. As with all things, it’s a matter of attitude and gratitude. Some are appreciative of opportunities to do more and give more, while others find that they are strained to their limits. I want to be the first type of person, but sometimes find myself slipping into the second philosophy when circling the mall parking lot for a third time or deciding how much I can afford to spend on each gift. But as tempting as it is to be a Grinch at times during November and December, it’s always better to adopt an attitude of gratitude and take a moment to breathe. On page 36, two experts share their advice on how to manage seasonal stress while still maintaining one’s fitness and health routines. Breathing is

a big part of it, so keep on inhaling and exhaling… mindfully. When it’s time to hit the party circuit, turn to page 18. Heather Toskan will help you decide if your holiday style is glitz and glam or casual and cozy. Holiday time often means party time and if you’re just plain stumped as to ways to liven up your annual gathering, turn to page 10 for ways to elevate the usual into something extraordinary. Look south of the border and serve New Orleans-style food and drink. Add some Mardi Gras beads to your holiday home décor, and you have a gathering that will warm your guests’ memories all through the cold winter months. The Lifestyle Magazine team wishes you and your family the happiest and healthiest of holiday seasons!

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Celebrate the holidays Nola style

festivefete By Jill Ellis-Worthington


urprise your friends by throwing a cocktail party with a twist this holiday season. Enough of the ho-hum usual cheese balls and stuffed olives; try serving Cajun and Creole favourites from the Big Easy to excite your guests. Chef Dominic Raso has been cooking NOLA-style for 20 years. Having started his tenure in the kitchen here in London at the much-loved Latin Quarter in 1975, Raso moved west and enjoyed a successful career there until returning to London to open the Bourbon Street Cajun and Creole Kitchen and Bar two years ago. He loves the openness of the kitchen culture in New Orleans, and chefs there respond by sharing recipes with him. Raso travels to the Crescent City often to enjoy some professional development time at that city’s famous eateries. He’s especially enamored of Chef Paul Prudhomme’s and Emeril Lagasse’s takes on good eating. When setting the menu for Bourbon Street Cajun and Creole Kitchen and Bar, Raso followed the latter’s pattern. “Chefs like Lagasse are moving back to traditional Cajun-style food, like going back to using rice in jambalaya.” He explains that many New Orleans chefs reinvent traditional southern favourites and put their own stamp on it, like substituting pasta for rice in jambalaya and gumbo.

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“Crab cakes and hushpuppies can be made in advance, portioned and frozen. Then you can pan fry them up and they brown up really nicely.” Chef Dominic Raso

Fortunately, advises Raso, many of these traditional NOLA favourites can be made ahead so hosts have more time to enjoy their guests. “Crab cakes and hushpuppies can be made in advance, portioned and frozen. Then you can pan fry them up and they brown up really nicely,” he says. Gumbo and jambalaya can not only be made in advance but this also lets their flavours meld. For a cocktail party, try serving them in tea or coffee cups with demitasse spoons to allow your guests to keep circulating as they savour. To top off the evening with something sweet, a New Orleans favourite is Bananas Foster; try serving small portions in martini glasses. Adult libations are also an important part of celebrating New Orleans style, and who better than to advise on what to serve than two of NOLA’s finest. Sommelier Patrick Van Hoorebeek, of Patrick’s Bar Vin located in the heart of the French Quarter, says that the spiciness of a dish dictates its wine pairing, so white wine often goes nicely with hotter dishes. However, he enjoys turning that theory on its ear.

“One time I paired crawfish (which is a very spicy southern dish) and slightly chilled Chianti and it was the talk of the town; no one could believe it and they loved it,” he explains. Likewise, pairing iconic cocktails – like Sazerac, one of city’s most famous drinks – is elemental to any Big Easy feast, according to celebrated mixologist Cheryl Charming, of the Bourbon O Bar, located right on Bourbon Street and is the party district’s finest drinking establishment. Charming has a couple of tips for hosts to smooth their evening: serve two cocktails that feature different spirits as their bases and are different styles (not both creamy or fruity) to ensure that there’s something that everyone can enjoy. Serve them punch-style so guests can serve themselves. Have the bar and food service areas set up in different areas of your home to ensure good flow to the party. When it’s time to celebrate the holidays or bring in the New Year, do it New Orleans style and ‘laissez les bons temps rouler.’ (Lifestyle Magazine encourages readers to enjoy holiday parties responsibly.)

sCarlett o’hara 1.5 oz. Southern Comfort 4 oz. cranberry juice .5 oz. fresh lime juice Shake all the ingredients with ice for five seconds then strain into a chilled stemmed sour or juice glass. This drink can also be served on the rocks.



7 Southern Comfort was invented in New Orleans in the 1880s and the Scarlett O’Hara was created in honour of the 1939 film, Gone with the Wind.

Sommelier Patrick Van Hoorebeek, of Patrick’s Bar Vin, recommends these wines as the perfect accompaniment to traditional NOLA dishes.

7 Crab cakes pair well with Cava, Pere Ventura, Tresor Brut Reserva, Spain

7 Crawfish beignets are well matched with Pinot Noir Moises, Wahle Vineyards “Mes Amis,” Willamette Valley, Oregon (Serve slightly chilled)

7 Sweetcorn hushpuppies go nicely

Recipe courtesy of Cheryl Charming, Bourbon O Bar

with Cabernet Sauvignon, Liberated, Sonoma County, California

7 Seafood gumbo pairs well with Rose, Esprit Gassier, Cotes De Provence, France

Crawfish Beignets with spiCy remoulade

7 Traditional gumbo (chicken and

Yield: 8 servings

sausage) is good with Riesling, Fritz De Katz, Germany


7 Jambalaya is tasty served with

2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 lemon, zested 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced 1 1/2 cups cooked and chopped crawfish tails 3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley leaves 3 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Louisiana or Tabasco) 1 to 1 1/2 cups water or shrimp/seafood stock Canola or peanut oil

dIrectIONS Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the lemon zest, garlic, crawfish, parsley and hot sauce. Mix gently to combine. Add the water or stock slowly until a loose dough is formed. Set aside for 15 minutes. In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough canola or peanut oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 350 degrees F. Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon dough into hot oil and cook in batches until deep golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt while still hot. Let temperature of oil return to 350 degrees F between batches.

Viognier, St Cosme “Little James Basket” France (Pays D’oc)

7 Bananas Foster sits well beside

Sauvignon Blanc, Cap Royal France (Bordeaux)

remOuLAde 1 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup Creole mustard 1/4 cup prepared horseradish, drained 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Dash cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley leaves 1/4 cup chopped capers 2 green onions, chopped (green and white part)

dIrectIONS Whisk the mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cayenne together in a medium bowl until well blended. Stir in the parsley, capers and green onions and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use. Transfer the beignets to a serving platter and serve with the remoulade sauce. Recipe courtesy of Chef Dominic Raso, Bourbon Street Cajun and Creole Kitchen and Bar

Some of the above may not be available in Ontario. Similar varietals are available at the LcBO.

7 Crab cakes - Bohigas Reserva Brut Cava, Spain

7 Crawfish beignets - Flat Rock Pinot Noir, Ontario

7 Sweetcorn hushpuppies - suits a

sweeter Cabernet Sauvignon - Apothic Red, California

7 Seafood gumbo - Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rose, Ontario

7 Traditional gumbo - Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling, Germany

7 Jambalaya - Bonterra Viognier, California

7 Bananas Foster - Cream liqueur

such as Rum Chata or Inniskillin Late Harvest Riesling, Ontario


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Glam and Gloss or pretty and practical, holiday dressinG to suit your style

Celebrate the

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1. Spark up your style with a white Elisa Cavaletti shirt, highlighted by stones, embroidery and taupe knit trim, from Life Styles Women’s Wear. Pair with taupe pants and fancy flat shoes or boots to ground your look. 2. An ivory beaded T-shirt with a whimsical black heart pattern and decorative stones, by Elisa Cavaletti from Life Styles Women’s Wear, ties into a seasonal rocker-chic vibe. Embellishments - like beadwork, embroidery, cut-outs, fancy stones and grommets - are all on-trend. The shirt is further embellished by its own bracelet.

5. A black and pearl grey asymmetrically striped sheath dress, with subtle ruching and cut out neckline, is easily dressed up and down. This Frank Lyman Design dress is available at Life Styles Women’s Wear.


6. A V-neck black crepe dress is highlighted by trendy grommet trim. An animal print mock turtleneck paired with slightly flared jeans, also celebrates the season. Both outfits are by Laurel from MODA di GIULIANA.



3. A striking black and cream, mesh and lace overlay dress - by Elisa Cavaletti from Life Styles Women’s Wear - features embroidery, which, along with mixed materials, is a popular style note. Add a hat, fur wrap, fancy jewelry and shoes to step out in the height of style.


4. A pink jumpsuit by Laurel from MODA di GIULIANA - with cross-over, surplice wrap styling, three-quarter length sleeves and flowing, drawstring pants offers an elegant one-piece look for the holiday season and beyond.



7. These mirrored leather pumps with stylish lug soles and a block heel, by Gadea from Mugford’s Shoes, go easily from day to night. 8. Black printed leather pumps feature the luxury of leather lining and offer the comfort and style of a platform sole and slim block heels. The shoes are by Hispanitas and are available at Mugford’s Shoes. 9. Lace up pumps with pointed and almond shaped toes, such as these pointy, black leather stilettos by Sam Edelman from Mugford’s Shoes, inspire fashionable foot notes. The shoes are easy to slip on via a back zipper.


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10. A black twopiece tunic top and fuchsia tank features trendy cut-out detailing and is paired with of-themoment, flared black dress pants. These knit coordinates by Joseph Ribkoff are from Life Styles Women’s Wear. Add a pair of glamorous T-strap stilettos, fancy earrings and you’re good to go.

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12 11. Turtleneck and mock turtleneck sweaters, flared pants and classic long wool coats are among the many classics that appear freshly updated. This striped mock turtleneck sparkles with hints of silver yarn to dress up fashionably flared jeans. A double breasted midi wool coat adds a warm outer layer. All by Laurel from MODA di GIULIANA. 12. Black printed leather boots with patent leather and buckle details. The boots are by Hispanitas and are available at Mugford’s Shoes.

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All for the family By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


ver the years, Wastell Homes has built more than a dozen Dream Lottery homes for the London Health Sciences Foundation fundraiser and each one is different, with something to set it apart, says company president Doug Wastell. Wastell’s latest Dream Lottery project, in North London’s Sunningdale community, is designed as a family home with something for everyone. The big ‘wow’ factor will particularly delight kids and hockey fans. Working in partnership with the London Knights, Wastell has created a hockey theme on the lower level, complete with a

mini rink and décor items donated by the hockey club, including jerseys and posters. Knights members will also be on hand for a day of meeting-and-greeting. The lower level, with nine-foot ceilings and full-size windows, also includes a bar area, a comfortable TV room and a threepiece bathroom. Set on a large corner lot, the home takes up 4,689 square feet of finished space on three levels. The Woody’s Custom Cabinetry kitchen features black wood cabinets and a black-and-white European tile backsplash, with contrasting white Cambria quartz on the counters and island. Continued on page 24 Continued on page 24

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pReVious pAGe Family-friendly features abound in this one-in-a-million dream home, which is fitting as it’s the focal point of the London Health Sciences Foundation fundraiser - Dream Lottery. Black wood, mirrors and other high-end finishes complete this home of a lifetime. The Woody’s Custom Cabinetry-designed kitchen features a black-and-white theme with black cabinets and a black and white backsplash to add drama to this area that is practical yet elegant. The dream home is one of Wastell Home’s Mike Holmes-approved houses.

top left ABoVe left And middle Hockey fans will adore the lower level practice space, complete with rink and London Knights memorabilia.

RiGHt Delivered fully-furnished, the common areas are ready to host a large family if they are the lottery winners. Continued on page 26


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coaSt to coaSt Story and photos by Jill Ellis-Worthington


ip coffee while watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy a cocktail as it disappears in to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on the same day when travelling from coast to coast in Florida this winter. In just under three hours, you can motor from one coast to the other. With so many travelers visiting the Florida Keys and Disney World, you may feel like there’s nothing new to experience in the Sunshine State but taking a few days to see some of its lesser lights is time well spent when escaping Ontario’s chilly temps. The crystalline sands of Clearwater Beach is one of the things that makes this one of the world’s best beaches, according to USA Today, which named it America’s best beach. While the sand is darker and a bit coarser on the Atlantic side, its rolling waves make water sports, like body surfing or boogie boarding, more adventurous. Hankering to get on the water or feeling a need for speed while in Clearwater? Take a ride on one of the several fast boat options, like the Thriller Power Boat Tour. It’s a hair-raising 60 to 70 MPH ride along the Gulf Coast. You may get to drive the boat or see dolphins during the tour. Or if something more TOP LEFT Enjoy sunset over Clearwater from the patio of Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. Its crystalline white sands make Clearwater’s beaches some of the best in the world.

From Clearwater to CoCoa, beaChes oFFer Florida Fun leisurely appeals, the casual Calypso Queen or more formal Starlite Majesty offer dinner cruises at sunset that are as delicious as they are relaxing. It is fun to catch lunch or dinner while scanning the beach at Cocoa Beach from the pier; could you catch a glimpse of Jeannie (Barbara Eden) or her astronaut beau (Larry Hagman) in this community made famous by the show they starred in? There are several dining options on the pier to enjoy before heading over for a tour of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60 hosts an artisans market each evening, inviting tourists and locals to do some shopping and enjoy entertainment as the sun sets. There’s a large, well equipped play area for the younger family members to enjoy. When you’ve had enough of sand and surf there’s so much to keep you busy in central Florida. Architecture buffs

TOP RIGHT Looking south from the centre of the Cocoa Beach pier at low tide proves the popularity of this vast beach, but be prepared as the beach gets much narrower at the end of the day when the Atlantic tide rolls in.


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BOTTOM LEFT Sturdy palm trees and umbrellas offer beach-goers some shady respite when the relentless sun becomes too much. Located next to change rooms and concessions, these oases provide great places to enjoy some cool ice cream.

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will want to see the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in the world at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Much of the construction work was done by students. And marvelling at nature should be on your must-do list while in central Florida. The Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary in Tampa, the Clearwater Aquarium and River Ventures in Crystal River will allow you to commune with lions and tigers, Winter the dolphin from Dolphin Tale and wild manatees, respectively. When in Florida, why not stay with one of Canada’s own? Frenchy’s Oasis Motel is owned by a former Quebecer, who also owns several area eateries. The hotel has kitchenettes and some rooms offer views of the Intracoastal Waterway, so you can watch boats glide by from your balcony. Frenchy’s South Beach Grill, Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill and Frenchy’s Seafood all offer fresh food in the fresh air. For special occasions, The Beachcomber Restaurant offers fine dining in a retro cool atmosphere, with classic tropical cocktails – like the Mai Tai – as specialties. When it’s time to escape southwestern Ontario’s winter cold, consider central Florida for a coast-to-coast adventure. n

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Shane Yerema and Colleen Jordan, of True North Homes, take real pleasure in turning their clients houses into dream homes with their combination of design flair and construction know-how.

The art of renovation True North Homes uses ‘different kind of canvas’ to create modern living spaces By John M. Milner

Everyone has a different idea of what the ideal place to live is,” says Shane Yerema of True North Homes. The company, collaboration between Yerema and Colleen Jordan, allows the client to “live where you want to live.” As long as the house “has decent structure, ‘decent bones,’ we can make it anything you want,” Yerema says. Jordan stresses they work towards creat­ ing a home they would want to live in. “We go right down to the nitty­gritty to make it a safe house,” she says. Both see design as a creative outlet but their focus is on functionality of the home. True North Homes began when Yerema and Jordan decided to “combine our talents and work for ourselves.” Yerema has operated True North Reno­ vations for 25 years, while Jordan has built and renovated several homes she lived in with her four children. The experiences taught Jordan what works in a home and she brings design expertise to the table. “(Colleen) has an eye for finish and colours that I just don’t have,” Yerema says. Meanwhile, his experience gives him the knowledge of whether the design is practical from a building standpoint.

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In two­plus years of working togeth­ er, True North Homes has completed three projects: one on Emery Street, another on Grand Avenue and their most recent project, on Windermere Avenue. “We’ve taken older homes and brought them back to their glory days,” Jordan says. “We want to maintain the character of the home,” Yerema says. “You’ve got to pay homage to the house itself.” Planning is integral part of to ensur­ ing client satisfaction. To help custom­ ers find elements that appeal to them, Jordan will often provide design mag­ azines to browse. “Not everyone can describe what they want, but if they can see us, they can show us,” Yerema says. Both Yerema and Jordan say they love what they do. For them, True North Homes is less about making money and more about “the joy we get out of creating,” Yerema says. He feels what he and Jordan do is akin to creating art. “It’s just a different kind of canvas.” b FOR MOR E INFOR MATION True North Homes 390 Hazel Avenue 519-495-2877 •





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Deck the halls with a ceramic art sculpture or stained glass window or choose an expertly framed piece of art from one of Elgin’s many galleries and studios.

The main streets of Elgin County’s towns and villages are the perfect places to pick up gifts that are truly one-of-a-kind and are sure to please everyone on your list.

A culinary gift is a perfect choice for that hard to buy for person. Help the chef in your life spice up their cooking with locally grown herbs or delicious jams, jellies and salad dressings.

Explore quaint boutiques for trendy clothing and jewellery pieces, select fine local wines, pick up handcrafted home décor pieces, fresh flowers, natural skin care products, hand-made pottery, homemade fudge, sweet local honey, artisan candles and more!

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galaxy,” Winn says. “The planet locator is sending the codex. The intersection is the beginning of the flow of time and is either being created by or is creating an overseeing consciousness.” He must be headed in the right direction, as two of his related dark matter pieces were purchased by the quantum computing department at the University of Waterloo. Chill Art Show is on at Art With Panache Gallery until December 15. Described by owner Audrey Cooper as a collection that expresses the beauty and

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1. The Desire To Acquire: London collects, Sept. 3-Jan. 8 p.m. museum London, 421 ridout st., n. This exhibition highlights almost 200 intriguing pieces acquired by local collectors motivated by the “ingenuity of art, and its changing roles, content, and character.”


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excitement of the winter season, Chill presents the thrills and spills of our most challenging season. Cooper says she named the show Chill because it was a word that could be played with. It could mean chill as in cold and snowy; it could also mean “to chill” as in relaxing while sipping hot chocolate in front of a toasty fire. “Canadians seem to be cranky about wintertime, when really it is a glorious time,” says Cooper. The first snowfall of the year is magical; it changes our world completely.”

2. LonDon PoTTers GuiLD: Twisted, Nov. 3-12 London clay art centre, 664 dundas st. This biennial exhibition, subtitled “form and function,” highlights the ceramic works of artists residing in southwestern ontario.

3. WesTern ArTs & humAniTies & The DePArTmenT of enGLish PresenT q1 hAmLeT Nov. 9-12, 8 p.m. Less than half the length of more familiar editions of the play, Q1 hamlet features live original music and includes a bonus short Tudor interlude, John rastell’s “four elements.” www.uwo.caenglish

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OPPOSITE PAGE Cathy Groulx, “Around the Corner,” oil, 30 by 60 inches. ABOVE Jack Winn, “Intersection of Time and Space” mixed media, 6.8 by 10.8 feet. rIGhT Vera Graham, “rotary Memorial Park, Cottam,” acrylic on board, 16 x 20 inches.

Cooper put out a call for works that conveyed the feeling of “braving and conquering yet another winter. She wanted people to remember how it felt when you went out and it was so cold your nostrils stuck together. Cathy Groulx and Vera Graham are two of the talented artists who answered Cooper’s call. Groulx’s oil painting “Around the Corner” shows a hushed winter land-

scape done in blue and mauve that exudes solitude. Whereas Graham’s acrylic painting “Rotary Memorial Park, Cottam” with its colourfully clad skaters strikes a more whimsical chord. They are two examples of the diversity Chill has to offer. Two shows, and a smorgasbord of artistic styles. It just doesn’t get better than that. n


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5. Jazz for The PeoPle PresenTs PeTer hysen sePTeT, Nov. 23 7:15 p.m., Wolf performance hall, central library, 251 dundas st. hysen is a freelance trombone, bass trombone, tuba, acoustic bass player; prepare to be entertained. This is part of a free concert series featuring local and regional jazz musicians.

6. london Jazz socieTy PresenTs Mark henning, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., mocha shrine centre, 468 colborne st. mark has been playing and teaching guitar and singing in the london and surrounding area for 25 years. This is one of a series of monthly jazz gigs at the shrine center.

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StreSS leSS thiS holiday SeaSon Jill Ellis-Worthington

Truth in advertising can be as amusing as it is telling. A few years ago, a television commercial featured a woman in a room with an exquisite looking Christmas tree surrounded by perfect packages; there was a sumptuous meal on a table sporting lovely place settings. She was coiffed, made up and dressed to the nines . . . except when her back turned to the camera, viewers could see that she had forgotten to put on pants or a skirt under her festive apron.

Women have to give themselves permission to practice self-care, which can be especially difficult at this busier-than-ever time of the year. ď ƒ6 Lifestyle November/December 2016

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That sums up what many of us experience during November and December’s weeks leading up to the festive season. Frazzled activity in an effort to present the perfect picture to our families, friends, business associates and the world. But in all this frenetic activity, we may be losing some of the joy of the season. We may even be endangering our health. To reverse this, according to Tasha Hughes - who has worked in the health industry for 25 years as a yoga instructor, registered massage therapist, personal trainer and who holds a black belt in karate – women have to give themselves permission to practice self-care, which can be especially difficult at this busier-than-ever time of the year. Working with women in her Diva Defense program, she encourages them to say, “I’m on the priority list here, and I can’t be my best for others if I don’t make myself a priority alongside everybody else.” As partners, mothers and co-workers we tend to say yes a lot, she adds. “Saying yes to yourself needs be be a priority.” Saying yes is also something that Tara Green, of Green T Wellness, also advises. “Some people tend to isolate themselves at times of stress, but saying yes to an invitation to be with others is a good thing during the holiday season,” she says. She reasons that since isolation is a form of punishment – for instance giving children a time out – being with supportive, like-minded people is a reward for someone who is stressed. Sticking to your fitness routine is difficult during the weeks leading up to the


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holidays, and rewarding yourself with the company of others while working out is the perfect answer to both issues. Hughes recommends getting a few friends together and working out together to defeat isolation and stay on your fitness track at the same time. The holidays also have many obligations that can be turned around to help keep you on track. Wondering what to get folks on your list? Window shopping while mall walking gets your workout done while getting ideas for gifts. Park far from the mall when shopping (like you have a choice) or dance the night away at the company holiday party. Thinking of these as your daily workout will also give you the mental break you need from the guilt of eating too many cookies. Meditation can help with stress during the holiday season but having a window of time to practice it can be problematic. Both Hughes and Green recommend taking brief breathing breaks, during which you concentrate on your breath as a way to focus thoughts and energy on relaxation and positive feelings. “Breathe in for a count of four; hold for four; breath out for four,” says Hughes, in describing the process. Green adds, “Giving yourself permission to take a two to four minute break between clients or tasks while sitting at your desk will have a positive cumulative effect.” n


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hile F.I.N.E A Restaurant in Grand Bend has a reputation for great food, it has also become a destination as it offers more than just a good meal. As a reviewer on TripAdvisor noted, “The staff, the food, the atmosphere – all perfect!” Located on Ontario Street in a renovated home, F.I.N.E A Restaurant is warm and comfortable. It also offers a “comfort menu” as the weather turns colder, says owner and chef Erryn Shephard, who works alongside chef Ben Sandwith. She mentions braised short ribs, lamb shanks, beef tender-

loin, the always-popular Caesar salad and desserts, using regional resources. “It’s slower food and still comfortable. We try to keep it as local as we can.” F.I.N.E A Restaurant offers daily specials and sumptuous fall desserts, including Pumpkin Spice Pot Du Creme and Caramelized Apple Tart. In its thirteenth year of business, Shephard agrees the restaurant has become a destination onto itself. “We have our regulars and they are very faithful.” Part of the reason, too, is that some customers will request something off the menu and are obliged. “If we have

the stuff, we can do it. We’re homegrown, and we work really hard. We love what we do.” Shephard is a patron of River Road Artist’s Co-op Gallery and features its paintings on her walls. “It’s just like a little miniature art show,” she says. She has added catering to the business and has been involved in some high-profile events, including Tastings, a fundraiser for the London Health Sciences Centre. b FOR MOR E INFOR MATION F.I.N.E. A Restaurant 42 Ontario Street South, Grand Bend 519-238-6224 •

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Port Stanley’S DolPhin houSe reborn By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

TOP and InSET A beach house feel is achieved with the use of cool whites and creamy tones. High ceilings and big windows ensure that views are uninhibited from any angle. TOP RIGHT Coastal blue siding with white trim gives the home’s exterior a beachy feel from top to bottom aBOVE Multiple decks on all floors help blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. This one is semi-circular shaped and lets homeowners easily enjoy a morning cup of coffee while watching the sunrise as it is just off the kitchen.

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ometimes the best way to fix a problem is to start from scratch. Such was the case with a Millennium Construction and Design renovation of a home on Port Stanley’s Main Beach. The layout of the original home was broken up with separate rooms and low, beamed ceilings and small windows fronting the lake that created a closed-in feeling. The new homeowners wanted to open it up to create a more airy beach-house ambiance. After exploring various options, including expanding the space, Millennium’s Mark Vaandering suggested a more economical solution – taking down the existing structure and rebuilding. The new three-storey home has exceeded expectations, say the homeowners, who are pleased they were able to capture the essence of a lakeside home. High ceilings, simple lines, light colours – creamy off-whites and soft

pastel tones – plus the warm, weathered look of distressed hickory flooring blur the boundary between indoors and out. The main level encompasses an open-concept kitchen, dining area, and living room anchored by a gas fireplace with a cast stone mantle and surround. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic beach and lake views. Sliding patio doors lead to a wooden deck off the living room and a semi-circular deck off the kitchen, the lower level of a turret-shaped extension with balconies off each level. The kitchen’s focal point is a 5-by-10foot island topped with a single slab of granite, in brown tones that echo the beach sand. Cream-coloured Shaker cabinets and bead board backsplash convey a timeless simplicity but hide some unique conveniences. For example, one cupboard contains a cooking counter, for appliances like a toaster or slow cooker, with an electrical outlet that is live only when the doors are open. Continued on page 47

ABOVE And InSET The kitchen’s focal point is a large island that offers guests ample seating to chat with the chef as a special meal is prepared. Shaker cabinetry, a bead board backsplash and traditional-style furniture continue the solid, calm ambiance of this beach house.

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A pantry and beverage centre are tucked beneath the front stairway. With an eye to the future, a central shaft was created to eventually house an elevator. The stairway winds around the shaft, which currently offers extra storage space. The second level comprises three guest bedrooms, a bathroom and laundry facilities. The upper level houses the master suite, including a home office area and another laundry closet. Stretching across the back, the bedroom features oversized windows plus a cathedral ceiling with porthole window at the apex. It also showcases a double-sided gas fireplace and expansive his-and-hers walk-in closets. The ensuite bathroom includes a free-standing tub, glassed-in shower and double basin vanity topped with Carrera marble. The exterior vinyl board and batten siding is a distinctive bright Costal Blue, with contrasting white trim. The home had been known locally as the Dolphin House, due to dolphin figures embedded in the original stucco. In a nod to that, the new home sports dolphin images in two street-facing windows on the stairway landings. n










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New avenues for excellence

AwArds give profile to good work

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BuilDER Of tHE YEAR – WAStEll HOMES Accepting: Adam Talbot, Tim Trelford, Vince Galera, Julian Novick, Sue Wastell, Colin Hoover, Doug Wastell, Brad McClelland Presented by Andrea Barendregt, Rogers Communications Inc.

RENOvAtOR Of tHE YEAR – DuO BuilDiNg liMitED Accepting: John Relouw, Mark Malouin, Patrick Malloy, Keelan Malloy, Gayle White-Malloy Presented by Garrett Graham, Libro Credit Union

ew directions and trends in the housing industry were recognized this year by the London Home Builders’ Association in its Awards of Creative Excellence. This year’s new home categories expanded to include multi-family homes, reflecting “a new energy in that form of housing,” says LHBA executive officer Lois Langdon. She says multi-family projects, such as townhouses, are getting innovative upgrades and taking on non-traditional forms, including stacked blocks. “There are different design options and some really creative products.” Langdon is enthusiastic about another “totally new and exciting”

2016 SPEciAl AcHiEvEMENt AWARDS ✦ ormAh gibson AwArd The Ironstone Building Company JLC Homes; Southside Construction, for Homes Unlimited ✦ builder of the YeAr Wastell Homes

PROjEct Of tHE YEAR – DuO BuilDiNg liMitED WitH PROjEct PARtNER BluEliNE iNc. Accepting: Mark Malouin, Simon Coles, Keelan Malloy, Patrick Malloy, John Relouw, Gayle White-Malloy Presented by Jake Draper – Copp Building Materials Limited

✦ renovAtor of the YeAr DUO Building Limited ✦ mowbrAY sifton AwArd Richard Sifton, Sifton Properties Limited ✦ lifetime Achievement AwArd Alan Churchill, Fusion Homes ✦ supplier of the YeAr Strik, Baldinelli, Moniz Ltd. ✦ sub-trAde of the YeAr Sloan Stone Design

SuB tRADE Of tHE YEAR – SlOAN StONE DESigN Accepting: Allie Courtney, Christie Taylor, Vanessa Cabral, Derek Sloan, Kelly Sloan, Jamie Nagy Presented by Cathy Newnham, The London Free Press

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✦ heAlth And sAfetY AwArd Adam Johnson, Forest Hill, Sifton Properties Limited ✦ enerQuAlitY environmentAl stewArdship AwArd Sifton Properties Limited

award. The Ormah Gibson Award, resulting from a partnership between LHBA and the city’s Housing Development Corporation, acknowledges the evolution of affordable housing projects, targeting households with moderate incomes. Unlike other ACE awards, this one is not competitive but recognizes three local projects. More than 40 awards were handed out in October to London builders, renovators and designers. These are beneficial for consumers, inspired by what they’re seeing in the marketplace, and for industry members, encouraging them to “think outside the box and research new materials, technologies and trends,” Langdon says. ✦ sAles Achievement Sue Wastell, Wastell Homes

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RENOVATION AWARDS ✦ Best reNovated KitcHeN up to $50,000 Vandermolen Homes Inc. Project Partner: Casey’s Creative Kitchens Inc. ✦ Best reNovated KitcHeN over $50,000 Melchers Construction Limited. Project Partners: Braam’s Custom Cabinets, Design Matrix Inc. ✦ Best reNovated BatHrooM up to $25,000 Old Castle Renovations ✦ Best reNovated BatHrooM over $25,000 DUO Building Limited Project Partners: Blueline Inc., GCW Custom Kitchens and Cabinetry Inc. Continued on page 50


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he holiday season is a wonderful time of year and exchanging gifts is an important part of the traditions. However, finding that perfect present for someone can be stressful, particularly if that person has practically everything. For the senior on your list, who has received many gifts over the years, it can be even more challenging. Here are some ideas you might not have thought about. A gift doesn’t have to be an object. Why not a service or a membership? At Ramona’s Cleaning Services, manager Melissa Smith suggests giving the gift of a clean home. Continued on page 53

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