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Vol.1 No.1 | September 2006 www.vancouverstyle.ca

C Restaurant Culinary Indulgence Touring BC’s Fraser Valley Roy Chen Campbell Adversity to Inspiration Fall Makeup Tips and Trends Rick Penner’s Passion for Building


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Vancouver has been waiting for a publication that meets the needs of both locals and visitors - and now you have it! Vancouver STYLE magazine’s philosophy is simple ... we showcase the best in Vancouver living – from the environment we enjoy to the quality of life we cherish with superb writing, design and full-color photography. Vancouver STYLE magazine is published four times a year for the sophisticated reader who appreciates the finer things in life. It is written and designed to help our readers experience the magnificence that is Vancouver. The publication celebrates a zest for living, sparks an exchange of ideas, explores new experiences, and informs readers of all the events and social happenings in and around town. Articles are researched, written

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and designed with the needs of the most discriminating audience in mind, and each reflects the high standards that our enthusiasts have come to expect. It’s the area’s only high-end, lifestyle publication focusing on the premier restaurants and chefs, shopping, popular nightlife destinations, tourism and attractions – as well as the local celebrities, residents, and community figures who make Vancouver a vibrant and exciting town. We hope you enjoy this issue of Vancouver STYLE – and as the publisher, I welcome your feedback. LoveJeet Nahal, Publisher lnahal@vancouverstyle.ca

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Roy Chen Campbell

TABLE OF CONTENTS C Restaurant

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Leading Vancouver’s seafood fare in quality and style.

By Heather Isaac Photographs courtesy of Roy Chen Campbell Photographs by Kevin Clark

Style & Grace

By Michelle Savage Photographs courtesy of C Restaurant

Wine & Spirits Touring BC’s Fraser Valley wineries safely and in style.

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Fall makeup tips and trends from style guru Joanne Yeh. By Heather Isaac Photographs by Kevin Clark

Snapshot

By Michelle Savage Photographs by Kevin Clark

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How one man overcame adversity and became an inspiration to many.

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Rick Penner shares his passion for building in an exclusive interview with Vancouver Style. By Heather Isaac Photographs by Kevin Clark

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...the best-tasting ingredients are those that have been produced in the most environmentally responsible way.



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If your passion for Vancouver’s gourmet cuisine needs a little rejuvenation, then a trip to C Restaurant in Vancouver is in order. Since owner Harry Kambolis opened the restaurant’s doors in 1997 through to today, C Restaurant has been rated among the top fine-dining eateries in British Columbia. Consistently named Vancouver’s best seafood restaurant of the year, C also gains regular recognition from various publications and organizations as one of the best restaurants overall. With a waterside location on False Creek, C opens up to views of boats and people parading by on the seawall. And if patrons can tear their eyes away from the outside views, they will undoubtedly be impressed by the restaurant’s interior, which was designed by local designer Dominic Smith. Smith faced the challenge of working with a building that was industrial in layout. Rather than hide the quirky industrial features, he chose to exploit these elements with flair. As a result of his flawless attention to detail, the restaurant is open and airy with minimalist decor and dramatic touches. Its floor-to-ceiling windows extend two stories, providing patrons with a view of the constant stream of passersby and cyclists on the promenade, and the sea-kayakers and ferries beyond, in False Creek. When the weather is nice, patrons also flock to the restaurant’s outside deck, which boasts expansive views of both Granville Island and False Creek. C’s Mezzanine Level offers a private and cozy place to dine, overlooking the activity of the main floor. If one was interested in observing the magic spun in the kitchen, he or she could request the single table that looks down on the garde manger section of the kitchen. Just beyond, towards the back of the mezzanine, is the Wine Attic, which pays homage to the cellars of old Europe, wallpapered with 350 bottles of fine wines and illuminated by candles. C’s attraction lies partly in its ambience, although the real draw is the restaurant’s succulent and unique fare— crisp rainbow trout, wild salmon and expertly grilled roasted Sechelt sturgeon are a few popular entrees—and its impressive list of British Columbian wines, created by sommelier Tom Doughty. The restaurant’s extraordinary menu derives its power from its personal philosophy, which holds that the best-tasting ingredients are those that have been produced in the most environmentally responsible way. Through partnerships with the BC Salmon Marketing Council, the David Suzuki Foundation, and many others, C has developed a reputation as Vancouver’s residing ambassador for the quality of fish and seafood available on the coast, and a recognized leader in the marketplace.

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Touring

British Columbia is increasingly gaining recognition as the Napa Valley of the north in its production of fine wines. And the province’s Fraser Valley Wine Country offers plenty of wineries and breathtaking scenery to satisfy the increasing number of locals and visitors who explore this area each year. For a memorable trip of the Wine Country, many of these explorers take advantage of chauffeured wine tours, such as those offered by Valley Wine Tours. Fraser Valley vineyards produce wines with distinctive, regional flavors, many of which have won international awards and gained recognition from wine aficionados around the world. Valley Wine Tours’ luxury limousines take guests on guided day-long tours of these award-winning boutique wineries. Valley Wine Tours, a family-owned and operated limousine company in Surrey BC, offers visitors unsurpassed comfort and style as they provide chauffeured tours in their luxury limousines. Their fleet of 22 vehicles includes executive sedans, Lincoln limousines, stretch SUVs, and a 45-person party bus (the largest in Vancouver).

BC’s Fraser Valley Safely and in Style

The company’s local guides lead guests in style to the tasting rooms of some of the best of British Columbia’s vintners. Passengers can simply kick back and sip wine as they enjoy the beautiful scenery and exceptional wines without the hassle or hazard of driving. When asked what sets Valley Wine Tours apart from other wine tour operators in the area, patrons often say it is the company’s family feel. Owned and operated by the Price family, Valley Wine Tours specializes not only in quality tours but also in warmth and hospitality, unmatched personal service, and attention to detail. Jim and Willi Price, who also own Gentleman Jim’s Limousine Service, work closely with their son Dan and daughter Shelley to maintain the exceptional service their customers have come to know and expect. ”People really rave about our wine tours,” says Willi Price, the company’s administrative specialist and a grandmother of nine. “We pamper our guests and treat them to a luxurious ride through the beautiful sights and sounds of the Fraser Valley, in one of our beautiful limousines. They love spending the day in our limousines and appreciate the extra touches of hospitality we incorporate into each and every tour. We love what we do and it definitely shows.” As for her husband, Gentleman Jim’s engaging personality and graciousness immediately make his passengers feel welcome, and he trains each of his drivers to treat customers with the courtesy and warmth that have made him stand out as a driver over the years. “Part of being a good driver is being charismatic and charming, but also knowing when to be quiet,” says Willi. “We teach our drivers that the tours are not about us—they’re about the customers. We like to make our customers feel special and pampered, and also give them a private experience.” Valley Wine Tours visits four major Fraser Valley wineries with vineyards. All are located between Langley and Abbotsford, and are well situated for a day of

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Adversity to inspiration: B Y H E AT H E R I S A A C

PHOTO BY KEVIN CLARK


o n: Roy Chen Campbell’s story

is one peppered with

adversity, yet an amazing testimony of how one man overcame difficult circumstances, becoming an inspiration to many. Twenty years ago, a serious injury rendered during a professional rugby match left Roy with three broken vertebrae in his neck. Told he would never run again, Roy cursed God and retreated into his English apartment, shunning family members and friends. Amidst a deep, suicidal depression, he experienced the lowest point of his life. After 10 months of living in darkness, “One day I woke up and opened my drapes. It was the brightest light you’ve ever seen, beaming through my room,” he explains. Insistent upon overcoming his depression, Roy strapped on a backpack and flew to Jamaica– his childhood home.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ROY CHEN CAMPBELL

I started believing in myself, that I could do this even though I still had physical problems


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this season’s makeup trends: red lips with pale eyes; dark eyes with a pale mouth 

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To help update your look for this fall and winter, Joanne Yeh, a Vancouverbased makeup artist, reveals this season’s makeup trends: red lips with pale eyes; dark eyes with a pale mouth; strong brows; silky, luminescent skin; and matte skin. Makeup colors shift from summery, bright shades of turquoise, pink and green, to richer, warmer tones— perfect for reviving pale winter skin. This fall’s color palette includes brassy and gold tones, berry and plum hues, and shades of chocolate. Joanne shares several makeup application tips to help you achieve this season’s hottest looks. She recommends prepping your skin to prevent makeup from fading. “It is very important to have your skin well moisturized,” Joanne points out. “Using a primer will smooth out any imperfections in the skin, and helps to hold your foundation longer.” After washing and moisturizing, smooth on primer, then apply foundation with a brush for a more flawless application. Finish by setting with powder. For your cheeks, blush is important for Fall. “A little bit of blush can change the appearance of your skin tone, brightening your complexion,” Joanne explains. Stroke a blush brush across the color, tapping gently to remove excess powder. “You do not want to pick up too much color, since you can always add to it if needed,” she states. While smiling, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Since skin tends to dry out during cooler weather, Joanne recommends using crème blushes to help hydrate your cheeks. To add a healthy-looking glow, wear a bronzing powder beneath your blush year-round, especially when winter zaps your skin of vitality. Lastly, apply a mineralized powder with a buffing brush for a naturally luminescent look. Joanne suggests aiming for “structureless eyes” by using less liquid eyeliner and more eye shadow (in shades of brass, penny copper, chocolate, plum, and violet). Prepping your eyelid with a base is also a helpful step. “By using a matte crème shadow first, and then applying your eye shadow, the colors will be more intense; and it will also help prevent creasing.” For a “strong brow,” and a more natural look, apply eye shadow to your eyebrows with an angled brush, rather than using an eyebrow pencil. “Adding color to your eyebrows brings out your eyes more and frames your face,” states Joanne. Make a statement with red lips this season! Whether bold and bright or dark and deep, red hues are in. Gloss is also hot right now, but not paired with red. “Use clear gloss with lighter colors such as penny coppers, or even matching copper gloss, but when dealing with darker colors such as red, go with the muted, matte look,” Joanne explains. Also, be sure to completely blend in your lip liner with your lip color, allowing no visible line. We hope these trends and tips prove useful as you aim to stay current with your look this Fall. Visiting a makeup artist will give you a more concrete idea of what particular shades compliment your skin tone, as well as hair and eye color, and what makeup techniques bring out your individual features. To book an appointment for a makeup consultation, contact Joanne at 604.202.9790.


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a passion for building

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Imagine every element you have envisioned for your ideal house, from general ideas on space and design, to details uniquely yours, coming to fruition. Mr. Rick Penner is in the business of making this happen. He has possessed a life-long passion for building, a trait shared by, and perhaps passed down from, his father. President of Rodell Developments in South Surrey, Mr. Penner has brought life to many a dream through the construction of custom homes. Fortunate enough to gain hands-on experience early on, Mr. Penner spent summer breaks from Trinity Western University helping framing crews—eventually building his first custom home with his father’s guidance. His passion for construction, coupled with his propensity for hard work, led to the creation of his own business straight out of college 18 years ago. Mr. Penner continues to enjoy using his innate creativity and knowledge of current industry trends to build fantasy homes, including lottery grand prize homes, one dream at a time.

What values taught by your father do you incorporate into your work? My dad was born in the Ukraine. His family escaped to West Germany during World War II when he was only four years old. They (along with thousands of other Mennonite people) were plunked in the jungles of Paraguay, and had to create their own colonies and fight for survival. So my dad grew up as a hard worker from a very young age. This was one of the biggest things my dad taught me and my brothers—hard work and the practical common sense of how to do things as well. With everything he taught us, he wasn’t going to let us get away with doing it half-heartedly. It was, “Do it, and do it with all your might, and do it as good as you can.” My dad taught me a good work ethic. I was never scared of hard work, that’s for sure. My dad is a man of integrity. He always had an impeccable reputation, whether it was with trades, the local building inspectors, or municipalities.

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C Restaurant 2-1600 Howe Street • 604.681.1164 • www.crestaurant.com You have discovered one of the most successful and progressive restaurant companies in Vancouver. We believe the platform we have created with C restaurant makes us the leader and innovator of fish and seafood products in our city. We strive to provide our guests with an exceptional range of outstanding food and beverage choices that are served with knowledge and flair. Our goal is to continuously improve our skills and systems so we may always be the most comprehensive fish restaurant in the city of Vancouver. Call for reservation

Blue Ocean Café 10 Hamilton St. • 604 666 8078 • www.oceancafe.net Named as “one of the world’s most delicious new restaurants” Blue Ocean is renowned for it’s tantalizing seafood and marvelous wine collection. You will dine in our spectacular cellars and feast upon our many delites. Come and see for yourself why we are named one of the ‘best’. Dinner: 5pm till midnight Bar: 4pm till midnight Valet: 7 nights from 5 pm

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Vinjii’s 22280 West 11th • 604.666.6664 • www.vinjiis.com Exclusive recipes from every region of India in a beautiful setting. We use only the finest fresh local ingredients and combine them with traditional recipes to create our own masterpieces. Come and experience this fine worldly dining with your friends and family for a night you are sure to remember. Dinner served from 5:30pm - No reservations

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