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Dust off your straw hat: The fourth annual PumpkinFest returns to West Vancouver on Oct. 4 and 5. The family event kicks off with a harvest dance on Oct. 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the West Vancouver Community Centre (2121 Marine Dr.) atrium, where you can tap your toes to the sounds of the homegrown Adam Woodall Band. The harvest festival, which harkens back to the days of old, features food, libations, live entertainment and fun for all. Bring your friends! Bring your family!. This year’s activities include: Pumpkin Patch, Pony Rides, Farm, Antique Farm Equipment, Cow Milking and new this year a Goat Hill and Pig Walking! Beer Garden, Entertainment, Home and Harvest Competition, Hay Tunnel, “Welly” Boot Toss, Sack Races, Face Painting and Crafts, Artisanal Market, Art Show, Scarecrow Competition, Scavenger Hunt, Pumpkin Carving, Free Skating, Swimming and Gymnastics, West Vancouver Police Dog demonstrations, West Vancouver Firefighters activities and lots more! The day culminates with the awards ceremony for the hotly contested Home and Harvest competition. All PumpkinFest proceeds go to the West Vancouver Community Services Society. More info: westvanpumpkinfest.ca.
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Brussels sprouts, blue cheese, bacon and beer. The reinvention of this staple fall dish, says Bonnie Sauder, owner of Hugo’s restaurant in Eagle Harbour, was inspired by her sister’s desire to make Brussels sprouts more delectable by adding toasted walnuts, crumbled blue cheese and bacon. “It was a hit with family and friends, so I decided to put it on the menu at Hugo’s where it also enjoys great popularity,” adds Sauder. “It’s hearty, is a great accompaniment to all kinds of roast dinners — and if one doesn’t eat meat, opt out of the bacon and use olive oil.” In autumn, Sauder recommends pairing this savoury side dish with a full-bodied red wine or darker craft beer.
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Libations to Fall for... When the temperature dips, we find ourselves imbibing in full-bodied wines and stout beer — the perfect complement for that rich stew that has been simmering on the stove all day. Kady Smith, manager of Libations Liquor Store in Dundrave, offers her beverage picks that will warm up the coolest fall evening.
nikka Whiskey, from the Barrel $ 6599 Masataka Taketsuru, the first Japanese person ever to study the art of whisky making at the University of Glasgow, established Nikka Whisky in 1934. The influence of Scotland in Nikka Whisky is undeniable, but this whisky speaks very much of its own place, Japan, and has a distinction of its own. From The Barrel is an award-winning blend of mature malt whisky and grain whisky that has been re-casked to “marry” the two styles, creating a harmonious whisky. The complex palate boasts of winter spice and toffee, a little caramel and vanilla — and a good mouthful of fruit. Perfect for those cozy fall evenings while reading a great book.
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elysain, night owl Pumpkin ale $ 99 7 No doubt, this fall, we will be treated to a plethora of pumpkin beers to choose from — one of which will be Elysian’s, Night Owl, their original pumpkin ale. Being an ale and not a stout or porter, this beer is incredibly drinkable and will not leave you full after a half a bottle. It is light to medium bodied, with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel, and spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. In addition, roasted and raw pumpkin seeds were added to the mash, along with more pumpkin which was also added to the kettle and fermenter.
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Trouble is lurking soon after Kay and Simon set sail during a romantic honeymoon on board a paddle steamer cruising down the Nile on its way to the Great Pyramids of Egypt and ancient temples. The young couple find themselves being followed by Simon’s disgruntled former fiancée, who is determined to ruin their trip, in one way or another.
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Tensions rise and, when a murder occurs, there are plenty of suspects aboard. Directed by Evan Llewellyn, this classic whodone-it, with its multiple suspects, quirky characters and exotic location, will keep the audience captivated right through to the murder conviction. “Usually, it’s the person that you least expect that’s the murderer,” teases Llewellyn. “Will audience members be able to guess who the culprit is, or will Ms. Christie’s brilliant misdirection and slight-of-hand prevail?” West Van Theatre’s production of Murder on the Nile runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15 at Kay
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Dundarave dentist restores smiles in Cambodia
Dr. Seddon with kids in Cambodia and, right, with a young, patient Buddhist monk. Submitted photos.
Dundarave dentist Dr. Nick Seddon restored plenty of smiles, including one belonging to a Buddhist monk, during a charitable trip to Cambodia earlier this year. In February, Seddon, of Dundarave Dental, teamed up with Kindness in Action — a Canadian non-profit with a focus on providing oral health programs in developing countries. Seddon visited several orphanages and villages throughout the southeast Asian country, addressing the acute dental needs of the population — primarily fillings and extractions.
“It’s all about giving back,” says Seddon, as he reflects on his trip to Cambodia, one of Asia’s poorest countries, which had mass genocide of its most educated population, as a result of the Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge regimes in the late 1970’s.
His most notable patient was a young Buddhist monk.
During the first week, the group of 22 volunteers, including Seddon, was able to care for over 700 patients.
Dr. Seddon, who has been volunteering with Kindness in Action for the last three years, is highly anticipating next year’s trip to Ecuador.
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“I was a little nervous treating him since monks are so highly respected in society,” recalls Seddon. “Fortunately, he was a very kind and patient man during the difficult extraction.”
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“The fall in Vancouver can be spectacular, especially for boating. The sun is still warm, the water can be quite clear and the animals are aplenty,” says Megan Sewell, general manager of Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay. “As the leaves start to change, the colours are gorgeous.” Try your hand at catching a Tyee Chinook salmon — Sewell’s even offers Fall can be a fickle season, weather-wise. fishing charters the that doesn’t mean you should mothball your throughout winter. Or take Bayliner or seven iron right after Labour Day advantage of the shoulder season, and just relax and unwind in the tranquility of Howe Sound.
prior to sundown, unless your vessel is equipped with lights, GPS, radar, etc. • A great short day trip is to travel to Pam Rocks, or take a picnic to Keats Island.
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Sewell’s fall boating tips: • Check the marine weather forecast, and call Sewell’s for up-to-date weather in Howe Sound. • Layer for the weather, it can be cooler on the water. • Bring your sunscreen, and don’t forget a camera to capture the fall colours and creatures in the marine ecosystem. • Definitely plan to be back to the dock
Megan Sewell, general manager of Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay, shows off a fall boating essential: a marine weather app on her smartphone.
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Sewell’s Marina is open, for your boating pleasure, right through the winter months.
Golfing season is still in full swing at Gleneagles Golf Course on the outskirts of Horseshoe Bay. Even after the golden fall foliage fades to grey, you can spy avid golfers out on the links. “Yes, we see many people play in the
An umbrella and waterproof attire — that is all you need to keep up your golf game at Gleneagles this fall, says Dan Henegar, manager of parks arboriculture and horticulture, District of West Vancouver.
winter. It’s a great time to play at non-peak prices,” says Dan Henegar, manager of parks arboriculture and horticulture, District of West Vancouver. From Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, golfers can take advantage of Gleneagles’ play-all-day rate of $25. The par-35 course, which has been voted one of Canadian Golf Course magazine’s best nine-hole courses. The only caveat to winter golf is the weather. Henegar’s advice is to dress for the conditions and carry the proper equipment. “Make sure that you wear some skintight layers under your clothes — this will keep you warm while you are out there,” suggests Henegar. “Waterproof shoes are a necessity as the ground can get very wet; we see lots of people wearing rubber boots.” A push cart with an attached umbrella canopy is the latest in golfing toys to hit the market in the last couple years. The canopy will keep the rain at bay while you navigate the course. Even if you are caught off guard by the rain, the Gleneagles pro shop is fully equipped with winter golfing staples, from waterproof jackets to umbrellas. And be sure to warm up afterwards with some soup at Gleneagles’ Larson Station restaurant.
Ambleside Par 3 — which stays open for the first three weekends in October — is a great place to learn to play the game. Ambleside is also where veteran golfers sharpen up their short game. “With a price tag of approximately $10 to $12 for a round of golf — it’s a great way to spend some time outdoors with some friends. Not to mention the waterfront views,” says Henegar.
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Gleneagles’ sixth hole offers sweeping views of Howe Sound and another special treat: The original orchard of apple trees planted in the early 1900s by one of the Lower Lonsdale’s founding fathers, Peter Larson. Henegar and his staff have made efforts to preserve this piece of West Vancouver history. “They are quite unique — it’s fascinating to see such an old variety of apple trees in the area,” says Henegar. “I actually went to UBC Botanical Garden and asked them to graft the trees, and now we have ten new trees.” The ultimate plan is to get the entire orchard back and as it stands, Henegar is just three trees shy. The rare Pewaukee and Tompkins County King varieties are something to be experienced — so, indulge in some of these sweet and tart orbs, the next time you find yourself teeing off at six.
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On a drizzly overcast morning in late August, Gridley Bruce bumps along in his SUV on a winding, secluded dirt path that branched off Cypress Bowl Road at the quarter mark. “My father used to hike up here,” he says, referring to an area steeped in rich North Shore history known as Hollyburn Ridge. Gridley spends a considerable amount of time up here himself these days. His girlfriend Merle Michael, who is also along for the ride today, owns one of the original Hollyburn cabins. In the 1920s and ‘30s, a group of mainly Scandinavian skiers constructed 300 cabins on Hollyburn Ridge. After a couple kilometres of twists and turns, we park the SUV and walk the rest of way through thick forest until we reach a clearing. Like something out of a storybook, a meandering pebble path leads the way to a rustic two-storey cabin nestled in secondgrowth forest. At the top of the wooden stairs we are greeted by freshly made scones dotted with plump blueberries, and mugs of steaming hot tea served on the deck, which overlooks the expansive property. Our charming hosts, Chris Norman and Nicky Dexter, are graciously giving us a glimpse into what life is like raising two teenagers off the grid.
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Chris thought he was in over his head after week one in the woods. Prior to signing the papers, he asked himself: Is this cabin an investment or a hobby? “I felt it was a risky thing to do at the time. It’s off the grid, and has some funny zoning [rules] attached to it,” explains Chris, who sports a laidback vibe with his blue fleece, hiking pants and a full beard. It was inherently a hasty move. On a glorious winter day 15 years ago, the outdoor enthusiasts were cross-country skiing on Hollyburn, when an advertisement on a notice board caught Chris’ eye: One of the larger cabins in the area, a freehold, was for sale. With the exception of six cabins located on private land, the remaining 100 or so Hollyburn Ridge cabins are situated on District of West Vancouver leased lands and cannot be used as primary residences. A handful of the cabins are overseen by B.C. Parks. Chris knew, on that fateful winter day, the causal mention of an available cabin was going to change the trajectory of their lives. Nicky grins: “I skied after him the rest of the day, harassing him about it.” The next day they went to see the cabin. Nicky fed whiskey jacks from the palm of her hand and in that moment the bidding war was over. The family had secured a slice of serenity on Hollyburn, at a cost of $210,000. Their cabin is located among the top row of freehold properties. It’s an important distinction, says Chris, which in the winter means the difference between a blanket of snow for the upper cabins, and slush or rain for the ones below. The family has modernized their humble abode built in the 1940s. Electricity now flows through the cabin from a battery bank charged by a generator. Chris, a senior manager at a renewable energy company, is also in the process of installing solar panels. The open concept cabin has no doors. There are two lofts where the teenagers sleep, above the living room. A steep ladder leads downstairs to 24 West VancouVer Vancouver liVing Living / fall 2014
Chris and Nicky’s quarters. The cabin is creaky, and every tiptoe audible. “You can hear everything; there are no secrets,” says Nicky. It’s hard to imagine raising two teenagers in this environment, but Sam, 13, and Nova, 16, have acclimatized to life unplugged just fine. There is a multitude of books and musical instruments lying around the cabin to amuse them. Naturally, Nova and Sam have explored the trails outside their door. They even joined the Hollyburn Jackrabbits ski club. The siblings have each been homeschooled at one point or another during their life on Hollyburn. Sure, there is study time, but Nova and Sam also explore the greater North Shore community during the school week. They attend art classes and practise yoga, where they meet other homeschooled kids. Meanwhile, mom and dad hold down jobs in the city. Chris commutes to an office in Vancouver, and travels extensively to the U.S. for his job in the renewable energy sector. And Nicky works fulltime as an administrator at Academie Duello — the world’s largest centre for historical European swordsmanship and western martial arts. She’s also a clinical herbalist. There is one hindrance to life on Hollyburn that doesn’t sit well with the teenagers. “I always have to go to town to get Internet access,” bemoans Sam. Acquiring access to email, or even civilization, is no easy feat in the winter. It requires bundling up, trekking through the snow for a couple kilometres to the main road, and then digging out the car. As for Chris and Nicky, they are living their dream: A modest lifestyle immersed in nature, family dinners and Saturday evening music sessions with friends. After one more sip of tea, we bid our farewell to the family and set off for higher ground. –––––––– The crisp alpine air filtering through the empty Hollyburn Ridge parking lot is a rejuvenating reprieve from the late summer humidity permeating the city below. It is crystal clear how this mountainous playground scented by pine trees became a mecca for the Scandinavians. Gridley and Merle meet up with Karen Tapp, a fellow leasehold cabin owner, and we all head towards an unassuming trailhead in the corner of the parking lot. We navigate a tangle of tree roots and slippery rocks on the narrow, main artery that leads to the heart of the Cypress Mountain cross
country ski area, and the historic Hollyburn Lodge built in 1926. We stomp through dense underbrush, and snack on wild blueberries on the way to our first stop at Merle’s cabin. A vintage wood stove crowds the entryway inside the 375-squarefoot A-frame. Board games are splayed on a shelf above the dining table, which is decorated with candles in wine bottles and a ghetto blaster. The candles offer function and rustic ambience in this quintessential off-the-grid cabin. Traditional rawhide laced snowshoes hang above a main window on the far side of the room. Merle mentions she recently found some of Frank Flynn’s old records. (see Frank’s Hollyburn cabin story page 38) –––––––– Karen remembers her wedding day on Hollyburn, like it was yesterday, as she strolls on the bridge spanning First Lake, across from the historic ski lodge. She spent her formative years exploring this mountain, so it was only fitting that she would marry by the placid lake, a stone’s throw from her family cabin. Built in 1933, the A-frame, still in relatively good condition, is a cozy 200 square feet. Now in her 40s, Karen recalls her head poking out of a Trapper Nelson pack as she and her parents traversed the cross-country trails in the early 1960s. One of her brothers, Peter, has arranged this visit to Hollyburn. As the head of surveying for a busy engineering firm, Peter relishes an escape from his demanding schedule. “That’s the nice thing, my cell phone doesn’t work up here. I’m OK with that,” he says. Peter also has fond memories of spending time at the cabin as a kid: “We used to have hockey games at the lake with our gas lamps. That was Canadiana at its best.” The Tapp family cabin has been passed down through the generations since the 1930s. Only four of the original Hollyburn cabins have been kept within those families, figures Karen. There is a lot of maintenance and snow shoveling involved and some families have found they no longer have the time or energy that’s required. But it seems there are many would-be Hollyburn cabin owners waiting in the wings. Earlier this year the DWV advertised six cabins for lease.
Clockwise from left: Tess McNamara, 9, swings in the woods outside her family cabin near Hollyburn Lodge; Nicky Dexter, Chris Norman and their children, Nova and Sam, savour blueberry scones on the deck of their off-the-grid abode in lower Hollyburn; Inside their cabin, siblings Karen and Peter Tapp show Karen’s daughter Tess a map of Hollyburn; Merle Michael, seen here with her boyfriend Gridley Bruce, owns one of the original cabins in the area.
DWV spokeswoman Donna Powers says they received 48 cabin applications from 26 individuals (some expressed interest in multiple cabins). While interest came from around Metro Vancouver, and a couple bites from the Island, the six successful applicants are from Vancouver and the North Shore. During the vetting process, the district looks for people that have an understanding of the area and Hollyburn Ridge’s values, as well as a commitment to maintaining the cabin. These cabin owners are currently under a 10-year lease agreement with the district. The Hollyburn Ridge Association, Karen says, is working to secure a living heritage status for the cabins, possibly through a designation from the federal government. “It’s up to us to preserve this place for future generations,” she says. fall 2014 2014 // West West Vancouver VancouVer Living liVing 25 25 fall
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Romantique carries bra sizes ranging between 30 to 44 inches, and cup sizes A through H. A full selection of sports and maternity bras was recently brought into the boutique. Christine Lingerie has been given a special space inside Romantique that once housed whimsy Vera Wang gowns. “Her line is so fabulous we made a special room for it,” gushes Lin, of Dundarave lingerie designer Christine Morton’s creations. “She uses only the most luxurious silk charmeuse, chiffon, velvet and French lace. She also takes great care in ensuring that each silhouette is fit to perfection — enhancing femininity through drape, bias cut and stretch lace, and allowing for gorgeous and sexy, yet effortless fit over the bust and hips.” Romantique is located at 1403 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver.
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navy nautical look. So Blu carries a dark navy sport coat finished with a rich dark red silk lining. And speaking of ‘90s fashion staples — the corduroy pants are back in a big way. “Cords are fun fall rich feel — for men and women,” says Sharp. Men might want to try dark chocolate bark-coloured cords from Vancouver clothing company 34 Heritage. Pair with a rich, luxurious and cozy cable knit cream cardigan from Matinique, and a pumpkin spice latte — and you’re golden for a crisp afternoon stroll on the Ambleside Seawalk.
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Fall is one of those tricky transitional seasons, but it’s also a time to marry your favourite summer and fall pieces. A cute summer dress can peek out from underneath a cozy chunky knit cardigan. The Boho look is still strong this season, with some Navajo and Aztec influence splashed on sweaters, shirts and cardigans. And fortunately there are some forgiving waistlines in fashion this fall — so feel free to grab seconds, and look stylish doing so, at Thanksgiving dinner. The kimono-style jacket and silky pajama pants, often with a cuff, are
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Add some West Van flavour to your Thanksgiving dinner, with these functional — and a couple quirky — culinary finds available at local retailers from Horseshoe Bay to Park Royal and all points in between.
Exotic octobEr From classic turkey to exotic wild boar, Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats in Dundarave offers quite the variety of Thanksgiving dinner meats. Choose from certified organic or naturally raised beef, pork, chicken and lamb — or game meats such as venison, bison, wild boar, rabbit and fowl. Prep your holiday meats with Sebastian and Co. salty-sweet classic rub. For a real treat, try the house-made charcuterie, including bresaola, pancetta and duck confit. SEBASTIAN & CO 2425 Marine Drive | West Vancouver 604.925.1636 | sebastianandco.ca
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FALL bLooMS “Urban Country Harvest”. that’s what Wendy Harrington, owner of West Van Florist calls this colourful centrepiece. “The spotlight is on the fall season, and the gratefulness we all share by living in B.C.,” says Harrington. This autumn arrangement includes beautiful roses and sweet, textured succulents in a brilliant seasonal mix that is long lasting, and perfect for fall entertaining. WEST VAN FLORIST LTD 1821 Marine Drive | West Vancouver 604.922.4171 or 800.667.1055 westvanflorist.com
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rUStic ELEGANcE This “Butterfly Ginkgo” solid bronze serving bowl is enrapturing with its ornate detail. Da Vinci’s Home in Ambleside carries many of artist Michael Aram’s functional pieces — all of which are inspired by nature. Add a touch of rustic elegance to your harvest table with gold olive branch salad servers or a faceted rock cheeseboard. DA VINCI’S HOME 1461 Bellevue Avenue West Vancouver 604.921.3344 davincishome.ca
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When was the first time in your life you visited West Van, and what did you do? When I was in middle school one of my aunts lived for a time on Gordon Avenue near 15th Street. I remember visiting her on several occasions and coming down to Ambleside beach.
You have a free afternoon to spend in Horseshoe Bay — what’s the plan? Rent a kayak for a couple of hours, if it’s calm. Head over to Bowen Island, go for a walk, paddle back and spend the evening at one of the fine eating establishments in Horseshoe Bay. What is your idea of a dream vacation? A backpack, and a journey to somewhere different — or a bicycle, and a journey to somewhere different.
What was your first restaurant meal in West Van? It was probably as a boy when visiting my aunt, but the first restaurant meal I specifically recall is when I was in high school. After spending the day in Whistler skiing, we stopped at Troll’s for dinner. I don’t remember what I had, but it would likely have been a burger of some sort with fries smothered in ketchup.
What was your “Most Likely To” at your high school graduation? I was a lazy undisciplined student who filled a seat but not much else, unless you include spending lunch hour playing pinball at the local arcade, and then I did pretty well. I don’t remember my most likely to but I’m sure it wasn’t memorable and would likely have set out very modest aspirations, which would have been entirely reasonable given my character at that time.
What recent West Van moment made you realize you weren’t in Abbotsford anymore? After I was offered the position by the West Vancouver Police Board, my wife and I spent a couple of hours on realty.ca. The realty market in West Van is about as different from the market in Abbotsford as you could imagine two locations 80 kilometres apart being. There is no confusing the Abby market with the local market.
What is your favourite cop movie? Not a fan of cop movies because I get my fill at work and find myself yelling at the screen when the portrayals are unrealistic, which they generally are, particularly the two minutes it takes to get DNA results back from the lab.
What would you order at Cafe Crema? Medium roast black coffee. Generally large, but yesterday I displayed just a whisper of self-restraint around my caffeine intake and ordered a small. If you could pick a type of store or an attraction to inhabit a future Ambleside Village — what would it be? Anything that gets people out of their cars and wanting to spend time in the village would work for me — but it has to be dog friendly. I’m a dog guy.
If you could see one band or singer (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be? Queen is my all time favourite band; I was lucky enough to see them in 1982 at Pacific Coliseum. I would request the complete album Night at the Opera, start to finish. Pink Floyd and the album Dark Side of the Moon are a close second. I was a big fan of Bryan Adams in the early ‘80s, and never saw him live when he was at his peak. Would have loved that.
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on bowen Ah, Bowen Island: Fall adventures are a hop, skip and jump from Horseshoe Bay by ferry, or, even better, by kayak. This is where you can disconnect for a few days and take in the laidback lifestyle. Explore some of Bowen’s myriad hiking trails in the crisp fall sunshine, including the mighty Mount Gardner. Later, cozy up with a good read and some comfort food in front of the fireplace at Tuscany restaurant in aptly named Snug Cove. If you are planning an escape, check out Lime and Moon Pie Company and Treehouse Studio B&B — two relatively new Bowen businesses that embrace a simpler way of life. “I was going to say that you should go here for the best pie on Bowen, but I think I am going to have to change that to go here for the best pie ever...” That Facebook message is a sweet
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Many of those ingredients are grown right their backyard. So what pie is the most popular at Lime and Moon? Well, that depends on what you are in the mood for. “My answer can go a couple of ways, depending on a person’s taste,” explains Stanka. “I have to ask, “Are you a fruit person or a cream person?” If it’s cream then it has to be Organic Chocolate Banana Cream. If it’s fruit then it’s the Strawberry Rhubarb Fields Forever with organic housemade vanilla bean ice cream. “ Lime and Moon’s specialty menu includes gluten-free, sugarless and raw pies. And there’s even a Pie of the Month club: Sign up, and find a fresh baked pie on your doorstep every month and, as a bonus, the 13th one is free. Lime and Moon donates a portion of each sale to a charitable cause chosen monthly by their customers.
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As if you aren’t already convinced: There are a number of customers that regularly hand carry their Lime and Moon pumpkin pie to Los Angeles and New York. More info: limeandmoon.com. Lime and Moon Pie Company and their Chocolate Banana Cream Pie. (Did we mention they have a Pie of the Month Club?)
The Treehouse B&B on Bowen is not your run-of-the-mill lodging — in a good way, especially if you are nostalgic for ‘80s music. And Rob and Laurel Bailey, proprietors of The Treehouse, are not your average hosts. They bring more than fresh muffins to the table. Rob is a professional musician and producer who has recorded with Alice Cooper, Queensrÿche, Jimmy Page, Paul Janz and many others. Talk about mixing business with pleasure: There’s a professional recording studio on site at the B&B. “It’s configured as a 5.1 surround mix room, so we can do surround sound mixes for film,” explains Rob. “We have clients ranging from indie filmmakers to singer/songwriters to hip hop artists to heavy metal bands. Lately there has been more voice-over work and album mastering work.”
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Both Rob and Laurel are selfproclaimed food geeks. They appeared on the Food Network show Family Cook-Off, and won. So you can rest assured your breakfast at their place will be memorable. Laurel bakes all the bread and prepares the preserves herself, while Rob cures the bacon and makes all of the sausages by hand. The couple also offers South Indian cooking classes to their guests, with recipes inspired from the family’s stay in Kerala during most of 2009. The suite itself has its own entrance, and French doors that open onto a private deck. Guests have access to the garden and a hot tub. Why is Bowen the perfect place to escape to this fall? In Rob’s words: “It’s a little quieter after Labour Day, that’s for sure. The weather is usually really nice, often well into October. Basically, Bowen is always a nice place to kick back and relax.” More info: treehouseonbowen.com
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Spring duck migrates into fall Don’t let the name fool you: Spring Duck Pot Pie is gourmet comfort food for those chilly fall evenings. Warm sticky sauce, rich duck stew and root vegetables — this recipe warms your soul for the long winter ahead, says chef Tim Kozody from The Truffle House and Café in Dundarave. “It’s what I picture eating after a day of raking leaves and cleaning up the garden.” Pair this savoury dish with a rich merlot — an Amarone would be nice, or anything deep, red and bold — prepare to hibernate in front of the fire for the evening.
Spring Duck Pot Pie makes 8 portions INGREDIENTS 6 ½ cup 1 large 3 sticks 1 ½ cup 1 1 1 5 cloves
Confit duck legs Pearl onions Carrot Celery Onions Green peas Potato Parsnip Butternut squash Garlic
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1 bunch Fresh thyme 4 cups Chicken stock 5 tbs. Flour 3/4 cup Clarified butter 2 tbs. Extra virgin olive oil Pinch Nutmeg To taste Salt To taste Pepper Puff pastry as needed 2 whisked Eggs
PREPARATION Cut vegetables into ¼ inch cubes, set aside individually. Chop garlic, remove thyme from stem.
Let the stew cool and then throw in your green peas, this will keep them bright!
To confit the duck, you need to cook it in its own fat for 3 hours at a very low temperature, however if you roast it in the oven at 350 F for 25 minutes in simple salt, pepper and olive oil, you can acquire similar results. Cool the duck and pull all the meat from the bone and set aside.
Toss your cubed butternut squash in olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh picked thyme leaves. Place on a baking tray and cover with tin foil, roast at 425 F for 14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Place a heavy pot on the stove; we are now going to make the stew. Put in the butter and bring to medium high heat. Start with pearl onions and cubed onions, sweat until translucent. Add celery, carrots, parsnips, cook for another few minutes – stirring occasionally. Add garlic and potatoes; continue cooking for 5 minutes.
Line a oven proof bowl with room temperature puff pastry, place Saran wrap over the pastry and fill it with beans to prevent it from puffing, bake at 350 F for 15 minutes or until golden in colour. Remove from oven, let cool and remove beans and saran wrap. Pour in stew, top with roast squash and bake in oven at 350 F for 8 minutes. Pan-seared lardons and pearl onions are a nice touch as well. I like to make a cherry sauce, or enjoy it with a glass of port.
Add your flour, creating a roux — it is important to have a pastelike consistency or your flour will burn (add more butter if too thick). Turn down the heat and cook out the roux while stirring. Add chicken stock after 5 minutes, stirring in one cup at a time. Add thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Turn to medium heat and allow to simmer for half an hour (should be a stew-like consistency). Add pulled duck meat.
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Frank Flynn, 99, recalls early days on Hollyburn sea level to an elevation of 2,500 feet — with building supplies on their Frank Flynn built the Hollyburn cabin that Merle Michael now occupies, in backs — the cabin was completed. 1931. He is still alive today, remarkably, and lives in Colorado with his wife. On the weekends, Frank would lose himself in the sounds of nature outside While speaking to West Vancouver Living in late August, Frank, who is 99 his window, and Glenn Miller on the phonograph. years old, delighted in talking about his younger days on Hollyburn, as one of the area’s early pioneers. For a while, Frank lived in the cabin full-time during a period of unemployment. “It [Hollyburn] was a nice, leisurely place to go; it was quiet … nice people,” he recalls. Then, in 1948 — after roaming Hollyburn for two decades — Frank was forced to sell his beloved A-frame, for $1,000. At the time, Frank was living in Vancouver’s West End with his family, and escaping to the mountain on “Oh, it broke my heart,” the weekends. says Frank. “I didn’t want to go. But things looked a Just shy of his sixteenth little better in the U.S. for birthday, Frank plunked down aviation jobs. I hated to give $10 at the Hollyburn rangers’ up my cabin.” station for a permit to build a cabin. Frank would return to Frank and his friend caught Hollyburn one more time, in flack from some fellow the ‘90s, with his wife and Hollyburners, for being too son. young to take on the task. The old cabin had changed “There were thick blueberry quite a bit, recalls Frank. A bushes; you couldn’t see porch had been added, plus the ground,” he describes. the entire cabin was raised “It was so tough, we were seven feet to prevent it from so young — and I knew being completely buried by absolutely nothing about snow. building and tools.” Fortunately, the Hollyburn Slow and steady wins the that Frank remembers is still race, as they say. After two Frank Flynn, one of Hollyburn’s earliest pioneers, was heartbroken when he was forced etched in his mind. to sell his cabin in the 1940s. He returned to the area for one last visit in the ‘90s. summers of trekking from
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Caffe Al Mercato is a slice of la dolce vita at the eastern gateway to Dundarave. The owners of Mangia E Bevi restaurant, across the street, have cooked up something special for Al Mercato — recreating an experience from the old-style cantinas that Antonio grew up with in Italy. A cantina was the gathering place in Italian villages, and where you caught up with the local news. The men would sit around with their friends over an espresso and a game of cards. Meanwhile, the ladies would chitchat with their neighbors, and shop for their groceries. In Dundarave, this caffe, gelateria and deli serves Italian-inspired coffee, fresh baked goods, such as breads, scones, cakes and cookies — and homemade gelato. The roasted fig affogato and panna cotta cheesecake are a must-try. Al Mercato’s interior is airy and spacious with plenty of comfortable seating. Of course, for the ultimate Italian experience, you can enjoy your affogato al fresco on the sidewalk patio. Afterwards, peruse the deli section for fresh cheeses, meats, pizza dough, homemade sauces and soups — as well as premade traditional Italian meals such as lasagna and cannelloni. Caffe Al Mercato is located at 2215 Marine Drive.
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community spirit Matt Aiston is a man of many stories. His jovial spirit is an added ray of sunshine on this quintessential August morning, as Aiston putters around the unique garden he has cultivated at the northern entrance to the Lions Gate Bridge. What was once a magnet for weeds, bramble and garbage has become something of an oasis for area residents — and a slice of serenity for maddened commuters idling on the approach to the bridge. There are a lot of “thumbs up” and “great job” tossed Aiston’s way from the bottleneck behind him. But he remains focused on his task, stooped down with hands in the soil, and gives a peace sign over the back of his head. “The gratification, that’s the beauty of it. It gives you a little purpose, right?” says Aiston, sporting a white ball cap that can’t shield the twinkle in his blue eyes.
The passage of time has given him some perspective. Aiston was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He’s very proud about that. “They call me Matt from Manitoba, actually,” he announces. Aiston will also tell you moving to the West Coast saved him from “some difficult things in my life.” Orphaned, and living on the frigid Winnipeg streets at the age of 14, Aiston was drifting with the wrong crowd. That was until a chance meeting at a dimly lit pool hall changed his life. Aiston, this “punk kid,” now had a mentor in his corner: Al Sparks, the one-time light heavyweight champion of Canada. “The nicest man anyone would ever want to meet; a family man, a religious man,” describes Aiston. The unlikely duo played pool every other day for three years. And at some point Sparks offered Aiston some invaluable advice: “be yourself.” In his 69 years, Aiston has been a porter for the Canadian National Railway, a kitchen wares salesman, a concierge at an Ambleside apartment building and a fishmonger for Longliner Seafood. He has also had some adventures of the heart along the way. There was a woman, as there always is, that got away. “She’s still my soul mate,” says Aiston. “After her, I couldn’t replace her.” It was Aiston that made the decision to separate after living together for 15 years and to sever all ties. “Once I made the break, that was what was best for her,” says Aiston solemnly. He never had kids. But Aiston is an honourary uncle to many of his friends’ children. These days, it’s the garden project that has given his life purpose.
About five years ago, Aiston was challenged to do some “guerrilla gardening” by a couple of his neighbours at Klahanie Court, a subsidized housing complex that’s a stone’s throw from the Lions Gate Bridge. “This is the entrance way for tourists to enter one of the most iconic bridges in the world — and it’s like no man’s land. It’s so ugly it’s unbelievable,” thought Aiston at the time. So he started planting perennials and flowering shrubs along the pathways that border Klahanie Park, sprinkling in some colourful trinkets, as well as whimsical signs that read “Gone Fishing” and “Aloha.” Of course, there are also benches. Slowly Aiston worked his way down to Marine Drive. “The funding comes out of my pension, so you do it piecemeal,” says Aiston, who estimates he’s spent $5,000 so far. At times, it’s been backbreaking labour. The sizeable rocks for the outcrops that weave through the gardens — Aiston foraged them from the area, then lugged the boulders down the path, an estimated 50 tonnes, all told. Watering also occupies most of his time. Aiston makes hundreds of trips to and from his complex, to cart in water for the 100 deciduous trees and abundance of plants in the gardens. Still, he doesn’t complain. Which is more than he can say for some of those commuters. “I hear horns constantly, the road rage crap, when I’m inside my apartment,” says Aiston. “But when I’m out there [in the gardens], I never hear it.” How can anyone be angry watching Aiston tinkering around in the garden among the ceramic turkeys, gnomes and rhododendrons. “That’s it, I really believe the old cliché, it puts a smile on people’s faces,” he says.
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The Latest Scoop’s Barb Annable (left) and Shannon Clarke celebrate with bubbly.
West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce secretary Kristy Gill, also Executive Director BC Yukon Cystic Fibrosis Canada (left), Leslie Black with husband Jason Black, president of West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Danielle Sleiman with BC Yukon Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
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