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Living ‘bachelorette’ wild for west van Jillian Harris makes her mark on the North Shore

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Living Contents

9 Behind the Scenes 10 West Van Happenings 11 Blush Loves Vera Wang 13 Burgundy Crush 17 Gorgeous Jackets 20 Wild for West Van 22 Harvest Grapes 23 Revamping Thanksgiving 25 Suite Chocolate 27 Women & Whisky 31 Winter Bikes 34 Cafe Crema Culture

fall 2011 On the cover: Jillian sparkles in a ‘Basics’ silver, flapper-inspired cocktail dress, $545. Blush, Cover photo by Rob Newell


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West Vancouver Living Behind the scene

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y first real fashion experience in West Van was when I laid eyes on a creme-coloured cashmere wool coat in Aritzia at Park Royal about eight years ago. It is a timeless piece that I still wear every winter in rotation with a vibrant black and white newsprint motif Desigual jacket – from Pilar’s Boutique – featuring ‘50s fashion icons and ruby jewel-tone buttons as accents. I’m strolling past the shops in Dundarave in that very jacket in the picture at left. In this issue of West Vancouver Living you will be introduced to an eclectic group of local entrepreneurs - from butchers to jewellers to home decor specialists - that enhance West Van’s small-town community values.

Also, consider the magazine as a fashion guidebook for the latest fall colour trends. Think Bordeaux wine. We have Thanksgiving dinner covered with suggested wine pairings and a culinary twist on traditional holiday poultry. The beautiful “Bachelorette” Jillian Harris will fill you in on the secret to her coveted stuffing recipe, and show you which local haunts her striking interior design creations figure prominently in. Trust me when I say you won’t want to retire your bike for the winter when you hear what makes Harris’ stuffing so irresistible. The staff at Different Bikes in Ambleside offer some year-round cycling tips. Finally, take time out this fall to catch up with friends over decadent brunch at Cafe Crema in Ambleside. There is a real social culture infused there like none other. – Maria Spitale-Leisk

AT RIGHT: Absolute Star Design owner Gino Giragosian bestows a 7.80 carat ‘eternity of diamonds’ necklace, $18,000, on Jillian. Absolute Star Design, 2430 Marine Drive, West Van.

THE COVER SHOT: Jillian sparkles in a ‘Basics’ silver, flapper-inspired cocktail dress, $545.00. Blush, Large antique oil lamp $195.00. At Home, 1530 Marine Drive, West Van. Harvest arrangement, Limelight Floral Design, 2451 Marine Drive, West Van. ABOVE: Spode “woodland porcelain place setting, Reed and Barton Hammered Cutlery, and whisky tumblers “wildlife” hand etched in Germany. Herzog Crystal, Park Royal North

Jillian snacked from the refreshing fruit basket provided by Edible Arrangements, 2412 Marine Drive West Van.

Harvest-themed dinner including Cornish game hens, charcuterie plate and a medley of fall veggies provided by Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats, 2425 Marine Dr., West Van. Michael Aram fig salt and pepper duo in gold and bronze hues, $113. Da Vinci’s Home, 1461 Bellevue Ave., West Van.

Jillian’s hair and makeup provided by Azita, Harvest table styled by Maegan Warren. fall 2011 / West Vancouver Living 9

West Vancouver Living News

men’s shirts, short skirts by Maria Spitale-Leisk

Casey James, daughter of The Urban Tea Merchant founders, Tom and Karinna James.

noble reserve by Maria Spitale-Leisk A warm cup of ‘Haute Couture’ tea will extract the drabness out of a lazy fall day. The Urban Tea Merchant, located within The Village at Park Royal, now exclusively carries a luxury brand of tea only available at Harrods in London and Dean & DeLuca in the US – outside of its roots in Singapore. TWG Tea is given access to harvests from renowned gardens around the world. Each bag of tea created is a blend of the most fragrant flowers, fruits and spices. The steep price of $221 per 100 grams of TWG’s ‘Yamato Kabuse’ green tea is a palatable investment. Located in a remote area, and picked once every two years, only 8 kilos of this loose leaf tea have ever been produced. Until last year, TWG didn’t export Yamato Kabuse tea outside of Japan; it was reserved for Japanese emperors and other noble folk. The Urban Tea Merchant infuses a variety of TWG teas into their food: the chicken salad is enhanced with a smoky flavour - and the creme brulee inherits an added sweetness. Private tastings with a tea sommelier are available every Saturday by appointment at The Urban Tea Merchant. Every day from noon to 5 p.m. is their signature tea service. More info: 10 West Vancouver Living / fall 2011

Some of the greatest moments in feminine fashion and style history happened when women borrowed items from the wardrobe of their significant others, says Sara Roka. The Milan-based designer, by way of West Van, has tailored her collections around the men´s classic button-down shirt. It was an accidental fashion discovery: Roka was caught without a breezy wardrobe on an impromptu trip to St. Barts. Clad in sunglasses, flip flops and a bikini - she threw her boyfriend’s white long sleeved shirt over her flirty two-piece, rolled up the sleeves and voila - the reaction from people was undeniable. Roka immersed herself in art classes at Sentinel Secondary in West Van. Her impressive design portfolio opened doors for her at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York where she studied under Michael Kors and Valentino. She quite enjoys the quality and shape of men’s fabric - and embraces the challenge of marrying masculine and feminine threads. “I’m not about Swarovski embellishments, it’s more architectural,” says Roka. In West Vancouver, her collection - ranging from voluminous shirts to dresses - is available exclusively at Pret-a-Porter Luxe, 1445 Bellevue, West Van.

Mary jacket and Christina dress by Sara Roka, available at Pret-aPorter Luxe in Ambleside

The Consul General of Thailand, Arthayudh Srisamoot officially opens Sabai Thai on Sept. 9.

Thai escape by Maria Spitale-Leisk Let your mind and body escape to an exotic locale this fall with a rejuvenating experience at the newly-opened Sabai Thai Spa in West Van. Sisters Neata Goutier and Nisita Auttapong grew up in Thailand where they learned the art of ancient Thai massage from one of the oldest healers in the region. Six years ago they brought relaxing herbal aromas and the healing practises of Thailand to our shores when they opened their first spa, in North Vancouver. In Thai “Sabai” means harmony; a traditional Thai massage encompasses meditation, yoga, stretching and pressure point therapy to achieve a balance of energy. Sabai Thai offers a unique collection of spa treatments including a signature Thai facial and a white clay body wrap - designed to remove toxins and slow the signs of aging. The natural products lines used at Sabai include: Eminence Organics, Spa Ritual, Macadamia Natural Oil and Tuscan Farm Gardens. Sabai Thai is located at 1867 Marine Drive,West Van.

West Vancouver Living Weddings

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By Maria Spitale-Leisk Blush bridal salon in Ambleside has upped the couture ante in the local wedding scene by introducing an exclusive “Vera Wang by Blush” shop within their store. Vera Wang’s iconic wedding gowns are the toast of regal affairs: Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton donned a strapless ivory gown with a swirling skirt of laser cut organza for her wedding – and this summer, celebrity princess Kim Kardashian said ‘I do’ in a strapless Vera Wang design with a fitted bodice, full tulle skirt and an epic train. The senior vice president of Vera Wang - Todd Bernstein – paid a visit to Blush on August 24 and gave the bridal boutique the Vera Wang stamp of approval; it is officially the only store in BC – and one of two in Canada – to carry the New York-based designer’s unparalleled gowns. To say Blush owner Lorna Paterson is elated about her partnership with Vera Wang would be an understatement. “I’m over the moon excited,” exclaims Paterson. “Vera Wang is the crème de la crème of bridal designers.” Brides-to-be can reassess that pre-wedding shopping trip to NYC. In essence, Blush embodies the New York Vera Wang selection and experience at their waterfront locale in West Vancouver. “There is no other designer who consistently designs collections that are stunning, modern and yet timeless - Vera Wang brings art and fashion to our store,” describes Paterson. Blush celebrated the opening of their “Vera Wang by Blush” salon with a trunk show on October 1 and 2: Highlights included a sneak peak at the 2012 Vera Wang bridal collection not in stores yet, as well as her classic designs. Brides and their families can schedule a private one-and-a-half hour appointment with a senior bridal consultant. Vera Wang wedding gowns at Blush start at $3,000 and range in price to $14,000. For a bridal appointment at Blush call 604-925-3218, 1403 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver,

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1. Face to Face glasses, $454. (frame only) Optix Eyewear, 1685 Marine Dr. West Van., 2. Essie ‘carry on’ collection nail polish in a deep, romantic burgundy. $11. Kiss and MakeupVillage at Park Royal, West Van.



3. Metalicus basic tie, long sleeve wrap top, $75. So Blu Clothing Co. 1519 Bellevue Ave., West Van.


4. ‘The Trend’ leather buckle purse, $182. So Blu Clothing Co. 1519 Bellevue Ave., West Van. 5. Ruby and 18-karat yellow gold lariat necklace, $14,000, handcrafted by Stittgen Fine Jewelry 1457 Bellevue Ave., West Van.

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6. Carla Giannini tunic, $110. Jack and Jill Clothing 235 17th St., West Van.


7. Plant Love lipstick by Cargo in ‘Cece’, $20. Kiss and MakeupVillage at Park Royal, West Van. 8. Jana ruffled long cardigan in port, $99.95. Aldila Boutique, 1545 Marine Dr., West Van.,


9. Divine Soul long sleeve jersey tee, featuring Pima cotton and spandex. Partial proceeds from the sale of each shirt benefit charities that foster women’s education, $59.


10. Hudson skinny jeans in plum. $265. Kiss and MakeupVillage at Park Royal, West Van. 11. Hunter Regent Carlyle rain boots in ‘very berry’, $250. Kiss and MakeupVillage at Park Royal, West Van.


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West Vancouver Living Coats & Jackets

Baby It’s Cold Outside By Maria Spitale-Leisk Chase away the rainy day blues with a fabulous fall coat. A snapshot of the chic cover-ups in store for you this fall in West Vancouver: From Lululemon’s feminine tailored answer to the staple Vancouver rain jacket to warming up with a coat splashed with vibrant colour accents from Spanish designer Desigual. 1. Desigual $374, Pilar’s Boutique, Village at Park Royal


2. Sugar Babe $110, Jack and Jill Clothing, 235 -17th St., West Van. 3. Staples $259, Aldila Boutique, 1545 Marine Dr. West Van.


4. Tara Jarmon ‘Right As Rain Jacket’ $178, Lululemon Athletica, Village at Park Royal 5. Tara Jarmon, $850, Blush, 1403 Bellevue Avenue, West Van. 6. ‘Not the Same’ in leather, $365, So Blu Clothing Co., 1519 Bellevue Ave., West Van.


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! y a B e o h s e s r o H in Bringing the world to you. Indah Imports has opened in the heart of Horseshoe Bay – located a block south of Bay Street. With products from in and around Asia they bring a new flavour for home design to the North Shore. Their beautiful pieces are bought directly from the artisans that make them so the profits go right back into their hands. Products vary from detailed carvings to hand-made silver jewellery, novel furniture, unique tableware and distinctive art. Indah Imports is the perfect place to find eclectic gifts, that ideal piece to complete your home, or a lovely little something to spoil yourself with.

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At Flour, they bake everything in-house, from scratch, using only the finest ingredients. They specialize in custom cakes for weddings, birthdays, and holidays. Flour also offers a wide selection of morning pastries, breads, cookies, individual desserts, and organic, free-trade coffee. Come visit in their new location.

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If you googled “inspiring place to visit in Horseshoe Bay” you’d see a picture of Presence near the corner of Royal Avenue and Bruce Street. Featuring amazing local jewellers, original artwork, new and previously-enjoyed clothing and shoes, and meaningful conversations, Presence offers an enlightening shopping experience. As well, there’s Mimi’s Corner – an in-store boutique with beautiful clothing, jewellery, and homeware with a whimsical flair. As an added treat, you can book a session with one of our intuitive readers in The Rose Room. There are lots of presents at Presence!

PRESENCE – Christie McPhee – in Horseshoe Bay 6607 Royal Avenue, West Vancouver, B.C. 604.912.0102 18 WEST VANCOUVER LIVING / FALL 2011

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Being the only hair salon in town, Horseshoe Bay Hair Design is proud to be serving beautiful Horseshoe Bay and the West Coast. Conveniently located by the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, they are very accommodating to their customers. Women, men and children are all welcome; Cuts, colors, up dos for those special moments, a quick style, or even a scalp massage, they do it all! If you are looking for a specific product and they do not have it on hand, they will do their best to find it for you on your next visit. With over 25 years experience and reasonable prices, you will not leave unsatisfied! Make an appointment today or walk in anytime! Nermin thanks all her clients who have been with her since she opened her doors. Also visit Wear Me Out, their Resale Boutique located next door. If you have something you would like to consign, please don’t hesitate to contact them. They will gladly help you!

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Come and experience the relaxation that the newest Spa and Beauty Clinic has to offer in beautiful Horseshoe Bay village. You will rejuvenate & revitalize your body, refresh your mind and spirit….in the exquisite setting where the technicians will give you a personal one on one experience, that will be unforgettable. Whether you are wanting to have their finest anti-aging facial, soothing manicure or brow shape, peppermint foot spa therapy pedicure, or just in need of a great massage…the spa technicians will exceed your expectations in commitment and excellent service. Please feel free to pop in and pick up a brochure and indulge in their extensive range of beauty services. Clients are raving about their favorites… the non-surgical lipo fat & cellulite reduction, skin tightening & laser hair removal!

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“lalli loves it” is a small boutique featuring previously loved vintage clothing and accessories, collectibles, antiques, and work by local artists, some as young as three. “lalli” carries things she loves and offers wardrobe and interior design advice to those who express an interest. A visit to “lalli loves it” is a fun and unforgettable experience, rewarding curiosity in every corner of this unique shop. lalli is very grateful to Wiep of Incentive Travel for sharing his space with her.

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Jillian creates a whimsical scene in a Romona Keveza silk organza mermaid gown with a fitted draped bodice and a droppedwaist fluted skirt made of soft petals, $8250. Blush Bridal, 1403 Bellevue Avenue, West Van.

‘Bachelorette’ Jillian Harris brings more than just a pretty face and engaging conversation to Thanksgiving dinner: there’s a good chance she may have plucked out the feathers of that harvest bird. Growing up on an acreage outside of Peace River, Alberta, Harris says she always went pheasant hunting in the fall. One year she helped her dad skin a moose. “You have a real appreciation for where the food on your plate comes from when you dismantle an 800-pound animal,” smiles the petite brunette, reaching for a curling iron to style her own hair for her West Van Living close-up at a waterfront home in Lions Bay. Vegetarians and men with bravado bigger than their stomachs beware: Harris is offended when people don’t eat all of their meat or when restaurants offer a gluttonous burger challenge that results in wasted food. Her downhome lifestyle is a far cry from the sprawling hilltop California mansion - and a nightly rotation of sparkling ballgowns that Harris was seen in by millions of North American viewers on ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’. On the reality dating show she searched for love, in part using a hot dog topping theory to characterize men. Ketchup guy: kind of boring, also known as vanilla; mama’s boy, dependable and sensitive. Sauerkraut guy: a good-looking player-type with tons of personality, spontaneity and confidence. Unfortunately, the fiancé that Jillian chose on the show, Ed Swiderski, didn’t reveal his true hot dog topping – Sauerkraut – until after the cameras stopped rolling. New suitors take note: the way to Jillian Harris’ heart is through comfort foods. And her taste might be slightly unconventional. A piece of toast smothered with butter and marmite – and topped with sliced tomatoes and Emmenthal cheese is her go-to indulgence food. The North Shore itself was a heaping dose of comfort for Harris when she moved from small-town Alberta to the metropolis of Vancouver. Her first trip north of the Lions Gate Bridge arches and Harris had hit the jackpot: she had discovered a community with a small-town vibe. Harris, an interior designer, spent plenty of time on the Capilano First Nation reserve, collaborating with local artists on projects slated for trendy restaurants.

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crushing on West Van and comfort foods Her handiwork is splashed in the interiors of Cactus Club Park Royal and Browns on Lonsdale. They were Harris’ first professional interior design projects - and so naturally she is a little nostalgic. “In Park Royal [Cactus Club] we had authentic native tapestry designed locally and those really are my favourite pieces, says Harris. “North Shore Browns, I would say the chandelier was my baby – my first custom lighting fixture.” Six years ago she was one of the first people on the scene at the Village at Park Royal - an outdoor shopping concept that encompasses the vibrancy of bustling coffee shops and eyecatching window displays on open-air shopping streets. Harris became obsessed with the then-new Whole Foods that opened up across the way from the Cactus Club that she was infusing with

colour at Park Royal Village. Sitting comfortably at the harvest table dressed in woodland-themed china, glass oil lamps, and other rustic inspired decor, Harris gets philosophical about her mainstay three loves. “My approach to design, fashion and food is

“My dream is to have a farm and make my own goat cheese – but I’ll be wearing a gown like this while I do it,” jokes Harris. approachable,” she says. “You just have to get good with the basics.” And with the pressure of pulling off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner on the horizon, there is no need to be intimidated, promises Harris.

A comforting homage to heritage Beet Rolls INGREDIENTS Frozen (or fresh) bread dough (thawed) Beet leaves (24-26) 1 cup of whipping cream 3 tbsp of butter


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Do you want to know the secret to her stuffing that has the potential for a melee over second servings at Thanksgiving? Half a pound of butter. She also pays homage to her Ukrainian heritage with beet rolls - small morsels of raised bread dough wrapped in beet leaves and baked with generous amounts of sour cream. And for a dessert trick? Vanilla bean infused whipped cream is easy to make and adds a touch of class to the end of the dinner. As Harris’ search for a life-long cooking companion continues, one thing is certain: she will never quit her love affair with homemade food. “My dream is to have a farm and make my own goat cheese – but I’ll be wearing a gown like this while I do it,” jokes Harris. Jillian Harris’ Food Fridays blog:

METHOD Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a towel and set it in a warm place to rise until doubled. Clean your beet leaves while the dough is rising. Cut stalks from leaves. Pinch off small pieces of dough (about the size of a walnut). Place a piece of dough in the centre of one end of a leaf, then roll the beet leaf loosely around the dough. Place in a lightly greased baking dish and line up rolls in a single (or double layer) in the dish. Cover and place in a warm area until the dough rises again. Cover the dish and bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until rolls are puffy and slightly golden. Melt butter in a saucepan, then add the cream, dill and garlic. Bring to a low boil and then reduce until ready to serve. Ladle the sauce over the rolls and then place in oven for another five minutes. FALL 2011 / WEST VANCOUVER LIVING 21

West Vancouver Living Wine Pairing


arvestGrape By Maria Spitale-Leisk

The harvest table is set. Sweet and savoury aromas of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie are wafting throughout the house. Guests will be arriving for dinner shortly. Did you remember to pick up wine? A Thanksgiving meal takes on many flavour profiles – and a single bottle of wine can’t cover them all. A perfect wine pairing adds the finishing touch to a memorable holiday feast. Available at Dundarave Wine Cellar - 2448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.

The aperitif: E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Dolcetto D’Alba 2009 – This lighter-bodied Italian red wine from the Piedmont region has been characterized as wonderfully juicy in this vintage, with generous, expressive dark fruit and a plump, engaging personality; it pairs well with antipasti and soft semi-sweet cheeses. $34.99 The main: Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune Blanc 2009 - Aromas of honey, almond and lemongrass develop smoothly into grilled hazelnut, light citrus and toasted vanilla notes on the palate. Serve this white Burgundy with your traditional turkey dinner or roasted ham. $37.99     The after dinner indulgence: Jakoby-Mathy Kinheimer Rosenberg Riesling Spatlese 2008 The nose of this off-dry Riesling fills the glass with its intensity. White peach, sugar cane and hints of orange marmalade give way to an orchestra of citrus and honey notes. Savour a glass of this sweet wine with a slice of pumpkin pie. $34.99

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Revamping Thanksgiving Dinner

By Maria Spitale-Leisk

Turducken: A turkey that has been completely de-boned except the wings and the legs - which is then stuffed with a whole boneless duck - which is then stuffed with a whole boneless chicken. There are six rings to each slice: turkey, stuffing, duck, stuffing, chicken – and you guessed it, more delicious stuffing to sop up the savoury juices from this meat trifecta. “It looks like a traditional turkey, so it can be a really fun surprise for guests when the host slices into it,” explains Sebastian Cortez – owner of Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats. Inspired by the artisan butchers of Europe and South America, Cortez’s passion for food

and fine meats is infused in the décor at his Dundarave shop: Immaculately frenched racks of lamb and beautifully tied standing rib roasts. Cortez offers some twists to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner meat. He suggests if you want a roast, game birds like pheasant and duck are great options. Or, if you are planning a more intimate dinner - Cornish game hens and quails exude sophistication in their delicate presentation. “They are very tender and take little time to roast; they are also very juicy, unlike turkey which can be quite hard to keep moist,” advises Cortez.

An attractive charcuterie and cheese platter will not only whet your guests’ appetite – it also tells them that you are a true foodie. Sebastian & Co. carries a wide variety of cheeses, including some local and organic options, as well as some fine imported ones. Cortez makes most of his charcuterie in-house. For instance, his beef bresaola – similar to a beef prosciutto and cured in red wine and citrus fruits - contains hints of sangria. A more discerning palate might appreciate Cortez’s spread of duck prosciutto, rillettes, terrines and pates. Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats is located at 2425 Marine Dr., West Vancouver,

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Remember how in the movie Chocolat a steaming mug of decadent, velvet-smooth melted chocolate precisely blended with swirls of milk uplifted the spirits of an entire village in France.

“Wouldn’t people love to have a sleepover in a chocolate shop? That was the seed,” says Vela-Martinez. “We want guests to be close to the chocolatemaking.”

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And what chocolate suite would be A collection of chocolate-themed movies complete without a beautifully presented like the aforementioned Chocolat tempt Remember how in the movie Chocolat a steaming mug of decadent, velvet smooth melted chocolate precisely box of these confections to sample, you from the shelf that they sit on. There blended with swirls of milk uplifted the spirits of an -entire in France. A similar, sweet chocolate is even chocolate reading material withvillagebedside. escape is closerone thanbook you think. Tucked away offering lessons in on thethe art hill of in Artisan Square on Bowen Island is a chocolate suite decoratedchocolate with rich brown and red colour accents. A shelf ofLook chocolate themed movies like the making. for hands-on chocolate making, aforementioned Chocolat tempt you from the shelf that they sitexclusive on. Thereto is even chocolate Chocolate Suitereading guests, material - with one bookVela-Martinez offering lessons in the art of chocolate coming making.soon. Carlos Vela-Martinez and Carlos and Joanne Joanne Mogridge are chocolate lovers who created Mogridge are chocolate lovers whothe indulgent suite. The owners of Cocoa West created the indulgent suite. about The owners - an artisan chocolaterie - sort of fantasized the idea of offering guests bed and chocolate Cocoa Westa is located at 581C of Cocoa an artisan chocolatier, Bowen Island, room. “Wouldn’t people West love to- have a sleepover in a chocolateArtisan shop? -Lane, that was the seed,” fantasized about the idea offering says Vela-Martinez. “We want guests to beofclose to the chocolate-making.” Cocoa guests a bed and chocolate room. to make super-fresh truffles West has a special focus on using organic ingredients and chocolates - from the chocolate, cream, milk, coffee beans, spices, sugar, fruits and nuts. And what chocolate suite would be complete without a beautifully

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Women Mad For...

Whiskey By Maria Spitale-Leisk

A theory as to the influx in women whisky swiggers: They may have been subconsciously entranced by the dapper Don Draper who routinely raises a tumbler filled with the hard, caramel-coloured liquor to his lips on the TV show Mad Men. In Dundarave, Libations Liquor Store manager Alex Staehling has taken note of the revolving door of women inquiring about a myriad of whiskeys. On Sept. 8, she decided to host a women and whisky food pairing event at the store. Within days of scrawling the details on a chalkboard behind the front counter - throngs of women emerged from the woodwork and signed up for the whisky affair. Many of the ladies congregating together at Libations revealed it was their dad who introduced them to whisky by offering them a wee bit to mature their taste buds. “I would suck on the ice cubes,� recalled one woman. “Whiskey tasted like Javex to me,� said another. North Shore resident Sandra Laundry attended the event with her husband, Patrick Koropatnick, a self-admitted whisky lover. “I thought it would be helpful to familiarize myself with whiskey and participate so I can choose better drinks,� she says. Nine varieties of whiskeys in all - including the Amrut single malt from India, and the classic Johnnie Walker gold label - were poured for the ladies, and a handful of accompanying men; they ranged in price from $60 to $110. And with each whisky came the perfect culinary accouterment. The Talisker - a 10-year-old smoky-sweet single malt with a hint of sea-salt and a warming, peppery finish - was paired with smoked salmon on pumpernickel, courtesy of the neighbouring Dundarave Fish Market. “I never thought to pair whisky with food; it took the edge off the sharpness of the alcohol,� remarked Laundry. Of course there was unbridled excitement amongst the women when the chocolate course came out. “Women, whisky and chocolate, that’s why we are here,� exclaimed one female guest. Another way of making whiskey approachable to women is through the cocktail culture. There is a huge resurgence growing around cocktails with dark spirits. Here’s to Manhattan - and Don Draper. Libations Liquor Store is located at 2477 Marine Drive, West Van.

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Cycling’s winter tune-up by Maria Spitale-Leisk Ah fall: a season where foliage slowly transforms into a panoramic portrait of bronze, gold and red hues, refreshing crisp air enters your lungs - and when sheets of rain pelt you the moment you step outside. Don’t let that seemingly unpleasant, latter fall description deter you from riding your bike into the winter months. Think back to the uncharacteristically wet weather Vancouver experienced in May, which is when cycling should be in full swing. Leslie Vice - director of marketing with Different Bikes in Ambleside, and former professional rider- talks winterizing your biking routine. “Fenders are the most important because of the constant rain in Vancouver,” she advises. You can even fashion a fender extender on the side of the road: Simply chop a water bottle in half and attach it to the end of the fender. Protecting your eyes from the pebbles and other debris concealed in muck is also key, so pick up some clearlensed glasses. Reflective outerwear is a staple - and arguably the most important - item in the winter cycling outfit; under layers are also important to keep you toasty and comfortable. One last piece of advice from the avid rider who has cycled in all weather patterns. “Be careful with shoulder checking, it’s certainly more dangerous because it’s darker out,” says Vice. Different Bikes is located at 1437 Clyde Ave, West Van.

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Twowheeling Weston rides by Maria Spitale-Leisk

John Weston - MP for West VancouverSunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country - is sitting in his bike shorts for his informal phone interview on year-round cycling. He has just arrived at the parliament buildings in Ottawa by bike, in a 20-minute commute that gives Weston a chance to clear his head. There was an initial grappling with the challenge of getting a suit and tie into a backpack, until he learned the magic of a dry cleaning bag. Weston’s cycling and other exercise routines shifted into top gear ahead of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games when he challenged fellows MPs and Senators to take part in a parliamentary fitness initiative. Set aside 20 minutes and 10 seconds, twice weekly for walking, running, cycling or swimming, was the breakdown of the memo on exercise. Weston even lead the pack by organizing a 6:45 a.m. run and swim two days out of the week. He was also instrumental in creating a shelter for bikes on parliament hill. “One MP lost 40 pounds,” says a proud Weston.

West Vancouver’s fit MP describes one of his first cycling commutes, from Dundarave to downtown Vancouver, as highly scenic. He traversed through five distinct geographical zones, from the mountainside to the sea. “You observe more when you don’t have a ton of steel around you,” he adds. In September, Weston rolled through West Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky Country on his original 1974 Norco 12-speed, meeting with constituents along the way in a threeday event deemed ‘Ride the Riding’. Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s North Shore vice-chair Peter Scholefield joined Weston on his quest to promote a healthy lifestyle. The hilly terrain in Sea to Sky country was not foreign territory for Weston. Last year he rode the GranFondo - a mass participation cycling event that snakes its way from downtown Vancouver to Whistler every year. It took Weston a respectable five hours to complete. “I’m one of these strange characters that likes climbing hills on bikes,” he laughs.

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West Vancouver Living Coffee Culture

Café Crema’s

Social Culture

By Maria Spitale-Leisk

The clientele observed at Ambleside’s Café Crema on a Wednesday in September at 1:30 p.m.: Two seniors with golf clubs in tow, a new mom

take very seriously. The café is part of a new rare breed of coffee bars that have a multi-roaster model.

fawning over a cooing baby in his stroller, two suited businessmen talking

Coffee connoisseurs don’t need a menu at Crema. The unlisted ‘Gibraltar’

shop - and a young woman soaking up the sun in a bikini top and shorts.

packs a couple shots of espresso, and foamed milk that has reached a

There is a social culture at “upscale casual” Crema - as described by the owners - that does not discriminate. It’s one of a few local coffee spots where moms can execute U-turns with a twin stroller in the foyer. Perhaps it’s their warm Greek heritage shining through – the Giannakos family embraces the entire West Vancouver community at their café.

sweet caramelization - into a five-ounce serving. All of the food at the café – from the mainstay raspberry coffee cake to the generous-sized sandwiches - is made on-site from scratch by a resident chef and foodie. Stop by Crema on the weekend and indulge in one of their signature

On this particular afternoon, family patriarch Tarry Giannakos has a smile

brunches: Poached free-range eggs on an evenly buttered piece of

and more than a few moments for his regular patrons. He stands outside in

multigrain toast blanketed with Prosciutto di Parma and a white wine

front of a collection of occupied tables and cozy chairs that line the south

sauce. “When you break the egg with your fork it drizzles onto the bread,”

perimeter of the café – facing the view. “We got lucky and were able to secure a location that is 300 feet from the Pacific Ocean and one of the best seawall walks in North America,”

describes Tarry, provocatively. Brunch is served from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the weekends. Café Crema is located at 1495 Bellevue Ave. Hours of operation: 6 am to

Another European influence at Crema is their coffee, which the owners

6 pm Monday to Friday and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends.

says a jovial Tarry.

I live here on my break. The gluten-free chocolate cake made from ground nuts - the icing is soft and creamy. I’ll have a latte in the morning, an iced coffee in the afternoon and stop by after work to pick up desserts to take home.

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