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TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
First and Foremost
Interior designer Kate Arends shares the top reno and design trends for 2018
MID-CENTURY MODERN FAMILY
Andrea Thomas Hill celebrates the anniversary of Cause We Care Foundation
Jacqui and Kasondra Cohen spend an afternoon in Jacqui’s renovated childhood home
GET THE LOOK
Everything décor and fashion designers touch this fall is turning velveteen
Channel the understated glamour of the ’50s with muted tones and sleek lines
Luxe earrings are giving outfits an edge this fall
LATE SUMMER TO-DOS
What’s filling our social calendar this season
Fiona Forbes shares her fashion, beauty and décor desires
ON THE TOWN WITH FRED LEE
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BUT FIRST, COFFEE TABLES
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TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF A u g u s t a l w a y s
t h o s e nostalgic feelings associ-
ated with back-to-school's new beginnings: it's a chance to start over with new projects at work, a few new wardrobe pieces and an updated space at home. With this in mind, we’ve deemed this our Reno and Design Issue and packed it with ideas to help you restore and reenergize your living space. And, because it’s such a gorgeous time of year—August and September are truly Vancouver’s summer—we’ve got some exciting adventures to inspire you. First, we take you inside one of the most beautiful mid-century modern homes on Vancouver’s West Side. Army & Navy’s Jacqui Cohen and her daughter Kasondra invited us to spend the day in their family home located on UBC’s Endowment Lands, and shared the story of the reno they did with renowned architect Russell Hollingsworth. Also on our renovation theme, we bring you some of the biggest trends in kitchen countertops as well as some statement-making coffee tables (that is if your idea of an update doesn’t involve tearing down a wall or two). We also chat with marketing maven and lifestyle guru Kate Arends for some insight into the top design trends for 2018. You can catch Kate at Vancouver’s Interior Design
I’ll also be taking the stage moderating a panel of expert designers. Come out
and join us! We also have land, road and sea covered for you with some amazing adventures. Our own managing editor Lise Boullard takes a trip to Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country to take a few sips of what our prolific province has to offer off the vine. Travel expert Claire Newell shares what to pack for a luxe wine country sojourn. Terry David Mulligan serves up his favourite rosés, and auto journalist and boating aficionado Lisa MacFarlane goes behind the wheel for a one-of-a-kind B.C. Porsche experience, and plays skipper for the day on a 2017 Beneteau Oceanis 45. Sit back, grab a glass and enjoy!
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JANIS NICOLAY FEATURE STORY PHOTOGRAPHER Janis Nicolay is a Vancouverbased interiors, food and lifestyle photographer. She often travels for work and her images have been featured in magazines such as House & Home, Vogue Living Australia, Style At Home and Western Living. Janis also shoots cookbooks, working with well-known Canadian chefs. She loves a good cupcake. @pineconecamp
FRED LEE ON THE TOWN A society columnist for the past 15 years, Fred covers Metro Vancouver’s vibrant and ever-changing social landscape. The social butterfly joins Rick Cluff every Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition to share all of Vanhattan’s A-list happenings, red carpet parties, mustattend galas and fabulous fundraisers. When not gala-vanting or globetrotting, Fred is the director of alumni engagement at The University of British Columbia, among other philanthropic roles. @fredabouttown
CLAIRE NEWELL TRAVEL TIPS A recognized travel expert in North America for more than 24 years, Claire is the official Travel Expert for Global News and the bestselling author of Travel Best Bets: An Insider’s Guide to Taking Your Best Trip Ever. She has appeared multiple times on NBC’s TODAY Show, Fox News and CNN, and has been published in Reader’s Digest and Today’s Parent. When she's not trotting the globe you can find Claire out boating or spending time with family, friends and her eight-pound Chihuahua, Joey. @clairenewelltravel
TERRY DAVID MULLIGAN TASTING ROOM With membership in B.C.’s Entertainment Hall of Fame, Terry is a bit of a Canadian institution. Years ago he helped start Canada’s first FM rock station (CFOX), but it was CBC TV’s Good Rockin’ Tonite and MuchMusic West that brought him to national acclaim. Terry also worked with pal Jason Priestley to co-host and produce Hollywood and Vines TV, seen in 180 countries. Today, he stays busy hosting and producing the fine food and wine radio show Tasting Room Radio on RoundHouse Radio 98.3 FM. @terrydavidmulligan
LISA MACFARLANE BOATING & AUTO Contributing writer Lisa MacFarlane has been part of the Vancouver media mix for almost two decades. She was a producer for Shaw TV’s entertainment talk show Urban Rush, co-host of Driving with Zack and Mac on Global TV, and auto journalist for the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers. She’s lived in Victoria, Vancouver and Shanghai. When she’s not on the water covering the marine scene for Vancouver Luxury Living, Lisa works in the hydrogen fuel cell industry, and happily reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dream of a “Hydrogen Highway” connecting California with B.C., is still very much alive.
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AHEAD OF HER TALK AT VANCOUVER’S INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW, SEPT. 28 TO OCT. 1, KATE ARENDS SHARES THE TOP RENOVATION AND DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2018.
r a p h i c d e s i g n e r . S t o r y t e l l e r . L i f e s t y l e g u r u . Marketer. Interior designer. New mom; Kate Arends is quite the creative chameleon. Her clean and modern style, which evokes a sense of tradition, has garnered her blog, Wit & Delight, and adjoining Instagram account an impressive following (304k on Insta to be exact). The latest facet to the blog is a new creative branding studio, but don’t be
fooled—Arends and her team do it all. They even have a new line of bedding and wallpaper Arends is designing for Hygge
& West. Here, the Jane-of-all-trades shares the renovation and design trends to channel now and into 2018.
WARMER COLOURS AS NEUTRALS
“I’ve always considered myself ‘tradi-
The unexpected pairing of a tradi-
Grey has been the “it” colour for
tional modern’ and haven’t really
tional wicker chair with a modern
interiors, but using a warm pink,
strayed from that esthetic. That being
table brings a nice contrast, says the
yellow, terracotta, or rust as a neutral
said, I want to incorporate more ‘boho’
designer. “I also love when wicker and
gives the room a different energy
into my décor. I love the laid back,
cane takes on a surprising form, like
than a traditional neutral. Greenery
relaxed feeling associated with this
a loveseat or chaise. Skip the thick
also pops so much brighter, explains
style,” says Kate.
cushions to avoid looking like a prop
from The Golden Girls.”
KATE RECENTLY RENOVATED HER 1,500-SQUAREFOOT OPENCONCEPT WORK STUDIO WITH A WHITE BRICK ACCENT WALL IN THE LOUNGE AREA AND QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS IN THE KITCHEN.
SIMPLE KITCHEN UPDATES “Speaking from experience, kitchen remodels are tough. We went months without a kitchen, and while I’m thrilled with the final results, I’m not going through that again any time soon! A way to easily (and quickly) refresh a kitchen is to update the cabinet fronts and hardware. We’re currently working with Reform to elevate our Ikea kitchen at the studio, without starting from scratch,” explains the mom of one-year-old August.
BOLD WALLPAPER “I love, love, love bold wallpaper. It’s a perfect solution for small spaces or rooms that need a bit more ‘oomph.’ I’ve used bold patterns, from Hygge & West, in two out of the three bathrooms in my house.”
COURTESY WIT & DELIGHT
For tickets to see Kate and other design experts speak at Vancouver’s Interior Design Show, visit vancouver. interiordesignshow.com —Aleeza Khan
FIRST AND FOREMOST
TO ARITZIA’S FOUNDER
CELEBRATES THE 10TH
side Women’s Centre’s annual holiday lunch in
the foundation addressed childcare, a huge hurdle
2007, it wasn’t with the intention of founding a
for working single mothers, by initiating a series
of after-school and summer activity programs.
THIS YEAR, THE PASSIONATE PHILANTHROPIST AND WIFE
ANNIVERSARY OF HER FOUNDATION, WHICH HELPS SINGLE MOTHERS IN NEED.
ABOVE: ANDREA DONS A CAUSE WE CARE FOUNDATION T-SHIRT.
RIGHT: CAUSE WE CARE HOUSE OPENED ON EAST HASTINGS STREET IN APRIL.
h e n A n d r e a T h o m a s H i l l
centre. This eventually led to a parallel “Backpack
organized a group of women to
Drive” of school supplies that now reaches more
volunteer at the Downtown East-
than 400 students in four at-risk schools. Next,
After all, she’d already done that.
Finally, Andrea decided to tackle the biggest obsta-
In the early 1990s, the Toronto-based sports
cle to poverty: housing affordability.
marketing executive launched the inaugural
On April 17 of this year, Cause We Care
Run for the Cure for the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary by
Foundation in memory of her grandmother, shep-
cutting the ribbon at Cause We Care House, a
herding its expansion across the country as the
subsidized housing facility on East Hastings Street.
largest fundraiser for breast cancer in Canada.
The result of a hard-fought capital campaign that
By the end of the decade, she’d met her
raised $1.5 million, the eponymous facility provides
husband, Aritzia CEO Brian Hill, moved to
stable housing and support services for 21 families
Vancouver and started a family. The newfound
headed by single mothers in partnership with the
perspective of motherhood spurred her to gather
Vancouver Public Library, the YWCA and the City
her friends to serve that first Christmas lunch in
2007, and, ultimately, led to the founding of the
True to form, as soon as the doors opened
Cause We Care Foundation, a grassroots organiza-
at Cause We Care House, Andrea went in search
tion that supports single women and children on
of her next cause to care about, hinting at “a new
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with, as she says,
and bigger focus,” with a top-secret initiative
a “hand up, not a handout” philosophy.
earmarked to begin next spring. Whatever it is,
The following year, Andrea and her new foundation put together and distributed Christmas hampers using her garage as a staging and packing
you can be sure it won’t be her last. causewecare.org —Steven Schelling
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VELVET UNDERGROUND EVERYTHING DÉCOR AND FASHION DESIGNERS TOUCH THIS FALL IS OPULANT, LUXURIOUS AND SOFT AS CAN BE. —Lise Boullard
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ALEXANDRE BIRMAN CLARITA bow-embellished velvet sandals. $625 at net-a-porter.com
GUCCI SMALL GG MARMONT 2.0 matelassé velvet shoulder bag. $1,854 at shop.nordstrom.com TADASHI SHOJI FUSCHIA PERSIAN ROSE DEVORÉ velvet long bell sleeve floor-length gown with rose lace insets. Tadashi Shoji available at The Bay, tadashishoji.com
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FIRST AND FOREMOST
FROM BLACK PEARL EAR JACKETS TO A RE-IMAGINED TOOLBOX STAPLE, LUXE EARRINGS ARE GIVING OUTFITS AN EDGE THIS FALL. —Miranda Sam & Lise Boullard
1. NEO-PEARLS Pearls are a classic fall staple (just look at every one of Chanel’s fall runways shows). The black beauties in these Utopia Stardust Pearl Earrings have been crafted into ear jackets, so you can rock a little rebellion into your accessories collection. At Palladio, palladiocanada.com AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017
2. CHAMPAGNE TASTE Take your jeans, boots and leather jacket uniform to the next level with these David Yurman Chatelâine Earrings crafted with darkened sterling silver, black pave diamonds and 18 karat gold. At David Yurman, davidyurman.com
3. CHAIN REACTION Inspired by the power and edge of New York City, Tiffany’s new Lady Gagafronted HardWear collection features intricateyet-utilitarian pieces like these Graduated Chain Link Quadruple Drop Earring in 18k Yellow Gold. At Tiffany, tiffany.ca
4. BUZZ-WORTHY The chandelier earring is making a comeback on runways this fall. Opt for a set of lozengeshaped Birks Muse Chandelier Earrings with a simple honeycomb pattern, inspired by one of nature’s most resourceful creatures. At Birks, maisonbirks.com
5. TRIPLE HALO Halos aren’t just appearing on this year’s hottest engagement ring trend. Not your average studs, these Forevermark Center of My Universe studs have three pavés of sparkling stones around them. At Lugaro, lugaro.com
6. NAILED IT Originally created in the ’70s and relaunched recently, Cartier effortlessly transforms an ordinary nail into a deconstructed optical illusion with these Juste un Clou Earrings. At Cartier, ca.cartier.com
7. BOX SET Powerful and pretty, these limited-edition Rhianna Loves Chopard geometric earrings are crafted in jungle green ceramic and rose gold, and sprinkled with 18 karat diamonds. At chopard.com
LATE SUMMER TO-DOS THREE THINGS TO ADD TO YOUR SOCIAL CALENDAR THIS SEASON.
Spend an afternoon sipping Champagne while admiring bespoke selections in luxury auto design (including a $4M Bugatti), Garden's 25 lush acres at the eighth Annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sept. 9 and 10. Tickets at luxurysupercar.com
Escape to Babylon for an evening of whimsical Ballet BC works, herbal-infused cocktails and lavish local blooms, presented in an enchanting indoor and al fresco garden in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s plaza and lobby. 6 p.m.–10 p.m., Aug. 12. Tickets at thesocialconcierge.com
Get a rare glimpse of 38 of Claude Monet’s iconic Giverny works at the
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watches and fashion set amidst VanDusen Botanical
Vancouver Art Gallery’s Claude Monet’s Secret Garden exhibit organized in collaboration with the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. Until Oct. 4. Tickets at vanartgallery.bc.ca
FIRST AND FOREMOST
1 MEDITATIVE. ZEN. PEACEFUL. A few words to describe Vancouver-bred, San Miguel, Mexico-based artist Patricia Larsen’s work, carried at 7e7 Atelier
WHAT OUR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF IS COVETING THIS SEASON.
St. George. I would welcome the beautiful simplicity of her mixed media Breathing Underwater piece into any room in my home. $7,750 at abersonexhibits.com
2 I’M ALWAYS ON THE HUNT for a lip colour that will last through eating, drinking (and even kissing) and Spela’s Paint & Play matte liquid lipstick doesn’t
budge. Added bonus: it’s vegan and free of harsh chemicals including parabens, talc and sulphites. $24 at Kiss and Make Up, kissandmakeupstore.com
3 PASTELS ARE STILL HOT for fall 2017 and on the
top of my shopping list is this classic saddle-shaped Chloé Mini Marcie leather bag featuring the French brand’s signature detailing and soft-grained leather. $1,210 at Nordstrom, nordstom.com
4, 5 FRENCH FASHION-MEETS-FURNITURE with this deep-set armchair designed by couture king Christian Lacroix. Add this Bubble ottoman by Sacha Lakic to create a cosy-yet-modern sitting vignette in which to enjoy an espresso and a good book this fall. Price available upon request at Roche Bobois, roche-bobois.com
6 THERE’S SOMETHING SO DECADENT about a high thread count, and The Cross’ new Egyptian cotton and sateen bedding collection is simply dreamy. Add their
exclusive Monika Dream Bed and I have my perfect spot to retreat when the mercury drops. Linens, $115 to $745, bed $3,395 at The Cross Décor & Design, thecrossdesign.com
FIRST AND FOREMOST
On the Town
SUMMER SIZZLERS! Cancer survivors, kids with autism, and the world’s hungry benefit from patron saints!
Face the World Today Gala
Monet Secret Garden Gala
Clara and Paolo Aquilini, parents of a child
Harnessing the power of generations to raise
Pamela Richardson and Priscilla Lam chaired
with autism, fronted the Canucks Autism
money, awareness and support for local
the summer’s most anticipated garden
Network’s REVEAL Gala held at Rogers Arena.
charities, Jacqui Cohen and her daughter
party, benefitting the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The ice rink was transformed into a party
Kasondra joined forces for the inaugural Face
A capacity crowd of the city’s who’s who
palace for the Evening in Venice benefit.
the World Today Gala. Held in their family
descended the grand staircase of the gallery
An impressive 544 guests gathered for the
home on the UBC Endowment Lands, young
to enter Monet’s Secret Garden of Giverny for
event’s sophomore running. The Aquilinis
philanthropists and up-and-coming influencers
an unforgettable evening. At $1,000 a ticket, all
welcomed supporters to the magical night,
in combination with an established force
400 seats were filled for the lavish affair that
which revealed the spectrum of challenges,
of business, community and social leaders
included an exclusive preview of the VAG’s
this elegant evening at the
gifts and possibilities that autism can bring.
convened for the $2,000-a-ticket house party.
summer blockbuster exhibition: Claude Monet’s
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
In return, attendees showed their generosity
Significant sums were exchanged when
Secret Garden, as well as fine dining, special
by emptying their wallets of more than $1
auctioneer Barry Scott took to the podium.
performances and a spectacular auction. The
million. The enchanting evening capped off
Luxury trips to the Antarctic, Maui and Abu
lush luau would garner more than $1 million for
with a surprise performance by the Canadian
Dhabi garnered top dollar, and the swish affair
the venerable arts institution. 7 Leading ladies
Tenors. 1 Childhood pals Christi Yassin
would collect more than $900,000 for the
Pamela Richardson and Priscilla Lam chaired
close when they need it most.
and Clara Aquilini chaired the gala. 2 Paulo
city’s most vulnerable. 4 Kasondra and Jacqui
the garden party. 8 VAG director Kathleen
Aquilini and son Christian welcomed guests. 3
Cohen. 5 Justus Parmar, CEO of the Parmar
Bartels and CBC news anchor Andrew Chang
Partygoers Natalie Clancy and Trevor Adams,
Group, and Nicole Harvie, celebrity scribe and
fronted the festivities. 9 VAG’s chief fundraiser
parents of a child with autism, understand first-
gala committee member. 6 CTV news anchor
Lyn Tyler posed with Brina Lyon, one of the
hand the challenges parents and families face.
Mike Killeen and his wife Jill were the emcees.
many garden nymphs that greeted guests.
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OMER'S 57.157 SUSPENDS FROM THE SKYLIGHT AT BOCCI'S 79 SHOWROOM IN BERLIN.
ON FIRE VANCOUVER- AND BERLIN-BASED DESIGNER OMER ARBEL IS CASTING A WARM GLOW ON THE WORLD, ONE AMBIENT INDUSTRIAL FIXTURE AT A TIME. WORDS | LISE BOULLARD
blown-glass pendant lights filled with succulents and cacti you were admiring the other day as you bit into your Wagyu steak taco at
Tacofino Commissary in Hastings Sunrise? And that grove of abstract stainless steel trees with layered glass “leaves” decorating the valet area of the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel? Oh, and the edgy undulating medals the world couldn’t help but notice when they were handed out to elite athletes at Vancouver’s 2010 If you haven’t heard his name, you’ve surely seen the creations of the designer and creative director behind manufacturing firm Bocci. Indeed, the
BOCCI'S INSTALLATIONS FILL A 200-YEAR-OLD COURTHOUSE IN KANTSTRASSE, BERLIN'S CHARLOTTENBURG DISTRICT.
architecture, furniture, lighting and sculptures of the 41-year-old, Jerusalemborn, Vancouver-bred designer, who splits his time between Vancouver and Berlin, have been woven into the city’s culturescape. In other words,
Olympics? Those were all Omer’s.
living | Design and Architecture using untampered reclaimed Douglas Fir beams from a series of burned-down warehouses. Brilliant architecture aside, it’s lighting that has brought him to international acclaim, in particular design 14. Launched in 2005 from Omer’s Kitsilano workshop on West 1st, the multilayered pendant is made using a technique of glass blowing, ceramics, and metal-sand casting, resulting in a rich halo of light, and is still one of the company’s top sellers. When it comes to his philosophy on sustainability, Omer’s focus is on the value given to the objects he creates. “In pre-industrialized western societies, an average individual owned less than 100 objects throughout his or her entire lifetime. These items were, by implication, meaningful— almost magical—contributors to the process of everyday life. We hope to create objects that come to be integrated into people’s lives in a meaningful way, objects that become cultural artifacts.” So where can one view these artifacts? Omer’s work is on display and for sale in Vancouver at Inform and Vancouver’s ephemeral West Coast esthetic has become an
Livingspace, but you’ll have to take a trip to London to see
inspiration for Omer Arbel, and Omer Arbel has become part
the pieces he is most proud of. “Recently I gravitate towards
of Vancouver’s design consciousness.
our current exhibition at the Barbican in London. Something about it seems a departure from previous trajectories.”
and winner of many Red Dot and iF design awards (even
A few countries away, in a reconfigured courthouse in
Gwyneth Paltrow named a Bocci installation one of her top
Berlin, is where Omer has chosen to create Bocci’s head-
picks from the 2016 London Design Festival), started out
quarters. Here, many of his important pieces are available
studying architecture and has had much success in that
for public consumption in an expansive light-drenched
sphere. He is revered for the design of a residential home
showroom called 79. He chose Berlin and Vancouver as his
on an acreage in Langley, dubbed project 23.2 (all of Omer’s
home bases because, “I like the tension between the two
works are numbered chronologically), where he was chal-
realities. Berlin is culturally heterogeneous, has a complex
lenged with ideating a geometrically triangular building
history and is a European cultural centre in many different ways. Vancouver has a different energy, less culture, more optimistic, more indeterminate, and is close to magnificent nature. It’s a good balance.” Also, Berlin is where the future is, design-wise. These days Omer is “interested in moving beyond craft and into the science of materials,” and is currently working on establishing himself on the European design scene. “We have three new projects in 2017 with Bocci which (debuted) during Milan Design Week (in April). In May we (refreshed) 79 in Berlin, introducing all the new pieces.” Yes, things are looking bright. BOCCI, 500-1706 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver. 604-639-5185. bocci.ca BOCCI 79, Kantstraße 79, 10627 Berlin, Germany. 49 1512 4060005, bocci.ca/79
RIGHT: GWENAEL LEWIS, LEFT: COURTESY BOCCI
Omer, named one of Vancouver’s Power 50 in 2015,
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LEFT: OMER'S SUSTAINABLE MASTERPIECE 23.2 MAKES THE MOST OF THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE.
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MID-CENTURY MODERN FAMILY ARMY & NAVY SUCCESSOR JACQUI COHEN AND DAUGHTER KASONDRA SPEND AN AFTERNOON IN JACQUIâ€™S RENOVATED CHILDHOOD HOME.
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JACQUI AND KASONDRA RELAX IN THE LIVING ROOM WITH SHIH TZU POODLE CROSS, MARTINI.
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o m e u p h e r e … y o u ’ v e g o t t o s e e t h i s!” Jacqui Cohen exclaims excitedly, motioning to her UBC Endowment Lands home’s climbing entryway garden, framed photo in hand. We are having a catch-up on the sprawling terrace taking in views of the Straight of Georgia when she is compelled to show me the “before-and-after.” I follow her through the patio threshold, across the mid-century modern home’s silver travertine floor and through the floor-to-ceiling glass front door. We walk under the porte-cochère, across the driveway and skip up the stone path of the garden for a bird’s eye view of the front of the house. The photo Jacqui is holding was taken from this exact spot in the late ’40s when her parents first received the home as a wedding gift from Jacqui’s grandfather, Sam Cohen. As many Vancouverites know, Sam founded Army & Navy on West Hastings Street in 1919, selling First World War army and navy surplus goods at low prices,
INSPIRED BY B.C.'S ROLLING LANDSCAPES AND MADE OF SOLID BRASS, MARTHA STURDY'S UNDULATING 44 ADDS AN ECLECTIC TOUCH TO THE LIVING AREA.
eventually building the empire that brought notoriety to the Cohen name.
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FROM TOP: AN EXTENSION ON THE ORIGINAL KIDNEY SHAPE KEEPS THE POOL AREA CURRENT. KASONDRA'S FRENCH BULLDOG, HERSHIE, SAYS HELLO. A PEACEFULLY MODERN READING NOOK.
Ja c q u i t e l l s m e t h e s t o r y o f h o w , in 2012, she decided to renovate and rebuild the bungalow she grew up in, rather than tear it down. In a city where real estate is, to say the least, at a huge premium, we hear far too many stories of projects that do away with the heritage of a structure. Though it has been completely gutted and updated, the home originally designed by the celebrated Charles Burwell Kerrins (C.B.K.) Van Norman remains, with the updates and add-ons designed with architect and friend of Jacqui’s, Russell Hollingsworth. Keeping the bones of the house was of the upmost importance to Jacqui on this project—having grown up here, every nook and cranny tells a story. We venture back through the front entranceway and Jacqui points to two stained glass windows on either side of the door and to two more adjacent panes on the opposite side of the great room. These four panes came from the second home she owns, located on Point Grey Road and designed by Robert Ledingham in the early ’80s. We wander past the grand undulating brass Martha Sturdy sculpture perched on a stone wall in the entryway, across the threshold and out into the backyard where Jacqui’s lookalike daughter, Kasondra, is entertaining friends and their kids by the pool. The house is full of family, dogs and friends—“Just how it should be,”—says Jacqui. The original kidney-shaped pool, which Jacqui and her family spent so many summers enjoying, is intact but has been expanded and modernized. I feel lucky to call Jacqui a friend, and if there’s something that has always struck me about her, aside from her magnetic personality and business savvy (she is still boots-on-the-ground at the family’s near 100-year-old department store chain), is her LIVINGMAG.CA
sentimentality. I remember when the renos, which took four
years to complete, were unveiled in 2012 at “Daddy Cohen’s” as she calls it, just in time for the Face The World Foundation Gala she hosts every year. She is just as excited and proud of the result now as she was then—regaling anyone who walks through the doors with stories of growing up in the house. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017
T h i s y e a r m a r k e d a s p e c i a l m i l e s t o n e for the Face The World Gala—which has been going strong since Jacqui founded it in 1991—as the foundation merged with Kasondra’s charity Face Of Today to become Face The World Today where almost a million dollars was raised in one stellar night. It was a proud moment for mamma Jacqui to join the two charities, as her daughter has chosen to follow in her philanthropic footsteps. As always with Jacqui—it’s a family affair. Over the years, Face The World and now Face The World Today have raised $18 million for underserved local charities, such as women’s shelters on the Downtown Eastside. We head back into the kitchen, which is every chef’s dream. With its Sub-Zero refrigerators and freezer drawers tucked away neatly behind quarter-cut North American walnut cabinets, Viking gas cooktop, Wolf wall ovens and integrated Miele coffee machine, it is ideal for entertaining—which in Jacqui’s case often means throwing a gala for 300 or so of her well-heeled friends. The day of our shoot was, as with everything Cohen, an event. For lunch there were beautifully catered sandwiches, desserts and rainbow-hued macarons. Flowers from Jacqui’s favourite flower shop, Kits Market on Yew Street, festooned the house and Champagne flowed with the cork popped by Ms. Cohen herself. Perched upon the oatmeal ottoman nestled between two lush Minotti couches in the living room flanked with a triptych painting by Vancouver’s Cori Creed—who is a generous donor to Face The World Today—Jacqui and Kasondra flash their mega-watt smiles for the camera. For the next shot we move into the sitting room just off of the kitchen for photos with Martini, Jacqui’s beloved Shih Tzu Poodle Cross, who, after a long day, is doing everything in her power to keep her eyes open. On the wall behind the trio hangs one of my favourite pieces by artist Tiko Kerr, the perfect backdrop to the black Los Angeles-imported dining room table. As we wrap up for the day, I ask Jacqui what’s in store for the family biz, Army & Navy. With a wink and a nod she will only say, somewhat cryptically, “Stay tuned for what’s next for Cohen Crossing.”
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“IT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO ME TO KEEP THE BONES OF THIS HOME—THERE ARE SO MANY MEMORIES TO CHERISH HERE!” – JACQUI COHEN
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Create a Bespoke Bathroom at Kohler’s Signature Store Step inside the recently opened and light-filled KOHLER Signature Store on Broadway and Fir Street, and for a moment you might imagine you’re heading in for a day at the spa. Indeed, the peaceful setting and bespoke services, offered at Canada’s only such showroom and store, take one of life’s most exciting—and often stressful—experiences and turn it into a pleasure.
with design consultants available to provide custom design services, which include drafting layouts and recommending contractors, it is Vancouver’s only one-stop-shop for all of your bathroom and kitchen renovation needs. “You can come in, meet with the designers who provide design services. Nobody else in the city has that,” says Tracey Seo, store manager.
Not only is the space akin to a gallery with ready-designed bathroom vignettes, such as those in the Tailored Vanities Collection, on display—(you’ll love the one featuring the Ceric freestanding bath made of Lithocast cast resin)—but
So beautiful is the space that some have mistaken it for being purely a showroom, but that’s far from the truth: “We sell everything except the display soap,” says Seo. There is a working kitchen area with a variety of sinks and faucets to
choose from. And along with a fully functioning shower demonstration area showcasing showerheads, handshowers and trim sets, and Kohler’s technologically advanced bathtubs, toilets, sinks and faucets (think toilets, such as the Numi, which comes with foot warmers and showers with personalized temperature and pressure settings), the store also features unique design-driven product lines. The first is the handcrafted Artist Editions sink line, created by designers and artisans who find inspiration everywhere, from vintage ceramic glaze to the shape of a flower petal. You could spend hours fawning over the wall of sinks, which includes a Briolette glass faceted style and a Caravan Persia Ceramic Conical Bell version adorned with geometric patterns in gold and platinum.
The boutique also boasts the largest Kallista faucets and fixtures display in Canada. A luxury brand within the Kohler portfolio of brands, the upscale Kallista collection features pieces from some of the world’s most distinguished architects and interior designers (think Michael S. Smith, who has created rooms for the White House, and Barbara Barry, with her signature classic elegance) and incorporates opulent materials such as crystal, porcelain and enamel into its hardware and surfaces. Forget fighting with your mate over tile patterns—with a shopping experience this enjoyable, you’ll actually want to make it part of your weekend. Thankfully, the KOHLER Signature Store is open Sundays (so you can squeeze it in between trips to the gallery—or the spa).
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COUNTER CULTURE BEAUTIFUL AND RESILIENT, THE NEW WAVE OF COUNTERS ARE AS PRACTICAL AS THEY ARE LUXURIOUS.
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CAESARSTONEâ€™S NEW CONCRETEINSPIRED COLLECTION.
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BULTHAUPâ€™S SEAMLESS LASER LAMINATE WORKTOP.
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I M I L A R T O F L O O R I N G, countertops withstand a lot of wear and tear, so it’s important to remember function comes first when selecting them. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice anything in terms of style. Here, a look at what’s new and trending from leading countertop brands.
RUGGED (opening pages) Countertop specialists Caesarstone are known for their natural quartz material
that beautifully mimics natural stones, like
PEDINI’S LOW-MAINTENANCE, HIGLOSS PORCELAIN COUNTERTOP.
SEAMLESS TRANSITIONS In step with West Coasters’ love of ultra modern, minimalistic
design, luxury German kitchen manufacturer
PEARLY WHITE Bright white, matte white and shiny high-gloss white, white continues to be a favourite in
kitchen and bathroom countertops. Italian
marble, but is incredibly easy to care for.
Bulthaup are finding their “laser laminate work-
custom kitchen design company Pedini
Their latest concrete-inspired collection of
tops,” which are through-dyed for completely
have noted a movement away from granite
colours has kicked off a whole new trend, says
even colour, and UV, heat, stain and scratch-
to quartz and now on to porcelain, says Amir
Deano Pellegrino, Caesarstone’s B.C. regional
resistant, are proving incredibly popular
Ilin, sales director for Pedini USA. Porcelain
manager. “It looks very authentic, like a natural
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Get organized for fall with Stor-x A wise man once said, “An organized home leads to an organized life.” Fortunately for customers throughout the Lower Mainland, that wise man is available to help them create and install bespoke modular and custom and wood laminate-based storage systems—from kitchen pantries to wall beds—to ensure everything is in its place. Alex Voogd, franchise owner of STOR-X Organizing Systems stores in Richmond, Delta, Vancouver, and Felicia Hao and her husband Horace Tung who own the Langley, North Vancouver and Ridge Meadows locations, have partnered with leading interior designers such as Jamie
Deck and Tanya Schoenroth to transform the living and storage spaces of hundreds of homeowners using the European cabinet technology the STOR-X brand has been known for for over 25 years. Homebuilders respected for quality craftsmanship, including Unitech, Kemp Construction and Best Builders, also choose STOR-X to create custom closet systems that enhance and organize bedrooms, laundry rooms and garages for their development projects. STOR-X is also behind many of the stunning closet and organizing system revamps done by interior décor star Jillian Harris on Love it or List it Vancouver. Alex Voogd and Senior designer Frosina Danova, accepting Consumer Choice Award 2017.
Horace Tung and Felicia Hao, North Shore, Langley and Ridge Meadows owners.
STOR-X’s reputation is built upon impeccable, attentive and personalized service. “We come to your home or business and custom create a storage solution on site, using a 3D model and selection of finishings to visually show you what the end product will look like,” he explains. “You’ll be impressed by what is possible, as well as by our detailed, accurate quotes and competitive prices.” STOR-X also prides itself on recycling 100 per cent of the waste material used in its factory and job sites, and for offering customers over 35 environmentally friendly finish options. Plus, the company’s installation crew are specially trained, fully insured and always leave the site immaculate post-installation. And all STOR-X solutions come with a lifetime warranty. Would you expect anything less? For more information view, stor-x.com or call to set up your complimentary design consultation at 604-275-6868.
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BUT FIRST, COFFEE TABLES
EVERY DÉCOR UPDATE SHOULD START WITH A STRONG CAPPUCCINO— AND ONE OF THESE DESIGN-FORWARD ROOM-MAKERS.
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ADESSO BARNUM COFFEE TABLE. $520 at Jordan’s Furniture, jordans.ca
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ONE WILD RIDE HOLD ON TIGHT AS JOURNALIST LISA MACFARLANE TAKES THE WHEEL AND FOLLOWS PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR DRIVERS ON A FOUR-DAY
PORSCHE DRIVING EXPERIENCE TOUR THROUGH SOUTHERN B.C.
DAY 4 OF THE PORSCHE EXPERIENCE TOUR TAKES DRIVERS TO OSOYOOS' AREA 27 TRACK
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Whistler to Predator Ridge The thrill of having one’s gas pumped by
a former Le Mans competitor at a station by Emerald Lake is not lost on our group. “We’re not worthy,” we inform Kees, but it’s all part of the superb experience as we make our way to Pemberton. I’ve skipped breakfast in favour of a banana, as the infamous Duffy Lake Road is a rollicking set of twisties. Kees watches us in his rearview mirror as we rip in and out of the corners, and offers critiques. “Eyes up,” is one we hear on repeat as he urges us to watch the road farther ahead to better anticipate the turns. This is one of the most exhilarating drives I’ve experienced. My window’s open to hear the throaty exhaust in sport mode as I gear down into yet another tight bend. There are no words fit to print for the
feeling of tires gripping the road as we mat it out of the corners.
YVR to Whistler Following a meet-and-greet with the
friendly Porsche team at YVR’s Fairmont, 16 of us leap into one of eight cars to play follow-the-leader in head-turning formation up
our squadron winds past Vernon’s vineyards and lakes. The 4S with
up for the drive and I’m with Steven, a stand-up comic, who will
than I ever could, and I’m starting to really enjoy downshifting with
prove to be an entertaining co-pilot for the four-day tour.
a flip of a paddle. There’s a fun sense of camaraderie within the
Steven and I follow celebrated competitive drivers Pierre Des
group as we pull over for several breaks and driver changes before
Marais and Kees Nierop, our instructors. Cars are equipped with
arriving at our hotel for the night. Today has been a relaxed drive
CB radios for communication, and Kees’ running commentary—a
and we’re discussing tomorrow’s plan: track day.
price of admission. We experiment with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes, selected with a dial on the steering wheel. An able
After recharging at Sparkling Hill Resort,
the PDK automatic transmission shifts faster and more efficiently
slower cars hanging out in the passing lane—is well worth the
Predator Ridge to Osoyoos
to Whistler, with one pit stop in the Callaghan Valley. We’re paired
mix of tour guide, instruction, and hilariously dry observations of
Circuit Area 27 It has rained heavily overnight. Kees
and Pierre are surveying the track before we head out. Our team
beast is the C4S, with 420 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.
gets the go-ahead, and we follow our lead car slowly to inspect
New for 2017 are twin turbo-chargers.
the turns and get a sense of the circuit, which includes a blind hill.
“WE’RE ON THE THROTTLE, HERE WE GO. USE AS MUCH OF THE TRACK AS YOU CAN. EYES UP.” – KEES NIEROP
Kees is on the radio; it’s go time. On the first lap, I’m far too fast coming into a hairpin and the backend fishtails three times on the wet pavement before traction control kicks in and we’re back in business on a straightaway. There’s no passing of other cars; we switch up the pole position for each lap. The C4S acceleration stats range from 3.8 seconds for a PDK with launch control to 4.0 seconds for the manual. Top track speed is 303 km/h. Area 27
Pulling into Callaghan Valley we’re soon seated in brand
is a members-only track designed by Jacques Villeneuve and its
new Cayennes for muddy off-roading directed by Pierre, which
situation in the remote hills of Osoyoos is stunning. Kees invites
includes a river crossing where we get the SUV balanced on two
me for a lap in his passenger seat—a highlight. I decide he’s some
wheels at what seems like an impossible angle, followed by an
kind of wizard as he smoothly executes each turn, even with one
impressive hill climb on loose shale rock. Less than five per cent
eye trained on his four drivers behind, and one hand holding the
of Cayenne drivers ever venture off-road, which is too bad; it’s a
CB radio providing feedback. “We’re on the throttle, here we go.
surprisingly capable off-roader.
Use as much of the track as you can. Eyes up.”
Back in our 911s, we arrive at the Four Seasons Hotel Whistler
For a Porsche enthusiast, this driving experience is pure magic.
for cocktails and an excellent group dinner before resting up for
Consider this your invitation to the next Porsche Performance
the next day’s drive.
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FALLING FOR WINE COUNTRY WITH ACRES OF ROLLING VINEYARDS, WILD HORSES ROAMING ON DESERT HILLS AND FAMILY-RUN WINERIES, OLIVER OSOYOOS WINE COUNTRY IS THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A WINE-TASTING WEEKEND. WORDS | LISE BOULLARD
m e , O s o y o o s
m e m o r i e s of childhood camping trips with
my mother, father and brother where we would spend our days swimming in the freshwater lake, horseback riding along desert paths and playing rounds of mini golf. And while a recent trip proved that parts (including the mini golf course) of the area haven’t changed a bit, a visit to
Oliver’s and Osoyoos’s quaint wineries and a stay at a sun-drenched hilltop resort demonstrated that the
region has grown up—and is the ideal spot for a weekend sipping local wines while soaking in those last few rays of summer.
SLEEP | A short drive up Anarchist Mountain past acres of vineyards brings you to the adobe-style Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort. Overlooking Osoyoos Lake, North America’s only aboriginal owned and
ABOVE: THE VILLAS AT HESTER CREEK. TOP RIGHT: SPIRIT RIDGE RESORT BY NIGHT. BOTTOM RIGHT: HESTER CREEK VINEYARD VIEWS.
COURTESY HESTER CREEK WINERY, CHRISTOPHER MARTIN, COURTESY HESTER CREEK WINERY
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operated winery and resort is a celebration of the Osoyoos Indian Band’s cultural and natural beauty—and staying there offers a soul-soothing experience. While the resort itself, with its terracotta coloured exterior, fragrant purple robed locust trees and desert sage hills evokes the Arizona desert, the acres of lush vineyards made me feel as if I was in Tuscany. With two sparkling pools, a nine-hole golf course, spa, suites equipped with barbecues, fully stocked kitchens, full-size fridges (for chilling all of the Okanagan wines you purchase) and a cultural centre on site, Spirit Ridge provides a peaceful-yet-stimulating home base for a family, corporate or friend weekend away. spiritridge.ca
DINE | Steps away from the Spirit Ridge Resort lobby is the entrance to Nk’Mip Cellars tasting room, along with one of the most romantic places you will surely ever dine: the Nk’Mip Cellars patio. A short walk through the tasting room, featuring high ceilings, a mosaic floor and church-like stained glass windows brought our group to the threshold
WHETHER YOU OPT TO EXPLORE THE REGION BY ORGANIZED TOUR IN A VAN, OR HIRE HORSES, OR ELECTRIC BIKES TO BRING YOU FROM STOP TO STOP, THE EXPERIENCE RIVALS THOSE ON OFFER IN EUROPE’S WINE REGIONS.
of a small patio and garden where I literally gasped at the beauty of the long table set with hundreds of sparkling wine glasses, backed by a grassy area overlooking acres of vineyards and Osoyoos Lake. A few steps further and we were greeted by chef Orlin Godfrey, who offered us a glass of Nk’Mip’s refreshing pinot blanc along with fresh shucked oysters dressed with his homemade peach vinegar and pickled red onion mignonette. The long table dinner that followed, featuring traditional bannock, burrata and
soil, the sunny slopes are known for producing fruit-for-
patio favourite “Dreamcatcher” and tender braised beef
ward wines that are rich in mineral complexity. Each year,
short ribs, was equally magical. Experience it for yourself:
its myriad quaint, and often family-run, wineries open their
long table dinners are open to the public on weekends,
doors to visitors to come in and enjoy their wines. Many are
while regular lunch is served daily on the patio until Oct. 9.
open late into the fall, some year-round.
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Whether you opt to explore the region by organized
Another unforgettable dining experience took place
tour in a van, or hire horses, or electric bikes to bring
at Tinhorn Creek’s Miradoro restaurant, near Oliver. The
you from stop to stop, the experience rivals those on
evening after running 18 kilometres at the ninth annual
offer in Europe’s wine regions. On our trip we opted for
Half Corked Marathon, which, as the name suggests,
electric bikes from Heatstroke Cycle and a van from Top
includes stops for wine tastings (often by costume-
Cat tours to bring us to some of Oliver Osoyoos Wine
clad participants) our group dined on a light-yet-filling
Association’s 39 member wineries including Hester
Mediterranean meal with Asian influences while taking in
Creek (the fruity patio-perfect trebbiano sells out every
panoramic vistas from the restaurant’s dining room. Chef
year), Platinum Bench Estate Winery & Artisan Bread
Jeff Van Geest’s seared Ahi tuna and spiralized zucchini
Company (the Soppreseta bread washed down with a
starter, followed by a succulent grilled pork chop, lentil and
glass of pinot noir was pure joy), Montakarn Estate Winery
cabbage ragu main course satisfied our post-race protein
and Bartier Bros. Post-tour we stopped for lunch at the
needs, and were excellent paired with Tinhorn’s Oldfield
Tuscan-inspired Terrafina restaurant at Hester Creek
Series 2 Bench Red 2012. The rich Plum Tiramisu and open-
Estate Winery. Note: Hester Creek’s ultra-romantic hill-
air performance by The Boom Booms as part of Tinhorn’s
top villas can be booked year-round, are surprisingly well
Summer Concert Series (which runs until Sept. 9), were a
priced, and are the stuff of dreams. heatstrokecycle.com,
perfect ending to a perfectly exhilarating day. tinhorn.com
SIP | Spanning 40 kilometres in the Southern Okanagan
GETTING THERE | An Air Canada propeller plane
Valley (the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert), the Oliver
will drop you off at the Penticton Airport from Vancouver in
Osoyoos region is one of the warmest and driest areas in
under 50 minutes from which a 45-minute drive will bring
Western Canada and produces 60 per cent of B.C.’s wine
you to Osoyoos. Or take in the beauty of the late summer
grapes. With fertile, quartz-, granite- and limestone-enriched
light in the four-and-a-half-hour drive along Highway 3.
LEFT TO RIGHT: PREPARING TO TASTE HESTER CREEK'S RENOWN “THE JUDGE” BLEND OF CAB SAV, CAB FRANC AND MERLOT, STRAIGHT OUT OF THE OAK BARREL. STACKS OF FRESHMADE BREAD AT PLATINUM BENCH ESTATE WINERY. A LUNCHEON SPREAD AT TERRAFINA RESTAURANT. THE HALF CORKED MARATHON'S ANNUAL PRE-RACE PRIMAVERA DINNER AT MOON CURSER VINEYARDS.
local asparagus served with Nk’Mip’s 2016 Riesling-led
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THE LAST MAGNIFICENT A NEW DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASES THE LEGENDARY,
Tasting Room WITH TERRY
AND CONTROVERSIAL, LIFE OF THE FATHER OF CALIFORNIA CUISINE.
u s t a s C h e f J e r e m i a h T o w e r ’ s brazen ideas and cooking techniques impacted kitchens back in the ’70s, the spring 2017 documentary Jeremiah Tower: The
Last Magnificent, which Anthony Bourdain created about the brilliant life and career of the man who pioneered the
soufflé—inside a sea urchin. James loved the dish and
California Cuisine movement, has left its mark on food writ-
went straight over to Chez Panisse where he sampled the
ers, reviewers and kitchens everywhere.
menu and promptly named it one of the top four restaurants
Created by the same team who bring us the fascinat-
JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT IS AVAILABLE THROUGH ITUNES.
Says Jeremiah: “Then in 1976 I did the California
because he felt Jeremiah had not been given the credit he
Regional Dinner, when we stopped having the menu
is due for literally changing food and its creation in America.
in French, stopped cooking French food. (We) did it in
The biopic features present-day interviews with
English and I used the best of the (ingredients) around us.
Jeremiah and celebrities such as Martha Stewart, with foot-
We named the farms and the sources; served California
age from his days working as a young chef
wines. That’s what the Wine Spectator said,
woven in. It portrays the life of a compli-
‘was the match that lit the fire of a revolu-
cated man; one who grew up in a home
tion that became new American Cuisine.’”
of privilege where he developed a palate
In 1984 Jeremiah went out on his own
for fine foods in the company of chefs and
to open Stars in San Francisco where he
servers, while his parents partied. He later
introduced the concept of open kitch-
found great culinary success, only to disap-
ens and celebrity chefs who put on a
pear from the food scene for two decades
show where the diners were the audience.
and then resurface in the most unlikely of
“Stars changed the way the United States
locations: at New York City’s Central Park
looked at what a wonderful restaurant
Tavern on the Green.
could be; that it didn’t have to have stiff
Jeremiah found his life’s purpose in
ing CNN series Parts Unknown, Anthony produced the film
and nasty French Maître Ds in black ties. We
1972 when he applied for a job at Alice Waters’
opened with a dress code that allowed everything from blue
Chez Panisse (CP) in Berkeley, California. “Nobody knew
jeans to black tie. The late New York Times reporter R.W.
about CP except the locals in Berkeley. It was their local hang-
’Johnny‘ Apple called Stars ‘the most democratic restaurant
out,” he explains to me over the phone. Jeremiah knew the
in the United States.’”
restaurant needed to raise their profile so he contacted
Tucked into Redwood Alley near San Francisco’s
James Beard in New York and asked the legendary chef and
city hall, Jeremiah called the location of Stars “suicidal.”
educator to pay them some attention. He invited Beard to his
“Like a Bogie film … down an alley … knock twice to get
home in California where Jeremiah served him sea urchin
in.” Nevertheless, with its opulent (Continued on page 62)
JEREMIAH TOWER’S WARM SHRIMP COCKTAIL WITH MEZCAL O n e m o r n i n g , w h i l e w o r k i n g a s a c h e f at Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur I was feeling the strain of trying for weeks to wean the Carmel and Pebble Beach ladies-who-lunch off of the previous menu’s Chef’s Salad (made with ham, cheese and turkey from cans) and onto my new Regional American Menu. I was also very much regretting the tequila I had shared with one of my Mexican cooks the night before, but their jefe (Spanish for “boss”), Pedro, saved the day. “Here,” he said, “eat this.” The first time I had ever eaten a warm shrimp cocktail, but not the last. — Jeremiah Tower
Serves 4 INGREDIENTS
¾ pound medium fresh shrimp, shell on
1 red onion, peeled, finely chopped
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 cups chopped, skinned, seeded tomatoes
1 or 2 serrano chilies, stemmed, seeded, ribbed and finely chopped 8 sprigs cilantro, stemmed, leaves chopped
Salt to taste 4 lime wedges, seeded
2 ounces mezcal METHOD
Put the shrimp in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover by half an inch. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and let sit five minutes or until the shrimp are firm to the touch. Drain the shrimp in a colander, saving the liquid, and cover them with ice just until they cool. Remove any ice so the cooking liquid for five minutes. Put the liquid and the shells in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and save LIVINGMAG.CA
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shrimp do not lose any flavour. Shell the shrimp, saving the shells. Grind the shells in a food processor with the saved the liquid, discarding the shells. Keep warm. Combine the lime juice, chopped serranos, cilantro, mezcal and onion with the chopped tomatoes to make salsa. Test for salt. Coarsely chop the shrimp, add to the warm liquid, then spoon into four large wine glasses. Add the salsa mix, and serve with lime wedges and a bottle of your favourite hot sauce.
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JEREMIAH (RIGHT) HAMS IT UP WITH MARIO BATALI, CIRCA 1988.
(Continued from page 60) décor and buzzing open kitchen it quickly became a hub for socialites and celebrities, with branches later opening in parts of the U.S. and in Singapore. “The whole thing was a production: Beastie Boys running through the place and terrorizing everyone, a streaker running through, and me asking for a standing ovation, which the room did, then went back to dinner. Nureyev coming in after (dancing) The King and I, grabbing me and doing a twirl and sticking his tongue down to my tonsils.” Okanagan-raised celebrity chef Ned Bell, who has helmed the kitchen at Vancouver’s Four Seasons Hotel and Yew, calls Tower “one of the forefathers” of the culinary movement in North America. “When I started there were no open kitchens. Chefs were the people who cut your roast beef at the golf club. James Beard, Julia Child and Jeremiah Tower created the celebrity chef. Jeremiah consulted 900 West, a key restaurant makeover at The Hotel Vancouver over 20 years ago.” Chef Vikram Vij is equally in awe: “Jeremiah Tower’s influence as a mentor and a role model is the kind of passion and love that every chef should have in order to be happy. I met him once (and) it was his warmth and genuine love of young chefs that made me really like his style.” And Vancouver chef and culinary marketer Donald House, calls Jeremiah “a legend. In my mind one of the true innovators that brought California Cuisine to the forefront. I think he coined the term actually and really developed a whole new style of cuisine.” And that style is alive and well in Vancouver and abroad. Learn more at jeremiahtower.film
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SEPTEMBER SAIL BOATING JOURNALIST LISA MACFARLANE SHARES A FEW REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SPEND THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF SUMMER ABOARD THE 2017 BENETEAU OCEANIS 45.
designed 2017 Beneteau Oceanis 45. This sexy sailboat always stands out at the dock, with lovely teak decks and a sleek, minimalist shape that jump-starts our design-driven hearts. In 2012, she won Yacht of the Year in the Family Cruiser category, and continues to be an incredibly popular model.
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She’s an excellent cruiser; ideal for explor-
We agreed the interior of our test boat was
ing the Pacific Northwest, as well as having
pretty sorted. These design elements make the
Pascal Conq of Finot-Conq
some fun at the helm. On a bluebird day in
Oceanis 45 extra appealing for cruising:
late February, we rounded Stanley Park in our
• Hard chine hull design offers a wide beam,
Nauta Yachts Design
gusting to 20.
45’ 9”/13.94 m
For a local day sail, it doesn’t get much better
rated by a large drop-leaf table holds
an optional fridge (or enormous ice bucket
44’ 3”/13.50 m
for the champers).
ing eight to nine knots in English Bay, so we put
• Companionway steps are at a 45-degree
in a reef for a balanced sail, and still did nine! The
angle, allowing for a more graceful and safe
twin helms of the 45 allow for great sight lines,
entry to the saloon compared to ladders of
7’ 5”/2.27 m
which was good because several other yachts and a wind surfer were also ripping along in
• Four configurations for staterooms are
14’ 9”/4.50 m
57 hp Yanmar diesel
available. (Our boat was the ideal layout with
The Oceanis 45 is easy to handle and offers
the main stateroom in the bow with its own
a stable sailing performance with a roomy cock-
head, plus two more staterooms aft and a
PRICE AS TESTED:
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second head including shower.)
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resulting in plenty of space. • Roomy cockpit with bench seating sepa-
access from the helm, and electronic winches
• At the press of a button, the fold-down tran-
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som transforms into a perfect platform for
Alex Moret, who has nearly circumnavigated the
swimming, lounging and boarding.
globe, noted it is well thought out and suited for
With twin steering helms providing safety and
ease, there’s a great flow from saloon to transom to tender to dinner ashore. See you on the water.
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QUEEN OF ROCK RADIO, THE CFOX MORNING HOST DOESN’T SKIP A BEAT WHEN IT COMES TO (REALLY!) EARLY MORNINGS IN HER STYLISH MASTER BEDROOM, BUT IT’S ALSO A PLACE TO RELAX AND REJUVENATE.
L O V E M Y B E D R O O M because I don’t
get to spend enough time in it! My alarm clock goes off at 3:15 a.m., and there is
no time for the snooze button because if I press it just once, it is game over. When I sit down to enjoy the space, I love how bright and airy it is. Some of my favourite pieces in the room include the Juju hat over the bed, and the giant, antique glass Japanese fishing balls from my mother in law’s collection. I particularly love lazy Sundays lounging in bed with my family (and my Pomeranian David Bowie). On Sunday evenings, I make sure the shutters are closed tight; with long summer nights I get a serious case of FOMO, so the darker the room, the easier it is to focus on sleep so I’m ready to rock at 3 a.m.!
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