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Writer and photographer Christina Newberry has travelled the globe in search of a great story, but her favourite place to visit is Isla Mujeres in Mexico. “Most people think of the island as a day trip from Cancun, but after exploring Isla for a few days, you’ll fall in love and never want to leave,” insists the travel pro. In this issue, she shares travel tips on exotic Bali.

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Vicki Magnison Editor

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Brendan McAleer is an awardwinning freelance writer and photographer based out of North Vancouver. His work is published regularly in the Globe & Mail, Road & Track, Time’s TheDrive, the North Shore News, and elsewhere. Cars he’s looking forward to for 2017: “Having driven the Alfa-Romeo Giulia on-track recently in California, I'm looking forward to the arrival of the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover in Canada. They're well-styled and the 505hp Quadrofoglio models are hilarious.”

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Award-winning photographer Rebecca Blissett shot kiteboarder Jack Rieder and Antonio and Edith Corsi from Gusto di Quattro in this issue. Her work can be seen in numerous publications, including the Vancouver Courier, as well as part of the current exhibition All Together Now at the Vancouver Museum. When not working behind the camera or keyboard, she can be found in the kickboxing gym or on the ice with Vancouver’s favourite women’s recreational hockey team, the Ice-O-Topes.

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Christina Myers spent more than a dozen years working as an awardwinning news reporter. Her work has appeared in the anthology Boobs, Skirt Quarterly, Voices of Motherhood, and most recently on CBC Radio. In this issue, she writes about the modern wine cellar. “I love the concept of bringing wine cellars out into the open – a visual centrepiece rather than something tucked away.” 

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CONTENTS

Editor’s Message

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The gift of tradition

49 Home A VERY MODERN

12 The teacher 13 Influencer Treana Peake 14 Natural wonder 16 Fred Lee on the town Superlatives

CHRISTMAS

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Alternatives to traditional green and red décor

Style GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

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sure to bring a smile

TAKE A SEAT

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Expert tips on choosing the ideal accent chair

JUST ROSY

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Inspired ideas that are

The pink-gold shade has made its way to interiors this season

38 Wine storage isn't just relegated to the basement anymore THE ART OF THE WINE ‘CELLAR’

GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

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For the guy who has it all

MOVIE MAGIC

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FOR THE KITCHEN FEATURE HOME

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fit for James Bond

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A VIEW TO KILL

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Waterfront home

Blending science and design in modern home theatres

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Steam ovens, luxury towers and induction cooktops are de rigueur

DESIGNER APPLIANCES

Development designed to fit into the natural setting


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55 Leisure LET THE SIDNEY PIER HOTEL CHARM YOU

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Discover views for days, warm service and brilliant boutique shopping

Cuisine LA TRADIZIONE DI FAMIGLIA

COCKTAIL HOUR

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Iconic North Shore restaurant is making new moves in 2017

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Holiday parties in a glass

Travel

BOUNDS

Ride STYLE AND PERFORMANCE

Looking Back WING FORMATION

59 Where to eat, stay and play in Bali

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Sport luxury coupes deliver from the everyday

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Airplane house inspired by 1950s car culture

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THE GIFT OF TRADITION The holiday season is built on tradition: family gatherings, breaking bread, and decorating our homes, all in the interest of carrying on what those before us have done. Restaurateurs Antonio and Edith Corsi, from the North Vancouver culinary institution Gusto di Quattro, know a thing or two about tradition. The couple were among the first to bring handmade Italian pasta to Metro Vancouver when they opened in 1981. We go inside their beloved restaurant to see what a planned move will mean for their longtime location at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue. Award-winning writer Eve Lazarus, whose fascinating book Cold Case Vancouver is a must-read for those who enjoy local crime history (who doesn’t?), writes about a wildly unique North Shore home that completely broke with tradition with its nod to the Googie style – 1950s architecture influenced by car culture, jets and the Space Age. Our Marine Drive feature home, by builder Paul Fedusiak from Goldwood Homes and designer Craig Chevalier, is the kind of home traditional spy character James Bond would appreciate – a classic-yet-contemporary home with touches of unexpected adventure. This issue includes vibrant West Vancouver artist Sharon Quirke, and influencer Treana Peake, whose tireless philanthropic work was inspired by the support her own family received from an anonymous donor when she was a child. Meanwhile, West Vancouver kiteboarding whiz Jack Rieder is featured this month, taking us to the wild waters of Squamish, where the 16-year-old is carving out his own way and potentially helping launch a new sport tradition on this side of the water. It wouldn’t be a holiday issue without the classic gift guide. We hope there’s an item or two that inspires your last-minute shopping, or helps you craft your wish list for next year. A year sounds like far off, but in modern life, when everything feels like it’s on fast-forward, 365 days can go by in what seems like a heartbeat. This hectic pace makes it all the more important, it seems to me, to take the time to slow down when we can – to savour the moments together and appreciate our traditions and the loved ones we share them with. Happy Holidays!

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SUPERLATIVES

THE TEACHER SHARON QUIRKE’S WORK IS ‘FULL OF TRUTH’

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hose

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teach?” Simply not true. Take Sharon Quirke, for example. The internationally acclaimed painter enjoyed a rewarding

teaching career for more than 30 years. During that time, countless private and corporate clients have installed her work in their homes and offices. The renowned Art Works Gallery in downtown Vancouver has proudly represented her. And perhaps most notably, she’s had the distinct honour of exhibiting in the Chelsea District, NYC, to commemorate 9/11, as well as the Northwest Territories to celebrate the birth of Nunavut. Understandably, she doesn’t regret opting for the financial security of holding down a day job. If any-

agree. Her abstract landscapes have been touted as “truly magical,”

thing, it freed her up creatively.

“inviting and dramatic” and “full of truth.” So what’s her method?

“You don’t have to bend with the market,”

“I basically start with a life experience, everything has to spring

says Quirke, calling from her West Van home stu-

from what one knows,” says, Quirke, who’s in the habit of documenting

dio. “You can really pursue your own vision with

everything around her with sketchpads and a camera.

more authenticity  and confidence.  It’s allowed me to keep my work very bold and personal.” Collectors and art critics from coast to coast

WEST VANCOUVER artist Sharon Quirke’s abstract landscapes are layered works with vibrant tones.

Armed with these reference materials, she heads into the studio and starts composing a gestural outline before grounding the canvas with her ever-present “earth colour,” yellow ochre. After that, she layers on a multitude of vibrant colours with a variety of brush sizes. “That’s when the conversation begins,” she says. “I put my recordings away, out of sight and just start feeling my way through. Often, there’s too much information at this point, so I try to sort, balance and emphasize – and simply try to convey one thing – like the “tree-ness” of this one tree or the feeling of coming home, so the canvas has a The result is a presence of colour and a fluidity of light. This unique visual language speaks to a lot of people in many ways. “One of the nicest things an observer once said about a winter landscape series,” recalls Quirke, “was, ‘I came to your show just to feel

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the fresh air.’ And I really appreciated that comment because I think

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that’s exactly what I’m trying to communicate.” — Sarah Rowland

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ARTIST PHOTO BY JENNIFER GAUTHIER

unified message.”  


PHILANTHROPIST AND Obakki clothing line owner Treana Peake has spent years working through her foundation to bring clean water to people living in remote African communities.

INFLUENCER: TREANA PEAKE

FAVOURITES?

A CHILDHOOD MEMORY INSPIRES HER LIFE OF GIVING

I have been collecting

Books: vintage novels, for the

T R E A N A P E A K E R U N S T H E H U G E LY S U C C E S S F U L L U X U R Y C L O T H I N G L I N E , O B A K K I .

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She’s married to a bona fide rock star (Ryan Peake from Nickelback) and owns a beautiful home overlooking Howe

am actually able to find

Sound. Now, if she wanted to, Peake could just kick back and enjoy a pretty glamorous life … and then maybe attend

time to read!

the odd charity event as a way of “giving back.” But that would never do for this deeply committed philanthropist.

Designers:

In 2005, she founded the Obakki Foundation, a charitable organization that’s brought clean drinking water to one million people living in remote African communities. She has no intention of stopping there.

Margiela and Marni.

able to further sustain the administrative fees of the foundation – and build water well after water well after water

Dr. Tom Catena, an

well. I want to turn that one million people into two million!”

American physician who

This concept of helping others dates back to childhood, when an anonymous donor helped her family when they

has been practising in

needed it most. Every year, they would slip a white envelope of money under the door to ensure that she and her mom –

Sudan since 2008; my

a single parent living on limited means – could make ends meet for another 12 months. To this day, Peake doesn’t

South Sudan country

know who this person is but her gratitude for that generous act of kindness drives everything she does and then

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some. “The success we’ve been afforded financially just means I have more ways to help those in need,” she says,

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adding, “I love the quote – “What’s the point in being given this life if I don’t try to do something remarkable with it?”

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— Sarah Rowland

Without Borders.

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Heroes:

“I am never short on goals – that’s for sure,” says Peake. “I want to keep growing Obakki to the point where we are

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SUPERLATIVES

NATURAL WONDER THE NORTH SHORE’S JACK RIEDER IS A KITEBOARDING WHIZ

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kiteboarding phenom Jack Rieder is dazzling spectators and garnering the hardware to prove it. The 16-yearold, who began kiteboarding just two

years ago, won the Canadian junior freestyle and international junior open competitions in August, while also picking up a pair of silver medals in senior men’s events, proving he’s one to watch on the water. Rieder’s career in kiteboarding began just two years ago, while sailing in Squamish he saw a group of kiteboarders riding the waves with large power kites guiding them on their boards. “They were going a whole lot faster and jumping,” Rieder told the North Shore News after his win in the summer. “It just looked way more exciting.” Rieder, who grew up racing sailboats, combined his knowledge of how the wind behaves and innate athletic ability to progress from beginner to elite level competitor in a two-year time span. Once he’d established his basic competence, it was on to the next challenge – developing and practising tricks. Encouraged by older kiteboarders within the tightly knit Squamish community, Rieder entered his first junior competition in 2015, putting the world on notice by taking second place in freestyle. He followed that up with his first place finish at the Canadian Junior Nationals in August this year, and then moved up to the Open competition where he took second place on the same weekend. His approach to learning new tricks and moves involves a lot of study. “I start by watching kiteboarding tricks on the Internet and then practise a routine on my backyard trampoline with a rope attached to a swing set,” he says. “Before trying a new trick, I will imagine the body motion it requires.

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end in painful crashes, but within a couple of sessions I’m usually successful and can perform the trick consistently.” He makes it all sound so easy. — Steven Threndyle

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On the water, the first few attempts tend to be messy and


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FALL HARVEST: A bounty of glamourous gala-dos and red carpet soirees

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IDS Vancouver A must-attend for design enthusiasts, the Interior Design Show Vancouver (formerly IDS West) is the largest design event in western North America. 1 Jody Phillips, IDS Vancouver show director, welcomed feature designer and keynote Tom Dixon to the annual exhibition of all things design. 2 Spotted at the IDS Vancouver opening party was the design duo of Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds. The partners in life and work were recently cited with this year’s Robert Ledingham Memorial Award for emerging interior designers. Waterkeeper Gala Canada’s foremost charity fundraiser for clean water drew 200 prominent artists, musicians and philanthropists to the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. 3 Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard escorted his girlfriend Rebekah Asselstine to the sold-out Waterkeeper dinner and auction dedicated to protecting our waters. More than $200,000 was raised benefiting Swim Drink Fish Canada and B.C.’s Fraser Riverkeeper charity. Festival MOSAIC MOSAIC is one of the province’s preeminent and influential organizations serving 25,000 immigrants, newcomers and refugees yearly from 32 locations throughout the Lower Mainland, including North Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond. 4 MOSAIC’s chief fundrasier Ninu Kang welcomed U.S. Consul General Lynne Platt to the organization’s yearly fundraiser. 5 Joan Andersen, director of employment and language programs at MOSAIC, greeted former B.C. premier and MOSAIC board member Ujjal Dosanjh to the organization’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Chor Leoni At Home Gala Mainstays at West Vancouver’s United Church, Chor Leoni hosted its annual At Home Gala. Charming tail-coated singers once again served as hosts, serving epicurean delights paired with fine wines, serenading guests with exquisite choral music in the most magnificent mansion in the city. 6 Gala chair Lesley Stowe and Chor Leoni artistic director Erick Lichte stand in front of Gabryel Harrison’s coveted painting in honour of Chor Leoni founder Diane Loomer. Sale of the artwork contributed to the more than $80,000 netted for the venerable all-male choral group. 7 CBC’s Gloria Macarenko emceed the $200-a-ticket At Home dinner party at Maureen McIntosh’s storied Casa Mia mansion in Southlands. 8 Singer Jordan Back and acting general manager Stash Bylicki welcomed guests to the fundraiser.

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Diane Forsythe-Abbott hosts her annual power lunch benefiting single moms and their kids living in the Downtown Eastside. Neil Aisenstat’s Hy’s Mansion will once again play host to influencers, power brokers and change makers for an afternoon of fun and philanthropy. ywcavan.org

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A full house is expected for the Arthritis Society of B.C.’s inaugural All In for Arthritis charity poker tournament and gala. Held at the Stanley Park Pavilion, card sharks and poker enthusiasts will come together in the spirit of philanthropy to raise funds for thousands – young and old – suffering from arthritis. arthritis.ca

Science World’s Science of Cocktails

Science World’s premiere cocktail party will once again showcase the Lower Mainland’s top mixologists creating the most unique cocktails science has to offer. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the physics, chemistry and biology of cocktails in ways never experienced before, while supporting the science centre. scienceworld.ca

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BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspiration Gala News anchor Tamara Taggart chaired the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s 12th annual Inspiration Gala. 9 A cancer survivor herself, CTV’s Tamara Taggart and fellow co-anchor Mike Killeen emceed the masked ball. 10 Diagnosed with tumours in her sacrum, lungs and liver, Ann-Britt Everett had to travel to Europe multiple times to treat her rare cancer. The new made-in-B.C. NeTracer technology, which the Inspiration Gala earmarked, will bring that treatment closer to home says B.C. Cancer Foundation CEO Sarah Roth. AIDS Vancouver’s Celebrity Dim Sum Elbow room once again was in short supply at the ninth annual Celebrity Dim Sum, the Lower Mainland’s tastiest and most raucous brunch benefiting AIDS Vancouver. 11 The Unstoppable Conni Smudge and CTV’s Ann Luu were among a colourful cast of celebrity servers. The $40,000 raised will care for the 7,000 people annually accessing vital services and programs at AIDS Vancouver. Lions Gate Hospital’s Shine Gala Diagnosed in the late ’80s with HIV and given months to live, Dean Thullner relied on medical and mental health resources to see him through a very difficult period. Wanting to give back, Thullner created Shine, a benefit for mental health. 12 Dean Thullner with Dr. Allan Burgmann, whose Lions Gate Hope Centre benefits from the fundraiser. 13 Shine models Krystina Kozlowski, Shuwen Chai and Cale Jacobs greeted attendees at the hair, makeup, fashion and performing arts benefit. Gordon Smith Gallery’s Off the Wall Benefit Vancouver’s most respected art collectors donated works of art to the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation’s inaugural Off the Wall fundraiser. 14 Foundation executive director Gail Johnson and board member Richard White were all smiles when their debut-do brought in $125,000. WE DAY Dinner WE DAY Vancouver brings together world-renowned speakers, performers, and thousands of youth to celebrate a year of action that changed lives. Paula Abdul, Margaret Trudeau, George Takei, and Serena Ryder were among an all-star cast. 15 Singer, dancer and American Idol judge Paula Abdul was among the Hollywood celebrities that headlined the pre-WE DAY dinner held at Melita Segal’s Southlands home.

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DREAM PUMP: The ever-stylish Marmont Pump by Gucci merges comfort and cool, $1,051, online at Nordstrom.

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CLASSIC PEARLS: A keepsake Chanel necklace, price unknown; fine jewelry from the iconic line is now available at the Chanel store located in Holt Renfrew.

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SOOTHING MILK: The gift of good skin with Extra Repair Nourishing Milk from Bobbi Brown, $86.

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MODERN NOSTALGIA: Snap, share and print instantly with the Polaroid Snap, $159.99.

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TRUE GEM: This perfectly elegant David Yurman bracelet is made with sterling silver and 18-karat bonded yellow gold, $1,875, at Holt Renfrew Vancouver.

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PERFECT TOTE: The medium Milo calfskin leather tote by ChloĂŠ, available at Nordstrom online, $1,752.


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LUXE EYEWEAR: Grace sunglasses by North Vancouver’s C4 Eyewear, in collaboration with media personality Susie Wall, $145.

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DUSTY BOOTS: Truly sophisticated and fun Soul Stud tall boots from Valentino, available at Nordstrom online, $2,375.

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MODERN LOVE: Delicate gold chain wraps around to simple freshwater cultured pearls by Vancouver’s Poppy Finch, $295.

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GIFT TIME: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 34 in everose gold with diamonds, estimated price $44,000.

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TRUE BLUE: Fun forever piece, the Sugar Stack ring from the Paloma Picasso collection at Tiffany & Co., $2,850.

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TIE ONE ON: Beautiful silk neckerchief in light blue stripes by Vancouver’s Mona Sultan, $95.

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WATERPROOF STREAMING: The Swimmer Bluetooth speaker can be looped, twisted and gripped for multiple mounting options, by Polk Audio, available at Best Buy, $69.99.

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CABIN FEVER: Inspiration for cabin living, available at Urban Outfitters. BRIEF TIME: Scoop up the Coach pebble leather briefcase, $620, at Hudson’s Bay.

ELECTRIC AVENUE: The Classic Comfort cruiser by Pedego Electric Bikes, starting at $2,595, available online and at Cit-E-Cycles Vancouver.

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PURE SOUND: The Master & Dynamic MH40 over-ear headphones made with premium leather and stainless steel components, available at microsoftstore.com, $549.

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CLASSIC CLIP: The 18-karat gold Postage Money Clip from Tiffany & Co.’s Out of Retirement collection, which is based on archival Tiffany designs, $4,750. JUMP BACK: The Smart Rope LED-embedded jump rope, tangramfactory.com, $99, tangfactory.com.

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VINYL GOLD: The old word in portability – a three-speed record player from Crosley Cruiser, available at Hudson’s Bay, $129.99.

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CUT THE CORD: Experience the wireless smart earphones by Bragi, $299 US, available online at store.bragi.com. PLAY TIME: RS Barcelona You and Me ping pong table, available online at shophorne.com, $4,150 U.S. WRAP IT UP: Chevron triple-wrap bracelet in brown leather and 18-karat gold by David Yurman, find it at the David Yurman store at Holt Renfrew or online at davidyurman.com, $1,245.

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A VERY MODERN CHRISTMAS ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL GREEN AND RED DÉCOR

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oliday decorations are now streamlined, modern, playful and even colourful. Here are just a few

fine examples of holiday traditions made modern.

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: Simple, clean, oversized wire peace sign wall art from CB2, $29.95, available online at cb2.com or in the store’s Vancouver location on Robson Street.

WALL ART: Soft cotton foil snow tree tapestry from Urban Outfitters, $59, available online at urbanoutfitters.com.

LIGHT SIDE: Expressions LED lights adds extra shimmer to the holidays, $59.50 at Chapters Indigo.

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WALL ART: Soft cotton embellished holiday tree tapestry with tufted accents from Urban Outfitters, $189, available online at urbanoutfitters.com. There is also an Urban Outfitters at the Village at Park Royal, though not all online items are available in store.

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WISHFUL DECORATING: Glitterville Wishbone ornament in gold and multi-stripe, $15, at Chapters Indigo. Available online or in store, chapters.indigo.ca.

LIGHT THE TREE: Gold sparkle tree with miniature lights, $69.50 at Chapters Indigo, brings a magical holiday glow to a space.


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T ’ S E Q UA L PA RTS C O NT E M P O R A RY design and modern luxury – with a dash of secret agent thrown into the mix. Paul Fedusiak, owner of Goldwood Homes Ltd., says

this oceanfront West Vancouver home is a great example of the projects his company specializes in – and speaks to the company’s passion for fulfilling the unique wish list of each client. In the case of this recently completed home,

one of those “wishes” was a crane to help move watercraft in and out of the ocean. on the patio where you can lower your jet skis down,” explains Fedusiak. “It’s very cool, very James Bond-like.” In keeping with the owner’s request for a modern and contemporary feel, the three-level home has a unique West Cost flatedged exterior design with interior details that carry that sense of luxury indoors.

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“ARCHITECTURALLY, IT’S AN AMAZING, AMAZING HOUSE. WHEN YOU’RE IN IT, IT’S KIND OF LIKE YOU’RE FLOATING ON THE WATER.”

THE CONTEMPORARY, three-level home has a West Coast exterior with luxury-rich interior details.

Floor-to-ceiling windows face south and west, to take

The focus on small details to create a comfortable and

advantage of the views, opening on the south side onto a

modern living space continue throughout: a panel above

large open deck area with a fire pit.

the fireplace opens to reveal a big-screen TV with the press

Another highlight in the home is the temperature-con-

of a button; in the kitchen, appliances and fixtures from

trolled wine wall, placed near the dining area and great

the world’s oldest kitchen brand – German manufacturer

room in the open-concept main floor.

Poggenpohl – are used throughout, and kitchen doors and

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integration,” says Fedusiak of the interior features.

ment,” said Fedusiak, whose company has built several

He also points to what he calls the “really unique, high-

homes for some of the biggest sports celebrities in the

end millwork finishes” throughout the home, including cus-

world, though out of respect for their privacy, he doesn’t

tom woodwork on the walls and floating ceilings – wood

drop any names.

panels dropped down from the ceilings. Glass railings and

Creating a wine cellar within view and easy access to the dining area has become increasingly popular in recent years, he notes. DECEMBER 2016

cabinetry open with just a touch. “There’s a lot of really slick

steel handrails for the stairs keep the contemporary theme. On the top floor, three bedrooms – each with ensuite – boast sweeping ocean views. On the bottom level, an

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living | Home entertainment area with a big-screen TV and bar provide a unique living space with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that retract to allow access to a large outdoor pool terrace, complete with outdoor heaters and another fire pit. A third fire pit on the property is located close to the water, near the crane – which, aside from moving jet skis, can lift small boats out of the water for seasonal storage at the rear of the property. Due to the home’s setting atop a bluff and the proximity to the ocean, the project was a challenge, said Fedusiak. But the location and the design combined to create a stunning home. “Architecturally, it’s an amazing, amazing house. When you’re in it, it’s kind of like you’re floating on the water.” Fedusiak and his team at Goldwood worked with Craig Chevalier, a local designer and longtime collaborator. The duo meet with the client to help determine “what will ultimately benefit the owner the best.” “At the end of the day, it’s the owner’s house, the owner’s decision,” said Fedusiak. “We guide them

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through the process. We’re involved from the get-go. That ultimately gives you the nicest product from a cost perspective and from a design perspective. Fedusiak has the years of experience to know: he’s been building high-end homes since 1986, having caught the building bug early in life. “My father was a builder, and I always wanted to build high-end product. That’s been my dream, ever since I was a kid.” His passion for the business has served him well – most of his business is from returning customers. “There are members of the same family that we’ve built for, and we continuously build for our clients on a regular basis. Most of our business is word-of-mouth.” West Vancouver Realtor Malcolm Hasman, who sold the home, notes its striking, unique beauty. “This home is an architectural masterpiece with an expansive floor plan offering an indoor-outdoor lifestyle like no other. It is truly one of the most spectacular waterfront homes I have ever sold in West Vancouver,” he says.

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he accent, or occasional chair

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whether it is a living room,

want a cosy chair in a bedroom. But generally speaking,

bedroom, sitting room,

accent chairs are more sculptural than a sofa, making

or an intimate nook that

them the decorative bow of a space, so to speak. Go for

needs a charming and

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tral, so they stand the test of time, but the accent chair

closes off a conversation

can be bolder, more daring, because the smaller amount

space – adding texture and

of fabric won’t overwhelm the rest of the room.

as it is sometimes called, ties

a room together. It’s a piece

Going Bold: Accessory furniture doesn’t have to match everything; it can be interesting, decorative, less about comfort and more about style –

though this isn’t hard and fast. For example, you might

warmth to open spaces and creating a natural meeting spot. An accent chair completes the circle

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for conversation in some areas and in other areas it’s an added point of visual interest. When it comes to

Opt for classics:

Try for an iconic

chair, like the Charles and Ray Eames Plastic Armchair, which was born as part

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THE ART OF THE WINE ‘CELLAR’ WINE STORAGE ISN'T JUST RELEGATED TO THE BASEMENT ANYMORE

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“WINE CELLAR is really a bit of a misnomer these days – these are beautiful rooms, sometimes on the main floor,” says builder Greg Nielsen.

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f the term “wine cellar” still conjures up images

collections are prized treasures; housing the bottles properly

of dark basements and dusty bottles, consider the work

is a priority, as is ease of access and visual enjoyment.

being done in local homes by builders like Greg Nielsen.

“Certainly, in some cases, these are collections worth

The owner of GD Nielsen Homes says the old cliché

$100,000 or up,” he notes. “In other cases, it can be a small

of cobweb-filled vaults full of aging wine are a thing of the

space – for example, a closet with a glass door – that

past. These days, it’s polished wood, sparkling glass and

can hold and display a smaller number of bottles. It really

climate-controlled rooms – and they aren’t always in the

depends on what kind of a priority it is for the homeowner.”

basement, either.

That move from basement to main floor is, in part, convenience but also a recognition of the visual value in a wine

“CERTAINLY, IN SOME CASES, THESE ARE COLLECTIONS WORTH $100,000 OR UP.”

collection. “There’s really two different ways of creating (a wine cellar) as far as I’m concerned,” said Nielsen. “Either the (wood) millwork is the primary feature, and the bottles go in on their sides with the end showing. That can be beau-

“Wine cellar is really a bit of a misnomer these days –

tiful. Or, the bottles are standing up with their labels facing

these are beautiful rooms, sometimes on the main floor,”

out. A lot of times, the wine labels themselves are art, and

he said. “Just about every home we do now has a wine cel-

they can be an incredible addition to the space visually.”

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Nielsen is particularly fond of “cellars” that appear in a staircase, enclosed by glass. “It’s definitely one of my favou-

Modern wine cellars are typically climate controlled for

rites. It creates a visual interest in the stairway space, you

humidity and temperature, to ensure ideal conditions for the

can see it from the top looking down and in many cases

wine itself. There’s a number of systems available on the

you can see it from the lower floor – from a games room or

market that create the proper environment, depending on the

entertaining space – and it just creates a really wonderful

size and style of the room. For some of Nielsen’s clients, wine

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steak the Euro-Line team were searing, he became a

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ou look back to the ’50s and the ’60s and people gathered around their little Magnavox TVs in the family room together – on a Saturday night you might dance to a

show that was on, or sit and watch together as a family,” notes Hal Clark with Commercial Electronics. “There was an important social aspect to entertainment.” The modern version is functionally the same, but with an eye to

every single detail of the experience, requiring a collaboration between not just technology specialists but, in many cases, contractors and architects. But it’s not just Hollywood blockbusters people want to enjoy at home. The gaming industry is huge, Clark adds; for other clients, it may be karaoke or major sporting events that are a draw. Either way, the end result is an experience that can be incredibly immersive – new audio technology means that a helicopter buzzing by on screen can sound like it’s passing 10 feet behind you, or over your head, depending on what the director wants. “It’s really taking the experience to a whole new level,” says Clark. “It can sound just like being in the best cinema; frankly, it can sound better than that. We design around not just the technology but the way in which the client is going to use that space, what their needs are.” Those needs – and expectations – continue to grow as the technology does, notes Mike Chorney of La Scala Integrated Media. “The real box office will always do well, but the experience of having this kind of theatre and media space in your home is really incredible and increasingly in demand,” he says. In some cases, that may mean a strong focus on the visual appearance of the space if design and décor is important, or it could be special modifications, such as a golf or hunting simulator for use in a full entertainment room. IT’S NOT JUST movies that are making the theatre room a special place to gather – gaming and major sporting events are also draws.

Regardless, there’s no denying that these systems require knowledge and experience that goes beyond the weekend hobbyist. “Experts (working in this industry) are going to have the training needed to make all these different components that are necessary in a media room or a home theatre, such as projectors, A/V receivers, lighting or window coverings, work together flawlessly while being used at

“IT CAN SOUND JUST LIKE BEING IN THE BEST CINEMA; FRANKLY, IT CAN SOUND BETTER THAN THAT.”

their fullest potential,” said Paul Jasich of CGM Electronics. “It’s become possible to recreate the big-screen cinema experience in your own home.” That integration of technology and design is a critical key to the

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the end result is going to be really diminished,” says Clark. Chorney agrees. “You can have a pantry full of ingredients, but if you’re not a master chef, it won’t turn out the same. That’s where we come in, that’s what we do. We’re the chefs.”

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THE RESIDENCES AT LYNN VALLEY NEW DEVELOPMENT DESIGNED TO FIT INTO THE NATURAL SETTING

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LY N N V A L L E Y I S K N O W N F O R I T S L U S H F O R E S T S ,

adding residents will be able to see Burnaby Heights from the highest

walking trails, and spectacular views of the mountains and Lower

floors, and some might even see Burrard Inlet.

Mainland. Soon, it’ll also be known as a hub of luxury living.

ested, according to Murrell. “We’re seeing everything from first-time

Corporation, combine a gorgeous landscape with a strong sense of

homebuyers to empty-nesters, and everything in between,” she says, add-

community.

ing many people are downsizing from homes in the area.

The Residences is specifically designed to fit into the natural setting for Bosa Development. “We are building something that’s going to complement the area,” Murrell says. “It has a mountain village feel.” The project includes a range of homes, from one-bedroom condos, JOHN SINAL

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The variety of homes means there is a wide range of people inter-

The Residences at Lynn Valley, built by the Bosa Development

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“There are a lot of people who love Lynn Valley and never want to leave, but there was never anywhere for them to go.” The Residences is a feather in the cap of company founder, Nat Bosa. “At this point in his life, Nat is more interested in legacy projects, in projects he’s passionate about,” says Murrell. The presentation centre for The Residences at Lynn Valley is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. at Lynn Valley Town Centre. For more information, go to lynnvalleyresidences.com.


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WORDS | NIKI HOPE FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: An exterior shot of the waterfront Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa. J. Burke & Sons Tobacconists carries pipes and fine cigars. Victoria Distillers, producers of Victoria Gin, recently opened a new tasting room and expanded production at its distillery located beside the hotel. Bottom row: Signs of life in Sidney, a quaint seaside town that is rich with bookstores, fresh seafood, art galleries and boutiques.

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B e a c o n Av e n u e , t h e t o w n ’ s m a i n

home to the massive Sidney Summer Market,

Must-visit bookstores include Beacon Books,

shopping strip, includes a bounty of well-curated

which is held every Thursday evening and fea-

The Military & History Bookshop, Galleon Books

specialty stores – a cigar shop, a sweet-smelling

tures hundreds of local vendors.

and Antiques, The Haunted Bookshop, The

bakery with steamy windows and smiley children, and world-class art galleries that ship their works

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Check out casual West Coast dining and the

includes a beautifully curated kids’ store, gift

Sidney is located just east of Victoria

eclectic offerings at the Sidney Pier Hotel’s Haro’s

stores, d.g. bremner & company high-end mens-

International Airport, and about six kilometres

Restaurant & Bar. Take in the freshly caught fish

wear store, acclaimed art galleries, and more.

(four minutes) south of B.C. Ferries Swartz Bay

of the day and treat yourself to the deliciously

(Victoria) Terminal. The town is also the only

tart lemon cheesecake (made with goat cheese,

Canadian port-of-call in the Washington State

for an unbelievably light taste). Visit 108-year-old

Victoria Distillers, producers of Victoria

Ferry system, with ferries running from Sidney to

Sidney Bakery for your morning pastry – if the

Gin, recently opened a new tasting room and

the San Juan Islands and Anacortes.

window selection doesn’t draw you in, the warm,

expanded production at its distillery situated

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from all around descend on the second-hand

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up, from May to September, Beacon Avenue is

also plenty of the latest contemporary offerings.

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TRIP ITINERARY:

Sidney by the Sea

Sidney, BC is the gateway to your Vancouver Island adventure. Below is a suggested itinerary for the getaway to this vibrant seaside town. To fully experience all that Sidney and the surrounding region has to offer you need to spend at least two days to soak it all in.

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Rich in history and surrounded in natural beauty, Sidney is the gateway to Vancouver Island. Complete with a vibrant boutique-shopping district (1) and many quaint dining options, you won’t know where to start.

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The waterfront in Sidney offers many experiences including the Town’s sculpture walk (2) and historic walking tour. Be sure to visit with local fishermen as you stroll down the iconic Sidney fishing pier (3). Enjoy a tour and tasting of locally produced gin and vodka at Victoria Distillers (4). If you want to visit the nearby wine region, you can do so on your way to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, only a 15-minute drive from Sidney.

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If you happen to be visiting during the holiday season, you can enjoy a host of special events including the Sidney Sparkles Parade and Lighted Sail Past (Dec 4), the Sidney Merchants Open House (5-9pm, Dec 2), and the Festival of Trees, just to name a few. Be sure to catch a concert at Mary Winspear Centre, the art & culture hub of Sidney. Sidney is known as Canada’s only Booktown so be sure to peruse the 5 independent bookstores during your visit. If you are bringing little ones, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre aquarium and Sidney Historical Museum both offer a special hands-on experience not to be missed.

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LA TRADIZIONE DI FAMIGLIA ICONIC NORTH SHORE RESTAURANT GUSTO DI QUATTRO IS MAKING NEW MOVES IN 2017

WORDS | CHRIS DAGENAIS PHOTOS | REBECCA BLISSETT

D

O

YOU

EVER

WISH

YOU

COULD

THANK

THE

FIRST

PERSON

who did something that we now take for granted? Like the individual who wrested a dirt-covered tuber from the anxious snout of a voracious pig and gave us what we know as the truffle, for instance? In the case of pasta, we still have an opportunity to extend our gratitude

directly. In fact, much of Vancouver owes a debt to Antonio and Edith Corsi, a couple that is arguably among the very first to purvey the sort of authentic, handmade Italian pasta that we consider a dining staple in our city today. When the Corsis launched their original restaupart of our culinary landscape. In fact, in order to realize his culinary vision for honest and accessible Italian fare, Antonio had to head down to Los Angeles to secure a pasta machine because there was simply no such thing available on the local market.

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COCKTAIL HOUR

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s we find ourselves in the heart of the rainy season and head towards the holidays, it’s increasingly likely that we’ll find ourselves in need of a warming, seasonal cocktail. Let’s face it, Baileys and

coffee is pretty old-school and uninspired. Instead of going in that sort of traditional direction, we checked in with a couple local experts to fix us up a little somethin’ to stave off any cold, blustery weather or holiday blues. Dave Warren is the bar manager at The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar in Squamish, the new hotspot from Araxi veterans chef Jeff Park and restaurant director/sommelier Pat Allan. When heading there to tuck into the restaurant’s seasonal, organic and sustainable, Pacific Northwest-inspired dishes, Warren recommends you start your night out (or finish it off) with his “warm and welcoming Scottish Apple Toddy.” Made with blended scotch whiskey, a splash of fresh lemon juice, and house-made winter spice syrup, it’s topped off with hot apple cider and a classic Islay peaty single malt scotch. Sounds like a holiday party in a glass! Perhaps it’s a little too wintery out there though, and you’d prefer to craft your own winter cocktail at home. We talked Vancouver barman Shaun Layton, who just wrapped up a couple very successful tenures at Vancouver’s Juniper and L’Abattoir, into creating a warming seasonal cocktail especially for North Shore Living readers, featuring a spirit from the North Shore’s very own Sons of Vancouver Distillery. Here’s

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Layton’s Newberry Tea:

WHEN THE TRATTORIA LAUNCHED, THE RESTAURANT had 55 distinct pasta shapes on offer, each incorporated into

NEWBERRY TEA

traditional recipes drawing mainly from the Italian region of

30 ml Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey

Lazio. With little to no other restaurant players competing in

(Any scotch in a pinch)

capacity by guests from all over the Lower Mainland, contrib-

5 ml Grand Marnier

uting to the growth and development of a principally indus-

10 ml orange blossom honey (Regular honey will do)

trial area that had yet to give rise to Lonsdale Quay Market or

1 Orange Pekoe tea bag

ICBC headquarters.

1 piece nutmeg 1 cinnamon stick

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Method - Steep tea in hot water in a separate teapot.

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this style of cuisine, the Corsis soon found their room filled to

10 ml Sons of Vancouver Amaretto

It is fitting that Gusto di Quattro (the respected institution into which Trattoria Corsi metamorphosed in 2000) is situated at the very foot of the street, serving as the anchor

Add other ingredients to a large mug. Slowly poor tea into

for a now thriving neighbourhood that is largely based on

teacup. Stir to dissolve honey and mix ingredients. Grate

dining. Today, Gusto di Quattro still features a handful of the

fresh nutmeg over top. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. 

revered favourites that cemented the restaurant in the sense

Cheers!

memories of Vancouver diners (dishes like fazzoletti al pesto — Wine consultant Kurtis Kolt, kurtiskolt.com

or linguine di mare), but the rest of the menu is informed by the seasons, giving rise to dishes such as B.C. sablefish

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K N I R , D T A ME & BE ITALIAN RESTAURANT Gusto di Quattro has been a North Shore favourite since opening in 2000.

with lemon risotto or a salad of arugula, pine nuts, goat cheese and pear poached in Pinot Grigio. The business is still a family-run operation; Edith operates the front-of-house during the day, Antonio divides his time between the Whistler incarnation of Quattro and the original North Shore location, and their son, Patrick, manages the latter in the evenings. The family has witnessed some of the original Trattoria clientele transform into parents and even grandparents who now introduce new generations of regulars to Gusto. As part of its continued program of evolution and bid to secure its place in the traditions of future diners, Gusto di Quattro will relocate temporarily in late 2017 as the building story edifice. Gusto di Quattro will eventually return to its rightful spot on Lower Lonsdale in a refreshed, larger space upon completion of construction.

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BALI WITHOUT BOUNDS WHERE TO EAT, STAY AND PLAY IN BALI

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ALI IS A LAND OF CONTRASTS: mountains and valleys, beach clubs and rice paddies, local noodle shops and upscale modern restaurants. Here, we look at three prime areas

for those who want to discover Bali without bounds.

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AYANA RESORT AND SPA

JIMABARAN Luxury resorts nestle up to a charming fishing village on this southwestern stretch of white-sand beaches and sparkling sea known as Bali’s Golden Mile. STAY: AYANA RESORT AND SPA

With private plunge pools, personal butlers certified by the UK Guild and priority access to the stunning Rock Bar perched cliffside 45 feet above the sea, the private villas on this 220-acre estate live up to the resort’s name, meaning EAT: CUCA

Chef Kevin Cherkas, who trained at Arzak, El Bulli and La

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COURTESY OF AYANA RESORT AND SPA

“place of refuge.”

Broche, combines local ingredients and Western cooking styles to create tapas and tasting menus for an intimate meal with plenty of sharing. DO:

Explore Balinese culture, from temples to traditional markets.

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living | Travel WHEN TO GO Travel April to September to avoid the rainy season, but watch for peak crowds starting in June. Bali is known for its festivals throughout the year. If you can, time your visit to coincide with one of these highlights. AYANA RESORT AND SPA

RICE HARVEST FESTIVAL:

UBUD Away from the beaches, this central Bali town is a hub of traditional artisans and craftspeople, and home to the Royal Palace and Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. STAY: VICEROY BALI

The private helipad makes it easy to arrive at one of the 25 luxury villas, each with its own private pool, at this ridge-top resort overlooking the Valley of the Kings. EAT: LOCAVORE

Book well in advance to snag a table at this fine-dining restaurant where chefs Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah showcase sustainably sourced local ingredients in downtown Ubud. DO:

Shop for local arts and crafts, and attend a performance of LOCAVORE

Balinese dance.

Festivities to honour the rice goddess at the end of the harvest season include buffalo cart races with colourful decorations, May through June. BALI ARTS FESTIVAL:

A parade kicks off this month-long festival of traditional arts, crafts and dance, giving visitors a daily chance to explore the local culture, June through

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This surfing hotspot offers a glimpse into local life along the active

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WAROENG TUGU

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mid-July.

fishing beaches and rolling green rice paddies.

BALI KITE FESTIVAL:

STAY: TUGU BALI

Teams from around

The Puri Le Mayeur Villa has been called the most romantic place

the island compete

on the island for its red canopies, private plunge pool, semi-outdoor

with traditional

copper bath and intimate dining space perched over a lotus pond

giant kites up

with sunset views of the Indian Ocean.

to 30-feet long.

EAT: WAROENG TUGU

Originally meant

Head to the hotel’s Waroeng Tugu to dine on traditional Indonesian

to ask the Hindu

food prepared by Chef Ibu Soelastri, who has cooked for several of

gods to provide a

Indonesia’s presidents.

bountiful harvest,

DO:

the festival has

Grab a surfboard and take to the waves, or explore the rice paddies

become a colourful

on horseback.

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2017 LEXUS RC-F: Eschewing turbocharging for a more pure experience, the RC-F is a wellcrafted wonder. The styling is wild, but the ride is unflappable.

STYLE AND PERFORMANCE

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t the intersection of performance and refinement, we find the sport luxury coupe. Long the province of the European marques, these two-door boulevardiers represent a perfect trifecta of power, style and comfort. They’re not just vehicles designed to coddle us on long road trips, but machines designed to set the senses alight. However, it’s not just BMW and the like producing the best two-door options on the market these days. The Japanese broke into the luxury game more than a quarter century ago, and now field a couple of of cutting edge coupes that are equal to the task. Outrun the winter storms in leather-lined comfort, then wind out the looping low road towards the warmth of sunnier climes. Time for a little vacation from the everyday?

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living | ride The F-sport designation on an ordinary Lexus indicates sharpened looks and handling, in that order. The cask-strength F models are considerably more potent, receiving beautifully made engines, track-focused performance, and the best seats in the business. While the competition turns to turbocharging as a way to provide torque and meet emissions, Lexus champions the purity of the naturally-aspirated engine. The RC-F’s 5.0L V8 makes a healthy 467hp, but it’s no grunting Mustang. Rather, its impeccably smooth engine spins towards redline with crystalline perfection while the eight-speed automatic never misses a beat.

2017 INFINITI Q60 RED SPORT

More organic in its silhouette than the deeply slashed and angular competition, Infiniti’s top-line coupe is practically liquid in its design. The shape flows backwards from the standout grille, kinking back only at the C-pillar with Infiniti’s new signature styling element. It looks great, and things get even better as you start to notice the little details alerting you to the beast that lurks beneath. Red-painted brake calipers nestle beneath staggered 19” alloys, and subtle badges alert the driver that this is the fiercest Infiniti ever produced. Drop into the well-appointed cabin, dial up Sport+ via the lower 7.0” touchscreen, and drop the hammer. straight-line monster in any and all weather conditions, doling out a staggering 400 horsepower from its twinturbo 3.0L V6 through a seven-speed automatic. Yet while the sport settings allow the driver to

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Don’t think the Germans are going to take all this upstart Japanese fire power lying down. Enter the mightily ferocious C63 coupe, equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 that makes 503hp with torque to match. It’s a

2017 MERCEDES-AMG C63S: From civilized cruiser to cruise missile at the flip of a switch, the C63S Coupe is imbued with the ferocity you expect from any AMG product, yet it is also an effortless tourer.

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living | looking back

WING FORMATION

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Levels Highway looked radically different than it does today. That year, a local builder named Henry Switzer placed his shocking pink house at 840 Mathers Ave. at the end of Ninth Street. The futuristic-looking house quickly became a North Shore landmark, with locals

referring to it either as the helicopter house, the airplane house, or the Jetson’s house because it appeared to have wings. Even though the house was only there for 11 years, it seems to have resonated with everyone who saw it. “I lived on the same street as the Switzer house,” recalls John Oberhoffner. “I was eight and I cried when they tore it down.”

A DRAWING of the former Henry Swizter airplane-shaped house at 840 Mathers Ave., nearr the Upper Levels and Taylor Way.

Alice Brock says that she and her four brothers called it “the Windmill House” because each wing reminded them

featured swooping rooflines, brightly coloured geometric

of the blade of a windmill. “We would always look for the

shapes, glass, steel and neon.

house when we were driving on the Upper Levels in our ‘54

vated cantilevers supported by a central column where the

The house was a radical experiment designed to be built on a rocky building site or steep slope. Switzer designed it

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THE SWITZER HOUSE SHARED MANY OF THE ELEMENTS OF GOOGIE ARCHITECTURE, A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN MOVEMENT BORN OUT OF THE CAR CULTURE OF THE 1950S AND INFLUENCED BY THE SPACE RACE.

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at the West Vancouver Museum. It was also the second house of its type that Switzer designed. The first predates it by four years, and although renovated, still exists on Inglewood Avenue in Sentinel Hill. Watanabe organized a West Coast Modern house tour this summer featuring the first Switzer House. “It isn’t elevated like the second one, but the roofline is raised in the middle part of the house and the overall shape looks like

in one afternoon, and once built it attracted attention from

open wings,” she says. “It’s very symmetrical when you look

all over the world.

at the house from the distance.”

The Switzer house shared many of the elements of

Ironically, the house that was built on car culture was

Googie architecture, a southern Californian movement

expropriated and then demolished in 1971 to make way for

born out of the car culture of the 1950s and influenced

the widening of the Upper Levels Highway.

by the space race. Googie was popular among roadside motels, coffee shops and gas stations, and typically

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front entrance was located,” says Kiriko Watanabe, curator

ILLUSTRATION BY DOROTHY FOSTER, COURTESY WEST VANCOUVER MUSEUM

Chev Bel-Air,” she says.

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