Seaside Magazine September 2013 Issue

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September 2013


First Annual Photography Contest "Fog Lifting Patricia Bay"

Seaside Fashion

Original Gold, New Shine

Seaside Homes

Layered looks this season

The Latch Inn & Restaurant

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"Fog Lifting Patricia Bay" Cover photo by Monica Reekie

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Seaside Magazine's First Annual Photography Contest 2013 Fall/Winter Style: Warm and Wearable Seaside Homes: Creating the Home of Infinite Good Taste Peninsula Restaurant Profile: The Latch Inn & Restaurant

COLUMNS First Word 8 Weatherwit 13 Island Dish 14 Smell the Coffee 65 Ignition 66 Last Word 71

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New & Noteworthy Common Cents Grey Matters Veterinary Voice Seaside Arts Scene Trendspotting On Design

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West Coast Gardener Island Life Peninsula Restaurant Profile Trade Student Spotlight Salish Sea News What's Happening Brainteasers & Stars

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september.2013 YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE madeleine Kemp

Though it brings the cooler weather, autumn harvests many things to look forward to regarding fashion: chunky knits, scarves, soft leather boots and layered outfits, to name a few. As fall approaches this year be sure to go back through your wardrobe and revive those items with fur and leather accents you purchased last year, as well as animal prints, tweed, military-inspired colours and shapes and all things white. This season's styles are a collaboration of many previous popular trends with a slight twist – this is what excites me as the season unfolds: seeing these past trends awakened and used to create a new perspective. Recently, I have explored this passion with my own fashion blog, high-T, which is a destination to explore ways to elevate your basics and be inspired by creativity in style; visit it today at! cydney hellier gray

Life is most amazing! We never know exactly where we're going to end up … the journey is about the experience; we learn and discover in the moments along the way. I approach every client and contract with keen eyes. Never do I believe that just I have all the answers. When you really listen to people, they are giving you answers. Having been educated and experienced in a few design genres, as well as travelling extensively around the globe, I feel I bring a very open perspective to every job. I came to the Victoria area from Vancouver, 20 years ago, and have loved the simplicity and beauty ever since. I am grateful for all the wonderful clients I have had, who have helped me realize my design dream. dave gartley

30 years ago I began brewing all-grain beer at home. I loved the eight-hour ritual needed to make ales and lagers from scratch. I started hanging around local breweries and eventually travelled to Britain to learn their methods, then one day I discovered wine. My love affair with beer didn't end completely, but my new passion of making wine from fresh grapes excited me. It grew to the point to where I built Gartley Station Fermentations – 15 years ago now – and here I am, still making wine. A few years ago my interests morphed into wine and food pairing; in hindsight a natural and predictable progression. As I grow more knowledgeable and appreciative of fine wine and well prepared food, I realize that pairing is my ultimate passion, which I'm able to indulge from time to time in Seaside's Island Dish column.

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Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Lori Swan Madeleine Kemp 250.516.6489 This Month's Contributors Arlene Antonik, Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Erin Bosdet, Jennifer Bowles, Shelley Breadner, Gillian Crowley, Al Duncan, Dave Gartley, Doreen Marion Gee, Shannon Hall, Cydney Hellier Gray, Linda Hunter, Janis Jean, Tina Kelly, Madeleine Kemp, Sharon Rose Kneeshaw, Lorianne Koch, Mike Lane, Barry Mathias, Susi McMillan, Arianna Merritt, Scott Mitchell, Amanda Punch, Monica Reekie, Stu Rhodes, Steve Sakiyama, Steve Sheppard, Susan Simosko, Jim Townley, Jo-Ann Way, Jessie Williams, Dee Woodhead, Heather Zais

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As a writer and communications specialist, I value the strength of story, especially in recreating a different time. Fred Green's stories of his family's farm in the 1940s and '50s will, I hope, bring back pleasant memories for some and remind the rest of us of the challenges Island farmers continue to face. I was raised in the Okanagan when the orchards were still bountiful on the hillsides and we gorged ourselves on fruit every summer. After living for many years on the prairies, I appreciate the cornucopia of fruits and vegetables still grown on the Peninsula and hope rekindled interest in eating locally will preserve what remains of local farming.

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f irst word Times have changed. Is a picture still worth a thousand words? Over the centuries, people have gathered around campfires, in town halls, over meals and in other places to tell their stories, and these gatherings have been central to shaping our culture and our communities. In more recent times some people have lamented that the art of storytelling has been lost amidst the rise of different technologies. Perhaps there is some truth in this, but I also wonder if perhaps it's just the way we tell stories that has changed. One such medium for storytelling in the time in which we now live is digital photography. A photograph has the ability to convey emotion, mood, narrative, ideas and messages – all of which are important elements of storytelling. In this issue of Seaside Magazine we present the winners of our First Annual Photography contest, Seaside Snapshots. We also showcase our second issue of Seaside Fashion. Both of these features are driven by photography. An objective for many photographers is to produce direct, truthful and bold images that tell the stories for those who have no voice. Photography is the ability to evoke feelings and experiences that cannot be described with words. Call it vision, imagination, or seeing … it all comes down to the same thing: the

ability to envision a final result in your mind's eye and then make it so with your tools at hand. It's about seeing something, and knowing how you want it to look. With our cover choice, "Fog Lifting Patricia Bay" by Monica Reekie, the photo allows our imagination to simply drift into the sea. With fashion and design becoming a driving force in our culture, photographs of such can be even more challenging to portray. Designers influence not only the way we look and the shape of things around us, but also the way we live and think. What used to be distinct realms – architecture, fashion, design, art, cinema, music and food – have now blurred: fashion designers open restaurants and hotels, musicians design fashion collections and artists make Hollywood movies. More than ever, what we choose to buy, wear, display, experience and live with – whether it's the platform shoes in the store window, the family vacation purchased on the Internet, the watch on our wrist, the car in our garage, the wine for our parties or the blankets in our bedroom – influences how people look at us. When perception is reality, for better or worse, it becomes shorthand for who we are. So whether you're shooting photography for your own short story, or for fashion, food, travel, architecture, or simply because you love it, keep the storytelling alive. As a magazine publisher, I know how important it is to have a mix of great photography among well-written words. Thank you again for all the photo submissions. You are all very talented artists!

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On behalf of the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society I want to thank you so much for including the article about the Good Old Daze event in Mill Bay. We appreciate your interest and support for local history! Maureen Alexander

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Much appreciate all the Seaside team does to produce such a lovely magazine … I've watched it grow with pleasure! Pene Beavan Horton Instead of your sanctimonious article on Woodwynn Farm … the purpose of the owner (unknown) is to urbanize the whole area using "housing for the homeless" as an initial front. Who is the real owner? Not LeBlanc and not any homeless society! Many residents are against this manipulation and want to keep the land green for the future. Tim Parsons (Brentwood Bay)

We arrived home from our U.S. west coast road trip a few days

ago and read the article of our home and garden in the August issue. We were delighted with the final result, the approach taken by Linda to focus on our home life rather than the architecture and construction, and the photos selected by Sue and Allison from the many daytime and evening shots taken by Jo. It was a pleasure meeting and working with a fun yet professional team.

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Those who live in this paradise are very fortunate to have such a treasure as Seaside Magazine document and highlight our local "West Coast culture." We always look forward each month to opening the next issue. So thank you for coming into our lives and adding special memories of our house and garden. Joyce and Paul Pearlstone

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“Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and


experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected”- unknown author. Like virtue, photography is its own reward, triggering memories of life's greatest moments and relationships. In our First Annual Photography Contest, Seaside wishes to further reward some of these amazing artists, with some good old-fashioned ink in our local magazine. With over 350 submissions, this task wasn't easy. You’ll find our choices in the four categories outlined below, and we couldn’t resist choosing a cover too! Thank you to all of the winners, and to everyone who submitted such fine work.

m onica ree k ie your W est C oast C ulture “Fog Lifting Patricia Bay”

I have had a love for animals, nature and art since childhood. After many years in the nursing profession, and owning a successful award-winning B&B, I have met a multitude of fascinating people from all walks of life along my path. Some were famous, some wise, some funny, some had endured unspeakable horrors, most were ordinary, but all have inspired me to reawaken my childhood dreams for travel, art and photography. My photographic subjects vary widely from animals to architecture, floral details to expansive vistas, chandeliers to cars; the marvels of the world around me provide constant inspiration. My photography depicts the world and its beauty as I see it through the lens of my camera, often focusing on the details, shapes and colour contrasts that others may overlook. I produce my work without using digital manipulation to portray life as it is.

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Erin Bosdet is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a vegan chef and a mom. She is passionate about nutrition, photography and raising her son. This photo was taken to capture the beauty of these tomatoes, grown by her Uncle Stu right here in Sidney, B.C. You can find more of Erin's photos and recipes on her Simply Dish Facebook page.

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I live in Saanichton and photography is my hobby. I enter photo contests but I'm fairly particular, as I only enter a contest where I might have a winning photo submission. In the past, I've won everything from cash to calendars to camping equipment. It's a fun hobby that is both rewarding and inexpensive. High quality digital photos are much easier to create than even 10 years ago, and as a result I never go anywhere without my camera. The photo of the blue heron was a stroke of luck, as the heron let me get quite close before I could tell that I was intruding and backed away.

D ee W ood h ead your west coast culture "Sun's Up!"

Focusing on being more aware of the incredible beauty and magic of this amazing Island we call home keeps me grounded in the moment! My favourite shots are of nature – birds, landscapes and waterscapes. This shot, taken in April around 6 a.m., captures the mist rising off the water and the early morning light on the beautiful old wooden bridge. Can you spot the red-winged blackbird that I was "chasing" with the lens?

j anis j ean C razy Kids "Wild Play"

I recently retired after nearly 25 years in public service. Early retirement has given me the ability to focus on what is most important to me: my family. It has also given me the time to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional photographer. Photographing people, especially children and families, is what I enjoy most. In "Wild Play," I photographed the thrill of a young girl jumping into a swimming hole, capturing the essence of childhood freedoms, too soon forgotten.

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weat h erwit "getting the thing on was an exhausting process punctuated with grunts, small breaks for oxygen and comments like: help. my legs are in the sleeves."

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sticker that said: "More Wags, Less Barks." It reminded me of the time our family ventured out to the wilds of Long Beach for some wag-inducing by Steve Sakiyama fun: surfing. The good part about surfing is the black wetsuit. The tight fit (did I say tight?) made me look 20 years younger – although with gloves and booties I looked like a cross between a Ninja Smurf and an overcooked Bratwurst. Getting the thing on was an exhausting process punctuated with grunts, small breaks for oxygen and comments like: "Help. My legs are in the sleeves." By the time I suited up, I needed a nap. After our excellent lesson on the beach it was time to head out and ride the curl. The roar of the ocean called me, and with overwhelming excitement I picked up the board and Riverdanced over the sandy expanse to the beckoning surf. Yes, bring it on. Unfortunately, my vision of a sprightly dash to the ocean was far beyond my energy level and it was soon replaced by a laboured stagger. Needing to catch my fleeting breath, I collapsed in the shallow surf with an undignified "Sschhlump." But it was all worth it. The exhilaration of riding the wave and feeling the air-whipped surf splash on my face was beyond priceless (for everything else, there's MasterCard). Even my dismount was wag-inducing: a two-and-a-half turn, backwards pike position, face plant – worth at least a 9.8 due to the high degree of difficulty and my pointed toes upon entry. Speaking of waves, the atmosphere has them too. Under certain conditions, atmospheric waves can be similar to the pattern that occurs when water moves over a submerged rock. When moving air encounters a mountain, ripples or waves can form directly over and downwind of the mountain. Sometimes clouds will form at the wave crests, providing a visual clue as to the existence of these waves. As the air moves upwards to the peak of the wave it cools, and moisture in the air condenses – creating a cloud at the wavecrest. As the air heads downward into the wave trough it warms, and the cloud evaporates. The result is an alternating series of clouds and clear areas many kilometres downwind of the mountain. For our September weather outlook, will it be wags or barks? Long-term weather models indicate a bias toward warmer than normal temperatures and no preference for wetter or drier

conditions – so perhaps our spectacular summer weather will continue into a pleasant fall. September is a month of transition, in weather and life. For Labour Day my sentimental forecast is an alternating mix of sun and cloud, symbolic of the waves of change as we ride from summer vacation to other good things like work and school. In celebration of this day, I'll head out with a Riverdance skip into a wonderful day, ready to surf whatever September brings me. Then … take a nap. ~ Weatherwit What brings wags to your life? Email or visit my weather blog at


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Expand Your Culinary Horizons! by Jennifer Bowles

Over the summer months my husband and I have been experimenting with some more exotic cuisines and have been making an effort to really expand our pantry. We've had some hits and we've had some definite misses (note: chutney doesn't go with everything). Some of the more enjoyable results have been our forays into Thai cuisine. Curries, soups, rolls – we've tried as many dishes as we can copy or come up with on our own. My husband insists on getting the right ingredients called for in a recipe, so we've ventured far and wide to get some of the more exotic pantry items, however with the booming interest in southeast Asian food, many of the seemingly rare ingredients are available at any grocery store. There are some staples that should be in your cupboard at all times: fish sauce (nam pla), coconut milk, rice noodles, jasmine rice, Thai curry sauce (green, red and yellow), sriracha hot sauce (this goes well with EVERYTHING), lemongrass, ginger (keep it in the freezer), galangal and Thai chilis. These all go together in virtually endless combinations and are ripe for experimentation. Go out to a Thai restaurant, try a few dishes and then head home to try and recreate your favourites! We took this strategy to heart when we came up with this month's recipe, which is now a staple –

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"we've had some hits and we've had some definite misses. note: chutney doesn't go with everything" Tom Kha Gai is a light and creamy coconut galangal chicken soup. This is great for any season and you can make it as mild or spicy as you like by adjusting the sriracha or Thai chilis. (serves 2) Brush two boneless, skinless chicken breasts with sriracha and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. In a medium saucepan bring one litre of chicken stock to a simmer and flavour the broth by adding: 5 cm chunk galangal, sliced thinly 2 cm chunk of fresh ginger 1 stalk of lemongrass, the white soft centre smashed with the back of a knife 1-3 sliced Thai chilis (to taste – these can be very hot!) Let the broth simmer for 10 minutes to infuse the flavours then add: ¾ can of Thai coconut milk 4-5 sliced mushrooms juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp nam pla (fish sauce) Let the broth simmer for another 5 minutes and assemble as follows: Slice the chicken breasts and place into soup bowls; ladle the broth over top. Garnish with any or all of the following: Chopped cilantro Bean sprouts Rice noodles Enjoy! Wine pairing courtesy Dave Gartley, Gartley Station: This one is pretty easy and if you read my past pairings you already know the answer … this is not a test. Next time you visit an Asian or Indian restaurant take note of what wines the customers are drinking. They're probably not drinking wine. Then ask for the wine list. Chances are they won’t have one. So why is that? We have several Asian customers at Gartley Station and they only ask for one wine: Ice Wine! The only thing that tames spicy food is sugar. A tannic wine or an acidic wine will actually amplify the heat sensation. When pairing this Tom Kha Gai dish, choose a semi-sweet wine, off-dry champagne, a liqueur or an ice wine. The spicier the dish, the sweeter your beverage should be.

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Compensating for seasonal changes can help skin stay healthy; ensure your skin not only survives, but thrives this fall and winter!

by Shannon Hall, Licensed Esthetician and Owner Anam Cara Day Spa & Beauty Bar

Our skin is our body’s largest living organ, and it bears the brunt of exposure to the outside world. Depending on the climate where you live, your skin changes as the weather changes. In the winter, electric heaters or gas furnaces keep our skin warm from cooler temperatures. However, dry heat can cause dehydration, causing the skin to become chapped and flaky, especially when coming in from the cold weather. This tendency for the skin to change starts in the fall and becomes more noticeable in the winter months. Awareness is the key to good skin care. Educate yourself on your skin type and needs as it changes with the seasons.

▼ drink more water.

Water keeps our skin hydrated in all seasons! It is the most effective way to flush out toxins that might otherwise be excreted by the skin. It also helps to elevate clogged pores and prevent acne, and it is great wrinkle prevention.

▼ wear sunscreen. Sunscreen is our best defence against the harmful effects

of UVA and UVB rays all year round. Sunscreens are found in moisturizer and foundations and should be used daily to guard against the harmful effects the sun has on our skin.

▼ exfoliate. Exfoliating allows the skin to renew itself and regenerate! This process helps the pores remain clean and clear. In the fall and winter it helps our moisturizers and other skin care products work better because it takes away the buildup of dead surface skin cells that create an unwanted barrier. ▼ moisturize. Day cream protects the skin from the elements, pollution and the overproduction of sebaceous oil production (yes, even if you have acne it is important to moisturize!). Night cream is designed to restore and repair the skin. Its molecular structure is smaller and this allows the cream to penetrate deeper into the dermal layer. In the winter, moisturizer can nourish and rehydrate the skin from the harsher winter climate. ▼ avoid hot showers.

Hot showers can dehydrate your body, and the hot water can be harmful to dry skin and especially acne prone skin. It is best to have a warm bath or shower during the winter season.

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the Hawaiian Practice That Heals by Pene Beavan Horton

"I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." Ten words. Would you believe that the use of 10 simple words some 30 years ago could empty a hospital ward of the criminally insane at the Hawaii State Hospital? That a clinic housing formerly deranged patients could, in four short years, be closed because it wasn't needed anymore? This is the story of clinical psychologist, Dr. Stanley Hew Len, the man who achieved this miracle. He used no force; he didn't even see his patients. "He used to sit in his office and look at the patients' files. While perusing them, he would feel something, a pain, an empathy. Then he started the healing on himself, taking full responsibility for what was going on with a given patient. That's how those people got better, because their doctor had the strange view that it was himself who needed the healing, not them," says Rosario Montenegro. ( What is Ho'oponopono? Simply put, Ho'oponopono is based on the fact that we see the world not as it is, but as we are. So everything that happens to us is coloured by our past memories and current perception of what is, which makes everything that happens our responsibility.

Someone is angry with us? It's our responsibility. If we can't get along with a family member or co-worker, it's our responsibility. Whatever the difficulty or problem, it is our responsibility. No exceptions. Literally, the world is our world, it is our creation, therefore our responsibility. This doesn't mean any of this is necessarily our fault. It does mean "that we are responsible for healing our self in order to heal whatever or whoever it is that appears to us as a problem." A strange and unbelievable story or something that works? Try it. Think of someone you're having difficulty with, or, as Rosario Montenegro says in his blog, when you have a sense that someone is in danger or in great need of some grace or healing. Say their name. Say the 10 words with real feeling. Do this as often as you care to before you meet this person again. Be open to finding them changed for the better, either in attitude or behaviour or wellbeing. Just notice and say the 10 words when you think of them. Try it. "I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." As I understand the process, we're offering heartfelt love, sincere apologies for any wrongdoing in our life, asking for forgiveness and expressing our gratitude. Most of us don't have a whole lot of criminally insane associates, but perhaps all of us can benefit from internalizing and then projecting Dr. Len's loving thoughts, to heal ourselves and those around us.

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With less than two months before the new Sidney Literary Festival October 4th to 6th, several engaging and entertaining fundraising events are planned in the run-up to the Festival. On Friday, September 13th at 7 p.m. at the Red Brick Café in Sidney, an evening of readings by self-published authors will introduce a diverse lineup of local writers including T.M "Scotty" Gardiner reading from his memoir, My Life as a Mountie; mystery writer Ruth Wellburn reading from The Devil's Ruse; Hugh Richards reading from his travel book Reflections on Three Oceans; and Karen McCoy reading from One Rep at a Time. Tickets for this event are $5 at Tanner's Books in Sidney. On Friday, September 20th at the Red Brick Cafe, Salt Spring Island resident Patrick Taylor will read from and discuss his very popular series of stories about an Irish country doctor. Tickets ($10) are available at Tanner's Books. Several artists have generously donated works of art for a silent auction in support of the Festival. The art will be on display at the Red Brick Café until September 13th. Bid sheets will be available at the Café. Contributing artists include Kathleen Lane, Betty Rollins, Stephanie Steel, Keith Levang, Richard Julien and Wendy Picken. The Peninsula Gallery has contributed a limited edition print by Pierre Francis Surtees and a framed photograph by David Donaldson. On October 4th, 5th and 6th, the Sidney Literary Festival will host 14 award-winning writers whose genres include mystery, war, children's literature, poetry, short stories and local life. The Festival will begin Friday evening with a hosted author presentation at North Saanich Middle School and continue Saturday with an Author Breakfast at the Sidney Pier Hotel, a series of readings and adult, children's and teen workshops to be held in local venues. Tickets for all events except the breakfast will be available from Tanner's Bookstore. Tickets for the Author Breakfast will be available at The Pier Hotel. For details, visit

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Shakespeare by the Sea Head down to the bandshell next to Sidney's wharf to enjoy Sidney Shakespeare by the Sea – a new festival. Five performances and two plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet. The comedic Dream demonstrates the range of Shakespeare's imaginative sources, referencing Greek mythology and English fairytales and parodying theatrical conventions of his day, such as men playing women's roles. Or take your date to see one of history's most romantic tragedies as lovers Romeo and Juliet try to overcome deep-seated family feuds. Action, poetry and a spectacular setting. What could be better? Tickets $25; www./tides or call 250-656-0275. Proceeds support Victoria Shakespeare by the Sea and Discovery Dance Theatre. For full details visit Performance Sept. 6th, 7:30 pm @ the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre. Performances Sept. 7th and 8th @ 2 and 7 p.m., Beacon Park outside (festival seating). *Romeo and Juliet performed only on September 8th. Outside performances may

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First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show and Sale Drop by the Mary Winspear Centre to see an amazingly diverse display of arts and crafts created by local Coast Salish artists and many other First Peoples throughout Canada. Now in its fifth year, this art show is the largest of its kind in Canada. Artistic expressions include carving, weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather work, painting and jewelry. Stories and music will add to the ambiance of this ever-changing display. The artists pay no fee and entry is free thanks to the Province of British Columbia, Saanich Peninsula Foundation Society, the Mary Winspear Centre and the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. See article on page 69 for further details. September 24th through October 12th. Free Admission. Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.

Schumann: His Life and Music Engage your gray cells with a UVic Continuing Studies course focused on Robert Schumann, a "quintessential" fiqure in the early Romantic movement. Instructor Kevin Bazzana writes about classical music for the Times Colonist and is the author of three books about pianists. It's not necessary to have any formal music

training to enjoy and learn from this course held at the Mary Winspear Centre. A variety of other UVic courses are also available, from birding to origins of art. Wednesdays, September 25th to October 30th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration: community or 250-472-4747.

Musical Tributes This is the month for tribute shows at the Charlie White Theatre: The Legendary Platters, September 7th; A Night of Bowie, September 13th; and U4 – The Ultimate Tribute to U2. Information and tickets: 250-656-0275 or

Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters This month the Community Arts Centre will host a transAtlantic textile exhibition created by Articulation (Canadian) and Material Girls (British), two artist collectives that have explored their respective iconic waterways – the Bay of Fundy and the River Thames. Following a successful 2012 tour in England, the exhibition is travelling across Canada stopping in Winnipeg, Sidney and Saint John. More on their textile art at and http://articulationtextilegroup. September 1st to 14th, Tulista Park Community Arts Centre, Sidney (near Anacortes Ferry Terminal). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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WestCoast ECO Home operates under a new paradigm, a new longterm way of thinking. The whole philosophy of their store is "value for money:" providing beauty, sustainability, and local products. WestCoast ECO products may cost a little more, "but the value is exponential:" their health-enhancing features have the potential to result in incredible long-term health care savings. Organic food is a useful analogy. A small extra cost ensures more nutrients for the dollar, longer lasting food, and a well-nourished family with lasting health benefits. Anita's mantra is buy less, but own the best. Anita loves to showcase the work of gifted and talented artisans on Vancouver Island. She sees her store as a return to a time of handmade craftsmanship – before the industrial age. Her exquisite products "just emanate the passion and love of the artist and what the craftsman put into it. Artists push the parameters of society. Creativity should be prevalent in our lives. We need innovation, we need to move forward or else we will be stagnant." In her store's "Mission Statement," Anita is dedicated to her progressive work: "Our retail and online stores are committed to providing our customers with products that are healthy for people, healthy for homes and healthy for our fragile planet." Anita is pushing the edges of our own collective limited mindset. We should listen. Contact:


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fred green has fond memories of his family's farm, long replaced by high speed traffic and subdivisions

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Highway, imagine what you'd see near Elk and Beaver Lakes back in the 1940s and '50s. Near the present rowing club, a young boy herds dairy cattle onto the meadow and further south, strawberry fields and orchards spread across the current tarmac, sweeping down to the lakes. On the corner of Haliburton and the old winding highway, local fruit farmers bring their produce to be shipped from a Saanich Fruit Growers Association stand. Fred Green has fond memories of these sights and his family's farm, long replaced by high speed traffic and subdivisions. A retired B.C. judge who still rides a Harley at 76, Fred recalls his life on the farm encouraged independence and a love of challenges. Rural life was much freer then for kids even though they had to work hard. Fred says: "As the eldest, at age eight I was allowed to drive the tractor in the fields and by age 10 I was driving our 1936 Ford three-ton farm truck on the hay fields and nearby gravel roads. At 11 I was blowing out stumps to clear land." In 1942, Fred's father Ivan and four uncles pooled their money to buy about 45 acres of bush now bounded by Santa Clara, Walema and Del Monte Avenues and Destrube Place. The extended Green family had to clear half the land of second growth trees and later

bought another 20 acres for their "dry" cows where today's Silver Rill farm stands. The Green farm ran a mixed operation with 25 dairy cattle, more than 750 layers and 500 broiler chickens, several sows, an apple orchard and fields of "mangels" (fodder beets), hay and strawberries. During World War II, horses were still used for plowing but by 1945 the family had acquired a tractor

A retired B.C. judge, Fred Green recalls his life on the farm encouraged independence and a love of challenges. assembled from old car parts from Hafer's machine shop on Island View Road. Farming could be a dangerous occupation, especially with unpredictable animals. Fred has vivid memories of the day the hired man, who had the horse team attached to a vicious looking hay rake, walked the rig's centre pole to adjust the harnesses. Suddenly the horses startled, galloping off around the field with the man clinging to the pole for dear life. "My Uncle Harold ran to grab a halter but the horses kept going and he couldn't hang

on. Knowing the rake was behind, he flung himself off as far as possible, but the end of the rake hit his head. I'll never forget that awful sight," says Fred. The adults drove the hurt man all the way to Jubilee Hospital and fortunately he survived his injuries. From 1942 to 1946, Fred's immediate family plus his Uncle Harold and Aunt Kate lived together in one house. Eventually enough land was cleared that the families could build separate houses. Welcome in all three family homes, Fred remembers learning something different from each relative. "Dad taught me carpentry, Uncle Harold taught me farming and Uncle Stan helped me develop my love of fishing." Eventually Fred's father returned to construction full-time, Stan became a building inspector for Saanich, and bachelor Harold continued farming on a smaller scale. The land was sold in the early '60s. Despite later residential development, the house Fred grew up in is still standing on Del Monte. Recalling farm life, Fred says: "I loved the freedom, the space and the variety of activities – the vet's arrival, breeding the cows, castrating the hogs and speeding down the hills on the tractor." Are they all good memories? "No, I certainly wouldn't want to go back to hand hoeing the big mangel field or mucking out the chicken houses!"


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A passionate farm experience When Dallas Bohl married Sarah, he became part of a 10-acre farm, Highland House, established by her father Hamish Crawford, who bought the land in 1989. Hamish had a desire to build a bakery and sell bread and baked goods produced entirely on the farm. In 2002 The Roost was established, and is now owned and operated by Dallas and Sarah, while Hamish continues to grow the wheat, cultivate blueberries and manage the chickens, eggs, and even sheep. "Over the years we expanded,"says Dallas, "and built a wood fired oven, which is open from June to September." There are delightful areas to eat the Roost's wholesome food, including the porch, the secret garden and picnic benches overlooking the vineyard. Dallas is an enthusiastic man who stresses the importance of the local farm and vineyard experience. "We planted the vines nearly seven years ago and began with a white wine called Siegerrebe, with the Highland House logo." The name is German for Victory Vine; it is low in acid and has a fine bouquet. "It accounts for 80% of our wine

sales." Recently a delicious ginger wine has also been introduced, and both estate wines are a complement to the tempting menu. "We have had huge support from the community, who appreciate this family venture." Dallas smiles, as a child demands his attention. We discuss the family's next project, which is the construction of a building he calls "The Castle." "Imagine a doughnut- shaped building with a courtyard in the middle, that will include a winery, a wine bistro and patio, a cellar, a storage area and a restaurant," he explains. But, the family's plans have been stalled while they battle with the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). In theory, they are attempting to achieve what the Commission encourages, but in practice the ALC's staff have been "unhelpful." "Often, the building development precedes the establishment of a farm; in our case we have the working farm and vineyard, and need the building to accommodate our expansion. North Saanich Council is unable to respond until the ALC decides to act." The Roost is well known in North Saanich for its excellent food and congenial atmosphere. Dallas agrees that his typical day is never "typical," being a fine balance between family, firing the wood oven, welcoming visitors, and dealing with more than 30 employees. When I visited, the place was abuzz with activity: smiling staff, well-priced food and a whole farm experience.

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Books As New For You! Whether you're looking for recent titles for yourself or have kids you need to get reading, Dr. Mallard's Just Ducky Books has something for you. Mallard stocks comics and manga to get youngsters interested, and clean, gently used books and paperbacks for all interests. Easy on both your wallet and your nervous system, this could be the new trend in used books. Dr. Mallard's Just Ducky Books #7 - 9765 5th St, Sidney (by Capital Iron)

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Aneye Artist's for Detail Salt Spring Home a Delight for the Senses

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The attractive new home of Karl and Celia Meade sits comfortably in its landscaped garden. A sloping driveway passes a cottage, now Karl's office and Celia's studio, and a pair of stone steps leads down to the front door. Each step has ornate patterns of blue tiles, and thyme grows in the cracks of the stone patio. "The building was completed six months ago," Celia says, as we sit in the airy lounge. My first impression of this house is of space, light,

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and a sensitive blend of stone and wood. From the windows there are dramatic perspectives of bustling Ganges Harbour, while inside there is a sense of peace and tranquility. "We wanted the windows to provide us with good views, but to be equally attractive from the outside," says Karl, who is a geological and geophysical engineer. Celia has an MA in fine arts and interior design, and with a thick file of ideas was responsible for the subtle blending of colors and textures throughout the building, and for choosing the distinctive and unusual light fixtures which adorn every room. "My father was a practising surgeon on Salt Spring; we've lived here for 12 years." Their original house on this site did not prove suitable for the changes they wished to make, and they were advised to demolish it and rebuild on the footprint. Trevor Wilson, a director of Wilco Construction Ltd., was the project manager, responsible for the demolition and the construction, and he worked with the Meades on the interior and exterior design. "We've known Trevor for a long time and he and his firm have an excellent reputation," Celia says. I meet Wilco's Mary Ellen Henderson, who is the firm's project coordinator and has worked with Karl and Celia for the past two years. "It was a luxury to work with people who knew what they wanted to achieve," she says. It was her job to coordinate the many skilled artisans who worked to achieve the originality and distinction of this house. A high, curved cherry wood ceiling with hidden lights gives the lounge a sense of grandeur that is enhanced by a wall of local grey and imported light blue stone that rises 25 feet, embracing the woodburning stove. The hearth extends nine feet and is a single

From the windows there are dramatic perspectives of bustling Ganges Harbour, while inside there is a sense of peace and tranquility.

piece of local sandstone; the effect is tactile. Throughout the house, the warmth of arbutus floors enhances antique glass book cabinets. The design of this house incorporates delightful sight lines and an artist's eye for detail: the spacious bedrooms look out on the marina, and have individually designed washrooms. The one attached to the master bedroom is a triumph of fossil-marble, tile and glass, with luxurious fittings. The large kitchen, with its granite and fossil-marble tops, a tiled wall of robin's egg blue and a walk-in larder, is a chef's delight. Even the laundry room is elegant, with stainless steel appliances and sea-violet tiles. A craftsman-built staircase leads to the daughters' bedrooms, while downstairs the rooms are designed for activity and leisure. These include a comfortable television room, a spa with a hot tub outside, and two fascinating rooms. Continued next page


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"Murphy beds are no longer the Spartan contraptions featured in the old movies," Tom Bazin explains. He is the joint owner of Murphy Wall Beds of Victoria, which he and Darryl Adrian have owned for the past seven years. "People are surprised by the range, and how good they look," he adds. When he was discussing the possibilities with Karl and Celia Meade, he was delighted with their choice of wormy maple, and admits that Celia's request for dark walnut, as a surround, was "a unique choice." Each bed is made to exact specifications, and the CNC computerized router they use can be accurate to one 1,000th of an inch. "We can build out of anything," he says. Tom explains that the team at Murphy Wall Beds can create a computer model that enables the client to see their prospective bed from all angles, and helps them to choose the right shape and colour

to suit their room. "The CNC allows us to match the wood grain perfectly, and makes better use of the materials." With Karl and Celia, he was able to calculate in advance the exact number of sheets of walnut and maple required for their bed, and demonstrate the grain pattern to be achieved. The end result is a very attractive and unusual bed that complements the house. As I mentioned, the custom woodwork in the house was outstanding, and was the work of Brett Chamberlain of B. Chamberlain Fine Woodworking. "His attention to detail was remarkable," Karl says. Throughout the house there are tasteful examples of his work, from shaped wood pillars, to artistic touches to the staircase, and to the doors and cupboards. I was also impressed with the dynamic stonework in the house, and in particular the imposing stone wall surrounding the woodstove. This is the creation of Brian Stacey, a sub-contractor for Trevor Wilson of Wilco Construction. "He is responsible for all the stonework including the outside walls of the house," says Mary Ellen Henderson, the project coordinator. "He was one of the many gifted artisans who worked on this exciting project."

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Island. As I sit in the exquisite dining room overlooking a sleepy little harbour, the pink and white linen tablecloths radiate an air of sumptuous finery. The warm genial owners, Luigi and Valeria Cisotto, offer high-end dining without the high prices and a classy experience without the pretense. Latch fare is premium quality with every sauce, soup and dessert made from scratch with real butter and farm fresh ingredients. And if a patron wants their meal gluten-free, it's a done deal. The sweet juice of delicious fresh figs tingles my throat as I listen to my hosts'

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Monica Reekie may be a dreamer but as an artist, she is grounded firmly in reality. The Manitoba-born photographer and painter draws inspiration from animals, nature, landscapes, and cars! That's right, cars, not a typical subject for most artists. "Ever since I was a child," Monica says, "I've been fascinated by cars. When I was young, I wanted to be a mechanic or racecar driver. That was my dream. Needless to say, my parents didn't think too much of those aspirations," she adds with a laugh. So instead, Monica became a full-time nurse, caring for people of all ages – from pediatrics to geriatrics. She enjoyed nursing but when a dear friend urged her and her husband to move to Victoria, she recalls that something touched her and she knew they had to move. "It was that dream thing again," she says. "Honestly, I didn't understand the pull at first but as we settled here, my dreams began to take shape." When Monica was young, she loved drawing and painting, and often stayed after school to learn as much as possible. However, the idea of earning money as an artist did not seem possible until after she retired, not just from nursing but from running a successful B&B too. "There was something about being here in B.C. that opened my heart and enabled me to throw myself into my artwork," she says. She acknowledges her husband's assistance too. "Every artist needs someone to help pay the bills, set up shows, and so much more," she explains earnestly. Although she describes herself as a realistic artist, many of her pictures have an almost mystical beauty bordering on the abstract. Much of Monica's work focuses on details or unexpected elements of a subject. Even her photographs of cars draw the viewer to see light reflections, colour and form, not necessarily a car, per se. As she puts it: "The more I see, the more I see. I look for opportunities – in life and photographs!" Monica pays tribute to Robert and Birgit Bateman, not just because of the inspiration she draws from their artwork but because of their commitment to conservation and the environment. Not surprisingly, Monica is also strongly committed to the concept of giving back to the community. She donates a portion of every sale to a variety of local and international charities, and she plans to raise more money for charities close to her heart in the coming year. She currently works part-time at the Bateman Centre, continues to take pleasure in creating and showing her work across the Island, and, in her own inimitable way, follow her dreams. To view some of Monica's fascinating work, check out

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chocolate to the top of your latte or cappuccino, which brings out another amazing flavour in the coffee … chocolate. In terms of coffee tasting language, the references of "nutty" or "chocolaty" are positive and I encourage people to avoid adding sugar to see what the true impact of adding these spices does to their drink on their own. Because aroma is such a big part of what something tastes like, the nutmeg and cinnamon in particular are great for enhancing the aroma component right before the taste of the coffee gently coats your tongue. Make sure while you are tasting the coffee you bring in a little air to help your nose out a little. Remember: You either stand for something, or fall for anything … Steve out.

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Two amazing plays; five performances to choose from. See A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet or both! All tickets $25. Seating at all events is on a first come, first served basis (festival seating). Beacon Park performances may be moved to Mary Winspear Centre if poor weather dictates. september 8, 14, 15, 22

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Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, please visit our website. september 16

Fall Into Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044

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as a nation that has become a drink. No other nation can make this claim and for good reason. Scotch is the ultimate manifestation of whisky. This event will feature hard to find whiskies from the five main whisky regions of Scotland. Three-course dinner, five whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50. september 21

Fall Fair and Sale St. Paul's United Church 2410 Malaview Ave, Sidney (@ 5th St) 10 am - 2 pm 250.656.3213

Drop in and enjoy a chili or soup lunch, coffee and goodies, kid's games and face painting, shop at our clothing boutique, and browse through our collectibles, crafts and jewellry. Find a bargain among our good quality white elephant items, bid on our silent auction items, and buy some mouthwatering baking and preserves. Everyone welcome! Meet old friends and make new ones! september 21

"How Birds Do It" Friends of the Sidney/North Saanich Library Fundraiser SHOAL Centre Auditorium A 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, 1 pm 250.656.0944

Ever wonder how birds are equipped to produce those warm, fuzzy chicks in the nest? Not all is as it seems. Join Dr. David M. Bird as he takes you on a humorous "bird's eye view" of the seemingly indecent world of avian reproduction involving the Mile-High Club, incest, homosexuality, sex changes, divorce and infidelity. It simply puts television soap operas to shame! You may never look at birds the same again. $10 includes light refreshments and door prizes! september 21

Peninsula Garden Club Fall Plant and Culinary Sale Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 9 - 11 am

Find your favourite plants, pick up some homegrown fruit and veggies and stock up for winter with jams, jellies, preserves, dried herbs and more! Great Selection! Unbeatable prices!

5th Annual First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show and Sale by Gillian Crowley

Colourful banners depicting First Nations' motifs flutter outside Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre – teasers of the artwork to be discovered inside. The longest running show of its kind in Canada, the 5th Annual First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show and Sale will present arts and crafts from First Peoples throughout Canada alongside local Coast Salish Territory artists. The show runs from September 24th through October 12th. "This art show will give everyone a better understanding of our people and the spirituality that underlies all our art, especially our connection with land, sea and air," says Virgil Sampson, a Coast Salish artist on the art show's organizing committee. During this unique event visitors will have a chance to meet and talk with different artists each day while viewing their work and listening to traditional music. More than 40 new and returning artists are expected to take part. An incredibly diverse array of artistic expression from artists with First Nations, Inuit and Métis heritage will be on display, including carving, weaving, paintings, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather work and jewelry. Changing displays will draw visitors back time and again. Tobias Tomlinson, another organizing committee member, sees this art show as a way to encourage emerging artists and give all the artists a way to build community in a supportive environment. "I like the fact that First Peoples have control over the show and can share their protocols and traditions with each other," says Tomlinson, a ChicksawCherokee artist. The committee's Inuit representative, Stephanie Papik, says even with only about 100 Inuit living in B.C., it's important their

art be included to help raise awareness of Columbia funding, the artists pay no fees and their culture. Her involvement with the entry is free for the public. Aboriginal Youth Internship Program will "It's a natural fit to have the show here," also help bring says Brad Edgett, some younger executive director of "It's a natural fit to artists into the Mary Winspear have the show here. the show. Centre. "We're on The Mary Coast Salish land, the We're on Coast Salish Winspear Centre entrance is framed land … the entrance is hosting this by beautiful totems is framed by expanded art show and we have been beautiful totems." for the first time very involved with in partnership their community with the Community Arts Council of the since the days of the Sanscha community Saanich Peninsula, supported by the Saanich hall." Visitors to the show can expect to see Peninsula Foundation Society. Thanks to everything from crafts to "high end" art, these partnerships and Province of British he adds.

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on the job or with procedure to improve the bottom line. You are a natural innovator seeking progress. Cooperate graciously with the "deadwood" to help motivate others. You will be admired for it. Lead them.

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or success will be affected by the route you eventually take. Go easy. CANCER (june 21 - july 22)

Communications are important to your plans now. Make sure they are clear or in writing as your expectations are high. Procedure must unfold step by step for the right conclusion. You are ready for positive changes. Organize. LEO (july 23 - august 22)

or shift some of the load to others this month. You are strong but that does not mean you have to do it all yourself. Learning to delegate (to a point) will be beneficial. You still need to keep a watchful eye though. GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

Matters relating to home or office require a choice for you or others. Location discussions get serious; you need to take the long view. Your future direction

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future. Enjoy the ride along.

LIBRA (september 23 october 22) Explain your

CAPRICORN (december 22 january 19) You open up to

position to those who have some authority to help or deal with the issues. Meet in private first in order to lay out a game plan. Put all the facts on paper. Find a shortcut so delays are not too long. It gets resolved.

SCORPIO (october 23 november 21) You are more

Mars in your sign this month makes the lion "roar." You seek or instigate action towards your ambitions. You bypass those in the way or other delays. Your natural regal attitude is focused on success one way or the other.

gutsy, standing up for what you believe in. You have what it takes for strong leadership as you don't fear much. Others admire this about you and are willing to step aside for you. Hopes and wishes unfold.

VIRGO (august 23 september 22) You try

SAGITTARIUS (november 22 december 21) New or renewed

a new avenue of approach. Gather your forces or associates behind the scenes so you are all on the same page when it comes to "show time". Some are caught off guard and may have to step

career ambitions blossom, improving your status or reputation – near or far. Plan to travel or meet at a neutral location if it is required. The past has paved the way for your

other opportunities. This can include ones that were on the back burner. In any case they are all viable. Consider location changes if it will speed things along. Your determination overcomes any delays. AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Take time to

assess the value of anything jointly held (personal or business). If the benefits are not there just cut your losses and move on. You can recoup later on through other sources. Ingenious solutions bring gains. PISCES (february 19 march 20) By now you

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healthier. Not counting calories or "dieting," exactly, just trying to make better choices about what I put in my body every day. Part of this is a desire to create better eating habits that will take me through the rest of my life, and part of it comes from the growing realization that, truly, "we are what we eat." I recently did a three-day smoothie challenge. For three days, I was supposed to have nothing but these fruit- and vegetable-based smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although the challenge didn't work 100% (there may have been a delicious pizza made in my friends' cob oven eaten at one point), I got the point: lots more "real" foods such as fruit, vegetables, and even flax and coconut oil in my diet make me feel better and give me more energy. I've been having the breakfast smoothie from the challenge most days since ‌ it's pretty simple: raspberries, banana, spinach, lemon juice, flax, water and almond butter (email me at if you'd like the amounts). I'm not a food purist (the bag of Cheetos in my cupboard right now speaks to that effect), but recently, things are just starting to click for me. I think an extra nudge came as I was scooping almond butter

into my morning smoothie. This is so good, I thought to myself. Out of curiousity, I looked at the ingredient list on the jar. Just one: dry roasted almonds. I pulled out "old faithful," a well-known brand of peanut butter, to peruse its ingredient list: select roasted peanuts, soybean oil, corn maltodextrin, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil, salt, mono- and diglycerides. When did food stop including food? It's time for me to make a switch. Since then, it seems that the more healthful ingredients I put in my body, the more I crave them. Luckily we live in a place that has an abundance of farms offering fresh, local, "real food" available in all seasons. I think I'll stop by the Peninsula Country Market this weekend and stock up!

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