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OUTSHOOT CANCER 3-Point Challenge

The OUTSHOOT CANCER final check presentation for the 2018-2019 season was presented recently at Auburn Arena. (L-R) Taylor Britton, BHHS Broker, Coach Chad Prewett, Coach Bruce Pearl and Owner and CEO of BHHS, Stacy Williams Jordan.

As March Madness turned into

total of 454 three-pointers (only

through early diagnosis and local

April AUsomeness, Auburn fans

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treatment. He went on to play

around the globe cheered on

equating to a total donation

the entire 2007-08 season while

Coach Bruce Pearl and his Tigers

of $11,350 to Coach Pearl’s

battling the disease. Proceeds

to the school’s first appearance

local philanthropy.

benefit cancer patients and

in the Final Four ever! Part of

treatment centers in Opelika,

their run was due to the season-

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Alex City, Montgomery,

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Coach Pearl explained how every

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the Outshoot Cancer 3-Point

to care for families within our

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PARTNER OF THE AUBURN

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twist to the action. For every

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REAL ESTATE IS PROUD TO

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PUBLISHER The cold weather is long gone and summer will soon be upon us. We have our vacations planned and new adventures in the wings – much like in our school days, anticipation builds as we wait for the clock to tick down to summertime. The new experiences we will seek have limitless potential – great new memories and great new stories will surely come from them, new additions to the rich tapestry that is life. Before we start our summer vacations, we take the time to bring you some exciting new stories from the vivid landscape of the community we call home. Our cover feature this issue focuses on the ambitious entrepreneurial team that is Matt and Jana Poirier, owners of several groundbreaking local businesses. Our Business section shines a spotlight on HomeLink Realty, another ambitious concept in the local real estate industry. As we move on to our culinary section, we find ourselves seated with Chef Miguel Figueroa, fresh off of his triumphant return to the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center. Our Faces feature highlights the achievements of artist Stephen Malkoff, an incredible sketch artist with deep ties and undying love for all things Auburn. Lastly, our travel section will spirit you away to the epitome of spring in Sapporo, Japan – just in time to enjoy spring in full bloom before summer whisks us away. We hope these stories fill you with the same joy we experience in bringing these fascinating topics to you. As always, we appreciate your support as we work to bring the communities we love closer together. -Matthew Tse

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Kayly Lynch, Noah Waterman

Brooke Williams, Lindsey & Mac Daniel

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This is the second annual Auburn Chili Cook-Off benefiting Storybook Farm. Guests have the opportunity to taste and sample chili from different sponsors. The winners for this year Chili Cook-Off: Champion Award - Travis Carswell: Allstate Insurance agency, Peoples Choice Award - Rehab Works. The Champion award was selected by our panel judges. The Peoples Choice will be awarded to the team that receives the most votes from our guests based on decorations, team spirit, costumes, and taste.

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Kaitlynn Brunson, Crystal Ballard, Sierra Tolbert

Robert Morgan, Dylan Cannon, Natalie Wicklund, Jason Withrow

Caroline, Courtney, Rhett & Stella Raville

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Stephen Malkoff

Stephen Malkoff’s

art is not

created in a rush to meet deadlines or with a desire to be

painstakingly

extraordinarily prolific. He

recreates every line, crevice

and fine detail to bring his subjects to life in his

highly realistic pencil drawings. We at

Southern Tatler had the opportunity to speak to Stephen and discuss his techniques, his art, and how he got to where he is today.


tephen Malkoff is dedicated to his craft, and quite upfront about it. He reveals to me immediately within our interview that he only completes two pieces per year. When I am directed to his gallery, I am instantly clued in to the reason. His pencil sketches are meticulously crafted with extraordinary and extreme detail, with delicate lines carving out every detail of his subjects and imbuing them with life. He also focuses primarily on two types of subjects – trees and collegiate mascots. I am only privy to pictures of his work, which he claims does not do justice to the true works. Nonetheless, the level of detail that I can see in the pictures truly takes my breath away. Stephen Malkoff was born and raised in Enterprise, Alabama. He tells me that his first foray into art was purely by coincidence. Stephen says, “In the 7th grade, I wanted to take wood shop for my elective course. I missed the registration for the class by just one day. Art class was my only other option. It was a matter of learning, but I had talent and took to it.” Stephen also says that he has dyslexia, causing him to struggle during his schooling. Art was a sort of reprieve from that struggle, and as he puts it, “It


was fulfilling to find something that I was good at.” He intended to attend Auburn University after graduating high school in order to study architecture. “But due to my dyslexia, my ACT scores were nowhere near good enough to get into Auburn. Despite that, my mom told me, ‘Stephen, grab your portfolio – we’re going to go up to Auburn and show them what you can do.’ So we made an appointment with the Dean of Architecture, and she was impressed with my drawings. She made a deal with me – if I could go to the local junior college in Enterprise and make straight As then

she would let me into the program,” Stephen says. He held up his end of the deal and worked hard to make good grades at Enterprise State Junior College, and came to Auburn in the summer of 1985. During his time at the university, Stephen even played as a linebacker for the Auburn Tigers football team – he played under Coach Pat Dye during the 1988 season that saw the Tigers take the SEC championship. After college, Stephen returned to his hometown of Enterprise to pursue his dream of making it as an artist. It would be here that he would meet his wife-to-be, Lori.


“We actually met at the gym...after I dropped a 45-pound weight on my foot. So if you ever have any trouble meeting women, just injure yourself with gym equipment,” Stephen says with a laugh. Lori came to his aid after the accident, and the two became good friends and eventually married in 1990. Lori believed in Stephen during his “starving artist phase,” as he calls it, where he worked odd jobs such as mowing lawns and firefighting while pursuing his dream. He recalls, “She was really there for me and believed in me. When I wanted to buy a high-detail camera for my subjects, she even sold her car to get me that camera. She really helped me to chase my dreams in those early years, and I am so thankful to have her.” A symbol of their love was also the seeming break into Stephen’s career as an artist – a tree under which they would meet in Geneva, Alabama. Stephen admits that money was tight in those days and he wanted to give Lori a worthy anniversary gift. So he drew the live oak tree under which they had fallen in love, in the detail that only he can provide. Later, the two would attend an art show and displayed the drawing, though it was not for sale. A man was interested in the original and not a print, and Stephen reminisces, “He asked me how much it would take to part with it. I threw out an impossibly high number, one that I thought no one would ever pay. And then the man took out his checkbook and began to write the check. Lori pulled me aside and said, ‘Are you crazy?! You can’t sell your original!’ Despite the opportunity for a hefty payday, Lori and Stephen refused to sell their treasured original drawing. It now sits in the entrance to their home in Enterprise. After that encounter, Stephen knew that his time dedicated to his craft would pay off. Stephen’s focus is primarily on collegiate mascots and famous trees. He has drawn most of the mascots of the Southeastern Conference schools, and some of the most famous and beautiful trees in the country. He has drawn one of the tallest trees in Sequoia National Park, a tree planted by George Washington, and a tree that Walt


Disney played on as a child. But his most treasured arboreal artistry comes in his recreation of the famed Toomer’s Corner Oak trees, preserving them permanently in his style shortly after they were poisoned by Harvey Updyke in 2011. “That drawing took me six months. I drew every limb and leaf with loving care. Every scar in the bark, every last detail. It meant so much to me to preserve those trees in my own way. I love Auburn, and I love those trees,” Stephen says of his process and motivation. The original now hangs as a permanent fixture in the President’s home at Auburn University. He has also drawn the mascots of SEC schools such as the University of Florida, Clemson, Alabama, and of course Auburn.“Walk Of A Champion, my piece for the University of Alabama, had me drawing

a real African elephant. He was a true gentle giant, and I’m proud of the final result. Every pencil line looks like true elephant skin,” he recalls. Though he has drawn the mascots of several rival schools, Stephen’s heart and soul was poured into his drawing of the Auburn mascots. “I draw my Auburn pieces purely out of love,” Stephen says resolutely. He has recreated three of Auburn’s iconic eagles – Tiger, Nova, and Spirit. He also has a partnership with the Auburn Raptor Center as a means of preserving and providing for the noble creatures. Stephen has a true love for Auburn and its history, and especially the eagles. He regales me with statistics about each eagle, in such a vivacious manner that it is difficult to keep up. But his passion is one of a true Auburn Tiger, and he loves the tradition of the eagle flight above all. In his words, “The eagle flight is the greatest tradition in college football.


When the eagle takes flight, it is the greatest common denominator in sports, no matter who you root for – we are united as Americans when the eagle is in the air. And then, when he lands, it’s game time and we’re back to normal,” he says with a chuckle. Stephen is the first to admit to his good fortune in the art world. “I took a leap of faith in pursuing art as a career, and I have been extremely lucky that I have been able to make a living off of it,” he says. “I have had a wonderful support system throughout my life, and I am thankful to everyone who believed in me while I pursued my dream,” Stephen adds. Stephen is currently working on a drawing of Smokey, the bluetick coonhound mascot of the University of Tennessee. He and his wife Lori reside in Enterprise, where Stephen’s gallery of work

is also located. The couple has three children – Lauren, Jacob, and Karis, as well as two grandchildren. Stephen is thankful for his good fortune and is not one to be caught up in the stresses of the future – “I take life one drawing at a time,” he says with a laugh. We are thankful to call Stephen Malkoff a fellow Auburn Tiger and look forward to his next incomparable work of art.


LOCAL FOCUS HOMELINK REALTY


HOMELINK REALTY is not your traditional real estate office. Founded in 2016, the firm opts for a unique approach to agent employment and employee focus – this collective-centered mindset has led to an explosion of growth for the company in just under three years. We at Southern Tatler sit down with Carrie King of HOMELINK REALTY to discuss the firm’s history, the foundation for its success, and what the future holds.


The HomeLink Realty office spaces in the new building on East Samford Avenue take me by surprise as we enter. The foyer and lobby is astoundingly open and spacious, and I can see through the windows at the back to a courtyard-esque patio. The limegreen and navy blue HomeLink Realty logo is prominently displayed, its striking design making the distinct first impression that I know to be all-so-important in the world of sales. Before I am able to take it all in, I am introduced to Carrie King – HomeLink’s principal broker, office manager, and overseer of HomeLink’s finance and marketing departments. “I am a wearer of many hats in this office,” she says with a laugh. Carrie sports a short pixie haircut and carries herself with genuine charm. She leads us to her office, a well-decorated space that even includes a small couch that she jokingly refers to as the “therapy seat”.

Carrie and I engage in some polite personal talk, and I learn that she was born and raised in Andalusia, Alabama. After graduating high school, she came to Auburn to attend the university. She worked in restaurants as a server and hostess through college before later getting into real estate. She took a short break from the business when the real estate market collapsed in 2008, but returned when the economy again saw an upward turn in that sector. Carrie was part of HomeLink’s founding crew when it was started by owner Dan Kennefick in 2016. Though she claims that the locally

owned and operated business has not necessarily “reinvented any wheels”, the firm takes a less common approach to employing its sales agents than most offices in the area. HomeLink Realty’s cornerstone ethos is one that is wholly employee-focused in its operations, and this is represented in several ways – the first of which is that all of the firm’s seasoned agents are independent contractors, which allows them the freedom to set their own hours and provide greater self-determination in their careers. The next pillar of HomeLink’s focus on its agents is one that allows their voices to be heard when


determining company policies and decisions. “Our agents are included in company decision-making processes. Their voices are requested and heard when we consider whether or not to take a different direction or make any major changes to our company policy. After all, they are independent contractors and live by their sales. HomeLink Realty is their company – any decisions made can affect their individual business directly and we take that very seriously,” Carrie elaborates. Carrie explains further that this focus on its agents and their business as individuals led to an explosive growth in the company in its early years. “The company started with three agents, and within seven months of opening the doors, we had signed an additional fifteen. Our model has really benefited our agents and customers in a way that we are very proud of. We continued to experience rapid growth throughout our first year and soon found the company outgrowing its office space,” she says. The firm’s new East Samford Avenue office was completed in the summer of 2018 and is now home to three full-time employees and 23 sales agents. The same year also saw other increases for the firm outside of office space – Carrie explains that HomeLink Realty began to serve the Lake Martin area in late 2018. This was in addition to HomeLink’s servicing of eastern and central Lee County outside of Auburn/Opelika such as Beauregard, Salem, Smiths Station, and Phenix City. Carrie says that while further expansion would be nice in the future, the local area is what is best for the company at present. She explains, “Since we are currently centered in this area, we are focused on properties that are within a convenient drive for our agents and customers. However, the market is constantly shifting and changing, and we will continue to change and adapt with it as needed.” Carrie also provides us with an in-depth look into HomeLink’s operations beyond the big-picture visions of the company. She shows us around and guides us through some of the everyday occurrences at HomeLink. “Well, to start, there is no real ‘typical’ day at the office. Every transaction and sale is different, but we are helped along by our incredible administrative and office staff. Every day sees something new, but our expert team is able to smooth any bumps in the road. Our sales agents are dedicated to finding the perfect property or home


for our clients, and every one of our staff is part of the joy of closing a sale. But before we can feel that joy, a lot goes into what we do. Our agents and brokers often work 7 days a week. It is a job that never seems to sleep, and we are constantly on call. We are subjected to everyone’s schedules, whether they work 9-5 or the night shift, and we have to be there for that. I don’t recall a time that any of our agents has been on vacation without doing some kind of work – whether it be taking client calls or working out some details of a closing. There is a high demand for our time, but the outcome is always rewarding,” Carrie elaborates. She continues

to tell us that the details of every deal are different, and new challenges arise in every transaction. “But all of the time is worth it when we feel the elation of knowing we have helped to find someone’s perfect house,” she concludes with a smile. HomeLink Realty is also serving its community beyond providing the perfect properties to prospective homeowners and commercial properties – the company also aims to positively affect our community in other ways. As a group and individuals, HomeLink and its agents engage in many varied charitable and philanthropic efforts. Some of the firm’s previous contributions include involve-


ment with the Miracle League of East Alabama, a charitable organization devoted to providing opportunities for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, to play baseball. HomeLink has also been involved with the Salvation Army and the East Alabama Food Bank and has sponsored many local baseball teams. Carrie adds that the company is always looking for opportunities to help and improve the lives of all who live within the community.

In conclusion, HomeLink’s mission statement is to provide professional and approachable real estate services that positively affect the communities of Lee County and surrounding areas. This is done through a focus on customers and a real team effort within the agency, favoring a focus on the individual instead of driving for the greatest profit and production. It is a strategy that has brought them great success, and the future looks bright. We commend them for their contributions to our community and look forward to great things from HomeLink Realty in the future.


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Chef Miguel Figueroa has a long and storied career

in cuisine. He has brought his experience and incredible food to many restaurants and establishments throughout Auburn. His most recent and ambitious endeavor has been as the executive chef of the Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, which houses the Ariccia Cucina Italian and Piccolo Lounge. Southern Tatler sits down with Chef Miguel to discuss his story, his experience, and the new face of the Auburn Hotel’s culinary offerings.


We enter the grand lobby of the Hotel at

Auburn University and Dixon Conference

Center in the wee hours of the morning –

the smells of breakfast waft from the entrance

of Ariccia Cucina Italian and into the lobby. The

saccharine, the savory, and the scent of fresh coffee

entrance my senses as the hostess greets us and we await Chef Miguel. He arrives quickly and welcomes us with a

smile. We are quickly shown through the restaurant before the

breakfast rush truly begins. Miguel reveals to us the restaurant’s new

pasta station, where fresh pasta is made daily in-house. He carries himself

with an eager passion, delicately explaining the steps involved in even the most minute of preparations and the local sources from which the restaurant acquires its ingredients. After the tour, we are shown to the Piccolo Lounge for the rest of our interview – soft jazz and bossa nova music hum through the room’s delicate ambient lighting and f ine furnishings.


Miguel Figueroa was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. His mother worked in the hospitality and hotel business for most of Miguel’s life, while his father owned and operated a small bodega supermarket. Miguel says he learned a great deal while working with his parents and that prepared him for his future careers and businesses. “My father’s shop had a butcher shop in the back of the bodega, and also owned a fruit stand on a busy road leading to one of the beach resorts. He would always inspect his product and make sure it was of the highest quality. Between that and hearing stories from my mother about running the hotels, I gathered knowledge that would be good for me in the hospitality and culinary businesses. All those small details have helped me in who I have become

n o w, ” Miguel recalls. He moved to the mainland at the age of 21, to Orlando, Florida. He had already graduated from college at that point with a degree in Communications and Marketing, and was visiting the city as the coach of a volleyball team playing in a tournament. “I was looking for a job at the time, and wanted to stay in Florida for a little while, but finding a job was tough everywhere at the time. But, I had done a lot of cooking and I knew that one of the places where I could easily walk in and find a job was in a kitchen,” he says.


He took jobs in many kitchens in Orlando before landing a job with the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios as part of the grand opening crew. He worked all the way up the ladder to the position of lead chef, a position just below the sous chef of the resort. “I really learned a lot of what I know there – the chef, a French chef, ran a traditional kitchen brigade with positions such as a saucier, pastry chef, etc. Everything was made from scratch, every day. In the five or six years that I was with the hotel, I worked and learned every single position, all the way up to the fine dining establishment at the hotel,” Miguel says of his early years. Miguel also pushed himself to get better in every way, and decided to enroll in culinary school. Despite the intense workload, he was able to make some social time – it would be in culinary school that he would meet his wifeto-be, Mandy. His education was primarily focused as a pastry chef, a field in which he had no experience and he felt would “complete” him as a chef. After culinary school, Miguel was enlisted by his best friend to be part of the opening team of a new Italian restaurant


– this team included famed and storied Italian chefs. Miguel says that experience was a tremendous honor and really sparked his love for cooking Italian cuisine. Throughout his career, he has worked with and learned from many famous chefs, including Japanese-American celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi. In 2009, Miguel was offered an opportunity at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. He says, “I came up here and immediately fell in love with the town and the southern hospitality. Working with the university, and at the hotel, was a great opportunity.” His first stint with the hotel lasted three years, under which Miguel helped to open the Piccolo Lounge. He was involved in the design and branding process. He left the hotel to travel to work for the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. After a year at the resort, he relocated to Washington, DC to work as a banquet chef at The W Hotel, a stone’s throw from the White House. Two years later, Miguel relocated back to Auburn. “I got a call from Montgomery and before I knew it, we were headed back to Auburn. My family missed the south and Washington, DC just wasn’t the same. After a couple of snowstorms we were ready to go back,” he says with a laugh. He opened and operated two restaurants in the city as a partner, the A & P Social and Kudzu Noodle Bar. He would later return to the Auburn culinary scene as the executive chef of Amsterdam Cafe, and made a triumphant return to the Auburn University Hotel in late 2018. Miguel’s work with the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is the culmination of all of his

experience – his education in a myriad of styles, his experience as executive and banquet chef in high-end hotels and resorts all over the country, and his passion for hospitality and cuisine. “Everything I have done has led me back here, to do what I am doing now. I can’t think of a better place to express my growth as a chef,” he says with determination. He is dedicated to providing great food and great memories to all of his guests, embodying Ariccia Cucina Italian’s greater motto of “A tavola, non si invecchia”, which translates to “at the table, one does not age.” Miguel elaborates on this, saying “When you are at the table with your loved one, those memories last forever. Memories never grow old, and we can always go back to them and remind ourselves of moments of love and laughter, shared over a good meal.” The hotel’s menu and new additions are certainly holding up the “good meal” part of the equation – the restaurant offers some truly incredible dishes, such as mouth-watering porchetta and slowbraised short ribs. Miguel curates every step of the preparation


Chef Miguel Figueroa

The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center


process, plying his wide expertise to ensure the optimal meal for each of his guests. All told, Chef Miguel Figueroa is at the head of a well-oiled operation at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, and his vast experience is a boon to the outstanding establishment. The future holds more incredible offerings at the hotel, and Miguel hopes that it will lead to further growth for himself. “There have been a few

times in my life where I’ve learned something new and thought that it would complete me as a chef, but I’ve always found something new to learn and I find myself using that phrase all over again. So who knows what lesson is coming next,” he says with a smile. However, he is confident that a meal at Ariccia Cucina Italian will leave guests with a complete experience. So stop in and have some porchetta or a fresh pasta, and say hello to Chef Miguel!


CHEF ROBBIE NICOLAISEN The Hound Chef C.R. “Robbie” Nicolaisen has been highly recognized in and around the southeast for his unique approach to southern style cuisine. Hailing from Asheboro, NC, he attended the highlyaccredited Johnson and Wales University in Charleston where he graduated with honors. At the age of 24, his culinary career elevated immensely as he received his first Executive Chef position with Hilton Hotels. Since then, his career has expanded to other high-end venues from Charleston, SC to exclusively private establishments

here

in

Auburn,

AL.

GINGER MISO PORK MEATBALLS

Ingredients

Chef Nicolaisen currently serves as the

̟̟ ¾ pound ground pork

Executive Chef for The Hound, a locally-

̟̟ 1 large egg

loved restaurant and bourbon bar in

̟̟ ¼ cup panko

Auburn, AL. Focusing on fresh, locally

̟̟ 2 tablespoons sliced scallions

sourced foods along with heritage breed

̟̟ 2 teaspoons soy sauce

pork, house-cured bacon, as well as other

̟̟ 1 ½ teaspoons white miso paste

organic and humanely raised meats, Chef

̟̟ 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger

Nicolaisen is redefining New American

̟̟ ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

southern food in the heart of Alabama.

Procedure 1. Combine ground pork, egg, panko, scallions, soy sauce, miso paste, ginger, and salt in a large bowl. 2. Using your hands, roll mixture into 1” balls, packing firmly. 3. Transfer balls to a rimmed baking sheet. 4. Place in 350F oven for 15-18 minutes for convection or 20-22 minutes for conventional ovens. 5. Serve immediately.


PORCHETTA I love using Rapini for this recipe. Rapini is known for its slightly bitter taste. If you are not a fan of a bitter taste, you can substitute the rapini for broccolini or broccoli florets.

Ingredients ̟̟ One 5- to 8-pound piece fresh pork belly, skin on ̟̟ 2-3-pound boneless pork tenderloins ̟̟ 4 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped ̟̟ 4 tbsp fresh sage chopped ̟̟ 4 tbsp fresh oregano chopped ̟̟ 1 cup fresh peppercorns

̟̟ 2 tbsp red crushed peppers ̟̟ 2 tbsp fennel seeds ̟̟ 5 to 7 fresh garlic cloves chopped ̟̟ 1 orange, zested, chopped (pulp only) ̟̟ 1/2 cup of kosher salt

Procedure

CHEF MIGUEL FIGUEROA The Hotel at Auburn University

1. In a small skillet, toast the peppercorns, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes over medium heat for about 1 minute. When cool, finely grind the spices in a spice mill or coffee grinder. 2. Chop all the herbs and garlic. Add the salt, orange zest and the pulp of the orange to the spice mixture and set aside.

Chef Miguel Figueroa is the Head Chef

3. With the pork belly skin side down, arrange the tenderloins in the center.

University, where he crafts one-of-a-kind

4. Season the inside of the pork belly and tenderloins with the spice mixture really well. 5. Roll the belly with the skin side out and use kitchen twine to secure. Tie at 1-inch intervals until it’s completely tied.

at Ariccia, inside The Hotel at Auburn Italian cuisine for Hotel guests and locals alike. Since the beginning of his culinary career,

6. With a clean cloth, wipe the skin off the Porchetta if there is any spice mixture on it. The spice mixture should be only on the inside of the Porchetta.

Chef Miguel’s reputation as a talented

7. Brush the skin with a little vegetable or canola oil. Season with Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

award-winning chefs and illustrious hotel

chef captured the attention of numerous groups across the southeast.

8. Preheat the oven to 275 F. 9. Using a internal thermometer, roast the Porchetta until it reaches an internal temperature of 180 F. 10. If the skin is not brown and crisp, then increase the heat of the oven to 400 F and roast for 10-15 more minutes. Add more time if needed. The skin should be crisp. 11. When done, let the Porchetta rest at room temp for at least 20 - 30 mins. 12. Use a serrated knife to carve this bad boy and enjoy!

Originally from Puerto Rico, and an accomplished culinary legend in his own right, Chef Miguel Figueroa decided to plant his roots in the Auburn area. He is happily married with three beautiful children – two girls and one little boy.


CHEF GORDON RAMSAY STREET LOUNGE Internationally renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from the UK and France to Singapore and Hong Kong, to the United States. Gordon has also become a star of the small screen both in the UK and internationally,

with

shows

such

as

Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell and MasterChef US.

SPICY BEEF SALAD (4 SERVINGS)

Ingredients ̟̟ 2 beef sirloin steaks, 200–250g each

̟̟ 3 spring onions, trimmed and shredded

̟̟ Olive oil, for frying

̟̟ ½ large cucumber, trimmed, peeled, deseeded and sliced

̟̟ 2 carrots, trimmed and peeled ̟̟ 6 radishes, trimmed and finely sliced

While best known as a celebrity chef now,

̟̟ 200g cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Ramsay is successful in a variety of other

̟̟ Bunch of mint, leaves only, shredded

ventures outside of food and television.

̟̟ 1 small banana shallot, peeled and finely sliced

Most notably as a published author, Ramsay has released a number of books, many of which have become bestsellers around

the

world;

including

his

autobiography, Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen. Aside from this, Ramsay has a global partnership

with

WWRD

(Waterford,

Wedgwood, Royal Doulton), which offers quality home and lifestyle products as well a Glu Mobile, where his mobile game Restaurant DASH with Gordon Ramsay has been an international success. Now, Ramsay splits his time between Los Angeles and South London, where he resides with his wife, Tana and four children, along with their dogs, cats and tortoise.

̟̟ 2 baby gem lettuces, shredded ̟̟ Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper ̟̟ 4 tbsp skinned peanuts, to garnish

FOR THE THAI-STYLE DRESSING ̟̟ 1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped ̟̟ 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped ̟̟ 2 tsp grated palm sugar or palm sugar paste (if unavailable, use golden caster sugar) ̟̟ 2–3 tbsp fish sauce, or to taste ̟̟ Juice of 1–2 limes

Procedure 1. Season the steaks generously on both sides, pushing the seasoning into the meat. Add a dash of oil to a hot pan and fry the steaks over a high heat on either side for 2-3 minutes (medium rare). Hold the fat side of the steaks against the pan to render the fat. When cooked to your liking, remove the steaks from the heat and leave to rest, pouring any cooking juices on top. 2. To make the dressing, put the garlic and chilli in a mortar with a pinch of salt and grind to a paste. Add the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and stir with a spoon. Taste, add a little more lime juice if needed,and set aside. 3. Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, cut the carrots into ribbons. Place in a bowl with the radishes, tomatoes, mint, shallot, spring onions, cucumber and lettuce. Add about 4-6 tablespoons of the dressing and mix well to combine. 4. Thickly slice the steak at an angle. Toast the peanuts with a pinch of salt for a few minutes in a clean dry pan and roughly chop. Place the steak on top of the salad and scatter over the chopped peanuts. Drizzle over the remaining dressing and serve immediately.

credit: www.gordonramsay.com

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CHEF SCOTT SIMPSON The Depot As Executive Chef and Co-Owner of The Depot in Auburn, Chef Scott Simpson has over thirty years of culinary experience and is now bringing his globally inspired seafood dishes to the heart of the South. As the first Alabama restaurant to fully

DEPOT SESAME ASPARAGUS WITH GINGER, GARLIC & LEMON BUTTER RECIPE

qualify for the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch program, Chef Simpson and The Depot are committed to serving sustainable seafood fished or farmed

Ingredients

through

environmentally

responsible

practices. Bringing The Depot back to life, Chef Simpson is plating up pristine

̟̟ 8 oz asparagus, trimmed

seafood focusing on grilled gulf-coastal

̟̟ 2 oz unsalted butter

cuisine with a worldly flair.

̟̟ 1 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed ̟̟ small knob fresh ginger, peeled and grated ̟̟ zest and juice of 1 lemon ̟̟ sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste ̟̟ Toasted Black & White Sesame Seeds

Procedure 1. Cook the asparagus spears in a pot of boiling salted water until they are tender with a slight crunch (3 minutes max). 2. Carefully remove them from the pot and drain well. 3. Place in a serving dish and keep warm. (Asparagus can be pre blanched and shocked in Ice water ahead of time also) 4. Melt the butter and add the garlic, ginger and lemon zest and juice. Season to taste. 5. Stir for 2 minutes until the ginger and garlic are cooked. 6. Toss the asparagus in the pan sauce 7. Sprinkle with toasted Sesame Seeds

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FEATURE 74 _________________________ MATT & JANA POIRIER ambitious vision


Matt and Jana Poirier are busy folks, even for entrepreneurs. The couple hs opened three businesses in less than eight years in the Auburn area,withmore and concepts to come in the future. We sit down with Matt and Jana to discuss their journey and how they have brought their visions to life in Auburn and Opelika.

unique

ambitious


It is a sunny Monday morning when I am welcomed into the home of Matt and Jana Poirier. The couple shows me around a lovely open sitting room and dining room with high windows allowing a bevy of natural light to flow into the house. The dining room is complete with a long, beautiful wooden table which Jana informs me was made by her father. “He built this table as one of several for our wedding. He also did woodwork for The Hound and The Depot. He’s our resident carpenter,” she says with a laugh. The Poiriers are a joy, offering a casual interview with a wealth of warmth and levity.


Jana Poirier was born and raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Following her family tradition, she attended Auburn University and graduated in 2003 with a degree in finance. After graduation, she went into the field of forensic accounting. Her work had her traveling often, and due to such she ended up in San Francisco in 2007. “It was supposed to be a six-month training program, and then she was going back to her Atlanta office when she was done. But it didn’t quite work out that way,” Matt adds with a laugh. Matt grew up in California, originally hailing from the San Jose area. He attended college at Arizona State University and later transferred to finish his education at a university in San Diego. He was living and working

back in San Jose in 2007, helping with his family’s business. The two had a meeting of circumstance on the train to work one night. Jana recalls, “I got on the train, and I saw Matt. We had never met before but we just kind of made eye contact, and I went to sit at the back of the train, but I really wanted to say ‘hello’. I’m pretty outgoing and thought ‘I want to say hi to this guy and get to know him.’ Well, I get off the train and didn’t see him the second time around. So as I was walking home, I saw this guy and ran up and said ‘oh hey!’...and it wasn’t Matt! I thought I had lost the opportunity to talk to him and that he was gone forever. I even called my mom and told her about this guy and how this chance had slipped through my fingers and that I’d never see him again.


Well, the very next morning I get on the train and there is just one seat left – and it’s next to Matt. So I took the opportunity this time and introduced myself.” Matt adds, “After she introduced herself, we started talking, and I asked her out. We had a great first date, a fun time. And that was pretty much it.” The couple was married a few years later, in October of 2010 in Auburn, where Jana’s parents lived. The couple lived together in California for a time, but decided to move to Auburn to pursue a new avenue – Matt wanted a change of scenery and Jana wanted to nearer to her family, with whom she has always maintained very close ties. They moved to Auburn in 2011, and Matt began to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur and restaurateur. The Poiriers came upon their first opportunity in what used to be the Olde Auburn Ale House. The historic property was a good fit for the couple’s vision for their first restaurant, and the Poiriers took over the lease in early 2012. After almost two months of hard work, The Hound opened for business on March 16, 2012. “We were on a shoestring budget, and those first months were hard. We were taking a huge risk, but we had Jana’s father build the bar, tables, and chairs, and we did everything we could to save money. Tile, grout, you name it, we did it if we could. It was hard work and it didn’t get easier when the doors opened. Jana would be acting as hostess and I would be yelling orders [to the

kitchen cooks] or tending bar, doing whatever we could to fill the gaps. But the response was incredible, and we are truly amazed that our hard work has paid off,” Matt reminisces. The Hound is now known as one of the best restaurants in Auburn – its slogan “Bacon and Bourbon” resonates throughout the town. The restaurant’s focus on heirloom proteins, incredible ingredients, and mastery of the art of pork are well-known to locals, and The Hound’s brunch is known for amazing creations and is worth every minute of the wait to be seated. The Poiriers’ second venture came in 2015 when the old Auburn Train Depot came up for sale. After acquiring the property, Matt and Jana once again put in the time to renovate the historic building and refit it into the restaurant that would become The Depot. The vision for this concept was based mostly around seafood – real, unique and fresh ingredients procured from the best suppliers to ensure fresh-from-the-water dishes right in downtown Auburn.


They came upon the executive chef and operating partner Scott Simpson by chance, and after an interview found him to be a perfect fit for the restaurant concept. Jana says, “We sat down to speak to Scott and heard his story. He grew up on the beach, his father was a marine biologist. So he and his brothers spent a great deal of their childhood swimming and spearfishing and cooking what they caught right out of the water. When we heard that, we knew we had found the perfect fit for The Depot.” The Depot offerings are all centered around the restaurant’s signature wood-fired barbecue grill, and not bogged down by the overly complicated ingredient combinations typically found in modern restaurants. “Scott’s menu is globally inspired, but focuses on simplicity. When we asked him what his

ideal meal was, he gave a simple answer of ‘a fresh grilled fish, with a bit of lemon’, and we loved it. He embodies that ideal in what he brings to the restaurant and it has been better than we could have ever imagined,” Matt adds. The Depot has also seen great success and is known for greatly elevating Auburn’s food scene along with being the only restaurant in the entire state of Alabama to have the James Beard Smart Catch Leader award (an award and designation recognizing national culinary leaders for their commitment to sustainability). Ever the ambitious one, Matt continues to bring new tastes to the area with his most recent venture in downtown Opelika – a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge called Sneak & Dawdle, which opened on New Year’s Eve of 2018. The concept is inspired by


I

provide for my kids, but I also want to be phy ically present and there s for them when they need me.


speakeasies in other college towns and large cities throughout the nation, but without the truly “underground” nature that requires a Ph.D. or ring of well-connected secret agents to reliably find. “There are elements of the Prohibition era speakeasy, like the lighting and the entryway, but we didn’t want to make it too difficult to find,” Matt says. Jana adds, “There are elements of that, though. There is a bear emblem out front so you can say ‘Hey, just look for the bear and you know where you are! But you’re not sneaking down alleyways and going into underground cellars just to find this cool place you’ve heard about.” The comfortable lounge offers a plethra of handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and wines to its customers, and Matt often holds “cocktail labs” to workshop new cocktails for his regular customers. The Poiriers are always moving it seems, motivated to improve and grow. But that has not stopped them from living full lives. During the opening of The Hound, Jana was pregnant with the couple’s first child John Marc, now age 3. They also have a newborn daughter Susanna, age 1. Jana says that starting a family has not stopped the two, but it has made them step back and figure out what is important. She has taken a reduced role in the active running of the restaurants, preferring to focus on their young children and applying her accounting expertise on the businesses’ books while Matt handles day-to-day operations. The family makes sure to have dinner together every night, as both parents are dedicated to being present in the lives of their children. Matt says, “We will sit down for an early dinner at around 5 or 5:30 so that we can all be together. I don’t want to be the dad that’s always working. I want to provide for my kids, but I also want to be physically present and there for them when they need me.” The early dinner allows Matt to pop in to any of the businesses and help out if they happen to have an unexpected rush during dinner hours. Matt and Jana also spend a great deal of time talking about ideas and future concepts, and discussing the pros and cons of new ventures. Even during the interview, it is obvious to me that the two of them are a great team – neither interrupts or speaks over the other, and they frequently yield the floor to the other when they feel that the other can communicate an idea or story in a better fashion. It is no wonder that the two have managed to stay married for 11 years, many of which have seen them working together in high-pressure situations.


At the end of the day, the Poiriers have a lot to be proud of. They are responsible for two of the hottest restaurants in downtown Auburn, and a speakeasy lounge that is the talk of a revitalized downtown Opelika. The future will see more concepts open under their leadership, the next of which is an indoor/outdoor gaming concept known as Parlor, to open in 2020 in the new Midtown development on Opelika Road. Matt says that the establishment will have outdoor games like bocce ball and corn hole, with a full kitchen indoors. The idea is similar to the combination bar/arcades popping up all over the country, with all-age accessible games replacing the arcade cabinets of the “barcades”. “We want to make it fun for kids, adults, and elderly family members. We’re very excited about breaking ground on this

and it should be opening sooner rather than later,” Matt concludes. We look forward to the ambitious new ideas coming from the Poiriers, and the great times that will be within them. If they are run as passionately as staples like The Hound and The Depot, then the future looks very bright indeed. We are happy to have Matt and Jana Poirier as members of our community and look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.


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TED BAKER 24K FOUNTAIN PEN A bit of a departure from our previous pick, this pen is unashamedly showy, but that’s certainly no bad thing. Plated in 24-carat gold, it backs up its ultraluxurious look with what reviewers report to be a well-balanced, even writing experience with great flow and no blotchy nightmares from the iridium nib. But if we’re being totally honest with ourselves, the writing is just a bonus: here it’s all about the look, and in mirror-finish ultratrendy rose gold, it’s a very good look indeed.


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Sapporo Beer Museum is Japan’s only beer-related museum. It is located in Sapporo, Hokkaido where Sapporo Beer originated.


Spring into Sapporo

Sapporo, JApan The

city of

Sapporo

is an oft-overlooked

treasure on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. However, to the seasoned steward of travel, Sapporo can offer the ultimate of the Far East.

Sapporo

spring experience

combines the semi-

futuristic sheen and sleekness of modern Japan with the natural beauty of the unspoiled

the Rising Sun

Land of

of old legends. In the springtime,

Sapporo especially comes to life with incredible

and colorful flowers in full glorious bloom and the bustle of city life amid the winter’s thaw. So strap in and join Southern Tatler on a spring adventure to the hidden gem that is Sapporo


Chances are that you are aware of the image of modern Japan – the almost futuristic dominance of interesting technology, the culture of pop idols, and the delectable cuisine. However, most travelers seem to only attribute these traits to the ultra-modern Japanese city of Tokyo. While Tokyo is a delight in and of itself, many travelers may be in need of something different and frankly less packed with people. If that describes you, then you are in luck – the city of Sapporo is right up your alley. The fifth-largest city in Japan, Sapporo is the capital of the nation’s northern island of Hokkaido and is located in the Ishikari subprefecture of the country. Nestled along the southern peninsula coasts of the island, Sapporo has a rich culture and climate that makes it ideal in the springtime of Japan. Southern Tatler invites you to join us on a trip through this can’t-miss spring destination.

Sapporo’s modern development began in the late 1800s, toward the

end of Japan’s feudal “Edo period”. Until that point, the northern island of Hokkaido had been primarily the realm of the Ainu people, with the

descendants of the modern Japanese nation hailing from the southern island

of Honshu. The name Sapporo is actually derived from the Ainu language, “sat poro pet”, meaning “great, dry river” in honor of the Toyohira River

that runs through the city. The city’s settling began as the new Japanese

rulership began construction on a canal through Hokkaido, leading to the

establishment of Sapporo village. With help from American agricultural advisers and ambassadors, modern Japan developed the island of Hokkaido

into the industrial age and sprung it forward into the future. The city was officially recognized in 1868.


HISTORY AT OKURAYAMA LOOKING DOWN THE SKI JUMP FROM THE OBSERVATION DECK AT OKURAYAMA, HOME OF THE WINTER OLYMPICS IN 1972. SAPPORO IS KNOWN FOR ITS WINTER SPORTS AND IF YOU WANT TO GO SKIING THEN YOU NEED TO HEAD TO MOUNT TEINE WHICH IS THE MOST FAMOUS SKI MOUNTAIN IN THE REGION.


The modern Sapporo is quite a far cry from

the pig and sheep farms that characterized its humble beginnings – the city’s ten wards now boast

a population of over 2 million people, the densest

and most populous on Hokkaido. The greater

metropolitan area offers a great wealth of activities to keep its denizens and travelers happy and very busy.

Sapporo’s climate is warm but not overly humid in the summer, and very cold and snowy in the winters. This makes the spring thaw the most

lively time for the greater Sapporo area as citizens are apt to celebrate the end of the harsh winter with many festivities. While there are winter celebrations such as the famed Sapporo Snow Festival, the most vivacious is the Sapporo Lilac Festival, held in May. This colossal fete is rife with food, wine, and the enjoyment of the blooming flowers of spring, the most celebrated being the lilac. The next month, the final big spring festival is held in the Yosakoi Soran Festival. The Yosakoi spills into the streets of Sapporo focused around the famed Odori Park, with many RS FORME SE PER E JAPANE CING IN TH GENKI DAN ARAJUKU KOI SH OSA FAMOUURI SUPER Y. MATS FESTIVAL

A BE A L TRA ADY DR UTIFUL D ESS I T KIM ONOIONAL J ED IN AT T A HE Y DANCIN PANESE OSA G K FEST OI SOAWAY IVAL RAN .

DANCE And CELEBRATE YOSAKOI SORAN DANCE FESTIVAL. IT IS A FESTIVAL HELD IN EARLY SUMMER. MANY TEAMS SHOWCASE THE ORIGINAL DANCE AND IT IS A VERY POPULAR FESTIVAL FOR TOURISTS. THIS IS AN ENERGETIC DANCING EVENT BASED ON THE YOSAKOI FESTIVAL OF KOCHI PREFECTURE, FEATURING NARUKO CLAPPERS AND HOKKAIDO’S SORAN BUSHI FOLK MELODIES.


dance teams in special costumes celebrating through dance to traditional Japanese music. Smaller spring festivals are periodically held in many of Sapporo’s other conservatory parks, such as the Nakajima Park promenade and the Hokkaido Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens house many of Japan’s iconic and native plants in full glory of springtime – these include the enchanting pink cherry blossom trees (natively referred to as “Sakura”), yellow flowering forsythia, and the massive Japanese aralia, whose distinctive leaves are said in legend to create divine

wind to “spirit away” the enlightened. For those who love the colorful flowers, an additional trip to the Chizaki Rose Garden can lend a breathtaking view of roses of every color and variety. Sapporo’s art scene is one of Japan’s liveliest, blending the traditional and modern, much like the city itself. A trip to the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art lends itself to a showcase of cuttingedge international art, with particular focus on avant-garde Japanese artistry.

The former but not THE late BUILT IN 1888, THIS BUILDING WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT USING THE AMERICAN NEO-BAROQUE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE. THE DISTORTED GLASS MADE IN THE MEIJI ERA, AS WELL AS THE DOUBLE-THICKNESS DOORS AND OTHER MEASURES WERE USED IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE FORMER HOKKAIDO GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING AGAINST THE COLD.

K IS A PAR TIEST IYAM ASAH THE PRET E CIT Y F H ONE OKIND IN TED IN A S OF IT IS COVER LOWER AND GEOUS F . GOR GARDEN

A SHOU RT LOVER S L NOT TD MAKE SU O RE HOKK AIDO MISS THE MODE MUSE U R N M OF SITS IN ART W H OF A P THE MIDD ICH RETTY LE PARK.


The Miyanomori Art Museum provides a look into the past of Japan’s art, containing more traditional Japanese art and artifacts from the Ainu and Honshu peoples of the Edo and early industrial periods of Japan’s history. Sapporo also touts the Sapporo Art Park, an open-air concept containing outdoor installations and a sculpture garden. The crown jewel is the Sapporo Odori 500m Underground Walkway Gallery, an underground “tunnel-styled” art exhibit. The exhibits rotate seasonally, providing opportunities to change theming and expose new and upcoming artists to the local and national art scenes. Visual arts are not the only cornerstone of Sapporo’s art scene, however – music and film thrive in the city as well. The Pacific Music Festival showcases performing artists from all over the Pacific Rim in a long weekend musical extravaganza. The city also plays host to a worldclass musical venue in the Sapporo Concert Hall “Kitara”.

Literature is also celebrated in the Junichi Watanabe Literature Museum, which displays the works and effects of one of Sapporo’s most celebrated writers. No trip would be complete without a sampling of traditional Japanese cuisine. Sapporo is not often referred to as a culinary destination, but that should not deter the epicureans among us from trying all that the city has to offer. Beer lovers may have recognized that Sapporo shares its name with a Japanese beer – the Sapporo brewery is home to a beer of the same name, the most widely imported Asian beer in the world. The city is also the home of two regional delicacies that have come

SAPPORO IN SAPPORO VIEW OF THE SAPPORO BEER MUSEUM. IT IS THE ONLY BEER MUSEUM IN JAPAN. ONE OF THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN SAPPORO IS THE SAPPORO BEER MUSEUM WHICH SHOWCASES ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST FAMOUS BEVERAGES. THE MUSEUM IS OWNED BY THE WIDER SAPPORO BREWING COMPANY AND YOU CAN TAKE A GUIDED TOUR OF THE FACILITY AND LEARN HOW THE BEER IS MADE AND HOW IT GOT ITS START.


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THE IN SAP SIGNATUR SHIROPORO IS KNE TREAT MEAN I KOIBITO OWN AS S ‘WH W ITE LO HICH VERS’.

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to define its cuisine culture. These are the Shiroi Koibito (“white chocolate biscuit”) and miso ramen. The Shiroi Koibito is a favorite local treat, a semisweet cookie made with white chocolate that can be acquired at any street vendor or sweet shop in the city. Sapporo is also home to the Kouraku Ramen Meitengai in its Susukino district, an alley lined with miso ramen stands and shops. The delectable ramen is made with miso broth, a hearty blend of umami brought forth from a number of stock bases such as mushrooms, tofu, or beef. The miso broth adds a dose of heft to even the lightest ramen, allowing for a satisfying blend of flavorful satisfaction in the traditionally light snack that is a bowl of the noodle dish. Many varieties of the special ramen can be tried in the Meitengai, with each shop bringing its own special twist to the local dish. Other fine offerings

to be had in Sapporo include Japanese soup curry, a uniquely East Asian curry made with vegetables and proteins such as chicken or beef. For the sweet lovers, the Sapporo Sweets Competition is held by local candy makers, bakeries, and other sweetmakers just before the advent of summer. While Tokyo may be the tempting first travel destination in Japan due to its size and popularity, those looking for a more unique adventure or a seasonal getaway should not miss the beauty and wonder that is Sapporo. Between the incredible food, bustling artistic culture, and incomparable beauty of spring in bloom, Sapporo offers the traditional Japanese experience and so much more. So shake off the winter snow, plan your trip, and enjoy spring in Sapporo!


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SIGN OF THE MONTH: GEMINI

May 21 - June 20 The astral energy indicates positive financial news. A

LIBRA

AQUARIUS

settlement, grant, or bonus of some kind that you’ve

September 23 - October 22

January 20 to February 18

want to celebrate, Gemini. A chance to attend a large

Tonight you might host a social event in your home,

Trying to get too much work done in the course of

if you have vivid dreams - some great, some sad. Keep paper

first, Libra, wondering if all will go as well as you hope,

Your energy isn’t what it usually is, and you’re probably

anticipated for a long time may finally manifest. You might gathering might come your way. Tonight, don’t be surprised and pen handy so you can write them down.

perhaps for business associates. You could be nervous at but your efforts should produce the results you want. You

might be introduced to new contacts, leading to increased opportunities. Take a walk after everyone has gone. Your

mind will be churning and you’ll want to clear your head.

CANCER

SCORPIO

one day might prove self-defeating today, Aquarius.

operating on nervous energy. Consider the situation and

list your tasks in order of urgency. The world won’t come to an end if you don’t get them all done today. In the

evening, rent a pile of videos, order a pizza, and relax.

PISCES

June 21 - July 22

October 23 - November 21

February 19 to March 20

Today you’ll put a lot of energy into business, personal,

Paperwork, perhaps contracts or other legal documents of

A depressed friend may need cheering up. Your ability to

beneficial now, Cancer. So even if you prefer to work

with some of your projects. These projects could involve

Pisces. Take care not to absorb any of this person’s

or romantic partnerships. They’re likely to be especially alone, this is the time to explore the possibility of

joining with those who share your ambitions. Romantic

partnerships formed or advanced today are likely to prove stable and enduring. Don’t let fear stand in your way.

LEO

some kind, might need attention so you can move ahead

writing or speaking. Your mind is in just the right space to

participate in anything involving communication, Scorpio, and doors of opportunity may open up for you in this field. Gird your loins and get to it.

SAGITTARIUS

nurture and listen sympathetically will prove beneficial,

dejection. Your own life should continue to go well, with business and career successes leading to new friendships

and goals. Hang onto your own enthusiasm and optimism while extending a compassionate ear to others.

ARIES

July 23 - August 22

November 22 - December 21

March 21 - April 19

Too much work and the resulting pressure over the past

The financial picture continues to improve, Sagittarius.

Too many projects to complete might have you feeling just a little bit pressured, Aries. However, your innate determination is likely to drive you on to try to get it all done even if it seems impossible. Don’t try to do it all yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little help. This might accomplish your ends without putting undue burdens on yourself.

few days could have you feeling too tired to do anything more, Leo, although your optimism and enthusiasm are

still intact. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re dragging a little toward the end of the day. You’ll be able to

recharge your batteries before tomorrow. In the evening, relax at home with a good book.

VIRGO

At some point during the day, you might have the feeling that you aren’t working hard enough to keep the forward motion going, and you might feel panic rise. This could

prove a good motivating factor, but you don’t need to push yourself harder than you’re going now. You’re on a roll and it’s likely to continue. Just pace yourself.

CAPRICORN

TAURUS

August 23 - September 22

December 22 - January 19

April 20 - May 20

Romance blossoms for you tonight, Virgo, perhaps after

Even though all continues to go well for you, Capricorn,

You’ve been doing well, Taurus, but today you might be

great things in your life, you might find yourself feeling a

clear and well defined. You’re looking forward to the

a long period of standing still. A new sense of stability and security may settle on love relationships and close

friendships. Children could also be a source of warmth and pleasure. You might want to channel some of this

positive energy into creative activity of some kind, which will increase your sense of contentment and well-being.

your mood may go up and down today. In spite of all the

little blue sometime during the day. Don’t read too much

into it. It’s probably just the result of low biorhythms. Try to distract yourself with work. This evening get out with some friends and have a good time.

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feeling more focused than ever. The path ahead seems

future with motivation and anticipation. You might be

considering a long trip abroad or perhaps going back to

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Southern Tatler Issue 31  

Matt & Jana Poirier - Ambitious Visions, Stephen Malkoff, HomeLink Realty, Chef Miguel Figueroa, Japan Sapporo

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