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Winter 2011


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annual holiday gift guide, fashion and fun for the season



Seasonal food and drinks


an interview with The Honourable Sharon Carstairs

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Different options to eat, drink and be merry page 50

Holiday spirits page 54

What a chef wants page 56

fashion, fitness and health

Holiday looks for day and night page 17

Staying fit during the season page 28

Heart health page 30

Suite dreams page 67

Home is where the hearth is page 70


Holiday dĂŠcor page 63


Holiday happenings page 9 2


Former senator, The Honourable Sharon Carstairs page 25

Connecting people with employment page 34




editor’s perspective

Winter 2011

The guide for living local


Winter 2011: Volume 12, Issue 4

The air is frosty, the snow has fallen, and temperatures are dropping – yes, winter is upon us as we set in for the Big Chill. Winnipeg is a winter city, and whether you embrace it, you do have to face it. With the right attitude, and the right wardrobe, there is a lot to enjoy – both indoors and out, especially during the holidays. As a friend of mine says, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices.”

Editor Barbara Edie (204) 992-3402 dESiGNEr designtype CoNtriButorS donna Besel, donna Carreiro, darryl Crumb, Leigh Cunningham, Margaret Anne Fehr, Kathryne Grisim, ian McCausland, Holli Moncrieff, Lorna Murdoch, Wendy Novotny, Susie Erjavec Parker, Steve Salnikowski (chronic creative), randy Sawatsky, roseAnna Schick, Amanda thomas, rob thomas, Shel Zolkewich

Here at Winnipeg Women magazine, we’ve been getting ready for the season for weeks now – checking out what’s hot for the holidays – fashion, food and fun! We’ll help you warm up to winter with a few new ideas for your holiday wardrobe, the perfect gifts for the ones you love, and some cool holiday events – and even recipes – that promise good times and good cheer.

PuBLiSHEd By GrouP PuBLiSHEr Glenn tinley

Of course, this is also the season of giving. In this issue we’re not only your “guide to living local” but also your “guide to giving local” as we’ve shopped around to find some unique – and colourful – gifts from Winnipeg and Manitoba businesses that can fulfill your holiday wish lists. We’ve also created a list for those wishing to donate to local charities, in the true spirit of the season.

EditoriAL dirECtor Barbara Edie

In this issue, we also profile people and organizations who give back to the community. The Honourable Sharon Carstairs gave tirelessly in her years as a politician and, as she tells us, in her dedicated role as a mother. Others who understand the gift of generosity, include organizations such as Connect Employment, which helps people with intellectual disabilities find jobs. And getting into the holiday spirit(s), our Dish section features everything from Christmas cocktails to seasonal cuisine, as well as where you can go to dine in or take out your favourite festive fare. In our Dreamspaces section you’ll find some new ways to warm up by the fire, or get cozy under the covers in a dream-like bedroom, as we discover a few new things to bring you comfort and joy. So as we greet the winter and holiday season, I wish you all the warmth that goodwill, good cheer and good company can bring. Happy holidays and all the best for 2012!



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Kathryne Grisim is a blogger, a self-described “food appreciator,” an imaginative cook and our voice from the Interweb. She writes about her foodie experiences online at herb mayo and a sunny-side up fried egg! The addition of pickled beets was just my cup of tea.


innipeg has a vibrant restaurant scene and always so many choices from which to declare the year’s best new entry. I was introduced to business partners Kyle and Marc when I visited Unburger Restaurant/ Café at 472 Stradbrook Ave. for my first time. The little place has a fresh, crisp and clean design. I sampled the “Unburger” — grilled pineapple, balsamic onion and tomato relish, caramelized onions, bacon, cheddar,



The newly relocated Deseo Bistro is at 696 Osborne St. There was some debate as to whether Deseo should be considered new as they were formerly located on the main floor of the Royal Albert Arms. But since Deseo was the hands down winner when I asked my cyber-circle for their favourite, I declare it to be Winnipeg’s best new restaurant. I’ve been twice – once for a savoury lunch of sweet and sour figs and chorizo sausage, and a second time for a cozy dinner when I sampled Chef Scott Bagshaw’s BC Clams tossed with pancetta and brussel sprout kim chee, and Caramelized Pork Belly accompanied by sour pear, crispy chicken skin and succotash. Deseo’s small plates are nothing short of exquisite. We were warmly hosted by the other Deseo partner, and lovely gentleman, Alejandro Moro. I was surprised when no one remembered or (faced up to) loving Smoke’s Poutinerie which drew such a crowd when it opened in the Exchange this past summer. Being the poutine aficionado that I am, I was duly impressed by the savoury gravy and real cheese curds.

My blogging friends had this to add: Carbone Coal Fired Pizza on Taylor Avenue is my new favourite pizzeria. The coal-fired oven creates the best crispy-thin crusts that cook in as little as three minutes. The peppino is a musttry with cherry tomatoes, prosciutto, arugula, parmigiano and a splash of olive oil, and save room for the Ferrero dessert pizza topped with nutella and roasted bananas. The new Stella’s at Plug In, 460 Portage Ave., in the Buhler Centre across form the University of Winnipeg is the perfect place to grab a big fluffy cinnamon bun and coffee on the way to class or work. If you have time to sit down in the sunny dining room enclosed in floor-to-ceiling windows, order the Mexican Breakfast. My new fave restaurant isn’t really a restaurant per se, but a coffee shop.  Parlour Coffee at 468 Main Street has finally filled Winnipeg’s need for a place to get an incredible cup coffee. Its simple design and warm, friendly atmosphere (and staff) will definitely have you fixin’ for your daily cup of joe.


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WSO gets ready for new season WSO’s music director Alexander Mickelthwate (second from left), principal French horn Patricia Evans (centre) and executive director Trudy Schroeder (far right) with Soundcheck members at Dust off your Dress, part of the WSO’s 64th Opening Weekend.



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Holiday ballet tradition The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the Nutcracker, Dec. 21-28, 2011, in this classic yuletide tale and Tchaikovsky score, set at the turn-of-the-century in a stately mansion on Winnipeg’s Wellington Crescent. Winnipeg Women is also thrilled that one of our young book reviewers, Rachael Buchwald, is dancing in the Nutcracker this year! Have fun Rachael! Tickets at 204-956-2792 or 1-800-667-4792.

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From Nov. 12, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012, the Children’s Museum presents the last original display of fairytales from the former Eaton’s downtown store. Including classics such as Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty and Three Blind Mice, these 15 fun and fanciful vignettes are a delightful holiday tradition. Free with museum admission.

Manitoba Theatre for Young People presents The House at Pooh Corner, Dec. 9-26, 2011, as Winnipeg’s most famous bear helps celebrate MTYP’s 30th anniversary season! The theatre is transformed into the world of Winnie-the-Pooh, with music and puppetry in a magical holiday treat. Tickets available at MTYP box office at 204-942-8898.

Winnipeg’s best light show!

The 12th annual Canad Inns Winter Wonderland, Dec. 2-31, 2011,will dazzle you with a million lights and more than 25 theme areas in Manitoba’s largest drive-through light show. Open daily 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, except Christmas Day, there are also free horse-drawn sleigh rides every weekend! For more information call 204-888-6990 or visit

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All for one at PTE Prairie Theatre Exchange presents the kid-friendly Three Munschketeers Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 27-30, 2011, its annual fun-filled presentation of the stories of Robert Munsch. This year includes classics such as Wait and See, We Share Everything! and Where is Gah-ning Tickets available at PTE box office at 204-942-5483.

Count the winter birdies On Dec. 17 head to Oak Hammock Marsh for its annual Christmas bird count; explore the area and help count its feathered winter residents. Pre-registration is required, by Dec. 15, and the fee is $5 plus admission. Call 204-467-3300 or visit www.

All aboard for a train of lights From Dec. 10, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012 the Assiniboine Valley Railway will take passengers on its Christmas Light Run, the annual display that now boasts more than 98,000 lights. Train ride times are 6:30 pm - 9 pm, every day except Christmas Day. Tickets are $2 and free for children two and under. For more information call 204-837-1305 or 204-782-7090.





Constable Natalie Aitken Written and photographed by Amanda Thomas

onstable Natalie Aitken has been serving our community for 13 years, holding numerous positions within the Winnipeg Police Service. This spring she accepted a position as one of two Public Information Officers and is quickly becoming one of the police service’s most familiar faces. From the media room at the Public Safety Building Constable Aitken shared what it’s like to be a woman in uniform.

What does your position as a Public Information Officer entail?

There’s two Public Information Officers and we relay information to the citizens of Winnipeg regarding what’s going on in their city. We have seven-day coverage and we have an excellent working relationship with members of the media. We’ll hold briefings outlining significant arrests, drug seizures we’ve made, or public safety announcements. Prior to composing the release Jason and I review reports and liaise with investigators to ensure accurate and appropriate information is released to the public.



What other positions have you held within the Winnipeg Police Service over your 13 year career?

I started out as a general patrol officer in 1998, which really is the meat and potatoes for a police officer and it was an awesome experience. I have been fortunate to have worked in a number of specialty units including the Domestic Violence Unit, Community Relations Unit and the Training Academy. I was also a School Education Officer. We could be training elementary school patrols in the morning, then do a drug or impaired driving presentation to high school students it the afternoon, so that job was unbelievable. Then I moved to the Crime Prevention Section and worked with businesses to help prevent things like identity theft and other crimes targeted at business owners. There are so many opportunities within the Service, and now I’m here as a Public Information Officer. It’s excellent because what I did in the past is completely different from what I’m doing now.

As an officer what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Each and every day when officers put on their uniforms they are trying to make this city a safer place. It is something we strive to do. As for me personally, I do understand our role is

sometimes to deal with the negative news as a Public Information Officer. But what’s most rewarding is when we’re able to highlight some of the positive sides of policing that the public might not normally see. For example all the positive work our officers are doing when they’re not in uniform like volunteering for a sports program or club at an inner-city school. Recently we announced a new litter of K-9 puppies so that was really positive fun news for the public to hear.

Any advice for young women in Winnipeg looking to become police officers?

Over the years the number of females applying for our Service has been increasing and women should know this is definitely a career they can do. We receive a lot of training here and we are given the necessary tools to succeed and I believe any woman no matter her size can pass the fitness standard, with training. My experience with this organization has been absolutely positive. The Winnipeg Police Service is a great place to work because there are so many avenues that you can take. We really are a team, we work with a partner, and we’re involved in the community. I would strongly encourage any women interested in law enforcement to pursue this exciting career.

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n this jolly busy season of fun and festivities, Winnipeg Women will help you go from casual glam by day to evening chic by night, and greet the holidays in style. In shimmering jackets, sparkling tops with tights, or not-so-classic little black dresses, you’ll be the one to shine at the office or at your holiday party.

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For a colourful daytime look Tracy Cunningham wears a Covet cotton top $85, blue jeans by Henry & Belle $165 (the ideal skinny), Luxury Rebel shoes $130 and earrings $30. All from October Boutique, Grant Park Mall, 452-0737. Owen Barry purse $170 from Silver Lotus, 111 Osborne Street, 452-3648.

By night Tracy adds a little glam with a Colcci dress/top $135, blue jeans by Henry & Belle, $165 (the ideal skinny), and g.j bracelet $350. All from October Boutique, Grant Park Mall, 452-0737. J orja purse from Silver Lotus, $155 111 Osborne Street, 452-3648. Poetic Licence charcoal shoes $150, from Rooster, 452 River Ave., 219-7008



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For a shimmering evening look, Connie wears an I.C. Jacket $178.00, bracelet $98.99 and earrings $36.99 all from Cheryl Renee, 540 Academy Road, 488-3123 Black clutch with crystals $450, and Bruno Magli shoes $395, both from My Beautiful Shoes, 2025 Corydon Ave., 415-3362



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It’s just the latest distinguished moniker she can lay claim to, after a career of distinguished monikers. But the former president of the Liberal Party of Alberta, Liberal MLA for River Heights, Leader of the Liberal Party of Manitoba, Senator and now Honourable, Carstairs says there is one moniker that trumps all the others. This, despite the fact that it’s a side of her she’s rarely talked about. “The thing (the public) really didn’t know about me was that I was... and am... a mother.” It’s a title she holds close to her heart, and it’s precisely for that reason she kept it out of the limelight. She wanted to protect her kids, and her kids wanted no part of the publicity. “In ‘86, my very first election campaign, I used their picture in the brochure, and they asked me not to do that anymore,” she says. “I think I was one of the very few politicians whose children were not on the Christmas cards. They refused.” But from the start they were a driving force in her life, and to a certain degree they played a key role in her decision to enter politics. She was living with husband John in Alberta at the time, happily parenting their toddler daughter, when she got pregnant again. Immediately, however, things went terribly wrong. Her blood pressure skyrocketed, to the point where doctors recommended a medically induced abortion. She didn’t, however, and went on to safely deliver their second daughter. But her fate as a parent was sealed. WINNIpEgWomEN.NET

“I knew even before she was born that this was it,” Carstairs says. “I was told that if I survived this pregnancy, no more children, because there was a good chance I would die, or my baby would die.” It was a tough pill to swallow because, “... all things being equal, I would have wanted more children.” Fast-forward a decade. Her kids were getting older, and the restlessness kicked in. “I had all this pent-up energy,” Carstairs says. And politics looked like the perfect outlet. So with two daughters in grade school, Carstairs took on politics. And politics welcomed her to it. By the mid 1970s, she was president of the Liberal Party in Alberta. It was a good fit, but life only got better when the family moved to Manitoba, when her husband was transferred here. Immediately, Carstairs says, she fell in love with both the city and the people. They found a “wonderful home” on Wellington Crescent (“the housing market was booming in Calgary, so we got top dollar for our home there,” she explains), and the neighbours, even more wonderful.

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“I was like a kid in a candy store,” she recalls. “Immediately people started to introduce themselves, say ‘come for dinner,’ or ‘come for drinks’, my girls felt welcome, it was fabulous.” And though that was more than two decades ago, she is still sentimental about their lives here as a family. It was here that daughter Jennifer learned to ride horses, WINTER 2011


a passion that lives with her today. And it was here that they all developed a love for the theatre, thanks to regular outings at the Manitoba Theatre Centre. And don’t get Carstairs started on the Corydon district, that to this day, remains one of her favorite hotspots for dining out. “Cafe Carlo,” she says. “John and I love to go there.” Carstairs political career, of course, also thrived here, especially after the historic comeback the Liberals celebrated in the late ‘80s, with Carstairs herself leading the way. Through it all, however, she never forgot her private role as mother. And though she balanced the career versus homemaker roles with great success, it wasn’t without a struggle. “It’s a terrible guilt (working mothers face), “ Carstairs says. “It’s like we were all raised Catholic.” In her case, she says, she was lucky enough to have a housekeeper who was not only efficient, but the key to running a smooth household. She made sure the fridge was stocked, the laundry was done and the kids were fed. She also became a close family friend.



“No question, I couldn’t have done this without her,” Carstairs says. Despite that, neither Carstairs nor her housekeeper could protect the girls from everything. There were times, she says, when it was hard to be known as Sharon Carstair’s daughters, especially when they were in high school. “That was a time when we were the only Carstairs in the province,” she says. “So it didn’t take much to make the connection... and yes, I think they resented it.” But that didn’t stop them from supporting their mother, and that didn’t stop Carstairs from supporting her daughters. Again, she quietly but consistently embraced her role as mother, whether in the Manitoba Legislature or the House of Commons. A role she was terrified she’d lose, when her oldest daughter was diagnosed with NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma, back in 2006. “She’s fine now,” Carstairs says. “She’s in total remission.” In fact, today both daughters are thriving. And once again, it’s Carstairs role as mother that’s still a dictating force in her life. They moved to Ontario. And Carstairs and her husband decided they couldn’t stay here, without them. So they packed up and moved to Ottawa.

“That is the only reason we’re not in Winnipeg anymore,” Carstairs says. “We wanted to be closer to our daughters.” It was also a good career move, despite the fact that as of this fall, Carstairs is officially a retired politician. But no surprise, she’s not resting on her laurels. Between regular visits with the girls, Carstairs is indulging in the same passions she carried with her in the Senate. Issues like how Canadians care for the elderly, and how we care for the terminally ill. She’s long advocated for better resources and in fact, today, she’s awaiting the green light on a research proposal she’s put forward to the Network Centre of Excellence. If she’s granted the funds ($24 million), she and a team of researchers will study and propose solutions to the problem. She’s also involved with May Court, a nonprofit hospice for women. But while the Honourable Sharon Carstairs jumps into this role as private citizen advocate, she’ll always embrace her role as a Winnipegger, who spent some of the best years of her life here, as a mother. “I’ll always love Winnipeg,” she says. “I’ll always remember it as a wonderful place to raise a family.”

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he bustle of the holidays are upon us! Lots of gatherings, indulgent food, and perhaps more than one cocktail has us all asking the question: how do I get through the season without gaining a few (or several) pounds? Here are three important things to consider to stay in shape over the holidays. liBaTiOnS Whether beverages are alcoholic or not, they pack a caloric punch! Pun intended. Yummy drinks typically have loads of hidden, or not so hidden, sugar. Decide on how your day is going to look. If you’re going to a party that day and you’re going to want to enjoy an amazing drink, then go for it. Choose just that – an amazing drink. Make it worth it, and enjoy every sip. Choose the smallest glass you can and try to limit yourself to six ounces. For every glass of something fun, drink two large glasses of water. Choose sparkling water, club soda or flat water. Add lemon, lime or orange wedges for some flavour. Not only will this give you something to do and hold, it will also counteract the effects of alcohol, sugar and caffeine by hydrating your cells.



fare Grandma’s perogies, that fabulous chocolate ganache torte that your best friend always brings, and those darn chocolates and cookies in the staff room. How do you deal? First off, when things get really out of control keeping a food journal keeps people honest. It doesn’t have to be fancy; just jot down what you eat on a piece of paper. It will make you think twice about the things that pass by your lips. Second piece of advice: when at a buffet dinner, choose a small plate -- like a child’s plate, for example. Fill it up with tons of veggies, some meat and a few other things you must taste; then eat slowly. Drink a few glasses of water and wait a bit before going for seconds. Ask yourself if you really need them? For parties, I recommend eating a full meal before going. Make sure to get a lot of protein and good fats (olive oil, nuts, seeds, etc.) so you feel satiated. You will be less likely to over indulge in the hors d’oeuvres. SWeaT It seems tougher to get to the gym during the holidays. Often they are closed or busy at weird times or you’re just plain

too tired or busy to get there. Try to get some activity in at least six times a week. If there is one thing that will make you feel better it is to move. Keeping this a habit will ensure that January won’t come with a shock to the system. Even a brisk walk at lunch will help. Get the air circulating in your lungs, and oxygen to your muscles, to ensure all systems flow better -- especially the one that backs up with all the cheese, flour and sugar that’s around during the holidays. It may be cold outside but bundle up and get out there; it’s free, easy and a great way to calm the nervous system after a big meal or busy day. Yoga or a daily sitting meditation (as little as four minutes upon rising) will ensure you are even keeled and clear headed. Keep up the vitamins, including fish oils, vitamin D and B complex to make sure you’re getting all the support you need in regards to your body’s recovery. Enjoy the holidays with balance. Embrace your family and friends and create fond memories, but make a few choices to honour your body and you’ll be good to go when January hits.

have fun and stay safe with outdoor activities (NC)—On the slopes, make sure that ski and snowboard bindings are adjusted for your height and weight. Always check the weather conditions and watch the trails for icy patches and other potential hazards. dress for the weather. Layered clothing works better to keep your muscles warm and your skin dry so you don’t get chilled. You may want to

invest in clothing designed specifically for winter outdoor activity (available at your local outdoor or sporting goods store), or layer garments made of natural fibres (like cotton, wool and silk). know when to rest. Rest when you feel tired. Stop your activity immediately if you experience sudden or prolonged pain in any joint or muscle. Cool down by stretching, and change into dry, warm clothes. Stay hydrated. Don’t be fooled by the temperature. Your active body needs plenty of fluids even though it’s cold outside. Be sure to drink lots of water or juice before, during and after winter sports. Follow these tips, and you’re well on your way to having a safe and healthy winter.


Be smart with your heart by RoseAnna Schick

Every seven minutes in Canada, someone dies from it. Of all female deaths in Canada, 31 per cent can be attributed to it. For Canadian women over 55, it’s the number one killer. And it costs the Canadian economy more than $22.2 billion every year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages, and decreased productivity. The most unfortunate fact about this deadly and costly disease? It’s largely preventable. When it comes to heart disease, most people think of it as being only one condition. In actuality, heart disease – or disease of the heart – refers to any one of a number of different problems that compromise the structure and/or function of the heart. The most common is coronary heart disease, which refers to the failure of the coronary circulation system (consisting of the heart and blood vessels) to supply adequate circulation to cardiac muscle (the muscle that keeps your heart pumping). Coronary heart disease most commonly happens when blood vessels carrying oxygen and nutrients to the heart become clogged. The culprit causing the clogging is called plaque, which can be any combination of fatty materials, calcium and scar tissue. If enough plaque accumulates to block a blood vessel, a heart attack – a potentially fatal loss of blood supply – can happen. Once considered a ‘man’s disease’, today, heart disease is the number one killer of women in Canada and worldwide. While there are many similarities about heart disease for both women and men, there are some unique aspects to women’s heart health that are important to know. For example, from approximately age 12 to 50, the naturally occurring hormone called estrogen provides a protective effect on a woman’s cardiovascular health. However, estrogen levels are affected by a number of factors and conditions, including taking birth control pills, bodily changes during pregnancy, and the onset of menopause. Because estrogen has a positive effect on heart health, women tend to develop heart disease later in life – after menopause.



While a man’s risk of developing heart disease increases in his 40s, a woman’s risk becomes similar to a man’s risk about 10 years after menopause. Despite modern research and increasing awareness of heart disease, it is still considered under-detected in women. This could be because women – who are often busy taking care of others and putting their own health last – tend to ignore their risk of heart disease, and may not seek medical attention as quickly as they should. This could also be because women describe their pain differently than men, and therefore, are not being diagnosed in the same way as men.

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Another alarming fact is that once women do seek treatment, they are less likely to be referred to a heart specialist, be referred for further testing, be hospitalized, or be prescribed medication or other treatment. As a result, women do not always get the health care they need. So it’s no surprise that today, women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack or stroke – and are10 times more likely to die from heart disease than from any other disease.

If there is any good news associated with heart disease, it’s that lifestyle choices can help decrease the risk of developing heart disease. Here are some important habits to adopt, that will have a positive impact on your heart health.

In the past, it was believed that women and men had different warning signs of heart attack. Jackie Zalnasky, vice president of health promotion and research for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba, says this is no longer the case. “Women often experience the same symptoms as men do, but women and men don’t respond to a heart attack in the same ways. Women are less likely to believe they’re having a heart attack, and they are more likely to put off seeking treatment.” The early warning signs of heart disease and/or heart attacks are now considered the same for men and women. The most common symptoms are discomfort in the chest that doesn’t go away with rest; sudden severe or crushing chest discomfort that may move to other parts of the body; heaviness, pressure, squeezing, burning or tightness in the chest, shoulder, arm, neck, back or jaw, that doesn’t go away; or unusual pain spreading down one or both arms. Other signs may include shortness of breath or unusual fatigue; difficulty breathing; difficulty carrying out activities that used to be easy; paleness, sweating and/or weakness; nausea or vomiting; or

“Although symptoms are generally the same for men and women, women can sometimes experience symptoms that are less definite, such as chest discomfort rather than pain. For women, chest pain may not be the first sign of heart trouble’” says Zalnasky. “Women have reported experiencing unusual tiredness, trouble sleeping, problems breathing, indigestion, and anxiety up to a month or so before the heart attack.” Her number one ‘heart healthy’ tip? “Know your risk factors and how to manage them. And don’t ignore your symptoms!”

don’t smoke. Women who smoke have a higher risk of heart attack than non-smoking women, especially if taking birth control pills. Be physically active. Your heart is a muscle. Work it for a minimum of 2.5 hours each week to help keep it fit and functioning. Watch your weight. Women who are overweight have a greater risk of developing heart disease. Determine a healthy weight for you, achieve it, and maintain it. eat healthy. Cholesterol is an essential nutrient for the body – but too much of the wrong kind can block your arteries. Choose foods that are lower in saturated fat, and avoid Trans fats all together. Manage diabetes. If you already have diabetes, take good care of it. If you have a family history of diabetes, do what you can to avoid getting diabetes in the first place. limit alcohol use. While some studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption may offer some health benefits, too much of it can have a toxic effect on your body. reduce stress. Since stress may be associated with an increased risk for heart disease, find ways to deal with stressors in your life. visit your doctor. Be sure to go for regular medical check-ups. Have your doctor listen to your heart, check your blood pressure, and test cholesterol levels. WINNIpEgWomEN.NET

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Online technology takes bullying to new level by Susie Erjavec Parker

or most parents and educators today, bullying is a topic that appears to be pervasive in society. From the schoolyard to the sports scene, bullying and the social and psychological effects experienced by individuals, families, schools, communities and society are being thrust into the spotlight more and more. Bullying can be difficult to define. Many children have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day. Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves. It is behaviour that makes the person being bullied feel afraid or uncomfortable. There are many ways young people bully each other, even if they don’t realize it at the time. Some of these include:



Punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically


Spreading rumours about people


Excluding certain people out of a group; being clique-y


Teasing people in a mean or inappropriate way


Encouraging certain people to “gang up” on others


The four most common types of bullying are: 1. verBal BullyinG name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to one’s culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments. 2. SOCial BullyinG Mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures or graffiti intended to put others down. 3. PhySiCal BullyinG hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching. 4. CyBer BullyinG using the internet or text messaging to intimidate, put-down, spread rumours or make fun of someone.

The introduction of the internet and smartphones has taken bullying to a new level. According to Karen* (not her real name) most young people are not bullies and try to take care of each other. As a school counselor with more than seven years’ experience, Karen stresses the majority of kids are well-behaved and using technology appropriately, and schools are safe. “What we’ve come to learn when it comes to bullying is that kids who are hurting then take their anger and sadness out on others with hurtful actions and behaviours. It is a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break.” A bullying problem can become more difficult to diffuse when the bullied party does not come forward. Explains Karen, “Teachers and administrators cannot help if we don’t know there is a problem. We encourage any student experiencing bullying to tell an adult. Once we know, we can take proper action to shut it down. “The bullying Karen sees most often in her high school consists of: criticism of other’s clothes, body types, sexual orientation, racial background and/or sexual behavior (real or perceived); sexual put-downs (name calling); and disparities in social status. With the internet, bullying can take on a life of its own. One innocent picture of a group of friends goofing around and being kids can garner endless comments — some WINNIpEgWomEN.NET

nice, some snarky — in the space of a few minutes in cyberspace. While the feelings and sentiments captured in the comments may be a temporary judgment, the words are indelibly stored on the internet — one screen shot is all it takes to make a permanent record of a misstep. This forward thinking about actions and consequences is a skill most pre-teens and teenagers simply do not have. They live in the moment and their behaviours and reactions reflect this impulsivity and emotional immaturity to deal with long-term effects. Explains Karen, “Many times, the technology is just not being used appropriately. It is not uncommon for a teenager on Facebook to have 500 or 600+ friends. What’s more is all of their friends are friends with the same people, therefore one comment or poorly thought out post can have dramatic effects on a large group of kids. Once the positions are formed online, then we see others jumping on the bandwagon to continue the badgering and bullying. It really can happen so quickly.”

This forward thinking about actions and consequences is a skill most pre-teens and teenagers simply do not have. They live in the moment and their behaviours and reactions reflect this impulsivity and emotional immaturity to deal with long-term effects.

Most adults can recall bullying stories from their own personal experiences. Either experiencing the bullying first-hand or perpetrating bullying tactics on others, most of us have been witness to a bullying situation. In Canada Anti-Bullying Day will take place on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Recent teen suicides have shed light on the reality that bullying is difficult to eradicate. But there are ways parents and educators can work together to create environments where bullying cannot flourish because a network of support and open communication thrive instead. Noni Classen, Director of Education for Canadian Centre for Child Protection based in Winnipeg says that parents need to start conversations with their children about what healthy versus non-healthy relationships look like. When it comes to online bullying and the hostile environment that can ensue it is necessary, Classen asserts,”It is important parents pay attention to the emotional temperature of their children. Parents must stay connected to their children and provide a safety net for when children make mistakes.” WINNIpEgWomEN.NET

Karen, as a veteran school counselor, agrees parents should try to be in tune with their children to pick-up on even subtle changes that may indicate something is wrong in their world. She encourages parents, educators and para-professionals to promote safe environments and keep their eyes open for children who are

isolated and alone. “At our school, we have a Breakfast Club program where children who need extra support and may be at-risk are given a support network. We also try to offer opportunities where all kids can find their talents and shine in a public forum where their peers can see them in a different light. I can attest to the positive effects of these types of opportunities. Everyone walks away with a new perspective on each other’s abilities and special skills. It’s really great.” As for what can be done to eradicate bullying, it is clear the onus is on the adults to model the behaviour we want to see in our children. Karen states this unequivocally, “Adults have to be on-board.” As seen in the recent Neepawa Natives hockey hazing incident, how adults handle bullying situations speaks volumes to the audience of children and young adults who look up to adults for concrete examples of how to conduct oneself appropriately. The children will take our lead. Karen stresses, “Teachers must model the appropriate behaviour. They also need to speak-up and emphatically state what language and behaviours are unacceptable in their homes, classrooms, neighbourhoods and communities.” Bullying is not going to go away completely, but individuals can take steps to create environments where bullying and exclusion are not welcome. This means empowering our children to stand-up for themselves and fostering feelings of mastery and belonging. It means employing tactics such as role-playing where we help our children play out hypothetical situations that may be uncomfortable with the goal of giving them the tools and experience to say “no” to uncomfortable situations and commanding respect in both the schoolyard and peer groups. We all have a responsibility to promote open lines of communication and give our children the voice to speak out against bullies who capitalize on isolation and intimidation. Working together, we can quiet the bullies instead. WINTER 2011



Connecting people with disabilities with jobs Written and photographed by By Holli Moncrieff

any of us take the ability to work for granted, forgetting that there are people in our community who don’t have this luxury. Connect Employment Services began in 1990 as a way to find meaningful work for those with intellectual disabilities. The not-for-profit organization currently helps 185 people find jobs, but their work isn’t finished once employment has been found. “We do long-term follow up, where we check in with all our clients every week,” explains Lori Watson Sewell, program manager. “We offer ongoing support to people throughout their career, and help them navigate ongoing challenges that they may lack the tools or understanding to deal with on their own.” Connect Employment was founded by a group of parents whose children have intellectual disabilities. “They wanted their children to have the same opportunities as everyone else,” says Watson Sewell. “They continue to be a driving force in our agency.” Depending on their level of ability, each Connect Employment client may complete significant pre-employment work, which could include creating a resumé, learning



to understand the labour market, and undertaking job searches. Before working independently, some may participate in work experience, and all have on-site job training assistance once Connect Employment matches them with a suitable employer. “We represent a group of people who want to work, and who have a lot to offer. They’re an untapped, unrecognized resource,” Watson Sewell says. “There’s a misrepresentation about their ability levels, and we help bridge that gap. We help people get out there in the community, contribute, and realize their dreams and goals.” Connect Employment takes on 10-30 new people each year. They work with people who have a wide range of intellectual disabilities, including autism and Down’s syndrome, says Watson Sewell. “The people we work with may face challenges with learning or social skills that can impact their access to employment. They so often face barriers,” says Watson Sewell. “We look at what each person can do versus what they can’t do.” Working in the community lets people experience life to its fullest. Regardless of the level at which a person can participate, all can benefit from working in a community setting, Watson Sewell explains.

“Obviously people benefit financially, but it opens up a lot of opportunities for life in general. It’s usually a huge benefit for their self-esteem to be recognized as someone who is capable and who can contribute something,” she says. “It provides them with a sense of belonging.” For Watson Sewell, who has been working with Connect Employment for 15 years, the most rewarding part of her job is seeing the impact on her clients. “I ran into one of my clients on the bus one day. I was going to work, and he was going to work,” she recalls. “We were chatting about our upcoming plans — it was the most commonplace conversation you could have, but everything he was doing was related to him being out in the community working. It lets me see how important the things the rest of us take for granted really are. It’s the simple things that mean the most.” For more information on Connect Employment Services, please visit WINNIpEgWomEN.NET

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WHITE If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you can add a touch of classic black for some holiday style with these elegant fashion and personal accessories.

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holidays It’s cool to look hot, and whether you’re home for the holidays, dressing up for a party or hitting the great outdoors, these accessories will fire up the festivities.

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Everyone likes to go for gold – or shine with silver – especially over the holidays. So fulfill someone’s bright shiny wishes with any of these items that glitter and glow.

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auto haus Porsche 660 Pembina Hwy., 284-7520 Black Pearl Coffee 460 Dufferin Ave., 586-3989 Cabela’s 1300 Ellice Ave., 786-8966 Cornelia Bean 417 Academy Rd., 489-5460 danali 100- 530 Kenaston Blvd., 489-0577 diamond Gallery #1 – 1735 Corydon Ave., 488-9813 diva lingerie Grant Park Shopping Centre, 452-1802 divine and Conquer 400 Academy Rd., 415-7656 fitness experience 640 King Edward St., 775-3401 fruits and Passion various Winnipeg locations fort Whyte nature Store 1961 McCreary Rd 989-8353 hanford drewitt 354 Broadway, 957-1640 headingley Sports 5160 Portage Ave 889-5377 lola Boutique 11 – 2090 Corydon Ave., 896-5652 WINNIpEgWomEN.NET

My Beautiful Shoes 2025 Corydon Ave., 415-3362 October Boutique 1120 Grant Ave. Grant Park Shopping Centre 452-0737 Peppertree fashions 123C Scurfield Blvd., 837-2435 rituals in hair and Skin 100 – 701 Pembina Hwy., 452-1182 rogers Teleco 948 St. James St., 831-1234, Kenaston Common, 947-9570 rond’s Marine 1350 Dugald Rd. 237-5800 rOna all Winnipeg RONA locations Skin deep aesthetics 240 Graham Ave., 925-9779 St. James audi 670 Century St., 788-1100 Sutton Smithworks 316- 283 Portage Ave., 942-5236 The Bra Bar & Panterie 554 Des Meurons, 231-3487, J – 1765 Kenaston Blvd., 487-3487 The Wine house 100 – 1600 Kenaston Common, 275-6660 u.n. luggage 175 McDermot Ave., 943-1068

Charitable Organizations to share your joy with this holiday Season ChaMPS War aMPS PrOGraM provides financial assistance for artificial limbs, counselling in their Matching Mothers and Junior Counselling Programs and seminars to bring young people together, computers and computer training through their Jump Start Program. To make a donation online go to rOSSBrOOk hOuSe Offers youth a safe alternative to the streets 365 days a year. For donation information go to Website: The ManiTOBa ridinG fOr The diSaBled aSSOCiaTiOn this charitable non profit organization does no formal fundraising while providing a therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, visual impairments, autism and other physical disabilities. To donate please go to MealS On WheelS Of WinniPeG has a long history of service to Winnipeggers. Today, their volunteers deliver to over 1000 clients in Winnipeg. For more information and to donate please go to The nOrTh end WOMen’S CenTre has been serving women and their families for over 25 years. Their purpose is to provide a friendly atmosphere, where women can receive the understanding, support and resources they need to make informed choices about their lives. For more information and to make a donation please go to OyaTe TiPi is a non profit organization which accepts donations of gently used household goods and furniture. All items are distributed to women and children who are trying to better themselves by escaping poverty or abuse. You can schedule a free pick up by calling the Oyate Tipi donation line at 204-589-2265

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wishlist LoLa Boutique Brighten up your holidays with hand-made resin candlesticks designed by Orna Lalo. $238, available at 11 – 2090 Corydon Ave., 896-5652.

Diamond Gallery For a little holiday bling, find one-of-a-kind jewellry starting from $59, and unique pieces such as this peridot necklace with textured 14 K gold clasp. $1085, available at 1735 Corydon Ave., 488-9813,

Divine & Conquer Warm up with many different ways to wear this button wrap that gives your winter wardrobe endless possibilities. Available short or long, wool or bamboo at $129.99, at 400 Academy Rd., 415-7656,

Rituals in Hair and Skin Aveda Body Products offers comfort and joy in this “Vibrant” Holiday Gift Package that includes shampoo, conditioner and hair repair. $56, at 100 – 701 Pembina Hwy., 452-1182,

edible arrangements Eat and be merry with beautiful arrangement of pineapple daisies, fresh cantaloupe, honeydew, mouth-watering strawberries, and juicy grapes, topped with a green chocolate covered pineapple Christmas Tree. These tasty arrangements start at $26. Available at 1B – 756 Pembina Hwy., 777-7778, or 35B Reenders Dr., 669-6662,

royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Celebrate live theatre and support Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Backstage Pass program with this sterling silver necklace. $40, by Hilary Druxman, www.hilarydruxman. com/philanthropy.asp

rogers Teleco The Samsung Galaxie Tab 10.1 is the thinnest, lightest largescreen tablet available with a high-def LCD widescreen, making watching movies or surfing the web a joy. $679, at Teleco, your Rogers Authorized Dealer, 948 St. James St., 831-1234, or Kenaston Common, 947-9570

dr. Manfred Ziesmann Cosmetic Clinic If she wants some holiday glamour, and fuller, thicker and longer eyelashes this year, Latisse is the answer. Only $160 at Dr. Manfred Zeisman Cosmetic Clinic, 560 – 201 Portage Ave. ,942-5070,




wishlist SodaStream Add some pop and sparkle to your holiday beverages with this new SodaStream Fizz and patented Fizz Chip technology that displays the level of carbonation in the drink. It lets users know when the CO2 level is low, reminding them to replace the CO2 cylinders. And it’s environmentally friendly. $199.99, visit for retail locations.

Quarks Offering the hallmark comfort and luxury of the UGG® heritage line, the women’s Maylin accents signature UGG®. $374.98



U.N. Luggage Beat airline weight restrictions and look good doing it with this violet bag, from Rimowa Salsa Air, 26 inches, 7.3 pounds and made in Canada. $ 515, available at 175 McDermot Ave., 943-1068,

Danali Add to your holiday wardrobe with this stunning James Perse blouse. $165 Available at 100-530 Kenaston Blvd., 489-0577,

Sutton Smithworks Ltd. For all that glitters, try this superb Ceylon sapphire weighing 3.22 carats surrounded by 1.1 carats of brilliant cut diamonds set in 14K white gold. One-of-a-kind for $6,485, available at 316 – 283 Portage Ave., 942-5236,

MTS Our 4G Wireless Network covers Manitobans at home and away with worldwide roaming. It’s our fastest network yet – and it’s available now. Visit an MTS Dealer to learn more.

Fort Whyte Nature Store Stay warm and fashionable in these hand-made mittens in 100% A grade wool, water repellent and fleece lined. $14.95, available at 1961 McCreary Rd., 989-8353,

Vita Health Find some holiday comfort on this Spook acupressure mat , made from 100 % hemp and eco foam. $79.99 at all Vita Health Fresh Market locations,

Cornelia Bean Tea and shortbread anyone? This stylish Capresso H2O clear glass electrical kettle is 48 oz. and a beautiful kitchen accessory for you, or a gift for a friend. $124.99, available at 417 Academy Rd., 489-5460,


wishlist Advance Electronics Watch your holiday movies on a Panasonic 1080p 60-inch plasma HDTV, complete with Wi-fi dongle and game mode. $1999, at 1300 Portage Ave., 786-6541,

RONA Let it snow! Clear the way for Santa (family and friends) with this Powermore Snowthrower, with 24-inch clearing width, 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds, and 3-year limited warranty. $1,049,

The Wine House Why pop the cork when you can slash it off with style? Give your holiday cheer a new challenge with this champagne/ sparkling wine sabre. $225, at 110 – 1600 Kenaston Common, 275-6660,

Cabela’s Keep him on time and on target with this Lock n’ Load Target and Gun alarm clock, $39.99, from 1300 Ellice Ave., 786-8966,

duraco Duraco makes being home for the holidays even warmer. Their Fiberglass Wood Grain doors look and feel better than the real thing. 204-222-3388,

U.N. Luggage Rock your writing and pen your holiday cards with the Acme Studios limited edition Beatles Collection. Each pen features an Abbey Road era Beatle. $650 at 175 McDermot Ave., 943-1068,

Birks He’ll light up when he sees this stunning Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss watch, in stainless steel with polished bezel, and oyster bracelet. $7,640, at 191 Lombard St., 786-7468,

Cornelia Bean These glasses from Bodum in doublewalled glass will keep the holiday cheer going as beverages stay hot or cold longer. $24.99, at 417 Academy Rd., 489-5460, www.

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hanford drewitt For some bling for him, these Mon Art cuff links will add some sparkle to his holiday look, $145, at 354 Broadway, 957-1640.



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emember how it felt to be a kid during Christmas? No matter how old you are, there are those fond childhood memories that have special glow about them. For me one of those memories was Christmas brunch with the family. As we sat around the table, I can still remember the smells of great food cooking on the stove and baking in the oven.

After having my mom’s homemade brunch, another fond memory would be reading my favourite books Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas and the infamous Green Eggs & Ham. Now many years later, I have brought those memories to the table. I call it a “Chef Rob and Dr. Seuss Collaboration.” I am putting a twist on

your classic Eggs Benedict that the Grinch would never understand… So this Christmas you don’t have to be Sam- I-am to enjoy Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham To assemble you will need: mini potato pancakes (base), shaved ham or prosciutto, a poached egg, green hollandaise.

Mini potato pancakes (for the base) 4 lg potatoes 1 sm onion 1 egg, beaten

2 Tbsp flour salt & pepper to taste

• Finely grate potatoes with onion into a large bowl, soak in water for 2 minutes, drain and squeeze out any excess liquid. • Mix in egg, salt, pepper, and flour. • Heat 3 Tbsp of oil in a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Drop four mounds (about 1/8 C) into fry pan, and flatten to make ¼ inchthick mini pancakes. Fry, flip once, until golden brown. Transfer to paper towel to drain, season with a pinch of salt when hot, and keep warm in oven until ready to serve. (200F) Repeat; use all of potato mixture.

Green Hollandaise 4 egg yolks 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 Tbsp lemon juice 2-3 Tbsp basil pesto

• In a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk together egg yolks and lemon juice until fluffy. Place the bowl over a pot with simmering water. Whisk rapidly, adding melted butter until it has doubled in size. Remove the bowl from the heat, add pesto and set aside. • Assemble in the following order from bottom to the top: Mini potato pancakes, shaved ham or prosciutto, a poached egg, green hollandaise.

How to poach an egg

Use fresh eggs! They will be easier to poach (they hold together better) than older eggs. 1 tsp vinegar , water Equipment needed: Shallow saucepan with cover and a slotted spoon • Bring water in a saucepan to almost boiling (slow simmer). If it boils, lower heat until it is no longer boiling, add 1 tsp of vinegar to the water. The vinegar will help the egg whites to congeal. • One by one, crack an egg near the surface of the hot water and gently drop the egg into the water. • Let sit for 4 minutes, until the egg whites are cooked, lift eggs out of pan with a slotted spoon. WINTER 2011


From the Cellar

Wines for a cool yule by Randy Sawatsky


Yali Wetlands Sauvignon Blanc (Chile; $10.95) is a crisp white wine with citrus-based flavours and mineral undertones, making it a prime pairing contender for turkey and mashed potatoes. Exotic flavours of tropical and citrus fruit are in perfect balance with the wine’s natural acidity. MLCC listed product. WINTER 2011

For those who prefer white wines, find something with well-balanced acidity and shake things up with a Sauvignon Blanc. With reds, you are shooting for fairly tame tannins that match the flavours of the food. Light fruity reds seem to pair well with turkey. But stay away from big wines and ones with heavy

oak and lean towards a Pinot Noir or Shiraz. At least for my palate, there are a few wines that are a great match to a traditional Christmas dinner. Here are some suggestions for choosing a wine that won’t stretch your budget:




iven the variety of food served at Christmas, from mashed potatoes to ham to turkey, finding a wine pairing and attempting to please everyone can be a challenge.

The Chariot Gypsy White (California; $13.99) is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Marsanne that complements savoury stuffing and brings out the fruit in the wine. There is an array of ripe aromas and flavours – pear, honey, peach and vanilla. It finishes clean with a nice lingering hint of spice and orange peel. Available at The Winehouse, Kenaston Wine Market, Banville + Jones and La Boutique del Vino.

Ventisquero Pinot Noir (Chile; $12.99) is a traditional favourite for Christmas dinner. Pinot Noir’s subtle earthy undertones surround the fruit of the wine and tend to complement the traditional flavours of turkey and stuffing. Aromas of red fruits with spice notes and hints of vanilla distinguish this Pinot Noir. Available at all Winnipeg Private Wine Stores.

Yali Reserve Syrah/Shiraz (Chile; $11.95) can bring a spicy edge to the flavours in a traditional Christmas meal. Peppery notes of Syrah/Shiraz will partner well with an herb stuffing and both the white and dark turkey meat. This Shiraz has notes of dark berries, herbs and black pepper. MLCC listed product.

Instead of simply settling for one type of wine for your holiday dinner, branch out and provide options to family and friends this festive season.



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and be merry Great Holiday Meals By Shel Zolkewich

he smell of roast turkey, a tray of irresistible danties and glass of moody Merlot — these are the holiday images that make us feel as warm as a bowl of plum pudding. We’re all capable of putting on a fabulous spread — and most of us do at least once during the season. But when wrapping paper emergencies and oops-I-forgot-to-buywine moments pop up, we need a little help. It’s time to call in the professionals to get your family and friends fed, whether it’s at home or out and about. We’ve put together a cheat sheet of some of Manitoba’s favourite options when it comes to holiday cravings.

The Fairmont

It appears the good folks at The Fairmont don’t want you to do any dishes this holiday season. From December 1 to the moment we ring in the New Year, the sumptuous surroundings of The Velvet Glove has your meals covered. Want to treat the office to a nice lunch this December? A three-course meal featuring a roasted breast of Manitoba turkey weighs in at only $24. The bird comes with cranberry chutney, sage apricot stuffing, potatoes and veggies. And in a hint to our favourite distillery in Gimli, the turkey comes with Crown Royal jus. Don’t miss the Trappist cheese for dessert, made by the monks in Holland, Man. There’s also a dinner menu with four courses that goes for $48. Both are offering for the whole month. You can add wine pairings for $20. Be prepared to spend some time making decisions as you gaze over the Christmas



day brunch menu. Will it be the east coast lobster Benedict or the coriander seared Atlantic salmon and jumbo scallop mixed grill? There are five mains to choose. You’ll also have to choose between a pair of tapas offerings and a trio of desserts. Prices range from $42 to $52. They all start with a Champagne, strawberry, banana and mango smoothie.

that you just might want to place an order even if you only have 10 people at the table (leftovers!). It’s $10 per person!

Or if you feel like looking like a culinary star at your own dining table, call the catering department and ask for Turkey Take-Out (available Dec. 24, 25 and 26). It includes a 20-pound bird, stuffing, chutney, gravy, potatoes, veggies, rolls and dessert for $330. Unless you use paper plates, you’ll have to do the dishes with this option. (204) 957-1350,

Don’t care for turkey? There’s also pulled pork, baron of beef and whole roasted chicken as options. Still feeling hungry? Add perogies or cabbage rolls to your order for $1.50 per person (meatballs are $2 per person). Contact (204) 344-5675, or

Danny’s Whole Hog

If you’ve been one of the lucky 350,000 folks to enjoy a Danny’s Whole Hog meal this year, adding it to your holiday meal plans will be an easy choice. Opt for the pulled turkey pick-up package. It includes your choice of baked potatoes or potato salad, coleslaw or Caesar salad, baked beans, mixed veggies and rolls. But where Danny’s really shines is in all the little extras. The meals include Danny’s signature barbecue sauces and get this — all the paper plates, cutlery and napkins you’ll need. Give Kevin a call to place your order. He says one week is mandatory, but he’d be happier if you could let him know even two weeks ahead of time. The minimum number is 15, but the price is so attractive

Orders must be picked up at Danny’s location on Highway 67, east of Stonewall, Man. The boss is hoping to have Winnipeg pick-up locations in place next year.

Chinese Dining

Not to be confused with the posh hotel of the same name, Winnipeg’s Four Seasons Chinese Food pops up as a holiday must when it comes to dining in the Asian tradition. While it’s impossible not to conjure up images of that fateful meal in the movie, A Christmas Story, take-out dinner at Four Seasons promises to be more rewarding. Get your order in early for Christmas Eve. 10-35 Lakewood Blvd., (204) 254-2221, If you’re really in the mood for something special, the Golden Terrace in Chinatown can put together a special meal in one of their private rooms. Traditional Cantonese dining experience can stretch to 10 courses—sometimes more, so don’t overdo it on the appetizer platter, even though it’s tempting. 245 King St., (204)944-9400

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DeLuca’s Specialty Foods, Cooking School & Restaurant Where foodies’ dreams are made by Shel Zolkewich Photos by Steve Salnikowski of chronic creative This favourite destination for foodies is a year-round treat, but come the holidays, the wish lists of culinary devotees seem to grow and grow and grow. DeLuca’s is packed with irresistible goodies for food lovers. If you have one on your list, the choices are endless.


DeLuca’s is panettone central during the holiday season. This sweet bread, formed into a cone shape and often laced with raisins, is a traditional treat from Italy. Carla DeLuca says that it’s great for breakfast, dessert and well, basically any time of the day. “It often gets served when people drop by to visit during the holidays. A little espresso and a nice slice of panettone makes a great little treat,” she adds. All of DeLuca’s offerings are imported from Italy. Panettones start at around $15 and can range up to $60 for recipes that include fine chocolate and other irresistible ingredients.



Oil and Vinegar

DeLuca’s selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars might be the best in the city. And you’ll never see a look of disappointment on a foodie’s face if a gift of oil and vinegar is under the tree. It’s easy to be swayed by fancy bottles, but DeLuca says her favourite is the moderately priced Masserie di Sant’ Eramo, which has both a selection of oils as well as vinegar. Add a fancy bow to the duo and you’ve got the perfect gift for your host. Extra virgin olive oil is $23 and balsamic vinegar is $30.

Gadget Gifts

It just makes sense that a shop devoted to fine foods would also stock the tools to create some spectacular dishes. Look above the produce section to see a staggering selection of stovetop espresso makers, ranging from $20 to $90. DeLuca’s also has Panini presses, pizza pans and even a cheese grater with a figurine of a soccer-playing bear mounted on top ($19.99).

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Science Lesson

Molecular gastronomy is the new culinary frontier. The adventurous foodie on your list will love a kit from Cuisine R-Evolution. The mixology set includes everything for making caviar beads, light airs and gelified alcohols. The culinary kit will have them experimenting with spherification, gelification and emulsification. It’s okay if you don’t understand any of it, as long as you get a dinner invitation out of the deal. Kits are $54.99 each.

For Chocolate Lovers

Linger a little bit at the check-out and you’ll find perfect stocking stuffers for chocolate lovers. It’s impossible not to love the eye-catching packaging of teainfused bars f rom The Tea Room. Take your pick from a dark chocolate bar infused with raspberry rooibos or a milk chocolate treat infused with honeybush caramel tea. At $3.49 each, you can probably buy one for yourself too.

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If the choices in store are just too overwhelming, a gift card will do the trick. Adds DeLuca, “They can be used for everything from cooking classes to treats at the pasty counter.”

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LOS CHICOS RESTAURANTE Y CANTINA WOW’s newest dining adventure looks forward to welcoming you to the warmth of Mexico this holiday season.

All your favourites from taquitos, tostados, fajitas, enchiladas and much more have Chef Michael Dacquisto’s special touch.

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Michael was recently honored by winning Manitoba’s top chef in the Canadian Olympic Gold Plate competition. A private dining room and special menus are available for larger gatherings.






What A Chef Wants

Chefs must-haves for the holiday season By Amanda Thomas Photos by Steve Salnikowski of chronic creative

Simon Resch,

Executive Chef at Terrace 55 Must have kitchen gadget: Definitely our vacuum sealer with ‘sous vide’ (French words meaning “under vacuum”) machine. This allows us to cook any meat that would usually be braised like veal cheeks in the vacuumed sealed bag and you can get the temperature, and the atmospheric pressure down to an exact science. As chefs experiment more with the sous vide, we’re able to eliminate all the variables and take the guesswork out of the equation and give us the perfect cooking atmosphere. Must have holiday flavours: Orange-coloured squashes (pumpkin, butternut, acorn, etc.) all grown in Manitoba, pair great with maple syrup and heartier herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage. At the restaurant, we do a butternut squash ravioli with brown butter, toasted hazelnuts and fried herbs, and it’s always well received. 



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Adam Donnelly,

Must have kitchen gadget: A good old-fashioned pressure cooker. It allows me to do a lot of different things in a short period of time that usually take a lot more time to cook. I like to make beans, chick peas and lentils in the pressure cooker, because they can be ready in under an hour. Just be careful to let it cool before you try to open it!

Must have kitchen gadget: Mortar and pestle. It crushes spices perfectly and we also use it to make pesto and other sauces like aioli and romesco. I believe the flavours are stronger because you are extracting more of the ingredient’s natural oils.

Executive Chef and Owner of Bistro 7 1/4

Must have holiday flavours: Orange and coriander. This season I’m doing an orange and coriander creme brûlée with drunken oranges. I like to leave the seeds whole so they pop in your mouth. You can steer this flavour combination in certain directions by combining it with ginger, fennel, or mint. I like to roast fish with orange slices, red onion and small pieces of fennel. I’ll sprinkle the dish with chilies, coriander seeds, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Segovia’s Tapas Bar and Restaurant

Must have holiday flavours: Labneh, a Greek yogurt that is salted and strained for a minimum of 24 hours and has a consistency of cream cheese. Labneh seasoned with lemon, mint or toasted cumin pairs well with goat or lamb, and also adds a fantastic richness to salads. Labneh even makes a simple dessert like fresh fruit topped with Labneh and a drizzle of maple syrup seem decadent.

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Chef Lorna Murdoch – Fusion Grill Just in time for the holidays, Fusion Grill’s chef Lorna Murdoch dishes up a FrenchCanadian classic with a savoury twist – chicken and duck tortière. Chef Murdoch is known for using fresh and local products to create stunning regional cuisine. Warm up around the table with this traditional, hearty meat pie.

Chicken and Duck Tortière 1 cup cubed peeled potato 1 lb ground chicken 1lb ground duck (or diced up duck breast) ¾ cup finely diced carrot 3/4 cup finely chopped celery 3/4 cup chicken stock

2 onions, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp each pepper, rosemary and thyme 1 pastry shell, and a top, your favorite recipe

PREPARATIOn In saucepan of boiling salted water, cover and cook potato until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain, set aside. Meanwhile, in a deep skillet, saute chicken and duck over medium-high heat, until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Add celery, carrot, stock, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme: bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until almost no liquid remains, about 25 minutes. Mix in potatoes. Let cool. Spoon filling into a 9-inch pie crust, cover top with pastry. Brush pie rim with water; cover with top pastry and press edge to seal. Trim and flute. Mix egg yolk with 2 tsp water; brush over top. Cut steam vents in top. Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven until hot and golden brown, about 50 minutes.

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Hors d’oeuvres from Chef Darryl Crumb Red wine poached pear puff pastry tarts with chocolate ganache and chantilly 500 ml (2 cups) dry red wine 70 g (1/3 cup) sugar 2 whole star anise 2 cinnamon sticks 1 vanilla bean, split 4 pears, peeled    Slowly poach all ingredients above; remove pears, let cool and strain liquid and reduce till light syrup. Cut puff pastry into 2-inch rounds. Cut pears into quarters and remove core. Ganache 9 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped 250 ml (1 cup) heavy cream   Melt chocolate in double boiler and stir in cream to make ganache. Chantilly 250ml heavy cream, vanilla and sugar to taste Whip together for chantilly Place 1/4 pears on rounds of puff pastry and bake at 350˚F till golden brown. Remove from oven drizzle with red wine syrup, ganache and top with chantilly.



Smoked salmon cucumber medalion with gorganzola cream cheese mousse 1 cucumber 50 g gorganzola cheese 50 g cream cheese 2 slices smoked salmon 1 piece fennel 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp corriander seed 1/4 cup cream salt and pepper to taste Slice cucumber into 12 rounds, mix both cheeses in mixer with cream and salt and pepper to taste. Shave fennel as thin as possible and soak in red wine vinegar with corriander seed for at least 2 hours. Spread cheese mixture on slice of cucumber, top with pickeled fennel roll of smoked salmon and garnish with fennel greens.

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Caprese inspired bruschetta 1 baguette 1 tomato 1 ball of mozzarella 10 basil leaves olive oil balsamic vinegar Cut 1-inch thick slices of baguette, slice tomato in 10 rounds, as well as the ball of mozzarella. Place mozzarella on baguette then a slice of tomato; bake at 375˚F until cheese melts. Remove from oven and top with one basil leaf, and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Chef Darryl Crumb is the executive chef at Winnipeg’s new Brooklyn Bistro. He recently moved to Winnipeg from Vancouver where he was the executive chef at the Regional Tasting Lounge. Crumb’s professional career started out in hockey, with the former ECHL Franchise, Long Beach Ice Dogs. When a shoulder injury took him out of the game, cooking helped him find a new direction. He trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa before moving to Paris, France for further experience at Le Goupil (sous chef ) and Le Maree Denfert (executive chef ). He participated in the Top Chef Canada last season on the Food Network. A true Prairie boy, Crumb grew up on a family farm in Anola, MB enduring -40 degree temperatures in winter. He believes this is the reason his style of cooking is comfort food, made from scratch and from the heart.

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his holiday season, add some warmth to your home by bringing the outdoors in. Natural elements are one of the most popular decorating trends, and the best news is that you can access many of these elements for free. “We’re lucky to be living in Manitoba, because most of us can do a fair bit on our own, working with the things around us — birch bark, twigs, greenery — it’s the little touches that really make a difference, that really delight and surprise,” says Jan Regehr, owner of Pineridge Hollow. “If you contrast these natural touches with something that has glitter or bling, you get a great look. The contrast of dull and shine is fabulous. The way things catch the light is important.”

If you have $200 to spend on holiday décor after obtaining your Christmas tree, Regehr recommends purchasing a few items to enhance your front door or walk. One of the simplest but most effective items is the berry pick — these 18- or 20-inch long branches with big red berries can be displayed outside in pots or hanging baskets. “Berry picks have great impact, and you can also work in natural cedar branches and twigs,” she says. “They add a little touch of colour and festivity, and they can last all winter long. Always include a little bit of fresh.”

Decorating homes for the holidays is Regehr’s specialty. Pineridge Hollow, a destination location set on six acres, has several rooms full of everything you could possibly want for your home décor—including furniture, linens, and artwork.

She suggests flexible bows for enhancing a white picket fence. With your remaining funds, consider adding more ornaments to your Christmas tree, following the natural trend. Most of these ornaments can be purchased for little expense. Pineridge Hollow carries feathered birds for $2 each, and sells 12 snowflake ornaments in white or silver for $10.

Each year, the company does a Holiday Home Tour, where they decorate four homes for the season and donate some of the profits to Habitat for Humanity.

Children’s toys, such as train sets, can add charm and whimsy to a holiday scene when placed underneath the tree among the presents.

One opportunity to show off your seasonal style that people often neglect is the outside of their homes, Regehr says.

“As long as you have a number of elements that are consistent on your tree — 12 or 15 — you can add in other ornaments and still keep it tied together with the same theme,” says Regehr. “Christmas is a sentimental season — you want to keep the items that have meaning to you.”

“Make sure your entrance way is welcoming. You have to use big elements outside, or they just disappear,” she adds. “You want to really reflect the indoor space with your decorating, or reflect the person using the space.”

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kitchen, she suggests mounting a favourite Christmas recipe on a mini easel on your counter. Consider placing holiday dishes, teapots, or greenery around the recipe to make a small display. Make your bathrooms more inviting to holiday guests by adding candlelight. Regehr recommends inexpensive glass hurricanes, which are available in this season’s hottest shade: a coppery brown. “Lighting is so big at Christmas time. You should always consider your lighting, but you don’t have to decorate every room in the house,” she says. “Hurricanes are absolutely stunning, and reasonably priced as well.” One material that is perfect for a more rustic look is also relatively inexpensive. “Burlap is used in decorating all the time. You can use it as a tree skirt, or as a table cloth or table runner,” says Regehr. Many tree ornaments are available in burlap as well. Don’t be afraid to be creative. Any well-loved fabric can be used as a tree skirt, including an old quilt. If you have a decorating budget of $500, Regehr advises investing in more ornaments for your tree. “Some classic elements are worth the investment because you’ll use them year after year,” she says. One of her favourite classics is matte red ball ornaments, about six inches in diameter. Choose larger ornaments in order to make a dramatic statement. For some glitter and shine that lasts all winter long, hang pretty snowflakes in your windows with ribbon.

“Snowflakes are a winter thing, not a Christmas thing. They’re pretty, classic, and they can stay up all winter,” says Regehr. If you have a stairwell or mantle, consider investing in a beautiful garland that can be used each year. “With a garland, you can also work in some natural elements. We sell pinecones and sugar cones that be tied into the garland,” Regehr adds. “You can layer in cedar branches for the holidays, and then people think your entire garland is real. These can also stay up all winter long, if you like.”

pictures that depict winter scenes and holiday charm. With a larger budget, you can even add another tree to a bedroom, kitchen counter, or children’s room, or invest in additional outdoor elements.

Whatever your budget, the same basic rules apply: pay attention to your lighting, add a seasonal element to your front entrance way, and keep in mind that small touches can make all the difference.

“Hanging baskets with fresh greens and berries add so much to the outside of your home. With the scent of the cedar and pine, you’re hitting all the senses,” says Regehr.

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Garlands aren’t just for stairwells — they also add fullness and a finishing touch to the Christmas tree. “Garlands can be made up of anything from tiny balls to pearls to silvery twigs. Invest in some sort of element that’s going to add dimension to the tree,” says Regehr. “You can also use cedar or berry picks in your tree for added dimension.” If you’re able to splurge with a decorating budget of $1,000, you can add linens in your favourite holiday colours. “Stick with one colour theme that ties your home together. The same colour can be utilized in table linens, dishes, and cushions,” Regehr says. “One of the tones I’m seeing a lot of is blends of browns and grays together, in keeping with the natural theme. We also do a lot of pewter and burnished silver accents at this time of year.” A non-traditional choice for a holiday colour is teal. These soft, blue-green tones are inspired by peacock feathers, which are also making a big appearance in holiday décor this year. “Home décor definitely follows fashion, and feathers are big this year,” adds Regehr. Strings of lights can be added to shrubs and small trees in front of your home for a festive touch. Silicone lights with brown cords are now available. “The brown string camouflages with the branches of shrubs much better than the green strings or white strings did,” Regehr explains. “Great lighting is really important.” Consider temporarily replacing your artwork with pieces that reflect the beauty of the season. Pineridge Hollow carries many

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leep responds best to coaxing, not commands. And coaxing is a skill set unto itself, that when used deftly, can make the difference between eight glorious hours of shut-eye or a fitful, futile pillow-scrunching exercise spent trying to summon the Sandman. That’s the philosophy behind creating a principal bedroom that contributes to the gradual winding down from the day’s activities so that you are able to slip seamlessly into sleep thanks to well-thought out design elements that make it happen. When Changes by Design president and principal designer Tara MacTavish designs a client’s bedroom, the first thing she considers is function. ”Before you get to the beauty you have to make sure that the bedroom works and that comes down to the basics – a good mattress, comfortable pillows, good quality sheets and blankets.” “Light control is huge because some people are very light sensitive while others work night shifts, so this is a major consideration. Basically your bedroom is for sleeping. We do other activities in there but we have to make sure that people can sleep before we do anything else. Once those elements have been taken care, it’s time for the fun stuff.” Colour certainly falls within the fun column. “I tend to choose colour schemes for the bedroom by building off what’s happening in the rest of the house,” says MacTavish. “The trend right now is to keep your house coordinated. You don’t have a ‘pink room’ or a ‘green room.’ We try to keep the main colour schemes running throughout the house, but



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we might change the emphasis of the colour in the bedroom. You can handle a bit darker colours in the principal bedroom because sleeping is the main function, so you don’t need to be light, bright and airy.” Another part of the fun factor? Wallpaper is back big-time. “You’ll see them in large, graphic prints and with more subtle lines in texture for interest. I like to have the wall where the bed is to be the focal point because it is a bedroom so you want to notice the bed first.” MacTavish shares a tip from her own hectic life about the amount of toss pillows she’s willing to place on a bed. “There is a limit,” she says. “I have just enough that it looks gorgeous and it’s what I call the everyday bed. But if I’m having guests over, I have some stored away and bring them out to make the room look more luxurious.” From the ‘less is more’ page of interior design, there is an absence of artwork over the headboard. “That’s a purposeful choice,” says MacTavish. ”I think there’s enough going on in here that we don’t need the art. We’ve got the pillows, the lamps and the wallpaper that adds the texture so I felt it wasn’t necessary. It’s all right to have empty spaces where your eye can rest. If things get too busy or cluttered you start to feel stressed. A clean, de-cluttered space is instantly calming.” The latest window treatment trend is fullyclosing draperies that meet in the middle as opposed to a decorative panel and blind combination. “We’re also back to the big, bold prints. For years we’ve been doing small prints and textures. The big patterns

are coming back but we’ve refreshed them. They are no longer the big cabbage roses of the past but are a bit more graphically impressionistic rather than realistic. We’ve refreshed the colour scheme too with the greys, whites and greens for a look that’s fresh and clean.” The supporting drapery hardware is chunky. “It’s super-important and it’s like jewelry for your windows. The fabric is the equivalent of a good quality suit, yet it doesn’t quite come together without the special hit of glitter in the room.” Another conspicuous-by-its-absence element in this space is the TV. There isn’t one. “I feel that your bedroom is meant to be your retreat, where you can calm down to relieve stress.” MacTavish refers to recognized sleep experts and feng shui practitioners who also discourage TVs in the bedrooms to keep the space serene. Addressing the other activity of the boudoir, MacTavish says, “If you have a partner in life, you need your bedroom to be sexy. Don’t let clutter edge out your partner. It should feel like a very special place for both of you. That’s why it’s important not to make the room too feminine. It has to exude some masculinity to accommodate you as a couple.” Ensuite bathrooms should flow from the style and colour schemes established in the principal room, she adds. “Walk-in closets also contribute to a clutter-free principal room and even if you don’t have time to put away all your clothes, at least you can close the door to preserve the serenity of the bedroom.”

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eople love (controlled) fires. Ever since cave families gathered to bond and brag and hide out from wild beasts, humans have sought the comfort of fire. According to Greek legends, the Titan Prometheus pitied mortals because they lacked fur so he stole an ember from the sacred hearth on Olympus and carried it down to earth. After that, humans felt happier and warmer. Although cheerful facsimiles such as burning log videos and electric blazes satisfy some, others crave real flames. Fortunately, presentday homeowners have plenty of options. To help fulfill our “burning love,” Randy Siedleski, owner of Prairie Fireplaces on King Edward Street, likes to enlighten folks about his fine products and trained staff who install and service the latest fire technology. Siedleski says, “Wood stoves are still popular with cottagers and rural people, but gas fireplaces and stoves outsell wood-burning units nine to one.” He believes it’s because most people don’t want the mess and storage problems of bulk wood. Although firewood



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can be purchased in Winnipeg, it’s just easier to find logs in the country. Despite their time-honoured past, woodburning units have rocketed into the space age. Made from solid cast iron and fitted with air-tight seals, these aren’t your grandma’s stoves. Gleaming baked-on finishes and eye-catching forms range from Victorian ornateness to Scandinavian towers fitted with three sides of glass. They act like pieces of fine furniture, while guaranteeing years of energy-efficiency. Homeowners who also prefer the traditional look, perhaps to suit their decor, can choose gas stoves that resemble wood units, but without the hassles. Another nostalgic choice is the woodburning fireplace. Like wood stoves, they’ve evolved from air-sucking relics into super-stylish heat sources. Equipped with fans, thick glass, and gaskets, their energy efficiency is far superior nowadays. Although some people like to surround their fireplaces with carved mantles, bricks, and stone faces, Siedleski says “linear looks are the latest trend. Customers like sleek and unadorned, with burnished metal frames.”

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Siedleski says his biggest seller is the gas fireplace and estimates 90 per cent of new homes have installed one. He says, “People want their fires instant and neat, as easy as turning a switch. You clean the glass once a year and get it inspected when you get your gas furnace checked.” When asked about installations in rural areas, beyond gas lines, Siedleski says gas units can be converted to propane. Also, they don’t need elaborate chimneys and require only a flexible aluminum “pipe inside a pipe” which can be vented to outside walls. As with wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces are now fitted within sleek minimalist designs – no elaborate frames or mantles. Siedleski adds, “People don’t even want fake logs.” As for the actual fire, cooler orange flames get mixed with hotter blues so the gas mixtures get tweaked, for appearance’s sake. Happier and warmer? Prometheus had it right. The downside? Zeus punished him severely for stealing the ember. And thus this Greek tale teaches us about fire’s double nature – its great comforts come with hazards. So consult an expert, to find the fire you desire.


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Winnipeg Women Magazine Winter Issue  

Winnipeg Women Magazine winter issue featuring our annual gift guide, and seasonal food and drinks!

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Winnipeg Women Magazine winter issue featuring our annual gift guide, and seasonal food and drinks!