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{ In this issue } 74. FEED YOUR INNER ITALIAN Eric Akis prepares gnocchi like mamma used to make

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t’s time to paint, redesign, remodel. Time to refresh. Welcome to our annual renovation edition of Capital Home. With autumn around the corner and change in the air, reinvention of our personal living spaces isn’t only a necessary exercise, but a rejuvenating one. No matter what the project — whether it’s fresh colours for a few rooms or a complete down-tothe-studs remake — sprucing up your space can be a challenge. So we hope this issue provides some inspiration. Noted homes photographer Tony Colangelo leads off with some eye-catching projects he’s been tasked to shoot through the capital region. You can take several ideas from this mini portfolio and see the ďŹ ne work of local builders and designers. If you have a green makeover on your mind, the ‘net-zero’ waterfront home of a transplanted Alberta couple on Cordova Bay is the ďŹ nest example in Canada, where the house produces more energy than it actually needs. It’s in the sustainability stratosphere, but you can get an idea of where to start. We also feature a stunning makeover of what used to be a bland bungalow in Oak Bay and how

a Shoal Point condominium has been redesigned with colour and rare pieces as a homage to Asian culture. We also visit our neighbours to the south, bringing you a passionate makeover in Seattle and a custom built, age-in-place new home in Tacoma. Our cooking expert, Eric Akis, is up to his usual kitchen tricks, this time with gnocchi, and two ways to enjoy this delicious Italian dish. Intrepid travel writer Kim Westad visits Oakland, California. Always overshadowed by its famous sister city San Francisco, Kim reveals that Oakland — a city under constant renovation and reinvention — is full of surprises with its food, parks, architecture and history. So crack that can of paint, and enjoy your renovation. You are not alone. A recent poll from CIBC indicates that 48 per cent of Canadians are choosing to renovate this year, spending $11,800 each on average. Homeowners in Ontario and British Columbia plan to spend the most at $16,000 and $13,200, respectively. The poll also says as many as 56 per cent of homeowners who plan to renovate are choosing to stay put and spruce up their space instead of

selling their current home and buying another. Twelve per cent want to increase the value of their home to sell. CIBC says 67 per cent will use cash or savings to fund their projects, while 25 per cent will cover the costs with a loan, line of credit or credit card Here’s some helpful hints if you’re renovating s0LANFORWHATWILLANDWONT BEPARTOFYOUR project s+NOWIFYOUWILLLIVEOUTORLIVETHROUGHYOUR renovation s#REATEABUDGETˆANDSTICKTOIT s$)9WHATYOUKNOW s(IREAPROFESSIONALFORWHATYOUDONT

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LOCATION: Oak Bay renovation BUILDER: Maximilian Huxley Construction DESIGN: 6ITA$ESIGN MILLWORK: Thomas & Birch Cabinetry.

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LOCATION: Cadboro Bay new build MILLWORK: South Shore Cabinetry BUILDER: GT Mann The delicious choice of blue stands out against the whites and greys in the space â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and makes for a stunning kitchen. The glassed staircase and dark banister allows the eye to continue moving easily through to upper levels.

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EN & DINING LOCATION: Cadboro Bay renovation DESIGN:*ENNY-ARTIN$ESIGN BUILDER: Rob Sharples MILLWORK: Summerhill

BACKSPLASH: Stoneage Marble Skylights brighten the whole space and the warmth of the wood is the star of the show in this renovation, where cabinets frame a striking range.

LOCATION: Oak Bay renovation MILLWORK: Thomas Philips Woodworking DESIGN:.ICALA(ICKS$ESIGN Remodeled kitchen has simple, clean, elegant design with incredible amount of storage. Cabinetry extends down the hallway and includes a massive pantry. >

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LOCATION: Oak Bay renovation BUILDER: Novus Properties MILLWORK: Thomas Philips Woodworking Classic, elegant design includes ample cabinet space with make-up table used to separate two vanities. Large windows provide ample natural light.

LOCATION: Rockland master ensuite renovation DESIGN:*ENNY-ARTIN$ESIGN MILLWORK: Thomas Philips Woodworking BUILDER: Coast Prestige Homes Classy, traditional, bright and airy was the end result of this renovation. It was a brilliant design choice to recess the cabinetry/shelving as it makes a relatively small space appear much larger. The exceptional hardware adds to allure

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BATH LOCATION: Bear Mountain new build MILLWORK: Thomas Philips Woodworking ARCHITECT:*AVA$ESIGN DESIGN: Thomas Philips Woodworking and the homeowner designed the spaces involved with the millwork 3TUNNINGCOMBINATIONOFMATERIALSWALNUTANDHIGHGLOSSWHITE makes this contemporary space feel very inviting. Wall-mounted screen allows homeowner to spend more time in luxurious tub. >

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INSPIRATION BEDROOM LOCATION: James Bay renovation DESIGN: Jenny -ARTIN$ESIGN BUILDER: Ian $UNN MILLWORK: South

LOCATION: Oak Bay renovation BUILDER: Maximilian Huxley Construction DESIGN:6ITA$ESIGN MILLWORK: Thomas & Birch Cabinetry

Shore Cabinetry Bedside table and lamp: Elegance woven with simplicity.

Built-in dressers on either side of centerpiece ďŹ replace provide comforting space. Windows let in plenty of light for relaxing area to read.

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land use, home performance, material durability, moisture resistance and

much, or more, energy that it consumes, this new generation of

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home can help reduce the environmental impacts of housing, conserve

He stressed that even if a home does not qualify for Net-Zero, there

natural resources, reduce overall long-term energy costs — and improve

are many ways to employ aspects of this program to increase a home’s

indoor air quality.

efficiency. “There is so much we can do and it’s not just about throwing

When the sun beats down on the solar panels and photovoltaic array

insulation at a house. You don’t want a foot-thick wall. This requires a

on the roof of this house, energy is pumped into the grid that more than

lot of attention to a lot of details and there are a many different ways to

equals the energy drawn out — thus producing net-zero annual energy

achieve improvements.”

consumption. The term refers to a measure of energy consumption in

Falcon Heights Contracting was named Green Builder of the Year in the

2014 and is nominated for the same CARE award this year, as well as an

gigajoules per year — zero.

Falcon Heights owner Dave MacKenzie said that ideally, all planning for

award for Indoor Environmental Achievement and Energy Efficiency.

a Net-Zero home should start early on in the process. He will work with

Over the years the company has won multiple CARE, Georgie and VIBE

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awards (recognizing construction excellence in B.C.) and this Net-Zero

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The Canadian Home Builders’ Association in Ottawa recently announced that Victoria’s Falcon Heights Contracting had managed to create a Net-Zero house — a house that produces as much energy as it consumes. SEESIDEBAR 4HISUNIQUEBUILDINGISATTRACTIVE ANDSTYLISHWITHASWOOPINGROOmINEANDLOTS of glass, but like a high performance car, it’s real genius lies under the hood. Inside, this house boasts triple-paned windows and high-performance doors. The roof gleams with solar panels and a photovoltaic array, systems that heat domestic hot water and generate electric power, respectively. Walls and ceilings are filled with extreme levels of insulation, all the landscaping features permeable hard surfaces, there is an electric car charger, high performance HRV and Heppa filtration systems, an efficient ductless dryer and much, much more. The Buchkowskys always wanted to build an eco friendly, energy efficient home, but hadn’t imagined shooting this far into the sustainability stratosphere until they met BUILDER $AVE -AC+ENZIE OWNER OF &ALCON Heights. He had just taken Net-Zero training in Kelowna and suggested aiming for the prestigious new designation. > Capital HOME | 25


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“We had wanted our dream home to be the best it could be and as sustainable as responsibly possible with things like solar panels,” said Barry, an engineer. But this was another level altogether and they weren’t sure it was even possible since one side of their house would face the water and be almost all windows. But the builder said it was doable, and one year later the home was built with Net-Zero qualities only adding about 12 per cent to the cost. MacKenzie said the home had already been designed when Falcon Heights came on board. “In a perfect world the energy modelling should be done early on, jointly with the design planning, to avoid unnecessary delays and compromises,” but after 13 rounds of “gruelling” energy modelling they came up with a package. Changes included increasing the home’s R value performance with two-pound, closed cell spray foam insulation in the walls and ceiling. “We used a very dense product that is applied in layers to gave us an R value of 45 in the walls and 65 in the ceiling.” Next came a weather resistant air barrier of Typar building wrap, semi-rigid insulation which acts as a thermal break on the outside of both

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alk by Ann Godin and Phillip Bourque’s Oak Bay home and you’ll think that it’s been renovated, but you might not be able to put your finger on precisely what was done. And that’s just the way the couple wanted it. “It was important to us to have the renovation fit the neighbourhood,” Godin said. “We want to be good neighbours, and we didn’t want the renovation to be ‘in your face.’ ” The grey and white house looks like a beach cottage, in keeping with its location a block from Willows Beach. And while the house still fits in with the neighbourhood, the renovation was dramatic. Only the living room of the traditional 1945 bungalow remains in the same location in the home. Gone are the smaller enclosed rooms of the original house. Now, the interior is open and flooded with light. Warm white walls provide a gallery-like backdrop for the couple’s art collection. Every bit of space on the 1,800-square-foot main floor has been put to use, along with the 600 square feet in the basement addition. >

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BEFORE

Even with a window-ďŹ lled addition that created a master bedroom area and a basement area with eight-foot ceilings, the home is not large by some modern standards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done too many residential condos to be wasteful of space,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Bourque, an architect, who designed the reno. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a fan of large houses with wasted space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is sort of a modest house, but we did a lot with it. We like that from the street, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look overly large. But when you get inside, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very open.â&#x20AC;? Bourque and Godin moved to Victoria from Calgary. They had a condo on the Gorge for ďŹ ve years and often holidayed in Victoria. After one of their trips, Godin realized she had had enough of Calgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold weather, and the couple decided to make Victoria their home. Both have self-employed careers where they can work anywhere. Godin is a French translator and Bourque is an architect. The decision to move was much easier than actually ďŹ nding a new home to renovate. The couple wanted a house, not their condo, and looked all over the Greater Victoria area. They were looking for a property to renovate that had good bones and gave them lots of light. They also wanted to be within walking distance to cafes, restaurants and shopping. After almost two years, Bourque found THE UNASSUMING RAISED BUNGALOW ON $UNLEVY Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was drawn to it because it had no real character. Character just gets in the way of creating something new,â&#x20AC;? Bourque said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted a blank slate.â&#x20AC;? A raised bungalow is also good for renovations, he said, because the basement is almost all above ground. The house style was ALSOCONDUCIVETOLARGELYMAIN mOORLIVING


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But the big draw was the lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted one that faced west and got the south sun. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a lot of trees or buildings around.â&#x20AC;? The property is on a residential street with neighbours all around, but had mature vegetation providing privacy. The couple toyed with adding another storey to the house, but decided against it. It would block the neighbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sun, and Bourque wanted to keep the lower form style of house traditional to the neighbhourhood. Godinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priority was having as much light as possible brought into the house. While she had tired of Calgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chilly temperatures, she did miss its sunshine. >

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marble is very soft and it scratches, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not stressed about that,â&#x20AC;? Godin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is part of the patina. We live with it and love it.â&#x20AC;? A small seating area at the far end of the kitchen is a cozy spot to watch the news while cooking and also has a lovely view over the back garden and pool. Bourqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister is also an architect who does a lot of residential renovations in Toronto. She gave them some good kitchen advice: buy your appliances early in the process.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;She said that as the project progresses and money dwindles, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to make compromises, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do that on appliances,â&#x20AC;? Godin said. The living room is in the same location and is the same size as the original. The couple likes its coziness. Although it is bright with corner windows, the ceiling isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vaulted. The room is warm and welcoming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A room is like a garden. It tells you what it needs,â&#x20AC;? Godin said.

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olour psychology probably doesn’t affect your life on a day-to-day basis — until you’re trying to sell your home. The colour of your walls can actually raise or lower the value of your property, a dollar amount that changes annually along with the year’s colour trends. Zillow recently examined more than 32,000 photos of sold homes, dissecting how certain colours impact their closing price. While some of the don’ts from 2016 still stand, 2017 has ushered in brand-new swatches of profitable paint colours. Here are the dos and don’ts of paint colours in 2017, as originally reported by MarketWatch.

DO: Keep it light. “Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colours, particularly in shades of blue and pale grey, not only make a home feel larger, but are also neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space,” said Zillow chief economist, Svenja Gudell. Homes with blue bathrooms, specifically lighter shades of blue or periwinkle, brought in about $5,440 more than expected. Similarly, light blue-grey kitchens sold for $1,809 more, while natural hues like oatmeal and pale grey consistently overperformed. DON’T: While a yellow kitchen brought in $1,100 more in 2016, the sunny hue is now lowering your home’s value by an estimated $820. Similarly, walls with no colour at all (read: stark white) had the most negative impact on sale prices. “Homes with white bathrooms, for instance, sold for an average of $4,035 less than similar homes,” noted Zillow. Finally, terra-cotta walls continued to slash a home’s value by $2,031 — a $1,000 increase from last year. CH NATURAL HUES LIKE OATMEAL AND PALE GREY CONSISTENTLY OVERPERFORM


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ome colour crushes come and go. Others develop into true love that lasts forever. That’s how I feel about the colour blue, especially when it’s paired with white. Blue and white is a cornerstone of my personal design style, and you’ll find it all over my home. Everyone falls in love for a reason. For me, and blue and white, there are a lot of things that make my heart hammer hard. It’s fresh and clean and feels new every time you use it. It’s timeless and classic, never out of style. It adds sophistication to a space. It’s easy to design with: so approachable and forgiving. It can add a jolt of energy or whisper calm. It pairs well with just about every other colour, from brown to green to red to pink to yellow. Need I go on? When I had my historic home, we held open houses several times a year, inviting people to make the trip to our quaint town to get ideas and inspiration. All the photos were taken at my home during one of my spring open houses. They capture the inventive ways you can use blue and white in your decor to create a mood. One of my favorite looks in my dining room where we hung amazing paper lanterns. We loved the playful touch they added, so we

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suspended them from bamboo rods, using blue ribbons, then anchored them in two large white vases. It was a magical affect. We had a square tablecloth custom made out of this chipper fabric, then turned it on the diagonal at the center of the table. That’s one of my favorite ways to use tablecloths, because it allows you to add the colour and texture of textiles, yet still let the beauty of the tabletop shine through. The place settings are super simple: everyday white plates topped with a sweet blue and white salad plate. When I entertain, I like to put a surprise at each guest’s place, like this little gift, wrapped in a coordinating paper. I have collected blue-and-white serving pieces through the years, so we added them to our table. A mix of patterns makes the setting more interesting. I got some of the old platters for a song because they had a chip or crack. I’m OK with signs of age. I think it adds to their character. We carried the blue-and-white love out to my screened porch. I filled this old wooden plant stand with blue and white cachepots filled with live plants. Blue and white containers come in every price point, from inexpensive to investment pieces, so no matter what your budget, you’ll find pieces you’ll love. CH

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aturated shades of celadon — a cool, calming colour that takes it’s name from 10th century transparent jade glaze — drench the walls of this beautiful Shoal Point condo and create a fitting backdrop for the homeowners, who enjoyed many years together in the Orient. “My Chinese name, chosen by my grandmother, also relates to this colour and means, I aspire to jade,” said Angela, an elegant and soft-spoken woman who is “crazy” for yellow and green, and dressed for this interview in celery-coloured silk pants and blouse. She and Terry, who asked not to use their last name, met in Hong +ONG WHEN SHE WAS WORKING IN MARKET DEVELOPMENT FOR -C$ONALDS opening restaurants all over Asia, and he was an accountant and senior partner with Ernst and Young.

THE DINING ROOM’S REFECTORY TABLE, CHAIRS AND SIDEBOARD CAME FROM FLORIDA AND WERE CARVED IN A SPANISH-PORTUGUESE STYLE BY SEMINOLE INDIANS LONG AGO. “THE JESUITS, WHILE TRYING TO CONVERT THEM, TAUGHT THEM TO CARVE LIMED OAK FOR CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES,” THE OWNER SAID. THE CARPET, FOUND AT AUCTION, SOLD FOR A SONG BUT COST A LARGE SUM TO WASH AND RESTORE. IT WAS FILTHY AND SMELLY, WHEN SHE FIRST SPOTTED IT, BUT ANGELA WAS DRAWN TO THE DRAGON PATTERN.

“I love yellow and green because they go with my love of antiques,” explained Angela who believes it’s possible to “elevate any space with colour.” Since retiring to Victoria and moving into their condo 10 years ago, they have created sensory delight in every room and Terry says that’s thanks to Angela’s gift for interior design. The small powder room by the front door, for instance, is a study in contrasts: “I am so proud of this tiny little bathroom because it tells the story of Hong Kong,” she said with a nostalgic sigh. The walls are stark WHITE THEWAINSCOTINGISJETBLACK mOORTILESAREFROM$ECORA#ERAMIC Tile and the simple cabinet has a black top — but the walls are covered in 56 sepia-toned photographs. The result is extravagantly fascinating. “I love Hong Kong and to me this represents the city in the 1950s.

THE OWNER LIKES MIXING PATTERNS. “IT’S A GOOD WAY TO MAKE A HOUSE NOT LOOK PROFESSIONALLY DECORATED.” THE TWO BERGERE CHAIRS ARE FROM FRANCE ORIGINALLY, BUT SHE BOUGHT THEM FROM AN OLD HOTEL IN HONG KONG. THE CUSTOM SOFAS ARE COVERED IN JIM THOMPSON FABRIC FROM THAILAND. THE CARPET IS 60 YEARS OLD AND MADE OF CAMELHAIR “TO LAST CENTURIES.”

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dream It shows how hardworking the people were in a city that was built on grit and started out as nothing but a ďŹ shing village and a rock. These photos were taken by a wonderful photographer called Fan Ho.â&#x20AC;? Angela was born in Nanking, once the capital of China. Her father had studied at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;very Britishâ&#x20AC;? Hong Kong University and then at Columbia University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a journalist, he covered the civil war of 1940 when Mao TOOKOVERAND IN WEESCAPEDTO(ONG+ONG WHICHWASmOODEDWITH immigrants from China.â&#x20AC;? Her father soon decided to move the family to Taiwan where he joined the foreign ministry and was sent to Washington as a delegate to the UN, attached to the embassy. Angela grew up there and at university she studied art and anthropology â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the two most impractical thingsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then got into banking. Shortly after separating from her ďŹ rst husband she saw a movie called The Year of Living Dangerously and thought to herself: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could languish here or see the world. I was bored. I needed to re-invent myself and wanted to go to Asia because there was a lot happening there.â&#x20AC;? -C$ONALDSOFFEREDHERAJOBIN(ONG+ONG SOSHELEARNED-ANDARINAND Cantonese, and never looked back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the best decision I ever made. I was sent all over Asia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Russia â&#x20AC;Ś and I met Terry in 1986.â&#x20AC;? All her life she has been interested in art and interior design, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious when looking at her version of the famous red room created by

A JADE J JJEWEL $IANA 6REELAND FORMER Vogue editor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my study and meditation room,â&#x20AC;? said Angela, who put a mirror behind an old Chinese screen to make the space seem larger. When choosing the condo, she and Terry took many factors into account. They wanted a view of the water and needed a lot of wall space for their MANY ARTWORKS h) HAD A DUPLEX mAT IN (ONG +ONG THAT WAS OVER   square feet and this is just a little less, but what I really here is the fact this condo has two wings, one public and one private.â&#x20AC;? She and her husband undertook several major renovations and their ďŹ rst project was to reconďŹ gure the entry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It used to be that when you came in all you saw was doors. It was like multiple choice.â&#x20AC;? So she added a small, mirrored wall at the right of the front door. It simpliďŹ es the space, and now guest are subtly directed into the living area, away from the bedrooms and ofďŹ ce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also took out the thick ceramic tile which was quite rough and had a lot of grouting. I wanted a smooth look, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want marble, which is slippery and hard to maintain so I used easy-to-clean porcelain tiles from $ECORA)LIKECONTINUOUSSURFACES vSHESAID ADDINGTHEJOINTSARESOTIGHT they are almost invisible. Throughout the condo, she stripped out masses of wallpaper and wallTO WALLCARPETING REPLACINGTHELATERWITHENGINEEREDHARDWOODmOORSFROM European Flooring, in the darkest shade she could ďŹ nd with a medium satin >

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ďŹ nish. The walls in almost all the rooms are now soft celadon, although the ofďŹ ce is pure white, with gleaming white countertops and cabinets. In the kitchen, the owners added granite COUNTERTOPSANDAPORCELAINmOORTILETHATRESEMBLES natural linen. Over the sink, where a window looks out partially on a neighbouring suiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wall she added glass shelving to display favourite small blue and white china pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just the residual of my blue-and-white collection. I just kept a few pieces because I have now moved on to green and white. Nothing beige about me.â&#x20AC;? A hanging cabinet over the bar was added to separate it from the nook, and to also increase storage for glassware. Glazed on both sides and ďŹ lled with crystal, this new cabinet doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t block any light; in fact it adds sparkle to the kitchen. She kept the original cabinets, but changed several of the doors to glass, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because I love to look at my dishes.â&#x20AC;? Angela explained she did not grow up privileged, although her family was not poor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My parents were strict and we had to work for what we got. They had grown up in tumultuous times during the war and experienced great hardship, losing almost everything when they escaped, so we were taught to be frugal, not to waste, to take nothing for granted.â&#x20AC;?

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harmonious When she came to Washington at age nine, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak English so she spent a lot of time looking at paintings and books, going to museums, listening to music and cultivating her own unique taste. She says decorating a house is like curating an art exhibition, and once she chooses a piece she usually has it for life. For instance, she gave her husband a threemetre long, 180-year-old alter table for a wedding present and it has gone everywhere with them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With every move, I have had to source some antique people who can take it apart, as it will not ďŹ t in elevators. The last time, it was walked up the stairs. Luckily it has mortise and tenon joints so it comes apart with a soft mallet.â&#x20AC;? Made of heavy elm wood from south China, decades ago the piece would have been used in private homes for ancestor worship, and decorated with paintings, incense and fruit. She has decorated it with favoured pieces of porcelain and ivory collected by her mother as well as her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great grandfather and grandfather, who was in the tea trade in China and Ceylon. In a sense it is still honouring the ancestors. In Hong Kong, almost anything can be custom crafted, so Angela had most of their soft furnishings made to measure and also ordered extra slipcovers, including three sets for her livingroom sofas. She chose fabric from the famous Jim

A JADE J JJEWEL Thompson company, a store which is renowned for its silks that also does linen and cotton upholstery for hotels and sells fabric from its warehouse outside Bangkok. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can ďŹ nd the best fabrics for almost nothing there, for less than the cost of mailing them to Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? And so in addition to the ones currently on her sofas, she has a set in cream velvet with blue piping, and one with white Ming vases printed on a blue background. Among the many treasures in their home, hanging on the wall above the old alter, is a painting of white ducks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After I arrived in Hong Kong in 1984, I was walking down the street and saw a man sitting with a selection of rolled up scrolls. He was asking 200 HK dollars for this, ABOUT#DN AND)BOUGHTITv7HENSHETOOK the silk scroll to a frame shop the owner tried aggressively to buy it, seemingly enthralled by the inscriptions on one side. She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell, but had it appraised by Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hong Kong auction

house 25 years ago and it was valued at more than $100,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was painted by the artist who founded the school of duck painting in China. It was a school, not as popular as the ďŹ sh school, but from the 3OONG3UNG DYNASTYINTHETHCENTURY/VER the centuries, different art historians had written inscriptions on the side to authenticate it.â&#x20AC;? Angela stressed she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to spend a lot of money to love a piece. She spotted the two watercolours of women, now hanging in her front hall, in an old laundry in Hanoi. She fell in love with the paintings even though they were covered in dust and cobwebs, and asked if she could buy them. The bemused owner agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every painting here comes from a period in my life and represents something. The worth is not who did it, although some are treasures, but each piece reminds me of a different milestone. They represent something lasting.â&#x20AC;? CH

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START WITH SEATING: Think function first: Of course you want your foyer to be bold and beautiful, but you also want it to serve its purpose. Start with an entryway bench for people to sit on, coupled with a set of hooks for anything from hats to handbags. Then you can start building to create the space you’ll love. LAYER UP: The key to a truly beautiful entryway: layering. For instance, a console table will always look more put together with a pair of baskets or stools underneath it, and a mirror or artwork above it. The goal isn’t to over-accessorize, but rather to add items that are both purposeful and beautiful. FROM THE GROUND UP: If there’s one item that can instantly transform the look of your foyer, it’s an antique rug. Worn-out Turkish rugs have a certain texture and dimension that’s often hard to find in entryways, particularly ones that have blank walls and not too much architectural impact.

MAKE A STATEMENT: The foyer is not the place to be subtle or neutral. Create a statement by adding a bold pop of colour or a striking geometrical pattern. Or use the power of repetition to create your statement. MAKE ART YOUR FOCUS: Take advantage of the wall facing you when you walk in by hanging your favorite piece of art. This is the first thing people will see when they walk into your home, so it should be personable and purposeful. Starting with artwork is also an easy way to build a coherent colour scheme for the space. ADD AN ACCENT CHAIR: Benches and stools are usually the preferred foyer seating, but an accent chair can also be exactly what’s missing in your foyer, especially if you have an awkward corner. Use it to put down your bag when you get home or to sit down and lace your shoes up in the morning. LIGHT IT UP: Don’t just resort to a boring flush-mount light fixture _ pick a pendant that will make a statement and cast a flattering light on your space (and don’t forget to put it on a dimmer). If you can only have one light source in the space, better make it a good one.

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CAN GO WRONG WITH ROUND: CAN’T A round mirror is always a good idea, but it’s eeven better when mixed with geometric shapes. After all, the best bathroom mirrors are the ultimate testing ground for your own most Instagrammable angles. Looking for something TO ADMIRE BEYOND YOUR OWN REmECTION 4RY treating your bathroom mirror as wall art to strike a balance between fashion and function. TWINNING IS WINNING: When it comes to bathroom mirrors, two is better than one — for the simple reason that multiple people

can use them simultaneously. A double-mirror moment is ideal for couples who like to get ready together, but still value a little bit of personal space. OLD IS NEW AGAIN: When renovating almost any room in the home, it’s chic to go antique. And bathrooms are no different. Mix and match pieces to create an old-meets-new vibe, and an antique bathroom mirror makes for a stunning statement piece. When you look in an antique mirror, it’s hard not to feel like a well-framed work of art. Bright whites always

look a little crisper with an element or two of contrast. An antique mirror does just the trick in a more rustic take on a white bathroom, giving the space texture and warmth while maintaining that fresh, clean feeling. NEVER TOO LATE TO GET IN SHAPE: An oval provides a fresh twist on the round bathroom mirror trend. The slimmer curved shape leaves plenty of room for chic geometric sconces along with enough open space for shibori-inspired wallpaper to shine. Consider me sold on this shape.

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cozy window seat, a rectangle of repurposed old linoleum from the basement serves as AUTHENTICALLY HISTORIC mOORING AND A GREAT CONVERSATION PIECE  h)TS PROBABLY FROM THE 1930s or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;40s,â&#x20AC;? Stan says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rooms in the basement had been rented to GIs after the war.â&#x20AC;? -ATERIALS FOR THE MASTER BEDROOM mOOR cost about $400, Stan says. They had run out of money and were going to settle for a TEMPORARY mOOR BUT AFTER THREE COATS OF OIL BASED mOOR lNISH ATOP Â&#x2122; FOOT SQUARES OF medium-density ďŹ berboard, â&#x20AC;&#x153;People say it looks like leather.â&#x20AC;? It looks beautiful. It looks like a lot of labour. It feels like a lot of love. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything in our house is part of us,â&#x20AC;? Stan says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never leaving. Never, ever. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all been fun,â&#x20AC;? Carol says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had big dreams. We had to wait till we could do them. I come home, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so happy to be home. I never want to leave. We feel really lucky.â&#x20AC;? CH


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE BOTH PRETTY GOOD COOKS AND SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN HERE,â&#x20AC;? BRUCE STEEL SAYS OF THE KITCHEN, WITH AFRORMOSIA (AFRICAN TEAK) CABINETRY AND A HEATH CERAMICS BACKSPLASH. THEY USE THAT BUILTIN COFFEE MAKER, AT RIGHT, ALL THE TIME.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to get back here, closer to family,â&#x20AC;? Gloria says. And now, the Steels live in a meticulously thought-out, true family home mere blocks from three of their children, INCLUDING*AMESTHEFOURTHLIVESIN3EATTLE LESS than a mile from Bruceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood home; and half a mile from his ofďŹ ce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The unique site is at the top of a steep bluff overlooking Old Town Tacoma and Commencement Bay,â&#x20AC;? James says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On clear days, one can see from Mount Baker to Mount Rainier.â&#x20AC;? Before, the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original home, a 1940s two-story relic with aluminum siding, basically turned its metallic back to the stunning scenery. The garage had the best vantage point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We maximized the views by laying out the home so that rooms that were used every day are aligned on the view side: living, dining, kitchen and main bedroom suite,â&#x20AC;? James says â&#x20AC;&#x201D; these make up the main wing, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;the core of the houseâ&#x20AC;?; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a second, back wing, with two more bedrooms, a guest bathroom, and mechanical and utility rooms. Over the three-year process, the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design evolved from traditional to contemporary, Gloria says: stone, glass, huge windows, and lots and lots of wood. James calls it â&#x20AC;&#x153;minimalist, but with a certain amount of nostalgia, Northwest contemporary with history, midcentury modernism with Northwest craftsmanship.â&#x20AC;? >69

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“THE COOL THING ABOUT THIS HOUSE IS THAT THE FRONT DECK HAS SUN FROM SUNRISE TO 11 A.M., AND THE OTHER SIDE IS SUNNY TILL SUNSET, IT CAME OUT PERFECT.”

WITH A SKYLIGHT AND HEATERS ON THE FRONT DECK OVERLOOKING A WATER FEATURE, BRUCE STEEL SAYS, “WE USED THIS SPACE CLEAR UP TO THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER.” THE EXTERIOR WOOD IS VERTICAL-GRAIN CEDAR FROM NORTHERN CANADA, MILLED BY LS CEDAR COMPANY OF VASHON ISLAND.

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THE MASTER BEDROOM CAPTURES LIGHT AND VIEWS THROUGH LARGE WINDOWS AND CLERESTORIES LOOKING TOWARD OLD TOWN TACOMA AND COMMENCEMENT BAY. JAMES STEEL DESIGNED THE CUSTOM HEADBOARD; THE BED IS FROM ROOM & BOARD. THE MIRRORS IN THE MASTER BATHROOM, WITH ANN SACKS PORCELAIN TILE, A CURBLESS WALK-IN SHOWER AND A GIANT SOAKING TUB, HIDE MEDICINE CHESTS WITH OUTLETS INSIDE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S VERY PRACTICAL AS WELL AS BEAUTIFUL,â&#x20AC;? SAYS GLORIA STEEL.

Familial familiarity, not unexpectedly, informed a few key design decisions. James knew, for example, that his mom PRACTICES THE mUTE IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM Â&#x2C6; â&#x20AC;&#x153;an odd habit,â&#x20AC;? he says, but a longtime one h9OURERIGHTTHERETOFOLDLAUNDRYWHENITS DONE v 'LORIA EXPLAINS Â&#x2C6; SO HER SECLUDED southern-facing ofďŹ ce/laundry area leaves room for a music stand, and a musical courtesy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can close two doors so Bruce canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complain too much about the high notes,â&#x20AC;? she says. Outside, James collaborated with landscape architect Ryan to design a spa with a retractable cover, possibly knowing his dad pretty well by this point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the funniest thing; we use it all the time,â&#x20AC;? Bruce says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never had a hot tub. But James designed this, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world.â&#x20AC;? Bruce is pleased, indeed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and very, very proud of his architect son. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He did a terriďŹ c job,â&#x20AC;? Bruce says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the most complicated house Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever built. James was here hours and hours every day with a tape measure, watching over everyone. It was a lot of effort on everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part. It was worth it. We love it here.â&#x20AC;? CH

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his clever custom headboard treatment with integrated swing arm lamps and side tables complete a Luxe Master retreat. The kitchen is the heart of this busy home and includes a massive island with seating for 5. Both island and hutch are stained a beautiful blue to contrast with the cream perimeter cabinets. Everything is topped in quartz.

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f you have some time on an autumn day and want to make something rustic and Italian for dinner, put on an apron, roll up your sleeves and make gnocchi. There are quite a few steps involved, but your reward will be pillowy bites of goodness that you can sauce and flavour in tasty ways. The culinary reference book, The New Food Lover’s Companion, says gnocchi, pronounced “NYOH—kee,” is Italian for dumplings. These dumplings are small and pasta-like and can be made from such things as potatoes or ricotta cheese blended with flour. Eggs or egg yolks are added to hold the dough together and ingredients such as Parmesan cheese are mixed in for flavour. My recipe uses potatoes and a tome called The Foods of Italy says that when cooking them you want to keep them as dry as possible as too much moisture will result in heavy, dense gnocchi. The book also notes that baking (russet) potatoes are best type to use for gnocchi because they have a low moisture content and baking them in their skins keeps them drier than boiling. In my recipe for homemade gnocchi, you’ll see that, once the gnocchi is formed, you can boil them ahead of time, cool them and then refrigerate them until ready to reheat and top with saucy, mini meatballs made fresh from Italian sausage meat. If saucy meatballs are not your thing, then try my second recipe which sees the homemade gnocchi deliciously tossed with bits of cooked squash, sage, garlic, Parmesan cheese, butter and olive oil. To further guide you on how to make gnocchi, I’ve provided some step-by-step photos on how to work and shape the dough. For a very hearty dinner, I like to serve gnocchi with crusty bread and a simple side salad.

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AKE gnocchi 1: Bake potatoes until very tender, cool, half, scoop out the flesh and then very thoroughly mash or push through a food mill or ricer.

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2: Make dough as described in the recipe. Turn on to a work surface. Knead in additional flour until you create dough that is still slightly damp to the touch, but does not stick to your fingers. 3: Divide dough into quarters, roll each quarter into a 3/4inch (2 cm) diameter log, and then cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) long pieces. 4: Flour one of your fingers and make a deep dimple into each piece of dough.

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Homemade Gnocchi with Gn Saucy Italian Sausage Meatballs

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t takes a bit of time to make gnocchi, but the tender and delicious results are worth the effort. But you can make and cook the gnocchi ahead of time, say in the morning, then cool and refrigerate them. At suppertime, reheat and top them with the saucy meatballs. PREPARATION TIME: 40 minutes COOKING TIME: About 95 minutes MAKES: Four generous servings

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2 1/4 lbs (1 kg) baking potatoes (about 3 large ones) 2 large egg yolks 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (not the dried, powdered type), plus some for the table 1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose ďŹ&#x201A;our, plus some for the work surface 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus some for greasing 1 1/4 lbs mild, medium or hot Italian sausages 1 (660 mL) jar passata di pomodoro (strained tomatoes; see Note) 1 cup chicken stock Preheat oven to 375Ë&#x161;F. Prick each potato a few times with a fork, and then bake 65 to 70 minutes, or until very tender. Cool potatoes 10 minutes; until safe enough to handle but still warm. Cut each potato lengthwise in half and with a small spoon scoop out as much of the ďŹ&#x201A;esh as you can into a bowl. Keep potatoes skins for another use or compost. Now push the potatoes through a ricer or food mill; thoroughly mash in the bowl by hand with a potato masher; or place in the bowl of your stand mixer and mash with paddle attachment until very smooth. The latter is what I did. Mix in the egg yolks, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and salt. Mix in 1 cup of the ďŹ&#x201A;our until well combined. Lightly ďŹ&#x201A;our a work surface and transfer the dough on to it. Knead the dough, incorporating 1/2 to 1 cup more of the ďŹ&#x201A;our, as needed, into a pliable ball that is still slightly damp to the touch, but does not stick to your ďŹ ngers. Divide the dough into quarters. Roll one quarter into a 3/4-inch (2 cm) diameter log. Cut the log into 1-inch (2.5 cm) long pieces. Flour one of your ďŹ ngers and make a deep dimple into each piece of dough. Roll the non-

dimpled side of each piece of dough over the tines of a fork to create ridges, and then set, not touching, on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bring a very large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Line a second large baking sheet with parchment paper and grease the paper with olive oil. Cook the gnocchi in the boiling water, in 3 or 4 batches, until they ďŹ&#x201A;oat to the surface, about 2 minutes. Scoop out the gnocchi with a slotted spoon and place on the baking sheet. (Gnocchi could be made to this point up to a day in advance. Cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate until needed.) Remove the casing from the sausages and pull the meat into 36 to 42 small, 3/4-inch pieces. Moistens your hands lightly with cold water and roll the pieces of sausage into mini meatballs. Place the oil in a wide skillet and set over medium, medium-high heat. When hot, add sausage meatballs and cook until nicely browned on all sides, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain away the excess fat. Pour the passata di pomodoro and stock into the skillet and bring to a gentle simmer. Loosely cover and simmer the meatballs 10 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain a gentle simmer. While the meatballs simmer, bring a clean and large pot of water to boil. When the meatballs have done simmering, place your prepared gnocchi into the boiling water and heat thorough a minute or two. Scoop out and divide the gnocchi among pasta bowls and spoon on the saucy meatballs. Garnish each serving with a few fresh basil or oregano leaves. Serve with a chunk Parmesan cheese, for grating on top of the gnocchi at the table.

NOTE: Passata di pomodoro is an Italianstyle tomato sauce sold in bottles at most supermarkets and Italian-style delis.


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PREPARATION TIME: 40 minutes COOKING TIME: About 95 minutes MAKES: Four generous servings

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n this recipe tender gnocchi is tossed and flavoured with a bits of cooked squash, crisply cooked sage leaves and garlic, all cooked in a butter/olive oil mixture. 1 batch homemade gnocchi 1 3/4 cups cubed squash, such as butternut, banana or acorn, simmered, until just tender, drained well and cooled on a plate (see Note), 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, pluse some for drizzling 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 24 small to medium whole fresh sage leaves 1⁄3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus some for the table salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Make, cook and cool the homemade gnocchi featured in the recipe page 76. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer over medium heat. When the water is simmering, set a very large skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, add the butter and oil. When the butter starts to melt, add the prepared gnocchi to the simmering water. When the butter has completely melted, add the sage and squash and cook until the sage becomes very fragrant and slightly crisp on the outer edges. Mix in the garlic and cook one minute more. Scoop the hot gnocchi out of the water and into the skillet. Sprinkle in the cheese, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Divide the gnocchi among pasta bowls. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese and olive oil, for grating and drizzling on the gnocchi at the table. eakis@timescolonist.com

NOTE: The squash in the recipe was cut into fairly small, 1/2-inch cubes.

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kitchen GADGETS SMART THERMOMETER Lisa McManus, a tasting and testing expert, said though some smart kitchen devices feel like either the technology or the device’s function is an afterthought, that’s not the case with a smart thermometer. When home chefs need to step away while cooking, being able to use an app to check on the food’s temperature is a handy way to avoid overcooking the meal. “It gave us accurate, clear temperature readouts, which is basically what you want in a good thermometer. The smart side of this product — where it uses Bluetooth to send information to your phone — works as well as the thermometer itself. What’s more, applying smart technology here isn’t just an extra; it solves a real problem,” McManus said. A host of other smart thermometers are available, such as Weber’s iGrill2, which was made specifically for a grill’s high temperatures.

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A longtime favorite of chefs, sous vide machines are coming down in price and making their way into home kitchens. Sous vide machines allow food to retain more flavor because food is cooked slowly in an airtight bag under circulating water at low temperatures. Chef Brian Schreiber and Lance Nitahara, a lecturing culinary instructorm, raved about them. “It’s a really great way to cook to maximize your flavor. I think in the next year or two, sous vide is going to pop up more and more, especially as people get more educated,” Schreiber said. “It creates a controlled environment that you don’t get with traditional cooking.” The low and slow cooking times make monitoring sous vide cooking from an app easy. There are two top smart sous vide machines, the Anova Precision Cooker and the ChefSteps Joule. Tests by popular technology magazines show they essentially cook the same. The main difference is the Anova can be controlled by both manual touch and app, while the Joule is controlled almost exclusively via the app.

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These burners are more efficient than gas burners; they heat up fast and cool off quickly, plus they let chefs digitally control the exact temperature. If you have recipes you did once and it turned out great, you can notate what number you set it to and get that number every single time. While most induction burners are part of complete ranges, some single induction burner plates are coming out that are Wi-Fi-enabled. To work on an induction burner, a pan must be made of a magnetic material, meaning aluminum pans won’t work. Hestan Cue’s single induction burner comes with a smart pan that works with the induction burner and includes a recipe app via Bluetooth technology that guides users through cooking and automatically adjusts the temperature for each step. Chefs expect induction burners will become more popular. “It’s the future of cooking today,” says one cooking expert. “A lot of kitchens are turning to induction burners.

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he line-up outside Bakesale Betty is 30 deep of amazingly cheery people waiting for the buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches that have made this restaurant a must-eat-at in Oakland. Owner Alison Barakat, in her trademark blue bob wig, is chatting them up when she gets a call. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be ready in ďŹ ve minutes. Just come to the front,â&#x20AC;? she says. A few minutes later, two guys who work at the hardware store down the block pop in to pick up sandwiches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just how we do things in Oakland. These guys have a short lunch break so we help them out by having their sandwiches ready and waiting. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a community,â&#x20AC;? Barakat said. She does the same for the local ďŹ reďŹ ghters at the nearby station. That sense of community permeates Oakland, the city across the bay that most tourists donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about when they visit its glitzy sister, San Francisco. Community, diversity and progressive politics are points of pride in Oakland, with posters advocating for social justice plastering even the window of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Over the past few years, Oakland has seen its reputation for high-crime rates and sketchy neighbourhoods replaced with one for its growing food and arts scene, slightly more affordable housing than San Francisco

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ALONGWITHMORESUNSHINE LESSFOGANDFARFEWERHILLS ANDWATERFRONT walks along a working port. It all contributes to what even Mayor Libby Schaaf calls Oaklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;secret sauce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that gritty authenticity that makes Oakland resilient and strong.â&#x20AC;? For Lauren Herpich, who moved to Oakland almost ďŹ ve years ago from Chicago and operates Local Food Adventures, the city is â&#x20AC;&#x153;full of surprises. It lives in the shadow of San Francisco, with its more iconic landmarks and a more known and storied history. But Oakland is so diverse in its offerings. You have a beautiful lake in the middle of a vibrant downtown city, a marina, natural woodlands and amazing neighbourhoods that have their own unique feel.â&#x20AC;? Some liken Oakland to Brooklyn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wayyyy cooler than that,â&#x20AC;? laughed Barakat. San Francisco is one of my favourite cities and an easy trip from Victoria, WITH A DAILY DIRECT 5NITED !IRLINES mIGHT "UT )M GLAD ) ADDED /AKLAND to the mix. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a less expensive San Francisco; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got its own identity, and people are proud of it. You might leave your heart in San Francisco, but go to Oakland and you just might ďŹ nd a piece of it. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an overview of some fun things to do in Oakland that will give you a sense of the city.


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here is no there there,â&#x20AC;? Gertrude Stein infamously wrote in her autobiography after revisiting Oakland 45 years after leaving to ďŹ nd her childhood home gone and the city changed. While there is some dispute as to just what Stein meant by the comment, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been widely interpreted to mean that Oakland has no core, and that may we true. Rather, the city is made up of numerous neighbourhoods, tied together by geography and minds of their own. Piedmont is one of those villages. If you could create a model main street for an urban village, this would be a contender. Piedmont Avenue is ďŹ lled with small, independent shops, with no chain stores IN SIGHT 4HERE ARE VERY FEW CHAIN STORES IN /AKLAND GENERALLY Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good place to spend a couple of hours enjoying the eclectic mix of shops, good restaurants, coffee shops, an old-fashioned ice creamery and a movie theatre that focuses on independent and foreign movies. Secondhand bookstore Black Swan Books has a good selection. Pop around the corner to Issues, a newsstand that carries hundreds of magazines and other independent publications. 1UIRKYVINTAGESHOPSCOULDDRAWINCOLLECTORSFORHOURS3EVERAL stores on the street focus on doing, rather than consuming. Sew Images has a wall of every thread colour you could imagine, and onsite sewing classes. Rare Bird is half retro clothing and funky t-shirts that celebrate Oakland and half maker shop. Take a handlettering course, carve your own stamp, make a candle. It all creates an appetite and Piedmont Avenue has a little of something for everyone. Commis has two Michelin stars. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve planned at least a week ahead, you might get a reservation for its set eight-course menu for $149. Fentonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creamery has perfected ice cream concoctions and diner-style food during its 122 years in Oakland. It also had a cameo in Pixarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up.â&#x20AC;?

If you want something cutting edge, try the Impossible Burger at KronnerBurger. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the select restaurants in the U.S. that serves the plant-based burger being marketed as being so meatlike that it bleeds. And it does. Or at least itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pinkish inside. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the work of Impossible Foods, a Silicon Valley startup. A team of scientists, engineers, chefs, farmers and foodies studied meat for ďŹ ve years, from how it sizzles to what happens when you sink your teeth into a burger. The main ingredients are wheat protein and potato. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bound with xanthan and konjac, a high-ďŹ bre vegan substitute for gelatin FROM*APAN ANDISmAVOUREDWITHCOCONUTOIL VITAMINS AMINOACIDS and sugars. But the star is a special ingredient called â&#x20AC;&#x153;heme.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abundant in animal muscle and contributes to the characteristic colour and taste of meat. The company discovered how to take heme from plants and produce it using fermentation, similar to the method thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been used to make Belgian beer for nearly a thousand years. !T ITISPRICEY!REGULARBURGERAT+RONNERBURGERIS  But it tasted and felt like the real thing, not a wanna-be veggie burger. I left feeling satisďŹ ed and full, but not uncomfortably so as you often do after a meat burger. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d deďŹ nitely order it again, not miss the meat at all and enjoy feeling virtuous. Finish the day with a walk up to Mountain View Cemetery, with its peaceful atmosphere and terriďŹ c views of the Bay and San Francisco. The 226-acre park-like cemetery has a Victoria connection. The cemetery was designed in 1863 by Frederick Law Olmsted, a famed landscape architect who also designed Central Park in New York City. His goal was to create a space that would express a harmony between humankind and the natural setting. He is also the uncle and stepfather to John Charles Olmsted, who designed Uplands in Victoria. >

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life. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big part of its appeal, along with the terriďŹ c public art and food that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still thinking about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oaklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinatown doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have all of the merchandise and trinket shops. It has a thriving culture and a rich tapestry of art. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real,â&#x20AC;? said 3AGE ,ORING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE $RAGON School, a non-proďŹ t association that has created an outdoor art gallery in Chinatown. Neighbourhood youth, with guidance from established grafďŹ ti artists and graphic designers, have created more than 100 dragons throughout Chinatown. They work with business owners to create the public murals and are now branching out to other colourful creations, such as the Chinese zodiac. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robust public art is a visual cue that a city has a lot of entrepreneurial and artistic types. That is so Oakland,â&#x20AC;? Loring said. ! STROLL LOOKING AT THE $RAGON 3CHOOL ART will take you by some excellent restaurants,

including Tay Ho, a Vietnamese restaurant run BY CHEF $ENISE (UYNH AND HER MOTHER WHO hand make the steamed rice noodle rolls called banh cuon that the restaurant is known for. Filled with pork and mushrooms and topped with house-cured beef, sweet-potato fritters and a side of green-bean and shrimp-fried bread, they sell out fast and are worth the trip ALONE)COULDGOONANDON Tay Ho has a full bar and is verging on hipster - a bike hangs from the ceiling - yet it is still the type of place that people bring their grandma. .EARBY 3HAN $ONG IS KNOWN THROUGHOUT the Bay area for its handmade dumplings, and its noodles slathered in sesame paste or meat sauce. A couple hours in Oaklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinatown makes you realize you really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need yet another fridge magnet saying you went somewhere.

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adjacent Berkeley to pop-ups that became so popular, they stayed put. Many of them came to the Temescal area. The area has historically been home to Italian, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Korean communities, and there are an excellent variety of ethnic restaurants that can take you on a quick worldwide tasting tour. These changes have happened over the last decade or so, said B.J. Hanson, who runs Sacred Wheel, a cafĂŠ and cheese shop that is a must-stop for its sriracha-topped fried mac and cheese and tomato soup, made with a touch of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was growing up, you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to Oakland. It was a place you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even drive through,â&#x20AC;? said the 46-year-old. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so popular that a lot of people working in Oakland canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford the rents. >

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turned-high-end craft explosion. The shops, all about the size of a bungalow bedroom or a New York City studio, are home to myriad craftspeople. For many, the shop is also their studio. You can watch Marisa Haskell create her jewelry or wonder how the owners of Walrus, who repurpose everything from wine corks to furniture in creative

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four more en route. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re often housed in creative spaces. The empty warehouses near the Port of Oakland make for ďŹ ne breweries. A former CARDEALERSHIPHASBEENTRANSFORMEDINTO$RAKES $EALERSHIP4HEBEAUTIFULLYRENOVATEDBRICKBUILDING has open air seating, ďŹ re pits, Adirondack benches and weekend live music. With 32 beers on tap and a growler station, beer afďŹ cienados have a lot to choose from. Lost & Found has a bit of the German beer house feel, with its 7,000-square-foot outdoor

and useful ways, ďŹ gured out how to â&#x20AC;&#x153;upcycleâ&#x20AC;? tree branches into candleholders. A favourite is Book/Shop, which does have a carefully curated selection of about 80 books about books. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shop dedicated to the actual book. If you need a book brush to dust off your COLLECTION ITSHERE53

beer garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outdoor beer drinking, without the fogâ&#x20AC;? is its motto. One of the owners is a passionate gardener and it shows. For past several years, Christi Vaughn has helped get an inmate-run garden program up and running AT 3AN 1UENTIN PRISON ,OST  &OUNDS GARDEN IS maintained by graduates of that program. Most tasting rooms are open to children and pets. California has an active pitbull rescue program, so there are many pitties to pet in your travels. $OWNLOADAN/AKLAND!LE4RAILPASSPORTONTHE Oakland tourism website visitoakland.com, visit the breweries and earn an Oakland Ale Trail branded growler. And who needs to travel to Napa Valley or Sonoma to taste their grapes? Oakland has a dozen wineries and was picked by a wine magazine as one of the top 10 unknown U.S. wine regions. Grapes from throughout California come to warehouses in Oakland where vintners create a variety of red and whites. A great way to see the wineries and the city is by bike. East Bay Winery "IKE4OURSEASTBAYWINERYBIKETOURSCOM PROVIDES everything you need. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll even arrange to have your purchases shipped home for you. A lovely way to end the day is on the Oakland waterfront at Rosenblum Cellars. The Californiasourced zinfandels and other Rhone style wines are good, but the view is even better. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a patio and large grassy area and even a humansized Jenga game to play.


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access. On the first Friday of the month, more than 50 galleries and art spaces participate in the Art Murmur. Pop into artists’ studios, view their work or watch them create. The art walk has also expanded into First Friday, a lively street festival that draws thousands of visitors to its live music, one-night art installations, street performances and food trucks. A quieter way to view the art and talk to the artists is the Saturday Stroll. Artists open their

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spaces each Saturday afternoon. Take part in talks, receptions, film screenings or trunk shows. The Oakland Museum of California becomes a festive night market every Friday night that is worth the trip to Oakland. Friday Nights @ OCMA feels like the best block party you’ve been to, with more than 20 food trucks, live music, dancing, lights, kids events, picnic tables and half-price admission to an excellent museum. 4HE MUSEUM RECENTLY HAD A $OROTHEA ,ANGE exhibit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the photographer’s gift of her personal archive to the museum. 'OTOTHETHIRDmOOROFTHEMUSEUMFORAGREAT view and a three-metre neon yellow peace sign.


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JACK LONDON SQUARE: History still in the making The square, named after the author of “Call of the Wild” and “Sea Wolf,” offers a little of everything. It’s a walking/cycling-friendly waterfront area that is also a bustling port with huge container ships; a place where the oldest saloon in the Bay area is beside the Museum of Capitalism; and a community where turn-of the-century warehouses co-exist beside edgy modern buildings. Heinold’s First and Last Chance saloon is constructed of remnants from an old whaling ship. As a teenager, Jack London studied at the same tables still used today. It’s also said he returned to his favourite table years later and wrote notes that would become his famous books. The slanted floor, caused by the 1906 earthquake, remains. The place fits a dozen people at most, but there’s waterview seating outside. It’s near a modern building that hopes to soon have a food market and restaurants. Part of the top floor is now the Museum of Capitalism, where 60 artists from around the world depict present day capitalist values from a future perspective. It’s a thought-provoking modern art museum that somehow feels right at home in Oakland,

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STATUE HONOURS CALL OF THE WILD NOVELIST. the city where the community activist group the Black Panthers started. The former industrial area along the waterfront hosts a once a month Friday night dance party, where everyone from grandmas to babies are shaking it. It ends at 10 p.m. and is a joyful thing to happen upon. If you want to carry on, the Plank is a huge waterfront bar with its own bowling alley (18 lanes), bocce and billiards. Tour the U.S.S. Potomac , Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “floating White House,” which he used to escape the Washington summers, or kayak along a working waterfront. Add your two cents to the moviemaking debate about George Lucas’s “The Empire Strikes Back”. Did he base the AT-AT snow walkers that invaded the ice planet Hoth on the looming container cranes that dot the waterfront? Lucas has said no, but the believers are still out there. CH

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VICTORIA-BASED KIM WESTAD is a serial traveler who has visited more than 15 countries around the globe over the past two decades. Her natural curiosity of cultures, historic sites and dining have taken her from Myanmar to Nunavut and points between. Her most recent dispatches for Capital Home were from Paris and New Orleans. She brings a local perspective to her travel diaries and an inside knowledge on what to see, when to see it and how best to enjoy your trip.

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A photgraphers paradise Nineteen of the original 20 Kinderdijk windmills remain and were named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. And what a sight they are. Lining the canals that zigzag between the two rivers, the windmills are a striking ANDICONICGLIMPSEINTO$UTCHHISTORYWITH a modern-day functionality. The windmills work in conjunction with pumping stations to move water from the lower-lying areas to higher ground and into the river. Of the 19 mills, 16 still have millers who live inside and manoeuvre the massive sails in the wind. For tourists, walkways lead from the visitor centre to the mills and boat tours are offered along the canals. Two mills

serve as museums, filled with vintage millers’ items and photos with ladders to climb through and see the inner works. The mills also are functional, so be prepared to feel the entire building shake when the sails are whipping around in the wind. About 300,000 people buy tickets to visit the Kinderdijk windmills each year, with about 500,000 more walking through the area without taking the tours. Kinderdijk has plans to build a new visitor’s centre and to refurbish the pumping station with an exhibition about the future of water management with climate change. CH

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By offering you a wider selection of brands you can effectively one stop shop, sitting on a Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki or one of our Italian brands to decide which bike is right for you. Similarly in Marine, you can have your choice of Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda outboards to repower your existing boat, or shop for a new boat from our wide selection of brands. See more at www.sgpower.com.

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