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VANCOUVERS LUX SPOTS WHISTLER’S CULINARY SCENE ARTISTS & CHEFS who stand out

FISH FARM VS FRESH FISH

TOFINO’S WHALE FESTIVAL

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How fresh is fresh Fish?

BEST ISLAND : TO VACATION UPON

Conde Nast Magazine voted Vancouver Island the best “non tropical Island” to vacation upon! We have all the best places to stay, play, shop and eat!

INSIDER GUIDE: HIDDEN GEMS

We have the Deals, the Digs and the Delicious!. Read>

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Featured Golf - Crown Isle

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Tofino - Whale Festival

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Coffee Houses of Victoria

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Vancouver’s Lux Spots

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Whistler - Culinary Heaven

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Featured local Artist - Mark Hobson

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Food & Health - 10 super foods

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HIDDEN CULINARY GEM: MARKUS WHARFSIDE IN SOOKE We arrived in the evening after there had been an unexpected downfall of snow in Sooke, everything was blanketed in a crispy white and the inky black sky was filled with a canopy of stars. The northern star stood high above the ocean, almost guiding our way. The ocean breeze blew gently up maple road, creating an icy path to the restaurant that we dared to traverse – it was all worth it, as the enveloping warmth and inviting atmosphere of Markus Wharfside, its owner and its staff, fell upon us. Tatum, co owner, sommelier and wife to Markus was the first to greet us. A younger woman with a lovely smile and the energy of someone who is obviously doing what she loves. The Markus Wharfside maintains a small, intimate staff, six at most, because Tatum and Markus like to stay close to the customers and ensure the quality of service and food remains steady, this helps add to the intimate and cosy feel of the Restaurant.are committed to making their customers happy with personal attention to service and quality and continuity of food.

VANCOUVER ISLAND HIDES A NUMBER OF WONDERFUL CULINARY GEMS, AND “MARKUS WHARFSIDE” IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THEM. Markus Wharfside Restaurant: 1831 Maple Ave Sooke BC V9Z SIMPLE REGIONAL HEARTY FOOD Markus Wharfside Restaurant in Sooke is an unpretentious, stylish little blue cottage Restaurant re-built by a family, with passion and vision, from the ruins of an old fishing store. The Restaurant is family owned and run by a dedicated husband and wife team – Markus and Tatum Wieland. A friendly couple, who love what they do and do what they love, and we are all the lucky beneficiaries. Many of the local Hotels, including one of the worlds culinary celebrities – The Sooke

Photo to the far left: Markus’ brown crusted Scallops and the Garden is the Restaurants own organic Garden where they grow heirloom Tomatos, herbs, lettuces, peppers, & more.. Harbor House, refer their guests to Markus Wharfside. This kind of recommendation is an accolade in itself and they certainly deserve it and have now made their own mark on the Culinary map. They have an a la carte menu and in addition to their specials and fresh sheet, show casing simple, regional, hearty food, sourced locally ( often from their own garden ) and put together with extreme culinary skill.The Wharfside sits right by the water. During the day one can see splendid views to the Olympic mountains and the Whiffin Spit. Crisp white table clothes contrast with the rustic warm colors of the walls, paintings and decor, black and white photos of Markus at work in the kitchen .also adorned the walls. A true Culinary Gem in Sooke. 3


SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

HOW FRESH IS “FRESH” FISH

HOW FRESH IS FRESH FISH REALLY Now are we

Fresh isn’t always better, and fresh isn’t always fresh “When it comes to fish, many people believe that fresh is better than frozen. However, much of the fresh fish available at market is nine or more days old. Fresh isn’t always better, and fresh isn’t always fresh. Certainly a fish caught and consumed that same day would be of premium quality if handled correctly. With recent technological advances, fishermen are able to flash-freeze their fish virtually moments after being caught. Flash-freezing locks nutrients . inside the fish, thereby preventing degradation of the flesh and maximizing flavor and texture when cooked.” Wild Ocean Fish is Frozen fresh, their fish remains frozen all the way to market. a mouth watering, premium quality product —Zak at Wild Ocean Fish.

truly getting fresh fish from our local Market or Grocer? Fresh isnt always fresh, according to wildoceanfish.ca which was established by a biologist, concerned about the current state of oceans. We love to write about Restaurants and business who practice sustainable food choices and environmental stewardship. Wild Ocean Fish shows tremendous passion about the social value of abundant fish stocks. Wild Ocean Fish is a socially responsible seafood company grounded in keystone principles such as quality, sustainability, and fair trade. They have received the “Ocean Wise” seal of approval. Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.

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Le Sooke Spa originated in Sooke in 1996, being the first Spa to open in the Sooke Region. The Spa is run by Michelle Bohn who is not only very experienced, but obviously loves what she does using the best local products. I am very impressed by Michelle and Le Sooke Spa along with world renowned resorts like Sooke Harbour House and Point no Point who have been using Le Sooke Spa services since 2000. She has six Estheticians working at the Spa who all have at least five years of experience in the Industry. Le Sooke Spa services are all offered at incredibly reasonable prices. I was instantly greeted by Michelle,when I arrived with a very warm smile and the glow of someone who loves her business. I was taken into the Jade room and instantly made to feel at home with a bottle of cold water ( I was also offered tea ) and a lovely cotton robe and slippers

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Le Sooke Spa "What a Lady deserves" Spa package is 2.75 hrs for 275.oo

A step stool was provided for me to get into a healthy size tub, prefilled with warm water. Seaflora seaweed bath crystals were poured into the tub which made the water and my skin feel like silk. Seaflora is an amazing wild organic seaweed skincare product created and sourced in Sooke, BC, by Diane Bernard - “the seaweed lady” specifically for the Spa Industry. All products are made from local seaweed that are hand cut from designated under water gardens. The seaflora product is the only organic certified seaweed spa product in the world of its caliber and quality. Le Sooke Spa carries the entire range SeaFlora products for use on their clients. We are also very excited about the “2012 Loyalty Card” which gives everyone 12% off all treatments and products for one entire year! I was given a large ribbon of dried seaweed to use as a body loofah in the tub, which was unique and worked very well. I relaxed for about twenty minutes and dried off and went into the couples room to receive a Swedish massage followed by Sugar Body Scrub and anti-aging Facial by the Spa owner herself, Michelle, using some wonderful products from Paris, such as YONKA.


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Le Sooke Spa is offering Valentines Packages such as : “Just for you and her package” 2 hrs for 295.oo for you and your hubby/partner. This includes a herbal or seaweed soak at the Spa by candle light, followed by a relaxation Aromatherapy massage in the couples room. Guests depart the Spa with Rogers chocolates and body oil scrub to carry on with their romantic evening........... THE LOCAL Girlfriend Package: 45 min - only $75 per person (min 2 people). Available Tues-Sat Experience a NECK & SHOULDERS MASSAGE together side by side followed by a full body Sugar scrub & Mini Facial. Then head on down for lunch at the ever so popular “Edge Restaurant” with a $25 lunch voucher TO SHARE! We recommend Le Sooke Spa, highly. Enjoy!

LE Sooke Spa 2915 Otter Point Road Sooke, BC V9Z 0J4 (250) 642-7995

The girlfriends package. $75 per person. Available Tues-Sat


Crown Isle Resort & Golf Course Courtney, BC

The Golf course itself is a 18 hole, 7,000 yard championship layout course that has been voted one of the top 50 Golf Resorts in the world. Its ten million dollar club house has also won awards. Do you hate slow golf carts? The resort proudly boasts “the worlds fastest 1923 Bucket T golf cart”. For those classic car buffs; you will love the Auto Musuem housed within the resort. All guests are welcome to view, but not touch. The museum walls are painted with elaborate Murals and Art by local Artist - Rob Linguist, to reflect Courtney, BC in the 1950s. Classic car shows like the “Deuce” and other local community events such as the Juniors Golf Tournaments, take place at the Crown Isle Resort. The Crown Isle Resort is also a very romantic destination. After enjoying a wonderful three course meal at their “in-house” Restaurant, retire to your spacious full kitchen Villa with built in jacuzzi and fireplace to set the mood.

The Crown Isle Resort and Golf course is a gorgeous 831 acre 4 1/2 star Destination Resort of rare calibre in beautiful Courtney, BC We love Crown Isle Resort, not only for its platinum rated Golf course, but for the luxurious Accommodations, great Restaurant and Real Estate. Its a “one stop” Island gem, that you just have to experience to believe. They have a handy web cam for you to check out the conditions of the course. View here. The Crown Isle Resort. 399 Clubhouse Drive Courtenay, V9N9G3(250) 703-5000.


Golf, Real Estate & Gourmet @ Crown Isle Resort Snuggle into your king size bed topped off with goose down bedding. Enjoy the gorgeous natural views of the golf course, lit up with the rising and setting sun. This is a perfect place for Weddings, engagements, honey moons, getaways or even meeting that “special one”. Weddings at Crown Isle All rooms give you high speed internet access. Everything has been provided for and thought of, to ensure your golf holiday, romantic getaway or corporate retreat is magnificent and luxurious. And for you “foodies” who normally shy away from in- house Restaurants, try the Silverado West Coast Grill at the Crown Isle which is as outstanding as the rest of the Resort. The Restaurant features a selection of local seafood such as oysters, Dungeness crab, salmon & tuna and dishes that are west coast favorites, such as the “Hollywood Oyster Platter” which we hear is popular. They also bring in local, organic produce. Great value, service and quality. They are participating with “Dine around the Comox Valley” and are offering a three course dinner menu for only $25 with wine selections.silverado-3-course and here is the Silverado’s regular Menu. silverado-menu If you love this location and golf course enough, why not purchase a Crown Isle Home or Lot. Beautiful, on and off fairway home site lots are starting at only 161,900 for you to build within the Crown Isle Golf Community. Custom homes are built with high quality standards to suit you. Jayson Welsh ~ 250.703.5057 ~ jwelsh@crownisle.com New Home Construction Inquiries Jason Andrew ~ 250.703.5054 ~ jandrew@crownisle.com


Silverado West Coast Grill & The Deuce

If you are wanting some history to your stay….from an era genteel and elegant comes the revival of the Crown Mansion at Qualicum Beach. Built as a private home in 1912 and rich in tradition and history. A Luxury Boutique Hotel Located in the heart of Qualicum Beach, the Crown Mansion offers visitors and residents the most elegant address in town. Situated beside a heritage Forest with the Crown Isle Golf Course just in front highlighted with ocean views. The Crown Mansion is just a short walk from Qualicum’s Village Center – perfectly situated. The Crown Mansion once entertained hollywood celebrities such as Bing Crosby, John Wayne and even Royalty – the King of Siam. Charlize Therone and Courtney Love stayed at the Crown Mansion while making the movie – “Trapped”. From this graceful history emerges a grand colonial Revival Estate and a wonderful place to call home. Do not forget to book your event or conference at the Crown Isle Resort. 399 Clubhouse Drive Courtenay, V9N9G3(250) 7035000.


Pacific Rim Whale Festival

26th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival! March 17-25, 2012

Every March, spring splashes into Canada with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival! On Canada’s Pacific Rim, the month of March means a farewell to winter storms and a welcome back to the Pacific Rim Whale Festival – the official kickoff to the beginning of the whale watching season. The shores of coastal Tofino and Ucluelet witness the annual migration of over 20 000 Gray Whales on their 13 000km journey from the waters of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea – the longest migration of any mammal. In its 26th year of celebrating this migration, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival educates the young and young at heart about these mystical creatures, and coastal life with over sixty events in our spring festival to enjoy! Many of the events are free of charge – with the purchase of an PRWF Events Button. The featured events range from children’s fairs to culinary competitions, First Nations culture to hands-on coastal wildlife education.

Above Poster was Designed by Alison Tremain for the Pacific Rim Festival. www. pacificrimwhalefestival. com.


Coffee Houses- Tre Fantastico in Victoria

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810 Humboldt Street Victoria, BC (250) 590-8014 I was happy to hear that another Fantastico opened up closer to downtown, but this one has the benefit of a bistro. The food is amazing, the wine list is has a generous selection of local labels and lots of nice brews too such as Driftwood Ale, Oatmeal Stout and the Arctic Ale as well as locally brewed cask ale on tap from different producers which is wonderful. They also serve up some wonderful croissants and baguettes from fol epi as well as cookies to compliment its great java. Its definitely a great place to go after work for drinks, snacks or even a meal for lunch or tea and or coffee in the afternoon. They have a wonderful, top quality cheese and charcuterie plate to go with your wine and brews and their prices are very reasonable. I had the Grey Monk Goats cheese platter they had just imported from Montreal. It was delightful with my pino gris. It had a robust flavour that paired well with the compote and crackers. This further enhanced my appetite so I ordered their special which was a sablefish fish cake with kiwi and corn relish and quails egg, well presented, fresh and delicious! Tre Fantastic offers a great menu, generous portions and for very reasonable prices! Many restaurants have taken simple rustic plates such as those that Tre Fantastico offers, and turned them into small portioned, trendy over priced dishes, not the case at Tre Fantastico . ly worth your time.

The service was fantastic. My server, Willey, was very knowledgeable about local wine and food, as well as charming. He was responsible for importing in the Grey Monk. The decor of the Bistro is a bit stark, but there is a nice representation of local Art work on the walls. There is also a nice park close by to take a walk in and the building it is housed in is beautifully designed with waterfalls in the foyer. Tre Fantastic is definite Java Gem in Victoria.


Vancouver’s Best Eats CULINARY VANCOUVER I am a self described foodie and wine lover with a passion for travel. One of my favourite ways to enjoy a city is to choose a neighbourhood and settle in. A good way to do this is a local home stay or vacation rental. One of the easiest ways to find a vacation rental is the website “Vacation Rentals by Owner” or VRBO.com. Featuring listings for cities all over the world, Vancouver is no exception with close to 200 homes and apartments available for rent. Stay for a week or two and really experience the city from an insider’s perspective. “Live like a local” is the mantra and no better spot than Vancouver’s Fairview district. The jewel in the crown, South Granville Rise extends from Hemlock on its eastern boundary to Fir on the west and runs from 16th Avenue north to the Granville Street Bridge. A diverse demographic with eclectic shops, galleries and an abundance of restaurants makes for a vibrant and trendy neighbourhood. It’s a fact that the best restaurants in a city can be found in the neighbourhoods and Fairview is noted for having the best restaurants in the city. For 2011 it was almost a saw off with Vij’s Indian cuisine so popular you have to line-up early (no reservations) competing with West Restaurant just a block away. Off the tourist radar is Cru an award winning restaurant and wine bar on West Broadway. Or try Salade de Fruits located in the main level of the French Culture Centre on West 7th. (cash only) Looking for more reasonably priced fare then you have definitely come to the right place; South Granville offers a cornucopia of choices. First up; Rangoli’s located next door to Vij’s, same owner with similar cuisine but done in a simpler home style for a more modest price. Early riser? Paul’s Place on Granville Street for a diner style breakfast. Why not try dim sum or dinner at Lin’s Chinese on Broadway, voted as being one of the best Chinese restaurants in the world. It offers Northern and Szechuan spicy favour of the area. With daily lunch specials under $8 and a dinner flair averaging $15 to $20 per person.


Within walking of the Rise you will find every imaginable cuisine from New Orleans to Japanese. For a casual lunch try a street cart restaurant. Located at 14th and Granville is the gourmet grocery store Meinhardt’s. Whether you feel like takeout or doing your own cooking you will find all you need right here. A great deli section and a bakery to satisfy your every craving. No vacation stay would be the same without the shopping! It doesn’t get any better than this. From American Apparel to DKNY South Granville has it all. Trendy boutiques abound, mixed in with lingerie shops and the best shoe stores ever. Granville Street has the only Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn for Kids and Williams-Sonoma stores in B.C. as well as the only Anthropologie in Canada. South Granville also boasts neighbourhood mainstays such as Freedman’s where the most fashionable shoes have been sold in the same location for decades. Or Lord’s is where locals go looking for the latest in fashion forward apparel. For the budget conscious how about some window shopping or browse for hidden gems in the neighbourhood antique shops. There is also an abundance of Art galleries to discover up and down South Granville Rise. On your travels, if you are really lucky, you will encounter the neighbourhood opera singer who sings as he strolls. Walk the neighbourhood and enjoy the numerous small parks, watch the lawn bowlers on a sunny day or play tennis at the public courts behind the tony Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club. An interesting mix of architecture from ultra modern to art deco and New York style brick apartment buildings are waiting to be discovered. Follow the historic sign posts that dot the street corners and give a glimpse into what the neighbourhood was like a century ago. Starbucks or local, you will find at least one coffee bar in every block, including one in the huge Chapters store at Broadway and Granville.


More lux Shopping & Eats in Vancouver Tea more your style? You’ll also find a number of tea shops. Don’t forget to stop by Vancouver’s own Purdy’s Chocolate shop at 11th and Granville. Take in a live show at the historic Stanley Theatre, lovingly restored to its former glory. Feel like pampering yourself? Indulge in one of the many spas that dot the neighbourhood or drop in to Pure Nail Bar for a relaxing mani pedi experience. It is so easy to get around Vancouver; you can explore nearby Granville Island with its wonderful Granville Island Public Market featuring grocery selections from around the globe as well as local artisans scattered about the indoor market. An excellent wine store Liberty Wines has a great selection. Or how about a cooking class or price fix menu at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Expand your horizons to some of the other neighbourhoods nearby. Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, West Point Grey, False Creek, Downtown are all within hailing distance. My personal favs run the gambit from the best Italian I’ve found; intimate west side treasure La Quercia on Broadway in Kitsilano. (If you’re going be sure to reserve well ahead). French more your style? Pied a Terre on Cambie Street is reminiscent of an authentic Paris bistro, the room is small, around 30 seats, decorated in a contemporary style. Their wine list is exclusively French with a reserve wine list if you feel like a splurge. A little further afield Les Faux Bourgeois on the east side is a bit more lively with a younger crowd with a first-come-firstserved bar if you can’t get a reservation in the dining room. If casual is more your scene, head over to Cactus Club on West Broadway where you will find a younger crowd. If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the latest hockey or football game head over to Earl’s at Broadway and Fir Street. So many big screens you’ll think you’re at Future Shop! A Fourth Avenue favourite is Las Margaritas, casual and affordable Mexican. Be prepared to line-up or wait in the bar while sucking back a Classic Margarita! Best bargain has to be Blue Star Japanese on 4th Avenue with after 7pm menu specials. If you are planning to dine at home stop off at Kitsilano Wine Cellar on West 4th for an abundant selection of B.C. and imported wines.


Sights & Coffee houses in Vancouver When you’ve had your fill of Art galleries and Antique shops head over to Granville Island. Walk the seawall to Kits Point and popular Kitsilano pool and beach. Stroll around Kits Point to the Maritime Museum or watch the ‘kite lady’ at Vanier Park, home to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare theatre. Nestled between Granville Island and Kitsilano is the Armoury district. Here you will find the best cheese shop in town, les amis du fromage. Some out of the way coffee houses like Café Bica. Be sure to stop at Leona Lattimer’s Gallery on 2nd Avenue for a selection of First Nations art and jewelry. Bike rentals are available at the bike shop on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Fir Street. For the more adventurous among us there are many options for boat rentals, cruising and kayaking on Granville Island. Or from Granville Island you can hop aboard a passenger ferry that will take you to the West End, Yaletown or the edge of Downtown. Ten minutes to Downtown, hop on a #10 Granville bus if walking is not your style. Broadway and Granville is a main hub for busses and the link to the Canada Line and Skytrain. The world is your oyster! Try it out and see how living like a local can enhance your vacation experience. New Restaurant flash. An empty spot (formerly Star Anise on 12th just off Granville) is now open as Siena. Owned by Cru’s (west Broadway) This is expected to be a more casual, reasonably priced spot with a focus on Italian with hints of French and Spanish. @LuxTravelDiva

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Whistler: one of BC’s top Culinary Destinations

With more than 90 restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars offering a wide range of sumptuous fare for all levels of gourmet, Whistler is also one of B.C.'s top gastronomic destinations. In fact, Whistler was named one of the Top 10 Food and Wine Destinations in Canada for 2011 by Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice Awards. Whistler features some of our best chefs and award-winning eateries like Araxi. an upscale culinary experience extraordinaire, now in its thirtieth year. Chef James Walt of Araxi features seasonality in the exquisite cookbook ( far right ) from one of the finest restaurants in Canada. “What a book to have! Inspiring and creative—a must-have ingredient in any kitchen.” Chef Gordon Ramsay. Whistler is not only a world class destination resort for Winter and Olympic events, but offers award winning dining from all over the world, usually created with organic and locally sourced ingredients. One such destination is the Nita Lake Lodge’s Aura, which offers up a holistic approach to fine dining, they work closely with local producers to ensure organic freshness creating a high end european fare. The Hilton's Cinnamon Bear Grille always great reviews for its Pacific Northwest creations, prepared fresh daily while experiencing a fantastic setting. And the Bearfoot Bistro offers five star dining rivaling anything you would find in major european and american cities. The Westin’s Aubergine Grill is another Whistler favourite, featuring a show kitchen where you can watch their culinary masters as they prepare your meal. Whistler also offers epicurean wine and food events. These range from the Slow Food Cycle - where participants bike through Pemberton's farmland sampling local produce - to Cornucopia, Whistler's annual dazzling and glamorous celebration of wine and food. The resort also hosts the Annual Canadian National BBQ Championships at Dusty's Bar and Grill in August for those who like sizzling slabs of beef and fall-off-the-bone ribs. The Pinnacle's Alta Bistro is also a recent addition to the scene. The decor is simple but comfortable making the “local organic, seasonal and outstanding food stand out even the more. They get their food in from the Pemberton and Fraser Valleys, organic meats from farms and ranches in BC, plus local seafood. They are focused on a few dishes that they do very well.Prices are very reasonable for a resort. Four of Whistler's best restaurants are offering the Whistler Tasting Tours guided program, featuring wine pairings and unique culinary creations at each venue. This Tour takes place in one evening. You have to experience Whistler, not only for its extreme beauty and sports, but for its Culinary.


Mark Hobson: one of Canada’s top Artists

Mark Hobson is a talented and acclaimed full time Coastal Wildlife Artist living in Tofino, BC. When I interviewed him, a storm had just come in and damaged two of the floating barrells that support the Floating Studio, which caused them to lose their air and Mark was on his way out to replace them, single handedly. Mark is in his late fifties but has to be "fit as a fiddle" to live and work out in such a remote area, taking care of all the maintenance, himself. I was a little concerned about the dangers of that, but he quickly commented that "the wilderness was far safer than walking the streets of Vancouver" and I had to agree. I found it all very inspiring.

Many of Marks Art involves underwater scenes and I enquired as to whether he scuba dived. Mark learned to scuba dive while at University of Victoria, and it helped greatly with several projects and courses in marine biology( his secondary love ) Mark loves diving under the glassy surfaces and finds peace and inspiration under the waters, especially when the sunlight pours through, hitting the huge beds of bull kelp which he says are like no other forest on earth...a mystical, watery forest that invites him to capture it. This experience tops Marks list when it comes to his Art. Many people do not realize the beauty that lies beneath the ocean because most of us do not scuba dive or spend a lot of time in our oceans, but Mark makes sure he dives atleast five times a year and says the experience is his favourite haunting muse. The watery forest and kelp has been the subject of several of his past and recent commissions because it has such unique colours and very few other artists paint such scenes. Mark participates in usually 4 one-man shows and a number of group shows each year and averages about fifty paintings a year. He gravitates between Acrylic, oils and Watercolor, presently focusing on Acrylic. Mark often teaches his techniques, such as blending and merging, through workshops and classes throughout the year, some small some large such as the recent "art-immersion week" on Gabriola Island in partnership with The Federation of Canadian Artists which involved eighty fellow Artists and a few prominent signature Artists from the CFA for instruction and inspiration.

Marks Art beautifully depicts the coastal lines and wildlife of BC, documenting it, for generations to come. Who knows what our Island will look like fifty years from now, but thankfully they will know what it looked liked fifty years prior through Mark’s canvas’s.


10 Superfoods for Vibrant Health 10 Superfoods For Vibrant Health: Dr Alexis Blanks Cook Street Village Health Centre 200-1075 Pendergast St. (above Starbucks) Victoria, BC V8V 0A1 Want to feel healthy, energized, and balanced? Incorporate these nourishing superfoods into your daily diet, and put them to the test. 1. Leafy Greens Leafy greens are some of the most nutrient dense foods on earth. They are essential power vegetables to add to your daily diet. Choose from kale, spinach, arugula (for sluggish digestion), collards, mustard greens, and swiss chard. Throw some in a “green smoothie”, lightly steam them, or add them to salads, soups, sauces or stir-fry’s. I like to pre wash and chop a batch of kale, and store it in the freezer for easy access when making pasta sauce. Kale is easy to grow, so if you have a garden plot, plant some seeds in the spring for a robust harvest. 2. Dark Berries Dark berries are a rich source of anti-oxidants and bioflavonoids that helps to keep our cardiovascular system healthy. I attended a lecture by one of the “Grandfathers” of naturopathic medicine, and his tip for living a long and healthy life was to eat 1 cup of dark berries per day. This is especially helpful for inflammation, heart disease, and women prone to varicose veins. 3. Ground Flax Seeds As a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, flax seeds or flax oil supports health in almost every way, with benefits in mood, immune system, hormone balance, inflammation, and skin. Ground flax seeds are ideal for optimizing women’s health, as they contain “phytoestrogens” which help to support hormonal balance, reduce PMS and symptoms of menopause. It is also a great source of fiber for optimal digestion. They need to be ground to absorb the nutrients from inside the seed. You can grind them in your coffee grinder and eat them fresh, or buy them pre-ground and store them in the fridge/freezer. Include 2-4 tbsp ground flax per day. Try adding them in your oatmeal, smoothie, yogurt, salad, or soup.


10 Superfoods for Vibrant Health

4. Nuts and Seeds Think of them as little bundles of energy. If you get that mid-afternoon slump in energy, try taking a spoonful of nut butter. Nuts and seeds are great sources of protein, nutrients, and healthy oils. Consume a handful of almonds for high cholesterol, walnuts for stress or mood concerns, pumpkin seeds for an immune boost, and tahini for a great source of calcium. They are best consumed raw and unsalted to preserve the oils, and maximize their health benefits. 5. Legumes I find myself encouraging women to consume more beans and lentils on a daily basis. To start, eating closer to a vegetarian diet can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, female hormone imbalance, and more. Legumes have a perfect balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fiber, and serve to keep blood sugar stable by releasing sugar slowly. For this reason, they are energizing foods, perfect as a lunch food to prevent an afternoon energy crash. And if you are trying to lose weight, beans are the ideal metabolism food. Try incorporating them into your lunches, perhaps a lentil soup, chickpeas on your salad, or veggies dipped in hummus. Even better, share the benefits of legumes with the whole family by incorporating them into your dinners once or twice a week. See below for a delicious lentil dal recipe. 6. Quinoa Quinoa is an ancient Incan treasure. While most people think of it as a gluten free grain, it is actually a seed from the goosefoot plant which I have seen grow well in friends gardens here in Victoria. Quinoa is one of my favorite foods. It has a light and fluffy texture, with a slight nutty flavor. Since it is a seed, it is packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals that would be needed for the growth of a new plant. One cup of cooked quinoa has 9 grams of protein! I like to mix cooked quinoa with sautéed vegetables, goat feta, lemon, and olive oil for a Mediterranean inspired salad. 7. Olive Oil Olive oil is a major component of the Mediterranean diet and has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and lessen the symptoms of asthma and arthritis. Olive oil is high in a particular monounsaturated fat called oleic acid (omega-9 EFA) which lowers the “bad” cholesterol while raising the “good” cholesterol. To get the most benefit, consume 2 tsp of uncooked extra virgin olive oil per day. And don’t forget about getting it in your kids' diet too! If your kids don’t eat salads, you can add olive oil to their steamed veggies, rice, pasta, smoothies, or hummus.


10 Superfoods for Vibrant Health 8. Garlic Garlic is a heart healthy and immune boosting food. Eaten on a daily basis, garlic helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Its immune stimulating effect makes it an important home remedy to consider at the first sign of a cold, cold sore, vaginal yeast infection, or respiratory infection. While it stimulates the body’s immune system, it is also antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, and antifungal. Wow, that’s a long list! For immune support I recommend adding it to soup broth, or drizzle a chopped clove with honey and swallow it with a little water (2-3 cloves per day). Speak to a practitioner before using garlic if you take blood thinners or have a clotting disorder. 9. Green Tea The benefits of green tea have long been known in Asia. More recently, green tea has made its way to North America, and through recent studies we are gaining respect for its wide reaching health benefits. The secret to green tea is that it is rich in flavonoids known as catechin polyphenols. Catechins act as powerful anti-oxidants in the body with benefits to the immune and cardiovascular system. They have a direct anti-cancer effect, and help to improve/prevent conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. 10. Seaweed Sea vegetables contain more minerals than any other food source. They are rich in calcium, iron, and energy boosting B-vitamins. As a dietary source of iodine, they support the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. Try nori, arame, dulse, wakame, hijiki, kelp, or kombu. As a cooking tip, try throwing a strip of seaweed into a pot of beans while they are cooking. It will absorb the gas from the beans to prevent indigestion. So when you are out enjoying that beautiful meal or at home cooking something up for yourself and your family, remember to use local as it is fresher and supportive and try to use as many of these ingredients as possible to keep yourself healthy and happy. Upcoming lecture: It’s “That Time of the Month!” A Natural approach to Addressing Female Hormonal Concerns By Dr. Alexis Blanks, March 8th 2012 at the University of Victoria, from 6:30-8:30pm Many women suffer from issues related to their menstrual cycle, so much so that having symptoms of PMS or menopause is often considered normal in our society. Just because something is common does not mean that it is naturally the way it should be. This course will empower women with knowledge of their own cycles/hormones and how factors such as environment, food, digestion, the birth control pill/HRT and stress can impact them. A naturopathic approach can help to promote comfortable menses, regular cycles and a healthy hormone balance. This session is relevant to all women, including those who suffer from conditions such as PMS, menstrual cramps, irregular cycles, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis or who are approaching or experiencing menopause. Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends!


Surfing Tofino

Did you ever find yourself sitting in your office thinking, “It sure would be nice to go on vacation – why can’t Hawaii be cheaper?” Well look no further, as you have your own piece of paradise in your backyard. For the Victorian, Sombrio is a popular choice, but for those who like to really get away and go the extra mile, Tofino will whisk you off of your feet. Cox, Long, and Chesterman beaches are the main topics of conversation for the surfers passing through. I highly recommend before you make your choice to check out http://www.gotofino.com/ tofinosurfreporttofinobc.html. For me, Tofino was where I got to know myself and where my passion for life was fueled. This was love at first sight. As my friends and I followed the spine of Vancouver Island on Highway 4, we were engulfed by forest giants – the west coast rainforest. The scenery got more incredible by the second. I couldn’t wait to get out of the car to breathe in the ocean air. When I stepped out of the vehicle a rush of excitement came over me and I couldn’t stop smiling. We were only at the surf shop. A college student at the time, I had scrimped and saved for this trip for months, expecting it to cost me an arm and a leg. Our total for the weekend for surf rental came to $50 – I thought the man at the store was playing a cruel joke on me. He wasn’t – he sized me up in a matter of seconds and I was on my way in a wetsuit with 3 surfboards strapped to my roof. The man at the surf shop told us to check out Cox Beach –I was intimidated not only by never having surfed before, but also because of the frigid air surrounding me. I had no idea what to expect as I carried my surfboard down the narrow path that opened onto the beach. It looked untouched; so pristine I couldn’t have imagined it in my wildest dreams. There were both young and old in the water and on the shore. Everyone appeared to not have a care in the world. I slowly started to paddle out with a nervous grin. I would recommend lessons your first time, but I was on too tight of a budget for that, so I just dove in. Not on purpose. Literally, faceplowed into the ocean, trying to catch my first wave. That was the best part about it – the water was so forgiving, it didn’t hurt. I tried again and again – finally it happened. The water gently glided me to shore erasing any worries I had instantly. The feeling was like nothing words can describe; it was the best feeling in the world and this is when my addiction to waves started. It is an addiction that has changed my life for the better and it can do the same for you!


Artist - Amanda Grindlay ‘One of our favorite local Artists is Amada Grindlay. She resides in Victoria and paints with a beautiful grasp of light, composition and mood. For more images of her work and information about Amanda, you can view her blog here. The painting to the right is in progress and its titled “Amanda’s tea party’”. Amanda states - “ I’m really enjoying this painting and plan on completing it by friday. I decided to paint Amanda first in color and continue with the underpainting with raw umber before I finish the rest in color. I do prefer an underpainting. It makes my life as a painter, so much easier. My drawing is resolved and all I have to worry about is the color and light. The sparkle in Amanda’s eyes adds playfulness to this image and the cakes and sweets on the table with gorgeous teacups and cute stuffed animals around the table is such a delight to paint. I can’t help but smile while painting this very cute scene :- )


BC Wine represents

Our BC Wine is cleaning up at many International Wine Competitions and here are some of the winners. Burrowing Owl is consistently consistently ranking amongst the very best in Canada. The Wyse family ensures that wines receive the very best treatment at all stages. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is located in the town of Oliver in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery produces 8 varieties of premium VQA wines and also has an 11 room guest house, a wine shop and a fine-dining restaurant on site. 26th Pacific Rim Int’l Wine Competition (San Bernardino, CA) April 20 & 21, 2011 Gold/Best of Class (6) Burrowing Owl Vineyards 2008 Merlot Burrowing Owl Vineyards 2008 Syrah Church & State Wines 2009 Merlot Peller Estates 2009 Family Series Pinot Blanc Peller Estates 2009 Private Reserve Pinot Grigio Red Rooster Winery 2008 Reserve Meritage NWIWC – Best New World Pinot Noir Best of Varietal Seriously Cool Chardonnay (New York, NY) March 08, 2011 BuildBest of Class ing upon the highly successful Seriously Cool Chardonnay media tasting held in Platinum London, England in 2010, on March 08, 2011, Canadian wine producers travelled Red Rooster Winery 2009 Pinot Noir to New York representing 54 wines from 31 Canadian wineries. The wineries that 21st Grand Harvest Awards (Villa Chantiparticipated in New York were selected in a blind tasting of 100 Canadian Charcleer, Healdsburg, CA) March 01 & 02, 2011 donnays judged by a panel of Canadian judges. Gold (6) Desert Hills Estate Winery 2008 Malbec Congratulations to the following BC Wine Institute members whose CharPeller Estates 2009 Chardonnay donnays were included in the New York tasting: Peller Estates 2009 Pinot Gris Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery 2008 Merlot Burrowing Owl Vineyards 2005 Chardonnay Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Oldfield Series Burrowing Owl Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay Merlot Meyer Family Vineyards Tribute 2009 Series Kenny McLean Chardonnay Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2008 Chardonnay Mission Hill Family Estate Winery 2005 Select Lot Collection Chardonnay


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