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Annual Culinary Issue



Malahat Chalet & Bakery Olive the Senses

Your Local Source of Premium + Infused Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar



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Putting yourself in charge of your life ! with Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker & Writer, Victoria Johnson PAGE 16


4 th A N NUAL

Dine Around




Contest on until May 8, 2017. Draw made May 10 (the snow week cut into our 80 days so we extended the time)

Right HERE on Vancouver Island - Victoria, Cowichan, and Nanaimo -

44 WINNERS in Total We ADORE cuisine from all around the world and the options for international restaurants are almost endless here on Vancouver Island. Check our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for local Vancouver Island participating restaurant videos and photos!!! Get ready to eat and WIN amazing prizes!!! It's that easy...

Prizes: Grand Prize: A 2-Night Stay at the stunning Moon Water Lodge plus dinner for 2 and a gourmet culinary basket!!!! 2nd Prize: $500 of Local Restaurant Gift Certificates 3rd Prize: Cooking Class for 2 at Olive the Senses 4th Prize: Culinary Gift Basket 5th - 44th Prizes: Forty Gift Certificates to Local Restaurants

How to Enter: For your first entry, it's as easy as liking, sharing + commenting on one of the participating restaurant videos or photo albums on our Facebook (please like our page too)! For any additional entries, simply visit one or more of the participating restaurants highlighted on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or see list below. You may enter as many times as you like by visiting different participating restaurants. Then... Take a picture of the food/experience with a brief description. Share it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use #AlmostFreeMagazine and #dinearoundtheworld and tag the restaurant and Almost Free Magazine (you will likely need an '@' before the titles). SHARE, RE-POST, and TAG friends!

Participating Restaurants Spoons Diner

Longwood Brew Pub

The French Oven Bakery The Malahat Chalet Prairie Inn Pub


Caribbean Village Cafe

Dagwoods Cafe

Red Barn Market

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Kuku's Fine East Indian Cuisine

Palagio Pizza

The Next Modern Japanese Cuisine

La Belle Patate

Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

Restaurante La Tortilla Mexicana

Willows Galley Fish & Chips

Dutch Bakery

Township Coffee Co.

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At this LOFT Rock n’ Roll is here to stay! A lifelike Janice Joplin hangs out. A mural of the Beatles’ famous walk into history with “Abbey Road” Cover Photo beautifies one staircase. The ambiance is a celebration of Rock n’ Roll’s finest paired with comfort pub food and a friendly atmosphere brings the best of nostalgia together back when curfew was also midnight and live concerts were all the rage. At this LOFT Rock n’ Roll is here to stay and live music plays four times a week! We’ll get you home by midnight, and hopefully you don’t have to come back in through the bathroom window! Love Rock n’ Roll? then this Loft is for you!

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Wine Pairings by Sommelier Megan Thompson

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Local Family Businesses supporting Local Families! Max Furniture has been a locally owned and operated furniture store in Victoria since 2008. We specialize in Good Quality and Canadian Made Furniture for any room in your home or office. We have a great sales and design team to help with any furniture needs you may have. Having many of our pieces manufactured in Canada adds to the fact that we like to support local buying and we support a quality standard in the furniture we sell. Our business philosophy has been to give great service to our customers to ensure they are looked after and to work hard to ensure we meet their needs. We also strive to give back to the community as much as possible. We have partnered with Lifetime Networks as one of our “charity of choice” for many years as we feel they are making a huge impact within the community and changing lives for the better. Our sister company Maximum Express and Cambria College have and will be supporting Lifetime Networks in the future.

The Wilson’s Group is a locally owned and operated business with over 35 years of experience in the ground transportation and tourism industry. Since it was founded in 1963 by Kello and Mary Wilson, Wilson’s has grown to be the largest charter bus company on Vancouver Island with services reaching BC, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest. The Wilson’s Group has also grown to incorporate scheduled services which include the YYJ Airport Shuttle and the BC Ferries Connector crosswater connection between Victoria and Vancouver, and sightseeing products including Victoria's authentic vintage double decker Gray Line Hop-On Hop-Off experience and the new Harbour Sightseeing Tour. We pride ourselves in the strong network of partners that we have built over the years, a reputation for excellent service, and a commitment to our community. Each year The Wilson’s Group gives back to numerous charities, local non-profit organizations, art’s programs and sports teams. For all your connections to and from Vancouver Island, as well as any transportation needs while in Victoria, The Wilson’s Group can find a solution to best serve you.

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a few new things happening at the With great joy I get to announce congratulations to Louise Hodgson warm a in me join se plea , magazine! One magazine since the with been has who t mnis Jones —our fitness colu ost Free position as Editor-in-Chief of Alm day 1—for her newly appointed position this to t talen astic fant Louise brings Magazine Online + Print as well. ications and event mun com and er, writ ss fitne r, edito as a former magazine s. events such as the Island Race Serie coordinator for many local sports ble nota with s work and ons icati Commun Additionally, Louise owns Corsa Sport Excellence (PISE). I for tute Insti fic Paci the like local organizations online Louise in creating and growing the will continue to work closely with as es biliti onsi resp and roles my core and print media, I look forward to e to present ering the mission of the magazin President and Publisher in furth ip. Over the past ersh read g ndin expa our to es enriching, affordable experienc mer, we anniversary coming up this sum several months as we saw our fifth are with we who y entif re-id to with our staff underwent a rebranding exercise 2012: where we came from since of local ts dedicated to telling the stories We are a passionate group of artis ia. med t prin and , ging sm, video, blog businesses through photojournali munity support and inclusion. Our Vision: To be a leader in com riences most enriching and affordable expe the you with e shar To ion: Our Miss in your city and region. g, Affordable Experiences NEW Tagline: Presenting Enrichin of its I hope you enjoy this issue in all take rebrand and reformatted fun and ’s Dine in the last few weeks of this year est – Around the World in 80 Days Cont Issue! see page 2 of this Annual Culinary media l socia our on eye your keep Also ence of to enjoy an increased online pres ws, commercials, video restaurant revie and photojournalism as we present dable you with the most enriching affor d experiences here on Vancouver Islan r! and beyond. Get ready Vancouve

It is with great pleasure tha t I take on the role of Editor-in-Chief at Vancouver Island Almost Free. Since 2012 I have been a reg ular columnist – sharing my passion of fitness and hopefully inspiring others to get out there and enjoy their sport and leisure activity of choice. As I expand my role with the magazine, I look forward to working with our current contributors and wri ters on enhancing the editorial coverage. Our new tag line – Presenting Enriching, Affordable Exp eriences – gives us the opportunity to explore new topics which are in abundance here on Vancou ver Island. Our plan is to expand som e of the editorial sections this year providing our readers with more interesting and pertinent information on what to see, do and eat! But we also want to hear from you. What would you like to see in the magazine in 2017? Are there any topics that you would like covered? Drop us an email or commen t on Facebook and let us know what you would like to see.

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Each community section invites you to explore the wonders of Vancouver Island with tips, write ups, & coupons!




AFFORDABLE WINE PAIRINGS with Sommelier Megan Thompson




HEALTH & WELLNESS Putting Yourself in Charge of Your Life


ESQUIMALT: What's happening?


FITNESS TIPS What's Trending in Fitness


COMMUNITY CULTURE Bagmouse and Blossom Light


MONEY CENTS Staying on Track Using a Meal Plan


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Play it again, Victoria

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recipes Green Goddess Pasta

2 large zucchinis, spiralized (about 1lb) ½ cup basil leaves, lightly packed ½ cup arugula, lightly packed ½ cup spinach, lightly packed 1 garlic clove, chopped ¼ cup walnuts ½ avocado, mashed 1 tsp Metropolitan Veggie Rub 1/3 cup Basil Olive Oil 2 tbsp lemon juice ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated ½ tsp cracked Black Pepper Fleur de Sel to taste

Vermicelli Caramel Chicken Bowl

8oz rice vermicelli noodles 2 tsp Japanese Sesame Oil 1 tbsp Garlic Olive Oil 2 large kale leaves or red lettuce, thinly sliced 1 cucumber, thinly julienned 1 carrot, peeled and shredded fresh cilantro, torn fresh mint, torn fresh Thai basil leaves, torn 2 cups Caramel Chicken, chopped into 1” pieces 3 tbsp roasted peanuts, chopped ¼ cup Nuoc Cham

Step 1 - In a food processor, add basil, arugula, spinach, garlic, walnuts, avocado and Veggie Rub then blend until it reaches a near smooth consistency. Add in lemon juice, EVOO, and ¼ cup of water, if too thick and blend to combine. Stir in cheese and taste for seasoning, adding ¼ tsp of Fleur de Sel at a time, as desired.

Step 1 - Add rice vermicelli noodles to a bowl and cover with simmering but not boiling water, stirring gently to prevent noodles from sticking together. Drain noodles after 4-5 minutes and return them to bowl. Toss noodles in sesame oil and set aside.

Step 2 - Toss zucchini noodles in pesto and serve with extra EVOO and Parmesan cheese.

Step 2 - Toss kale with garlic olive oil. Rub the oil into kale, softening it. Divide into 2 wide, shallow bowls - if using other greens, gently toss with Garlic Olive Oil rather than rubbing in. Step 3 - Divide rice noodles between the 2 bowls, and nestle caramel chicken to the remaining third of each bowl - can be served alongside salad warm or cold. Divide carrots and cucumbers between the two bowls next to the sliced kale. Sprinkle bowls with chopped peanuts, freshly torn leaves of the fresh herbs and small bowl of Nuoc Cham for drizzling.

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Chia Coconut Chocolate Pudding

2 cups coconut milk ⅓ cup chia seeds 2 tbsp cocoa powder ¼ cup Askinosie Hazelnut Spread, warmed 2 tbsp Blood Orange Olive Oil 1 tbsp Clover Blossom Honey ¼ cup raspberries ½ cup blueberries 1oz shaved dark Chocolate Step 1 - In a mason jar or bowl, stir together chia seeds and coconut milk. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight until mixture thickens. Step 2 - Pour chia mixture in a blender and add in all ingredients, except for raspberries and chocolate shavings. Blend until completely smooth and taste for sweetness - add in more honey as desired. Step 3 - Spoon chia pudding into small bowls or glasses, then top with raspberries and chocolate shavings.

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Celebrating a Unique Culinary Culture at Olive the Senses: Five Years (and Many Generations) in the Making! It’s been five years since Olive the Senses burst on to the culinary scene in Victoria with their unique brand of infused oils and vinegars. From small beginnings in Bastion Square Market, owners Emily & Steve Lycopolus now share their love of oils in the magnificent Hudson Building, on two floors, which showcases over 75 different varieties. We are not talking about just oil and vinegars here – but incredible infusions and a unique recipe that have been handed down from generation to generation. “Our family recipe comes from a little place in the Marche region of Italy, where it’s been nurtured for generations,” Emily explains. “For us, our extra virgin olive oil is not just a product, it’s a recipe that we want to hand from our family to yours.” Spanish Manzanillo Extra Virgin Olive Oils fused oils with fresh citrus, chili peppers or Herb de Provence, Expresso Dark Balsamic Vinegar, Grapefruit White Balsamic Vinegar, Sangiovese Vinegar…who would have thought all these exquisite flavours could come out of a bottle? Working with only the finest farmers and producers in Italy and around the world, each oil and vinegar is hand-bottled on-site to ensure optimal freshness. The olive oils are sourced by the hemisphere in season to ensure they keep within the expiry. Yes, similar to fruit juices, olive oil has an expiry and is best used within a year of harvest. And if you want advice on food pairings, there are over 400 recipes online and a rotating 50 take-home recipe cards, available in store. The health benefits found, in high-quality olive oil and vinegar. are incredible! As a family-owned business Emily & Steve are very community focused. They offer advice on dinner planning and through their online shop – This Table – they work with local artisans and producers to offer other delights including bitters from Coquitlam, Penna Olives and Pickles from California, Babes Honey from Victoria and many rubs and spices.


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The WHY of Implant Supported Dentures Simply to eliminate the 'WOBBLE' of tissue-only supported dentures. When the roots of your teeth are removed, the Alveolar bone heals and starts to shrink. This process is called resorption and is primarily why dentures get loose. Your Alveolar bone continues to deteriorate requiring rebasing or refitting of the denture periodically. Sometimes a new design becomes necessary. Your Alveolar bone heals and shrinks in height and width and your gum tissue stretches over this receding bone structure. Tissues can and will get pinched and squeeze under the load of chewing because your tissues have lots of nerves in them and they can 'scream in pain'. This is usually why we see you yearly to monitor the level of deterioration and see if a renewal or refit of the dental product is appropriate. Usually a denture that is five years old has 'worked' fifteen - eighteen hours a day which is a phenomenal 27,375 hours (1825 x 15 hours) of service give or take a few hundred hours smiling, chewing, complementing your life! Any wonder why they wear out? So let's visit the reason you should be considering an implant retained product. 1 - The quality of your life will improve because the extra support from the implants will stabilize movement on your gum tissues. 2 - The loss of Alveolar or jaw bone close to the implants will be preserved. 3 - Your appearance or integrity of facial bones will be supported, preserving your full facial features. 4 - Your ability to chew and digest and choose more food groups is enhanced. Better digestion makes your aging much more 'palatable'. Most friends who go with this treatment option rave about the taste of fresh fruit, vegetables, and chosen meat flavours that have returned also the subtle bouquet of wine all seem to thrill friends who choose an implant retained dental product. 5 - Renewed confidence in your smile for every occasion is empowering and contagious. It is a very personal and satisfying investment in the health of your body and mind. I might make you feel like a bit of the 'fountain of youth' has been shared with you. Let's talk!

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in charge of your life BY VICTORIA JOHNSON Inspirational Speaker, Writer, Life Coach

Over the last few years the term ‘Time Management’ has become standard lingo in both our personal and business lives. What if we take it that term to a different level and call it ‘Self Management’? In other words, learning to manage ourselves and our commitments to others in a way that allows us to be effective, but still at peace in our own lives. I have caught myself feeling overwhelmed lately. So many different hats to wear, and a million little tasks. This then feeds into feeling unsupported, and like I am failing, or disappointing people. The first things I sacrifice are the things that are for me personally, such as healthy eating, exercise, and time with my family. I categorize these things as luxuries, but in reality they are the priorities and staples to living a healthy and balanced life. These feelings have prompted me to personal reflection, the results of which, I am sharing with you to help put you in charge of your life.

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Some of the ques to being overloaded and overwhelmed are as follows. (I chose to list them because many of us have been living this way for so long that we don’t even recognize them anymore!) -Floundering and losing focus -Spinning your wheels without accomplishing anything -Living in a constant state of crisis -Procrastinating -Spreading yourself too thin – Diverting between projects -The inability to say no to people, projects and events -Dwelling on the past, whether it be negative or positive -Having unrealistic expectations -Demanding perfection of yourself -Thinking self-care is selfish and not a priority -Having trouble putting your needs before others and ending up resentful -Feelings of being drained and exhausted -Feeling stuck by financial constraints -Running on adrenaline (and coffee) -Feelings of isolation or disconnection. When we are clear on our goals and direction, it becomes easier to have our time

arranged and our priorities in order. Set aside time each week to identify the priorities for that week, and the action needed to make them happen. Recognize that each day you will encounter things that will hinder your progress, so knowing your priorities and addressing them first becomes imperative. Going back to my earlier reference of doing things for myself last, according to my own advice, that would mean doing them first. I suspect many of you reading this would benefit from following this advice as well! When we catch ourselves procrastinating we are often avoiding a task or situation. We can train ourselves (by doing) to face those tasks head on. In doing so, we become disciplined with our priorities, even if they are unpleasant for us. Delegate tasks to others. We do not have to be everything to everyone. Asking for help is a sign of strength and confidence. Some of our time and attention will inevitably be spent on activities outside of our control. This is part of the law of numbers,

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and will naturally occur. When this happens, we can practice relaxing into the situation, knowing that we will get back on track. Sometimes the distractions or detours end up being exactly what we needed at the time. Making the decision to change our time management to self-management starts by making a personal choice. We often forget that we are the ones in control of calling the shots about how we choose to live our lives! We give up this choice and become slaves to other people’s priorities and schedules. Springtime is the perfect time to renew our energy and identify our priorities. There is no need for sudden or drastic changes. We can lovingly shift our awareness to a place of positive self-management. When we look at our lives’ from the perspective of what is draining, and what is fueling to us (both personally and professionally) we can make subtle but impactful changes that set the tone for a better managed future. We do have standards we need to maintain, especially in the workplace, but we can still have healthy boundaries. When we are pushed outside our limits, we can politely but firmly decline. Let go of the past, and what might have been, and concentrate on what is and what can be. We are in charge of our choices, so let me encourage you to make the choice for a self-managed life that provides balance, peace, and enjoyment. You are worth it, and so am I! Victoria Johnson Inspirational Speaker, Writer, Life Coach Dedicated to helping you live a happier, healthier, more abundant life. Heal Your Life Workshops and Life Coaching.

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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Canadian Fitness Professionals Inc. (CanfitPro) have released their lists of what will be hot and trending in fitness in 2017. As in prior years they aren’t dissimilar – they agree on five common trends. The American list tends to be broader and a little more ‘out there’ but it is interesting to compare the lists. The five common trends are: Wearable Technology, HITT Training, Body Weight Training, Functional Fitness and Group Personal Training. All of these also appeared as 2016 trends. Wearable Technology ACSM list as number one whereas CanfitPro has it as sixth, but up from #13 in 2016. MYZONE, FitBit, and Garmin are three popular wearables, used to track your activity, which can then be downloaded and analyzed. It makes you honest and can also be fun if you share it on Strava with your friends. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been on the top ten lists for a couple of years. It isn’t any wonder as these

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workouts are easy to fit into a busy lifestyle. The theory behind it is having intense periods of exercise followed by durations of rest or less intense. Tabata and circuit style workouts are examples.

quickly, and there is less chance of dropping out.

Body weight training where you use your body as resistance is growing in popularity as it can be done anywhere, so great if you do a lot of travelling. Some gyms now do have equipment that can be used for this type of training – TRX and Lebert are two.

CanfitPro also adds: Older Adult Training, Express Workouts, Nutrition and Healthy Eating Programs, Circuit Training/Bootcamps, and Personal Training. All of these have been trending over the last two -three years, as a result of the aging population, being more aware of what we eat, and using our time wisely by getting maximum results in the shortest possible time.

Functional Fitness has also been a trend for a couple of years. Adapting exercises that can simulate everyday activities and chores like carrying groceries, gardening and cleaning, helps build strength and alleviates aches and pains. Using major muscle groups as opposed to one, also helps to balance the body. Group Personal Training in a small setting is a balance between just having your own trainer and working out in a large group. Many feel less intimidated when working out with four to six people as opposed to 20. The long term benefits are greater as you could improve more

So those are the commonalities between the two fitness organizations.

The ACSM adds seven more trends: Walkability, Online Workout Videos, Social Media Fitness Stars, Workplace Fitness Promotion, Studios Within Gyms, Outdoor Activities, Holistic Health Coaching, and Smartphone Exercise Apps. Some of these are questionable – haven’t we been doing outdoor activities for years? Aren’t smartphone exercise apps linked to wearable technology? And then there is social media fitness stars. Hmm … we will see where that goes this year!



Tips for Safe Spring Riding It’s time to dust off the bike and get out and enjoy the trails. But before you do, it’s important to ensure your bike is road-worthy and safe for you to ride, particularly if you haven’t ridden over the winter. Here are some tips from our friends at Oak Bay Bikes.

Basic Checks: ∙ Check tire pressures before heading out on a ride ∙ Check your helmet for damages and/or age. Helmets should be replaced every three years at least. If you have had a fall resulting in a sold impact, it needs replacing ∙ Check seat positioning – it may have been knocked or moved over winter ∙ Check gears to see they transition smoothly, particularly between the small cog and large cog ∙ Consider getting a spring tune-up at your local bike shop. This will also ensure that the bike is set up for you and you have a comfortable seat. Cycling shouldn’t cause any neck or shoulder pain, if it does it may be a matter of adjusting your saddle or handlebars.

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Get on Track A brand new running track is now available for group training at PISE on Camosun’s Interurban Campus. The 4-lane 400-metre track is also being used for PISE’s spring programs. Marilyn Arsenault’s Mindful Strides clinic will be offered on Monday evenings from May 2, and there is also a new running program led by Almost Free fitness editor – Louise Hodgson-Jones. The 8-week program – Running Workouts: An Introduction – is for those who would like to learn the basics of a run workout as preparation for racing - abcs, strides, intervals, tempo, ladders, hills and more will be covered. The program will also incorporate the trails around Camosun/PISE. The class run on Thursdays from May 11-June 29 from 6 – 7 pm. More info go to Louise Hodgson-Jones is a media relations specialist, working with events such as the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, and Vancouver Island Race Series. She also coordinates communications for PISE and the Pacific Cycling Centre, and writes for IMPACT Magazine and Canadian Running. @LouiseHodgsonJo

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Bagmouse and Blossom Light BY JENNY HAINSWORTH AULD

Kangaroo, in Chinese, is daishu. Literally, “bag mouse.” I just thought you should know that, if you didn’t already. I thought it might brighten your day. I have been studying Chinese for two years. My reasons for doing this are complicated. Most recently, it’s because I fell in love with Taiwan when I was first invited there to exhibit my art in 2015. But the first spark was many years before that, at a meeting of the Fairbank Calligraphy Society. The guest speaker that night was a Chinese artist who demonstrated, with elegant motions, the grinding of stick ink and the writing of several characters. As he wrote, he called attention to the bone-like shape of the horizontal strokes, and the subtle lift from left to right. After the coffee break, he presented a slide show of contemporary calligraphy. I had almost scrunched my eyes shut during the entire presentation, from the classical writing to the edgy stuff on the screen. It was all too good. I can become obsessed with a language after any amount of exposure to it. When I lived in Kona, I studied Hawai’ian feverishly every night. Before that, it was Greek. Before that, Russian. I tried Arabic for a couple of days, but I just about flipped the table over when I found out that Arabic letters change form depending upon whether they are at the beginning, middle or end of a word. That just isn’t fair, okay? THAT IS NOT FAIR. Chinese, of course, isn’t any simpler, at least not in the written form, but the odd twists of my life have left me uniquely equipped to attempt it, as much as an outsider can be. I got a degree in linguistics because I was young and had no concept of self-preservation. Years later, I studied calligraphy after I dropped out of graduate school at Edinburgh. I have my mother’s ear for music. When I finally stopped resisting and fell for Chinese, I needed all of this, and more. It is really, really hard. What do we mean when we say Chinese, though? As the name of a language, the word is ambiguous. Which Chinese? Whose Chinese? You have probably heard of Mandarin and Cantonese. You may have heard them referred to as dialects. This isn’t quite right – they are distinct languages, and their speakers usually feel pretty strongly about that. It can be insulting or upsetting to have one’s language referred to as a dialect – something to keep in mind. It’s better to err the other way.

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"The Chinese School in Spring" by Jenny Auld. Collection of Walter Chiang Also, what do we mean by “dialect” and “language”? Linguists quip that “a language is a dialect with an army and a navy.” In other words, the reasons people have for calling something a language are not pure, but political. All of the Scandinavian languages, for example, are fairly intelligible to each other. But they are still considered languages, not dialects. Conversely, English is one language, but a speaker from Alabama in conversation with someone from western Scotland would probably need a translator. I wanted to understand for myself how “close” Mandarin and Cantonese are. I’ve asked some tailored questions to try to get to the bottom of it. I get different answers. Some speakers of both languages report that they are totally different and cannot possibly be understood across the divide. Others state, just as emphatically, that if you speak one you can understand the other with little difficulty. Huh? In the end, I figure it depends on the ear of the individual. It’s like how some people can watch Coronation Street no problem, while others can’t cope with it at all. Free Deirdre. Mandarin and Cantonese, by the way, are only two of many Chinese languages. There are between five and thirteen

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New Year’s Resolutions are generally centered around two things, money and food. They are also usually abandoned by now. If this is you, we want to help you get back on track and achieve the goals that you set for yourself in January. Even if this isn’t you, you might pick up some tips that could help you be a little more comfortable with your wallet and your waistline. Meal planning is a scary phrase for many and may sound like a lot of work but with a little practice and patience it can really make your life much easier.

Where to Start: Pick one meal per day that you want to start planning out. I like to start with dinner as it is generally the meal that creates the biggest challenge. Grab your calendar and see what you have going on in your life in the next 7 days. Do you have a night that you usually work late? What about plans with friends? Take these things into consideration

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when you are making a plan, it will go a long way towards helping you succeed.

The Next Step: Write down what you want to have for dinner each night, be specific and don’t forget sides. For example: Monday

meals. Once again, the more specific you are the better. For example instead of writing down “Peppers” on your list, write down 3 Peppers. This way you won’t over or under purchase when it comes time to shop. After you have created your list, do a quick inventory of what you already have in your cupboards and fridge so you don’t buy things you don’t need.

Roast Beef Baked Potatoes Green Salad The more specific you are the easier it will be when you go to make the meal. Are you trying a new recipe you found online? Include the link so it’s at your fingertips when you go to prepare the meal.

Grocery Shopping: After you have your meals all planned out for the week write down all the ingredients you will need to prepare these

Navigating the Store: This is the really simple part, just buy what’s on the list and only what’s on the list. This will help keep you on budget.

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Local theatre companies bring well-loved classical tales to the stage By Jessica Natale Woollard

Students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in rehearsals for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Credit: Peter Pokorny Tales as old as time will take centre stage in Victoria this spring as the curtain rises on an array of classical theatre productions made new. Whether you define the classics as Greek drama, Disney, Theatre of the Absurd, or even British television, Victoria’s theatre companies are staging retellings of stories that have stood — or are poised to stand — the tests of time.

Be Our Guest From April 21 to 29, the Canadian College of Performing Arts brings Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the bewitched bunch of lovable characters to the McPherson Playhouse. The production coincides with the 25th anniversary of Disney’s animated version as well as the release of the new liveaction version released in March. “Beauty and the Beast is one of those musicals with great roles, that allows us to feature a lot of students from years one and two of the Enriched Performing Arts Diploma Program. That it happens to be the anniversary year is a happy accident,” says Jackie Adamthwaite, CCPA’s outreach, events and box office manager. Adamthwaite promises

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that, whatever your first impression of the story — whether it’s the original fairy tale, the 1987 TV show, the Disney cartoon, or the new live-action movie — the CCPA production will touch your “memories and recall your favourite version of the show.” Tickets starting at $28. Two other local companies are tackling versions of Beauty and the Beast this spring. On May 19 and 20, Ballet Victoria brings their production to the Royal Theatre, followed by Four Seasons Musical Theatre’s production of the Disney musical version June 15 to 25 at Royal Bay Secondary.

British Invasion From classic Disney, we go to modern classic theatre with Harold Pinter, Noble prize-winning dramaturge, director and actor. Kicking off what they are calling their People’s Choice Season, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre tackles Pinter’s The Caretaker, one of the most performed plays written by one of the most influential British playwrights of the 20th century. In this

tragicomedy from 1960, Pinter explores the story of two brothers who take in a homeless man to their London flat and the ensuing power struggle. The Caretaker features illogical language and speech characteristic of the Theatre of the Absurd that developed in the post-war period. The style can be difficult to follow but delivers immense gratification if you take the time to get to know it, one reason Pinter’s works are considered classics today. The people asked for Pinter, and the professional company at Blue Bridge is delivering from April 27 to May 7 at the Roxy Theatre. Tickets starting at $20. Running at the same time, Langham Court Theatre’s second last production of the season is also set in London, but a century earlier, in a foggier, grittier, bloodier London, the London of Jack the Ripper. From April 21 to May 6, the community theatre presents Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 19th century

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gothic novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “This version really fascinated us because there is not one Hyde, but four, representing four different aspects of Dr. Jekyll’s darker desires,” says Keith Digby, who is directing the show with his wife, Cynthia Pronick. Like Beauty and the Beast, the story of Dr. Jekyll’s experiments and the duplicity — or in this case, multiplicity — of human identity has been retold dozens of times in different ways, styles, and formats over the years, appealing to generation after generation. “As with all classics, Jekyll and Hyde is both of its time and timeless,” Digby says. “The dual nature of mankind, the search for knowledge, no matter the cost, the war between the classes, all are still with us…It seems we are fascinated by our darker fears and desires transmuted into goblins and depravity.” Tickets starting at $15 (Two for $30). If you prefer your England a bit jollier, Peninsula Players presents three episodes of the classic 1970s British television show Fawlty Towers, which starred John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the comically inept hotel manager in a fictional seaside town. The Peninsula Players presented three episodes in 2016, and they are back by popular demand at the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre from May 4 to 7, this time presenting the episodes “A Touch of Class,” “Waldorf Salad,” and the popular “The Germans.” Tickets starting at $15.

Classical Greek Meets Canadiana Fernwood’s Theatre Inconnu presents Governor General Award winner Nancy Huston’s retelling of the Oedipus myth in Jocasta Regina, playing May 2 to 20. Watch the ancient Oedipus myth get turned upside down as it’s told from his wife Jocasta’s perspective. Tickets starting at $10. Pay what you wish option on May 10. Across the road from Inconnu, the Belfry Theatre brings another Canadian’s work to the stage, a Canadian destined for the classical cannon. In a world premiere, director Anita Rochon stages two of Alice Munro’s Nobel prize-winning short stories, word for word, from April 18 to May 14. Tickets starting at $18.00. A writer and communications professional, Jessica Natale Woollard is also active in the community as a performer and violinist. She has a fondness for writing about the arts. Visit

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