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With the help of the right architect (Designers of the Year award winner Cedric Burgers), a Vancouver couple restores a 1970s home to its former glory.

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A cramped 1920s Vancouver bungalow is transformed into a minimalistic, light-filled space for a family of four that celebrates the beauty of simplicity. / a p r i l

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When I was a kid, I had a bit of a thing for century-old homes—I suspect it was rooted in the fact that these odes to another time were in stark contrast to my ’80s-era suburban digs. I was particularly fascinated with one friend’s Victorian, decorated with period-perfect artifacts like butter churns and wood-fire bellows. My friend’s parents had lovingly stripped back years of lead paint and bad renos to bring the house back to its 1900s glory, and walking through its doors was stepping back in history, a celebration of a lost age. (The family’s heating bills, however, were less thrilling, I’m sure.) The homes in this issue take the idea of honouring age a step further. Rather than creating strict homages to a particular point in time, the homeowners have renovated to pair modern design with historic preservation—with the era they preserve sitting in our much more recent past. Not yet whiskery enough to attain heritage status, many ’60s- and ’70s-era homes in the West have become ’dozer bait (with esteemed architect Arthur Erickson’s Graham House one of the most recent to fall). But the homeowners we profile here have spotted gems worth celebrating and saving—without losing a modern convenience or two. Shannon Dawe and Darren Devine, for example, rescued a neighbourhood icon in Vancouver: a cascading 1973 home that, beautiful as it was, had seen better days (“Modernism Revisited,� page 36). The family worked with architect Cedric Burgers on a mission to carefully reconstruct the home with modern materials and modern construction techniques. And so the original ideas are still there—right down to the angled windows and step-like design of each level—but it’s a home made for today’s way of living, with open, airy rooms, plenty of light, and triple-paned glass that keeps things toasty in the winter. Not every home can or should be renovated. But these beauties show that we can both celebrate and preserve a bit of our history—without creating museum pieces. And that’s a great way to live.

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Jesse & Laur a Alvey Hindle, Hindle Architects, Calgary

Jesse Hindle and Laura Alvey Hindle may have trained abroad in London, but their practice is hyper-focused on the local—even with private projects. The airy Lassiter Court residence embraces views of prairie sky and the passersby outside; the interior design of the Telus Sky building celebrates human interaction in the centre of the city. But as the architectural advisors for the regeneration of the Currie Barracks, a former federal military base, they’ve got an opportunity to foster urban regeneration on a much larger scale: the gig involves developing design guidelines for some future buildings on the 195-acre parcel of land. “It’s really interesting for us to be involved in how Calgary’s evolving,” says Jesse. —Sally Michael White

Design for All “We want to create wonderful streetscapes that also create social diversity,” says Laura Alvey Hindle, pictured here with partner Jesse.

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At the risk of entering into crazy cat lady territory, I’m kind of crazy about the new Giltig collection—in particular, these cat head teacups and saucers—from Ikea. The company’s product designers met with fashion designer Katie Eary at London Fashion Week and partnered with the visual artist for a capsule collection of fashion-meets-furniture—think bright blue fish-emblazoned tabletops, leopard-print bedding and, of course, so many cats.

Cut a Rug

Moooi’s latest collection of carpets features designs from some equally quirky designer friends, like this Scribble area rug ($34,153) by Swedish design firm Front, which brings a colouring-book whimsy to the living room floor. Livingspace, Vancouver,

Softly Lit

The LED Pablo Lana lamp (from $319) is surrounded by a wool felt shade and designed with a magnetic module that allows for ample experimentation: hang it on the wall or stand it on a pedestal base. Tech meets craft. Designhouse, Vancouver,

Pillow Fight

This punchy cushion ($75), part of designer Samantha Pynn’s collection of mix-and-match textile pieces for Simons, instantly infuses any space with tropical cool. Simons, Vancouver,

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Roche Bobois’s Ava Bridge chair ($575) may look modern, but it’s got some historic roots: the shape of the stackable polyamide piece is inspired by the Ming dynasty Kau Yi Ming chair. Roche Bobois, Vancouver,









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Why is texture so appealing to you? We really gravitate toward materials that are honest: wood, metal, glass, hand-woven textiles, stone, clay. We love texture, as well as items with neutral tones and just that little bit of colour. The idea of taking something handcrafted and putting it into a modern kind of humanizes the environment. It’s an element of surprise and delight.



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VANCOUVER Maaas The web boutique got its start in Rotterdam, and now founder Manon Garritsen has set up her home base on the West Coast— though the pieces she’s stocking (simple, beautiful handbags, minimalist pottery, geometric cushions) still have a serious Dutch design bent.

VICTORIA Chester Fields A newly expanded showroom takes over the heritage space next door on the edge of Chinatown, with 2,700 square feet of modernist furniture and accessories. Source even more smartly designed pieces from Bensen, Bocci, Jonathan Adler, Anglepoise and more.

VICTORIA Sitka Canadian surf and lifestyle store Sitka— started back in 2002 with just hoodies and boards—has set up a new camp on Government Street with more goodies than ever before: elegant saddle-stitched notebooks, Ursa Major skin care and ruggedchic Topo Klettersack day packs.

EDMONTON Plum Home and Design Fabric Showroom An addition to the cozy design store’s square footage makes room for a new fabric showroom, packed with plenty of swanky textiles for purchase by the foot and instant access to upholstery options for Plum’s new custom furniture line, coming this summer.






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Spring comes in like a lamb with rugs and tiles in dreamy neutral palettes, understated, subtle patterns and tactile, textural materials.

Pattern Play

Liaison by Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks (from $60 per square foot) brings the designer’s simple-yet-luxe style to a natural palette of stone tiles in geometric patterns.


This three-dimensional Moon porcelain tile (from $54 per square foot) from Wow Atelier isn’t for the floor, but its shapely form transforms any wall into an unexpectedly touchable surface.

Pebbled Polish

One of BoConcept’s most popular rugs with designers, the gold Katla (from $1,799) seems to mimic a sunlit polished-stone riverbed.

Alternative Weave

A new hard-surface flooring option, woven vinyl ($10 per square foot) has the soft look of carpet and the fuss-free durability of wood.

Photo Worthy

Burritt Bros’ in-house line of designer rugs now includes a collection inspired by photographer Beth Hall’s dreamy representations of the West Coast (from $132 per square foot).



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Natural Envision Hardwood white oak (from $5 per square foot) and this Himgiri II rug ($6,850) may just be the perfect pairing.

“My go-to at the moment is natural oak flooring. I love the warmth and lightness of the wood. I usually like to layer it with a traditional Persian rug that consists of earth and gold tones. This adds coziness and dimension to any room.� MAJIDA BOGA DEVANI IS A CALGARYBASED DESIGNER AND PRINCIPAL OF BUILDING BLOC DESIGN. HER WORK WAS SHOWCASED IN WESTERN LIVING’S MARCH 2015 ISSUE.

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You likely wouldn’t recognize this home if you’d come to know its previous incarnation. The 1920s East Vancouver home was just 1,400 square feet over one and a half storeys. It’s been jacked up so that its brand-new ground floor features 12-foot ceilings—and plenty of natural light. Exposed structural elements—like the floor joists that were once concealed in the basement—have become elegant architectural features. And the main-floor landing is now the perfect reading nook for Lennon, age six. Story, page 44. / A P R I L

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Dream On Darren Devine and Shannon Dawe turned a house they’d long admired into a home to call their own. 3 6 A P R I L 2 0 1 6 /


REVISITED With the help of the right architect, a Vancouver couple rescues a 1970s gem of a home. by anicka quin photographs by martin tessler styling by nicole sjĂ–stedt

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his home in Vancouver’s Mackenzie Heights had been on homeowner Shannon Dawe’s radar for some time—a couple decades’ worth of time. “When I was 16 or 17 and on my way to my grandma’s, I would go out of my way to come down this road to drive by this house,” says Dawe. “I just thought it was one of a kind.” But when the home came on the market a few years ago, she resisted going to see it. “It was out of our price range, and I didn’t want to get excited about it,” she explains. But her husband, Darren Devine, convinced her to pop by while he was away on business. “I honestly walked in the door, took three steps and had to call him. It was amazing.” So the couple purchased it, and, along with their two kids (Jackson and Valerie, now 16 and 14) and dog (Lily), lived in the 1972 home for five years, slowly discovering where the aging building needed a little love. In the winter, it was anything but airtight: the singlepaned windows and California shutters made it near-impossible to get the home over 13°C, making toques and mitts commonplace. And, despite all the windows, low beams overhead created a feeling of claustrophobia—that view beyond the glass could be enjoyed only if you were sitting down. Each room on the main level seemed to be in the wrong position: the kitchen was the most-used part of the home, and yet you had to walk through other rooms to access it. And the lower levels were a rabbit warren of dark, closed-off and damp spaces. So the pair tasked Cedric Burgers of Burgers Architecture to, in Devine’s words, “take what architect Johnathan Keith-King created in 1972, and use modern materials and modern construction techniques to rebuild it.” It was a project that both Burgers and the couple took seriously—Burgers even went so far as to call up the original architect to talk about his process. “Back in the early ’70s, it was kind of radical because no one could figure out what to do with this super-steep pie-shaped lot,” says Burgers. “Finally Johnathan came along, and got them to do this stepped house. It’s amazing architecture that tells you so much about how to build on this site.” The renovation is extensive yet fulfills the couple’s goal of staying true to the original design. “When we looked at the house, we thought about what characteristics were really critical. There were the angled

Light the Room The dining room (below) sits where the kitchen once did (right). Low beams obstructed the view; now the sightlines are clear, thanks also to the removal of the wooden railings.

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“Back in the early ’70s, it was kind of radical because no one could figure out what to do with this super-steep pie-shaped lot,” says architect Cedric Burgers. “It’s amazing architecture that tells you so much about how to build on this site.”

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Modern Update The living room (above) once shared space with the dining room. Now it’s an airy hangout for the adults, with a comfy Togo sofa and a teal womb chair (left). Pine beetle-infested wood was used for the stairs (where daughter Valerie hangs out with Lily the dog), giving them the characteristic blue streaks. At the base of the stairs is a frosted glass panel, which allows light to filter down to the level below.

windows—I did a study of squaring them up, and it lost all of its character,” explains Burgers. “We could have clad the house in zinc or stone or all sorts of materials, but the cedar siding was so critical to the character of the house.” So those angled windows remain, though now they’re frameless and feature triple-paned crystalline glass. And Burgers played with the patterning on the cedar siding until he found a horizontal layout that emphasized the geometry of the windows. Inside the home, those low-hanging beams have been raised, allowing for 270-degree views out to Burrard Inlet. The upper area is split into three levels: the kitchen was moved to the main entry level, placing it where it would be most used by the family; the next step down leads to the dining room, which then cascades down to the living room. A wood-burning fireplace here was grandfathered in from the previous design, though it’s now clad in charcoal-coloured basalt tiles, and a twin to the new outdoor fireplace on the extended patio outside. Pale bamboo floors and rich charcoal millwork provide a neutral backdrop to the boldly coloured furniture that the homeowners fell in love with: a chartreuse Togo sofa from Ligne Roset and two Womb chairs from Knoll, one in teal and another in purple. To bring light into the lower levels, Burgers had glass panels installed into the floor: a clear panel near the entranceway, which shines down to the wine cellar below, and a frosted piece in the main living room, allowing for privacy for the bedrooms below. By day, sunlight can now pass downstairs; by night, the glass panels allow lighting from below to filter upward, creating a soft glow in the rooms upstairs. One of the most involved processes was the creation of a home office for Devine, which Burgers positioned as an extension at the bottom of the property. Installing it was no mean feat: the entire home was raised and suspended as they dug down into the earth to excavate for the space. In essence it’s a bunker, with concrete on all four sides, which has the benefit of not only blocking out sound from the nearby street, but also creating a stronghold for the family by upgrading the seismic standards of the home. The roof of this space creates an outdoor deck for the master bedroom above, complete with its own 4 2 a p r i l 2 0 1 6 /

“What I love about this house is that it represents a significant era in Vancouver’s architectural history that is slowly deteriorating,” says Burgers. “These homes are from a time when architecture was personal, and these homes were expressions of desire for how people wanted to live.”

Outdoor Connection The reflecting pond outside the master bedroom also features a waterfall (opposite, and left), which masks any traffic noise when the sliding glass doors are open in the summer. The master bathroom (above) was once a smaller bedroom; it’s now open to the master bedroom, and showcases a gorgeous Aquabrass Caicos bathtub. The space captures views to the North Shore mountains and feels as though it’s positioned among the trees.

Base Element The “bunker,” as it’s affectionately referred to (above), is Devine’s home office. Made of concrete and rebar, it’s at the bottom of the property—and in fact, the entire home had to be suspended while the room was dug out underneath it. The incredibly tough structure has the

added benefit of upgrading the home’s seismic rating. The patio outside the bunker (right) features an outdoor firepit, extending its use into the fall. The pebbles seen in this photo are in the reflecting pond just outside the master bedroom the next floor up—which is also the roof of the bunker.

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reflecting pond and waterfall, which drowns out the noise from the street with a soothing rush of water. This vintage home has become a place that invites exploration as you wander from its main entry through the levels to the garden. The bright update now works perfectly for the family—right down to the little touches, like the addition of a bench outside the kids’ bathroom, ideal for when daughter Valerie has friends over for a girls’ night. “What I love about this house is that it represents a significant era in Vancouver’s architectural history that is slowly deteriorating,” says Burgers. “I applaud Darren and Shannon for having the vision to save it—these homes are from a time when architecture was very personal, and these homes were personal expressions of desire for how people wanted to live. And I think that’s important.” 4 4 a p r i l 2 0 1 6 /

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by JIM SUTHERLAND // photographs by EMA PETER

A Fresh Start Homeowner Elana Cossever enjoys some quality time with her boys, Saul and Lennon, (left) now that the dust has settled and the reno is complete. The updated space was well worth the hassle, though: a formerly cramped kitchen is now a thing of beauty, featuring a swath of seriously cool Kalebodur White Cube mosaic tile, warm custom fir countertops and a disappearing glass wall. 4 6 A P R I L 2 0 1 6 / / a p r i l

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or any municipality seeking an architect for a pool, park pavilion, recreation centre or even an outdoor toilet, Bruce Carscadden and his Vancouver-based firm, Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects, are likely already high up on the list. The firm wins Lieutenant Governor’s and other awards for these kinds of structures (even the toilet). Developers also regularly seek them out to creatively repurpose old buildings, like the one that houses Vancouver’s Chambar Restaurant, or to figure out a way to make 300-square-foot microlofts work for the people who live in them, as Carscadden did at the Downtown Eastside Burns Block—both projects also award winners. And, on the evidence, there’s another type of client who might consider them: someone contemplating a budget-constrained yet brilliantly transformational renovation of an old house, like the one now enjoyed by Elana Cossever and Ron Segev and their two young boys, Saul and Lennon, in East Vancouver. No one involved with this project wants anyone to believe that it happened overnight or came easily. By comparison, says Carscadden, 4 8 a p r i l 2 0 1 6 /

The twin goals of filling the house with natural light and connecting indoors and out were paramount for both client and architect. “All summer long, we hardly ever closed those doors,” says homeowner Elana Cossever.

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Total Transformation What was once a cramped 1920s bungalow is now barely recognizable (see the before pic, opposite, bottom). The pleasingly sparse finishes (like those in the kitchen, opposite, top) give the reno a modern edge: a concrete floor on the main level; a coat of Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace covering

the wall and the exposed ceiling beams. But it’s not a space devoid of warmth: a Palermo Tripolina chair (where Elana and Saul snuggle during storytime), a cozy sofa piled with Pendleton blankets, and a classic Morsø stove infuse a minimalist living room (above, centre) with a homey Scandinaviancabin vibe. / a p r i l

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recreation complexes costing tens of millions of dollars can be straightforward and painless, because somehow they’re less likely to attract the overweening interest of local planning authorities. On a cheerier note, if not for all the bureaucratic concern, the renovation would probably have taken quite a different form, in which the budget would have stretched a lot further. And, says Cossever, who is a selfconfessed Instagram junkie and Dwell magazine type, the creative process was pretty rewarding. Before its transformation, the house was a standard 1920s one-anda-half-storey of about 1,400 square feet, plus a dank and dark basement just six feet in height. The renovation involved jacking the house up and filling in the excavation, then building a new ground floor that’s 12 feet tall and at grade, with a small extension at the back to provide a little more living space. Due to the aforementioned complications, storeys two and three remain works-in-progress, so much of the initial design work went into the main floor. To create an organizing principle, Carscadden borrowed an idea that his firm often employs in its institutional work: that of a “loose fit.” The concept of creating spaces in which furniture and activity can be arranged in many different ways is as old as modernism itself, but it was perhaps most succinctly expressed in the “3 L” principle, dating from the 1970s, which holds that good architecture is defined by “long life, loose fit and low energy,” all of which come into play here. As would be the case at a swimming pool or landmark restaurant, structural elements such as the floor joists, once concealed in the basement, were exposed rather than hidden, as were additional steel and manufactured-wood beams necessitated by the renovation. A radiantheated floor of polished concrete satisfies 3 L strictures while fulfilling additional practical considerations in a home occupied by two young boys—and one in which almost the entire back wall disappears. The twin goals of filling the house with natural light and connecting indoors and out were paramount for both client and architect. 5 0 a p r i l 2 0 1 6 /

Move On Up Upstairs, simple plywood has been transformed into floorboards, though the staircase is made from custom fir steps (top left). Powdercoated white railings are a contemporary update from the original (top right). A modest upper floor office (right) pairs a Wegner Wishbone chair with a simple white desk.

“All summer long we hardly ever closed those doors,” says Cossever. Still, disappearing wall systems are expensive, as were luxury details such as the Turkish-sourced tiles chosen for the kitchen, and finding a way to wedge them into the budget sparked some creative solutions elsewhere. For example, the funky/slick lighting bars sprinkled throughout the home were fashioned by the hyper-dedicated contractors, PWS Contracting, out of rough lumber and the most basic of lighting fixtures. Similarly, the contractors sourced an inexpensive supply of tight-grain, old-growth Douglas fir and milled it down for countertops, bathroom sink bases and stairs. Journey up those stairs to floors two and three, and there’s more ingenuity from the designer/ contractor/client team: plank flooring in which the “planks” began life as sheets of plywood that were ripped into form. Maybe it’s more prose than poetry, but Carscadden’s description of the project as “beautiful decisions that fit within the rules” is as apt a description of a successful urban renovation as is likely to be found. Leave it to the client to supply the poetry. “There’s nothing about it that I’d change,” says Cossever. “We got it all.” See SourceS




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Andy Sewell

The phrase “I’m making some cheese” was once reserved for, well, cheese makers. But with our new fascination with the provenance of our food, heretofore hidden practices have come out into the open. Butchering your own cow might be an extreme first step, but making cheese is surprisingly easy, as long as you choose a variety that needs no aging—like the Italian classic ricotta. Turn the page for the recipe.

Whey Cool While the Italians love ricotta in desserts, it’s also wonderful when used as a mayo substitute in a tuna salad. / a p r i l

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Jura Juice

Homemade Ricotta

Meet the obscure wine region the nerds are going gaga over.

I love ricotta and use it a lot in cooking: to fill ravioli or to spoon over warm vegetables, for example. I started making it when I was experimenting with young curd cheeses. Although it is often referred to as a cheese, ricotta is actually a by-product of cheese making. The whey that is drained off from the cheese curds is reheated to make ricotta—hence the name, which translates as “recooked.�


My recipe for ricotta, however, is made by gently heating whole milk, then adding a little vinegar to encourage little curds to form. I’ve tried using buttermilk and lemon juice, but I’ve found vinegar gives better results. The quantity of vinegar is all-important: too little and the curds won’t form properly; too much and the end result will taste unpleasantly acidic. Because this recipe is so simple, it is essential to use fine-quality ingredients. The best ricotta I have made used raw, unpasteurized milk, though this is hard to come by. Ricotta tends to spoil easily, so it needs to be used within a day or so of making.—Skye Gyngell 2Ÿ litres organic whole milk Ÿ tsp sea salt 3 tbsp good-quality distilled white vinegar Pour the milk into a large, non-reactive pan, add salt and put over medium heat. Heat the milk slowly, stirring from time to time. When almost coming to a boil, i.e., when steam and small bubbles begin to appear on the surface, check temperature with a thermometer; it should register between 179°F and 185°F (82°C and 85°C). Remove from heat, add vinegar and stir gently. You will see curds starting to form. Continue to stir for 1 minute or so. Cover with a clean cloth and allow mixture to sit a couple of hours. Once ricotta has rested, line a colander with a piece of dampened muslin and put over a larger bowl or pan. Spoon ricotta into the colander and allow to drain an hour or so. To test whether the cheese is ready, gently lift muslin up by the corners and twist lightly—the liquid should be slightly milky in colour. The ricotta is now ready. Transfer to a container, seal and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Best eaten within a day or two. Makes about 2 cups (500 grams).

Excerpted from Spring by Skye Gyngell. Photographs by Andy Sewell. Copyright 2016 by Quadrille. Excerpted with permission from Quadrille. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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A few months back I was eating at Sexy Fish, a current darling in London’s Mayfair, when I came face to face with that most loathsome of all creatures: the upselling sommelier. As soon as I picked up the wine list, he materialized unsolicited and pointed to either the most expensive, or a few times—magnanimously—the secondmost expensive bottle of wine in each category, describing them as “magnificent,â€? as if he were letting me in on a revelation that a ÂŁ400 bottle of wine would be magnificent. In such situations you can simply demur and hope the pest leaves, or you can put them back on their heels.“Do you have any wines from the Jura?â€? I asked. He fumbled and muttered, “Ah no, they seem to be quite the thing these days,â€? before mercifully beating a retreat. The truth was I didn’t even want a wine from the Jura—my wife is not a fan—but it’s important to have it as a go-to to counter wine snobbery. The jerk was right: the wines from the Jura—a mountainous area near France’s border with Switzerland—are quite the thing these days. Their signature wine is vin jaune, a slightly oxidized wine that resembles sherry more than anything from the neighbouring wine region of Burgundy. It’s made from the obscure savagnin grape, picked at an advanced stage of ripeness and then placed in oak barrels for an extended time, and as evaporation happens, the wine is exposed to oxygen and oxidizes. Oh yeah, it’s expensive, too. But in a wine world that’s increasingly homogenized, it’s that rare bird—a unique wine, all nuts and waxiness, with a crazy sense of history. To dip your toes into the Jura, try this widely available, well-priced white from Domaine la Rosière—it’s all chalky and minerally and works like kryptonite on bad sommeliers.

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Walk through midtown Manhattan and you can’t take a few steps without running into another casual takeout salad spot, but here in the West those desiring a healthy green lunch option have been confined to the dreaded clamshell-packaged salads that don’t exactly scream fresh. Cue this new Dunsmuir Street spot, which aims to fill that gap with a roster of made-fresh salads that can be customized with dressings, grains and toppings, along with kombucha on tap.

Hard-Boiled Eggs Place the egg in a rocks glass half full of water. Cover with your hand (watertight) and shake the glass firmly. The water will get under the shell and remove it from the cooked egg.

Mangoes Cut the mango in half, removing the pit. Using the lip of a rocks glass, separate the mango flesh from the skin by following the contour of the mango.


Kiwis Trim away the ends of the kiwi. Slip a spoon between the skin and the flesh of the fruit. Turn the kiwi until the flesh is separated from the skin.

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WLFOOD // the new veg

Thanks to such luminaries as Yotam Ottolenghi and Mark Bittman, the humble vegetable, long delegated to the supporting role, is ready to take centre stage. That's why we’ve enlisted chef Brian Skinner to take us on a timely tour of .  .  .

THE NEW VEG Recipes and styling by brian skinner photographs by kevin clark

Spring Pea Croquettes and Yogurt with Many Herbs, recipe page 61 / a p r i l

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Zucchini Linguine with Ricotta, Lemon and Pine Nuts 6 0 a p r i l 2 0 1 6 /

Spring Pea Croquettes and Yogurt with Many Herbs

Zucchini Linguine with Ricotta, Lemon and Pine Nuts

Grilled Radicchio, Spelt and Citrus Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette

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ServeS 4

Fried foods are indulgent, but they don’t have to be completely unhealthy. I like to refer to these croquettes as “healthy-ish.” You are, after all, getting a pretty good dose of daily vegetables. The Yogurt with Many Herbs is exactly that—who ever said you can have too many fresh herbs? Tell that to pesto!

Shaving vegetables into noodles isn’t something new, but it tends to be a technique that is common in raw food diets. In this recipe, we cook the zucchini noodles and serve them warm with linguine. This gives the heartiness of pasta, balanced with the lightness of fresh vegetables. A nice shot of lemon juice brightens up the dish—perfect for welcoming the warm summer nights coming our way.

Radicchio is bitter and a bit overwhelming, but with a little love, it can be turned into something just short of magical. Some might say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I say, when life gives you radicchio, mix it with citrus fruit. If you're short a barbecue in the house, just sauté the sliced radicchio over very high heat for a few minutes for great results.

Pea CroquetteS 1 medium onion, diced 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 500 grams peas, either shelled fresh or frozen (thaw first) 4 large eggs ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 to 2 cups bread crumbs Vegetable oil, for frying Salt and pepper to taste

4 medium zucchini, shaved into noodles 500 grams linguine 500 grams ricotta cheese 2 lemons, zest and juice ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup toasted pine nuts 1 bunch fresh basil Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 15 minutes or until just soft. While onions are cooking, pulse the peas together with 2 eggs in a food processor. Once onions are cooked and slightly cooled, add to the pea mix with 2 tbsp of bread crumbs and mix thoroughly.

Cook linguine, then drain and set aside. If you have a mandoline or spiralizer this recipe is a heck of a lot easier, but it still works with an oldfashioned knife. Slice the zucchini into long strips—save the seedy middle part for another use, as it doesn’t make the best “noodles.”

Form mixture into little pucks and place in the freezer for an hour or so to firm up—this makes it easier to bread them. Place remaining 2 eggs in a bowl and whisk them. Place flour in another bowl and remaining bread crumbs in a third. Dip croquettes in the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs.

Preheat a large frying pan or wok, then sauté the zucchini noodles in a splash of olive oil and a pinch of salt for 3 to 4 minutes or until zucchini is just soft. Add warm linguine, olive oil, salt and pepper to the zucchini noodles. Once everything is hot, plate it up and garnish with basil leaves, dollops of ricotta, a sprinkle of pine nuts, and lemon juice and zest.

Place about a ½-centimetre of vegetable oil in a frying pan, and preheat for 1 to 2 minutes. Fry croquettes for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and repeat. Transfer to paper towel to absorb any excess oil and serve immediately. Yogurt with ManY herbS Chop a generous handful of fresh herbs (don’t be shy), and stir them into Greek yogurt with a pinch of salt and pepper. The best herbs to go with pea croquettes are mint, parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil. The best thing about this sauce is making it a little bit different every time.

2 cups cooked spelt or quinoa ½ cup hazelnut vinaigrette (see recipe) 1 head grilled radicchio (see recipe) 2 carrots, shaved with a vegetable peeler 2 blood oranges or grapefruit, cut into sections Dehydrated kumquats, as many as you like! (see recipe) Small drizzle of extra hazelnut vinaigrette (optional) Small crack of freshly ground black pepper Toss spelt or quinoa together with hazelnut vinaigrette. Place grilled radicchio and remaining ingredients on top, as garnish. hazelnut vinaigrette ½ cup toasted hazelnuts 2 cups water ¼ cup sherry vinegar 3 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp salt ½ cup sunflower oil ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

grilled radiCChio 1 medium head radicchio, cut into 1-inch wedges 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Generous pinch salt ¼ cup orange juice Preheat barbecue on high for 5 to 10 minutes or until grill is very hot. Toss radicchio, oil, and salt together. Place on grill and, once you have nice black grill marks, flip and repeat on the other side—making sure the whole process takes less than 5 minutes. Remove from grill, toss in a mixing bowl with the orange juice, and set aside to cool. dehYdrated KuMquatS This recipe will give you beautiful little kumquat coins that pack a huge punch. Great to liven up a salad or stir-fry, or to top off your morning yogurt and granola. Kumquats—as many as you like! Slice kumquats nice and thin, to around 1-mm in thickness, with a mandoline or sharp knife. Place kumquats on a tray, ensuring they do not overlap. Place into a dehydrator or a gas oven with only the pilot light lit for 12 to 24 hours, until they are crispy as potato chips. Store in an airtight container for as long as they last.

Blend everything together in a highspeed blender such as a Vitamix set on high for around 1 to 2 minutes, or until dressing is velvety smooth. Leftover dressing can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 month. Goes great on rice bowls as well!

Chef brian skinner After stints at the legendary Noma in Copenhagen and London's Sketch, chef Brian Skinner returned home to the West Coast with the idea of taking a then-radical new approach to fine dining: skip the meat. His restaurant, the Acorn, opened in Vancouver in 2012 to nearuniversal acclaim, perpetual lineups and a quantum shift to what it meant to be a vegetarian restaurant. These days, he continues his veg conversion, one surprised diner at a time. Visit him at / a p r i l

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Vegan Pumpkin and Sage Mac ’n’ Cheese ServeS 4

Mac ’n’ cheese will never go out of style. Your guests will never complain when you serve it for dinner. This version is made lighter and healthier than the original so you can eat more and not feel the guilt. 3 cups pumpkin cashew purée (see recipe) 500 grams ditalini (or macaroni), cooked 2 minutes less than package directions 1 cup roasted pumpkin pieces 4 to 5 leaves fresh sage, roughly chopped ½ cup bread crumbs Splash extra-virgin olive oil Fried sage leaves, for garnish (see recipe)

Grilled Radicchio, Spelt and Citrus Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette, recipe page 61

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss ingredients together in a big mixing bowl and transfer into a 9-by-14-inch baking dish. Scatter a ½-cup (or more) of bread crumbs on top with a generous splash of olive oil, and bake for 30 minutes or until nice and brown and hot in the middle. Garnish with a handful of fried sage leaves and serve immediately. PumPkin CaShew Purée You can make this recipe the day before and store it in the fridge until needed. 1 400-ml can pumpkin purée ½ cup cashews, soaked in warm water for at least 4 hours 2 cups water ½ cup Engevita or other nutritional yeast 3 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp salt 10 to 15 twists freshly cracked black pepper Drain and rinse cashews, then place all ingredients in a Vitamix or other high-speed blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes—this seems like a long time, but it’s necessary to get the cashews smooth and buttery. Makes 3 cups. Fried Sage LeaveS 1 bunch sage 3 to 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Pinch salt Warm olive oil in a frying pan and slowly add the sage. Do so carefully, as the oil can splatter. Toss evenly with oil to coat, and fry for about 1 to 2 minutes. Once sage starts to turn dark green, remove from pan and place on paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

tip Basil, mint, sage and thyme grow well indoors and have many uses—like pesto for basil, mojitos for mint.

Vegan Pumpkin and Sage Mac ’n’ Cheese

Winter Squash on Toast with Miso Marmalade and Goat Cheese

Winter Squash on Toast with Miso Marmalade and Goat Cheese ServeS 8

Miso marmalade (see recipe) 200 to 300 grams goat cheese Toasted pumpkin seeds Pumpkin seed oil or extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 1 lemon juiced or sliced

“Things on toast” is a new style of eating that has taken off in San Francisco. In Canada, we have the humble baked beans on toast, and its new age cousin, avocado toast. It’s a great idea to use this dish as an excuse to find your best local baker—good bread makes good toast. Baked beans, move aside.

MiSo MarMalade ½ cup blonde or white miso ⅓ cup honey ⅓ cup orange marmalade ¼ cup water

1 loaf rustic sourdough bread or baguette 1 medium red kuri, delicata or kabocha squash, sliced and roasted until tender

Place all miso marmalade ingredients into a pot, and bring to a bubble on the stove. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until it becomes sweet, sticky and jammy.

Transfer to a jar, and allow to cool before using. Slice and toast bread and stack up as desired with miso marmalade, squash slices, goat cheese, a scattering of seeds and a drizzle of oil. Top everything off with a squeeze or slice of lemon.

tip Microplaning garlic is better:

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Northward Bound

Lee Narraway

It’s an oft-quoted stat that 90 percent of the people in our country live within 160 kilometres of our southern border, and while “seeing the North” is a mainstay on many people’s bucket lists, too few of us ever make it a reality. This month, writer Omar Mouallem (coincidentally, as an Edmontonian, he’s not part of that aforementioned 90 percent) takes the lead and shows us that a trip up the globe can be as exotic as Marrakesh, as exciting as Maasai Mara and as isolated as the moon. And you don’t even need a passport.

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NORTH STRONG In the Canadian Arctic, you’ll find polar glaciers, epic icebergs, a frozen tundra—and a warm, warm welcome. by omar mouallem

WLTRAVEL // the arctic

Lee Narraway


I’d been blinded by my own privilege. The child, no older than three, was clamouring for my iPhone, which I’d been directing down a gravel road like a wifi divining rod. My only weakness greater than Internet, I guess, is an adorable Inuit girl with eyes glinting in the eternal Arctic sun and a chubby grin smeared with deception. My stupidity didn’t sink in the moment she made a run for it. Nor the moment she realized she couldn’t outrun a grown man (only outwit him) and sent the phone tumbling down the gravel road until the screen was so cracked and blotched that it wiped out time. It sunk in the moment she unlocked the home screen of my southern technology, opened the camera app and pointed it at me. This is the touch-screen generation of babies, after all, even in the Far North. Of course they have iPhones. And Internet—which is more than the 196 passengers and 124 crew aboard our ship could say. It was day five of a 12-day excursion from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Passengers had come from seemingly every continent but Antarctica, though at least a couple of dozen had visited it before, perhaps on this vessel, engineered with an icestrengthened hull for both poles. Much of what sends someone to the southern pole sends them to the northern: camera-ready icebergs, awesome fjords and humbling wildlife, plus you get Viking ruins, Inuit art and maybe a nibble of beluga blubber. There’s also the thrill of charting terrain rarely witnessed by the human eye, habited and uninhabited destinations accessed by small rubber boats called Zodiacs, but only if they’re not first blown out of reach by wicked winds or choked off by ice floes. But great forces of nature are matched by forces of habit. I checked my phone at the first spare moment. Following a five-hour flight from Ottawa to Nunavik (Quebec’s northern Inuit region), a long wait in the Kuujjuaq airport, a shuttle to the coast, a bumpy Zodiac ride from shore to sea to the great ship that would take us through the enigmatic North—there was her name! Ocean Endeavour, and beside her: four beautiful bars in the network list. But. It. Just. Wouldn’t. Connect. Neither was there 3G, despite my “unlimited national plan” (thanks, Rogers). The receptionist explained to a small group of digital junkies that cell phone towers are rare here. Locals rely on satellite communications. The receptionist was trying to fix the onboard wifi. / a p r i l

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They’d made fresh bannock and a cheesecake-like paste with fish eggs, and carved for us samples of cured caribou roast, jellied black seal and rubbery beluga. Two teenagers, throatsinging partners for over a year, hummed and croaked songs both beautiful and beastly.

It may be the world’s largest land carnivore, but to a blind eye, across the Ungava Bay, it looked like a flea. I twisted a longer lens onto my Canon and pulled focus. The pale white dot sharpened into a polar bear scraping up a Vancouver-sized cliff that jutted from the Arctic Sea like a helipad for the millions of murres for which the Inuit named it. Their fledglings make Akpatok Island a feeding trough. “Spotting polar bears on Akpatok is like spotting yellow cabs in New York,” said naturalist George Sirk, an exuberant guide aboard one of the seven Zodiacs surrounding the island, standing next to a gun-slinging “bear monitor.” Sirk redirected our attention to a mother and cub on the rocky beach. Then, a few hundred metres west, to a lone male twice her size who had climbed ashore. In mid-July, bears prepare for winter by consuming all that they can, including cubs, which they can smell from kilometres afar and sneak up on with their massive pillowed paws. He sniffed the air and trudged toward them. My camera rattled as the gap between predator and prey narrowed. Then, as suddenly as he appeared, the male slid back into sea. He was a 300-kilogram teenager, noted Sirk, with four to six inches of fat on his back. “He’s not interested because he’s full this time of year.” But after we return to the Endeavour, the images are downloaded, blown up and an alternative story emerges: on closer inspection, the photos reveal that the male was not so healthful that the meal wasn’t worth the fight. 6 8 a p r i l 2 0 1 6 /

All Aboard Zodiac boats take explorers to see icebergs up close and personal (top left and opposite). Back on the Ocean Endeavour, acclaimed Vancouver sushi chef Hidekazu Tojo (left) coaches passengers—and locals—how to craft dishes that make the most of the area’s fresh seafood.

Rather he’s too emaciated to battle and may not survive the year. The threat of climate change can’t be ignored here. Glaciers melt, raise the sea, deplete the ice growlers (shards of icebergs) that wildlife relies on for hunting, and invite new species of predators that Inuit don’t even have names for. But one thing it’s good for is mass tourism. Melting polar ice caps have simultaneously expanded Arctic summers, permitting multiple excursions from various outfitters, and have attracted masses of people to this slipping beauty with the urgency of eclipse watchers. The endangered polar bear isn’t just the symbol of this trend, but the symbol of Adventure Canada, one of the oldest of a few companies capable of sailing the Northwest Passage. Adventure Canada selected midsummer for this route along the South Baffin coast and across the Davis Strait for the mammalian wildlife sighting opportunities, but, unluckily, I spotted only two bobbing seal heads, a whale breach and a rotting de-tusked walrus (and the aforementioned polar bears). If passengers were disappointed, however, they stayed hush. With wildlife lacking, the onboard programs delivered. It’s said that cruises are like summer camp on the water. Adventure Canada’s Heart of the Arctic trip is more like community college at sea, but with profs who have lived it and bring you into their world. I took Inuktitut lessons with Order of Canada recipient Aaju Peter, a lawyer and activist critical to protecting Northern peoples’ right to

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The cruise company even flew in its IT guy. Heroic as it sounded, she wasn’t optimistic, and that would be devastating for her family in Romania, as crew are assigned to the ship for months at a time. For us, it was a simple nuisance, and by “us,” I mostly mean the fraction of passengers not old enough to have read first editions of Farley Mowat. But we all knew the tales of Arctic explorers: they withstood deadly icebergs, storms, starvation, scurvy . . . syphilis. John Franklin lost 129 men upon HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, resorted to cannibalism and, worse yet, was sentenced to become part of Stephen Harper’s legacy. And we were grumbling about email. That subsided by about day two.

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sealing and whaling. I navigated marbling icebergs with Sirk, whose flamboyance is ripe for children’s television (but, unfortunately for children everywhere, he only does talk radio). I retraced artist James Houston’s steps in helping make Cape Dorset the artistic hub it is today, where as many as a quarter of the residents are working artists, and I did it with his son, John Houston, the prolific documentarian. So this is not a cruise with magicians and Elvis impersonators. In fact, the word “cruise” draws shudders. Second-generation co-owner Matthew James Swan calls it an “expedition,” and he our expedition leader. Though it does have Tom, heartthrob of septuagenarian women, who counts among his party tricks the uncanny ability to memorize every name on the 196-person passenger list—the 29-yearold company’s largest ever. Needless to say, this attracts a different kind of traveller. Among my shipmates are members of the Explorers Club and Royal Canadian Geographic Society; innumerable professors, researchers and writers; a dog-semen expert; a Kiwi sheep farmer on his twelfth Arctic excursion; and Japan’s version of the Most Interesting Man in the World. Between them existed two-thirds of Wikipedia, plus a Google consultant for good measure. But, habits. The second we were ashore in Kangiqsujuaq, on day three, passengers like me disappeared into the nearest community centre to bring the Internet to its knees. Only after the broadband

resources were puttering low were we deflected toward a people who take welcoming very seriously. Their word for welcome is “tunngasugit.” It quite literally means “being on solid ground.” Inuit so wish for visitors to feel grounded that many of their villagers came out to meet us. “This is all very new to us, but we like to think this is one of the more interesting places you could visit,” said Yaaka Yaaka, Kangiqsujuaq’s youth counsellor (and plumber, and electrician, et cetera), speaking into a microphone before a packed gymnasium. There are so many locals who share his name that he had the Js legally changed to Ys after one too many mistaken RCMP visits, and surely the other Jaakas were in the room too. They’d made fresh bannock and a cheesecake-like paste with fish eggs, and carved for us samples of cured caribou roast, jellied black seal and rubbery beluga. Two teenagers, throat-singing partners for over a year, hummed and croaked songs both beautiful and beastly. It’s a simulacrum, of course. “Youth today are caught between cultures,” explained Yaaka on a walkabout of Kangiqsujuaq, past the Pingualuit National Park museum dedicated to a meteorite crash nearby and, as an afterthought, Inuit history. He pointed to contemporary murals blasting needed colour onto the barren town bowled in by mountains. The faces depict real people, living and deceased, who are / a p r i l

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important to its history, he explained. More actively, he takes young people spear and harpoon hunting to retain traditional memories. “But those are the lucky ones,” he said. “The not-so [lucky] do what they want.” This was apparent upon meeting three young men getting high in a plywood shed at 9:30 a.m. Mobile providers aren’t the only ones who have neglected these towns, obvious as the stark statistics Canadians read about, but rarely consider, were elucidated before our eyes. But the young men were unwaveringly warm. Following a brief conversation, I thanked them. A 20-year-old from the Jaaka clan, missing front teeth and wearing an outsized wool blazer over pyjama pants, replied, simply, “Welcome.” “As a Canadian, how does it make you feel?” a Japanese translator with a documentary crew asked me, citing the unpaved roads, teenage mothers and poor dental health among his observations of Nunavut. Some of the social ills were somewhat shocking to the international traveller who had held a different picture of Canada in mind, and even to one French Canadian woman whose hearing aid was looked upon as foreign by a young deaf Inuit man. But one 7 0 a p r i l 2 0 1 6 /

could also point out Inuit people’s resilience—in spite of isolation, Christianization, colonization, Greenpeace and climate change. It was apparent in the young throat singers, ubiquitous ulus (all-purpose knives found across numerous Northern cultures) and occasional passersby wearing amautis, embroidered cloaks with drooping pouches to cradle babies. It was especially apparent in the children with plastic dolls in their amautis. The window to the past remains; I just had to look up to see it, a lesson reinforced when I met the girl on the road while dowsing for wifi. (Better: she’d been recording video so, in slow motion, I could relive the lesson frame by frame.) “Fifty percent of the welcome is your responsibility,” said Aaju Peter. “Nothing is more important up here than to show we are welcoming.” Throughout, Adventure Canada reciprocates not just with money but with its own cultural exchanges: inviting residents on board to the breakfast buffet to eat with passengers or to make sushi with Hidekazu Tojo, the legendary Vancouver chef who invented the B.C. and California rolls. Tojo hopes that with a little bit of cheap rice, this seed of knowledge will grow to become part of a sustainable, healthy Northern diet. And there’s also Tom. On day six, in Kimmirut, where the Hudson’s

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Melting polar ice caps have simultaneously expanded Arctic summers, permitting multiple excursions from various outfitters, and attracted masses of people to this slipping beauty with the urgency of eclipse watchers.

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Bay’s initials for old aviators faded in the hilltops, when we were treated to a tournament of Inuit sports, like muskox push (think sumo on your knees) and one foot high kick (think soccer meets high jump), Tom arrived in the gym in a bejewelled suit to perform “Hound Dog.” So the ship did harbour an Elvis impersonator all along—just not for the passengers. He broke out the guitar again on the last leg of the cruise, in a concert he cheekily called “All I Want Is a Wifi Signal, Is That Too Much to Ask?” But by then, we’d all found a better connection in each other (enough to strip to our swim shorts and take a “polar dip” in the Arctic Circle) and in the communities we visited. Tom’s guitar strums must have been quite the force, because the next day I awoke to my phone pinging and pulsing. I glanced at the blotched screen. It was “Œ” o’clock. The near permanent sunlight further betrayed time, but I could tell we’d arrived in Greenland. The capital city’s developed seaport and stacks of Royal Arctic shipping containers were directly outside my porthole. For a city of 17,000, Nuuk punches well above its weight. It’s home to geometrically interesting architecture and Godthaab Bryghus, a brewhouse named after the capital’s former Danish name. There are also concept boutiques, an impressive contemporary art gallery and Qiviut, a fashion line of strictly seal fur, cashmere-like muskox yarn and other native textiles. To the city folk aboard the Ocean Endeavour, the minuscule Manhattan was a needed change of pace. But even as the ship sailed off the coast and into Evighedsfjorden (the “Fjord of Eternity,” appropriately named for its 75 kilometres of breathtaking vistas), the cell reception remained. Not that I needed it anymore. It was the first sign of the many advantages Greenland’s Inuit ancestors had over Canada’s. Towns of 200 had not just developed

Three Amigos The North is where this trio of the continent’s largest mammals call home: the always welldressed muskox; the super chill walrus and the big daddy of them all—the polar bear.

seaports but thriving fishing plants. The reasons were environmental, historical and political, explained Peter, who emigrated from Greenland to Canada in 1981 in search of her ancestral roots. Greenlanders had their nationalist movement almost 40 years ago and are closing in on independence. They’d long switched over to Roman alphabets from syllabics and had benefited from colonization’s undeniable advantages for hundreds more years. They could also fish year-round, since ice floes don’t drift northward. And there’s the plain fact that Greenland’s ruling empire, Denmark, is a high-tax nation. But, she noted, when she sought to find and revive the forgotten tradition of Inuit women’s facial and body tattoos—which Peter now bears on her chin, head and fingers—memories of the practice were completely wiped from Greenlanders. It was Canada’s Inuit who had kept traces of it. However much their culture and languages diverged, the essence of tunngasugit and tikilluarit was identical. After arriving in Itilleq, Peter’s hometown, there wasn’t a soul left in the 120-person town’s quaint, colourful houses. Instead they met us on a dirt pitch with a soccer ball for one last cultural exchange, a great goodbye and an unforgettable welcoming. / a p r i l

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Western Living magazine entertains readers on the subject of home design, food and wine, and travel and leisure. As Canada's largest regiona...

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Western Living magazine entertains readers on the subject of home design, food and wine, and travel and leisure. As Canada's largest regiona...