Showing posts from May, 2012

Another West Vancouver Home Demo


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Design Lover - Gucci Dinnerware


How to Make Thai Noodles

This was good, easy and even better cold the next day.

What you need:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter1/4 cup soy sauce2 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger1-2 cloves minced garlic1/2 tsp Sriracha or Sambal oelek or Tabasco (we used Sriracha)1/2 cup water1 tsp honey or brown sugar (we used honey)1 tsp sesame oil8 oz dry spaghetti or vermicelli (we used vermicelli)2 cups sliced tofu 1 carrot 1/2 long English cucumber, seeds removed and cut into thin strips1 red pepper1/4 cup finely chopped green onion1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds or chopped peanuts (we used sesame seeds and peanuts)1/4 cup cilantro to garnish (we skipped this as I detest cilantro)Food processor or blenderlarge bowla pot to cook the noodlesfrying pan to saute the tofu
What you do:
Combine the first eight ingredients (peanut butter through sesame oil) in a blender or food processorPuree until smooth - add more water if it seems to thickSet asideSaute the tofu and set asideCook the vermicelli until Al dente, drain, rinse and let coolCo…

Come One Come All

The yard sale tables have turned! 1306 Bidwell Street (Vancouver's West End) This Sunday - May 27 10-4 Dolce & Gabbana, you're invited too.

Another West Coast Modern Demolition - or not

stacy reynaud Back in May 2009 I stumbled upon this home accidentally. Being in such a bad state, I thought it was abandoned.

stacy reynaud In October of 2011 I received an email, from a fellow Vancouverite and West Coast Modern lover - who, oddly enough, was also a real estate developer, informing me that this home was now for sale -  
stacy reynaud  for $3 million.The Staples Residence was designed in 1966 by Bruno Freschi for Erickson Massey Architects (Arthur Erickson and George Massey)

Wanting to capture this iconic piece of Northwest Modern before it was torn down I got on the phone to one of my real estate agent colleagues. I want to make it clear that I wasn't just snooping, in West Vancouver standards, water front property for $3 million is a steal and I thought that perhaps I'd be able to wrangle up some fellow West Coast Modern lovers, buy the place and shoot a documentary of us bringing it back to all its former glory.

My favourite area was the kitchen. A galley kit…

Tip of the Week - Coffee

Add your coffee grounds to your rose bush, they love it.

The Owings Residence

Big Sur, California Architectural Digest 1996

Quote of the Week - Henri Matisse

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.

How to Make a Sparrow Veggie Burger

Sloppy food - I love it. Particularly, old school vegetarian sloppy food. My love of sloppy food attracts me towards the show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This episode on The Sparrow Tavern, in Astoria NY, and chef Pablo Garcia's wicked Veggie Burger, sent me off on a search for the recipe.

I found it!

What you need:
These are all approximate based on the video clip. Toy around with them.  Veggie Patties
2 shredded carrots1 large shredded zucchini1 cup barleythe corn off of one corn cob1 cup green peas1 large sweet potatohandful of scallionsPanko breadcrumbs1 diced red pepper5 large chopped mushrooms1 cup cooked brown ricepita breadlettuce or bean sproutspickles (optional) What you do: mix all ingredients together and let sit for one hourmeasure out six ounce portions - about the size of your palm - and form little pattiesplace patties on a lightly oiled baking sheetcook in the oven till done in the center - worked out to be about 45 minutes on 325, but monitor them remove from baking s…

Last Weekend I Deleted the Memory Card

I spent last weekend snapping pics of the demolition of another piece of significant West Vancouver architecture - 2362 Haywood - and scouring West Van church flea markets. Shot some great images saved them and then accidentally deleted them. Just means I need to go back to the house as I had a great convo with the guy doing the demo. He had no idea (of course). He showed me the paper lined walls - dated September 16, 1954 - which I snapped but lost.

Here are some snaps from 'the big camera' (that doesn't usually accompany me) and a few from 'the little camera' after a quick drop in to our local thrift shop yesterday.

Sometimes I crave pickled herring. Other times I crave feta stuffed jalapenos. Parthenon on Broadway (in Kits) has the best ones I've ever had.

I thought this would work to hold our turntable as the glass is very thick.

Here's its taller sibling. Might pick this up for our dining room to act as a room divider.

I know I just wrote about gett…