Showing posts from October, 2013

Housewares Designers I'm Watching

One in Osaka, the other in Portland, both having a similar aesthetic - 1970s au naturel.
I've curated some 70s earthy decor boards on Etsy and Pinterest. Pop by for a look - oh, and don't forget my Tumblr blog. Tokuhiko Kise of TRUCK Furniture Japan
Sally England Fibers Artisttop images © TRUCK Japan bottom images © Sally England

A Retail Lingerie Rant

I only shop at department stores for bras, underwear and tights. I don't know why I do this to myself. Actually, I do it because I don't wear padded bras, push up bras or bras with under wire and that's all you can find in lingerie shops. Anyway, how many of you get severely choked in the lingerie section (and now even the men's' underwear section) of department stores looking for your size and preferred color? If you could've only witnessed me at The Bay last weekend! I wanted to purchase one pair of opaque black Spanx Tight End tights and left empty handed. Why? Well, because lingerie departments are always a mess. Customers have to rip down all the other sizes from the wall/rack just to try and find theirs. If you're a size extra small or extra large you can thoroughly relate to this pain because you know exactly where I'm coming from. Your size is always the last one hanging behind ten other sizes or they just don't have any because I guess onl…

How to Make a Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

stacy reynaud This is a damn fine cocktail.
3 ounces good bourbon
1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 ounce maple syrup
1 large sprig of rosemary (grow it on your deck or a sunny window all year)

Combine bourbon, lemon juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker
Crush the rosemary in your hand and add it to the shaker
Add ice to just above the liquid, cap and shake vigorously for twenty or so seconds
Pour over ice in a rock glass
Add rosemary and lemon for garnish

Recipe adapted from the mason shaker


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How to Hang a Chandelier

Chandeliers should hang 60" to 66" above the floor.

Heritage Status for Canada's Oldest Skate Park?

A lot of my friends skated this park in the 80s. Now us middle aged Gen X'ers are rallying behind it. Seylynn Skate Park was built in 1978 and is Canada's oldest concrete park. Concern is that the rapid condo development in the area will level Seylynn to a plaque in the ground. However, seeing as us degenearte skateboarders are all grown up, many of us successful entrepreneurs, PhDs, or working in influential industries, the opportunity has arisen for us to assist in the preservation of the park - possibly even as a heritage site. So phooey to all those name callers in the 80s who thought we were good for nothing - we're still here, strategically sneaking up behind you.

If you want to get involved in the planning workshops for Seylynn, head out to the North Vancouver District Operations Centre @ 1370 Crown St on October 23 at 5:30. More info in the above pdf and at the District website.
Thanks for sharing the image Dr. Chapman

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My Top Picks from Interior Design Show West

I'll tell you first off what wasn't my favourite - the Mah Jong sofa by Roche Bobois. I've idolized this sofa on pages of magazines for years. I've even posted about it here way back in 2008, (and how I sold all my furniture when I was in a mood). This is the most uncomfortable thing I've ever sat on, (even more than my peacock chair).

Please pardon my crappy phone photos.

There was a table setting competition and this woodland theme was by far the most popular.

The feature wall of the woodland room.

Do you ever feel like sometimes skulls are the equivalent of birds, as in, 'Put a bird on it.'?

This was cute. A table with a terrarium built in - sans bird.

Gorgeous ceramics by Haejin Lee

I liked this textured fake brick for a wall in our apartment, (the wall that is concrete and we can't hang anything on).

This was the Scandinavian table in the table setting competition.

These were the best truffles I've ever had in my life. Bowen Island Chocolatie…

OPA! How to Make Stuffed Greek Sweet Potatoes

It's root vegetable season! Since you're probably already enjoying apple, beet and carrot juice, (or hot apple cider), you might as well go full on Autumn and whip up a stuffed baked sweet potato. We OPA'ed it and went for a Greek style one. The sweet and salty flavours were perfect together!

What you need:
small sweet potatoessliced olivestzatziki (recipe below)crumbled fetachopped fresh mint
What you do:
wash and dry the sweet potatoes prick several times with a forkplace on a baking panbake at 325 Fahrenheit for 60 to 70 minutes until quite tenderslice the potatoes down the center.layer on as much of the stuffing as you possibly canTzatziki Recipe

What you need:
1.5 cups plain yogurtjuice of half a large lemon1 small clove crushed garlichalf a very finely grated cucumberhandful chopped cucumberapprox. seven leaves of fresh chopped mint salt and pepper if desired
What you do:
Add first four ingredients to a bowlStirfold in  cucumber and mintadd salt and pepper to your tastechi…

How to Make a Ginger Snap Cocktail

stacy reynaud

We actually tried this two summers ago and loved it but I never got around to posting about it. Of course, this summer was all about basil gimlets and basil boozicles so it was forgotten once again, until I started thinking about pumpkin pie. The two are not related whatsoever.

What you need:
1 part Snap Organic Liquor (neutral spirit with blackstrap molasses, ginger, and spices)1 part vodka4 parts ginger beerlime wedge
What you do:
In a rock glass, add Snap and vodka over ice. Pour in four parts ginger beer. Stir Garnish with a lime wedge

Tip of the Week - Tea, Tannins and Toothpaste

I bought this gorgeous tea pot a couple weekends ago that was stained to the rafters with about 60 years worth of tannins. 'How can I clean this?', I thought to myself. Then I went to the dentist.

My dentist, upon further inquiry into the status of my sensitive teeth, revealed to me that the teeth whitening products I was using are mainly marketing propaganda, (which I already knew but ignored).  They do clean surface stains but not the down, deep and dirty stuff. To make your teeth white you need it done by a dentist. Well, when I got home, I took an old toothbrush, (which I keep around the house for cleaning grout), put some whitening toothpaste on it and cleaned 60s years worth of tannins off a ceramic tea pot. Just like that, the stains were gone.

So, rest assured, if you find teeth whitening products are making your teeth sensitive, know that you won't need to throw them away! You can use them to clean stains - such as coffee, tea, or red wine -  off your beautiful …

The Perfect Autumn Drink - How to Make Hot Apple Cider

Last weekend we apparently had 100 kmh (62 mph) winds here in West Van*. I used to love storms - that is until December 2006 when Tilley(our cat) and I watched, from our apartment on the edge of Stanley Park, as windows were blown out across the street and 10,000 trees were snapped like match sticks.

Usually, autumn is crisp and sunny in Vancouver and Septembers are the best time to visit. My birthday falls in the beginning of October and we can usually count on a nice, bright, crispcelebration in Whistler.Well, this September we had three times the average rainfall for September and it seems Fall just turned its back on us. 

To welcome in the dank which will be ours for the next nine months, I decided to make our own spiked hot apple cider. Super easy.

What you need:
4 cups apple juice1 orange5 cinnamon sticks5 clovesspiced rum (optional)
What you do:
slice orange add all ingredients - except the rum - to a potbring to a light boilsimmer for 15 minutesadd one or two ounces of spiced rum t…