happy hour: White Lily

December 30, 2011

White Lily and Mai Tai at Morimoto Waikiki

Wow, a long blog break has ensued. I blame work, holidays and a little thing called Pinterest. More on that later. On top of keeping up the blog, I need to update my website and my blog design. Maybe the coming year will allow. It has been my most busy and creative year to date but I think my best creation yet will show it’s face in 2012.

It’s New Years weekend. Friends, family, noise makers and… cocktails. A couple of weeks ago I was at Morimoto in Waikiki and tried their White Lily cocktail. It’s fresh and citrusy and is concocted from unique yet available ingredients. I’m not sure of the exact measurements, but the menu stated:

White Lily
shochu (Japan’s other indigenous alcoholic beverage, but unlike sake, shochu is distilled. Available and BCLC)
calpico (a beverage made from non-fat milk with a citrus tang)
yuzu (a japanese citrus, sub in mandarin)
fresh lemon

It was served in a martini glass, so my best guess would an ounce of shochu, 2 ounces calpico and a squeeze of both mandarin and lemon. Shake it up and serve with a flower floating on top.

Check back for more on Morimoto and The Modern hotel in Waikiki.

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on the road: Scottsdale AZ

August 2, 2011

It was a quick trip back in May. A chance to visit friends and see what goes on in the laid back centre of Scottsdale.

Scottsdale… where the doorman has a sign taped to his table “No firearms allowed”.
Scottsdale… where having the tagline, “Day-drinking reinvented”, is ok.
Scottsdale… where “pool party” means 100 strangers, Patron on ice and free cover for the ladies.
Scottsdale… where bad tan lines and super hero costumes go hand in hand.

If you go:
The Mission: Modern Latin Cuisine
Le Grand Orange Grocery: for brunch and gifts, I wanted one of everything.
Spanish Fly: Mexican Beach Club – prepare to stare
Hotel Valley Ho: for the pool party
The Coach House: Scottsdale’s oldest tavern, good company and cheap beer.
Mabels on Main: chiq cocktails
Kazimeirz World Wine Bar: real jazz, great wine

from top to bottom: The Coach House, painting class at the Academy of Art, happenings at The Valley Ho Hotel, pool party at the Spanish Fly, biking along the Arizona Canal from Scottsdale to Phoenix

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in the house: Byron Bay

July 28, 2011

Summer feels like it’s almost here – minus a few degrees. Anybody been to Byron Bay, Australia? In my mind’s eye, it’s perpetual summer. This house for sale in Byron Bay has the inside/outside, light/bright, modern/lush appeal that’s perfect for a summer’s day.

More info here www.realestate.com.au

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on the road: China Beach BC

March 17, 2011

via iPhone | cheese & chowder

Ok, so it’s not exactly “on the road”, but if you’re feeling cagey, a day trip up Sooke way can set your mind at ease. This time of year, it’s fresh and green… and quiet. While the 1.5km walk down to the water may be a bit more fun if you’re exploring from your campsite on a hot summer day, there’s nothing like the sound of crashing waves any time of year. A stop at Mom’s Cafe is customary. Giant grilled cheese with house made chowder anyone? We conducted a couple circles looking for a new spot but ended up back where the pie is high and mayo runs heavy.

China Beach in March

China Beach trail

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on the road: Encinitas CA

February 11, 2011

Surf at your doorstep, cruiser bikes, crashing waves… there’s a good vibe in Encinitas California where the winter means walks on the beach in your shorts, picnics and happy hour. It’s a half hour north of San Diego off Hwy 101. My visit was short, but sweet, literally. A stroll to the Leucadia Donut Shoppe makes for a cheap and easy thrill, a toddle around the Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens is worth it for the view and a quiet place to rest. Don’t forget the Pizza Port where delicious pizza and craft brews meet video games and lively music. Here’s to winter weekends.

cliffs at encinitas

stairs

private wave

Just Peachy Market | Boogie Board Dreamin

Surfers

Leucadia Donut Shoppe

sunset in january

Tried the California Condo Cocktail yet?

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eye candy: Emirates Airlines

January 31, 2011

I saw an ad for Emirates Airlines in the Sunday Times Magazine and decided further investigation was necessary. Showers, lounges, and private suites.

“Enjoy your own sanctuary in spacious private suites, each equipped with an electrically operated sliding door, a personal mini-bar, adjustable ambient lighting, and its own vanity table, mirror and wardrobe. Every seat has a built-in massage system, with adjustable speed and intensity. Our crew will convert your seat to a fully flat bed with a mattress, so you can arrive at your destination relaxed and refreshed. Each suite in the A380 has a 23” television screen, allowing you to explore over 1200 on-demand video and audio channels of our award winning ice Digital Widescreen entertainment system.
The privacy divider separating the adjoining suites in the centre row can also be lowered, allowing you to share the experience with your travel companion.
Dine-on-demand meal service, allows you to order from our a la carte menu any time you desire.” www.emirates.com

via www.emirates.com

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on the road: Manzanillo Mexico

December 13, 2010

The rain is falling, the skies are grey and it seems everyone is talking about getting out of town. I’m relying on a few photos from the archives to get me through. Tesoro Resort in Manzanillo… Mexico’s busiest port and where the movie 10 starring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore was shot.

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newsflash: 2011 Calendars Are Out!

December 3, 2010

The 2011 Calendars are here! 12 months of ocean views from around the world in a modern, subtle format. Use the space below each month to add special dates. The cover sheet can be cut and used as a new year greeting postcard.

Order online or email me info@bethcampbellcreative.com.

2011 Calendar, 12 months of ocean views

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on the road: Poet’s Cove Resort & Spa

October 28, 2010

Nestled in at Bedwell Habour on Pender Island, Poet’s Cove Resort & Spa is a must-do any time of year. Their newly updated website has a gallery, live webcam (a little sleepy in the marina today!) and links to current specials – how does $99 midweek sound? The self-contained cottages each have their own hot tub, the villas are spacious and great for groups, and the lodge rooms have fabulous views. Here you’ll find Syrens Bistro, Aurora Restaurant, Susurrus Day Spa complete with a sandstone steam cave beneath a waterfall and an ocean-view hot tub, banquet rooms, 2 pools, a cafe and liquor store.

The best way to visit is by boat at their 110 slip marina. If you can’t swing the yacht, take a trip with Beth Campbell Creative client, Gulf Island Ocean Adventures. SCUBA, disc golf, winery tours, wildlife viewing, boating instruction…. you name it, they do it.

Poet's Cove Resort from the marina

Looking out from Bedwell Habour

Nautical interior of the main building, stairs to front lobby

Pool and hot tub with a view

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happy hour: Pastis

October 15, 2010

Beth Campbell Creative has been on a strict “no time to blog” diet. Which brings me to today’s Friday Happy Hour – no mixing required. Pastis, an anise-flavored liqueur and apéritif from France was first commercialized by Paul Ricard in 1932 and is still widely popular in France, especially in the south. Pastis is normally diluted with water before drinking which results in the liqueur’s appearance changing from dark transparent yellow to milky soft yellow, a phenomenon also present with absinthe and known as the “ouzo effect”. A beverage that understands the importance of colour. Santé!

One year ago today, Uruggne, France

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on the road: Savary Island BC

September 16, 2010

White sand, blue water, cabin life. The regulars would rather you not know. Get there via the Powell River ferry from Comox, drive to Lund and catch a water taxi. I’d say go, but then I might not get invited back. It’s a place where you go to clarify your thoughts or muddle them up. It’s about the people, the place and links to the past.

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BCC: beach panorama

BCC: cabin in the woods

BCC: beach front cabin

BCC: beach front micro cabin

BCC: island ride

BCC: powell river

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happy hour: Tides Tavern, Gig Harbor

September 10, 2010

Cucumber Cosmo
Fresh limes and cucumbers muddled with vodka, triple sec & shaken with cranberry.

Deck Day Tonic
Citrus vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic float. Garnish with lime on the rocks.

It’s sunny somewhere?

Tides Tavern

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on the road: Kopachuck State Park

September 1, 2010

When September is looking you straight in the eye, it’s time to take a last minute camping trip. Kopachuck State Park was a random choice – I think I heard something good about Gig Harbor once? It’s about a leisurely 3 hour drive from Port Angeles. A lunch stop in Port Townsend was worth it for the pizza and architecture. Kopachuck is about 15 mins outside of Gig Harbor, Washington where the view downhill of a long harbor filled with boats and Mt. Rainier climbing from the edge of the sea makes for exciting arrival. Gig Harbor is a serene place with a history in boat building and commercial fishing. Today there are farmers markets, docks to wander, a decent choice of restaurants, shops geared towards boaters and 10 mins outside of town…. Target. Kopachuck is winner of a campsite, private and quiet, with a boat launch and a beach where the water is warm enough for swimming. Perfect place to recharge your creativity.

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on the road: Hotwire in Vancouver

July 5, 2010

This was my first spin at Hotwire. They offer hotels, airfare and car rentals at sell-off prices from various partners. The catch is you’re not made aware of the details (hotel name) before you book and pay other than the general location and star rating. We reserved a room while on the ferry over to Vancouver. They were able to tell us over the phone what hotel we were booking so the thrill was gone but at least I knew where we were headed before I handed over the plastic. The rate was 50% off the advertised nightly rate on the hotel’s website. The Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver is in a great location across from the Four Seasons and the mall. Comforting features of a older hotel with spacious bathrooms, built in cabinetry, contemporary updates and brass adorned elevators encourage me to define this lady as “eclectic European”.

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver lobby & restaurant - Diva at the Met

guest room at the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

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on the road: Summer Glamping

June 21, 2010

Happy first day of SUMMER! Time to start making your to-do list. Ready when you are Mother Nature. Glamping (glamorous camping) is on mine.

from www.thegak.com, near Hope in Treasure Mountain

from www.soulecreeklodge.com, Port Renfrew BC

from www.outathewoods.com, near Cranbrook BC

from www.sakinawlakelodge.com, Pender Harbour BC

from www.rockwatersecretcoveresort.com, Halfmoon Bay BC

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on the road: Huntsville AL

June 9, 2010

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portfolio: Willie Nelson

May 19, 2010

“On the road again..” Off to Alabama tomorrow. Ready for some southern inspiration?

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Willie Nelson, graphite, Beth Campbell 1994

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on the road: Happy Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2010

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on the road: Vancouver, The Re-Cap

April 9, 2010

spotted in vancouver bc

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was staying at the Woodwards development on the cusp of Vancouver’s East Side. Built on the spot of a former department store, the new building includes a mix of housing, the SFU Contemporary Arts Campus and a community media arts space. In the handy plaza beneath is a London Drugs, Nester’s Market and coffee shop. A gastro-pub and dentist’s office are under construction. You can live, sleep, go to the gym on the 42nd floor, see a play and get groceries all in one swoop.

The photo mural by Stan Douglas (his first public piece *exciting* studied him in university) is a reconstruction of the 1971 Gastown Riots, also known as The Battle of Maple Tree Square. To recreate the scene, Douglas mined public archives, newspapers, and videotape. He interviewed merchants, residents, police, and protesters. Initially, he planned to shoot on location, but “it became so complicated and expensive, we thought, ‘We might as well just build the thing ourselves.’” So Douglas and his hundred-person crew constructed a set in the parking lot of the Pacific National Exhibition, laying down blacktop and weathering the building facades. Fixated on historical accuracy, the artist tracked down the window dresser of the corner sporting goods store, crafted riot sticks, and littered his streets with replicas of the day’s Vancouver Sun. To get the “right period faces,” he cast actors, eventually using eighty. He blocked out the action with three-dimensional models, and wrote nine scenes for the cast to mime.

The shoot itself took three nights, two with the actors, and one with just the set. Douglas required so much illumination to get the proper, crisp focus that he used seven generators to power the lights, transforming the Vancouver night into day. Keeping his camera lens motionless throughout, he captured about fifty different views of the riot, later layering the digital elements into a coherent composition. In advance of the installation, he is printing the photograph on ten-millimetre-thick panels of glass, with the reverse image on the back. Technicians will fuse the layers, leaving the artist with what amounts to a massive piece of coloured windshield glass. Stretching eight by thirteen metres, it will form the dividing wall between a public plaza and an atrium linking the development’s four buildings. (from
Walrus Magazine).

Art and community efforts have come together to offer multiple services for community development, arts and education. It’s a controversial space, but invigorating nonetheless.

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flavour of the week: Misoyaki Butterfish

March 31, 2010

One of my favorite restaurants is Roy’s. Hawaiian fusion, great cocktails, amazing food, friendly people. This recipe is for Butterfish, also known as Black Cod, also known as Sablefish. It can be little oily for my taste, but delicious prepared this way. It’s a locally sustainable fish, so I’m excited to add this recipe to my files.

Top: restaurant version Hibachi Grilled Salmon, Roy’s Original Blackened Island Ahi & Hawaiian Style Misoyaki Butterfish, Bottom: my version (before the sauce)

Hawaiian Style Misoyaki Butterfish With Kim Chee Lime Butter Sauce
Serves: 2
Active Time: 45 mins
Start to Finish: 1.5hrs (+ marinating)

7oz. butterfish

Miso Marinade
1 cup sake
1 cup mirin, a sweet Japanese beverage used mostly in cooking
1/2 lb sugar
1/2 lb miso paste

(Note: Marinade quantity is sufficient for several pieces of fish)

Kim Chee Lime Butter Sauce
3 tbsp olive oil
1 small sweet onion, chopped
1 tablespoon shallots, chopped
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup white wine
2 tsp fish Sauce
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp cream
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsps unsalted butter
1 tbsp kim chee sauce (when was the last time you hit up Chinatown?)
3 tbsp chili sauce

Preparation:

Combine marinade ingredients in small saucepan and simmer until it becomes a dark, caramel color. Authentic sake, mirin and miso can all be found at any market specializing in Asian foods. After marinade has cooled, submerse fish completely and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Using a small amount of the olive oil, sauté the onion, shallot and garlic, until they become translucent. Deglaze the pan with white wine and fish sauce, and then reduce by half. Add cream, lime juice and a pinch of cilantro. Reduce the mixture until it thickens and slowly blend in the kim chee sauce and butter. Strain sauce through a fine sieve or cheese cloth and then mix in 1 tablespoon of cilantro and the chili sauce.

Take the marinated fish and place it into a sauté pan on medium heat with a small amount of oil. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes on each side. Place fish on the center of the plate on top of your starch of choice. Ladle the Kim Chee Lime Butter Sauce around the fish and top with chopped cilantro.

While searching for this recipe, I came across Oh-So Yummy, take a peak, lots of restaurant recipes and reviews.

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on the road: Food Hawaiian Style

March 30, 2010

I prefer my food to have a Hawaiian state of mind. Check back for this week’s flavour – Misoyaki Butterfish.
*gluttony disclaimer: photos are not from one visit

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on the road: Project Vancouver

March 22, 2010

view from the condo - the old Woodwards W

I’ve been working on a project with Century Services in Vancouver for the past 2 weeks. I’m based at the new Woodwards building and have been taking in everything the neighbourhood has to offer – in daylight anyway. It’s an interesting development and is just nearing full completion.

Question. Elevator etiquette? Is it unusual to think eye contact and a smile is the norm? Or am I that annoying Eager-Elevator-Rider?

More to come on Vancouver…

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happy hour: The Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai

March 19, 2010

Mai Tai at the House Without at Key, Halekulani

Here, coconut palms sway, birds do sing and the Royal Hawaiian stands out from blocks away — a pink and green garden oasis nestled among Waikiki’s high-rises. The hotel re-opened a year ago last November after extensive renovations.

Joni Mitchell wrote the familiar “Big Yellow Taxi” (1970) after her first visit to Hawai’i. As the song goes: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot. Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

True, but I’m pretty happy with what they’ve got down at the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian. There is much debate over the origin of the Mai Tai, but to me the cocktail is Hawaii in a glass. Aloha.

Mai Tai, Royal Hawaiian

1 ounce Barcardi Silver rum
1/2 ounce Orgeat syrup (made from almonds, sugar and rose water or orange-flower water)
1/2 ounce orange Curaco
1 ounce orange juice
2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce Whalers dark rum

1. Combine all of the ingredients except the Whalers Dark Rum in an old-fashioned style glass over shaved ice. Carefully pour the dark rum on top.

2. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a parasol with a skewered Maraschino cherry and fresh lime wedge.

Mai Tai taste test, Chucks Steakhouse & Hau Tree Lanai, Moana Surfrider

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in the house: Tropical Inspiration

March 17, 2010

Inspiration from the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki

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on the road: Shangri La

March 12, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I was basking in the sunshine on the lawn at Shangri La in Honolulu, home of Doris Duke. Built in 1937, Shangri La houses an impressive collection of Islamic art and is considered one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes. Shangri La is open to the public for tours a few days a week, you need to schedule at least a week in advance. You can view the rooms (including some that are not part of the tour) and view the art collection on the website. Tours are reserved through the Honolulu Academy of Arts, worth a visit in its own right.

Unfortunately photography is not permitted inside, but I did take some photos of the grounds. It’s centered around an interior courtyard and is packed with artistic influences from around the world. Tile, wood, plaster, chenille drapery and a massive window that drops down into the floor. I think it’s safe to say that Doris Duke was eccentric, and ahead of her time. Duke was the only child of tobacco and electric energy tycoon James Buchanan Duke. Her father died in 1925 when Doris was twelve, leaving approximately half of his estate to The Duke Endowment with the remainder, estimated at $100 million, going to Doris. She married (for the first time) in 1935 and embarked on a year long honeymoon which ended in Hawaii. A 2 week stay turned into 3 months, they acquired property and built Shangri La from the ground up. Worth a visit, kudos to our guide, a wealth of information.

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