Boulevard Magazine – 3 issues!

January 31, 2012

Why not wait until THREE issues are ready to post them?

Read Boulevard February

Read February
February’s cover was the most fun to shoot – not only is it a dog, but one of my favorite dogs, Munro! He stayed in position for a good two hours, definitely earning the Woofles treats. As he posed with his bow tie (inside story), I said it looked like he was about to have a scotch. So photographer Gary McKinstry made it happen! Out came the scotch, glass and ice. Very debonaire.
Although Esi Edugyan has had plenty of local coverage lately, Azim captured her in a light that presents her in a new way. Thanks to The Superior for opening up especially for us.
I’m very excited about Sarah MacNeill’s involvement with the magazine as the writer for Design Matters. Check out the liberty print boots and birdcage umbrellas on page 54.
Everybody has time to make popcorn, right? Love the vintage/rustic feel of Justin Eckersall’s shot of our recipes.

Read Boulevard January

Read January
On the cover is the home of architect Terence Williams, a modern yet subtle retreat in Cadboro Bay, shot by Vince Klassen.
“Football” and “Victoria” aren’t generally spoken in the same sentence, but the story on Terrel and Marcus Davis, Victoria’s best in the football scene, is opened by a dramatic family portrait by Vancouver based photographer Justin Eckersall. Also in this issue by Eckersall is a shot of the new Chevy Volt in front of Dockside Green. He managed to capture the vehicle in motion while fending off commissionaires.
Emily Sawyer Smith, a “real” cowichan knitter is captured by Dean Azim in a beautifully melancholic tone.

Read Boulevard December

Read December
You’ve heard of “Christmas in July”, in this case it was “Christmas in August”. It was one of the hottest days of the summer up at Bear Mountain for the Hot Properties shoot for this issue. The team at Home Style Solutions exploded on the scene with all the trimmings for a small space Christmas. Also in this issue, Dean Azim presented me with so many outstanding images from the Stone Soup Inn, that I was unable to choose – so I didn’t! Nigel Brown, new to Boulevard, was my go-to person for shots to accompany the Travel Near Pacific Marine Circle Route story.

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locals only: Sitka

November 15, 2011


This time of year it seems people think less and less about getting out and about. It’s worthwhile to face the elements and enjoy downtown – things are happening here people.

Sitka has opened a new store, just east of their old location on Yates Street. It feels like Ralph Lauren’s surf-crazed cousin’s living room where flip flops are de regur in November and every nook and cranny is lovingly curated. They have added a coffee shop where the focus is on local, sustainable ingredients. Inca Porridge for breakfast anyone? Light lunches are also on hand. The ramp has not been lost in the move and there are eyefulls of gorgeous clothes, accessories and gear. The old location is having a moving sale, and there are samples on sale at the new store. Read more about this local surf shop here.

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portfolio: November Boulevard

November 1, 2011

Read about local musician Oliver Swain, the “curse” of our capital, holiday hors d’oeuvres that won’t bust a gut or the bank, golfing in Scottsdale, winter visits to Hornby, coats for Victoria’s less than sunny winter… read online or pick up a copy.

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portfolio: October Boulevard Magazine

September 28, 2011

Read online here!

October Boulevard | Art Direction & Design

inside the October issue

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portfolio: September Boulevard

September 13, 2011

Way behind the eight-ball again! Not too late for some bacon-wrapped corn. Read September’s issue here:

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portfolio: July Boulevard!

June 28, 2011

The July issue is here! Read about wine festivals, Yellow Point Lodge, what’s happening on Quadra Street, hearing loss, a Hot Property on Gabriola, The Buried Life guys, Meg Tilly, Vancouver Island Salt Co… it’s a good one!

July issue of Boulevard Magazine

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arsty: If Hughes only knew

May 18, 2011


This E.J. Hughes painting originally sold for $350 in 1952. How does $1.1-million at auction for return on investment sound? This week in Vancouver, the previous record was broken for a work by the Vancouver Island painter. He died in 2007.

From The Globe and Mail:
“Coastal Boats Near Sidney, BC, signed and dated 1948, was acquired by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia directly from the artist, who was born in North Vancouver but lived for most of his life on Vancouver Island. The College held onto it for almost 60 years, along with Hughes’ 1952 work, Mouth of the Courtenay River. That painting, which the College bought for $150, sold at auction Tuesday for just under $790,000.”

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portfolio: Delta Marine website

May 16, 2011

A new site has been launched for Delta Marine in Sidney BC. Offering boat haulout services and yacht repair facilities, the website outlines their services and facilities. Keep an eye on their regularly updated integrated Flickr gallery or check out their long list of partners.

the new site!

the old site

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portfolio: Wisequacks Website

April 26, 2011

A new website has been launched for!

The website was launched back in 2009, but the “Wisequacks” (Dr. Dave Hepburn and Dr. Rob Sealey) had outgrown the original design. They needed something dynamic, powerful and easy to update. The new website was built using WordPress which will allow the ‘Quacks to update the site regularly from their end with new articles, medical information, podcasts and videos. A new question is posted every week, and what’s most exciting is that you can ask further questions or submit your own. The site is organized and action packed, while keeping the main goal in mind – to be the go-to hub of medical information, all dished up with a little humour. So go ahead, take a test, listen to a podcast or find out why prostate cancer and finger length are linked

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eye candy: Supermoon

March 29, 2011

saturday supermoon

On March 19th, the moon was at the nearest possible point from the ground, making it exceptionally large – 14% larger and 30% brighter to be exact.

Not to be repeated until 2029.

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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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locals only: UK at Fairway

March 14, 2011

the British contingent at the Fairway Market

I was outside of my usual shopping grounds a couple weeks ago and was impressed by the wall of goods from the UK at Fairway Market on Oak Bay Avenue. Interesting to see the effort that obviously went into these imported choices.

Look! Tiny tonics!

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artsy: Dancers Among Us

February 2, 2011

It’s Dance Days in Victoria. We’re in the middle of ten days of free dance classes, workshops, open rehearsals, lively forums, and performances happening all over Victoria. Ever fancied yourself as a ballerina? Got an urge to try hip hop? You can do it for free this week.

Bringing to life what most would not be able to express physically, Dancers Among Us is an ongoing collaboration with top NYC dancers and artist Jordan Matter. He says, “be alive, recognize the beauty around you”.

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locals only: Shopping Fort Street

December 22, 2010

The streets are full of busy shoppers and people rushing to complete holiday errands. Fort Street is a great spot to find parking, get away from the crowds and get some fresh air.

Check out Relish Home Furnishings near the corner of Fort and Cook for gorgeous ornaments, or perhaps a unique pillow or vase or one of these lanterns will help round out your list.

Pop over to Charmaines Past and Present for an antique toy or teacup. Enjoy poking through history and make sure to pat the golden retriever on your way out.

Not Just Pretty for modern organic clothing or their line of organic skin and hair products by John Masters Organics – organic and Canadian!

Moving closer to town, Island Blue Print is a great place for inspiration. In addition to art supplies, they carry a nice selection of journals and daytimers for creative types. Love their decorative papers and pen selection!

Great hostess gifts can be found at Plenty and Choux Choux Charcouterie. At Choux Choux Charcuterie find housemade pates, sausages and smoked and cured meats. Pick up a cheese platter for your party or some imported food as a luxurious gift for the foodie on your list. Plenty Epicurean Pantry has a wild array of packaged food items and a fabulous wall of spices.

You’ve worked hard. Round it all out with a grilled cheese and a sweet from the Dutch Bakery. I recommend the piping hot soup and the mocha points.

Happy rushing.

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newsflash: Holiday Card Sale

November 24, 2010

I have 2 sets of 6 holiday cards left! Email me if you want to get your hands on a set of cards with 6 unique designs and festive phrases on the front:
“warm holiday wishes” / “catch me if you can!” / “hurray for rudolf!” / “meet me under the mistletoe” / “season’s greetings” / “ring out the old, cheers in the new”.

Reduced to $10 for a set of 6 – email me or leave a comment here by clicking in the bubble top right, then enter your info below.

ALSO – COMING SOON! 2001 calendars! A great gift or hostess gift at $11 + tax. Stalk the online shop.

Calendars coming soon! | 2 sets of cards left!

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locals only: Big Blue Bridge

November 22, 2010

johnson street bridge

I was so excited to see this projection on the Johnson Street bridge. Is somebody thinking outside the box? Design, impact, interaction??!!

The unofficial results from the November 20 referendum to borrow $49.2 million to replace the Johnson Street Bridge are:
YES 10,020 (60.6%)
NO 6,522 (39.4%)

Did you vote? How do you feel about saying good bye to our big blue friend? Check out and for more info.

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locals only: Share Organics

November 18, 2010

I am relieved that I don’t want to purchase today’s Groupon. It’s a great deal – $11 for a Customizable Classic Calendar from Staples Canada (up to $22.99 Value) – but I’ve got that realm covered. I’ll be offering 2011 calendars on my online store soon! Stay tuned for a sneak peak and more info.

My first Groupon purchase was a “Singles Box” from Share Organics. A selection of fresh fruits and vegetables including root vegetables, greens and salad stuff all sourced close to home arrived on my doorstep this week. I beefed up my order with some organic milk, a baguette from Wild Fire Bakery and some raw milk parmesan.

contents of my Share Organics box

Although I enjoy sourcing my own food, I have always wanted to try one of these programs. It’s convenient and a thrill to have hand-picked organic groceries delivered right to your door. The contents of your box are emailed 5 days before delivery and you can customize the contents or add fresh local dairy, meat, baked goods, prepared meals…. the list goes on. What I was particularly excited about was the hope that the box would contain ingredients I don’t normally buy. The “what are those things?” in my box were Jerusalem Artichokes (sunchokes). Find out what I did with them later this week! The contents arrive in a plastic tote with a cold pack. You set your tote out on your next delivery day and voila – it’s filled back up again. Receive a delivery once a week or once in a blue moon.

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bits & bytes: Groupon

November 17, 2010

Who doesn’t know what Groupon is?

Deal lovers beware. Groupon negotiates massive discounts on goods, services and cultural events all over North America. They offer deals to subscribers via email but I prefer their iPhone app where you can check in periodically to view deals by city. The deals are activated when a certain number of people agree to buy so subscribers get a great deal and the business gets a boost. You don’t have to sign up for email alerts – you can just check the site from time to time.

It’s exciting enough that Victoria has been recently added to their lineup but I envision using this while on the road. You know you’re in trouble when you’re considering going to Long Island for 50% a hot stone massage and facial. Also keep your eye on Vancouver and other Canadian cities for web deals.

So far I have made 2 purchases – $15 for $30 delivery basket of organics from Share Organics and $15 for $30 worth of food and drinks at Canoe. Has anybody been to Posh restaurant on Fort Street in the Mosaic buidling? Today’s deal is $12 for $25 worth of Sukiyaki and Asian fare.

Check it out here.

Find out this week on the blog how my first Groupon experience went….

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locals only: Lip Dub at UVic

November 1, 2010

Everybody’s been talking about lip dubbing lately. This video is a feel good trip down memory lane for any UVic alumni. What a production! I knew you had it in you UVic.

Wikipedia: A lip dub is a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song. There is often some form of mobile audio device used such as an MP3-Players. Often, they look like simple music videos, although many involve a lot of preparation and are well produced. The most popular lip dubs are done in a single unedited shot that often travels through different rooms and situations in, say, an office building. They have become popular with the advent of mass participatory video content sites like YouTube.

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locals only: Zambris Restaurant

October 18, 2010

via iPhone, inside Zambris | Distinguished Zambris business card - custom size

Zambris Restaurant opened in it’s new location in the Atrium Building at the beginning of the month. When I visited, the place was packed with young and old, creating a vibrancy on this downtown corner that I haven’t felt in Victoria. Floor to ceiling windows, chandeliers and retro glass globe fixtures are a huge improvement over their previously limiting locale.

Check out their menu, videos and details on their new private function room (booked until Jan 1st) on their much improved website. At 820 Yates Street, open 7 days a week 11:00 am to Midnight. Closed between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm daily.

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artsy: Elevator Shaft

September 20, 2010

Dan's Feet, Sayward Building, Victoria BC | re-touched iPhone image

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portfolio: Boulevard Home & Design Annual

September 14, 2010

As projects go, this one is a designer’s dream. Imagery of gorgeous home design and inspirational text are currently coming together for the first Boulevard Home and Design Annual. Boulevard Magazine has a long standing reputation for “capturing the personality, culture and vitality that is Victoria by focusing on the Arts, People, Trends, Food, Architecture and Design.”

The hard cover book is coming together as 100 pages of smart advice and exciting looks from Victoria’s top home industry experts. A unique local perspective for all things home. Equally as exciting is the Boulevard Home Contest:

WHO: A lucky Boulevard Home reader

WHAT: $20,000 spending spree at one or more Boulevard Home advertising clients, courtesy of Boulevard Lifestyles Inc.

WHEN: Draw January, 2011

HOW: Enter by purchasing your copy of Boulevard Home (one entry per book) or drop by their offices at 1845B Fort Street, Victoria to enter in person.

Click here to enter. Pick up the latest copy of the magazine or read online to find out more. Pre-order your copy here.

Boulevard Home & Design Annual coming SOON!

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flavour of the week: Zucchini

August 30, 2010

Zucchini… you never just have one from the garden. Zucchini bread… grilled… shaved in a salad….? This is a great way to use up ingredients on hand this time of year – onions, garlic and herbs. This crust is so easy to make so don’t let that part scare you. Make the dough ahead of time and double the recipe for next time.

Galette fresh from the oven

Individual Zucchini, Lemon, and Ricotta Galettes
Makes 6 galettes
Active Time: 30mins
Start to Finish: 2hrs (includes 30min fridge session and 45min cooking)

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 tablespoons (or more) ice water

5 2/3 cups coarsely grated zucchini (about 1 1/3 pounds)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
handful fresh herbs, chopped (basil, mint, thyme…)

For crust:
Whisk flour and salt in medium bowl. Using fingertips, rub butter into flour mixture until coarse meal forms. Add 4 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoonful at a time, stirring until dough forms moist clumps, and adding more water by teaspoonfuls as needed if dough is too dry. Form dough into 2 balls; flatten each into disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before rolling out.

For filling:
Place zucchini in colander set over large bowl. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt and toss to coat. Let drain 30 minutes. Squeeze zucchini in kitchen towel to remove as much liquid as possible.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter with oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add zucchini and lemon juice; reduce heat to medium-low and cook until zucchini is tender, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Whisk ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan, egg, lemon peel, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and herbs in medium bowl. Stir in cooled zucchini mixture.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out 1 dough disk to 1/8-inch thickness. Using 6-inch-diameter plate, cut out 3 dough rounds (or if that sounds annoying, just cut 3 roundish squares from your dough, pinch the edges and it’ll be fine). Repeat with remaining dough. Place 3 dough rounds on each baking sheet.

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Spoon 1/2 cup filling into center of 1 dough round, leaving a bit of a border. Fold up border, pleating dough edges to create round pastry with some exposed filling in center. Repeat with remaining filling and dough rounds. Brush crusts with melted butter. Sprinkle galettes with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Bake galettes 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Bake until crust is golden and filling is set and begins to brown, about 25 minutes longer. Can be made 4 hours ahead.

Serve galettes hot or at room temperature.

Adapted from Bon Appetit, October 2008.

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eye candy: Lake Days

August 20, 2010

by BCC:

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locals only: Hank Williams @ McPherson

August 11, 2010

Bringing back memories of ballet recitals and tutus, I took in the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s “Hank Williams” at the McPherson Playhouse last night. The show is probably a lot like Hank’s life, toe-tapping, sing along, laugh out loud, melancholy. The cast is phenomenal (some local), the musical talent inspiring and the theatre is as pretty as it ever was. Dim the lights, please. Running until August 15th.

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