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  1. 1. NOVEMBER 2015 Photo by Scott Maclean page 5 PAISLEY AITKEN AND THE STORY STUDIO TURNING KIDS INTO AUTHORS
  2. 2. PUBLICATION TEAM Publisher: Simona Stramaccioni-Bailey Content Coordinator: Keith Watt Designer: Tyler Gerhartz Contributing Photographer: Scott MacLean EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS Barri A. Marlatt- Hutchison Oss Cech Marlatt Law Firm Jeremy McLeod- Expedia CruiseShipCentre Dr. Julian A. Hancock- Fairfield Skin Clinic Steven Bailey- Uomo Modern Barber ADVERTISING BVM has numerous business and neighbourhood specific publications that micro-target various communities in and around the Fairfield area and throughout Canada. Contact: Simona Stramaccioni-Bailey Phone: 250-580-6911 Email: sbailey@bestversionmedia.com HOA SUBMISSION INFORMATION Are you on the association for homeowners for your sub- division? Contact us for information on how you can sub- mit articles, updates, reminders, events, and more to the residents. We create customized Home Owner Associa- tion sections at no cost to the HOA or residents. FEEDBACK AND SUBMISSIONS Have feedback, ideas or submissions? We are always hap- py to hear from you! Deadlines for submissions are the 25th of each month. Go to www.bestversionmedia.com and click “Submit Content.” You may also email your thoughts, ideas and photos to: sbailey@bestversionmedia.com. Any content, resident submissions, guest columns, advertisements and advertori- als are not necessarily endorsed by or represent the views of Best Version Media (BVM) or any municipality, ratepayers or homeowners associations, businesses or organizations that this publication serves. BVM is not responsible for the reli- ability, suitability or timeliness of any content submitted. All content submitted is done so at the sole discretion of the submitting party. © 2015 Best Version Media Canada. All rights reserved. TIMETABLE OF MAGAZINE DEADLINES Content Due: Edition Date: January 1 ........................................................... February February 1 ............................................................. March April 1 ........................................................................ May May 1 ....................................................................... June June 1 ........................................................................ July July 1 .................................................................... August August 1 ......................................................... September September 1 ....................................................... October October 1 ........................................................ November November 1 .................................................... December December 1 ........................................................ January IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Emergency ................................................................ 911 Victoria Police Department ....................... 250-995-7654 Victoria Fire Department ........................... 250-384-1122 Fairfield-Gonzales Community Association .... 250-382-4604 Greater Victoria Public Library ................. 250-940-4875 Parks and Recreation ............................... 250-361-0600 Vet Central Hospital .................................. 250-475-2495 Moss Street Market ................................... 250-361-1747 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria ................... 250-384-4171 YM-YWCA ................................................. 250-386-7511 Mount St. Mary Hospital ........................... 250-480-3100 HELLO FAIRFIELD 2 3NOVEMBER 2015 NEIGHBOURS OF FAIRFIELD Letter from the Publisher Maybe it’s because they rhyme, but November and remember always seem to go together for me. The day that commemorates those whose sacrifices in war helped to make our lives possible happens in this month. Also, the days shorten and the evenings lengthen which makes more time to pause, and a little longer to remember. Summer adventures. School beginnings. New friends, old friends. And of course we cherish that pause of remembering because we know it’s going to start getting hectic as the festive season approaches. I’m so glad you’ve chosen to pause with us this issue. Please visit with Fairfield resident and story craft educator Paisley Ait- ken as she tells us of the wonderous literacy project, “The Story Studio,” she founded. And our usual expert columns and recipe, and Keith’s wine column. Most of all enjoy a moment to cherish our neighbourhood and the love and support of the people who live close. WE are very lucky. Have a wonderful November. Simona Stramaccioni-Bailey Publisher Letter from the Content Coordinator As we celebrate another brilliant Fairfield fall, we also celebrate an important neighbourhood anniversary. 150 years ago this fall, sometime in the spring of 1865, a family from Liverpool, England, Frank and Anna Roscoe, moved into their new home on Fairfield Road. That house--Ross Bay Villa--is now Fairfield’s oldest home. And greater news: it is now owned by the society that saved it from the wrecker’s ball 15 years ago. Please enjoy my tour of the Ross Bay Villa in next month’s issue of Neighbours of Fairfield, but I wanted to take this moment to commend the wonderful community of volunteers, or “family” as the society’s president Simone Vogel-Horridge, calls them, who maintain and re- search and replicate and restore this wonderful home. Congratulations to the Ross Bay Villa Society for making this 150th anniversary celebra- tion possible by retrieving the house from condemnation almost twenty years ago and restoring it to what it is today--one of the finest living restoration projects in Victoria, and for successfully buying the property from The Land Conservancy this year. Quite a tribute! Congratulations to the Ross Bay Villa Society! Learn more at www.rbvs.ca Mea culpa: Last month’s resident feature was on artist Joe Coffey. Joe wanted us to tell you his work could be found, and he is represented by, Winchester Galleries. Keith Watt Content Coordinator kwatt@bestversionmedia.com DEAR RESIDENTS
  3. 3. By Keith Watt Paisley Aiken is a busy woman. Three young boys all starting school and hockey, an active community life on boards and committees, oh, and she just happens to be the founder of an outstanding charity that brings literacy and story craft to over 1300 Victoria students every year. She stopped just long enough the other day at one of her favourite neighbourhood haunts, the Fairfield Market, to tell me about The Story Studio Writing Society. “It all began with a TED talk,” she tells me. “I learned about an incredible organization in the United States called 826 Valencia that brings literacy skills to thou- sands of inner-city kids in major American cities. I want- ed to know if the model could be adapted to a smaller community like Victoria.” LETTERS FROM OUR READERS 4 5NOVEMBER 2015 NEIGHBOURS OF FAIRFIELD Dear Keith, Thanks for your informative article on our talented neigh- bour, Joe Coffey. It was such a pleasure to learn more about Joe’s amazing life through your article. I hope you will forgive me for making a minor correction re- garding your article on Ross Bay Cemetery, which is not the oldest cemetery in B.C. as stated in your article. While the oldest burial grounds in BC belong to the First Nations of this land, the first non-native one in the prov- ince is the Jewish Cemetery located at Kings and Fern- wood Roads, established in 1859. All the best, Shoshana Litman Dear Keith, I want to thank you for the article you wrote in the October 2015 Edition of Neighbours of Fairfield about the Amelia Douglas Tour in Ross Bay Cemetery. It certainly helps getting people out to our tours at Ross Bay Cemetery. Would it be possible to get an electronic copy of your article that I can send to my executive members? The document must be very popular as we have not been able to locate another copy other than the one we have. Thank you. Hope to see you on a future tour. Gerry Buydens President, Old Cemetary Society of Victoria PAISLEY AIKEN AND THE STORY STUDIO TURNING KIDS INTO AUTHORS FEATURE STORY MOTHER NATURE'S MARKET & Deli BOULDER CANYON CHIPS ASSORTED 2/$6 2/$4 / 520ML HILARY’S VEGGIE BURGER $4.99 / EA IN H O USE M ADE VEGAN CHILI $4.29 / 181G O R G ANIC S ANT A C R UZ APPLE JUICE $5.49 / 650ML SOLO GI ENERGY BARS ASSORTED GREEK GODS YOGURT $2.19/EA HAPPY PLANET SELECTED SOUPS Did you know? Coconut milk substitutes cow milk for those with lactose intolerance. Also really rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Coconut milk is high in healthy saturated fatty acids. STAHLBUSH FROZEN FRUITS SELECTED 2/$5 / 400ML BLUE MONKEY COCONUTWATER ASSORTED PLUM.M.GOOD RICE CAKES MONTE BENE PASTA SAUCE THAI KITCHEN COCONUT MILK $1.49 / 100G $11.49 / 2.84L 2/$7/185G ORGANIC MANDARINS $5/BOX Paisley comes by her interest in writing and human de- velopment honestly. She worked in alternative education for at-risk youth in the Caribbean before starting a family. She has owned and managed her own rural bookstore, followed by a stint in book publicity, accumulating cours- es and certificates in publishing along the way. All this in addition to an organization which provides medical volun- teers to Vanuatu that Paisley and her husband, Dr. Jona- thon Aiken, a Victoria physician, head up. (Did I say busy?) Couple that with a business degree, and when she learned of 826 Valencia, The Story Studio seemed a perfect fit. “By getting kids to tell their stories, you help increase the kid’s confidence in themselves,” she explains. “We do that by leading kids through the creative process so each kid completes a storybook on their own.” The Story Studio connects a network of over 40 volunteer
  4. 4. 6 7NOVEMBER 2015 NEIGHBOURS OF FAIRFIELD Do you know a neighbor who has a story to share? Nominate your neighbor to be fea- turedinoneofourupcomingissues!Contactusatsbailey@bestversionmedia.com. 1008 Broad Street | (250)386-6661 | www.stbpens.ca | stbpens@aol.com AL-star Fountain Pen The Largest Lamy Selection Over 1000 in stock e x c l u s i v e l y a v a i l a b l e a t S a f a r i f r o m $ 3 9 . 9 5 “scribes” and story coaches with teachers who would like to bring this experience into their classrooms. Last year over 1300 Victoria children became authors, either with picture books or chat books or full-fledged short stories, the best of which have been compiled in a book called “Victoria Imagined--Stories by Local Kids.” And the teachers are effusive in their praise: “The Sto- ry Studio writing program fosters creativity, enthusiasm, and self-pride,” says Grade 2/3 teacher Corrinna George of Campus View Elementary. “No other writing program has captivated my students...ever!” Or: “The Story Studio finished books become treasures for the students to keep forever and encouragement for them to think of themselves as authors,” says Pam Ewart of Frank Hobbs Elementary. But perhaps the kids say it even better: “Dear Story Stu- dio, Thank you so much for helping me make a great story.  You let me think really hard about what I was going to say.  You listened to my thoughts and ideas and you gave me plenty of suggestions.  I also want to thank you so much for publishing my story and fixing my spelling mistakes.  When I got my story back I was so excited to read it and when I did I was so proud of myself!” Paisley explains that sometimes the stories are a way of a child processing some difficult situation in their life, such as a divorce. “I remember one child who wrote this story about a wolf that was stuck in a dark cave. He was so sad and an- gry. Then a doctor punched a hole and the light streamed in. It’s so obvious the child was processing something.” Victoria Imagined, the book published by The Story Stu- dio Writing Society of some of the best student stories, shows how kids process through fiction. One story is how the government is going to burn down Saxe Point and put up a car factory and how three friends come together to get the mayor to stop the project. Another tells of a night encounter in Beacon Hill Park with some loggers about to cut down trees. The book is a pleasure to read. Available at Munro’s Books, Russell’s Books and Legend Comics, it’d make a wonderful Christmas gift to the literacy fan on your list. And it’s a great way to support a fantastic local charity helping local kids become authors. For more information visit The Story Studio Writing Soci- ety’s website at storystudio.ca. The best lawyers balance diligence & responsiveness... with heart. Who do you want on your side? A team of six lawyers and eight support staff providing full legal services: Personal Injury Claims Intellectual Property Law in Victoria ICBC Injury Claim ICBC Settlements 250-360-2500 | www.hom-law.com | Suite #1 - 505 Fisgard St., Victoria By Keith Watt Once every three months, a group of Victoria real estate agents sets aside their busy professional lives to im- prove the lives of people less fortunate in our community. Each quarter, the realtors gather and for one hour to con- sider which charity to support. After that, each realtor writes a cheque for $100, and those funds are directed to the registered charity chosen at the meeting. “Agents are often seen battling offers and counter-offers,” says one of the founders, realtor Tara Hearn. “This is dif- ferent. We’re combining our efforts to support ‘homeful- ness’ in our community, not ‘homelessness.” Along with co-founders realtors Jane Johnston, Neil Bosdet and Jo- anne Boderson, these founders hope to see the group mirror the success of 100-plus Women Who Care and expand the impact of the unique charitable concept of giving directly and immediately to those in need of hous- ing or shelter. The first such award went to The Larin Society, which operates Bill Mudge House in James Bay, a communal house for men making the transition out of the corrections system. The organization met recently and chose as their second target of support The Artemis Society, group of female physicians of colour who “nurture women physi- cians of color and increase their visibility in society to serve as healthcare providers, care-givers, community leaders, mentors, and role-models thereby increasing physician workforce diversity and diminishing healthcare disparities.” Congratulations to this group of professionals for their dedication to giving back to their community. For more information, contact the organization through their website at 100RealEstateAgents.com 100-PLUSREALTORSWHOCAREPROMOTES“HOMEFULNESS”NOT“HOMELESSNESS” SUCCESS STORY
  5. 5. First Cooperative Wellness Fair Date: Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 Time: Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm Where: 1303 Fairfield at Moss Street Planned co-operatively by the Creating Community Wellness Society, the Victoria Health Co-op and Fairfield United Church. For more information, please contact coopwellnessfair@gmail.com 250.415.9272. Meditation Group Date: Saturday, November 14 Where: Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield Road Time: 9:30 to 10:30 Cribbage Tournament Date: Wednesday, November 18 Time: 1:00 to 3:30 pm Where: Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street, Victoria Cost: $5 per player Travel with the Roscoes--Amazing Journeys Date: Thursday, November 19 Time: 7:30 pm Where: Ross Bay Villa, 1490 Fairfield Road, Victoria Cost: $10. Accommodation limited so reserve ahead at info*rossbayvilla.org. Travel back in time as heritage consultant Stuart Stark explores travel in the Victoria era. Cook Street Village Activity Centre’s Annual Christmas Craft Sale and Silent Auction Date: Saturday, November 28 Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Where: CSVAC 380 Cook Street, Victoria Cost: Free Table rental information call 250-384-6542. Victorian Christmas Ornament Workshop Date: Sunday December 6 Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm Where: Ross Bay Villa, 1490 Fairfield Road, Victoria Cost: $15 per person Learn how to make some tradition Christmas tree ornaments. Materials are supplied. You take home the decorations you create. Please reserve at info@rossbayvilla.org The Improv Cabaret Date: Sunday, December 6 Time: 8 pm Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street, Victoria Cost: $10 A night of improvisational comedy hosted by Fairfield’s resident improv comic, Dave Morris. An adult-themed evening. New Businesses in the Neighbourhood The Village Taverna: Terry and Pam are proud to announce the opening of their new restaurant in the heart of the Cook Street Village named the Village Taverna. It will feature Greek food in a soft and inviting setting. Terry has 36 years experience in the business as former owner of Eugene’s Restaurant and Pam was formerly in the legal field. We invite you to taste the flavours of Greece. Crossover Coaching: “Caterina Alberti has over 25 years experience in the tourism industry, providing leadership in retail management and entrepreneurial initiatives. An accredited Executive Business Coach from Royal Roads University and a recipient of the 2013 Capilano University Distinguished Alumni Award, Caterina coaches leaders to step into their role with courage and develop their business vision, improve customer relations, service and sales.” Her website is crossovercoaching.ca or email is crossovercoaching@gmail.com. Contact Caterina at 250-812-9370 NOVEMBER CLASSIFIEDS & EVENTS 8 9NEIGHBOURS OF FAIRFIELDNOVEMBER 2015 By Dr. Julian Hancock, Fairfield Skin Clinic Dermatologist It is not surprising many people confuse Botox and Juvederm as both are injected under the skin to reduce wrinkles. However, Botox is injected carefully into selected face and neck muscles to relax those muscles reducing the overlying wrinkles. Juvederm is a injected under the wrinkle to lift and reduce it. The two can be used together to maximize wrinkle reduction, but are more commonly used in different areas of the face, for different types of wrinkles. Common wrinkles treated with Juvederm are the “puppet lines” on either side of the mouth, grooves around the nose, depressed acne scars and larger areas. Filler is also popular in and around the lips. Botox is often used for the “crowsfeet” outside the eyes: • those noticeable lines if you smile or scrunch your eyes • and frown lines on the forehead and between the eyes. Along the lines of ‘it’s not what you’ve got, it’s the way you use it,’ success in using these ace wrinkle-busters is knowing the right amount of the right stuff in the right place at the right time. I like to ensure that my patients get good, consistent results customized to their needs. By doing the injections myself, I can guarantee satisfaction. WHAT ARE THEY? Botox is purified bacterial protein extremely effective at weakening muscles. It does not cause numbness or loss of sensation. Its medical as well as cosmetic uses have expanded rapidly over the past 15 to 20 years from controlling ocular squints and eyelid spasms, to reducing muscle spasms in children with cerebral palsy as well as painful muscle dystonias and migraines in adults. Botox even blocks sweating and is used to treat hyperhidrosis (sweating beyond what’s needed for body temperature regulation) of the hands and underarms. Cosmetic Botox was pioneered by BC specialists Dr. Alastair Carruthers, a Vancouver dermatologist, and Dr. Jean Carruthers, an opthalmologist. Botox works for three to five months, longer for reduced sweating. Juvederm is a clear hyaluronic gel that is animal free and no allergy testing is required prior to use. It is close in structure to the matrix naturally in skin. It comes in a variety of grades to treat different areas, some for lips, for deep lining of the face and some to treat superficial lines. In a sense, injecting Juvederm under wrinkles to lift them is simply putting back what squeezed out through years of sun, gravity and muscle action. Juvederm lasts five to 10 months, sometimes longer if combined with Botox. FairfieldSkinClinic.com Dr Julian A. Hancock Dermatology Inc. MB BS DCH DRCOG DA LMCC FRCP(C) Expert Cosmetic Dermatology Skin RejuvenationBotoxJuvederm Skin Resurfacing 778 432-3333 1494 Fairfield Rd, Victoria $60$60 MICRODERMABRASION SPECIAL! ($120 Value) by Dermatologist All Botox, Juvederm, Mole Checks Dr Julian Hancock FRCP(C)Dr Julian Hancock FRCP(C) Aesthetics by Symone:Aesthetics by Symone:Aesthetics by Juliette:Aesthetics by Juliette: Pedicures, Gel Polish, Eye Lash Extensions Teeth Whitening, Waxing, Eyebrow/Lash Tinting Skin Resurfacing Acne Scars Wrinkles Melasma FULLFace-Three Tx package $1500(usual $1600) LOOK YOUR VERY BEST THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! BOTOX OR JUVEDERM? EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR
  6. 6. ByJeremyMcLeod, OwnerofExpediaCruiseShipCentres,Victoria Picture this: you have been plan- ning your dream vacation for over a year and you are enjoying your va- cation when you find out that London Heathrow airport has been shut down and your flight home is cancelled. That’s what happened when the volcano erupted in Iceland! Almost 70 per cent of cruisers use a cruise agent. They see the value of the cruise agency because they under- stand that buying a cruise  can be  complicated. I have been with Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Victoria for almost 10 years and I can tell you that cruise consultants are your biggest advocate when something goes wrong. A great example of this was the volcano eruption in Iceland. If you are cruising for the first time, seeking the assistance of a cruise consultant is simply a smart idea. If you are a cruise novice, you may still run into questions regarding such things about location on the ship or dining reservations. The com- mon misconception is that using a travel agency costs more money, but this is simply not true. The price of the cruise is the same if not better than it is with the cruise line that actually pays us for taking excellent care of you.   CRUISE AGENTS CAN HELP: • Choose the cruise line that is right for you. • Make your booking. • Choose an appropriate stateroom. • Assistwithdiningtimesandsubmitspecialmealrequests. • Arrange airfare and transportation to the ship itself. • Help with pre- and post- hotel stays. • What are you doing while at these exciting ports? Let cruise agents guide you with shore excursions. • Offer advice on travel insurance which is so import- ant for Canadians visiting the US! • Arrange for a refund, if needed. MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR UPCOMING VACATION It’s important to keep in mind that when booking a cruise you make the majority of your decisions at one time, everything from transportation, dining, hotels and even entertainment. All of these factors impact your cruise ex- perience, so making the right choice is critical. A good cruise consultant will steer you toward the right selec- tions for your vacation and reduce your stress. MY ADVICE IS TO INTERVIEW AN AGENT BEFORE YOU COMMIT You are, in fact, hiring them for their services and you should want someone with cruise experience. Ask them if they are a member of CLIA (Cruise Line International Association). This is one of North America’s leading organizations and has accredited and certified Cruise Counsellors. AGENTS CAN SAVE YOU MONEY The cruise lines tend to communicate deals to their top cruise agencies first. Some of these deals never appear in the Times Colonist or even the website of the cruise line itself. I understand that the cruise line’s promotions are confusing and at times overwhelming. A great cruise consultant knows how to play the game. Go to www.victoria.cruiseshipcenters.com/consultant-find- er and find that perfect agent that you would like to help you navigate these complicated waters! They would love to help find that perfect vacation for you. (778) 433-4490 #104-240 Cook Street We’re now open all day! Japanese Fusion Fine Cuisine Restaurant. Tue- Thurs, Sun: 11:45- 8:00 | Fri- Sat: 11:45- 8:30 | Mon Closed 10 11NOVEMBER 2015 NEIGHBOURS OF FAIRFIELD RECIPE OF THE MONTH EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR CHILE-RUBBED SHRIMP WITH AVOCADO CORN COCKTAIL By Keith Watt We’re going southwest this month because it’s starting to get damp and draughty. A little chili rub, a little avo- cado, and you can pretend you’re in Mexico! If you need spices the best place in town is Mexican House of Spice at 2022 Douglas. They have everything not just for Mexico but the whole hemisphere, Really! INGREDIENTS • 16 jumbo shrimp (about 24 ounces) • 2 tsp salt • 1 tsp oregano • 1 tsp ancho chile powder • 1 tsp ground coriander • 2/3 tsp ground cumin • 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil AVOCADO AND CORN SALSA • 1 ripe avocado, diced in 1/4 inch cubes • 3 Tbsp freshly-squeezed lime juice • 1 ripe red tomato seeded and diced in 1/4 inch cubes • 1 ear sweet corn, shucked • 1 green onion, both white and green parts, trimmed and finely chopped • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and minced • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro • Course kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper DIRECTIONS 1. Place the avocado in the bottom of a glass mixing bowl and toss with 2 Tbsp lime juice then add the tomato. 2. Slice the kernels off the corn cob and add to the mix- ing bowl. Refrigerate, covered. 3. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water, then blot them dry with paper towels. 4. Place the salt, oregano, chili powder, coriander, cum- in and pepper in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the shrimp and toss until they are completely coated. Add the olive oil and stir gently. Cover and marinate in the fridge for about an hour. 5. Cook the shrimp, either on a barbecue or a grill pan for 1 to 3 minutes or until just cooked through. 6. Add the jalapenos and cilantro to the avocado/tomato mixture and gently toss. Adjust seasonings, adding more lime juice if necessary. Salsa should be richly seasoned. 7. Spoon the salsa into four large martini glasses or serving bowls. Drape four of the hot shrimp over the edge of each glass and serve at once. CHOOSINGACRUISECONSULTANT Call, click or come in to let us plan your dream vacation today. Quote 2015Fairfield and receive a bonus 500 Aeroplan miles on your next booking! DREAMING OF A VACATION? 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  7. 7. By Steven Bailey Being a barber, I see a lot of facial hair come and go. November is a month that evades the norm. This is a time of year when men grow mustaches in sup- port of Movember. Born from ‘down-un- der’, Movember is prostate awareness month. That’s right, its about the ‘pickle’ this month. In 2003, two Melbourne mates thought it would be a good idea to raise awareness for men’s health. But how could they stand out from the crowd? Mustaches! They were not trendy back then, and people were certainly going to ask what the deal was with their newly grown facial foli- age. With this idea in mind, they invited 30 of their friends to join their movement. Within 11 years, what started as a challenge, and a first year annual profit of $0, has now blossomed into a $559 million multinational enterprise. That’s a lot of mustaches! When customers come into my store in November, and see that I don’t have a mustache, they usually ask why. HERE ARE SOME FACTS I SHARE WITH THEM: • According to the Cancer Society, prostate cancer will affect one in eight men throughout their lives. Of these diagnosed men, 98.9% will survive over five years. (Source: seer.cancer.gov) • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number one cancer killer is lung cancer, killing approximately 1.59 million people in 2012. Prostate cancer does not make the top five list of cancer kill- ers. Here are the top five cancer killers in the world according to the WHO: • lung (1.59 million deaths) • liver (745,000 deaths) • stomach (723,000 deaths) • colorectal (694,000 deaths) • breast (521,000 deaths) (Source: World Health Organization) By Keith Watt Idon’t know about you, but when I get home and reheat leftovers in the microwave I’m not too choosy about what wine I pair. Wet, preferrably. But without getting too snooty about it, you can win friends and influence people by knowing just a bit about how to successfully pair wines with the courses you prepare for your guests at a dinner party. And if you’re subtle, they might not even know. You should know at first that there are no rules, except Try It! And successful, and unsuccessful, experimentation is the way you develop you’re own preferences and pas- sions. For what can be finer than the marriage of one of the richest corners of human culture--gastronomy--and one of the richest of the natural world--wine. Let’s consider we’re planning a dinner for guests, a small dinner party. We think of the succession of foods we’re planning in terms of their relative weight, lightest to heavi- est, with lots of room for variation. Think of the wines the same way, from lighter to heavier. Which means all dinner parties must begin with prosecco! (Forget what I said about rules.) Well-chilled and served in fine flutes, the citrussy effervescence of prosecco is a both palate cleanser and an appetite stimulant. The market now has many fine proseccos. Affordable, universally loved, prosecco pairs with all the foods you serve during the social time before your guests sit down to dine: antipasti, cheeses, even veggie dips, potato chips (really!), anything you throw at it, prosecco’s acidity will break it down and deliver greater treasures. Can you tell I’m a fan? Now, we’re sitting down, there’s a course before the mains: soup, smoked salmon, salads of various types, with a creamy- or vinegar-based dressing, that type of thing. Where’s my prosecco? I mean it, facetiously. Because the dryness and crispness of a lean white like prosecco is what you need. Try Pinot Grigio, unoaked Chardonnay, a nice dry riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. Stay away from the oaked The survival rate for lung cancer is an appaling 17.4%(Source: seer.cancer.gov) I’m a man. I feel the importance of preventing and treat- ing men’s health-related issues. When I look at these statistics, I can’t help but wonder if maybe Movember is not nearly as important to the health of men as quitting smoking is. With this in mind, I dug a little deeper into the Movember cause. It turns out that Movember donates to numerous other causes outside of prostate cancer-related fundraisers. They currently support: men’s mental health and depres- sion, post-traumatic stress support, heart disease, and fatherhood-related issues. As is turns out, Movember is not just about prostate can- cer prevention. It is also a calling to all men to take con- trol of their mental and physical well-being by leading healthier lifestyles. So when a customer walks in my shop, and asks me why I don’t grow a mustache, it’s because I want them asking me that very question which leads to this very important conversation about men’s health. Besides, I look ridiculous with a mustache. ;-) whites, and stay in the lower alcohol range. We don’t want anyone getting ahead of themselves, now, do we? All these wines work because they’re crisp. Their acidity both breaks down the foods and elevates the flavours, and cleans- es the palate so it’s fresh to experience the next bite. Heavi- er whites like oaked Chardonnays and Viogniers, or aromatic whites like Gewurztraminer and Torrontes will overpower the, again, lighter flavours of the foods generally served in the primi. Now the mains, and here you can trot out your big guns. It also gets a bit technical because the range of choices is so large, depending on the main you’re serving: fish, fowl or four-foot, let’s say. Of course reds with red meat and whites with white meat. These days every crowd has a “nothing but red” chauvin- ist, so offer both, but focus on one as “the choice.” Next is weight: a sole fillet is a gossamer thing, but an ahi tuna steak has the heft of a tenderloin medallion. Think about the weight of the dish you’re serving when considering wines. You don’t want to drown a lovely grilled pork tenderloin in a California Cabernet Sauvignon, but a lovely Sangiovese or Valpolicella, both floral mid-weight reds, would be lovely! Finally check the alcohol level. Some California and Australia reds can climb above 16% and you know they could be 1 to 2 per cent higher than the label reads. This can be potent, especially when combined with the wine consumption that’s already oc- curred. So keep the alcohol level below 14% if possible. This is where you trot out your showy reds and rich Char- donnays and Viogniers. Your foods may be sauced--co- gnac and pepper perhaps for the red meats, and a cream/ broth-based sauce for white meats--and these require heavier wines to balance their rich flavours. At dessert, either you can pair sweeter wines, or perhaps ports or sherries, with the colour/weight of the dessert you’re serving: ports with heavier desserts, and sherries with cheese and fruit. The unctuous dessert rieslings from Germany are among some of the finest wines made in the world, and can be enjoyed with many liight-coloured des- serts, and even on their own. That’s it, simple. But when you pull it off your guests feel as if they’ve been at the finest restaurant, but even better. 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